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Himachal Rains: Hundreds of people rescued, over 1500 still stranded

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Himachal Rains and Rescue operation in Kullu and Lahaul Spiti

Shimla: On Tuesday and Wednesday, the water level begun to recede in Beas River in Kullu district and aftermaths of the incessant rains are now becoming visible as wreckages of vehicles and structures swept away during two days can be seen.

The rescue operations are likely to continue for next few days as over 1500 people including tourists are said to be still stranded in Lahaul-Spiti, which was disconnected from rest of the word due to snowfall and rains. There are reports saying that some teams of trekker and tourists are still to be located.

Two days of rain has caused a loss of over Rs. 1230 crore excluding the recent losses due to heavy rains in the State.

Rs. 230 crores Fund Released for Relief/Restoration

The State Government has urged the Union Government to provide liberal assistance to the State Government and Rs. 200 crore as immediate relief for undertaking relief, restoration and rehabilitation works. State Government at its own has released Rs. 230 crores for rehabilitation works. In addition to this, the State Government has decided to release Rs. 30 crores to Kullu district for undertaking maintenance of roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

Three IAF Choppers Carrying Out Rescue Operations

The Deputy Commissioner of Kullu, Yunus Khan,  said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has rescued 35 IIT Roorkee students who had went missing in Lahaul Spiti while returning after trekking from Hampta trekking pass. The students are currently staying at Mountaineering Institute in Manali

Three helicopters of Indian Air Force has been provided by the Union Government for evacuating the tourists and all those stranded in Lahaul valley due to untimely and unpredicted heavy snowfall.

If required more choppers would be made available for the rescue of stranded people, the Government said. As many as 200 people were reported to have been stranded at Koksar, about 300 in Baralacha.

He said that the State Government has provided them food and medicines and there was no need to panic. All the students of IIT Roorkee were safe and have been evacuated to Army Base Camp at Sisu.

We have rescued five nationals of Denmark and Norway. We will try to airlift and rescue around 100 people today. We will also rescue those stranded in Keylong and nearby area,

DC told ANI

Kullu-Manali Road To Be Restored Within Week

The road from Kullu to Manali which has been damaged badly would be restored within a week. The water supply in Manali has been severely damaged and it would be restored within three days. As many as 378 transformers have been damaged in the district and power supply to about 40 percent area has been affected and the same would be restored within a week.

District Administration Kullu had provided blankets, tents and other required materials to the migrant workers who lost their shelter due to flash floods.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. He also took an aerial survey of the Lahaul valley upto Chandertal to access the damages caused due to untimely snow.

The Chief Minister said that he had word with the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman regarding these natural calamities.

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Two German nationals rescued by Indian Air Force from Pingdom La, Lahaul-Spiti district

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Avalanche in Kinnaur buries soldiers, 1 killed, 5 missing and feared dead

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Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier has been recovered. The rescue operation was underway at the time of writing.

The district administration and Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur, confirmed the news.

Jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police are carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.  

As per initial reports, which are not clear, about 10 jawans of ITBP were hit by a massive avalanche at about 11 AM on Wednesday while they were moving from one post to another. Five to six jawans were buried. Remaining jawans rescued one of them who later died on the way to the hospital in Pooh.  

Verification of more details is still awaited.

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Left Out Eligible Voters in Himachal Can Enroll on 23rd and 24th Feb: HP CEO

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Left Out Voters in Himachal Pradesh can apply

Shimla-In view of the general election for the Lok Sabha 2019, special camps will be organised at every polling station on 23rd and 24th February 2019, for enrolment of left out eligible voters in the State, informed the Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh, Devesh Kumar.

He asked all Booth Level Officers (BLOs) to remain present in the camps along with the copies of final electoral rolls 2019. A copy of the electoral rolls will be available in the polling station so that electors can check their names in the rolls. The electoral rolls would be read out publically during the camp to facilitate illiterate voters. BLOs were asked to keep adequate copies of Forms 6, 7, 8 and 8A with him/her to facilitate filling up forms by interested persons.

Devesh Kumar said that all recognized political parties should depute their Booth Level Agents (BLAs) to remain present in camps. In case their name does not exist in the roll for some reason, the Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) holders must also check their name in electoral rolls and fill up Form 6. The EPIC is only identification document and does not guarantee franchise if the name of the person is not included in the electoral roll of the concerned polling station.

He said that all forms received during these campaign days would be disposed of by  March 7, 2019. BLOs were directed to immediately complete the physical verification and then submit a report to the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO). The ERO should complete the due process of law and dispose-off the forms received during the camps within 11 days.

 Devesh Kumar said that registration can also be made through NVSP Portal by visiting the link (www.nvsp.in.) For inquiries, he said, electoral can also call on Toll-free number 1950.

Assembly constituency-wise data in respect of forms received during camps would be uploaded on the website of the commission at CEO’s portal by February 25, 2019. Information about the disposal of forms would be given through the website by March 7, 2019.

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Mandi Police Warns Miscreants Promoting Malice Against Kashmiris, Urges People to Maintain Peace

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Kashmiri people in Himachal Pradesh

Mandi-The District Police, Mandi, on Tuesday, issued a warning to miscreants who were trying to incite violence against and promoting malice against Kashmiri people living in the State.

“The public is informed that following the suicide bombing in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir, some miscreants are making appeals to the people on social media to throw Kashmiri labourers, hawkers, lumberjacks etc. out of State’

said the notice issued by the district police.

The police has warned that a stringent action against will be taken against anyone who is found preaching malice towards Kashmiri citizens through such messages/comments on social media or causing any sort of vandalism.

The police urged the people to beware of such hatemongers and miscreants and maintain peace in the society.  

On Tuesday, tension mounted in a panchayat of Mandi district when the villagers passed a resolution to ban Kashmiri citizens in their area. The villagers reportedly told the Kashmiris living in rented quarters to leave the State by Wednesday. Meanwhile, some miscreants reportedly pelted stones on their quarters. Scared Kashmiris had to take shelter at local police station, said reports.

In another instance, an unverified video was doing rounds on social media, showing two groups of students clashing inside the campus of a private university in Mandi. To incite fear, it was rumoured that the scuffle took place between Kashmiri and local students.  

Earlier, the campus of the UHF, Nauni, in Solan district, witnessed tension after police booked two of its students for alleged anti-national activities on social media. The booked students were allegedly supporting the suicide bomber responsible for the ghastly Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred.

Following this news, right-wing outfits in Himachal Pradesh had made calls for a boycott of Kashmiris. Similar tension was reported from other parts of the nation too. A large number of Kashmiri students, who were studying outside their home state, were returning home for fear of violence being incited by miscreants.

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