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Read Shimla District Admin’s New Traffic Plan and Measures to Deal With Traffic in Tourist Season

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Shimla- After social media and newspapers were flooded with pictures of long traffic jams in Shimla, the District Administration has woke up and issued a notification regarding new arrangements to deal with the situation today.

The notification said that in view of the heavy inflow of tourists, the tourist vehicles coming from Chandigarh and going beyond Shimla will be diverted from Shoghi towards Dhalli.

Similarly, tourist vehicles returning from stations beyond Shimla and heading towards Chandigarh will be diverted from Dhalli bypass towards Shoghi. A prohibition has been imposed on the movement of pickups in the town between 7.45 AM to 10 AM as they add to the traffic congestion during peak traffic hours, the notification said.

Police deployment will be further increased to ensure smooth flow of traffic, and their deployment will be ensured at all crossings. In addition, police riders will patrol on the Shoghi – Shimla road and beyond.

Till 30th June, the Tara Hall School will open 10 minutes earlier at 8 AM and Auckland School at 8:30 AM.  The administration aims to scatter the footfall on the roads.

During the month of June, all schools will remain closed in view of the heavy weekend tourist rush. Further, the notification said, a duty roster for magistrates has been prepared. They will be in the field to monitor the traffic situation in accordance with the roaster.

 When the parking spaces are full in the town, the Tutikandi parking will be used for parking of tourist vehicles. The HRTC taxis will ply from Tutikandi every 10-15 minutes to carry the tourists to and from the town. During the daytime, trucks carrying construction/building material into the town would not be allowed on the circular road. There will be complete prohibition on roadside parking on the circular road.

Another nuisance, regarding which Himachal Watcher had been writing, all material of PWD lying on roadsides that is causing obstruction will be removed.


The administration has requested the public to share suggestions to further improve the situation. It’s to be seen how efficiently these measures are implemented.

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Senior Citizen Day Care Centres in Himachal to be Established in Shimla, Mandi, Dharamshala

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Shimla- Senior Citizen Day Care centres in Himachal Pradesh would be established in three districts, the state government informed today.

National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh is organising The World Senior Citizen’s Day on 21st August, at New MC Building, Upper Chowk, Khalini Shimla.

A spokesperson said that on this occasion National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh in collaboration with Help Age India Himachal Chapter will be establishing three Day Care Centres for elderly at Shimla, Mandi and Dharamshala.  He said that in these centres various activities like physiotherapy, library,(books, magazines and newspapers), recreation/pilgrimage tours, yoga, health checkup and awareness camps and other recreational services (TV, music, carom board, chess, ludo and cards etc) will be provided free of cost.

The decision came after a petition was filed in the Himachal Pradesh High Court by Advocate Vandana Misra in June 2019. The petition had made several revelations regarding minimum or no facilities being provided to senior citizens. It was alleged in the petition that all these facilities existed only in papers.

After hearing the petition, the State High Court had directed the state government to furnish the details of all the Government-run or private old age homes as well as the information, in a tabulated form, of all the cases filed by the senior citizens before the Deputy Commissioners seeking one or the other relief under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. The case is listed for June 11, 2019. 

As per the 2011 census, Himachal has a population of seven lakh who are aged 60 years and above – 10.2% of the state’s total population. This percentage is higher than the national average of 8.6%.

The highest elderly population in the state was mapped in Hamirpur district at 12.8%, followed by Bilaspur at 11.09%, Kangra at 11.7%, and Una at 11.5%. Solan and Sirmaur have the lowest population of elderly persons at 8%.

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Pension Adalat in Himachal to be Conducted on August 23 to Address Grievances

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Shimla-The Pension Adalat in Himachal Pradesh would be conducted on August 23, 2019, with a view of addressing the grievance of the pensioners, informed a spokesperson of Department of Personnel today.

The announcement came in compliance with the decision of the government of India to conduct the Pension Adalat throughout the country by each Ministry/Department/Organisation/Field formation on the same date.

The objective of this day is dedicated to Pensioners as part of good governance and efforts made to minimize their grievances, he said.

He said that in view of the above, it has been decided to conduct the Pension Adalat on August 23, 2019, under Chairmanship of Special Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh in his office chamber Room No. 223 Armsdale Building. HP  Secretariat at 10.30 AM.

 

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Facebook Account of CM Jairam’s PSO Hacked, Pro-Pakistan, Anti-National Content Posted on Timeline

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Shimla-Facebook account of the personal security officer of the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, Tavender Thakur, was reportedly hacked by an unknown person. The hacker reportedly posted anti-national and pro-Pakistan content including ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans on the timeline.

It was reported that calls containing objectionable language and life-threats to the Prime Minister Narender Modi were being made through messenger to people in the friend list of the PSO.   

The Cyber Crime Unit of the police is investigating the case. However, Tavender reportedly had no knowledge regarding it. According to available information, Tavender belongs to Seraj constituency of Mandi district.

The screenshots of the content posted on the timeline were being circulated on social media. It created a stir at the Chief Minister’s Office.

The Superintendent of Police, Ompati Jamwal, has confirmed the report of receiving this complaint from some officials of the department. More details are awaited.

The Chief Minister, when asked regarding this news, said that by misusing technology an attempt is being made to create a conspiracy. He said the case has been forwarded to the Cyber Crime unit and culprits behind this hacking would not be spared.  

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