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Chamba Records 3 Low-Intensity Earthquakes Within 1 Hours, Six in 2 Days



Earthquakes in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh 2

Chamba- Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh on September 9, 2019, again recorded three consecutive earthquakes of low-intensity within an hour. The tremors were also felt in Manali and Jammu and Kashmir. The district had recorded three quakes in the same region on Sunday too. The epicentre was located at the border of Chamba and Jammu and Kashmir at depths between five to 10 meters. Six quakes in two days have created panic among the people of Chamba and Jammu and Kashmir.

As per the Indian Meteorological Department, on Monday, the first quake was recorded at 12:10 PM measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale. The epicentre lied on the border of Chamba and Jammu and Kashmir at a depth of five meters.

The second quake of 3.2 intensity on the Richter scale was recorded at 12:40 with its epicentre located at the same spot at a depth of five meters.

The third quake was recorded at 12:57 PM. The intensity on the Richter scale was recorded to be 2.7 and the epicentre lied at the same spot and at the same depth.

Earthquakes in Chamba district of Himachal pradesh

Credit: Indian Meteorological Department

No loss of lives or property was reported as these were low-intensity quakes, confirmed the Superintendent of Police, Chamba, Monika Bhutunguru.

However, these quakes have created panic among the people. This panic was aggravated by the fact that Chamba district had recorded three quakes within three hours on Sunday too.

On Sunday, the first quake of 3.4 intensity on the Richter scale was recorded near the Chamba -Jammu and Kashmir Border at 5:30 AM. The epicentre was located at a depth of 10 km in Chamba district.

The second quake was recorded at 7:59 AM and it was of higher intensity at 3.8 on the Richter scale with the epicentre located at a depth of 35 km.

The third quake of 4.9 intensity was recorded at 8:04 AM on the Boarder of Chamba and J&K with epicentre at a depth of 10 km.

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HP Civil Supplies Selling Onion at Rs. 64 per kg



HP Govt Onion Sale in Himachal PRadesh

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Civil Supplies Corporation has purchased 1200 quintals of imported onion from M/s NEFAD Delhi, which is being distributed through various godowns and fair price shops of the Corporation, to provide relief to the consumers from unexpected rise in onions prices.

A spokesperson of the corporation informed that the onion are being made available to the common public at rate of Rs. 64 per kilogram as per the directions of the State Government, which would be available to the public on ‘first come first buy’ basis. Till now, almost 800 quintal onion has been distributed and the remaining 400 quintal onion would be distributed within a period of seven to ten days.

He said that the State Government has bought the onion from imported stock of the Union Government. Spokesperson said that department is keeping strict vigil on hoarding of onion and if any such case is found, strict action would be taken against the defaulter.

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More Rain/Snow in Himachal Till Jan 22: HP Met



Snow prediction for shimla 2020

Shimla-Shimla has received yet another spell of snow on Thursday, leading to road blockage and blackouts in some places. In Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri and Hatu Peak were covered in thick layer of snow. The traffic movement on National Highway-05 was hit in the upper region of Shimla. Hundreds of people including tourists were stranded in snow.

Local police had to carry out rescue work till late at night. With the help of machines, the road was opened for hundreds of stuck vehicles, buses, and tourists.  

Driving towards Kufri has become a dangerous task due to frozen roads. Therefore, the local police has urged tourists to avoid driving towards Kufri.

Other than Shimla, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, peaks of Kullu, and Kinnaur have also witnessed a fresh spell of snow, affecting daily life.

Following it, the state is reeling under a coldwave. Keylong was coldest at -10 Degree Celsius, followed by Kalpa at -4.2, and Kufri -1.8, Dalhousie at -0.8, and Shimla at 0.6.

The HP Meteorological Department has predicted more rain/snow till January 22 except on January 19. According to the Met, while plans/lower hills are likely to witness rain/thundershowers at isolated places, the middle and higher hills can receive scattered rain/snow.

The Met has predicted widespread rain/snow on January 21.


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Hamirpur’s Reena Among 100 Meritorious Students Invited to Watch Republic Day Parade from PM Box



UHF Nauni Dr Reena Kumari

Solan-Dr Reena Kumari, a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Vegetable Science at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been invited to watch Republic Day Parade 2020 from the Prime Minister’s Box at Rajpath, New Delhi.

She is among the 100 meritorious students selected from across the country by the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India to witness the event. The travel and lodging expenses are being borne by the MHRD. 

Hailing from a small village Kashmir in District Hamirpur, Dr Reena was the topper of her school in class 10 +2 and joined UHF in the year 2009. She completed her master’s and doctorate in the discipline of Vegetable Science under the guidance of Dr Ramesh K Bhardwaj and has worked on improvement and development of new varieties in cucumber. Dr Reena has scored 88.00 and 86.60 % marks in MSc and PhD programme respectively with a gold medal in her PhD programme.

She was the university merit scholarship holder during her graduation and post- graduation programmes. Besides, she has also published eight research papers, one book chapter, review paper and popular article. Dr Reena has qualified various examinations like JRF and SRF.

An ecstatic Dr Reena thanked the MHRD and the university and for giving her the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the grand parade from the Prime Minister’s box. Dr Parvinder Kaushal, UHF Vice-Chancellor, senior officers and students of the university congratulated Dr Reena on her selection.

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