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Himachal Global Investor’s Meet – Govt Expects Rs. 85,000 Crore Investments   

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Himachal Global Investors Meet 2019

Shimla- Ahead of Himachal Pradesh Global Investor’s Meet, the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur today said that state government has singed total of 419 MoUs in different sectors with an investment of Rs 41000 crore till date. He was speaking at the mini conclave of proposed global investor’s meet held today at Manali in Kullu district.

He claimed that as many as 93 MoUs were signed today at the mini conclave to attract investment worth Rs. 2219 crore. Out of these, 63 MoUs were signed for the tourism sector only with an investment of Rs. 1500 crores, he said.

Forest Minister Govind Thakur said that the state has a target of attracting investment of over Rs. 85,000 crores from upcoming Global Investor’s Meet to be held at Dharamshala from 7-8 November 2019.

The state government has constituted nine committees for this meet. These include organising, hospitality and protocol, transport, city beautification and cleanliness, media, exhibition, cultural, security, fire services and emergency and local organising committee.

In addition to this, specific work has been assigned to four professional agencies namely Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as National Partner, Ernst and Young LLP as Knowledge Partner, Square Communication Ltd. as Media Partner and Integrated Conference and Event Management (ICE) as Event Partner.

The agencies have been entrusted with the planning, designing and implementation of various components of the Meet as per their mandate. The respective committees would take their assistance in the discharge of the work assigned to them.

The organising committee has been constituted in the chairmanship of Chief Secretary to ensure general supervision and co-ordination of all activities of the Global Investor’s Meet. It will also liaison with the Prime Minister’s office, other Ministries, countries and states and Ambassadors.  

The hospitality and protocol committee will be headed by Secretary (GAD) and will ensure protocol for VVIPs, arranging accommodation for the visiting guests.

The transport committee will be headed by Principal Secretary (Transport) and will work for the selection of Travel Partner for the investors meet and arranging the pool of vehicles to ferry VIPs and delegates.

The Deputy Commissioner, Kangra has been made Chairman of city beautification and cleanliness committee for installation of hoardings, banners, signage’s at different locations in Dharamshala and surrounding areas besides ensuring cleanliness and repair of roads, landmarks, airport, town etc.

The media committee has been constituted under Chairmanship of Principal Secretary (IPR) to ensure pre, during and post Meet publicity, media coverage and organising press conference for VVIPs and issuing press briefs.

Principal Secretary (Education) will head the exhibition committee for approval of designing and layout of exhibition area, corresponding with companies/organisation/PSUs for putting up stalls for exhibition and allocation of stalls in the exhibition area.

The cultural committee has been constituted for selection of theme and presentations for the cultural evening, selection and inviting state and national level cultural troupes, artists and celebrities to perform at cultural evening and conduction the cultural show for delegates. This committee will be headed by Additional Chief Secretary (LAC).

The Security, Fire Services and Emergency committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Director General of Police. It will ensure security at the venue, hotels, airport and other places, security of VVIPs, emergency services like fire services, first aid and medical services and liaising with SPG and other government of India security and intelligence agencies.

The local organising committee has been constituted under Deputy Commissioner, Kangra, for coordination and assistance to all other organising committees. It will provide all NOC,s approvals and facilitation to event partner, national partner and committees for organising the Meet.

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Be Careful About Fake News/Misinformation on Social Media: Education Minister

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HP Education minister Suresh Bhardwaj

Shimla-Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, while addressing youth at the 10th Bhartiya Chatra Sansad in New Delhi said, social media has many benefits like connectivity, easy access but there is a need to exercise caution while using this tool.

Sometimes social media spreads misinformation and fake news, we should be careful about what information we are consuming. We should learn to understand the difference between real and virtual life, he added.

The Education Minister also said that the youth should use their own identity and uniqueness and not rely too much on social media while making decisions.

The basic objective of education is to become a good citizen and to become successful in our professional and personal lives, he said.

The Education Minister was delivering a lecture on ‘Learn before you lean: Following social media and celebrities’ at the second session of the event which is being organised from 20th to 23rd February at Vigyan Bhavan New Delhi by Rahul Karad, Founder and Convenor of Bhartiya Chatra Sansad (BCS).

However, the degrading quality of education in the State’s government schools hardly suggests that the education minister is actually committed to create good citizens.

The massive fee hikes by Himachal Pradesh University are making education inaccessible. Private schools are prospering owing to poor quality of education in government schools. Parents are left with no choice but to pay hefty fees to private schools to ensure that their children get a better academic environment and basic facilities. At the same time, the ruling government in Delhi has proved that the academic environment and infrastructure of government schools can be changed for good easily.

Impressed with reforms in education in Delhi, during the United States President Donald Trump’s maiden visit to India next week, First lady Melania Trump is likely to visit a Delhi government school in South Delhi. As a part of various innovative steps to improve the education system, the Delhi government has introduced happiness curriculum. This curriculum was introduced for the students from Nursery to Class 8. Even some private schools later adopted it. Delhi government would be briefing Melania about the “happiness curriculum.”

Though politicians in India hardly follow what they preach, it is indeed the need of the hour that we filter what is being served on media and social media before believing it and making decisions based on it.

After witnessing unethical use of social media by political parties, during 2014 and 2019 General Elections, and lately in the recently concluded Delhi Assembly elections, for hate speeches, propaganda and spreading misinformation to manipulate voters, going completely against the ethics of politics, it is sarcastic to hear a politician asking people to beware of fake news and misinformation spread through social media. Not only politicians but mainstream media has also turned itself into a paid circus.

On some channels, journalists have even assumed the roles of judges instead of simply reporting facts. Together with paid media and social media, India’s politicians and religious organizations are experimenting with a divisive and communally polarizing politics. During the recent Delhi elections, journalists and politicians even turned themselves into jokers without caring about ethics and  their responsibility towards the nation.

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Fresh Spell of Snow in Himachal’s Higher Hills, Mercury Drops, Traffic Movement Hit

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Shimla– As predicted by Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, after a short sunny and warm spell, the weather conditions have taken a turn in the state, which has led to a sharp drop in temperatures. On the night of February 20th,  Shimla’s upper regions and higher hills of Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, Kinnaur received a fresh spell of snow.

In fact, the Met Department had issued a yellow warning for February 21st.

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Shimla city, Jakhu hills and Sanjauli witnessed a short and very light spell of snow on early Friday morning. While the snow did not affect traffic movement in urban Shimla, the Kufri-Narkanda road was closed for traffic as the region received comparatively more snow. Other than these places, Narkanda, Khidaki, Kharapathar were also closed for traffic due to snow.

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 The traffic movement towards Rohru, Chaupal, Theog, and Nerwa was also hit. Vehicles on their way towards Shimla from Rampur were being diverted via Basantpur. According to Shimla Police, roads to Khidaki, Kharapathar, Narkanda and Kufri were opened for small vehicles by Friday evening. However, police has advised people to avoid driving on these roads till Saturday morning as the roads are still slippery. Further, district police has asked people to contact on 112 or 1077 in case they get stuck and require assistance. 

Jalori pass was also closed and some buses were said have been stuck. Traffic movement on National Highway 305 was also affected.

The lower hills or plains witnessed rain with gusty winds. In some regions, the wheat crop was destroyed by gusty winds.

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The Met Department has predicted rain/snow in middle and higher hills till February 25th. For plains, the weather is likely to be dry from February 22th onward.

 

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Video: Villagers Carry Pregnant Lady on Shoulders for 18 kms to Reach Hospital in Absence of Ambulance Road

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Kullu-The Himachal Pradesh Government on February 17, 2020, while announcing annual plan budget for session 2020-21, claimed that it has registered “remarkable growth” in health, education, horticulture and social services sectors.

However, the question over government’s claims arises after watching videos where people in Himachal’s rural area still don’t have access to even basic health facilities due to lack of ambulance roads. Residents carry patients on their shoulders in palanquins for several kilometers to reach the nearest road. Videos and reports of such cases regularly appear in regional pages of Hindi dailies, indicating hollowness of government claims of development.  

A video showing the plight of villagers in Sainj area of the district Kullu has been posted by locals where some local men and women are carrying a female on a makeshift palanquin on a tough acceding trail.

On Sunday morning, Sunita, experienced labour pain. The family asked other villagers for help. They prepared a make-shift palanquin by tying a chair to two logs.

When asked about the situation, the women said they are carrying a pregnant woman, Sunita, to hospital because the nearest motorable road is 18-20 kilometres far from their village Shaakati in Garapaarali (गाड़ापारली) panchayat. Two other villages in the same panchayat – Maraur and Shugad-also faces the same problem when they need to access health services.

The women said it took them over eight hours to carry the pregnant lady upto the road from where they arranged motorable transport to reach Banjar hospital.

Furious over the government and politicians, local women can be heard alleging that government of its indifference to their grievances and lack of facilities.

“Government will trace and find us anywhere when it is about seeking votes but no one comes back to attend us. Whenever villagers get sick, we carry them on shoulders to access health services,”

an elderly woman said while describing the plight of villagers.

In another clip, a woman carrying the palanquin can be seen complaining about the lack of an ambulance road.

“We need an ambulance road. That’s our demand,”

she said while gasping due to exhaustion.

As per another media report, the panchayat Pradhan, Bhaag Chand and other members of the panchayat also confirmed facing a huge inconvenience due to lack of a motorable road. They said governments kept changing but their panchayat did not get a road.  

Not just medical facilities, but villagers also complained that even most basic facilities are still out of their reach due to apathy of the government.

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