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Monkey Sterilization in Himachal Working, Farmers Feeling Relieved, Claims Forest Minister

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Monkey Sterlization in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-Forest, Transport and Youth Sports Minister, Govind Singh Thakur, claims that sterilization of monkeys has proved to be a successful solution in Himachal Pradesh and providing relief to the farmers. So far, one lakh 57 thousand monkeys have been sterilized in eight monkey sterilization centres of forest department in the state, the Minister claimed.

While the people did not report any relief from monkey menace, the Minister claimed the situation has improved as per the government.

He said the incentive to capture monkeys has been increased to Rs. 1000. Local people would be given training by the forest department to capture monkeys. It was discussed that workshops should be organized in vulnerable panchayats to provide training to the locals.

The Minister was presiding over one day workshop on ‘Human-Wildlife Conflict’ at Shimla organized by the Wild life wing of Himachal Pradesh Forest Department on November 3, 2019.

Forest Minister said that 548 panchayats of the state are vulnerable to monkey menace.

Principal Chief Conservator Dr Savita said 1100 monkey hotspots have been identified in the state. She informed that 91 Tehsils/sub-Tehsils and Municipal Corporation Shimla area have been declared vermin for a period of one year.

Emphasis was laid on the plantation of fruit-bearing saplings in forests so that monkeys don’t enter human settlements in search of food.

However, no discussion was done on keeping human settlements clean and discourage littering of food waste which attracts monkeys, especially in cities.

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Himachal Scientist Conferred National Fellowship for Outstanding Work in Floriculture, Landscaping

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Dr YC Gupta, a senior scientist of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni 1

Solan: Dr YC Gupta, a senior scientist of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has been conferred fellowship of the Indian Academy of Horticultural Sciences. The fellowship was conferred for Dr Gupta’s outstanding contributions to the field of floriculture and landscaping.

Dr Gupta is presently working as the Dean of College of Horticulture and Centre of Excellence for Horticulture, Research and Extension, Thunag, Distt Mandi. He was conferred with the fellowship during the Indian Horticulture Congress 2019 at NAAS Complex, New Delhi held recently.

Born in Mandi, Dr Gupta obtained his BSc and MSc in 1986 from Agra University. After completing his doctorate in horticulture (Floriculture and Landscaping) from IARI, New Delhi, Dr Gupta joined UHF as Assistant Floriculturist in 1988. He served as Professor and Head of Department of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture for 12 years after which in 2019 he became the founding dean of the fourth constituent college of the university at Thunag.

Dr Gupta During the Indian Horticulture Congress 2019 at NAAS Complex, New Delhi


Dr Gupta has been associated in the development of seven hybrids of Gladiolus, five hybrids in Marigold, four hybrids in Antirrhinum and 3 hybrids in Pansy besides a patent named ‘HIMFLORA- a computerized botanical database of wild ornamentals of Himachal Pradesh’. Two varieties, Solan Mangla of Gladiolus and Solan Shringar of Chrysanthemum were released in 2014 and Virbhadra Singh, a variety of carnation was released in 2016.

Besides being the National Chairman for DUS testing of Carnation and Lilium under PPVFRA, Dr Gupta is a life member of various professional societies. The American Biographical Institute, USA conferred on him an honorary appointment in the year 2000. He is also the Fellow of Society for Recent Development in Agriculture and Indian Society of Ornamental Horticulture (ISOH) and the recipient of ISOH’s Lotus Puraskar 2011. He also won the Dr Manmohan Attawar Gold Medal Award in floriculture for the year 2016 by the Horticultural Society of India.

In his career spanning over nearly 31 years in teaching, research and extension including administration, Dr Gupta has guided several MSc and PhD students and has numerous research papers, books, book chapters, popular articles, and technical bulletins to his credit.

He has handled more than 17 externally funded and 8 state-funded research projects. UHF University Vice-Chancellor Dr Parvinder Kaushal and other scientists and staff and students congratulated Dr Gupta on his achievement.   

 

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ITBP Head Constable from Himachal Among 6 Shot Dead by Own Colleague

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Himachal ITBP head constable mahinder singh

Shimla-Six personnel reportedly died and two were injured when one of them opened fire with his service rifle following some dispute at an ITBT camp in insurgency-hit Narayanpur district of Bastar, Chhattisgarh on November 4, 2019.  This information was released by the Director General of Police,Chhattisgarh, DM Awasthi.

One of the personnel, Head Constable Mahender Singh, hailed from Barthi area of Bilaspur district. He is survived by his parents, wife, and two sons.

As per the DGP, there was some dispute which led to this fratricidal incident in which one of the personnel, Constable Masudul Rahman (West Bengal), opened fire on his colleagues at the Kedarnar camp of ITBP’s 45th battalion.  

“The ITBP personal who shot his five colleagues committed suicide with his own rifle and died on the spot,”

TOI quoted DGP.

As per another report, while the reason for the dispute is still not known, there is a speculation that the constable accused of opening fire was upset as he wasn’t granted leaves. However, the exact cause was yet to be ascertained.

Other four deceased included Head Constable Daljit Singh (Punjab), Constable Surjit Sarkar (West Bengal), Biswaroop Mahtoo (West Bengal) and Brijeesh (Kerala).

 Injured were identified as constable SB Ullass (Kerala) and constable Sitaram Doon (Rajasthan).

A probe has been ordered, ITBP officials confirmed.  

 

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HP Cabinet Decisions 2 Nov, 2019: Nod to Fill up 3636 Posts of Teachers, Cement Plant in Shimla, Sell Water of Yamuna River

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Shimla-A meeting of Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held on November 2, 2019. Various important decisions were taken in this meeting including creation and filling up of posts in different departments.

HP Govt to Fill Up 3636 posts of J.B.T, C&V and TGT Categories

The government approved filling up as many as 3636 posts of J.B.T, C&V and TGT categories in the elementary education department. These posts would be filled up on contract basis as per the norms of Recruitment and Promotion Rules. These include 684 posts of TGT Arts, 359 TGT Non-Medical, 261 TGT Medical, 1049 Shastri, 590 Language Teacher and 693 posts of JBT.

Others Posts

The Cabinet approved to:

  • Fill up 10 posts of various categories in the Architect wing of Public Works Department by direct recruitment through batch-wise on a contract basis
  • Create and fill up 35 posts of Panchkarma Masseurs in Ayurveda department in daily wages basis
  • Fill up the vacant post of the District Employment Officer in Labour and Employment Department
  • Fill up three posts of Law Officers in the Irrigation and Public Health Department by direct recruitment through HP Public Service Commission on contract basis
  • Create and fill up two posts of Peon on daily wages basis in the office of District Youth Services and Sports offices at Kaza and Keylong

Cement plant in Shimla district

The Cabinet approved a letter of intent for three years in favour of M/S Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited for extraction of limestone and shale minerals for setting up of cement plant in Shimla district.

The Cabinet gave its consent for amendment in the development plan for Manali agglomeration Kullu valley planning area.

Consent to Sell Water of Yamuna River

The Cabinet gave its consent to sign the memorandum of understanding to sell the water of Yamuna river from the share of Himachal Pradesh on payment basis at Tajewala corridor. The state government would earn Rs. 21 crore per annum from this decision.

Amendment in H.P Building and other Construction Rules, 2014

The decision has been taken to make amendments in a few sections of H.P Building and other Construction Workers (Regulation of employment and condition of service) Rules, 2014.

Himachal Pradesh Lok Tantra Prahari Samman Rashi Yojna-2019

The cabinet decided to provide Himachal Pradesh Lok Tantra Prahari Samman Rashi under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and Defence of India Rule (DIR) to the people who took active participation for safe guarding the democracy and preserving the fundamental rights of the people from the period between 25 June,1975 to 21 March,1977. It also approved to implement Himachal Pradesh Lok Tantra Prahari Samman Rashi Yojna-2019.

It approved to implement mission Antodaya in the state.

The Cabinet approved to establish cochlear implant centres in IGMCH, Shimla, Dr RPMC Tanda and Lal Bahadur Shastri Medical College, Ner Chowk.

The decision has been taken to include Nabahi Mandir in Sarkaghat Tehsil of Mandi district under the Himachal Pradesh Hindu Public Religious Institutions and Endowment Act, 1984 with a view to bring the control of this temple with the state government.

The cabinet approved the draft memorandum of understanding between Government of Himachal Pradesh and Airports Authority of India (AAI) for development of greenfield airport at Nagchala near Mandi. The Director Tourism has been authorised to sign the MOU and agreements etc. for this purpose with AAI.

The cabinet approved for establishing Sericulture division at Sandhol in district Mandi along with filling up of additional posts.

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