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Cold wave grips Himachal Pradesh, bad weather expected till January 24

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India] (ANI): Himachal Pradesh is expected to experience bad weather till 24 January as several parts of the state are under intense cold-wave, informed the Meteorological Center Shimla on Thursday.
The minimum temperature has dipped. Meanwhile, The Met Department has also issued a warning of heavy rains in Una, Bilaspur, Sirmaur and Kangra districts from 21 to 24 January while there is a prediction of snowfall in higher regions. Sandeep Kumar, a scientist at Meteorological Center Shimla says, “There was bad weather condition in almost the entire state for the last 24 hours. Higher reaches received snowfall and it rained in lower regions. Snowfall has been recorded in several parts including Kullu and Shimla districts.”
As per the weather department, the minimum temperature recorded is as low as -7.9 degree Celsius in Keylong and the maximum temperature was 7.6 in Ponta Sahib.
As per the weather forecast, light to moderate rains is expected in several districts including Kinnaur, Chamba, Shimla, Kullu and Lahaul Spiti.
A warning of heavy rains is issued in Una, Bilaspur, Sirmaur and Kangra districts between 21st to 24th of January.
Kushal, a local from Shimla said, “It is too cold here and we are facing problems due to the cold climate here. It may snow here again and that will enhance the chillness here. We are sitting around the fire to keep ourselves warm.” (Image source: Instagram)

Himachal Pradesh beat Tamil Nadu to clinch Vijay Hazare Trophy

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: Himachal Pradesh batters played out of their skins to beat Tamil Nadu in the final of Vijay Hazare Trophy here at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
Himachal Pradesh captain Rishi Dhawan won the toss and chose to bowl first. His decision to bowl first proved to be the right one as Vinay Galetiya dismissed Tamil Nadu opener Baba Aparajith for just 2 in the 5th ball of the match. Captain and medium-pacer Rishi Dhawan introduced himself in the first change and dismissed the other opener Narayan Jagadeesan caught behind by wicket-keeper Shubham Arora for just 9. Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore tried to steady the ship for Tamil Nadu but he too was dismissed by medium-pacer Pankaj Jaswal.
Medium-pacer Rishi Dhawan took his second wicket of the match as he got the wicket of Murugan Ashwin for 7 and Tamil Nadu were left tottering for 40 for four in 14.3 overs.
With Tamil Nadu in deep trouble team’s most experienced batter, Dinesh Karthik came in and forged a much-needed partnership with Baba Indrajith. The duo steadied the ship and slowly increased the current run rate of the team. Both the batters targeted the left-arm spinners Mayank Dagar and Akash Vasisht as they conceded runs with over 7 runs per over.
Dinesh Karthik notched up his century and Indrajith scored a half-century as the duo went on to put 202-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Digvijay Rangi was introduced into the attack and even he went for plenty conceding 35 runs in three overs at an economy rate of 12.66. But Rangi finally broke the partnership dismissing Baba Indrajith for 80 of just 71.
In the next over Karthik too was dismissed after playing a brilliant knock of 116 of 103 balls smashing 8 boundaries and 7 sixes at a strike rate of 112.62. Karthik was dismissed by Sidharth Sharma who bowled an economical spell of 34 for 1 in his 10 overs.
Shahrukh Khan came in to bat and he wreaked havoc on Himachal bowlers hitting three sixes and three boundaries scoring 42 runs of 21 balls. Captain Vijay Shankar also scored runs at a brisk pace scoring 22 runs of 16 balls hitting one six and one boundary and in-process took his team’s total beyond the 300-run mark.
Pankaj Jaswal’s four wickets and skipper Rishi Dhawan’s 3 wickets helped Himachal bowl out Tamil Nadu for 314 in 49.4 overs.
Chasing 315, the Himachal Pradesh team got off to a flying start as openers Shubham Arora and Prashant Chopra put on 60 runs for the opening wicket in just 8.5 overs. Left-arm spinner Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore was introduced into the attack and he dismissed Prashant Chopra out bowled for just 21.
In the next over Washington Sundar cleaned up Digvijay Rangi for a three-ball duck. Nikhil Gangta came in and he hit 2 sixes but was dismissed by Murugan Ashwin for 18 as Himachal looked in a spot of bother at 96 for three.
Amit Kumar walked in to bat and forged a partnership with wicket-keeper batter Shubham Arora. Amit Kumar scored a half-century of 57 balls. Opener Shubham Arora notched up his maiden century in List A cricket which came of just 95 balls as Himachal’s total went past the 200-run mark and the duo also struck a century partnership.
The 148-run partnership was finally broken by Baba Aparajith dismissing Amit Kumar for 74 of 79 balls. Skipper Rishi Dhawan walked in and he went berserk hitting boundaries and sixes as the required run-rate had gone up over 8 runs per over.
Dhawan’s blistering knock meant Himachal needed only 38 runs of 6 overs. With 16 needed of 15 balls for Himachal, the poor weather interrupted the play. As per the V Jayadevan method Himachal were 11 runs ahead and were awarded the match.
Brief Scores: Tamil Nadu 314/10 (Dinesh Karthik 116 (103), Baba Indrajith 80 (71), Shahrukh Khan 42 (21); Pankaj Jaswal 4-59, Rishi Dhawan 3-62) vs Himachal Pradesh 299/4 (Shubham Arora 136*(131), 74 (79), Rishi Dhawan 42(23); Baba Aparajith 1/45).

Dulquer Salmaan Wraps Up Himachal Shoot Schedule

Dulquer Salmaan has wrapped up the 9-day-long schedule of his upcoming movie in Himachal Pradesh and seems like he has fallen in love with the mountains! The charming actor is a wanderlust soul and shared that Himachal was on his bucket list forever.

“Goodbye Mountains! Today was a happy day. Ended a 9 day gruelling but equally gratifying shoot schedule. Thermals. Bonfires. Hot chai. Cartoon ear muffs. Vistas. Momos. Hot water buckets. Frozen smiles. Trembling in groups. Maggie. Blurry vision. Pink cheeks. Red noses. Gasping. Conversations like Morse code. Filming. Minus 7. Minus 17. Breath vapour. Drives. Twisties. Monasteries. Conifer. BRO road safety signs. Endless journeys,” Dulquer Salmaan said, in his social media post.

He further added, “Himachal you’ve been on my wish list forever. I knew a film would bring me to you. You are more than the words and songs about you. Today was a happy day. I already said that ???? #joy #heartisfull #creation #pushyourlimits #rewardsawaityou.”

Dulquer Salmaan had previously shared some breathtaking photos from the picturesque land. From sightseeing to driving through the adventurous Spiti Valley roads, he was having a great time in Himachal.

Meanwhile, Dulquer Salmaan was also accompanied by VJ Rakshan, his fellow actor from the Tamil film ‘Kannum Kannum Kolaiyadithal’.

If reports are to be believed, Dulquer Salmaan was filming for Hanu Raghavapudi’s film. He will be playing the role of Lieutenant Ram in the film and speaking to us earlier, the filmmaker has revealed that the story is set in 1964. Hanu Raghavapudi had also shared that the role of Ram was ‘tailor-made’ for Dulquer Salmaan and they couldn’t think of anyone else other than the charming star for the role!

Shimla tops in NITI Aayog progress index for meeting sustainable development goals

New Delhi [India]: Shimla has topped the NITI Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) index that ranks 56 urban areas on progress towards meeting SDG indicators related to ending poverty, zero hunger, good health and well being, quality education, gender equality among others.
In 2015, the UN General assembly set the target of meeting 17 SDG goals by 2030 and the latest index measures the urban centres on 15 out of the 17 goals. NITI Aayog launched the inaugural SDG Urban Index and Dashboard (2021-22) on Tuesday. The index and dashboard (2021-22) are a result of the NITI Aayog-GIZ and BMZ collaboration focused on driving SDG localization in our cities, under the umbrella of Indo-German Development Cooperation, said a press statement by NITI Ayog.
A total of 56 urban areas were considered for computation. Out of the 56 urban areas, Shimla tops the Index followed by Coimbatore and Chandigarh, said the press release.
The SDG Urban Index and Dashboard rank 56 urban areas 77 SDG indicators across 46 targets of the SDG framework. The data on these indicators have been sourced from official data sources such as NFHS, NCRB, U-DISE, data portals of various ministries, and other government data sources, added the press release.
The index and dashboard will further strengthen SDG localization and institute robust SDG monitoring at the city level. It highlights the strengths and gaps of ULB-level data, monitoring, and reporting systems, as per the press statement.
Tools such as this index and dashboard will contribute to the creation of an ecosystem in which all stakeholders will be equipped to adopt and implement data-driven decision making. This transformative change is quite essential, given the increasing prominence of our cities and urban areas in charting the future of development in India, according to the statement.
“Cities are fast becoming engines of growth. The SDG Urban index and dashboard, a product of an innovative partnership between NITI Aayog and GIZ, will go a long way in instituting a robust SDG monitoring system in our cities, and is a milestone step in our SDG localisation journey,” Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog said during the launch.
With one-third of the journey towards achieving the 2030 Agenda behind us, measuring progress on the SDG in urban areas is critical. On this theme, Sanyukta Samaddar, Nodal Officer (SDG), said that NITI Aayog, “seeks to empower local administrations to adopt a measurement-based approach to decision making. Only if the SDG agenda is adopted by the last mile stakeholders can we hope to achieve the global 2030 Agenda. The SDG Urban Index is one more step towards localising the SDGs further.”
On the Indo-German Partnership on Sustainable Development Goals, Claudia Warning, DG BMZ said that it will, “focus on deepening SDG localisation and monitoring, and addressing critical gaps in institutional capacity and data systems on SDGs at national and state levels. We look forward to strengthening this partnership with NITI Aayog in building capacities on SDGs.”
Out of 56 urban areas ranked in the index, 44 are with a population of above one million. 12 are State capitals with a population of less than a million.
While for some indicators, “urban area” implies ULBs, in other cases, it refers to all urban areas within a district collectively. This is owing to the usage of different data sets which have collated urban data at different administrative units.
However, for any given indicator, the same definition has been used for all urban areas.
The top ten urban areas include–Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) Chandigarh (Chandigarh), Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Kochi ( Kerala), Panaji (Goa), Pune (Maharashtra), Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Nagpur (Maharashtra).
The bottom urban areas include–Faridabad (Haryana), Kolkata (West Bengal), Agra (Uttar Pradesh), Kohima (Nagaland), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Patna (Bihar), Guwahati (Assam), Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Meerut (Uttar Pradesh), Dhanbad (Jharkhand).

462 students, 49 staff test COVID-19 positive in a month in Kangra

Kangra (Himachal Pradesh) [India] : In the last one month, 462 school students and 49 staff members have been tested positive for COVID-19 in the Kangra, informed Dr Gurdarshan Gupta, Chief Medical Officer, Kangra district.
Talking to ANI, the Chief Medical Officer said, “After the reopening of schools for selected classes from September 27, 462 school students and 49 staff members including teachers have been tested positive for COVID-19 in the district. It accounts for 25-30 per cent of the total positive cases during this period. We are worried about the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. We have to follow basic precautionary measures and people who are above the age of 18 should undergo vaccination, if not vaccinated yet.” Talking about the SOPs laid down by the Education Department, the Chief Medical Officer said, “If the cases of COVID-19 are higher within students and staff of a particular school, according to the SOPs, the school has to be closed for 48 hours, detailed contact tracing has to performed and the entire educational premises has to be disinfected.”
While informing about a long festive break for the students, he said, ” The festival break has been increased from five days to seven days by the Education department. The schools will remain closed from October 31 to November 7.”

Delhi reports 37 new COVID-19 cases

New Delhi [India] : Delhi reported 37 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours and there was no fatality in the city due to the disease.
According to the Delhi government health bulletin, the total count of coronavirus cases in the city has gone up to 14,39,788 and the active caseload in the city stands at 334. The case fatality rate in the national capital is 1.74 per cent and the positivity rate is 0.06 per cent.
With 48 more persons having recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, the total number of recoveries in the city has gone up to 14,39,788. The death toll stands at 25,091
A total number of 59,293 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours in Delhi including 45,731 RT-PCR tests and 13,562 rapid antigen tests.
The bulletin said 2,93,11,912 COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far.
Beneficiaries vaccinated with 1st dose in last 24 hours stand at 20, 450 and cumulative beneficiaries vaccinated with 1st dose so far has reached 1,29,92,172.
The bulletin said that 34, 828 beneficiaries have been vaccinated with a second dose in the last 24 hours and the total number of those who have got the second dose stands at 73,25,519.

Assam reports 322 fresh COVID19 cases

Dispur (Assam) [India] : A total of 322 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths were recorded in Assam in the last 24 hours, said the state’s health department on Friday.
With new cases registered on Friday, the total case reported in the state touched 6,10,150 including 2,444 active cases. With 278 new recoveries, the total recoveries mounted to 6,00,367. The death toll is 5,992.
A total of 43,841 tests were conducted to detect the presence of the virus. So far, 2,46,57,174 tests have been conducted in Assam.
Of the deaths reported in the last 24 hours, two were in Kamrup and one was reported in Nalbari.

Free medical services to 21 lakh

New Delhi [India]: With the launch of 15 mobile medical units for Himachal Pradesh on Thursday, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Anurag Thakur aims to extend the facility of free testing, treatment and medicines to 21 lakh more people for the next five years.
“In six years, we provided six lakh people with the facility of free testing, treatment and medicines. Our aim for the next five years is to extend this facility to 21 lakh more people,” Anurag Thakur told ANI. Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday on Friday, Thakur and Union Minister for Health Mansukh Mandaviya flagged off 15 mobile medical units for Himachal Pradesh.
“We started with three medical vans that tour 17 villages. Wishing Modiji health and long life, we are adding 15 more mobile units to the state,” he added.
Thakur further said that all medical units are equipped with modern gadgets and will provide free treatment and medicines in villages.

President reaches Himachal

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India]: President Ram Nath Kovind reached Himachal Pradesh on Thursday to grace the special session of the state legislative assembly on Friday.
Governor of Himachal Pradesh Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur received President Kovind on his arrival at Shimla, informed account of Rashtrapati Bhavan by a tweet. As per an official release, on September 17, the President will grace and address the special session of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly being organised on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Statehood.
Later, on September 18, the President will grace the valedictory ceremony of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service Officer Trainees of 2018 and 2019 batches at the National Academy of Audit and Accounts in Shimla.

PM Modi urges healthcare workers to avoid COVID vaccine wastage

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with healthcare workers and beneficiaries of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Himachal Pradesh through video conference.

New Delhi [India], September 6 : The Prime Minister during the interaction urged the healthcare workers to avoid the wastage of the COVID-19 vaccine. Interacting with Dr Rahul, who is posted in the Civil Hospital in Dodra Kwar area in Shimla, the Prime Minister said, “Using the COVID vaccine carefully can decrease the expenses of vaccination by 10 per cent.”
“Teams were deployed to visit every house to spread awareness about virus and vaccination. We used to take feedback from the ASHA workers everyday and used to collect data to avoid the wastage of vaccine,” Dr Rahul said while interacting with PM Modi.
“I have seen that all the staff members including doctors, nurses and others have worked in a team to carry out the vaccination drive. We must not show leniency of any kind to complete the vaccination drive,” PM Modi said while interacting with a beneficiary, Dayal Singh from Thunag Mandi.
Himachal Pradesh has successfully covered its entire eligible population with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination, the Prime Minister’s Office said earlier on Sunday.
The efforts by the state included geographical prioritisation to focus on difficult terrains, initiatives to ensure mass awareness, and door-to-door visits by ASHA workers, among others, informed an official release by the Prime Minister’s Office.
“Himachal Pradesh has set a benchmark in the fight against COVID-19 by giving the first dose of vaccine to all eligible people. Will have the privilege of interacting with many such beneficiaries and health workers of the state through video conferencing tomorrow at 11 am,” informed PM Modi in a tweet in Hindi.
The state gave special attention to women, the elderly, divyangjans, industrial workers, daily wagers and undertook special campaigns like “Suraksha ki Yukti-Corona se Mukti” to attain this milestone.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was present during the event.

Rural India is empowering COVID vaccination drive: PM Modi

ANI | Updated: Sep 06, 2021 14:35 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday praised the people of Himachal for not allowing any rumour or disinformation to hamper the COVID vaccination drive in the state and said that country’s rural society is empowering the vaccination drive.
Speaking at the interaction session with the healthcare workers and beneficiaries of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Himachal Pradesh, PM Modi said, “The people of Himachal did not allow any rumour and any disinformation to hamper the vaccination efforts. Himachal is proof of how the country’s rural society is empowering the world’s largest and fastest vaccination campaign.” The Prime Minister als0 expressed happiness that even in a remote district like Lahaul-Spiti has been a leader in giving 100 per cent first dose.
“This is the area which used to be cut off from the rest of the country for months before the Atal Tunnel was built,” he said.
“Tourism is also getting the direct benefit of strengthened connectivity, farmers and gardeners who produce fruits and vegetables are also getting it. By using internet connectivity in villages, young talents of Himachal can take their culture and new possibilities of tourism to the country and abroad.”
Referring to recently notified Drones rules, the Prime Minister said: “These rules will help in the spheres of many sectors like health and agriculture. This will open doors for new possibilities.”
The Prime Minister urged the farmers and gardeners of Himachal to make farming in Himachal organic within the next 25 years.
“Slowly we have to free our soil from chemicals,” he said.
He said the central government is now going to create a special online platform for women self-help groups.
“Through this medium, our sisters will be able to sell their products in the country and the world. They will be able to deliver apple, orange, kinnow, mushroom, tomato, many such products to every nook and corner of the country,” he added.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, BJP national president JP Nadda, Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, MPs, MLAs, Panchayat leaders, among others, were present on the occasion.

PM Modi to interact with healthcare workers, COVID-19 vaccine beneficiaries in Himachal today

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday would interact with healthcare workers and beneficiaries of the COVID-19 vaccination program in Himachal Pradesh at 11 AM through video conferencing.
“Himachal Pradesh has set a benchmark in the fight against COVID-19 by giving the first dose of vaccine to all eligible people. Will have the privilege of interacting with many such beneficiaries and health workers of the state through video conferencing tomorrow at 11 am,” informed PM Modi in a tweet in Hindi. Himachal Pradesh has successfully covered its entire eligible population with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination, the Prime Minister’s Office said.
The efforts by the state included geographical prioritization to focus on difficult terrains, initiatives to ensure mass awareness, and door to door visits by ASHA workers, among others, informed an official release by the Prime Minister’s office.
The state gave special attention to women, the elderly, divyangjans, industrial workers, daily wagers etc and undertook special campaigns like “Suraksha ki Yukti-Corona se Mukti” to attain this milestone.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will be present during the event.

PM chairs 37th PRAGATI meeting, reviews eight projects of three ministries

New Delhi [India], August 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired the 37th meeting of PRAGATI, the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving the Centre and state governments.
A PMO release said nine agenda items were taken for review during the meeting including eight projects and one scheme. Among the eight projects, three projects each were from the Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and two projects were from the Ministry of Power.
These eight projects have a cumulative cost of Rs 1,26,000 crore concerning 14 states – Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttrakhand, Manipur and Delhi.
The Prime Minister stressed the significance of the timely completion of these projects.
During the interaction, the Prime Minister reviewed ‘One Nation – One Ration Card’ (ONORC) scheme.
He asked officials to explore multiple utilities of the technological platform developed under the scheme for a wide array of benefits to the citizens.
The Prime Minister also directed the state officials to keep monitoring the construction of oxygen plants and the availability of hospital beds.
In the previous 36 PRAGATI meetings, 292 projects having a total cost of 13.78 lakh crore, have been reviewed.

Himachal Pradesh CM urges people to participate in Covid-19 vaccination drive

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India]: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday urged the people of the State to participate in the vaccination drive against Covid-19 so that the spread of this pandemic could be checked against the possible third wave.
The State Government has launched the vaccination campaign at a large scale and Himachal Pradesh was amongst the leading states in this drive, he said. While listening to the public grievances at Kangra Rest House on Wednesday, he said that “the State Government was fully geared up to handle the situation and all arrangements have been made to tackle the possible third wave of this pandemic effectively”.
“The effective steps were being taken to strengthen health services in Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College Tanda and all major health institutions of the State”, he further said.
The CM added, “Mukhyamantri Sewa Sankalp Helpline-1100 was proving very helpful in speedy redressal of the public grievances, so far about 2.48 lakh complaints have been received through this Helpline and most of them have been redressed.”
“Janmanch was also an important initiative of the State Government for redressal of public grievances, however, due to Covid-19, it was not being organized for the past few months. It would be resumed as soon as the situation normalises because this was an effective medium to reach out to the masses and address their complaints and problems on the spot”, he said.
Speaker H.P. Vidhan Sabha Vipin Singh Parmar, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Sarveen Chaudhary, BJP State President and MP Suresh Kashyap, MLA Vishal Nehriya, Zila Parishad Chairman Ramesh Brar and former Rajya Sabha MP Kripal Parmar were present on the occasion.

4 dead, over 50 feared buried in massive landslide in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur

At least four people have been killed and over 50 people were feared trapped under the debris of a massive landslide that hit Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur on Wednesday, officials said. According to Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), four bodies have been retrieved from the debris of the landslide that occurred on Reckong Peo-Shimla Highway in Nigulsari area of Kinnaur district on Wednesday afternoon.

New Delhi [India], August 11 : Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that operations are underway to rescue those trapped under the debris of falling boulders. Rescue operations by teams of the ITBP, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Army and local police are hindered by the falling boulders.
The State Emergency Operation Centre said that a total of 10 people have been rescued safely.
A 30-seater Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus, a truck and four cars were among the vehicles that came under the rubble as the landslide hit around 12 noon. The bus, which was moving from Murang to Haridwar, could not be traced so far and it seems that it may have fallen into the Sutlej river. Over 30 people were said to be traveling in the bus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have called upon Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur and assured all possible help from the Centre in the rescue operations. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had also tweeted about the incident.
ITBP spokesperson Vivek Pandey told ANI that they got a call at 12.15 pm and rescue teams had to wait for over an hour for shooting stones to stop. There are 300 jawans of three battalions including 17th battalion, 19th battalion and 43rd battalion of ITBP at the spot. “The area is currently very dangerous,” he said.
Pandey also said the body of one dead person retrieved from the spot has been identified as a as labourer, and that a bus of HRTC is still untraceable and it seems that it might have fallen in the Sutlej river down 300 feet.
“It is believed that around 40 people are trapped,” the spokesperson added.
Chief Minister Thakur had earlier said that 50-60 people are feared to be trapped under the debris and the driver along with the conductor of the bus have been rescued.
“50-60 people could be trapped in the debris following a landslide on a road in Nigulsari area of Kinnaur district. Four people including driver and conductor of the bus trapped in the debris have been rescued,” he said.
Kinnaur MLA Jagat Singh Negi told ANI that rescue operations are being hindered due to falling rubble.
“The landslide incident has taken place near Nigulsari. A bus is buried under the rubble there. Few cars and a truck are suspected to be trapped. The bus driver and one more person rescued. ITBP rescue teams at the spot, operation hindered due to falling boulders,” he said.
Chief Minister thanked Narendra Modi and said that Prime Minister took detailed information of the incident.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also spoke to Jairam Thakur and the Director General of ITBP over the incident.
“Regarding the accident caused by landslide in Himachal’s Kinnaur, I spoke to Chief Minister @jairamthakurbjp and DG ITBP. @ITBP_official teams are actively engaged in relief and rescue work. It is the priority of ITBP and local administration to save lives and provide prompt treatment to the injured,” Shah tweeted.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party National President JP Nadda appealed party workers to extend all possible during ongoing rescue operations.
Former Union Minister Suresh Prabhu said that he is hopeful of rescue operations by Army and NDRF will “yield results.”
“Sad to hear about the #landslide on Reckong Peo-Shimla Highway in #Kinnaur District #HimachalPradesh due to which 40 people are feared buried under debris. I am hopeful that rescue operations by Army & NDRF will yield its results,” he tweeted.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have also spoken to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday and assured him of all possible help.

In July, nine tourists were killed after huge boulders fell on their vehicle near Basteri in Kinnaur district. 

Multiple landslides triggered by incessant rains occurred near Basteri on the Sangla-Chitkul, resulting in a bridge collapse and damage to some vehicles, police said. A video of the incident, which had gone viral on social media, showed several boulders rolling downhill and smashing into the bridge, causing it to collapse.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur had expressed condolences over the tragic incident.

PM Modi had then announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

HP : Schools Reopen

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India] : Schools across the state re-opened for classes 10, 11 and 12 from Monday while adhering to COVID-19 protocols.

“We are delighted to return to school. We will follow protocols of wearing masks, hand hygiene, and physical distancing,” said a student. Another student said “We even attended the online classes, but we had to face many issues in that. At times, we ran out of connectivity. Returning back to school is good because we can interact with our teachers and friends. Offline studying is better than online.”

With the decline in positivity rate and increase in recovery rate, the situation of Covid-seems to be improving. In the state, six districts have recorded a positivity rate of less than 5 per cent.

PM closely monitoring calamity in HP

Cloudburst in Dharamshala: The IMD has said that Himachal Pradesh will experience moderate to heavy rains inthe coming days.

Incessant rainfall in Himachal Pradesh has crippled the normal life. While an incident of cloudburst was reported in Dharamshala triggering a flood-like situation, the national highway near Jhakri in Rampur area of Shimla district was blocked following heavy rainfall.

The state has been receiving heavy rainfall for the last few days. The cloudburst incident in Dharamshala triggered flash floods and caused damages to the public properties. 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that Himachal Pradesh will experience moderate to heavy rains inthe coming days. The MeT department has issued an orange weather warning of heavy to very heavy rains in plains and mid-hills on July 12 and 13 July and yellow weather warning for July 14 and 15.

The MeT office in Shimla said that landslides and uprooting of trees may occur due to rainfall and alerted the general public and tourists not to venture near the river banks as the water level may increase.

Meanwhile, a cloudburst triggered a flash flood in Lar tehsil of Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Monday morning. The flash flood damaged residential houses and roads. However, there was no report of any loss of life in the incident.

J&K: Cloudburst in Ganderbal triggers flash floods

A cloudburst triggered flash floods in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, officials said on Monday. The normal life in region was affected following the heavy rainfall. However, there was no report of loss of life in the incident. Meanwhile, the Indian Army and local police launched an operation to help the people in the area hit by the flash flood. Rescue teams have been distributing ration and medical aid to the affected people.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the situation in Himachal Pradesh due to a flood calamity was being “closely monitored”. The intervention comes as flash floods triggered by heavy rains unleashed their fury. 

In a tweet, Modi said that authorities were working with the state government, further assuring that all possible support was being extended. 

“The situation in Himachal Pradesh due to heavy rains is being closely monitored. Authorities are working with the State Government. All possible support is being extended. I pray for the safety of those in affected areas,” he wrote on Twitter. 

Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh passes away; condolences pour in

Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Virbhadra Singh died in the wee hours of Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 87. The veteran leader breathed his last at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) in Shimla at 3.40 am, senior medical superintendent Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) Dr. Janak Raj said. 

He suffered from heart attack on Monday and was critical. He was in the critical care unit of IGMC. Virbhadra was put on ventilator under the supervision of the doctors of the cardiology department on Wednesday after he had breathing problem, he added.Advertisementnull

The nine-time MLA and five-time MP, Singh served as Himachal Pradesh’s Chief Minister for six times. 

Virbhadra was tested positive for COVID-19 on June 11 for the second time in two months. He had earlier tested positive for the disease on April 12. Earlier, he was admitted to a hospital in Chandigarh after he tested positive for coronavirus on April 12. Singh had returned home in Holly Lodge on April 30 from the Chandigarh hospital after getting cured of the first infection. However, he was admitted to IGMC within hours after reaching home, as he complained of cardiac and breathing problems. He was under treatment in the hospital ever since then.

Virbhadra Singh’s family 

Singh’s wife Pratibha Singh and the couple’s son Vikramaditya Singh are also politicians. Pratibha is former MP, while Vikramaditya is MLA from Shimla rural. They had celebrated Singh’s 87th birthday at their residence at Holly Lodge in a simple manner by cutting a cake in the presence of their supporters on June 23. At that time, Virbhadra was convalescing at the IGMC.

The veteran Congress leader remained Chief Minister of the state for six times- from April 8, 1983 to  March 5, 1990, December 3, 1993 to March 23, 1998 and from March 6, 2003 to December 29, 2007 and for the sixth time from December 25, 2012 to December 26, 2017. Singh also remained the leader of Opposition from March 1998 to March 2003.

The veteran Congress leader also served as union deputy minister, Tourism and Civil Aviation, minister of state for industries, union minister of steel and Union Minister of micro, small & medium enterprises (MSME). 

He was re-elected to the 13th Vidhan Sabha in December 2017 from Arki Assembly Constituency in Solan district. Earlier, he was elected to the state legislative assembly in October 1983 (by-election); re-elected in 1985 from Jubbal-Kotkhai assembly constituency, in 1990, 1993, 1998, 2003 & 2007 from Rohru assembly constituency and in 2012 from Shimla rural assembly constituency.

He was also elected to third Lok Sabha in 1962; re-elected to 4th Lok Sabha in 1967 from Mahasu Constituency, 5th Lok Sabha in 1971 , 7th Lok Sabha in 1980 and 15th Lok Sabha (5th term) in May 2009 from Mandi Lok- Sabha Constituency.

The veteran leader was BA (Hons.), MA; educated at Bishop Cotton School, Shimla and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. Son of Late Raja Sir Padam Singh of Bushahr state, he was born on June 23, 1934 at Sarahan. He also served as Himachal Pradesh Congress president in 1977, 1979, 1980 and from 26th August, 2012 to December 2012.

Jai Ram Thakur, Nadda condole Virbhadra’s demise 

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda have expressed their condolences on the demise of Virbhadra Singh. The leaders prayed for peace to the departed soul.

Shimla MP and BJP state President Suresh Kashyap, BJP HP incharge Avinash Rai Khanna also expressed their condolences on his death.

Massive inflow of tourists in HP

Himachal Pradesh has started witnessing an inflow of tourists following relaxation in COVID restrictions by the state government. In less than a month starting from June, around 6-7 lakh tourists in the Himalayan state have been trafficked. As the number of new COVID cases started declining in the country, tourists have started thronging to the destinations like Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Narkanda and other parts of the state.

Commenting on the tourism situation, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department Director Amit Kashyap said, “After the government has eased the COVID restrictions, the tourist inflow has picked up. Generally, we receive over 1.3 crore tourists but the COVID-19 pandemic since the last year hit the tourism business. Last year we received only 32 lakh tourists including foreigners. This year till May 31, we received only 13 lakh tourists. But now in June after the restrictions have been relaxed, we have received 6 to 7 Lakh tourists within this period.”

“As the weather conditions are pleasant here and monsoon is delayed, people will continue to come. We have developed the SOPs for the tourists. Meetings were held with the hotel operators, tourism and travel associations. Tourism is a major source of income for the state’s economy and we are trying to revive this business. It is being ensured that the protocol is being followed,” Kashyap added.

The rising inflow of tourists can easily be felt with the vehicular traffic jams seen in places like Shimla, Manali and Dharamshala. 

“I am coming from Delhi and it is been a long time we could not move out due to lockdown conditions. We have come here with safety measures. We have some plans as it is expected the third wave of the COVID pandemic will hit the country. Also, the lockdown conditions are relaxed and we wanted to grab this period to get ourselves refreshed before the third wave enters,” Nishant, a tourist from Delhi said. 

Another tourist Usha Sharma, a school teacher in Delhi, said she could not go out of her home for more than one and a half years since the country’s COVID pandemic hit the country. Now after reaching Himachal Pradesh she has been feeling invigorated.

“I am a school teacher from Delhi. For over one and a half years I have been teaching students online from home. It was for many months I could not walk out of my house. Now coming here to the hill station, I cannot express my happiness. It is very good. and I am delighted to be here. I wish there comes no COVID third wave and we shall continue coming here. There is a bit of a sense of fear but we should follow the COVID protocol,” Sharma said.

Another tourist Nidhi said, “We were exhausted staying locked in our homes for almost two years. Due to work from home, we neither met anyone nor went out anywhere. It was really refreshing travelling from Kalka to Shimla on a toy train. It is relaxing. The weather is good. Back home the temperature is above 40 degrees Celcius. I am happy to be here. We have already vaccinated ourselves. COVID protocols are being followed here. Everywhere there is temperature checking. In tourism guidelines also if you are vaccinated then you will get easy access anywhere.”

According to official data, an economy of Rs 11,000 crore is generated in Himachal Pradesh through tourism.

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