Author: Wise Himachal

The State Cabinet in its meeting held in Shimla today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu approved declaration of land acquisition and compensation to the families being affected by the expansion of Kangra airport. Furthermore, it was also decided to provide the state share of capital cost for the construction of Bulk Drug Park in Haroli Assembly constituency of Una district and approved calling of its tender.            The Cabinet gave its approval to bring additional areas of Retreat, Mashobra, Band Tukda Andri, Shiv Mandi Andri, Tal and Giri, D.P.F. Khalini, B.C.S. Mist Chamber and Parimahal under…

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Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra 2024, one of the most difficult religious pilgrimages in North India, will run from 14 to 27 July this time. The online registration process for this will be started from Thursday. This time, pilgrims will be prohibited from taking shortcuts during the journey. A blueprint was prepared for the successful organization of the Yatra under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Torul S Ravish. On Wednesday, the meeting of Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra Trust was held in the committee hall Nirmand. The meeting was chaired by Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra Trust Chairman and Deputy Commissioner Kullu Torul S Ravish. The…

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Himachal Pradesh government has appointed IPS officer Dr. Atul Verma as the new Director General of Police (DGP) of Himachal Pradesh. After the permission of the Election Commission, the state government issued its notification on Wednesday. Dr. Verma is a 1991 batch IPS officer. He has been the head of CID during the tenure of former IPS officer Sanjay Kundu as DGP. In the afternoon, Dr. Verma reached the police headquarters and took charge as the Director General of Police. Verma–the 1991-batch IPS officer–will replace Sanjay Kundu, who retired on April 30. Atul Verma is currently posted as the Director…

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DGP Sanjay Kundu retired on Tuesday after serving 35 years in the police department. In such a situation, discussions have started regarding the name of the new police chief in the state. However, no notification was issued regarding the new DGP till late evening. In view of the code of conduct, the state government has already sought permission from the Election Commission for the appointment of a new DGP. In such a situation, a notification regarding the new DGP will be issued only after getting permission from the Central Election Commission. These three names are being discussed for the new…

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The Election Commission has given the go ahead for filling up of forms for grant of Rs 1,500 financial assistance to women but with the rider that no new beneficiaries must be added till the model code of conduct is in force. The state government had approached the Election Commission of India (ECI) on March 26 last month, seeking clarification on continuation of the process for filling up of forms to give monthly financial assistance to women. The ECI has now said that the process of filling up of the form can continue as has been done in the past…

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Anmol (30), a resident of Sarkaghat, Mandi has cleared UPSC by securing 438th rank. He is currently posted as Block Development Officer (BDO) at Tutu in Shimla. He has topped in Himachal Administrative Services examination this year. After his initial education from Kendriya Vidyalaya Mandi, Anmol did his B.Tech in Technology from NIT Hamirpur and later M.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. His father Krishan Chand is a former HAS officer who recently retired from the post of Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Mandi while his mother Usha Devi is a Zila Parishad Member from Baldwara ward of Mandi.…

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The fatal landslide that killed 20 persons at Shiv Bawdi in the Summer Hill area on August 14 last year wasn’t caused by a cloudburst, but due to a choked underground water channel and incessant rain, a recent research has revealed. The research, carried out by Mahesh Sharma, assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University Institute of Technology (UIT), HP University, and others, stated when the pressure of the trapped underground water on the slope increased beyond a limit, water flushed out in an instant and caused the landslide. The research paper has been published in a reputed German journal,…

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Due to the Model Code of Conduct in force for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Himachal Pradesh, the process of Indira Gandhi Pyari Behna Sukh Samman Nidhi Yojana cannot be started nor can new beneficiaries be added to it. Due to the code of conduct in force for the Lok Sabha elections, women will not get Rs 1500 right now. The Election Commission has given clear instructions that the scheme or work in which new beneficiaries are to be added cannot be included. In this situation, after the announcement of providing Rs 1500 to women just before the Lok…

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The founder of ‘Deeva’, an online platform dedicated to sarees has sealed a deal of Rs 75 lakh with three sharks on the new episode of ‘Shark Tank India 3′. ‘Deeva’, founded by Ankush Barjata, a young entrepreneur from a small village Bangana from Una district of Himachal Pradesh, connects customers directly with manufacturers, slashing costs by 40-50 per cent compared to market rates, catering to every woman’s dream wardrobe. Ankush stands on the brink of making ‘Deeva’, the world’s largest online saree store, as he steps into the spotlight of ‘Shark Tank India 3′. Manifesting his way to the…

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu today inaugurated the state’s first outdoor escalators at the hilltop Hanuman temple Jakhu in Shimla at a height of 2,455 metres above sea level. The escalators, installed at a cost of Rs 7.94 crore, have a carrying capacity of 6,000 persons per hour and have been installed by Schindler India. The CM said the four escalators from the parking lot would facilitate people visiting the temple. They have been built with double drives and safety brakes on both the sides for the safety of passengers. Paintings depicting the storyline of Ramayana have been installed…

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Kewal Singh Pathania, the first-time Congress legislator from Shahpur in Kangra district was today appointed as Congress Chief Whip in the Vidhan Sabha. The appointment of Pathania is being viewed as a bid to placate Congress legislators and adjust majority of the MLAs by giving them political appointments. The post of Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip in the Vidhan Sabha had been lying vacant despite the formation of the Congress regime almost 14 months back.

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The State Cabinet in its meeting held today approved the recommendations of Cabinet Sub Committee constituted to decide selection of JOA (IT) Code-817 and decided to authorize Himachal Pradesh Rajya Chayan Aayog to go ahead with process of declaration of results. The Cabinet decided to fill up 113 posts of Drivers in the Home Guards and Civil Defence Department for its smooth functioning. The Cabinet decided to fill up 50 posts of Clerk in H.P. Secretariat through direct recruitment. It gave its approval to convert class-IV part time workers to daily wagers in various government departments who have completed seven…

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Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu said that the state government is going to fulfill the fifth guarantee of the Congress manifesto. Announce to give Rs 1500-1500 every month to more than five lakh women aged between 18 to 60 years from the financial year 2024-25. Social security pension for women above 60 years of age has already been increased to Rs 1500. It will cost the state government around Rs 800 crore annually to implement this guarantee. The eligible women will soon have to fill the forms to avail benefit of this scheme.

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Efforts will be made to organize one to two IPL matches in Dharamshala said IPL Chairman and BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal while talking to journalists in Sujanpur today. These events will be organized across the country keeping in mind the security arrangements in the elections. He said that the first schedule of IPL matches has been released. As soon as the second schedule is released, the name of Dharamshala will also be included in it. There will be one or two matches here. Now the dates of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are awaited so that the schedule can be…

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Himachal Pradesh High Court has banned the operation of the food cafe in the historic Town Hall of Shimla. The court ordered the food court operator Devyani International Company not to operate the food café in the Town Hall till the next hearing. A division bench of Chief Justice MS Ramachandra Rao and Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua said that the Town Hall is a very prestigious historical place of Shimla city. It was recently renovated at huge expense with the help of the Asian Development Bank. High Court stated that the historic property was meant to be used by a…

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The Supreme Court has ordered to present the Shimla Development Plan before the court. The apex court has given two weeks time to the state government for this. On 3 May 2023, the Supreme Court ordered the finalization of the plan after settling the objections lodged on the draft plan. The court had clarified that the final plan should not be implemented till one month from its publication in the gazette. On June 21, after the approval of the government, the Urban Development Department had issued the notification of Shimla Development Plan.  From November 2017, there was a ban on building construction in both…

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