Thursday, October 22, 2020

Himachal Pradesh

Cong acting as lobbyist for anti-farmer forces: Himachal Minister

SHIMLA:Himachal Pradesh Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj on Thursday lashed out at the Congress for misleading farmers on the farm laws and alleged that the party was acting as a lobbyist for anti-farmer forces.

National Deworming Day records decline in worm infection in 14 states'

NEW DELHI:Since the launch of the 'National Deworming Day' in 2015, 14 states have shown a reduction in worm infections prevalent among children while nine states showed a substantial decline, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

First eBook on National Education Policy 2020 Released

CHANDIGARH: Since 29th July 2020, when the National Education Policy 2020 was approved by the Union Cabinet, the academic world has been surcharged with Webinars.

Deepti Naval undergoes angioplasty at Mohali hospital

CHANDIGARH:Actor Deepti Naval, who suffered a heart attack in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, underwent angioplasty at the Fortis hospital in Mohali early Tuesday and her condition was stable, doctors said.

More scribes die of covid-19, JFA expresses anguish

Guwahati: The Covid-19 pandemic continues to take its toll as more journalists are dying because of novel corona virus aggravated complications across India. Lately Mysuru based senior journalist Pavan Hettur (35), who worked for Kannada daily Prajavani succumbed tothe infection at a private hospital. He was admitted after testing Covid-19 positive and passed away on 18 October 2020.Days back Patna based photojournalist Krishna Mohan Sharma (63),worked for Times of India, died of Covid-19 complications on 15 October while undergoing treatment at AIIMS, New Delhi. Same day,senior cricket journalist & commentator Kishore Bhimani (81),acknowledged as an illustrious son of Bengal, died at a Kolkata based private hospital after contracting Covid-19.

Twitter resolves geotag issue after showing J&K as part of China

NEW DELHI:After courting controversy for wrongly showing Jammu and Kashmir as part of China, Twitter on Monday said it has resolved the issue.
We became aware of this technical issue on Sunday, and understand and respect the sensitivities around it. The teams have worked swiftly to investigate and resolve the concerned geotag issue," a Twitter spokesperson told IANS in a statement.

Himachal temples see rush with onset of Navratri

SHIMLA:Amid the fears of Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of devotees on Saturday thronged temples in Himachal Pradesh to mark the onset of the eight-day-long 'Navratri', considered an auspicious period by the Hindus.

Patiala Police arrest Two more accomplices of Gaggi Lahoria in Car snatching case

PATIALA: Vikramjit Duggal IPS, Senior Superintendent of Police, Patiala said here today that the two more close associates of gangster Gagandeep Singh @ Gaggi Lahoria have been arrested by District  Police in further investigation of FIR 232 dated October 8, u/s 392,34 of IPC and 25 of Arms act that was registered on October 6 for snatching a Swift car at Pistol Point from Nabha-Chhitawala Road.    

Modi praises STARS project, special package for J&K, Ladakh

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed the STARS project as well as the special package for Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to which the Union cabinet gave its nod on Wednesday.

Two bridges on Manali-Leh highway among 44 inaugurated by Rajnath

SHIMLA:Two crucial bridges on the strategic 475-km Manali-Leh highway were among the 44 bridges inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday to facilitate movement of armed forces and logistics in forward areas of Union Territory of Ladakh, officials said.

Union Raksha Mantri inaugurates Darcha Barsi and Palchan bridge in Himachal

SHIMLA:Union Defemce Minister, Rajnath Singh dedicated 44 permanent major bridges to the
nation and also laid foundation stone of Nechipu tunnel through video conferencing from New
Delhi on Monday. 

Himachal CM tests positive for coronavirus

SHIMLA:Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has tested positive for coronavirus on Monday. His condition is stable.

Despite China-Pak tensions, India ushering in historical changes: Rajnath

ITANAGAR:Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that despite challenging times due to Covid-19 and border tensions and disputes caused by Pakistan and China, India was not only resolutely facing them but also bringing about historical changes in all sectors of development under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's able leadership.

CBI condoles death of former Director Ashwani Kumar

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation is deeply saddened to hear the demise of Dr. Ashwani Kumar, former Director, CBI. CBI extends its deepest condolence & sympathy to the bereaved family and prays to the Almighty to give the family the strength & fortitude to bear their loss at this time of great sorrow.

Urban Missions progress in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand reviewed

CHANDIGARH:Himachal Pradesh has exceeded its target of 876 CT/PT seats by constructing
1,567 seats.  Uttarakhand has constructed 20,750 (75 per cent) IHHLs and 4,642 CT/PT seats
against a target of 2,611 seats. 

Amitav Ghosh, Pico Iyer to be part of Khushwant Singh LitFest

NEW DELHI:After holding the Khushwant Singh LitFest (KSLF) at the Kasauli Club in Himachal Pradesh for eight consecutive years, this year the festival has decided to go digital with an online LitFest on October 9, 10 and 11.

HP, Uttarakhand achieve 100% door-to-door solid waste collection

NEW DELHI: Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have achieved 100 per cent door-to-door collection of solid waste, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) said on Wednesday.

Himachal minister Bhardwaj tests Covid positive

SHIMLA:Himachal Pradesh Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj has tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, doctors said.
He has been under home quarantine since October 2

Lakhs of power sector employees extend support to UP

CHANDIGARH:Lakhs of power sector employees and engineers across the country observed the nationwide protest
by holding demonstrations and protest meetings at all districts and projects against privatization to show solidarity
with UP power engineers and employees, said V K Gupta spokesperson
All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF).

Atal Tunnel will connect youth with job opportunities: PM

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the newly-inaugurated all-weather Atal Tunnel in Himachal Pradesh, that links Manali to the Lahaul-Spiti valley, will bring employment opportunities for the youth of the entire region.

Atal Tunnel will give new strength to border infrastructure: Modi

MANALI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the majestic Atal Tunnel, beneath the lofty Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district, would give new strength to India's border infrastructure.

Modi inaugurates strategic Atal highway tunnel in Himalayas

MANALI: After a decade of sheer hard work of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the strategic Atal highway tunnel, one of the world's most challenging and a marvel of engineering motorways, in the Himalayas that will also bring the infantry combat vehicles closer to the Line of Actual Control.

Global climatic events abrupt shifts in Indian Summer Monsoon-a study

CHANDIGARH: Global climatic events like the Roman Warm Period, Medieval Climate Anomaly, and the Little Ice Age may have had significant impacts on India’s landscape, vegetation, and socio-economic growth, with abrupt shifts in the Indian Summer Monsoon (ISM) coinciding with these climatic events.

JFA urges PM Modi to announce aids to media-corona victims

GUWAHATI: As India has lost nearly 50 working journalists to the
novel corona virus infection aggravated ailments, Journalists’ Forum
Assam (JFA) urges Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a financial
package to each media victim family as a mark of respect to those
corona-warriors along with the practicing doctors, nurses, sanitation
workers, police personnel, etc.

Fundamental changes required to mitigate natural disasters: Suresh Bhardwaj

SHIMLA: Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj today presided over the webinar on Sustainable and Safe Hilly Area Development with focus on earthquake, landslide and floods. The webinar was organized jointly by the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) and the Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (HPSDMA).

Woman Covid patient commits suicide in Shimla

SHIMLA:A 54-year-old woman Covid-19 patient allegedly committed suicide in the state-run hospital in the Himachal Pradesh capital on Wednesday, the police said.

Punjab CM orders augmentation of medical oxygen supplies from within & outside state

CHANDIGARH:As Covid cases in the state continue to surge, with peak projections suggesting further increase in the coming weeks, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered ramping up of facilities in the 13 districts with the maximum CFR and augmentation of medical oxygen supplies from within and outside the state to ensure that there is no shortfall of the same.

2-year wait for states not opting for GST compensation formula

NEW DELHI:States which failed to submit their options before the GST Council meeting in October will have to wait for at least two years to get compensation on Goods and Services Tax collection shortfall expected during the transition period, Finance Ministry sources said on Monday.

GST compensation: 1st option set to get nod with 21 states on board

NEW DELHI:With 21 states expressing their preference for the Borrowing Option-1 proposed by the Centre to meet the GST compensation needs of states this year, decks have been cleared for the GST Council to approve the new compensation mechanism and make it universally applicable across all states and Union Territories at its next meeting on October 5.

Pak kills Sikhs, but funds, fuels Khalistani terror elsewhere: Canadian expert

NEW DELHI:Pakistan has been eliminating its Sikh population for decades through killings, rapes, abductions and forced marriages of young women, yet it is funding and fuelling Khalistani terrorism and separatist movement globally to achieve it sinister plans to break up India, a Canadian expert has said.

Narmada valley is the centre of human evolution—Dr A.R Sankhyan

BILASPUR (HP): Research paper of Dr A.R.Sankhyan, renowned anthropologist of Himachal Pradesh on “Evolutionary perspective on Narmada Hominin Fossils” was published on August 20 last. The paper findings confirm the hypothesis of two lineage of culturally and physically distinct hominins (human ancestors)in the region during Pleistocene times (2.50 lakh to 70,000 years ago). It sheds light on the theory that once the valley had been inhabited by two-type of human ancestors—a large bodies species and hitherto unknown pygmy-size man.

Bathinda Pharma park would uproot Chinese stranglehold in medicine sector : Manpreet Singh Badal

CHANDIGARH:Punjab is extremely hopeful that Bathinda would emerge as a venue of one of the three Pharmaceutical Parks in India, which will go a long way in rooting out the stranglehold of Chinese medicine manufacturing sector, averred Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal while addressing the media at Bathinda.

Yogi may bring ordinance to restrict religious conversion

LUCKNOW:The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is planning to promulgate an ordinance against religious conversions soon.
This is being done in view of the increasing number of cases of 'love jihad' in the state where Muslim men have concealed their religious identity to lure Hindu girls, sources said.

Himachal Governor, CM greet Modi on birthday

SHIMLA:Himachal Pradesh Governor Bandaru Dattatreya and Chief Minister Jairam Thakur on Thursday extended wishes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 70th birthday on behalf of the people.

No e-pass needed for travelling to Himachal

SHIMLA:From now onwards you don't need e-pass for interstate movement in Himachal Pradesh.

Punjab CM asks health dept to step up indegenous production of medical oxygen

CHANDIGARH: With Covid cases and fatality in the state rising, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday directed the Health Department to step up indigenous manufacturing of medical Oxygen to supplement the current supplies in order to ensure that there is no shortage of this critical commodity to tackle any future crisis.

GST compensation cess: 13 states decide, 12 opt for 1st option

NEW DELHI:A total of 13 states have so far decided on their borrowing options to meet their GST compensation shortfall and almost all have decided to go for the first option proposed by the Centre, source said.

Loyalists, Team Rahul score big in Congress rejig

NEW DELHI:Congress' interim chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday set up a special committee to assist her in operational and organisational matters, reshuffled the Congress Working Committee and and appointed General Secretaries and state in-charges with loyalists dominating the restructuring which bore a visible stamp of Rahul Gandhi.

NCB seizes 2 kg heroin from drugs smugglers

NEW DELHI:In a major crackdown on drug smugglers, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday said that it has arrested seven persons, including one African national and one Burmese national, between September 1 and 4 and seized 2 kg heroin.

UP BJP MLA wants Kangana's security upgraded, dismissal of Maha govt

LUCKNOW:Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA, Nand Kishore Gurjar, has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, asking him to upgrade actor Kangana Ranaut's security to 'Z' plus category and to dismiss the Shiv Sena led-coalition government in Maharashtra for 'illegally' demolishing the actor's office in Mumbai.