IIT-Roorkee has prepared the design to restore The Ridge
The IIT-Roorkee has prepared the design to restore The Ridge in Shimla. According to the plan, instead of digging The Ridge to remove mud and debris, the IIT-Roorkee has suggested the use of micropile for protective construction. Digging can lead to more cracks on The Ridge. The use of micropile will help to reach the hard strata without digging The Ridge and build a strong foundation. The construction work would be carried out on the lines of the Padam Dev Complex, which was also built to support a portion of The Ridge a few decades ago. The estimated budget for the first phase is around Rs 15 crore. While the first phase will see the protective work from the Padam Dev Complex till the sinking portion in front of the Gaiety Theatre, the second phase will take care of the stretch up to DAV School. Besides, the restoration work of the huge water tank beneath The Ridge is also underway. The British-era tank has developed cracks in a few chambers.
Covid Test has been allowed by Private Laboratories
The Department of Health and Family Welfare has allowed Covid test by private laboratories at the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) and Hospital in Shimla, Hamirpur medical college, Tanda medical college (TMC), Mandi, and Fortis Hospital in Kangra. The rate for the rapid-antigen test has been fixed at Rs 300 and the facility will be available at six places in the state. However, the facility of the RT-PCR test will be available only in the government health institutions as private laboratories do not have the sophisticated equipment for the confirmatory test. The decision is in line with the HP High Court order in which certain suggestions were given to the government, including allowing Covid tests by private laboratories.
Sixth edition of the International Film Festival of Shimla on 25-26 December
Award-winning Arabic film “I’m Gonna Tell God Everything”, reflecting the mental and social side effects on the lives of children in war-torn Syria, by American director Dev Pinn and “Feed or Bleed India” — fight between hunger and hygiene for women beggars by Susheel Jangira — would be the main highlight of the sixth edition of the International Film Festival of Shimla. This two-day festival is to be held on December 25 and 26 through virtual medium.
Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry ranked 11th
Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, has been ranked 11th among the agricultural universities and research institutes by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for 2019. The university has improved its position by one rank from last year when it was placed on the 12th rank nationally.
‘One Warning Free Warning’ campaign has been started in Hamirpur
‘One Warning Free Warning’ campaign has been started in Hamirpur district to encourage people to wear masks in this Corona crisis. Under this campaign, government officials and employees are motivating people to wear masks. Maska has been distributed to those who do not wear the mask. In future, strict action is also being warned.
Biljan Gurung was cremated with full state honour
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has expressed grief over demise of Indian army soldier Biljan Gurung who died in Siachen glacier due to felling while performing his duty. He was cremated with full state honour at Subathu in Solan district.
Ranveer Pal Verma new member of HPSSC
Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission Chairman Brigadier Satish Kumar Sharma administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new member of the Commission, Ranveer Pal Verma, in a simple ceremony.
386 places identified for storage of vaccine in Himachal
Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi said that preparations for making vaccine available to people of the State have been completed. He said that the vaccine would be provided to people of the state in phased manner as per the directions of the Centre Government. Secretary Health said that as per the directions of Centre Government, initially the vaccine would be given to 80 thousand Health Care Workers and other front-line workers, including police, sanitation workers, etc. He said that health workers of government and non-government organisations would be included in it and other people would be given vaccination in phased manner after that. He said that preparations for storage facility of vaccines have also been completed. About 386 places have been identified at various locations in the state for storage of vaccine.
Five-time Kasauli MLA Raghu Raj died
Former Kasauli MLA Raghu Raj died after a prolonged illness. He was first time elected as MLA in 1982. After that, from 1985 to 1990, from 1993 to 1998, from 1998 to 2003 and from 2003 to 2007, he continued to serve as an MLA from Kasauli. He was also the Minister of Animal Husbandry in Virbhadra Singh cabinet. He was away from active politics after losing the 2007 elections.
Lahaul administration will provide garbage bags to visitors
The Lahaul administration has decided to set up an IT cell to register the details of visitors and provide them with garbage bags so that the valley can be kept clean. An online application form would be developed with the assistance of the National Informatics Centre for the next tourist season beginning in April. The details of visitors would be registered at Sissu and they would be provided with a jute garbage bag. They could throw the waste in dumpers to be installed at various locations and keep the bag as a car bin.