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493 roads closed as fresh snowfall, rain lash state
Hindustan-Tibet Highway shut beyond Dhalli | Another spell on Jan 8-9

Posted:  Jan 08, 2020 07:39 AM
Updated:  5 hours ago

White mantle: Tourists enjoy snowfall at Solang Valley in Manali on Tuesday

Tribune News Service
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service
Shimla, January 7

Normal life was thrown out of gear in Himachal as 493 roads were closed following widespread rains and snow and there was no respite from biting cold wave as minimum temperatures stayed three to seven degree below normal.
Water pipes froze and burst at many places in middle and higher hills, including Shimla, thick ground frost was seen in middle and lower hills and fog disrupted traffic in more than a dozen towns along riverbeds and reservoirs.
Shimla, Chamba, Kullu and Mandi districts, which experienced rain and snow, were worst-hit and 300 of the 493 roads were closed in Shimla zone alone. Dozens of HRTC buses were stranded, while 100 buses were not sent to snowbound areas. The Hindustan-Tibet Highway was closed beyond Dhalli and Rampur-bound buses were routed via Basantpur and Kingal.
As many as 151 roads were closed in Rampur, 96 in Rohru, 48 in Shimla, 119 in Dalhousie, 44 in Mandi and 22 in Kullu. As many as 297 JCBs, 37 tippers and 16 dozers have been deployed for clearing roads. Shimla Hotel and Restaurant Association president Sanjay Sood said the hotel occupancy in Shimla was over 80 per cent and the bookings were on as the number of walk-in tourist was on the rise.
Tourism Industry Stakeholders’ Association president MK Seth said: “Small and frequent falls are beneficial for the tourism industry as the roads are opened, tourists are not stranded, power and water supply is not affected and tourists in large number throng Shimla and other hill destinations to enjoy snow.”
Kothi, Dalhousie and Kufri received 45 cm, 24 cm and 20 cm of snow, respectively, followed by Manali and Khadrala 18 cm, Kalpa 17 cm, Keylong 15 cm, Shimla 14 cm, Pooh 10 cm, Gondla 8 cm, Theog 7 cm and Sarahan and Udaipur7 cm. However, rains washed the snow in Shimla.
The local MeT office has predicted thunderstorm accompanied by hail and lightning in lower hills and heavy rains and snowfall in middle and higher hills on January 8 and 9 and rains and snow at isolated places in middle and lower hills on January 10.The MeT office predicted another wet spell from January 12. The high altitude tribal areas and other high mountain ranges and passes covered under thick blanket of snow reeled under arctic conditions with mercury staying 12 to 20 degree below freezing point and all natural sources of water lakes, springs, rivulets and tributaries of major rivers were frozen.
Shimla DC Amit Kashyap said Dhalli-Kufri, Kufri-Chail, Shimla-Theog roads had been blocked due to snowfall and snow-clearing operations were in full swing with adequate JCB machinery. PWD employees were working in bone-chilling conditions to resume traffic on main roads and link roads. He said Chopal-Shimla and Khadapathar road were also blocked and HRTC buses were were not plying in snowbound upper Shimla areas and Narkanda has recorded 9-inch snow and Dodra Kwar subdivision is also cut off.
Air traffic hit in Kangra
Kangra: Low visibility affected air traffic at the Kangra airport on Tuesday. Due to low visibility, the Chandigarh-Dharamsala Air India flight could not land and returned to Chandigarh. Another Air India flight from Delhi to Dharamsala was cancelled due to bad weather.
MAN KILLED AS TREE FALLS ON MOVING CAR
A man was killed when a tree fell on a moving Maruti car near Forest Headquarters in Tolland on Cart Road, Shimla. Amit Sharma, 30, was seriously injured as the tree fell on the front seat and the car veered off the road and hit the crash barrier. He succumbed to injuries on way to hospital.





 

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Normal life disrupted in Punjab due to Bharat bandh; Haryana partially affected


Posted:  Jan 08, 2020 10:57 AM
Updated:  1 hour ago

There was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the states. File photo
Chandigarh, January 8

The nationwide shutdown call of the trade unions on Wednesday against the Centre’s policies evoked a good response in Punjab as normal life was disrupted, but in Chandigarh and neighbouring Haryana it was mixed amid rain.
There was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the states.
The activists of several farmer associations were seen asking traders at several places in the Congress-ruled Punjab to keep their shops and business establishments closed to mark the pan-India protest.
Reports of partial shutdown of shops and other establishments were received from Patiala, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and other places.
With the state-run roadways unions joining the strike, most of the buses were off the roads in Punjab.
In Punjabi University, Patiala, some students and teachers joined the protest and did not allow the rest to enter the campus. They also condemned the violence at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.
In Chandigarh, shops were slowly opening in some sectors.
However, in neighbouring BJP-ruled Haryana, the impact of shutdown was mixed.
Sufficient security arrangements had been made in both the states to prevent any untoward incidents, said the police. IANS




 

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Now onward posting PhotoShopped images of Leh, Kargil and Laddakh or posting local details like that of hooliganism of local Taxi unions or skirmishes between them, require Ladakh police permission.

Local Administration is not liking people photo shopping the natural photos and editing videos for malicious or profitable intent. Even written posts in social require Police clearance.

Group Administrators of groups whose members want to post any thing about Ladakh have to report at Local Ladakhi police station and submit their latest Passport size Photo there and seek further permission to post on Social Media.

 

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Voice call, SMS, 2G mobile internet restored in parts of J&K, social media ban remains
Voice call and SMS services have been restored for all pre-paid connections across Jammu and Kashmir, the order said.




Sunil Bhat
Srinagar
January 18, 2020
UPDATED: January 18, 2020 15:27 IST

2G mobile internet services have been restored in 10 districts of Jammu and 2 districts of Kashmir. (File photo: Getty Images)


2G mobile internet services have been restored in 10 districts of Jammu and 2 districts of Kashmir. (File photo: Reuters)

Broadband internet and 2G mobile internet services have been restored in parts of Jammu and Kashmir, J&K Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal said while addressing media on Saturday.
The 2G mobile internet services have been restored on post-paid mobile phones for accessing only whitelisted sites to be restored in all ten districts of Jammu and two districts of Kashmir- Kupwara and Bandipora, Rohit Kansal said.
"The mobile internet connectivity shall, however, remain suspended in the districts of Srinagar, Budgam, Ganerbal, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama," the government order released on Saturday said.
However, the ban on social media will continue in these districts. Broadband internet is available across banks in J&K for the meantime.
Further, voice call and SMS services have been restored for all pre-paid connections across the Union Territory, the principal secretary of J&K administration said.
"Voice call and SMS facility only shall be restored on all local pre-paid sim cards across the UT of J&K. Further, in order to consider the provision of mobile internet connectivity on such sim cards, the Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) shall initiate the process for verification of credentials of these subscribers as per the norms applicable for post-paid connections," the order said.
Rohit Kansal said the order will come into effect from Saturday (January 18).
Also, internet service providers have been asked to provide fixed-line internet connectivity in all the 10 districts of Jammu region and two districts, Kupwara and Bandipora, in North Kashmir.
"Internet Service Providers (ISPs- BSNL/Private Service Providers) to provide fixed-line internet connectivity, with precautions as already directed, to those companies that are engaged in Software (IT/ITES) services," the order said.

Telecom services were shut in the entire Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 when the Centre abrogated the special status to the erstwhile state and also bifurcated it into two Union Territories.
However, the Supreme Court came down heavily on the UT administration last week for arbitrarily shutting down the internet, the facility described as the fundamental right by the court.


Voice call, SMS, 2G mobile internet restored in parts of J&K, social media ban remains
 

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Sea of devotees throng to Leh Monastery to witness 'Spituk Gustor'
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Leh, Jan 23 (ANI): Grand celebration of Ladakh's rich and traditional festival 'Spituk Gustor' is underway. Devotees in large numbers thronged to the 'Spituk Monastery' to witness the colourful festival. Visitors from across the world flocked to witness the traditional celebrations. Long-established rituals were performed, classical mask dances were also held. 'Gustor' is a 2-day colourful affair which means sacrificing the 29th day of 11th month of Tibetan calendar.
 

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Like earlier edition, the event would take place at two locations as:

Auto Expo 2020 - Vehicles from 7-12 February at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, UP, INDIA and

Auto Expo 2020 - Components from 6-9 February at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, INDIA.





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Bank Strike News: Bank Employee Unions Call Strike On January 31, February 1
Bank Strike Today: The United Forum of Bank Unions called for a two-day nationwide strike on January 31 and February 1 as talks on wage revision failed to make headway.
Your MoneyEdited by Peter NoronhaUpdated: January 31, 2020 11:26 am IST


Bank Strike News: Bank Employee Unions Call Strike On January 31, February 1

Bank strike 2020: The bank employees have been demanding a salary hike since November 2017.



The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), which represents nine trade unions, has called for a two-day nationwide strike on January 31 and February 1 as talks with the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) on wage revision failed to make any headway. Banking operations across the country will be affected as bank branches will remain close and functioning of ATMs may also be paralyzed.
The bank employees have been demanding a salary hike since November 2017.


Bihar: Bank employees in Patna participate in the 2-day nationwide bank strike called by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), seeking early wage revision settlement and other demands. pic.twitter.com/ZvwijWxEuR
ANI (@ANI) January 31, 2020
The strike on January 31 and February 1 will coincide with the Economic Survey and Budget Day respectively. The banks will also remain shut on February 2, which happens to be a Sunday.


UFBU is a confederation of nine bank unions that includes All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA), All India Bank Officers' Confederation (AIBOC), National Confederation of Bank Employees, All India Bank Officers' Association, Bank Employees Federation of India, Indian National Bank Employees Federation, Indian National Bank Officers' Congress, National Organisation Of Bank Workers and National Organisation of Bank Officers.


Bank Strike News: Bank Employee Unions Call Strike On January 31, February 1
 

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Today is meet. Starting at 10 am.


BCMT Meet on Sunday, 16 February 2020, 10 am onwards at
BCMTouring Dhaba, opposite Sahayoga Mandir in Qutub Institutional Area.


as requested by Akshay ji



@Imlucky is also here with us for 2nd time in Delhi.
Earlier he was able to meet me and other Rohini Members in 1st Rohini Meet.



 
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