Avalanche warning in five districts of Himachal Pradesh
The Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority on Wednesday issued an avalanche warning for five districts in the state.
Avalanches may occur in Kullu, Shimla, Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur and Chamba districts between 5pm on January 15 and 5pm on January 16, an official of said.
Meanwhile, slippery roads affected the traffic movement on NH-5, also known as Hindustan-Tibet Road, near Kufri, 14km from Shimla, leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded.
Shimla SP Omapati Jamwal said, “Frequent traffic jams occur due to slippery roads.”
State meteorological department director Manmohan Singh said, “Due to a fresh western disturbance, light to moderate snowfall and rainfall are likely to occur at few places on January 16.”
Minimum temperatures were recoded normal on Wednesday, while maximum temperatures were two to three degrees below normal.
Temperature was recorded at 2.1°C in Shimla, -2.4°C in Manali, -1.8°C in Kufri.
Minimum temperature in Dharamshala and Dalhousie was 4.4°C and 0.6°C.
Kalpa in Kinnaur shivered at -5.8°C while Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti remained coldest in the state at -8.2°C.
Shimla deputy commissioner Amit Kashyap said, “All main roads in the district have been opened for vehicular traffic and HRTC buses were plying to Rohru, Khadapathar, Chopal. Shimla-Rampur Road via Narkanda has been restored for normal traffic.”
He said adequate machinery and manpower have been deployed on link roads to restore traffic movement and district administration was on high alert to meet any eventuality.
“Snow clearing operations are in full swing in Dodra Kwar subdivision to clear the blocked roads,” he added.
The woman who was injured in a landslide in Chamba on Tuesday succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Kajal, wife of Tilak Raj. The victim had lost both her legs in the incident and was being shifted to Tanda medical college. Two other persons, including Tilak Raj, had died on the spot after being hit by a landslide in Chamba. One survivor, Kaku Ram, is undergoing treatment.
A day after a trader reported extortion calls demanding ₹50 lakh to the police, two bike-borne men opened fire on The proprietor of the store, Sumit Narula's shop on Sasoli Road in Yamunanagar on Tuesday. Three bullets were fired at the store Ganesh Traders, which dealing in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fittings. The proprietor of the store, Sumit Narula, was not at his shop at the time of the attack. The pillion rider fired the shots that struck the glass door.
A qualified nurse and senior lecturer at a UK university has been struck off the country's medical register over misconduct, which involved the harassment of a Sikh colleague over his religious beliefs and mocking his turban as a “bandage” and “hat”. The Nursing and Midwifery Council held a virtual hearing of the case against Maurice Slaven last week, over allegations of racial harassment of a fellow Sikh lecturer identified only as Colleague 1.
Following widespread protests by the people of Ramban, the Directorate of Health Services on Tuesday constituted a four-member panel to probe a complaint against the Banihal Community Health Centre where a newborn was wrongly declared dead just after her birth. “Assistant director (schemes) Sanjay Turkey has been asked to submit its report within two days,” said a health official.
A block president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Kunwar Partap Singh, and his son besides eight unidentified persons have been booked under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act besides on the charges of snatching, house trespass, wrongfully restrain and criminal intimidation on the complaint of a 32-year-old woman in Ferozepur on Tuesday. Following a complaint, an FIR was registered, said police.
Six members of a family were killed and seventeen others were injured after a speeding truck collided with the pick-up van they were travelling in on the Jind-Kaithal highway near Kandela village in Jind on Tuesday morning. A police spokesperson said, “The truck driver fled, leaving his truck on the spot. We are trying to gather information regarding the absconding driver and the owner of the truck.”