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Women Helpline to be launched soon in Himachal Pradesh, says CM

The state has also been successful in the implementation of schemes like 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao'

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Himachal Pradesh, March 09, 2017: Himachal Pradesh government has stepped a way forward with regard to women safety and thus will soon be launching women helpline in Himachal Pradesh as told by the chief minister, Virbhadra Singh.

While addressing the state level function to celebrate International Women day, Singh declared that the State government was committed to putting an end to the violence against women was an offense to the foundations of human rights, human decency, and human dignity, mentioned PTI.

Women are the pillars of the society and it is impertinent to suffice them with skills and confidence with which they can decisions that will drive the sense of independence in them and urge greater participation in government and security sector.

According to the PTI report, the Chief Minister announced that 20 per cent posts of constables and sub-inspectors had been decreed for women in the police force and presently there were five women police stations, also four anti-trafficking units comprising women police force at Shimla, Mandi, Sirmaur, and Kangra.

The chief Minister further illuminated the audience about Muskaan, an initiative by the state government started to improve sex ratio in the state. An animation film ‘Muskan’, which is an initiative of Mansi Sahai Thakur, Director, Social Justice, and Empowerment department was also screened on the occasion. The women who have done exceptionally good in their respective fields were also awarded on the occasion.

Mr. Singh highlighted various schemes that the state government has implemented including ‘Mukhya Mantri Kanyadaan Yojna’ in which the monetary assistance had been improved to Rs 40,000 for the marriage of poor girl child.

The state has also been successful in the implementation of schemes like ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. The State government was strictly implementing the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Act (PNDT), and anyone found involved in pre-diagnosing practice, would be severely punished as per provision of the law.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamisr94

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Heavy Snowfall Expected Across Himachal Pradesh

Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 3.7 degrees Celsius, while it was 0.6 degree in Manali and 2.8 degrees in Dharamsala

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Moderate to heavy snowfall may occur across Himachal Pradesh in the next one-two days, the Met Office said on Wednesday.

Residents and tourists have been advised not to venture in the high hills as snapping of road links are high.

The supply of essential commodities and transportation of people may get hampered in remote areas of the state, a government official told IANS.

Hills of Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Sirmaur, Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur districts are likely to experience moderate to heavy snowfall from January 4-6, an official of the meteorological office here told IANS.

He said the western disturbances — storm systems originating from Caspian Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region — are likely to remain active in the region till January 9.

Avoid travelling as snow may block Himachal roads.

Most of the prominent tourist towns like Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Dalhousie and Manali are likely to have light to moderate spells of snowfall, he added.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district saw mild snowfall. It recorded a low of minus 3.4 degree Celsius.

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Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 4.6 degree.

Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 3.7 degrees Celsius, while it was 0.6 degree in Manali and 2.8 degrees in Dharamsala. (IANS)