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Train service resumes on Shimla-Kalka railway line

Shimla: Train service resumed completely on Monday after nearly three months on the UNESCO world heritage Shimla-Kalka railway line which was damaged due to torrential rains, railway officials said.
The railway track was damaged at 20-25 points from Shimla to Kalka due to the rains in July and August. The movement on this stretch was suspended after massive damage to the track following heavy rains from July 7 to 14 and the traffic was resumed partially on some stretches including Kalka -Koti stretch, Kalka-Solan stretch and Solan-Taradevi stretch.  Another spell of heavy rains in August triggered landslides which swept away a 50-metre bridge, leaving a portion of the track hanging. The 96-km-long Shimla-Kalka Railway track had been laid in tough hilly terrain with 103 tunnels (now 102 tunnels as tunnel no 46 had collapsed, four decades ago), 800 bridges, and 919 curves along with negotiable gradient.




MCC organizes Swachh Samman Samaroh on Gandhi Jayanti

Chandigarh: To honour Safaimitras and their families, the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh on Monday organised ‘Swachh Bharat Divas’ and ‘Gandhi Jayanti’ at Rani Laxmi Bai Mahila Bhawan, Sector 38. Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh was the Chief Guest. He honoured the Safaimitras and their families for their service in the presence of Anup Gupta, Mayor, Dharampal, Adviser UT, Nitin Kumar Yadav, Secretary, Local Body Vijay Namdeo Rao Jade, Finance Secretary Anindita Mitra and others. The Governor appreciated the honesty of the Safaimitras and said that these inspiring individuals and their families have played a pivotal role in maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of the city beautiful. Mitra said that the Swachh Samman Samaroh is a testament to the extraordinary efforts of Safaimitras. “Their commitment to cleanliness and sanitation inspires us all. It is an honor to celebrate their achievements and express our deepest condolences to the families of deceased Safaimitras. We hope that the insurance cheques provided today will provide some solace during this difficult time,” she added.
Haryana Police SI to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, highest peak of African continent

Chandigarh: Haryana Police Sub-Inspector Ram Lal Sharma will be traveling to Africa to climb the highest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro to spread the message of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to make Haryana a drug-free state and the vision to promote adventure sports. The Chief Minister gave best wishes to the Sub-Inspector and also gave him the national flag, and the banner of Drug Free Haryana Campaign and expressed good wishes on behalf of the Haryana government and the citizens for the summit. Sharma has till now successfully climbed Mount Everest, Mount Elbrus, the highest peak of the European continent, Island Peak of Nepal and has also made a world record for cycling on the sea.

Haryana Agricultural Development Fair to be held in Hisar from Oct 8 - 10

Chandigarh: Haryana Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Jai Prakash Dalal on Monday called upon the farmers of the state to visit the Haryana Agricultural Development Fair which is scheduled to take place at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University in Hisar from October 8 to 10. This event will witness the participation of Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatraya, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, several state ministers, and a large number of farmers. Dalal said that apart from Haryana, agricultural universities, agricultural scientists and entrepreneurs from other states have also been invited to the fair. Apart from this, Israel, which is supporting India in the agriculture sector, will also be the main centre of attraction. Many centres of excellence have also been established in Haryana under the Indo-Israel project, he added.

Cong seeks women’s quota in upcoming polls

Chandigarh: The Congress’s OBC wing chairman and former finance minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav led a protest march to the Haryana Raj Bhavan on Monday and submitted a memorandum to Governor Bandaru Dattatreya to implement the women’s reservation Bill in the elections to be held in 2024 and include sub-quotas for OBC, SC, ST and minority women. “We demand that out of the 33 percent reservation given to women in the recently passed women’s reservation Bill, the OBC, SC, ST and minority women should be given equal representation within this reservation proportionate to their population in the country and the implementation of women’s reservation starting from the upcoming Assembly elections in Telangana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and Parliament elections in 2024. Kindly ensure the necessary amendments to the Nari Shakti Act, 2023,” Yadav said.

Adopt Swadeshi to make India economically strong: Sood

Chandigarh: Addressing the gathering at a programme "Local for Vocal" at Khadi Village Industries Center Sector 17, Chandigarh BJP Chief Arun Sood on Monday said that the world is celebrating the 154th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi as International Day of Non-Violence. Today is also the 120th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, who gave the inspirational slogan of Jai Jawan-Jai Kisan to the country. While extending best wishes to everyone on this auspicious occasion, he paid heartfelt tribute to Gandhi and Shastri. He further said that people of the country should adopt Swadesh to make India economically strong. To keep Mahatma Gandhi's legacy alive for centuries, there is a need to follow his ideals, he added.


Haryana CM pays tributes to Father of Nation 


Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday paid tribute to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his birth anniversary saying that his ideals of “inclusivity, social justice, and equality” have remained “relevant even today”. He also paid tribute to former Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri. 

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