Himachal Pradesh Current Affairs

Himachal Pradesh launches artificial propagation programme of mahseer fish for conservation

Himachal Pradesh fisheries department has started an artificial propagation programme for rehabilitation and conservation of Golden Mahseer fish.

Under this programme, a hatchery has been set up in the state with an outlay of Rs 6 crore to rear mahseer fish and release its fingerlings into the wild.

Population Decline

  • The population of the golden mahseer has seen decline in recent times in rivers of Himachal Pradesh as they are hunted for sport and food.
  • It also has declined due to various reasons such as construction of dams, barrages, indiscriminate fishing of juvenile and brood fish, pollution, introduction of exotic species and habitat deterioration.

About Golden mahseer

  • Golden mahseer is the longest-living freshwater fish. It is also known as the tiger of Indian rivers and belongs to the genus Tor.
  • It is native to mountain and sub-mountain regions and is found at altitudes of up to 2,000 metres above sea level.
  • During the southwest floods it migrates upstream for spawning and after spawning, it returns to the original feeding grounds
  • International Union of Conservation of Natural Resources (IUCN) has declared it endangered.

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Himachal Pradesh Government launches PEHAL, a vision document of the Shimla District

Himachal Pradesh Government has launched ‘PEHAL’, a vision document of the Shimla District administration for raising education standards.

It was launched by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in Shimla. PEHAL is an attempt to integrate the various stakeholders in the development story of the district.

Key facts

  • The aim of the PEHAL programme is to identify certain thrust areas which have a direct bearing on the lives of the people at grassroots.
  • The five areas identified under PEHAL are Forest Rights, Primary Education, Campaign against drugs, Health and Sanitation and skill development and Women Empowerment.
  • The initiative also aims at building a resource base of semi-skilled and skilled women.
  • Under Pehal, empowering the people with requisite skills under the livelihood mission will include basic masonry, electrical work, home appliances reparing and plumber courses.

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Swachh Himachal Padhai bhi, Safai bhi campaign launched

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) has launched ‘Swachh Himachal – Padhai bhi, Safai bhi’ campaign in Dharamsala.

With this unique campaign, HPCA became the first cricket association in the country to work towards Swatch Bharat Abhiyan initiated by the Union Government.

Key facts

  • The campaign aims at involving youth to promote good health and sanitation in urban and rural areas in the Himalayan state.
  • Its objective is to showcase Himachal’s beauty as India’s cleanest and greenest state.
  • Under it, the sport of cricket will be linked with Swatch Bharat Abhiyan and youth’s will be termed as Swatch Captain and teachers as Swatch Coach.
  • They will start cleanliness drive with the help of students from universities, educational institutes and then in their local neighbourhood.

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