Himachal Pradesh

Portugal’s Luis Leao Pinto wins 2015 MTB Himalaya Title

Luis Leao Pinto of Portugal has won 2015 MTB Himalaya Title, Asia’s premier mountain biking race for the second time in the Solo Men’s category.

With this victory he received the crown tile of ‘King of the Himalaya’ which he had earlier won in year 2013.

He took time of 27:29:22 to complete 500 km long 7 stages biking race which ended at Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Results of Solo Men’s category: Luis Leao Pinto (Portugal), Andi Seewald (Germany), Pau Zamora (Spain).

Open Women’s Solo category: Catherine Williamson from United Kingdom has emerged as winner in the Open Women’s Solo category. She was followed by Ilda Periera of Portugal and Laxmi Magar from Nepal for second and third position respectively.

About MTB Himalaya Race

  • MTB Himalaya Race is an annual mountain bike race held in the mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh.
  • It was started in 2005 and is considered as Asia’s premier mountain biking race.
  • The race covers nearly 500 km in a span of 8 days with 7 stages at a net elevation of approximately 50,000 feet. It is sponsored by Hero Cycles India.


HP Government launches RISHTA project

Himachal Pradesh Government has launched Rajiv Gandhi Illuminating Scheme for Hill Town Advancement (RISHTA) project, which is an efficient smart LED based street lighting project.

With this Himachal Pradesh becomes first state in North India to do so. It was launched by State Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh from the capital city of Shimla.

About RISHTA project

  • The scheme is also known as Centralized Control and Monitoring System (CCMS) Smart Street Lighting Scheme for Urban Local bodies which implements LED based street lighting project.
  • This project is being implemented by collaboration of state Urban Development Department and Energy Efficient Services Limited (EESL).
  • Investment: For this project EESL will invest all the capital upfront to implementation of Project.
  • Municipalities will pay back this investment to EESL over a period of 7 years from energy and cost savings that will accrue as a result of installation of energy efficient LED lights.
  • In this project total of 63,484 street lights will be replaced with LEDs in all the Urban Local Bodies to achieve 45 to 55 percent energy savings.

Note:  Efficient Services Limited (EESL) is a joint venture (JV) company formed by 4 public power sectors entities namely National Thermal Power Corporation, Power Grid Corporation of India, Power Finance Corporation Ltd. and Rural Electrification Corporation.


Acharya Dev Vrat sworn-in as 27th Governor of Himachal Pradesh

Acharya Dev Vrat was sworn in as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh at oath taking ceremony held in Raj Bhawan, Shimla.

He is 27th Governor and 18th regular Governor of the Himachal Pradesh, since it was granted full statehood in 1971.

Vrat took his oath of office in Sanskrit and it was administered by Chief Justice of the Himachal High Court, Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir as per provisions of Article 159 of Constitution.

About Acharya Dev Vrat

  • Acharya Dev Vrat is an eminent educationist and hails from Haryana. He was born on 18 January 1959.
  • He holds double post-graduate in History and Hindi from the Punjab and Kurukshetra University, respectively. He also has studied Naturopathy and Yogic Science.
  • He has served as Principal (Pracharya) in Samprati Gurukul, Kurukshetra for 34 years and had been actively involved in social activities including girl’s education, promotion of Yoga, Ayurveda and naturopathy and environment protection.
  • He has also authored several books including Gurukul Kurukshetra ka Gauravshali Itihaas, Swasthya ka Anmol Marg – Prakritik Chikitsa (Hindi and English editions) besides, editing various magazines and translation works.