India’s northern state of Himachal Pradesh has been selected as venue to host Paragliding World Cup 2015. This will be the first para-gliding World Cup to be hosted in India. The tournament will be organized under the auspices of Para-gliding World Cup Association, France.
The tournament will be held in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh from October 25, 2015 and will witness participation of around 150 top ranked pilots of the world besides 500 free flying pilots.
Himachal bagged the opportunity to host the world cup event after successfully hosting the para-gliding pre-World Cup in 2013.
India’s Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (GHNPCA), has been inscribed on the World Heritage List as per Criterion (X) of UNESCO Guidelines. The Criterion X is “To contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.”
The Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (GHNPCA):
Location: Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh, India
Area and Rivers: 905.40 sq km, includes the upper mountain glacial and snow melt water source origins of the westward flowing JiwaNal, Sainj and Tirthan Rivers and the north-westward flowing Parvati River.
Located at the convergence of Oriental and Palaearctic realms, GHNP offers a unique opportunity for the species from both biogeographic regions to flourish, propagate and evolve. Several rare and threatened species including the Western Tragopan, Himalayan Tahr,Chir Pheasant, Asiatic Black Bear, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Musk Deer, Blue Sheep and Serow inhabit in this area. Around 25 threatened IUCN Red-listed plant species have been registered from the park. The area has more than 35 peaks of greater than 5000m and two greater than 6000m. The boundaries of GHNP are also adjoining the recently established (2010) Khirganga National Park, the Pin Valley National Park in trans-Himalaya, Rupi-Bhabha Wildlife Sanctuary in Sutlej watershed and Kanawar Wildlife Sanctuary (61 sq km).
Dadi Balsara (81) who founded Himalayan natural mineral water brand passed away at his home “Taj Mansingh Hotel” in Delhi.
He started his career as an LIC officer in Nagpur on a monthly pay of Rs 600. He later tried his hand in different careers and went to the US to study psychiatry on a scholarship. Though he obtained a doctorate, his practice did not take off.
Later, a Japanese television channel decided to host Balsara’s holistic lifestyle programmes. His shows — “You & your destiny” and “Power of the mind” — became quite a hit and money started coming. Balsara later settled in Singapore and began selling perfumes, earning the title “Perfumes king of Asia”.
In 1991, he invested $20 million to set up the largest natural mineral water plant in Dhaula Kuan in Himachal Pradesh. Under the Himalayan brand manufactured by his Mount Everest Mineral Water Limited. In 2001, Tata Global Beverages acquired Himalayan brand, which marked the company’s venture into the packaged water market.
Even after selling Himalayan to Tata, Balsara he continued his relationship with the celebrated business house by becoming their hospitality brand’s long-standing guest at their Taj Mansingh hotel and had been residing there since the hotel’s inauguration 36 years ago.
Government-owned power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) commissioned 68 MW Unit at the Rampur Hydro Electric Project in Himachal Pradesh. With this, BHEL has commissioned four units of the 412 MW hydro power plant of SJVN Limited.
Rampur hydel project has been built on River Satluj in Himachal Pradesh – 120 km from Shimla. In this project BHEL contributed in supply, construction and commissioning of turbines, generators, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCADA), associated station auxiliaries, Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) and other electrical and mechanical machinery.