Wednesday, 26 October 2011

HAPPY DIWALI TO ALL




May the Divine Light of Diwali remove the darkness of ignorance and sorrow and bring about wisdom,

health, peace and prosperity in the times to come... HAPPY DIWALI TO ALL!!!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Adventure season cheers Manali

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MANALI: Tourist resorts of Manali are not witnessing regular flow of tourists but here is some good news for those operating adventure activities in the state. Thousands of tourists, mostly domestic, are planning their visit to Himachal Pradesh for adventure games during winters.
According to travel agents, they are receiving thousands of enquiries for skiing, white water rafting, paragliding, rock climbing and other adventure games. Very few leisure holidayers are visiting this hill town only to enjoy its scenic locations. Mostly tourists from Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai are seeking itineraries for adventure games.
“People from plains are heading Kullu-Manali to heat up their bodies in winters,” owner of Kathmandu Travels Raju Lama said. “They are asking for skiing, snow scooters, paragliding and rock climbing. Flow would be more in November and December,” he said.
Travel agents say more than 25 percent tourists are arriving Manali only to enjoy adventure activities. Trekking being dangerous after high altitude peaks experiencing regular snowfall, very few people are daring to go out for long hiking. Now, tourists are reaching here for short-term activities.
Another travel agent Sher Singh Bodh said young adventure enthusiasts want to enjoy white water rafting in Beas having temperature close to freezing point. “Earlier, there was no trend of advance booking for river rafting and other one-day games. But now tourists are booking them in advance. For the first time, we are having scores of enquiries and booking for November and December when generally it is considered off-season in the state,” he said.
Meanwhile, Manali is waiting for good snowfall on Rohtang pass. Unavailability of snow on skiing slopes is disappointing ski lovers from across the globe. Rohtang used to be the only place in the country with sheets of snow round the year. But this time, there are no signs of snow here. Travel agents are expecting snowfall in November and they are booking ski packages in advance.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Cold in Kullu leads to illegal deforestation

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MANALI: Preparing for the upcoming winters, residents of Kullu-Manali have picked up axes and started assaulting jungles to collect firewood. Dozens of trees are being killed illegally every day.
As the winters are near, felling of trees in the district has picked up pace. Though permission has been granted to local residents to collect dry wood from certain jungles by forest department, but there are insufficient dead trees in the jungles. This is good opportunity for many people to cut green trees. Deforestation is more near villages in high altitude areas.
Himachal forest corporation is selling firewood in its four depots in Kullu. A ration card holder family can purchase maximum of 2 quintal wood at once, which according to people is not sufficient for them. They also claim of shortage of firewood in depots. Some resident reported that firewood collected from the jungles of Kullu was being exported to Lahaul on priority where there has always been shortage of firewood due to very few jungles cover. And resident are forced to go for illegal tree cutting.
Because of uncertainty of power supply during snowfall, tandoor (fire place) is the only reliable medium of heat. People are engaged in collecting wood for tandoor from all possible sources. A resident of Goshal village Rakesh Thakur said, “We cannot spend harsh winters depending on electric heaters. Bringing only two quintal of wood from depot situated at distant area is not a wise decision. It is our compulsion to arrange at least 30-40 quintal firewood from any sources to survive in sub zero temperatures.”
Mine Ram Thakur, resident of far flung village Shangchar in Kullu said bringing wood from government depots is not possible for them and constrainedly they are fully dependent of jungles. “We live amid jungles. Our village sometime receives snowfall more than 5 feet. Our tandoors keep firing 24X7 throughout the winters. We are not in position to purchase this amount of wood,” he said.
According to forest corporation divisional manager Ajeet Thakur, demand of firewood is very less in Kullu-Manali, and a major part of wood is transported to Lahaul every year. “35,000 quintal of firewood was transported to Lahaul in 2010 and this year we are expecting this quantity to be limited to 20,000 quintal. While, Kullu in 2010 had consumed only 8,000 quintal of firewood. There is no shortage of wood in any depot of Kullu,” he told Himachal Vacation Travels.
Providing relief to thousands of families, forest corporation has not increased prices of firewood this year. A quintal of conifer family and raw wood is being sold for Rs 340 and wide leaves solid woods for Rs 410. Commercially the price is Rs 694 and Rs 868 respectively.
Manali depot in-charge, Prem Lal said firewood is in great demand these days. “As the temperature is dipping, people are storing up the wood earlier than previous years. Number of purchasers is increasing every day,” he said.

Frozen Manali-Leh highway hits tourism

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MANALI: Following risks associated with driving on many frozen stretches of Manali-Leh highway, the movement of tourists along this route has almost stopped. It has hit the tourism industry in Manali.
Less than a dozen cabs from Manali are plying Manali-Ladakh highway these days as driving on frozen road is dangerous. Most of tourists are preferring direct flights from Delhi to Leh which has left hundreds of taxi operators unemployed. Tourists while leaving for Ladakh, use Manali as their halt for one day and hire cab for their onward journey. October and November being off season in Manali, taxi operators are waiting for passengers. Now, most of the drivers have parked their cabs without passengers.

With more than 1,700 cabs and 80 mini buses, the Him-Anchal taxi operators union in Manali is the largest in the state. Vice-president of the union Beas Dev said driving on Manali-Leh highway is dangerous both for driver and tourists. He adds, “Only some experienced drivers are daring to drive on frost. Most of the tourists are opting for airways. Now we are hoping for good business during Christmas weekend in December.”
The temperature being below freezing point, three stretches between Darcha and Sarchu in Lahaul-Spiti including a stream at Bharatpur have frozen completely. The route may experience snowfall any time. And it would be blocked for traffic. To avoid dangers, travel agents are advising tourists to take alternate means of transport.
Padam Singh, owner of two mini buses and a SUV in Manali is upset as he has no work to do. “I had purchased cabs to earn from tourism in Ladakh. The rough Manali-Leh highway is suitable only for SUVs and buses which are not in demand now. Tourism in Manali is already dull. Now we will have to face the recession period till May 2012,” he said.
Similar is the condition of most of taxi operators in Kullu and Manali. The Manali-Gramphu-Spiti highway too is reported frozen at many stretches near Kunzum pass.


Huge difference in temperature in Himachal, Keylong freezes at 2.4 C
Manali: Himachal on Sunday recorded a big difference in temperature in its districts. Situated at north east end of the state, Keylong recorded minimum temperature of 2.4 degree Celsius while Una, at south west, recorded maximum temperature of 33.6 degree Celsius.
Compared to the last week’s temperature, Keylong, district headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti district, recorded a fall of 1.1 degree Celsius, 1 degree below the normal temperature for this time of season.  Here the maximum temperature was 17.7 degree Celsius. Minimum temperature in Una was 13.4 degree Celsius.
Shimla, Kullu, Dharamshala, Mandi, Kalpa, Nahan and Solan recorded minimum temperature of 10.6, 11.5, 14.1, 12.9, 5.6, 21.1 and 9 degree Celsius respectively.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Lanka burnt, Dussehra festivities conclude in Kullu

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KULLU: The entire country celebrated Dussehra after burning effigies of Ravana and his brothers on October 6, but Kullu on Wednesday celebrated unique Dussehra after burning shrubs and grass to denote burning of Lanka.
The seven-day-long Dussehra festivities of Kullu concluded with burning of Lanka. Accompanied by 226 deities, chariot of lord Raghunath ji was pulled up to Lanka Bekar near river Beas in Kullu. The non-invited guest of Dussehra, Balu Nag, was not allowed to take part in the ceremony. As per the tradition, palanquins of all deities stopped at a certain distance while Goddess Hadimba continued its journey to play final rituals. Heaps of grass and shrubs were burnt here as a symbol of Lanka Dahan (burning of Lanka), victory of good over evil.
International Kullu Dussehra Festivity
Priest of Goddess Hadimba, Rohit Ram Sharma, said Hadimba is considered grandmother of royal family of Kullu and she starts and ends the Dussehra festivity. “All other deities cannot come to execute final ceremony of Lanka Dahan. They only watch the things happening from a certain distance. The tradition is centuries old,” he said.
Lakhs of devotees were shoting ‘Jai Shri Ram, Jai Raghunath’ while pulling the chariot. Entire valley was echoing with heavenly sound of drums and trumpets.
After burning the Lanka, palanquins and idols of deities embraced each other, paid final obeisance to Lord Raghunath ji (Rama), and left for their respective shrines. They started their two to three day-long on foot journey to back home. All deities would congregate here again during Dussehra festivity next year.
Meanwhile, the international cultural programmes in Kullu were concluded by state chief minister PK Dhumal. However, the Dussehra shopping would continue till Diwali festival.

Czech Republic paraglider rescued from Lahaul

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MANALI: A Czech Republic paraglider, who had stuck on inaccessible terrains of Lahaul-Spiti after crash landing on Monday, was rescued by police team on Tuesday.
According to Lahaul-Spiti superintendent of police Vimal Gupta, a Czech paraglider, Zuzana Sulcova, was having fun of paragliding in Lahaul with her boyfriend and two other friends from abroad. “Her boyfriend and both the friends landed safely somewhere near Darcha village while she could not land there and kept flying further in search of safe landing place. At last she crash landed on a hill and sustained injuries on her knee and foot,” he said.
Her boyfriend narrated entire story to police on Monday night. Police team started the rescue operation on Tuesday and recovered Zuzana after hours-long hard uphill climb. She has been admitted in regional hospital Keylong where she is said to be safe and sound.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Tourists throng Kullu Dussehra, hotel occupancy increases

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KULLU: Hotels in Kullu have fully occupied while occupancy rate in hotels in Manali have gone up from 15 percent to 50 percent within a week as thousands of tourists from country and abroad have flocked to see Dussehra festival.
Tourists from abroad enjoying Kullu Dussehra festivity
Occupancy rate in hotels in Kullu-Manali was below 15 percent in September. Suddenly the district is witnessing crowd of tourists and hoteliers are cheering the festival season. Ahead of honeymoon season, Kullu-Manali is expected to have witnessing well rush of tourists for a month. According to Manali hoteliers’ association president Gajender Thakur, thousands of tourists are reaching Kullu-Manali every day. “Festivals have rejuvenated the tourism in valley. Honeymooners too are heading towards hills. Hotel occupancy rate has increased 50 to 60 percent in Manali while most of the hotels in Kullu are already fully occupied,” he said.
Tourists in Dussehra are dancing to the tune of drums and trumpets. Not only travelling and adventure enthusiasts but many education and research students from Great Britain have arrived in Kullu Dussehra. A research student from University of Liverpool, Boadicea said she along with her mates is on a project at primary school in Kullu and they have got opportunity to glance the Dussehra festivity. “We need at least 50 years to complete research on Kullu Dussehra and deities present here. Everything is unique here. We are lucky that we have chance to spend a week here,” she said.
A foreigner finding a perfect shot in Kullu Dussehra
Manager of hotel Shobla International in Kullu Rakesh said tourists from across the world have thronged Kullu to see the Dussehra festivity and most of their rooms are already booked. “90% rooms of hotel are occupied. This time Kullu is witnessing peak festival tourist season,” he said.
Travel agents are busy selling Dussehra and Diwali packages. Ravi Thakur, a travel agent in Manali, said special packages for Dussehra and Diwali are attracting scores of domestic tourists. He added, “Hotels have dropped their tariff up to 40 percent. Similarly taxi operators are charging 25 percent less fare. Hence tourists are enjoying cheap festival packages. One day Dussehra sightseeing tour has been included to the package.”
October being the month of marriages, hundreds of couples are reaching here for honeymoon. Honeymoon special hotels in Manali have been occupied up to 80 percent.

Record 226 deities celebrate Kullu Dussehra

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KULLU: The Dussehra Maidan of Kullu is jam packed with record 226 deities of Kullu and their thousands of followers who are celebrating seven-day-long festivity here. Thousands of devotes from across the world are thronging their camps to seek blessings.
According to data from Kullu Tehsil office, 226 deities have registered their presence this year. 220 deities were present during last year’s festivity while 214 deities joined this historic event in 2009. Dussehra celebrations are being witnessed at each camp. Palanquins of deities are expressing their happiness by dancing on the rhythm of traditional music. Making their separate groups, people from different regions are enjoying Kulluvi dance. Idols and palanquins of deities would be present here till the conclusion of festivity.
Kullu Dessehra 2011
According to Kullu deputy commissioner BM Nanta, invitations were sent to 290 deities and only 226 of them reached here to make festival coulourful. “This year more deities are attending Kullu Dussehra compare to the previous years, which is matter of great pleasure. No matter how fast the world is developing, people of Kullu have proved that nothing is important than their culture,” he said.
Convoy of Balu Nag from Banjar Valley who is attending Dussehra imperceptibility, as he was not invited to festivity, has not been included in the list. Most of the deities have their palanquins while others have small idols. Each group of followers of deity has their own music party equipped with drums, clarinet and trumpets made of silver, gold and bronze. They have organized small fairs outside their camps.
Dussehra committee wears all expenses of lodging and food of deities and their followers attending Dusshera every year. As the number of deities is growing every year, committee is having burden of extra lakhs of money. Also, each deity is given thousands of rupees as homage to him. The uninvited Balu Nag would not be paid for any expenses.
Chharivardar (leading worshiper) of Raghunath ji (lord Rama), Raja Maheshwar Singh said unique festivity of Kullu Dussehra is known for its rich culture and congregation of hundreds of deities and he is happy that this number is growing every year. He said, “It is the pleasure of Dussehra that more and more deities are taking part in this historic event. However, we have limited space for them but providing each with suitable space is our first duty. Without them, the Dussehra is incomplete.”

Not only Kullu, 4 more villages celebrating the week-long Dussehra

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KULLU: It is not only Kullu where a week-long Dussehra festivity is being celebrated. Having relation with same history, four more villages of Kullu – Vashisht, Manikaran, Thawa and Haripur – too are celebrating Dussehra for the same cause.
The celebrations of Dussehra after the day when it concludes in rest of the country started in the year of 1661 when Raja Jagat Singh was the ruler of Kullu. The legend is it that the raja was suffering from leprosy after a curse from a Brahmin. A renowned saint in Kullu, Krishan Dass told Jagat Singh that if he would devote his kingdom to Raghunath ji (Rama) after bringing his idol from Ayodhya, then he would be freed from the sin and disease.
Rath Yatra of Raghunath ji in Kullu Dussehra
According to historians, a disciple of Krishan Dass, managed to bring the idol of God Raghunath ji from Ayodhya to Kullu. For safety reasons, initially the idol was kept hidden in Vashisht, Manikaran, Thawa and Haripur villages of Kullu for about nine years. Later in 1960, the idol was installed near Kullu palace and raja devoted his everything in its service. Soon the raja was freed from the curse of Brahmin.
The raja then invited all the deities of Kullu and celebrated a week-long Dussehra festivity in honour of Raghunath ji. Since then, a huge Rath Yatra of Raghunath ji is organized in Kullu every year. Not only in Kullu, but the same Rath Yatra and Dussehra festivity is organized in Manikaran, Haripur, Thawa and Vashisht villages of Kullu where idol of Raghunath ji was kept hidden for some time. These villages celebrate the festival with same fervour as in Kullu Dussehra.

Rohtang pass witnesses first snowfall of season

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MANALI: Rohtang pass, popular tourist destination of Manali has been receiving the first spell of snowfall since Friday. Thick snowflakes falling from sky thrilled the tourists here.
The nearby mountains of Manali too received heavy snowfall while lower regions of Kullu received nominal showers of rain. To prevent October 22, 2010 like situation when around 3,000 tourists were stranded on Rohtang for one day after heavy snowfall, traffic to Rohtang top was stopped at Marhi, police said. The temperature in entire Kullu valley has dipped drastically.
Minimum temperature in Manali was recorded at 7.5 degree Celsius while it was 13 degree in Kullu. Keylong, Kalpa, Shimla, Dharamshala and Mandi registered minimum temperatures at 6.6, 6.9, 13.5, 14.1 and 17.5 degrees Celsius. Meteorological department Shimla has predicted clear sky in next 48 hours.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Goddess Hadimba leaves for Kullu to start Dussehra

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MANALI: As presence of Goddess Hadimba Devi is necessary to start the Dussehra, thousands of people carrying her palanquin left for Kullu from her shrine situated in Manali on Wednesday.

Palanquin of Devi Hadimba on its way to Kullu Dussehra

Hadimba is considered grandmother of royal family of Kullu after she gifted throne of Kullu to Raja Bhangmani Pal. Arrival of idol of Hadimba is considered necessary who enters raj mahal to pull the royal family out to perform rituals and leads the annual procession of more than 200 deities. As soon as the palanquin of Hadimba was brought to the Manali town, a huge gathering of devotees surrounded it to bow their heads. Thousands of devotees with several tourists rushed to get a glimpse of Devi that delayed the procession for two hours.

The colourful decorated palanquin of Hadimba is carried on human shoulders up to Raghunath (Rama) temple of Kullu. The journey starts a day prior to Dussehra and after covering around 42 km; it reaches Ramshila, some 2 km short of Raghunath temple. The next day, a special messenger, locally known as ‘Chhadiwardar’ carrying a sacred silver stick of Raghunath escorts Devi Hadimba to the Raghunath temple, a presiding deity of Dussehra.
The convoy of Hadimba takes a considerable time to reach Kullu due to a long queue of devotees seeking blessings from her by the road sides. Beginning and ending of Kullu Dussehra revolves around the Hadimba Devi.
“After a special ritual at raj mahal of Kullu, palanquin of Hadimba on October 6, will lead around 250 idols of deities and chariot of Raghuath up to Dussehra ground of Kullu where the festival gets started,” priest of Hadimba Rohit Ram Sharma said.
Around150 deities are expected to arrive in Kullu till Wednesday evening while 100 more idols of different deities from across the state will join the festival on October 6 and 7.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Lakes freeze, winter begins on mountains

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MANALI: High altitude lakes and water streams in Himachal Pradesh have started to freeze as temperature is dipping down drastically. The minimum temperature on hills higher than 13,000 feet has been below the freezing point.
Situated at height of 16,000 feet, Suraj Tal lake at Sarchu and Chander Tal lake at a height of 14,100 feet in Spiti, have been freezing partially during night times. Most of the water bodies and streams on Baralacha-la have frozen completely. Dry atmosphere and low pressure have brought down the night temperature below freezing point here. According to meteorological department Shimla, temperature in the state is expected to decrease now onwards.

Antartica? Temperature on hills has dipped below freezing point
Shimla meteorological department director Manmohan Singh said the temperature on high altitude regions was falling rapidly but low altitude areas of the state were still suffering from scorching heat. “District headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti at Keylong (11,000ft) is shivering at 7 degree Celsius, while Una is burning at 33 degree Celsius, 5 degrees more than usual temperature for this time of season,” he said.
Kullu on Monday recorded minimum temperature of 16 degree Celsius, while it was 20.2 degree Celsius in Mandi. Keylong was the coldest at 7.1 degree Celsius followed by Kalpa (Kinnaur) at 8.5. Shimla, Dharamshala, Nahan, Una and Manali recorded minimum temperatures of 13.4, 14.1, 15.9, 20 and 10.2 degrees Celsius respectively. With maximum temperature of 33.2 degree Celsius, Una was the hottest region in state.
Effect of cold is being witnessed in rivers, streams and other water sources whose water level has sharply decreased as melting speed of glaciers is decreased. Even the snow fed sources of drinking water in Kullu, Mandi, Kinnaur and other hilly districts have affected a lot.
Following cold weather, number of tourists going to Ladakh from Manali-Keylong route has dropped up to 75 percent. Camps built at Sarchu, the border of Himachal and J&K on Manali-Leh highway, have been removed where tourists used to stay as their night halt. Owner of Planet Himalaya adventure camp Mahinder Singh said night temperature at Sarchu is abnormally very low and asking tourists to stay there was not a wise decision, therefore, they packed up their camps. “It’s dangerous to stay there. Sarchu may experience snowfall any time. Now we shall camp there next summers,” he said.
A taxi driver Deepak, who reached Manali from Ladakh said water on road at Baralacha-la was frozen and temperature was extremely low. He said, “Cool winds beyond Sarchu had frozen my body. I had to switch on heater for a moment.”

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Manali-Leh highway to remain open till November 30

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MANALI: Border Roads Organization (BRO) has decided to keep strategically important Manali-Leh highway open till November 30 this year. Formerly the highway used to be closed officially after October 31 every year.
In view of safety of travellers in winters when heavy snowfall blocks the major part of Manali-Leh highway, BRO declares this road unsuitable for vehicles. Once snow blocks highway after October 31, they are not liable to clear the snow. The organization this year has made arrangements to withstand snowfall to keep the road operational at any cost. Residents of Lahaul-Spiti shall get one extra month to stay connected with rest of the country before cutting off completely for next 5 months.
BRO commander AK Dixit said organization owns heavy duty snow cutters which have capability to cut several feet snow at unbelievable speed, adding, “There are strong possibilities of good snowfall this year. Temperature at Rohtang pass is quite low. But we shall keep the highway out of snow till November 30 after which the road will be declared unsafe for human movement.”

Its guru versus brother: two deities fight for supremacy

Unable to solve dispute, two deities not invited to Dussehra again
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MANALI: Given the seriousness of matter, high court is taking time in hearing as two most influenced deities of Kullu valley are fighting for supremacy and fearing affray, both has not been invited to Dussehra festivity.

File photo of Kullu Dussehra

Thousands of followers of Shringa Rishi and Balu Nag are fighting each other to acquire prime place in Dussehra festivity for years. According to tradition, idol of superior deity walks to the right side of chariot of lord Raghunath (Rama), the presiding deity in Dussehra procession. This place was occupied by Shringa Rishi for many decades but when he stopped participating in Dussehra in 70s, Balu Nag occupied this place. When after eleven years, Shringa Rishi again started participating in Dussehra, followers of both deities started quarrelling for prime place for their god. The clash has grown so stronger that many people were injured in Dussehra when followers of both deities pelted stones on each other few years back.
A follower of Shringa Rishi in Banjar, Gangadhar Sharma said idol of their god was walking to the right side of Raghunath ji for several decades and none of the deities have right to acquire this place. “We didn’t participate for some years. It doesn’t mean other deity would snatch our right,” he said.
Followers of Balu Nag, who is considered an incarnation of Lakshman, younger brother of Rama (lord Raghunath) say nobody can separate a brother (Lakshman) from his elder brother and they have right to stay together. On the other side, followers of Shringa Rishi, guru of Rama, said place of guru is always higher than any relation so they won’t let anybody to occupy their place.
Despite not inviting to festivity, both deities had joined the Dussehra last year and to prevent any mishap, they were house arrested with tight police security. Followers of both deities said if their gods would order them, they will join Dussehra for sure this year.
Kullu deputy commissioner BM Nanta, who is member of Kullu Dussehra committee said invitations to join festivity have been sent to 290 deities but Shringa Rishi and Balu Nag are not included in the invitation list. “Dispute of both deities is under consideration in high court after the application of followers of Shringa Rishi. Inviting them is not safe for public until their dispute is settled,” he said.
“We are expecting participation of more than 220 deities in seven-day-long international Dussehra festivities,” Nanta said, adding that 220 deities had participated in festivity last year while 214 were present in 2009. Along with states of India, cultural troops from abroad too would be performing in Dussehra.
To prevent any clash between followers of both deities and mishap in Dussehra, section 144 (unlawful assembly) has been imposed. Assembly of more than five persons would be prohibited.


Kullu Dussehra: Police increases surveillance
MANALI: With international Dusshehra festivity just four days away, Kullu police is preparing its master security plan to tackle any untoward situations and terrorist strikes.
Lakhs of people from across the world would be participating in seven-day-long Dussehra festivity that is going to begin on October 6. Additional police forces have been called on to beef up the security. Along with riot control force, bomb disposal squads and sniffer dogs are being arranged. Close circuit cameras are fitted at every corner of the festival ground besides policemen shall operate cameras themselves to record all activities.
Kullu police chief Abhishek Dular said to make the festivity secure and peaceful, all arrangements have been made. “Extra police force, riot control and bomb disposal squads will present at every corner of the festivity. Surveillance has been stepped up. Frequent hotel checking and naka would be carried out,” he said.

Kullu Dussehra to be clean and green
MANALI: Come, see and enjoy the Dussehra but avoid smoking and using polythene bags. An anti smoking and polythene inspection police squad would be watching you everywhere in the festivity. Teams are directed to take strict action against offenders and penalize them on the spot.
A complete ban has been imposed on smoking and use of polythene during Kullu Dussehra festivity. To make Dussehra clean and green, shopkeepers are directed not to sell polythene and use jute bags instead. Police chief Abhishek Dular said smokers and polythene bag sellers would not be spared in Dussehra.