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Watch: Season’s first heavy snowfall covers Shimla, Manali

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Shimla, Jan 7: The season’s first heavy snowfall has turned the Queen of Hills and several tourists destinations into White on Saturday bringing pleasant weather for tourists.

Tourists were seen enjoying snowfall in Shimla on Saturday.


Meanwhile, Traffic to tourist destinations Shimla, Manali and Dalhousie were also disrupted after a very heavy snowfall overnight, officials said.


All roads in Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda, Mashobra are closed due to a heavy snowfall that was received after decades, said Director General of Police Somesh Goyal.

Traffic bound for Shimla was hampered at Shogi due to snowfall, an official said.

 

Likewise, traffic on the National Highway-21 was blocked near Patlikuhl, 20 km before Manali.

Electricity supply was cut off here and Manali as power lines were damaged due to falling trees.

The cold weather led to the freezing of taps. According to the Met office, many areas in Shimla like the Mall Road, the Ridge, the US Club and Jakhu hills got more than a foot of snow.

Rain lashed lower areas of Himachal Pradesh such as Dharamsala, Palampur, Solan, Nahan, Bilaspur, Una, Hamirpur and Mandi, bringing down the temperatures.

“Bad thing is no electricity. Who cares! Going out for a walk with camera,” Goyal said on his Facebook account.

 

A government spokesperson said most of the internal roads in Shimla and Kinnaur districts were cut off due to snow.

Even traffic bound for towns in Shimla district such as Narkanda, Jubbal, Kotkhai, Kharapathar and Chopal have been disrupted.


The official advised tourists not to venture into remote areas as chances of heavy snow were high.

The weather forecast said western disturbances — storm systems originating from the Caspian Sea in the Central Asia and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region — would remain active till Sunday with chances of more snow.

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Rains lash J&K plains, fresh snowfall in hills

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Srinagar, April 20: Day temperatures dipped in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday as widespread rain lashed the plains and fresh snowfall occurred in the higher reaches.

“In the last 12 hours, fresh snowfall has occurred in Zojila Pass, Drass and other higher reaches,” the Met office said on Friday morning.

The same conditions would continue till Saturday after which the weather will start improving, it added.

The minimum temperature was 8.6 degrees Celsius in Srinagar, while it was 4.4 in Pahalgam and zero in Gulmarg. Leh town recorded 6.1 and Kargil 2.6 as the minimum temperature on Friday.

Jammu’s minimum was 18.3, Katra’s 15.6, Bannihal 8.4, Batote 8.5 and Bhaderwah recorded 8.9 degrees Celsius.

As the day and night temperatures dropped in the valley, the woollens came out.

With just past a dry winter spell in Kashmir, the spring rains were more than welcomed by the people. It will help better the flow in rivers, streams, springs and lakes in the Valley.

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Sunny morning in Delhi, rains likely

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New Delhi, April 20: It was a hot and sunny morning in the national capital on Friday with the maximum temperature set to touch 39 degrees Celsius. The Met predicts rain later in the day.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 24 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted some respite soon. “Light rains and drizzles are likely to occur towards the afternoon or evening,” an IMD official said.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 52 percent.

Thursday’s maximum temperature settled at 39.4 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 23 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average.

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Session begins, but govt schools in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur yet to get books

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Gorakhpur, April 20: Even after two weeks commencement of the new academic session, books have not been provided in primary and secondary government schools in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur city.

The unavailability of new books has also adversely impacted the enthusiasm of school children.

Speaking to ANI, one of the teachers stated, “We have not received new books from the government. Hence, we have collected the books from the children of the previous session.”

The Government enforced (National Council of Educational Research and Training) NCERT books in all government schools this year.

Meanwhile Additional Secretary, Yogendra Nath Singh said, “Due to less tender, the publisher could not make the books on time. However, we are trying our best and soon the books will be made available for which a stall has also been set up in many schools.”

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