Conferring of Best State Award in India Today conclave at New Delhi on 4th November, 2011, is a matter of pride for the State especially keeping in view the difficult topography of this State. The initiatives of the State in the construction of road network, power development, improvement in Tourism infrastructure, up-gradation of civil facilities have been appreciated in the State. Himachal Pradesh had done best of other sectors like Education, Health, e-way to transparency and Governance which have been appreciated in respect to the basis of nation vide survey conducted by the India Today Magazine to adjudge the performance of the State. This year, the magazine had adopted radically different methodology from the one used in the past to rank the State. The ranking has been done on the basis of the improvement the State have recorded in the past year.
The conferring of Award for infrastructure development in the State of States conclave organized by the India Today group is 50th in the row in last three year which speaks volume about the progress the State is making in various fields of development.
CM appeals to astrologers for preservation of Indian culture
Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister appealed to the astrologers to use their knowledge for preservation of Indian culture and customs. He was addressing the Eighth Annual Conference of ‘Trikaal Jyotish and Paravigyan Research Centre’ at Shimla late last evening.
He said that Indian traditions and culture was one of the ancient in the world and was also source of other languages. He said that Indian astrology system was one of the perfect and most modern systems of the world as far as any prediction for anything was concerned. He said that the Indian Jyotish education was so much advanced that those predictions which had been made since ages were proving to be precise.
Prof. Dhumal said that in India every religion commands respect, as secularism was the basis of our society. He said that Hindu society was the treasure of knowledge and Guru-Shishya tradition was in vogue since ages, which had proved to be useful in dissemination of knowledge of our custom and culture. Besides, India i.e. Bharat had been ‘Vishwa Guru’ and without doubt, it would again acquire the same status in 21st century, said he.
He stressed upon the need to create such an atmosphere where all religions, sects and communities were looked upon equally thereby creating amiable feeling for each other, adding that even Guru Teg Bahadur, the Sikh Guru fought for the cause of Kashmiri Pundits which was a glaring example of fraternity and brother hood. The Chief Minister said that one should spread the knowledge for betterment of society.
Prof. Dhumal said that the State Government had recently signed a MoU with Punjab Government for connecting Anandpur Sahib with the famous Religious Shrine of Shri Naina Devi by constructing a rope-way which would facilitate the devotees visiting both the shrines.
The Chief Minister honoured Dr. Lekh Raj Sharma of Jogindernagar with National Brahamir Puraskar, citation and Rupees Eleven thousand in cash, besides honouring all other astrologers present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister also released the Book titled ‘Aaye Jyotish Seekhein’ written by Hira Nand Sharma.
Earlier, Dr. Mast Ram Kotiyal, President, Trikaal Jyotish and Paravigyan Research Centre welcomed the Chief Minister.
Shri. Suresh Bhardwaj, Shri Govind Sharma and Shri Tejwant Negi, MLA’s, Vice-President, HIMUDA Shri Ganesh Dutt, Founder, Trikaal Jyotish and Paravigyan Research Centre, Patron, Shri Shashi Bhushan Sharma and other prominent people of the town were present on the occasion.