27 Dead, Nine Injured As Bus Falls In Gorge Near Himachal Pradesh’s Rampur

20139890_133277130596145_8903055617386606588_nAt least 20 people are feared dead and several others injured after a private bus, travelling from Reckong Peo (Kinnaur) to Solan, rolled down a gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Rampur on Thursday morning.

At least 27 people were killed and nine others injured after a private bus, travelling from Reckong Peo (Kinnaur) to Solan, rolled down a gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Rampur on Thursday morning.

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Civil and police administration started the search and escue operations and injured people have been taken to the nearest hospital.

The bus, carrying 36 passengers, met the accident on National Highway 5 near Rampur, around 120 kilometres from the state capital Shimla.

Via: http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india-himachal-pradeshs-rampur-kinnaur-to-solan-bus-accident-updates-live-breaking-news-today-392212

#RIP Karan Singh – A Scion of the Kullu Royal Family

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Karan Singh MLA from Banjar in Kullu. Banjar is a town and a nagar panchayat in Kullu district. Banjar is also known as the valley of God. Banjar lies on the alternate route to Kullu from Shimla. He is associated with Indian National Congress. He is son of late Shri Mohinder Singh. He was born on 14th October, 1957 at Kullu. He is a graduate from Ferguson College, Pune, in the year 1978. He is married to Smt. Shivani Singh.

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Karan, hails from royal family of Kullu, is a three time MLA from Banjar. First elected in 1990 on BJP ticket, Karan won from this seat again in 1998 and was inducted as Minister of State for Primary Education in the BJP-HVC ministry headed by former chief minister P K Dhumal.

He left the BJP ahead of 2007 polls and contested unsuccessfully on BSP ticket. Later,He joined the Congress in the 2012 assembly election and was elected to Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha for third time.

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Karan Singh, was given the charge of ayurveda and cooperative departments. This is the second cabinet expansion the Congress government has carried out in over two-and-a-half years.

Karan Singh died at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi on 12 May 2017. He was suffering from lungs and liver ailment. Singh,  was younger brother of BJP former MP and Kullu MLA Maheshwar Singh and scion of erstwhile Kullu Royal Dynasty.

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Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss.  #RIP #KaranSingh

Languages Spoken in Himachal Pradesh

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One of the most beautiful states of Himachal Pradesh is also known for diverse languages of Himachal Pradesh. As far as the languages of Himachal Pradesh are concerned, the state hold a good command on national language Hindi and Hindi is the state language of the state. However, locales of the state prefer Pahari languages that have various sub-languages or dialects.

As far as local languages of Himahcal Pradesh are concerned, they are varied and spoken all around the region. Some of the popular local languages of Himachal Pradesh are

  1. Mandiali (spoken in Mandi District)
  2. Kulavi (Spoken in Kullu)
  3. Chambali (spoken in Chamba)
  4. Hinduari (Spoken in Nalagarh and its surrounding area)
  5. Pangwali
  6. Miahasvi (Spoken in Mahasu region)
  7. Kehluri (Spoken in Bilaspur) and the list goes on.

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In addition to the dialects mentioned above, other popular languages that are undersood and spoken in major parts of the state are Lahauli, Spitian (Bohts), Kinnauri.

Western Pahari is spoken in Kangra, Mandi, Hamirpur, Bilaspur etc. Each district has distinct dialect with 80-90% mutual intelligibility with other dialect of this language family. so Mandyali speaker can understand Bilaspuri and vice versa.

Central Pahari is Mahasu speaking area having border with Uttarakhand like in Shimla and Sirmaur. Tibetan is spoken in Lahul Spiti and Kinnaur, again it has many dialect like Pattan , Spiti etc. Border areas like Una has significant Punjabi speaking population but it is only a border phenomena.

Due to this major diversity of language from district to district and even some times within district Hindi was chosen official language to serve lingua franca else I hardly think I will ever speak to my parents or relatives in Hindi as I would be considered Pompous.