Tibetans-in-exile in north Indian celebrated the 85th birthday of their spiritual leader Dalai Lama on July 06. Local Tibetan NGOs, monks and others from Tibetan community gathered on the main mall road of Shimla city to distribute masks and sanitizers among the locals in streets. One of the Buddhist monks said, "Due to COVID-19, we could not have a huge celebration on Dalai Lama's 85th birthday. Tibetans feel proud to celebrate his birthday by distributing sanitizers and masks among the people here." The Dalai Lama assumed full political powers in 1950 after the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1949. In March 1959 after the suppression of Tibetan National Uprising Dalai Lama was forced to escape into exile in India with over eighty thousand refugees. For the last over six decades Dalai Lama has been working for the promotion of peace, love and compassion.
Dark clouds covered the sky of Shimla city. Sudden rain lashed parts of Shimla and dipped the temperature further. IMD Shimla Director Manmohan Singh said, "Thunderstorm is expected on July 5 and July 6 in the state. On July 7, heavy rainfall is likely to occur in Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, Mandi, Kangra and Chamba districts."
The supply of tomatoes in Delhi's vegetable markets is low due to monsoon, extreme heat and other agricultural reasons. The wholesale rate of tomatoes is Rs 30-32 per kg in Okhla Vegetable Market. The tomatoes will be supplied at Rs 50-60 per kg in the local markets of national capital. Delhi vegetable markets are getting tomatoes from Himachal Pradesh's Shimla and Sunder Nagar these days. While speaking to ANI, the owner of Delhi Tomato Company, Fazlu Rehman said, "It is expected to stay like this till July end. Many farmers destroyed their tomato produce due to less demand. High quality tomatoes are being sold at Rs 32 per kg."
Chandigarh Police headquarters has been closed for two days for sanitisation amid coronavirus pandemic. A person working in the education department office has contracted COVID-19. As per the information given by, SP (Headquarters) of Chandigarh Manoj Kumar, the police headquarters and education department's office are adjacent to each other in Sector-9 of Chandigarh. There are total 65 active cases of COVID-19 in Chandigarh.
The sale of Chinese goods has gone down in Chandigarh after customers have started demanding Indian products from the shopkeepers. One of the shopkeeper said, "People are not buying Chinese products now. We are also planning not to sell Chinese items once our existing stock is sold." It happened after Galwan Valley clash between India and China which claimed lives of 20 soldiers.
Youth Congress workers staged protest in a unique way against fuel price hike in Chandigarh. Party workers tied a car with rope and dragged it on the roads of the city. They shouted slogans demanding the central government to take steps against rising prices of petrol and diesel. Later, police came and detained the protestors. A Youth Congress worker said, "When in 2013-14, rate of diesel and petrol were between Rs. 45- 50, then for BJP Inflation was 'dayan' but now when rates are shooting up to Rs. 80, inflation is 'darling' for them."
Chandigarh Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Baniwal was felicitated by Muslim clerics for his work amid coronavirus pandemic. The felicitation programme took place in city's Sector 45 on June 12. Chandigarh SSP Nilambari Jagadale was also felicitated by clerics. Burail area mosque management awarded them for their continuous efforts amid COVID-19 outbreak.