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Shot by constable, one dead, 2 injured in Shimla

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Group of men tying to hack into the impound yard of Shimla police near Tara Dev said to have messed up with the police while trying to steal an impounded car, leading to firing in which one person died and two others were injured.

The peaceful Shimla today witnessed a buzz over the death caused by police shooting yesterday night. As per the sources, after midnight yesterday, a group of men broke into the yard near Tara Devi where police keeps impounded vehicles. Police says, they were trying to steal an impounded car, but were spotted by the patrolling police men, whom they said have to have attacked on being enquired. The constable fired a warning shot in air right after that one of the men tried to grab the gun from the constable in which a bullet got fired killing one man. Two others were also injured in the same action. Constable Ranbir, said that they fired the bullet completely with an intention of self-defense when they were attacked by three men. Ranvir fired in the air, but then forced him to shoot at boys legs, which missed the intended aim as the boy ducked and the bullet hit him in the abdomen.

The deceased has been identified as Uday Singh Panwar, while the injured have been identified as Harsh Sharma, a resident of Chakkar and Nitin Kumar, a resident of Sagli.However, some locals protested against the police in front of Boileauganj police station saying that the firing was unprovoked. The police lathicharged the crowd to disperse in which a couple of people received injuries and were referred to IGMC for treatment.

The parents of the Uday and many locals alleged that a few local people from the market, who tried to esquire the officials peacefully, were dragged inside the police station and given a beat without any justified reason. They also alleged that the police did not bother to inform boy’s parents at the time he died, but only informed the next day. The atmosphere grew quiet tense as some political elements joined the protest.The whole Boiluaganj market got crowded until Congress leader Harish Janartha and other police officials approached the police station and ensured justice after talking to the police officials.

A case has been registered against the two policemen under Section 304, IPC, and a counter case against the three youths under Sections 307, 353, 332, 579 and 511, IPC.

However, further details on the case are still awaited.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 7 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture world around him in his DSLR lens.

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108 ambulance skid-off road near IGMC Shimla, lands on 2 cars parked in ‘No Parking’ zone

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Shimla: Two men were injured as a 108 ambulance skid-off the Sanjauli-Lakkar Bazaar road near the Indira Gandhi Medical College today morning. The vehicle fell down on two cars parked on the roadside in a ‘No Parking’ zone.

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The ambulance was carrying no patient at the time of the accident, and the injured included only the driver and an assistant.  Both sustained minor injuries.

The accident occurred at about 6:30 AM as the ambulance skid-off the road while the driver was reversing it. No casualties were reported and the driver and assistant escaped with minor injuries,

the Lakkar Bazaar Police Post incharge told Himachal Watcher.

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The ambulance crushed one of the cars badly and damaged the other one. Fortunately, no person was present inside these cars and on the road when the accident took place.  Otherwise, the result could have proved to be fatal. 

It is one reason why not to park vehicles in No Parking zones of Shimla. 

 

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Rs 2572 crore for Himachal’s irrigation and drinking water schemes

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Shimla: The State Government today said that it has earmarked an amount of Rs 2572 crore for providing irrigation and drinking water facilities in Himachal Pradesh during the current financial year.

The endeavour, the Government said, was to bring more area under irrigation facility so that farmers could go for crop diversification instead of traditional crops.

The Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Kelodhar in Seraj assembly constituency of Mandi district, provided the information.It is Chief Minister’s first visit to Kelodhar after elections.

Further, it was announced that the Kandha-Bah-Batand road would be strengthened.

Earlier, the Chief Minister performed ‘bhumi pujan’ of Kandha-Bah-Batand road (Phase-II) to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 358.53 lakh.

He laid the foundation stones of IPH Office building and residence at Kelodhar to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 74.36 lakh and of Science Block building of Government Senior Secondary School Kelodhar on which about Rs 1.50 crore would be spent.

The Government announced Rs 15 lakh for Kelodhar Panchayat for various developmental works, Rs 10 lakh each for GP Bara, GP Saroha and GP Parwara. He also announced Rs 3 lakh for Mahila Mandal Kelodhar.

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British-era Bantony Castle Shimla to become Rs. 25 crore cultural centre     

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CM said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style

Shimla: As a ray of hope for the Bantony Castle, Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh Government has announced Rs. 25 crores for the renovation of the British-era structure in order to develop as a tourist attraction.

This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while inaugurating the five-day long State level Gram Shilp Mela which was organized by the State Language Art and Culture Department here on May 17, 2018.

Bantony Castle is one of the historic and monumental buildings of Shimla town and has a very rich history. spread over around 20,000 square meter area between Circular Road and Mall Road.

The Chief Minister said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style, part chalet and crowned with sloping roofs with mini-towers.

Nevertheless, he further said that since this building was strategically located on the Mall Road thus could be an added attraction for the tourists.

 This complex as a whole would be developed in such a way that it not only becomes a tourist attraction but also a centre of rich cultural diversity of the State.  

The previous Congress Government had, in 2017, announced that it will be turned into a Heritage museum with a restaurant and recreational park.

Artisans from different parts of the State received an opportunity to exhibit their artefacts at the Gram Shipi Mela. The government said it would also organize District level Gram Shilp Melas besides Inter-state Gram Shilp Melas to promote the artefacts of the State.

It was further informed that the State Government has announced a new scheme named ‘Aaj Purani Rahon Se’ for exploring folklores, historic events and cultural tourism in the State. The government has also decided to introduce miniaturized cultural souvenirs of Himachal Pradesh such as musical instruments, Chamba Rumal, Kangra paintings etc.

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