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Rs 37 crore to be spent on construction of the State Judicial Academy : CM

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Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that the State Government would set up the State Judicial Academy in the outskirts of Shimla city. He was addressing the Chief Ministers and Chief Justices Conference at New Delhi today.

Virbhadra Singh said that the State Government had allocated 3-41-061 hectares of land for the academy. About Rs. 37 crore would be spent on construction of the State Judicial Academy. He said that the Government had given administrative approval of about Rs. 26 crore and expenditure sanction of Rs. seven crore had also been provided. He said that academy would prepare well trained and qualified managerial cadre to manage the judiciary at all levels and would also check the shortcomings in the institutions.

Chief Minister said that Legal Aid Clinics were being set up in the State at Panchayat level and 10 Mediation Centres had also been set up besides 10 ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution ) Centres were being set up for speedy delivery of justice in the State. He said that the Government had created 10 posts of Additional District and Session Judges in the State for rendering speedy and effective justice to the litigants. Two courts of Civil Judges (Junior Division) had also been created which would be notified shortly. He said that three Traffic Mobile Courts had been set up in the State to fast track the cases at magistrate level and four Special Magistrates had been appointed to dispose off the cases under section 138 of the Negotiable Instrument Act.

Virbhadra Singh said that despite financial constraints the State Government was providing best of the infrastructure to the Judiciary throughout the State and earmarked residential accommodation had been made available to almost all the subordinate Judges upto Sub Divisional level. He said that the Shetty Commission Report had been implemented in the State and Padamnabhan Committee Report which sought to revise the pay scales granted by the Shetty Commission had also been implemented in the State.

Chief Minister said that the State High Court had a total pendency of only 56,899 cases while about four million cases were pending in various High Courts of the country. He said that about 2.24 lakh cases were pending in the Subordinate Courts of the State out of total of 27 million pending cases in the trial courts across the country.

Virbhadra Singh said that the State had one of the finest Judiciary in the country and the State Government would provide full support to further improve the institution.

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Bat deaths in Himachal not due to Nipah Virus, Don’t panic: Govt

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Shimla: To put an end to the rumours of Nipah virus outbreak in Himachal Pradesh after dead bats were found in Sirmaur a couple of days ago and then in Mandi district on Friday, the State Government today issued a statement asking people not to panic about it.

Apart from the outbreak of Nipah Virus in two districts of Kerala State no information regarding its spread has been reported from any other part of Himachal as well as the country, stated Additional Chief Secretary, Health B.K. Agarwal in a meeting held here today.

He said that only fruit bats (flying fox) have been found carrying this virus. These types of bats are found in the coastal regions of the county.

Therefore, there is no possibility of Nipah Virus in the bats found in Himachal Pradesh.

He said that the bats reported having died in the state were not due to the virus as these species do not die by Nipah Virus.

Agarwal said that a few days back samples from dead bats in Sirmaur were collected and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune for testing and all the samples were reported negative for Nipah Virus.

Additional Chief Secretary has advised people not to panic about the Nipah Virus. He said that all the medical colleges of the State were prepared to deal with the situation if needed.

Officers of Health, Animal husbandry, Forest & Horticulture department were present in the meeting, chaired by Agarwal.

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Met predicts state-wide rains in Himachal on May 31 and June 1

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Shimla: As a ray of hope amid acute water-scarcity prevailing in Himachal Pradesh’s various regions including the capital town Shimla, the Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted state-wide rain with thunderstorms on May 31 and June 1.

If lucky, four districts including Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Shimla can receive a spell of rain on May 29 and 30 too.

With the rains, the people also hope to see a relief from the scorching heat of summer sun and forest fires. The Fire Department is reportedly facing trouble in dousing forest fires due to water scarcity.

As per the Met department, District Bilaspur and Una recorded 41℃ and 43℃ temperature on Saturday.

The farmers in rural areas and the public in towns, both are facing a hard time due to a shortage of water. Shimla town has run into a situation of chaos as the Mayor Kusum Sadret on Friday left for her China visit. The situation is such that the Chief Minister had to call an emergency meeting with Irrigation & Public Health Department to take stock of the situation.

The High Court had also taken cognizance of the media report and directed the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to provide adequate funds to the State for water-supply schemes worth over Rs. 700 crores.

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400 fire watchers deployed, Rs. 1.75 cr. sanctioned for checking forest fires in Himachal: Forest Minister

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Shimla: The Forest Minister of Himachal Pradesh Govind Singh Thakur today informed that four hundred fire watchers have been deputed across the State and added that Rs. 1.75 crore has been sanctioned by the GoI for checking and management of fire incidents in the State.

Every year, forest fires in summers turn a large amount of forest wealth to ashes. 

He said that State government has started a new project from this year for management of fire incidents by spending Rs. 1 crore additionally.

He also claimed that with a view to check the number of forest fire incidents in the State, the department implemented an awareness campaign in the month of March which proved effective and a lot of support and cooperation is coming from people in tackling fire incidents.

He said that about 9500 people got connected to the website of Forest Survey of India Dehradun which proved helpful to them in receiving information about fire incidents in their areas.

He said that the department also started a toll-free number for receiving this information. He said that the information regarding fire incidents is coming faster this year as compared to previous years due to these measures and action is being taken instantly.

He urged the people of the State to extend support to the department.

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