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CM inaugurates Sair Fair at Arki

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CM inaugurates Sair Fair at Arki

CM inaugurates Sair Fair at Arki

Fairs and Festivals are the real identity of our traditions, customs and culture and required to be preserved as they are inseparable part and parcel of the life of the hill people, said the Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh while addressing a massive gathering after inaugurating the famous district level ‘Sair’ festival at Arki, which is also known as ‘Festival of Bulls’, and is also famous for exhibition of rare breed of Buffaloes.

He said “I anticipate that the knowledge of our culture and customs percolate down to generations and I believe that the coming generations will conserve our cultural legacy by giving added attention to our religious ceremonies, fairs and festivals,” He said that he wanted to carry the people of the entire State along with him and he did not believe in Politics of sorts, which in long run proves to be detrimental.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated Sub-division office cum residence of the Assistant Engineer National Highway constructed at a cost of Rs.45 lakh and also performed the foundation stone laying ceremony of the 50 bedded Civil Hospital Arki to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 8.10 crore. The hospital would be consisiting of the three special wards besides seven OPDs. It will have facilities like CT Scan, X-rays, etc.

Chief Minister also released a souvenir on the occasion brought out by the Mela Committee and inaugurated the exhibitions set up on the occasion by various Government departments and NGOs showcasing the development activities.

While speaking on the occasion, Col (Dr.) Dhani Ram Shandil, Social Welfare and Empowerment Minister, congratulated the people on the occasion and counted achievements of the Present State Government.

Smt. Seema Sharma, President Nagar Panchayat, Arki, welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion. She also raised local demands of the area and assured of full co-operation for carrying out development activities in the area. She counted various ongoing development activities.

Rajinder Thakur, Member Animal Welfare Board also welcomed the Chief Minister and honoured him and other dignitaries.

Sh. Govind Ram local MLA,Rahul Thakur, District Congress President, Prakash Karad, Vice Chairman Small Saving Board, Sanjay Awasthi, former Congress Block President Arki, Sanjay Thakur, former President Youth Congress, Arki also spoke on the occasion.

A colourful cultural programme was also organized during the opening of the Sair fair.

MLA, Ram Kumar, Smt. Janeb Chandel, Chairperson, State Women Welfare Commission, Rajinder Thakur, Member, Animal Welfare Board and President of Pradhan Parishad Ramesh Chauhan, Vice-Chairman, Khadi Board, , Madan Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner, Solan, Ramesh Chajhta, SP Solan and other distinguished guests were present on the occasion amongst various Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of various Boards and Corporations, Members of Zila Parishad, Panchayats pardhans etc.

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Himachal Lost 408 Human Lives, 207 Animals in Winter Season Alongwith Extensive Horticultural, Agricultural Damages

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winter season loss in himachal pradesh 2019

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh suffered major loss and damage in the winter season due to heavy snowfall, avalanches, landslides, hailstorms, and heavy rains. Between January 1 to March 31, 2019. The state lost as many as 408 human lives and 207 animal lives. Similarly, 1346 houses, 9516 water supply schemes were damaged, 30,921 electricity lines were disrupted, 10,260 LT electrical poles were damaged. Besides, 13,733-kilometre roads length and 377-hectare horticulture crop area was affected during the period.

Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal, who chaired a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) on Friday, released this information. The Team was on the three-day visit to the State to assess the damages and losses occurred during winter season-2019 in the State.

Based on this assessment, the State has submitted a memorandum of loss and damages to the government of India amounting to Rs. 374.21 crore.

The State suffered damage to the horticulture and agriculture sector to the tune of 0.54 crore, animal husbandry Rs. 0.19 crore, fishery 0.015 crores, housing Rs. 10.46 crore, community assets Rs. 2.50 crore, forest Rs. 6.78 crore, Public works department Rs. 242.27 crore, IPH Rs. 43.97 crore and Power Rs. 51.17 crore. Besides Rs. 16.32 crore have been distributed as ex-gratia for human lives lost during the calamities in the winter season, informed Director-cum-Special Secretary, HP Disaster Management Authority D.C Rana.

The IMCT team headed by Joint Secretary, KB Singh from Freedom Fighters Rehabilitation department assessed the damages at various places in Shimla, Kinnaur, Chamba, Kullu and Mandi districts.

The other members if the IMCT were Director (Horticulture) Dr. M.N. Singh, Director (Expenditure) S.C. Meena, Deputy Director (Ministry of Rural Development), Deputy Director from Rural Development SS Modi, Director, Central Water Commission OP Gupta, Deputy Director, Power OP Suman, Regional Officer, Road Transport and Highways Vipnesh Sharma.

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Shimla-Rash Private Bus Driver Allegedly Rams Bus Loaded With Passengers Into a Parked Tipper

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Private Bus Accident in Shimla due to rash driving

Shimla-Private bus operators of Shimla are already infamous for rash driving and racing with each other, competing over timings. Several accidents and incidents of rash driving have been reported in the past as well. However, the laxity of the district administration and the police continue to encourage them to carry on with their death races.  

In yet another such incident, driver of a private bus ‘Rajendra’ rammed the bus loaded with passengers into a tipper parked on the roadside near BCS in Shimla City on Saturday evening. Fortunately, except a couple of passengers who received minor injuries, no one was hurt. The collision crushed the front part of the tipper. No one was present inside the tipper when the incident took place.

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While the driver cited mechanical fault ( broken axle) as a reason for the accident, the passengers narrated a different story. The passengers could be seen telling the police that the driver was driving very rashly right from the Old ISBT. Several passengers asked the driver repeatedly to not drive rashly. The driver and the conductor, the passengers said, did not listen at all. Rather, they told passengers that it’s not a big deal and nothing would happen.

The passengers also complained that the driver and conductor were continuously passing obscene remarks to drivers of other vehicles including tourist vehicles. They also alleged the driver appeared to be under the influence of some intoxicating substance.

On the other hand, instead of apologizing to the passengers, the driver was seen arguing with them in the presence of the police. While the driver of the bus and tipper arrived at a mutual compromise, the injured passengers were not taken for medical examination, and simply sent to fetch medicines from nearby chemist.

The passenger also complained that the police took their statements, which were not recorded, lightly.

The accident has again exposed how laxity on the part of the district administration and the traffic police is turning private bus operators into a mafia. This mafia doesn’t care for traffic rules or the lives of the passengers.

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Bilaspur – Girl Kidnapped, Molested, Then Thrown Out of Vehicle, Two Suspects Nabbed

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Bilaspur Kidnapping Case

Bilaspur-Safety of females in Himachal Pradesh is again in question as a case of attempted kidnapping and molestation was reported from Bilaspur district on past Wednesday.

As per the police, a girl, who is a student, got off a Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus near College Chowk in Roura Sector at approximately 9 PM on Wednesday. She was walking towards her home in Diara Sector when two men forcibly dragged her inside a white car taking advantage of darkness as power supply was disrupted due to stormy conditions.  The girl tried to escape but was overcome by the men.

When they tried to molest her, the girl began to shout loudly. The kidnappers then threw her out of the vehicle and sped away. The girl informed her parents about the incident, who then reached the police station and filed a complaint.

The Superintendent of Police, Bilaspur, Ashok Verma, confirmed the report. He informed that a case has been filed for kidnapping and molestation. Based on the statement of the girl and CCTV footage, two suspects were arrested on the following day. On Friday, these suspects were produced in the court. The court has sent them to judicial custody till July 17.

Considering the sensitivity of the case, the SP said he would himself monitor the investigation.

Both of the arrested suspects were said to be sanitation workers employed with the town’s Municipal Council. After receiving permission from the court, an identification parade would be conducted.  No further details of suspects were released.

   

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