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CM urges people not to abandon livestock

Chief Minister while speaking on the occasion of the local Fair Tikkar at Naldehra in Kasumpti constituency of district Shimla organized by Mela Committee Tikkar and Jan Jagriti Manch said that it was against our traditions to abandon the domestic animals particularly the cows, after utilizing them. Instead they should take care of their livestock and also properly feed them in spite of leaving them alone on their destiny. He said that the local community should come forward and spread awareness amongst the people about the same.

“Today we see cows wandering on the roads and streets and in crowded areas and there always exists risk of accidents and the children being attacked by the stray cattle.” said he, adding that it was ungrateful and against the rich culture and tradition of the Pradesh where Cow Worship was considered sacred. There is need to change our mind-set and aware the people, especially the younger generation about the same.

He said that the State Government was committed to open ‘Gau Sadans’ for such stray animals and was also providing assistance to those who had opened such shelters for the livestock. He exhorted the people to voluntarily come forward for providing shelter to stray cattle and not to desert them.

On the occasion the Chief Minister assured to provide assistance for setting up the ‘Gau Sadan’ in the area and also enhanced the Nazarana of the Nanal Devta Temple Committee to rupees one lakh and announced rupees 25 thousand for Tikkar Mela Committee.

The Chief Minister also announced a sum of rupees four lakh for constructiing Sarai Bhawan at Barog. He also announced up-gradation of Tikkar School from Middle to High and primary School Sonthal to Middle.

After announcing the up-gradation of the schools the Chief Minister said that it was not in good practice that there were no exams for the students from first to eighth class in the school and the performance of the children was being assessed from grading them by the school teachers itself. He said that the Government had taken a decision that from the very first in all Government school subjects like Maths, English and Hindi would be mandatory and said that the Government was also considering to start Punjabi and Urdu classes in Middle schools onwards provided a batch of more than 30 to 40 children were interested to take up the subjects and the teachers would be made available accordingly.

The Chief Minister also announced a PWD Rest House to be constructed between Mashobra and Baldehan.

While listing the development taken place in the State he said that despite financial assistance from Government of India from time to time the credit of the development activities to the people of the State who had contributed a lot in the carrying out developmental works and had voluntarily come forward for making Himachal the most developed state.

On the demand of opening ITI at Mashobra the Chief Minister said that the matter would be discussed with the concerned department regarding the same.

Local MLA Anirudh Singh, while speaking on the occasion thanked the Chief Minister for the development works being undertaken in the area and placed the local demands before the Chief Minister.

Pratap Singh Bajwa, President Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee was also present as a special guest on the occasion and was welcomed and honoured by MLA Anirudh Singh.

Earlier, Chairman Mela Committee, Kewal Ram welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister.

Former Minister, Roop Dass Kashyap, Pradhan GP Naldehra, Smt. Sushma Kashyap, President Block Congress Committee Bhupinder Kanwar Councillor, Chamyana ward Narinder Thakur, Member Zila Parishad Yogayata Sharma, former Pradhan Hem Singh Verma, Pradhans of various panchayats and BDC members, Sub divisional Magistrate Gian Sagar Negi, Tehsildar Shimla, Manjeet Sharma other officers of various departments were present on the occasion amongst the local people in large number.

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Bad Weather Warning for Himachal, Tourists and Locals Advised Not to Venture into Higher Hills

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for middle and lower hills on October 17th and 18th. The Met has also issued orange and yellow alerts for various districts.

Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has been predicted in higher hills and advisory has been issued for both locals and tourists to avoid travelling to higher hills.

While a yellow alert with a prediction of thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places has been issued for Una and Hamirpur district on October 17, an orange alert with a prediction of heavy rainfall, thunderstorm, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places has been issued for Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur.

For October 18, a yellow alert has been issued for Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, and Kullu districts and an orange alert for the remaining districts.

The Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul-Spiti, warned that in view of the Met Department’s forecast for the next two days, locals and tourists should avoid Manali-Leh National Highway (NH-03) and refrain from venturing into higher hills.

In case, travel is unavoidable due to some compelling circumstances, such candidates have been asked to confirm weather and road conditions on given telephone numbers, which are 9459661355, 01900-202509, 510, 517 and 1077.

The DC also informed that in case of any emergency, people should contact the District Disaster Management Cell, Lahaul-Spiti, on 01900 202509, 510, 517, and Tall Free -1077.

The weather is predicted to be dry on October 19 and 20. 

Feature Photo: Photo by Rodrigo Souza from Pexels

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Haryana Tourists Fire Bullets in Air at Hatu Mata Temple, Brandish Rifle, Manhandle Priest

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Shimla-Following regular instances of hooliganism and assaults with weapons by tourists from neighbouring states, especially Punjab and Haryana, the Himachal Pradesh Police had announced regular checking of tourist vehicles on borders to prevent them from carrying weapons into the state. However, the tourists continue to bring weapons, including firearms, into the state.   

In a fresh incident, some tourists from Haryana on October 13, 2021, reportedly fired bullets in the air near the Hatu Mata Temple, Narkanda.  On hearing the sound of gunshots, the priest of the temple, Lalit Sharma, approached these tourists and objected to it. The tourists allegedly grabbed him by the neck and gave him life threats.

The priest freed himself somehow and immediately informed the temple committee about the incident. A member of the temple committee also informed the local police.

The priest said that a special pooja (worship) was organized at the temple on the occasion of Durga Ashtami and a large number of people was present inside the premises to participate in the pooja. This incident created panic among these devotees.

A taxi driver, Shravan Kumar, told police that two cars – HR 16X-3753 MG Hector & PB 26G-5555 Fortuner- were parked in the middle of the Hatu Mata link road, blocking the traffic. The tourists in these vehicles were brandishing guns and creating a nuisance. A short video clip showing one of these men brandishing a gun from their vehicle has also appeared. It was speculated that these men were intoxicated. 

Later, the local police arrived at the scene and apprehended about eight tourists for questioning. The police recovered a pistol, a rifle, and a dozen of bullets from the men. Cases were filed against two of them. When inquired in front of the temple committee, the two tourists told the police their names and addresses. They were identified as Kuldeep, 37, of Tehsil Lauharu, District Bhiwani, Haryana,  and Abhishek Kumar, 27, of district Bhawani, Harayana.

A case was filed at the Police Station, Kumarsain under Section 336, 34 of IPC and 25-54/59 of the Arms Act. The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rampur, Chandrashekhar confirmed the report.

The temple committee has expressed concern over the incident and asked the police and the district administration to take stringent action against these men for hooliganism and creating a nuisance. The committee also urged that steps should be taken to prevent such incidents in the future.

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New Chief Justice of HP High Court Justice Mohammad Rafiq Takes Oath

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Shimla-The new Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court, Justice Mohammad Rafiq, was today administered the oath of office by Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar in a ceremony held at Raj Bhawan.

Justice Mohammad Rafiq was born on 25th May 1960 at Sujangarh in the Churu district of Rajasthan. He completed B.Com in 1980, LL.B in 1984 and M.Com in 1986 from the University of Rajasthan.

He, later on, joined the Bar and practised as an Advocate after enrolment with the Bar Council of Rajasthan on 8th July 1984. He practised exclusively in Rajasthan High Court at Jaipur in almost all branches of law and specially conducted constitutional matters, service matters, land acquisition cases, land revenue cases, preventive detention cases, customs & excise matters, railway claims cases, tax matters, company matters and criminal matters before the High Court.

He worked as Assistant Government Advocate for the State of Rajasthan from 15th July 1986 to 21st December 1987 and Deputy Government Advocate from 22nd December 1987 to 29th June 1990. He appeared before the High Court as panel advocate for various Departments of the State Government for five years i.e. from 1993 to 1998.

He also represented the Union of India as Standing Counsel from 1992 to 2001 before the High Court. He also represented the Indian Railways, Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board, Rajasthan Board of Muslim Wakfs, Jaipur Development Authority, Rajasthan Housing Board and Jaipur Municipal Corporation before the Rajasthan High Court.

He was appointed as Additional Advocate General for the State of Rajasthan on 7th January 1999 and worked as such till his elevation to the Bench. He was appointed as Judge of the Rajasthan High Court on 15th May 2006. He also worked as Acting Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court twice; from 7th April 2019 to 4th May 2019 and from 23rd September 2019 to 5th October 2019. He was also the Executive Chairman of the Rajasthan State Legal Services Authority and the Administrative Judge of the Rajasthan High Court before elevation as the Chief Justice. He was the Chief Justice of the High Court of Meghalaya from 13th November 2019 to 26th April 2020. Justice Mohammad Rafiq was administered the oath of office of the Chief Justice of Orissa High Court on 27th April 2020, on being transferred from the Meghalaya High Court. He was administered the oath of office of the Chief Justice of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh on 3rd January 2021, on being transferred from the Orissa High Court.

The ceremony took place at the Darbar Hall of Raj Bhawan, where Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh conducted the proceedings of the oath ceremony and read out the notification issued by the Government of India, Ministry of Law and Justice regarding the transfer of Justice Mohammad Rafiq as Chief Justice of the HP High Court.

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