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Chief Minister announces Girls Hostel at Sanjauli College

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Chief Minister announces Girls Hostel at Sanjauli College

Chief Minister announces Girls Hostel at Sanjauli College

Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh while presiding over the concluding ceremony of the three day mega HP University Inter-College Youth Festival-2014 at Government College, Sanjauli today announced construction of a hostel for the girl students of far-flung areas of the State. He also announced a sum of Rupees Four crore for a new block with parking facilities and the classes. He accorded permission for constructing over-bridge near the Sanjauli College connecting IGMC road with the National Highway.

He said all students of this college of ‘Centre of Excellence’ should definitely go beyond the sky heights in academics. “Sky should be the limit for them and they should not waste time indulging in undue politics”, he said, adding that more such colleges of excellence would be opened in times to come. He expressed happiness over the constitution of SCA of the Sanjauli College and said that similar procedure should also be adopted for electing office bearers in other colleges of the State as well. He had all praise for the SCA President Ms. Shaksharta.

Expressing concern of the growing incidents of violence in the HP University and in various educational institutions of the State, the Chief Minister said that such indiscipline would not be tolerated in the educational institutions of the State. He said that he was happy to learn that the Sanjauli College Students Central Association (SCA) was unanimously nominated. He said that many colleges in the State had been adopting the same pattern of nominating the SCA from amongst the meritorious students. He said that a committee headed by a retired Judge of the High Court had been constituted to look into the fee pattern and its report was awaited.

He said that the State Government had opened as many as 15 colleges in the far-flung and remote areas of the State during the present Government’s regime adding that the many new schools were also either opened or upgraded in the remote corners of the State facilitating the students, especially the girl child to pursue higher education at their doorstep. He appealed to the teachers to voluntarily serve in the colleges and schools in the far-flung and remote areas of the State so as to educate each and every child towards making a Himachal a strong and vibrant State. He exhorted the teaching fraternity to themselves opt for teaching in remote corners instead looking for postings in and around the cities.

Virbhadra Singh said State Government was making concerted efforts to provide technical and professional education to the students as these were the doors for opportunities for the youth in any developing Nation. Moreover, it will also ensure employment opportunities in various sectors including self-employment, added he. Expressing happiness that the Government Degree College Sanjauli has emerged as the ‘Centre of Excellence’ and had produced many luminaries who are bringing laurels to the State by serving as either high government functionaries, in defense services or were the successful entrepreneurs.

Such festivals should be encouraged so as to promote fraternity and to inculcate discipline amongst the youth, said the Chief Minister. He added that together with promotion and preservation of our traditional culture these festivals play an important role in inculcating the ethos and values.

The Chief Minister also distributed the prizes to the winners of the competition.

Shashi Bhushan Shekhri, Director, Higher Education thanked the Chief Minister for honouring the event.

Earlier, Joginder Singh Negi, Principal Government College Sanjauli welcomed the Chief Minister and honoured him and the other dignitaries present on the occasion. He also detailed about the event and the other college activities, besides the academic excellence of the college. He said that as many as 750 students from 45 colleges participated in the Youth festival which began on 16th October, 2014. Besides, classical shows, folk dance and folk songs of the State remained attractions of the event, he said. He also demanded adequate space for constructing the ground for the students and a hostel for girls in or around the college.

A colourful cultural competition display was also organized by the students of different colleges.

Ms Shaksharta, President of the SCA proposed vote of thanks.

Harish Janartha, Vice-Chairman HP Tourism Development corporation, Dinkar Burathoki , Advisor Education, PC Dhiman, Principal Secretary, Education, , Shushant Khapret, Councillor, Smt Meera Ahluwalia, Chairperson, HPU Cultural and Co-Curricular Council & Principal RKMV College, Dinesh Malhotra, Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, D.W Negi, SP Shimla, Office bearers of the HP Government, College Teachers Association, college faculty, staff members and students were present on the occasion amongst others.

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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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