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Govt. to consider bringing Chail out of forest area: CM

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Govt. to consider bringing Chail out of forest area-CM

Govt. to consider bringing Chail out of forest area-CM

The Government would make available whatever extra land was required by the Military School at Chail in district Solan for expansion of its campus, however, the Chail Cricket Ground would remain with the State Government, said Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh on the sidelines of the Annual Day Function of Rashtriya Military School (RMS) at Chail today.

He said that the Government would also look into the matter of taking out the Chail Bazar and its surroundings from the forest area so that it could be developed into township for benefitting the people at large.

Earlier, while speaking on the 89th Annual Day function of RMS, the Chief Minster said that the cadets must keep in mind that in today’s highly competitive world, competence matters more than anything else. The students must tone up their thinking and communication skills and should show single-minded devotion to studies without loosing sight of their aim.

While trying to keep up the time-honoured tradition, the School had made bold forays into the contemporary teaching profession and adopted cutting edge technology like class-room automation and language lab to bring about a qualitative improvement in the teaching-learning process, along with strict insistence on discipline, aimed at helping the cadets grow mentally, emotionally and ethically in the finest tradition of public school education. said the Chief Minister adding that it is small wonder that this school had been recognized as one of the best boarding schools in this part of the country.

Shri Virbhadra Singh said that Rashtriya Military School, Chail had a long cherished history and high traditions and great many of the cadets had walked out of its hallowed portals to occupy high echelons of service in the armed forces and other walks of life.

The Chief Minister said that the number of prizes and glittering trophies that the cadets were awarded today in recognition of their achievements clearly points to the commitment of the school, which was well-supported by the aspirations of the parents of the children.

“I am greatly elated to witness the cultural show and the one Act Comedy which is a delightful display of your creative abilities and aesthetic standards” said the Chief Minster adding that painstaking effort that was put to nurture and bring out the latent abilities of the cadets was praiseworthy.

The Chief Minster also visited an educative and enlightening exhibition which displayed the Scientific Models, woodwork and paintings of the students.

He also distributed prizes to the students who excelled tin academics and other co-curricular activities.

Cadet Shivam Singh, the school Captain was adjudged as the best cadet of the school, besides Nalanda House was declared as the Champion house follwed by Ujjain house as the runner-up

Earlier, Principal of the School Lt. Col Vineet Ohri welcomed the Chief Minister and placed annual report of the school before the assembly and also the feat the cadets had achieved.

P.Sonn proposed vote of thanks.

The function was attended by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil, Major General GoC sub-area Ambala Amritpal Singh, MLA Lahaul and Spiti Ravi Thakur, Col Mahesh Singh officiating Station Commander, Shimla, Col G.S.Mann amongst Students, Faculty members and the parents of the cadets.

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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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