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Himachal in shock after man arrested for raping half-a-dozen minor girls in ‘Chamba Anganwadi’

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Large number of such Anganwadi centers that are running at homes without proper verification regarding the facilities and security against any such heinous crimes. Law and order is already corroding in the State, and HP Govt.’s hollow promises are further resulting in deterioration of society too.

CHAMBA – As a shocker for Himachal and all humanity after a man, who was running an Anganwadi in a village of Chamba district, was arrested on Saturday evening for raping half-a-dozen little girls in ‘Chamba Anganwadi’ In medical test, doctors verified rape with four girls while other girls were to be examined.

Reportedly, Himanshu alias Shammi (30) used to lure little girls with candies and lollypops and then rape them. It’s still not known how long the culprit had been doing so. The man was booked under Section 376 of POSCO.

Parents of victims including whole panchayat are in a shock after they received the news. The parents, who used to send their girls to this particular Anganwadi, are now inquiring their kids.

This horrible incident has revoked serious question on Himachal Govt.’s claims on ‘save girl child’ campaign and their safety at Govt. aided child-care centers. The man was running this Anganwadi center in his home and that made it easier for him to molest and rape innocent minor girls. It’s not the only center to have obtained permission to establish Anganwadiat at home.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had been beating around the bush especially for past couple of years that his Govt. will ensure protection against female foeticide and gender discrimination, quality education in safe environment, and so on. This is what actually the Govt. has done so far.

In 2015, according to recent report, Himachal Pradesh has now been bracketed among the 10 states having the worst sex. 24 panchayats in Una district, bordering Punjab, has a child sex ratio (0-6) below 500. The overall sex ratio of 875 /1000 in the district is also lowest in Himachal.

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There are a huge number such Anganwadi centers that are running at homes without proper verification regarding the facilities and security against any such heinous crimes. Law and order is already corroding in the State, and HP Govt.’s hollow promises are further resulting in deterioration of society too.

Apart from our expectations from the Govt., people need to worry about the direction our society is heading towards. The surveys and studies have already established that parents of victims do not report such crimes owing to their foolish belief that it’ll harm their reputation in society or spoil future of their kids. Not reporting a crime means encouraging criminals.

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It’s not possible to bring reforms in our own society by not performing our share of duties. We cannot rely on Govt. only. The Govt. is already corrupt, rather, India have most corrupt politicians in the world. The credit goes to the public that hear, see, and observe everything, but still deny their responsibility for putting corrupt representatives in command.

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Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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HP By-Polls 2021: Silence Period Extended to Three Days

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Shimla-The campaigning period during Himachal Pradesh by-elections has been fixed from 10 am to 7 pm every day. The silence period has been extended from two days to three days before the closing date of voting, which will start after 6 pm on 27th October 2021.

During the no active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

This information was released by Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, C. Paulrasu. He said that the Election Commission of India has limited the period of campaigning during by-election 2021 in view of the guidelines issued for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has urged all the candidates and political parties participating in the by-elections of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency and Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki Assembly Constituencies to comply with these guidelines related to the election campaign.

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Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France

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Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.

She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.

Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.  

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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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