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Dharamshala Gangrape completely fictitious story, still investigating people & motive behind it : Police

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BJP leaders and ABVP demand a CBI probe as they expressed their doubt over the credibility of HP Police under the present Congress government. Many are calling it a cover up to hush up the matter and save the culprits. The investigations still continues to unfold motive behind the rumor.

DHARAMSHALA – The police claimed that the alleged case of brutal gangrape in the premises of Degree College Dharamshala is nothing more than a fictitious story that was circulated on social media, perhaps, with a motive of malign someone. Alleged victim had told them that no such incident had occurred.

With this news, people, who earlier has posted extremely emotional and provoking rumors, have started to delete it from their timeline. Similarly, many FB pages have either taken ‘U’ or have simply deleted their updates that had fueled these rumors. Political opportunists had begun making preparation to exploit this sensitive situation for their usual dramas for political gains. Many protest calls are being made to demand justice. VHP wants the culprits found as soon as possible and hang them immediately.

Meanwhile, news appeared on Dainik Bhaskar claiming that findings of the police investigation are hinting towards the involvement of the son of a Himachal MLA behind this conspiracy. The news further said that the suspected person circulated false messages on social media and also helped opposition (BJP) to fuel the issue to malign the image of Sudheer Sharma. Police has begun to investigate call details of ABVP leader Garvit Sharma to gather more details.

However here is what the HP Police claim as the findings of their investigation.

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the girl, who had complained to Dharamshala Government Degree College principal that her “sister” had been sexually exploited on campus, was not related to the victim.

“The whole story of alleged sexual assault/molestation has turned out to be fake. No such incident has happened either in the college or elsewhere. The girl whom the complainant mentioned has told police that no such thing ever happened,” Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Kumar said here.

In Dharamshala, too, SP Kapil Sharma said the alleged victim and her parents recorded their statements, denying any such incident. Police said the case unravelled after the complainant was traced on Thursday. She had gone missing after meeting the college principal on May 16. She was allegedly spotted by a police guard near the police lines ground at 7:45 am and he alerted ASP Shalini Agnihotri, a member of the SIT probing the case.

The complainant was taken into custody and her parents were called. She allegedly failed to provide any authentic information about the incident except that she was asked by the alleged victim to complain to the principal about the sexual assault case.

Police then reached out to the student, who expressed shock at the report. Her parents endorsed her statement

DGP Sanjay Kumar said.

The so-called victim informed the police that she had not even met the complainant, who claimed to be her sister. Both are from the same village near Dharamshala but the victim has not met her for the past four years

DGP Kumar added.

Reports of the alleged incident first appeared on social media. Police was initially clueless as nobody had lodged an official complaint. They had been looking for the complainant.

Both girls and their parents are under protective custody so that their statements can be recorded before the judicial magistrate under Section 164 of the CRPC.

Additional DGP (Law and Order ) Sanjay Kundu said the SIT will probe as to what led the girl to complain to the principal.

Some sources claim that the complainant has already told police that she was made to do so by someone with some vicious intention. We guess, we will have to wait for further details about the motive behind this scandal, if it is one. However, HW again request all social media users to be cautious about such rumors. Do not trust unverified information and media blindly. Such situation could lead to riots or violence, and may be, that was the idea behind this rumor.

This country is full of corrupt officials and politicians, but not every policemen and media person can be bought with money or threatened with power.

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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After CBSE, Himachal Postpones Board and UG Exams Till May 1st

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Shimla-The ongoing examinations of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education and under graduate classes have been postponed, a spokesperson of the HP Government informed today. He said that the state government has taken the decision keeping in view the health concerns of the students and parents.

These exams included the ongoing board examinations for Class 10th and 12th and UG examinations starting on 17th April to 17th May, 2021.

The government said that the situation would be reviewed on 1st May, 2021, and further directions would be issued accordingly. In a separate notification, the HPBOSE said that the schools exams for the two board classes were postponed till May 17, 2021. The Board also relieved all the staff engaged in conducting examinations including Superintendents, Deputy Superintendents, Flying Squads, Invigilators and Peons except Chowkidards. 

The decision of the government came after the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) today decided to cancel the examinations for class 10 and postpone exams for Class 12 due to the ongoing surge in daily COVID-19 infections in the country. The Board said that there was a constant demand for postponing the exams from students, parents, and the state governments.

However, the state government in Himachal Pradesh had decided to go on with exams amid the peeking second wave of the pandemic.

“The pandemic situation in the country is seeing a resurgence of COVID 19 positive cases in many states, with a few states having been affected more than others. In this situation, schools have been shut down in 11 states. Unlike State Boards, CBSE has an all-India character, and therefore, it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country,” the Union Education Ministry today said.

Looking to the present situation of the pandemic and school closures, the Ministry decided that the Board Exams for Class XII to be held from May 4thto June, 14th, 2021 would be postponed. The situation will be reviewed on 1st June 2021 by the Board. A notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the examinations.

 The Board Exams for Class X to be held from 4thMay to June 14th, 2021 were  cancelled.

“The results of Class Xth Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board. Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks allocated to him/her on this basis will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams,” the Ministry said.

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Himachal’s Educational Institutions Closed Till April 4 Amid COVID-19 Case Surge, Pubic Holi Celebrations Prohibited, No Restriction on Tourism

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Shimla– All the educational institutions in Himachal Pradesh, including Universities, Colleges, Technical Institutes and schools, would remain closed till April 4, 2021, as a precautionary measure keeping in view the spike in COVID-19 cases in the State, the government informed today. But schools would remain open for the classes having their examinations, it was informed.  

The decision was taken in a meeting held today that was presided by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.

“Last year the spike in cases was gradual, but this year this surge is very rapid. In the last 20-25 days, the number of new cases has spiked from 220 to 2000, which is a matter of great concern for the state,” Chief Minister told media.

On being asked about tourist movement from neighboring Punjab – a state with massive surge in daily cases- the Chief Minister said that for now no restriction would be imposed on tourists given the peak tourist season starting from April.

Also Read: Himachal Reports Over 300 New COVID-19 Cases With 2 Deaths, Second Wave Could Peak in April & Last for 100 Days, says Report  

“Last year, the peak season was completely foiled. Therefore, it would not be favourable for the economy of the state and livelihood of the people to restrict tourist movement,” Jairam Thakur said.

“But if the surge continued and picked up more pace, then the government would review the situation again,” he told media. But the hotels and homestays would have to follow the SOPs while operating, he said. 

Chief Minister said that schools having residential facilities need not close their hostels, however, they would have to comply with all the SOPs to keep these residential areas cut off and appoint Compliance Officer to comply with all the orders. He said that teachers and other school/college staff would continue to attend the institutions.

Jai Ram Thakur said that no social and cultural events would be organized in the State by the Government and gatherings would be restricted to a maximum of 200 for indoor and 50 percent for outdoor events.

He said that nursing and medical institutions would continue to function as usual. He said that congregations and langers inside the temples would also be banned and other darshans would be allowed.

Chief Minister said that 3rd April would also be a holiday for all the offices in the State and there would be no public celebration of Holi.

He urged the people to celebrate Holi at their home with their family members only. He said that all the frontline workers would be sensitized to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest completing their second dose as per schedule.

It was also decided in the meeting that District Administration would take a judicious call on more restrictions keeping in view the positivity and fatality rate in their respective districts.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Additional Chief Secretaries R.D. Dhiman and J.C. Sharma, Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi, Mission Director NHRM Dr. Nipun Jindal and other senior officials were also present in the meeting.

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UHF Nauni Gets New Labs Equipped with Latest Technologies, Nature Park for Students  

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Solan- Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, today dedicated four projects to the students and farmers at the university campus. 

Among the project inaugurated by Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor, UHF, was a state of the art Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory established with the financial assistance of Rs 4.55 crore (over seven years) from the World Bank-funded HP-Horticulture Development Project.

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Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor, UHF, Inaugurating Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory

The laboratory is equipped with the latest equipment like Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, CHNS Analyzer, Microwave digestion system, UV-VIS Spectrophotometers. It is well equipped to analyze the different soil properties including different macro and micronutrients and as per the analysis values, the recommendations are also given to the farmers.

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Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory

The samples received from different HP-HDP clusters of the state are being analyzed in the laboratory and ad-hoc recommendations for High-Density Planting on clonal rootstocks are given. A field laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology constructed for Rs 14.17 lakh met out of the pesticide testing scheme was also inaugurated today.NEW Labs in UHF nauni

Two projects- Nature Park and a Commercial plantation model of wild pomegranate developed under the ICAR National Agricultural Higher Education Project were also unveiled today.

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The nature camp developed by the Department of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture has been developed as a recreation cum activity area for the students and showcases different landscaping methods. Under NAHEP,a commercial model of wild pomegranate developed by the Department of Silviculture and Agroforestry was also dedicated to the students and farmers. 

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Nature Park

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Parvinder Kaushal congratulated all the team members behind the completion of the projects. He said that both the laboratories will be immensely beneficial for conducting research. Speaking about the development of projects under the ICAR’s NAHEP, Dr. Kaushal said that the university is in process of developing more such plantation models which will not only be beneficial to the students but also help popularize new technologies among farmers. The statutory officers of the university, heads of all departments, coordinator and team members of NAHEP IDP, students and staff were present on the occasion. 

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