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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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HP University: Student Agitations Over Vaccination Intensify, Delay in Opening Hostels Adds to Their Woes

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Shimla-While the Himachal Pradesh Government has put the vaccination of the 18-44 year age group on hold till July 9, voices demanding vaccination of all students and staff of Himachal Pradesh University are rising. Today a student organization demanded to open the varsity for all, including the hostels and library. In fact, students had been demanding the opening of the varsity library and hostels for some time now.

On Thursday, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had also met the Chief Warden, demanding opening of the hostels as students were compelled to spend on renting rooms or making alternate arrangements for stay to take their exams. It’s adding a financial burden on students, ABVP said.

The student body also highlighted the plight of students hailing from tribal areas where they don’t have Internet connectivity to carry on online learning.  

The National Students Union of India is already on a chain hunger strike for nearly a week over its demand to vaccinate all students and staff before conducting exams. If it is not possible for the state government, then cancel the exams, the student body is demanding. NSUI had also been protesting against offline exams and demanding online exams for the students of the first and second years.

NSUI has taken to social media to mobilize students and had been posting videos/photos of students addressing the government and the people on the problems they are facing due to offline exams.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Leaders of the Congress party, including the opposition leader, Mukesh Agnihotri and GS Bali, were seen supporting the student body by visiting their protest sites.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“We know the entire world is suffering from COVID-19 and all educational institutions remained closed for more than one and a half year. But now all educational institutions should be opened for all as the situation is under control,” the Student Federation of India said in a memorandum submitted to the Vice-Chancellor today.   

Now, SFI has also included vaccination of university employees and students in its list of demands. 

SFI demanded that a permanent vaccination centre should be set up on the university campus.

“The only hope against the pandemic is vaccination. We demand setting up a permanent vaccination centre on the HP university campus so all students in summer could get vaccinated,” the student body said.

Other demands of SFI included issuing schedule for the pending recruitment exams  for the posts of non-teaching staff and Panchayat Sahayak, forms for which were invited in March 2020.

The student body said the varsity must conduct entrance exams for the admissions to postgraduate courses this year.

“Last year, we saw the university authority didn’t conduct entrance exams, which was against the varsity admission norms. The HP High Court had also declared it arbitrary and unethical. We demand that for the sake of quality of education, the varsity must conduct entrance exams for admission in postgraduate courses,” the student body said in its memorandum.

Further, the student body gave some suggestions to the varsity authority, which included strengthening the online mode of education, buy online web services/apps, like Microsoft Teams, Google Meet etc., and preparing for the third wave. 

It also suggested undertaking online assessments of the performance of students and teachers. The student body said that the varsity will have to prepare a proper pattern for the assessment of the students and offer an objective type alternate mode of examination.

Other suggestions included inviting the students for the practical examinations batch-wise and setting up face shields in the library to increase the capacity.

The student body also demanded extending library membership to all researchers and students till the completion of their courses.

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HPU Exams Without Vaccinating Students Opposed, If Online Classes Are Possible, Why Not Online Exams, Asks Student Body

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Shimla-Amidst the ongoing battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to hold exams for various Under Graduate classes.

The HPU has released the date sheet for B.Ed 1ST and 3rd-semester exams. The date sheet for M.Ed exams has also been released by the university. Final examination schedule for B.A., B.Sc., B.Com, Hons. and Shastri courses were also released on the University website on Monday.

However, ahead of the warming for the third wave, which is predicted to hit within the next 7-8 weeks, an HPU student body has opposed the decision citing the risk posed to students by offline examination in the middle of a pandemic.

Students have also taken to social media and have been demanding the cancellation of exams. Students had been Tweeting this demand with the hashtag #cancelhpuexams.

They also questioned why the government was not considering the safety of the college students while exams of school students were cancelled.

The NSUI state unit on Monday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Director of Higher Education demanding a statewide vaccination drive for students aged above 18 years before conducting the university exams. The student body also raised a demand for a reasonable reduction in the syllabus.

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, the student body raised three demands. The body has asked the Chief Minister to ensure vaccination of all students before conducting exams. It proposed conducting online examinations if the government can’t vaccinate all students in such a short span.

“If online classes are possible, then exams should also be conducted online,” said Chattar Singh, the NSUI state president.

The student body also asked the state government to find an alternative medium for conducting exams so that students are not put at risk. The student body urged the state government to not use the students as “experimental kits.”

ABVP, SFI Demand Re-Opening of University Library

The state unit of SFI (HPU) and ABVP(HPU) on Monday raised the demand to re-open the university library which remained closed for the students due to the pandemic induced restrictions. In separate memorandums submitted to the University Library in-charge, both the student bodies have said the state government had allowed the re-opening of libraries with a capacity of 50% students on June 19. Despite the notification, the University has not released any notice regarding the same.

Research scholars are unable to pursue and complete their research without access to libraries. Students preparing for various exams are suffering a loss, ABVP said.  

SFI also raised concern over keeping students deprived of the 24×7 library section.

“The university takes pride in mentioning that it has a 24×7 section in its library. But the same section remains closed for the last one year and seven months. Last year, when the library was re-opened, the 24×7 section was kept closed,” SFI said. The student body has demanded that this students shouldn’t be kept deprived of this essential facility. 

SFI expressed disappointment over the lackadaisical attitude of the varsity authorities towards the demands for basic facilities. It said that while the students had been demanding the replacement of furniture in the libraries which is in a very poor state, the university administration is “busy installing sculptures.”  Despite demands, the varsity authority hasn’t moved a muscle, it said.

The student union has demanded the replacement of broken furniture, maintenance of the library washrooms and frequent sanitization of the library.

The student bodies have warned of protests if the varsity authority still doesn’t pay attention to their demands.

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Video: How HPBOSE Will Calculate and Allot Marks to Class 10 Students

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Shimla-The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has washed out another academic session and disrupted the academic calendars of institutes. A

The HPBOSE recently notified its detailed criteria for compilation of result and promotion of students to the next higher class while focusing on, what it called, “Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA)” and “Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)”.

The notification came following the cancellation of the Annual Examination of Matriculation and Senior Secondary (Plus Two) classes of HP Board of School Education in wake of the pandemic.

The formula is based on class 9 result of the student, Class 10 first and second term exams, pre-board result, paper of one subject held on April 13, internal assessment and practical marks.

Himachal Watcher has prepared this video to help you understand the process.

Subject wise weightage will be allotted to students depending on the distribution of subjects by HPBOSE. Visit this link to check the weightage of marks per exams

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