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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.

Police said

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 7 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 world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Two JRF among HP Varsity’s 11 disabled students who cracked UGC NET 2018

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Disabled HPU Students Clears UGC NET

Shimla-Crossing milestones in academics, disabled students of Himachal Pradesh continue to achieve what is otherwise considered insurmountable for them.

Eleven differently-abled students have cleared UGC’s National Eligibility Test (NET). Two of them qualified for the Junior Research Fellowship. Five of these students are visually impaired.

It’s important to mention that disabled students had to fight a legal battle to claim their right to higher education in Himachal Pradesh University. Even after ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill – 2016’ was passed, the students had to fight for its implementation as the government did not make it easy for them.

Two students who qualified for the JRF include Saveen Janha, an M.Phil in Hindi, and Pankaj Sharma, P.hD in Tourism Administration. Both are physically disabled, informed Ajai Shrivastava, a member of the State Advisory Board on Disability and HPU Executive Council (EC).

Indu Kumari, a visually impaired student, who is pursuing her M.A. in Political Science, cleared the NET examination in her very first attempt. Similarly, visually impaired Roma Negi, a resident of Rampur, has cleared the exam in History in her first attempt. She wants to pursue her P.hD from HP University.

Other names include Anuj Kumar (Economics), Vinod Sharma (Political Science), Jasbir Lubanand (Political Science), Vinod Sharma Yogacharya (Yoga), Priyanka Thakur (Law), Ajay Kumar (History). Some of these students have cleared the NET examination twice. Raj Kumar is a Ph.D in Education and has cleared the NET exam in the same. He had also passed the NET examination in History and this time cleared the exam in Political Science.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sikander Kumar has congratulated all these students and appreciated their hard-work despite facing hardships due to their disability. He said these students have brought laurels to the State.

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Nauni Varsity Admissions Open for Diploma in Fruit, Vegetable Processing & Bakery products

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Nauni varsity admissions for diploma

Solan-The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has invited applications for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products. The diploma will be run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university.

This year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme.

In addition, the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. The last date of application is 17 January 2019 and the counselling will be held on 19 January.

A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website(www.yspuniversity.ac.in).

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Nauni scientist bags award for book on ‘increasing farm incomes via solar drying’

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Nauni Varsity scientist's book on solar drying

Solan-Dr RK Aggarwal, Scientist of the Department of Environmental Science at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has bagged second prize from the Government of India for his book on through solar drying of fruits and vegetables.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), GOI has awarded the national level prize under its natural energy award scheme. The prize has been awarded for the year 2016 to Dr Aggarwal’s Hindi book titled, ‘Saur Urja Dwara Fasalon se Aaye Vridhi’.

It includes a cash award of Rs 60,000. The book contains various aspects of solar drying technology based on his field experiences since the year 1990.

While thanking the University for providing opportunities to work in the field of renewable energy, Dr Aggarwal said,

The book is focused on improving the quality of dried products along with considerably enhancing markets rates of the produce. Because of it being highly cost-effective, solar drying will immensely benefit the farmers, particularly women. The value addition of products will not only increase the income of farmers, but will also empower the women.

He added that the book would also be useful for students and other stakeholders working on solar drying. He also thanked the MNRE and Science for Equity Empowerment and Development (SEED) division of DST for funding the projects for over 25 years to develop solar dryers for the farming community. These dryers established under this project have been established in various parts of Himachal and Uttarakhand.
Dr Aggarwal has an experience of over 25 years in research and development in the field of renewable energy and seven years experience in climate change and environmental science.

He is credited with the development of indirect solar drier of 25 kg capacity for the drying of fruits, vegetables, seeds and medicinal plants.

Solar dryer by Dr RK Aggarwal

Indirect Solar Drier & Improved Stove for High Altitude Areas

He has also developed an improved version metal cook-stove for the high altitude areas for cooking, water heating, and space heating under the National Programme on Improved Cook-stove.
He completed his B.Sc, M.Sc, and M.Phil from the Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. In 2003, he completed his P.hD from the Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut.

Dr HC Sharma, Vice Chancellor of the university, congratulated Dr Aggarwal for bringing laurels to the university and the state. He added that the solar drying techniques elaborated in the book could help to meet the twin goals of reducing food waste along with enhancing farm incomes.

Dr PK Mahajan, Dean College of Forestry and Dr SK Bhardwaj, Professor and Head of Department of Environmental Science also congratulated Dr Aggarwal on the occasion.

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