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Chief Minister announces Degree College for Shri Naina Devi Ji

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BILASPUR- Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing a function at Bassi in Bilaspur district announced setting up of Degree College at Naina Devi Ji with a provision of Rs 5 crore. He said that the government was endeavoured to open educational institutions in farthest corner of the State. He expressed happiness that girls were outnumbering boys in schools and colleges opened in far-flung areas of the State.

He said that one more Women Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) would be set up in Sirmaur district besides the one inaugurated today at Bassi in Bilaspur district. He announced starting of science classes in GSSS Behal.

The Chief Minister also addressed a public meeting at Kallar earlier and said that the State government was according priority to provide drinking water to the people of the State and said that the capacity of already existing drinking water supply schemes would be enhanced by augmenting the same and implementing more irrigation supply schemes to the farmers.

Earlier, the Chief Minister performed foundation stone laying ceremony of augmentation of Kallar-Chadol-Maithi Lift Drinking Water Supply Scheme at Kallar to cost Rs 2 crore which would solve the drinking water problem of at least four gram Panchayats of the area having population of about 11500 persons. He laid foundation stone of parking and commercial complex at Bilaspur to cost Rs. 15 crore. He also inaugurated the 5th women IRB Battalion Campus at Bassi completed with an outlay of Rs 14 crore.

Rs. 51 lakh contributed towards CM Relief Fund

The Chairperson, Temple Trust Naina Devi Ji and Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Smt. Mansi Sahai Thakur honoured the Chief Minister and presented a cheque of Rs 51 lakh to Virbhadra Singh towards Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on behalf of the Trust. Gurmel Singh of Dharot also presented a cheque of Rs 12 thousand towards the CM Relief Fund.

The Chief Minister also listened to the public grievances at Shri Naina Devi Ji.

Chairman, State Level Planning Development and 20 Point Programme Ram Lal Thakur, thanked the Chief Minister for dedicating development projects worth Rs. 31 crores on a single day and announcing college for Shri Naina Devi ji. He said that the previous BJP government did not take any initiative for starting Kallar Water Supply Scheme which would benefit four panchayats of the area. He said that the Women IRB battalion was announced by the UPA Government with earnest efforts of the Chief Minister.

Thakur said that it was due to the wrong policies of the NDA that the special category status of the State was withdrawn and budget curtailed for agriculture, horticulture and other allied sectors. He listed the other development projects in Naina Devi assembly segment and credited the same to the successive Congress regimes. He demanded starting of science classes in GSSS Kodawalan and Dehar.

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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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