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CM asks to take effective steps to stop illicit drug trafficking

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SHIMLA- Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today underlined the need for taking up effective steps to check illicit drug trafficking, especially on the border areas of the State as youth were falling prey to drugs. He said youth were the pillars of healthy society and the need of the hour was to channelize their energy in constructive activities so that they could contribute for the welfare of the society.

The Chief Minister was addressing a public meeting at Jassur in Nurpur constituency of Kangra district today.

He also cautioned the chemists to abstain from selling un-prescribed drugs and directed the concerned authorities to keep close vigil on sale of such drugs and initiate strict legal action against the defaulters.

Referring to the development of Kangra district, he said 8842 hand-pumps were installed in the district during last three years and 62 irrigation schemes were in progress including Rs 205 crore Phinna Singh irrigation scheme at Nurpur and Rs. 180 crore Chonch Khud channelisation in Indora.

He said that as many as 66,450 persons were being provided social security pension in the district and during the last three years a sum of Rs 43.55 crore had been spent on giving pensions to people in district.

Virbhadra Singh said that new state of art Industrial Areas were being established at Kandrauri in Kangra district and Pandoga in Una district at an estimated cost of Rs 95.77 crore and Rs 88.05 crore respectively.

Announces Ayurvedic Health Centre at Charuri & Drug Rehabilitation Centre at Nurpur

Virbhadra Singh announced Ayurvedic Health Centre at Charuri and Drug Rehabilitation Centre at Nurpur and upgradation of Civil Hospital Nurpur to 135 bed hospital. He announced Indoor Youth Stadium to be constructed at Nurpur, PWD, Rest house at Suliali, Bus Stand at Nurpur and Sub-Division of Pollution Control Board at Nurpur. He also announced construction of link road Badui Kuttain in GP Badui, construction of link roads from Kukher to Gurchal in GP Ther, from Gangath to village Tariar Anoh in GP Anoh, from Kamalahar to Murdial har in GP Hatli Jamwala, link road for village Ghatta and road from Rit to village Kursan Behdi. He also announced to start science and commerce classes in GSSS Sukhar, starting of science classes in GSSS Aund and upper Khanni.

The Chief Minister also announced a sum of Rs 10 lakh for Community Centre at Jassur and three lakhs for Panchayat Ghar at Kamnallaha.

He announced up-gradation of Government High Schools Jachh, Ghehi Langor and Kopra, up-gradation of Government Middle Schools Fattu-Ka-Bag, GMS Sutrahar and Tikka Nagrota, upgradation of Government Primary Schools (GPS) Badhui Khas, Bhol Thakrain in Gram Panchayat Minjgran and GPS

Balkhore in GP Baranda and opening a new Primary School at Pucca Tiyala in Harijan Basti.

Lays foundation stone of Nurpur-Sanjhi Nallaha-Lahru-Tunnu-Hatti road upgradation

Earlier, the Chief Minister laid foundation stone of Rs 37.50 crore project for improvement and up-gradation of Nurpur-Sanjhi Nallaha-Lahru-Tunnu-Hatti road upto Punjab border and directed to complete the work within a year.

He dedicated a bridge over Harad Khud on Shaheed Joginder Singh road from Hindora Gharat-Hatli Jamwalan-Bhanodu via Pachan road completed with an outlay of Rs 1.88 crore and also laid foundation stone of up-gradation of road from Charuri to Gheta via Mehta Gurah to cost Rs 3.30 crore.

Local MLA Ajay Mahajan listed the developmental activities in his assembly segment. He thanked him for laying foundation stone of Rs 37.50 crore for improvement and up-gradation of Nurpur-Sanjhi Nallaha-Lahru-Tunnu-Hatti road and dedicating a bridge over Harad Khud and other development works. He also placed local demands of the area including drug re-habilitation centre at Nurpur and Bus Stand for Nurpur.

Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Neeraj Bharti, Chairman OBC Welfare Board, Chander Kumar, Chairman, HP Education Board, Balbir Tegta, Secretary, PCC, Manoj Pathania, Chairperson MC Nurpur, Ms. Krishna Mahajan, former President MC, Nurpur, Rakesh Mahajan, President BCC, Baldev Pappi, Chairman, Panchayat Samiti, Sandesh Dhadwal, Vice –Chairman, Ms. Surekha Devi, were also present on the occasion amongst senior officers of the district.

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Himachal Lost 408 Human Lives, 207 Animals in Winter Season Alongwith Extensive Horticultural, Agricultural Damages

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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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