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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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Shimla Police Nabs Escaped Murder Accused from Tara Devi Forest After Two Days

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Shimla Police has nabbed the undertrial accused of murder who had escaped from the custody of policemen on Wednesday. The accused was re-captured from the forests near the Tara Devi temple after a search operation of two days. The teams of police used drone cameras and search dogs in this search operation.

On November 17, 2021, Dadi Ram aka Sagar (37) – a Nepalese who was booked for the rape and murder of his mother-in-law on July 31, 2020, in Theog, Shimla district, and was kept at the Model Central Jail Kanda – had ditched two policemen near Tavi mod (curve) while he was being taken to the court for a hearing. He had jumped down the forest and was at large since then.

CCTV footage from a nearby building had also appeared in which the accused was seen escaping the custody of policemen. The incident had drawn flak for the Shimla Police, and several questions were raised on the working of the police. The people raised various questions; like why a murder accused was not handcuffed? Why the police didn’t use a vehicle to take him to court?

According to the district police, after the accused escaped, teams of police from Boileauganj and other concerned police stations were formed and deployed in re-capturing him. The teams also included jawans from the 6th India Reserve Battalion and Rapid Action Force. Alongwith search operations in Forests around Taradevi and Shoghi, checking of buses and vehicles at barriers and trains was also conducted regularly.

As per the police, on November 19, 2021, the accused was spotted in the forest near Tara Devi through a drone camera. The teams of police cordoned the forest and searched for the accused. Eventually, the teams succeeded in capturing the accused. He has been brought to the Boileauganj police station.  

 

 

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Negligence of HP University in Mark-Sheet Evaluation Allegedly Costs One Year Loss to Student, HC Issues Notice to Varsity on PIL

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh University is again in the news after a student of Government College, Hamirpur, filed a Public Interest Litigation in the State High Court alleging loss of one year to his career due to negligence of the varsity in evaluating his answer sheet.

It’s pertinent to mention that, varsity administration, especially Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sikandar Kumar, is already under fire for allegedly tweaking rules to allow admission of his ward and wards of a couple of other officials to PhD by bypassing mandatory entrance exams/NET/JRF.

In the current case, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Sabina issued notices to the Registrar and the Controller of Examination of  HP University, Shimla.

As per the petitioner, Keshav Singh, he was a student of B.Sc (Maths) in the Government College, Hamirpur, for the session 2017-2020. He appeared in the examination for the 5th semester in November 2019.  In February 2020, he appeared in IIT Jam and scored 40.33 marks out of 100 and became eligible to get admission in M.Sc(PG Course) NIT.

However, in June 2020, the results of the 5th semester were declared and he was given only 5 marks out of 70 in one of the subjects, due to which he could not get admission to the NIT.  He has further said that he had a good academic record and attempted most of the questions in this exam. He applied for rechecking of his paper.  After re-checking, 42 marks were enhanced and he scored 47 marks in that subject. But the re-evaluation result was declared after counselling for the M.Sc. By that time, all the seats were filled up and he couldn’t get an admission.

Though he again cleared the exam for  IIT Jam, 2021, the student alleged that the mental harassment and mental distress he faced was irreparable. He lost one year during the era of this cut-throat competition and thousands of people overtook him, he said. He also alleged that due to negligence of the respondent University, he remained deprived of investing his one year for making his career bright as he could not attend any counselling of IIT/NIT JAM and could not fill up any forms for any competitive exam. For this loss,  the varsity is liable to pay compensation to him, he pleaded.

The petitioner has prayed in the court to direct the respondents to pay him adequate compensation and to adopt a fair and proper manner of checking the answer sheets so that in the future no one faces the same situation as has been faced by him.

The HP High Court directed the respondents (varsity) to file their reply within three weeks and posted the matter for December 8, 2021.

 

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The Himalayan Expedition “Silk Route – Chapter Hatu” Trek & Run Competition Concludes Successfully

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Shimla-As a joint venture, ‘The Himalayan Expedition Silk Route’ – a new trek and run competition- was organized at Narkanda, Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh on 14th, November 2021. Organized by Adventure North, Kawasaki Advertisers, Deodar Cottage, and Homeland Himalaya; the inaugural event was entitled ‘Chapter Hatu’. During this first trek, the participants had to trek 4.5 km uphill to the Hatu Peak – at an altitude of 3400 meters. Followed by a downhill trek of 9 km for the Adventure category.

However, the competitive runners, including two girl athletes, had to run another 14 km to Khadarala to complete the race.

A total of 31 people, from children aged 8-years-old to senior citizens, participated in the inaugural leg.

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The event was flagged off from the Sili Kandli at 8:19 am.

The race was organized in two categories; “Adventure” for the trekking enthusiasts and the “Competitive” category for the endurance challengers.

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Along the entire route, 13 teams were available at hydration desks placed at every two kilometers. Also, a well-equipped ambulance with a medic team of three, including a female, was in place.

Rahul Beakta of Theog, Shimla, won the competition by completing 26.5 km in 2 hours 56 minutes. He was followed by Bappan, Shimla, and Captain Vineet Sharma, Kathlee Ghat. The entire competitive and adventure leg was completed successfully, without any injury.

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“It was the first promotional event for a trek and run of 300 km to scale the old ‘Silk Route from Narkanda to Namgia (near China border)’ with a minimal carbon footprint. We plan the second chapter with an additional 60 km in 2022,” the organizers informed.

“This marathon goes through the apple belt of the mid-Sutlej region all along the silk route to Shipki La. Be a part of this heritage and run along the paths and trails of this lost era, ‘The Silk Route’, which has lost its prominence in the modern world, the organizers further added.

The second leg of The Himalaya Expedition is scheduled for October 2022.

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