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Despite HC orders, Himachal’s blind & deaf students denied hostel, library facility at special school Dhalli: NGO  




SHIMLA- Umang Foundation, a public welfare trust, has yet again raised the issue of lack of facilities including that of a hostel for disabled (blind and deaf) students who have passed class 10 and intend to continue their studies in class 11 in the special school at Dhalli, Shimla.

Ajay Shrivastva, chairman of Umang Foundation, alleged that the government was violating orders of the High Court by not providing library facility to the blind and deaf students in the special school at Dhalli. Blind students need digital library apart from Braille books. There is no science laboratory in the school. The dead line fixed by High Court to appoint new teachers has also expired on 3rd December last year but there has been no move in the direction yet.

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The Himachal Pradesh government has upgraded the school, being run by State Child Welfare Council, up to 12th but has not made arrangements for hostel. The kids students poorer families are being asked to live in P.G. accommodation.

Shrivastava met Governor and submitted a memorandum containing the problems of blind and deaf students. He urged the Governor, who is also the president of State Child Welfare Council, to intervene in providing hostel facility to the students who intend to continue their study in class 11.

Also Read: Despite High Court orders, disabled students in Himachal deprived of rights by Govt.

Ajai Srivastava said, “Neither the Council nor government thought about their hostel facility. These children are from poor families of far flung areas. They have been asked to stay in PG accommodation to continue their study. It is a cruel joke with poor disabled boys. The school authorities have declined to arrange for hostel accommodation. As many as 20 students, including 19 deaf and one blind, have passed class 10 recently. They cannot afford to live in private accommodation.”

He suggested making arrangements for senior students in the newly repaired three rooms on the campus or directing the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment to look for PG accommodation for them and make full payment of boarding and lodging.

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“The government is paying PG bills of boys of government Home at Tutikandi who have joined ITI on actual basis orphan. In the same manner it should provide accommodation to the blind and deaf students,” he added.

Ajai Srivastva has been fighting for the rights of the disabled students for a long time. The government has not shown any support to him, so mostly he was left with no option but to approach the honorable high-court of Himachal Pradesh with Public Interest Litigations (PILs). However, HP government isn’t showing much interest in state’s disabled students, who are facing enormous challenges due to lack of special facilities required to provide them education.

Also Read: HP High Court’s landmark judgment brings huge relief to children with disabilities

It’s a matter of utmost shame for the government that the educational institutes in Himachal hardly care for special students. The infrastructure is not friendly-enough to allow movement of disabled students. Apathy of government still continues despite court orders like always.



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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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HP Govt announces Rs 4 lakh each to 4 Himachalis killed in Iraq



list of Himachali killed in iraq by isis

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Government today announced Rs. four lakh each to the families of four Himachalis who were killed at Mosul in Iraq in a gruesome and cowardly act of terrorism by ISIS militants.

These Himachalis along with 35 other Indians were missing since 2014 and could not be located and brought back safely. Out of four, three hailed from Kangra district and one from Mandi district.

All these were bread earners of their families who had gone abroad to earn their livelihood for the betterment of their families.

Expressing his condolences to the bereaved families, the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur personally talked to the family members of the victims and extended moral support.

He spoke to Raman, the elder brother of victim Aman of Pasu village in Dharamshala, Pardesi Ram, the father of Inderjeet Singh of Lanj, Dilawar Singh, the father of Sandeep Kumar of Fatehpur and Beli Ram, the father of late Hem Raj of Gram Panchayat Bayla in district Mandi.

Despite eruption of protest of the family members of the victims, the Chief Minister claimed the Union Government had made concerted efforts to locate and bring them back alive but destiny was otherwise.

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Overloaded car in Shimla meets horrible accident, 4 killed, 4 injured including 3 kids



Shimla Car accident in banuti

Shimla: Today, an overloaded Alto car carrying eight people met a horrible accident near Banuti in Shimla in which four persons including a 5-years-old kid, two women, and a man died on the spot while four others received serious injuries.

It’s another indicator that the State Police and the public need to take overloading more seriously when the road safety is concerned.

As per the initial reports, the car fell into a 200-300 meter deep gorge. The impact of the accident torn the car to pieces. The car was crushed so badly that the locals, who first reached the spot, found it difficult to recover the injured.

The injured were rushed to the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital in Shimla. The Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Ompati Jamwal, and IGMC confirmed the report of four casualties.

It is, however, still not known what caused the accident.

As per the initial report, the deceased persons have been identified as Devender Kumar (30), Hemant (4), Gayatri Devi (35), and Poonam (33).

The injured include Chunni Lal (65), Sachin (5), Kavya (5), and Narmada (28).

The Shimla district administration has provided immediate relief of Rs. 10,000 each to the relatives of deceased and Rs. 5000 to those injured.

More details are awaited.

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Shimla’s emerging filmmaker grabs 3 more awards for short-film “Papa”



Papa Short Film by Siddharth wins awards

Shimla: Shimla-based emerging short-film maker Sidharth Chauhan (27) has grabbed more awards for his work “Papa.”  His short-film Papa has received three awards at the Vintage International Film Festival, 2018.

As per the results announced on March 20, 2018, the movie won Sidharth the best short-film award in the National category. The film also won the best director award for Siddhartha and best cinematography award for Yashwant Kumar Sharma.

The film is written, produced, and directed by Sidharath.

Papa is the same film that was first screened at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Kerala in 2016 where it claimed its first award (best film).

Later, Papa made its first international premiere at the London Indian Film Festival in 2017 where the short film won the Satyajit Ray award. 

It was a mature storytelling which balanced a realistic sense of frustration and claustrophobia, with a finely nuanced thread of subtle and deadpan humour,

said the jury.

The film is a story of a paralyzed mother, Sushma and her young son, Rajiv, who are living a tough life post an accident, which left their lives scarred forever.

You can read more about the film, its crew, location etc. in one of our previous posts.

Other than Papa, Sidharth’s short-film Pashi has also fetched appreciation and awards for Sidharth.

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