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Manali Tourist Gangrape: 2 arrested men accept their crime, 4 others said to be minors

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Israeli woman gangrape

Unfortunately, the news from very popular tourist destination of Himachal has made international headlines. Dailies like The Guardian, NY Times along with various international dailies picked up the story and raised concern over security of female tourists in India.

KULLU- Padam Chand SP Kullu confirmed the arrest of two out of six accused of alleged gangrape   of 25-years-old Israeli woman on early Sunday morning.  Both of the accused have accepted raping the Israeli woman, who had taken lift in their vehicle.

As a shocking revelation, four out of six accused in case are said to be minors. However, it is not clear wether minors were also involved in the sexual assault or not.  All four claimed minors are still to be arrested.  The assault on woman has been confirmed in the medical report and teams have been departed for search operations said SP.

As per reports, the arrested men are identified as Aksay Rana, son of Virendra Rana and Pankaj Sharma, son of Rameshwar Singh of Shashtri Naga, Kullu. The accused worked in an auto repair shop as mechanics.  They have no prior criminal records and they did not rob the victim but that her passport was missing, said SP.

The police was able to identify the number of the car from footage of CCTV installed at Manali bus stand. The car has been sent for forensic testing and the victim has also been shifted to a hospital in Mandi and is under care.  According to initial investigation the police found that the accused were going toward Rohtang when they came across the woman.

The Israeli came to Manali from Dharamshala and was on her way to meet friends in the remote, mountainous Spiti Valley, the SP said. The valley is a favorite spot for foreign tourists, especially backpackers.

The woman was looking for a taxi to take her to the town’s bus station early on Sunday morning when six men in a small Maruti hatchback abducted her, Mr. Chand said. They took her two or three miles away, he said, and two of them raped her there.

The woman reported the assault to the police at around 10 a.m. on Sunday. The police chief said the woman had bruises on her body.

The preliminary medical examination suggests rape, and the victim is being further examined by forensic experts,

he said.

An official at the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi said the embassy was in touch with the victim and with the Indian authorities and added that the victim did not want the case to be publicized.

Unfortunately, the news from very popular tourist destination of Himachal has made international headlines. Dailies like The Guardian, NY Times along with various international dailies picked up the story and raised concern over security of female tourists in India.  Himachal is known for its peaceful, liberal, and safe environment, but recent incidents of rapes with foreign tourist have raised question over degrading condition of safety of female visitors.

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Will deliver Rs. 1351 crore Bilaspur AIIMS in 2 years: CM Jairam

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Bilaspur AIIMS Construction Progress

 Bilaspur-Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda performed the ground-breaking ceremony (Bhoomi Pujan) of AIIMS at Kothipura in Bilaspur district today.

Jai Ram Thakur said that this Rs. 1351 crore AIIMS would be completed within a period of two years and would have a bed capacity of 750 beds, out of which 300 beds would be for super speciality. There would be 100 MBBS seats and 60 nursing seats in the institute.

He blamed the previous State Government of causing an unnecessary delay in transferring the land for this institution.

Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said that the institute would have Affordable Medicine and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlets and Jan Aushadhi Kendra where medicine would be provided at highly discounted rates to the poor and needy.

He informed that the project would be executed by NBCC Ltd. and would have 15 operation theatres and 20 speciality and super speciality departments.  In addition, it would also have an AYUSH Department with 30 beds for providing treatment facilities in the traditional system of medicine.

Further, the Chief Minister announced shifting of PWD Division Number-II from Bilaspur to Kothipura, besides shifting Division Number -II of Shri Naina Devi Ji.

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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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234 Ambulance Roads in Shimla City Declared ‘No Parking Zones’, Parking woes to Intensify

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List of ambulance roads in Shimla City declared no parking zones

Shimla- The parking woes have intensified in Shimla City as the District Magistrate of Shimla, Amit Kashyap, issued an official notification on December 19, 2018, in which 234 ambulance roads in Shimla city were declared as “No Parking Zones.

As per the notification, based on the report received from the Superintendent of Police, Shimla, it was found that the residents, as well as outsiders, had turned link roads into unauthorized parking spaces, which results into huge traffic jam and inconvenience to the smooth passage of ambulances carrying patients along with the general the public.

Therefore, the District Magistrate declared all the following 234 ambulance roads as “No Parking Zones”:


He said the decision was taken keeping in view the necessity of smooth flow of traffic and passage to ambulances on ambulance roads in Shimla City.

As per the notification, the matter was highlighted as the local residents of the Middle Cemetery, upper Gahan, Bhatttakufar, Dhingu Bawari, Frud, Lower Gahan, and Nerridhar had requested to declare the ambulance roads leading from Dhigu Bawari to Lower Gahan and From PWD Workshop Bhattakuffer to Jai Moti Bhawan (Cemetary) as “No Parking Zone” as some of the people park their vehicles on these roads resulting in traffic jams and obstruct ambulances.

While the government has a policy to allow buying vehicles only if an applicant could provide evidence of having a parking space, there are a large number of cars which were either bought before the formation of this policy or are registered in other districts of the State.

A section of vehicle owners have expressed unrest against this decision and argued that it was not fair, as the government did not provide sufficient authorized parking spaces in localities.

Having a personal parking space doesn’t matter as soon as an individual drives to other parts of the city. Sufficient parking spaces based on the required capacity of a particular Ward or locality are needed to fix this problem, and it is apparently the government’s job

said a resident of Khalini, Shimla.

On the other hand, the majority of the general public has supported the decision expecting that it would make these roads more convenient and smoother for traffic.

However, the district police is likely to face a lot of resistance from local residents while ensuring compliance with the orders passed.

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