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Permitting illegal construction to later regularize it suggestive of non-governance and ostrich-like attitude : HC



SHIMLA- Expressing displeasure on the move of the state to regularise the unauthorised structures in the state, the Himachal Pradesh High Court observed that the action of the state government to regularise the unauthorised construction/ encroachments is suggestive of non-governance. Permitting the unauthorised construction under the very nose of the authorities and later on regularising those amounts to failure of constitutional mechanism/ machinery.

This observation was made by a division bench comprising Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Sureshwar Thakur while dealing with the case of encroachments on the forest land. The court further observed:

The state government should not regularise the unauthorised construction and also the encroachments, that too, on the forest land. It is expected from the state to maintain the rule of law. The state should promote honesty instead of dishonesty. Thousands of unauthorised constructions have not been raised overnight. The government machinery was mute spectator by letting the people to raise unauthorised constructions and also encroach upon the government land.

Coming down heavily on the state it further observed:

The state functionary/machinery has adopted an ostrich-like attitude. The honest persons are at the receiving end and the persons who have raised unauthorised construction are being encouraged to break the law. This attitude also violates the human rights of the honest citizens, who have raised their construction in accordance with law. There are thousands of buildings being regularised, which are not even structurally safe.

It further observed, “The haphazard unauthorised construction carried out all over the state would pose a grave threat to the life and property in case of earthquake of severe magnitude. The high-rise buildings would cause tremendous damage to the adjoining buildings.

The state Assembly had recently passed Himachal Pradesh Town and Country Planning (Amendment Bill) 2016 for regularising the unauthorised structures in the state. Referring to media reports published in this regard the court observed:

The regularisation of unauthorised constructions/ encroachments on public land will render a number of enactments like Indian Forest Act 1927, Himachal Pradesh Land Revenue Act, 1953 and Town and Country Planning Act, 1977 nugatory and otiose. The letter and spirit of these enactments cannot be obliterated all together by showing undue indulgence and favouritism to dishonest persons. The over-indulgence by the State to dishonest persons may ultimately lead to anarchy and would also destroy the democratic polity.

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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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4 Himachali among 39 killed in Iraq by ISIS



list of Himachali killed in iraq by isis

Shimla: Four people among the 39 Indian hostages killed by ISIS at Masul in Iraq after abduction in 2014 were from Himachal Pradesh. Out of four, Sandeep (38), Aman Kumar, and Inderjeet hailed from Kangra and Hemraj (32) from Mandi, confirmed the State government.

All these Indian had gone missing in 2014. Since then, there was no trace of them. They had migrated to Iraq in search of livelihood. However, now the families of the deceased are receiving news of their killing after a wait of four years. 

The confirmation of their killing came today after the External affair Minister Sushma Swaraj, in the Parliament, revealed that the bodies were recently found buried in a mound of earth near Badush, a village northwest of Mosul.

The remains of human skeletons were recovered from this mass grave recently. Through DNA testing, it was confirmed that these remains belonged to the missing Indians.

The Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur, has also expressed his condolences to the bereaved families.

This tragedy is not only unfortunate but also an inhumane act of brutality which should be condemned by one and all, he said.

The Chief Minister assured that the State Government has contacted the Union Government for bringing back their mortal remains at the earliest.

The mortal remains of deceased hailing from Punjab and Himachal will be brought to Amritsar, thereafter; the State Government will make all arrangements for carrying the remains of deceased to their native places in the State.

The news has triggered protests among the families of the deceased over government’s false assurances to locate them.

We demand the government provide us DNA reports. It’s being politicised. We had been running from pillar to post since four years and now we’re being told via TV that we lost one of our own,

the family of a victim told ANI.  


The opposition Congress has opened attack by alleging the ruling government of intentionally hiding facts from the families of the victims. They asked the Minister to reveal details about the date of the killings.

Photo Credits: Amar Ujala/News 18

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