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Shimla MC Polls 2017: Reservation details among 34 wards released, May 1 last date to submit objections

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State Election Commission and Deputy Commissioner, Shimla would remain open on April 30, 2017 and May 1, 2017 in order to receive claims and objections.

SHIMLA– For Shimla Municipal Corporation elections 2017, the Governor of Himachal Pradesh has notified the reservation among the thirty four (34) wards in the municipal areas of the Shimla. The date and schedule for elections is still to be notified.  The number of wards has been delimited to 34 from 25 in 2012.  SMC is one of the oldest Municipal Corporation of India. This year, the SMC polls will be held in indirect manner where councilors will elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. In 2012, the direct elections were held for SMC in which public had given chance to CPI(M) by electing Sanjay Chauhan as the Mayor and Tikendar Panwar as Deputy Mayor of SMC. However, government has again switched the mode to indirect from direct.  This year, the candidates will be fighting without party symbols.  

Reservation Details for all 35 wards

Ward General Un-reserved Schedule Caste
1. Bharari Female    
2. Ruldu Bhatta   Un-reserved  
3. Kaithu   Un-reserved  
4. Annadale     Female
5. Summer Hill Female    
6. Totu   Un-reserved  
7. Majiath   Un-reserved  
8. Boileauganj Female    
9. Kachi Ghatti   Un-reserved  
10. Tuti Kandi-Badai   Un-reserved  
11. Nabha     Female
12. Phagli     Male
13. Krishna Nagar     Male
14. Ram Bazar   Un-reserved  
15. Lower Bazar   Un-reserved  
16. Jakhoo Woman Female    
17. Benmore Female    
18. Engine Ghar Female    
19. Sanjauli Chowk   Un-reserved  
20. Upper Dhalli Female    
21. Lower Dhalli   Un-reserved  
22. Shanti Vihar Female    
23. Bhattakufar Female    
24. Sangti Female    
25. Malyana   Un-reserved  
26. Pantha Ghati   Un-reserved  
27. Kasumpati   Un-reserved  
28. Chhotta Shimla Female    
29. Vikas Nagar     Female
30. Kangna Dhar Female    
31. Pateog Female    
32. New Shimla   Un-reserved  
33. Khalini     Male
34. Kanlog Woman Female    

Earlier, the voters list released for SMC polls faced widespread criticism for its discrepancies. The voters were either missing or were shifted to other wards. After the criticism, the Deputy Commissioner of Shimla, who is also the Returning Officer for polls, had released revised list. As per the revised list, the number of voters in Malyana ward was increased from 171 to 481, while Bhattakuffar (855) and upper Dhalli (880) are the only wards with less than 1,000 voters.

In Krishnanagar ward, the number of voters was reduced to 3,803 from the previous 4,105, while the wards with more than 3,000 voters include Khalini (3,520), Rulduibhatta (3,393), Vikasnagar (3,143) and Annandale (3,137). As per the revised list, the number of voters is now 75,843 in the SMC polls.

However, even the revised poll lists didn’t appear justified to parties. The parties claim that names of thousands of voters are still missing.

On the other other hand, the High Court of Himachal Pradesh while disposing of the matter regarding preparation of electoral rolls has directed that the State Election Commission and Deputy Commissioner, Shimla would remain open on April 30, 2017 and May 1, 2017 in order to receive claims and objections. A spokesperson of the State Election Commission said that any eligible person could submit his claim/objection on the above said dates in these offices, so that they can exercise their right to franchise in the ensuing elections to SMC.

The final voters’ lists will be published on May 4.

As per 2011 census, the population of the SMC area has rose from 1, 42,553 in 2001 to 1,69,578. Considering the increase in the population in the various wards, the number of wards was increased this year.

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In Himachal, Over 50 Lakh Voters to Cast Vote in 7730 Polling Stations on May 19

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Polling in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla– Over fifty lakh voters are set to vote in 7730 polling stations in four parliamentary constituencies of Himachal Pradesh in the last phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha election on May 19.

Talking about the poll preparations, Additional Chief Electoral Officer DK Rattan said, “53,30,154 voters will vote in 7730 polling stations on May 19. 373 polling stations are critical, 47 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed there.

It’s being ensured that voting takes place peacefully at all polling stations. Rattan said that polling agents have either reached their respective polling stations or are on their way

“Polling party for the remote, tribal polling station at Bara Bhangal in Kangra district was sent on May 15. In Shimla’s Dodra Kawar, teams and material were sent for seven polling stations on May 16,”

he said

“In Lahaul Spiti district, the polling station has been set at an altitude of 15,256 feet at Tashigang. This is the world’s highest polling station,”

he added. (ANI)

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Nauni Varsity Scholar Selected for World Congress on Agroforestry 2019, France

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Krishan Lal Gautam of UHF Nauni in France

Solan: Krishan Lal Gautam, a doctorate student of Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has been selected to give a poster presentation at the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry, being held in Montpellier, France from 20-22 May 2019.

Based on the abstract the scientific committee of the Congress has selected Krishan Lal for receiving 1921 euros grant for attending the event. This includes 340 euros for registration and other fees while another 1,481 euros is being paid to facilitate travel, accommodation, visa and living expenses.

Krishan Lal has completed his B Sc (Hons) Forestry and M Sc Agroforestry from UHF. He is presently pursuing his doctorate in Agroforestry from the university. The title of the poster presentation is ‘Effect of different types of organic manure on the production of Lepidium sativum under Morus based agroforestry system’.

Dr HC Sharma, UHF Vice-Chancellor said that it was a great achievement for a student to be selected for an international academic event of such high repute. He hoped that Krishan Lal will not only represent the institution but also shine at the event. The Dean College of Forestry and the faculty also wished him success at the event.

The 4th World Congress on Agroforestry will see the participation of more than 1000 delegates and leading keynote speakers from all over the world to address a wide range of key agroforestry research issues. It will gather facts and figures from developing and developed countries and support a collaborative effort with broad social participation. Special attention will be given to vulnerable countries and populations.

The overall objective of the Congress is to contribute to the progress of agroforestry science and practice in order to bridge the science-policy gap. Some of the topics which will be covered during the congress are agroforestry and climate change, agroforestry, food security and nutrition, adoption of agroforestry, agroforestry policies etc.

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Shimla Rape Case: An Eyewitness Confirms Part of Victim’s Statement

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Update on Shimla Rape Case Victim

Shimla-The alleged case of rape with a 19-year-old in Shimla’s Bhattakufar area has become more complicated as an eyewitness confirmed a part of the victim’s statement given to police. As per reports, this eyewitness, in his statement, told police that he was parking his car on that night (28 April) when this girl came to him rushing and asking for help.

“He claimed the 19-year-old was in a semi-nude condition and was begging for help when he came across her near the Hill Grove on the Dhalli-Bhattakufar road,”

reported News 18

She was so scared that she tried to enter his car, he said. She asked him about the name of the location. The eyewitness told her that it was Hill Groove.

This eyewitness said he told the girl to not to worry and even told her that he would call her wife if that makes her feel safe.

A few minutes later, the eyewitness told the police, two persons came on a bike. One of the boys gave his shirt to the girl and took her with him. The eyewitness also gave initials of the bike number, and said he could not remember the complete number as it was dark.

The eyewitness also identified the boy in front of police later.

The police also questioned the boy, who is said to be a friend of the girl. As per the boy, he later provided the girl with his sister’s clothes. The sister of the boy also confirmed the same, said a Hindi Daily.

The eyewitness said that on reaching home he had told about this incident to his wife as well.

Sources said the girl had mentioned in her complaint seeking help from a man after she was allegedly raped, which has been now confirmed. The girl had made a call to his friend and on the Gudiya helpline between 9:20 PM and 10 PM. Police has not revealed any further details about the call records of the girl’s phone.

However, the appearance of this eyewitness has raised questions over the claim of the police that the girl’s statement was not matching with its findings.

Earlier, police had claimed that CCTV footages of about 1.5 km area concerned to the alleged crime did not corroborate with the girl’s statement regarding kidnap. Also, police had claimed that the girl had withdrawn her statement and denied her own allegations in her statement given before the magistrate under CrPC 164.

As a contrast to it, now police said a sketch of the accused have been prepared on the description given by the girl.

The report of the second opinion on medical examination of the girl has not been made public yet.

The report of the magisterial probe into the role of Lakkar Bazaar police that was to be submitted by Thursday evening has also been delayed.

As per the English Daily The Tribune, police have questioned about 70 persons in connection to the alleged crime.

“The girl had said the accused was not known to her and was in his early 30s, wore specs and had a mole on his lower lip.

the Daily reported.

So far, police is clueless about unidentified accused.

Another striking aspect related to the case is that the family of the victim has not given any statement so far.

Family of Victim Under Pressure from BJP Govt in Haryana: Rathor

On the other hand, the President of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee, Kuldeep Rathor, in a press conference in Solan district on Thursday claimed, the family of the girl was being pressurized to hush-up the matter. He alleged that he has received this information from credible sources. As the girl hails from Haryana, and BJP is in power in both Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, her family was pressurized to not speak of it. This is the reason that after filing an FIR, the girl had to withdraw her statement, he alleged.

Rathor has also demanded a judicial probe under the supervision of the State High Court for a fair investigation.  

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