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Shimla councillor assault case: All 4 arrested accused released on bail

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SHIMLA- In regard to case of assault on councillor in Shimla town, four arrested men have been released on bail after questioning. Yesterday, Shimla Police had arrested four out of six people who were mentioned in the FIR registered on July 3 by victim Sanjay Parmar, elected councillor of Kachi Ghati Ward of Shimla Municipal Corporation.

Parmar was allegedly assaulted by four accused, identified as Amit Kohli, Jitender, Gattu, Rohal with two others. In the FIR, Parmar has stated that he was returning from Chandigarh and another person, Nitin Madotra, also accompanied him.

He alleged that six men, including four identified accused, intercepted his car near Sonu Bungalow in Shimla, pulled out them from their vehicle and thrashed them brutally. They were using vulgar language while beating him and threatening repeatedly. The case is being investigated by ASI Bhagat Ram, I/O PS Shimla West. The accused were booked under Section 47, 149, 323, 504, 506 of IPC.

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In media statements, Parmar alleged that all six men are workers of Youth Congress who assaulted him for joining BJP after winning election for the seat of councillor. He termed it a pre-planned attack on the behest of Vikramaditya, son of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and President of Youth Congress, Himachal Pradesh. All six men were repeatedly reminding him that he had betrayed Vikramadiya, Parmar told media. 

He further alleged that arrested men are workers of Youth Congress, and they were campaigning for him prior to SMC elections. Parmar has demanded police security claiming he was given life threats by accused. He also alleged that the sole eyewitness, who was present with him, was also given life threat and warned of not giving any statement to police regarding the assault. 

However, no statement has been released by Congress or Youth Congress in response to these allegation.

Enraged over this incident, State unit of Bhartiya Janata Party, several party leaders, and workers had staged protest at the CTO Shimla on Tuesday evening demanding action against culprits. The workers also submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Shimla. The workers demanded charging culprits with Section 307 (attempt to murder) as police charged them with only bailable charges.

Former Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal, also criticised the attack, and said the Congress doesn’t have any belief in democratic system. Rather, Congress, afraid of BJP’s victories in various Assembly Elections, has taken to dictatorship.

Suresh Bhardwaj, BJP MLA from Shimla, termed it as an expression of frustration after losing SMC polls. He said CM Virbhadra, who is facing serious corruption charges, has lost three out of four seats in his own constituency. Frustrated over its failure on every front, Congress has now taken to hooliganism, and has resorted to ‘gundagardi’, he said.

Police is trying to protect the culprits, and it’s evident from the fact that Parmar’s medical report didn’t mention fracture that he sustained on his nose, BJP alleged. Police took over six hours to conduct the medical so that facts could be manipulated to save the culprits, he said. 

BJP  Spokesperson, Dr. Rajeev Bindal termed it as gundaraj of Congress government. It’s an attack on democracy, he said. Parmar is an elected candidate, and it’s matter of shame that a public representative isn’t safe in Himachal. The government is involved and the attack was pre-planed, he further alleged.

Former Horticulture Minister, Narinder Bragta, also lashed out at the Congress government, and said that law and order condition has deteriorated and the attack on the Councillor is clear evidence of it. Mafia raj has flourished throughout the state during the five year tenure of the Congress government. Current government is providing patronage to mafia, he alleged.

Goons of Youth Congress have launched similar attacks on BJP earlier too, in which a senior party worker had lost his eye. On the day of MC poll results too, Congress goons had attacked BJP workers, a case regarding which was registered and is under investigation, said BJP.

 

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The GHNP and Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary Ranked as Best Managed Protected Areas of India

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MEE Rank himachal pradesh GHNP

Shimla-The Great Himalayan National Park and Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) have been ranked as the best managed protected areas in India. Sainj WLS has also been placed among the top five Sanctuaries.

Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, on January 11 released Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in the Country. At present, India has a network of 903 Protected Areas in the country covering about 5% of the total geographic area of the country. The purpose of it was to assess the efficacy of Protected Areas, evaluation of management effectiveness.

The evaluation process was executed by the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, in which  nation-wide 146 National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, including 13 protected areas of Himachal Pradesh, were assessed through a team of evaluators. The score is given for various parameters including staff position, provision of financial resources, degree of protection, peoples’ participation and awareness of the communities towards the conservation values. Against a national average of 62 percent GHNP and Tirthan WLS scored a high of 84.17 percent while Sainj recorded 82.5 percent.

Currently, Himachal Pradesh has a network of 5 National Parks, 28 Wildlife Sanctuaries and 3 Conservation Reserves covering 8391.42 km2 which is 15 percent of the total geographical area of the state.

Top five and bottom five scored NP&WLS

Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in India 2

Source: MEE Evaluation Report

According to this Evaluation three of the top five best managed Protected Areas in the country are from Himachal Pradesh. However, the Evaluation also mentioned weaknesses in management in these National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. (Scroll down for details info)

Top two highest and lowest scored NP&WLS in five regions

Managemaent Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in India

Source: MEE Evaluation Report

What is Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE)?

Protected area (PA) management effectiveness evaluation (MEE) is defined as the assessment of how well NP&WLS are being managed—primarily, whether they are protecting their values and achieving the goals and objectives agreed upon.

The term ‘management effectiveness’ reflects three main themes of PA management -design issues relating to both individual sites and PA systems, the adequacy and appropriateness of management systems and processes, and delivery of the objectives of NP&WLS, including conservation of values.

 Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of Protected Areas (PAs) has emerged as a key tool for PA managers and is increasingly being used by governments and international bodies to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the protected area management systems.

MEE is a very important document that provides valuable guidance on various aspects of wildlife and protected area expand MEE of Marine Protected Areas. A new framework for MEE of Marine Protected Areas has been also jointly prepared by WII and MoEF&CC.

In recent years there has been a general concern amongst PA professionals and the public that many NP&WLS are failing to achieve their objectives and, in some cases, are actually losing the values for which they were established (Hockings et al. 2008).

As a result, improving the effectiveness of PA management has become a priority throughout the conservation community. Protected areas that are effectively managed generally lead to improved biodiversity outcomes.

However, only 20% (21,743 NP&WLS) of the total coverage of protected areas reported in the WDPA has been assessed for management effectiveness according to the Global Database on Protected Areas Management Effectiveness (UNEP-WCMC, IUCN and NGS 2018). The result indicated that only 17.5% of the countries have achieved the 60% score of management effectiveness (Coad et al. 2015).

Further, Javadekar also announced that from this year onwards 10 best National Parks, 5 coastal and Marine parks and top five Zoos in the country will be ranked and awarded every year.

Management Strengths and Weaknesses of National Parks and Wild Life Sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh

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Proposed HPBOSE Date-Sheets for 8th, 10th, 12th Exams 2021 Issued, Objections Invited till Feb 10

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Shimla-Date-sheets for Class 10, 12, and 8 yearly examinations for the 2020-21 session have been released by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education yesterday. These schedules would apply to both regular and State Open School (SOS) students. 

These are proposed date-sheets, which have been uploaded on the official HPBOSE website and objections have been invited from teachers, students, and parents. Objections can be mailed on [email protected] till 10 February 2021.

According to the proposed HPBOSE date-sheets, examinations for 10th class would be held from May 5 to May 20, 2021. For 12th class, exams would be held from May 4 to May 29. Exams for 8th class would be held from May 5 to May 19. While timings for class 10th and 8th would be 8:45 to 12 PM, class 12th exams would be conducted from 1:45 PM to 5 PM.

The Board has already decided that yearly examinations of HPBOSE for Class 10th and 12th for the session 2020-21 would not be conducted online. The decision was taken considering the fact that several regions of the state do not have Internet connectivity due to which students face difficulties.

HPBOSE Class 12 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 10 Date-Sheet 2021

HPBOSE Class 8 Date-Sheet 2021

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Himachal to Administer 93,000 Dozes to Frontline Workers in First Phase of COVID-19 Vaccination

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Shimla-In the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination in Himachal Pradesh, 93 thousand dozes would be administered to front line warriors including health care workers of the State, Central Government and armed forces, informed the State Government on Tuesday. For this purpose, 46 sites have been selected all over the State, it said. The dozes are expected to arrive in the State during the next couple of days. 

The Government said that the State has received AD syringes in sufficient quantity as per beneficiary and has been distributed to the districts. An additional stock of 0.5 ml AD syringes has been stored at State Vaccine Store, Parimahal, Shimla, Regional Vaccine Store, Mandi and Regional Vaccine Store Dharamshala to meet out any situation, it said. 

A State ‘Vaccination Store’ has been set up at Shimla whereas regional vaccine store had been set up at Mandi and Dharamshala, it was informed.

District Vaccine Stores had been set up in all 12 districts of the State, besides 371 stores in Medical Colleges, block-level, CHC and PHCs.

The Government said that tentative vaccine allocation would be calculated for each launch site with an additional 10 percent wastage of vaccine. Vial once opened would be utilized within four hours. The second dose for the beneficiary would be secured –First in First Out with the current allocation.

Three phases of Dry Run for COVID-19 vaccination have been conducted on 2nd January 2021 at State Capital, on 8th January in all district headquarters and 11th January in the entire State, the Government informed.

The Government also said that Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) management training have been given to the session site vaccinators for establishing referral mechanism and report on COWIN app. AEFI Committees at State and District level have also been notified with additional members of Pulmonologist and Medicine Specialists for casualty assessment of AEFI cases and spokesperson workshop would be held on 13th January.

Further, the State Government has constituted State Level Steering Committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, State Task Force chaired by Secretary Health, District Task Force by concerned Deputy Commissioner and Block Task Force chaired by respective SDM to monitor effective administration of vaccination of COVID-19.

No COVID-19 Death Reported on January 12

On Tuesday, according to the State Health Department, only 75 new cases were recorded in the State. As a sigh of relief, no COVID-19 death was reported. The tally for COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh had reached 56596 till January 12, 2021.  So far, the pandemic has claimed 949 lives.

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