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Solan shooting: No trace of assailants, Police issue sketches, obtain CCTV footages

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Solan shooting suspect sketches

Shimla– In the Solan shooting incident, in which a 35-years-old man was murdered by three unknown assailants, the district police issued sketches of the two suspects prepared on the basis of the accounts given by the eyewitnesses. The police also obtained some footages of the CCTV cameras installed in the area between Shamti to Kotalanala.

The police also said the assailants had used fake number plates, which were removed too.

The police weren’t able to establish the motive behind this cold-blooded murder yet. Initial reports were suggesting it to be an incident of road rage. However, it appeared to a planned crime the way it was executed, said the sources.

Police teams had reportedly left for Haryana and Delhi in search of the culprits using the details of the vehicle registration. The sketches were also shared with the Haryana and Delhi Police.

Police will also obtain cell phone details of the victim along with working on some other leads.

On Monday night, Pankaj alias Lucky – a gym trainer and a Dhaba owner- was reportedly shot three times in the chest, back, and head from a close range. As per the police, the assailants came in a White Swift Dzire car bearing registration number of Haryana. They shot Pankaj near Shamti and fled the scene.

One of the CCTV footages shows a speeding white car hitting a bike parked on the roadside.

Pankaj, the son of a constable posted with the Vigilance wing in Solan, was declared dead by the doctors after he was taken to the hospital. The situation grew tense in Solan as locals, who are hardly familiar with shoot outs, vandalized the windows of the hospital. However, the police managed to control the situation. 

The culprits, as per the report, abandoned the car after a few kilometers and might have fled on foot towards Shamti.

All the road entrances to Himachal from other states were sealed as soon the police arrived at the scene. A case was registered under Section 302 and 34 of the IPC.

 

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HP Civil Supplies Selling Onion at Rs. 64 per kg

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HP Govt Onion Sale in Himachal PRadesh

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Civil Supplies Corporation has purchased 1200 quintals of imported onion from M/s NEFAD Delhi, which is being distributed through various godowns and fair price shops of the Corporation, to provide relief to the consumers from unexpected rise in onions prices.

A spokesperson of the corporation informed that the onion are being made available to the common public at rate of Rs. 64 per kilogram as per the directions of the State Government, which would be available to the public on ‘first come first buy’ basis. Till now, almost 800 quintal onion has been distributed and the remaining 400 quintal onion would be distributed within a period of seven to ten days.

He said that the State Government has bought the onion from imported stock of the Union Government. Spokesperson said that department is keeping strict vigil on hoarding of onion and if any such case is found, strict action would be taken against the defaulter.

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More Rain/Snow in Himachal Till Jan 22: HP Met

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Snow prediction for shimla 2020

Shimla-Shimla has received yet another spell of snow on Thursday, leading to road blockage and blackouts in some places. In Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri and Hatu Peak were covered in thick layer of snow. The traffic movement on National Highway-05 was hit in the upper region of Shimla. Hundreds of people including tourists were stranded in snow.

Local police had to carry out rescue work till late at night. With the help of machines, the road was opened for hundreds of stuck vehicles, buses, and tourists.  

Driving towards Kufri has become a dangerous task due to frozen roads. Therefore, the local police has urged tourists to avoid driving towards Kufri.

Other than Shimla, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, peaks of Kullu, and Kinnaur have also witnessed a fresh spell of snow, affecting daily life.

Following it, the state is reeling under a coldwave. Keylong was coldest at -10 Degree Celsius, followed by Kalpa at -4.2, and Kufri -1.8, Dalhousie at -0.8, and Shimla at 0.6.

The HP Meteorological Department has predicted more rain/snow till January 22 except on January 19. According to the Met, while plans/lower hills are likely to witness rain/thundershowers at isolated places, the middle and higher hills can receive scattered rain/snow.

The Met has predicted widespread rain/snow on January 21.

 

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Hamirpur’s Reena Among 100 Meritorious Students Invited to Watch Republic Day Parade from PM Box

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UHF Nauni Dr Reena Kumari

Solan-Dr Reena Kumari, a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Vegetable Science at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been invited to watch Republic Day Parade 2020 from the Prime Minister’s Box at Rajpath, New Delhi.

She is among the 100 meritorious students selected from across the country by the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India to witness the event. The travel and lodging expenses are being borne by the MHRD. 

Hailing from a small village Kashmir in District Hamirpur, Dr Reena was the topper of her school in class 10 +2 and joined UHF in the year 2009. She completed her master’s and doctorate in the discipline of Vegetable Science under the guidance of Dr Ramesh K Bhardwaj and has worked on improvement and development of new varieties in cucumber. Dr Reena has scored 88.00 and 86.60 % marks in MSc and PhD programme respectively with a gold medal in her PhD programme.

She was the university merit scholarship holder during her graduation and post- graduation programmes. Besides, she has also published eight research papers, one book chapter, review paper and popular article. Dr Reena has qualified various examinations like JRF and SRF.

An ecstatic Dr Reena thanked the MHRD and the university and for giving her the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the grand parade from the Prime Minister’s box. Dr Parvinder Kaushal, UHF Vice-Chancellor, senior officers and students of the university congratulated Dr Reena on her selection.

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