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NGO alleges Shimla Police of inaction in case related to exploitation of orphaned minor



Nepalese child laborer in shimla

Shimla: A Shimla-based Non-Profit Organisation has alleged Shimla Police of hushing up a highly sensitive matter involving exploitation of an orphaned minor girl of Nepalese origin by a local family. The organization feared that there could be the possibility of sexual abuse.

The Umang Foundation made these allegations in a letter to the Director-General of Police (DGP), in which he is asked to order registration of case against the culprit as district police denies to do so.

The district police, on the other hand, justified that the girl was not conscious earlier, but now her statement has been recorded and a complaint was also filed.

The allegations came in a time when the Himachal Pradesh Police Department, especially Shimla Police is struggling to maintain its credibility.

As per allegations, a 17-years-old orphaned Nepalese girl was made to work as a child laborer in the same house for over last six years. Though the owner had admitted her to a government school, she was required to complete all domestic tasks at morning and evening, said Ajai Shrivastava, Chairman of the organization. The owner of the house would allegedly beat her mercilessly almost every day all these years.

Her parents had died long ago and she has no relatives to look after her. A couple of days ago, when the employer lady struck her with a wooden road, the girl tried to end her life by consuming poison. However, with the assistance of the Child Helpline, the girl was brought to Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla on time, he said.

It was very clear in the Juvenile Justice Act that no orphan child can be kept with a family or any unregistered children’s Home,

said Shrivastava.

Despite being a clear case of abetment to commit suicide, the Boileauganj Police Station did not register a case, he alleged. He demanded action against the staff post at the police station. 

He said that the younger sister of the victim girl is also working as a domestic servant with a family in Tutikandi area of Shimla town. The second girl also requires a rescue immediately to be rehabilitated in a government home, he said. 

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Foundation Stone of HP Central University in Kangra laid, Will Be Ready in 3 Years, Says Govt



HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

Kangra-The foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district was laid today by the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. The State Government deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance.

As per the official information released, the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. The first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectares. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

The Government said about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campuses and the same would be completed in the next three year, the government said. These campuses would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare, making it one of the biggest University of the region.

The Government said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs.7600 crore had been made for the next financial year.

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5MW Solar Power Plant in Bilaspur’s Naina Devi Ji Inaugurated



Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

Shimla-The 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district was inaugurated today. The HP Power Corporation Ltd. claimed it spent Rs. 36.24 crore on this project.

As per the official information released by the State Government, this power project is synchronised with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot.

The power generated was being sold to HPSEB. T

This power project is expected to generate 101-lakh unit electricity per annum, earning revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta  J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion.

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Avalanche in Kinnaur buries soldiers, 1 killed, 5 missing and feared dead



Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier, who was identified as Rakesh Kumar (41) of Ghumarpur village, Shahtalai, Bilaspur district, has been recovered. The rescue operation was underway at the time of writing.

The district administration and Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur, confirmed the news.

Jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police are carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.  

As per initial reports, which are not clear, about 10 jawans of ITBP were hit by a massive avalanche at about 11 AM on Wednesday while they were moving from one post to another. Five to six jawans were buried. Remaining jawans rescued one of them who later died on the way to the hospital in Pooh.  

Verification of more details is still awaited.

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