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Shimla Gudiya Case: Empty-handed CBI announces Rs. 10 lakhs reward  

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The agency has provided telephone/mobile numbers where the informants could deliver the information. The agency issued 91-9650394782, 8219885920, 8219893590, 011-24368637, 24368640 as contact numbers.  

Shimla: As speculated, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is empty-handed in the case relating to the barbaric gangrape and murder of a minor girl in Kotkhai Tehsil of Shimla district. The agency has failed to find any clue of true culprits after an investigation of six months. 

With just five days remaining to submit the final status report in the case, the agency has today announced a reward of Rs.10 lakh to anyone from the general public who will prove credible information that could lead to the arrest of real culprits.

The agency has provided telephone/mobile numbers where the informants could deliver the information. The agency issued 91-9650394782, 8219885920, 8219893590, 011-24368637, 24368640 as contact numbers.  

The CBI has also provided an E-Mail address (spscu2del[at]cbi[dot]gov[dot]in. 

The name and details of the informant will be kept secret, said the CBI.

The victim had left Government Senior Secondary School, Mahashu on July 4, 2017, at about 4.30 p.m. She did not reach home and her dead body was recovered on July 06, 2017 from the forest area of Halaila, Kotkhai, and Shimla.

The CBI had registered the case on July 22, 2017, after the State High Court ordered an inquiry on July 19, 2017, in CWPIL No.88 of 2017 and took over the investigation of FIR No.97 of 2017 filed on July 6 under Sections 302, 376 of IPC & Section 4 of POCSO Act. The FIR was earlier registered at Police Station, Kotkhai.

Disappointed with the CBI, the locals are likely to take to roads again. It is a one-of-its-kind case where the local police officials, who had probed the case prior to the CBI, allegedly framed wrong people, tortured them to extract a false confession and even hacked one of them to death on the intervening night of July 18 and 19.  

The real culprits still remain unknown. 

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Himachal makes HIV/AIDS test mandatory for all expectant mothers

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The cases of AIDS are increasing in the State. Currently, the official number of the people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) is around 5700 in Himachal.

Shimla: The State government on January 22, 2018, launched the nutrition scheme for children living with HIV-positive in Himachal Pradesh. The launch was announced by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur during an awareness campaign organised by the HP State AIDS Control Society to mark the National Youth Day.

The purpose is to deliver nutritional supplement and boost immunity of around 400 HIV positive youth up to the age of 18 years. In addition, it aims to enable them to lead a normal and healthy life.

The government has made it mandatory for every expectant mother to go through the HIV test. It would prevent passing on of the virus to the baby in case the mother is HIV-positive.

The cases of AIDS are increasing in the State. Currently, the official number of the people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) is around 5700 in Himachal.

The government said the awareness campaign should be intensified in schools and colleges including organisation of skits, street shows, which are effective ways of communicate to the masses.

The education department will work in close coordination with the health department to provide special facility to educate all children living with HIV-positive.

HP AIDS Control Society also organized a Red Ribbon fair on the Ridge along with flagging-off a half marathon.

The AIDS Control Society also launched its official website and twitter handle.

Further, there is a dire need to initiate massive awareness campaigns about this disease up to rural areas. The Non-profit Organizations (NGOs) and individuals will have to come forward and supplement the efforts of the health department in creating awareness.

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Video: Fire in Shimla’s Gumma devours Rs. 40 lakh property  

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Shimla: In a tragic incident of fire breakout in Gumma area of Kotkhai region in Shimla district on Saturday, about six rooms of a three-story building were lost. The fire brigade saved the two storeys and buildings adjacent to it.

No loss of life was reported, but the estimated loss of assets was initially assessed at about 40 lakh rupees.The owner of the house was identified as Rohit Chauhan.

Rohit’s mother was alone at the house when the fire broke out at about 3 PM. His mother called for help. However, the fire gutted six rooms on the third storey along with all belongings by the time the fire service reached the spot.

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The cause of the fire is believed to be a short-circuit.

While the other two stories housed shops, the third one was Rohit’s home.

The district administration has given Rs. 20,000 as a relief to the victim family.

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Sirmaur Tragedy: 7-year-old mauled to death by pack of stray dogs

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Shimla: In a spine-chilling incident, a pack of about half-a-dozen stray dogs on Saturday attacked and mauled a 7-year-old boy in Amarkot village in Paonta sub-division, Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh. As per the initial reports, the brutal attack by the dogs inflicted severe injuries on the head, throat, and neck.

On hearing the cries of the boy, the nearby people rushed to rescue the boy. However, dogs were so aggressive that they bit a couple of these people too.

The boy succumbed to the injuries on the way to the hospital. The boy was identified as Vikki, son of a migrant labour of Uttar Prades. The family was heart-broken after their piece of heart died a horrible death.

The head of the Amarkot village, Rakesh Mehraloo, said repeated complaints were made regarding the growing stray dog menace to the administration. Rakesh told media that some incidents of attack by stray dogs were also reported previously, which were also brought to the attention of the administration.

The administration, however, turned a blind eye towards the complaints and did not take any measure to solve this grieve issue, he said.

If the administration had acted timely, such a horrific incident could have been prevented.

It is pertinent to mention that the state government has also ignored the provision of dog-shelters and showed lackadaisical attitude in regular sterilizing of stray dogs.

Rest, the littering of food waste attract stray dogs and facilitate their reproduction, leading to such a nightmare.

The incident has created panic among the residents about the safety of their children.

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