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In yet another ghastly crime, a 7-years-old raped, hacked to death in Himachal’s Una



rape and murder of little girl in Haroli una

 A large number of families migrate to Himachal as labourers. As both parents work for sustenance, their children are often left alone at home

Una: In yet another ghastly incident of crime, a seven-year-old girl was raped and strangled to death in the Haroli region of Una district, Himachal Pradesh

As per the initial police investigation, on January 11, 2018, the mother found her daughter missing. She mostly used to play with other children. When the family searched for the girl, her body was found lying on a bed in a small room located nearby. A piece of cloth was tied around her neck.

The local police acted swiftly and launched a search for the person who was living in the said room.

Initially, the police had registered a case of murder and suspected sexual assault. Later, the postmortem report confirmed it.

On Friday, the police arrested a migrant labourer identified as Raj Kumar Rishidev of Bihar, from Punjab, confirmed the Deputy Superintendent of Police Gopal Verma.  

 As per the police, Raju had come to the village a few days ago as a labourer. On Thursday, he lured the girl to his room, committed the ghastly crime, and fled the area.

The police said an investigation has been initiated in the case.

However, the case is not receiving as much attention of media as did the Gudiya case of Kotkhai Tehsil, Shimla.

The increasing cases of crimes against children are now reaching an alarming stage. In 2017, an eight-year-old girl of a migrant family had also met the same fate. Her body was found on April 30, 2017, in Parla Bhuntar. The district police had faced a hard time in tracing the culprit but finally arrested him in August. 

Prior to that, in another such case a 7-year-old girl on February 20, 2017, was forced to consume alcohol, then raped and later strangled to death by a teenager in Baddi area of district Solan. Both families were migrant labourers.  

The children in migrant communities are more vulnerable to child abuse. The rate of migration has also increased with the increase in construction or other developmental activities. A large number of families migrate to Himachal as labourers.

As both parents work for sustenance, their children are often left alone at home. The psycho-social factors also need additional attention here.

The government needs to conduct studies/surveys to identify the most vulnerable section of the society and devise a strategy based on the data through which safety of such children could be ensured.  

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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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