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Class 12 girl in Himachal’s Mandi allegedly ends life over poor performance in first board exam

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Class 12 student in Himachal Pradesh commit suicide

The performance in the first exam means a good or bad start for the students.   The current case supports these findings as it was the first board exam of Class 2 for the victim.

Mandi: On Tuesday, a Class 12 student of Senior Secondary School, Nabaahi, in Sarkaghat of Mandi district allegedly ended her life after she felt disappointed with her performance in English exam of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE).  

The police did not recover any suicide note from the spot and considered the examination stress as the possible cause that led her to take this grieve step.

As per the initial investigation, it was found that the girl was a bright student. On Tuesday, she took the exam and visited the tailoring shop where her mother works.  She met her mother and told her that the exam didn’t go well and expressed disappointment with her performance.

The mother consoled her and told to go home and prepare hard for the next exam.  On reaching home, as per the report, the girl went into a room and closed the door, however, she did not bolt the door from the inside.

Thereafter, the girl allegedly hanged herself from the ceiling by using her dupatta (scarf worn with school dress) as a rope.

Initial reports said her abnormal screams alerted her uncle who lives right next to the girl’s house. The uncle rushed to the room and cut her loose. The girl was rushed to the Sarkaghat Civil Hospital where the doctor declared her as dead.

The victim’s parents, classmates, and school staff are in shock after receiving this tragic news. As per the school staff, the deceased girl had taken her exam normally like other students.

The police has initiated an investigation into the case after registering a case. The body of the deceased girl was handed over to the parents after the post-mortem.

In a country like India with limited job opportunities and rampant corruption, the board exams, especially for the Class 12, had become an inevitable battle for their career. The middle class and lower-middle-class families have been reported to exert relatively higher pressure on their children.     

The Education Ministry is in slumber despite the fact that the 2012 Lancet report had made a shocking revelation that India has one of the world’s highest suicide rates for youth aged 15 to 29.

If we look at the data of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for the year 2015, every hour, one student commits suicide in India.  

In 2015, the number of student suicides stood at 8,934. Between 2011-15, around 39,775 student suicides were reported. The number of attempted suicides was claimed to be much higher but hardly reported as it is an offence in India to attempt suicide.

Further, researchers show that the students of Class 12 experience huge stress during the first exam. The performance in the first exam means a good or bad start for the students.   The current case supports these findings as it was the first board exam of Class 2 for the victim.

Despite having strong statistical proofs of increasing academic stress taking a toll on the mental health of teenagers, the government is least interested in providing students at schools with professional counselling facilities.

A large number of lives could be saved if they receive timely help, but India is still not interested in allocating required funds for the mental health services. At present, a negligible percentage of the budged is allocated towards the mental health.

The staff shortage of mental health professionals is over 80 percent, which needs to be attended urgently.

A government with a vision cannot ignore the dire need of recruiting trained counsellors at all educational institutes on a mandatory basis. If it still ignores it, then the government lack a vision beyond any reasonable doubt.     

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

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Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier 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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Left Out Eligible Voters in Himachal Can Enroll on 23rd and 24th Feb: HP CEO

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Left Out Voters in Himachal Pradesh can apply

Shimla-In view of the general election for the Lok Sabha 2019, special camps will be organised at every polling station on 23rd and 24th February 2019, for enrolment of left out eligible voters in the State, informed the Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh, Devesh Kumar.

He asked all Booth Level Officers (BLOs) to remain present in the camps along with the copies of final electoral rolls 2019. A copy of the electoral rolls will be available in the polling station so that electors can check their names in the rolls. The electoral rolls would be read out publically during the camp to facilitate illiterate voters. BLOs were asked to keep adequate copies of Forms 6, 7, 8 and 8A with him/her to facilitate filling up forms by interested persons.

Devesh Kumar said that all recognized political parties should depute their Booth Level Agents (BLAs) to remain present in camps. In case their name does not exist in the roll for some reason, the Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) holders must also check their name in electoral rolls and fill up Form 6. The EPIC is only identification document and does not guarantee franchise if the name of the person is not included in the electoral roll of the concerned polling station.

He said that all forms received during these campaign days would be disposed of by  March 7, 2019. BLOs were directed to immediately complete the physical verification and then submit a report to the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO). The ERO should complete the due process of law and dispose-off the forms received during the camps within 11 days.

 Devesh Kumar said that registration can also be made through NVSP Portal by visiting the link (www.nvsp.in.) For inquiries, he said, electoral can also call on Toll-free number 1950.

Assembly constituency-wise data in respect of forms received during camps would be uploaded on the website of the commission at CEO’s portal by February 25, 2019. Information about the disposal of forms would be given through the website by March 7, 2019.

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Mandi Police Warns Miscreants Promoting Malice Against Kashmiris, Urges People to Maintain Peace

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Kashmiri people in Himachal Pradesh

Mandi-The District Police, Mandi, on Tuesday, issued a warning to miscreants who were trying to incite violence against and promoting malice against Kashmiri people living in the State.

“The public is informed that following the suicide bombing in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir, some miscreants are making appeals to the people on social media to throw Kashmiri labourers, hawkers, lumberjacks etc. out of State’

said the notice issued by the district police.

The police has warned that a stringent action against will be taken against anyone who is found preaching malice towards Kashmiri citizens through such messages/comments on social media or causing any sort of vandalism.

The police urged the people to beware of such hatemongers and miscreants and maintain peace in the society.  

On Tuesday, tension mounted in a panchayat of Mandi district when the villagers passed a resolution to ban Kashmiri citizens in their area. The villagers reportedly told the Kashmiris living in rented quarters to leave the State by Wednesday. Meanwhile, some miscreants reportedly pelted stones on their quarters. Scared Kashmiris had to take shelter at local police station, said reports.

In another instance, an unverified video was doing rounds on social media, showing two groups of students clashing inside the campus of a private university in Mandi. To incite fear, it was rumoured that the scuffle took place between Kashmiri and local students.  

Earlier, the campus of the UHF, Nauni, in Solan district, witnessed tension after police booked two of its students for alleged anti-national activities on social media. The booked students were allegedly supporting the suicide bomber responsible for the ghastly Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred.

Following this news, right-wing outfits in Himachal Pradesh had made calls for a boycott of Kashmiris. Similar tension was reported from other parts of the nation too. A large number of Kashmiri students, who were studying outside their home state, were returning home for fear of violence being incited by miscreants.

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