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After rescuing mentally unwell, disabled man from Sirmaur, NGO to arrange for his safe return  

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Mentally ill man rescued in Himachal's sirmaur

Shimla: Once again, Shimla-based non-profit organization, Umang Foundation, has come to the rescue of a homeless and mentally unwell person.

 Very recently, Neeta Ram Bhardwaj, a teacher in Sirmaur district, came across a man in a rain shelter in Kamrau Tehsil’s Bhajaun village. He was disabled, homeless, and appeared to be mentally unstable to her.

Neeta, who is also a member of the NGO, gave him food and clothes and informed the local police.  

Surprisingly, the Paonta Police initially refused to rescue the man, alleged the NGO.

However, when pressurized by the NGO to follow the legal guidelines, the police had to take him into custody and produce before a competent authority.

As per the guidelines of the Mental Health Care Act, 2017, and the orders of the court, it is the duty of the local police to take mentally unwell people into custody on being sighted or reported by any source.

 He was later sent to a mental health and rehabilitation centre for treatment.

 Initially, the man was not able to recall his proper address and identity. Later, with more efforts, the NGO identified the man as Rajesh alias Arjun Kewat (22) –  son of Hate Ram Kewat and a resident of Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district.

 The NGO got in connection with the local police in MP and found that Rajesh hailed from a poverty-stricken family. The head of the village had to approach his parents, as they didn’t own a mobile phone.

 The NGO praised the Manjohli Police of Sidhi district for assisting in establishing a contact with Rajesh’s parents.   

 The parents told the NGO that Rajesh had gone missing about two years ago. All this time, they considered their son to be dead and were not hoping to see him again.

They also informed that Rajesh had lost his arm after, due to his mental illness, he once jumped in front of a train.

 The parents requested the NGO to help their son get back home, as they were unable to bear expenses of travelling to Himachal Pradesh.

 Therefore, as a humanitarian act, the NGO has taken full responsibility of arranging for his safe return.  

The NGO has rescued as many as 60 mentally unwell people during last 15 months under its campaign, informed the Chairman Ajai Shrivastava.  

 The NGO had been creating awareness among the people regarding the provisions of the Mental Health Care Act 2017 and the rights of such people.

On sighting such people wandering on streets or localities, one should immediately report it to the nearest police station. The police is bound to take custody and produce them before a competent authority for further action.

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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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