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

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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

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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

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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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