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Video: Fire engulfs over 40 houses in Shimla’s Rohru while Fire Brigade sends empty tenders

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Shimla: In yet another major incident of fire breakout in rural Shimla, over 40 houses were completely devoured by a fire in Kshaini village of Tikkar Panchayat in Rohru. Over 60 families are believed to have lost all belongings in addition to their homes. The fire has caused damaged worth crores of rupees.

Fortunately, no loss of life was reported.

Once again, as an irresponsible act, the first fire tender reached the spot with an empty tank. As per the locals, the tender stayed at the spot for some time while staff watched the village burning. The tender was then sent to fetch water.

The damage could have been contained to lesser houses if the Himachal Pradesh’s Fire Services had not sent an empty fire tender to the spot.

As per the initial information provided by the Deputy Commissioner of Shimla, Amit Kashyap, and the Superintendent of Police, Omapati Jamwal, the fire broke out in one of the houses in wee hours of April 18 at about 2:00 AM.

Fire in Shimla

Pic: Hindustan Times

As the houses in the village were mostly built of wood in a traditional Himachali style, they easily caught fire. There are over 150 houses in this village, all of which were in the range of the fire. However, the residents and locals from nearby villages struggled for over five hours before they doused the fire.

The district administration has provided an immediate relief of Rs. 10, 000, cloths, and ration to the villagers who were rendered homeless, informed the SDM Rohru. Though the cause of the fire is still to be investigated, as usual, it was believed to be a short-circuit.

Rohru fire list

List of Affected Families

The revenue officers are likely to complete the list of affected victims and the estimated financial loss caused by the fire.

The carelessness of the fire department is shocking. The people are bewildered as to what kind of response is it to send empty tenders to the sight of fire breakout?   

The villagers not only lost houses, but Himachal lost some of the finest wooden work done in a traditional style. More information is awaited.

From last year to the present date, over a dozen of such incidents of major fires have been reported in various villages of Himachal in which several houses were turned into ashes.

 

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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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