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Accused in Kasauli shootout case sent to 5-day police remand amid speculation of his surrender

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Kasauli accused surrendered

Shimla: The accused in the case relating to the daylight murder of a government officer was today produced before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Yuzvindra Singh. The court granted the police a 5-day remand for further investigation and recovery of the weapon used by the accused.  

Vijay had allegedly shot dead Shail Bala, Assistant Town Planner, Solan, in Kasauli region of the district on Tuesday while she was executing the Supreme-Court mandated demolition drive to take down illegally constructed structures of hoteliers.  

The State Police has claimed that, with the assistance of New Delhi Police, the accused was arrested in Vrindavan of Uttar Pradesh after tracing his mobile location. The police said he was seen outside Banke Bihari Temple.

Meanwhile, the speculations over the credibility of the police claims of nabbing the accused within 50 hours of the alleged murder were doing the rounds of social media.

Nationa News Channel News 18 reports that the police has claimed it an arrest, but it was a surrender. In order to evade more embarrassment of not being able to capture him, the police allegedly manipulated the story, the report said. 

Also, a report published in a Hindi newspaper Hari Bhoomi that alleged the police of lying about the arrest. It referred to phone calls made by the accused to his relatives and parents to inform them that he was in Mathura and wanted to surrender.

As per this report,  the relatives/parents provided the police with the location of the accused, otherwise, the police had no trace of him. The report also contradicted the claim of the police that they were tracing his location since the day he had fled the scene. What were the police and its dog squad searching for in the forest of Kasauli on Wednesday if they had his location, the report pointed out.

The police is yet to comment on this speculations.

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Total 332 Bird Species Located in Himachal Pradesh

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Bird Species Count in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-As per the Great Backyard Bird Count (7th Indian edition), the number of bird species in Himachal Pradesh was 332 in 2018, a spokesman of State Forest Department informed on February 21, 2019.  

PCCF (WL) Dr. Savita said that among the Indian States, Himachal Pradesh shared the topmost position with Uttrakhand where the highest number of species was recorded.  

Birding locations included wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, conservation reserves, villages and urban areas. He said that more than 150 bird species were recorded in Mandi, Shimla, Kangra and Sirmaur districts.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science initiative intended to encourage both amateur and professional bird-watchers to contribute towards the understanding bird and their biology in a better way.

The Department said that amateur birders from across the state contributed in the count in addition to 287 checklists that were uploaded into e-Bird by 55 participants.

 Participation in the event involved a minimum of 15 minutes bird watching during which all the bird species seen were counted and listed.  It involved bird watching sessions with school teachers and students, birding involving local villagers and panchayat representatives and training of frontline staff of the forest department in bird identification.

The Department said a detailed report is in preparation and will be circulated by the first week of March

This initiative was coordinated by Joint Secretary (Forests) Sat Pal Dhiman, Chief Conservator Forest (HQR) Nagesh Guleria, Chief Conservator Forest (WL) South Sushil Kapta, DFO (Hqr) N.P.S. Dhaulta along with other senior officers of the department.

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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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