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350 drinking water supply schemes in Himachal affected critically, 1131 mildly hit : HP Govt

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Shimla: The committee formed to supervise water supply to the Shimla town on Wednesday told the Government that MC Shimla received 21.75 MLD water, and claimed it was distributed according to the schedule.

However, except some selected localities, the public still complained that they did not receive water as per the scheduled or received an insignificant amount. The residents could still be seen receiving water through tankers. The residents of the Chakkar locality has today blocked the main road over the non-availability of drinking water. 

It is pertinent to mention that after the eruption of protests in the town and intervention of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh, the Government is now claiming that it is taking various measures including installation of hand-pumps to deal with the water paucity.

Moreover, the High Court has directed the SMC to provide a daily status report regarding the procurement and distribution of water to the people.

The officials claimed the water was supplied to Bharari, Ruldu Bhatta, Kaithu, Annadale, Summer hill, Totu, Manjhiyat, Kachhi Ghati, Boleauganj, Tutikandi, Kanlog, Nabha and Fagli on Wednesday.

About 2.25 lakh litre water was distributed through 27 tankers at 63 points in the city.
Today, as per the SMC’s schedule, water would be supplied to Krishna Nagar, Ram Bazaar, Lower Bazaar, Jakhu, Benmore, Engine Ghar, Sanjauli chowk, Dhalli and Mashobra.

Bhattakufar, Shanti Vihar, Malyana, and Sangti areas would receive a supply tomorrow, it was informed.

There are 9590 drinking water supply schemes in the State out of which 350 were critically affected, 1131 mildly affected. It was informed that 11 places were identified in Shimla city for installing handpumps and work has been started.

It is now that the Irrigation and Public Health Department is seizing illegal boring wells in the vicinity of Shimla. These wells have been bored illegally by water mafia under the nose of the department and were cashing on the water scarcity, which was aggravated by the government’s sluggishness and corruption of the departmental officers.

Gumma Pumping Station to Lift 14 MLD Water for Shimla: IPH Minister

Mahender Singh Thakur, Irrigation and Public Health Minister, on Wednesday claimed that 14 MLD water would be procured from Gumma pumping station per day instead of 11 MLD at present. He visited Gumma and held a meeting with local people and public representative of Gram Panchayats Dewla, Majheewad and Gumma.

He said that local people agreed for releasing water for 15 hours instead of 12 hours for Gumma pumping station. It was decided that a timetable would be followed where water would be made available for Gumma pumping station from 3 PM to 6 AM. The rest 9 hours would be utilized for irrigation purpose through Kuhle
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As a part of this negotiation, the Minister had promised the villagers that all traditional Kuhals of Gumma area would be renovated. He told them that he has already asked the department for preparing the DPR.

Further, the Government claimed that it is now installing tullu pumps in some habitations in Gumma Panchayat besides replacing the old water pipes in the area. He said that check dams and water harvesting tanks would be constructed in various areas along Nauti Khad.

The Minister also inspected the machinery and water storage tanks of Gumma pumping station and directed the officers to take steps regarding repairs wherever necessary.

He said that he was inspecting the situation in the field according to the direction of the Chief Minister and taking necessary action. The minister would possibly visit Giri pumping station on Thursday. He has assured better water supply within next two-three days.

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Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretary–cum- Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Secretary IPH Shri Devesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Shimla Amit Kashyap, Director Information & Public Relations Anupam Kashyap, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Shimla Rohit Jamwal and other senior officers were present in the meeting with the Chief Minister.

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Shimla Police Nabs Escaped Murder Accused from Tara Devi Forest After Two Days

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Shimla Police has nabbed the undertrial accused of murder who had escaped from the custody of policemen on Wednesday. The accused was re-captured from the forests near the Tara Devi temple after a search operation of two days. The teams of police used drone cameras and search dogs in this search operation.

On November 17, 2021, Dadi Ram aka Sagar (37) – a Nepalese who was booked for the rape and murder of his mother-in-law on July 31, 2020, in Theog, Shimla district, and was kept at the Model Central Jail Kanda – had ditched two policemen near Tavi mod (curve) while he was being taken to the court for a hearing. He had jumped down the forest and was at large since then.

CCTV footage from a nearby building had also appeared in which the accused was seen escaping the custody of policemen. The incident had drawn flak for the Shimla Police, and several questions were raised on the working of the police. The people raised various questions; like why a murder accused was not handcuffed? Why the police didn’t use a vehicle to take him to court?

According to the district police, after the accused escaped, teams of police from Boileauganj and other concerned police stations were formed and deployed in re-capturing him. The teams also included jawans from the 6th India Reserve Battalion and Rapid Action Force. Alongwith search operations in Forests around Taradevi and Shoghi, checking of buses and vehicles at barriers and trains was also conducted regularly.

As per the police, on November 19, 2021, the accused was spotted in the forest near Tara Devi through a drone camera. The teams of police cordoned the forest and searched for the accused. Eventually, the teams succeeded in capturing the accused. He has been brought to the Boileauganj police station.  

 

 

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Negligence of HP University in Mark-Sheet Evaluation Allegedly Costs One Year Loss to Student, HC Issues Notice to Varsity on PIL

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh University is again in the news after a student of Government College, Hamirpur, filed a Public Interest Litigation in the State High Court alleging loss of one year to his career due to negligence of the varsity in evaluating his answer sheet.

It’s pertinent to mention that, varsity administration, especially Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sikandar Kumar, is already under fire for allegedly tweaking rules to allow admission of his ward and wards of a couple of other officials to PhD by bypassing mandatory entrance exams/NET/JRF.

In the current case, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Sabina issued notices to the Registrar and the Controller of Examination of  HP University, Shimla.

As per the petitioner, Keshav Singh, he was a student of B.Sc (Maths) in the Government College, Hamirpur, for the session 2017-2020. He appeared in the examination for the 5th semester in November 2019.  In February 2020, he appeared in IIT Jam and scored 40.33 marks out of 100 and became eligible to get admission in M.Sc(PG Course) NIT.

However, in June 2020, the results of the 5th semester were declared and he was given only 5 marks out of 70 in one of the subjects, due to which he could not get admission to the NIT.  He has further said that he had a good academic record and attempted most of the questions in this exam. He applied for rechecking of his paper.  After re-checking, 42 marks were enhanced and he scored 47 marks in that subject. But the re-evaluation result was declared after counselling for the M.Sc. By that time, all the seats were filled up and he couldn’t get an admission.

Though he again cleared the exam for  IIT Jam, 2021, the student alleged that the mental harassment and mental distress he faced was irreparable. He lost one year during the era of this cut-throat competition and thousands of people overtook him, he said. He also alleged that due to negligence of the respondent University, he remained deprived of investing his one year for making his career bright as he could not attend any counselling of IIT/NIT JAM and could not fill up any forms for any competitive exam. For this loss,  the varsity is liable to pay compensation to him, he pleaded.

The petitioner has prayed in the court to direct the respondents to pay him adequate compensation and to adopt a fair and proper manner of checking the answer sheets so that in the future no one faces the same situation as has been faced by him.

The HP High Court directed the respondents (varsity) to file their reply within three weeks and posted the matter for December 8, 2021.

 

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The Himalayan Expedition “Silk Route – Chapter Hatu” Trek & Run Competition Concludes Successfully

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Shimla-As a joint venture, ‘The Himalayan Expedition Silk Route’ – a new trek and run competition- was organized at Narkanda, Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh on 14th, November 2021. Organized by Adventure North, Kawasaki Advertisers, Deodar Cottage, and Homeland Himalaya; the inaugural event was entitled ‘Chapter Hatu’. During this first trek, the participants had to trek 4.5 km uphill to the Hatu Peak – at an altitude of 3400 meters. Followed by a downhill trek of 9 km for the Adventure category.

However, the competitive runners, including two girl athletes, had to run another 14 km to Khadarala to complete the race.

A total of 31 people, from children aged 8-years-old to senior citizens, participated in the inaugural leg.

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The event was flagged off from the Sili Kandli at 8:19 am.

The race was organized in two categories; “Adventure” for the trekking enthusiasts and the “Competitive” category for the endurance challengers.

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Along the entire route, 13 teams were available at hydration desks placed at every two kilometers. Also, a well-equipped ambulance with a medic team of three, including a female, was in place.

Rahul Beakta of Theog, Shimla, won the competition by completing 26.5 km in 2 hours 56 minutes. He was followed by Bappan, Shimla, and Captain Vineet Sharma, Kathlee Ghat. The entire competitive and adventure leg was completed successfully, without any injury.

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“It was the first promotional event for a trek and run of 300 km to scale the old ‘Silk Route from Narkanda to Namgia (near China border)’ with a minimal carbon footprint. We plan the second chapter with an additional 60 km in 2022,” the organizers informed.

“This marathon goes through the apple belt of the mid-Sutlej region all along the silk route to Shipki La. Be a part of this heritage and run along the paths and trails of this lost era, ‘The Silk Route’, which has lost its prominence in the modern world, the organizers further added.

The second leg of The Himalaya Expedition is scheduled for October 2022.

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