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Kotkhai Gudiya Case: Media report challenges probe after CBI charge-sheets single accused

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As per a fresh report of a national media channel News18, the accused is alleging four more people involved in the rape and murder of the girl.  The channel said it has received this highly sensitive and controversial information through credible inside sources.

Shimla: After the suspense of about 11 months, the Central Bureau of Investigation on May 29, 2018, filed a charge sheet against Anil alias Nilu, a lumberjack, in the case relating to the rape and murder of a 16-year-old schoolgirl in Halaila forest of Kotkhai Tehsil in Shimla district, on July 4, 2016.

The CBI has recommended discharging four accused – Rajendra Singh, Lokjan, Subhash, Deepak and Suraj and Ashish Chauhan- from criminal charges. It said none of these persons, who were arrested by the Himachal Pradesh Police SIT on July 13 in the case, were not involved.

The charge-sheet was filed in a trial court while a fresh status report was also submitted to the State High Court. The court has scheduled the date of next hearing in the case on June 27.

Based on unofficial statements of the CBI sources, it is being believed that the investigation has been closed now. 

Moreover, the CBI SIT has filed the charge-sheet against only one person. The charge-sheet contains 28 to 35 pages in which it has been alleged that Nilu spat on the girl, which lead to a quarrel.  Following it, Nilu allegedly raped and killed the girl on July 4 – the day she had gone missing while returning from Government Senior Secondary School Mahasu.

The charge-sheet has reportedly documented statements of as many as 60 witnesses.  

However, as per a fresh report of a national media channel News18, the accused is alleging four more people involved in the rape and murder of the girl.  The channel said it has received this highly sensitive and controversial information through credible sources inside the Kaithu prison facility where the accused was lodged after the arrest.

The report said that the Nilu told other inmates that he was not alone and there were four other people, but the CBI arrested only him.

The report has challenged the claim of the CBI that only one person was involved in the case.

The members of  HP Police SIT, which was constituted by the then Director General of Police, Somesh Goyal,  including its head then Inspector General of Police, Zahur H Zaidi and then Deputy Superintendent of Police, Manoj Joshi, Theog,  were arrested on August 29, 2018, for the alleged custodial killing of one of the person, a Nepalese laborer Suraj Singh it had falsely implicated in the case.

Suraj was killed on the intervening nights of July 18 and 19 while he was locked up at the Police Station, Kotkhai.

Later in 2018, the CBI also arrested the then SP, Shimla, DW Negi, for allegedly hatching the conspiracy to save the accused police officials. The agency has already filed a charge-sheet against these arrested officials.

This is one of the major reasons that the public is not satisfied with the outcome of the CBI inquiry. They argue why the police SIT headed by an IG-level officer would frame innocent people to shield a lumberjack. To influence the investigation, it would take a lot of wealth and influence, they believe, They also question how it was possible for a lumberjack to fool both the CBI for 11 months.

The situation is likely to remain ambiguous until the CBI makes the findings of the probe public explaining the entire chain of events.  

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MIS for processing grade mangoes approved, would open 34 fruit collection centres: Govt

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government has given approval for implementation of the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for Mango procurement of processing grade mangoes in the State during the year 2018.

Under the scheme, 250 metric tonne fruit of seedling, 200 metric tonnes of grafted and 50 metric tonnes of unripe Achari varieties of mangoes will be procured at the rate of Rs. 6.00 per kg Rs. 7.00 per kg. and Rs. 6.00 per kg. respectively.

A Spokesman of the State Government today said that procurement would be done through HPMC and HIMFED in crates and these agencies would be allowed handling charges at Rs. 1.30 per kg. Like the previous year, average sale returns from the fruits have been assessed as Rs. 2000, Rs. 3000, Rs. 2000 per metric tonnes for fruits of seedling, grafted and unripe Achari mango varieties respectively.

He said that 34 fruit collection centres will be opened under the scheme for which HPMC and HIMFED would coordinate on the basis of procurement data for the last three to five years.

These centres would be opened by the procurement agencies in case of need and would be manned and operative by HPMC and HIMFED with their own staff.

Under the scheme, 2.5% extra fruit (by weight) will be procured from those farmers/orchardists who possess horticulture cards and who own ten bighas or less land under mango cultivation. As such, no fruit would be procured from the contractors.

He said that this scheme would be implemented in the State with immediate effect till August 15, 2018.

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Industrial units seeking expansion will have to employ 80% Himachalis: Govt

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government today said it has made amendments in the provisions of Rules regarding grant of incentives, concession, and facilities to the industrial units of the state.

As per the new notification of the State government, all existing industrial units (as on April 1, 2018) set up in the state which seek to undertake expansion will have to employ at least 80 percent bonafide Himachalis, informed a spokesperson of the Industries department.

The hiring could be undertaken on regular/contractual/Sub-contractual/daily basis or any other mode of employment including the persons hired through a contractor or through outsourcing agencies against the additional manpower which may be generated as a result of the substantial expansion, it was informed.

This condition would also apply to the new units to be established in the State after 1 April 2018.

Only those industries, which undertake substantial expansion, have to abide by this Rule. Hence, the existing industries, which are not going to undertake substantial expansion, are not bound by the amended/notified provision of this Rule.

He said there is no shortage of trained technical manpower in the State now, therefore, the condition of 80 percent employment of Himachalis has been incorporated in the Rules.

There are around 250 ITIs, 30 Polytechnics Institutes and around 40 Engineering Colleges and Universities in the State and thousands of technically qualified persons are completing their courses and coming out from these institutes in search of jobs.

New trades as per the demand of the industries are also being included in the courses of ITIs, Polytechnics and Engineering Colleges, the spokesperson said.

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Rs. 423 crore HP Mushroom Development project will help in women empowerment: Govt

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Shimla:
The Indian Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance has approved Rs. 1131.87 crore projects for Himachal Pradesh.

These include Rs. 708.87 crore for Water Conservation Project for the Department of Irrigation and Public Health and Rs. 423 crore Himachal Pradesh Integrated Mushroom Development project for the Department of Horticulture.

As per the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, an Rs. 423 crore integrated mushroom development project would help to double the income of farmers and provide employment and self-employment opportunities to youth.

The government also expects the project would boost mushroom cultivation in the State. All varieties of mushroom would be cultivated under the project besides importing technical knowledge for cultivating mushroom, which would give a fillip in increasing the income of the farmers, said the government.

The Chief Minister said that this project would also provide an opportunity to the growers of the state to diversify their farming pattern and go for viable and profitable farming avocation.

The mushroom cultivation would also help in women empowerment as more and more women would be motivated to go for mushroom cultivation for increasing their income, thereby making them self-dependent since mushroom cultivation is an indoor activity.

He said the demand for mushrooms is increasing within the state as well as outside the state including export, and it offers better prospects for enterprising growers to take up cultivation on large scale. He announced that modern infrastructure will be developed under the proposed project for controlled cultivation of mushroom round the year.

Further, it was informed that the first phase of the Rs. 4751.24 crore water conservation project worth Rs 708.87 crore will include construction of check dams, ponds, Kuhl’s and other water harvesting structures.

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