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HP Cabinet Meeting: Max relief to Bhakra Dam oustees, jobs, schemes and other decisions

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government, in its Cabinet meeting held on July 24, 2018, has decided to redress the long pending demand of Bhakra Dam oustees. The cabinet said it has decided to give maximum relief to the oustees and their families and has approved necessary amendments in the policy.

 The Cabinet decided to convene monsoon session of H.P. Vidhan Sabha from  August 23 to  August 31, 2018, at Shimla. 

Rent a Cab and Motor Cycle Schemes

It also approved Rent a Cab Scheme, 1989 and Rent a Motor Cycle Scheme, 1997 under which Rs. 40,000 per annum will be charged for renting a cab and Rs. 20,000 for renting a motorcycle.  Under this scheme licence will be issued to the interested parties having a fleet of 50 motor vehicles under Rent a Cab Scheme and a minimum of five motorcycles under Rent a Motor Cycle Scheme.  

Dugar Hydro Electric Project allotted to NPHC

It decided to allot Dugar Hydro Electric Project with a capacity of 449 MW in favour of NPHC limited on BOOT basis for a period of 70 years after completion of which the project will revert to Government of Himachal Pradesh with specified generation capacity, free of cost and free from all encumbrances.

HP Govt Jobs/Vacancies

The Cabinet approved filling up:

  • 218 posts of Pharmacists batch-wise in Health and Family Welfare Department on a contract basis to cope with the shortage of staff in the health institutions  
  • 45 posts of Class-IV employees and three posts of Driver on daily wage basis in Cooperation Department
  • 8 posts of Lab attendant in Chaudhary Sarvan Kumar Agriculture University Palampur on a contract basis
  • 12 vacant posts of computer operators and one post of IT Programmer on contract basis in Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes, Minorities and Empowerment of Specially Abled Department through HP Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur
  • 10 vacant posts of drivers in the Agriculture Department on a daily wage basis.
  • 6 posts of different categories in the Planning Department

Further, approval was given to enhance the financial assistance in case of medical emergency to accreditated journalists and retired accreditated journalists under Himachal Pradesh Patrakar Kalyan Yojna from existing Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 2.50 lakh.  The Cabinet also decided to abolish the annual family income criteria of Rs. 1.80 lakh per annum to avail the benefit of this scheme.

It also gave its approval for policy guidelines for extraction and utilization of un-economical salvage timber lots not acceptable to Himachal Pradesh State Forest Development Corporation Ltd.  Due to un-utilization of salvage trees, the State exchequer was suffering huge revenue losses and in order to utilize the un-economical salvage timber lots these policy guidelines have been approved by the Cabinet, which will not only prevent illegal removal of the trees but also provide timber and fuelwood required by various departments for execution of different developmental activities.

As per the guidelines, only salvage trees are allowed under TD rights for use in the construction of new residential house or cowshed and for their maintenance.

The Cabinet gave its approval for policy for collection and removal of pine needles from forest land so that these may be used and utilized for setting up of small-scale industries based on pine needles. This will reduce forest fire hazards and encourage industries to use pine needles as fuel. The State Government will provide investment subsidy of 50 percent of the capital cost for establishing such industries.

It accorded its consent to start Mukhya Mantri Awas Yojna for providing assistance of Rs. 1.30 lakh to the BPL houseless family for construction of a house in rural areas of the State.

Mukhya Mantri Yuva Aajeevika Yojana

The Cabinet gave its approval to start Mukhya Mantri Yuva Aajeevika Yojana, 2018 to promote self-employment to local youth in the age group of 18 to 40 years by encouraging local entrepreneurship

Under the Scheme 25 percent investment, subsidy for the male applicant and 30 percent for female applicant upto maximum investment of Rs. 30 lakh would be provided. The interest subvention for the first year will be 8 percent and for subsequent years it will be reduced to two percent.

The Cabinet gave its approval to produce vaccination certificate during the admission in the first standard in all government/ private schools to monitor vaccination programs.

The Cabinet gave its approval to allow Bahra University, Vaknaghat, district Solan to start Bachelor of Physiotherapy course as per recommendations by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research, H.P. 

Cabinet decided that Kargil Day will be celebrated all over the State in DC,s, SDM and BDO offices. The officers should hold meetings in which Ex-Serviceman should be specially invited, visits should be made to War memorial and Shaheed Samaraks and oath should be administered.

Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission

The Cabinet decided to implement Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission in the State. Nearly five lakh selected families of the State would be provided health insurance cover of rupees five lakh per annum. At present 175 hospitals have been registered for providing free treatment to these families.

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HPBOSE +2 Exam Results Declared, Private Schools Grab Top Positions in All Streams

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh School Education Board, Dharamshala, on April 22, 2019, has declared the class 12th result, examination for which was held between 6 to March 29, 2019.

As per the Board, out of total 95,492 students appeared in +2 for science, commerce and arts streams, 58949 students passed the exam and 16102 were placed under compartment. The overall result dropped to 62.1 % from 70.18% in 2018 and 72.89% in 2017. Total 49, 136 male students appeared in the exam and 28,375 passed it.  Among total 45,784 female candidates, 30, 574 cleared the exam.

Students of private schools have grabbed the top positions in all the streams. However, the number of students of government schools is reported to be higher than private schools in the merit list.

In Arts, Ashmita Sharma (DAV School Una) became the topper by obtaining 482/500 (96.4%) marks.  In Science, Anil Kumar (Sai Star School Dhalpur, Kullu) secured the first position by obtaining 493/500 (98.6%) marks. In Commerce, Preeti Birsanta (Career Academy School, Nahan) topped with 494/500 (98.8%) marks.

Candidates can visit the HPBOSE official website to check their results. However,  with the declaration of the results, the official website of the HPBOSE has become non-responsive due to high traffic.

Students can also check the result via SMS. One can send a message to 56263 — HP12 <space> roll number to access the result via text message. In addition, the results are also available HPBOSE’s partner websites like examresults.net and indiaresults.com

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Kotkhai Custodial Death: After Zaidi, Ex-SP Shimla DW Negi Gets Bail Too

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Shimla-Ex-Superintendent of Police, Shimla, DW Negi, who is an accused in the custodial death in Kotkhai’s Gudiya case, is also out on bail after Ex IG Zahur H Zaidi. Zaidi was granted bail by the Supreme Court of India on April 5, 2019. He had pleaded to the court that over 19 months have passed since the filling of charge-sheet but nothing was proved in the trial so far.

On April 18, Justice Sureshwar Thakur of Himachal Pradesh High Court, granted bail to DW Negi on the same pretext. He appealed to the court that CBI has recovered nothing from him in relation to the case. Now, the chances are high that remaining seven accused police officials would also get bail using the same argument.

The conditions of his bail included furnishing personal bond in the sum of Rs 3 lakhs and two local sureties. He would have to deposit his passport with the CBI. He will have to co-operate in investigation whenever the agency requires him.

A three-member team of CBI had arrested Negi on November 16, 2016, and was in jail since then. Before Negi, CBI had arrested ex-IG Zaidi and seven others on August 29, 2016.  All seven accused police officials were booked in relation to alleged conspiracy and custodial death of a Nepalese labourer Suraj.

Suraj was among the six initial accused arrested by Zaidi-led Special Investigation Team that was formed to probe alleged gang-rape and gruesome murder of a 16-year-old school going girl in July 2016. Later, when the case was transferred to CBI, the agency found that these six accused were innocent and were framed under a police conspiracy.


CBI had filed a chargesheet against the SIT members, I.G. Zahur H. Zaidi, D.S.P Theog Manoj Joshi, the then SHO Kotkhai Rajender Singh, ASI Deep Chand Sharma, Head Constables Surat Singh, Mohan Lal and Rafiq Ali and constable Ranjit Singh was filed in the special CBI court in November 2017.

The accused were charged under Section 302, 330, 331, 348, 323, 326, 218, 195, 196, 201 and 120 B. The chargsheet contains 600 pages including annexes and statements of about 50 eyewitnesses.

While granting Zaidi a bail, the Apex Court had stated in its order that;

  …Our attention has been drawn to the allegations against the accused-appellant and that he is in custody for the last 19 months. Though the accused-appellant is facing charge under Section 302, we are told that the trial has not made substantial progress beyond the framing of the charge. Completion of trial will take some time…

…the period of custody suffered and likely time that may be taken for completion of trial, we are of the view that the accused appellant should be released on bail in connection with FIR No.RC SI 2017 S0009 CBI/SC-I/New Delhi, on satisfaction of the appropriate condition(s) as may be imposed by the learned trial court…

The CBI had also pleaded in the court to shift the hearing of the case from H.P High Court to Delhi High Court for expeditious disposal. The Court did not adhere to this request and observed that the same would be considered after hearing all the accused.

Further CBI had also raised doubts that if the police officer was granted bail, he could influence and intimidate witnesses in the case as he was a high-rank police official. To this, the court observed that this cannot be a reason to deny bail at this juncture, and if such incidence comes to light then it is always open for CBI to apply for cancellation of Bail in the competent court.

The reason of delay in trial with a remark that nothing substantial had been done in the case after framing of charge had come to a major blow to the CBI.

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India’s Rank in World Press Freedom Index Drops to 140 in 2019, Report Points Out Hindutva and Nationalism Agendas

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The 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has been released today. As a matter of huge concern in the list of 180 countries surveyed, India has dropped down to 140th position from last year’s 138.  Norway was ranked at number one.

India has been placed close to Pakistan at 142, and Bangladesh at 150.

The overall findings showed hatred of journalists has degenerated into violence, contributing to an increase in fear. The number of countries regarded as safe, where journalists can work in complete security, continues to decline, while authoritarian regimes continue to tighten their grip on the media

As per the Index, threats, insults and attacks are now part of the “occupational hazards” for journalists in many countries.

“In India, where critics of Hindu nationalism are branded as “anti-Indian” in online harassment campaigns, six journalists were murdered in 2018,”

the RSF said in its Index.

Violence against journalists – including police violence, attacks by Maoist fighters, and reprisals by criminal groups or corrupt politicians – is one of the most striking characteristics of the current state of press freedom in India, the report said.

As per the RSF report, at least six Indian journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2018. A number of doubts surround a seventh case. These murders highlighted the many dangers Indian journalists face, especially those working for non-English-language media outlets in rural areas.

“Attacks against journalists by supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi increased in the run-up to general elections in the spring of 2019. Those who espouse Hindutva, the ideology that gave rise to Hindu nationalism, are trying to purge all manifestations of “anti-national” thought from the national debate,”

the report said.

“The coordinated hate campaigns waged on social networks against journalists who dare to speak or write about subjects that aggravate Hindutva followers are alarming and include calls for the journalists concerned to be murdered. The campaigns are particularly virulent when the targets are women,”

the report noted.

Further, the RSF report said that the emergence of a #MeToo movement in the media in 2018 has lifted the veil on many cases of harassment and sexual assault to which women reporters have been subjected. It also said that criminal prosecutions are meanwhile often used to gag journalists critical of the authorities, with some prosecutors invoking Section 124a of the penal code, under which “sedition” is punishable by life imprisonment.

 The mere threat of such a prosecution encourages self-censorship.

Coverage of regions that the authorities regard as sensitive, such as Kashmir, continues to be very difficult. Foreign reporters are barred from Kashmir and the Internet is often disconnected there,

RSF report said.

It also suggested that when not detained, Kashmiri journalists working for local media outlets are often the targets of violence.

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