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HP Cabinet Decisions: Approves 4 schemes, filling up several posts including 123 of Forest Guard

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HP Cabinet Meeting Sept 24, 2018

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, in its meeting held on September 25, 2018,  launched four schemes including Vigyan Gram Scheme in five districts of the State,  Jal Se Krishi Ko Bal Yojna, Aaj Purani Raahon Se, and Dev Bhoomi Darshan Scheme. It also gave its approval to fill up various posts including 123 vacant posts of Forest Guards in Forest Department on a contract basis.

Bio-Methanation Plant in Kufri

The Cabinet gave its nod to engage M/s Bijson Innovations Pvt. Ltd., with Bijson Biofuel agency on PPP mode to Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Maintain a Bio-Methanation Plant of 2.5 MTPD capacity using Horse dung/biodegradable waste to bio-fuel on turnkey basis on end to end basis (waste collection till elimination) at Kufri in Shimla district.

It decided that now entire power from the hydroelectric projects upto 25 MW capacity shall be mandatorily purchased by HPSEBL at the generic levelized tariffs as determined by H.P. Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Common Effluent Treatment Plant in Paonta Sahib

It provided 4412 sq. meter land of Industries Department at industrial area Gondpur in Paonta Sahib of Sirmaur district for setting up of Common Effluent Treatment Plant to M/s Sirmaur Green Environ Limited as Special Purpose Vehicle on the lease of the token price of Rs. one by relaxing industrial policy.

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Other than filling of 123 vacant posts of Forest Guards, the Cabinet gave its approval to fill up 35 vacant posts of Assistant Professor/equivalent in Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni on a contract basis.

The Cabinet decided to start two new steams of B.Tech. Electrical Engineering and Diploma in Mechanical Engineering besides filling up of 21 posts of different categories in Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government Engineering College, Pragatinagar in district Shimla.

It also decided to create and fill up 10 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) on a contract basis and fill up four vacant posts of Peon in Sainik Welfare Department on a daily wage basis.

It also gave its nod to fill up 14 posts of different categories in Himachal Hospital of Mental Health and Rehabilitation Shimla for its smooth functioning.

It accorded its approval to fill up two posts of Station Fire Officer, three posts of Driver cum Pump Operator and 20 posts of firemen on a contract basis in State Fire Department.

It decided to select 30 employees for posts of SAS-I &II from departments/boards, corporation etc. for training in Himachal Pradesh Public Administration Institute, Shimla through a competitive examination to be conducted by Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.

The Cabinet put its seal on the creation and filling up of 14 posts of different categories in Municipal Corporation Dharamshala on a secondment basis.

The Cabinet gave its nod to increase the financial assistance (Old age Pension) of ex-servicemen and their widows from Rs. 500 per month to Rs. 3000 per month.

It also decided to provide 13 motorcycles to the Police Department for maintaining smooth plying of vehicular traffic in Shimla city.

It also decided to release Good Performance Incentive to employees of Himachal Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation @ 8.33 percent of pay, subject to a ceiling of Rs. 35,000 for the financial year 2016-17.

The Cabinet decided to provide forest/government land measuring 1-22-28 hectare on a lease basis in favour of M/s Shakti Hydro Electric Company Pvt. Ltd. for setting up of 3.5 MW hydroelectric project in Mandi district.

The Cabinet also decided to enhance the honorarium by 20 percent per month from August 1 2018, of different categories of teachers appointed by the School Management Committee in various schools of the State Government.

Govt’s 4 Approved Schemes

Vigyan Gram Scheme will improve the yield of farm produce, income generation from off-farm activities as well as conservation and management of existing natural resources. It was announced for Gram Panchayat Chanju, Development Block Tissa in Chamba district, Mohani Panchayat in Banjar Development in Kullu district, Ghat Panchayat in Seraj Development Block in Mandi district, Piplidhar (Bainsh) Panchayat in Basantpur Development Block of Shimla district and Matal Bakhog panchayat in Rajgarh block of Sirmaur district.

The Cabinet decided to start ‘Dev Bhoomi Darshan Scheme’. The scheme envisages 50 percent concession in bus fare to senior citizens with age 70 to 80 years and above 80 years, it will be free.

The Cabinet gave its approval to launch ‘Jal Se Krishi Ko Bal Yojna’ in the State for water harvesting and runoff recycling of rainwater. It would increase the crop yields and farm income by optimum use of stored rainwater by constructing water conservation and harvesting structures such as Check Dams and Ponds. An outlay of Rs. 250 crore has been made for five years duration.

It also approved to start ‘Aaj Purani Raahon Se’ Scheme in the State saying it would boost cultural tourism and help in preserving the cultural identity of the State.

It also gave its consent to launch individual/Beneficiary Group Handpump Subsidy Scheme in the State. Under this scheme, 75 percent cost shall be paid by the beneficiary and the balance 25 percent shall be paid by the IPH Department.

The Cabinet gave its approval to rename Government Degree College, Sunni as Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government Degree College, Sunni in Shimla district.

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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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