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Shimla NGO Rubbishes Its Allegations of Fraud Against Cancer Aid Society

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Shimla- Cancer Aid Society, an NGO based in Lucknow, recently raised objections to the serious allegations labelled by a Shimla-based NGO, Umang Foundation, against it.

In May 2017, the Chairman of Umang Foundation, Ajai Shrivastava, had written a letter to then Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in which he had labelled serious allegations against the Cancer Aid Society and the district administration of Shimla. He had alleged that the Society, in convince with government schools, was using children to collect donations from localities. He had challenged the authenticity of the Society and had demanded an investigation.

However, on March 28, 2019, Mr. Shrivastva issued a clarification in which he has rubbished his own allegations against the Society.

In May 2019, I had written a letter to the Chief Minister of HP demanding action against the NGOs collecting funds through the government school students as I had a personal experience in this regard. This news item was published in media,

he informed.

The students who came to my house to collect donation in the name of cancer patients mislead me and misquoted the said Cancer Aid Society,

Mr. Shrivastva clarified.

He said recently Dr Piyush Gupta of the Cancer Aid Society Lucknow contacted him and clarified the position of his organisation.

I am fully convinced of his version. I have come to know the Cancer Aid Society Lucknow is doing exemplary work in the field of Cancer Awareness in the country. I had no mala fide intention to defame the Cancer Aid Society Lucknow.

He said he wanted action against only those NGOs which brings bad name to the NGO sector and good organisations like Cancer Aid Society Lucknow.

Since I never intended to harm or defame the Cancer Aid Society Lucknow, I deeply regret the inconvenience caused,

he added.

The Society also wrote to Himachal Watcher and brought the matter to our attention.

Dr Piyush Gupta briefed us that Cancer Aid Society is an ISO 9001 NGO, having special consultative status with United Nation’s Economic and Social Council.

It’s also a registered participant of the World Health Organisation’s Global Coordination Mechanism on Non-Communicable Diseases. The NGO has represented the Country in several international and national conferences including the meeting for the control of NCDs in 2011 and 2014 review meeting at United Nations Headquarters New York as well as World Health Organisation Headquarters Geneva in 2015 etc, Dr Piyush Gupta told HW.

It is duly registered as a Society since 1987 and is working across the country legitimately under Section 12A and 80G of Income Tax Act, which is mandatory for receiving donations within India as well as under FCRA for receiving foreign donations, he informed.   

We are fulfilling all statutory compliances legally and have received several National and International Awards as well as over 20 International Scholarships including the prestigious US Government’s Cancer Prevention Fellowship by National Cancer Institute,

Dr Piyush Gupta said.

He added that the Cancer Aid Society has demonstrated community level model across the globe, and this model has been replicated and scaled up successfully for awareness on Tobacco, Cancer and other NCD’s – causes of 71% of all deaths globally.

He explained that to keep the upcoming generation free from NCDs, the Society organizes Cancer and NCD Awareness Programs free of cost in Institutions. It distributes free awareness literature to prevent Non-Communicable Diseases as well as for early detection of cancer by identifying the symptoms.

These efforts can save precious lives as 80% of cancers are detected in advance stages when they become untreatable and require Palliative Care. This care is lacking. In absence of any Government support, the Society depends solely on small voluntary donations from the community,

Dr Piyush Gupta said.

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Kinnaur: Massive Landslide Caught on Camera, Kills 9 Tourists, Injures 4, Destroys Bailey Bridge

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Kinnaur: A massive landslide in Batseri on Sangla-Chitkul road in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday killed nine persons and injured at least four others. Huge boulders rolled down the mountain following the landslide and destroyed an iron Bailey bridge and many vehicles parked along the road within a few seconds.

A tourist vehicle, which was reportedly carrying about 11 tourists from Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Chattisgarh, was hit by boulders near Gunsa, killing nine tourists. A couple of videos of this heart-wrenching incident went viral on social media. In the video, some people can be heard whistling and shouting to warn others.

“Nine people died, and three were injured after boulders rolled downhill due to a landslide in Kinnaur district. Batseri bridge collapsed in the incident. A rescue team is present at the spot,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Kinnaur, Saju Ram Rana said.

The intensity with which boulders hit could be assessed from the fact that the iron bailey bridge on the Baspa river collapsed instantly. 

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On receiving the information, teams of district police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police rushed to the spot and initiated a rescue operation. The district administration was also assessing the situation. As per reports, rocks sliding down from the hilltop made the rescue operation difficult for the teams.

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As per initial reports, a request was made to make a helicopter available to aid rescue work, which was yet to be fulfilled.

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Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also expressed grief over the incident. An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh was announced for the deceased while injured would be given Rs. 50 thousand.

The exact cause behind the landslide was yet to be ascertained.

The deceased were identified as:

  1. Pratiksha Sunil Patil (27) from Sadhbhawna Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  2. Deepa Sharma (34) from Jaipur
  3. Amoghi Bapat (27) from Korba Darri in Chhatisgarh
  4. Umrab Singh (42) of Tagore Garden West Delhi
  5. Kumar Ulhas vedpathak (37)
  6. Anurag Biyani (31) from Sikar in Rajasthan, his mother Maya Devi Biyani (55) and his sister Richa Biyani (25)
  7. Satish Katakbar (34) from Chhatisgarh.

Those injured have been identified as Shiril Obroy (39) from West Delhi, Naveen Bhardwaj (37) from Kaharar in Mohali and Ranjeet Singh (45) from Batseri in Sangla.

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Himachal Reports Rise in Covid Deaths, No Vaccine for 18-44 Age Group Till July 22

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has reported a rise in daily casualties during the last three days. While 437 new cases were detected, 10 persons succumbed to the infection. in the last three days. According to the HP Health Department, state’s positivity rate for the last week – from July 5-July 11- was 1.0. Compared to a total of eight deaths in the entire week, Himachal has reported 10 deaths in the last three days of the ongoing week.

The State’s Covid death tally has now reached 3486. The number of active cases was 1150 on Thursday. The daily sampling remains between ten 10,000 to 15,000.

The state government has further discontinued vaccination for the 18-44 age group till 22 July. However, vaccination of other groups will continue. 

Himachal’s tourist spots continue to receive a large number of visitors daily. During the last month, after the HP government lifted all restrictions on inter-state movement, tourists had been over-crowding popular tourist destinations, especially Dharamshala, Shimla, and Manali, to such an extent that the Union Health Ministry, as well as, the Prime Minister had to warn states over the violation of guidelines regarding the “Covid-Appropriate Behavior”.

As both locals and tourists were observed to have become carefree and caring a little about social distancing or creating large gatherings, the state government on July 14 issued a fresh advisory to follow the “Covid-19 Appropriate Behavior” (CAB) to mitigate the third wave.

However, a widespread lack of awareness has been reported, due to which the public is not taking the warnings of the third wave and CAB guidelines seriously.  

In several instances, the state government found itself helpless in preventing large gatherings and violation of CAB guidelines. Over-crowded buses and carriage vehicles, for instance, is a common scene against the permitted capacity of 50%. The health experts had been insisting that successful implementation of SOPs at the mass level is not possible without the co-operation of the people. However, the current methods of the state government for creating awareness has failed to appeal to the majority of the people, which is making compliance of guidelines next to impossible. 

 

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HPBOSE Class 12 Result Out, Student Scores 100%, But Final Merit List Will Have to Wait

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Shimla-Class 12 results of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education, Dharamshala, for the session 2020-21 were announced on July 14, 2021. The result was assessed to be 92.77% this year, comparatively higher than the previous year.

Pushpender, a student of Ambition Classes Senior Secondary School, Mohal, Kullu district- scored 100% marks (500/500). 31 candidates scored 99%.

Due to the prevailing pandemic situation, the HPBOSE couldn’t conduct this year’s annual exams for class 12 except for the English subject. The Board had decided to promote the students for which it evolved  “Objective Criteria” to assess the students based on Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA) and Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE).

A total of 100799 students had appeared in the class, of which 76996 were from government schools and 14352 from private schools. 93438 students passed.

As many as 3679 students secured marks between 90-100%– again higher than the previous session.

The HPBOSE said the Result Tabulation Policy has benefited a large number of class 12 candidates.

Further, the Board said if a candidate is not satisfied with the awards or marks granted based on the “Objective Criteria”, he/she will be given an opportunity, probably in August or September to improve the score. The merit list will be prepared only after the conclusion and compilation of results after these exams.

Students can inquire about their results at 01892-242139 (Mandi, Lahaul-Spiti), 242140 (Kangra), 242141 (Shimla, Kinnaur, Hamirpur), 242142 (Chamba, Bilaspur, Kullu), 242150 (Una, Solan, Sirmaur). Students can also check their results at the official HPBOSE website.

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