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Shimla NGO Rubbishes Its Allegations of Fraud Against Cancer Aid Society

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Cancer Aid Society Lucknow

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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Himachal Scientist Conferred National Fellowship for Outstanding Work in Floriculture, Landscaping

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Dr YC Gupta, a senior scientist of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni 1

Solan: Dr YC Gupta, a senior scientist of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has been conferred fellowship of the Indian Academy of Horticultural Sciences. The fellowship was conferred for Dr Gupta’s outstanding contributions to the field of floriculture and landscaping.

Dr Gupta is presently working as the Dean of College of Horticulture and Centre of Excellence for Horticulture, Research and Extension, Thunag, Distt Mandi. He was conferred with the fellowship during the Indian Horticulture Congress 2019 at NAAS Complex, New Delhi held recently.

Born in Mandi, Dr Gupta obtained his BSc and MSc in 1986 from Agra University. After completing his doctorate in horticulture (Floriculture and Landscaping) from IARI, New Delhi, Dr Gupta joined UHF as Assistant Floriculturist in 1988. He served as Professor and Head of Department of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture for 12 years after which in 2019 he became the founding dean of the fourth constituent college of the university at Thunag.

Dr Gupta During the Indian Horticulture Congress 2019 at NAAS Complex, New Delhi


Dr Gupta has been associated in the development of seven hybrids of Gladiolus, five hybrids in Marigold, four hybrids in Antirrhinum and 3 hybrids in Pansy besides a patent named ‘HIMFLORA- a computerized botanical database of wild ornamentals of Himachal Pradesh’. Two varieties, Solan Mangla of Gladiolus and Solan Shringar of Chrysanthemum were released in 2014 and Virbhadra Singh, a variety of carnation was released in 2016.

Besides being the National Chairman for DUS testing of Carnation and Lilium under PPVFRA, Dr Gupta is a life member of various professional societies. The American Biographical Institute, USA conferred on him an honorary appointment in the year 2000. He is also the Fellow of Society for Recent Development in Agriculture and Indian Society of Ornamental Horticulture (ISOH) and the recipient of ISOH’s Lotus Puraskar 2011. He also won the Dr Manmohan Attawar Gold Medal Award in floriculture for the year 2016 by the Horticultural Society of India.

In his career spanning over nearly 31 years in teaching, research and extension including administration, Dr Gupta has guided several MSc and PhD students and has numerous research papers, books, book chapters, popular articles, and technical bulletins to his credit.

He has handled more than 17 externally funded and 8 state-funded research projects. UHF University Vice-Chancellor Dr Parvinder Kaushal and other scientists and staff and students congratulated Dr Gupta on his achievement.   

 

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ITBP Head Constable from Himachal Among 6 Shot Dead by Own Colleague

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Himachal ITBP head constable mahinder singh

Shimla-Six personnel reportedly died and two were injured when one of them opened fire with his service rifle following some dispute at an ITBT camp in insurgency-hit Narayanpur district of Bastar, Chhattisgarh on November 4, 2019.  This information was released by the Director General of Police,Chhattisgarh, DM Awasthi.

One of the personnel, Head Constable Mahender Singh, hailed from Barthi area of Bilaspur district. He is survived by his parents, wife, and two sons.

As per the DGP, there was some dispute which led to this fratricidal incident in which one of the personnel, Constable Masudul Rahman (West Bengal), opened fire on his colleagues at the Kedarnar camp of ITBP’s 45th battalion.  

“The ITBP personal who shot his five colleagues committed suicide with his own rifle and died on the spot,”

TOI quoted DGP.

As per another report, while the reason for the dispute is still not known, there is a speculation that the constable accused of opening fire was upset as he wasn’t granted leaves. However, the exact cause was yet to be ascertained.

Other four deceased included Head Constable Daljit Singh (Punjab), Constable Surjit Sarkar (West Bengal), Biswaroop Mahtoo (West Bengal) and Brijeesh (Kerala).

 Injured were identified as constable SB Ullass (Kerala) and constable Sitaram Doon (Rajasthan).

A probe has been ordered, ITBP officials confirmed.  

 

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Monkey Sterilization in Himachal Working, Farmers Feeling Relieved, Claims Forest Minister

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Monkey Sterlization in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-Forest, Transport and Youth Sports Minister, Govind Singh Thakur, claims that sterilization of monkeys has proved to be a successful solution in Himachal Pradesh and providing relief to the farmers. So far, one lakh 57 thousand monkeys have been sterilized in eight monkey sterilization centres of forest department in the state, the Minister claimed.

While the people did not report any relief from monkey menace, the Minister claimed the situation has improved as per the government.

He said the incentive to capture monkeys has been increased to Rs. 1000. Local people would be given training by the forest department to capture monkeys. It was discussed that workshops should be organized in vulnerable panchayats to provide training to the locals.

The Minister was presiding over one day workshop on ‘Human-Wildlife Conflict’ at Shimla organized by the Wild life wing of Himachal Pradesh Forest Department on November 3, 2019.

Forest Minister said that 548 panchayats of the state are vulnerable to monkey menace.

Principal Chief Conservator Dr Savita said 1100 monkey hotspots have been identified in the state. She informed that 91 Tehsils/sub-Tehsils and Municipal Corporation Shimla area have been declared vermin for a period of one year.

Emphasis was laid on the plantation of fruit-bearing saplings in forests so that monkeys don’t enter human settlements in search of food.

However, no discussion was done on keeping human settlements clean and discourage littering of food waste which attracts monkeys, especially in cities.

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