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Hamirpur School Sexual Harassment Case: Accused Principal Suspended, His Brother Booked for Threatening Victim’s Family

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Hamirpur School Girl Sexual Harassament Case

Hamirpur– In the alleged case of sexual harassment of a 16-year-old minor girl by the principal of a government school in Badsar of Hamirpur district, that has shocked the state, the Department of Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh, has suspended the accused principal following his arrest on Wednesday.   

The principal Gauri Shankar – a 56-year-old retired army personal-was allegedly having an illicit relationship with a minor student of Class XI for past several months.  The matter came to the notice of the parents when they notice an expensive mobile in girl’s hands. When asked, she told parents that the principal had given her the phone. When they checked the phone, they found obscene messages sent by the principal. The parents also discovered that about three to four thousand were transferred to the girl’s account in instalments.

Following it, on Wednesday, the parents accompanied by hundreds of locals reached the school and roughed up the accused. When asked about the gifted mobile, the principal reasoned that he likes to reward meritorious students. However, the parents did not buy this justification.

Though it was not medically confirmed so far, the parents further alleged the accused of sexual harassment too.  As per a media report, the parents also alleged that the girl was pregnant. However,  the police only confirmed sending obscene messaged to the minor as the medical report was still awaited.   

The Deputy Director of Higher Education, Hamirpur, Jaswant Singh also reached the school after protest and slogan shouting by locals.

The Superintendent of Police, Hamirpur, Arjit Sen, said a case was filed under the POCSO Act, IT Act, and SC/ST Act. On Thursday, the accused was sent to a three-day police remand by a local court. Meanwhile, the parents also alleged that the brother of the accused threatened them for filing the complaint.  As per the police, the brother of the accused was also booked under Section 341 and 506 of the IPC.

Earlier, as per the parents, the accused tried to convince the family to mutually resolve the matter, which was denied.

School Closed Till Entire Staff Is Changed

The locals demanded that the entire staff of the school should be changed. The School Management Committee also passed a resolution that the school will remain closed until the entire staff is changed.  However, the district administration maintained that the school will remain open under its strict vigilance.

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Stray Cattle Menace in Himachal: After Two Deaths, a 12-Year-Old Critically Injured in Bull Attack in Mandi

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Stray Cattle attacks in Himachal Pradesh 2

Shimla- Stray cattle menace in Himachal Pradesh is reaching an alarming level as the population of abandoned animals continues to grow on roads. After an elderly succumbed to his injuries sustained in an attack by a bull in Mandi district on November 5, 2019, now a 12-year-old landed in hospital with critical injuries in Dran area.

In September 2019, an elderly man had died in Bilaspur district after a bull attacked him.  This makes it the third such attack during the last three months.

As per the report, a 12-year-old Kushal Kumar was on his way to school on Wednesday morning when a bull attacked him in Batheri village of Drang Vidhan Sabha constituency. Hearing the screams of the child, some people rescued him. However, the child sustained critical injuries on his face and eyes.

He was rushed to a hospital in Kautola area. After initial treatment, the boy was referred to the Zonal Hospital Mandi, from where he was referred to Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.

His uncle informed that Kushal is a student of VII class in Batheri school and his parents are farmers.

His uncle has urged the district administration to send such stray cattle to shelters for the safety of the people, especially elderly and children.

While the government brags about being serious to constructing cow-shelters, the number of stray cattle doesn’t seem to have gone down in reality.

The government claims that it also established ‘Gau Seva Aayog’ on March 1, 2019. Also, the government had been collecting 15 percent of the income of temple trusts and Rs 1 Gauvansh cess on sale as per bottle of liquor, from which the amount of Rs. 7.95 crore has been collected in Aayogs account

The lackadaisical attitude of the district administrations and police towards taking effective measures to control stray cattle menace is now resulting in deaths and injuries in attacks by these animals.

Despite State High Court’s orders passed in 2014 to tag cattle to make it easier to trace back the owner who abandoned them, there is hardly any execution. Otherwise, it would have been possible to take legal action against people to deter them from simply abandoning cattle. 

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Sample of 13 More Drugs Manufactured in Himachal Fail CDSCO Test

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Drugs manufactured in Himachal Pradesh Fail Test

Shimla- Thirteen more drugs manufactured in Himachal Pradesh-based pharmaceutical companies have failed the Central Drugs Standards Control Organization test for quality and standard.

During the last 10 months, over 300 drugs in India were declared sub-standard after testing, and 90 of these were manufactured in Himachal Pradesh. It indicates that pharmaceutical companies are playing with the health of the people by consistently manufacturing sub-standard stocks.

Though the Health Minister Vipin Parmar claimed that companies manufacturing these drugs would be black-listed, it’s to be seen if any action is taken in reality or not.  

The CDSCO has tested a total of 1163 samples for October month. After the testing, CDSCO issued an alert for a total of 36 drugs in India that failed the test. Out of these 36, 13 drugs were found to be manufactured in Himachal Pradesh.

The Details of Drugs That Failed Test and Manufactures


Nine of these drugs were manufactured in India’s pharmaceutical hub Baddi in Solan district, two in Kangra, one in Una and one in Sirmaur. These drugs include medicines for heart, blood pressure, anti-biotic, allergy, calcium, diabetes etc.

As per the CDSCO’s directions, all drugs manufactured in such batches would be withdrawn from the market.

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Heavy Rain, Snow in Himachal, Yellow Alert Issued for Nov 15

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Hp met weather prediction nov 2019

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department has predicted rain and snow from 14 to 16 November 2019. While rain at isolated places is predicted in middle and high hills on November 14, the Met has predicted heavy rain in low and middle hills and heavy snowfall in higher hills.

Weather prediction 2019

A yellow alert has been issued for November 15 in five districts -Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Lahaul-Spiti.

The weather is predicted to be dry thereafter.  

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