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Shimla-Rash Private Bus Driver Allegedly Rams Bus Loaded With Passengers Into a Parked Tipper

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Private Bus Accident in Shimla due to rash driving

Shimla-Private bus operators of Shimla are already infamous for rash driving and racing with each other, competing over timings. Several accidents and incidents of rash driving have been reported in the past as well. However, the laxity of the district administration and the police continue to encourage them to carry on with their death races.  

In yet another such incident, driver of a private bus ‘Rajendra’ rammed the bus loaded with passengers into a tipper parked on the roadside near BCS in Shimla City on Saturday evening. Fortunately, except a couple of passengers who received minor injuries, no one was hurt. The collision crushed the front part of the tipper. No one was present inside the tipper when the incident took place.

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While the driver cited mechanical fault ( broken axle) as a reason for the accident, the passengers narrated a different story. The passengers could be seen telling the police that the driver was driving very rashly right from the Old ISBT. Several passengers asked the driver repeatedly to not drive rashly. The driver and the conductor, the passengers said, did not listen at all. Rather, they told passengers that it’s not a big deal and nothing would happen.

The passengers also complained that the driver and conductor were continuously passing obscene remarks to drivers of other vehicles including tourist vehicles. They also alleged the driver appeared to be under the influence of some intoxicating substance.

On the other hand, instead of apologizing to the passengers, the driver was seen arguing with them in the presence of the police. While the driver of the bus and tipper arrived at a mutual compromise, the injured passengers were not taken for medical examination, and simply sent to fetch medicines from nearby chemist.

The passenger also complained that the police took their statements, which were not recorded, lightly.

The accident has again exposed how laxity on the part of the district administration and the traffic police is turning private bus operators into a mafia. This mafia doesn’t care for traffic rules or the lives of the passengers.

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Himachal- Unemployed Rural Persons Allowed to Work on Own Land Under MGNREGA

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Himachal Pradesh MGNREGA sceme for umemployed rural

Shimla-The State Government has allowed the unemployed rural persons in Himachal Pradesh to work on their own land under MNREGA, even if the work was not in the shelf of projects approved by the Gram Sabhas. The decision was taken during a review meeting of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department on June 6, 2020.

The State Government informed that total expenditure of Rs. 859 crore have been incurred thereby generating 260 lakhs person-days during last financial year whereas Rs. 54 crore has been spent and 22 lakh person-days were generated under MNREGA during the current financial year so far.

The Government informed that to ensure transparency in the works of MNREGA, the department has implemented SECURE software. Hundred percent payments regarding works under MNREGA has been implemented through DBT.  For worksite facilities, homemade protective face cover, soap and water were being provided to MNREGA workers. About 12835 MNREGA workers registered with Buildings and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board had completed 90 days, the Government informed.

Further, the Government informed that under the Mukhya Mantri Awas Yojna 610 houses have been constructed during the last financial year and the target has been fixed to construct 998 houses during the current financial year. The department was also planning to impart rural mason training to the interested persons, the Government informed.

HP Government has launched Mukhya Mantri One Bigha Scheme recently by the convergence between National Rural Livelihood Mission and MNREGA.  Over 2000 Self Help Groups of women have applied under this scheme till date. The government claimed that it was laying special focus on skilling and placement in the formal sector for rural poor above the minimum wages. Under the Project UNNATI, a target has been fixed to train youth in various new trades such as Fashion Designing, Assistant Hair Stylist, Multi Skill Technician, Dairy Processing Equipments etc.

The State Government said that, under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin, Rs. 23.70 crore have been released to the Jal Shakti Vibhag for the establishment of Sewerage Treatment Plants on a pilot basis in Thunag, Dharampur and Janjehli in Mandi district and Bangana in Una district. Projects of wayside amenities have been sanctioned in four districts viz. Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur and Una for Rs. one crore each.

The Government also said that the panchayats should enhance capacities to raise their sources of revenue.

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Bilaspur-Planted Explosive Blows Off Cow’s Jaw, Police Nabs Accused After Public Outrage Over Video on Social Media

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Himachal Pradesh Bliaspur Cow Fed Explosive

Bilaspur– A pregnant cow in DaJhanduta constituency of Bilaspur District had her jaw blown off after she reportedly ate wheat-flour balls filled with some kind of explosive. A disturbing video showing the cow with her badly injured jaws went viral. In this video, the owner of the cow, Gurdayal Singh is alleging his neighbour of feeding explosive-laden wheat flour to the cow.

However, local sources also said that farmers often practice placing eatables filled with crackers/explosive to keep the wild animals away from their crops. Forest officials also suggested that poachers also lay such such traps to hunt wild animals like wild boars, but often livestock also fell victim to it.

This incident took place on May 25 and an FIR was also lodged regarding the same on May 26 on the complaint of Chander Shekhar, Up-Pradhan of Dahad panchayat , 2020. In his complaint, he stated that the owner of the cow Gurdyal Singh informed him that his pregnant cow was grazing in the field when he heard an explosion. Upon reaching the explosion site, he found that the facial jaw of the cow was injured due to explosion. The pregnant cow was provided medical aid and later she delivered a baby calf.

According to the owner, no action was taken since the filing of the complaint,  and it was today that accused Nand Lal was arrested after the video sparked a public outrage on social media. This raises a serious question over the working of police.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Bilaspur, Sanjay Sharma, also reached the spot. He said statements of some people have been taken and samples were also collected from the spot for forensic testing. He said a case under IPC 286 ( Negligent conduct with respect to explosive substance), Section 11 ( Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act)  and IPC 429 (Mischief by killing or maiming cattle, etc) was registered and an investigation was in progress.

The video was posted on social media but it only gained attention when the case related to the death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala after she was allegedly fed pineapple filled with firecrackers. The case of the elephant is drawing criticism from across the nation.

Now, the appearance of a similar case in Himachal Pradesh has shaken the State. As the case relates to a cow, the incident has created a sensitive situation as ‘Gau Raksha’ has been a major agenda for the ruling government supported by right-wing organizations. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had to release a statement in which he assured that action would be taken against whoever would be found guilty.

 

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Shimla- Multi-Storey Building Collapses, Locals, Ward Councillor Allege Improper Construction as Reason (Pics)

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Shimla– A five-storey building in Shimla’s Kasmupti area collapsed on June 6, 2020, between 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM. No person was present inside the building when it collapsed, thus, no loss of life was reported. However, the building collapsed completely and also damaged its adjoining buildings and several trees.

Building collapse in shimla city

While initially, the collapse was said to have been triggered by consistent rains during this entire week, locals and the Ward Councillor alleged that improper construction was the reason for its collapse. 

Multi story building collapsed in shimla

The Ward Councillor said the cause of the collapse was not rains. She said the pillars and foundations of the building were weak which led to its collapse. 

The officials of the district administration, police, and fire services had reached the spot and were assessing the damage. The cause of the collapse was yet to be ascertained.

SDM Shimla (Urban) told media that the first priority is to remove the debris and then assess the damage. On improper construction, she said action would be taken against those who would be found guilty. 

Building collapse in shimla city

As per the initial information available, the building was owned by a businessman identified as Ajay Sood buy one of the persons who had bought a flat in this building. 

Himachal Pradesh Building collapses in Shimla

This buyer told the media that he had bought a flat in 2010 from Ajay Sood. He alleged that the work of the building was not satisfactory and he had even filed suits against Ajay Sood for not keeping his words. More details are still awaited.

Further, the Meteorological Department had issued orange alert from June 5 and 6. Heavy rains have led to the collapse of retaining walls in some other areas too. The monsoon is yet to approach the State.  

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