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Shimla Mayor Left Embarrassed as District Admin Breaks into Her Office for Eviction, Makes it Prestige Issue

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Shimla-Mayor of Shimla town, Kusum Sadrate, faced an embarrassment after a team of district administration broke into her office located at the Deputy Commissioner Office building and evicted it in her absence. The Mayor was in Pachhad to campaign for the candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party. Now, the Mayor has made it a prestige issue. The Mayor said she would meet the Chief Minister, file a case and demand transfer of the DC, Amit Kashyap.

The action of district administration created a stir among the SMC staff and ward councillors.

More embarrassing was the fact that ruling BJP’s own Councillors did not show any resistance or protest. Instead, they watched it like mute spectators. On her return, the Mayor held a meeting with its councillors over the issue. However, only half-a-dozen BJP Councillors attended this meeting.  This silence of BJP’s own Councillor is being seen as the result of friction between the Mayor and Councillors.

The action was even condemned by former Mayor, Sanjay Chauhan, and Councillors of Congress. They termed treating the first citizen of Shimla in such a disgraceful manner as unfortunate.

It’s a clear violation of rights given to Municipal Corporation and its bodies through 74th Amendment in the constitution. There is a provision of a three-tier system of governance and MC, elected democratically by the people, is also a part of it. The attitude towards such a constitutional body raises serious questions over the working of the government in a democratic system, Chauhan said. He has demanded action against the officials responsible for such disgraceful action. He also brought up the issue of ownership of the Town Hall, which used to be the office SMC for decades. He said the government has already deprived the SMC of its own property.

Congress also took a jibe and said that the Mayor’s own government has little or no respect for her.

The team that was formed by the Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, said the action came after the Mayor and Deputy Mayor did not evict the offices despite notices served to them on October 18, 2019. It’s pertinent to mention that the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor have already been given offices in the Town Hall, which was renovated recently.  Some internal sources from the SMC, on the condition of anonymity, said the Mayor wanted to keep both offices, which invited such action from the district administration.

On Saturday morning, the team found that the office of the Mayor was locked. The team broke into the office along with some labourers and removed the belongings and shifted them to a store. Later, the team replaced the lock.

The officials of the Shimla MC said that the team did not ask them even once to hand over the keys to the office and instead preferred to break in without any information.

The SMC official also alleged that they had replied to the notice served by the district administration on Friday in which it was mentioned that the Mayor is out of town and would return after a couple of days. In this letter, it was replied that the office would be evicted as soon as the Mayor arrives in Shimla. However, the SMC said, officials at the DC office declined to receive this letter containing a reply and asked to send it through the post.

The Mayor questioned the need to take such a step. She asked whether there was some kind of emergency due to which the district administration could not wait for a couple of days.

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HP By-Polls 2021: Silence Period Extended to Three Days

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Shimla-The campaigning period during Himachal Pradesh by-elections has been fixed from 10 am to 7 pm every day. The silence period has been extended from two days to three days before the closing date of voting, which will start after 6 pm on 27th October 2021.

During the no active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

This information was released by Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, C. Paulrasu. He said that the Election Commission of India has limited the period of campaigning during by-election 2021 in view of the guidelines issued for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has urged all the candidates and political parties participating in the by-elections of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency and Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki Assembly Constituencies to comply with these guidelines related to the election campaign.

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Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France

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Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.

She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.

Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.  

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Bad Weather Warning for Himachal, Tourists and Locals Advised Not to Venture into Higher Hills

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for middle and lower hills on October 17th and 18th. The Met has also issued orange and yellow alerts for various districts.

Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has been predicted in higher hills and advisory has been issued for both locals and tourists to avoid travelling to higher hills.

While a yellow alert with a prediction of thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places has been issued for Una and Hamirpur district on October 17, an orange alert with a prediction of heavy rainfall, thunderstorm, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places has been issued for Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur.

For October 18, a yellow alert has been issued for Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, and Kullu districts and an orange alert for the remaining districts.

The Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul-Spiti, warned that in view of the Met Department’s forecast for the next two days, locals and tourists should avoid Manali-Leh National Highway (NH-03) and refrain from venturing into higher hills.

In case, travel is unavoidable due to some compelling circumstances, such candidates have been asked to confirm weather and road conditions on given telephone numbers, which are 9459661355, 01900-202509, 510, 517 and 1077.

The DC also informed that in case of any emergency, people should contact the District Disaster Management Cell, Lahaul-Spiti, on 01900 202509, 510, 517, and Tall Free -1077.

The weather is predicted to be dry on October 19 and 20. 

Feature Photo: Photo by Rodrigo Souza from Pexels

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