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Palampur Viral Video Case: Three Arrested, One Still at Large



Palampur viral video

Kangra– As a prompt action from Kangra Police, three accused have been arrested in viral Palampur video case. The accused were identified as Manish, Surjeet Singh Manhas, and Sanjiv. The fourth accused was yet to be arrested.

All four culprits are locals. One of them reportedly owns a shop in Panchrukhi.

A video clip showing a boy being beaten and a girl being molested by a group of people on a railway track had gone viral on social media on October 7, 2019. The video drew anger as it brought embarrassment for the people of Himachal Pradesh . One of the culprits appears to have recorded this very short video clip.

The video is believed to have been recorded somewhere in Panchrukhi in Palampur, Kangra district. Though the video is only 18-second-long, it clearly shows a boy, who appears to be a teenager, being beaten while another man molesting a girl. Their third accomplice is seen chasing another girl, who is running away screaming. 

Although the connection between culprits and victims was still not clear, the incident is being considered as a case of violence and sexual harassment in the name of moral policing. After circulation on social media, the incident angered the people who demanded strict action against culprits. One of the residents is said to have reported this video to police with a a complaint.

By evening, the police had identified four and arrested three persons in this case. The police did not release any comprehensive statement saying the case is yet to be investigated. However, the SHO, Panchrukhi Police Station, Shyam Lal, confirmed the report of arrest and filing of cases under IT and POCSO Act, which suggests that sexually harassed victim included minors.

As per a Hindi Daily, the path of a group of four students including two minor girls were obstructed by four persons. The Daily also said that the statement of one of the victim students has been recorded. The victim, as per this report, said that he was on his way towards Panchrukhi  with his friends when four persons obstructed their way, thrashed the boys, and molested the girls.

However, the police was yet to confirm details regarding the entire case.

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HP Civil Supplies Selling Onion at Rs. 64 per kg



HP Govt Onion Sale in Himachal PRadesh

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Civil Supplies Corporation has purchased 1200 quintals of imported onion from M/s NEFAD Delhi, which is being distributed through various godowns and fair price shops of the Corporation, to provide relief to the consumers from unexpected rise in onions prices.

A spokesperson of the corporation informed that the onion are being made available to the common public at rate of Rs. 64 per kilogram as per the directions of the State Government, which would be available to the public on ‘first come first buy’ basis. Till now, almost 800 quintal onion has been distributed and the remaining 400 quintal onion would be distributed within a period of seven to ten days.

He said that the State Government has bought the onion from imported stock of the Union Government. Spokesperson said that department is keeping strict vigil on hoarding of onion and if any such case is found, strict action would be taken against the defaulter.

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More Rain/Snow in Himachal Till Jan 22: HP Met



Snow prediction for shimla 2020

Shimla-Shimla has received yet another spell of snow on Thursday, leading to road blockage and blackouts in some places. In Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri and Hatu Peak were covered in thick layer of snow. The traffic movement on National Highway-05 was hit in the upper region of Shimla. Hundreds of people including tourists were stranded in snow.

Local police had to carry out rescue work till late at night. With the help of machines, the road was opened for hundreds of stuck vehicles, buses, and tourists.  

Driving towards Kufri has become a dangerous task due to frozen roads. Therefore, the local police has urged tourists to avoid driving towards Kufri.

Other than Shimla, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, peaks of Kullu, and Kinnaur have also witnessed a fresh spell of snow, affecting daily life.

Following it, the state is reeling under a coldwave. Keylong was coldest at -10 Degree Celsius, followed by Kalpa at -4.2, and Kufri -1.8, Dalhousie at -0.8, and Shimla at 0.6.

The HP Meteorological Department has predicted more rain/snow till January 22 except on January 19. According to the Met, while plans/lower hills are likely to witness rain/thundershowers at isolated places, the middle and higher hills can receive scattered rain/snow.

The Met has predicted widespread rain/snow on January 21.


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Hamirpur’s Reena Among 100 Meritorious Students Invited to Watch Republic Day Parade from PM Box



UHF Nauni Dr Reena Kumari

Solan-Dr Reena Kumari, a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Vegetable Science at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been invited to watch Republic Day Parade 2020 from the Prime Minister’s Box at Rajpath, New Delhi.

She is among the 100 meritorious students selected from across the country by the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India to witness the event. The travel and lodging expenses are being borne by the MHRD. 

Hailing from a small village Kashmir in District Hamirpur, Dr Reena was the topper of her school in class 10 +2 and joined UHF in the year 2009. She completed her master’s and doctorate in the discipline of Vegetable Science under the guidance of Dr Ramesh K Bhardwaj and has worked on improvement and development of new varieties in cucumber. Dr Reena has scored 88.00 and 86.60 % marks in MSc and PhD programme respectively with a gold medal in her PhD programme.

She was the university merit scholarship holder during her graduation and post- graduation programmes. Besides, she has also published eight research papers, one book chapter, review paper and popular article. Dr Reena has qualified various examinations like JRF and SRF.

An ecstatic Dr Reena thanked the MHRD and the university and for giving her the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the grand parade from the Prime Minister’s box. Dr Parvinder Kaushal, UHF Vice-Chancellor, senior officers and students of the university congratulated Dr Reena on her selection.

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