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Citizens in Dharamshala Hold Protest against CAA, NRC, Urge People to Stand Up Against Onslaught on Democratic,Constitutional Ethos

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Dharamshala Protest Against CCA and NRC

Dharamshala– Along with Shimla, a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was also held in Dharamshala. Hundreds of people gathered at Gandhi Vatika in Dharamshala on December September 19, 2019. A joint statement was issued by protesters condemning the CCA and expressing solidarity with revolting voices.  

“We the concerned citizens of India, residing in the state of Himachal Pradesh, wholly reject CAA hastily passed by the ruling party using brute majority with complete disregard for the constitution of the country,”

the statement said.

It further said that the Constitution of India enshrines the principle of equality, regardless of religion, race, caste, sex, language or place of birth. Article 14 of the Constitution states, “The State shall not deny any person equality before the law.” Equality is a basic principle of Democracy.

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Protesters at Gandhi Vatika, Dharamshala

The protesters further said that Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 not just directly attacks the Article 14 but threatens to finish the values of diversity, pluralism and secularism, changing the nature of the Indian state fundamentally.

The CAA seeks to amend the Citizenship Act 1955 so that Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan can be offered citizenship of India through accelerated naturalization and the aforesaid immigrants will not be treated as illegal migrants. This Act only leaves out the Muslims from the three countries, thus discriminating on the basis of religion, the statement said.

The protesters said that they are well aware of the design to implement CAA along with the National Register of Citizens, which will put millions of Indians, especially the most marginalized in sheer misery. 

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The NRC has already turned the principles of natural justice on its head by putting the onus of proving citizenship on the people. The complex set of documentary evidence required to do this is intended to exclude.

“We are seeing the devastating effects of NRC in Assam, where families have been torn apart and put into detention camps,”

the protestors said.

“At the same time, we stand in solidarity with the concerns being raised by the indigenous communities of the North-Eastern region of the country,”

they added.  

Their concerns too have a historic basis and deserve to be addressed through dialogue. Instead, this government has imposed an internet clampdown in Assam and other states of the North East where people have stood up to protest. We condemn this state repression, the statement from protesters said.

“We also unequivocally condemn the motivated, targeted and brutal attack by the CRPF and Delhi Police on students of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi yesterday, Sunday 15th December 2019 causing serious injuries to over 150 students including girls, and also arrest of scores of students and youngsters,”

the statement said.  

“By all media reports and eye witness accounts, the brutal charge of the police forces was unprovoked and unwarranted as the students were peacefully protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 and the NRC,”

the statement further said.

The breakdown of the democratic and constitutional ethos that was built by freedom fighters whose martyrdom people celebrate today is a matter of great shame and distress.

“We believe it is not just the right but duty of each and every one of us to stand up against this onslaught and work to rebuild a society based on the principles of justice, freedom, peace, plurality and equity,” 

the protesters said.

 

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HP Civil Supplies Selling Onion at Rs. 64 per kg

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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

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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

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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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