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Carelessness makes Old ISBT entry gate unsafe for buses and people

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Ranjana Sharma

SHIMLA- At the entry point of Old ISBT Shimla, which is always congested due to passengers who stand waiting for their buses, has become risky for people due to lack of safety railing or safety wall. A few days back, one of the school kids almost fell down from the edge after being hit by passengers rushing toward the door of a moving bus. Luckily he managed to grab arm of his friend. Both of them could have fell down. People standing at this spot often move backward when buses take U turn to enter the ISBT. Kids are at maximum risk as there is nothing to hold them if they slip from the edge. Why everyone waiting for a mishap to happen?

Posted by Ranjana Sharma, resident of Shimla

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Himachal Scientist Conferred National Fellowship for Outstanding Work in Floriculture, Landscaping

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Dr YC Gupta, a senior scientist of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni 1

Solan: Dr YC Gupta, a senior scientist of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has been conferred fellowship of the Indian Academy of Horticultural Sciences. The fellowship was conferred for Dr Gupta’s outstanding contributions to the field of floriculture and landscaping.

Dr Gupta is presently working as the Dean of College of Horticulture and Centre of Excellence for Horticulture, Research and Extension, Thunag, Distt Mandi. He was conferred with the fellowship during the Indian Horticulture Congress 2019 at NAAS Complex, New Delhi held recently.

Born in Mandi, Dr Gupta obtained his BSc and MSc in 1986 from Agra University. After completing his doctorate in horticulture (Floriculture and Landscaping) from IARI, New Delhi, Dr Gupta joined UHF as Assistant Floriculturist in 1988. He served as Professor and Head of Department of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture for 12 years after which in 2019 he became the founding dean of the fourth constituent college of the university at Thunag.

Dr Gupta During the Indian Horticulture Congress 2019 at NAAS Complex, New Delhi


Dr Gupta has been associated in the development of seven hybrids of Gladiolus, five hybrids in Marigold, four hybrids in Antirrhinum and 3 hybrids in Pansy besides a patent named ‘HIMFLORA- a computerized botanical database of wild ornamentals of Himachal Pradesh’. Two varieties, Solan Mangla of Gladiolus and Solan Shringar of Chrysanthemum were released in 2014 and Virbhadra Singh, a variety of carnation was released in 2016.

Besides being the National Chairman for DUS testing of Carnation and Lilium under PPVFRA, Dr Gupta is a life member of various professional societies. The American Biographical Institute, USA conferred on him an honorary appointment in the year 2000. He is also the Fellow of Society for Recent Development in Agriculture and Indian Society of Ornamental Horticulture (ISOH) and the recipient of ISOH’s Lotus Puraskar 2011. He also won the Dr Manmohan Attawar Gold Medal Award in floriculture for the year 2016 by the Horticultural Society of India.

In his career spanning over nearly 31 years in teaching, research and extension including administration, Dr Gupta has guided several MSc and PhD students and has numerous research papers, books, book chapters, popular articles, and technical bulletins to his credit.

He has handled more than 17 externally funded and 8 state-funded research projects. UHF University Vice-Chancellor Dr Parvinder Kaushal and other scientists and staff and students congratulated Dr Gupta on his achievement.   

 

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Video: Girl Who Jumped from Bilaspur College Building Tells Why She Attempted Suicide

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Bilaspur-Video of the girl student of Bilaspur Degree College, who had jumped from the third floor of her college building on December 3, 2019, has appeared on social media. The girl can be seen in the hospital talking about how continuous mental harassment by one of the teachers led her to attempt suicide.

“I attempted suicide because I could not take any more torture in the classroom because of the teacher,”

the girl said when asked about the reason.

“She would only point out my mistakes and ask questions just from me, and then ask me to leave the classroom,”

the girl added.

On being asked since when the teacher had been behaving this way, the girl said,

“For the last one month, every day during the class, she would point me out and ask me to leave the classroom.”

The girl had informed her mother regarding this, but she asked her to ignore it.

“I told my mother regarding this issue a few days back. But she told me to ignore her because she is a teacher,”

the girl said.

Her mother confirmed that she talked about a teacher’s indifferent attitude.

“I had told her to ignore it, but I did not expect that the situation would reach such a point,”she informed.

The girl informs, the day she jumped from the building, some students had seen her crying and even inquired as to what was wrong.

“I thought of approaching the principal with a complaint, but then I went blank and jumped,”

she said.

The college staff with the help of some students rushed the girl to the District Hospital Bilaspur. She received critical injuries and has fractured both her legs. She was later taken to Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, for treatment.

In its initial investigation, the local police had taken statements of some people but could not talk to the girl as she was unconscious.

Now, as the video, with the girl’s statement, is being circulated on social media, the alleged teacher is likely to face police questioning.  So far, not much has been given out by the police regarding its investigation and action taken against the teacher alleged of harassing the girl.

Principal of the college, Ram Krishn Sharma said, if a teacher is found responsible for abetting the girl to attempt suicide appropriate action would be taken against him/her.

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ITBP Head Constable from Himachal Among 6 Shot Dead by Own Colleague

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Shimla-Six personnel reportedly died and two were injured when one of them opened fire with his service rifle following some dispute at an ITBT camp in insurgency-hit Narayanpur district of Bastar, Chhattisgarh on November 4, 2019.  This information was released by the Director General of Police,Chhattisgarh, DM Awasthi.

One of the personnel, Head Constable Mahender Singh, hailed from Barthi area of Bilaspur district. He is survived by his parents, wife, and two sons.

As per the DGP, there was some dispute which led to this fratricidal incident in which one of the personnel, Constable Masudul Rahman (West Bengal), opened fire on his colleagues at the Kedarnar camp of ITBP’s 45th battalion.  

“The ITBP personal who shot his five colleagues committed suicide with his own rifle and died on the spot,”

TOI quoted DGP.

As per another report, while the reason for the dispute is still not known, there is a speculation that the constable accused of opening fire was upset as he wasn’t granted leaves. However, the exact cause was yet to be ascertained.

Other four deceased included Head Constable Daljit Singh (Punjab), Constable Surjit Sarkar (West Bengal), Biswaroop Mahtoo (West Bengal) and Brijeesh (Kerala).

 Injured were identified as constable SB Ullass (Kerala) and constable Sitaram Doon (Rajasthan).

A probe has been ordered, ITBP officials confirmed.  

 

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