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‘Bias’ during PM’s speech: School staff transferred

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

KULLU: Education Secretary Arun Sharma said all teaching staff of high school in Chesta village had been transferred after alleged discrimination with students of a particular category during PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Pariksha Par Charcha’ speech on February 16.

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Kullu, February 21

Education Secretary Arun Sharma said all teaching staff of high school in Chesta village had been transferred after alleged discrimination with students of a particular category during PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Pariksha Par Charcha’ speech on February 16. He said further action would be taken on analysing the report sent by the Kullu district administration. The principal of the school had already been relieved of his charge.

Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus Khan said the committee formed to conduct an inquiry into the matter had submitted its report today and it had been forwarded to the authorities concerned. He said the committee had established that a caste-based discrimination was prevalent in the school and students of a particular category had to face the same during the PM’s televised programme.

In a complaint to the DC by some of the students, they had alleged that they were made to sit in a place meant for cattle and horses outside the courtyard where the television had been setup for the interaction of students with the PM. The students had also alleged discrimination during the mid-day meals at the school.

Kullu ASP Nishchint Singh Negi said an FIR had been registered under the SC and the ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 at the Bhuntar police station against the school administration and the school management committee.

The DC said necessary criminal, disciplinary and corrective measures would be taken to rectify the problem and other such issues. He said that a team would be sent to provide counselling to schoolchildren and their parents to change their approach towards caste-based discrimination and untouchability. He said such a matter had come to his notice for the first time and a block-level task force would be made to randomly inspect the schools to prevent and rectify such issues in future.

Week-long Shivratri mela ends in Mandi

Week-long Shivratri mela ends in Mandi

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

MANDI: Deities, who were here for week-long Shivratri Festival, returned to their abode.

Kotkhai case: Govt nod to prosecute SIT members

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

SHIMLA: The state government has given the go-ahead to prosecute eight police officials, including suspended Inspector General of Police Zahur H Zaidi, in the custodial death of Suraj, an accused in the rape and murder of a minor Kotkhai girl.

Rs 6,300-crore annual plan size for state

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh State Planning Board today approved the annual plan size of Rs 6,300 crore for 2018-19 at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Medical students await revision of fee structure

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

SHIMLA: Students of Maharishi Markandeshwar Medical College (MMMC), Kumarhatti, in Solan have expressed resentment over the delay in the revision of fee structure for MBBS courses under the state quota.

Kaithu jail officer in trouble for letting DGP meet SP Negi

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

SHIMLA: The jail superintendent of Kaithu Jail has landed in trouble for allegedly permitting Director General of Police SR Mardi to meet former Shimla SP DW Negi (an accused in the custodial death case) in his office reportedly on February 10.

Thakur’s 100-day action plan has cops on toes

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

SHIMLA: Heeding the directions of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to “prepare and implement” a 100-day action plan, the Police Department has listed 12 points that need to be addressed.

Come out with new schemes, tourism projects: CM to planners

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

SHIMLA: As the Centre remained non-committal on the “industrial-cum-bailout package”, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today urged state planners and officers to come out with new schemes and tourism projects.

11 erring gas agencies booked, says minister

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

SHIMLA: Food, Civil Supplies and Consumers Affairs Minister Kishan Kapoor today said 11 erring gas agencies had been booked for under-filling of LPG cylinders from various parts of the state.

Youth booked for rape

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

MANDI: The police have booked a youth for raping a 30-year-old woman on February 19.

Five youths held for ‘manhandling’ police party

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

UNA: The Una police last night arrested five youths for allegedly manhandling a police party at Thanakalan in Bangana sub-division, while three others are still at large.

Shimla-Kalka four-laning: 34,000 trees to face axe

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

SHIMLA: The dream of thousands of commuters, including tourists, to cut the travel time between Shimla and Chandigarh to just two hours will cost the state more than 34,000 green trees.

Bridge on Palampur highway a death trap

Bridge on Palampur highway a death trap

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

PALAMPUR: A bridge on the Palampur-Dharamsala highway, opposite to the Plaza Market on the outskirts of the town, has turned into a death trap as many accidents have taken place in the past three months.

Forest rights panel’s nod to transfer land to 20 institutions

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

CHAMBA: A district-level forest rights committee has accorded approval for transferring land in the name of 20 educational institutions in different parts of Chamba district which included government primary, middle, high and senior secondary schools.

Minister opens inter-polytechnic sports meet

Minister opens inter-polytechnic sports meet

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

SUNDERNAGAR: Vikram Singh, Minister for Industries, Labour and Employment, Technical Education, Vocational & Industrial Training today opened the 23rd Inter- Polytechnic sports meet (boys and girls) at the complex of Government Polytechnic, Sundernagar.

Patients getting free generic medicines, says Minister

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

SHIMLA: Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar today said ever since the generic pharmacy had started functioning at the IGMC, 3 lakh patients had got free medicines.

Open defecation rampant in Kangra villages

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

PALAMPUR: Despite the state government’s tall claims, the Swacch Bharat campaign is not being implemented properly in Kangra district.

Defunct traffic lights pose threat to commuters

22 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

DHARAMSALA: Non-functional traffic lights on state and national highways are posing a threat to the lives of commuters, especially during night.

Virbhadra Singh a respected  leader but tells lies: Sukhu

Virbhadra Singh a respected leader but tells lies: Sukhu

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

SHIMLA:War of attrition between former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu further escalated today with the latter reacting sharply to the reported statement of the former Chief Minister that the PCC chief had weakened the party.

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MLA flags off electric taxi

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

CHAMBA: Chamba MLA Pawan Nayyar flagged off an electric taxi operated by the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) here today.

Panel inspects McLeodganjIllegal felling of trees

Panel inspects McLeodganj

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

DHARAMSALA: A committee, headed by Additional Chief Secretary AK Khachi, today visited McLeodganj and its adjoining areas to verify action being taken by officials in illegal felling of trees.

300 fire hydrants non-operational

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

SHIMLA: As many as 300 out of 500 fire hydrants in the capital city are non-operational.

Seven shops, ATM reduced to ashes in Lakkar Bazaar

Seven shops, ATM reduced to ashes in Lakkar Bazaar

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

SHIMLA:Seven shops and an ATM were gutted in a devastating fire that broke out in the congested Lakkar Bazaar area in the heart of Shimla town late last night, destroying property worth crores of rupees.

FB threat to CM: Accused quizzed, no arrest so far

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

MANDI: The life threat to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Facebook has created an uproar.

Police Department asks civic body to begin charging for roadside parking

Police Department asks civic body to begin charging for roadside parking

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

SHIMLA: Grappling with the problem of idle parking causing traffic snarls, the police have now suggested the Shimla Municipal Corporation to levy charges on vehicles parked on the roadside.

cuhp land case

Varsity writes to PWD for early clearance

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

DHARAMSALA: The case for allotment of land for Central University Himachal Pradesh (CUHP) at Jadrangal in the Dharamsala Assembly constituency is struck with the state Public Works Department (PWD).

4 girls from state to join military nursing service

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

SHIMLA: Four nursing graduates and a lecturer of the Shivalik Nursing Institute will join as Lieutenant at the Military Nursing Services on February 26.

Landslide blocks Kullu village road

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

KULLU: The road between Manikaran and Barshaini in Parbati valley was blocked due to landslide at Ghatidhar today.

33 hectares of temple land encroached

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

NURPUR: A land scam to the tune of crores of rupees, which took place between 1982 and 1992, has surfaced in Kangra district.

Hope for Palampur, Dharamsala  farmers as apple grown in lower hills

Hope for Palampur, Dharamsala farmers as apple grown in lower hills

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

PALAMPUR: The Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Department and a few private growers have succeeded in growing apples in the lower hills between 3,000 ft and 4,000 ft.

Center for drug-resistant TB patients opens at Una

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

UNA: A center for tuberculosis patients put on multi-drug therapy started functioning at the district hospital here today.

49 differently abled hired at Una job fair

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

UNA: A job fair for differently abled persons was organised at the National Career Service Center (NCSC) here today.

Withdrawal of addl land from power projects on: DC

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

CHAMBA: The process to withdraw surplus land lying unused with the hydropower projects run by the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) and other private hydropower project enterprises at different locations of the district is underway.

18 states’ handicraft available at Saras Mela

18 states’ handicraft available at Saras Mela

21 Feb 2018 | 12:47 AM

MANDI: Handmade products from 18 states have been made available at Saras Mela in Mandi town during the week-long Shivratri fair. While a majority of businessmen are lamenting poor footfall, there are others who are doing brisk business. The fair will conclude tomorrow, but they will be allowed to do business till February 23.

Shimla: 6 shops gutted in fire in Lakkar Bazaar

Shimla: 6 shops gutted in fire in Lakkar Bazaar

20 Feb 2018 | 1:17 PM

SHIMLA: At least six shops were gutted in a devastating fire in congested Lakkar Bazaar area of Shimla late last night.

Woman ends life; 2 arrested

20 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

NURPUR: The Indora police have arrested the mother-in-law and brother-in-law of a woman, who reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan on Saturday.

Provide toilets, eatery owners told

20 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

CHAMBA: Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Chamba Harikesh Meena has asked the officials to take action against the owners of those roadside dhabas (eateries) and restaurants, who have not provided the facility of toilets.

Three killed in road accidents in Una

20 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

UNA: Three persons died and four sustained injuries in three separate road accidents in Una district today.

Investors rue poor infra in industrial hub BBN

20 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

SOLAN: Terming the infrastructure in the state’s industrial hub of Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN) as very poor despite its high contribution to the state exchequer, investors today demanded doubling of budgetary allocation to the Baddi Barotiwala Nalagarh Development Authority (BBNDA) for the next fiscal.

Body of missing manager found

20 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

SOLAN: The body of Avdesh Shahi, an accounts manager of Ultra Tech Cement, who had gone missing on February 13 in the Bagha area of the Arki sub-division, was found from a gorge.

CM raises demand for Himachal regiment

CM raises demand for Himachal regiment

20 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today urged Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to create a Himachal regiment in the Army to recognise the gallant services of the soldiers of the state.

SDM office row: Janjehli residents sit on hunger strike

SDM office row: Janjehli residents sit on hunger strike

20 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

MANDI: Demanding that the SDM office be restored to Janjehli, people of Janjehli and its nearby panchayats sat on a chain hunger strike to raise their voice.

Row over ‘bias’ during PM’s speech

Probe panel to submit report in 2 days: Kullu DC

20 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

KULLU: Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus Khan said a committee has been formed to conduct inquiry into the matter of alleged discrimination with a group of students of a particular category at a high school in Chesta village during PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Pariksha Par Charcha’ speech on February 16.

Sensitising stakeholders on biodiversity action plan

Sensitising stakeholders on biodiversity action plan

20 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh State Biodiversity Board (HPSBB) organised a state-level workshop here today to sensitise various stakeholders on how to prepare the National Biodiversity Action Plan (NBAP) and achieve National Biodiversity Targets (NBT).

Sukhu has weakened party: Virbhadra

Sukhu has weakened party: Virbhadra

20 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

HAMIRPUR: Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu has failed to deliver as the party president and his policies have weakened the Congress in the state.

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