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HP reverses decision on closure of schools
Shimla, May 19
The state government would be reopening all 128 primary schools whose closure had been ordered earlier. A fresh survey would also be conducted to identify the schools which do not fulfill the norms of distance and student strength.

Leopard beaten to death by villagers
Sundernagar, May 19
A decomposed body of leopard was recovered by the forest officials yesterday from demarcated protected forest, Nalot, Forest Range, Sundernagar, about 18 km from here.

Interim report on changing IPC provisions soon: NCW
Dharamsala, May 19
Chairperson of the National Commission for Women, Ms Girija Vyas, today said an interim report recommending changes in the provisions of the Indian Penal Code dealing with crimes like rape had been prepared and would be submitted soon.

Judicial remand for Vijay Sood
Shimla, May 19
The main accused in the pornographic CD case, Vijay Sood, has been remanded in judicial custody till May 30. Having been booked under Section 376 and 68, IT Act, Sood had been in police remand till now.



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Village faces threat of sinking
Chamba, May 19
Gharoh village in Bharmour tribal subdivision of Chamba district is facing danger of sliding down the hillock as the hillside beneath the village has been gradually sinking as a result of this winterís heavy rains and unprecedented snow.

Minor girl raped
Parwanoo, May 19
A 12-year-old girl, residing in a jhuggi here, was raped last evening when she went out to answer the call of nature. The girl was forcibly taken to an isolated place by a youth, Sonu, who then raped her.
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HP reverses decision on closure of schools
Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 19
The state government would be reopening all 128 primary schools whose closure had been ordered earlier. A fresh survey would also be conducted to identify the schools which do not fulfill the norms of distance and student strength.

It is learnt that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today directed the Secretary, Education, and Director, Primary Education, to cancel the earlier notification, ordering the closure of the 128 schools. The decision was undertaken as it was pointed out in a survey that these educational institutions were located at a distance of less than 1 km from the nearest school and had less than 30 children.

The Chief Minister had received several complaints and public representations that wrong facts had been given in the survey and in many cases the Block Primary Education Officers (BPEO) had given the rough distance of the school from the adjoining school. Action could also be taken against the officials who provided wrong information.

"The government will now hold a fresh survey where the exact distance will be taken from the revenue authorities, so that only those schools are closed down which do not fulfill the norms," said Mr Harshwardhan Chauhan, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, in charge of Primary Education.

He said as of now the schools would start functioning, but it was only after the fresh survey was completed that a final list of the schools to be closed down would be prepared. "Instead of taking the strength of the students enrolled in the school on September 2003, the latest figure of children will be undertaken in the fresh survey," he stated.

There had been a lot of resentment among the public as some of these schools despite fulfilling the norms had been closed down. The highest number of 44 had been closed down in Shimla district, followed by 28 in Kangra, 26 in mandi, 12 in Sirmour and six in Una.

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Leopard beaten to death by villagers
Our Correspondent

Sundernagar, May 19
A decomposed body of leopard was recovered by the forest officials yesterday from demarcated protected forest, Nalot, Forest Range, Sundernagar, about 18 km from here.

As per the information received from residents of the Barto village, where the Nalot forest is situated, the said leopard had eaten a goat in the village on May 9.

The local residents gave a chase to the leopard at which it ran into a cave. A fire was lit on the opening of the cave at which the leopard came out. It was subsequently beaten by the locals.

As a result of the beating, the leopard died due to suffocation. Some residents then removed the nails and teeth of the animal.

The forest field staff received information regarding carcass of a leopard at Barto village in Nalot forest yesterday.

Upon receiving the information, a team lead by RO, Suket, visited the spot yesterday evening and took the leopardís body into possession.

The decomposed body was kept at the Range Forest Office, Sundernagar, and was sent today for post-mortem examination to Veterinary Hospital, Sundernagar.

Later, it was consigned to flames in presence of a committee formed as per the provisions of Wild Life Protection Act. According to veterinary doctor, Mr P.K Kapoor, it was male leopard aged between three to four years and the length of its carcass was 5.8 feet ( five feet eight inches).

It was further clarified that there were no gunshot injuries on the body, however, most of the body parts were missing.

It was further stated that the cause of leopardís death was yet to be investigated .

It was confirmed by the doctor that the paws and teeth of the animal were missing.

The RO, Suket, Mr Rajeev Sharma, was unsure about the cause of the leopardís death and stated that an FIR has been lodged at the instance of the Forest Dept under the Section 51 of the Wild Life Protection Act.

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Interim report on changing IPC provisions soon: NCW
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, May 19
Chairperson of the National Commission for Women, Ms Girija Vyas, today said an interim report recommending changes in the provisions of the Indian Penal Code dealing with crimes like rape had been prepared and would be submitted soon.

Ms Vyas, who arrived here to interact with the self-help groups and mahila mandals, said that these units were doing a decent job in Himachal Pradesh and the Commission would try to spread their style of functioning to the other states.

She also said the Commission was working at the grassroot level and interaction with the mahila mandals was also in order to include suggestions in the final report on making the legislation dealing with the crime against women stronger.

There was also a need, she said, to provide counselling to the police personnel so that they did not deal with cases of crime against women with indifference.

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Judicial remand for Vijay Sood
Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 19
The main accused in the pornographic CD case, Vijay Sood, has been remanded in judicial custody till May 30.

Having been booked under Section 376 and 68, IT Act, Sood had been in police remand till now. The police is looking into the allegations of rape and blackmailing levelled by a local girls who alleged that she was forced into it.

As the police is trying to ascertain the involvement of the friends and accomplices of the accused in the case, attempts are being made to get in touch with other girls who, too, were allegedly exploited by Sood.

Police officials said that a team might be sent to Mumbai where one of the girls who features in one of the CDs is currently working as a model. She hails from Karsog area of Mandi district and was known to Sood. The police has also identified some other girls who feature in the CDs made by Sood. The police had recovered 87 CDs and 25 floppies from his premises.

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Village faces threat of sinking
Our Correspondent

Chamba, May 19
Gharoh village in Bharmour tribal subdivision of Chamba district is facing danger of sliding down the hillock as the hillside beneath the village has been gradually sinking as a result of this winterís heavy rains and unprecedented snow. Cracks have developed around the village. The village is located in the tough tribal terrain amidst a rift valley about 80 km from Chamba.

According to an official report here today, about two dozen families along with their livestock are residing in this village.

So far one of the residents of this village, Mr Arun, has shifted to a safer place.

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Minor girl raped

Parwanoo, May 19
A 12-year-old girl, residing in a jhuggi here, was raped last evening when she went out to answer the call of nature. The girl was forcibly taken to an isolated place by a youth, Sonu, who then raped her. Sonu works in a factory here.

A case under Section 376 and 506 of the IPC was registered against the accused. OC

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