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    Aug 30, 2010

      Seven year jail to accused in ragging case in Himachal : Himachal Live

      Seven year jail to accused in ragging case in Himachal

      Posted: 30 Aug 2010 11:25 AM PDT

      Dharamshala: Justice was finally delivered in a seven years old case when a court in Dharamshala sentenced four accused to seven year rigorous imprisonment for stabbing a student of Shaheed Vikram Batra Degree College in Palampur in the year 2003.amit thakur palampur

      The court of additional sessions Judge Rajiv Bhardwaj convicted Vikas Chauhan, Sachin Pal, Saurav Sood and Gaurav Sood for the murder of Amit Thakur. The fifth accused Sanjeev Sharma who was a minor at the time of the incident has been transferred to a juvenile court.

      All the four convicted by the court were currently on bail and taken into custody after the judgement was  pronounced.  The court also imposed a fine of Rs.  25,000 each on the four accused.

      The case pertains to the year 2003 when Amit Thakur, a student of the Shaheed Vikram Batra Degree College at Palampur was attacked by the five youths. Ajay Dohru friend of the deceased Amit Thakur had alleged that the five youth had attacked them with sharp edged weapon when they tried to prevent them from ragging the freshers in the college on August 20, 2003.

      Dohru stated in the compliant that while he and his other friend Manisha Walia sustained cuts on the body, the group of five boys stabbed Amit Thakur in abdomen. The police had then registered a case of attempt to murder under section 307 of the IPC.

      Later, on November 11 after Amit died at Christian Medical College Ludhiana police booked the five accused for murder under section 302.  Amit Thakur’s autopsy reports confirmed his death due to deep wound caused by stabbing in abdomen. Stabbing had damaged the pancreas of the deceased.

      Ravinder Thakur, father of Amit Thakur, was also present in the court said he had full faith in judiciary and also had high hopes.  ‘I had dreamt to send my son abroad for further studies’ said Ravinder a retired soldier from Indo Tibetan Border Police.

      Violence on account of ragging on campuses has been rampant across the state for decades. It was only after the death of Aman Kachru, which led to a national uproar that the state government brought legislation in the assembly to declare ragging as an offence.

      This is a blog post from Himachal Live News

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      HPSEB Ltd partners with SAP, TCS to build IT infrastructure

      Posted: 30 Aug 2010 06:50 AM PDT

      Shimla: Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Ltd (HPSEB Ltd) will be partner with software solutions provider SAP and TCS to integrate, automate and manage resources across its organisation.

      hpsebSAP and TCS together, have emerged winners for the contract to fulfil IT requirements of HPSEB Ltd for improved customer resource utilisation, increased productivity and better financial management.

      HPSEB Ltd has electrified more than 17,000 villages and has a customer base of 19 lakh and growing, with an existing hydro potential of 20,415 megawatts.

      Currently, HPSEB IT department supports billing, GIS- and GPS-based asset mapping, meter data acquisition system and energy accounting functions.

      A spokesman said the board was seeking an IT solution that would integrate information across the organization, including financial accounting, human resources, payroll, material management, maintenance management and project management to provide a single view to top management.

      This is a blog post from Himachal Live News

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      Interim bail of Army captain caught selling diesel extended

      Posted: 30 Aug 2010 06:22 AM PDT

      Shimla: Interim anticipatoriy bail granted to the Indian army officer Capt. Vikalp Purohit caught allegedly selling diesel from the army’s stocks was extended by a local court.

      District and Sessions Judge B.R. Chandel extended the interim pre-arrest bail of Captain Purohit till Sep 6 and asked the army officer to cooperate with the investigating agency.

      Purohit from the General Reserve Engineering Force, a wing of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), was posted at Koksar in Lahaul and Spiti district and was caught Aug 20 by CBI sleuths who posed as decoy customers.

      The diesel was meant for the BRO’s Project Deepak, which maintains a 222-km stretch between Manali and Sarchu, part of the 475-km Manali-Leh National Highway-21.

      The CBI summoned Purohit last week to its office here and grilled him. It also summoned all the records of diesel supplies and consumption by the BRO for verification.

      It couldn’t arrest him as the accused got the anticipatory bail Aug 23.

      CBI Superintendent of Police R. Upasak said the army officer was trapped by two decoy customers, who presented themselves as contractors of the state public works department.

      They entered into negotiations with him and he was ready to sell 800 litres of diesel to them.

      This is a blog post from Himachal Live News

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      152 out of 171 mobile towers illegally erected in Shimla

      Posted: 30 Aug 2010 05:09 AM PDT

      Shimla: In a shocking report prepared by the Shimla Municipal Corporation, out of the 171 mobile phone towers (cell sites) in Shimla 152 towers have been erected illegally without permission in the town. mobile tower shimla

      As per the report only 19 building owners have taken permission to erect towers from the Municipal Corporation and the rest 152 owners did not bother to take any permission. The report mentions that more than 90 towers in the town have been erected near educational and health institutions which is a clear violation of High Court orders.

      Maximum number of 19 towers has been erected in Balluganj area followed by 18 towers in Kasumpati .

      MC Shimla charges Rs. 10,000 for each tower and the building owners also pays tax on the income from these towers. According to rough estimates, the municipal corporation is loosing on revenue over 16 lakhs annually due to such illegal towers.

      The report was prepared after notice was issued to Member Parliament (Kangra) Rajan Sushant over illegal tower in his premises in Chotta Shimla following complaints from the residents in the area.

      In March 2010, town and country planning minister Mahinder Singh had admitted in Vidhan Sabha that out of 118 towers in Shimla, 99 were illegal.

      The whole issue speaks volume of the state of governance in Shimla as the government and the municipal corporation are treading cautiously since big names like those of the MPs are involved. 

      This also brings the working of mobile companies under scanner as they have been flouting norms by erecting towers across Shimla without any regard to the law.

      Currently Airtel, Reliance, Tata, Idea, BSNL, Vodafone,  S-Tel and Aircel offer mobile telephony in Shimla.

      This is a blog post from Himachal Live News

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      Six Nepalis held captive in Himachal Pradesh

      Posted: 30 Aug 2010 04:18 AM PDT

      Shimla: Six Nepalis have been held captive by an unidentified gang since Sunday night in Himachal Pradesh who had come in search of job according to a report in Nepali website Himalayan Times.

      All of them hail from Makwanpur district in central Nepal according to the website.

      One of the captives told his family back home over telephone that the hostage-takers have demanded Rs. 40,000 per head as ransom for their release. The gang has not been identified as yet.

      The captives belong to a backward indigenious community Chepang living in the hilly region of Makwanpur, Chitwan, Dhading and Tanahun districts.

      This is a blog post from Himachal Live News

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      Himachal ex MLA passes away

      Posted: 30 Aug 2010 04:03 AM PDT

      Shimla: Mr. Bhaskaranand, an ex MLA, passed away today at his native place near Basantpur in Sunni. He was 93 years old.

      He took active part in the independence movement and founded Prajamandal in erstwhile Bhajji state and was general secretary of Prajamandal of Shimla hill State.

      He was a member of All India Congress Committee and Provincial Congress Committee. He was also imprisoned and externed from Bhajji State for three years under Quit India movement.

      He was elected to H.P. Vidhan Sabha in 1977 and remained MLA for one term.

      This is a blog post from Himachal Live News

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      Villagers in Malhaan, Himachal up in arms against Delhi’s water greed

      Posted: 29 Aug 2010 03:41 PM PDT

      This is a note on the proposed Renuka Dam in Himachal Pradesh and its impact on the area released by distinguished activists Ramu Ramdas and Lalita Ramdas. Admiral Ramdas, former Chief of Naval Staff, and Smt Lalita Ramdas, Chairperson, Greenpeace International, have been involved in numerous initiatives related to justice, peace, environment, education, gender etc.

      renuka lake himachal

      Malhaan is a 3 hour walk from Dadahu, a small town in the Sirmaur District of Southern Himachal Pradesh. No roads go to Malhaan and the nearest bus stop is a 1.5 hour walk. Despite the distance from a road, this neatly tucked away village is a thriving alternative to large scale economic development.

      Farmers in Malhan are earning neat sums of money from cash crops like ginger and tomatoes, while maintaining a healthy diet that depends on traditionally organic and home grown vegetables, grains, and dals. I don’t intend to romanticize peoples’ lives in Malhaan because that is not an “objective” point of view, according to some academics, but Malhaan’s share of troubles don’t include Dengue epidemics, or contaminated water.

      Does this ring a bell at all, Delhi?

      Malhaan also has a variety of fruit trees in bloom every season, from mango to guava and jamun to pomegranate. Fields in Malhaan are ancestrally irrigated with water channelled from natural mountain sources. Further, as is the case in several other parts of India, Malhaan maintains traditional water powered mills (chakkis of a different kind) that grind all kinds of grain without using any electricity, depending instead on the energy of flowing water. These are only some of the wonderfully sustainable features of Malhaan.

      As a Dilliwala who has visited Malhaan twice I will stress this: don’t be surprised that we walked 3 hours to get to Malhaan, but the family I stayed with has a refrigerator for cold water as well as a DVD player.

      Though, I have heard very few complaints about life from the people of Malhaan, one in particular shocks me.  Roads and government dispensaries are what Kanta Devi and others in Malhaan demand, but instead they stand outraged because their survival is threatened by a dam reservoir that will submerge them along with 33 similar villages in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh.

      I am outraged; I think we should all be. The Renukaji Dam project has been threatening to become a dam just outside Dadahu in Himachal Pradesh. It will create a reservoir of water in the Giri river to send 23 cubic meters per second of water to Delhi for 9 months of the year, once it is build. Construction of the dam has not begun but land acquisition has, and several villages remain under article 17(4) of the Land Acquisition act, the Urgency Clause.

      The Renuka dam was going to be 148m in height, but according to local Sirmauri activist Puran Chand HPPCL (dam builders) recently reduced the planned height of the dam. This reduction in height may sound like good news for those being displaced, but local activist Puran Chand explains that by bringing down the height of the dam, the Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation is only trying to get previously rejected environmental clearances passed.

      How? Well a shorter dam means fewer trees will be submerged, which is great if you want environmental clearance. This will not change the kind of loss that submergence will cause, the families that will be displaced or ecology destroyed. The Himalayas are an ecologically sensitive and valuable region, blasting the mountains to make tunnels for the dam- injures mountains, water sources, everyone’s lives, India and the world.


      Are you still wondering why we as Dilliwalas or anyone else should care about this dam, or why should we oppose this ‘development’, especially if people in Delhi need this water?  In an open letter to Delhi’s Chief Minister Sheila Dixit, prominent social activists, experts, and intellectuals in Delhi opposed the Renuka Dam on several grounds.

      Water losses in Delhi amount to approx. 40% of the supply, and the letter recommends that this be reduced to the technically feasible 10%, instead of building the Renuka dam. Delhi doesn’t need to depend on out of state sources for water, especially in light of the recent incident at Muradnagar where local farmers took control of the water supply by refusing to send it to Delhi from the Ganga Canal. Such incidents will happen again if Delhi continues to behave like a parasite.

      Dependable alternatives to augment Delhi’s water supply exist in the form of reducing water consumption, reducing concretization, increasing tree cover, reviving old baolis and collecting rainwater or putting it back into the ground. There is a tremendous unexplored potential for groundwater recharge in the city of Delhi.

      When we decide that it is ok to destroy a valley (1600 ha in this case), we’re not just displacing local villages like Malhaan or drowning lots of trees, but we’re also losing a whole culture of sustainability that we could be learning from. Everything is ecologically connected. Ecology is a fine balance of different elements.

      The more we build dams and stop the flow of rivers and dry them up, the more we kill biodiversity and let nature and thus peoples’ lives fall prey to BJP vs. Congress and local politics, prey to the greed for money or a name that is eminent.

      Even those of us who claim to care are chopping off the very branch that we are sitting on when we admit defeat or see no success in struggle and thus refuse to fight for people or the environment.

      If we want to threaten food security and water quality, then let’s build a dam that will never be as efficient as a gharat! You may not believe me, but our lives depend more on the existence of river fish (they die when we build a dam), than they do on washing cars, making a good name for ourselves or even just fighting the sexy fights.

      A few days ago, local thekedars from within Sirmaur installed yellow and white cement markers (bhurjis) amongst the fertile fields and mountains of Malhaan to mark the NEW AND REDUCED water level indicators for the Renuka dam reservoir. According to Kanta Devi, local thekedars came to install these markers in secret. Some markers remained yet to be installed.

      The 27thof August 2010 was a different story. According to Kanta Devi and Vikramji, almost the entire village of Malhaan, men, women and children came together to oppose thekedars putting in reservoir level markers for the dam!

      This is a small victory for the people of Sirmaur who are struggling to take a stand on this parasitic project. Malhaan will not let Delhi’s unjustified greed kill their 300 year old mango trees or destroy their lives. What a pleasant thought!

      Ramu and Lalita Ramdas
      `Lara’ – Ramu Farm
      Bhaimala Village
      Alibag 402201
      Raigad Dist, Maharashtra, INDIA

      Phone: 0091-2141-248711

      Fax:     0091-2141-248733

      admiral ramdas greenpeace-international-board

      Admiral Ramdas                                  Lalita Ramdas

      Cell:  0 9860170969                             Cell:   0 9422495315

      Article sourced by arrangement with Bargad Banyan Tree blog

      This is a blog post from Himachal Live News

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