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Even my rooms were bugged in Himachal Bhavans: Virbadhra

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Can’t involve in the details of phone tapping at this point in time, but certainly will register a criminal case and take action once the probe being conducted by the vigilance bureau is over, said Virbhadra Singh

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday accused his predecessor Prem Kumar Dhumal in the illegal mass tapping of phones of politicians and bureaucrats when he was heading the erstwhile BJP government.

Dhumal refuted the charges. “While Dhumal was the chief minister, he was helped by then director general of police DS Manhas, his successor ID Bhandari and some other police officials,” the chief minister told reporters. “Since Dhumal was also home minister (his) role was more certain,” he added. Virbadhra Singh said the phone tapping was never done during the Congress regimes in the past.

“It’s only during Dhumal’s tenure that such petty things were done. Even my rooms were bugged in Himachal Bhavans (state guest houses in Chandigarh and Delhi) when I was in opposition.”

The chief minister said the government can’t divulge the details of the phone tapping at this point in time. “The government will certainly register a criminal case and take action once the probe being conducted by the vigilance bureau is over.”

Defending himself, Dhumal told reporters here that the Congress government was trying to take political mileage by misguiding people on the phone tapping issue. He noted that even during Virbadra’s tenure in the past, the conversation of then chief secretary and a politician was recorded. “Earlier too a conversation of then chief minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife with some people was tapped. Does this mean that Virbhadra Singh as a chief minister was responsible for it,” Dhumal asked.

The former chief minister said the government should conduct a probe through a sitting high court judge.
The computers in the CID and vigilance bureau offices were seized on the night of December 24-25 last year, hours before Virbhadra Singh assumed charge as chief minister.The chief minister has already said action will be initiated against all those, including mobile companies, who were involved in the surveillance of phones during the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regime.

Last week he said 1,371 phones were tapped. Out of these, the home department gave permission to tap only 170 phones. Bhandari, who was heading the CID when the illegal phone tapping took place, was removed on February, 2013. Conversations of some BJP dissidents and journalists were also recorded. IANS

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Will deliver Rs. 1351 crore Bilaspur AIIMS in 2 years: CM Jairam

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Bilaspur AIIMS Construction Progress

 Bilaspur-Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda performed the ground-breaking ceremony (Bhoomi Pujan) of AIIMS at Kothipura in Bilaspur district today.

Jai Ram Thakur said that this Rs. 1351 crore AIIMS would be completed within a period of two years and would have a bed capacity of 750 beds, out of which 300 beds would be for super speciality. There would be 100 MBBS seats and 60 nursing seats in the institute.

He blamed the previous State Government of causing an unnecessary delay in transferring the land for this institution.

Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said that the institute would have Affordable Medicine and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlets and Jan Aushadhi Kendra where medicine would be provided at highly discounted rates to the poor and needy.

He informed that the project would be executed by NBCC Ltd. and would have 15 operation theatres and 20 speciality and super speciality departments.  In addition, it would also have an AYUSH Department with 30 beds for providing treatment facilities in the traditional system of medicine.

Further, the Chief Minister announced shifting of PWD Division Number-II from Bilaspur to Kothipura, besides shifting Division Number -II of Shri Naina Devi Ji.

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Nauni Varsity Admissions Open for Diploma in Fruit, Vegetable Processing & Bakery products

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Solan-The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has invited applications for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products. The diploma will be run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university.

This year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme.

In addition, the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. The last date of application is 17 January 2019 and the counselling will be held on 19 January.

A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website(www.yspuniversity.ac.in).

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234 Ambulance Roads in Shimla City Declared ‘No Parking Zones’, Parking woes to Intensify

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List of ambulance roads in Shimla City declared no parking zones

Shimla- The parking woes have intensified in Shimla City as the District Magistrate of Shimla, Amit Kashyap, issued an official notification on December 19, 2018, in which 234 ambulance roads in Shimla city were declared as “No Parking Zones.

As per the notification, based on the report received from the Superintendent of Police, Shimla, it was found that the residents, as well as outsiders, had turned link roads into unauthorized parking spaces, which results into huge traffic jam and inconvenience to the smooth passage of ambulances carrying patients along with the general the public.

Therefore, the District Magistrate declared all the following 234 ambulance roads as “No Parking Zones”:


He said the decision was taken keeping in view the necessity of smooth flow of traffic and passage to ambulances on ambulance roads in Shimla City.

As per the notification, the matter was highlighted as the local residents of the Middle Cemetery, upper Gahan, Bhatttakufar, Dhingu Bawari, Frud, Lower Gahan, and Nerridhar had requested to declare the ambulance roads leading from Dhigu Bawari to Lower Gahan and From PWD Workshop Bhattakuffer to Jai Moti Bhawan (Cemetary) as “No Parking Zone” as some of the people park their vehicles on these roads resulting in traffic jams and obstruct ambulances.

While the government has a policy to allow buying vehicles only if an applicant could provide evidence of having a parking space, there are a large number of cars which were either bought before the formation of this policy or are registered in other districts of the State.

A section of vehicle owners have expressed unrest against this decision and argued that it was not fair, as the government did not provide sufficient authorized parking spaces in localities.

Having a personal parking space doesn’t matter as soon as an individual drives to other parts of the city. Sufficient parking spaces based on the required capacity of a particular Ward or locality are needed to fix this problem, and it is apparently the government’s job

said a resident of Khalini, Shimla.

On the other hand, the majority of the general public has supported the decision expecting that it would make these roads more convenient and smoother for traffic.

However, the district police is likely to face a lot of resistance from local residents while ensuring compliance with the orders passed.

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