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Dhumal, Anurag among 11 granted bail in HPCA scam

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Dhumal granted bail

Dhumal granted bail

A court here on Monday granted bail to former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, his MP son Anurag Thakur and nine others in a case of alleged cheating, conspiracy and encroachment on government land by Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA).

Dhumal, who was named in the charge sheet faces charges of “misuse of the office of chief minister” in granting approvals to the HPCA for land acquisition to build cricket stadium for the cricket body, led by his own son Anurag.

Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Urmila Singh, had granted prosecution sanction against Dhumal on April 2.

Additional District and Sessions Judge of Dharamsala, Davinder Kumar, today granted bail to BJP leader Dhumal and ten others on furnishing of bail bond of?Rs 25,000 each.

The HP state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau had filed a charge sheet in the case on April 25 after a year-long probe.

Dhumal, Anurag Thakur– chief of the Himachal cricket body– and his younger brother Arun Dhumal were among 11 booked under Sections 420, 406, 218, 120(B) and 201 of the IPC and Section 13(B) of the Prevention of Corruption Act .

“The court of Additional District and Sessions judge Davinder Kumar granted bail to 11 of the 16 accused under section 439 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) after furnishing bail bond and surety bond of Rs 25,000 each,” special public prosecutor Satish Thakur said.

He said that the court has also granted exemption to Hamirpur MP, Anurag Thakur, from appearing in the court.

Thakur had sought exemption from personal appearance citing a meeting of parliamentary standing committee on information technology headed by him.

The court has fixed December 19 as the next date of hearing.

The vigilance bureau accused HPCA of acquiring land fraudulently by deception and illegal means, obtaining documents — NOCs (no objection certificates) and other certificates — fraudulently with a criminal intention, and conversion of HPCA, which was registered as a society, into company with ulterior motives to cause wrongful loss to the state.

“Arun Dhumal, Vishal Marwah and Surender Thakur remained absent as summons could not be served upon them,” told the public prosecutor.

Arun is younger son of Dhumal while Vishal Marwah and Surender Thakur are HPCA’s honorary secretary and vice- president respectively.

The court also issued summon against senior Himachal Administrative Service (HAS) officer Gopal Sharma against whom prosecution sanction has been granted.

Two Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers Deepak Sanan (then principal secretary, revenue) and Ajay Sharma (then director of sports and youth services) were not summoned as prosecution sanction against them is still awaited.

Credits: PTI

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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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Nauni varsity admissions for diploma

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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