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Dhumal, Anurag among 11 granted bail in HPCA scam

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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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HP Police Constables CTS Recruitment: Schedule for Personality Test Issued

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HP Police Constable Recruitment

Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh Police Department issued the schedule for the personality test for the posts of Constables CTS in the Directorate of Communication and Technical Service. The test would be held from 24th to 27th February 2020 from 9 AM onwards daily in the office of Inspector General of Police, Southern Range Nigam Vihar, Shimla.

The Department informed that category wise merit has been uploaded on the website of Himachal Pradesh Police. Candidates for personality test have been called from the qualified candidates as per merit in the ratio of 1:3 per post, he added.

The Department has directed the candidates, who are eligible for the personality test, to appear before Recruitment Board alongwith their original certificates, documents, diplomas etc. and a set of self-attested photocopy of the same mentioned in their application form.

The personality test for General (UR) category from serial number 01 to 50 would be held on 24th February 2020 from 9 AM onwards.

The test for General (UR) category from serial number 51 to 81, General (WFF) serial number 01 and 02, General Sportsman serial number 1 and 2, EWS serial number 01 to 11 and SC/UR serial number 01 to 04 would be held on 25th February 2020 from 9 AM onwards.

 The test for SC/UR category from serial number 05 to 36, SC/IRDP serial number 01 to 06, ST/UR serial number 01 to 09 and ST/IRDP serial number 01 to 02 would be held on 26th February 2020 from 9 AM onwards.

The test for OBC/UR category from serial number 01 to 30 and OBC/IRDP serial number 1 would be held on 27th February 2020 from 9 AM onwards.

 

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Himachal Govt Fails on Promises Made to Pulwama Martyr’s Family

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Himachal Pradesh's Martyr Tilak raj

Shimla– On this day, last year, India was shaken by one of the deadliest terrorist attacks. On February 14, 2019, a terrorist rammed a car loaded with over 300 kgs of explosives (IED and RDX) into one of the 78 buses carrying about 2500 jawans of Central Reserve Police Force on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

In this deadly attack, 44 CRPF jawans were martyred and several others injured.

Entire India stood in solidarity with the families of the martyred and protests erupted across the nation. While the people sought justice for families of martyrs, the Centre government made a lot of promises to the families of the martyrs followed by Balakot Airstrike in the wee hours of February 26. The Indian government claimed that hundreds of terrorists were killed in the attack. Thought, this claim remained unconfirmed and in question. However, the people found some solace in the fact that Indian Army Forces had avenged the martyrs.

Thereafter, the sentiments of the people associated with the Indian armed forces were exploited by the ruling party led by Prime Minister Narender Modi in every possible way to win the Lok Sabha Elections in 2019. Every issue was swept aside under the landslide of nationalistic sentiment. The ruling government fought 2019 Lok Sabha Elections by seeking votes in the name of the brave jawans of Indian Armed Forces who laid their lives to protect the country from external enemies, terrorists. While the bravery and capabilities of Indian Armed Forces never remained in question, the political exploitation by politicians to win elections is in fact unacceptable.

At the same time, state governments in BJP ruled states are in question over unfulfilled promises made to the families of these martyrs.

Tilak Raj, a resident of Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh was one of the martyrs in Pulwama.  He is survived by his wife, a 3-year-old son and a 22-day-old newborn.

He was cremated with state honour in his native village Dhewa in Nauna panchayat of Jawali region.

The State Government had announced financial assistance of Rs. 20 lakh to the kin of the martyr. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had assured that State would provide government employment to the wife of the martyr. In addition, promises were made to provide pension to parents and construct a playground, roads, gate, cremation ground etc., in the martyr’s village.

The family did receive financial aid of announced Rs 20 lakh but none of the other promises were kept. Some members of a student organization- Student Federation of India- on February 13 paid a visit to the house of the martyr Tilak and talked to his father (video). These members included Amit Thakur, Saurabh Kaundal, and Aman Avasthi.

The student organization condemned the Bharatiya Janata Party ruled governments in states where the families have not received what was promised to them a year ago, not even the announced amount of compensation. The martyred CRPF jawans in Kerala, Andra Pradesh, and Delhi have already received Rs. 1 crore as a relief. However, other BJP-ruled states have still not fulfilled their promises made to the families of the martyred CRPF jawans, the student organization said.

The organization alleged the ruling BJP of politicizing the sacrifice of such martyrs and Indian Armed forces for its personal gains. The organization also said that the effect of economic slowdown on Armed Forces is evident from the fact there has been a delay in payment of various allowances to jawans for February month. It’s the second occasion when payment of allowances to the jawans of para-military forces has been put on hold.

The organization has termed this indifference as an insult to the martyrs. The organization demanded a judicial inquiry in the Pulwama attack, status of a martyr for the jawans of CRPF who lay their lives while performing their duty, and the facility of pension. Further, the organization has demanded that promises made to the families of these martyrs should be fulfilled.

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad also paid homage to Pulwama attack martyrs in an event organized at the campus of Himachal Pradesh University in Shimla. ABVP also demanded an inquiry into the attack to find out how 300 kgs of explosive could reach the convey of the buses carrying CRPF jawans.

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Video: Replica of Himachal’s Bhimakali Temple at International Surajkund Mela Becomes Centre of Attraction

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Bhimakali temple in Surajkund Mela 2020

Shimla- The replica of Bhimakali temple in the ongoing 34th International Surajkund Crafts Mela has become the main attraction. The real temple is located in Sarahan of Shimla district and dedicated to goddess Bhimakali.

Himachal is a theme state for this event. A large number of people are visiting to see the permanent structure of the Bhimakali temple, which has been built in traditional style.

Earlier, in the year 1996 also Himachal was the theme state and permanent replica of Maheshwar Devta temple was set up there. Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism has organized the event in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, and External Affairs from 1st to 16th February .

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Besides this, five temporary gates and one permanent gate made in traditional Himachali style have been set up in the Mela ground, giving a glimpse of the state. Two-storey Apna Ghar made in traditional Pahari style has also been set up and a family from district Chamba is starting in it this family is providing the tourists with an experience of rural culture and lifestyle of the state.

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The stalls of handicrafts and handlooms of the state are also being much liked by the tourists. Various cultural programmes reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the state are being presented during the Mela.  A large number of tourists are also visiting the information centre set up at the Mela ground.

 The government claims that in order to attract national and international tourists, the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Himachal Pradesh is marketing and publicizing the tourism potential of the State.

The government claims such international level platform will help in the promotion of Tourism as well as rich cultural heritage, folk songs, handloom-handicrafts, cuisines of the state and these tourism-related products are the attraction for the tourists.

 

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