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Shimla sex racket- 10 arrested including 5 girls, kingpin from private hotel

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SHIMLA- In a major breakthrough, Shimla police yesterday busted an inter-state sex racket and arrested 10 persons, including kingpin of the gang, five women and a hotel manager. The police conducted the raid following a tip-off.

A police team led by ASP Bhajan Dev Negi called up the number given in website for escort services as “decoy customer” and started negotiations with two pimps.

One of the pimps agreed to provide the girls in Shimla. The police booked two hotels but by evening the pimp got suspicious and the deal was cancelled,

Negi said.

However, the second person responded and after being ensured that the customers were genuine and demanded Rs 15,000 for two girls. After negotiations, the deal was finalised for Rs 13,000 and he arrived in late last night to deliver the girls on road.

The police caught hold of the girls and the pimp. During preliminary questioning, the girls reportedly disclosed that three girls had been delivered in a hotel near Tara hall. Following the tip off, the police raided the hotel and arrested three girls, three customers and the manager of the hotel and also recovered cash amounting Rs 76,000.

The five girls arrested during the raid hailed from Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Punjab while out of the three customers, two hailed from Mumbai and one from Nepal. The kingpin of the gang, allegedly supplying girls, was identified as Deepak Saini, alias Kunal, and is from Punjab, the police said.

All accused in the 19-23 age group have been booked under sections 4, 5 and 7 of Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, 1956 for living on the earnings of prostitution; procuring, inducing or taking persons for the sake of prostitution and prostitution in or in the vicinity of public places. They will be produced in court tomorrow, police sources said.

ASP Bhajan Dev Negi, who was the brain behind the case, said as it was an organised crime it needed logistic support and proper planning to apprehend the culprits. The police are optimistic about getting information about other such gangs prevailing in the state.

Earlier on July 8 this year, the police had arrested 31 persons, including eight women, for alleged involvement in flesh trade from a hotel near Shoghi on the border of the Shimla- Solan district.

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HIPA launches Online registration portal for trainees and to map digital literacy of officials handling online services

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HIPA Online Registration Portal for trainees

Shimla: On the 12th Civil Services Day, Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) today launched an online registration portal for registration and nomination of trainees.

The NIC has developed this portal for the Department of Training as the technical agency for facilitating the trainees.

HIPA has also developed an online registration platform for trainees to map digital literacy of the officials, who are handling the online services notified by the Department of Administration Reforms.

Other than this, an e-Newsletter named ‘Fairlawn Updates’ and the new issue of HIPA Journal were also released along with the compendium on RTI Act, 2005, and H.P. Public Services Guarantee Act – an initiative taken by the Department of Administration Reforms.

The digital services are expected to help departments to reduce footfall and deliver better services with transparency.

The Chief Minister, who was present on the occasion, appreciated the initiatives and also released the report on District Governance Indices, Department of Administrative Reforms.

jairam thakur releases hp district index

The report on H.P. District Governance Index 2017 has examined ten broad themes of governance, 26 focus subjects, and 82 specific variables to arrive at the findings, informed the Secretary, Administrative Reforms, Dr Purnima Chauhan.  

It will help in assessing the quality of governance in the districts through examination of the available data in about 50 aspects of governance and will be aggregated into a single scoring and ranking instrument, she further added.

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Himachal needs ropeways, sky buses, monorails as State has insufficient land: Govind Singh

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Shimla: Transport Minister Govind Singh Thakur today participated in the meeting of Group of Ministers (Transport) held in Guwahati.

He presented the case of Himachal Pradesh on issues like taking preventive measures to check road accidents in hilly states, road safety, unification of taxes, provision of national permits for buses and uniformity in vehicle registration and driving license.

He said that despite tough topographical conditions, the state has been improving citizen services by use of modern technologies and special steps are being taken to minimize the road accidents.

 He said that considering the special conditions and insufficiency of land, there is need to develop alternative modes of transport like ropeways, sky buses etc. in Himachal.

 A Sub-Group was constituted under the chairmanship of Transport Minister of Assam Chander Mohan Patwari.

The Sub-Group would give its recommendations to the Group of Ministers in a stipulated time, which is not mentioned.

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Kangra: Miraculous escape for a family of 4 including 2 children

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Kangra: A storm yesterday hit some parts of Himachal Pradesh. However, in Kangra district’s Jwali constituency, it led to a horrid encounter which could have given a family of four including two children a gruesome death.

A couple with their two children was travelling in their Santro car when strong winds felled a Eucalyptus tree on the Jwali-Jasur road and fell on the moving car. As the car was in motion, the tree broke through the windshield to pierce through the car.  

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Pic: Punjab Kesari

The bewildering picture above describes the intensity of the impact.

However, in what can be said a miraculous event, only the husband, who was driving the car, sustained non-lethal injuries on the head while his wife and children were completely safe.

The injured was relieved from the Civil Hospital, Jwali, after receiving minor treatment.

The picture makes everyone wonder how it happened, and how all passengers survived it.

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