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Missing Alto Case: Himachal police rules out terror angle, but forms special team for investigation

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Right now, investigations don’t suggest any terrorists angle. Yes, there could be a drug angle as the deceased had two cases of trafficking at Chamba, though he was acquitted some time back for lack of evidence: Dular

Himachal Pradesh police ruled out terror angle in the murder of taxi driver Vijay Kumar, whose body was found dumped near a bridge on the Dharamshala–Pathankot Highway on January 20 – four days after he went missing.

Director General of Police, Sanjay Kumar, said,

So far our investigations have not shown any such link and efforts are underway to trace the culprits and recover the missing vehicle, apparently hijacked by three accused who had hired the taxi on January 14 evening from Gaggal.

Himachal Pradesh police ruled out terror angle in the murder of taxi driver Vijay Kumar, whose body was found dumped near a bridge on the Dharamshala–Pathankot Highway on January 20 – four days after he went missing.

Earlier on Friday, the Delhi Police had issued an alert for a white Alto car (HPO1 D 2440) which went missing after it was hired by three unknown people from Pathankot. In a tweet, police said the driver, Vijay Kumar, was found dead on January 20 and that his body was recovered from the Kalta bridge in Kangra district.

Family of Kumar had lodged a report with the police next day but there was no breakthrough till his body was found near on January 20.

Kangra’s Superintendent of Police, Abhishek Dular, said that the death of Vijay Kumar was caused by strangulation.

I have set-up a special team to investigate the case. Parties have been sent to some local villages to trace the culprits. We have some vital clues and taken CCTV footage of the Gaggal Chowk where the vehicles was hired on that evening.

Right now, investigations don’t suggest any terrorists angle. Yes, there could be a drug angle as the deceased had two cases of trafficking at Chamba, though he was acquitted some time back for lack of evidence,

Dular said.

Photo: Vijay Kumar and his family members at his house ( Indian Express )

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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.

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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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