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CM asks to take effective steps to stop illicit drug trafficking

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SHIMLA- Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today underlined the need for taking up effective steps to check illicit drug trafficking, especially on the border areas of the State as youth were falling prey to drugs. He said youth were the pillars of healthy society and the need of the hour was to channelize their energy in constructive activities so that they could contribute for the welfare of the society.

The Chief Minister was addressing a public meeting at Jassur in Nurpur constituency of Kangra district today.

He also cautioned the chemists to abstain from selling un-prescribed drugs and directed the concerned authorities to keep close vigil on sale of such drugs and initiate strict legal action against the defaulters.

Referring to the development of Kangra district, he said 8842 hand-pumps were installed in the district during last three years and 62 irrigation schemes were in progress including Rs 205 crore Phinna Singh irrigation scheme at Nurpur and Rs. 180 crore Chonch Khud channelisation in Indora.

He said that as many as 66,450 persons were being provided social security pension in the district and during the last three years a sum of Rs 43.55 crore had been spent on giving pensions to people in district.

Virbhadra Singh said that new state of art Industrial Areas were being established at Kandrauri in Kangra district and Pandoga in Una district at an estimated cost of Rs 95.77 crore and Rs 88.05 crore respectively.

Announces Ayurvedic Health Centre at Charuri & Drug Rehabilitation Centre at Nurpur

Virbhadra Singh announced Ayurvedic Health Centre at Charuri and Drug Rehabilitation Centre at Nurpur and upgradation of Civil Hospital Nurpur to 135 bed hospital. He announced Indoor Youth Stadium to be constructed at Nurpur, PWD, Rest house at Suliali, Bus Stand at Nurpur and Sub-Division of Pollution Control Board at Nurpur. He also announced construction of link road Badui Kuttain in GP Badui, construction of link roads from Kukher to Gurchal in GP Ther, from Gangath to village Tariar Anoh in GP Anoh, from Kamalahar to Murdial har in GP Hatli Jamwala, link road for village Ghatta and road from Rit to village Kursan Behdi. He also announced to start science and commerce classes in GSSS Sukhar, starting of science classes in GSSS Aund and upper Khanni.

The Chief Minister also announced a sum of Rs 10 lakh for Community Centre at Jassur and three lakhs for Panchayat Ghar at Kamnallaha.

He announced up-gradation of Government High Schools Jachh, Ghehi Langor and Kopra, up-gradation of Government Middle Schools Fattu-Ka-Bag, GMS Sutrahar and Tikka Nagrota, upgradation of Government Primary Schools (GPS) Badhui Khas, Bhol Thakrain in Gram Panchayat Minjgran and GPS

Balkhore in GP Baranda and opening a new Primary School at Pucca Tiyala in Harijan Basti.

Lays foundation stone of Nurpur-Sanjhi Nallaha-Lahru-Tunnu-Hatti road upgradation

Earlier, the Chief Minister laid foundation stone of Rs 37.50 crore project for improvement and up-gradation of Nurpur-Sanjhi Nallaha-Lahru-Tunnu-Hatti road upto Punjab border and directed to complete the work within a year.

He dedicated a bridge over Harad Khud on Shaheed Joginder Singh road from Hindora Gharat-Hatli Jamwalan-Bhanodu via Pachan road completed with an outlay of Rs 1.88 crore and also laid foundation stone of up-gradation of road from Charuri to Gheta via Mehta Gurah to cost Rs 3.30 crore.

Local MLA Ajay Mahajan listed the developmental activities in his assembly segment. He thanked him for laying foundation stone of Rs 37.50 crore for improvement and up-gradation of Nurpur-Sanjhi Nallaha-Lahru-Tunnu-Hatti road and dedicating a bridge over Harad Khud and other development works. He also placed local demands of the area including drug re-habilitation centre at Nurpur and Bus Stand for Nurpur.

Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Neeraj Bharti, Chairman OBC Welfare Board, Chander Kumar, Chairman, HP Education Board, Balbir Tegta, Secretary, PCC, Manoj Pathania, Chairperson MC Nurpur, Ms. Krishna Mahajan, former President MC, Nurpur, Rakesh Mahajan, President BCC, Baldev Pappi, Chairman, Panchayat Samiti, Sandesh Dhadwal, Vice –Chairman, Ms. Surekha Devi, were also present on the occasion amongst senior officers of the district.

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Arrested accused in Kotkhai Gudiya case confesses crime: Reports

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Kotkhai accused confession

Shimla: The police in Kotkhai region of Shimla district of the peaceful Hill State is on high alert as the Central Bureau of Investigation brought the lone accused arrested in alleged case of the murder of a 16-year-old girl after a gangrape back to Shimla on Sunday.

The agency has cracked the case and the accused has confessed his crime if the reports of CBI sources and media are to be believed.

The lone accused arrested by the CBI on April 14, 2018, was taken to the agency headquarters in New Delhi for further investigation.

On Sunday, he was brought back to Shimla for the re-creation of the crime scene based on the statement given by the accused. However, the identity of the accused remains unconfirmed because CBI has been maintaining distance from media.

The accused was on Monday morning was taken to the crime spot in the Halaila forests of Kotkhai Tehsil.

A large crowd gathered to see the accused, however, as per a Hindi Daily, they were disappointed as he was reportedly wearing a helmet as a part of the agency’s measures to keep the identity concealed.

A national news channel, however, claimed that the name of the accused is Neelu and he is a lumberjack.

The round of speculations regarding the identity is likely to continue until April 25 – the next date of the hearing in the State High Court.

The agency had earlier assured the court that it would reveal the real culprits in the upcoming hearing. The agency has not made any other arrest so far while the date of hearing is just two days away.

However, sceptic minds are trying to add up the numbers. It is hard to believe that a lumberjack alone could send the entire Special Investigation Team of the HP Police to jail and fool the premier investigation agency of India.  

Therefore, more arrests are expected to be made during the next few days. 

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Himachal seeks Rs. 300 crore from Centre to promote religious tourism circuit and eco-adventure tourism

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Religious Tourism in Himachal PRadesh

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government has urged the Union Minister for Tourism, K.J. Alphons to sanction three schemes worth Rs. 300 crore to promote religious tourism circuit and eco-adventure tourism in the state.

The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, during a meeting in New Delhi, apprised the Minister that Himachal was also a major centre of religious tourism and religious tourism circuits will be developed here to provide devotees more facilities.

The Chief Minister also invited Union Minister to Himachal and said that he himself will take him to the tourist destinations of the State. K.J. Alphons whole-heartedly accepted the invitation.

Chief Minister also urged the Centre to provide funds generously for widespread publicity of tourism sites in the state.

The Union Minister of State for Tourism assured the Chief Minister that the Union Government will extend all possible support to this hill state for exploitation and expansion of its tourism potential.

The Chief Minister said that the focus should be on tourism in the state, which was not given before. However, now the state government is giving special emphasis to strengthening infrastructure in virgin natural places, he said.

Himachal has immense potential for adventure tourism and adventure sports like mountaineering, biking, river rafting, and paragliding and the state is considered as a paradise for these adventure sports.

However, it is true that the governments have done very little to polish and maintain the tourism sector.

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262 doctors recruited, 200 more to be recruited through HPPSC: Govt

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MBBS Posts in Himchal Pradesh

Shimla: The Department of Radio-diagnosis, IGMC Shimla, on April 21, 2018, organized Interventional Radiology Outreach Programme.  

The Chief Minister, while presiding over inauguration ceremony, informed the State Government has filled 262 posts of MBBS Doctors through walk-in-interviews and 200 posts of doctors would be filled through State Public Service Commission to meet the shortage of doctors in health institutions particularly in rural and far-flung areas of the Stat. 

He also informed that Rs. 9 crores are being spent on installation of a Digital Subtraction Angiography Machine in IGMC.State Government would provide remaining amount of Rs 1.50 crore required for this machine.

He said that ‘C-ARM’ would also be provided in the department soon.

The government will recruit required staff immediately for making Rs.23 crore Linear Acculator functional, which was lying unused at Tanda Medical College for want of requisite staff.

A similar machine would be installed at IGMC as soon as the new building becomes available, he gave an assurance.

Further, the government has assured that posts of doctors and para-medical staff would be filled up on a priority basis.      

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