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Now license mandatory for cigarettes /tobacco shops in Himachal

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SHIMLA-Himachal Pradesh has decided to make it mandatory for all shops to have a licence for sale of tobacco products, including cigarettes, an official said on Wednesday.

The cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday decided to make it mandatory the registration of retailers of tobacco products and ban the sale of loose cigarettes and bidis,

a government spokesperson told IANS.

The cabinet has also decided to make licensing must for all tobacco product retailers.

About 200 sellers of cigarettes and bidis last month protested here after Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had asked the health department to draft legislation for registering retailers of tobacco products.

The bill on this is expected to be tabled in the assembly during the budget session starting from February 25.

The vendors said the registration system for selling cigarettes would increase corruption among government functionaries and affect their livelihood.
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Gudiya Case: Ex-SP Shimla joins 8 other accused at Model Central Jail Kanda

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Shimla: The former Superintendent of Shimla Police, D.W. Negi, finally joined eight other police officials including the ex-Inspector General, Southern Range, Zahur H. Zaidi, and the ex-Deputy Superintendent, Theog, at the Model Central Jail, Kanda.

The Court of Judicial Magistrate Ranjeet Singh Thakur on November 21, sent Negi in a judicial custody till November 23. He will be produced in the  court along with eight other accused on the same date. 

As per the report, the Central Bureau of Investigation sought his remand for five more days, which was denied by the court. 

The CBI had arrested Negi on November 16 in case relating to the custodial killing of a Nepalese laborer, who was arrested by State Police SIT in relation to the rape and murder of  a minor and was on remand till November 21.  

A 16-year-old girl was allegedly abducted, gangraped, and murdered savagely in the Halaila woods of the Kotkhai region in Shimla district. Her naked dead body was found in the woods on July 6, 2017. 

The HP Police SIT claimed a breakthrough on July 13 after arresting six accused including the deceased Suraj. Suraj was killed at the Kotkhai Police station under mysterious circumstances. 

On August 29, the CBI arrested eight police officials for the alleged killing of the accused. Negi was arrested for forging FIR in custodial killing of Suraj.  As per this FIR, local police had framed a co-accused Raju for he killing of Suraj.   

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Candidates in Shimla (U) served notices for defacing public property

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He removed the promotional material along with his team. He said the political parties will have to pay the expenditure made by the district administration on removal of the posters/flyers/banners.

Shimla: With the elections come usual visual pollution and defacing of the public property because the political parties or the candidates are ignorant and possess little or no respect towards the rules. Neither they care about maintaining remaining beauty of Himachal’s towns. 

As an appreciable step, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Shimal (Urban) Ajit Bhardwaj on Wednesday issued a notice to candidates of various parties who are defacing the public property in the city by pasting their posters, flyers, banners etc.

These candidates include Suresh Bhardwaj, Harish Janartha, Harbhajan Singh Bhajji, and Sanjay Chauhan.

The SDM visited some localities of Shimla and found that parties are not adhering to the places specifically marked for placement of such posters/banners.

He removed the promotional material along with his team. He said the political parties will have to pay the expenditure made by the district administration on removal of the same.

On Tuesday, the district administration and the Municipal Corporation of Shimla had asked these candidates to remove their promotional material from the public property.

The candidates were warned of appropriate legal action as per the rules related to defacing of the public property.

It is an ethical duty of all the political parties and candidates that they show respect to laws and refrain from creating cluttered scene in their respective constituencies.

There is no justification for defacing public property if the administration has already marked specific zones or places for this purpose. 

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Theog Constituency drama leaves Congress perplexed as Stokes’ nomination rejected

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Shimla: The Returning officer of the Theog Constituency has rejected the nomination filed by the veteran Congress leader Vidya Stokes (89) on the last date. Now, she won’t be able to fight as an independent candidate either. 
 
The set-back came following an intense drama over the Theog seat. Not only Congress faced distress in one section of party workers, but also exposed the party’s internal politics and miscommunication.
 
Here is what happened
 
A day before the last date for the filing of nomination, the list of final candidates included the name of Deepak Rathore as the ticket-holder from Theog, while the Chief Minister were seen congratulating Mr. Khachi .
 
As per the political critics and experts, Stokes had vacated the seat for the Chief Minster who had sacrificed Shimla-rural constituency to introduce his son. However, after Virbhadra Singh moved to Arki, Stokes expressed her right to nominate a candidate of her choice, which was Vijaypal Khachi, son of late Congress leader JBL Khachi,
 
However, the high-command and state committee gave the ticket to Deepak Rathore, who even filed the nomination.
 
At the same time, Virbhadra Singh tweeted a photo in which he was congratulating Khachi for securing a ticket. The tweet was later deleted, however.
 
Stokes had even announced her retirement but on the last date, she files her nomination as a Candidate representing Congress party. It was speculated that Rathore would contest as an independent candidate as Stokes would take back the charge as the official candidate from Theog.
 
Congress was left red-faced after her nomination was rejected today. As per the rule there could be only one official claimant for the party symbol. Moreover, she had failed to produce 10 proposers, as mentioned in the RO handbook. Also, Rathore had filed the nomination with party authority letter first.
 
As per critics, it is a blunder that could affect the results because Stokes had won past three elections successively.
 
 

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