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