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PM Modi and BJP trying to whip up ‘Surgical Strike Hysteria’ to divert public attention: Congress   




SHIMLA- Congress leader and former Union Minister Anand Sharma while speaking at the general house meeting held in Shimla on Monday advised Modi and his ministers to stop marketing sacrifice of soldiers by making boastful claims.

He said it is sad that both Prime Minister and Defence  Minister Parrikar have deliberately made misleading statements giving an impression that this was the first time that Indian Army had taken action against cross boarder terror attack in three decades.

It is an insult to the Indian Army, he added, which had firmly retaliated against such attacks in the past. The armed forces always had the freedom to effectively respond when required and had the support wisdom decided not to claim Political ownership not make loud announcements. Defence  Minister’s statements, therefore, are an insult to the Martyrs of the Army including the Kargil Heroes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministers are advised to speak and act with maturity and restrain on matters of National Security and the brave action of Indian Armed Forces against terror attacks from across the LoC with Pakistan in J&K, said Sharma.

He said that the entire nation had spoken in one voice supporting the action of the Special Forces of the Indian Army in undertaking Surgical Strikes to neutralize the terrorist launch pads across and along the Loc on 29th of September.

Sharma called it an unfortunate attempt of the Centre Government and the BJP to whip up hysteria and create a division in the polity on an issue on which the Country stands united.

He alleged that the Prime Minister cautioned his ministers to refrain from making boastful claims, but did not restrain Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar from making jingoistic statements, and himself joined the chest thumping colleagues in the Government and BJP.

Statements of former Army Chiefs and testimony of Foreign Secretary before the Parliamentary Committee confirming that Army had made strikes along the Loc in the past, but those were not publicized

“I urge the PM and the Government to stop politicizing the action of armed forces for political gains,” said Sharma

It is also clear, that the Government is indulging in this propaganda to divert attention of the people from its failures, non-performance and the economic crisis to escape accountability.

Photo: Deccan Chronicle

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Overloaded car in Shimla meets horrible accident, 4 killed, 4 injured including 3 kids



Shimla Car accident in banuti

Shimla: Today, an overloaded Alto car carrying eight people met a horrible accident near Banuti in Shimla in which four persons including a 5-years-old kid, two women, and a man died on the spot while four others received serious injuries.

It’s another indicator that the State Police and the public need to take overloading more seriously when the road safety is concerned.

As per the initial reports, the car fell into a 200-300 meter deep gorge. The impact of the accident torn the car to pieces. The car was crushed so badly that the locals, who first reached the spot, found it difficult to recover the injured.

The injured were rushed to the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital in Shimla. The Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Ompati Jamwal, and IGMC confirmed the report of four casualties.

It is, however, still not known what caused the accident.

As per the initial report, the deceased persons have been identified as Devender Kumar (30), Hemant (4), Gayatri Devi (35), and Poonam (33).

The injured include Chunni Lal (65), Sachin (5), Kavya (5), and Narmada (28).

The Shimla district administration has provided immediate relief of Rs. 10,000 each to the relatives of deceased and Rs. 5000 to those injured.

More details are awaited.

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Shimla’s emerging filmmaker grabs 3 more awards for short-film “Papa”



Papa Short Film by Siddharth wins awards

Shimla: Shimla-based emerging short-film maker Sidharth Chauhan (27) has grabbed more awards for his work “Papa.”  His short-film Papa has received three awards at the Vintage International Film Festival, 2018.

As per the results announced on March 20, 2018, the movie won Sidharth the best short-film award in the National category. The film also won the best director award for Siddhartha and best cinematography award for Yashwant Kumar Sharma.

The film is written, produced, and directed by Sidharath.

Papa is the same film that was first screened at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Kerala in 2016 where it claimed its first award (best film).

Later, Papa made its first international premiere at the London Indian Film Festival in 2017 where the short film won the Satyajit Ray award. 

It was a mature storytelling which balanced a realistic sense of frustration and claustrophobia, with a finely nuanced thread of subtle and deadpan humour,

said the jury.

The film is a story of a paralyzed mother, Sushma and her young son, Rajiv, who are living a tough life post an accident, which left their lives scarred forever.

You can read more about the film, its crew, location etc. in one of our previous posts.

Other than Papa, Sidharth’s short-film Pashi has also fetched appreciation and awards for Sidharth.

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4 Himachali among 39 killed in Iraq by ISIS



list of Himachali killed in iraq by isis

Shimla: Four people among the 39 Indian hostages killed by ISIS at Masul in Iraq after abduction in 2014 were from Himachal Pradesh. Out of four, Sandeep (38), Aman Kumar, and Inderjeet hailed from Kangra and Hemraj (32) from Mandi, confirmed the State government.

All these Indian had gone missing in 2014. Since then, there was no trace of them. They had migrated to Iraq in search of livelihood. However, now the families of the deceased are receiving news of their killing after a wait of four years. 

The confirmation of their killing came today after the External affair Minister Sushma Swaraj, in the Parliament, revealed that the bodies were recently found buried in a mound of earth near Badush, a village northwest of Mosul.

The remains of human skeletons were recovered from this mass grave recently. Through DNA testing, it was confirmed that these remains belonged to the missing Indians.

The Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur, has also expressed his condolences to the bereaved families.

This tragedy is not only unfortunate but also an inhumane act of brutality which should be condemned by one and all, he said.

The Chief Minister assured that the State Government has contacted the Union Government for bringing back their mortal remains at the earliest.

The mortal remains of deceased hailing from Punjab and Himachal will be brought to Amritsar, thereafter; the State Government will make all arrangements for carrying the remains of deceased to their native places in the State.

The news has triggered protests among the families of the deceased over government’s false assurances to locate them.

We demand the government provide us DNA reports. It’s being politicised. We had been running from pillar to post since four years and now we’re being told via TV that we lost one of our own,

the family of a victim told ANI.  


The opposition Congress has opened attack by alleging the ruling government of intentionally hiding facts from the families of the victims. They asked the Minister to reveal details about the date of the killings.

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