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3 BJP MLAs suspended for sitting on Speaker’s chair and create ruckus on second day of HP Assembly session

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The entire day was wasted in slogan-shouting and drama created by the MLAs. The debate on the centre’s decision of demonetization of high currency notes was also conducted in the absence of the opposition.

SHIMLA- On the second day of winter session of Himachal Pradesh Assembly at Tapovan in Kangra district, three MLAs of the Bhartiya Janata Paty (BJP) were reportedly suspended for rest of the session for violating the dignity of the house by sitting on chair of the Speaker, Brij Bihari Lal Butail in his absence and announcing adjournment of the house after which the opposition left the house.

As per reports, the opposition moved the motion demanding debate on corruption cases against the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, which was denied by the speaker saying the matter is sub-judice and pending in the Delhi High Court.

BJP MLAs, Suresh Bhardwaj, Dr. Rajeev Bindal, and Randhir Sharma protested against rejection of the motion and reached Speaker’s podium twice and raised slogans demanding the discussion claiming that the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) has dismissed CM’s appeal in the I-T returns case and the CBI has also completed its charge-sheet. So, therefore, the matter is hardly sub-judice, said the opposition. There was exchange of furious comments from both sides. The speaker had to adjourn the proceedings of the house for 15 minutes due to ruckus created by the MLAs.

Reportedly, before the Speaker could returned to the seat to continue the session, Suresh Bhardwaj reportedly sat on the Speaker’s chair and said, “the house is adjourned for the day”. Before, the session could be resumed, all MLAs including Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal left the house.

The speaker and MLAs of ruling party including the CM termed the incident as unfortunate and said that the dignity of the house was compromised openly. Later, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Mukesh Agnihotri moved a motion and said that no one can occupy the chair of the Speaker without permission. Moreover, Agnihotri added, when the Deputy Speaker was present in the house, no one can sit on Speaker’s chair. The motion was accepted and aforesaid MLAs were suspended for rest of the assembly session. 

The Chief Minster said it was the first time that he witnessed such absurdity in the house. It’s a matter of shame that all of it happened in the presence of leader opposition P.K. Dhumal, who have been on the CM chair twice.

It’s Not the First Time: Dhumal

Defending his party, Dhumal criticized the CM for claiming that that it was the first time that such ruckus was created in the HP Assembly. He reminded that in 1979, similar scene was witnessed. He also said that during last session, the Congress MLAs had torn apart documents and had created so much drama that one of BJP’s MLAa had broken his finger. The current trend in the house reminds of the emergency imposed during the tenure of Indira Gandhi, said Dhumal.

The entire day was wasted in slogan-shouting and drama created by the MLAs. The debate on the centre’s decision of demonetization of high currency notes was also conducted in the absence of the opposition.

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Video: Fire in Shimla’s Gumma devours Rs. 40 lakh property  

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Shimla: In a tragic incident of fire breakout in Gumma area of Kotkhai region in Shimla district on Saturday, about six rooms of a three-story building were lost. The fire brigade saved the two storeys and buildings adjacent to it.

No loss of life was reported, but the estimated loss of assets was initially assessed at about 40 lakh rupees.The owner of the house was identified as Rohit Chauhan.

Rohit’s mother was alone at the house when the fire broke out at about 3 PM. His mother called for help. However, the fire gutted six rooms on the third storey along with all belongings by the time the fire service reached the spot.

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The cause of the fire is believed to be a short-circuit.

While the other two stories housed shops, the third one was Rohit’s home.

The district administration has given Rs. 20,000 as a relief to the victim family.

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Sirmaur Tragedy: 7-year-old mauled to death by pack of stray dogs

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Shimla: In a spine-chilling incident, a pack of about half-a-dozen stray dogs on Saturday attacked and mauled a 7-year-old boy in Amarkot village in Paonta sub-division, Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh. As per the initial reports, the brutal attack by the dogs inflicted severe injuries on the head, throat, and neck.

On hearing the cries of the boy, the nearby people rushed to rescue the boy. However, dogs were so aggressive that they bit a couple of these people too.

The boy succumbed to the injuries on the way to the hospital. The boy was identified as Vikki, son of a migrant labour of Uttar Prades. The family was heart-broken after their piece of heart died a horrible death.

The head of the Amarkot village, Rakesh Mehraloo, said repeated complaints were made regarding the growing stray dog menace to the administration. Rakesh told media that some incidents of attack by stray dogs were also reported previously, which were also brought to the attention of the administration.

The administration, however, turned a blind eye towards the complaints and did not take any measure to solve this grieve issue, he said.

If the administration had acted timely, such a horrific incident could have been prevented.

It is pertinent to mention that the state government has also ignored the provision of dog-shelters and showed lackadaisical attitude in regular sterilizing of stray dogs.

Rest, the littering of food waste attract stray dogs and facilitate their reproduction, leading to such a nightmare.

The incident has created panic among the residents about the safety of their children.

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Drought-like situation haunts Himachal as no rain, snow in stock, HP DM holds emergency meeting 

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Shimla: As snow and rain continue to evade the peak winter season in Himachal Pradesh, which is already facing 49 percent post-monsoon rain deficiency, the State Disaster Management called a meeting to embraces for the impact of the drought-like situation in the State.

Today, the maximum day temperature in the capital Shimla was recorded at 19 Degree Celsius while the day was hottest for Una at 27 Degree Celsius.

While a debate over the role of global warming behind erratic changes in the weather can also be heard, the Met Department blamed the western disturbances, which, it said, are not strong this year, hence, there is no precipitation.

The nigh temperature in winters remains close to seven to nine Degrees Celsius, which is four to five notches above from the average temperature witnessed during this time of the year. If the same pattern continues for the next two weeks, then it will not only hit the Rs. 20,000-crore apple industry but the tourist influx too.

The apple growers need moisture and several hundred chilling hours to ensure ample apple crop, and this year they are short of the required chilling hours. 

The apple production, which was over 850 metric ton in 2011, has already been reducing.

Other crops like green almonds, tomatoes, pears, apricots, cabbage, cauliflower etc will also be affected due to dry weather.

The hoteliers and ski resorts are witnessing fall in tourist influx as the chances of snowfall are scarce.

Meeting of HP Disaster Mangement 

In wake of the drought-like situation, the Principal Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management) Onkar Chand Sharma held a meeting with senior officers of various departments including the Deputy Commissioners of all 12 districts video conferencing.

Onkar Sharma said the government has analyzed entire rainfall data of all districts. It was found that there is a deficiency of 49 percent in the State (post-monsoon).

The meteorological department has predicted chances of scattered to moderate rainfall during 23-24 January 2018. Except that, the weather is likely to remain mostly dry until January 22 and January 25 onwards. 

However, the government said that the state has received ample rainfall during December 2017, therefore, the Rabi crops and the drinking water supply are unaffected so far.

The Disaster Managment will prepare a contingency plan to combat the drought-like situations, said the Secretary. 

There are 45 labs of the IPH department for the testing of drinking water supply, he informed.

The Deputy Commissioners were asked to ensure water quality testing randomly up to the subdivision level and arrange water tankers in water-scarce areas as well as fodder for livestock.

All the districts were also directed to take remedial measures to stop contamination of drinking water sources. Besides it, the Secretary directed super chlorination in all districts to prevent water-borne diseases like Jaundice.

Special Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Shri D.C. Rana, Director, Indian Meteorological Department Shri Manmohan Singh, Chief Engineer of IPH Department, senior officers from Horticulture and Agriculture also attended the meeting.

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