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Shocker: A judge in Himachal caught red-handed accepting Rs. 40,000 bribe in first-of-its-kind case in State

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MANDI – An Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh was caught red-handed by Mandi Vigilance team taking a bribe of Rs. 40,000 from a person on Tuesday.  It’s the first-of-its-kind case in Himachal  in which a judicial official was caught and booked for taking bribe. The case is likely to hurt the faith of common people in judiciary in Himachal.  

The vigilance department had laid a trap on a complaint received from a person, who was facing trial in the court of the said ACJM in a check bounce case under the ‘Negotiation Instruments Act’ that involved lakhs of rupees. The ACJM had called the complainant in his chamber and had demanded a bribe of Rs. 40,000 for quick disposal of the case.  Reportedly, the judge also gave a mobile number to the complainant and told him to call him. However, when the complainant didn’t call him, the judge himself called him and told to arrange said amount within two days.

The complainant, considering it a high-profile matter related to judiciary, directly approached the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Vigilance Arvind Sharda and reveled all the details. The DIG directed Mandi Range SP Vigilance Kapil Sharma to take proper action.  After the orders, a 14-member team led by DSP Abhimaniyu Varma was constituted.  The team went through the facts and obtained permission from the Himachal Pradesh High Court to lay a trap to catch the ACJM red-handed.

The ACJM was arrested from his government residence accepting the bribe. The ACJM will be brought before the court on Monday for further proceedings. 

The said ACJM had also served in Manali.  The vigilance department has not revealed any other details.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 7 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Foundation Stone of HP Central University in Kangra laid, Will Be Ready in 3 Years, Says Govt

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Kangra-The foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district was laid today by the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. The State Government deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance.

As per the official information released, the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. The first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectares. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

The Government said about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campuses and the same would be completed in the next three year, the government said. These campuses would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare, making it one of the biggest University of the region.

The Government said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs.7600 crore had been made for the next financial year.

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5MW Solar Power Plant in Bilaspur’s Naina Devi Ji Inaugurated

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Shimla-The 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district was inaugurated today. The HP Power Corporation Ltd. claimed it spent Rs. 36.24 crore on this project.

As per the official information released by the State Government, this power project is synchronised with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot.

The power generated was being sold to HPSEB. T

This power project is expected to generate 101-lakh unit electricity per annum, earning revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta  J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion.

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Avalanche in Kinnaur buries soldiers, 1 killed, 5 missing and feared dead

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Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier, who was identified as Rakesh Kumar (41) of Ghumarpur village, Shahtalai, Bilaspur district, has been recovered. The rescue operation was underway at the time of writing.

The district administration and Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur, confirmed the news.

Jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police are carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.  

As per initial reports, which are not clear, about 10 jawans of ITBP were hit by a massive avalanche at about 11 AM on Wednesday while they were moving from one post to another. Five to six jawans were buried. Remaining jawans rescued one of them who later died on the way to the hospital in Pooh.  

Verification of more details is still awaited.

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