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Shimla Drug Bust: HRTC RM arrested for alleged drug trafficking in Govt. vehicle, 4.4 KG Mephedrone seized

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HRTC RM Drug Smuggling

SHIMLA- In a shocking drug bust in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, a team of police allegedly recovered 4.400 Kg. Chitta – (Mephedrone), a product of Cocaine being smuggled in the official vehicle of the Regional Manager, HRTC Solan. The RM was also present in the vehicle while on his way to Shimla from Solan when the police intercepted the vehicle (Bolero – HP-64A-0336) for checking. During the search, police recovered the said substance. The market value of the seized drug was estimated at about Rs. 30 lakh.

As per the Shimla Police, on the night of April 30, 2017, a team was on patrolling at Khbara Chowki near Shoghi. At about 12:45 AM, said government vehicle was stopped for checking. The vehicle was carrying four persons excluding the driver namely Mahender Singh, 51, (Dharamshala), Regional Manger in HRTC, Solan, Vikas, 31 (Dharamshala) Rajiv, 30 (Kangra), and Gyasudeen, 30 (J&K). A case has been registered against the said people under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), 1985.

Drug Trafficking HP Govt vehicle

All arrest person/Photo: Amar Ujala

The police have suggested possibility of more arrests during investigation as it is suspects that the RM had been using the official vehicle for smuggling earlier too. For now, the seized drug consignment has been sent for laboratory testing and arrested people have been sent into four-day police custody by the court.

Initial investigation suggested that the drug consignment was brought to Himachal from Jammu & Kashmir. However, police nabbed the alleged smugglers before they could sell it.

The Transport Minister GS Bali, in a press statement, ordered suspension of the arrested RM. He also said that the same RM had been suspended earlier, too, following financial irregularities worth Rs. 35 lakh while he was posted in Dharamshala . The Minister also encouraged police to stop government vehicles for checking without any hesitation as drug paddlers have been previously found using government vehicles and public transport for smuggling.

Feature Photo: Hindustan Times

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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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HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

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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Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

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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