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CM Virbhadra advices Amit Shah to refrain from mudslinging and not to be a judge before Court’s judgment

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AMit Shah allegation on Himachal Chief Minsiter

The prominent leaders like Dhumal and Shanta Kumar were literally pushed to the background in ceremonial open jeep ride. The prominent presence of JP Nadda with Shah has refueled speculations regarding his candidature for the Chief Minister in HP Assembly Polls 2017.

SHIMLA-The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh, replied to the allegation labeled by the national President of Bhartiya Janata Party, Amit Shah, who is on a visit to Palampur, Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh, to address a party conference. Addressing a public meeting at Chandi in Doon assembly constituency of Solan district, the Chief Minister remarked that BJP leaders are habitual of mudslinging and character assassination. Mere repeating false allegations of corruption don’t make a person corrupt, he replied to Shah’s statements.

Everyone knows the role of BJP leaders in the infamous Godhra riots,

he said. It is a wrong practice in politics to level baseless charges on opponents. Politics should be healthy and not based on mudslinging, said Virbhadra Singh.

The Chief Minister rubbished all allegations terming it a pure propaganda and mudslinging to dilute his image ahead of the Assembly Polls 2017.

Though, Amit Shah is a guest of the State but I think he had no right to involve himself in giving unruly statement,

he said. He was speaking as if he was the judge though the matter was still sub-judice, he said advising Shah not to be a judge himself before the judgement of the Court.

I have no complaints against the Prime Minister, and I know him since long,

he said.

The BJP president, in an attempt to fuel political heat in the poll bound, Congress-ruled hill state, had recited under-investigation corruption charges. He alleged that the State Government is being run by retired administrative officers and mafia. As expected, Shah repeated previous announcements of NDA Government like granting more National Highways to Himachal and enhanced grants under 14th Finance Commission. Shah had alleged that the government has failed to prepare even Detailed Project Reports of the proposed National Highways.

On the other hand, the prominent presence of JP Nadda with Shah has refueled speculations regarding his candidature for the Chief Minister.

Amit Shah in Palampur Himachal

The prominent leaders like Dhumal and Shanta Kumar were literally pushed to the background in ceremonial open jeep ride. JP Nadda was incharge of most of the affairs like welcome of Shah at the Gaggal Airport.

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To Shah’s claim that 62 National Highways has been sanctioned for the state, Virbhadra replied that the union government has not issued even a single penny for preparation of Detailed Project Reports.

Turning the gun towards the former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and his son, he said that both of them, in connivance with Union finance Minister Arun Jaitley, are conspiring against him by levelling false charges.
So much so, three central investigating agencies are probing a single charge of my income tax returns which had long been closed, he said.

The Chief Minister said that it was for the first and the last time he is quoting the name of opponent leader in his speech. Henceforth, he added, whatever the BJP leaders say, he will consider it as mere frustration and nothing else.

The Chief Minister also said that the NDA Government under the PM Narendra Modi, has cheated the people of the state and in all his visits as he announced nothing for the state.

BJP leaders in Himachal are hoping to win Assembly elections under PM Narender Modi’s banner. However, BJP is facing dilemma over candidature of Chief Minister. The party is divided in two groups, one supporting JP Nadda as the candidate while second group stands with the former Chief Minister PK Dhumal.

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Ex-MLA’s Bambar Thakur’s son, 3 others arrested with 498 grams charas in Mandi

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Congress MLA Bambar's Song arrested with charas

Mandi: The notorious leader of Indian National Congress and former Member of Legislative Assembly from district Bilaspur, Bambar Thakur, is again in the news after his son was arrested with about half-a-kilogram of charas in Mandi district today morning.

As per the police, the four youths were carrying 498 grams of charas in a luxury car (HP 69 -2323) that the son of the Ex-MLA was driving. The police confirmed that the vehicle was registered in the name of Bambar Thakur. Two of the accused were minors.

The police confirmed that a team headed by Sunil Kumar, in charge of Sadar Thana, was conducting inspections of the vehicles at a barrier near Bhyuli on National Highway-21 when the car of the accused was spotted coming towards Mandi from Pandoh.

The police stopped the car and recovered the said amount of charas from the dashboard of the car after a checking. All four accused were arrested following this recovery. As per police,  Thakur’s son and one other accused claimed they were minors, which was later verified by the Superintendent of Police, Mandi, Gurudev Chand Sharma. 

Other two accused were identified as Abhishek of Bilaspur and Amar of Shimla district.

The police have filed a case against two adults under Section 20 of the NDPS Act at Sadar Police Station, Mandi. The minors would be booked under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. Further investigation is in progress, said the police.

Bambar Thakur and his son have remained in controversies for wrong reasons earlier too. Earlier, Bambar had been alleged of illegal mining and running other illegal trades even when he was a sitting MLA.

The allegations of drug-peddling against his son had also surfaced earlier. The people in a locality of Bilaspur had even staged a protest against the misuse of the local police by the MLA to shield offences of his son. 

The case has again brought the increasing indulgence of Himachal’s youth in drug/substance abuse to the limelight. 

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Video: College students thrash man in Shimla after he allegedly calls them Naxalites

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SFI classh at shimla

Shimla: On Monday, enraged over allegedly being labelled as Naxalites, some members of the Student Federation of India clashed with the man at the New Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT) of Shimla. A video recorded by another man did rounds of the social media and caused huge embarrassment to the student organization.

The organization faced a widespread criticism after the video was circulated on social media. 

As per the report, at about 9:30 PM, some members of the SFI, who were students of a government college in Shimla, were collecting donations. One of the men reportedly denied donation, allegedly misbehaved and called them Naxalites in front of all passengers sitting inside a bus of the Himachal Pradesh Road Corporation (HRTC).

The enraged students asked the man to apologize. However, man, who identified himself as a BSF personnel, did not apologize, which led to a clash with the students.

An ugly, violent scene continued for several minutes and caused huge inconvenience to other passengers present inside the HRTC bus.

Watch Video of the clash and SFI’s clarification

Note: Himachal Watcher has excluded most of the violent part of the clip posted below:

The police reached the spot, but the man who was thrashed did not file an FIR or complaint. By that time, some other leaders of both ABVP and SFI had also arrived at the spot.

SFI said the man had accepted his fault in front of the police and had compromised afterwards.  

SFI alleged the video was circulated on social media alleging that the SFI members were trying to extort money from the man and thrashed him when he denied it. 

SFI held a press conference on Tuesday and labelled some serious allegation against ABVP. SFI said the students were deliberately provoked. SFI alleged the man who was recording the video was a member of ABVP. He was identified as Saffronist Manish Saklani.

The man can be heard repeating name of SFI as well going to other passengers asking them to identify the student organization.

SFI said it had also lodged an FIR against some members of the ABVP for spreading wrong information to defame the student organization. 

The police confirmed that the man who was thrashed filed no FIR, but after the video went viral on social media, it said action would be taken against the students. The police said no one would be allowed to extort money from passengers. 

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25% loan plus 5% interest subsidy for opening private hospital in rural Himachal

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148th State level review meeting of Bankers Committee

Shimla: About 2131 bank branches and 1879 bank mitras were catering to the needs of the people in far-flung areas of the State.

Each branch of the bank was providing banking services to average 3221 people, which was far better than the national average of 11000 people per branch of the bank, informed the Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Anil Kumar Khachi while presiding over the 148th State-level review meeting of Bankers Committee today.

The Cash Deposit Ratio in the State was about 44.82 percent, and the banks were asked to raise the cash deposit ratio to 60 percent as fixed by Reserve Bank of India.

As per government statistics, till March 2018, the banks provided 5625.68 crore loans to 4.18 lakh farmers under the Kisan Credit Card Scheme.

The General Manager, UCO Bank Vivek Kaul said the banking sector had achieved an annual growth of six percent and its deposit and advances were Rs. 1.06 lakh crore and Rs. 37481 crore respectively.

Over 10 lakh people had opened bank accounts in the State under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna’
In order to encourage private hospital facilities in rural areas, a new scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna’ has been launched in the State, he said.

An investment subsidy of 25 percent would be provided on an investment of rupees one crore besides five percent interest subsidy for three years on loans taken from banks.

The banks are also expected to encourage this investment so that people of the remote area could get better health education nearer to their homes, he said.

The banks were urged to participate in ‘Jan Manch’ Programme of the State government so that people living in rural areas could be educated regarding various schemes being implemented by the State and Central Governments.
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Anil Kumar Khachi said that under ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyan’ 93 villages of the State had been selected for making them financial inclusive. He said that in the second phase of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, a target to achieve Chamba district as financial inclusive has been fixed.

A provision of subsidy has been made to start self-employment ventures by the youth between the age group of 18 to 35 years.

A provision of five percent interest subvention has been made on interest on the loans up to Rs. 40 lakh raised from the banks for the period of three years.

It was informed that the banks were urged to provide more loans to the farmers so that they could opt latest farming techniques to enhance their income.

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