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HP Congress MLA carrying out illegal mining, tree felling, drug trafficking and caused Rs. 200 crore loss to State: Ram Lal Thakur

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BILASPUR– Congress MLA from district Bilaspur, Bambar Thakur, who had been making headlines for his alleged ‘Gunda Raj’ in Bilaspur district, now faced serious allegations of corruption from the General Secretary of Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee, Ram Lal Thakur, who has also demanded CBI inquiry. While talking to media persons at the Circuit house here on Monday, Ram Lal Thakur, assuring that he has sufficient evidences, alleged the Bilaspur MLA of causing a loss of about Rs. 200 crore to the State during last four years. He has direct association with mining mafia and forest mafia, he further added.

Thakur said that Bambar Thakur is causing crucial damage to the image of the Congress party in Himachal due to his direct involvement in such corrupt practices to amass illegal monetary assets. Ram Lal said that he had approached the HPCC President and the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to take action against the legislator, however, both remained silent while Bambar Singh still continue with his illegal activities. The district police, he said, is also providing protection to the legislator despite protest from people against his ‘gundagardi’.

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Thakur said that the relations of the Bambar with drug mafia in Punjab aren’t any secret either. The Bilaspur legislator has devoured lakhs of rupees as commission from four lane officials, he alleged. Also, despite prohibition on mining in certain locations in the district, huge amount of gravel and sand is being supplied illegally for construction of four-lane. Over 100 trucks are deployed in transportation of mining material while there is no record of money generated on the name of M-Form. Moreover, these trucks mostly belong to BJP leaders who are friends with Bambar Thakur.

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Further, he alleged that Bambar Singh has been carrying out axing of Khair (Acacia chundra) trees in Kothipur, Panjgayin, Naina Devi etc. in association with forest mafia.

Ram Lal Thakur said that he will not remain silent about the internal enemies of the party. He referred to Bambar’s repeated bullying behavior like misbehavior with the female RTO officer, threats to doctors, and manhandling a DFO who tried to stop the MLA from carrying out illegal activity on government land.

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The officers have either got themselves transferred from Bilaspur or even quit their job owing to typical goon-like behavior of Bambar Thakur.

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Very recently, the Vice-President of National Kisan Morcha and former MLA, Suresh Chandel, had alleged that Bambar Thakur be-fooled people by inaugurating a link road connecting main Kandror – Harlog (कंदरौर-हरलोग) road to jarloo-Tyamar-Bhyatar(जरलू-तयामर-भ्यातर) on May 31, 2017, that was built about 13 years ago. MLA even claimed allotment of Rs. 200 funds for the maintenance of the road which was not true, Chandel had told media in a statement.

It’s noticeable that Bambar Thakur had been giving controversial statements in media against Ram Lal Thakur and had even labeled some allegations against him. After remaining silent for a while, now Ram Lal has also opened attack against the Congress legislator. The differences between the Chief Minister and the HPCC President are already haunting the party. With these allegations, the internal differences between Congressmen in poll bound Himachal are clearly visible. 

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 9 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 the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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IIT Roorkee Proposes Earthquake Early Warning System for Himachal

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Shimla-Seismic hazard in Himachal Pradesh is very high as the maximum area of the state lies in the Himalayas, which is one of the most seismically active regions in the world. A developed Earthquake Early Warning System could be an effort in the direction to mitigate the seismic hazards in the state.

Therefore, IIT Roorkee has sent a proposal to the State Government to establish an Earthquake Early Warning System(EEW). IIT Roorkee has already installed such Earthquake Early Earning System in Uttarakhand with the help of State Government, which is running very effectively by generating a database of earthquake events, generating public awareness and detailed research on seismic activities.

According to IIT Roorkee’s proposal, Himachal Pradesh may put earthquake sensors in different parts of the State which will detect earthquake activities in real-time. The warning may be communicated to the general public by a network of sirens. If the earthquake has its epicentre in Kangra or Mandi regions, the people in the State Capital may get lead time to take action say by 30 to 35 seconds.

Similarly, the expected lead time to the major cities if 1905 Kangra earthquake repeats in the region would be Solan 42 seconds, Mandi 20 seconds, Dalhousie 8 seconds, Dehradun 77 seconds, Chandigarh 43 seconds, Ludhiana 37 seconds, Amritsar 38 seconds, Panipat 93 seconds and Delhi 123 seconds.

Timely action may save many lives if there is an earthquake in the State in future and such an early warning system is in place and institutionalized and such EEWS will help generating a database of earthquakes in the state and generating mass awareness on earthquake safety.

Regarding this proposal, a meeting to develop Earthquake Early Warning System in Himachal Pradesh was held under the Chairmanship of Principal Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management Onkar Chand Sharma today.

After detailed deliberations, Onkar Sharma said that the State Government may consider and more discussion will be held to take up this proposal.

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HP Excise and Taxation Department Collects Rs. 6421.55 crore in 2018-19 Financial Year: Govt

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Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Excise and Taxation department collected Rs. 6421.55 crores towards government ex-chequer during the financial year 2018-19 against the target of Rs. 5860.63 crores.   The department has collected Rs. 1159.74 crores up to May 2019 during current fiscal. This information was released by Principal Secretary (E&T) Sanjay Kundu.

Kundu stressed on the need to run special campaigns for the realization of arrears due under all heads so that more revenue could be added to government ex-chequer. He also directed to work for plugging loopholes and leakages at all levels.

While expressing concern over pending arrears, he directed the department to take a fresh look at the provisions of Excise and Toll policy to make it more effective and realistic to achieve and secure higher revenue. He exhorted to make the excise policy more tourist-friendly by amending the relevant provisions and also by securing the government revenue. 

He emphasized conducting intensive and adequate training programmes for capacity building and to emulate the best practices and models available in the country.

He directed that the department should adopt a more proactive approach for revenue enhancement under Goods & Services Tax Act. The departmental officers in the field should take more interest in tax collection from the service sector in co-ordination with various government departments.

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HPU VC Faces Backlash After Varsity Releases PG Merit List Without Settling UG Results

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Shimla– The Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh Univesity, Sikander Kumar, is facing backlash from students after he made the varsity a laughing stock by releasing merits list for PG classes without completely declaring and settling results of UG classes.

Both student organisations, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Student Federation of India (SFI) are up in arms against the VC, alleging him of incompetence to handle the affairs of the varsity properly. Also, both students organizations have been alleging the varsity of irregularities in admissions to P.hD and MCA.  

The students are alleging that not only the dictatorial attitude of the VC mentally harassing thousands of students across the state but also harassing those students who are protesting against prevailing disorder and irregularities in the working of the authorities.

It’s pertinent to mention that the varsity on Thursday suspended 10 members of the ABVP for staging protest over delay and irregularities in the UG results due which students were facing huge inconvenience.

ABVP, during another protest on July 19, termed it a dictatorial and one-sided action aimed at suppressing the voices protesting against corruption and the harassments students were facing.

SFI also criticized this action of the varsity. Irrespective of the organization to which they belong, SFI condemns the suspension of these students who were protesting against prevailing disorder at the campus, said SFI campus secretary Jeevan Thakur.

Today, ABVP staged another protest over the suspension of its members at the campus in which students laid down on the ground pretending to be dead bodies, terming it a symbolic representation of the future of students.

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The students warned that a movement similar to JP Narayan of 1975 that was organized to end the emergency like situation would be re-created against VC’s dictatorship.  ABVP demanded to revoke the suspension of 10 students and properly declare the UG results. The organization warned that if the varsity does not accept these demands, a massive protest would be organized on July 22 – the foundation day of HPU. Chandel has warned that not even the Chief Minister would be allowed to enter the varsity campus on that day.

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SFI also alleged the current VC of adopting a completely dictatorial attitude towards students and raised questions over the working of the varsity authorities.

The varsity failed to settle the results of the sixth semester of UG classes by July 19. The students are compelled to visit the varsity themselves to get their results corrected. Moreover, without settling UG results, the varsity has released the merit lists of the entrance exams for PG classes, said SFI.

It said the VC is more concerned about protecting his staff responsible for creating disorder and indulging in corrupt practices. Letters with false allegations against them were being sent to the parents of those students who were taking part in protests, which is leading to mental harassment of both students and parents, SFI alleged.

Students are being treated like captives in hostels. Even 24×7 library was made inaccessible to students. The inter-hostel outing in girl hostels was also suspended, said SFI.

The campus president of SFI Vikram Thakur alleged that the varsity is consistently depriving students of their democratic rights. He urged the students to unite in order to end this dictatorial attitude of the VC.

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