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Setback for Virbhadra in Money Laundering Case as special court confirms seizure of Delhi-based farmhouse

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Shimla: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s Delhi-based farmhouse worth 27. 29 crores was provisionally attached by the Law Enforcement Directorate in relation to money laundering probe against the Chief Minister and his family in March 2017.

A special court has now confirmed the attachment of this farmhouse located in Dera Mandi near Mehrauli of south Delhi area. The attachment was confirmed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Based on the FIR registered by Central Bureau of Investigation, a criminal case under the PMLA was filed by the ED against Virbhadra Singh in 2015.

The allegations said the property was also purchased “out of money laundered through shell firms”.

Funds were routed through certain paper entities or shell firms, ED had alleged. The allegation also included use of fake addresses for these bogus firms and fake bank account.

Chief Minister’s son Vikramaditya and daughter Aprajita hold shares in the Maple Destination and Dreambuild Private Limited – the firm on the name of which the farmhouse was purchased at a cost of Rs. 1.2 crores.

The news came as another setback for the Congress leader and the State government ahead of assembly polls that are just a couple of month away.

CBI had also registered a case of disproportionate assets (DA) against the Chief Minister. 

In this case, charges against Singh relates to his term as union minister of steel in Dr. Manmohan Singh government. It was alleged that Singh and his family members had amassed wealth of Rs 6.1 crore from unknown sources of income during 2009-2011.

The Chief Minister is already facing the wrath of opposition over the alleged shoddy investigation in the murder and rape case of a minor in Kotkhai, Shimla district. Almost entire Shimla Police Department is in Delhi for CBI questioning. Eight police officials including then Inspector General of Police, Zahur H Zaidi, and DSP Theog, were arrested on August 29 over alleged killing of accused Suraj Singh in police custody. 

Then SP Shimla, DW Negi, DSP Ratan Singh Negi, and ASP Bhajan Dev Negi are also being questioned by CBI in Delhi.

It would increase the troubles for the Congress government as a group of Congress MLAs allegedly headed by the President of the State Congress Committee is already against fighting upcoming assembly elections under Vibhadra Singh due to the controversy over the corruption case and shoddy police work in the aforesaid gangrape case.

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Himachal: 58 More Patients Succumb to Covid-19, Total Active Cases Reach 36,633

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Shimla-The death toll in Himachal Pradesh reached 2,369 on Monday after 58 patients of coronavirus succumbed to severe symptoms of the infection. According to official data released by the state government, 3,546 new cases of coronavirus were detected in the last 24-hours. This takes the total cases of infection in the state to 1,63,786 out of which 36,633 are active cases.

With 24 deaths, the Kangra district reported the highest number of casualties on Monday.  The district also reported the highest 1241 cases. The Solan district reported 10 fatalities in the last 24-hours.; while at the same time, Shimla reported seven deaths. 45 patients who succumbed to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours had no comorbidities while 16 patients were under the age of 50. Out of 13,556 Covid tests that were run across the state, 647 remain awaited.

Also Read: Himachal’s Positivity and Fatality Rates for Last Week High at 28.9% and 1.52% Respectively

 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Cases for May 17, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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The state government opened the vaccination drive for people in the 18-44 age group category on Monday. A total of 23,319 people received their first dose of vaccine across the state. While only 90 people across the state received their second dose of vaccine on Monday. 4,34,604 people have received both doses of the Covid vaccine by Monday. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Monday that for the latest vaccination drive, 213 centers have been set up in the state.  Under the 18-44 age group, 21,090 people have already booked their slots.  CM Thakur also urged people to observe Covid-prevention protocols like wearing face masks and sanitising hands at the Centres.

The next day of vaccination for 18-44 years is on Thursday and the sessions for the same would be made available on the COWIN portal on Tuesday. Other sessions for the vaccination would be held on May 24, May 27, and May 31. 

View the District-wise Details of all COVID-19 Deaths in Himachal Pradesh for May 17, 2021 (Till 7 pm) Below:

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On First Day of Vaccination Drive in Himachal Pradesh (18-44 years), 19810 Vaccinated

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Shimla-Vaccination drive for 18-44 years age group in Himachal Pradesh has begun from today. On the first day of the drive, 19810 persons were administered the first dose of the vaccine in the state, informed the state health department. The highest 4121 persons were vaccinated in Kangra district, which is the epicentre of the pandemic in Himachal Pradesh.

For this drive, 213 vaccination centres had been set up in the State. The state government urged people to get registered and schedule their appointments

Registered persons have been asked to arrive at the vaccination centres as per their schedule to avoid overcrowding.

A total of 21090 people had registered so far. The next date of vaccination for 18-44 years would be 20th May 2021 and sessions for that day would be published on the COWIN portal on 18th May 2021. Other sessions for the vaccination would be held on 24th, 27th and 31st May 2021 for this age group.

The HP government claimed that 31 per cent of Himachal Pradesh’s population has been vaccinated and 21,50,353 doses of vaccine had been administered.

Vaccination drive for health care workers was stated on 16th January 2021, for front line workers on 2nd February 2021, for 60+age groups and 45-60 years with co-morbidities on 1st March 2021 and for 45+ population on 1st April 2021.

The government informed that 386 cold chain points had been established along with State Vaccine Store-I and Regional Vaccine Store-2 through which these vaccines were being distributed. These points were being monitored on Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) basis.

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Himachal’s Positivity and Fatality Rates for Last Week High at 28.9% and 1.52% Respectively, Recovery Count 124434: HP Govt

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Shimla-So far 161072 persons have been tested for COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh, out of which 124434 persons have recovered and the recovery rate is 75.5 per cent, the state government said in an official statement on Monday.   

From 200 active cases in the state in February 2021, the number has increased to 34258. Last week Himachal reported 28817 positive cases. The positivity rate was 28.9 percent and during the same period. During this period, the state reported 439 deaths- at a case fatality rate of 1.52 percent.

A total of 99807 Covid samples were taken. of which 28817 tested positive.

District-Wise Covid-19 Tests and Positive Cases in Himachal Pradesh During Last Week

District Persons Tested Found Positive
Bilaspur 10006 2055
Chamba 11149 2003
Hamirpur  7169 2255
Kangra  22824 8686
Kinnaur  2287 248
Kullu  3276 691
Lahaul and Spiti  2267 196
Mandi  10896 3471
Shimla  7926 2418
Sirmour  5948 2215
Solan 7945 2624
Una 8114 8114
     

 

The state government claimed that a delay in shifting the Covid patients in home isolation to hospitals was one of the major cause of fatality in Himachal Pradesh.

The government said that though a large number of people are recovering from the disease, many people are reporting a wide variety of signs and symptoms including fatigue, body aches, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing, etc during the recovery period. As of now, there is limited evidence of post-Covid complications, the government claimed.

Patients recovering have been strongly advised to continue Covid appropriate behaviour such as the use of mask, hand & respiratory hygiene, physical distancing, drink an adequate amount of warm water, take immunity booster medicines. Such persons were also advised to practice yogasana, pranayam, meditation and breathing exercises daily.

They must go for morning or evening walk, follow a balanced nutritious diet, have adequate sleep and rest, and avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, the statement said. In case of persistent dry cough / sore throat, saline gargles and steam inhalation were suggested.

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