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Second list of 9 Congress candidates released, Stokes out, Vikramaditya in

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Daughter of sitting MLA and cabinet minister Kaul Singh, Champa, had already filed her nomination and now Ashish Butail, the son of BB Butail, was given a ticket from Palampur too.

Shimla: The Congress had released the first list of the candidates for the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly polls on October 18. The list had named candidates for 59 constituencies. 

On October 22, Congress named the candidates for the remaining nine seats. Vikramaditya Singh, son of the Chief Minister Virbahdra Singh, was also given ticket from Theog by the Congress high command.

As previously announced by the CM, his son will contest the assembly polls from Shimla-rural constituency, which was vacated by the father for him.

Further, Deepak Rathore has replaced Vidya Stokes in the Theog constituency. Strokes had announced her retirement as Virbahdra Singh was initially planning to replace her. 

Daughter of sitting MLA and cabinet minister Kaul Singh, Champa Thakur, had already filed her nomination and now Ashish Butail, the son of BB Butail, was given a ticket from Palampur too.

Here is the list of remaining candidate

Constituency  Candidate  
Shahpur Kewal Singh Pathania  
Palampur Ashish Butail  
Manali Hari Chand Sharma  
Kullu Surender Singh Thakur  
Anni- SC Paras Ram  
Kutlehar Vivek Sharma  
Nalagarh Lakhwinder Rana  
Theog Deepak Rathore  
Shimla Rural Vikramaditya Singh  
Mandi-Sadar Champa Thakur  

The remaining candidates including Vikramaditya will file their nominations on October 23 – the last date of filing nominations for the polls. The last date for the withdrawal of the nomination is October 26.

Virbhadra Singh has already filed the nomination from Arki constituency this time. Paras Ram has replaced the name of Bansi Lal for the Anni (SC) constituency.

Bhartiya Janata Party has already released the list of candidates for all 68 constituencies, but still not clear about the Chief Ministerial candidate. 

The political activity and attitude of the BJP high command appears to prefer a new face this time. Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal is likely to be replaced by the Union Health Minister JP Nadda, if the current situation is to be considered.

It is speculated that BJP would fight election without declaring the CM candidate to avoid infighting. The Dhumal camp is certainly not happy with it.

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Senior Citizen Day Care Centres in Himachal to be Established in Shimla, Mandi, Dharamshala

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Shimla- Senior Citizen Day Care centres in Himachal Pradesh would be established in three districts, the state government informed today.

National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh is organising The World Senior Citizen’s Day on 21st August, at New MC Building, Upper Chowk, Khalini Shimla.

A spokesperson said that on this occasion National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh in collaboration with Help Age India Himachal Chapter will be establishing three Day Care Centres for elderly at Shimla, Mandi and Dharamshala.  He said that in these centres various activities like physiotherapy, library,(books, magazines and newspapers), recreation/pilgrimage tours, yoga, health checkup and awareness camps and other recreational services (TV, music, carom board, chess, ludo and cards etc) will be provided free of cost.

The decision came after a petition was filed in the Himachal Pradesh High Court by Advocate Vandana Misra in June 2019. The petition had made several revelations regarding minimum or no facilities being provided to senior citizens. It was alleged in the petition that all these facilities existed only in papers.

After hearing the petition, the State High Court had directed the state government to furnish the details of all the Government-run or private old age homes as well as the information, in a tabulated form, of all the cases filed by the senior citizens before the Deputy Commissioners seeking one or the other relief under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. The case is listed for June 11, 2019. 

As per the 2011 census, Himachal has a population of seven lakh who are aged 60 years and above – 10.2% of the state’s total population. This percentage is higher than the national average of 8.6%.

The highest elderly population in the state was mapped in Hamirpur district at 12.8%, followed by Bilaspur at 11.09%, Kangra at 11.7%, and Una at 11.5%. Solan and Sirmaur have the lowest population of elderly persons at 8%.

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Pension Adalat in Himachal to be Conducted on August 23 to Address Grievances

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Shimla-The Pension Adalat in Himachal Pradesh would be conducted on August 23, 2019, with a view of addressing the grievance of the pensioners, informed a spokesperson of Department of Personnel today.

The announcement came in compliance with the decision of the government of India to conduct the Pension Adalat throughout the country by each Ministry/Department/Organisation/Field formation on the same date.

The objective of this day is dedicated to Pensioners as part of good governance and efforts made to minimize their grievances, he said.

He said that in view of the above, it has been decided to conduct the Pension Adalat on August 23, 2019, under Chairmanship of Special Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh in his office chamber Room No. 223 Armsdale Building. HP  Secretariat at 10.30 AM.

 

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Facebook Account of CM Jairam’s PSO Hacked, Pro-Pakistan, Anti-National Content Posted on Timeline

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Shimla-Facebook account of the personal security officer of the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, Tavender Thakur, was reportedly hacked by an unknown person. The hacker reportedly posted anti-national and pro-Pakistan content including ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans on the timeline.

It was reported that calls containing objectionable language and life-threats to the Prime Minister Narender Modi were being made through messenger to people in the friend list of the PSO.   

The Cyber Crime Unit of the police is investigating the case. However, Tavender reportedly had no knowledge regarding it. According to available information, Tavender belongs to Seraj constituency of Mandi district.

The screenshots of the content posted on the timeline were being circulated on social media. It created a stir at the Chief Minister’s Office.

The Superintendent of Police, Ompati Jamwal, has confirmed the report of receiving this complaint from some officials of the department. More details are awaited.

The Chief Minister, when asked regarding this news, said that by misusing technology an attempt is being made to create a conspiracy. He said the case has been forwarded to the Cyber Crime unit and culprits behind this hacking would not be spared.  

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