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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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Hamirpur college girl alleges local police of threatening her instead of acting against molester

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Shimla: The image of Himachal Pradesh Police was badly dented by the case relating to the gangrape and murder of a minor schoolgirl in Kotkhai, Shimla, in July 2017. 

Now, in yet another case of alleged harassment and molestation, a girl enrolled in a private college in Hamirpur town has labelled serious allegation against the local police.

As per the sources, a person had been stalking and harassing the girl, who is living in a rented room in the town, for over a month. The person, whom she identified as a member of an influential family of Maunhi (मौहीं) village, crossed the limits, used abusing words, and even molested her on Friday.

On reaching the police station with her complaint on the same day, instead of taking action the police allegedly threatened her and forced to sign a blank paper.

As per the girl, the police allegedly pressurized her to compromise in order to hush up the matter as culprit’s family was an influential one.

Eventually, the girl has approached the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Balwinder Thakur, with her grieve complaint.The ASP has also given her an assurance that appropriate directions were given to the incharge of the station to take strict action against the culprit.  

Yesterday, a teacher of a private college in Hamirpur town was arrested for allegedly raping his pupil inside college premises. A video showing students and parents thrashing the accused publically also did rounds of social media.

The appearance of another case has put a big question mark over the law and order conditions of the town, the image of the police, and declarations made by the new government over the safety of women in Himachal.

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Brig. Satish Kumar appointed new HPSSC Chairman

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Shimla: Brig. Satish Kumar became the new Chairman of Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission (HPPSC), Hamirpur as the Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry administered him the oath of office.

Born on May 27 in 1957, Brig. Satish Kumar belongs to village Biara of Tehsil Palampur, Kangra district. He was earlier appointed as Member of HPPSC, Hamirpur.

Earlier, Brig. Satish Kumar had rendered his services in various wings of Indian Army and has an experience of 35 years in various fields.

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HP Cabinet Decisions Feb 2018: Nod to hire 200 doctors through walk-in interviews, relief in MBBS tendering bond money

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Shimla: In a cabinet meeting of Himachal Pradesh Government held on February 17, 2018, the Government gave nod to fill 200 vacant posts of Medical Officers (MBBS) on local specific contracts through walk-in interviews, particularly in rural and far-flung areas.

The Cabinet decided to amend PG policy on tendering bond money for MBBS doctors pursuing higher courses, MD/MS degree or diploma, super speciality DM/MCH courses, DNB courses, Master Courses within and outside the State.

As per the government, it will help MBBS doctors undergoing PG courses in obtaining bank guarantees for their courses.

HP Govt to sign MoU with NCCF

The existing policy, provisions and method of procurement of pulses will also be revised to facilitate procurement of four pulses i.e. Dal Channa, Urd Sabut, Moong Sabut and Malka from National Co-operative Consumer’s Federation of India Ltd. (NCCF) under the state-subsidized scheme meant for procurement and distribution of pulses.

 It will save Rs. 2.63 crore per month only on account of purchase of pulses, the government claimed.

 The H.P. State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd. and NCCF will execute a MoU for the same soon.

The government said it would seek more staff from Development Bank, Germany for the boosting the H.P. Forest Ecosystem Climate Proofing Project, which is being implemented in Chamba and Kangra districts.

The government said this project is covering 600 panchayats of said districts to minimize and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change by increasing biodiversity and sustained income in rural areas through sustainable management of forest resources.

List of HP Cabinet’s other decisions:

  1. Approved deployment of two medical physicists and four radiotherapist technicians on outsource basis at Government Medical College Tanda to operationalise the sophisticated cancer treatment equipment available there
  2. Gave nod to upgrade Community Health Centre Bagsaid to 50 bed Civil Hospital in Mandi district along-with creation of 29 posts of various categories in the hospital
  3. Consent to upgrade Civil Hospital Ani in district Kullu to 100 bed Civil Hospital along-with creation of 26 new posts of different categories
  4. Consent to fill up 20 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni in district Solan on contract basis
  5. Consent to fill up three vacant posts of Investigators in H.P. Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) on contract basis

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