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What happened to BJP’s ‘chargsheet’ against Congress, asks RTI activist



HP BJP Chargsheet against congress

Anil Sharma, the ex- Minister, was one of the leaders against whom the BJP had raised serious charges in the chargesheet. Now, the same leader was allowed by the same BJP to join in its fold.

Shimla: A few months ago, the leader of the opposition, several MLAs and big wigs of the BJP had prepared and filed a chargesheet against Congress leaders and government officials in the office of the Governor with much fanfare.

The BJP had leveled serious charges against the ministers, MLAs, other leaders, bureaucrats etc. The Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was on the top of the list that contained corruption allegations against 41 persons.

The BJP appeared serious regarding the allegations and had sought stern action and orders of investigation. The party said it spent months on compiling it.

The so-called chargsheet was widely circulated in public domain through wide media publicity. However, nothing was heard of this chargesheet once it was officially filed.

It is also missing in this season of political campaign for assembly polls.

Surprisingly, none of the ministers named in the BJP’s document raised any reaction or filed any defamation case against the writers of the said chargesheet.

Two basic conclusions that could be derived from this episode are that either the persons, against whom the serious allegations were leveled, accepted the allegations or chose to remain silent for a reason.

The RTI activist Dev Ashish Bhattacharya has filed an application seeking information regarding the action taken against the Ministers named in this document.

No action was initiated against those individuals against whom the allegations were leveled in the said chargsheet, he said in the RTI.

Does it mean that the contents of the said “chargesheet” were bogus or that it was a mere formality and the law did not move an inch to investigate into the serious charges which were leveled, he asked.

The activist pointed out that Anil Sharma, the ex- Minister, was one of the leaders against whom the BJP had raised serious charges in the said chargesheet. Now, the same leader was allowed by the same BJP to join in its fold, he said.

He said it is a mockery of the ‘justice system’ where serious charges are leveled against the individuals occupying  high positions in government, but at the same time, the same were brushed aside. 

The activist argued that the contents of the said chargesheet should not be taken lightly and a serious action should have been visible by now.

Once he receives the sought information, the activist said he would move to the High Court to get the matter investigated on the serious charges which were levelled against the VIPs of the State, if required.

The activist has sought the certified copies of the documents pertaining to the action taken.

He has urged the Governor to direct the law enforcement agencies to investigate the facts of the chargesheet and take action, if required.

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Will deliver Rs. 1351 crore Bilaspur AIIMS in 2 years: CM Jairam



Bilaspur AIIMS Construction Progress

 Bilaspur-Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda performed the ground-breaking ceremony (Bhoomi Pujan) of AIIMS at Kothipura in Bilaspur district today.

Jai Ram Thakur said that this Rs. 1351 crore AIIMS would be completed within a period of two years and would have a bed capacity of 750 beds, out of which 300 beds would be for super speciality. There would be 100 MBBS seats and 60 nursing seats in the institute.

He blamed the previous State Government of causing an unnecessary delay in transferring the land for this institution.

Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said that the institute would have Affordable Medicine and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlets and Jan Aushadhi Kendra where medicine would be provided at highly discounted rates to the poor and needy.

He informed that the project would be executed by NBCC Ltd. and would have 15 operation theatres and 20 speciality and super speciality departments.  In addition, it would also have an AYUSH Department with 30 beds for providing treatment facilities in the traditional system of medicine.

Further, the Chief Minister announced shifting of PWD Division Number-II from Bilaspur to Kothipura, besides shifting Division Number -II of Shri Naina Devi Ji.

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Nauni Varsity Admissions Open for Diploma in Fruit, Vegetable Processing & Bakery products



Nauni varsity admissions for diploma

Solan-The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has invited applications for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products. The diploma will be run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university.

This year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme.

In addition, the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. The last date of application is 17 January 2019 and the counselling will be held on 19 January.

A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website(

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234 Ambulance Roads in Shimla City Declared ‘No Parking Zones’, Parking woes to Intensify



List of ambulance roads in Shimla City declared no parking zones

Shimla- The parking woes have intensified in Shimla City as the District Magistrate of Shimla, Amit Kashyap, issued an official notification on December 19, 2018, in which 234 ambulance roads in Shimla city were declared as “No Parking Zones.

As per the notification, based on the report received from the Superintendent of Police, Shimla, it was found that the residents, as well as outsiders, had turned link roads into unauthorized parking spaces, which results into huge traffic jam and inconvenience to the smooth passage of ambulances carrying patients along with the general the public.

Therefore, the District Magistrate declared all the following 234 ambulance roads as “No Parking Zones”:

He said the decision was taken keeping in view the necessity of smooth flow of traffic and passage to ambulances on ambulance roads in Shimla City.

As per the notification, the matter was highlighted as the local residents of the Middle Cemetery, upper Gahan, Bhatttakufar, Dhingu Bawari, Frud, Lower Gahan, and Nerridhar had requested to declare the ambulance roads leading from Dhigu Bawari to Lower Gahan and From PWD Workshop Bhattakuffer to Jai Moti Bhawan (Cemetary) as “No Parking Zone” as some of the people park their vehicles on these roads resulting in traffic jams and obstruct ambulances.

While the government has a policy to allow buying vehicles only if an applicant could provide evidence of having a parking space, there are a large number of cars which were either bought before the formation of this policy or are registered in other districts of the State.

A section of vehicle owners have expressed unrest against this decision and argued that it was not fair, as the government did not provide sufficient authorized parking spaces in localities.

Having a personal parking space doesn’t matter as soon as an individual drives to other parts of the city. Sufficient parking spaces based on the required capacity of a particular Ward or locality are needed to fix this problem, and it is apparently the government’s job

said a resident of Khalini, Shimla.

On the other hand, the majority of the general public has supported the decision expecting that it would make these roads more convenient and smoother for traffic.

However, the district police is likely to face a lot of resistance from local residents while ensuring compliance with the orders passed.

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