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Mandi cheers as Jairam Thakur to become Himachal’s new CM

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Thakur is considered a soft-spoken person who hails from a humble farming family of Mandi

Shimla: The Bhartiya Janata Party, in a meeting of the State unit’s Core Committee held at Peterhoff in Shimla today, finally announced the five-times Seraj MLA, Jairam Thakur (52), as the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. The declaration has brought all speculation to a halt. 

The meeting was held under tight security outside the venue. The Union Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda, Mangal Pandey, Prem Kumar Dhumal, and two central observers, Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar, were also present to attend the meeting.


The leaders of the opposition and political critics believe that Jairam’s low profile and his tuning with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh eventually worked for him. The central observers had reportedly made a special visit to the office of the RSS in Shimla to for consultation over the name for the CM’s seat. 

As per initial reports, Thakur will be taking oath as the new Chief Minister of the Hill State in a ceremony to be organized on the historic Shimla Ridge Maidan on December 27. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is also expected to attend the ceremony.

The supporters of Thakur are lauding and celebrating literally ‘Congress-mukt Mandi’. The Congress could not even open an account in Mandi district as BJP grabbed nine out of the total 10 seats. The remaining one seat from Jogindernagar went to the billionaire businessman Prakash Kumar, who had fought his first election as an Independent candidate. He defeated BJP’s Gulab Singh Thakur, but is said to have extended his support to the BJP.

The new CM expressed his gratitude towards the  high-command electing him.

Earlier this week, after the declaration of results for the assembly elections in Himachal on December 18, the BJP confronted an obnoxious infighting for the chair of the Chief Minister as the party’s pre-announced candidate, Dhumal, faced defeat by the hands of his Congress-rival while batteling for the Sujanpur constituency.

A considerable chunk of winning MLAs, who are loyal to the two-times Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal, created rucksuck over the demand to give master the top post, as announced by the high-command prior to the polling and declaration of results.

However, Dhumal camp was somehow convinced to support Jairam as the new Chief Minister. Dhumal, on Saturday, had released a media statement, in which he had refuted the claims that he was still in the race for the top position.


With the defeat of its CM face, Thakur’s name instantly appeared as the alternate candidate of the BJP. For the last six days, the BJP was not able to celebrate its victory due the to chaotic atmosphere.

Earlier, the names of the Union Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda, Rajive Bindal, and Suresh Bhardwaj were also highlighted as deserving candidates by their respective supporters.

However, Jairam Thakur has emerged as the new face of BJP in Himachal. 

Thakur is considered a soft-spoken person who hails from a humble farming family of Mandi. He did his post-graduation from Panjab University in Chandigarh.

Jairam Thakur had won his first assembly elections in 1998. This assembly election, Jairam Thakur won from Seraj constituency by defeating Chet Ram of the Congress.

He has won the five assembly elections from Seraj constituency of Mandi district. The by-election of 2014 was the only occasion when Jairam Thakur had lost elections to Pratibha Singh, wife of Virbhadra Singh.

He is believed to be closely associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and has served as Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj in previous BJP governments. During 2007 to 2009, he has served as the party president.

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Season’s First Spell of Snow in Shimla, Manali, Cold Wave Intensifies Across State

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Snowfall in Shimla and Manali 2019

Shimla-Manali and Shimla received the first spell of snow in this season on Thursday. Tourist destinations like Kufri, Narkanda, Kharapather, Kotkhai etc were covered in snow.

The Rampur-Shimla Highway was closed to traffic after snow piled up. The traffic on this route was re-routed through Basantpur. About 20 routes in the upper Shimla region, including Chaupal and Rohru, are also hit by snow. 

After some minor accidents were reported, Shimla Police has requested drivers to be careful while driving in snowy conditions.

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Another popular tourist destination of the state, Manali, also received the first spell of snow in this season, cheering the hospitality industry. Solang Nala and Gulaba received about one foot of snow, while Marhi received two feet. Rohtang Pass has received over three feet of snow. All traffic on Rohtang Pass and Solang Nala routes was stopped near Nehrukund. Snow has hit traffic movement and electricity supply in some parts of Manali.

Other than these destinations, Lahaul-Spiti, Pangi, and Kinnaur were also disconnected from the rest of the state due to snow. Over 75 routes across Himachal were hit by snow.

Some parts of Sirmaur including Churdhar and higher reaches of Mandi district, including Shikari Devi and Kamarunag, also received a spell of snow. 
Shimla city and plains witnessed rain since morning.

The cold wave has intensified in the state with the ongoing spell of snow and rain. The Himachal Pradesh met department has predicted more snowfall on December 13. The Met on Wednesday had issued a yellow weather warning for 12th and 13th December with a prediction of rain and snow in most places across the state.

The Met has predicted that the state could receive more snow and rain till December 15, which would further intensify cold wave.

Weather Prediction for Himachal Pradesh 2019

Source: HP Met

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Missing Youth Case: Friend to Face Polygraph Test, Family Questions Police Investigation

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Missing Shimla Youth Shubham

Shimla-In the case related to the disappearance of Shubham, a local of Shimla’s Rohru, his arrested friend, Puneet, will go through a polygraph test. It was informed by an official of the Shimla Police on Tuesday.

After local police remained clueless in the case, a plea was submitted to a court seeking permission to conduct polygraph test on the suspect. The court has granted permission, the official informed.

The family of the missing youth is now raising questions over the investigation. They expressed a possibility that police could be working under some kind of pressure.

After 11 days of Shubham’s disappearance, the district police has revealed new details, which are obtained by questioning the suspect. Following the dissatisfaction expressed by the family, the SP has announced formation of a Special Investigation Team to investigate the case. The district police has already announced reward for anyone who would provide information related to Shubham.

As per the statement by the Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Ompati Jamwal, search operations are being conducted under the supervision of the DSP, Theog.  Daily 25-40 police personnel have been searching the area from where Shubham had gone missing. He also said that dog squad and drones were being used in the search operation.

Shubham had left with his friends to attend a car rally. His friend, Puneet had asked Shubham to photograph him during the rally. They were returning to Jubbal from Deha when Subham went missing.

“According to the version given by Puneet (to the police), along with 15 other youth, they had stayed at some house and had consumed liquor. After they left the house, Puneet stopped the vehicle (Gypsy) somewhere in Deha as Subham said he wanted to vomit. Subham got out of the car,”

SP Jamwal told media.

“Puneet said he fell asleep, and when he woke up, Shubham had not returned,”

Jamwal said. However, Jamwal said this information is based only on initial investigation and claims of the suspect were yet to be confirmed.

Father of Shubham, Krishan Chand, has expressed suspicion on Puneet. On Monday, the disheartened father of the missing youth held a press conference in Shimla where he burst into tears.

“I am sure that Puneet is behind all this, and he knows about my son,”

the father told media.

“The entire area is a jungle. For the last 10 days, over 100 people along with 60-70 locals from Deha village have been searching the area. We did not find anything. Still, the police is only searching the same area every day,”

the father said.

“I request the government to find my son. No matter in what condition, but find him soon,”

he said.

The SP hoped that a polygraph test would help crack the case. The test could be conducted within this week.

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Snowfall, Rain Predicted in Himachal, Yellow Warning Issued for 12, 13 Dec

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Snowfall in shimla and kullu manali in december 2019

Shimla– At least seven districts of Himachal Pradesh are likely to witnesses snowfall and rain till 16 December 2019.  The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has issued a yellow-coded weather warning for 12 and 13 December. The warning is issued for Mandi, Shimla, Kullu, Sirmaur, Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts.

Rain and thundershowers are predicted at most places in the plains and rain/snow in Middle Hills on 12 December. For Higher Hills, the Met predicts rain/snow in most places.

On 13 December, widespread rain/snowfall is predicted in Middle and Higher Hills. Plains are likely to receive widespread rain.

snowfall in shimla and kullu in december 2019

Source: HP Met

Further, Met dept. predicts rain/snow in Middle and Higher Hills at isolated places from 14-16 December. The weather is likely to remain dry on 15 and 16 December in the plains.

Following the prediction of the Met Department, District Administration, Shimla, has issued an advisory requesting trekkers and locals to avoid going to higher reaches of the district on 12 and 13 December. The administration said Narkanda, Kharapathar, Kufri could receive snow on the said dates.

The district administration said it is prepared to keep roads open in case of snow.

The temperature is likely to drop, intensifying the cold condition across the state.

It is important to note that Rohtang Pass remains closed to traffic and locals are left to cross the pass on foot. The locals complained that the only link between Lahaul-Spiti and Kullu in winters is the Rohtang Tunnel, which is non-functional, and no helicopter flights are being provided.

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