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Jairam swears-in as Himachal’s new CM alongwith 11 Cabinet ministers

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Shimla: In an extravagantly orchestrated oath-taking ceremony today, Bhartiya Janata Party’s 52-years-old leader Jairam Thakur sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh alongwith ministers of his newly formed 12-member Cabinet.

The oath was administered by the Governor Acharya Devvrat in the presence of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, BJP Chief, Amit Shah, UP Chief Minister, Adityanath Yogi, Rajnath, senior BJP leader, L.K. Advani, and Nitin Gadkari.

The new Cabinet includes the following ministers

  • Mahender Singh Thakur- Won from Dharampur constituency by defeating INC’s Chander Shekhar.
  • Suresh Bhardwaj – Won Shimla-urban by defeating Independent candidate Harish Janartha and Congress’s Harbhajjan Singh Bhajji
  • Anil Sharma- Won Mandi constituency by defeating Congress candidate Champa Thakur
  • Sarveen Chaudhari- Won Shahpur Constituency by defeating independent candidate Major (retired) Vijai Singh Mankotia
  • Ramlal Markanda-Won the Lahaul and Spiti constituency by defeating Congress’s Ravi Thakur
  • Vipin Parmar – Won Sullah seat by Congress’s Jagjiwan Paul
  • Virender Kanwar – Won Kutlehar by defeating Congress’ Vivek Sharma
  • Vikram Singh – Defeated Congress’ Kuldeep Singh Pathania.
  • Rajiv Sahjal – Won the Kasauli by defeating congress’s g Vinod Sultanpuri
  • Govind Singh: Won Manali by defeating Congress’ Hari Chand Sharma in Manali
  • Kishan Kapoor- Won the Dharamshala constituency by defeating Congress’ Sudhir Sharma

The name of the MLA Kishan Kapoor is said to have been added to the list of the ministers at the last moment. If Kapoor is included in the cabinet, then there would be 12 ministers this time.

Except for Mahender and Sarveen, all other faces are new.

For a change, MLA Govind Singh took the oath in Sanskrit. The oath ceremony was concluded with the national anthem.

MLA Rajiv Bindal has been appointed as the Speak of the Legislative Assembly.

In wake of the ceremony, a huge crowd of the BJP supporters had swarmed upon the historic Shimla Ridge Maidan.

Heavy security arrangements were made considering the gathering of BJP’s top leadership and Chief Ministers.

The BJP had wrested the power from the Congress by winning 44 seats out of total 68 in the assembly polls held on November 9, 2017. After the shock defeat of the BJP’s CM candidate, Prem Kumar Dhumal, it took a week full of suspense and drama for the BJP-high command to pick the new CM.

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Heavy Rain, Snow in Himachal, Yellow Alert Issued for Nov 15

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Hp met weather prediction nov 2019

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department has predicted rain and snow from 14 to 16 November 2019. While rain at isolated places is predicted in middle and high hills on November 14, the Met has predicted heavy rain in low and middle hills and heavy snowfall in higher hills.

Weather prediction 2019

A yellow alert has been issued for November 15 in five districts -Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Lahaul-Spiti.

The weather is predicted to be dry thereafter.  

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17 November Declared Paid Holiday for Municipal Council Elections

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MC elections in himachal pradesh 2019

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Government has declared 17 November 2019, as paid holiday in the areas of Municipal Council Solan and Nalagarh in district Solan and Rampur in district Shimla, where bye-election is scheduled to be held to fill up the vacant seats.

A Spokesperson of the state government said informed on Wednesday that all government offices, boards, corporations, educational institutions and industrial establishments of the state under Industrial Disputes Act and shops will remain closed on this day in the said areas.

He clarified that special casual leave may be given to those employees who are working in different places in the state but have a right to vote in these Wards on the production of a certificate from the concerned Presiding Officer that the employee has actually cast his/her vote.

 

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RTI Activist Writes to Governor over HPPSC Member Rachana Gupta’s Participation in Politically Dominated Event

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HPPSC Member Rachana Gupta at Global Investor meet

Shimla-The Member of Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission, Rachana Gupta, who has been in controversy over her appointment, is again in news. This time, an RTI activist has written to the Governor of the State, Bandaru Dattatreya, pointing out the presence of Gupta in recently held Global Investor Meet, Dharamshala. A picture of Gupta with the wife of the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur at the event was also attached with the letter.

The activist has termed the event as political dominated in nature where prominent leaders of the party were present.

The activist, Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, in his letter, has asked whether Gupta had obtained any permission from the Chairman, HPPSC, to participate in the said event.

The activist also raised a question whether it was appropriate for a member of HPPSC to participate in any politically dominated meetings or events.

“Suppose the wife of a Chief Secretary is a High Court Judge, then can she justify her participation in a political dominated event by arguing that since her husband participated in that event as a Chief Secretary so she can also participate,”

said the activist in his letter.

He said such participation of an HPPSC member would only erode the sanctity of the Commission in the eyes of the candidates and their parents who take the competitive examinations. He also said that such an act would also lead to erosion of the faith that the candidates have in the HPPSC.

The activist said that already a complaint is pending in the office of the Governor relating to criminal case Gupta was facing at the time of her appointment as HPPSC member. In July 2019, Gupta had to obtain bail from the Joginder Nagar court, the activist said.

Referring to the well-known proximity of Gupta with the family of the Chief Minister, the activist said that she was appointed within a very short span of time right after the Jairam Thakur took over the government. A special vacancy was created for her despite the fact that at the time of her appointment there was no such vacancy.

The activist has requested the Governor to initiate an inquiry into the matter and remove Gupta from the membership of HPPSC “in the interest of justice to the candidates who appear in various competitive examinations being conducted by the institution.”

At the time of her appointment in January 2018, the activist had alleged that the Bhartiya Janata Party allegedly created and filled two seats of the member of the HP Public Service Commission by violating the orders of the Supreme Court regarding the proper procedure to make an appointment on such positions.

In addition, two posts were created when all three posts were already occupied, the activist had alleged.

In July 2019, Gupta had filed a defamation suit against a the activist for allegedly tarnishing her image and reputation by posting wrong posts on Facebook.  She had made claim of Rs 1 crore from Bhatacharya.

 

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