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Read about all ministers of Jairam’s newly formed HP Cabinet

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Shimla: Today, the new Cabinet of the Himachal Government was formed. Along with Jairam Thakur, who sworn-in as the Chief Minister, 11 other ministers also assumed their offices. Right after the oath-taking ceremony, Jairam Thakur held first meeting with his cabinet ministers.

As per the analysis of the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) Three ministers are 12th pass, eight are graduates, and one minister is PhD. Five ministers, Anil Sharma, Govind Singh Thakur, Mahender Singh, Kishan Kapoor, and Bikram Singh have criminal cases against them.

The new cabinet has two ministers in the age group of 41 to 50 years, while six are in the age group of 61 to 70 years. Remaining four are in age group of 61 to 70 years.

Let us take a brief look at the new cabinet:

Jairam Thakur

Jai thakur oath taking ceremony

It is obvious that Jairam Thakur is the leader of the council of the ministers. He was born on 6 January 1965 in Tandi village of Murahag panchayat of Seraj Assembly constituency in Mandi district. His father’s name was Jethu Ram and mother’s name is Briku Devi. Thakur did his primary education from Kurani School and studied in High School Bagsyad near Thunag. 

In 1998, he won his election from Chachiot Assembly constituency and has been MLA from Chachiot (which after delimitation was known as Seraj Assembly constituency).

He won for five consecutive terms as an MLA. He remained State BJP President and was Cabinet Minister in previous BJP government. He has also remained as Vice Chairman, State Civil Supplies Corporation. He also remained as President of BJYM. He has declared total assets worth  Rs 3.28 crore.

Mahender Singh

Mahender Singh

 

  • Mahender Singh was born on 22 February 1950.
  • He was elected to State Legislative Assembly in February 1990 as an Independent.
  • Elected again in 1993 as Congress candidate.
  • In 1998 elected on HVC ticket in 2003 as Lok Tantrik Morcha (H.P.) candidate.
  • Won in 2007 on BJP ticket.
  • He also won 2012 Assembly election as BJP candidate.
  • For being elected to the Assembly in five consecutive elections, on five different election symbols has been recommended for entry in the Guinness Book of World Record.
  • He remained Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and PWD from March 1998. 
  • He resigned from the Council of Ministers in December 2004.
  • He also remained Chairman, Estimate Committee besides being Member of various other House Committee.
  • Total Assets declared Rs 15.38 crore

Kishan Kapoor

Kishan Kapoor

  • Kishan Kapoor was born on 25 June, 1951.
  • Remained Member Bhartiya Jan Sangh and Janata Party before being associated with the BJP.
  • Kapoor was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1990 as BJP candidate.
  • He was re-elected to the Assembly in 1993 and 1998.
  • Elected to State Assembly again in December 2007 and appointed Transport Minister.
  • Total Assets declared Rs 7.99 crore

Suresh Bhardwaj

Suresh Bhardwaj

Suresh Bhardwaj was born on 15 March 1952 at Village Bhamnoli, PO Summerkot, Tehsil Rohru, district Shimla

  • He had also won the last Assembly election 1n 2012.
  • He is a BSc and LLB and remained actively involved in student movement during college days
  • He was the National Secretary of ABVP from 1973-74.
  • He remained in jail on several occasions, particularly during the emergency.
  • He was elected as the Convener, Himachal Pradesh Loktantrik Morcha in 1977
  • He was elected President of the Janata Yuva Morcha from 1978-81.
  • He was elected as the Himachal Pradesh BJYM National Treasurer in 1987-88.
  • He was elected as the President State Bhartiya Janata Party from 2003-2006.
  • He was elected to the State Legislative Assembly in 1990 and to Rajya Sabha in 2002.
  • He remained Member of various standing Committees of the house as also the Consultative Committee of various ministers.
  • Returned to the State Legislative Assembly in December 2007 and appointed Chief Whip of Bhartiya Janata Legislature Party and Chairman, Human Development Committee of the house.
  • Total Assets declared Rs 93.53 lakh

Anil Sharma

Anil Sharma

  • Anil Sharma was born on June 30, 1956.
  • He is BSc (Diary Technology).
  • Sharma was elected to State Legislative Assembly in November 1993
  • He remained Minister of State for Youth Services, Sports and Forest from 1993-96
  • He remained Member Rajya Sabha, 1998-2004.
  • He was elected again to the State Legislative Assembly in December 2007.
  • He remained General Secretary Pradesh Congress Committee and Chief Whip, Congress Legislative Party.
  • He was elected to State Legislative Assembly in December 2012 and remained Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister.
  • Total Assets declared  Rs 40.20 crore

Sarveen Chaudhary

Sarveen Chaudhary

  • Sarveen Chaudhary was born on 21 January, 1966 at Dharamshala
  • She did MA in classical dance and Diploma in Yoga, Painting and Cookery
  • She took part in Nehru Yuva Kendra and NSS activities during student life
  • She remained an active worker of R.S.S.
  • She entered politics in the year 1992
  • She remained Mandal Pradhan of BJP Mahila Morcha in 1992 to 1994
  • She remained the president of the Bhartiya Janata Party, district Kangra from 1995-97
  • She was elected to the State Assembly on BJP ticket in 1998 and remained Parliamentary Secretary from 3 November 1998 to March 2003
  • She was elected again to the State Assembly in December 2007 and was appointed Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment
  • She again won 2012 Assembly election
  • Total Assets declared Rs 4.19 crore

Ram Lal Markanda

Ram Lal Markanda

  • Dr. Ram Lal Markanda was born on 17 October 1966.
  • He remained active in State NSUI during 1989-93
  • He remained General Secretary H.P. Youth Congress,
  • He remained President Himachal Vikas Congress, District Lahaul & Spiti
  • He remained Minister of State for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (Independent charge)
  • He remained Minister for State for Animal Husbandry (Independent Charge) and attached with the IPH and Minister for IPH
  • He was given additional charge of PWD (attached with the CM) in 2001 and resigned from the Council of Ministers on 3.2.2003.
  • Total Assets declared Rs 87 lakh

 Vipin Singh Parmar

parmar

  • Vipin Parmar was born on 15 March 1964.
  • He was active worker of Rashtriya Sevak Sangh (RSS)
  • He remained organizing secretary State Akhil Vidyarthi Parishad
  • He remained the Secretary of All India Akhil Vidyarthi Parishad
  • Elected to State Legislative Assembly in 1998
  • He was  re-elected in December 2007
  • Total Assets declared Rs 1.44 crore 

Virender Kanwar

Virender Kanwar

  • Virender Kanwar was born on 29 January 1964.
  • He is BA, LL.B. and Diploma in Pharmacy.
  • He remained a member of RSS since childhood
  • He remained convener of ABVP, district Hamirpur between 1981-85
  • He remained General Secretary and President of BJYM, district Una from 1992-95 and 1995-2000 respectively
  • He remained Member of the State Bhartiya Janata Party, Executive during 2003-06
  • He was elected to the State Legislative Assembly in 2003.
  • He was re-elected in December 2007
  • Total Assets declared 3.38 crore

Bikram Singh

Bikram Singh

  • He is the Son of Kishan Chand, and was born on 28 August 1964 at village Jole, Tehsil Jaswan, District. Kangra
  • He is a B.Sc., B.Ed
  • He was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2003 from Jaswan Assembly segment which has now been renamed as Jaswan-Pragpur after delimitation.
  • He remained Vice Chairman of  H.P. Khadi & Gramudyog Board during1999-2003
  • He remained the  President of the State BJYM in 2000, and Vice President State BJP 2008
  • He was re-elected to the State Legislative Assembly in December 2012
  • Total Assets declared 74 lakh 

Govind Singh Thakur

Govind Singh Thakur

  • He is the Son of Kunj Lal Thakur (Ex. Minister)
  • He was  born on 3 October 1968 at Village Kanyal, Tehsil Manali, District Kullu
  • He is a  Graduate

 

Dr. Rajiv Saizal

Dr Rajiv Saizal

  • Dr Rajiv Saizal was born on 11 July 1971.
  • He is a BAMS.
  • He remained the General Secretary of Doctors Cell, BJP, district Solan
  •  He was first elected to the State Legislative Assembly in December in 2007
  • He was re-elected in 2012
  • Total Assets declared 77 lakh

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Accused arrested in Kotkhai Gudiya case sent to 14-day judicial custody

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Kotkhai Gudiya case update

Shimla: While all eyes will be on the status report to be submitted in the Himachal Pradesh High Court in Gudiya gangrape and murder case, the only accused arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation on April 13, 2018, was produced in a special court in Shimla. The accused was sent to a 14-day judicial custody.

Officially, the sleuths have not revealed the identity of the arrested accused and are maintained a distance from all media person. The face of the accused covered while he was brought to the special court today morning.

However, media reports are identifying the accused a Neelu of Mandi district.

The agency is also supposed to file a status report in the state High Court during this afternoon. The people are expecting the agency to make identity and findings of the probe public.

They could face disappointment as the agency has made only one arrest in the case. The arrested accused is being speculated to be a woodcutter.

The people do have hope to get justice for Gudiya, they are equally sceptic about the arrest in the absence of any clear clue about the story of Gudiya.

It is pertinent to mention that the High Court in this March had expressed extreme disappointment with the CBI’s pace of investigation and had directed the CBI Chief to be personally present in the court during the next hearing.

However, right after the hearing, the CBI had suddenly announced that it has got its hands on a strong forensic evidence against the real culprits.

Prior to it, the CBI was empty-handed and had even announced a reward of Rs. 10 lakh to anyone who provides it with any substantial clue about the culprits.

After about 10 months of investigation, the agency had in March claimed that it will expose the accused by April 25, which is today.

 

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Arrested accused in Kotkhai Gudiya case confesses crime: Reports

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Kotkhai accused confession

Shimla: The police in Kotkhai region of Shimla district of the peaceful Hill State is on high alert as the Central Bureau of Investigation brought the lone accused arrested in alleged case of the murder of a 16-year-old girl after a gangrape back to Shimla on Sunday.

The agency has cracked the case and the accused has confessed his crime if the reports of CBI sources and media are to be believed.

The lone accused arrested by the CBI on April 14, 2018, was taken to the agency headquarters in New Delhi for further investigation.

On Sunday, he was brought back to Shimla for the re-creation of the crime scene based on the statement given by the accused. However, the identity of the accused remains unconfirmed because CBI has been maintaining distance from media.

The accused was on Monday morning was taken to the crime spot in the Halaila forests of Kotkhai Tehsil.

A large crowd gathered to see the accused, however, as per a Hindi Daily, they were disappointed as he was reportedly wearing a helmet as a part of the agency’s measures to keep the identity concealed.

A national news channel, however, claimed that the name of the accused is Neelu and he is a lumberjack.

The round of speculations regarding the identity is likely to continue until April 25 – the next date of the hearing in the State High Court.

The agency had earlier assured the court that it would reveal the real culprits in the upcoming hearing. The agency has not made any other arrest so far while the date of hearing is just two days away.

However, sceptic minds are trying to add up the numbers. It is hard to believe that a lumberjack alone could send the entire Special Investigation Team of the HP Police to jail and fool the premier investigation agency of India.  

Therefore, more arrests are expected to be made during the next few days. 

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Himachal seeks Rs. 300 crore from Centre to promote religious tourism circuit and eco-adventure tourism

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Religious Tourism in Himachal PRadesh

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government has urged the Union Minister for Tourism, K.J. Alphons to sanction three schemes worth Rs. 300 crore to promote religious tourism circuit and eco-adventure tourism in the state.

The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, during a meeting in New Delhi, apprised the Minister that Himachal was also a major centre of religious tourism and religious tourism circuits will be developed here to provide devotees more facilities.

The Chief Minister also invited Union Minister to Himachal and said that he himself will take him to the tourist destinations of the State. K.J. Alphons whole-heartedly accepted the invitation.

Chief Minister also urged the Centre to provide funds generously for widespread publicity of tourism sites in the state.

The Union Minister of State for Tourism assured the Chief Minister that the Union Government will extend all possible support to this hill state for exploitation and expansion of its tourism potential.

The Chief Minister said that the focus should be on tourism in the state, which was not given before. However, now the state government is giving special emphasis to strengthening infrastructure in virgin natural places, he said.

Himachal has immense potential for adventure tourism and adventure sports like mountaineering, biking, river rafting, and paragliding and the state is considered as a paradise for these adventure sports.

However, it is true that the governments have done very little to polish and maintain the tourism sector.

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