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After BJP MLA booked for forgery, now sitting MP charge-sheeted in corruption case

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Earlier on January 4, 2018, sitting MLA of BJP, Jeet Ram Katwal, was booked for alleged forgery

Shimla: Another state leader of Bhartiya Janata Party in Himachal Pradesh is in trouble in relation to the alleged case of bribery that dates back to 2009.

Earlier on January 4, 2018, sitting MLA of BJP, Jeet Ram Katwal, was booked for alleged forgery in providing information sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The Chotta Shimla police station has registered a case of forgery on January 4, 2018, under Section 465, 466 and 469 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)on the complaint of Pratap Singh Verma.

As another jolt to the BJP, which had made the corruption charges against then Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh a major issue before the recent assembly elections.

The sitting Member of Parliament from Shimla and BJP leader, Virender Kashyap, has been charge-sheeted in a case relating to a sting operation conducted by a TV channel on April 20, 2009 assembly polls. The sting had created a huge political controversy back then.  

The BJP came to power in the State right after the sting broke out and Kashyap also won the elections on a BJP ticket. The case was allegedly hushed up by the district police, Solan, due to political pressure.

However, owing to the petition filed in the High Court by an RTI activist, Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, the case was re-opened in 2013.

Let us remind you that in the newly elected Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh include 22 MLAs who are facing criminal cases. As per a report of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), two of the 21 Congress MLAs and 18 of the 44 BJP MLAs and 1 CPM MLA and one of the two independent MLAs have declared criminal cases against them in their affidavits.

About Virender Kashyap Sting Operation

As per the reported contents of the CD of the said sting operation conducted by a TV channel, Kashyap was seen allegedly accepting a packet of money in exchange of some favour.

As per the audio, it was an alleged bribe from a private party about setting up of an educational institution. However, Kashyap was not holding any official position at that time.

After the sting created a huge political drama, Kashyap claimed that he had found the money in the hotel saying someone might have forgotten it there. A BJP party-worker even handed over the money to the local police next day.

The matter was allegedly hushed up initially, but ruling BJP government had to order an inquiry in 2010 under pressure. The Solan police formed a special team in February and filed a probe report on March 2

The police findings claimed no offence was committed by Kashyap. As expected, the BJP leader was given a clean-chit.

Later in 2013, Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, an RTI activist, challenged the finding of the inquiry conducted by the government in the court. The division bench comprising Justice D.D. Sood and Justice Kuldeep Singh had quashed the investigation report of the police.

In the same year, the court had also served a notice to Kashyap to file a reply within four weeks.

The activist had alleged that the police gave the BJP leader a clean chit without forensic testing like matching the audio with the voice-sample of Kashyap. He alleged the district police did not conduct a fair probe due to high political pressure.  

On gaining back the power in 2012 assembly polls, the Congress government also ordered a probe by the Vigilance Department.

The Vigilance sent the said CD for forensic testing. After receiving positive results, the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau filed an FIR under Section 9 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.

Now, the District and Session Court, Solan, has finally framed the charges against the sitting MP.       

The MP, however, is still refuting the charges and calling it a conspiracy.

The State Congress party, which faced a humiliating defeat in the 13th assembly polls in 2017, has found it as an opportunity to poke the BJP government over the corruption charges on the sitting MP and FIR against a sitting MLA.

The Congress is questioning the silence of the BJP over the said case.

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HP Govt’s Jan Manch programme for on spot grievance redressal to be launched on 26 May

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Shimla: Amid Himachal Pradesh Government’s miserable state of public grievance redressal services, the State Government informed here today that in order to bring more efficiency in administration and ensuring good governance, the Government will be organizing ‘ Jan Manch ‘ programmes across the state.

This programme will be launched from Peterhoff in Shimla at 11 am on May 26, 2018, in the State Level Function.

Jan Manch programmes will be organised in remote areas of every district where Ministers will be present along with officers of all departments. They will hear the problems of people and try to resolve issues on the spot, informed the Spokesman.

He said that the main objective of this programme is to bridge the gap between people and government and to redress the grievances of the people at their doorsteps.

He said it will reduce the labour and efforts of people of remote areas who travel long distances to reach district and state headquarters for getting various services.

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Himachal’s Dr Vivek Bindal performs India’s first robotic surgery on 14-year-old

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India's first robotic surgery by Dr. bindal

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh’s, Dr Vivek Bindal, at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, performed robotic surgery on a 14-year-old child and removed a large tumor from his left adrenal gland thus saving his life.

Dr Vivek Bindal hails from Solan and is the son of the five-time legislator and current Deputy Speaker of the HP Legislative Assembly. He is currently serving as a consultant and coordinator (Robotic Surgery), Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic and Bariatric, The information was also released through an official press note issued from the Speaker’s Office.

Dr. Vivek Bindal son of Rajiv Bindal

According to doctors, the procedure lasted for two hours and the child was kept in hospital for four days and discharged thereafter, without any blood pressure medication. Before surgery, he was taking three different tablets for blood pressure in high doses. It is believed that he is the most experienced Robotic and Bariatric Surgeon in South East Asia. He has published many research papers and book chapters in this field in reputed journals.

During this uphill task, Prof. Satish Aggarwal was also present. Experts claim that the surgery is first of its kind in India. Robotic surgery is rarely used on children because of the small size of the abdomen, especially for adrenal tumors, which are deep-seated and adjacent to big blood vessels.

The adrenal gland is a deep-seated gland in the human abdominal cavity above the kidney, adjacent to biggest blood vessels and important organs of our body.

India's first robotic surgery by Dr. bindal

“Pheochromocytoma” is a rare functional tumor of the adrenal gland which leads to very high blood pressure and other medical problems. It is usually removed by open surgery, which entails a big cut and long recovery,  the doctors said.

The child had symptoms like sweating, palpitations, breathlessness and high blood pressure. On investigations, he was found to have a large 8 cm tumor in the left adrenal gland, along with high catecholamine (hormone) levels, suggestive of pheochromocytoma,

said Prof. Satish Aggarwal, department of pediatric surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

The child was planned for excision of the tumor by robotic surgery, rather than open surgery.

The location and size of the tumor, its proximity to vital organs like pancreas and major blood vessels, coupled with a small abdominal cavity in a child made it a very challenging and robotic platform was chosen to overcome these problems. The additional benefits of small incisions, minimal blood loss and faster recovery in a child made us proceed with robotics,

said Dr Vivek Bindal.

Experts said the challenge was to maintain blood pressure before, during and after the surgery. According to doctors even minimal manipulation of the adrenal tumor during surgery can shoot the blood pressure to alarming levels, while it falls precipitously immediately after removal of the tumor.

The child underwent a successful removal of the left adrenal tumor, which turned out to be 8 cm tumor, stuck to kidney, pancreas, spleen and large intestine, Keyhole robotic surgery was performed and the structures were dissected one by one safely.

The tumor was very vascular and had multiple bold vessels supplying it, arising from renal vessels and aorta. They were isolated and divided in between clips. The tumor was removed in totality without any significant blood loss,

said Dr Bindal.

More About Dr Vivek Bindal

Dr Vivek Bindal is working as Consultant Robotic, Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. He has a keen interest in Robotic Bariatric (Weight loss) Surgery and has worked and published extensively in this field. He is among the pioneer surgeons in South East Asia to bring Robotic Surgery in the field of Obesity surgery.

Dr Bindal completed his MBBS and MS (General Surgery) from prestigious Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. Thereafter, he did 2-year super speciality Fellowship of National Board (FNB) in Minimal Access Surgery from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Following this degree, Dr Bindal did an advanced fellowship in Robotic Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. He also worked as a faculty member in Division of Metabolic & Weight Loss Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, USA.

He has also been trained in Robotic and advanced laparoscopic surgery at centres of excellence around the world including IRCAD (Strasburg, France), International Robotic Training School (Grosseto, Italy), Celebration Health Florida Hospital (Florida, USA) etc.

He has been invited to speak on Laparoscopic, Robotic and Bariatric Surgery in various international and national conferences. He is actively involved in research in Bariatric surgery and is co-PI of many projects involving basic science research.

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108 ambulance skid-off road near IGMC Shimla, lands on 2 cars parked in ‘No Parking’ zone

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Shimla: Two men were injured as a 108 ambulance skid-off the Sanjauli-Lakkar Bazaar road near the Indira Gandhi Medical College today morning. The vehicle fell down on two cars parked on the roadside in a ‘No Parking’ zone.

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The ambulance was carrying no patient at the time of the accident, and the injured included only the driver and an assistant.  Both sustained minor injuries.

The accident occurred at about 6:30 AM as the ambulance skid-off the road while the driver was reversing it. No casualties were reported and the driver and assistant escaped with minor injuries,

the Lakkar Bazaar Police Post incharge told Himachal Watcher.

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The ambulance crushed one of the cars badly and damaged the other one. Fortunately, no person was present inside these cars and on the road when the accident took place.  Otherwise, the result could have proved to be fatal. 

It is one reason why not to park vehicles in No Parking zones of Shimla. 

 

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