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HP Govt's demand in Pre-budget meeting

Shimla: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has placed several demands in front of the Centre government while speaking at the pre-budget meeting of Finance Ministers of all States and Union Territories held at New Delhi under the chairmanship of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Dr Shrikant Baldi, ACS Finance and Manisha Nanda, ACS and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister also attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister urged the Centre government to provide 100 percent tax exemption to industries in the state for first five years and fifty percent for next five years.

He also urged to make a provision of interest subvention of seven percent for a period of seven years to promote industrial development in the hilly state.

The entrepreneurs of Himachal were denied the benefits of the capital investments’ subsidy, which ended in March 2017.

Although a special committee was constituted for preparing an extensive industrial policy for hill states, no announcements have been made so far, he said. He requested to continue central capital investment subsidy to the state till the new announcements are made.

List of Various Demands Raised by the HP Chief Minister at Pre-Budget Meeting

  1. Provide subsidy/viability gap fund for operating flights and heli-taxi services on the pattern of North Eastern states to promote tourism as well as enhance disaster management
  2. Assist in promotion of air traffic and expansion of helipads from the central budget
  3. Make budgetary provisions at the centre for expansion/construction of airports in hill states. 
  4. Reduce the corporate tax rate up to twenty percent for further industrial development
  5. Restrain Freight Subsidy scheme and reimburse a transport cost of about Rs five crore at the rate of 75%.
  6. Enhance import duty on apple as announced earlier in the union budget 2018-19
  7. Expansion and strengthening the rail network in the state
  8. Declare these projects as national projects Construct and construct Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line besides broad-gauging of Pathankot-Jogindernagar rail line
  9. Transfer power to accord environment clearances for hydel projects above 50 MW to the state government
  10. Increase the powers of the state government to grant sanction under FCA ACT -1980 from 1 hectare to 5 hectares under.
  11. Include areas having a population of more than 100 and below 250 under PMGSY
  12. Release Rs. 289 crore for 111 irrigation projects included under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna in 2017-18
  13. Include Finna Singh and Nadaun Irrigation projects under priority tasks of the ministry to complete them by December 2019. Out of total 338 crores, only Rs 49 crore were received so far
  14. Remove disparity in the wage rates in the tribal and non-tribal areas under MNREGA
  15. Announce Disaster Mitigation Fund in the union budget 2018-19 for the state as it falls under seismic zone IV and V

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Shimla Police nabs Nigerian man with 25 grams Chitta

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Nigerian man arrested by shimla police with chitta

Shimla: With the assistance of the Delhi Police, the district police has arrested a Nigerian national Kra Basile for alleged involvement in drug peddling to Shimla.

A team led by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shimla (City), Dinesh Sharma, also recovered 25 grams of Chitta (heroin) from his possession during questioning.

During the course of interrogation the said Nigerian National was trying to conceal something. On being suspicious of narcotics/ contraband, a search of the above person was conducted in the presence of DSP City. During the search, 25.46 gram Chitta (heroin) has been recovered from the possession of Nigerian National,

said the FIR registered at the Police Station, Dhalli, under Sections 21,29 of the ND&PS Act.

Related Story: Two Shimla youth held with 19 grams Chitta

As per the Sharma, the said accused is believed to be involved in supply to several parts of the district for some time. His name had appeared during the questioning from some local youth allegedly arrested with Chitta during past week, he said.

Following this lead, the police put his number on tracking, and a trap was laid to nab him by posing as a decoy customer.

It is expected that his interrogation would lead to more revelations and arrests of others linked with this network.

Also Read: Story of Shimla youth who started with smoking charas at 17, ended up in jail at 22 as drug peddler

The DSP Sharma and other staff members were cheering considering it a breakthrough amid heavy pressure from the public due to an alarming rise in involvment of youth in drug/substance abuse.

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15 lakh saplings planted in Himachal by 80,000 people in 3 days, claims Forest Minister

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15 lakh sapling planted in Himachal Pradesh on van mahotsav

Shimla: The Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur today said that three days statewide plantation campaign from 12 to 14 July 2018 was launched in the State and more than 15 lakh saplings were planted in different parts of the State.

He said that the campaign was undertaken in all 13 Forest Circles in the state and Forty-one Forest Divisions participated in the campaign. Plantations were performed at 600 sites of the state. Chamba Forest Division with 99,281 plants was at First position followed by Ani and Rampur Forest Divisions with 81,369 and 80,059 plants respectively.

More than six lakh deodar species were planted beside broad leave and other conifers. He said that the entire plantation campaign was monitored online.

He said that all walks of life including school children, women, senior citizen and youth comprising 80000 people actively participated in the campaign. Plantation activities were performed from the boundaries of the state in the north with Jammu and Kashmir to Yamuna River in south and Kinnaur district in the east to boundaries of the state with Punjab in the west, he added.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had inaugurated state level Van Mahotsav on July 10 from Rajgargh in Sirmaur district. Governor Acharya Devvrat also participated in the campaign at Nehra in Shimla District on July 13 2018.

He said that plantation activities are still going on and it is expected that total 17 lakh plants will be planted by the end of the campaign.

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Gunfight in Naina Devi: One wanted criminal shot dead, 2 arrested

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Nainadevi encounter by punjab police

Bilaspur: Panic gripped the world famous Shakti Peeth Shri Naina Devi in Bilaspur district on Saturday morning due to a gun-fight between alleged gangsters and a team of the Punjab Police. While one of the criminals was shot dead in the cross firing, two others were arrested.

Punjab and Himachal Pradesh Police had sealed the entire area including the bus station and main entrance to the temple. The devotees also faced huged inconvenience due to it.

Some policemen were also injured in the gunfight, however, the police did not make any confirmation about the number of injured policemen.

Naina devi firing

Weapon recovered by the police

As per the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohali, Kuldeep Singh, armed with a firearm, these men had allegedly snatched a car from a man in Mohali on the intervening night of 13 and 14 July.

After receiving the information, the police chased them upto Naina Devi where one of the criminals opened fire on the police, and police also responded with firearms.

Naina devi shooting

Area turned into police cantonment

During a cross firing between the police and the criminals. The Superintendent of Police, Bilaspur, Ashok Kumar also reached the spot and confirmed the incident.

The killed youth was identified as Sunni Masih while two others arrested were identified as Amanpreet and Goldy. Sunni was taken to the Aanandpur Sahib hospital where he died.

As per the police, the alleged criminals were wanted in several cases registered for theft and under the arms act in various police stations of Punjab.

The Himachal Pradesh police have registered a case under Section 307 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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