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Court shifted SDM office to Thunag, not Govt, says CM Jairam during Seraj visit



Jairam Thakur's Seraj visit in march 2018

Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of civil hospital at Bagsiad to be completed with an outlay of Rs. 27 crores.

Shimla: The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today on March 10, 2018, paid a visit to Seraj constituency in his home district Mandi where tension between the government and people regarding shifting of the SDM office to Thunag continues for over a month now.  He sanctioned funds for various road and other developmental projects for the constituency.

Thakur addressed a public meeting at Bagsaid in and showed concern over the situation and said he is deeply hurt and saddened by the unrest created by few of his fellow-friends in the name of SDM office at Janjehli.

He said the people must understand that the shifting of the SDM office to Thunag was done in compliance with a court order and not due to the government.

He said Jhanjeli and Thunag are equal and the people of both the regions are like his family. They are just misled, he added.

He invited the protesting people of the constituency to solve the issue amicably. Even the peace treaties between the countries were made after the worst wars.

 Earlier, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of civil hospital at Bagsiad to be completed with an outlay of Rs. 27 crores.

Out of total road length in his constituency of 615 kilometres, 260 km length is un-mettalled, he said adding that a sum of Rs. 100 crore will be spent for tarring and metalling of 150 kilometres of road length in this fiscal.

He said the work on National Highway in his constituency will start soon on war-footings.  The Pandoh-Kanda road will be developed as major district road to be constructed under Central Road Fund (CRF), for which he announced a sum of Rs 26 crore.

He also announced sanctioning of rupees one crore for construction of the third storey of ITI building at Bagsiad, rupees one crore for bus stand at Thunag, and opened the IPH division at Thunag, and the Camp office of ‘Chief Ministers Constituency Cell’ at Thunag.

The government is executing road projects worth Rs 68 crore under PMGSY and NABARD in the Seraj constituency, besides the additional sum of Rs 4.50 crore on the renovation of 45 kilometres road length.  

Speaking over his first budget presented yesterday, he said that the state government has enhanced the number of days for providing employment under MNREGA from 100 to 120 days. The daily wages were increased to Rs. 225, the honorarium of water guards increased from Rs. 1700 to Rs. 2100 per month, and it has a proposal to provide an additional honorarium to Aanganwadi workers to the tune of Rs. 1750. Besides, the budget also proposes to raise the incentive to ASHA workers from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1250, he said.  

The government will amend the HP Religious Endowments and Temple Trust Act to earmark 15 percent of offerings in the temples towards construction, maintenance, and operation of Gau-Sadans. 


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DC Kangra confirms abduction of 3 Himachalis in Nigeria, CM seeks Centre Govt’s help



Himachali held hostages in nigeria

Shimla: The Deputy Commissioner of Kangra today confirmed that Nigerian sea pirates have held three men hailing from Kangra hostages for ransom.

The state government said it has taken up the matter with the Government of India and requested the safe release of all three hostages.

The step came after the news appeared in regional media.

The State government claimed that in a communiqué to the Western Africa Division, Ministry of External Affairs, the state government said the three youths namely Sushil Kumar, Pankaj Kumar and Ajay Kumar, who belong to Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh have been kidnapped by the Nigerian pirates as per the confirmed report.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has sought the intervention of Union government to ensure the safe release of three hostages.He hoped the union government will act fast and get the hostages released safely.

You can read the entire matter here in HW’s previous article.

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Govt silent over safety of 3 Himachali youth allegedly held hostages by Nigerian pirates for ransom



Himachali held hostages in nigeria

Shimla: Three youths hailing from Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district, who were serving in Merchant Navy, have reportedly ended in the hands of armed Nigerian sea pirates as hostages. The armed pirates hijacked their ship and demanded a ransom of 11 million nairas (20-22 Lakh INR) from the parents of one of the hostages.

The details are scanty as no official confirmation has been made by the State or Centre Government. It is not clear when they were abducted. 

The news broke out when Raghubir Singh (62) of Nagrota, father of one of the hostages, reached media yesterday.  

As per the information given by Raghubir, the other two men included Pankaj Kumar of Samloti and Ajay Kumar of Palampur.

The three men were currently working for a private shipping company named Max Marine Services in Cortnou Benin.

On March 12, the parents of one of the abducted youth, Susheel Sharma (37), who was the captain on the ship, received a call through a satellite phone. Susheel told the parents that he along with two others had been held hostage in some jungle. He told the parents about the pirate’s demand for ransom in exchange for their release.

On March 21, Himachal had received a shock after the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed, while speaking in the Parliament, the killing of 39 Indians in Iraq including four men from Himachal. Three of them hailed from Kangra while remaining one belonged to Mandi district.

Now, this fresh case of abduction has again jolted Kangra.

Surprisingly, as alleged by the parents, the Centre or State Government have not given any reaction to the situation.   

The district administration also said it was not aware of the situation.

The parents also alleged the shipping company of keeping them in dark whenever they contacted it to know whereabouts of their son. The owner of the ship told the parents that a negotiation was ongoing with the pirates.

However, recently, the owner stopped picking up phone calls from the aggrieved parents.  

Ultimately, the family on March 18 approached the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the Prime Minister, Modi,  through a mail with their plea to intervene and rescue their son.

However, the parents allege that they did not receive any satisfactory response from anyone. 

As per the statement of the parents, Sudhir had told them that they are getting only one meal per day. The pirates will starve them to death if the ransom is not paid, Sudhir had told the parents.

Now, the parents do not trust the company anymore and have put their hope on the Government.   


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Man killed as stone rolls down hill, breaks through moving HRTC bus window in Kullu



Bizzare Bus Accident in Himachal's Kullu

Kullu: A big round stone rolled down a hill and broke through the window of a moving Himachal Pradesh Road Corporation (HRTC) bus that was heading towards Kullu from Rampur today. The accident occurred near Luhri in Kullu.  A co-passenger who was sitting beside the deceased also came in spate and received injuries.

However, the deceased, who was identified as Manohar Singh (60) of Tippal village in Anni, died on the spot.  The injured was identified as Vijay Kumar of Kumarsain. He was taken to hospital in Rampur. 

The death came from nowhere and picked up its prey within a fraction of a second, said the eyewitnesses. The stone hit Manohar right on his head, which was badly crushed.  

Other passengers were horrified by the bizarre and sudden manner the stone broke through the window like a bullet.  

A police team from Luhri rushed to the spot and took custody of the dead body.  The elected MLA Kishori Lal Sagar also arrived at the spot on hearing the tragic news. The body was later handed over to the family after the postmortem.

The district administration provided Rs. 20, 000 to the victim’s family as immediate relief. The HRTC also announced Rs. 10,000 as relief money.  

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