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First Time in Indian History, a Govt Took Money from RBI due to Steep Economic Slowdown: Congress

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Shimla- Ahead of the by-election to Pachhad and Dharamshala seats, Himachal Pradesh Congress has opened a front against the Centre government over the economic slowdown. As a part of its election campaign, Congress has already made a call to its party-workers to highlight issues like unemployment, demonetizations, and hasty implementation of GST among the voters.

The faulty policies of the Narender Modi led Centre government has pushed India backwards in terms of development and has destroyed the national economy, said Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma while addressing a State level Convocation on Economic slowdown in India at the HP Congress Headquarters in Shimla on Tuesday.

For the first time in Indian history, a government has transferred money from the Reserve Bank of India, which clearly means that the government is facing a serious financial crunch, said Sharma. The government is not able to pay refunds of over Rs 10 lakh crores under GST.

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Sharma said that the image of the country was tarnished due to devastation caused to the economy due to wrong decisions taken by the current government and that it would not be easy to recover from this economic slowdown. He said that demonetization and faulty implementation of the GST has hit the unorganized sector where 90 percent people were employed. Small, as well as, big businesses in the unorganized sector, which was contributing 45 percent towards total production of the nation, have either shut down or are on the verge of shut down.

As a result, lakhs of people employed with this sector are staring at a dark future.

Sharma said that Prime Minister Narender Modi isn’t concerned about the nation at all in such a time. He hasn’t spoken even a word about the current condition of the Indian economy. He lauds the economic status of the nation in foreign countries, which is a lie, he said.

Sharma said that during the Congress government, India had come across a phase of economic slowdown, however, under the capable leadership of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, negative implications of it were averted.  Sharma said that BJP leaders had made fun of Manmohan Singh when he had expressed his concern over the deteriorating economic condition. However, now the BJP government is face to face with that situation.

Sharma suspects a possible scam of worth nine thousand crores in the upcoming budget, which, he said, would be fatal to the economy of the nation.

He further alleged the Modi government of dictatorship in a democratic system. Media is afraid of showing the truth to the people and only displaying promotional content. Media is not highlighting the wrong decisions of the government, he said. For the first time in history, 70 thousand crores were spent on elections in 2019. Out of it, 60 thousand crores were spent by BJP only. Sharma questioned the source of such a huge investment. He also said that this election was not fought over real issues but on the agenda of nationalism.

However, he said, the people of India can not be misled for long. Sooner or later, they will realize the reality of the current government and throw it out of power.

Other leaders including HPPC Kuldeep Rathore also addressed the meeting.
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Congress Holds ‘Save Democracy March’ in Pachhad Alleging EC of Inaction on BJP’s MCC Violations

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Sirmaur-Congress today organized “Save Democracy March” in Pachhad constituency ahead of the by-election. The rally was led by HPCC President Kuldeep Singh Rathore, who later submitted a memorandum to the Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, through SDM, Rajgarh, alleging a foul play and violations of Model Code of Conduct by BJP leaders and ministers Mahinder Singh Thakur, Birender Kanwar and Speaker Rajeev Bindal in Pachhad assembly constituency.

He also said that government machinery was misused on a large scale and government servants were being pressurised to work for BJP candidate and that Election Commission has failed altogether to check violation of Model Code of Conduct.

Rathore claimed that despite all foul play and violation of MCC by BJP, Congress is all set to register a landslide victory in Pachhad assembly constituency and Dharamshala Constituency because party workers have poured in great efforts in door-to-door campaigning in both the assembly constituencies.

Rathore has been campaigning in these constituencies ever since the date of announcement of elections. He had campaigned in all areas of Dharamshala assembly constituency from October 2 to October 9, 2019.

Thereafter, he moved to Pachhad assembly constituency and has been campaigning there from October 10. Rathore claimed that these by-elections will set a stage for departure of BJP government from Himachal Pradesh in 2022 as Congress is comfortably winning both these seats in the bye-election 2019.   

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Peaks of Kullu and Lahaul Receive Fresh Spell of Snow, Lower Reaches Hit by Hailstorm, Rain

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Kullu– Including Rohtang Pass, peaks of Kullu, Manali, and Lahaul are receiving a fresh spell of snow. At the time of writing Rohtang Pass had received about two to three inches of snow, five in Shikula Pass, and four in Baralacha Pass. Manali’s Chandrkhani Pass has also received a fresh spell of snow

The roads are still open and traffic is moving. However, it is expected that if this spell of light snowfall continued for the few next hours, the roads would be closed.  The Manali-Leh and Manali-Kaza Highway have already been closed for traffic officially. 

Manali and Lahaul also recorded spell of heavy rain on Thursday afternoon. Due to rainfall and snow in higher peaks, the temperature has dropped by several notches.

Kullu valley was hit by a spell of heavy hailstorm, which caused damaged to vegetable and other crops in Shiah, Gadsa and Hawi valley of the district. The SDM, Kullu, Akshay Sood, said the damaged caused to crops would be assessed soon.

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Similarly, some parts of Mandi district also witnessed hailstorm, leading to crop damage.

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During next couple of hours, the HP Met Department has predicted light to moderate rainfall and snowfall along with thunderstorm in Kangra, Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Hamirpur, Bilaspur and Shimla district.

The hoteliers in Kullu and Manali are expecting that snow would attract tourists to the valley.

The Met Department has predicted rain and snow on October 18 too. After that, the weather is likely to be dry till October 23.

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HP Technical University Hamirpur Turned into Political Arena, Deprived of Its Autonomy: ABVP

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Hamirpur- The Himachal Pradesh Technical University, Hamirpur, (HPTU) has been turned into a political arena by the Himachal Pradesh Government. The Minister for Technical Education, Bikram Singh, has forgotten that this college also comes under his jurisdiction and that he is responsible for its development, said Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad unit of HPTU in a press conference organized on October 16, 2019.

The conference was addressed by President of ABVP’s HPTU unit, Suraj Jariyal, Secretary Ankita Sharma, and Robin.

The situation has worsened to such an extent that ABVP has now opened a front against its own government. Suraj termed the neglection of the college by the Minister of Technical Education as most unfortunate. He alleged the University is awaiting development for the past 10 years, however, this issue was never raised in the Legislative Assembly. The classes are being conducted in the building of a boys school. An additional fee is being charged for facilities such as computer lab, internet, and library. However, in reality, the varsity doesn’t even have its own building and campus.

The government made no provision of a budget for the university, which shameful in itself. The state government keep forming new rules for the university very frequently. These rules are of pure political interest, he said. ABVP alleged that the government is trying to fulfil its political interests through the only technical university of the state, which is why it keeps forcing new rules on the varsity.

Recently, the state government and the Department of Technical Education issued a Tughlaqi order prohibiting the university from starting new courses and making any recruitment. ABVP criticised this decision terming it a mockery of the autonomy of the university. 

Unit secretary Ankita advised the Minister for Technical Education to read the constitution of the varsity, which empowers the university to make new recruitments and start new courses anytime it wants. The university does not need to seek permission from either the government or the Minister to do so, Ankita said.

ABVP has demanded that the government should stop depriving the varsity of its autonomy, provision of a budget is made, vacant posts of regular teaching and non-teaching staff are filled up, and new courses are started at the earliest at the new campus.

The university is lacking behind in education and development due to apathetic attitude of the state government, Suraj said. ABVP warned the government that if it did not roll back its decision, then more aggressive protests would be launched. If needed, a ‘Jail Bharo’ campaign would be initiated by ABVP, he said. 

 

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