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Citizens in Dharamshala Hold Protest against CAA, NRC, Urge People to Stand Up Against Onslaught on Democratic,Constitutional Ethos

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Dharamshala Protest Against CCA and NRC

Dharamshala– Along with Shimla, a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was also held in Dharamshala. Hundreds of people gathered at Gandhi Vatika in Dharamshala on December September 19, 2019. A joint statement was issued by protesters condemning the CCA and expressing solidarity with revolting voices.  

“We the concerned citizens of India, residing in the state of Himachal Pradesh, wholly reject CAA hastily passed by the ruling party using brute majority with complete disregard for the constitution of the country,”

the statement said.

It further said that the Constitution of India enshrines the principle of equality, regardless of religion, race, caste, sex, language or place of birth. Article 14 of the Constitution states, “The State shall not deny any person equality before the law.” Equality is a basic principle of Democracy.

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Protesters at Gandhi Vatika, Dharamshala

The protesters further said that Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 not just directly attacks the Article 14 but threatens to finish the values of diversity, pluralism and secularism, changing the nature of the Indian state fundamentally.

The CAA seeks to amend the Citizenship Act 1955 so that Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan can be offered citizenship of India through accelerated naturalization and the aforesaid immigrants will not be treated as illegal migrants. This Act only leaves out the Muslims from the three countries, thus discriminating on the basis of religion, the statement said.

The protesters said that they are well aware of the design to implement CAA along with the National Register of Citizens, which will put millions of Indians, especially the most marginalized in sheer misery. 

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The NRC has already turned the principles of natural justice on its head by putting the onus of proving citizenship on the people. The complex set of documentary evidence required to do this is intended to exclude.

“We are seeing the devastating effects of NRC in Assam, where families have been torn apart and put into detention camps,”

the protestors said.

“At the same time, we stand in solidarity with the concerns being raised by the indigenous communities of the North-Eastern region of the country,”

they added.  

Their concerns too have a historic basis and deserve to be addressed through dialogue. Instead, this government has imposed an internet clampdown in Assam and other states of the North East where people have stood up to protest. We condemn this state repression, the statement from protesters said.

“We also unequivocally condemn the motivated, targeted and brutal attack by the CRPF and Delhi Police on students of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi yesterday, Sunday 15th December 2019 causing serious injuries to over 150 students including girls, and also arrest of scores of students and youngsters,”

the statement said.  

“By all media reports and eye witness accounts, the brutal charge of the police forces was unprovoked and unwarranted as the students were peacefully protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 and the NRC,”

the statement further said.

The breakdown of the democratic and constitutional ethos that was built by freedom fighters whose martyrdom people celebrate today is a matter of great shame and distress.

“We believe it is not just the right but duty of each and every one of us to stand up against this onslaught and work to rebuild a society based on the principles of justice, freedom, peace, plurality and equity,” 

the protesters said.

 

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COVID 19 Himachal: 9 New Positive Cases Confirmed, Total Reaches 27

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New COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh's Una

Una- On Tuesday, nine more people were tested positive for COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh, taking the total number of cases to 27 in the State. On Tuesday a total of 79 samples were tested, out of which 70 tested negative and nine tested positive. All nine are said to be close contacts of Tablighi Jamaat in Una district. These patients include persons aged between 16 to 85 years. Now, out of total positive cases, 19 related to Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi. Twelve cases are only from Una district. 

The initial report said that all of these persons were staying in a mosque in Village Kuthehra Khairla, Amb Tehsil of Una district. However, only one of these nine belongs to this village. Five belong to Sirmaur, one to Arki in Solan district, and two hails from Uttar Pradesh. All of them were primary contacts of three members related to Jamaat who were tested positive earlier.

Additional Chief Secretary, Minatory of Health and Family Welfare, RD Dhiman, confirmed the report.  

More details are awaited.

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All Passengers Onboard 2 HRTC Buses With 3 COVID-19 Patients Under Scanner

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HRTC buses carried Tablighi jamaat covid patients

Solan: Three patients of COVID-19 who had travelled through two buses of the Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation on March 18th and 19th seem to have increased troubles for the district administrations, as well as, the State Government.

The district administration of Solan on April 6th has apprised the public through an official notification that a total of 172 persons had travelled in these two buses to various destinations on the said dates.

The district administration has appealed all the passengers who were in the same buses to get themselves medically examined at the nearest health centre and to isolate as a precaution. The Administration has also appealed all passengers linked to these two buses to seek information relating to their health on Telephone numbers 01792-221234,01795-271350 and 104.

The driver and conductor on duty have already been medically examined at Una, Hamirpur and Nalagarh.  Another staff member at the booking window at Delhi was also tested at RML Hospital in Delhi. Their test reports are awaited.

One of the two buses HP-93-0564 carried a total of 51 passengers from Delhi to Nalagarh on March 18th. While 14 travelled upto Baddi, 35 travelled upto Nalagarh.

The second bus HP-12-0446 (Delhi-Nalagarh-Hamirpur route) departed 9:15 PM from Delhi and carried a total of 121 passengers to various destinations including Hamirpur district. Out of this total, 24 passengers were from Baddi, 45 from Nalagarh, 14 from Una, and 33 from Hamirpur.

In a separate appeal related to three COVID-19 patients, the Administration has appealed that the people who have come in contact with any of these three patients in the villages where they had stayed after returning from Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi to come out and disclose information regarding it to either Nalagarh Administration, local Police Station or to Police Control Room Baddi on 01795-271350.

In case, any such person who has come in contact with any of these patients does not disclose this information, he/she would be booked under Section 307 of IPC (attempted murder). In case a person dies after contact with such person, he/she would be charged with murder under Section 302 of IPC (Murder).

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HP Cabinet Decides 30% Cut in Salary/Honorarium of CM, Speaker, MLAs, All Political Appointees

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Salary cut in HP Vidhan Sabha Members

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting was held through video conferencing today which was presided over by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur from Shimla in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic

The Cabinet decided to deduct 30 percent salary/honorarium etc. of the Chief Minister, Speaker of H.P. Vidhan Sabha, Ministers, Deputy Speaker, Members of Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh, Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of various Boards and Corporations and all political appointees for one year.

It also decided to suspend Vidhayak Kshetra Vikas Nidhi Yojna for two years.

The Government said these funds will be used to strengthen the Government’s efforts in managing the challenges and adverse impact of COVID-19 in the State.

The decision came after the Union Cabinet approved the ordinance amending the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954, slashing their earnings by 30 per cent effective from April 1 for a year. The ordinance will have to be passed by the Parliament when it is in session next.

Further, on the occasion of the World Health Day, the Cabinet expressed their gratitude to the doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, sanitary workers and police for their dedicated services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cabinet also paid its tributes to Paratrooper Bal Krishan of village Puid, district Kullu and Subedar Sanjeev Kumar of village Dehra, Hatwad panchayat, district Bilaspur who made supreme sacrifice during anti-infiltration operation in Keran sector of North Kashmir recently.

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