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Anurag Thakur Served EC Notice for Incendiary Sloganeering, Brings Undue Embarrassment to Hill State

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Shimla-While foul remarks and hate-speeches from political leaders have become common, the standards of political sloganeering dipped to a level where a member of Council of Union Ministers joined the bandwagon. The Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur has stirred another controversy, which is aptly distracting media from real issues. Most of the criticism came considering the fact that nation’s economic health is in tatters and Anurag is the part of the team that is scheduled to present budget for this session since February 1, 2020.  

Anurag Thakur landed in a controversy after, while campaigning for Rithala candidate ahead of impending assembly elections in Delhi, he was seen targeting anti-CAA/NRC protesters and provoking party workers to shout “Desh Ke Gaddaron ko, Goli maro sa**on ko” (gun down the traitors). The video footage is now widely being circulated on social media.

Thakur drew criticism not only from oppositions but also from legal experts. The act was termed as a violation of the Model Code of Conduct. Faced with pressure from the opposition and people, the Election Commission of Delhi sought a report from the district electoral officer, which was submitted to the Election Commission of India on Monday. Following it Anurag was served a notice by the EC. 

The act fits in the series of branding voices of resistance against government’s controversial decisions as anti-nationals or as tukde-tukde gang. Most resistance came from educated youth, therefore, prestigious institutes like JNU were targeted and no stone was left unturned to brand students as anti-nationals and the institute as a hub of anti-nationals.  

So far, politicians of the ruling party in the peaceful Hill State had refrained from making controversial or incendiary remarks. Therefore, for the State of Himachal Pradesh, its rising leader has brought embarrassment as he showed indifference towards the dignity of his official position. Questions are being raised as to who would be responsible if any of party worker translates this slogan into reality.

The matter becomes more serious considering the fact that a huge protest has been going on in Delhi’s Shaheenbag against the CAA and NRC. These protesting people are being branded as anti-nationals and traitors.

The protest is going on for over a month now as women from almost every age group have come out of their homes to stage an indefinite protest. On January 26, 2020 – on the 71st Republic Day- tricolour was furled at the Shaheenbag with enthusiasm.

This protest is inspiring more such protests in other parts of India and become a headache for the Centre government.

Sources: News Agencies      

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Control Rooms Established in Every State for Himachali’s Stuck Outside, View All Contacts

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government today informed that that control rooms have been set up and made functional in all the states of country so that anyone in need can call for help.

The government said that those Himachali who are staying outside the State, can call at following numbers for any assistance.

  1. Andhra Pradesh-    9440484879 and 08662488000
  2. Arunachal Pradesh-   0360-2005159, 0360-2005160 and 09436074396
  3. Assam-   0361-2237219, 2217786 and 0361-2237011 (Fax)
  4. Bihar-   0612-2217305 and 0612-2217786 (Fax)
  5. Chhattisgarh-   0771-2221242 and 0771- 2223471
  6. Goa-   2419439 and 2419444
  7. Gujrat-   079-23251900 and 079-23251509
  8. Haryana-   0172-2711925 and 0172-2545938
  9. Jammu and Kashmir-   0194-2477261, 2455165 and 2484837
  10. Jharkhand-  0651-2446923, 2400218 and 0651-2446923 (Fax)
  11. Karnataka-   080-22032416/1070 and 080-22340676 (Fax)
  12. Kerala-   0471-2364424, 0471-2331639 and 0471-2333198 (Fax)
  13. Madhya Pradesh-   0755-2441419 and 0755-2440032 (Fax)
  14. Maharashtra-   022-22027990, 022-22025274 and 022-22026712 (Fax)
  15. Manipur-   0385-2450301
  16. Meghalaya-   0364-2502098 and 2225669
  17. Mizoram-   0389-2342520 and 0389-2306518 (Fax)
  18. Nagaland-   0370-2291120, 2291122 and 08731009677
  19. New Delhi-   1077
  20. Odisha-   0674- 2395398, 0674- 2534177 and 0674-2391871 (Fax)
  21. Punjab-   0172-2749901
  22. Rajasthan-   0141-2227296, 0141-5110869 and 0141-2227230 (Fax)
  23. Sikkim-   03592-201145 and 03592-201075 (Fax)
  24. Tamil Nadu-   044-28593990, 044-8592921 (Fax), 044-28414553, 044-28550867 (Fax) and 044-28528745,
  25. Telangana-   040-23454088
  26. Tripura-   0381-2416045 and 0381- 2418053
  27. Uttar Pradesh-   0522-2237515 and 2238084 (Fax)
  28. Uttarakhand-   0135-2710334, 6555523, 2710232, 2710081, 09557444486 and 0135-2710335 (Fax)
  29. West Bengal-  033-22143526 and 033-22144005(F)

 

Besides this, the control room numbers of Himachal Pradesh are 0177-2622204, 0177-2628940, 2629688, 2629939 and 0177-2621154 (Fax) and people who need any kind of assistance in the State can call at these numbers.

State Government said 1077 is the toll-free number of disaster control rooms set up in all districts of the State, which are named as Emergency Operation Centers and migrants living in different parts of the State.  Anyone who is in need of assistance in the form of food and shelter can call at this number.  He said that this toll-free number is operation 24×7. Call made by a caller will get connected in the control room of concerned district automatically.

 

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Validity of Expired Driving Licenses, Vehicle Registration, All Permits Extended Till June 30

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Shimla-The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has extended the validity of documents like driving licenses, permits and registration that expired since February 1. In an advisory to all states and Union Territories, the Ministry has asked them to treat such documents as valid till June 30.

The decision was taken to facilitate people facing difficulties in renewing the validity of various motor vehicle documents due to nationwide lockdown in the country and closure of government transport offices.

The documents include fitness, permits (all types), driving licence, registration or any other concerned document under the Motor Vehicle Rules.

The ministry has requested all states to implement the advisory in “letter and spirit” so that the people and transporters and organisations rendering essential services do not get harassed and face difficulties.

 

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Lockdown in Himachal Extended till April 14, All Educational Institutes, Govt Offices to Remain Closed

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Shimla-The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh, today issued a fresh notification extending the lockdown till April 14, 2020.

“It has been deemed appropriate that the restrictions imposed and the preventive measures adopted may be contained in the public interest,”

the notification said.

Therefore, under the HP Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020, it has been directed that restrictions on the movement of public/vehicles, opening of public offices, facilities, shops, commercial establishments, factories, workshops, godowns etc, will continue.

All government offices will remain closed, and the employees have been directed to remain at their homes and follow all the social distancing guidelines.

Further, all social, cultural, sports, political, religious, academic, family mass gatherings of any would remain banned. All interstate and intrastate movement of public and private stage and contract carriages including taxis, auto-rickshaws etc. is prohibited. There will be a total prohibition on movement or playing of trains and commercial aircraft.

Permission to drive private vehicles would be given only if essentially required for visiting hospitals and for availing maintenance of essential services.

However, this prohibition would not apply to offices, organizations, commercial establishments, factories, institutions, godowns, shops, stores, production units, vehicles, hospitals, petrol pumps, oil agencies, e-commerce delivery units etc, charged with essential and emergency services as notified by the Government of India, the State Government or the concerned District Magistrate from time to time.

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