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Shimla MC vs HPPWD – Status of streetlighting in Sumerhill

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MC blame public for damaging streetlights, but the lights on the lower road are working really fine. No one has damaged them. As that’s the short route to HPU boys hostel, the drunk miscreants of Sangti, the probability of get broken is more on the lower road. I don’t understand the logic behind MC’s claim. The upper road is under the supervision of MC, while the lower one is under PWD.And HW, still there isn’t any light on the upper road.What else would you do to get these streetlights? Will only keep writing complaints online?

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Doesn’t Have Exact Number of Himachal Citizens Stuck in Ukraine Amid Russian Invasion: HP Govt

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Shimla-While pleas for rescue from the students stuck in Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion and their parents appear in various media and social media, the Himachal Pradesh Government on Friday said that it was yet to obtain the exact figure of citizens stuck in Ukraine.  

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur on Saturday, while answering a question raised by the leader of opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, replied that so far information regarding 60 people had been received through CM Helpline 1100. The state government has also asked the families of those stuck in Ukraine to provide information to the government through the same helpline number.

According to a media source, hundreds of people from Himachal Pradesh, including over 200 MBBS students, were struck in various parts of Ukraine.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine that started on Thursday is being condemned by most countries. Over 20,000 Indian citizens, most of which were students, were said to be stuck in Ukraine as the government closed airspaces for passenger flights.  

The Centre Government said it has already been working on safely evacuating all Indian citizens as soon as possible. Prime Minister Narender Modi has also spoken to the Russian President Vladimir Putin expressing concerns over the safety of the Indian citizens.

So far, over 4,000 Indian citizens have been brought back to India. According to a report, these Indians include about 150 residents of Himachal Pradesh too.

The Centre Government also said that it is working on finding alternative routes through Ukraine’s neighbouring countries for the evacuation.

The Centre Government on Saturday informed that it has scheduled special flights to evacuate Indian citizens. One of the Air India planes, the government said, departed from Mumbai on Saturday morning. Other flights have also been scheduled for Saturday to pick the Indian citizens from Bucharest and Budapest.

As Russian forces launched an attack in Ukraine’s main cities, including the capital Kyiv, Indian citizens started to move towards the Romanian border from where they were being taken to Bucharest by Indian Government officials for evacuation.

However, the Indian Embassy on Saturday issued an advisory to Indian Citizens stuck in Ukraine to not move towards borders of any neighbouring country without prior coordination with Indian Government officials. The embassy advised that remaining in the western cities of Ukraine was safer than moving to border posts without proper awareness regarding the situation amid the Russian offensive. Those in the eastern parts were advised to remain indoors with whatever food, water and amenities were available and remain patient.   

 

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MP Anand Sharma’s Visit to Himachal Heats Up Politics After District Admin Cancels Two Inauguration Ceremonies

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Shimla- Senior Congress leader and sitting MP Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma is on a four-day visit to Himachal Pradesh from Tuesday. During his visit, Sharma was supposed to inaugurate two developmental projects in Shimla. But the District Administration of Shimla has postponed the inauguration of these developmental projects. Congress has termed it a politically motivated step. This sudden cancellation of pre-planned ceremonies on the day of Sharma’s arrival has charged up the political atmosphere in the State, especially in the Shimla district.

The District Administration has written to Anand Sharma informing him that the two developmental projects he was supposed to inaugurate during his four-day visit to Himachal Pradesh had some unfulfilled official formalities and other pending works. The Administration said the community hall in Kleston was yet to obtain approval for the map of the building from the Municipal Corporation of Shimla, while the work of installing transformers at the old age home in Mashobra was yet to be completed.   

The reason behind this decision is said to be the allegations labelled by a former Ward Councilor and BJP leader Sanjeev Sood that the map of the community hall was yet to be approved by the Municipal Corporation of Shimla and forest clearance was also pending. These allegations had also appeared in the media.

The District Congress Committee, Shimla (U) has opened a front against the District Administration for this sudden cancellation of the inauguration of two developmental projects and staged protests on Tuesday.  

The DCC Shimla (U) staged a silent protest in front of the statue of Gandhi at the Ridge Maidan. Later, the workers marched to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, to register their protest.

Jitender Chaudhary – the President of the Committee- alleged that this cancellation was deliberate and purely politically motivated. He said the projects were funded through MPLAD by Sharma. Chaudhary also alleged that BJP was trying to take undue credit for these projects.

He alleged that the District Administration had already approved these two events, but cancelled them just a day before the arrival of the MP.

Chaudhary warned that if the District Administration still didn’t permit the inauguration of these projects, the party will stage more aggressive and massive protests.

Further, Congress Legislatures would also raise this issue aggressively in the HP Government’s Budget Session 2022-23. Anand Sharma – a senior Congress leader, former Union Minister and incumbent Rajya Sabha MP – is on a four-day visit to Himachal Pradesh. This visit has attracted the attention of both ruling and opposition parties. Sharma’s term as an MP ends next month, and speculations are being made that he could return to the State politics. The demise of Virbhadra Singh, who was the face of the Indian National Congress in Himachal Prades, has left a void in state politics and within the party.

Considering the stature of Sharma, after Virbhadra Singh there is hardly any Congress leader who could outshine him. Following the demise of Virbhadra Singh, the INC has no face to present as its Chief Ministerial candidate and several Congress leaders wish to grab this opportunity to change the power structure of the party in the State. This speculated return of Sharma to the State politics ahead of the Assembly elections to be held by the end of this year would be a nightmare for such Congress leaders. Further, it could pose a challenge for the BJP as Sharma is capable of settling the Congress party’s in-fighting and uniting it for the elections.  

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Shimla City – Private Bus Operators Seen Creating Nuisance by Blocking Road

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Shimla-In yet another instance, two private bus operators in Shimla city were seen creating a nuisance for the public by jamming the traffic. A reader clicked some pictures at the BCS bust stop in Shimla city on February 19, 2022, at about 8 PM and shared them with us. The reader alleged that two private bus operators, namely ‘Komal’ and ‘Chadda’, indulged in a verbal spat, most probably over their schedule. While the drivers argued, one of the buses remained parked in the middle of the road, choking the traffic. The staff of these two buses indulged in a verbal spat for about 5-10 minutes during which the general public faced a huge inconvenience. The reader has requested the Traffic Police Shimla to take action against such operators and discourage them from adopting such a bullying attitude that they don’t even hesitate to block the entire road.

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