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Graft charges against CM: Cong seeks probe

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

SHIMLA: Even as the senior BJP leadership has chosen to remain silent on the letter containing corruption charges going viral on the social media, the demand for an independent probe into the issue is gaining momentum.

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Graft charges against CM: Cong seeks probeKuldeep Rathore, HPCC chief

Tribune News Service

Shimla, September 14

Even as the senior BJP leadership has chosen to remain silent on the letter containing corruption charges going viral on the social media, the demand for an independent probe into the issue is gaining momentum.

HPCC president Kuldeep Rathore today said the allegations must be inquired into.

“There is no smoke without fire and if the BJP has nothing to fear, then why there is complete silence on the issue,” he said. “As the allegations have been levelled against the CM and ministers, an impartial inquiry into the matter is required,” said Rathore.

Though police investigation to find out the source of the letter containing allegations was under way, it is essential that a probe into the allegations is ordered. “It is not important who is behind the letter, what is more important is to find out the veracity of the charges,” he said.

The fact that a former minister and senior BJP leader, who was questioned, had said he was being targeted showed that there was infighting in the BJP.

The Congress chief said the letter which had gone viral was a reflection of factionalism plaguing the BJP. “There seems to be a fight for supremacy within the BJP with there being a demand from within the party to field former CM PK Dhumal from Dharamsala,” he said.

The demand for Dhumal shows that workers in Kangra and Hamirpur want to see him in a position of prominence.

He said the BJP was divided into three factions with former CM Shanta Kumar too being unhappy with the performance of the government. “The manner in which the Chief Minister and ministers maintained distance from Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur only proves that the ruling BJP is facing factionalism,” said Rathore.

Prior to this, former minister and sitting Congress MLA from Naina Devi Ram Lal Thakur too had demanded a probe into the allegations.

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"There is no smoke without fire and if the BJP has nothing to fear, then why there is complete silence on the issue. As the allegations have been levelled against the CM and ministers, an impartial inquiry into the matter is required."— Kuldeep Rathore, HPCC chief

No irregularities in purchase of medicines: Govt

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

SHIMLA: Reports appearing in a section of media regarding irregularities in the purchase of medicines are baseless.

BJP to field a local from Dharamsala, says Satti

BJP to field a local from Dharamsala, says Satti

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

DHARAMSALA: The BJP will field a local candidate in the Dharamsala bypoll. The candidate will be shortlisted by a party committee and selected by the parliamentary board. President of the BJP Satpal Satti said this while addressing a press conference here today.

Nahan Foundry may make way for handicrafts village

Nahan Foundry may make way for handicrafts village

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

SOLAN: A team of the Asian Development Bank today (ADB) visited various historical sites, including the more than century-old Nahan Foundry, to explore the possibility of converting these into tourist destinations.

T20 fever fails to catch on as hotels see low occupancy

T20 fever fails to catch on as hotels see low occupancy

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

DHARAMSALA: Contrary to the perception that the T20 match between India and South Africa will boost tourism, hoteliers of upper Dharamsala are alleging that they hardly have any bookings.

Co-op bank retired staff for action against erring officials

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

DHARAMSALA: The KCC Bank Retried Employees Sangathan has threatened to hold a protest in case the bank management does not take any action against the officials responsible for giving loans to individuals in gross violation of the rules and regulations of NABARD.

Sikh youths denied entry to exam centre

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

SOLAN: Two Sikh youths from Nalagarh village alleged that they were not allowed to appear for the police constable exam because they were wearing kirpans.

Girl ends life after flunking exam

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

DHARAMSALA: A girl from the Chowari area of Chamba district allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison.

Car falls into Chamera lake, untraced

Car falls into Chamera lake, untraced

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

DHARAMSALA: A car fell into Chamera lake in Salooni of Chamba district today.

Leopard trapped in fence in Mandi

15 Sep 2019 | 7:31 AM

MANDI: A leopard was found trapped in a fence at Badyara village under the Jogindernagar Assembly segment of Mandi district today.

250 examined at ENT camp

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

KANGRA: The Kangra branch of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanayakumari, organised a day-long ENT camp.

Tanda college student felicitated

Tanda college student felicitated

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

KANGRA: Dr Dhaarna Wadha from the department of dermatology, Tanda college, has brought laurels to the state.

Land allotted for HP guest house in Delhi

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today thanked the Union government for providing 3197.

5,924 cases disposed of in Lok Adalat

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

SHIMLA: As many as 5,924 cases were disposed of during Lok Adalat today.

1,900 lt illegally distilled liquor destroyed

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

SOLAN: A 16-member team of the forest staff led by range officer, Paonta Sahib, raided the Khara forest area and destroyed 19 drums containing 1,900 litres of illegally distilled liquor.

Provide ration to Spiti villagers on time: ADM

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

MANDI: The Additional District Magistrate of Kaza, Lahaul-Spiti, Gyan Sagar Negi, directed officials of District Food and Civil Supplies Department to distribute ration under the Public Distribution System (PDS) in remote villages of the valley on time.

Maths workshop ends at CUHP

15 Sep 2019 | 7:30 AM

KANGRA: The department of mathematics, CUHP, organised a two-day workshop on Indian mathematics, which concluded today.

In D’sala, Men in Blue set for clash with South Africa tomorrow

In D’sala, Men in Blue set for clash with South Africa tomorrow

14 Sep 2019 | 8:54 AM

The Indian cricket team arrived in Dharamsala on Friday evening for the T-20 match scheduled between India and South Africa

Classical dance performanceEducation notes

Classical dance performance

14 Sep 2019 | 8:12 AM

A spectacular classical dance performance was held at Dayanand School, Shimla. Artistes performed Bharatnatyam and Odissi dances, which were liked by students and staff of the school.

Road work hanging fireWhat our readers say

Road work hanging fire

14 Sep 2019 | 8:12 AM

SHIMLA: The circuit house, coming up at a cost of Rs 52 crore, is expected to open by September-end this year, facilitating affordable stay to officials and others.

23-year-old drowns in Nurpur canal

14 Sep 2019 | 8:12 AM

NURPUR: An NDRF team today fished out the body of a youth from Shah Nehar canal near Sthana.

ENT camp at Kangra

14 Sep 2019 | 8:12 AM

KANGRA: Kangra branch of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, a spiritually oriented service mission, will hold a free ear, nose and throat (ENT) camp at Gopal Bagh Gurkhari tomorrow morning.

Workshop on maths begins at CUHP

14 Sep 2019 | 8:12 AM

KANGRA: A two-day workshop on “Indian Mathematics” organised by the Department of Mathematics, Central University of Himachal Pradesh (CUHP), started here today in which students and faculty members of various departments actively participated.

Man gets 6-month jail in cheque bounce case

Man gets 6-month jail in cheque bounce case

14 Sep 2019 | 8:12 AM

NURPUR: The Nurpur Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Nitin Mittal, today sentenced to six months in prison one Munish Sharma of Baduee in connection with a cheque bounce case.

Police dealing with drug offenders strictly, says DGP

Police dealing with drug offenders strictly, says DGP

14 Sep 2019 | 8:12 AM

MANDI: Himachal Director General of Police SR Mardi today said the police were dealing with drug offenders strictly as a result of which seizure was increasing every year.

‘HP to be natural farming state by 2022’

‘HP to be natural farming state by 2022’

14 Sep 2019 | 8:12 AM

UNA: Agriculture Minister Ram Lal Markanda today said that Himachal Pradesh will be transformed into a natural farming state by 2022.

Four-day sports tourney begins in Dhalpur

14 Sep 2019 | 8:12 AM

KULLU: Minister of Forest, Transport, Youth Services and Sports Govind Singh Thakur today said sports developed a person both physically and mentally.

BJP leaders confirm graft in govt: Cong

14 Sep 2019 | 8:12 AM

HAMIRPUR: Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee spokesman Prem Kaushal today claimed that the corruption charges leveled against the state BJP government in a letter that recently went viral on the social media had confirmed the Congress’ allegations.

China ‘bars’ elderly Tibetans from practising religious rituals

14 Sep 2019 | 8:12 AM

DHARAMSALA: China is barring the elderly and retired Tibetans in Tibet from organising religious ceremonies, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said in a release today.

Govt mulls raising medical faculty’s retirement age to 68

Govt mulls raising medical faculty’s retirement age to 68

14 Sep 2019 | 8:41 AM

SHIMLA: Grappling with acute shortage of teaching faculty and specialists at its four new medical colleges, the HP Government is contemplating increasing their retirement age to 68 from the present 65 years.

CITU gen secy: Modi regime anti-worker

CITU gen secy: Modi regime anti-worker

14 Sep 2019 | 8:12 AM

SHIMLA: Castigating the Modi-led UPA regime for being anti-worker, national general secretary of CITU Tapan Sen today said the decision to create mere four labour legislations by merging 44 laws was bound to tilt the scales in favour of the capitalists.

700-litre distilled liquor destroyed in Sirmaur

14 Sep 2019 | 8:12 AM

SOLAN: The Paonta Sahib police destroyed 700 litres of illegally distilled liquor at the Baghani forest range in Sirmaur district last evening.

Inter-state sex racket busted in Shimla

Inter-state sex racket busted in Shimla

14 Sep 2019 | 8:12 AM

SHIMLA: The police today claimed to have busted an inter-state sex racket in Shimla with the arrest of a person (the alleged supplier). They also rescued two girls.

Paonta firm’s Rs 288-crore assets attached, govt takes legal route

Paonta firm’s Rs 288-crore assets attached, govt takes legal route

14 Sep 2019 | 8:50 AM

SOLAN: With the Enforcement Directorate (ED) attaching the assets worth over Rs 288 crore of the Paonta Sahib-based Indian Technomac Company Limited (ITCL) in a money laundering case, the state government has moved high court to seek remedy as it was due to auction the company’s properties worth Rs 303.

Kullu-Manali hoteliers not in favour of Rohtang ropeway

Kullu-Manali hoteliers not in favour of Rohtang ropeway

14 Sep 2019 | 8:12 AM

MANDI: Hoteliers of Kullu-Manali have opposed the move of the state government to construct a ropeway towards the Rohtang Pass, saying it will snatch the source of livelihood from hundreds of people in the region.

Police pose as fake customers, bust sex racket in Shimla

Police pose as fake customers, bust sex racket in Shimla

14 Sep 2019 | 7:28 AM

SHIMLA: The Shimla Police claim to have busted an inter-state sex racket running in the town. They also rescued two girls and arrested the alleged supplier Varinder Singh.

South African players  have  a day out  in  McLeodganj

South African players have a day out in McLeodganj

13 Sep 2019 | 7:43 AM

Members of the South African cricket team on Thursday visited McLeodganj

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Stray cattle menace

13 Sep 2019 | 7:44 AM

There are a lot of schemes for the protection and rearing of cows, but here in my village Dadhol near Ghumarwin in Bialspur, stray cattle can be seen roaming on roads, posing a threat to commuters.

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SCA office-bearers nominated

13 Sep 2019 | 7:44 AM

The Himachal Pradesh University on Thursday nominated office-bearers and departmental representatives for the Students Central Association (SCA).

Rawat launches Dal Poshit Yojana

13 Sep 2019 | 7:43 AM

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat on Thursday launched a scheme under which ration card holders in the state will get two kg of pulses at subsidised rates every month.

More biodiversity panels in state soon

13 Sep 2019 | 7:43 AM

SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh State Biodiversity Board (HPSBB) organised a training workshop on “Biological Diversity Act, 2002, and Rules, 2004” here today.

‘Credibility of financial institutions important’

13 Sep 2019 | 7:43 AM

SOLAN: Speaker Dr Rajeev Bindal today said the credibility of financial institutions was significant and it should be ensured that the credibility of Baghat Urban Cooperative Bank Limited, Solan, which was celebrating its golden jubilee, should be maintained.

Marathon marks Brotherhood Day

Marathon marks Brotherhood Day

13 Sep 2019 | 7:43 AM

KANGRA: The teachings of Swami Vivekananda are relevant even today.

Woman, minor girl go missing in Kullu

13 Sep 2019 | 7:43 AM

KULLU: A woman of Batahar village in Manali subdivision of the district is missing since September 5.

Drug peddlers to be booked for culpable homicide, says DGP

13 Sep 2019 | 7:43 AM

DHARAMSALA: The state government will book drug peddlers under Section 308 of the IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder).

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