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Agnihotri frontrunner from Hamirpur seat
Mukesh Agnihotri

Agnihotri frontrunner from Hamirpur seat

Senior Cong leaders meet Rajni Patil in Delhi19 Mar 2019 | 6:55 AM

SHIMLA: Even as the Congress Screening Committee is yet to recommend the names of candidates, several leaders from Hamirpur today met the party high command, supporting the candidature of CLP leader Mukesh Agnihotri.

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Pratibha Chauhan

Tribune News Service

Shimla, March 18

Even as the Congress Screening Committee is yet to recommend the names of candidates, several leaders from Hamirpur today met the party high command, supporting the candidature of CLP leader Mukesh Agnihotri.

Senior leaders, including former state Congress president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, Ram Lal Thakur, both sitting MLAs, Rajya Sabha MP Viplove Thakur, former MLAs — Kuldeep Kumar, Rajesh Dharmani, Rakesh Kalia, Kuldeep Pathania, Una MLA Satpal Raizada, Suresh Kumar and Vivek Sharma, who had unsuccessfully contested the elections, along with others — met AICC in-charge Rajni Patil in Delhi today.

In a letter handed over to Patil, they pleaded that Agnihotri would be the strongest candidate to take on sitting BJP MP Anurag Thakur. The Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat comprises Hamirpur, Una and Bilaspur. Now, with so many sitting and former MLAs seeking ticket for a leader from Una, the high command will have to take this fact into account.

They urged the high command to give the ticket to a leader from Una this time as for the past 25 years, the party has been fielding candidates from either Hamirpur or Bilaspur, who never won. They also added that of the four Lok Sabha seats, Hamirpur had the highest Brahmin population. It is learnt that many leaders are opposing allocation of ticket to Abhiskeh Rana, son of Sujanpur MLA Rajinder Rana. It is Virbhadra Singh and CLP leader Mukesh Agnihotri, who have been supporting the candidature of Rana. Agnihotri and Sukhu are considered as strong candidates from Hamirpur.

As such, the final decision on Hamirpur and Mandi is yet to be taken. Some of them had met KC Venugopal, AICC general secretary, in Delhi yesterday. Sources said though the Congress Screening Committee, headed by Venugopal, met in Delhi yesterday, no final decision had been made on forwarding names to the Central Election Committee.

BJP awaits Cong list 

The BJP, which had  initially decided to field its sitting MPs from all the four Lok Sabha  seats, is having second thoughts. The party seems to have now adopted a  policy of wait and watch before finalising its candidates as it is  keenly awaiting the Congress list. The party’s screening committee is  yet to finalise the candidates. It is being felt that the BJP could  change the candidature of Mandi MP Ramswaroop in case the Congress  fields Virbhadra Singh or his son Vikramaditya Singh. Similarly, there  is serious thinking on changing Shanta Kumar and fielding someone else  as the former CM had initially declined to contest.

MP-adopted panchayat without power

MP-adopted panchayat without power

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SOLAN: The Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana has failed to benefit residents of Baroh village in Jagjitnagar panchayat of Kasauli tehsil as they are yet to get power connections.

9 more Lahaul panchayats join election boycott call

19 Mar 2019 | 7:56 AM

SHIMLA: After Sissu and Koksar, as many as nine other gram panchayats of Pattan valley in the snowbound Lahaul-Spiti district, which falls in Mandi parliamentary constituency, have threatened to boycott the May 19 Lok Sabha elections on the ground that the Central and state government agencies have failed to restore road, air and communication facilities and electricity in the valley even after a month of heavy snowfall.

Shimla DC transferred on ECI directions

Shimla DC transferred on ECI directions

19 Mar 2019 | 7:56 AM

SHIMLA: The government on Monday ordered the transfer of Shimla Deputy Commissioner Amit Kashyap following the controversy of opening of the EVM strongroom by SDM, Chopal, Mukesh Repaswal.

Villagers refuse to allow garbage plant reopening

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Convicts to pay damages to acid attack victim: SC to HP

Convicts to pay damages to acid attack victim: SC to HP

19 Mar 2019 | 7:57 AM

NEW DELHI: Terming acid attack an uncivilised and heartless crime, the Supreme Court has ordered the Himachal Government to pay compensation to an acid attack survivor under the Victim Compensation Scheme.

Court defers hearing in Yug murder case

Court defers hearing in Yug murder case

19 Mar 2019 | 7:57 AM

SHIMLA: The High Court today deferred the hearing on a death sentence reference sent by the Sessions Judge, Shimla, for the confirmation of the death sentence awarded by him to three convicts in the Yug murder case for May 20.

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Thakur addresses party workers in Mandi

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Fake video on Cong Twitter handle; BJP files plaint

19 Mar 2019 | 7:58 AM

SHIMLA: The state BJP today filed a complaint with the Election Commission against a fake video uploaded on the Twitter handle of Himachal Congress. In the video, a woman is beating up a transport union leader, who has been projected as a BJP MLA.

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Punjab Roadways bus rams into parked car, no casualty

19 Mar 2019 | 7:59 AM

SOLAN: A Punjab Roadways bus (PB-13-AW-6392) en route Shimla-Parwanoo rammed into a car (HP-93-1917) parked outside Timber Trail resort near Parwanoo this evening.

JE held with cement bags

JE held with cement bags

19 Mar 2019 | 8:00 AM

NURPUR: Following a tip-off, the police have seized 98 cement bags of the government supply from a house under-construction at Bhadwal in Kamnala gram panchayat this evening.

Akal Academy Schools enter Limca Book

19 Mar 2019 | 8:00 AM

SOLAN: Akal Academy Schools’ chain has found a place in the Limca Book of Records for organising India’s biggest rally against drug abuse.

Assistant RTO caught taking bribe in Solan

Assistant RTO caught taking bribe in Solan

19 Mar 2019 | 7:59 AM

SOLAN: A team of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau caught assistant RTO Denu Ram red-handed while taking a bribe of Rs 4,500 from a trader at Kala Amb inter-state barrier this afternoon.

As always, babus play safe!Himachal Diary

As always, babus play safe!

19 Mar 2019 | 8:00 AM

Even as the wedding reception of Congress MLA and son of former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh saw leaders from across the political spectrum attend the reception, here in the state capital, a majority of the babus chose to stay away from the occasion.

Man killed as car falls into gorge

Man killed as car falls into gorge

19 Mar 2019 | 8:00 AM

SOLAN: One person was killed when his car fell into a 600-ft-deep gorge, near Subathu, late last evening. The deceased was identified as Kuber Chand (32), a resident of Ribin in Kunihar.

CITU to field Dalip Kayasth from Mandi

19 Mar 2019 | 7:59 AM

MANDI: CITU will intensify its campaign across the nation to oust the BJP from the Centre, said Kashmir Singh Thakur, national secretary, CITU, here. CITU organized a two-day meeting here in Mandi to chalk out a strategy for the LS elections.

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SHIMLA: A day after the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh got moderate snowfall, the state capital Shimla and nearby tourist spots on Monday woke up to sunny weather. However, temperatures were below sub-zero at several places.

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18 Mar 2019 | 7:55 AM

SHIMLA: After making a connect with voters in the state through various programmes in the first phase, which completed on March 3, the Himachal BJP will now target beneficiaries of the schemes announced and implemented by the Centre in the next phase which would commence after formal announcement of the candidates.

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18 Mar 2019 | 7:56 AM

MANDI: The Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati; Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi; and Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, collaborated in a pan-India, multi-institutional initiative to develop a 'Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Indian Himalayan Region using a common framework.'

No let-up in criticism against Shanta

No let-up in criticism against Shanta

18 Mar 2019 | 7:56 AM

NURPUR: The All-India Gaddi Schedule Tribe Vikas Samiti has criticised MP Shanta Kumar for unsavory remarks against the community.

Vacuum machines to keep Kangra clean

18 Mar 2019 | 7:59 AM

KANGRA: The Kangra Municipal Council has introduced modern and automatic machines to find a lasting solution to garbage menace in the town.

State should oppose CPRI closure: CPM

18 Mar 2019 | 8:00 AM

SHIMLA: The government should immediately ask the Centre to roll back its decision to shut the Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) in Shimla since 1935, said the CPM in a release here.

HC dismisses plea against tender notice for catering

HC dismisses plea against tender notice for catering

18 Mar 2019 | 7:58 AM

SHIMLA: The High Court has dismissed a petition challenging a tender notice issued for providing catering services in Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital, Mandi, at Nerchowk.

Cut in bar licence renewal fee sought

18 Mar 2019 | 7:58 AM

MANDI: The state Bar Owners’ Association has sought 90 per cent reduction in bar licence renewal fee, which has been increased up to 100 per cent in the HP Excise Policy 2019.

PR Dept website not functional

18 Mar 2019 | 8:00 AM

HAMIRPUR: The website of the Information and Public Relations Department has been closed after the declaration of the Model Code of Conduct.

Those affected by Parwanoo violence told to file damages

Those affected by Parwanoo violence told to file damages

18 Mar 2019 | 7:57 AM

SOLAN: To assess losses incurred by workers, truck operators and investors due to clashes between transporters in Parwanoo, the Solan ADM has directed all such individuals to file their claim before the Member Secretary, Single Window Clearance Agency, within a week.

Muck dumping kills trout fish in Manali

Muck dumping kills trout fish in Manali

18 Mar 2019 | 7:58 AM

MANDI: A farmer from Kullu district has suffered a loss of Rs20 lakh as the dumping of muck in the Pakhnoj nullah of Haripur under Manali subdivision has killed trout fish in his farm.

Tanda college ART centre sans doc for years

Tanda college ART centre sans doc for years

18 Mar 2019 | 7:59 AM

KANGRA: With advent of Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) in 1987 and subsequent medical advances such as Test and Treat approach, AIDS has changed from a fatal life-threatening infection to chronic manageable illness.

Nerchowk college trauma centre faces docs’ shortage

Nerchowk college trauma centre faces docs’ shortage

18 Mar 2019 | 7:57 AM

MANDI: The trauma centre of the Nerchowk medical college is facing an acute staff shortage. There are six sanctioned posts of doctors at the centre, of which three are vacant.

Deeply hurt over sinister campaign, says Shanta

Deeply hurt over sinister campaign, says Shanta

18 Mar 2019 | 7:54 AM

PALAMPUR: Senior BJP leader and MP from Kangra Shanta Kumar here said he was deeply hurt over the sinister campaign launched against him on social media and in the section of the press that he had passed derogatory remarks against the Gaddi community at Dharmsala.

Second Shimla Dance Festival kicks off today

Second Shimla Dance Festival kicks off today

18 Mar 2019 | 7:59 AM

SHIMLA: The second edition of the three-day Shimla Dance Festival, being organised by the Language, Art and Culture Department, would begin from tomorrow (March 18).

DC’s vehicle challaned for flouting traffic norms

18 Mar 2019 | 8:00 AM

PALAMPUR: The local police on Sunday issued a challan to the official vehicle of the Kangra Deputy Commissioner for violating a one-way traffic rule.

Workshop on teaching method for students

18 Mar 2019 | 8:00 AM

SHIMLA: Learning styles of students is changing and teaching pedagogy should also change, said Dr Vikram Sharma, senior faculty member, ICFAI Business School, during a workshop on “Changing Teaching Pedagogy - Case-Based Learning” organised by HPUBS in association with ICFAI Business School (IBS) here on Saturday.

Sissu, Koksar villagers threaten to boycott pollLok Sabha Poll

Sissu, Koksar villagers threaten to boycott poll

18 Mar 2019 | 7:54 AM

SHIMLA: Tribals of two gram panchayats, Sissu and Koksar, in the Lahaul valley have threatened to boycott the May 19 Lok Sabha elections, saying that the state and Central governments have failed to ensure communication, road and air connectivity and electricity even after a month this winter in the wake of heavy snow.

BJP workshops in all 68 Assembly segments

BJP workshops in all 68 Assembly segments

18 Mar 2019 | 7:55 AM

SHIMLA: Gearing up for the Lok Sabha elections, the Himachal BJP has decided to hold workshops for workers in all 68 Assembly constituencies and complete the first phase by March 26.

Novel way to enhance voter participation in elections

Novel way to enhance voter participation in elections

18 Mar 2019 | 7:55 AM

SOLAN: Postcards might have become redundant in this tech-savvy age but they continue to be an effective medium of reaching out to masses.

FB, Twitter, WhatsApp BJP’s new battleground

FB, Twitter, WhatsApp BJP’s new battleground

18 Mar 2019 | 6:38 PM

SHIMLA: The upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be an intense, high-stakes tussle for power like all others, but with one difference — it is likely to be as hotly contested in the virtual world as in the real one.

Highest polling station set up at Lahaul-Spiti village

Highest polling station set up at Lahaul-Spiti village

18 Mar 2019 | 6:41 PM

MANDI: The country’s highest polling station has been set up at a height of 15,256 ft at Tashigang village in Lahaul-Spiti. The polling station falls under the Mandi parliamentary constituency, the second largest constituency in terms of area in India. It comprises 17 Assembly segments.

In crucial times, Kangra always ditched its bigwigsSetback to politicians

In crucial times, Kangra always ditched its bigwigs

18 Mar 2019 | 7:01 AM

DHARAMSALA: Kangra district having 15 Assembly constituencies has always played a kingmaker in Himachal. Since 1978, whichever party has got majority seats in Kangra formed government in the state. Except Shanta Kumar, none of the leaders from the district managed to make it to the post of Chief Minister.

Judge to explain for pre-arrest bail in SC/ST Act

Judge to explain for pre-arrest bail in SC/ST Act

17 Mar 2019 | 6:38 AM

SHIMLA: The High Court has sought an explanation from a judicial officer that under what circumstances he has granted anticipatory bail for an offence relating to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

‘Shanta’s remarks against ST Morcha leader uncalled for’

‘Shanta’s remarks against ST Morcha leader uncalled for’

17 Mar 2019 | 6:38 AM

DHARAMSALA: The BJP, which takes pride in being a disciplined party, has been jolted by national vice-president of the party’s Scheduled Tribe Morcha Trilok Kapoor, who is staking claim to party ticket from Kangra.

MPs on core panel, hopefuls upset

MPs on core panel, hopefuls upset

17 Mar 2019 | 6:38 AM

SHIMLA: The decision of the state BJP to re-nominate all four sitting MPs has not gone down well with ticket aspirants, who are now questioning the procedure adopted for selection of the candidates.

President's Colours for state police

President's Colours for state police

17 Mar 2019 | 6:38 AM

SHIMLA: President Ram Nath Kovind has granted his approval to present President’s Colours to the Himachal Police. The decoration is in recognisation of glorious record and professional achievement of the state police in the past 70 years.

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17 Mar 2019 | 6:39 AM

SHIMLA: The Congress today lodged a complaint with the Election Commission of India (ECI) regarding the posting of the DC, Bilaspur, which is part of the Hamirpur Lok Sabha segment, where the officer was registered as a voter.

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