Winding up his two-day review of the arrangements, the CEC admitted that political parties have suggested that polling should be held before mid-November keeping in view the adverse conditions in the region in wake of the impending winter.
Sources said Amit Shah also helped in planning Prime Minister’s one-day visit and launching the AIIMS project, as the ruling Congress government had been accusing the Centre of delaying it.
Shinde said PCC had already invited applications for party tickets. Ultimately, the decision on the tickets will be taken by the party's highest decision making body after elections are announced.
“Above all, Virbhadra Singh has acquired yet another distinction of not quitting the post even after serious corruption charges," Amit Shah said.
Under pressure from the MLAs, the Cabinet, meanwhile, decided to process their case for allotment of land to the HP Legislators Coop Housing Society near Shimla Airport. This will be third such land allotment meant for MLAs and ex-MLAs.
Though Shinde claimed that Ranjan’s tour of Una district with the CM was just a coincidence, party insiders say she had been sent specifically to initiate a dialogue with Virbhadra and make him agree to some mutually agreeable formula before the polls.
Maharashtra Women Commission Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar said the Simran actor Kangana Ranaut. never approached the Commission and her remarks on TV show 'Aap Ki Adalat' some days back were false and misleading. During the TV show, Kangana accused the Commission of being 'saleable' and full of 'hypocrites.'
Himachali Bushehri cap created a flutter at an official function in Shimla on Wednesday when Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh left a function mid-way as he reportedly did not find a cap of his choice.
The project, which was vehemently opposed by local panchayats, is sure to meet the fate of the ambitious Rs 1600-crore Himalayan ski village project, proposed by the earlier Congress government but abandoned by the BJP government.
During the day, the Chief Minister was barely a few kilometres away from the place where Shinde reached Friday afternoon, but he neither spoke to AICC general secretary nor met him.
Rahul Gandhi met HPCC president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, who briefed him on the “crisis” faced by the state Congress owing to Virbhadra’s stand against him (Sukhu).
Sources said AICC general secretary Sushil Kumar Shinde had also reached Delhi and had been keeping track of reports from the state and recent statements made by the CM.
The CBI’s lawyer informed the court that the agency had taken permission of the district court for conducting lie-detector test on the five accused, who were in judicial custody.
The officials are slated to hold a meeting with deputy commissioners and SPs on Thursday to take complete stock of the election management drill, deployment and requirement of the forces and movement of the election material before the polling.
The court remanded the arrested policemen in CBI custody till September 7. They were produced in court Monday after they were brought from Delhi, where they were taken on July 29 for interrogation.
A CBI spokesperson today confirmed that the court has allowed the agency to conduct polygraph tests on the accused due to their inconsistent statements.
Shyam Saran Negi is eager to see the outcome of the next Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh, but he sees the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as more crucial to the country, which he says will be a vote on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Singh, a 29-year-old labourer from Nepal, was among six people arrested by the local police. He was allegedly killed by a co-accused at the police station last month, which sparked a massive public outrage.
Till Thursday many in the town were surprised at the CBI's decision of not to summon SP Negi in connection with its investigations.
Shipki La in Himachal is the second border outpost for trade with Tibet, apart from Nathu La in Sikkim
On Tuesday, the CBI had arrested Zaidi and eight other cops in the case and taken them to Delhi. Those arrested included DSP (Theog) Manoj Joshi, SHO (Kotkhai) Rajinder Singh, ASI Deep Chand Sharma —who was the investigating officer — and four others.
The SIT team formed on July 9 and was headed by Zaidi, had arrested six persons on July 13 in connection with the rape and murder of the girl. But five days later, one of the suspects, Suraj Singh, a Nepali national, was killed inside the police station.
The policemen were arrested Tuesday by the CBI in connection with the custodial death of one of the accused in the gruesome rape-murder case, which had sparked off widespread protests and outcry in the hilly state.
Jai Chand, 17, is a resident of Bhangadi village, 90 km from Nahan, the district headquarters. Getting there requires a journey by road, and a 30-minute climb up a steep mountain.
Insiders say some of the cabinet ministers were opposed to the waiver while an excise official said the “cabinet memorandum had put all in black and white about objections of the various departments and serious illegalities”.
"The judiciary should reach to the periphery where a large section of society needs justice. Even after 70 years of independence, 2/3rd of the citizens of India having legal grievances do not have access to justice", Justice Kurian said.
Meanwhile, locals of a village close to the spot have moved to safer places with their cattle and other belongings. The village had survived the tragedy as a hillock blocked the movement of the landslip towards it.
Himachal landslide: The incident, which happened a little after midnight, was a fallout of heavy rain in the area and a suspected cloudburst on the other side of the mountainous region, sources said. In a large-scale search operation, 46 bodies were recovered by late evening on Sunday.
"Right now, the party’s focus is only on ground work to expose the Congress government, its corruption, mafia raj, nepotism in jobs at many levels, law and order situation, insecurity among women and citizens because of collapse of administrative machinery", said HP BJP chief Mangal Pandey.
People in Shimla are facing troubles in getting regular supply of newspaper, milk and bread supply, the report says.
The last few days have seen clear communal fault lines emerge in Tissa and Khushinagar, with VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) and political activists - both from Congress and BJP, attacking police for shielding the those who attacked the teachers.
“This period of Virbhadra Singh's rule will be written as a black chapter in the state's history. Today , we are feeling ashamed for the state's severely damaged image in the eyes of the rest of the country," said BJP leader Shanta Kumar.
Several of these questions are being directed at the police force: where was the police station’s staff when the victim, Suraj Singh, 29, a Nepalese national and one of the six accused in the gangrape and murder of a 16-year-old schoolgirl, was attacked, allegedly by main accused Rajendra Singh alias Raju?
Few say elections will be fought under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi but the chief minister contradicts, saying he would lead the party to the polls. The BJP is keeping a close watch on the Congress camp.
The film was primarily shot in Sunta Lodge, a beautiful wooden mansion of Village Khalwan and some parts were filmed in Village Dhanoti near Tikker. Unfolding the story of the film,Sidharth said there is a young boy (Chetan) learns about a technique of trapping birds from his old grandmother
CBI has decided to set up a temporary office, either in Shimla or Theog and summon some key suspects for interrogation over the next few days as part of its probe into the rape and murder of a Class X schoolgirl at Halaila in Kotkhai.