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Ashwani Sharma


ED files case against Virbhadra Singh, wife
Sun, Nov 15, 2015

When contacted, Singh said, “It’s all political. I am aware the ED has registered a case. There is a senior central minister at the root of it.”

Virbhadra asks Governor Devvrat to act on sports Bill
Fri, Nov 13, 2015

The sports Bill, which was passed by the Assembly in April 2015 amid vehement protests by the Opposition, has been pending with Raj Bhavan since May 2015.

Himachal Pradesh Governor stresses on cow-rearing
Wed, Nov 04, 2015

The Governor, who rolled out his plan to hold such meetings once every three months, also pulled up officials for “failing” to check illegal sale of banned drugs and cultivation of cannabis in Kullu district.

Himachal Cabinet backs Virbhadra, slams BJP
Mon, Oct 26, 2015

This is the second time in a month when the ministers, including Kaul Singh Thakur,a contender for the CM chair, and G S Bali, another high-profile minister, have expressed faith in Singh.

Rising intolerance hurting PM Modi’s work, says former minister Shanta Kumar
Thu, Oct 22, 2015

‘Shah’s reprimand to BJP leaders for controversial remarks came too late’

Himachal Pradesh: Police arrest key accused in Himachal lynching case
Mon, Oct 19, 2015

Sirmaur SP Somuya Sambasivan told The Indian Express over phone that the arrest was made on the basis of electronic evidence, rigorous investigations during the past 48 hours and statements of the eyewitnesses.

Himachal lynching: Police arrest ‘main suspect’
Sun, Oct 18, 2015

The SP told The Indian Express that the arrest was made on the basis of electronic evidence, rigorous investigations during past 48 hour and statements of the eye-witnesses.

20-year-old from Saharanpur killed in Himachal village for ‘smuggling cattle’
Sat, Oct 17, 2015

Noman, a youth from Saharanpur who was allegedly involved in inter-state cattle smuggling was lynched by irate villagers at Sarahan in Himachal Pradesh

Draft CAMPA bill proposes stringent penalties on violators
Thu, Oct 15, 2015

The Bill will have stringent legal provisions to impose punitive action as well as penalties against the violators, including promoters of hydro-power sector .

Consider law to ban cow slaughter, Himachal HC tells Centre
Thu, Oct 15, 2015

The HC order came on a writ petition filed by Bhartiya Govansh Rakshan Sanverdhan Parishad, a local NGO. In a plea filed last year, the NGO had sought directions to save cows from being slaughtered.

Himachal to soon get madrasa for girls
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

One of the four madrasas in Himachal is working on a plan to start a separate madrasa that will impart both Islamic and basic education to girl children.

Himachal Pradesh BJP demands CM Virbhadra Singh’s resignation over corruption charge
Mon, Oct 05, 2015

In a memorandum submitted to the state Governor, Archarya Devvrat at Raj Bhawan after the meeting, the party demanded dismissal of the Congress government to ensure a free and fair probe into the charges against Virbhadra Singh.

Rift in Himachal Congress, four MLAs skip meet with Sonia Gandhi
Sat, Oct 03, 2015

Sonia met the visitors briefly and when PCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu tried to explain to her as how the party was agitated over the CBI raids against the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

DA case: Himachal HC admits Virbhadra Singh’s plea, grants him immediate relief
Fri, Oct 02, 2015

Senior Supreme Court lawyer Kapil Sibal appeared in court on behalf of Virbhadra Singh.

Simply put: Why Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh has the CBI at his door
Thu, Oct 01, 2015

As he approaches the end of his third year as CM, the 81-yr-old Cong veteran of many battles faces serious questions on his alleged disproportionate assets. ASHWANI SHARMA explains the multiple charges against Singh, and their political fallout.

Disproportionate assets case: Virbhadra consults legal experts, explores options to seek bail
Tue, Sep 29, 2015

A sitting MLA close to the chief minister said, “It’s only after studying the contents of the FIR and other documents submitted relating to the charges, that the chief minister will take a final decision."

Virbhadra Singh: The survivor who faces another battle for survival
Mon, Sep 28, 2015

The 81-year old politician is under a cloud once again with a CBI FIR lodged against him and his family including wife Pratibha Singh, a former Congress MP.

Backed by party legislators, Virbhadra takes battle to Delhi
Mon, Sep 28, 2015

The CLP while affirming its unstinting support to the Chief Minister, claimed that the raids were not an attack on the Chief Minister but the Congress party as a whole.

Himachal Cabinet behind Virbhadra, no immediate threat to his chair
Sun, Sep 27, 2015

Cabinet spokesman Mukesh Agnihotri, a staunch Virbhadra loyalist, said the chief minister will not resign over the issue.

CBI raids CM Virbhadra Singh’s home, Congress says vendetta
Sun, Sep 27, 2015

13 premises searched in Himachal, Delhi on CM daughter’s wedding day.

Assets case: Ministers close rank behind Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh
Sat, Sep 26, 2015

The Cabinet Ministers claimed that the BJP-led government was resorting to pressure tactics o destabilise a democratically elected government in Himachal Pradesh.

Illegal constructions: Himachal Pradesh minister slams own govt
Fri, Sep 25, 2015

On his part, Bali says towns like Solan, Kullu and Mandi have a case to seek municipal corporation status on the lines of Dharamshala.

Bilaspur tunnel collapse: Rescue op for third worker resumes, Governor visits site
Thu, Sep 24, 2015

The Governor directed the administration to facilitate the family’s stay at the site and their visits till there is a final word on Hriday Ram’s fate.

Rescue ops halted as cracks appear in Bilaspur tunnel
Wed, Sep 23, 2015

According to sources, the tunnel developed cracks and soil started falling on the workers who were clearing the debris.

Himachal tunnel develops fresh cracks, rescue operation suspended
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Family members of Hriday Ram, who were at the site, also supported the decision to suspend the rescue operation.

Himachal tunnel tragedy: Technical review of all tunnels will be done to avert repeat of such incident
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh too said that “it will be ensured that such incidents do not occur in the future”.

Himachal tunnel tragedy: NHAI to review design of the tunnel
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

The collapse happened five months after the tunnel was built in April.

Himachal tunnel tragedy- Men who rescued trapped workers: ‘In waist-deep water, the two stood in a corner’
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

The tunnel rescue operation was first-of-its-kind mission for the NDRF.

Bilaspur tunnel tragedy: 2 of the three trapped workers pulled out alive, search on for third
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

There is, however, still no information about the third worker who was caught in the collapse.

Himachal tunnel collapse: Trapped workers likely to be rescued today
Mon, Sep 21, 2015

A portion of the under-construction tunnel of the Kiratpur-Nerchowk-Manali four lane project had caved in eight days ago.

Bilaspur Tunnel Collapse: Drilling machine develops snag, another night in tunnel for three trapped workers
Mon, Sep 21, 2015

The operation appeared to have reached its final phase on Saturday, with the district administration saying the drilling was complete, and the “countdown” to reaching the workers had begun.

Bilaspur tunnel collapse: One wants screwdriver, other asks why machine fell silent
Mon, Sep 21, 2015

According to site engineers, it is only a matter of hours before the workers are rescued from the tunnel that had collapsed on them on September 12.

Himachal tunnel collapse: Rains pose new challenge for rescue operations
Sun, Sep 20, 2015

The new challenge for rescue operations at the site is rainfall. The administration, last night, took precautions to create a drain for water inflow and protected the site of drilling.

Through snags and prayers, week-long rescue op at Himachal tunnel lurches towards end
Sun, Sep 20, 2015

The employees were trapped inside tunnel No 4 of Kiratpur-Nerchowk four-lane project near Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh since September 12.

Himachal tunnel collapse: For worker Hriday Ram’s family, grief is beyond words
Sat, Sep 19, 2015

A lone bread-earner of a twin family, with two wives and eight children, Hriday Ram had joined the Himalayan Construction Company only a week before the tragedy.

Himachal tunnel collapse: Drilling resume after snag in rig
Sat, Sep 19, 2015

A team of 35 NDRF men is already at standby to enter the tunnel once the engineering personnel gives them a green signal.