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« on: January 03, 2014, 07:51:29 AM »
I will quit if allegations proved, says Virbhadra
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Kullu, January 2
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has said he has a clean image during his long political career and will vacate his office if any charges are proved against him. He has rejected to quit even if an inquiry is initiated against him as the BJP has intensified a stir against him over graft charges.

Addressing mediapersons during the inauguration of a conference room by the Press Club at Manali, 40 km from here, today, he said he might initiate a public inquiry into the allegations as he had not done anything wrong.

He said he had full regards for the BJP as a party and Arun Jaitley as a senior leader of BJP, but was surprised of Jaitley's involvement in mudslinging on being provoked by former CM's son and MP from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur.

He added that Jaitley should be aware of the legal aspects involved in the issue. He said Jaitley had raised allegations during his visit to Shimla during the Assembly polls, but the mandate of the masses proved that "Satyamev Jayate" (Truth always triumphs) as he became the CM.

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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2014, 07:51:43 AM »
He said the level of anxiety of the BJP was increasing as the misdeeds done by the previous BJP government were being probed.

He said assets worth Rs 2,800-crore were held by the HPCA and the irregularities were being investigated, which had raised the heartbeat of Anurag Thakur.

He said when the loan was accrued from a businessman, he was not a Cabinet Minister or Chief Minister and there was no guarantee of his becoming the Chief Minister in near future. The whole transaction had been done through cheques and was being repaid through cheques, he added.

He stated that the company was provided leniency period of 10 months by the government to complete the hydel project after directions by the apex court on certain conditions, which were not fulfilled by the company and the project was cancelled within six months. He further added that even the investments done by his son and daughter in another venture was done through cheques and making investments was not illegal.

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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2014, 07:51:59 AM »
Probe sought into graft charges
Tribune News Service

Mandi, January 2
Former Transport Minister and Dharampur MLA Mahender Singh Thakur has demanded a probe against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh into charges of corruption.

Mahender Singh has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and All-India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi to hold a CBI probe or from a sitting Supreme Court Judge against him.

He said, “The charges in alleged payoff to the Chief Minister and his family members by a private firm levelled by Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley a few days back are startling and an inquiry into this matter is necessary.”

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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2014, 07:52:10 AM »
BJP chargesheet misleading: Kaul Singh
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 2
Health and Family Welfare Minister Kaul Singh today dubbing the BJP chargesheet as misleading.

Refuting the charges levelled against him regarding the decision to outsource laboratories, Kaul Singh said the outsourcing of laboratory tests was restricted to 23 health institutions which have 100 or more beds.

The outsourced lab would collect samples between 12 noon and 9 am the next day and set up their own labs for testing purpose, he said in a statement.

He said the need for outsourcing had arisen as most of the institutions were not able to collect samples and give report round the clock due to shortage of manpower.

He said the Expression of Interests were invited SRI Ltd, New Delhi, and Modern Clinical Lab, Amritsar, submitted their bids.

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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2014, 07:52:24 AM »
Winter carnival begins with fanfare in Manali
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Manali, January 2
The five-day National Winter Carnival commenced here today at Manu Rangshala, popularly known as Ram Bagh, with great fanfare. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated the carnival and set the stage for colourful events.

Earlier, folk artistes from different parts of the country assembled in the compound of the Hadimba Devi temple at Dhungri. A special pooja was performed in the temple. Later, a procession was taken out from the temple to Manu Rangshala.

The procession consisted of fascinating tableau, displaying culture, tradition, art and the way of life of the people from the Kullu valley and other parts of the country.

Hundreds of artistes of the local Mahila Mandals and the Yuvak Mandals performed an active role for the carnival. Various NGOs also participated in the carnival.

Thousands of people thronged the carnival venue to have a glimpse of the blend of culture, tradition and ancient lifestyle of the Kullu valley.

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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2014, 07:52:37 AM »
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was given a warm welcome by local residents of surrounding villages of the Kullu valley.

Addressing a huge gathering, the Chief Minister said Manali being a popular tourist destination, it was the responsibility of local residents to maintain the beauty of the town. He directed the Kullu administration to search for an appropriate land in Manali where Rangshala could be relocated.

The Chief Minister added that apart from apple and tourism, unseasonal vegetables had also brought prosperity among the people of Himachal and more people should concentrate on cultivation of unseasonal vegetables.

Virbhadra also announced the opening of the Manali-Hamta road for tourists and supply of the electricity to Manali from the Allain Duhangan Hydroelectric Project.

Earlier, he inaugurated the new building of the International Press Club, Manali, and a motorable bridge. He also laid the foundation stone for an old-age home at Aleo and building of fire station in Manali.

Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmauri, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma, former minister Satya Prakash Thakur, zila parishad chairman Hari Chand Sharma, chairman, Wool Federation, Raghubir Singh Thakur, Congress general secretary Sunder Singh Thakur and Manali Hoteliers Association president Anup Thakur were also present on this occasion.

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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2014, 07:52:52 AM »
Shimla hotels packed well after New Year bash
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 2
Away from the usual lull after the mad rush of the New Year's Eve bash, tourists continue to stream into the city, sending the hotel occupancy zooming for the entire week. Hoteliers today announced 30 per cent discount on room tariff to keep the tourist inflow ticking in the city.

It is not only the lure of snow that has added charm for tourists in the outlying tourist spots of Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda, but also the lure of brilliant sunshine that has kept tourist traffic flowing from across the country, said Sanjay Thakur, a local hotelier.

From Christmas eve through the New Year bash till today, the occupancy in hotels in the city kept zooming on to 60 per cent, in some cases 90 per cent, both in private and HPTDC-run hotels, said hoteliers.

It is a new thing here - The tourist inflow is continuing here even after the New Year bash is over, said the president of the Shimla Hoteliers and Restaurants Association (SHRA). “We held a meeting today and the association members announced a 30 per cent cut on room rent for tourists from today,” he added.

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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2014, 07:53:08 AM »
He said the room occupancy used to witness a steep fall in tourist arrivals after the arrival of the new year in the city.

But the occupancy remained more than 60 per cent today and bookings and arrivals were ticking till Sunday, he added.

Family tourists chose to stay away from the mad rush of the New Year, which was dominated by the younger lot seeking kicks, said Raman Chavan, a tourist from Mumbai.

“One gets stuck in traffic jams and charges are higher in peak time. It is wiser to travel in leaner time,” added Pallavi Uppal, a tourist from Delhi.

The hoteliers expect tourist arrivals to pick up as soon as it snows in the city. “We are getting queries from various cities about snow and sunshine as foggy and hazy dry weather is an irritant in Rajasthan in winter,” added Thakur.

General Manager, HPTDC, Yogesh Behl said the hotel occupancy in their units in the city remained as high as 90 per cent till Sunday. “The tourist inflow may increase if it snows here,” he added.

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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2014, 07:53:29 AM »
New IIAS Director stresses on global tieups
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 2
In its endeavour to reach out to the global community of scholars, the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) is exploring the possibility of entering into long-term collaborative links with academic institutions in Europe, America and England.

Dr Chetan Singh, new Director of IIAS, who assumed office here yesterday, said there was a need to reach out beyond India, and many European countries had shown a keen interest in collaborating with the IIAS.

“In view of the increased interest being exhibited by the world in the developments in India, we would like to have international collaborations and we intend to begin with South Asia and South-East Asia,” he said.

Dr Singh remained the acting Director of the IIAS from August 2013 after Dr Peter Ronald D’Souza moved to Delhi. Dr Singh will now head the institute for three years. He got formally associated with the IIAS as a Fellow in 1993 and also remained an editor of its journal “Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences”.

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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2014, 07:53:42 AM »
He said some of the European universities like Heidelberg in Germany and others too had evinced keen interest in having tie-up with the IIAS. “The ball had been set rolling by my predecessor, Dr Peter Ronald D’Souza, in this direction and I would like to take it further,” he said. He said the IIAS had witnessed a steady increase in the number of visiting foreign professors and scholars over the years in view of the country’s growing importance in the global context.

“With the golden jubilee celebrations of the IIAS schedule commencing in October 2014, a series of events, including seminars and lectures to be held in Shimla and other places, will also keep us engaged throughout the year,” said Dr Singh.

He said care would be taken to consolidate the ongoing academic activities at the institute, including the Tagore Centre and International Centre for Human Development.

Another area which Dr Singh is keen to explore at the institute is contemporary issues that go beyond the confines of fundamental research questions.

 

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