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Himachal Pradesh

Modi poised for huge win in Gujarat, Congress wrests Himachal from BJP

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi appeared set for a third straight term in office as the Bharatiya Janata Party headed towards a huge win in the state but it lost Himachal Pradesh to the Congress as counting of votes progressed in the Assembly elections in both States today.
 
Counting begins in Gujarat, BJP secures early lead

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi appeared set for a third straight term in office as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headed towards a huge win in the state but it lost Himachal Pradesh to the Congress as counting of votes progressed in the Assembly elections in both states today.

As results and counting trends became available for all the 182 seats in the Gujarat Assembly, the BJP had won 52 and was leading in 65 others, making for a total of 117 seats, the same number that it has in the outgoing house.
 
The Congress had won 27 seats and was leading in 32 others. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), an ally of the Congress, had won two seats while the Janata Dal (United), an ally of the BJP, was leading in one constituency. Other parties were ahead in three seats.
 
Adding to the Congress' misery in Gujarat, its state unit chief Arjun Modhwadia and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil lost their seats.
 
In Himachal Pradesh, the ruling BJP conceded defeat as the Congress won 34 seats in the 68-member Assembly and was leading in two others. The BJP had won 23 and was ahead in another three, while others had won four and were leading in two more.
 
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal admitted his party had lost and congratulated the winners. He said the reasons for the BJP's defeat, despite his government's good record of governance, would be analysed at party fora in due course.
 
In Gujarat, Mr Modi retained his own seat, Maninagar, bagging 120440 votes against 34097 secured by his nearest rival, Shweta Bhatt, wife of suspended Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjiv Bhatt.
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The controversial former Minister of State for Home, Mr Amit Shah of the BJP, won from Naranpura, garnering 103988 votes against the 40653 secured by his rival Jitubhai B Patel of the Congress.
 
In the Ellis Bridge constituency in Ahmedabad, Ms Jagruti Pandya, widow of assassinated former Minister of State for Home Haren Pandya, ended up in the third place. Ms Pandya, a candidate of the Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) floated by former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, could muster only 9075 votes against Mr Raesh Shah of BJP, who got 106631 votes. Mr Kamleshkumar Shah of the Congress got 29959 votes.
 
Mr Modhwadia lost in Porbandar, getting only 60458 votes against the 77604 votes secured by Mr Babubhai Bokhiria of the BJP. Mr Gohil lost from Bhavnagar (Rural) to Mr Purshottam Solanki of the BJP. Mr Solanki got 83980 votes as against 65426 secured by Mr Gohil.
 
The BJP had won 117 seats in the Gujarat Assembly in the last elections in 2007, while the Congress had 59 seats.
 
Counting of votes began in both states at 0800 hours today and all the results are expected by this evening.
 
Elections to the 182-member Gujarat assembly were held in two phases on December 13 and 17, when a record 71.3 per cent of the 38 million voters had exercised their franchise.
 
Polling for the 68 seats in the Himachal Pradesh assembly was held in a single phase on November 4, and about 74.7 per cent of the 4.60 million voters had cast their votes.
 
The supporters of Mr Modi, who has been in office since 2001, are hoping that, with yet another big win, he would be propelled to the centrestage of national politics and become the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
 
Exit polls had predicted a huge win for Mr Modi again this year, while they had given a slight edge in a close contest in Himachal Pradesh.
 
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Acharya Devvrat shifted to Gujarat, Kalraj Mishra is new Governor of Himachal Pradesh

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President Ram Nath Kovind today transferred Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat as the new Governor of Gujarat.
 
A press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan also said that former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra had been appointed as the new Governor of Himachal Pradesh.
 
"The above appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices," the communique added.
 
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12 persons -- 11 soldiers, 1 civilian -- dead in Himachal building collapse

Rescue operations underway at the site where a roadside three-storey eatery caved in owing to heavy rains at Kumarhatti in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district on July 14, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Rescue operations underway at the site where a roadside three-storey eatery caved in owing to heavy rains at Kumarhatti in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district on July 14, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Twelve people -- 11 soldiers and a civilian -- were killed and 28 others were rescued after a four-storeyed building in Himachal Pradesh's Kumarhatti town, where Assam Rifles troopers were holding a party, collapsed due to rain, rescuers said on Monday.
 
Deputy Commissioner K. C. Chaman said one soldier is still trapped in the debris and a rescue operation by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Army and the state police was on to save him.
 
The 28 people who were rescued comprised 17 soldiers and 11 civilians. The dead also included the building owner's wife.
 
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur along with his Cabinet Minister Rajiv Saizal, MP Suresh Kashyap and state Assembly Speaker Rajiv Bindal have visited the spot, where they met the rescued people.
 
Thakur, who has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident, said as per his information the structure was not raised as per building specifications.
 
He ordered the registration of an FIR against the building owner Shail Kumar, who was away when the structure collapsed.
 
According to officials, the incident occurred at around 4 p.m. on Sunday when soldiers, belonging to the Assam Rifles of nearby Dagshai Cantonment, were having their party at the roadside eatery-cum-residential complex which caved in due to heavy rain.
 
Both soldiers and civilians were present in the building, located on the Kumarhatti-Nahan road, around 55 km from Shimla.
 
The Deputy Commissioner said first the fourth floor of the building collapsed. Then the entire building caved in.
 
Locals blamed unscientific construction methods and violations in the granting of construction-sanction for the building collapse.
 
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Seven people -- 6 soldiers, 1 civilian -- killed in Himachal building collapse

Rescue operations underway at the site where a roadside three-storey eatery caved in owing to heavy rains at Kumarhatti in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district on July 14, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Rescue operations underway at the site where a roadside three-storey eatery caved in owing to heavy rains at Kumarhatti in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district on July 14, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Seven people -- six soldiers and a civilian -- were killed and 35 rescued after a four-storeyed building collapsed due to rain at Kumarhatti town of Himachal Pradesh, rescuers said on Monday.
 
It is believed that six to eight people are still trapped in the debris.
 
As many as 23 soldiers and 12 civilians were pulled out from the rubble in the rescue operation by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Army and the state police that has been on for more than 16 hours.
 
The dead included the building owner's wife Archana.
 
According to officials, the incident occurred on Sunday when soldiers belonging to the Assam Rifles of nearby Dagshai Cantonment were having their party at a roadside eatery-cum-residential complex which caved in due to heavy rain.
 
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who is monitoring the operation from here, said soldiers and civilians were present in the building, located on the Kumarhatti-Nahan road, around 55 kms from Shimla.
 
Thakur, who has ordered a probe into the incident, is visiting the spot later in the day.
 
Deputy Commissioner K. C. Chaman said measures to rescue people trapped in the debris were on. The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals.
 
Locals blamed unscientific construction methods and violations in the granting of construction-sanction for the building collapse. 
 
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2 dead, 12 soldiers trapped in Himachal house collapse

Rescue operations underway at the site where a roadside three-storey eatery caved in owing to heavy rains at Kumarhatti in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district on July 14, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Rescue operations underway at the site where a roadside three-storey eatery caved in owing to heavy rains at Kumarhatti in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district on July 14, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
One soldier and a civilian were killed and 12 other soldiers got trapped when a four-storey building collapsed due to rain at Kumarhatti town of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.
 
While 18 soldiers and five civilians were pulled out from the debris, the rescue operations by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Army and the state police are on.
 
According to officials, the incident occurred when soldiers, belonging to the nearby Dagshai cantonment, were having meal at a roadside eatery-cum-residential complex, which caved in due to heavy rain.
 
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said 30 soldiers and seven civilians were present in the building, located on the Kumarhatti-Nahan road, around 55 km from Shimla.
 
Deputy Commissioner K. C. Chaman said measures to rescue people trapped in the debris were on. The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals.
 
Continuing rain was hampering the rescue operation, he added.
 
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Massive mudslides block Chandigarh-Shimla highway

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Massive mudslides hit the Chandigarh-Shimla national highway between Parwanoo and Solan towns in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday owing to heavy overnight rains, that led to traffic snarls and posed a serious threat to motorists.
 
The movement of traffic was hampered almost throughout the day due to massive landslides along the highway in Solan district.
 
Motorists said the maximum landslips were on a 30-km stretch between Parwanoo and Kumarhatti, where over 20 km was either damaged or piled with boulders and muck.
 
They said the falling debris threatens their safety while travelling through this stretch that has been excavated recently for highway widening.
 
The executing agency - National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) - for the project which aims to cut the travel time between Chandigarh and Himachal capital Shimla by shortening the distance by 17 kms -- cleared the road of boulders and mud.
 
The entire stretch from Parwanoo to Solan has become a permanent landslide zone particularly Chakki ka Mor. The risk of driving is aggravated after dusk, said motorist Deepak Nayyar.
 
He said there were frequent incidents of landslips and falling rocks hitting moving vehicles owing to fragile and loose strata with vertical cutting of the hills for the expansion of the highway.
 
Geologists blame unscientific cutting of precipitous hills, largely of shell, sandstone and clay, for the frequent landslips.
 
"Most of these mountain slopes are of sedimentary formation and have become destabilised with the reckless cutting by heavy earth-moving machinery. The loose and naked boulders with muck will continue to roll down on the highway for eight to 10 years more," former state geologist Arun Sharma told IANS.
 
"On the Parwanoo to Solan stretch, most of the hill cutting was done largely vertically than horizontally. At some points, large-scale vertical cutting was carried out," added Sharma, a member of the Environment Ministry's State Expert Appraisal Committee to assess projects.
 
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari informed the Rajya Sabha on July 8 that the work on four-laning of the stretch between Parwanoo and Solan would be completed within the next six to eight months as the bottlenecks have been removed.
 
He said the project was being undertaken at a cost of Rs 750 crore and almost 75 per cent of the work has been completed.
 
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Two school kids among three dead in Shimla accident

Locals gather at the site where a state-run bus of a private school rolled down into a gorge, at Lower Khalini in Shimla, on July 1, 2019.
Locals gather at the site where a state-run bus of a private school rolled down into a gorge, at Lower Khalini in Shimla, on July 1, 2019.
Two school children and the driver of a bus were killed and five others injured when a state-run bus of a private school rolled down into a gorge in the Himachal Pradesh capital on Monday, police said.
 
The injured were admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital here.
 
The students, belonging to Convent of Jesus and Mary Chelsea, were travelling in a Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus. The accident occurred in Lower Khalini. The dead included bus driver Naresh.
 
Witnesses told the police that lack of crash barrier and narrow road with haphazard parking of vehicles were mainly responsible for the accident.
 
Local legislator and Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj who reached the accident spot, faced a protest from locals, who were blaming the government's callousness towards the safety of the passengers and ensuring parking in the area. He left the spot hurriedly.
 
The mob smashed windscreens of nearly 20 vehicles parked on the road side. The police have arrested two people.
 
Less than a fortnight ago, 44 passengers lost their lives when a mechanically unfit overcrowded mini bus met with an accident in Kullu district on June 20. Thirty-five other passengers received grievous injuries in that accident.
 
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Seven school kids injured in Shimla accident

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At least seven school children were injured when an overcrowded private school bus rolled down a hill in the Himachal Pradesh capital on Monday, police said.
 
The injured were admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital here.
 
The students, belonging to Convent of Jesus and Mary Chelsea, were travelling in Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus. The accident occurred in Lower Khalini.
 
Witnesses told the police that lack of steel barrier and narrow road were mainly responsible for the accident.
 
Local legislator and Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj who reached the accident spot, faced protest from locals, who were blaming the government's callousness towards safety of the passengers.
 
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Toll in Himachal accident rises to 44

The death toll due to a road accident in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district has increased to 44, officials said on Friday.
 
A total of 73 passengers were onboard when an overloaded private mini-bus skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge near Banjar, some 50 km from Kullu town, on Thursday. Passengers were also sitting on its rooftop.
 
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur is rushing to the spot
 
Transport Minister Govind Thakur, who was supervising the rescue and relief operation, told IANS over phone that 29 people were injured in the accident. He said some of the passengers succumbed to injuries early Friday.
 
Superintendent of Police Shalini Agnihotri said the private bus was on its way to Gada Gushaini from Kullu when the accident occurred.
 
Most of the injured have been admitted to hospitals in Kullu and Mandi, she added. The injured included school and college students from Banjar who were returning home.
 
A witness said rescuers had a tough time in extricating the victims from the vehicle and the gorge.
 
Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur expressed grief over the incident.
 
The spot of the accident, about 250 km from the state capital, is one of the remotest places in the state.
 
Scarcity of buses and poor frequency of government-run buses in this remote district are blamed for overloading of public transport vehicles.
 
The Kullu district administration has provided Rs 50,000 as immediate relief to the next-of-kin of the deceased and injured persons. A magisterial probe has been ordered.
 
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30 killed as bus falls into gorge in Himachal

At least 30 people were killed and 40 others injured when an overloaded private mini-bus skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday, police said. 
 
The accident occurred near Banjar, some 50 km from Kullu town. Most of the passengers travelling in the bus were from Kullu and Mandi districts. Passengers were also sitting on its rooftop.
 
Superintendent of Police Shalini Agnihotri said the private bus was on its way to Gada Gushaini from Kullu when the accident occurred.
 
Most of the injured have been admitted to hospitals in Kullu and Mandi, she added. The injured included school and college students from Banjar and were returning home.
 
Eyewitnesses said the bus was overcrowded and the driver probably lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a turn.
 
Eyewitness Ramesh Thakur said rescuers had a tough time in extracting the victims from the vehicle and the gorge.
 
Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur expressed grief over the incident.
 
The spot of the accident, about 250 km from the state capital, is one of the remotest places in the state.
 
Scarcity of buses and poor frequency of government-run buses in this remote district are blamed for overloading of public transport vehicles.
 
The Kullu district administration has provided Rs 50,000 as immediate relief to the next of kin of the deceased and injured persons. A magisterial probe has been ordered.
 
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25 killed as bus falls into gorge in Himachal

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At least 25 people were killed and 35 others injured when a bus skidded off the road and fell into a 300-m-deep gorge in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday, police said.
 
The accident occurred near Banjar, some 50 km from Kullu town.
 
Superintendent of Police Shalini Agnihotri said the private bus was on its way to Gada Gushaini from Kullu when the accident occurred.
 
The injured have been admitted to hospitals in Kullu, she added.
 
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BJP retains all four Himachal LS seats

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The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday retained all the four Lok Sabha seats in the state as its candidates won by record margins, election officials said.
 
Hamirpur sitting MP Anurag Thakur, Kangra candidate Kishan Kapoor, Shimla candidate Suresh Kashyap and Mandi sitting MP Ram Swaroop Sharma won their seats by defeating their nearest Congress rivals.
 
The main contest was between the Congress and the BJP.
 
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur thanked all the voters for the landslide victory of the party.
 
He told reporters here that the victory confirms that people have expressed faith and confidence in the programmes and policies of his government.
 
For former BCCI chief Anurag Thakur, this was the fourth consecutive victory. He won by over 3.81 lakh votes against Congress legislator Ram Lal Thakur.
 
From Kangra, the largest Lok Sabha constituency in the state in terms of voters, the BJP had fielded Cabinet Minister Kishan Kapoor, 68, after dropping veteran leader Shanta Kumar, against two-time Congress legislator Pawan Kajal, 44.
 
Kapoor defeated Kajal by a margin of more than 4.47 lakh votes.
 
In the Shimla (reserved) seat, it was an ex-serviceman versus an ex-serviceman.
 
Colonel Dhani Ram Shandil (retired), 78, who was the Congress candidate, lost by over 3.23 lakh votes to BJP nominee and former Indian Air Force (IAF) officer Suresh Kashyap, 48.
 
Sitting BJP MP and the Chief Minister's confidant Ram Swaroop Sharma won the seat for a second term from Mandi. He was contesting against Congress greenhorn Ashray Sharma, who is the grandson of former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram.
 
Ram Swaroop Sharma retained the seat by a margin of more than 3.63 lakh votes.
 
Sukh Ram, a Congress veteran, had joined the BJP just before the Assembly elections, but defected back after his grandson was denied a ticket.
 
Counting of 38 lakh votes for the Shimla, Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra parliamentary seats began at 8 a.m. amid tight security.
 
A total of 38,01,793 voters -- 72.25 per cent of 52,62,126 eligible ones -- exercised their franchise on May 19 in a single phase to select their representatives to the 17th Lok Sabha.
 
Forty-five candidates, including a lone woman, were in the fray from the four seats.
 
With the electorate in the Lok Sabha polls traditionally favouring the party at the helm in the state, these elections were being seen as a referendum on the state's 17-month-old Jai Ram Thakur government.
 
The BJP wrested the state from the Congress in December 2017, winning 44 seats in the 68-member Assembly. The Congress won 21 seats, Independents two and the Communist Party of India-Marxist won one.
 
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Sedition law will be made more stringent: Rajnath

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Slamming the Congress over its poll promise of repealing the sedition law if voted to power, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that the BJP government would make the law even more stringent.
 
Speaking at a gathering here, Singh said the sedition law would be strengthened so that even the soul of the anti-nationals would shiver.
 
"The Congress is saying that it will repeal the sedition law. We are going to make it more stringent so that no one dares to act against it," Singh said in his 30-minute address.
 
Speaking on economy, Singh said that inflation had been the main poll issue during elections but not in 2004 and 2019, as the management of the two BJP Prime Ministers (Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi) did not allow prices to go out of hands.
 
Singh was here to seek votes for sitting BJP MP Ram Swaroop Sharma, who is seeking re-election from Mandi. He said that Sharma, who has regularly attended sessions in the Lok Sabha, is an honest politician.
 
The four Lok Sabha constituencies in Himachal Pradesh will go to the polls in the seventh and final phase of polling on May 19.
 
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Fire breaks out in Shimla's British-era Grand Hotel

A view of the British-era Grand Hotel, where a fire broke out on Monday, reducing a portion to ashes, in Shimla, on May 13, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
A view of the British-era Grand Hotel, where a fire broke out on Monday, reducing a portion to ashes, in Shimla, on May 13, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
A massive fire broke out on Monday at the British-era Grand Hotel here, reducing a portion to ashes. However, no casualties were reported, police said.
 
The hotel's newly-renovated Mayo Block was completely destroyed in the fire. Since the building was under renovation, there was no guest at the time of the incident.
 
Shimla Deputy Commissioner Rajeshwar Goel told IANS that nearby buildings were safe and the fire was brought under control.
 
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
 
The building, located in the vicinity of famous Kali Bari temple, close to Scandal Point, was constructed in British times.
 
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Rahul posts photo of himself 'fixing' chopper

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A picture posted by Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Instagram, showing him helping to fix a problem with his helicopter, while campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections, at Una in Himachal Pradesh, on May 11, 2019.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi has posted a picture of himself on Instagram which shows him trying to fix a helicopter.
 
According to reports, Rahul was campaigning in Himachal Pradesh on Friday when his helicopter developed a snag.
 
However, instead of waiting for others to fix his chopper, Gandhi decided to lend a helping hand and can be seen in the picture working with others to set the chopper right.
 
He posted the picture with the caption: "Good team work means all hands to the deck! We had a problem with our helicopter in Una, HP today, that working together we quickly fixed. Nothing serious thankfully."
 
He also mentioned that the chopper broke down because of some technical glitches; nevertheless, ‘team work' helped solve the problem quickly. 
 
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Five killed in road accident in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh

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Five people were killed on Sunday when a car in which they were travelling skidded off the road and plunged into a 300-metre-deep gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district, police said.
 
The accident occurred near Janjehli while the victims were en route to attend Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur's election meeting in his home constituency of Seraj.
 
Witnesses told the police that the driver, who was injured, probably lost control over the vehicle. 
 
It took hours for rescuers to climb down the mountain and bring up the bodies.
 
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Young woman tourist from Himchal found murdered in Goa hotel room

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A 25-year-old woman tourist from Himachal Pradesh was found murdered in a room at a hotel in North Goa on Saturday, police sources said.
 
The victim was identified as Alka Saini, from Himachal Pradesh who had checked into the hotel in the beach village of Arpora on April 20, along with her boyfriend, who could not be traced now, a police source said.
 
"Her body was found by the hotel's maintenance staff after they entered the room for cleaning on Saturday. We have found stab marks on her neck," the source said, adding that the body has been sent to the Goa Medical College near Panaji for post-mortem examination.
 
While top police officials are tight-lipped and refused to comment, police sources also said that the hotel's CCTV camera showed two persons exiting the room some time before the body was discovered by the hotel staff.
 
"Police parties have been dispatched to look for the duo. We have also alerted police personnel posted at bus stations, railway stations, the Dabolim International Airport and border check points," the source said.
 
A case of murder has been registered at the Anjuna police station.
 
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10 killed in Himachal Pradesh as falls into gorge

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At least 10 passengers were killed and several injured when a private bus skidded off the road and fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba district on Saturday evening, police said.
 
The bus was on its way from Pathankot in Punjab to Dalhousie in the hill state.
 
The accident occurred in the Nainikhad area near Banikhet in Dalhousie subdivision, Chamba Superintendent of Police Monica Bhutunguru told reporters in Chamba city, some 350 km from the state headquarters.
 
Most of the injured were admitted to Chamba's Regional Hospital.
 
The driver probably lost control over the vehicle at a hairpin bend and fell into the gorge, an eyewitness told the police.
 
The administration had a tough time in extracting the victims from the bus, though villagers had started the rescue operation before the authorities reached the spot.
 
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has expressed grief over the accident.
 
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Widespread rainfall likely over J&K, Himachal, Uttarakhand from April 22: IMD

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Scattered to fairly widespread rains or thundershowers, with isolated thunderstorms and gusty winds, are very likely to occur over Jammu and Kashmir, and isolated to scattered over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, from April 22 onwards under the influence of a fresh western disturbance (WD), the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said.
 
A bulletin from IMD said on Thursday that, due to trough and wind discontinuity over south peninsular India, isolated to scattered rainfall with isolated thunderstorms and gusty winds very likely to occur over coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rayalaseema, Tamilnadu, south interior Karnataka and Kerala during many days of the week.
 
Isolated to scattered rainfall with isolated thunderstorms and gusty winds were also very likely to occur over West Bengal, Sikkim, Jharkhand and Odisha during most days of the week. Thundersquall (wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph) accompanied by lightning at isolated places was very likely to occur over Odisha and over Gangetic West Bengal today.
 
Scattered to fairly widespread rain/thundershower along with gusty wind were very likely to occur over northeastern states (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura) on most of the days during the week, it said.
 
Thundersquall (wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph) accompanied with lightning at isolated places were very likely to occur over Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on April 20-21, the bulletin said.
 
Cumulatively, above normal rainfall was likely over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rayalaseema, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and south interior Karnataka. It will be near normal elsewhere except northeastern states, where it is likely to be below normal during the week up to April 24.
 
Rainfall activity was likely to decrease drastically over south Peninsular India during the following week, and hence below normal rainfall activity was likely to occur over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and south interior Karnataka. The rainfall activity was likely to increase over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura; and be near normal over the rest of the country during the week from April 25-May 1, the bulletin said.
 
Day maximum temperatures are very likely to rise by 4-6°C over most parts of Northwest and central India and by 2-4°C over Gujarat and interior Maharashtra during the first half of the week ending April 24.
 
Overall, in the week as a whole, day maximum temperatures are likely to be below normal to normal over most parts of the country outside Jammu & Kashmir, east coast and some parts of west coast of India, where these are likely to be above normal during  the week. However, heat wave conditions may prevail over isolated pockets of Rajasthan and Gujarat state towards the second half of the week.
 
During the week from April 25-May 1, day maximum temperatures are likely to be near normal or below normal over most parts of the country except Odisha, Chhattisgarh, north Andhra Pradesh, west coast and Tamil Nadu, where these are likely to be above normal.
 
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Himachal BJP chief booked over 'slur' against Rahul

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A criminal case was registered on Tuesday against Himachal Pradesh BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti for using a slur against Congress President Rahul Gandhi while campaigning, police said.
 
Also, Chief Electoral Officer Devesh Kumar issued a notice to him seeking his reply within 24 hours.
 
The development comes after the opposition Congress approached the Election Commission with a complaint.
 
Satti targeted Gandhi and his family at a public meeting in Nalagrah's Ramashehar town in Solan district on April 13.
 
His remarks came while replying to Gandhi's "chowkidar chor hai" taunt apparently aimed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying Rahul and the entire Gandhi family are "thieves".
 
He added that Gandhi family members like Sonia Gandhi and Robert Vadra are out on bail, and so Rahul "is not in a position to comment."
 
State Congress leader and Leader of Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri told IANS that the party was demanding a ban on Satti's campaigning during the entire elections.
 
Satti has been booked under Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code. The case pertains to obscene acts and songs.
 
The Congress on Tuesday held statewide protests over the "obscene slur".
 
Defending him, state BJP General Secretary Randhir Sharma said: "Satti's video, which was in circulation in the social media, was a doctored one and the Congress was trying to take electoral mileage out of it.
 
Himachal Pradesh will go to the polls on May 19.
 
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Former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram rejoins Congress

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Former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram and his grandson Ashray Sharma on Monday rejoined the Congress, after parting ways with the BJP.
 
The latter may be the Congress candidate against the BJP's Ram Swaroop Sharma from Himachal Pradesh's Mandi, the family turf. 
 
Sukh Ram's son Anil Sharma, an MLA from the Mandi Sadar Assembly seat, is a Cabinet minister in the Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP government in Himachal Pradesh and is expected to quit his ministerial berth.
 
The family joined the BJP just before the 2017 assembly polls.
 
Sukh Ram and Ashray met Congress President Rahul Gandhi along with the party's in-charge of Himachal Pradesh Rajni Patil and state unit chief Kuldeep Rathore before their induction.
 
Anil Sharma was inducted into the Virbhadra Singh-led Congress Cabinet in 2013 and allocated the portfolios of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and Animal Husbandry. He was also a Minister of State from 1993-97.
 
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's foster sister Arpita is married to Anil Sharma's son Aayush.
 
Elections to the four Lok Sabha seats in Himachal Pradesh will be held on May 19.
 
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Manali, Dalhousie wrapped in white blanket

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A western disturbance over Himachal Pradesh brought more snowfall to popular destinations Manali and Dalhousie on Tuesday, and lashed the state capital with rain.
 
The minimum temperature here was 3.3 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 3.8 degrees in Manali and 2.1 degrees in Dalhousie in Chamba district.
 
Manali and Dalhousie saw 9 cm and 2 cm snowfall, respectively.
 
"Higher reaches of Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu, Shimla, Sirmaur and Chamba districts have been experiencing moderate snowfall since Monday, while mid and lower hills are experiencing rain," said a Met official here.
 
Kalpa, some 250 km from here, and Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti have also experienced snowfall. Keylong was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus eight degrees, while it was minus 3.6 degrees in Kalpa.
 
The Met said the western disturbance -- storm system originating from the Mediterranean-Caspian Sea region and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region -- would start withdrawing by Wednesday.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 31.8°N and longitude 78.2°E, occurred at 0717 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurates Cremica Food Park in Himachal Pradesh

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Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Sunday inaugurated the Cremica Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd in Himachal Pradesh via video conference. 
 
The park at Singha village in Una district is the first Mega Food Park operationalized in Himachal Pradesh. 
 
It is expected to give an impetus to the growth of the food processing sector in Himachal Pradesh and benefit the people of Una district and the people of nearby districts of Kangra, Hamirpur and Bilaspur, an official press release said.
 
The food park has been set up on 52.40 acres of land at a cost of Rs 107.34 crore. The facilities being created by the developer at its Central Processing Centre (CPC) include multi-crop pulping line with bulk aseptic packaging (24 MT/ hour), frozen storage (1000 MT), deep freeze, dry warehouse, quality control laboratory and so on.
 
The park also has a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs and three Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) at Solan, Mandi, and Kangra having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Badal said the park would leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crore in 25-30 food processing units and generate a turnover of about Rs 450-500 crore annually. It will  also provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas.
 
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Minor earthquakes shake J&K-Pakistan border region, Himachal Pradesh

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Two earthquakes of slight intensity shook the border region between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan and the Mandi region of Himachal Pradesh late this evening, the  India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The first quake, measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale, occurred in the border region between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan at 1908 hours, with its epicentre at latitude 35.1°N and longitude 74.2°E and a focal depth of 35 km.
 
The second tremor, measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale, occurred at 1933 hours, with its epicentre at latitude 31.7°N and longitude 76.8°E and a focal depth of 15 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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