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Another Himachal police officer held over custodial death

Shimla, Nov 16 (IANS) Another Indian Police Service (IPS) officer was arrested in Himachal Pradesh by the CBI on Thursday over the custodial death of an accused in the sensational gangrape-cum-murder of a school girl in Shimla district, an official said. Superintendent of Police D.W. Negi is the ninth police personnel to be arrested in the case. D.W. Negi was arrested for the cus...

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Learnt so much about Nepal from Manisha: Gulshan Grover

Mumbai, Nov 16 (IANS) Actor Gulshan Grover, who is currently shooting in Nepal, has thanked actress Manisha Koirala for introducing him to beautiful country and making him learn about the culture. Manisha on Thursday shared on Instagram a photograph of Gulshan in a traditional Nepalese outfit and captioned it: Welcome to Nepal my friend and happy shooting. Gulshan, who is shoot...

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Stamping of hand baggage tags ends at four more airports

New Delhi, Nov 10 (IANS) The CISF on Friday exempted passengers flying out of Pune, Nagpur, Trichy and Goa airports from getting their hand baggage stamped, a rule introduced decades ago as a security measure. This takes the total number of such airports to 23. Doing away with stamping of baggage tags has been extended to four more airports, a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) sta...

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Himachal polls see 74% turnout, highest in four decades

Shimla, Nov 9 (IANS) A record over 74 per cent, highest in four decades, of Himachal Pradesh's 50.25 lakh electorate on Thursday exercised their franchise in the assembly elections where the ruling Congress and the BJP were locked in a straight contest. The percentage is expected to go up further. This is the highest poll percentage recorded by the hill state in assembly polls, Dilip Sha...

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Over 72% turnout in Himachal assembly elections

Shimla, Nov 9 (IANS) Over 72 per cent of 50.25 lakh electorate in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday exercised their franchise in the assembly elections where the ruling Congress and the BJP were locked in a straight contest. Election officials said the polling was peaceful and no major untoward incident was reported from the 68 seats. However, there were reports of malfunctioning of EVMs and ...

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Himachal's oldest voter, wife vote in Kinnaur

Shimla, Nov 9 (IANS) Shyam Saran Negi, Himachal Pradesh's oldest voter aged 100, and his wife on Thursday cast their votes at a picturesque hamlet in Kinnaur district as elections were held to elect the 68-member assembly in the hill state. I have never missed an opportunity in my life to vote, Negi told reporters in Kalpa, some 275 km from the state capital. Last time he cast hi...

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Over 50 pc polling in Himachal Assembly

Shimla, Nov 9 (IANS) More than 50 per cent votes were cast on Thursday for the 68-seat Himachal Pradesh Assembly amid tight security, an election official said here. Voters across the state could be seen reaching polling stations even before polling started at 8 a.m. despite the cold in the single phase election. Despite minor hiccups as Electronic Voting Machines developed snags...

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Himachal records over 10% polling in two hours

Shimla, Nov 9 (IANS) More than 10 per cent polling was recorded in two hours for the 68-seat Himachal Pradesh assembly elections that began amid tight security on Thursday, an election official said here. Over 50 lakh voters from across the state were exercising their franchise in the single-phase poll that began at 8 a.m. and will continue till 5 p.m. Despite the cold and minor ...

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Polling for Himachal assembly begins

Shimla, Nov 9 (IANS) Polling for the 68-seat Himachal Pradesh assembly in a single phase began amid tight security on Thursday, an election official said here. Voters across the state could be seen reaching polling stations even before polling started at 8 a.m. despite cold. There is no report of any delay in starting the poll process, Chief Electoral Officer Pushpendra Rajput to...

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Liquor, cash seized in Himachal ahead of polling

Shimla, Nov 8 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government has seized 326,094 bulk litres of liquor in the state, the state Election Commission said on Wednesday, a day ahead of the polling for 68-seat assembly. It said in a statement that cash totalling Rs 1,48,07,615 was seized, including Rs 14,13,460 recovered on Wednesday. The state will go to the polls in a single phase.Officials...

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Jury still out on note ban: Some hail, others wail

New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) Exactly a year ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dramatically scrapped high value currency notes in a decision that jolted the economy and divided opinions on a major policy like never before. While the jury is still out on the note ban, which cost India two per cent GDP, the mass of people remain divided on what it achieved. Many people IANS spoke to across the c...

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Himachal's 68 Assembly seats to go to polls on Thursday

Shimla, Nov 8 (IANS) Sixty-eight Assembly seats will on Thursday go to the polls in a single phase in Congress-ruled Himachal Pradesh, where the BJP is determined to take power. Officials said everything was in place for a smooth conduct of the polling in 7,525 booths. A total of 50.25 lakh electorate, including 19 lakh women and 14 transgenders, will decide the fate of 338 candidates in...

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Demonetisation may cost at least this vote in Himachal

Shimla, Nov 8 (IANS) Demonetisation may cost the BJP at least this one vote in Himachal Pradesh. Staying in the Great Himalayan National Park alone, octogenarian Chatri Devi is determined to vote against demonetisation as her three banknotes are no good. Her grudge is that could not replace her three old banknotes of Rs 500 each after last year's denomination. She is really upset...

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Over 1,800 visually challenged persons to cast votes in Himachal

Shimla, Nov 7 (IANS) A total of 1,844 visually challenged persons will exercise their franchise in the November 9 assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Electoral Officer Pushpendra Rajput said here on Tuesday. There are 50,25,941 voters in the state. Mandi has the highest number of 671 visually challenged registered voters, and Lahaul and Spiti district the minimum 21 ele...

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Implead candidates for defacing walls: Himachal HC

Shimla, Nov 6 (IANS) Acting tough against defacing of walls with poll-related material, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Monday directed for impleading as respondents all candidates in the fray in three assembly constituencies in Shimla and its periphery. A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel issued the order on a petition filed by advocate D...

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Modi hurt Himachal's tourism, fruit growers: Rahul Gandhi

Shimla, Nov 6 (IANS) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for what he said was hurting tourism and fruit industry of Himachal Pradesh. Modi ji has affected the apple growers, farmers and those involved in the tourism industry, Gandhi told an election rally in Paonta Sahib town in Sirmaur district ahead of the November 9 assembly polls.

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Modi has not fulfilled promises made to Himachal in 2014: Congress

Dharamsala, Nov 5 (IANS) Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi sapnon ka saudagar (merchant of dreams), the Congress on Sunday said that Modi has not fulfilled any promises he made to the people of Himachal Pradesh during his 2014 Lok Sabha campaign. In 2014, Mr. Narendra Modi came as merchant of dreams and made several attractive promises. Today the people of 'Dev Bhoomi' Himachal want t...

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Modi running across Himachal in bid to garner support: Amarinder

Shimla, Nov 5 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his termite remark against the Congress and said he was running from one constituency to another in a bid to garner support for his party's candidates. Claiming Modi's comments reflected his despair at the anti-BJP swing that has started emerging across the country, he said had t...

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Won't indulge in vendetta politics if BJP wins Himachal poll: Dhumal

Hamirpur, Nov 5 (IANS) There will be no politics of revenge if the BJP comes to power in Himachal Pradesh, says the party's chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal, asserting that restoration of law and order and eliminating the mafia in the state will be his first priority. There will be no revenge. We will like to devote our time for the development of the state. We will focus on...

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Modi betrayed 'nation builders' by sitting on Women's Reservation Bill: Virbhadra

Shimla, Nov 5 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not moving the stalled Women's Reservation Bill, accusing him of betraying the nation builders. Once hailed as 'nation builders' by PM Modi, the already marginalised Indian women have been most brutally betrayed by the BJP government, the Chief Minister said attacking t...

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