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BJP MP’s daughter among 19 summoned in Assam’s cash-for-jobs scam

Police officer Pallabi Sharma is the daughter of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lok Sabha MP from Tezpur, R.P. Sharma,” said a senior official on the probe team.

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Guwahati, July 15 (IANS) The daughter of BJP’s Lok Sabha MP R.P. Sharma is among 19 government officials issued summons on Sunday by the Assam Police in the multi-crore cash-for-jobs scam.

The Dibrugarh police, which is probing the case, has asked these officials to appear at the Special Branch Headquarters in Kahilipara area here on July 18 to give their handwriting samples for forensics tests.

These 19 include 13 officials of Assam Civil Service Officers, three of Assam Police Service and three of allied services. “Police officer Pallabi Sharma is the daughter of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lok Sabha MP from Tezpur, R.P. Sharma,” said a senior official on the probe team.

The official said that police has already collected substantial evidence against the 19 for their alleged involvement in the job scam.

Certain top officials of the Assam Public Service Commission, which holds the two-stage examination for selecting candidates for plum state jobs, allegedly accepted huge bribes over several years for selecting the candidates.

Over 30 Assam civil and police as well as allied services officers have so far been arrested in the scam, apart from then APSC Chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul, two commission members, and other officials.

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Planning Department officer shot dead in Patna

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Patna, Aug 14 (IANS) Unidentified assailants on Tuesday forced their way into a senior government officer’s residence here and shot him dead, police said.

Rajiv Kumar, Under Secretary in the Planning Department, succumbed to his injuries in a hospital, the police said.

The officer’s wife told the police that a group of five armed youths forcibly entered their official house in the high security zone in the state capital. Kumar was shot when he resisted them, she said.

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Rains subside in Himachal

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Shimla, Aug 14 : Rains started subsiding in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday a day after downpours and flashfloods left a trail of destruction.

However, authorities were on their toes to restore traffic on over 300 of the 923 blocked roads by Tuesday evening.

On Monday, heavy rains across the state claimed 16 lives, including four of a family, while hundreds of people were stranded after incessant rains triggered landslides, snapping road links.

The road traffic is still disrupted at several points on the Chandigarh-Shimla, Chamba-Pathankot and Chandigarh-Manali National Highways.

As a precautionary measure, all schools and educational institutes in the state were closed.

The water level in the Beas river rose dramatically, touching the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway 21 near the Hanogi temple.

“As per the latest weather charts, forecast for the next three days for the state is light to moderate rainfall very likely to occur at a few places over middle and low hills and at isolated places over higher reaches,” meteorological office Director Manmohan Singh told IANS.

Mandi town recorded the highest rainfall in the state at 127 mm, while it was 35 mm in Shimla, 42.8 mm in Nahan town and 34.4 mm in Solan town.

A government spokesperson said the Satluj, Beas and Yamuna rivers and their tributaries have been in spate in Kinnaur, Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Bilaspur and Sirmaur districts.

“We have advised people settled along the banks of rivers to move to safer places,” an official said here.

Authorities said excess water was discharged from the Pandoh diversion dam, located 112 km upstream of Pong dam, as a precautionary measure.

The Pandoh diversion dam on the Beas river in Mandi district diverts excess monsoon water towards the Pong dam. Otherwise, it diverts water towards the Satluj river which feeds the Gobind Sagar reservoir of the Bhakra dam.

However, the inflow of water into state’s Pong and Bhakra dam increased due to heavy rainfall, but the authorities said there was no need for worry as the reservoirs still have surplus capacity to withhold additional water.

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Bihar: Hajipur DPO arrested over sexual assault at shelter home

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Patna, Aug 14: Hajipur District Probation Officer (DPO), Manmohan Prasad Singh was arrested last night in connection with sexual abuse of girls at a shelter home in the city.

As per the allegations leveled by the inmates, Singh used to often visit the shelter home and force the girls to indulge in obscene activities. He allegedly threatened to beat them up if they tried to inform about it.

One of the girls at the short stay home told media that she was beaten up for refusing to comply with Singh once. While another inmate alleged that her clothes were torn off.

Earlier in a day, two girls from the Aasra shelter home were admitted to the Patna Medical College and Hospital.

Last week the death of the two girls from the same shelter home was reported.

Shelter home horror continues to stun the country, as several similar incidents have been reported from Muzzafarpur, Deoria and Bhopal.

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