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25 Apr 2017

Air India opens booking for Shimla-New Delhi flight

25 Apr 2017 | 9:10 PM

NEW DELHI: Air India said on Tuesday it has opened booking for its first flight under the regional connectivity scheme to be operated on the Shimla-New Delhi route by its subsidiary Alliance Air.

'Sex-racket' busted in McLeodganj; 1 held from Punjab

25 Apr 2017 | 2:33 PM

DHARAMSALA: A man was arrested after an alleged sex-racket was busted in McLeodganj in Himachal Pradesh, police said today.

Labour hostel gutted as fire breaks out at timber depot in Shimla

25 Apr 2017 | 1:19 PM

SHIMLA: A labour hostel was on Tuesday gutted in a fire near Auckland tunnel rendering over 200 “khans” from Jammu and Kashmir shelterless.

HP govt allows felling of 23 tree species on pvt land

25 Apr 2017 | 12:21 PM

SHIMLA: In a major relief to owners of trees on private lands, Himachal Pradesh government has allowed felling of 23 species besides exempting the forest produce obtained from them from requirement of "Transit Pass".

Of those killed in Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh one hailed from Mandi

25 Apr 2017 | 10:16 AM

MANDI: Of the soldiers killed in the Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district one was from Mandi district. He has been identified as Surender Thakur (33).

Wife of former diplomat and Rahul Gandhi’s aunt passes away at 108

25 Apr 2017 | 10:03 AM

SOLAN: Shobha Nehru, wife of former Indian envoy to the US BK Nehru and aunt of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, passed away at her Kasauli residence on Tuesday morning. She was 108.

Trees on road pose risk to commuters

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

HAMIRPUR: The poor construction planning of road is posing a risk to commuters’ lives. It seems the Public Works Department has not bothered to remove trees before initiating the work of widening and strengthening the Bangana-Dhaneta-Kaloor road.

Landslide blocks Manali- Rohtang highway

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

MANALI: Even though Border Roads Organization (BRO) has cleared snow from Rohtang Pass connecting Manali with Lahaul valley, a massive landslide near Beas Nullah has blocked the highway yesterday.

Decline in neo-natal, infant mortality rate in state

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

SHIMLA: The state has added yet another feather in its cap by bringing down its neo-natal mortality (NNM) rate from 28 to 19 and infant mortality rate (IMR) from 38 to 28 per cent within the last five years span.

Mumbai youth goes missing in Manikaran

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

KULLU: Sumit Jaswal (25) of Mumbai has gone missing under mysterious circumstances between Barshaini and Kheerganga in Manikaran valley of the district.

Politics begins over UDAN plan in Shimla

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

SHIMLA: The proposed launch of UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here has triggered a political slugfest among the ruling Congress, BJP and the CPM, ahead of the civic body polls due in May and Assembly polls in November.

Shimla turns khaki ahead of Modi’s visit

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

SHIMLA: Elaborate security and other arrangements are being made for the one-day visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Shimla on April 27 and about 2,000 security personnel will be deployed at Jubbarhatti Airport and Annandale helipad to the rally venue at the historic Ridge Maidan, besides intelligence men in plain clothes.

Mandi ZP gets nat’l award

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

MANDI: The Mandi Zila Parishad (ZP) was conferred with the national award 2015-16 under the Panchayat Empowerment and Accountability Incentive Scheme (PEAIS) on National Panchayati Raj Day in Lucknow of Uttar Pradesh today.

CITU up in arms against protest ban

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

SHIMLA: CITU workers along with the 28 ousted workers of the Auckland House school today staged a protest against the Deputy Commissioner who imposed Section 144 banning protests around the school.

BJP seeks MSP for potato

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

UNA: The Una unit of the BJP today reiterated its demand for a minimum support price for potato to farmers.

Clerical employees seek pay on Punjab pattern

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

UNA: President of the Himachal Pradesh Clerical Employees Union Tara Singh today said the state government had still not implemented the demands of the cadre put forward at a State-level Joint Consultative Committee meeting on December 29 last year under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

New parking lot opened

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

NURPUR: The Nurpur MC today opened a parking lot to public in ward number two which was inaugurated by local MLA Ajay Mahajan.

Probe report about bank loan to GMR submitted

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

CHAMBA: The ADM of Bharmour has submitted the initial inquiry report to the Deputy Commissioner of Chamba into the loan amounting to Rs 1,405 crore advanced by banks to GMR Bajoli Holi Hydropower Private Ltd constructing the 180 mw Bajoli-Holi hydroelectric project in Bharmour.

Woman succumbs to burn injuries

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

KANGRA: A 33-year-old woman of Paigah Soura village falling under Gaggal police post, who had received 85 per cent burn injuries following a self-immolation bid on Wednesday, today succumbed to her burn injuries at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College at Tanda, the police said here today.

Utility items given to daily wage workers

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

UNA: Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri today distributed utility items like washing machines, induction stoves, solar lamps and bicycles to about 1,000 beneficiaries under a scheme of the Construction and Other Workers Welfare Board at Samoor Kalan village near Una.

NGT experts visit Kasauli to assess its carrying capacity

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

SOLAN: A committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) today visited the cantonment town of Kasauli and initiated a study on various aspects pertaining to its carrying capacity.

‘Steel Frame’, the future of India

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

Credit for celebrating Civil Services Day on April 21 this year goes to the Himachal Institute of Public Administration, Fairlawns, Dhalli, Shimla.

24 Apr 2017

Grilling had CM’s supporters, detractors worried

24 Apr 2017 | 12:30 AM

TOO LITTLE:Congress leaders in Himachal are skeptical about the intentions of the BJP-led Modi regime about Himachal.

Adolescent girl students more prone to sexual assaults, reveals study

24 Apr 2017 | 12:30 AM

SHIMLA: Adolescent girls in the age group of 14-17 years and students are most prone to sexual assaults and the residence of the accused is mostly the place of crime.

1 killed, 2 hurt in road mishaps

24 Apr 2017 | 12:30 AM

KANGRA: One person was killed and two others were injured in two different road accidents at Tharu village falling under Nagrota Bagwan police station last evening, police said here today.

Wheat harvesting picks up in Una

24 Apr 2017 | 12:30 AM

UNA: The soaring temperature has prompted maturing and drying up of the wheat crop in most parts of Una district.

‘Sanjh’ shows migration pangs

24 Apr 2017 | 12:30 AM

HAMIRPUR: Himachali film ‘Sanjh’ shot in the local dialect and locations was released in theatres here today.

Power generation up as state rivers in spate

24 Apr 2017 | 12:30 AM

SHIMLA: A sudden three-fold unprecedented surge in the inflow of water in the Satluj, Beas and Ravi and their tributaries has come as a windfall for power generation in Himachal.

Crash barriers along canal sought

24 Apr 2017 | 12:30 AM

MANDI: After two mishaps reported in the BSL (Bhakra Sutlej link) canal near Balh in Mandi, residents of the district are demanding that the BBMB to fence the area along the road on the 12-km stretch of canal between Baggi and Sundernagar to avoid recurring mishaps in the area.

Fourlane samiti threatens to sue NHAI for defying land Act

24 Apr 2017 | 12:30 AM

MANDI: Fourlane Sangharsh Samiti has threatened to sue NHAI for violating Land Acquisition Act 2013.

Cleanliness drive ahead of Modi’s visit to Shimla

24 Apr 2017 | 12:30 AM

SHIMLA: The BJP today launched “Swachhata Abhiyan” (Cleanliness drive) in all 34 wards of the Shimla Municipal Corporation with broom-wielding party leaders and workers swarming the nook and corner of the town ahead of Prime minister Narendra Modi’s rally on The Ridge on April 27.

CM alleges squeeze of Central funds

24 Apr 2017 | 12:30 AM

NEW DELHI: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today alleged that fund allocations under some Centrally sponsored schemes have been squeezed and sought course correction for their completion.

Blame game over death of fish in Rewalsar Lake

24 Apr 2017 | 12:30 AM

MANDI: Politics began over death of fishes on such a large scale in Rewalsar Lake.

SPCB dilly-dallies on making effluent treatment must

24 Apr 2017 | 12:30 AM

SOLAN: The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has yet to make primary treatment of industrial effluents compulsory despite the apex court making it mandatory in February this year.

Now, rescued sisters can realise their dreams

24 Apr 2017 | 12:30 AM

SHIMLA: The nightmarish experience of twin minor sisters from remote Kupwi area of Shimla district, who were made to work as child labour and subjected to physical abuse for almost an year is over and they have smile on their face after Umang Foundation, a Public Welfare Trust, rescued the girls and pledged full support to them.

23 Apr 2017

Soon, ‘rent a motorcycle’ to tourists

23 Apr 2017 | 12:45 AM

KULLU: GS Bali, Transport, Technical Education and Food and Civil Supplies Minister, said today that ‘rent a motorcycle’ scheme would be launched in the state under which people would be able to rent out their two-wheelers to tourists.

State exports reach Rs 4,496 cr

23 Apr 2017 | 12:45 AM

SHIMLA: The exports from Himachal Pradesh were worth Rs 4,495.98 crore in 2016-17 upto Novemer 2016 and Rs 5,849.46 crore in 2015-16.

Ban on protests near Auckland school

23 Apr 2017 | 12:45 AM

SHIMLA: Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, Rohan Chand Thakur yesterday banned the holding of protests and raising of slogans within a 100-m radius of the Auckland House School campus for two months by imposing Section 144 CrPC.

Haroli fest from April 28

23 Apr 2017 | 12:45 AM

UNA: Haroli SDM Dhanvir Thakur today said the three-day Haroli Festival would be organised at Kangar village of Haroli sub-division from April 28 to 30.

Liquor vend on temple land demolished

23 Apr 2017 | 12:45 AM

NURPUR: Following the directions of the Nurpur SDM-cum-Assistant Commissioner, Ram Gopal temple trust, Damtal, a structure illegally raised on the trust land at Damtal for running a liquor vend was demolished by the temple officer by pressing into service a JCB machine.

Rewalsar wears deserted look after fish deaths

23 Apr 2017 | 12:45 AM

MANDI: Rewalsar town, which attracts a large number of tourists and devotees every year, is wearing a deserted look after thousands of fish were found dead in the Rewalsar Lake.

75-yr-old man sets himself afire

23 Apr 2017 | 12:45 AM

KANGRA: A 75-year-old man yesterday committed suicide by setting himself on fire at his house in the Old Kangra area.

Weather turns pleasant after rain

23 Apr 2017 | 12:45 AM

SHIMLA: The mercury plummeted across Himachal as the region experienced widespread rain and high-altitude tribal areas had mild snowfall, providing much-needed relief from scorching heat to people in lower hills.

Illegal structures built after June ’16 may face axe

23 Apr 2017 | 12:45 AM

DHARAMSALA: Those who have raised illegal structures after June 2016 will not get relaxation under the retention policy of the state government under which it has proposed to regularise 100 per cent deviation from the approved maps.

Kuther panchayat to get award

23 Apr 2017 | 12:45 AM

NURPUR: The Kuther gram panchayat in the Nagrota Surian development block of Jawali subdivision has set an example in rural development, infrastructure development and implementation of all programmes launched by the Centre and state government.

Anti-Pak protest in Kangra

23 Apr 2017 | 12:45 AM

KANGRA: Youths held a rally against the harassment to the security forces in the Kashmir valley and burnt the Pakistani flag and effigy and raised slogans against it.

Judges, lawyers bid farewell to CJ Mansoor

23 Apr 2017 | 12:45 AM

SHIMLA: The High Court judges and lawyers today bade farewell to Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir who retires on April 24.

Water crisis: Panwar seeks minister’s intervention

23 Apr 2017 | 12:45 AM

SHIMLA: Tikender Singh Panwar, Shimla Deputy Mayor, today sought the intervention of Vidya Stokes, Irrigation and Public Health Minister, to ensure the implementation of the tripartite agreement signed between the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC), IPH Department and the state government at the time of the Greater Shimla Water Supply and Sewerage (GSWSS) circle formation.

22 Apr 2017

Residents block traffic

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

PALAMPUR: Residents of Halehar village today held a protest near Jaisinghpur against the murder of a village youth.

Dhumal meets PM Modi

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

SHIMLA: Former Chief Minister PK Dhumal yesterday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi ahead of his Shimla visit on April 27 and congratulated him on the party’s victory in four states.

Solan APMC gets PM’s award

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

SOLAN: The Solan-based Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) was today honoured with the Prime Minister’s award for the successful implementation of the e-National Agriculture Market (NAM) scheme.

14 get Thakur Ved Ram awards

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

KULLU: The annual Thakur Ved Ram national awards 2016-17 ceremony was held at Bhutti colony, 4 km from here, today.

Rollback of new pension scheme demanded

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

KANGRA: The New Pension Scheme (NPS) Employees’ Federation today urged the state government to implement the old pension scheme in the state instead of the new pension scheme.

DC seeks report on increasing road mishaps

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

UNA: Officiating Deputy Commissioner Rajesh Kumar Maria today constituted a committee to document the reasons for the increasing rate of road accidents in the district.

New EPF registrations site inaccessible for 3 months

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

DHARAMSALA: The state government has made it mandatory for all the government contractors to get registered with the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).

Lawyers protest against amendment in Act

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

SHIMLA: Advocates of the HP High Court and district court today abstained from the court work on the call given by the Bar Council of India (BCI) against the suggestions given by the Law Commission of India.

Intelligence sharing vital to check terror: Experts

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

Top police experts from the state and central law enforcement and investigating agencies today chalked out that increased coordination and intelligence sharing among different agencies was a must for checking terror and drug infiltration.

Rs 10 cr to be spent on Broni khad channelisation

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

SHIMLA: Broni khad at Jhakri in Rampur Sub Division of Shimla district will be channelized and improved to check landslides in the vicinity.

Cantonment board JE faces suspension

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

SOLAN: Amrish Kumar, alias Jolly, a Junior Engineer (JE), posted with the Cantonment Board, Subathu faces suspension after he was arrested by the CBI for accepting bribe of Rs 70,000 from a contractor on Wednesday evening.

School buses challaned for overloading, overspeeding

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

KANGRA: The police challaned 125 vehicles, mostly school buses, for overloading and overspeeding here today.

Chamba MC faculty interviews from today

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

CHAMBA: Jawaharlal Nehru Government Medical College (JNGMC) has started online interviews for its faculty and other staff.

Govt to launch scheme to boost poly houses

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

SHIMLA: With the ambitious Poly House and Micro Irrigation Yojana failing to attract farmers, the state government has decided to launch “Mukhyamantri Green House Revolution Scheme” to boost poly houses.

Finally, funds for repair of martyrs’ statues

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

PALAMPUR: BJP MP Shanta Kumar today released Rs 3 lakh from his MPLAD funds for repair and maintenance of statues of martyrs Captain Vikram Batra and Major Somnath.

59 JP varsity students taken ill; food poisoning suspected

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

SOLAN: As many as 59 students of Waknaghat-based JP University were taken ill after consuming food at the hostel mess last night.

Price of trout up by Rs 50

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

KULLU: Fulfilling the demands of trout fish farmers of Kullu district, the state government has increased price of trout fish per kg Rs 50.

Panel to assess death of fish in Rewalsar Lake

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

MANDI: Taking cognisance of the death of thousands of fish in the Rewalsar Lake in Mandi district, the state government has constituted a committee to examine the effects of pollution on the natural aquifer and assess the chances of possible contamination of water.

Himachal bans beacons for all, except CJ, judges

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

SHIMLA: Ending uncertainty over the use of red, amber and beacon lights atop vehicles of dignitaries, the Himachal Government today issued a notification whereby only Chief Justice of Himachal High Court and the judges have been allowed use of these status symbols.

No progress made to justify D’sala as 2nd capital

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

DHARAMSALA: No progress has yet been made on a major decision of the present government to grant second capital to Dharamsala.

Bodies of six Nepali labourers identified

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

Six more bodies out of seven unidentified victims of the fatal Chopal bus accident that killed 45 persons near Antravli on the Vikasnagar-Tiuni- Rohru highway on April 19 were identified today.

Now, fly Shimla to Delhi in Rs 1,920

22 Apr 2017 | 1:04 AM

SHIMLA: A one-hour flight costing Rs 1,920 will now ferry passengers from Shimla to Delhi or vice versa. It is after a span of over four-and-a-half years that the state capital will again have aerial connectivity.