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22 Mar 2017

Eviction notices to 7 encroachers

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

MANDI: Subdivisional Magistrate, Jenjehali, Ashwani Kumar gave a verdict today under the Himachal Pradesh Public Premises and Land (Eviction and Rent Recovery) Act, 1971, against seven persons in encroachment cases over government land and asked the accused to vacate the property within 30 days.

Passport seva kendra opens in Palampur

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

DHARAMSALA: The BJP MP from Kangra, Shanta Kumar, today inaugurated a Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) at Palampur today.

Rs 54 cr being spent on roads: Cong leader

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

CHAMBA: Former Cabinet Minister and Himachal Pradesh State Cooperative Bank chairman Harsh Mahajan is confident of a Congress victory in the ensuing Assembly elections in the state.

Liquor auction yields little returns

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

SOLAN: The new Excise Policy appears to have backfired with officials failing to sell liquor units in the first round of auctions which commenced at Baddi and Solan yesterday.

BDC member donates salary for noble cause

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

MANDI: Rajni Thakur, Block Development Committee (BDC) member of Tulah, Khadiyar and Trambli panchayat in Mandi, has come forward to help special children by offering her salary.

Chinese public positive about me: Dalai Lama

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

KANGRA: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today said that unfortunately the Chinese hardliners consider him a trouble maker but the general Chinese public is very positive about him.

4 killed, 1 hurt as car falls into gorge

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

SOLAN: Four students were killed and one another was critically injured when the Alto car they were travelling in fell into a 50-60-foot gorge in the Ashwani Khud near Solan this afternoon.

Local bodies on state mercy for staff pension, salaries

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

DHARAMSALA: Hundreds of employees of about 55 municipal councils are facing problems in getting pensions and other retirement benefits.

Anurag slams govton AIIMS project

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

NEW DELHI: Anurag Thakur, MP from Hamirpur, today questioned the state government on the tardy progress of various development projects in his parliamentary constituency and also the state.

Mandi tourism fair to be held in June

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

MANDI: To promote tourism in the Seraj valley of Mandi district, the local administration is going to organise two-day Paryatan Mahotsav (Tourism fair) at Deem Kataru in Mandi in June to attract more tourists to the area.

River rafting expedition flagged off

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

MANALI: The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS), Manali, today flagged off a river rafting expedition under the leadership of Capt Randhir Singh Salhuria, Director of the institute.

JP Nadda to visit Kullu today

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

MANDI: Union Minister JP Nadda will visit Kullu on March 22 to participate in Digi Dhan Mela, a Central government initiative to encourage people towards cashless transactions.

Rescue posts set up near Rohtang Pass

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

KULLU: Lahaul and Spiti Deputy Commissioner Vivek Bhatia said rescue posts had been set up on both sides of the 13,050-foot-high Rohtang Pass from yesterday.

Team India arrive for D’sala Test

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

DHARAMSALA: The Indian cricket team arrived at Dharamsala today afternoon.

Guv: Save traditional water resources

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

SHIMLA: Governor Acharya Devvrat today stressed the need for conserving traditional water resources to save society from water scarcity, high pollution levels and declining water table.

Water literacy campaign need of the hour, says Waterman Rajendra Singh

22 Mar 2017 | 12:42 AM

SHIMLA: Magsaysay award winner “Jal Purush” Rajendra Singh today called for launching of a water literacy campaign in Himachal even as he admitted that hydro-power generation and tunneling of mountains could adversely impact the water resources.

21 Mar 2017

3 students killed in Solan mishap

21 Mar 2017 | 8:13 PM

SOLAN:Three students killed and two others were injured after a car they were travelling in fell into Ashwani khud near here on Tuesday.

Paryatan Mahotsav in June

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

MANDI: To promote tourism in the Seraj valley of Mandi district, the local administration is going to organise two-day Paryatan Mahotsav (Tourism fair) at Deem Kataru in Mandi in June to attract more tourists to the area.

Teachers seek regularisation

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

CHAMBA: The Primary Assistant Teachers (PAT) Association of Chamba district has demanded that the state government should regularise all teachers before March 31.

Auditorium for Chamba city sought

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

CHAMBA: The Senior Citizens’ Welfare Society, Chamba, has demanded the construction of an auditorium as a sole government-run facility with ample parking space in Chamba city.

Kangra’s brain-dead man saves lives of 2 patients

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

CHANDIGARH: A joint team of the PGI, UT Administration and the Chandigarh Police transported vital organs of a brain dead patient to New Delhi in a swift action on Monday.

Contractor getting Cong patronage: BJP leader

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

UNA: Former BJP MLA Balbir Chaudhary today alleged that Rajesh Kumar, a forest contractor, booked for illegal felling of trees at Ambehra Dheeraj village of Amb subdvision was getting political patronage.

A year on, notification for hospital upgrade awaited

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

NURPUR: Resentment prevails among residents over the non-issuance of notification by the state government for upgrading the local 100-bed civil hospital to a 135-bed facility.

Mafia raj began under Dhumal regime, says Virbhadra

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

UNA: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said the mafia raj began during the Prem Kumar Dhumal-led BJP government, adding it was absent during the tenure of Shanta Kumar as the CM.

Most liquor vends unsold in Solan dist

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

SOLAN: With six of the seven liquor units remaining unsold in Solan Excise district in the auctions held today, officials of the Excise and Taxation Department face a Harculean task to sell the remaining units in the coming days.

Wing Cdr killed as bike skids into gorge near Kasauli

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

SOLAN: Wing Commander Sunil Agnihotri was killed when his bike (DL-8S-BQ-5621) bike skidded off the Dharampur-Sanawar Road around 9:45 am on Sunday and fell into a 200-300 m gorge after hitting a tree.

Shimla hospital comes to aid of mentally ill patients

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

SHIMLA: The Himachal Hospital of Mental Health and Rehabilitation here has come as a new home for 39 mental health patients, 17 of whom are destitute.

Row over transfer of six Ambuja Cements workers

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

SOLAN: The move to transfer six employees of the accounts department of Ambuja Cements Limited plant near Darlaghat has sparked a row with the employees striking work.

Rock cut temples decaying in Kangra district

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

DHARAMSALA: Rock cut temples at Masroor in Kangra district are decaying fast.

State gets more time to file reply

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

SHIMLA: The High Court has granted liberty to the state authorities and amicus curie to respond to the affidavit filed by the railway authorities regarding the construction of a multi-storey parking near the Old Bus Stand.

CM goes interactive on Facebook

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

SHIMLA: The relevance of social media, especially for the younger generation, is forcing many a politicians in the state, including Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, to get more active and interactive, especially with the Assembly polls being round the corner.

Road restoration on in Lahaul-Spiti

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

MANDI: Restoration work of roads in tribal district Lahaul and Spiti which were cut off from the rest of the state due to heavy snowfall during winters was being undertaken on war footing, a spokesman of the state government said here today.

HPTDC offers apple blossom tour package

21 Mar 2017 | 12:45 AM

SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) has come out with a novel ‘apple blossom tour package’ for tourists this summer.

20 Mar 2017

Wing Commander dies in road accident near Kasauli

20 Mar 2017 | 3:22 PM

SOLAN: Wing Commander Sunil Agnihotri was killed when the Harley Davidson bike he was riding skid off the Dharampur-Sanawar Road on Sunday morning and he fell into a 200-ft-deep gorge.

A long wait

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

Ayurveda Minister Karan Singh couldn’t help but express his happiness when he rose in the Assembly for the first time to reply to a query about his department, since he has been inducted into the Cabinet.

Roll back toll hike: Satti

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

UNA: BJP state president Satpal Singh Satti today said the decision of the state government to hike the toll being charged on vehicles entering the state was unjustified.

Overloading of trucks goes unchecked in state

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

PALAMPUR: Failure to check plying of overloaded trucks has become a matter of serious concern. It has not only led to fatal accidents but also damaged roads, culverts and bridges in the state.

133-foot tall Tricolour in Chamba soon

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

CHAMBA: A 133-ft tall Tricolour was raised on a trial basis at here today. The flag measuring 24X36 feet will be hoisted at a formal ceremony soon.

10 bitten by stray dogs in Palampur

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

PALAMPUR: Ten persons were bitten by stray dogs in Chadhiar and its adjoining areas yesterday. The injured were treated at the Civil Hospital here.

Training programme for ASHA workers ends

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

MANALI: The three-day training programme on in-service training and sensitisation of central and state governments, local bodies and other service providers concluded here today.

Bus to Drodadhar flagged off

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

SUNDERNAGAR: Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sohan Lal Thakur today inaugurated HRTC bus service from Sundernagar to Drodadhar. The bus service was flagged off from the Galu Curve near Sundernagar.

Malaysian sport to be promoted

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

MANDI: Sepak Takraw, a Malaysian game, will be promoted in the state. This was stated by Krishna Thakur, spokesperson, Sepak Takraw Sports Sangh. She said the state government had recognised the sport and it would soon be introduced in schools.

Rain, snow ruin 30% stone fruit

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

SHIMLA: Even as snow and rain have spelt doom for stone fruit in the lower Shimla-Kullu-Mandi belt, the prevailing weather has brightened the chances for a good apple bloom in April due to the presence of good amount of moisture content both in soil and atmosphere.

Dr Jagat Ram’s elevation hailed

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

SOLAN: “Simple living and high thinking’’ aptly portrays the personality of Dr Jagat Ram, the new Director of North India’s premier health institute PGI, Chandigarh.

Legal awareness camp

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

KULLU: Naresh Kumar Thakur, Chief Judicial Magistrate, presided over a legal awareness camp at Kullu Regional Hospital today.

Hydropower state’s backbone, says CM

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday said though there was a shift towards renewable sources of energy like solar and wind power, hydro-power generation remained the backbone of the hill state.

MC supports closure of liquor vend near school

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

MANDI: The Municipal Council (MC), Mandi, has come forward supporting the closure of a liquor vend near a school in the town and urged the authorities to close it with immediate effect.

Legislation to streamline MCI functioning: Nadda

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

SHIMLA: Union Health Minister JP Nadda today said a legislation would be brought in to streamline the functioning of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Union Health Ministry so as to tide over the paucity of doctors, especially specialists and other related issues.

Finding solutions to the problems

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

Successfully going through the rigours of the State Public Service Commission, 22 officers, selected for the state administrative, police, development, revenue and treasury services, joined the Himachal Institute of Public Administration at Fairlawns, Shimla, for undergoing training in the Foundational Course (See photo).

High airfare to Dharamsala worries tourism industry

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

DHARAMSALA: There were Dalai Lama teachings at Dharamsala this week, which attracted an increased numbers of tourists. However, this rush also brought a steep hike in airfares to Dharamsala.

No discount for tourists from April 1

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

MANDI: With the end of March, the tourists visiting Kullu-Manali will not be able to get discount for hotel rooms under the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) in the district, which is offering lucrative discount to its customers till March 31.

Residents oppose flyover plan

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

UNA: While Una MLA Satpal Singh Satti has announced that the Union Government has principally given its consent to construct a road flyover in Una city to deal with the growing traffic, locals are divided over the issue.

Kaul opens panchayat samiti building

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

MANDI: Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur inaugurated the panchayat samiti building constructed at a cost of Rs 18 lakh at Padhar in Mandi today.

Shimla’s carrying capacity: Experts to submit report by April 28

20 Mar 2017 | 12:46 AM

SHIMLA: Experts from various fields, who are members of the committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to assess the carrying capacity of Shimla Hills and 17 green belts, will be visiting the state capital during the next few days to compile a fresh report to be submitted by April 28.

19 Mar 2017

State tourism body to ink pact with Kerala

19 Mar 2017 | 1:04 AM

SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) will ink an MoU with Kerala State Tourism for cultural exchange under ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ (EBSB) scheme.

Policy for outsourced employees soon: CM

19 Mar 2017 | 1:04 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said a policy would be formulated for outsourced employees within the next 45 days.

Dev Bhumi now ‘Drug Bhumi’: Dhumal

19 Mar 2017 | 1:04 AM

UNA: The local unit of the BJP today organised a rally against the alleged mafia rule in the state today.

Nalwar fair to start from March 22, Devta fair from April 1

19 Mar 2017 | 1:04 AM

SUNDERNAGAR: The seven-day Nalwar fair, the biggest cattle fair of North India, will start from March 22 and conclude on March 28.

Day 1: No takers for six liquor units in Baddi

19 Mar 2017 | 1:04 AM

SOLAN: No bidders came forward for six liquor units comprising 37 vends in Baddi on the first day of the annual auction for the next financial year today.

Rs 2,906 crore Smart City Plan for Shimla

19 Mar 2017 | 1:04 AM

SHIMLA: The MC today approved a Rs 2,906 crore Smart City Plan for the capital after incorporating the main suggestions given by 1.11 lakh people in the formulation of the document which will be sent to the Urban Development Ministry.

18 Mar 2017

BJP walks out over 'grim financial position'

18 Mar 2017 | 12:44 AM

SHIMLA: Accusing Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh of misleading the house and the people of the state on the grim financial position, Opposition BJP today staged a walkout in the Vidhan Sabha even before the budget could be passed.

Not undermining Shimla’s importance: CM

18 Mar 2017 | 12:44 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said there is no question of undermining the importance of a historical city like Shimla and neither the secretariat nor any other office will be shifted from here to Dharamsala, where only new offices will be opened in the future.

House owners of merged areas for waiving compounding fee

18 Mar 2017 | 12:44 AM

SHIMLA: House owners of the merged areas, SADA areas and Rampur Nagar panchayats, under the banner of Up-Nagariya Jan Kalyan Samanvya Samiti (UNJKSS), met Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh at the Vidhan Sabha here today.

Karcham-Wangtoo workers hold protest rally

18 Mar 2017 | 12:44 AM

SHIMLA: The Karcham-Wangtoo Project Workers’ Union today staged a protest at Reckong Peo.

Thrust on empowering rural women

18 Mar 2017 | 12:44 AM

DALHOUSIE: With an aim at generating self-employment among women, the Yog Manav Vikas Trust (YMVT), Banikhet, has been imparting training to empower women in various trades through its vocational training institute for the last 14 years.

Kangra coop bank celebrates 97th foundation day

18 Mar 2017 | 12:44 AM

NURPUR: Kangra Central Cooperative Bank (KCCB) Ltd, which has 212 branches in five districts of the state, celebrated its 97th foundation day here today.

Sale of tickets for D’sala Test begins today

18 Mar 2017 | 12:44 AM

DHARAMSALA: Counter sale of tickets for fourth and last Test match of the Border- Gavaskar trophy to be played between India and Australia here will begin tomorrow.

Workshop on environmental awareness

18 Mar 2017 | 12:44 AM

SOLAN: Aimed at generating awareness about environment among schoolchildren, the HP State Council for Science Technology and Environment and Deputy Director of Elementary Education, Solan, organised a two-day training workshop on school environment audit for eco-clubs of Solan district.

Trout angling c’ship in Kullu from April 14

18 Mar 2017 | 12:44 AM

KULLU: The Trout Conservation and Angling Association (TCAA), Kullu, will organise a three-day “Catch and release trout angling championship” at Patlikuhal here next month.

Committee to take final call today

18 Mar 2017 | 12:44 AM

SHIMLA: A high-powered committee on the smart city mission, chaired by Chief Secretary VC Pharka and a special House of the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC), will take a final call on the draft proposal for the smart city mission tomorrow.