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19 Jan 2017

Naib Tehsildar exam date extended

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

SHIMLA: The HP Public Service Commission today extended the last date for submitting online applications for the Naib Tehsildar examination-2016 from January 18 to January 24 taking sympathetic view of applicants.

‘Illegal’ mining irks Maloh village residents

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

SUNDERNAGAR: Residents of Maloh village near Sundernagar are facing a lot of trouble due to illegal mining going on in this village continuously for the past few months.

Cops on toes in border towns

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

SOLAN: With the Nalagarh sub-division sharing its border with poll-bound Punjab, the police are undertaking joint checking in coordination with the Punjab Police at its four entry points of Dheerowal, Bagheri, Navagaon and Dhabota.

Corporations’ chiefs skip Shimla smart city meet

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

SHIMLA: Even as local legislators— Suresh Bhardwaj (Shimla), Anirudh Singh (Kusumpti) and two Zila Parishad members Neelam Saraik and Dharmila Harnot— gave their suggestions for Shimla smart city mission, over 20 chairmen and vice-chairmen of various corporations and other members of Zila Parishad invoked ire of the mission campaigners as they did not bother to mark their presence at the smart city mission meeting today.

State’s first endocrinologist joins Tanda medical college

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

KANGRA: The first endocrinologist of the state and a senior professor of neurology have been posted at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (DRPGMC) at Tanda.

Shimla to get water from three sources again

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

SHIMLA: The Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) today resumed lifting of water from three sources—- Koti-Barandi, Been and Jagroti and Churat Nullah, after the National Institute of Virology, Pune, found water samples hepatitis-free.

Report: Dentist died of electrocution

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

SOLAN: Jitender Kumar, a dentist, who was killed reportedly in a “television” blast at Kunja Matralia village of the Paonta Sahib area of Sirmaur district on Saturday, was killed due to electrocution.

Guv celebrates 59th birthday

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

SHIMLA: Governor Acharya Devvrat celebrated his 59th birthday at Raj Bhawan today.

Wait for bus stand continues at Nurpur

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

NURPUR: After hanging in the balance for five years, the construction of the proposed bus stand at Nurpur could not be started despite Transport Minister GS Bali’s directions to officials to start its construction while laying the foundation stone on January 3.

Review relief to encroachers: BJP MP to CM

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

PALAMPUR: Shanta Kumar, BJP MP from Kangra, today opposed the decision of the Virbhadra government to regularise encroachments.

2% DA on pre revised scales opposed

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

NURPUR: The Himachal Pradesh Employees’ Confederation has opposed the state government’s notification to give 2 per cent Dearness Allowance (DA) on pre-revised pay scales to the employees.

New HPTDC complex a boon for Pong lake tourists

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

NURPUR: Tourists visiting the Pong Dam lake will now get at least basic amenities requisite for attracting tourists as the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) recently opened its tourist complex comprising tourism information-cum-camping site, an air-conditioned restaurant and an open-air cafeteria.

19-yr-old K’taka girl missing from Manali

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

KULLU: A 19-year-old girl Shradha from Karnataka has reportedly gone missing from Manali since January 14.

Medical professionals donate organs of son

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

CHANDIGARH:A family of medical professionals from Himachal Pradesh not only gave a new lease of life to three patients and hope to two others when they donated the liver, kidneys and corneas of their beloved 14-year-old son but also set an example for others to emulate.

Chamba areas get fresh spell of snow

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

CHAMBA: The mountainous terrains of Chamba district have been experiencing heavy snowfall continuously for the past three days.

Snow zones under govt watch: Rana

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

HAMIRPUR: Following bad weather conditions and regular warnings from the Meteorological Department, all sensitive areas have been put on alert and regular surveillance was being done.

Tourists throng Nehru Kund

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

MANALI: After a good spell of snow, the Nehru Kund has become the biggest tourist attraction with hundreds of tourists thronging it everyday.

No let-up in chill deaths in Shimla

19 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

SHIMLA: Intense cold wave claimed another life here today. The body of a 60-year-old man Pratap Singh was found in the gallery of Puranmal Dharamsala near the old bus stand, which was his permanent abode.

18 Jan 2017

Govt failed to restore normalcy, says Dhumal

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

SHIMLA:The state government has miserably failed to restore normal life and fresh snowfall has further crippled life in the state as roads connectivity, power and water supply has been affected.

Delay in pension payment resented

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

MANDI:Pensioners of the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC), Mandi, has expressed their resentment against the state government over the delay in payment of pension for the last four months.

Dr Jharta sworn in as HPSSC Chairman

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

SHIMLA:Former Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) Registrar Dr Mohan Lal Jharta was today sworn in as the new Chairman of the Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission (HPSSC), Hamirpur.

Incapacitated, porter looking for helping hand

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

SHIMLA: “I need money to save my hand from amputation. I want to live,” says a desperate Sandeep Sharma, a porter, whose hand was fractured in a landslide while working with 2 Ladakh Scouts in J&K.

CM announces subdivision at Dheera in Sulah constituency

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

DHARAMSALA: Kangra district has got another subdivision.

Dutch team discusses infra projects

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

DHARAMSALA: A three-member delegation led by Bram Reinder, advisor to Prime Minister of Netherlands, visited Dharamsala today to explore the prospects of implementing various projects proposed for the hill town under the Smart City Mission.

Farmers demand virus-free apple plants

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh Seb Utpadak Sangh (HPSUS) today accused the state government of importing “virus-infested plant material from Italy even though virus free e-clones series of plant material are available in countries like the UK.

Theog bypass work will begin soon: Vidya Stokes

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

SHIMLA: Tenders will be invited for construction of Theog bypass on a priority as a sum amounting to Rs 39 crores has been received by the government, said Irrigation and Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes while presiding over a meeting with the senior officers of various departments at the Secretariat here today.

4 injured as MC structure collapses in Shimla

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

SHIMLA: As many as four passengers, including three women, who were waiting for a bus at the local bus stand in the city near gurdwara, were injured, one of them seriously, when a part of the old shops being demolished by the private contractor of Municipal corporation fell on them.

Statehood Day function in Kullu

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

KULLU: The state-level function of Himachal’s 47th Statehood Day will be held in Kullu on January 25.

Funds okayed for temple uplift

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

HAMIRPUR:A sum of Rs 24.35 crore will be spent on improving facilities for pilgrims at the Baba Balak Nath temple at Deotsidh. A decision was taken at a meeting held on the premises of the Baba Balak Nath Temple Trust (BBNT) here today.

Power outage ‘a reason’ for infant’s death

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

SHIMLA: An inquiry report probing the circumstances leading to the death of a five-day-old infant at the neonatal unit of the Kamla Nehru Hospital has found that there was a power outage in the hospital on January 7 and the ventilator support to the baby was being operated manually.

Manimahesh Lake freezes

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

CHAMBA: The high-altitude lakes, including the famous Manimahesh Lake in the mountainous terrains of Bharmour in Chamba district, had frozen following heavy snowfall on the third consecutive day, reports reaching here today said.

Chhota Bhangal under 2-ft snow

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

PALAMPUR: Thirty villages of the Chhota Bhangal valley remained cut off with the rest of the state for the second day today following heavy snow between Jhatingri and Kothi Kohar.

No respite from chill in Manali

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

MANALI: The cold wave further intensified with the mercury dipped further in the upper Manali region in the past 24 hours.

2 tourists die of suspected cold in Shimla

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

SHIMLA: The piercing cold wave sweeping most parts of the state further tightened its grip, reportedly killing two more tourists from Delhi in Shimla.

Mandi villagers struggle to restore normalcy

18 Jan 2017 | 1:02 AM

MANDI: A fresh spell of snow yesterday blocked roads in the remote areas of Karsog, Gohar and Padhar areas in Mandi.

17 Jan 2017

NIT student cremated

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

Hamirpur: NIT student Akshay Kumar, who died at Shikari Devi hills in Mandi district, was cremated at his native village Tihra near Sujanpur here on Sunday.

Two bodies found in Shimla

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

Shimla: Two bodies were found from two different places in Shimla district on Monday. Satish Kashyap (47), a resident of Bhareridhar in Kumarsain and posted as Labour and Employment Inspector at Rohru, was found dead in rented accommodation at Rohru.

DNA test confirms deceased's identity

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

SHIMLA: The DNA test has confirmed that the body found near the lift in August 2016, was that of Dhruv Lakhanpal of Lower Bazaar, who went missing on December 7, 2015.

Underground power cables can check power failures: Experts

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

SHIMLA: Experts say that underground power cables can save the capital city of Shimla and tourist towns of Dalhousie and Manali from frequent breakdowns of electricity and water supplies that bring miseries to residents and tourists every year.

Snow Day celebrated

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

PALAMPUR: Children and teenagers celebrated World Snow Day 2017 with great enthusiasm here yesterday. Around 50 participants from Barahan, Kandkosri, Sansal and nearby villages braved the biting chill and participated in various snow-related activities ranging from snow-tubing, snow-sliding to snow art competition.

Punjab poll: Police step up vigil in Una

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

UNA: SP Anupam Sharma today directed the subordinate staff to maintain strict vigil along the border between the district and areas of Punjab in view of the Assembly poll there.

Work starts on serai at PGI

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

CHANDIGARH: Work on the construction of 0the Infosys-Red Cross serai at the PGI, the foundation stone of which was laid last year by Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Home Affairs, has started.

HMOA concerned over rising violence against medical staff

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

KANGRA: The Himachal Medical Officers’ Association (HMOA) has demanded that the violation of the HP Medicare Act (prevention of violence against medical and para-medical staff) should be made a non-bailable offence as incidents of violence against medical and para-medical staff are rising.

ADB to fund Kangra amusement park

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

KANGRA: The Tourism Department will set up an amusement park on Zamanabad road here. The park will be established on 1.9 acres belonging to the Bajjreshwari Temple Trust. The area is popularly known as ‘Mata ka Bagh’.

CM announces ropeway to Dhauladhar hills

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

PALAMPUR: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today sanctioned a ropeway from Bandla village to snow-covered Dhauladhar hills near Palampur town.

Freedom fighter passes away at 95

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

NURPUR: Captain Baldev Singh (retd), a freedom fighter died at his native Jonta village near Nurpur last evening. He was 95. He was cremated with guard of honour from the state police.

Haroli sub-employment exchange inaugurated

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

UNA: Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri today inaugurated a sub-employment exchange at Haroli sub-division in Una district.

Villagers shun TV, radio to appease deity

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

MANALI: Residents of Goshal village in Kullu district will shun television and radio for the next month-and-a half to appease Gautam Rishi, a local deity.

Directive against effluents’ disposal into water bodies

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

SOLAN: Taking strict view of a large number of cancer cases emerging from the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN) area, Ram Kumar Chawdhary, chairman, Sub-Divisional Grievance Committee, today directed the officials of the State Pollution Control Board to put an end to the disposal of industrial effluents into the water bodies and ensure their proper treatment.

Demand to ensure safety of oppressed sections

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

SHIMLA: Accusing the state government of failure to protect the rights of Dalits, resulting in rise in cases of atrocities against them, Akhil Bhartiya Harijan League has demanded President’s rule in the state to ensure safety and security of Harijans and other oppressed sections.

Snow paralyses life in Lahaul and Spiti

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

Mandi: Fresh snowfall in tribal Lahaul and Spiti has crippled normal life in the district. Keylong received 10 cm snow till evening, while Koksar and Miyar valley received three-feet of snow. The water supply has been badly affected in the region.

Fresh snow adds to woes of fire-ravaged village

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

SHIMLA: Fresh snow has added to the woes of residents of fire-ravaged Tangnu village. The snow has cut off the village from the Rohru town, snapping road and power connectivity.

Chamba areas don white mantle

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

CHAMBA: Normal life was disrupted in the-high altitude areas of Chamba district as heavy snowfall continued on the second consecutive day, reports reaching at the district headquarters said today.

Tourists make a beeline for Manali

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

MANALI: The tourist town of Manali and its adjoining areas experienced a fresh spell of snow today resulting in a considerable fall in the day temperature.

Chail, Karol experience fresh snow

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

SOLAN: Fresh spell of snow was witnessed in the higher reaches of Sirmaur district and parts of Solan, including Karol and Chail, today.

Fresh snow cuts off high-altitude areas

17 Jan 2017 | 12:44 AM

SHIMLA: Normal life was thrown out of gear and upper Shimla and tribal Kinnaur areas were cut off from the rest of the state and power supply was disrupted in and around the town as the region experienced second heavy snowfall of the season.

16 Jan 2017

Shimla town experiences fresh spell of snow, traffic affected

16 Jan 2017 | 10:43 AM

SHIMLA: Shimla town has been experiencing snow since Monday morning. This brought the movement of traffic in suburban areas to a standstill.

Fire in remote Himachal village renders 48 families homeless

16 Jan 2017 | 1:38 AM

SHIMLA: As many as 57 houses were reduced to ashes and 14 head of cattle killed in a fire in the remote Tangnu village of Chirgaon subdivision, 41 km from Rohru in Shimla district, late last night.

When citizens envied VIPs the most

16 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

The almost week-long torture that the residents suffered on account of snapping of water and power supply in the state capital here had many envying the VIPs most of whom were well taken care of against all odds.

Cold tightens grip as Manali has fresh snow

16 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

MANALI: As predicted by the Meteorological Department, the upper Manali areas experienced fresh and mild snowfall, intensifying cold wave conditions in the region today. The entire reaches in the Kullu valley, including Rohtang, Pir Panjal ranges, Dhundi, Beaskund, Marhi, Gulaba, Kothi, Bhrighu slopes, Hamta ski slopes and Chanderkhani, received fresh snow.

Expansion of Bhuntar airport yet to take off

16 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

KULLU: The expansion of the Bhuntar airport in Kullu district has been hanging fire since 2013. To speed up work, the state government has asked IIT-Roorkee to conduct a comprehensive river engineering study for the diversion of the Beas so that the expansion can take place.

Arrangements put in place to deal with fresh snow

16 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

SHIMLA: After earning the wrath of the residents over delay in restoring electricity, water and road connectivity following a snowfall, the district administration and the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) today started spraying a mix of salt and stone dust to melt the slippery icy layer on roads that has sent over 110 victims to hospitals.

2 NIT students’ bodies handed over to families

16 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

SUNDERNAGAR: The bodies of two students of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) which were detected by the rescue team on Friday at peak (at a height of 10,000 feet) of Shikari Devi hill were brought here yesterday.

CM hints at tougher anti-mining law

16 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

DHARAMSALA: The state government was contemplating making tougher law for containing illegal mining that was rampant in borders areas of Kangra and Una district of Himachal.

Bali stays away from winter sojourn, denies rift with CM

16 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

DHARAMSALA: Minister for Transport, Food and Civil Supplies and Technical Education had been staying away from the winter sojourn of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. The week-long sojourn started from January 11 and will now continue till January 18. Bali is reportedly sore after he was denied entry on the stage during the rally of Rahul Gandhi at Dharamsala on December 24.

Erratic water supply irks Jayanti Vihar residents

16 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

KANGRA: Resentment prevails among residents of Jayanti Vihar locality in Kangra town due to erratic water supply in the area for over the past two months.

Army personnel doing yeoman service: Guv

16 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

SHIMLA: Governor Acharya Devvrat today urged the youth to remember the sacrifices of great revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukh Dev and follow the path of nation building.

Kullu district second worst affected by TB in India

16 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

KULLU: Kullu district, followed by Mandi and Solan, is among the top 50 districts which has most TB patients, raising alarm for the health authority to take effective steps to curb it.

When Sangeeta won accolades for Kathak in Beijing

16 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

T HE Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) decided to send a performing unit from Himachal Pradesh to Korea and China under the cultural exchange programme in 1986.

Minister lays stone of community health centre

16 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

MANDI: Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur today laid the foundation stone of a Community Health Centre to be constructed at a cost of Rs 2.19 crore at Dharampur in Mandi.