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The most striking evidence of the changing microclimate in the queen of hills comes from the total disappearance of the “icicles”, which lent a unique charm to the snow-scape, reports
Rakesh Lohumi
A quivering haze covered the morning sky. The pale winter sun brought no warmth.

Trailing the past
The Forest Department is making an attempt to restore the old-British time walking trails in and around Shimla, reports Pratibha Chauahan
Providing a peek into the town’s remarkable history, the British time walking trails in and around Shimla, which came up as a colonial settlement between seven compact hills, will be refurbished by the Forest Department.




A karmayogi honoured
Bishan Dass was a young man in late twenties when he came to Shimla from Una. He took to the profession of door-to-door newspaper vending. He could manage his Spartan living with the little income that he got from distributing papers and had established his own beat of the Lower and Middle Bazaars and the Mall Road.

 P. C. Pande Shimla Diary
Book on legislative history of state

Putting his lifelong experience serving in the state Himachal Vidhan Sabha to good use, Mr P. C. Pande, a retired deputy secretary, has come out with yet another informative book which throws light on the legislative history of the state.


Crisis in Hindi literature
The country’s top Hindi writers and critics agreed that journalism and literature are changing with time. They are wrestling with the ‘crisis of credibility’ and are engaged in self-examination.

Joggers Park of Nahan
Nahan is a picturesque hilly town situated at 933 metres above sea level with mild climate. It has three walking rounds — Military round, Hospital round, and Villa round.

The Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD) has changed the course of lives of scores of rural women and physically challenged, reports Vibhor Mohan
The pictorial depiction of Chaillo, a rural woman, who has set an example for others in self-empowerment, keeps you engaged as you sit in the waiting area of the Dharamsala office of the Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD).

A link with Tibet
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has conducted a preliminary survey on the Namgiya-Shipki La mule track for converting this 5.28 km stretch into a metalled road. This road will reach up to Tibet at a height of more than 1,4000 ft. This exercise is being done to give a boost to the Indo-China trade that had been suffering since the 1962 war.

Bridging nostlagic gaps
She lies resting in the calmness of her nun’s cubicle. Surrounding her are here meager furnishing: a solitary chair, an old wooden cupboard (holding her share of clothing) and a corner table. On it are neatly arranged or few papers, a small prayer book and a rosary.

A view of St. Bede’s College, Shimla
A view of St. Bede’s College, Shimla

Rs 32 cr sanctioned for Chamba
The concept of Lok Adalats is catching up in Himachal Pradesh with ministers making use of this popular medium to address the problems of the people. Effective in redressing grievances of aggrieved people, Lok Adalats provide a dual advantage of interaction with people and finding prompt solutions to their problems.

India-China trade through Ship ki La Pass comes to a halt
The India-China trade, being carried out through the Ship ki La Pass in Pooh subdivision of Kinnaur district, came to a halt last week due to severely cold weather.

The border trade with China was resumed following the signing of an MOU on resumption of border trade through Ship ki La Pass in September 1993

The border trade with China was resumed following the signing of an MOU on resumption of border trade through Ship ki La Pass in September 1993

Pragpur: country’s first heritage village
Pragpur, once a sleepy village under Dehra sub-division of Kangra district, silhouetted against the snow-spangled Dhauladhar range, evokes images of the slate-roofed and mud- plastered houses, majestic manors, the sky-kissing heritage buildings blending the medieval and modern architecture, the cobbled lanes and by-lanes dotting this countryside tourist destination.

Expansion put on hold
Tall claims of sufficient power notwithstanding, the industrial units in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh area have been facing shortage of power.  This is chiefly on account of lack of transmission lines in the region to cater to the growing rush of industries.



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