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Bonded in loneliness
A selfless group has emerged as a family for the lonely. The club now seeks an extension of their unit in Shimla
‘One smile begins a friendship, one touch can show you care, one laugh will conquer gloom’, is how Chand Kapoor and Ajit Singh, the founder members of Sharan - The Loner’s Family Club sum up the mission of the club.

Age big BAR
The decision of the Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh about not giving a licence to a person above 45 years of age has raised a debate among the legal fraternity.

Lawyers outside the High Court.
Lawyers outside the High Court.






Old Circuit House Vignettes
Old is truly gold
There’s no way to reach the balcony over the portico at the new Nahan Circuit House! When Raja Karam Prakash founded Nahan in 1621, a notorious dacoit named Bera was ruling the roost in the Shivaliks.

Old Circuit House

Hoshiar Singh Gautam Laughing away to small screen
Gautam has the unique ability to laugh away the blues
Hoshiar Singh Gautam, who is quietly making a place for himself in TV film and serials, has traveled a long way from village Ram Lilla stage to the tinsel town.

Hoshiar Singh Gautam

MEAN MACHINE: Vintage cars came out on the road for Baisakhi. Fun Ride
Driving is fun, especially when one can sit back and admire the bountiful natural beauty of the pine whipped hills, the serpentine roads, steep cliffs and deep gorges, instead of maneuvering the steering.

MEAN MACHINE: Vintage cars came out on the road for Baisakhi.

The man-monkey ratio in the state is 18:1
Invasion of the highways
The efforts of the state forest department to make feeding of monkeys a punishable offence has helped little in deterring the people from indulging in this habit. The step was necessitated after the monkey population registered a sharp rise on the various National Highways.

The proposed Renuka Dam site near Dadahu. It better be good
As Renuka Dam project awaits the Centre’s approval, villagers get ready to fight for their rights
 S. R. Pundir

Work on much-awaited Renuka Dam project has not yet started. Residents of Renuka valley, who have been waiting for the past 20 years for the project to start, are now frustrated.

The proposed Renuka Dam site near Dadahu.

Reading is fun now

50 more schools in Nerwa and Chopal come under Pustak Project
The number of government primary schools being covered under project Pustak in Himachal is likely to go up to 100 as 50 more educational institutions in Nerwa and Chopal are being brought under the project.

Children read books at one of the libraries set up under the project.

Children read books at one of the libraries set up under the project

Shimla Diary
Taxi drivers get more time to install meters

The deadline to implement metered-taxi scheme now has shifted to April 24 from April 11. The government had notified the scheme almost six months back and also fixed the tariff to save the tourists from fleecing at the hands of taxi operators.

The illegible parking lot board.Tourist-unfriendly
Tourists are not harassed and exploited by taxi operators alone. Those driving down to the hill capital are being fleeced. With very few hotels offering parking, tourists either park vehicles along narrow roads and end up being challaned or in authorised parking lots run by the Municipal Corporation.

Nothing official about it: The illegible parking lot board.

Roping in the lifetime award
Ramesh Kumar Garg, chairman of Asia Resorts Ltd, has given with Life Time Achievement Award from the Ministry of Defence. Governor V. S. Kokje gave way the award to Garg during a function held in Shimla recently.



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