Every Wednesday

Apple cider of your eyes
A healthy cocktail of affordability and good taste, apple cider is fast becoming the most sought after gift, says Saurabh Malik
Cheers! Apple Cider is adding more than just fizz to the lives of so many connoisseurs. The invigorating golden elixir, low on bitterness and high on flavour, is also raising the spirits of so many gift-givers in the state. It may hit you like a strong drink, but the angels’ own nectar is fast attaining the status of most-sought-after gift among Bacchus devotees.
Photo by S. Chandan
—Photo by S. Chandan

Like father, like son
Many sons have outshone the halo their fathers wore. A few doubles are Jawaharlal and Motilal, Amitabh and Harivanshrai, Hrithik and Rakesh, the list can go on and on. Shimla had witnessed the luminescence of such a father-son duo in Joseph Rudyard Kipling and John Lockwood Kipling in the late nineteenth century.


shimla Diary
Restart electronic voting
The Election Commission of India has been insisting on use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in all elections. The machine was introduced in the 2003 assembly polls, and in the subsequent 2004 Lok Sabha elections votes were cast through the electronic ballot.

Photo by S. Chandan
—Photo by S.Chandan

Sky was the only limit for him
He was a daredevil. Serving the nation was the only thing on his mind since childhood and that’s exactly what he did till he lived. Thirty-year-old Major Puneet Karol, a pilot in the Army Aviation Wing, was killed when his chopper crashed in a remote area of Kinnaur on May 24. Born in Kotla Nullah (Solan), Puneet studied in St. Edward School, Shimla, till class IX. After passing his matriculation from St. Luke’s School, Solan, in 1992, Puneet enrolled in the Government College there.                         —A Tribune  photograph
A Tribune photograph

Techno-friendly forestry

management in the hill state will undergo a sea change with the government deciding to use the hi-tech geomatics technology for generating authentic data, mapping and survey of forest areas, and monitoring the implementation of various forestry-related works in the field. A combination of geographical information system, remote sensing technology and global positioning system, geomatics provides a high precision tool, which can be used for planning, implementation and monitoring almost all the forestry related activities.

Sandeep Joshi
Illustration by Sandeep Joshi

HP nests 447 bird species
It is probably one of the storehouses of biodiversity in the country. As many as 447 species of birds and 107 species of mammals have been recorded in the forests and snow-capped mountains of Himachal spread over 55,673 sq km. A total of 1,342 species of birds are reported in the country. Of the 447 species of aves recorded in the state by the Zoological Survey of India in its report Fauna of Western Himalaya, the state has the largest population of chir pheasants in the world.

June 5 is World Environment Day
Photo by Vinay Malik
Photo by Vinay Malik

Water conservation project a success
WASH (Water Availability Through Self- Help) implemented in Kangra district in collaboration with the German Government has proved a boon for people in rural and far-flung areas.

No laughing matter
Hasya Kavi Sammelan draws flak
It may be difficult to digest but its true. A Hasya Kavi Sammelan was organised at Sundernagar to commemorate 150 years of First War of Independence on May 24. The organisers for the event received both bouquets and brickbats from participants as well as art critics.



HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |