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Jhanda Ooncha Rahe Hamara
4 men, 5 days, 14,500 ft
Mission: Hoisting the Tricolour
Tribune photo
They are the daredevils, not just by their act, but also by their grit and strong will to celebrate India’s 60th Independence Day.

Tribune photo

20 Armymen, 20 days, 424 km
Mission: Join the Indian Army
A Tribune photo
They have set on to do what no one has done before. Their mission is to inculcate in the youth a desire to serve their motherland. And, to accomplish it 20 Armymen are on a cycling expedition — Ashwamegh.

A Tribune photoFlower power
State flower status will be helpful in preserving the endangered Rhododendron campanulatum
The decision of the state government to accord the exalted status of the state flower to Rhododendron campanulatum will go a long way in conserving the spectacular but highly endangered species.

— A Tribune photo

Cities of seven hills
Tirumala-Tirupati & Shimla in India, Cincinnati in the US, and Rome have lots in common. Read on...
Karan Johar while interviewing Himesh Reshammia in his popular Koffee with Karan wanted Himesh to coin a tune for the title of his show.

Nightmare  on NH-21
The never-ending line of trucks, tippers, tankers and lorries, carrying cement from Barmana, Darlaghat and Bhagha factories, all located in the Bilaspur-Mandi-Solan limestone belt, has an adverse affect on the state’s tourism.

Shimla Diary
Pure music to the ear
Tribune photoShimla warmed up to the military band from the Nasik artillery centre on a chilly day
It was a rare feast for the local residents as well as tourists to see the performance of the military band of artillery centre at Nasik on the Ridge here. It was one of the rare occasions when the band played here, despite the heavy rain. Raised in 1947 in the erstwhile state of Kapurthala, the band has been awarded President’s Commendation card twice.

The pass of light & despair
The majestic valley of Sangla holds its charm in the midst of human intervention, the game of power, and massive construction.

Capacity: 2,500 vehicles. Location: Near Balad riverbed. Purpose: To ease parking woesFinally, transport nagar for Baddi
With a view to facilitate transporters operating in the industrial areas, the Baddi Barotiwala Nalagarh Development Authority has initiated the setting up a ‘transport nagar’ near the Balad riverbed.

Capacity: 2,500 vehicles
Location: Near Balad riverbed
Purpose: To ease parking woes

Charu Sharma (foreground) and Mandip Singh Soin climbing in the Swiss Alps with friends this summer.STEP OUT
Mission Mountain
Readers of this column, be warned. This is a forum for the hardcore (as well as aspiring-to-be-hardcore) adventure sport buff. At the same time, there will be much that is readable (meaning doable) for the layman, first-timer, novice enthusiast – whichever you are.

Charu Sharma (foreground) and Mandip Singh Soin climbing in the Swiss Alps with friends this summer.

Relics of the British era
With a focus to conserve the British architectural heritage efforts are on to encourage people to replicate features of the old colonial bungalows in the ongoing construction.

Ready to take off
Model turned actor Simran Sachdeva was the chief guest at the annual function and fashion show organised by International Institute of Fashion Design (INFID), Hamirpur. Simran will be making her debut in Bollywood with a flick titled Hamilton Palace. Starring Mimoh Chakraborty, son of popular actor Mithun Chakraborty, the flick will be released early next year.

Nahan (not) Shining
India comes out shining after 60 years of Independence but Nahan remains neglected.

Killer embrace
Creepers embrace Shimla’s pine & deodars in a choking grip
Illicit felling, unscientific disposal of urban waste and dumping of debris has taken a heavy toll on the green cover in and around the state capital over the years. The urban forests are now facing a new threat from the fast-spreading climbers and creepers. Tall deodar (cedar) and kail (blue pine) trees struggling in the choking embrace of giant climbers are becoming a common sight in the city these days. 

Creepers embrace Shimla’s pine & deodars in a choking grip

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