|Light & shade
Karcham, it’s a shabby 16-km road to Sangla, full of dust, and
acute turns, but the view is breathtaking. Nature sure has been
generous to Kinnaur; its bounty is on full display everywhere in
Sangla. A backpackers and photographers’ haven, the valley and its
myriad hues have inspired photographers like Raghu Rai, S. Paul,
Amandeep Singh and Hardev Singh. The Tribune lensman S.
Chandan attempts to capture the magic:
1. The jagged Kinner Kailash peaks
glow in the orange hues of the sun.
2. The winter sun casts a golden glow.
3. The imposing and rather stoic
Kinner Kailash ranges after the season’s first snow.
4. It still is the pass of light (‘sang’
means light, ‘la’ is pass in Tibetan), despite the mindless
human intervention and power and money politics.
for a solution to the traffic congestion on Kalka-Shimla highway
THE need of the hour is to find a permanent
solution to deal with the frequent traffic jams on Kalka-Shimla NH-22,
especially at Parwanoo. And though, a committee instituted after
directions from the High Court has come up with observations and solutions to
sort out the problem, it will be long before something translates into reality.
Shatranj Ke Khiladi!
THE annual chess tourney introduced last year by
global IT education company, NIIT, has evoked overwhelming response from school
students. Nearly 18,000 students from 282 schools participated in the meet
organised by NIIT Mind Champions Academy as part of its effort to spot new
— Photo by S. Chandan
We trace the journey of how
Shimla earned its nickname, Mecca of Theatres
THE first written account of English theatre in
Shimla is available in the diary of Emily Eden, sister of Lord Auckland. She
writes on June 9, 1838, “We went to the play last night. There is a sort of
little theatre at Shimla, small and hot, and somewhat dirty, but it does very
well.” This theatre was in the Royal Hotel complex situated at the present
Rani Jhansi Park.
Fruit growers in
Shimla & Solan turn to organic farming
With more and more people opting for chemical-free food, organic
farming is catching up fast with more than 6,000 progressive farmers
in Shimla and Solan bidding goodbye to chemical farming. The fact
that a 20 kg organic apple box fetched Rs 3,000 in Bangalore as
compared to Rs 1,000 ordinary apples last year, explains the
preference of the farmers.
Running into glory
Long-distance running queen
Rita Kumari is now eyeing the Asian Games
At 20, Rita Kumari is the queen of long-distance
running, second only to Arjuna awardee Suman Rawat. Barely a week after turning
20, she stormed her way into the Paddal Maidan at Mandi. She was chosen Best
Athlete at the recent 33rd Himachal Pradesh Inter-college Athletics Meet. After
clinching the title, Rita and her coach Bhupinder Thakur say their next target
is to take part in the National Games and the Asian Games. —
A Tribune photograph
scholarship for Hamirpur teacher
A Hamirpur teacher has brought in laurels for her school as well
as the entire teaching community. Himanshu Sharma, vice-principal of
Him Academy Public School-Hamirpur, is one of the six teachers from
the country who have won the Endeavour Programme scholarship.
— A Tribune photograph
About 25 per cent voters in HP are registered at
more than two places according to a recent media report. This is due to some
specific conditions in the state that should be properly understood before
equating with Bihar and UP.