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Icy winds envelop Himachal, chances of snow
The minimum temperature in Shimla was 4 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. Tribune file

Icy winds envelop Himachal, chances of snow

16 Jan 2019 | 1:47 PM

SHIMLA: Icy-winds enveloped the hills of Himachal Pradesh with the higher reaches recording sub-zero temperatures. There are chances of mild rain and snow at a few places in the state till Wednesday.

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Shimla, January 16

Icy-winds enveloped the hills of Himachal Pradesh with the higher reaches recording sub-zero temperatures. There are chances of mild rain and snow at a few places in the state till Wednesday.

Shimla saw a slight rise in night temperature owing to cloudy skies. The minimum temperature was seven degrees Celsius, a rise from Tuesday's four degrees, a weather official told IANS.

Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district and Kalpa in Kinnaur district shivered with minus seven degree and minus 2.6 degree, respectively.

The minimum in Dharamsala was 3.2 degrees Celsius, in Dalhousie 6.2 degrees and in Kufri 5.5 degrees.

According to Met department's forecast, western disturbances -- storm systems originating from the Mediterranean Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region -- would withdraw on January 17 and 18.

Thereafter, a fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the western Himalayan region with chances of rain and snow on January 20 and 21.

IANS

Colleges battle cadaver shortage

Colleges battle cadaver shortage

16 Jan 2019 | 7:24 AM

SHIMLA: As many as 700 MBBS students are enrolled in medical colleges in Himachal Pradesh every year. But most of them are not getting an opportunity to perform real-time cadaver dissection or virtual cadaver dissection because the colleges lack cadavers as per norms fixed by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

4 former Cong presidents pat Sukhu

4 former Cong presidents pat Sukhu

16 Jan 2019 | 7:24 AM

SHIMLA: Even as the high command has taken a serious view of the political slugfest between senior leaders, four former Congress state presidents along with many legislators and former MLAs today issued a statement, lauding the strengthening of the party organization during the term of Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu.

Congress infighting reaches ground level

16 Jan 2019 | 7:24 AM

DHARAMSALA: The infighting between former CM Virbhadra Singh and former HPCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu has reached ground level. The district presidents of the Congress in Dehra and Kangra flayed Virbhadra Singh’s remarks against Sukhu.

Rules notified to amend TCP Act

Rules notified to amend TCP Act

16 Jan 2019 | 7:24 AM

SHIMLA: The state government today notified the Himachal Pradesh Town and Country Planning (Fourth Amendment) Rules, 2019 which will facilitate regularization of unauthorized construction by charging penalty four to six times of the normal rates from those who have violated the building norms.

Tough steps on cards for erring pvt bus operators

Tough steps on cards for erring pvt bus operators

16 Jan 2019 | 7:24 AM

SOLAN: With no let-up in road accidents by private buses, Sirmaur DC Lalit Jain has recommended liabilities on the owners of private vehicles after Rs 50 lakh was borne by the district administration in one such fatal bus accident.

Frequent landslides on Parwanoo highway a headache for NHAI, motorists

Frequent landslides on Parwanoo highway a headache for NHAI, motorists

16 Jan 2019 | 7:24 AM

SOLAN: Recurring landslides have become a major headache for the private company four-laning the 39-km Parwanoo-Solan section of the National Highway (NH)-05 where help of the Geological Survey of India (GSI) was being taken to suggest suitable interventions.

Himachal Express to run between Delhi, Daulatpur Chowk

Himachal Express to run between Delhi, Daulatpur Chowk

16 Jan 2019 | 7:24 AM

UNA: Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on Tuesday dedicated the 16-km broad gauge rail line section between Amb-Andaura and Daulatpur Chowk in Una district.

Rs 6 crore allotted for works in Jwalamukhi temple

Rs 6 crore allotted for works in Jwalamukhi temple

16 Jan 2019 | 10:24 AM

KANGRA: The Jawalamukhi Temple Trust will spend Rs 50 lakh to reconstruct the ancient Bhairav temple, which was damaged in a natural calamity, and start work on an overbridge footpath to connect the Jawalamukhi bus stand with the temple entrance road on the Shimla-Matour National Highway.

Dheerowal barriers auctioned for Rs 1.81 cr

16 Jan 2019 | 7:24 AM

SOLAN: The six inter-state barriers of the Dheerowal unit in Nalagarh were re-auctioned for Rs 1.81 crore on Monday evening as against the reserve price of Rs 2.10 crore causing a loss of Rs 29 lakh to the state exchequer.

Forest cover to go up: Minister

Forest cover to go up: Minister

16 Jan 2019 | 10:21 AM

SHIMLA: Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur said the government aimed at increasing forest area from 26 per cent to 35 per cent in the state.

Teachers protest despite orders, FIR registered

Teachers protest despite orders, FIR registered

16 Jan 2019 | 7:24 AM

SHIMLA: A large number of school teachers, who were recruited on the basis of Parents Teachers Association (PTA) during the previous Congress regime, on Tuesday staged a protest demanding regularisation of their services near the state Secretariat, Chotta Shimla, defying the Deputy Commissioner’s ban on the rally there.

Virbhadra’s ‘junk’ remark enrages Sukhu’s aides

Virbhadra’s ‘junk’ remark enrages Sukhu’s aides

16 Jan 2019 | 10:26 AM

NURPUR: The ongoing war of words between Virbhadra and Sukhwinder Sukhu’s camp seems to have intensified. Supporters of Sukhu, outgoing president of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), today criticised former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for terming party functionaries, nominated by Sukhu during his six-year tenure, junk.

Harrowing time for tourists stuck in Billing

16 Jan 2019 | 7:24 AM

PALAMPUR: Hundreds of tourists remained stuck in a traffic jam on the narrow Bir-Billing road for hours on Monday night. As it was a weekend, there was a huge rush of tourists at Billing, a famous tourists resort and paragliding destination.

Sukhu strengthened party: DCC chief

Sukhu strengthened party: DCC chief

16 Jan 2019 | 7:24 AM

MANDI: Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu’s loyalist Deepak Sharma has targeted senior Congress leaders and former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh over his remarks against the former and party workers.

Will file plaint against former CM: DCC

16 Jan 2019 | 7:29 AM

HAMIRPUR: The remarks of former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh were uncalled for and the District Congress Committee (DCC) would file a complaint to the AICC chief Rahul Gandhi, said Naresh Thakur, president, DCC, on Tuesday.

Expert inspects damaged bridge in Kullu

Expert inspects damaged bridge in Kullu

16 Jan 2019 | 7:24 AM

MANDI: The District Administration Kullu today called a consultant from Delhi to inspect the Bhutnath Bridge near bus stand Kullu that had developed cracks last week, rendering it unsafe for traffic movement.

Steps will be taken to protect crops from wild animals: CM

Steps will be taken to protect crops from wild animals: CM

16 Jan 2019 | 10:29 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday said the government would take appropriate steps to protect crops from wild animals and monkeys, besides ensuring effective measures to check forest fires.

Youths trapped in Riyadh to return soon: Mandi MP

Youths trapped in Riyadh to return soon: Mandi MP

16 Jan 2019 | 10:31 AM

MANDI: Mandi MP Ramswaroop Sharma said that the 10 youths of Mandi district, trapped at Riyadh in Saudi Arabia for the last couple of months, would return to India soon.

Holy drape triggers protest in Baddi

16 Jan 2019 | 7:24 AM

SOLAN: Tempers flared in Baddi when residents found a green-coloured holy drape hanging from the window of a house in the Amravati Colony of the Baddi industrial area last evening.

‘Govt sanctions over 75,000 pension cases'

16 Jan 2019 | 7:24 AM

DHARAMSALA: The Himachal Pradesh government has sanctioned over 75,000 new pension-related cases, including 30,000 cases of those above 70 years of age, officials said.

Manali shivers at -6°Celsius

Manali shivers at -6°Celsius

16 Jan 2019 | 10:33 AM

SHIMLA: After three consecutive days of snowfall and rain, Himachal on Tuesday got some relief, but the cold continued to grip the hills, said an official.

Himachal gets relief from snow, rain

Himachal gets relief from snow, rain

15 Jan 2019 | 11:10 AM

SHIMLA: After three consecutive days of snowfall and rain, Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday got some relief, but the cold continued to grip the hills, said an official.

Congress anti-Modi rally in Shimla on Jan 17

Congress anti-Modi rally in Shimla on Jan 17

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

KANGRA: As many as 500 Congress workers from the Shahpur Block Congress Committee have decided to attend the anti-Modi Congress rally at Chaura Maidan, Shimla, on January 17 and will also facilitate the newly elected president of the state Congress Committee.

HC refuses to stay land transfer to hydro project in Kinnaur

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

SHIMLA: The High Court has refused to stay transfer of forest land to an Asian Development Bank-funded hydro-power project in Kinnaur district being executed by Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited.

Tattapani to be developed as tourist spot: CM

Tattapani to be developed as tourist spot: CM

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

MANDI: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday said Tattapani would be developed to attract water sports lovers.

Power board faces technical staff shortage

Power board faces technical staff shortage

15 Jan 2019 | 10:05 AM

SHIMLA: There will be more blackouts and power cuts as Himachal Pradesh Electricity Board Ltd is reeling under an acute shortage of technical hands.

Drum beating to create awareness on vaccination in Sirmaur

Drum beating to create awareness on vaccination in Sirmaur

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

SOLAN: With the rate of immunisation being a low 72 per cent in Sirmaur district in a survey conducted by experts from the IGMC Shimla, the district administration has resorted to traditional methods of drum beating to create awareness about its usefulness.

Restoration of old pension sought

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

SOLAN: Demanding restoration of old pension, members of the District New Pension Scheme (NPS) Employees Association met at Dharampur on Saturday and said a protest rally would be organised in Shimla and Delhi if their demands were not met and all-India chain hunger strike would also begin from January 28.

Kangra admn fails to implement safety norms for school buses

Kangra admn fails to implement safety norms for school buses

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

PALAMPUR: Parents of schoolchildren in Kangra district have repeatedly raised concerns about the safety of their wards, especially after the rise in school bus accidents in the state.

Power projects fail to deposit LADA money

Power projects fail to deposit LADA money

15 Jan 2019 | 10:05 AM

PALAMPUR: A large number of hydel power projects in Kangra and Chamba districts have failed to pay funds due under the Local Area Development Authority (LADA) and the catchment area development plan (CAT), in crores violating the provisions of agreement signed with the state government.

HRTC bus service to Rohru, Chopal, Narkanda resumes

HRTC bus service to Rohru, Chopal, Narkanda resumes

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

SHIMLA: Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) resumed its bus services to Chopal, Rohru and Narkanda from Shimla after three days on Monday as the weather became sunny, the roads were cleared of snow.

9 hit by car, injured

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

UNA: Nine persons were injured after being hit by a car at Santoshgarh last night.

Chintpurni to be linked by train today

Chintpurni to be linked by train today

15 Jan 2019 | 10:11 AM

UNA: Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha will dedicate to the nation the 16-km Amb-Andaura to Daulatpur Chowk broad gauge line at a function to be organised at Amb-Andaura tomorrow.

Hospitals get Rs 50 cr for free medicines

Hospitals get Rs 50 cr for free medicines

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

PALAMPUR: Vipin Parmar, Health Minister, said here today that the state government had allocated Rs 50 crore for free medicines in hospitals.

Ban on rallies near Sectt flayed

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

SHIMLA: The CPM has lambasted Deputy Commissioner Amit Kashyap’s notification banning rallies and protests near the Secretariat in Chotta Shimla with immediate effect from today.

Parwanoo firing: Main accused held

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

SOLAN: The Parwanoo police yesterday arrested the main accused Pradeep Kumar in the canter union firing case and search is on to trace three accomplices.

11 Virbhadra loyalists hit back at HPCC ex-chief

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

SHIMLA: The verbal duel between Virbhadra Singh and Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu seems to have fuelled infighting within the Congress as 11 legislators owing allegiance to the former Chief Minister today hit back at the outgoing state Congress president.

Baddi SHO sent to lines for negligence

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

SOLAN: In view of abject lack of initiative in solving criminal cases, including the recent shootout where a collection agent of a local finance company was shot at and cash of Rs 8 lakh was snatched from him in Baddi, the DIG (south) today transferred the SHO, Baddi, to the police lines.

Rs 3 lakh for Bar room

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

CHAMBA: Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker Hans Raj has announced a sum of Rs 3 lakh for the library and Bar room of the District Bar Association.

Man murdered in Kullu village

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

KULLU: A man was allegedly murdered after being hit with a stone on the head at Masna village in Lug valley on Sunday night.

50 buses for Kumbh pilgrims

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

SHIMLA: Even as the state government has arranged over 50 buses for those going to Prayagraj Ardh Kumbh Mela starting tomorrow, not many people have come forward so far.

Squeezed session a ploy to avoid public issues: Cong

Squeezed session a ploy to avoid public issues: Cong

15 Jan 2019 | 10:03 AM

UNA: Leader of the Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri today said the decision of the state government to squeeze the Budget session to 13 sittings proved that it was trying to shy away from discussing major issues.

Thakur to present Budget on Feb 9

Thakur to present Budget on Feb 9

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will present the budget for the financial year 2019-20 on February 9 during the winter session of the Assembly which will have a total of 13 sittings only.

Kangra temple to have 2,500-kg butter goddess idol

Kangra temple to have 2,500-kg butter goddess idol

15 Jan 2019 | 7:25 AM

KANGRA: Preparations were under way on Monday for the installation a goddess idol made of 2,500 kg of clarified butter in a famous temple in Kangra, officials said.

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