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Manali coldest as rain lashes several parts of Himachal

17 Jul 2018 | 1:35 PM

SHIMLA: Rain lashed several parts of Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday, with Manali becoming the coldest place in the state in the last 24 hours, the Meteorological (MeT) department said.

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Shimla, July 17

Rain lashed several parts of Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday, with Manali becoming the coldest place in the state in the last 24 hours, the Meteorological (MeT) department said.

As per the data registered on Tuesday morning (at 8.30), Manali in Kullu district recorded a minimum of 13.6 degrees Celsius, becoming the coldest place in the hilly state during the last 24 hours, Director of local MeT office Manmohan Singh said.

The minimum temperature in Kalpa of Kinnaur district and Keylong of Lahaul and Spiti district was recorded as 14.6 degrees Celsius, 16.1 degrees Celcius in Dalhousie of Chamba district, and 16.9 degrees Celsius in the state capital Shimla over the same period, he added.

Manali received a rainfall of 11 mm over the last 24 hours, lagging behind many other places in the state in terms of precipitation.

The maximum precipitation in the state took place in Dharamshala where 75.4 mm of rainfall was registered during the last 24 hours, the MeT office said.

Besides, Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur district witnessed 29 mm rain, followed by Kangra (20 mm), Nahan (18.6 mm) and Shimla (3.2 mm) during the same period, it added.

The maximum temperature in the state was recorded in Hamirpur as 32.2 degrees Celsius, Singh added. PTI

Green tribunal upholds ban on constructions in Shimla

Green tribunal upholds ban on constructions in Shimla

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

SHIMLA: Hopes of the government to get relaxation in undertaking construction activity in the town were dashed when the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday rejected its review petition, upholding its November 16, 2016, order where a ban on all new constructions in the core area was imposed.

Court seeks status report on ADB fund for Shimla

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

SHIMLA:The High Court on Monday directed the Chief Secretary to file a status report regarding the projects carried out on the basis of funds received from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the beautification of Shimla.

Notices to encroachers

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

NURPUR: In compliance with the order of the High Court against encroachments on government land, the local revenue authorities on Monday swung into action and served notices on 85 encroachers, who had been running kiosks and vends on the Pathankot-Mandi national highway for the past many years.

HC tells HP varsity to take up ICDEOL issue with UGC

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

SHIMLA: The HP High Court on Monday directed Himachal Pradesh University to take up the matter with regard to the recognition of the International Centre for Distance Education and Open Learning (ICDEOL) with the Secretary (Distance Education), University Grants Commission (UGC).

‘Chitta’ consumption on the rise; CM for tough laws to curb menace

‘Chitta’ consumption on the rise; CM for tough laws to curb menace

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

SHIMLA: With smuggling and consumption of chitta (heroin) assuming alarming proportions in the hill state of Himachal, fractured approach to curb the drug menace will not work and setting up of an exclusive multi-disciplinary narcotics force (MNF) alone could help combat it.

Cops to rope in locals to check drug trade

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

MANDI: The district police have decided to launch a street dominance operation at the village level in order to keep tabs on drug peddlers.

Gujarat pilgrim dies during Shrikhand yatra

Gujarat pilgrim dies during Shrikhand yatra

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

KULLU: A Gujarat pilgrim died during the Shrikhand Mahadev yatra here on Monday.

Landslide blocks Manali highway

Landslide blocks Manali highway

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

MANDI: A massive landslide near Klath village on the Kullu-Manali national highway on Monday evening brought traffic to a standstill for hours.

Traffic jam at Kalu Di Hatti irks commuters

Traffic jam at Kalu Di Hatti irks commuters

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

PALAMPUR: Daily traffic jams on the Pathankot-Mandi highway near Kalu Di Hatti have caused inconvenience to commuters.

Road leading to Shimla IGMC reeks of sewage

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

SHIMLA: Sewage accumulated on the road leading to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMC), Shimla, has put patients and their attendants to inconvenience.

Thakur honours women achievers

Thakur honours women achievers

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

SHIMLA:Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday honoured women achievers — Anchal Thakur, Geeta Verma, Preeti Kanwar, Priyanka Negi, Sanjana Geol, Seema Devi, Seema Thakur, Shashi Negi and Sushma Verma — for excelling in various fields, including sports.

Security agencies threaten dharna over GST collection

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

SHIMLA:The Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) on Monday threatened to sit on a dharna in front of the GST commission in every state on July 18 to press their demand for collection of Goods and Service Tax (GST) from the service receiver and not the service provider.

Unity in Congress a tough task for Rajni

Unity in Congress a tough task for Rajni

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

SHIMLA: AICC incharge Rajni Patil’s week-long state tour to rejuvenate party workers has failed to forge unity as differences between former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and state party chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu dominated all functions during the period.

Kangra civic body chief resigns

Kangra civic body chief resigns

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

KANGRA: The Kangra Municipal Council chief Suman Verma, who had lost support in the nine-member council, resigned from her post on Monday.

Dairy farmers gherao Milkfed plant

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

SHIMLA: In a day-long protest, dairy farmers led by Theog legislator Rakesh Singha on Monday gheraoed the Duttnagar Milkfed plant near Rampur Bushair and demanded the minimum support price of Rs 30 per litre.

Staff crisis in Chamba school

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

CHAMBA: The parents of students studying in Govt High School, Bhadroh, here have decided not to send their wards to the school until the posts of teacher are filled.

Man seeks financial aid for ailing son

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

MANDI: Dinesh Kumar, a resident of Mandi, has sought the government’s help for providing medical treatment to his ailing son, who is suffering from a rare mental disorder.

Devotees throng temples on Shravan

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

MANDI: With the onset of Shravan, devotees in large number thronged the Bhuthnath temple on Monday to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva.

Himachal boys victorious in kabaddi league final

Himachal boys victorious in kabaddi league final

17 Jul 2018 | 12:07 AM

KANGRA: Himachal Tiger Team boys defeated Haryana in the ‘Chak De India’ kabaddi league match final played at the local municipal stadium here on Sunday evening.

Gujarat pilgrim dies during Shrikhand Mahadev yatra in Kullu

16 Jul 2018 | 3:29 PM

MANDI: A Gujarat pilgrim died during the Shrikhand Mahadev yatra in Kullu district on Sunday night. The deceased was identified as Rajender Kumar, 55.

Cong misleading people: Ex-CM

Cong misleading people: Ex-CM

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

KANGRA:Former Chief Minister PK Dhumal lambasted the Congress, saying that during the last five years, the state had witnessed corruption and was pushed behind on the development track.

Taking cue from BJP

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

The Congress seems to have lost its originality and taking a cue even for slogan-mongering from the BJP.

Paragliding, river rafting banned in Kullu till Sept15

Paragliding, river rafting banned in Kullu till Sept15

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

MANDI: The Kullu administration on Sunday banned river rafting and paragliding.

Hospital for leprosy patients by year-end

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

SOLAN: As many as 18 leprosy patients, who are being shifted from one makeshift arrangement to another for the past four years, can now heave a sigh of relief as the PWD has started constructing a prefabricated double-storey structure for them, which will be completed by the year-end.

Nurpur Blood Donors’ Club honoured

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

NURPUR: The Nurpur Blood Donors’ Club (NBDC) has been conferred with the National Manav Ratan Award-2018 in Kolkata for promoting blood donation activities in Nurpur.

99-yr-old police station building on verge of collapse

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

PALAMPUR: The Palampur police station building, which is 99 years old, has been awaiting renovation for the past 10 years.

Haryana girls win kabaddi league

Haryana girls win kabaddi league

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

KANGRA: Haryana girls defeated Gorakhpur in the ‘Chak De India’ Kabaddi league final match played at the local municipal stadium here on Saturday evening.

NABARD celebrates 37th Foundation Day

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

CHAMBA: The National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) celebrated its 37th Foundation Day with the farmers of Bassu Valley Fruit and Vegetable Producer Cooperative Society at Sunara here on Thursday.

Holta panchayat fund bungling to be probed

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

PALAMPUR: Sandeep Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Kangra, has ordered probe into the alleged financial irregularities committed in Holta panchayat near Palampur.

Anuj wins declamation contest

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

NURPUR: Under the cancer awareness campaign launched by the Shashi Gupta Memorial Charitable Trust, declamation and poster making competitions were organised at the Government ITI here on Saturday.

Plantation drive at Yol Cantt area

Plantation drive at Yol Cantt area

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

KANGRA: The Commander of Rising Star Corps, Lt Gen YVK Mohan, on Saturday launched a plantation drive.

Rs 7.25 cr approved for platforms, rlys overbridges in Una, Amb

16 Jul 2018 | 2:37 AM

UNA: Lok Sabha MP Anurag Thakur on Sunday said Rs 7.25 crore had been sanctioned by the Indian Railways for the construction of second platform at Una and Amb railway stations and foot overbridges connecting the platforms at the two stations.

CUHP to shift 11 programmes to Dharamsala campusCampus Scene cuhp

CUHP to shift 11 programmes to Dharamsala campus

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

The Central University of Himachal Pradesh (CUPH) has decided to shift and conduct postgraduate classes in 11 different programmes which include MA English, Hindi, Sanskrit, economics, sociology, education, journalism and new media communication and MBA in tourism and travels to Dharamsala campus for 390 students.

Garbage an eyesore on way to Bijli Mahadev

Garbage an eyesore on way to Bijli Mahadev

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

MANDI: Bijli Mahadev in Kullu district is no longer spic-and-span.

Civic bodies short of EOs, working hit

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

SOLAN: The state is facing a shortage of executive officers (EOs) in municipal committees (MCs) where most of the EOs were overburdened with additional charge.

Move to set up stone crusher draws ire

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

PALAMPUR: Hundreds of villagers held a protest over the installation of a new stone crusher at Jaisinghpur which is notorious for large-scale illegal mining.

Nurpur-Shimla AC bus flagged off

Nurpur-Shimla AC bus flagged off

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

NURPUR: The HRTC has launched the AC bus service from Nurpur to Shimla via Kangra and Hamirpur.

Volleyball tourney in memory of coach

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

SHIMLA: Thana village in the Surachali area of Jubbal tehsil is organising a volleyball tournament from July 20 to 22 in memory of its son, Hemant Chatranta 26, a chief national coach who died in a road accident last year.

Cement slabs in front of 80 shops razed

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

KANGRA: Waterlogging on 1-km stretch between the new and old bus stand following heavy rain that was inconveniencing the public prompted the authorities to raze cement slabs in front of 80 shops which had choked the drain beneath.

HPU blames slip in ranking to staff crisis

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) has attributed the slip in ranking released by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for 2018 to a stiff competition with other universities and a shortage of the faculty.

Ex-servicemen irked at teachers’ demotion

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

UNA: The Himachal Pradesh Re-Employed Ex-Servicemen Association has expressed concern over the orders of the Education Department to demote their cadre which has been employed in the state services before December 2008.

BJP has failed to keep job promise, says Patil

BJP has failed to keep job promise, says Patil

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

SHIMLA: The unemployed youth of the country is still awaiting jobs as the BJP government at the Centre headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which promised two crore jobs every year, has miserably failed to keep its poll promise, said All India Congress Committee general secretary and state incharge Rajni Patil while addressing aprty workers at Nahan on Sunday.

Shrikhand Mahadev yatra in Kullu begins

Shrikhand Mahadev yatra in Kullu begins

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

MANDI: The Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra, considered to be one of the toughest pilgrimages, started in Kullu district on Sunday. It will conclude on July 31. The yatra was flagged off by SDM, Anni, Chet Singh from the Singhad base camp. Nearly 200 devotees were present on the occasion.

Food department sets up grievance redress cell

16 Jul 2018 | 1:18 AM

SHIMLA: Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kishan Kapoor on Sunday said a grievance redress unit had been set up at the state headquarters and people could register their complaints via email or mobile number.

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