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29 Mar 2017

Fleecing: Taxi fare fixed in Lahaul Spiti

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

MANDI: To stop taxi operators from fleecing commuters, the district administration has fixed the taxi fare in the tribal district of Lahaul Spiti as internal road links of the district have been opened for light vehicle traffic.

Villager falls from hill, dies

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

CHAMBA: A villager of Saach area in the district fell down from a hill where he had gone to collect firewood.

No photo registration of pilgrims

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

KANGRA: In a surprising move, the facility of photometric registration of pilgrims entering the Bajjreshwari temple here has been withdrawn following the intervention of local MLA Pawan Kajal.

Call to revoke 2005 water tariff hike notification

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

NURPUR: Like every year, the Irrigation-cum-Public Health (IPH) Department is all set to impose a 10 per cent hike in the water tariff from April onwards in urban areas.

Dharminder clinches Suket Kesari title

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SUNDERNAGAR: The seven-day state-level Nalwar Fair, the biggest cattle fair of North India, concluded here this evening.

Possible to increase crop yield: Farm scientist

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

PALAMPUR: Internationally acclaimed farm scientist Dr Gurdev Singh Khush delivered a talk on “Biotechnology for food security” at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University here today.

Villagers block NH-70 over police inaction

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

MANDI: Villagers of three panchayats in Sarkaghat area today blocked the Jalandhar-Mandi National Highway (70) for hours over delay in police action against stray cattle traffickers.

Goddess Kali idols installed in Chamba

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

CHAMBA: To mark the auspicious occasion of Chaitra Navratri, two idols of Goddess Durga in the form of Kali have been installed each at Julakari and Mai-Ka-Bagh localities of Chamba town today.

Enrol rescued child labourers in school, edu dept told

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has directed the Department of Education to provide admission and hostel facility to two minor girls in Portmore School, Shimla.

18.50 lakh digi ration cards before April 10: Bali

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: Transport and Food and Civil Supplies Minister G S Bali today said the government would release 18.50 lakh digital ration cards in all 4,000 fair price shops before April 10.

Only if wishes could come true, but Anupam’s did

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who spent his childhood and adolescence in the Queen of Hills, recently bought his first house in Totu.

Govt flayed for passing demands sans discussion

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: Former Himachal Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition in Vidhan Sabha Prem Kumar Dhumal today came down heavily on the government for passing the demands regarding public works and education without any discussion in the absence of opposition and said that “a wrong precedent has been set which did not augur well for democracy”.

Leopard’s killers will be punished, says minister

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: Himachal Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri today said in the Vidhan Sabha that the culprits responsible for the brutal killing of a leopard in Bhabhori forests in Jogindernagar on March 22 last would be punished and there would be no laxity in investigations.

BJP walks out over ailing healthcare

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: The BJP chose to walk out of the Vidhan Sabha saying the reply of Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur on demand for grants was not satisfactory.

28 Mar 2017

Govt being misguided, alleges Samiti

28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

Shimla: House owners, under the banner of Upnagriya Jan Kalyan Samanvya Samiti (UJKSS), today accused the state government of succumbing to vested interests of some top officials who are misguiding it on their pending demands of house regularisation, waiving of compounding fee and extension of last date for submitting application till April 30.

Woman power stumps them all

28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

ONCE BITTEN: The manner in which the Congress ticket for Prem Kaushal for contesting the Bhoranj by-poll was changed at the last minute has political circles abuzz with the clout that the new candidate – Pramila Devi enjoys.

VVPAT machines for Bhoranj bypoll

28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

HAMIRPUR: Voter Verified Printing Audit Trial (VVPAT) machines would be introduced in the Bhoranj by-election along with electronic voting machines (EVMs).

12-year-old boy from Dharamsala pens book

28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

DHARAMSALA: Twelve-year-old Aryaman Mahajan, a Class VIII student of Sacred Heart School, has penned a novel ‘The Young Detective’.

None of my relatives in liquor trade: CM

28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today refuted allegations that any of his family member or relatives were in any way associated with the liquor trade and said that the effective steps taken by the new Congress Government in Punjab against the drug mafia has helped contain drug trafficking in Himachal.

Cong MLAs join debate, miffed BJP walks out

28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

SHIMLA: Enraged over the participation of ruling party MLAs in the debate on cut motion on the Health and Family Welfare department, opposition BJP today staged a walk out in the Vidhan Sabha.

U-turn: HPMC to supply juice concentrate to Patanjali

28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

SHIMLA: After a gap of seven years, the Himachal Pradesh Horticultural Produce, Processing and Marketing Corporation (HPMC) has inked a fresh deal with Patanjali Ayurvedic Ltd to sell 375 tonnes of juice concentrate this year.

Air India Kullu-Delhi fare hike has flyers, hoteliers fuming

28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

KULLU: The Air India has hiked the airfare between Kullu and Delhi with the onset of the summer season.

Acute water shortage plagues Shimla

28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

SHIMLA: Acute water shortage has gripped Shimla, exposing the claims of the Shimla Municipal Corporation to ensure water supply on alternate days.

Women to ensure continuity of watershed management project

28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

UNA: The Rs 220-crore Swan River Integrated Watershed Management Project, funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency for Una district, today finally completed after a span of about eight years.

4 days left to disclose income under PMGKY

28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

KANGRA: The Income Tax Department today organised an awareness camp for tax payers of this region, mostly businessmen, at Dharamsala today, who were insisted upon to disclose under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), which was a last chance to those who had not disclosed their income and the scheme would close on March 31.

Bio-medical waste under water Act purview

28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

SOLAN: The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has brought the bio-medical waste under the purview of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, to ensure its apt disposal.

NGO resents mud dumping along Sarwari river bank

28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

KULLU: Abhishek Rai, president, Himalayan Environment Conservation Organisation (HECO), a local NGO, has alleged that muck dumping was going on along the banks of Sarwari near Bhootnath Bridge.

Nurpur village residents sans water for 3 days

28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

NURPUR: Resentment prevails among residents of Labh village in Jawali as they have been without water for the past three days.

Another leopard found dead in Mandi village

28 Mar 2017 | 12:37 AM

MANDI: A leopard was found dead near Dari village yesterday. A woman found the carcass in a field and raised an alarm. Villagers gathered at the spot and informed the police and forest officials.

27 Mar 2017

Panchayat representatives sensitised against TB

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

NURPUR: The Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (IAPPD), an NGO working in collaboration with the State Health Department, organised its third state-level sensitisation workshop on eradication of Tuberculosis (TB) here today.

Excise Dept to go in for annual auction of barriers

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

SOLAN: With the policy to auction inter-state barriers for three years failing to yield the desired results, the Excise and Taxation Department will go by the old trend of annual auctions.

Funds okayed for wrestling centre in Nurpur

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

NURPUR: The state government has allocated funds for the creation of an Indian-style wrestling training centre in Nurpur and it will be the first such centre in Kangra.

Artist camp under way

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

DHARAMSALA: The Nijh World Society in association with the North Zone Cultural Zone (NZCC) inaugurated the national artist camp at Hotel Gandhi Paradise, McLeodganj, yesterday.

Beopar Mandal flays I-T Dept for ‘harassment’

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

PALAMPUR: The Local Beopar Mandal today criticised the Income Tax Department for forcing the tax payers to make a declaration under Pardhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna for the cash deposited in banks post demonetisation.

Order to CS over Shimla traffic blues

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

SHIMLA: Expressing serious concern over traffic problem in the city, the High Court has directed the Chief Secretary to consider smaller/compact buses in the city so that traffic congestion caused due to huge size of HRTC/private buses could be eased.

Soon, mark-sheets to be linked with Aadhaar card

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

SHIMLA: Linking mark-sheets and certificates issued by various universities with the Unique ID/Aadhaar card number as an additional security feature will be mandatory in the future.

Four private institutes to be shut

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission (HPPEIRC) has ordered the closure of four institutes being run as franchisees of Amass Education Private Limited in Shimla, Hamirpur, Mandi and Dharamsala.

Kardar Sangh rues eroding deity culture at Shivratri fair

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

MANDI: The Kardar Sangh has accused the district administration of spending lavishly on entertainment rather than spending on conservation of deity culture during the weeklong Shivratri fair.

Photo registration for pilgrims begins at Bajjreshwari temple

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

KANGRA: The government has started photo registration of the pilgrims visiting Bajjreshwari temple here on the pattern of the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir.

Round-the-year skating at Shimla rink soon

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

SHIMLA: Reducing number of ice skating days each year due to climate change may no longer be a cause of worry as the only natural ice skating rink in the country is all set to go high-tech with underground refrigeration with the help of financial assistance under from the Union Tourism Ministry.

Selfie on stranded rail wagon lands youth in PGI

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

UNA: An attempt to take a selfie atop a stranded rail wagon at the Una railway station landed a local youth in the PGIMER, Chandigarh, today.

Plucking of tea leaves begins

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

PALAMPUR: Plucking of tea leaves has begun in most of the tea gardens of Kangra valley.

Demand for birdwatcher park in Chamba

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

CHAMBA: Chamba Welfare Association has reiterated its demand for setting up a birdwatcher park around the Suhi Mata temple here.

Handball stadium work hangs fire in Una

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

UNA: The construction of a handball stadium at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in Una has been hanging fire for the last three years due to administrative delay in the felling of three small trees in the middle of the proposed playing area.

Construction company violates road safety norms

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

HAMIRPUR: With the initiation of work of widening and strengthening of a stretch National Highway 88 in the district going on, safety of the road users had been compromised.

Rs 17 cr okayed for roads in Tirthan valley: Minister

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

KULLU: Ayurveda and Cooperative Minister Karan Singh said Rs 17 crore had been approved for the construction of roads in the Tirthan valley in the Banjar subdivision of the district.

Farm fencing plan made attractive

27 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

SHIMLA: An increase in subsidy from 60 per cent to 80 per cent under the Mukhyamantri Khet Sanrakshan Yojana to protect the crop of farmers from wild animals through electric fencing likely to attract more farmers.

26 Mar 2017

Primary health centre inaugurated in Una

26 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

UNA: Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur today inaugurated the newly announced Primary Health Centre at Basoli village in the Una Sadar Assembly segment.

Restore water supply from Giri: CM

26 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today directed the Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) Department to immediately restore water supply from the Giri scheme to ensure daily distribution of water to people of Shimla and its suburbs.

Four houses gutted in Kinnaur village

26 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

SHIMLA: A major fire gutted four houses while one was partially damaged in Kinnaur’s Kothi village early morning today. The fire was controlled after five hours and the administration is assessing the damage.

Cong appoints coordinator for Bhoranj bypoll

26 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

HAMIRPUR: Better coordination among leaders and workers will bring better results and help in garnering votes to ensure the victory of the Congress candidate in Bhoranj by-election.

e-marketing facility launched for farmers

26 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

MANDI: Rural Development Minister Anil Sharma today urged farmers of the district to take the advantage of the National Agricultural Market portal to get the e-marketing facility for their agriculture and horticulture produce.

Child found dead in Nalagarh

26 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

SOLAN: The body of a six-year old child, Suraj, who went missing since March 22, was found near an isolated forest area in Jhiriwala area of Nalagarh industrial area today.

First white cement plant for Sirmaur

26 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

SOLAN: Food Corporation of India (FCI) Aravali Gypsum and Minerals India Limited, a public sector enterprise, has applied for a prospecting licence for setting up a white cement plant in the Nohradhar area of Sirmaur district.

McLeodganj sex racket was being run from Amritsar

26 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

DHARAMSALA: The sex racket busted by the police at McLeodganj on Thursday night was being operated from Amritsar in Punjab. Kangra Superintendent of Police (SP) Sanjeev Gandhi said the police investigation had revealed that the racket was being operated online.

Chemical to be imported from US to combat apple disease

26 Mar 2017 | 12:53 AM

SHIMLA: In its bid to combat the problem of Specific Apple Replant Disease (SARD), the government has obtained permission from the Central Insecticides Board, Union Ministry of Agriculture, for the import of chloropicrin chemical along with machinery and equipment.

25 Mar 2017

Car of Tibetan PM-in-exile candidate vandalised

25 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

DHARAMSALA: Miscreants vandalized the car of Lukar Jam Atsock, a contestant in the elections for the Tibetan Prime Minister in exile, near his residence at Norbulingka in Dharamsala.

State to be TB-free by 2022: Kaul

25 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: The state will be made TB (tuberculosis)-free by 2021-22 against the national target of 2025 and the Mukhyamantri TB eradication scheme announced in the Budget by the Chief Minister will be implemented from 2017-18.

Central subsidy on sugar to go, says Bali

25 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

DHARAMSALA: Sugar is likely to get bitter for the common people. The Union government has decided to do away with subsidy on sugar being supplied through the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the entire country from April 1.

24 Mar 2017

Shepherds get tips on sheep-rearing

24 Mar 2017 | 12:40 AM

NURPUR: The Forest Department organised a workshop for nomadic shepherds at Gangath near here in which they were told about the latest sheep-rearing techniques.

Incentives for lawyers

24 Mar 2017 | 12:40 AM

UNA: Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri today announced that they would provide Rs 5 lakh, five computers and printers with Wi-Fi facility at the office of the District Bar Association.

Revise pay: HPSEBL engineers

24 Mar 2017 | 12:40 AM

NURPUR: The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Ltd (HPSEBL) Diploma Engineers’ Association at its state-level meeting convened here last evening appealed to the board management to fulfil long-standing demands of the association.

Raise funding under water plan: Stokes

24 Mar 2017 | 12:40 AM

SHIMLA: Irrigation and Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes has urged the Union Government to increase funding under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme that had been reduced substantially over the years.

Help curb drug menace: Governor to youths

24 Mar 2017 | 12:40 AM

NURPUR: Governor Acharya Devvrat exhorted youths to help curb drug menace and preserve the rich Indian culture.

Teachers sans salary for nine months

24 Mar 2017 | 12:40 AM

NURPUR: Resentment is brewing among Punjabi language teachers appointed in government schools in Kangra district as they have not been given salaries for the past nine months.

CM receives Jaikrishani sect padyatra at Solan

24 Mar 2017 | 12:40 AM

SOLAN: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said Himachal was the abode of Gods and the people had unflinching faith in the deities.

Stress on women empowerment

24 Mar 2017 | 12:40 AM

KANGRA: Women empowerment on social, economic, cultural and political fronts was of prime importance and achievements of women in all spheres of life should be highlighted in the right perspective to inspire the young girls to move further with vigour and strength.

Leopard killing leaves forest officials on toes

24 Mar 2017 | 12:40 AM

MANDI: The killing of a leopard at Ladbadhol in Mandi district has left forest officials worried.

Emulate Bhutan in electric transport, suggest experts

24 Mar 2017 | 12:40 AM

SHIMLA: Even as Himachal is in the process of acquiring environment friendly electric buses for plying on the Manali-Rohtang route, experts and environmentalists feel being an energy surplus state, there is an immense potential for complete switch over to electric transport like Bhutan.

Kisan sabha demands tehsil status for Tihra

24 Mar 2017 | 12:40 AM

MANDI: Demanding tehsil status for Tihra in Mandi, members of Himachal Kisan Sabha staged a protest at Tihra bus stand today against the state Ggvernment.