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Snow in Manali, Kufri draws tourists in drovesTourists throng Nehru Kund after a fresh spell of snow on Tuesday. Photo: MC Thakur

Snow in Manali, Kufri draws tourists in droves

Heavy rain lashes Gaggal, Dharamsala I Link roads in Rohru, Rampur & Kinnaur blocked13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

SHIMLA: The normal life was disrupted as tribal areas and other higher hills experienced intermittent heavy snowfall while other mid and lower hills were lashed by heavy rain, breaking the 10-week long dry spell.

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Bhanu P Lohumi/ MC Thakur

Shimla, December 12

The normal life was disrupted as tribal areas and other higher hills experienced intermittent heavy snowfall while other mid and lower hills were lashed by heavy rain, breaking the 10-week long dry spell. Kufri on the suburbs of Shimla received a mild snowfall and tourist made a beeline to Kufri to enjoy the snow.

The upper Manali region experienced snow, while the lower parts were lashed by rain today, bringing down the temperature down. The town also received a light snow last night, but it melted in a few hours.

The vehicular traffic on the Manali-Rohtang road was disrupted due to snow near Nehru Kund, about 5 km from here, this morning. Tourists going on sightseeing tour to the Solang valley, Kothi and Gulaba had to stop near Nehru Kund. As a precautionary measure, the movement of vehicular traffic was also stopped.

Hundreds of tourists rushed to Nehru Kund to see the fresh snow. The famous ski slopes of the Solang valley, which are used for skiing courses, also received snow.

Tourist resorts of Narkanda, Sangla, Srikhand and Kharapatthar also received the snowfall of the season.

Several places in the tribal areas were cut off and 24 roads, including the link roads, were closed in Rohru, Rampur and Kinnaur areas.

Several areas were drenched in rain and Gaggal was the wettest with 114 mm rain while Dalhousie, Dharamsala and Dehra Gopipur received 112 mm,111mm and 96 mm rain.

The maximum temperatures dropped by five to six degrees to stay at 18 degree at 15.2 degree in Una and 13.9 degree in Sundernagar, followed by Dharamsala 12.8 degree, Solan and Bhuntar 12.2 degree, Shimla 8.3 degree, Kalpa 4 degree, Dalhousie 2.1 degree and Keylong 1.5 degree.

There was a marginal change in the minimum temperatures and Keylong, Kalpa and Manali were the coldest with a low of minus 2.4 degree, minus 0.2 degree and 0.6 degree. Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 4 degree, followed by Una 5.2 degree, Palampur 6.0 degree and Solan and Bhuntar 7.0 degree.

The local MeT office has predicted rain or snow at many places in lower and higher hills over next two day and dry weather thereafter.

Admn prepared

Shimla District Commissioner Rohan Chand Thakur said all arrangements were in place and necessary instructions had been issued to departments and machines had been deployed at selected places to remove snow for ensuring smooth traffic movement.

He said power supply was restored in Chopal and Rohru subdivision of the district while work was on a war footing to restore electricity in the remote areas of Rampur. Measurers had been taken to ensure that commodities of daily needs were available, he added.

30 cm of snow makes Lahaul inaccessible

30 cm of snow makes Lahaul inaccessible

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

MANDI: Lahaul Spiti has received a heavy snowfall since Monday paralysing the normal life in the district. Keylong received 31 cm of snow, while the Chandra valley from Koksar to Dalang got around two-foot snow. Similarly in Patan and Tod valley, 30 cm of fresh snowfall occurred.

Only research benefiting farmers will be recognised, says Governor

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

SHIMLA: Researchers and students in farm universities in the state will no longer be able get the doctorate or higher degrees on the basis of abstract and survey-based research with no link to the issues concerning the farmers on field.

Rabi sowing to pick up

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

SHIMLA: The Rabi sowing, which was delayed due to continuing dry spell, would pick up fast following widespread rains and snow in most parts of Himachal breaking the 10-week-long dry spell.

Dhauladhar ranges wear white mantle

Dhauladhar ranges wear white mantle

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

DHARAMSALA: The Dhauladhars overlooking the Kangra valley received the first snow of the season today.

Relief for farmers, fruit growers

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

NURPUR: The intermittent rain, which lashed the lower Kangra areas for the second day today, intensified cold wave conditions in the valley.

Swan bridge construction to be completed in 3 months

Swan bridge construction to be completed in 3 months

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

UNA: The 773-metre-long bridge over the Swan river, which will connect the Una and Haroli Assembly segments at Rampur and Haroli villages, respectively, will be completed by the end of this financial year and handed over to the public.

Bhuntar bridge opens to traffic

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

KULLU: Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus said that repair of bailey bridge at Bhuntar had been completed on schedule and the bridge was thrown open for traffic yesterday.

CEO directive to districtpoll officers

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Electoral Officer Pushpendra Rajput today asked the district electoral officers (DEOs) to ensure all arrangements for counting by December 15 and also to implement the guidelines of the commission.

Rs174-cr grant released for border area development

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

NEW DELHI: The Centre today released Rs 174 crore to six states, including Himachal Pradesh, having international border for developing social and physical infrastructure in the villages situated in forward areas.

Depute patwaris for numbering of trees: HC

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

SHIMLA: The HP High Court today directed the Deputy Commissioner Shimla to depute halqa patwaris for enumeration of the trees on private land.

Arrest all culprits, demand protesting Muslims in Paonta

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

SOLAN: Demanding stern action, including hanging, for the youth responsible for burning religious texts at a mosque at Maliyon village in Paonta Sahib, thousands of Muslims today took out a protest march at Paonta Sahib.

Registration with CBEC must for availing subsidy

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

SOLAN: In a bid to facilitate the industrial units eligible for availing central excise subsidy under the 2003 industrial policy, a one-time registration with the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has been made mandatory.

NGOs call for shunning drugs, channelising youth energy

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

SHIMLA: Various NGOs today urged residents and the authorities to fight together against the menace of drugs in the capital city.

Proposal to settle land partition cases in time-bound manner

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

DHARAMSALA: Divisional Commissioner Nandita Gupta has sent suggestions to the state government for reducing the pendency of land partition cases.

Fisherman goes missing as boat capsizes

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

NURPUR: A 60-year-old fisherman went missing after his boat capsized in the Pong Dam today.

Kangra overall state champion in weightlifting

Kangra overall state champion in weightlifting

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

NURPUR: The two-day state level weightlifting competition concluded at Seven Star International School in Bani of Jawali last evening.

Army recruitment rally from Feb 12 to 18

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

PALAMPUR: The Army will organise recruitment rally at Palampur from February 12 to 18 at CSK HP Agriculture University.

Despite ban, MC burns waste in open

13 Dec 2017 | 12:32 AM

Despite the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order banning the garbage burning, waste in garbage bins can be seen set afire in most parts of the town everyday.

Manali gets season's first snowfall

Manali gets season's first snowfall

12 Dec 2017 | 3:13 PM

SHIMLA: Snowfall continued to elude this Himachal Pradesh capital on Tuesday, but another picturesque tourist resort Manali had mild snowfall overnight, season's first spell.

14 die in HP mishapsSnow, rain in region

14 die in HP mishaps

12 Dec 2017 | 9:59 AM

KULLU/SUNDERNAGAR: At least 14 people were killed in four accidents across Himachal Pradesh during the past 24 hours. Six persons were buried alive when the car they were travelling in was hit by boulders following a landslide near Nirmand in Kullu district.

Narkanda gets light snow

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

Shimla: The famous tourist resort of Narkanda had a light snowfall for the first time in the season and Kufri and Fagu received snowflakes while several places in lower, mid and higher hills had scattered rain.

Arrangements in place for counting of votes, says DC

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

UNA: The district Election Department has claimed to have made elaborate arrangements for the counting of votes to all five Assembly segments, which will take place on December 18 at two separate venues simultaneously.

Aut shopkeepers seek rehab under land Act

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

MANDI: Worried about their livelihood, 32 shopkeepers of Keshav Madahev Market at Aut have demanded rehabilitation under Land Acquisition Act 2013 after National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) issued notices to them to vacate the market premises.

Release leader: Dalit body to Prime Minister

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

CHAMBA: The Chamba District Scheduled Caste Welfare Association has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking immediate release of Dalit leader Chandershakhar alias Ravan.

One arrested in religious books burning case

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

SOLAN: With the arrest of a 45-year-old youth Sajid from Toka Nagla village Paonta Sahib police claim to have solved the case of burning of 40 religious texts at Maliyon based mosque.

Woman commits suicide in Una

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

UNA: Usha Devi, a resident of Mohalla Gurusar in ward number 2 in Una city, reportedly committed suicide after hanging herself from the roof of her house last night.

Baddi unit bags FICCI CSR award

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

SOLAN: The Baddi-based Elin Appliances has bagged the FICCI CSR award for the 2016-2017 in the Small and Medium Enterprises category.

5 from Ambala die in Mandi mishap

5 from Ambala die in Mandi mishap

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

Sundernagar: Six of a marriage party were killed and eight injured when when the tempo traveller they were travelling in fell into a gorge at Kangoo near Sundernagar on the Manali-Chandigarh National Highway today.

Girl killed as car rams into truck

Girl killed as car rams into truck

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

n Kullu: A girl was killed and three others injured when a car (HP-33T-9265) rammed into a truck near the Gammon bridge at Ramshila, Kullu, on Monday.

5-year-old boy killed, father hurt in Kullu road accident

5-year-old boy killed, father hurt in Kullu road accident

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

KULLU: A five-year-old child was killed and his father injured as a private school vehicle overturned and swerved off the road at Thati Beed in Banjar today.

Woman, boy among six buried alive in Kullu

Woman, boy among six buried alive in Kullu

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

KULLU: Six persons, including a boy and a woman, were buried alive when the car (HP-35-4541) they were travelling in was hit by boulders following a landslide at Bajir Baudi near Nirmand in Kullu district last night.

Call to fill PhD seats in HPU

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

SHIMLA: Accusing Himachal Pradesh University of not filling the PhD seats even after the lapse of one year, the Ambedkar Student Association (ASA) has demanded that an inquiry into the delay by the UGC.

CM wishes Rahul on his elevation

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today congratulated Rahul Gandhi on being elected unanimously as the party president.

Jail-break kingpin was away for hearing

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

SHIMLA: The jail break by three prisoners, who escaped from Model Central Jail, Kanda (Shimla) in the wee hours on December 6, was a well-crafted plan of another jail inmate, also a Nepali, who himself could not escape.

Weather rekindles hoteliers’ hope

Weather rekindles hoteliers’ hope

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

SHIMLA: With hotel bookings dropping by 20 to 30 per cent, hoteliers are pinning hopes on snowfall to recover from low occupancy hitting the business.

Snow in Lahaul, Rohtang intensifies cold

Snow in Lahaul, Rohtang intensifies cold

12 Dec 2017 | 1:54 AM

MANDI: The fresh snowfall intensified the cold waves hitting normal life in the tribal district Lahaul & Spiti today. The harsh cold weather forced the residents to remain indoors throughout the day. The entire valley experienced bone-chilling cold after the district received a mild snowfall.

Crime-free society to be priority: Dhumal

Crime-free society to be priority: Dhumal

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

HAMIRPUR: “We have committed to giving fearless society to people and that will be the priority of our government,” said former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal here today.

Green tribunal order has hoteliers on the edge

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

MANALI: With the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordering the closure of unauthorised hotels in Manali, members of Manali Hoteliers Association today called an emergency meeting to discuss the issue and chalk out their next move.

NGT slaps Rs 10-lakh fine on Solan-based hotel

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has ordered demolition of an illegally constructed portion of a hotel in Solan and imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh for causing environmental pollution and degrading the ecology.

Traffic jams at Chogan market a nightmare for motorists

Traffic jams at Chogan market a nightmare for motorists

12 Dec 2017 | 12:20 AM

Nurpur: The Chogan market of Nurpur town is facing traffic snarls these days. Frequent traffic jams have become the order of the day here.

6 die as car rolls down gorge in Kullu district

6 die as car rolls down gorge in Kullu district

11 Dec 2017 | 2:33 PM

KULLU: Six people were killed as a car fell down a gorge at Bajir Baudi near Nirmand of Kullu district on Sunday night.

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11 Dec 2017 | 12:52 AM

Making headlines for not the best of reasons in the recent past, Himachal Police celebrated its Raising Day for the first time ever with a lot of fanfare.

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Khatri Ekta Divas celebrated

11 Dec 2017 | 12:52 AM

MANDI: Members of the khatri community participated in the Khatri Ekta Divas today.

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