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Himachal sets up biodiversity committees in 366 panchayats

Shimla, Aug 20 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh has set up biodiversity management committees initially in 366 gram panchayats in biodiversity-rich Chamba, Kullu, Shimla, Sirmaur, Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts under a United Nations project, official sources said on Sunday. These committees have taken the initiative to document all biological diversity available in their respective areas, in...

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'Over 30 lakh LED street lights installed, 50k of roads illuminated'

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) The government on Saturday said that the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) has achieved installation of over 30 lakh LED street lights across the country to illuminate 50,000 km of road. According to the Ministry of Power, state-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has emerged as the world's largest street light management company after the succe...

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Four antique idols recovered in Himachal, two Nepalese held

Shimla, Aug 19 (IANS) In a major breakthrough, the Himachal Pradesh Police on Saturday recovered four antique 'ashtdhatu' idols, valued at several crores in the international market, which had been stolen from a historic temple in Shimla district and arrested two Nepalese. The idols, which were believed to be over 250 years old, were stolen from Shirgul Maharaj temple in Nerwa town in Ch...

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2 new species of earthworm discovered in Kerala

Kochi, Aug 18 (IANS) Scientists have discovered two new species of earthworm belonging to the primitive family Moniligastridae in the Western Ghats mountain ranges in Kerala. The two new species, named Drawida polydiverticulata and Drawida thomasi, were described in the journal ZooKeys. The discovery was made by scientists S. Prasanth Narayanan, S. Sathrumithra, G. Christopher, a...

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'Sankalp Se Sidhhi' will glorify Indian culture: Minister

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma on Thursday said the initiative Sankalp Se Sidhhi, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will further glorify India's rich culture and heritage. Sharma was speaking at an event Sankalp Sandhya, organised by the Ministry of Culture at the Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra Auditorium in Noida. This event (Sanka...

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Himachal HC asks CBI to complete probe into gang-rape case in two weeks

Shimla, Aug 17 (IANS) Pulling up the CBI over the slow pace of investigation in the gang-rape and murder of a 16-year-old schoolgirl in Shimla district, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Thursday granted it two weeks more to complete the probe. A division bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Sandeep Sharma also asked the state polices' Special Investigation Team (SIT), led b...

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How satellites can prevent fatalities from landslides

Bengaluru, Aug 17 (IANS) Scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have sent spacecraft towards the Moon and Mars -- and now have their sights on Venus. But ISRO is yet to develop a satellite-based early warning system (EWS) for landslides like the one that buried 50 people at Kotrupi village in Himachal Pradesh on August 13 or the June 2013 Kedarnath landslide in Uttar...

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Auto thief who drove away with police vehicle held

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) A notorious automobile thief who had stolen vehicles, including a police vehicle fitted with flashlights, for outstation joyrides has been arrested, police said on Wednesday. Ajay, 32, had driven off with a Quick Reaction Team Gypsy from Kotla Mubarakpur area in south Delhi on August 6. He was arrested on Tuesday night from his house in Tughlaq Lane slum...

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Dalai Lama condoles loss of lives in Himachal landslide

Dharamsala, Aug 16 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has expressed sympathy at the loss of lives and property in the massive landslide in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district, his office said on Wednesday. In a letter written to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, the spiritual leader said: I would like to offer my condolences to those families who have lost loved ones and to other...

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Cabinet extends sunset clause for north east, hilly states under GST

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The Cabinet on Wednesday extended till March 31, 2027, the sunset clause under the Goods and Service Tax (GST) for the duty exemption scheme for industrial units in the north eastern states and the Himalayan states of Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh -- a concession that is estimated at Rs 27,413 crore. We have estimated budgetary support of...

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Two mild quakes hit Chamba in Himachal

Shimla, Aug 16 (IANS) Two mild quakes were recorded simultaneously on Wednesday in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba region, which witnessed tremors for three consecutive days in May, an official said. Two earthquake measuring 3.5 and 4.1 on the Richter scale were recorded at 8.33 a.m. and 8.56 a.m., respectively, Meteorological Office Director Manmohan Singh told IANS. He said the epice...

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Five killed as Himachal bus falls into gorge

Shimla, Aug 15 (IANS) Five persons were killed and nine others injured on Tuesday when a government bus parked on a roadside rolled down into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district, police said. The driver was standing near the bus along with the conductor when the parked bus started to move and fell into the gorge near Khanag on Aut-Luhri road, some 90 km from district headquarter...

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Himachal CM announces 4% DA hike

Shimla, Aug 15 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday announced a 4 per cent hike in Dearness Allowance (DA) for government employees and pensioners from January 1, 2018. Addressing a gathering in Rampur, some 120 km from here, on the occasion of India's Independence Day, he announced that the DA arrears would be paid along the September salary. The Chi...

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Three killed in Himachal bus accident

Shimla, Aug 15 (IANS) Three persons were killed and 10 others injured on Tuesday when a government bus parked on a roadside slipped down a slope and fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district, police said. Rescuers at the spot said they feared more deaths. The driver was standing near the bus along with the conductor when it started to move and rolled down near Khanag...

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Himachal governor cancels 'At Home' I-Day ceremony

Shimla, Aug 15 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat on Tuesday cancelled the At Home ceremony to mark Independence Day in the wake of a massive landslide that claimed the lives of 46 persons. In an official statement, the Governor said: Due to the tragic incident, I have decided to cancel the 'At Home' event. The entire state is with family members of those who lost t...

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Himachal Governor, CM greet people on I-Day, Janmashtami

Shimla, Aug 15 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday greeted the people on the occasion of Independence Day and Janmashtami. In their felicitation message to mark India's Independence Day, they said the state has made unprecedented progress in all spheres and the credit goes to the hard work of the honest people. Greeting t...

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Himachal mudslide: Rescue operations continue, one still missing

Shimla, Aug 14 (IANS) Rescuers on Monday resumed search operations for the second day in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district where a massive mudslide swallowed a 150m stretch of road burying three homes, two buses and a bike and leaving 46 dead. The authorities are suspecting one person might be trapped in the mud pile that spread over 300 m area. This morning we restarted search o...

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Met predicts heavy rains in Himachal, may hamper rescue operations

Shimla, Aug 14 (IANS) Several parts of Himachal Pradesh, including Mandi district where a massive mudslide claimed 46 lives, may experience heavy rainfall on Monday, a weather official warned. It may hamper the rescue operation that continued on the second day on Monday. There are chances of heavy rainfall in Mandi and Kangra districts, Manmohan Singh, the meteorological office d...

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Heavy rains expected in Himachal

Shimla, Aug 14 (IANS) Some parts of Himachal Pradesh may experience heavy rainfall till Tuesday, a weather official said on Monday. There are chances of heavy rainfall in Solan, Shimla, Sirmaur and Bilaspur districts, Manmohan Singh, the meteorological office director, told IANS. Most of the prominent tourist towns like Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Chail, Kasauli, Chamba, Dharamsala,...

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Himachal mudslide: Rescue operations continue

Shimla, Aug 14 (IANS) Rescuers on Monday started the second day of their search operation in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district where a massive mudslide swallowed a 150m stretch of road burying homes, two buses and vehicles and leaving 46 dead. The authorities are suspecting one or two more persons might be trapped in the mud pile that spread over 300 m area. This morning we start...

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