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10 hours ago
Rohtang tunnel to be open for traffic by 2020

Manali, June 17 (IANS) Construction of Rohtang tunnel, one of the world's most challenging motorable projects at 3,000 metres above sea level and which will provide an all-season connectivity to the landlocked Lahaul Valley from here in Himachal Pradesh, may be completed by 2020. The most ambitious and expensive undertaking of its kind, the excavation of the 8.8-km long horseshoe shaped ...

11 hours ago
Rohtang tunnel to be open for traffic by 2022

Manali, June 17 (IANS) Construction of Rohtang tunnel, one of the world's most challenging motorable projects at 3,000 metres above sea level and which will provide an all-season connectivity to the landlocked Lahaul Valley from here in Himachal Pradesh, may be completed by 2020. The most ambitious and expensive undertaking of its kind, the excavation of the 8.8-km long horseshoe shaped ...

3 days ago
Bhutan's Mountain Echoes lit fest set to climb a notch higher

Thimphu, June 14 (IANS) Bhutans annual literary gathering, the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, an like no other thanks to its magnificent backdrop, will return this August for its ninth edition, featuring a diverse set of speakers who will participate in sessions ranging from spirituality and philosophy to films and environmental conservation. The festival is scheduled to take place h...

4 days ago
10-year-old bag sold for $217,144 in London auction

London, June 13 (IANS) A 10-year-old second-hand Hermes Birkin bag has sold for $217,144 in London, a new European record for the most expensive handbag sold at an auction. The 2008 Himalaya Birkin, with an 18-carat white gold diamond encrusted lock, exceeded its list price of 100,000-150,000 pounds on Tuesday, reports the BBC. The record for a bag sold at auction - also a Hermes...

10 days ago
Nepal readies for more foreign tourists in Annapurna region

Kathmandu, June 7 (IANS) Nepalese tourism associations are gearing up to attract more foreign tourists to the Annapurna region this season. Located at the foothills of Mount Annapurna, the world's 10th tallest mountain, the Annapurna trekking circuit is the second most popular in Nepal after the Mount Everest base camp, reports Xinhua news agency. To attract more foreign tourist...

13 days ago
Tackling plastic trash at Rohtang Pass an uphill task

Manali, June 4 (IANS) Tackling trash in the cold, rugged and rocky mountains of the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas -- the origin of one of north India's major rivers, the Beas, and its tributaries -- is becoming an uphill task. Mounts of plastic packets of eatables like potato chips, pet bottles and beer cans are threatening the highly fragile ecology of the Rohtang Pass -- a two-hour...

14 days ago
Girls can do anything, proves Indian teen who climbed Everest

Hisar (Haryana), June 3 (IANS) On May 15 this year, a teenaged girl from Haryana embarked on the very challenging task of climbing Mount Everest from the Nepal side. But having dropped her radio transceiver during the trek, she couldn't inform anyone about her whereabouts. With no one able to contact her, there was hushed speculation that 16-year-old Shivangi Pathak might have lost her l...

17 days ago
Government rolls out first-ever guidelines on adventure tourism

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) In a bid to make adventure sports safer in India, the Tourism Ministry on Thursday launched elaborate minimum safety guidelines for adventure activities in the country. Formulated along with the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), these guidelines have immense potential for adventure tourism ranging from the Himalayas to the coastal regions, To...

18 days ago
Water crisis looming large over Himachal, warn environmentalists

Shimla, May 30 (IANS) As Shimla faces one of its worst water crises, sending locals on the warpath and making tourists cutting short their stay, environmentalists warn water scarcity not only looms large over the city but the entire Himalayan state. Himdhara, a state-based environment research and action collective, on Wednesday said a massive crisis is unfolding in the Himalayan rivers ...

20 days ago
Geodiversity map of Sikkim Himalayas to aid conservation

In a maiden effort, researchers have mapped the plant diversity of the Sikkim Himalayas on the basis of geography and climate data, to create a 'geodiversity index that can serve as a tool for biodiversity conservation and disaster risk reduction. The 'geodiversity index map' of flora of Sikkim in the eastern Himalayas would also enable resource managers and conservationists to assess th...

24 days ago
Many leaders in queue to join BJP: Fadnavis

Mumbai, May 24 (IANS) Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday claimed that many leaders from various parties in Maharashtra are ready to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) soon. Several leaders are enthusiastically queuing up to join the BJP. Just wait and watch, Fadnavis said, while welcoming former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator Niranjan Davkhare to the party fold....

26 days ago
NGT seeks details on Char Dham project

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday called upon the Centre to submit a detailed status report on the ongoing and planned work on Char Dham all-weather highway being constructed in Uttarakhand's Gharwal region. The Rs 12,000 crore project aims at widening the existing 900 km two-lane into a four lane highway with all weather connectivity to the base camps of fa...

26 days ago
Google celebrates social reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Google on Tuesday celebrated the 246th birth anniversary of renowned social reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy recognised as the Father of the Indian Renaissance, who paved the way for a modern India. Roy was a non-conformist to many a tradition he was born into on this day in 1772, in Radhanagar village in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. Although born int...

27 days ago
China calls mining report near Arunachal border 'groundless'

Beijing, May 21 (IANS) China on Monday dismissed as groundless a report that it was mining gold on its side of the disputed border in Arunachal Pradesh. However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the area mentioned in the report by the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post was Chinese territory and Beijing was well within its rights to conduct scientific and geological survey.

1 month ago
'Many miles to go before the tiger is safe in India'

New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Latika Nath was just seven when she decided she would dedicate her life to the conservation of wildlife. Along the way, she became India's first woman wildlife biologist and spent a quarter of a century working at the grassroots level for tiger conservation but laments that though much work has been done, there are many miles to go before the tiger is safe. I hav...

1 month ago
Manali-Leh highway reopened after five months

Manali, May 13 (IANS) Closed for over five months due to heavy snowfall, the Manali-Leh highway was reopened to motorists on Sunday on completion of the snow-clearing operations, an official said. Traffic between Manali and Leh has resumed after snow-clearing operation was over, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) official told IANS here. He said the snow was more than 20 feet hi...

1 month ago
Himachal may get more thundershowers next week

Shimla, May 11 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh may get more thundershowers next week as the weather bureau here on Friday predicted that western disturbances will be active once again in the region. Light to moderate rain and thundershowers are likely to occur at some places in the state between May 14 and 15 with the western disturbances affecting the Western Himalayas, Manmohan Singh, the mete...

1 month ago
'Centre, Sikkim, should grant ST status to indigenous communities'

Gangtok, May 5 (IANS) Calling upon the Central and Sikkim governments to consider granting the ST status to all the indigenous communities of the state in alignment with a constitutional provision, a resolution have affirmed that it would ensure lasting peace and prosperity. We recommend to the government of Sikkim and the government of India, that the Scheduled Tribe status be considere...

1 month ago
Manali-Leh highway to reopen in 10 days

Manali, May 1 (IANS) After remaining out of bounds for traffic for around five months, the Manali-Leh Highway is likely to be reopened to motorists in 10 days as snow-clearing operation is on, an official said on Tuesday. The work to clear the snow is going on at a fast pace. If the weather remains favourable, traffic between Manali and Leh is likely to be restored in 10 days, Border Roa...

1 month ago
India revitalising Buddhist heritage through ties with Mongolia: Sushma

Ulaanbaatar, April 25 (IANS) Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said that India is reviving its Buddhist heritage through its ties with Mongolia and that the two countries are more spiritual partners than strategic. Buddhism has been a great connector of civilisations since millennia, Sushma Swaraj said while addressing the birth centenary celebrations of Kushok ...

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