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Gujarat devotee dies during Shrikhand pilgrimage

Shimla, July 16 (IANS) A pilgrim from Gujarat died following a heart attack during the Shrikhand Mahadev pilgrimage, one of India's toughest treks, in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district, officials said on Monday. The devotee, identified as Rajender Kumar, 55, was with his wife and son. The first batch of the pilgrims for Shrikhand Mahadev, a rock Shiva lingam, left for the 30-km a...

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Women empowerment vital for vibrant society: HP CM

Shimla, July 16 (IANS) It is difficult to think of development of a society without the welfare and empowerment of women, who constitute half the population, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Monday. Addressing the state-level legal awareness programme, held here by the state Commission for Women, he said collective efforts are required to ensure women empowerment.

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Himachal continues to experience rainfall

Shimla, July 15 (IANS) Hills of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday continued to experience moderate to heavy rains and all the major rivers and their tributaries were in spate, officials said. There could be heavy rainfall at some places in the state till Monday, the Met office warned. While Dharamsala town recorded the highest rainfall in the state at 87 mm, it was 65 mm in Palampur and 38 mm i...

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Himachal initiates steps to ensure transparency in ration distribution

Shimla, July 15 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government has taken steps to ensure transparency and keep a vigil on the quality of ration being distributed under the Public Distribution System (PDS), a minister said on Sunday. A total of 77.20 lakh consumers are getting subsidised ration through 4,937 ration depots and a sum of Rs 220 crore has been earmarked this year for this purpose. T...

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Wanted Punjab criminal shot dead in Himachal

Shimla, July 14 (IANS) Punjab Police on early Saturday shot dead a wanted criminal and arrested two of his accomplices in Himachal Pradesh's Bilaspur district after a brief encounter, said a senior police officer. The encounter took place in Naina Devi, famous for a hilltop Hindu shrine. A team of Punjab Police was chasing gangsters, who snatched a car from Sohana in Mohali (in P...

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Punjab Police kill gangster in Himachal

Shimla, July 14 (IANS) Punjab Police on Saturday killed a gangster and arrested two of his accomplices in Himachal Pradesh's Bilaspur district after a brief encounter. However, two others managed to flee from the encounter spot in Naina Devi, famous for a hilltop Hindu shrine. A team of Punjab Police was chasing five gangsters, who snatched a car from Sohana in Mohali (in Punjab)...

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Verdict in Shimla child murder case likely next week likely

Shimla, July 13 (IANS) A local court on Friday indicated it would announce its verdict on July 17 in the sensational kidnapping-cum-murder of a child, Yug Gupta, in the state capital four years ago. Yug's skeletal remains were recovered from a municipal water supply tank in August 2016, two years after he was reported missing. The police said the child had been tortured, starved and forc...

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Himachal again heading for a lean apple harvest

Shimla, July 13 (IANS) The crunchy and luscious apples of Himachal Pradesh are once again literally in the eye of the storm, with government estimates saying their overall production is expected to decline with the weather playing havoc. A new Horticulture Department survey says the state is expected to produce 436,000 tonnes or 2.18 crore apple boxes of 20 kg each this season, the secon...

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Himachal's Palampur gets record rainfall

Shimla, July 13 (IANS) The hills of Himachal Pradesh continued to experience rains on Friday with Palampur recording the heaviest rainfall in the state at 75 mm, officials said. More rains are in store till this weekend, the Met office said. Monsoon is active in the state. Precipitation occurred at most places with very heavy rainfall in Kangra district, an official at the meteor...

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Himachal to allow third party inspections for project quality

Shimla, July 11 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government will ensure quality in public projects by adopting third party inspections through an independent quality-check squad monitored by the CM's office, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Wednesday. He said the government will take a serious note of delays in the completion of public projects like construction of roads, bridges and gov...

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Paonta Sahib gets Himachal's heaviest rainfall

Shimla, July 11 (IANS) The hills of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday experienced moderate to heavy rainfall, causing landslides and road blocks in some areas, while all the major rivers and their tributaries were once again in spate, officials said. While Paonta Sahib town, known for a Sikh shrine, recorded the highest rainfall in the state at 202 mm, it was 109 mm in Nahan, 89 mm in Palamp...

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Zero budget natural farming successful on large-scale too: Himachal Governor

Shimla, July 10 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat on Tuesday said the zero budget natural farming technique has been successful even on a large-scale too and is a perfect example for increasing farm income. He said Himachal Pradesh has also adopted this model with a budgetary provision of Rs 25 crore for this fiscal to give it a practical shape. Devvrat, who partic...

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Himachal's Chintpurni temple gets funds for promoting tourism

Shimla, July 10 (IANS) One of the famous and richest Hindu shrines, Chintpurni in Himachal Pradesh's Una district will be developed with the central assistance of Rs 50 crore for promoting religious tourism, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Tuesday. The Chintpurani Devi Temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeethas and annually gets approximately 16 lakh devotees. Thakur said the Un...

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Chances of heavy rains in Himachal

Shimla, July 10 (IANS) Authorities in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday advised locals and tourists not to travel towards the higher reaches as there were chances of heavy rainfall across the state in the next three to four days. An advisory was issued to avoid travelling to the high hills of Kullu, Shimla, Sirmaur, Chamba, Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts as chances of rain were high in...

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Himachal to recruit 200 doctors

Shimla, July 9 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on Monday decided to fill 200 posts of MBBS doctors on a regular basis through the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission. It also decided to recruit 714 staff nurses in the Health and Family Welfare Department on contract through the Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission. Both the decisions will go a long way to cope w...

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Shimla heli-taxi service gets costlier

Shimla, July 8 (IANS) Barely a month after its launch, the heli-taxi fare between Shimla and Chandigarh has gone up by Rs 500, from Rs 2,999 to Rs 3,499, officials said on Sunday. This is not all. There is a confusion over its landing site in the Himachal state capital. Officials said the chopper is still landing at the airport at Jubbarhatti, 22 km from here, and not at the Anna...

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Dengue grips Himachal town

Shimla, July 8 (IANS) With over 110 confirmed dengue cases reported in less than a week from the town of Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh, a central team is reaching there to deal with the situation, officials said on Sunday. However, no death has been reported so far. A team deputed by Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda is reaching Bilaspur to ensure effective steps to check its furth...

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Himachal gives subsidy on rooftop solar installations

Shimla, July 7 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government on Saturday announced a subsidy of 10 per cent or Rs 4,000 per KW, whichever is less, to all domestic consumers, institutions and those in the social sectors for installation of solar power plants at the rooftop of their buildings. This subsidy would be additional to the subsidy given by the Central government, a government spokespers...

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Mercury up as monsoon remains weak in Himachal

Shimla, July 7 (IANS) Temperatures across Himachal Pradesh rose on Saturday with the Southwest monsoon remaining subdued on the third day and similar conditions likely till July 10, a weather official said here. The weather bureau said the towns of Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Chail, Kasauli, Palampur, Dharamsala, Dalhousie and Manali recorded no rain. The monsoon, which became subdu...

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Year later, Himachal rape-murder victim's father seeks justice

Shimla, July 6 (IANS) Seeking justice for his teenaged daughter who was gang-raped and murdered in Himachal Pradesh a year ago, her father on Friday raised questions over the CBI investigations into the case so far. Some rich people are involved in the crime and the CBI is shielding them, the man told reporters here. The CBI has so far arrested one person. How is it possible that...

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