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Himachal HC seeks report on industrial pollution

Shimla, March 22 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to respond within two weeks on rising pollution in Baddi industrial area in Solan district. It asked all respondents to submit reports to the Principal Secretary (Environment), who would then file a consolidated report in the court. Taking cognisance of a media report, a division be...

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Work on to reopen Manali-Leh highway

Shimla, March 20 (IANS) The work is now on to reopen the road that connects Manali in Himachal Pradesh with Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, after it remained closed for over three months due to heavy winter snow deposits, an official said here on Monday. The road is crucial for the movement of armed forces to areas in Ladakh region that borders both China and Pakistan. The snow-clearin...

2 days ago
Himachal replacing senile apple trees with exotic varieties

Shimla, March 19 (IANS) To protect the British-era old apple industry in Himachal Pradesh, the state government has started a project under which old and senile apple plants are replaced with exotic high-yield varieties. About six lakh new saplings have been replanted under the apple rejuvenation scheme covering 5,917 beneficiaries during the past four years, an official with the state H...

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Himachal Pradesh CM advocates rooftop solar energy

Shimla, March 18 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh capital is adaptable for tapping rooftop solar energy and it will be a profitable venture, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Saturday. He said the remote district of Lahaul-Spiti also has enormous potential for generation of solar power and the state will soon take the lead in generating solar power. He asked both the state electr...

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Shimla smart city: Proposals worth Rs 2,906 crore prepared

Shimla, March 18 (IANS) Proposals entailing an expenditure of Rs 2,906 crore have been prepared to transform Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla into a smart city, the government said on Saturday. Chief Secretary V.C. Pharka presided over a meeting of the state-level steering committee that approved the proposals submitted by the Shimla Municipal Corporation, an official statement said. <...

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Himachal CM blames centre for reducing revenue deficit grant

Shimla, March 17 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reducing revenue deficit grant, seeking to compensate for the losses incurred by the state. The increase in debt during the recent years was mainly because of the sharp reduction in revenue deficit grant during 2013-14 and 2014-15 coupled with the increased salary bur...

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Hope people find my memoir interesting: Ramesh Sippy

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) He is the man behind cinematic classics like Sholay, Shakti and Seeta Aur Geeta, and even set a benchmark for the small screen with family drama Buniyaad. Now, Ramesh Sippy has set out to pen his experiences in a book and is hoping it will hold the people's interest. I am writing a book on my experiences, a book on all the films that I have done. It will be out...

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More snow, rain in store for Himachal

Shimla, March 16 (IANS) The cold tightened its grip over Himachal Pradesh on Thursday as the state's higher reaches had a fresh spell of snow, while the lower hills received rainfall. The weather office has forecast more snow and rain till Sunday. Shimla recorded a minimum temperature of 5.7 degrees Celsius. The high hills in Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu and Chamba districts ...

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Rohtang tunnel will boost tourism: Himachal CM

Shimla, March 16 (IANS) Tourist footfalls in the picturesque, remote Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh will spike with the construction of the 8.8-km horseshoe shaped Rohtang tunnel, an engineering marvel, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh informed the assembly on Thursday. He said steps were being taken by the government to provide basic infrastructure and other facilities to attract touri...

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Himachal assembly has heated debate over land to Ramdev

Shimla, March 15 (IANS) The Himachal legislative assembly on Wednesday witnessed a heated debate between the ruling Congress and opposition BJP over land allotted to yoga guru Baba Ramdev in Solan district for setting up a branch of Patanjali Yogpeeth. Responding to queries during the Question Hour, Revenue Minister Kaul Singh Thakur said the Cabinet on February 17 restored to Patanjali ...

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No central funds sanctioned for Buddhist centre: Himachal CM

Shimla, March 14 (IANS) No funds have been sanctioned by the Centre to set up an international learning centre in Tabo in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh told the assembly on Tuesday. The state Language, Art and Culture Department has not received any sanction from the government of India, he said in a written reply to a question by Congress member Ravi Thakur on the all...

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Himachal has 63 officials with doubtful integrity, says CM

Shimla, March 14 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh has 63 officials with doubtful integrity and 27 of them are posted in sensitive posts, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Tuesday. Criminal or departmental proceedings are pending in courts or at departmental level against these officials, who include Director General (Prisons) Somesh Goyal, the Chief Minister told the state assembly in a writ...

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Himachal to launch single online portal for industry

Shimla, March 13 (IANS) After reducing the industrial proposal clearance time frame to 30 days, Himachal Pradesh will now further ease doing business by launching a single online portal for project finalisation, an official said on Monday. A single point registration portal for setting up of industries will be operationalised in the next fiscal, an official with the industries department...

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Mercury freezes Himachal hills

Shimla, March 13 (IANS) Temperatures remained below the freezing point at many places in Himachal Pradesh on Monday owing to last week's snow and widespread rain, the weather bureau said, adding the weather would largely remain dry now. Keylong, headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti district, was the coldest at a minimum temperature of minus 8.1 degrees Celsius. Kalpa in Kinnaur district ...

9 days ago
Himachal Governor, CM greets people on Holi

Shimla, March 13 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday greeted people on Holi, the festival of colours. Devvrat said the festival has its own significance and identity. He hoped it would further strengthen the bond of brotherhood and would go a long way in promoting the unity and integrity of the country. In a message, Virbh...

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Himachal to develop 200 organic villages

Shimla, March 12 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh, whose economy largely banks on agriculture and horticulture, aims to develop bio villages by promoting organic farming. The state is also eyeing investment in cold chains. An additional 2,000 hectares will be brought under organic farming and there are plans to develop 200 bio-villages in the next fiscal, a government spokesperson told IANS. <...

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It's sunny but chilly in Shimla

Shimla, March 12 (IANS) After two days of intermittent snowfall, Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla and its nearby tourist spots woke up to a sunny Sunday although the minimum temperature was recorded minus 0.9 degree Celsius. The temperatures remained below the freezing point at most places in the state, an official of the Meteorological Department here told IANS, adding that it is likely ...

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Before departing, this wildcat fed on food, good wishes of locals

Shimla, March 12 (IANS) This highly elusive wildcat fed on food and good wishes of the locals after he strayed into a Himachal Pradesh helmet in the trans-Himalayas before he made his final exit from this world. The aging, highly-endangered snow leopard found in his death the same glory that is associated with his life. The villagers, as a mark of respect, gave him a grand farewell. <...

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Himachal CM greets Amarinder on victory

Shimla, March 11 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday congratulated Congress chief ministerial candidate Amarinder Singh for his party's victory in Punjab. Development in the state had come to a standstill due to the authoritative rule of the Badal government, the Chief Minister said in a statement. He added that the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Jan...

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Shimla, Manali get more snowfall

Shimla, March 11 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh's popular tourist destinations Shimla and Manali on Saturday received more snowfall, with the state capital recording a minimum temperature of 0.4 degrees Celsius. While Shimla saw a mild spell of snowfall, upper areas like Narkanda, Jubbal, Kotkhai and Khada Pathar experienced moderate snowfall, according to a Met official here. Manali also recei...

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