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Grand reception awaits Modi in 'Queen of Hills'

Shimla, April 23 (IANS) A grand reception awaits Prime Minister Narendra Modi's day-long visit to the Queen of Hills -- as Shimla was fondly called by the British colonial rulers -- this week to launch an air connectivity scheme and sound the poll bugle in the state, a BJP leader said on Sunday. This will be Modi's second visit to Himachal Pradesh since he became the Prime Minister in Ma...

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Himachal prohibits use of red beacons

Shimla, April 21 (IANS) The Congress government in Himachal Pradesh on Friday issued a notification prohibiting the use of red beacons on all vehicles, except those of the High Court judges. The notification, issued by the Transport Department under Rule 108 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules of 1989, supersedes all previous notifications on the use of red and other coloured beacons, an...

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50 students hospitalised in Himachal

Shimla, April 21 (IANS) Over 50 students of the Jaypee University of Information Technology (JUIT) near here have been hospitalised following suspected food poisoning, a senior doctor said on Friday. The students were admitted late last (Thursday) night..., Shimla's Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) Senior Medical Superintendent Ramesh Chand told IANS. After tak...

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PM Modi to launch UDAN air connectivity scheme on April 27

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Union Minister Jayant Sinha on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the government's air regional connectivity scheme -- UDAN -- on April 27. Sinha disclosed this at the 11th edition of the Mindmine Summit organised by the Mindmine Institute, an independent think tank set up by Hero Enterprise. The aviation industry in India is a sunri...

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Himachal bus accident: 7 bodies yet to be identified

Shimla, April 20 (IANS) Seven of the 45 passengers who were killed when a private bus fell into a Himachal Pradesh river are yet to be identified even after 24 hours of the accident, an official said on Thursday. Two people, including the conductor, managed to escape by jumping off the bus belonging to an Uttarakhand operator as it skidded off the road and fell into the Tons river, a tri...

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Shimla Deputy Mayor urges Modi to shift rally from Ridge

Shimla, April 20 (IANS) The Deputy Mayor of Shimla on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to shift out his public meeting this month from the historic Ridge ground, for fear any large congregation would damage the century-old drinking water storage tank underneath. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Deputy Mayor Tikender Panwar said the drinking water storage tank below the Ridge...

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President condoles loss of lives in Himachal bus accident

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday condoled the loss of lives in a bus accident in Shimla district, said an official release. Condoling the loss of lives in a message to Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat, President Mukherjee said: I understand a number of persons have lost their lives and others are injured. Rescue as well as relief and search opera...

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Himachal Governor shuns red beacon

Shimla, April 20 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat on Thursday removed the red beacon from his official vehicle. His move came a day after the Narendra Modi government put a countrywide ban on it from May 1. Devvrat directed the removal of the red beacons from his official vehicles along with other vehicles attached with him, an official statement said. Before leav...

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Himachal accident: 10 bodies yet to be identified

Shimla, April 20 (IANS) Ten of the 45 passengers who were killed when a private bus fell into a Himachal Pradesh river are yet to be identified even after 24 hours of the accident, an official said on Thursday. Two people, including the conductor, managed to escape by jumping off the bus belonging to Uttarakhand as it skidded off the road and fell into the Tons river, a tributary of the ...

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Modi announces ex-gratia for Himachal accident victims

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced ex-gratia of Rs two lakh for the next of kin of each of those killed in a bus accident in Himachal Pradesh from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF). The Prime Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured in the bus ...

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44 killed as bus falls off road in Himachal

Shimla, April 19 (IANS) In a major accident, 44 people were killed when a private bus fell into a river in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla district on Wednesday, police said. Two people, including the conductor, managed to escape by jumping off the bus as it skidded off the road. The lone surviving passenger claimed mechanical failure was the cause of the accident. The bus, with at lea...

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44 killed in Himachal bus accident

Shimla, April 19 (IANS) At least 44 passengers were killed when a private bus fell into a river in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla district on Wednesday, police said. Two people, including the bus conductor, managed to escape by jumping off the bus even as it skidded off the road. The bus, with 46 people on board, was on its way to Tuini from Vikas Nagar town (both in Uttarakhand), via the sta...

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43 killed in Himachal bus accident

Shimla, April 19 (IANS) At least 43 passengers were killed when a bus fell into a river in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla district on Wednesday, the police said. The private bus, with 56 on board, was on its way to Tunni village in Shimla district from Uttarakhand. The bus skidded off the mountainous road and fell into Tons river. The accident occurred in Gumma in Nerva tehsil, some 1...

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40 missing as Himachal bus falls into river

Shimla, April 19 (IANS) At least 40 people were missing when a bus fell into a river in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla district on Wednesday, police said. The private bus was on its way to Tunni village in Shimla district, from Vikas Nagar in neighbouring Uttarakhand, when it skidded off the road and fell into the Tons river. The accident occurred in Gumma in Nerva tehsil, some 150 km...

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Heat wave prevails in Himachal's low hills

Shimla, April 17 (IANS) The hills of Himachal Pradesh on Monday continued to experience warm weather with heat wave conditions prevailing largely in low hills, a Met official said here. Una town, located along Punjab border, recorded a high of 40 degrees Celsius. Temperatures soared due to the ongoing dry spell. Heat wave conditions are prevailing in Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur and S...

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A Shimla cafe where prisoners serve pizzas

Shimla, April 17 (IANS) It's a real life scene right out of reel life. Hindi films Karma and Do Aankhen Barah Haath showed convicts being taken out of prison to be reformed. Now, in Shimla's first Book Cafe inmates of a sub-jail near here are trained by a renowned hotel to serve cookies and pizza they have baked. The cafe, with a seating capacity of 40 and constructed at a cost o...

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Himachal sizzles, rains in store

Shimla, April 16 (IANS) The hills of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday saw the mercury rising, recording temperatures three to seven degrees above the average. But the Met office forecast rains and thundershowers later this week. A fresh western disturbance is likely to be active in the western Himalayas from April 19, an official of the meteorological office here told IANS. The state c...

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Himachal police has outdated weapons: CAG

Shimla, April 15 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh, which shares a domestic border with Jammu and Kashmir and a porous international border with China, depends upon outdated arms to tackle crime, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said on Saturday. Most of the police stations continued to depend on outdated and obsolete weapons like .303 rifles and .455 revolvers instead of the pre...

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Revise Shimla civic body electoral rolls: Mayor

Shimla, April 14 (IANS) Shimla's Mayor and Deputy Mayor on Friday slammed the State Election Commission for ineptness in preparing the voters' list of the Shimla Municipal Corporation, the oldest in the country after Chennai and Kolkata, and demanded it be urgently rectified. Both leaders of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said there is chaos and a mess up in the list where ...

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BJP retains Himachal assembly seat for seventh time

Shimla, April 13 (IANS) The opposition BJP on Thursday retained its stronghold of Bhoranj in Himachal Pradesh for the seventh consecutive term in the by-poll, an election official said. It attributed its victory to poor governance and lack of development by the Congress government. In a straight contest, the Bharatiya Janata Party's Anil Dhiman, a physician by profession, defeate...

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