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Himachal to have vegetable excellence centres

Shimla, May 28 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government will promote cultivation of vegetables, especially off-season, in a bigger way by setting up its centres of excellence, an official said on Sunday. Vegetable production plays an important role in the state's economy, and centres of excellence are being established for vegetable nursery production to provide quality rootstocks to growe...

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Himachal sees high mercury, rains in store

Shimla, May 28 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh continued to experience hot weather on Sunday with temperatures in some parts touching close to 40 degrees Celsius though Shimla was comparatively pleasant at a high of 24.7 degrees Celsius. But rains are in store. The minimum temperatures moved up by one to two degrees in the state. In the next three days, there are chances of rainfall and thunders...

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Three trekkers killed at Chanshal peaks in Himachal

Shimla, May 27 (IANS) Three trekkers died and eight were injured on Saturday after being struck by lightning when they were on their way to scale Chanshal peaks that stand high at 4,520 m in the interiors of Shimla district, the police said. Most of the trekkers belonged to Uttarakhand, adjoining the Chanshal peaks. A police team reached the spot after four hours of trekking and ...

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Himachal assembly passes state GST Bill

Shimla, May 27 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh in a special assembly session on Saturday unanimously approved the state Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who also holds a finance portfolio, moved the bill which was supported by the main opposition party - the Bharatiya Janata Party. The bill was passed on the second day of the house after an hour-long dis...

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Government working for welfare of farmers: Javadekar

Shimla, May 26 (IANS) The central government is working towards the welfare of the farmers and aiming to double their income in five years, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said here on Friday. The Modi government has also worked out appropriate policies for all sections of society and its big achievements include corruption-free rule, he added. Even the opposition has not even b...

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The 'Supercop' who pacified Punjab and his controversial career

Hailed by many as a Supercop who ruthlessly stamped out terrorism from Punjab in the 1990s, K.P.S. Gill had an equal number of detractors who slammed his high-handedness and alleged human rights violations in his campaign against Khalistani militancy. The stern-looking, impressively-moustachioed Gill, who was brought to the state from the northeast in 1984 after Operation Blue Star, was...

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Himachal seeks PM's intervention for Swan river channelisation

Shimla, May 25 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday expressed concern over the inordinate delay in central assistance for the Swan river channelisation in the state's Una district. He said the Union Ministry for Water Resources had cleared a project of about Rs 922.48 crore for the channelisation of all tributaries of the Swan. The project was funded...

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These amazing hills bring you close to nature

Chitkul (Himachal Pradesh), May 25 (IANS) Fancy this: Snow-clad mountains dotted with pine trees, a topaz blue sheet spread across the sky and the churlish winter wind almost piercing through to the bones. The temperature was minus eight degree Celsius and there I was, standing in Chiktul, the last village on India's border with China in Himachal Pradesh. It was all white where I stood a...

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More UDAN routes to be allocated by August

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) The central government on Wednesday said that it will allocate more air routes under its regional connectivity scheme -- UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) -- by August. According to Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, the government will soon launch the second round of bidding under RCS-UDAN after reciving stakeholders' views on some proposed changes to ...

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Himachal cricket body to open fifth stadia on June 1

Shimla, May 24 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) will add one more feather to its cap by inaugurating another stadium, the fifth in the state, next month, an official said on Wednesday. The HPCA's new stadium at Gumma in Shimla district will be inaugurated by its former President Anurag Thakur, who is also former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President...

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More UDAN routes to be allocated by August

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) The central government on Wednesday said that it will allocate more air routes under its regional connectivity scheme -- UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) -- through the second round of bidding by August. According to Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, the government will soon launch the second round of bidding under RCS-UDAN after reciving stakeholders...

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Three martyred soldiers of Nepalese origin cremated in Himachal

Shimla, May 24 (IANS) Three Indian Army soldiers of Nepalese origin, who were killed in a gunbattle with militants in Jammu and Kashmir, were cremated in an army cantonment in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, officials said. Families of Havildars Girish Gurung and Dambar Bahadur and Rifleman Rabin Sharma, who were killed in a gunfight in Nowgam sector of Kashmir's Kupwara district, reached...

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Not embarrassed by ICJ ruling on Jadhav: Pakistan

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Pakistan on Tuesday said that it is not embarrassed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on alleged espionage charges, and that consular access will be provided to him on the basis of merit. What did India get from ICJ? Final ruling is still expected.....

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Three soldiers of Nepal origin to be cremated in Himachal

Shimla, May 23 (IANS) Three Indian Army soldiers of Nepal origin, who were killed in a gunbattle with militants in Jammu and Kashmir, will be cremated in an army cantonment in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, officials said on Tuesday. Havildars Girish Gurung and Dambar Bahadur and Rifleman Rabin Sharma, who were killed in a gunfight in Nowgam sector of Kashmir's Kupwara district, will be ...

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Temperatures fall after widespread rains in Himachal

Shimla, May 22 (IANS) Temperatures across Himachal Pradesh fell on Monday due to widespread rains, with Shimla recording a high of 22.3 degrees Celsius, the weather office here said. The entire state saw moderate rains with temperatures plummeting sharply, an official at the local Meteorological Office told IANS. He said most of the prominent tourist destinations like Shimla, Dha...

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Lahaul festival: A blend of virgin nature, Buddhism

Manali, May 22 (IANS) Taking a leaf from the success of Leh's Sindhu Darshan festival, locals of the picturesque Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh also decided to hold a similar event every summer at the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers that makes for a mix of virgin nature and Buddhism. This year it will be held on June 12 and Union Minister of State for Tourism Mahesh Sharma ...

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Two tremors felt in Himachal on third day

Shimla, May 21 (IANS) Two mild tremors were felt in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba region for the third consecutive day on Sunday, triggering panic among the people. No loss of life or damage to property was reported. Tremors of two earthquakes -- one measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale at 6.11 a.m., and the second of magnitude 3.5 at 9.57 a.m. -- were felt on Sunday, local Meteorologi...

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Tremors continue in Himachal on third day

Shimla, May 21 (IANS) Mild tremors were felt in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba region for the third consecutive day on Sunday, triggering panic among the people. No loss of life or damage to property was reported. Tremors of earthquake measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale were felt for some seconds at 6.11 a.m., local Meteorological Office Director Manmohan Singh told IANS. He s...

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Two quakes jolt Himachal

Shimla, May 20 (IANS) In less than 24 hours, two mild earthquakes again jolted Himachal Pradesh's Chamba district on Saturday, an official said. However, no loss of life or damage to property was reported. The first earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale was felt for some seconds at 9.11 a.m. and another of magnitude 4.1 at 11.18 a.m., Meteorological Office Director Manmoh...

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Quake jolts Himachal

Shimla, May 20 (IANS) In less than 24 hours, another mild earthquake jolted Himachal Pradesh's Chamba district on Saturday. However, no loss of life or damage to property was reported. The earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale was felt for some seconds at 9.11 a.m., Meteorological Office Director Manmohan Singh told IANS. Two low intensity earthquakes on Friday st...

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