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Britain;s Triumph flags off adventure ride for Tiger series bikers

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) British motorbike maker Triumph Motorcycles on Sunday flagged off, to Himachal Pradesh's Spiti, the second edition of its Tiger Trails experience for owners of its Tiger series bikes, the company's Indian arm said in a statement. Britain's largest motorcycle manufacturer said that this ride-cum-training programme has been specially designed to cater to adventure...

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Himachal to conserve biodiversity with Japan funds

Shimla, July 22 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh will manage and improve its forest ecosystems under a Rs 800-crore project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), official sources said on Sunday. JICA-India official Katsuo Matsumoto will visit the state capital on Monday for the launch workshop of the project, where Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will also be present. ...

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Himachal aims to tap rainwater to optimize agriculture

Shimla, July 22 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh is aiming to tap rainwater and use it optimally in agriculture and its allied activities. For this a water conservation project with an estimated cost of Rs 4,751.24 crore has been prepared, a Minister said on Sunday. The project will be initially implemented in selected water stressed areas of Dharampur, Ladbhadol and Thunag areas of Mandi distric...

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Remains of 1968 aircraft crash victim recovered

Shimla, July 21 (IANS) A mountaineering expedition has located the wreckage and mortal remains of a victim who, along with 98 army personnel and four crew members, was killed in an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft crash in Himachal Pradesh's icy terrain 50 years ago, officials said on Saturday. The IAF AN-12 aircraft crashed on the 17,400-feet high Dhakka Glacier in the Chanderbhaga range...

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Heavy rains in Himachal from Sunday

Shimla, July 21 (IANS) The hills of Himachal Pradesh may experience heavy rainfall in the next two days starting Sunday, a weather official said on Saturday. The government has advised motorists to take precautions while travelling to higher reaches. There are chances of heavy to very heavy rainfall and even snow in high altitude hills in the state till Tuesday, the official told...

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Himachal HC asks Army's Eco-Task Force to clear forest encroachment

Shimla, July 20 (IANS) Upset over the delay in getting the encroached government land back from apple growers in upper Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Friday asked the Eco-Task Force, comprising ex-servicemen, to get it vacated. A bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol directed the Eco Task Force, set up by the Indian Army for carrying out plantation, to deploy pers...

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'Talk To A Muslim' a ridiculous campaign, says Anupam Kher

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actor Anupam Kher has condemned the #TalkToAMuslim campaign on social media, calling it ridiculous. Anupam interacted with the media at the completion of the golden jubilee year of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) here on Thursday. Twitter users have been commenting on a trending hashtag 'Talk to a Muslim'. Even celebrities like Swara Bhaskar and Ga...

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Monsoon remains subdued in Himachal

Shimla, July 20 (IANS) The Southwest monsoon remained subdued in Himachal Pradesh on Friday and only some of the areas experienced rainfall, a Met official here said. However, there could be widespread rains from Sunday with chances of heavy spells at many places, he said. Monsoon has largely been dormant for the past few days as precipitation occurred at some places in the past ...

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Truckers in Himachal strike work

Shimla, July 20 (IANS) Truckers in Himachal Pradesh on Friday went on a strike over demands, including lowering diesel prices and toll fees. We have joined the nationwide strike, All Himachal Truck Operators Federation President Vidya Rattan Chaudhary told IANS. He added transportation of vegetables and other essential items were exempted from the strike. Over 1,200 truck...

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Convert Dharamsala building into e-Vidhan Academy: Himachal Speaker

New Delhi/Shimla, July 19 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Rajeev Bindal on Thursday sought conversion of a Dharamsala building into a national e-Vidhan Academy meant for lawmakers from across the country. The palatial building at present functions as the state Assembly, though only for a single week-long session annually, mostly in winter. Bindal made the suggestion duri...

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MiG-21 crashes in Himachal, pilot dead

Shimla, July 18 (IANS) A MiG-21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed on Wednesday during a test flight in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district, killing its pilot, officials said. Squadron Leader Meet Kumar had last year featured in a promotional video clip in which he shared his love and passion for the MiG aircraft. Kangra Superintendent of Police Santosh Patial told ...

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MiG-21 crashes in Himachal, pilot missing

Shimla, July 18 (IANS) A MiG-21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force crashed on Wednesday during a routine sortie in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district, officials said. The pilot was reported missing and a court of inquiry has been ordered. Kangra Superintendent of Police Santosh Patial told reporters that the aircraft crashed in Patta Jatian village in Jawali area around 1.30 p.m...

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MiG-21 crashes in Himachal

Shimla, July 18 (IANS) A MiG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday crashed in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district, officials said. Kangra Superintendent of Police Santosh Patial said the aircraft crashed in Patta Jatian village in Jawali area at around 1.30 p.m. According to Air Force officers, the MiG-21 took off from the Pathankot IAF station. Th...

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MoF nod for two Himachal projects

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Tuesday that the Finance Ministry had approved an expenditure of Rs 1,131.87 crore on two projects in the hill state. The water conservation project's phase one costing Rs 708.87 crore and the Himachal Pradesh Integrated Mushroom Development project costing Rs 423 crore were approved on Tuesday by the Minist...

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Haryana Governor given additional charge of Himachal

Shimla, July 17 (IANS) Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki on Tuesday was given the additional charge of Himachal Pradesh, as the incumbent Acharya Devvrat is visiting the US. Solanki would discharge the functions of the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, in addition to his own duties during Devvrat's absence, an official communique said. Solanki was administered the oath of office ...

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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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