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Himachal continues to sizzle

Shimla, May 25 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh continued to experience hot weather on Friday, with the day temperature crossing the 40 degrees Celsius mark in many low lying areas, a Met official said. Una was the hottest in the state with a high of 43.4 degrees Celsius. Temperatures remained on the higher side in the state due to lack of rainfall, Manmohan Singh, the Director of the Met...

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HP seeks Rs 4,751 cr for rainwater harvesting projects

Shimla, May 25 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh has sought central funding of Rs 4,751 crore for setting up rainwater harvesting structures, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Friday. Presiding over the review meeting of the Irrigation and Public Health Department here, he said, being a hilly state, rainwater flows downstream unused and the government plans to check the water wastage by constr...

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Low intensity quake in Himachal

Shimla, May 25 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale was felt in Himachal Pradesh early on Friday, an official said here. There was no loss of life. The low intensity quake was recorded at 2.35 a.m., the Meteorological office told IANS. The epicentre of the quake was in Kinnaur district, bordering China. Earlier, an earthquake of similar intensity was recorded i...

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Himachal reels under heat wave

Shimla, May 24 (IANS) Heat wave conditions occurred in some parts of Himachal Pradesh with Una recording a maximum temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius and the state capital Shimla a high of 27.8 degrees Celsius, the weatherman said. Most of the towns in Una, Bilaspur and Kullu district recorded a maximum temperature three to five notches above the average mainly due to prevailing dry wea...

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Himachal launches self-employment scheme

Shimla, May 24 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on Thursday gave its approval to draft notification of the Mukhyamantri Yuva Swavalamban Yojana to promote self-employment opportunities for the youth by encouraging entrepreneurship. It also gave approval to the launch of Himachal Grihni Suvidha Yojna for empowering women and conserving environment. A government spokesperson tol...

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CBI files FIR in SSC paper leak, raids 12 locations

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Three months after leak of a paper of recruitment examination conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the CBI registered an FIR and conducted raids on Wednesday at multiple locations across the country, an official said. The agency raided 12 locations, including offices of Sify Technologies Ltd, which was entrusted with holding the Combined Graduate Le...

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Pakistan again raises Kashmir at UN Security Council

United Nations, May 23 (IANS) Pakistan has raised the Kashmir issue yet again at the UN Security Council, trying to twin it with the Palestinian problem. At a Council meeting on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict on Tuesday, Pakistan's Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi said: Crimes continue to be perpetrated in Palestine and Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, two of the o...

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Temperature sizzles across Himachal hills

Shimla, May 23 (IANS) The hills of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday continued to experience warm weather with the state's Una town recording a high of 43 degrees Celsius, a Met official said here. Temperatures increased due to the ongoing dry weather. Heat wave conditions are prevailing in Una, Sirmaur, Hamirpur and Bilaspur districts and parts of Mandi district and will continue to prevail...

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Himachal CM prefers public transport for commuting

Shimla, May 21 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his cabinet colleagues on Monday opted for public transport vehicles for commuting to attend functions here related to President Ram Nath Kovind's events. This initiative helped ease road congestion owing to the movement of many vehicles in his motorcade. Thakur has taken the initiative of using tempo travel...

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President reaches Shimla on four-day holiday

Shimla, May 20 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday was accorded a ceremonial reception on his arrival in the Himachal Pradesh capital on a four-day holiday. He was given a guard of honour at the Kalyani helipad near here. Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his cabinet colleague Mohinder Singh received him. Official sources said Kovind would stay at...

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President on four-day Himachal trip

Shimla, May 19 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind will be visiting the Himachal capital for four days from Sunday and during his stay, will meet state government functionaries and attend a university convocation. Kovind will stay at The Retreat, the summer holiday resort of the president, on the outskirts of Shimla, an official told IANS. Constructed in 1850, The Retreat was once t...

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20 Gujarat tourists injured in Himachal accident

Shimla, May 19 (IANS) At least 20 holidaymakers from Gujarat were injured when a private bus in which they were travelling overturned in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday, police said. Over speeding was the cause of the accident on the Shimla-Manali highway near Ghaghas, a police officer told IANS. The bus, with over 40 passengers on board, was on its way to Manali from S...

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British-era castle to be renovated for tourism: Himachal CM

Shimla, May 17 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday said that British-era Bantony Estate, a private castle in disuse for many decades, would be renovated at a cost of Rs 25 crore to be developed as a major tourist attraction. The renovation will be as per its original Gothic architecture. The castle, once the summer palace of the erstwhile Maharaja of...

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Indore, Bhopal, Chandigarh cleanest cities in India: Centre

New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) The Centre on Wednesday announced Madhya Pradesh's Indore as one of the cleanest cities in India, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh as per the Swachh Sarvekshan 2018 conducted in 4,203 cities. Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Puri made the announcement while declaring the results of the survey undertaken between January 4 and March 10. The ...

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President to preside over Nauni varsity convocation

Shimla, May 16 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind will preside over the ninth convocation of Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry on May 22, an official statement said on Wednesday. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Governor and university Chancellor Archarya Devvrat will attend the event in Nauni near Solan town. Graduation and postgraduation degrees will be awar...

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Himachal in line for more thundershowers

Shimla, May 16 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh experienced slightly hot weather on Wednesday with the day temperature touching the 40 degree mark in low hills, a Met official said. However, the state is line for more thundershowers in the next two days. Una town was the hottest in the state with a high of 40 degrees Celsius. Temperatures remained on the higher side in the state due to la...

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25,000 illegal structures in Himachal cry out for comprehensive solution

Shimla, May 15 (IANS) Illegal multi-storied structures, both commercial and residential, rose in earthquake-sensitive Himachal Pradesh with what was alleged to be political connivance. Successive Congress and BJP governments in the state refused to act against illegal constructions and in fact brought in six retention policies to regularise them till the state high court, last year, set ...

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Four states, one UT sign pact for Ayushman Bharat scheme

Shimla, May 14 (IANS) Four BJP-ruled north Indian states and one Union Territory signed a pact here on Monday with the National Health Mission to implement government of India's Ayushman Bharat scheme that aims to provide free treatment to the poor. However, Congress-ruled Punjab refused to sign the memorandum of understanding (MoU), saying the state had some issues that needs to be reso...

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Society needs honest, efficient services from public functionaries: Himachal CM

Shimla, May 14 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has said that the society at large needs honest and efficient services from public functionaries and these had to be result-oriented. Addressing a two-day inaugural meeting of public service commissioners here, the chief minister said that officers selected by the public service commission ought to devote themselves to ...

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Kasauli firing: PWD employee succumbs to injuries

Shimla, May 13 (IANS) Public Works Department employee Gulab Singh, who was shot and injured during a demolition drive in the tourist town of Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh, died on Sunday after battling for life for 12 days, police said. On May 1, Gulab Singh suffered bullet injuries while Assistant Town Planner Shaila Bala Sharma, 51, was shot dead by Narayani Guest House owner Vijay Sing...

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