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Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam gives Rs 1 cr to Himachal CM's Relief Fund

Shimla, Jan 16 (IANS) The public sector power generator Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN), a company that owns and operates India's largest hydropower project in Himachal Pradesh, on Tuesday contributed Rs 1 crore to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was presented a cheque of Rs 1 crore by SJVN Chairman-cum-Chief Managing Director Nand Lal Sharma here. ...

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Snowless slopes kill skiing in Himachal this year

Manali, Jan 16 (IANS) The ski slopes are deserted as scores of skiers in picturesque Solang Valley of Himachal Pradesh have been literally left high and dry with snow failing to cover its steep slopes. Their hopes of skiing down the precarious slopes are fast thawing as snow is playing truant with the region even in January after several years. The ski slopes, located just 13 km uphill f...

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Dry weather spikes Himachal mercury abnormally

Shimla, Jan 16 (IANS) Large parts of Himachal Pradesh saw abnormal rise in mercury on Tuesday, with no chance of rain and snow largely this week too, the weather department said. State capital Shimla saw the rise in the night temperature at 9.3 degrees Celsius, which was 6.4 degrees above the season's average. It saw a low of 5.7 degrees a day earlier, while the maximum stayed at 17.4 de...

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Book-lovers throng World Book Fair on last day; dull affair, claims publishers

New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Bibliophiles of the national capital thronged the 26th New Delhi World Book Fair on its last day on Sunday to grab their favourites at the best deal, even as publishers termed this year's edition rather dull in terms of returns. The annual book fair, which is organised by National Book Trust (NBT) in association with ITPO at the Pragati Maidan, saw a lesser numbe...

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Himachal to restore hot springs at Tattapani: CM

Shimla, Jan 14 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government is committed to promote religious tourism in Tattapani village on the Sutlej river bank in Mandi district and restore the natural hot springs there, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Sunday. The issue of restoration of hot springs at Tattapani, 52 km from the state capital, and hot baths would soon be taken up both with the Nation...

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Thousands take dip in Himachal rivers to mark Makar Sankranti

Shimla/Manali, Jan 14 (IANS) Tens of thousands of devotees across Himachal Pradesh on Sunday took a dip in rivers braving cold weather to mark the auspicious Makar Sankranti festival. A huge gathering was seen at Tattapani, around 52 km from the state capital, and Manikaran, home to a Sikh shrine in Kullu district, for a holy dip in the Sutlej and Parvati rivers respectively. Bot...

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Himachal sees another sunny but cold day

Shimla, Jan 13 (IANS) The hills of Himachal Pradesh saw another sunny but cold day on Saturday with most of the tourist destinations at freezing point. It was a bright sunny day almost across the whole state and such conditions would continue till Monday, an official at the meteorological office here told IANS. He said the higher reaches were freezing with Keylong, headquarters o...

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Himachal health worker figures on WHO calendar

Shimla, Jan 12 (IANS) In probably the first instance of its kind in the country, a woman health worker from Himachal Pradesh has figured on a World Health Organisation's calendar. Geeta Verma's picture while riding a motorcycle and carrying a box of vaccines against measles and rubella has been put on the front page of the 2018 WHO calendar, for which she earned praise from Himachal Prad...

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Himachal Governor asks MLAs to keep political vendetta at bay

Dharamsala, Jan 10 (IANS) Political vendetta should not come in the way of development of the state, Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Dev Vrat told legislators on Wednesday. In his 20-minute address here to the newly-elected members of the Legislative Assembly, he said the people had given them a responsibility of making all possible efforts for the development of the state. I u...

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Journalists in Shimla protest FIR against Tribune reporter

Shimla, Jan 8 (IANS) Journalists here staged a demonstration on Monday to protest against the UIDAI's decision to register a case against The Tribune newspaper and one of its reporters for exposing illegal data leak of Aadhaar details. The protest was organised on behalf of the Press Club of Shimla. Later, its President Dhananjay Sharma called on Governor Acharya Devvrat and subm...

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Shun practice of touching feet: Himachal CM

Shimla, Jan 7 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur asked party workers and visitors to shun the practice of touching his feet and offering garlands to him. On Saturday, Thakur told the party workers to discourage the visitors from bringing shawls, garlands, bouquets or mementoes as it involves wastage of money. Instead of bringing a bouquet, a visitor can present...

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Himachal shivers as mercury remains sub-zero

Shimla, Jan 7 (IANS) An intense cold wave saw most parts of Himachal Pradesh shivering on Sunday with Shimla at a biting 1.3 degrees Celsius while nearby Kufri recorded 1.8 degrees below the freezing point. Shimla experienced its coldest night of the season despite long sunny conditions. The night temperature remained sub-zero in most of the towns in the state, a weather official...

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Himachal district moves to end age-old menstruation taboo

Shimla, Jan 7 (IANS) It's a taboo no one really talks about in remote villages of Himachal Pradesh -- but could soon end. Women in many remote parts of the mountain state are virtually ex-communicated when they are menstruating. They are forced to sleep outside the house, in cattle-like sheds known as menstruation sheds. The reason: A woman is considered unclean when she's bleeding or in...

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Am in film industry for marathon, not rat race: Rajkummar Rao

New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) He debuted in the Hindi film industry with Love Sex Aur Dhokha and went on to grab the limelight by delivering powerful performances. Geared up to enthrall cinema lovers with more thought-provoking projects, actor Rajkummar Rao says he is here for a marathon and not a rat race. From performing on the stage at Shri Ram Centre in Delhi to picking up the nuances of a...

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Shimla, Manali freeze, record season's lowest

Shimla, Jan 6 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh tourist destinations Shimla and Manali on Saturday saw the season's lowest temperature. The minimum temperatures across the state remained two-three degrees below average. At many places in the state the temperatures remained below freezing point, an official of the meteorological office here told IANS, adding there was no chance of rain and snow acr...

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Himachal CM announces women helpline

Shimla, Jan 5 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday announced he will set up round-the-clock women helpline to check crime against them. He said special crime cells would be set up. Thakur said the Chief Minister's office would conduct day-to-day monitoring of the women-related cases and ensured action would be taken within 48 hours. There would ...

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Himachal to settle 52-year-old power arrears with Punjab, Haryana

Shimla, Jan 4 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on Thursday approved settling over half a century old electricity arrears with Punjab and Haryana in three Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) projects in compliance with a Supreme Court order in terms of differential energy return. The differential energy quantum of 13,066 million units would fetch Rs 3,266 crore to the state at an avera...

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Himachal shivers as mercury stays below freezing point

Shimla, Jan 3 (IANS) Hills of Himachal Pradesh witnessed a sunny but chilly day on Wednesday with temperatures in many areas staying below freezing point. It was a bright, sunny day across the state with no chance of rain and snow till weekend, an official of the meteorological office told IANS. He said Keylong, headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti, was the coldest with a minimum tem...

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Mukul Dev seeks father's help to play Afghan character

Mumbai, Jan 3 (IANS) Actor Mukul Dev, who has been roped in to play a tribal Afghan leader named Gul Badshah in 21 Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897, says he has been exposed to the Afghan culture since his childhood. I was looking for a project that is dramatic, compelling and unlike from what is being currently shown on TV. When I got this offer from Discovery JEET, I was sure that it will be ...

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Create awareness on Mental Healthcare Act: Himachal HC

Shimla, Jan 2 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday directed all district police chiefs to set up an online portal and a toll-free telephone number for creating awareness about the Mental Healthcare Act of 2017. The portal and the telephone will help people furnish information regarding the mentally challenged. The court also directed the Superintendents of Police, Di...

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