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Himachal Pradesh News

No ban on entry of Ramdev, says Himachal government

Shimla, Feb 21 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government Thursday said there was no ban on the entry of yoga guru Baba Ramdev in the state.

CAG to audit Oberoi's Wildflower Hall in Shimla

Shimla, Feb 21 (IANS) Oberoi Group's Wildflower Hall, a luxury spa on the outskirts of this popular hill resort, has been caught in spot again, as the state government has decided in favour of the audit of the hotel by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, say officials.

Himachal set to take back land from Baba Ramdev

Shimla, Feb 20 (IANS) Less than three years after the then ruling BJP gave Baba Ramdev a chunk of prime land on lease in Himachal Pradesh, the state government Wednesday initiated the process to take it back.

Strike hits Himachal hotels, banks, offices

Shimla, Feb 20 (IANS) Banks and commercial establishments were closed across Himachal Pradesh Wednesday as employees joined the two-day nationwide strike called by major trade unions.

Himachal revokes land lease of Baba Ramdev

Shimla, Feb 19 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government Tuesday revoked the land lease of yoga guru Baba Ramdev in the state.

Committee to check crime against women in Himachal

Shimla, Feb 19 (IANS) In the wake of the Delhi gang-rape, Himachal Pradesh Tuesday announced it is constituting a special committee to check crimes against women.

Himachal phone tapping: Dhumal demands judicial probe

Hamirpur, Feb 19 (IANS) Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who has been blamed by the present Congress government for indulging in mass tapping of phones when he was at the helm, Tuesday demanded a judicial probe into the issue.

Himachal likely to get fresh snow in coming weekend

Shimla, Feb 19 (IANS) If you are heading to the hills of Himachal Pradesh this weekend, a fresh spell of snow is likely to greet you.

Mass phone tapping: Himachal DGP transferred

Shimla, Feb 19 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh's top police official has been transferred after Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh alleged that his phones, along with those of hundreds of others, had been tapped and rooms bugged when he was in the opposition.

Himachal seeks rail links to industrial hub Baddi

Shimla, Feb 18 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh has demanded setting up of new rail projects, especially in its industrial belt of Baddi-Barotiwala, besides expediting ongoing rail projects, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said here Monday.

Dhumal in spot over wholesale phone tapping

Shimla, Feb 18 (IANS) A phone-tapping case in Himachal Pradesh has set alarms bells ringing for former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who is being seen as involved in the controversy.

More snow, rain in Himachal

Shimla, Feb 17 (IANS) A cold wave continued to grip Himachal Pradesh, with the higher reaches experiencing more snow for a third consecutive day Sunday.

'Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story' - for those who love 'luv' stories!

Film: "Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story"; Actors: Vivek Oberoi and Neha Sharma; Director: Vinnil Markan; Rating: **1/2

US asks Tibetans not to self-immolate

Dharamsala, Feb 16 (IANS) Expressing concern over reports of continuing self-immolations in Tibet, the US appealed to Tibetans to refrain from drastic actions, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said here Saturday.

750 phone conversations tapped in Himachal: Report

Shimla, Feb 15 (IANS) An inquiry report into phone tapping by the previous BJP government in Himachal Pradesh, in violation of the Indian Telegraph Act, Friday said around 750 telephonic conversations, mainly of politicians and bureaucrats, were recorded.

British-era steam engine back on Shimla tracks

Shimla, Feb 15 (IANS) The Shimla hills once again echoed to the rhythmic 'chuff-chuff-choo-choo' of the British-era steam engine Friday as it chugged down the Kalka-Shimla heritage track for the first time in over six years.

British-era steam engine back on Shimla track

Shimla, Feb 15 (IANS) The Shimla hills once again echoed with the rhythmic 'chuff-chuff-choo-choo' of the British-era steam engine Friday as it chugged down the Kalka-Shimla heritage track for the first time in over six years.

No working CM needed, Raja Saab hard at work

Shimla, Feb 15 (IANS) After rumours swirled that the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh would appoint a "working" chief minister as 78-year-old incumbent Virabhadra Singh would go abroad for treatment, many ministers asserted that no such thing was planned.

Engage China to redress grievances: Tibetans

Dharamsala, Feb 14 (IANS) As cases of self-immolation to protest Beijing's "repressive policies" reached 100, the Tibetan administration-in-exile Thursday appealed to the global community to engage China to redress the grievances of the Tibetans.

Valentine's Day - for love and flowers from Himachal

Shimla, Feb 13 (IANS) With Valentine's Day only a day away, the floriculture business in Himachal Pradesh is blooming. Trade representatives in the state say the demand for roses and carnations has spiralled by over 50 percent in most north Indian cities.

Mock 'quake' shakes Shimla

Shimla, Feb 13 (IANS) At 10.30 a.m. Wednesday, the Himachal Pradesh capital was roused to action as hooters blared, announcing an earthquake. Residents scurried even though the quake could not quite be felt.

More snow in store for Himachal

Shimla, Feb 11 (IANS) With the interiors of Himachal Pradesh still recovering from last week's heavy snowfall, the weatherman Monday forecast more rain and snow later this week.

Himalayan Raid organiser to join Desert Storm

Shimla, Feb 11 (IANS) The president Himalayan Motorsport Association (HMA), the Shimla-based club which annually organises one of the toughest off-road rallies in the country, plans to try his hand at another event, this time as a competitor.

Mercury rises but chill persists in parts of Himachal

Shimla, Feb 10 (IANS) The hills of Himachal Pradesh Sunday saw a marginal rise in the mercury owing to the dry weather conditions but temperatures still remained below freezing in many areas of the state.

Avian visitors flock to Kangra Valley

Pong Dam (Himachal Pradesh), Feb 10 (IANS) A recent survey at man-made Pong wetland in the Himalayan foothills threw up a pleasant surprise. Experts found 34,000 bar-headed goose spending the winter here -- making up what ornithologists say were almost a third of the species.

Ahead of festival, eerie silence in Dalai Lama's abode

Dharamsala, Feb 10 (IANS) An eerie silence prevails at McLeodganj near Dharamsala, where thousands of Tibetans and their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, have been living for over half a century, ahead of the sacred Losar festival, beginning Monday.

Himachal for restoration of air connectivity

Manali, Feb 9 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh has taken up the issue of restoration of flights to and from the state with the prime minister and the civil aviation minister, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said here Saturday.

Helpline for women in Himachal soon

Shimla, Feb 8 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh will start within a month a round-the-clock helpline for women in distress, a minister said here Friday.

Virbhadra Singh seeks central indulgence

Shimla, Feb 8 (IANS) Hoping to boost an economy largely dependent on tourism, horticulture and hydropower, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his colleagues are lobbying hard with New Delhi to get central projects and schemes, particularly dealing with infrastructure and connectivity, sanctioned for the state.

Himachal roads closed after heavy snow

Shimla, Feb 7 (IANS) After three consecutive days of heavy snowfall, most of the roads in the interiors of Himachal Pradesh remained closed to traffic Thursday, stranding travellers and commuters.

Shimla gets highest precipitation in 105 years

Shimla, Feb 6 (IANS) For the first time in over a century, the "Queen of Hills", as Shimla was fondly called by the British, Wednesday recorded the highest precipitation on a single day in this month, an official said here.

Avalanche hits Kinnaur hamlet, seven rescued

Shimla, Feb 6 (IANS) Following three days of heavy snowfall, an avalanche hit a remote hamlet in the tribal Kinnaur district Wednesday, burying two houses. At least seven people, who were trapped under the avalanche, were later extricated by rescue teams, an official said.

Shimla wrapped up in white blanket again

Shimla, Feb 6 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh's capital Shimla and its nearby tourist spots woke up Wednesday to a white sheet of snow, giving the resort and its neighbouring areas a picturesque look.

Himachal highways, roads blocked after snowfall

Shimla, Feb 5 (IANS) Highways and roads in many parts of Himachal Pradesh were blocked after snowfall for the second day Tuesday.

Himachal roads blocked after snowfall

Shimla, Feb 5 (IANS) Highways and roads in many parts of Himachal Pradesh were Tuesday blocked after snowfall for the second day. Towns in upper Shimla and Manali were cut-off with snow covering the roads, officials said.

Heavy snowfall closes roads in Himachal's high hills

Shimla, Feb 4 (IANS) Several parts of Himachal Pradesh Monday received moderate to heavy snow, snapping road connectivity to many areas in the higher reaches.

Manali gets snow, rain in Shimla

Shimla, Feb 4 (IANS) Several parts of Himachal Pradesh Monday received snow, including the resort town of Manali that was wrapped in a picturesque blanket of white, while Shimla saw rain.

Why are Tibetans setting themselves afire?

Dharamsala, Feb 4 (IANS) Why are Tibetans setting themselves afire in China? Protests against repression or a desperate attempt, as China holds, to get global attention to their cause?

Tibetans in India call anti-China slogan on currency 'mischief'

Dharamsala, Feb 1 (IANS) The Tibetan government-in-exile Friday termed as "a work of mischievous elements" the circulation here of Indian currency notes bearing an anti-China slogan.

Tug of war over Annandale finally ends

Shimla, Feb 1 (IANS) It's status quo for Shimla's historical Annandale ground, the picturesque flat highland that could have well become a cricket stadium, with Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh declaring that it would stay with the army - as it has since 1941.

Himachal not to hike bus fares, says minister

Shimla, Jan 31 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government will not increase the fare in state-run buses despite the Rs.11 rise in diesel prices for bulk users, state Transport Minister G.S. Bali said here Thursday.

Man arrested for raping daughter in Himachal

Shimla, Jan 31 (IANS) A 50-year-old man has been arrested in Himachal Pradesh for allegedly raping his 17-year-old mentally impaired daughter, police said Thursday.

Rare winter migrant bird spotted in Himachal

Shimla, Jan 31 (IANS) Much to the delight of ornithologists, the Pong Dam wetlands in Himachal Pradesh's picturesque Kangra Valley have got a rare winter migrant, the whooper swan, a wildlife official said Thursday.

Heavy snowfall expected in Himachal next week

Shimla, Jan 30 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh, which is still recuperating from miseries caused by recent snowfall is set for more snow by next week, the Met Office here said Wednesday.

Plentiful snow, bountiful apples in Himachal

Shimla, Jan 30 (IANS) A thick blanket of snow covering the apple orchards of Himachal Pradesh has brought hopes of a bountiful crop this season among growers after two years of less than normal yield.

Himachal not to use anti-hail guns to protect crops

Shimla, Jan 29 (IANS) The previous BJP government's plan to install more anti-hail guns to protect fruit crops from hailstorms in Himachal Pradesh may be scrapped, Horticulture Minister Vidya Stokes said here Tuesday.

Annandale ground: Himachal to withdraw case against army

Shimla, Jan 28 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Monday decided to withdraw arbitration proceedings against the Indian Army over the possession of the picturesque Annandale ground in the state capital. The ground would remain under army control.

World Bank-funded project could cause harm: Activists

Shimla, Jan 28 (IANS) Fifty prominent national groups and green activists Monday questioned the environment and forests ministry's clearance to a World Bank-funded mega hydropower project coming up in Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal may get more rain, snow

Shimla, Jan 27 (IANS) A cold wave is likely to grip Himachal Pradesh again with the local Met office Sunday forecasting more rain and snow in the coming week.

England secure consolation win

Dharamsala, Jan 27 (IANS) Ian Bell's unbeaten 113 helped England to a seven-wicket win over India in their fifth and final One-Day International played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium here Sunday.


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