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Himachal Pradesh News

Rains, snow claim four lives in Himachal

Heavy snowfall and rains on Monday claimed four lives in Himachal Pradesh with the state witnessing the wettest day in March with 1950 per cent excess rains.

Shimla, Manali receive more snow

 The picturesque tourist resorts of Shimla and Manali received more snow on Monday as the temperatures remained below the freezing point at most places in Himachal Pradesh, a weather official said.

Snowfall, rains in Himachal Pradesh cause sharp drop in mercury

Wintry conditions revived in most parts of Himachal as tribal areas and other higher hills had another spell of heavy snowfall while mid and lower hills were lashed by intermittent heavy rains, causing sharp fall in mercury.

No girl child? Then Himachal panchayats won't get funds

Determined to check its skewed sex ratio, the Himachal Pradesh government won`t fund panchayats if no girl is born in its domain. But there will be rewards for panchayats with a good sex ratio.

Himachal Pradesh achieves best enrolment rate in higher education: CM

Himachal Pradesh has achieved the best enrolment rate in higher education in the country while the enrolment rate in 6-14 years age group was 99.7 per cent in the state, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Friday.

Himachal Pradesh's administrative tribunal chief assumes charge

Justice VK Sharma, a former judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, on Friday took charge as the chairman of the state administrative tribunal that the government has revived.

Fresh spell of snow in Himachal Pradesh, cold wave conditions persist

Cold wave conditions on Thursday continued unabated in several parts of Himachal Pradesh as tribal areas and higher hills had another spell of moderate snow while thunderstorm accompanied by rains lashed the mid and lower hills in the state.

Heavy snowfall in tribal areas of Himachal

 The entire tribal belt and higher hills of Himachal Pradesh experienced another spell of heavy snowfall while mid and lower hills were lashed by intermittent rains disrupting power supply at some places and blocking link roads in the interior areas.

Himachal MP thanks PM for enhanced grant

Himachal Pradesh BJP MP Anurag Thakur on Wednesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the enhanced grant of Rs 40,625 crore to the revenue deficit hill state as recommended by the 14th Finance Commission.

Manali, Kalpa in Himachal Pradesh get more snow

The picturesque tourist resorts Manali and Kalpa in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday saw more snow which lent the resorts and its neighbouring areas a more beautiful look.

BJP hails Modi govt for giving a grant of Rs 40,625 cr to Himachal

 BJP on Wednesday lauded Narendra Modi-led regime for rising above partisan politics to grant Rs 40,625 crore to Himachal Pradesh in the 14th Finance Commission that will help it move forward in development path and will compensate its loss due to removal of industrial package.

85 Himachal school principals face probe for misappropriation of funds

Principals of about 85 senior secondary schools in Himachal are facing enquiry for alleged violation of education department rules, mostly pertaining to misuse of grants and funds, with the state government asking the authorities to complete preliminary probe within 15 days.

Cold wave abates Himachal Pradesh

 The intense cold wave conditions abated in mid and lower hills of Himachal Pradesh as dry weather prevailed in the region and mercury increased by few notches.

Himachal to get more snowfall next week

The hills of Himachal Pradesh, which saw snow and rain in the past four days, would be in line for more precipitation next week, said the Met office.

Tourists flock to snow-bound Manali, Kufri

The picturesque tourist resorts of Manali and Kufri near Shimla on Friday experienced more snow, triggering a rush of tourists.

Himachal Pradesh becomes manual scavenging-free

Himachal Pradesh has become free of manual scavenging, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dhani Ram Shandil said Wednesday. The inhuman practice of manual scavenging still continues in most states of the country.

Hailstorm lashes Shimla, fresh snow in higher reaches

 A severe hailstorm lashed Shimla and its surrounding areas this evening, disrupting normal life and causing sharp fall in mercury.

Week-long Mandi Mahashivratri festivities begin

The week-long Mahashivratri celebrations began in this Himachal Pradesh town Wednesday with religious fervour.

Himachal Pradesh to take up Pong Dam oustees' issue with Rajasthan

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday said the state was always considerate towards the demand of the Pong Dam oustees and had always taken initiatives to re-locate them.

Hills overlooking Manali get more snow

 Though Shimla witnessed rainfall Monday, the hills overlooking the picturesque tourist resort of Manali including the Solang ski slopes experienced mild to moderate snowfall.

Himachal CM misguiding people over release of MNERGA funds: BJP

Senior BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal on Sunday alleged that Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was misleading people over the release of MNREGA funds and said the Centre has released all the money to the state.

Education must for growth of society: Himachal CM

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Sunday said education was an essential requisite for the growth and development of the society.

Exiled Tibetans celebrate Independence Day in Dharamsala

Exiled Tibetans celebrated their Independence Day here on Friday, highlighting the national flag which is one of the most recognisable symbols of independent past.

Govt schools to have separate toilets for girls: HP CM

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday said his government would provide adequate facilities, including separate toilets for girls, in state-run schools.

Shimla police gets crime tracking system for effective policing

For having an effective and advanced policing system, police here has launched a crime tracking system that will enable data sharing of crimes and criminals and also offer people-friendly services like registering a complaint.

First swine flu case in Himachal Pradesh, 59-yr woman tests positive

A 59-year-old woman has became the first victim of swine flu in Himachal Pradesh after she was tested positive for H1N1 virus, a medical official said here on Sunday.

Chargesheet against Dhumal soon: Himachal CM

 Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Friday said the government would soon file a chargesheet against BJP leader and two-time chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.

Himachal varsity VC accused of producing fake documents for post

Accusing the Vice Chancellor of CSK Agriculture University at Palampur in Himachal Pradesh of producing "fake documents" for the post, BJP MP Shanta Kumar has asked the Governor for an independent probe in the issue.

BJP office attack: Anticipatory bail of HP CM's son extended

The anticipatory bail of Vikramaditya Singh, Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress President and son of Chief Minister Virbharda Singh, was extended for three days by a local court today.

Sunny Wednesday in Himachal Pradesh after days of snow

Two days after moderate to heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh, it was a bright sunny Wednesday.