Himachal Pradesh News

HP saw Beas tragedy, student agitation, political acrimony

Shimla: The drowning of 24 engineering students in Beas river, prolonged agitations by students and political acrimony marred 2014 in Himachal Pradesh which also saw Congress facing a humiliating defeat in Lok Sabha polls.

Child Rights to be maintained at all cost: Virbhadra Singh

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday underlined the need to protect the Child Rights and said "it was essential to monitor child abuse and trafficking under Right to Protection."

Post FIR on website within a day: Himachal HC to government

Copies of FIRs (first information reports) should be uploaded on the police website within a day of filing of the case, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the state government.

Himachal orders probe after patients lose eyesight

The Himachal Pradesh government Saturday ordered a probe after some patients, who had undergone cataract surgery in March at a free eye camp, lodged a complaint that they lost eyesight after the operation, officials said.

Power supply restored in Kullu-Manali after seven days

 Power supply was restored in Kullu and Manali areas after seven days, bringing a major relief to the people, reeling under freezing cold wave conditions.

NGO intervenes after Himachal Pradesh school bars HIV+ woman from cooking

An HIV positive woman employed as a cook in a government school in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district was barred from cooking until an NGO persuaded the authorities to take her back.

Felling of trees leaves Himachal Pradesh's 'green' CM wilted

The felling of trees, even legally, for hydropower and developmental projects, has left Himachal Pradesh's 'green' Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh feeling wilted.

It's sunny in Shimla after snow

People in Shimla and its nearby tourist spots in Himachal were greeted by sunny weather on Wednesday morning, though the minimum temperature was recorded at 2 degrees Celsius.

Himachal's Keylong freezes at minus 9.6 degrees

Icy winds swept through the hills of Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday. Keylong was the coldest town in the state with a minimum temperature of minus 9.6 degrees Celsius.

Himachal set to replace 'toothless' Lokayukta

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh assembly has finally given the ombudsman autonomy and comprehensive powers to conduct independent inquiries, a prosecution wing and also powers to punish for contempt on a par with the high court.

Intense cold wave sweeps Himachal Pradesh after snowfall

An intense cold wave left Himachal Pradesh reeling Monday with Manali recording a biting minus two degrees Celsius, a couple of days after the state received rains and snowfall.

Parts of Himachal Pradesh cut off after snowfall

Several parts in higher hills and tribal areas were cut off from rest of Himachal Pradesh due to heavy snowfall, while lower areas were lashed by heavy rains, disrupting normal life.

Over 600 tourists rescued after snowfall in Himachal Pradesh
Over 600 tourists rescued after snowfall in Himachal Pradesh

 More than 600 tourists struck in the hills overlooking the tourist resort Manali in Himachal Pradesh due to snow have been rescued, an official said Sunday.

Snow continues in Himachal, affects traffic movement

Moderate to heavy snowfall continued in Himachal Pradesh for the second day Sunday, hampering the movement of traffic on most of the roads, especially in upper Shimla and Manali area.

Shimla, Manali get season's first snow, more in store
Shimla, Manali get season's first snow, more in store

 Popular tourist destinations Shimla and Manali Saturday received the season`s first snowfall, while the lower hills across Himachal Pradesh were lashed by rain, bringing the temperature down by several notches.

Shimla gets season's first snowfall

Popular tourist destination Shimla and its nearby areas Saturday received the season`s first snowfall, while the lower hills across Himachal Pradesh were lashed by rain, bringing the temperature down by several notches.

Himachal Pradesh seeks smaller buses under JNNURM

 The Congress government and the opposition BJP in Himachal Pradesh would jointly urge the central government to provide smaller buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) as they are more roadworthy.

Assembly passes Himachal Pradesh Lokayukt Bill by voice vote

On the last working day of the winter session, the Assembly here on Friday passed the Himachal Pradesh Lokayukt Bill 2014 with a voice vote.

Doctor suspended for performing surgeries in drunken state

 A gynaecologist in government hospital who allegedly performed family planning surgeries at a camp in Mandi district in a drunken state has been placed under suspension, the state Assembly was told on Thursday.

Don't act like Sherlock Holmes: Himachal CM to BJP

Don't try to act like modern Sherlock Holmes. This was the advice Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Wednesday gave to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when the opposition party staged a walkout from the assembly over illegal felling of trees in Chamba district.

Antique idol stolen from Himachal temple

An antique idol of Lord Raghunath was stolen from Himachal Pradesh's Kullu town early Tuesday, police said.

Around 80,000 cases settled by Lok Adalat in one day in HP

Around 80,000 out of 97,887 cases, identified by various courts in Himachal Pradesh, have been settled by the National Lok Adalat in one day in the state.

Virbhadra Singh lauds role of Plan panel in hill states' development

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday lauded the role of Planning Commission in development of hill states and flagged concerns over the proposed move to distribute the planning functions among the Ministry of Finance and respective Ministries saying it would result in loss of perspective and long term view.

Himachal temples have deposits of gold, silver worth Rs 178 cr: Minister

 Twenty-nine famous government-controlled temples in Himachal Pradesh have deposits of gold and silver worth Rs 178 crore, according to Revenue Minister Kaul Singh.

Central university will have one campus: Virbhadra Singh

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday alleged that the opposition BJP is playing politics over setting up the Central University in district Kangra and said that he won't allow two campuses of the varsity.

Himachal HC panel to monitor World Bank-funded road project

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday accepted a writ petition on an abnormal delay in completing a World Bank-funded road project in a prominent apple belt here but excluded the petitioner from the case as he was a former BJP minister.

Custodian saint get life term till death for raping minor in HP

 A saint, who was the custodian of a nine-year old orphan girl, has been sentenced to life imprisonment till death by a local court here for raping the minor.

TCP Bill to be introduced in winter session of HP Assembly

Himachal Cabinet on Tuesday approved the HP Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill 2014 for regularisation of unauthorised buildings, paving way for its tabling in the winter session of Himachal Assembly commencing on December 5 at Dharamsala.

Dalai Lama to inaugurate Himalayan festival in Dharamsala
Dalai Lama to inaugurate Himalayan festival in Dharamsala

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will jointly inaugurate the two-day International Himalyan Festival at Mcleodganj here on December 10.

Himachal Pradesh defers bill to 'favour' construction violators

The Congress government in Himachal Pradesh has applied the brakes on tabling a controversial bill, a decision that would enable the regularisation of over 20,000 illegal constructions.