Himachal Pradesh News

Tibetan govt-in-exile announces aid of Rs 12.5 lakh to Nepal

Expressing sadness at the devastation caused by the massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal, the Tibetan government-in-exile on Sunday announced a financial aid of Rs 12.5 lakh to the neighbouring country.

Himachal doesn't know its industrial potential: CAG report

Himachal Pradesh, which is extending incentives and concessions in a big way to attract investment, doesn't know its own industrial potential, including availability of human resource, India's official auditor has said.

Mild tremors felt in Himachal, no report of loss of life or property

 Several parts of Himachal Pradesh experienced mild tremors today but no loss of life or property was reported in the state.

Tremors felt in Himachal after quake hits north India

An earthquake was felt across Himachal Pradesh on Saturday, triggering panic among the people.

Court orders release of police truck, involved in timber smuggling

A court here has set aside an order of Mandi Forest Conservator to confiscate a police truck which was allegedly smuggling Deodar timber scants and ordered that the vehicle be released.

Two dead, one seriously injured in Shimla accident

Two persons were killed while a woman was seriously injured when their car was hit by another vehicle near Salogara on Shimla-Kalka national Highway, 40 km from here today.

Himachal Pradesh: Two dead, one seriously injured in accident

Two persons were killed while a woman was seriously injured when their car was hit by another vehicle near Salogara on Shimla-Kalka national Highway, 40 km from here on Wednesday.

Himachal CM's private secretary fails to turn up before ED

 Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh's principal private secretary Subhash Ahluwalia, charged with money laundering, did not turn up before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here on Wednesday for examination, an official said.

Himachal CM launches energy saving programme

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday launched a state-wide LED promotional programme for conserving energy.

Three-fourth of Class 8 students in Himachal schools lack competence: CAG

 It's startling but true. In a state with 82.8 percent literacy, 20 per cent of Class 3 students in Himachal Pradesh's government schools cannot identify alphabets or numbers.

Dharamsala to be 1st Assembly Constituency to get CCTV cover

Dharamsala would soon become the first Assembly Constituency in the country to be brought under 24/7 CCTV camera surveillance, Urban Development Minister of Himachal Pradesh Sudhir Sharma said.

Minor girl killed in leopard attack in Himachal

 In yet another incident of leopard attack, a three-year-old girl was killed by a leopard in Khaneri village in Rampur area, 135 kms from the state capital here, officials said on Saturday.

Himachal's debt Rs 33,884 crore in 2013-14

Himachal Pradesh's debt stood at a whopping Rs 33,884 crore in 2013-14 with the growth of 11 percent over the previous year, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said on Friday.

BJP protests outside Himachal Assembly

 Himachal BJP on Tuesday staged a demonstration outside the state Assembly to protest against failure on the part of the government to arrest Youth Congress workers involved in clash with BJYM workers at BJP office here on January 29 last.

My smile made me Obama's friend: Dalai Lama

Why did US President Barack Obama call the Dalai Lama a friend? It was because he is constantly smiling, said the Tibetan spiritual leader.

BJP stages walkout in Himachal Pradesh Assembly

Himachal Pradesh Assembly on Monday witnessed heated exchange of words between BJP and Congress member over MLA priority scheme after which the opposition MLAs staged a walkout during the question hour.

Probe on in firing by minister's gunman: Himachal CM

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday said an independent probe was going on into the incident of a state minister`s personal security officer allegedly firing at a man here over a parking dispute.

Monkey business lucrative in Himachal, literally!

Monkey business is getting lucrative like never before in Himachal Pradesh!

AICC announces organisational election programme for HP Congress

The AICC has announced a five-phase organisational election programme for Himachal Congress starting from May 15 and concluding in July end.

Himachal withdraws legislation to seize illegal assets of officials

The Himachal Pradesh assembly on Thursday withdrew a legislation passed by the previous BJP government that was aimed at enabling speedy trial and confiscation of ill-gotten money and property by public servants.

Stringent steps taken to check female foeticide: Himachal CM

 Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday said his government was "seriously concerned" about the low female sex ratio and that stringent steps are being taken to check female foeticide in the state.

Himachal records wettest March ever

 The meteorological department has recorded highest ever rainfall for the month of March in Himachal Pradesh at 189.4 mm.

Heavy rainfall likely in Himachal Pradesh

The hills of Himachal Pradesh are likely to get heavy rainfall over the weekend, said the Met Office on Thursday.

Himachal passes bill to raise lower judiciary staff wages

Less than a fortnight after the Himachal Pradesh High Court rapped the state for non-implementation of the Shetty Commission recommendations for the non-judicial employees, the state Assembly on Wednesday passed the amendment bill to implement it.

Committed to provide quality health services at affordable cost: Himachal CM

 Himachal Pradesh government is committed to provide quality health services at affordable cost to people, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday said.

Delhi HC appoints amicus to assist in graft case against Himachal CM Virbhadra

 Delhi High Court on Thursday appointed an amicus curiae to assist it on the "maintainability" of a plea levelling charges of criminal misconduct and corruption against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

Separatist leader Aasia Andrabi booked under UAPA for allegedly hoisting Pak flag

Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Aasiya Andrabi was today booked under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for allegedly hoisting Pakistani flag on the neighbouring country's national day on Monday.

Himachal Governor declines ex-CM Dhumal's prosecution

Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalyan Singh's decision to decline sanction for the prosecution of former chief minister and BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal is all set to snowball into a major legal controversy.

943 primary schools in HP running with only 1 teacher: CM

 As many as 943 government primary schools in Himachal Pradesh have only one teacher each while 1,136 schools with less than 10 students have one to four teachers, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh informed the Assembly on Monday.

Former CM PK Dhumal criticises the state Budget

Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister PK Dhumal on Tuesday termed the Budget "regressive" and said the claims of government regarding the implementation of poll promises were "false and misleading".