Himachal Pradesh News

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".

Mercury rises in lower hills in Himachal Pradesh

 The mid and lower hills in the state saw a significant change in weather with mercury soaring to 31 degrees at Una, 4.5 degrees above normal, even as the tribal areas and other higher hills had little respite from biting cold wave conditions.

Himachal continues to reel under sub-zero temperatures

 The tribal areas and higher hills of Himachal Pradesh continued to reel under sub-zero temperatures even as cold wave abated in mid and lower hills of the state due to dry weather during the past two days.

Himachal Pradesh CM blames SFI for violence

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday blamed the Students Federation of India (SFI) for inciting violence in Shimla, resulting in a police raid on its office and arrest of its activists.

Himachal CM orders probe into bridge collapse in Lahaul valley

 Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday ordered a high-level inquiry by Chief Engineer (Mandi Zone) of PWD to ascertain the cause of collapse of a bridge in Lahaul tribal valley.

265,840 cases pending in Himachal courts

Justice is still a distant cry in Himachal Pradesh, as 265,840 cases are still pending in the high court and lower courts.

Increasing engineering institutes affecting quality: Prez Pranab Mukherjee

The proliferation of engineering Institutes in the country because of burgeoning demand has taken a toll on quality of education and physical infrastructure, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Sunday.

President Pranab Mukherjee visits ancient Baglamukhi temple

President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday paid obeisance at famous Baglamukhi temple here amid tight security even as his scheduled program to attend convocation of IIT Mandi was shelved because of bad weather.

President to visit Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh

President Pranab Mukherjee will visit Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh on March 14-15, a statement said on Friday.