Himachal Pradesh News

Himachal Pradesh reels under cold wave

 Most parts of Himachal Pradesh reeled under piercing cold wave conditions as minimum temperatures dropped further and hovered around freezing point in spite of dry weather.

NGT issues notice to HP govt over illegal felling of trees

 The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday took suo moto notice of alleged illegal felling of over 450 trees at Tara Devi temple complex, 10-Km from here and issued notice to the Himachal Pradesh government, officials said.

Himachal Pradesh Assembly to commence from Dec 5

 Important bills like Lokayukta, Town and Country Planning would come up during the eight-day-long Winter Session of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly to be held at Dharamshala from December 5.

Himachal varsity relaxes norms for visually impaired

Shimla: In a major relief to the visually impaired and physically challenged, the Himachal Pradesh University in Shimla has allowed them to engage a writer irrespective of his qualification in the exams, an official said Thursday.

Himachal HC to dispose Beas tragedy case on December 9

The Himachal High Court on Monday listed the Beas tragedy case, in which 24 students of a Hyderabad- based engineering college and a co-tour operator were washed away in the Beas river, for final disposal on December 9.

Winter session of Himachal Assembly to be held in December

A longer winter session of Himachal Pradesh Assembly will be held in December in Dharamsala.

Madras Regiment's ace unit accomplishes 150 km expedition

The Madras Regiment's ace unit took 150 km 'adventure trekking expedition' in Himachal Pradesh hills to infuse the spirit of sportsmanship and encourage adventure activities.

Himachal government did not allow probe into land deal: CBI

The Himachal Pradesh government did not permit investigation into the land deal involving former Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Nirmal Yadav, the CBI said. The deal is being seen as part of the cash-for-judge scam that rocked the judicial circles in Chandigarh in 2008.

Cold wave intensifies in mid, higher hills of Himachal Pradesh

Cold wave sweeping the mid and higher hills of Himachal Pradesh intensified on Friday as minimum temperatures dropped further by three to five degrees.

BJP launches 7-day padyatra from Rohroo to Shimla

Himachal Pradesh BJP on Friday launched a seven-day padyatra (foot-march) from Rohroo to Shimla to protest the delay in completion of Theog-Hatkoti road and "failure" of the Congress government to fulfil its poll promise to complete the road within 100 days of coming to power.

Court gets tough on violations on Shimla's sealed roads

The Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the government to file a status report on a list of permit holders who are authorised to drive vehicles on roads sealed to traffic here.

Indian Army continues mountain rescue exercise in Shimla

The Indian Army on Tuesday continued to conduct a rescue and relief exercise at Shimla's Annandale ground.

Nadda's induction in Union Cabinet setback for Dhumal group

While the induction of JP Nadda in the Narendra Modi Cabinet has enthused his supporters, it has come as a "disappointment" for P K Dhumal group, which had been hoping for inclusion of Dhumal's son and BJYM president Anurag Thakur in the ministry.

In the hills, neighbours miss Vajpayee

Residents of this picturesque village are missing a gentleman politician who built a cottage here hoping to spend time amid apple and walnut trees before illness gripped him: Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Industrial houses of Gujarat keen to invest in Himachal

 Several renowned industrial houses in Gujarat and Karnataka have evinced interest in setting up units in Himachal Pradesh.

Probe medical college admissions: Himachal court

The Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the Principal Secretary (Health) to hold an inquiry and fix responsibility against the erring officials who have concealed information about availability of two postgraduate seats in two medical colleges for in-service candidates.

Fire damages major portion of Shimla heritage building

A major portion of a heritage building in this town, once the summer capital of the British India, was damaged in a devastating that fire broke out Saturday night, officials said. There was no loss of life.

14 killed as bus rolls down in gorge in Himachal

 At least 14 people, including three women and two children, were killed today and ten others injured when their "overloaded" bus fell into a 700 metre deep gorge in Chamba district, police said.

12 killed in Himachal bus accident

Twelve people were killed and five injured when a privately-owned mini bus rolled down a gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba district Saturday, officials said.

Ex-HP CM Dhumal, son Anurag among 11 granted bail in HPCA scam

A court here on Monday granted bail to former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, his MP son Anurag Thakur and nine others in a case of alleged cheating, conspiracy and encroachment on government land by Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA).

Himachal to become 'open defecation free' ahead of target

Himachal is all set to become "open defecation free" (ODF) state before October 2, 2019, the target date of 'Swachh Bharat Mission' of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

HP govt considering opening of new cancer hospital

 The state government is considering establishment of a new cancer hospital here, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said.

Himachal to set up board to solve cattle menace

 Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has favoured constitution of a board to look into providing shelter to stray animals.

Himachal Pradesh: 15 killed as bus falls into gorge

At least 15 people were on Tuesday killed and another 17 injured when a private bus rolled 400 feet down into a gorge in Rohtrung village in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district, 250 km from here.

Himachal police trains 50,000 girls in unarmed combat

About 50,000 girl students of state -run schools in tribal and remote areas of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti and Pangi were trained by police in unarmed combat skills to make them self-reliant.

Mercury drops below sub zero in higher altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh

Lakes, rivulets and water sources in the higher reaches, including the tribal areas, of Himachal have started freezing as the temperatures have plunged below sub-zero temperatures in the region.

'BJP government has failed to check price rise'

 Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sukhvinder Sukhu Friday slammed the central government for failing to check price rise and said the BJP has failed to fulfil the promises made during the Lok Sabha election.

Himachal Pradesh: Two dead in Solan landslide

Two people were killed in a mining landslide in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district on Wednesday.

Burglars loot 2 ATMs in Una, Himachal Pradesh

Burglars struck at two ATMs of Punjab National Bank at twin townships of Mehatpur and Santokhgarh in Una district on Punjab border Wednesday.

Shimla's water ATM goes out of order

Less than three months after its installation, a drinking water ATM here, the first in Himachal Pradesh, has been lying defunct for almost a week, locals said Wednesday.