Himachal Pradesh News

HP govt may approach SC for seeking justice for Pong dam oustees: CM

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra singh on Friday said that the state government has taken a serious view of "reluctance" of Rajasthan Government to comply with Supreme court directions regarding giving possession of irrigable land to Pong dam oustees and put them back on the originally allotted land.

Sack forest minister in trees felling case: CPI(M)

Himachal Pradesh unit of CPI(M) has accused the state government of shielding the culprits in mass illegal tree felling near Taradevi temple in the outskirts of Shimla and demanded removal of state Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmauri, followed by a judicial enquiry into the matter.

Himachal Pradesh experiences snowfall, rain

The cold continued to tighten its grip in Himachal Pradesh on Friday with its higher reaches experiencing snowfall, and mild rainfall in low and mid hills, said an official.

HP govt to table bill for regularisation of buildings in budget session

The state government plans to table a bill for regularisation of illegal buildings, which is awaiting the National Green Tribunal's nod, in budget session of Himachal Pradesh Assembly next year, Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma said on Wednesday.

No relief from biting cold wave in Himachal Pradesh

The people in hills and valleys of Himachal Pradesh had no relief from biting cold wave conditions as minimum temperatures dropped further and hovered around freezing points at many places on Monday.

2011 Himachal currency haul: ED gives clean chit to Karmapa

ED has given a clean chit and dropped charges of forex violations against Tibetan religious leader Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, four years after the Karmapa and his associates were charged with keeping illegal foreign and domestic currency worth about Rs 6 crore.

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.