Himachal Pradesh News

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.

Five injured in firing in Himachal village

 Five members of a family sustained grievous injuries when a drunk man fired at his brother and his daughters in a Himachal Pradesh village on Friday, police said.

Final probe report against Himachal BJP MP in two weeks

The Himachal Pradesh government on Thursday informed the high court that the final inquiry report against BJP MP Virender Kashyap, who was allegedly caught on camera accepting cash, would be submitted within two weeks.

No move for night landing facility at Kullu airport

 There is no proposal to install night landing equipment at the Kullu airport in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh informed the assembly on Thursday.

Himachal Pradesh's CM dances in Assembly

Amid pandemonium in the Assembly created by the main opposition BJP, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday found a unique way of jeering at the rivals.

Himachal Vidhan Sabha Budget Session to commence today

The 31-day-long Budget Session of Himachal Vidhan Sabha will commence here on Wednesday with the address of Governor Kalyan Singh.

Tibetan PM upholds Dalai Lama's 'middle-way approach'

Exiled Tibetan PM Lobsang Sangay on Tuesday expressed willingness to engage with Chinese government, while upholding Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's 'middle-way approach'.

Eight of marriage party killed in Himachal accident

Eight members of a marriage party were killed early Tuesday when a privately-owned overcrowded vehicle rolled down a 250-feet gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba district, police said.

Two die of swine flu in Himachal, toll now 13

 Swine flu has claimed two more lives in Himachal Pradesh, taking the toll to 13, an official said on Saturday.

Avalanche threat in Himachal Pradesh

Due to heavy snowfall in the hills of Himachal Pradesh in the last few days, the state disaster management authority on Saturday issued an avalanche warning in some areas, especially in Chamba district.

Snowfall in tribal areas, rains in lower hills of Himachal

 Piercing cold wave conditions today continued unabated in Himachal Pradesh as high altitude tribal areas in the state witnessed another spell of moderate snowfall while scattered rains lashed the mid and lower hills.

Snow in Shimla, Manali surprises Holi revellers

The hills of picturesque tourist resorts of Manali, Shimla and Kufri on Friday were again wrapped up in a blanket of snow, surprising Holi revellers.

School student killed, 33 injured in Himachal accident

A six-year old girl student was killed and 33 students of a private school were injured on Tuesday when a bus driven by the school principal rolled down a 130-feet gorge in Himachal Pradesh`s Sirmaur district, police said.

Rains, snow claim four lives in Himachal

Heavy snowfall and rains on Monday claimed four lives in Himachal Pradesh with the state witnessing the wettest day in March with 1950 per cent excess rains.

Shimla, Manali receive more snow

 The picturesque tourist resorts of Shimla and Manali received more snow on Monday as the temperatures remained below the freezing point at most places in Himachal Pradesh, a weather official said.