Ashwani Sharma


Ashwani Sharma covers Himachal Pradesh for the Indian Express

Sonia Gandhi rushed to Chandigarh, later Delhi, from Shimla following health complications
Fri, Mar 23, 2018

Sonia Gandhi unwell: According to officials, her health complication was mainly due to cold conditions after the temperature dipped following rains and a thunderstorm in Shimla and adjoining areas.

Dry spell, rising mercury fuel forest fire fears in Himachal
Tue, Mar 20, 2018

845 cases of forest fires already reported this year, reveal forest officials

Himachal Pradesh: CM Thakur tasks ministers to showcase ‘Zero-Budget’ farming
Sun, Mar 18, 2018

Citing the example of Governor Acharya Devvrat, who had successfully adopted ZBNF on his 200-acre private land at Gurukul Kurukshetra, he claimed unless the ministers and MLAs promote the drive, the scheme will not take off easily.

Himachal Pradesh Budget session: CM Jai Ram Thakur, Congress MLA in verbal duel
Thu, Mar 15, 2018

Chauhan, while justifying the loans taken by the previous Congress government, said this was done in a lawful manner to meet the state’s need for development and that there had not been any objection raised to it by the CAG so far.

Himachal Budget: Cow cess on liquor, a scoop of temples’ riches
Sat, Mar 10, 2018

The Budget leaves a current deficit of Rs 3,168 crore with a high loan liability of Rs 46,385 crore.

Congress stages walkout from Himachal Assembly, now over Bhakra dam oustees
Fri, Mar 09, 2018

The minister earlier said in the House the though the government was concerned about the problems faced by oustees, it could not do much since the High Court was dealing with the matter.

Economic Survey: State hits low growth rate 3rd year in a row
Fri, Mar 09, 2018

Apple constitutes about 85 percent of total fruit production. During 2017-18 (up to December 2017), 4.28 lakh tonnes of apple was produced against 4.68 lakh tonnes in 2016-17.

Sexual assault case: Shimla police file FIR against veteran actor Jeetendra
Wed, Mar 07, 2018

According to the complainant, Jeetendra had arranged for her to join him from New Delhi to Shimla on the sets of a film he was shooting for. It was during this stay that on one night, he came drunk to her room, joined two twin beds and sexually assaulted her.

Section 118 of HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act: Congress walkout a wrong beginning, no change proposed, says CM Jai Ram Thakur
Wed, Mar 07, 2018

Jai Ram Thakur read out former chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s budget speech of 2014-15 where he had also spoken about the need for changes in the section to enable easy investments and land transfers to the investors.

Jai Ram Thakur is only a mask, RSS running the show: CLP leader Mukesh Agnihotri
Tue, Mar 06, 2018

As the Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP government is set to face its first budget session, the 21-member Congress Legislature Party (CLP) is geared up for its role as opposition. Mukesh Agnihotri, 55, CLP leader and a journalist-turned politician, speaks to The Indian Express.

Himachal budget session from today: Cong set to target BJP over Section 118, other ‘governance issues’
Tue, Mar 06, 2018

The session is likely to witness some protests on the opening day against the government’s move to make changes in Section 118 of HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act 1972.

Militancy can’t hold us back, we are re-branding J&K tourism industry: state Tourism minister
Fri, Mar 02, 2018

"Militancy can’t hold us back. We want to market state’s tourism potential aggressively. The state has suffered a big setback in the past due to bad publicity."

Himachal: Day after Baddi fiasco, DC, SP transferred
Sat, Feb 24, 2018

The transfers came hours after Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur’s Baddi visit, which was marred by alleged mismanagement and ‘breach’ of official protocol.

Himachal Dalit students discrimination: Headmaster, 4 teachers found guilty; booked
Thu, Feb 22, 2018

An inquiry ordered by Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus confirmed that they practised caste discrimination against Dalit students during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Pariksha Par Charcha’ last week.

‘Bias’ against Dalit Students: Kullu headmaster, four teachers, SMC head booked
Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Police lodged the FIR against headmaster Rajan Bhardwaj, four teachers and SMC head Ram Lal under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on Wednesday.

Kullu: Headmaster shifted, probe team visits Shimla
Tue, Feb 20, 2018

Dalit students of the school, which falls in Kullu block, were reportedly asked to sit separately outside during the telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ on Friday

Dalit students in Himachal school told to sit outside, watch PM Modi’s ‘Pariksha par Charcha’
Mon, Feb 19, 2018

The courtyard where the Dalit students were made to sit was unkept and apparently used for cattles and horses. The Dalit students were told to not to leave the place midway as this would make them lose marks from their 'assignment'.

HPCA land allotment case: Virbhadra Singh terms Himachal govt decision to withdraw cases as ‘premature, hasty’
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

HPCA case: The state cabinet, last month, took a decision in principle to withdraw all the cases filed against the BJP leaders and several others.

Shimla rape: CBI files second chargesheet against former SP
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

Suraj Singh, a Nepal national, died in the custody at Kotkhai police station after being allegedly tortured during interrogations related to the gruesome rape and murder of the 16-year old schoolgirl.

HPCA case: Himachal govt to drop chargesheet against senior IAS officer
Wed, Feb 07, 2018

Despite the Ministry of Personnel and Public Grievances in 2014 rejecting its request seeking sanction to prosecute Deepak Sanan, the Congress government did not provide relief to the 1982-batch IAS officer.