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Young Shimla film marker makes it to Oscar Qualifying Film Festival
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

The film was primarily shot in Sunta Lodge, a beautiful wooden mansion of Village Khalwan and some parts were filmed in Village Dhanoti neat Tikker. Unfolding the story of the film,Sidharth said there is a young boy (Chetan) learns about a technique of trapping birds from his old grandmother

CBI to set up SIT office in Shimla or Theog for further investigation in Kotkhai rape case
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

CBI has decided to set up a temporary office, either in Shimla or Theog and summon some key suspects for interrogation over the next few days as part of its probe into the rape and murder of a Class X schoolgirl at Halaila in Kotkhai.

Shimla Rape and murder case: CBI to set up SIT office in Himachal, call forensic experts
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Sources said a CBI team had left for Halaila to visit the spot where the body of the girl and her belongings, including her uniform, were found on July 6 — two days after she went missing. Another team was in the town to study the case file.

Himachal govt ‘names’ school after rape victim, backtracks
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

The move apparently came after Shimla’s Deputy Commissioner Rohan Chand Thakur and SP Soumya Sambasivan visited the family of the victim for the first time after the crime, which had led to massive protests.

Rape, murder and custodial death: CBI team in Shimla, may rope in forensic experts
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

The team arrived in Shimla Sunday morning and held day-long discussions with senior police officers, including Superintendent of Police (Shimla) Soumya Sambasivan to study the case and tie up any loose ends.

Shimla gangrape case: Revolt against CM, six MLAs write to party for change
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

Some MLAs claim that Chief Minister’s statements after the rape case, that such incidents do happen in the country off and on, has further irked the public.

Shimla rape-murder: Govt names school after victim, backtracks
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

The move apparently came after Shimla’s Deputy Commissioner Rohan Chand Thakur and SP Soumya Sambasivan visited the family of the victim for the first time after the crime, which had led to massive protests. In the notification, the government also declared its intentions to made the school functional with immediate effect.

Shimla girl rape case: CBI files 2 FIRs, woman officer in SIT
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

On July 4, a 16-year old school girl went missing while on her way back home on a forested path she had to track. Her parents lodged a missing complaint with the police and after a search, her body was recovered from Halaila forests on July 6.

Shimla rape-murder: Cops killed him in custody, says suspect’s wife
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

Police have said Suraj was killed by main accused Rajendra Singh alias Raju inside the police station where the two were lodged in a single cell for their interrogation, after they were remanded to police custody.

Shimla rape-murder: Under attack, cops managed to slip out with case file
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

Highly placed sources said some policemen, who took refuge inside the police station when it came under heavy stone pelting, fished out the file from the records and managed to give the crowd the slip.

Shimla rape-murder: Accused killed in lock-up, police station set on fire
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

The rape and murder of the 16-year-old girl, a Class X student of the Government Senior Secondary School in Mahasu, had sparked protests in the area, prompting the state home department to hand over the case to the CBI.

Rape and murder of 16-year-old: At protests in Gumma, Shimla, agitators want probe fast-tracked
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

With outrage mounting over the gruesome rape and murder of a Class X schoolgirl in the Kotkhai area of Shimla district, massive protests were held on Tuesday in Shimla and Gumma, 49 km from the state capital, against the administration’s alleged attempt to “shield the real culprits”. Addressing protesters from stage, father of the victim […]

Shimla rape-murder case: ‘Warned her about animals, wish had said men can be worse’
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

The girl and her younger brother studied at the Government Senior Secondary School in Mahasu, a journey of around 5 km that took them an hour as they walked from their hilltop village overlooking Theog town through a winding mud road with tall deodar trees on either side.

Shimla rape-murder case: Will go to any extent to seek justice for her, says victim’s kin
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

She was the youngest among six daughters of Keshav Ram, a small farmer of village Shirguli, and perhaps the most adorable child in the family, besides son Aman, who is also a student of same school, Government Higher secondary School, Mahasu (Kotkhai).

Shimla schoolgirl rape-murder: State govt orders CBI probe after mob runs riot, targets police post, vehicles
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

After massive public protests at Theog against the SIT probe outcome in the rape and murder of a Class X school girl, the Himachal Pradesh government Friday decided to hand over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Shimla Rape and Murder Case: Will go to any extent for justice, say victim’s kin
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

The Himachal Pradesh girl, whose rape and murder has sparked several rounds of protests in an otherwise calm Shimla, was the youngest of six daughters of farmer Keshav Ram.

Shimla Rape and Murder Case: Himachal to hand over probe to CBI
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

The announcement came amid a five-hour protest when a mob threw stones and ringed Shimla SP D W Negi at Theog, about 30 km from the scene of crime in Kotkhai, Shimla district.

Shimla schoolgirl rape and murder: Amid mounting pressure, govt refers case to CBI
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Amid mounting pressure from locals in Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh government ordered a CBI probe into the rape and murder of a Class X school girl, whose body was found two days after she went missing on July 4. Protesters, who resorted to violence, rejected the findings of a Special Investigation Team and the initial arrests of six people.

Rape-murder of shimla girl: Six suspects held; cops say they offered her lift
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Himachal Pradesh DGP Sumesh Goyal told mediapersons that the police had “forensic, physical, technical and circumstantial prosecutable evidence” against all the arrested accused.

Shimla schoolgirl gangrape-murder case: SIT arrests five more people
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

The gangrape of the girl took place on July 4 when she was returning from the school. According to police, she took a lift from a private vehicle which was being driven by Rajender Singh. Other accused – Subash Singh Bisht, Surat Singh, Lokjan alias Chottu and Deepak alias Deepu were also in the vehicle.

Shimla schoolgirl rape-murder: One arrested after interrogation
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

The post-mortem has confirmed rape, her death by strangulation and shown proof of broken limbs and deep injuries all over her face and body. Her body, which was dumped in the Halaila forests, was found on July 6.

Shimla rape and murder case: One more suspect detained as anger grows 
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

The postmortem report of the victim has already confirmed rape and her death by strangulation. The report also revealed about her broken legs and arms, and deep injuries all over her face and body.

Himachal polls to be fought under Sonia’s leadership, says GS Bali
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Bali’s changed stance has come after CM’s decision to remove Major (retd) Vijai Singh Mankotia as vice-chairman of HP Tourism Board and it signals fresh trouble for him in the poll-bound state, where the BJP has already begun an aggressive campaign.

Himachal Pradesh: After CM Virbhadra Singh rules out CBI probe, DGP sets up SIT
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Inquiries revealed that the post-morten report of the girl has reached the police and it clearly shows that she was raped and then killed.

Rahul Gandhi a blessing in disguise for BJP: Yogi Adityanath
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Yogi Aditynath also attacked the Congress government in Himachal for mafia raj and lack of development.

Himachal Pradesh: G S Bali skips MLAs’ lunch with Meira, meets Mankotia
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

According to reports, Bali had recently held two to three rounds of meetings with BJP President Amit Shah. With BJP already hoping to form the next government, Bali — who is a vocal Kangra leader — can add to the ruling party’s troubles by causing it more embarrassment.

Rahul Gandhi is blessing in disguise for BJP: Yogi Adityanath
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

Coming down on AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Yogi said, “He is really a blessing in disguise for the BJP and the party wants him to lead the Congress as no one was now acknowledging or listening to Sonia Gandhi."

Himachal: Shimla’s new Deputy Mayor calls for clearing of poll posters
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Shimla’s new Deputy Mayor Rakesh Sharma admitted that it was the prime responsibility of the candidates to remove their posters.

BJP’s Kusum Sadret elected Shimla Mayor
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

Kusum Sadret is the third woman to be mayor of Shimla after Madhu Sood and Jenney Prem of the Congress. In fact, Sadret was elected from Annnadale ward by defeating Prem. She is the BJP’s first woman mayor and a Dalit.

Shimla Mayor election: Short of numbers, Congress councillors leave meet
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Earlier in the day, BJP received a shot in the arm with Independent councillor Sanjay Parmar switching over from the Congress camp. He joined the party in the presence of state BJP president Satpal Satti.

Ram Nath Kovind was denied entry to President’s Shimla retreat
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee has been a regular visitor every summer except this time when he cancelled his tour owing to the Presidential polls.

To prevent poaching by Cong, BJP moves 18 councillors into hiding
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

In the elections results that were declared on Saturday, the BJP won 17 of 34 seats while an Independent, who fought against the officially backed candidate, had also reached the party office to extend his support to the BJP. Congress-backed councillors won in 12 wards.

Shimla Civic Polls: Poaching fear prompts BJP to hide 18 councillors it supported
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

The councillors are likely to be brought to Shimla only at the time of the election of the mayor and deputy mayor.

In a first, BJP wrests control of Shimla Municipal Corporation
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

Results a big blow to the Congress govt in the poll-bound state.

In Congress stronghold of Shimla corporation, BJP makes a splash
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

This is the first time that the BJP has got a majority in the Shimla Municipal Coporation polls, 17 out of 34 wards in a close contest

Gadkari in Himachal: ‘Cong govt like dead transformer… time for direct supply from powerhouse Modi’
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

Gadkari said once the BJP returned to power in the state, development projects in the state with central funding will go in fasttrack mode