Ashwani Sharma


HP, J-K lock horns over boundary issue
Tue, Jun 28, 2016

Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir share at least three border districts.

Asha Kumari land grab case: BJP govt ordered probe on dead man’s complaint
Tue, Jun 28, 2016

The case was filed on the basis of a complaint by former Chamba councillor Kuldeep Singh, who had died in January the same year as the registration of the case.

The brunt of NGT ban: Rohtang Pass cleaner but livelihood issues remain
Mon, Jun 27, 2016

The Pass, 48 km from Manali, is the subject of new concerns — that of the livelihood of locals during the three summer months that used to see peak tourist traffic.

Hire a consultant, involve locals, devise masterplan for Lahaul-Spiti, says Ravi Thakur
Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Lahaul-Spiti MLA and Vice-Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes Ravi Thakur speaks to The Indian Express.

Hardlook: After 2015, Rohtang tunnel project likely to miss 2019 deadline too
Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Engineers working at the site believe 2020 is more realistic.

Hardlook: Lahaul-Spiti district waits for a tunnel to end isolation
Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Lahaul-Spiti knows all-weather road being built will bring more tourists its way but wants to avoid the pitfalls of Rohtang Pass.

Sobbing in court, I thought I was finished… today, I have been cleared: Asha Kumari
Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Asha Kumari, Himachal Pradesh Congress leader convicted in a land grab case, reacts to her elevation as AICC in-charge of Punjab.

Party should not take me for granted: Virbhadra Singh to Congress
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Himachal Pradesh CM made it clear that he was neither retiring from electoral politics nor taking a back seat in the run-up to the 2017 state Assembly polls.

On his birthday, Virbhadra says he’s in fray for next term
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

“The elections in the state will be held as per schedule,” the CM said, adding that even if they were held today, the BJP will be defeated badly.

Shimla land case: BJP MLA asks Rajnath to cancel permission granted to Priyanka Vadra for cottage next to President’s estate
Fri, Jun 17, 2016

Raising serious reservations on permissions for the construction, Shimla MLA Suresh Bhardwaj wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to cancel the permission.

39 Indians missing in Iraq: ‘We can wait 10 yrs for our children if we could talk to them once, ask if they’re fine’
Fri, Jun 17, 2016

The Indian Express travels to villages in Punjab, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh to meet families of men missing from Iraq for two years.

Road Safety: Group of ministers suggests changes in Motor Vehicles Act
Tue, Jun 14, 2016

The GoM also made a plea to the Centre to address the issues of hill states separately. It also sought to raise accident insurance cover along with covering of property loss in the insurance.

Rocky murder case: 3 held by Himachal Pradesh police
Thu, May 26, 2016

Rocky was shot dead on April 30 in Parwanoo.

Himachal govt announces cash award of Rs 1000 for uploading videos of errant, drunk drivers
Mon, May 23, 2016

Three major accidents in Chamba, Kinnaur and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh had claimed 41 lives and leaving more than 50 injured

Himachal board results 2016: All students fail Class 10 in 16 govt schools
Wed, May 18, 2016

HPBOSE results 2016: Most of the Class 10 toppers were from private schools, with girls outperforming boys.

Pathankot dealt a blow but one can’t lose hope: Pak envoy
Thu, May 12, 2016

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Wednesday expressed hope on the resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue.

Rohtang Pass: NGT allows photography
Tue, May 10, 2016

A four-member bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar allowed activities like renting of local (Pahari) dresses and photography at Rohtang Pass.

Himachal: 22 killed, 78 injured in twin bus accidents; CM announces compensation
Mon, May 09, 2016

12 in Mandi, 10 in Kangra; Himachal govt orders magisterial probe.

With Rs 30K cr turnover, Baddi emerges global pharma hub
Fri, May 06, 2016

Growth of the pharmaceutical industry in the state, which till now had been known mostly for tourism, apple production and hydro-power sector, also means Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh industrial belt is ranked at number 14 globally in terms of value of bulk drugs being manufactured here.

In Himachal, blaze ‘under control’
Wed, May 04, 2016

Singh said there were queries from the National Disaster Management Authority if the state needs any force to help in the tackling of the forest fires, but the forest department did not deem it necessary.

Understanding a burning issue for India’s forests
Tue, May 03, 2016

Over 4,500 hectares have been affected in Himachal Pradesh, some 40% more than the 3,185 hectares in Uttarakhand.

Himachal Pradesh to involve other states in investigation into the murder of Rocky
Mon, May 02, 2016

According to police, they will look comprehensively into the incident, including Rocky’s alleged criminal background, rivals and several crimes reported from across the states that may be connected to the incident.

Gangster Rocky, who fought Punjab polls, shot dead
Sun, May 01, 2016

While Rocky died on the spot, his driver Parampal Singh suffered serious injuries. Parampal was rushed to PGIMER, Chandigarh, and is stable, said police.

Himachal Pradesh: Largest-ever goiter removed by IGMC doctors
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

The IGMC authorities said this was the largest-ever goiter removed from a body at any medical institution in the country.

Shimla as ‘Shyamla’: Seriously?
Mon, Apr 18, 2016

Manoj Singh, general secretary of the VHP’s state unit says the name 'Shimla’ is derived from the Hindu Goddess Shyamala Devi who is an incarnation of Kali.

VHP wants Congress govt to change Shimla to Shyamla
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

To build pressure on the state govt to act on its demand, VHP submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh justifying the need to shun British legacies.

CAG report: ‘HP govt violated Constitution to raise loans, heading for debt trap’
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

Himachal Pradesh runs the risk of getting entangled in a “debt trap by 2018-’19,” according to a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)report.

CAG detects scam: ‘HP govt gave undue benefits of Rs 209 cr to Jaypee Group’
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

The company sold the project after obtaining permission to do so from the state last year.

Himachal govt failed to levy Rs 209 cr fine on JP Power: CAG
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

The CAG, in its report, said that JP Power was given undue favour by the Himachal government despite finding that they violated rules.

After jaundice outbreak, Shimla faces another crisis — that of water
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

The Shimla Municipal Corporation had shut the Ashwani Khad supply — a major water reservoir — following the jaundice outbreak.

Himachal Pradesh: A thaw in House, only for MLAs to double their salaries
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

The salaries of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker has been increased from Rs 50,000 and Rs 45,000 to Rs 80,000 and Rs 75,000 respectively, Their sumptuary allowance has been hiked from Rs 30,000 to Rs 95,000 a month.

Virbhadra chants ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, says ‘I am a true patriot’
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

Virbhadra Singh Thursday tried to outplay the BJP by raising the ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogan in the state Assembly.

‘Monkeys need to be declared vermin in entire Himachal’
Mon, Apr 04, 2016

S S Negi, Principal Chief Conservator (PCCF), Wildlife on the monkey menace

Man vs Monkey: How farmers are grappling with losses that have hit Himachal’s economy
Mon, Apr 04, 2016

Apart from attacking people, monkey raid crops and leave farmers grappling with losses that have hit the Himachal Pradesh’s economy.

Want no leadership change, Himachal Congress leaders assure AICC
Sun, Apr 03, 2016

State MLAs had earlier announced their support to the embattled chief minister in the face of persistent calls for his resignation from the Opposition.

Himachal Cong stands by CM Virbhadra Singh
Sun, Apr 03, 2016

On Saturday, AICC general secretary Ambika Soni had called 15 senior Congress leaders from Himachal, including the CM and the state party chief Sukhwinder Sukhu, to New Delhi.