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Himachal Pradesh polls: Parties keen on polls before Nov 15, says CEC
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Winding up his two-day review of the arrangements, the CEC admitted that political parties have suggested that polling should be held before mid-November keeping in view the adverse conditions in the region in wake of the impending winter.

PM Modi to lay foundation stone for AIIMS Bilaspur, address BJP rally
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Sources said Amit Shah also helped in planning Prime Minister’s one-day visit and launching the AIIMS project, as the ruling Congress government had been accusing the Centre of delaying it.

No decision on ‘one family, one ticket’ yet, says Shinde
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

Shinde said PCC had already invited applications for party tickets. Ultimately, the decision on the tickets will be taken by the party's highest decision making body after elections are announced.

Amit Shah rally in Kangra: ‘Virbhadra most corrupt CM in Himachal history’
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

“Above all, Virbhadra Singh has acquired yet another distinction of not quitting the post even after serious corruption charges," Amit Shah said.

Hydro projects: Cabinet rejects power firms’ plea for refund of upfront premium
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Under pressure from the MLAs, the Cabinet, meanwhile, decided to process their case for allotment of land to the HP Legislators Coop Housing Society near Shimla Airport. This will be third such land allotment meant for MLAs and ex-MLAs.

After remarks ‘against’ Shinde, AICC secretary reaches out to Virbhadra
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Though Shinde claimed that Ranjan’s tour of Una district with the CM was just a coincidence, party insiders say she had been sent specifically to initiate a dialogue with Virbhadra and make him agree to some mutually agreeable formula before the polls.

Kangana Ranaut never approached the Maharashtra Women Commission: Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

Maharashtra Women Commission Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar said the Simran actor Kangana Ranaut. never approached the Commission and her remarks on TV show 'Aap Ki Adalat' some days back were false and misleading. During the TV show, Kangana accused the Commission of being 'saleable' and full of 'hypocrites.'

Himachal topi leaves Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh fuming at function
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Himachali Bushehri cap created a flutter at an official function in Shimla on Wednesday when Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh left a function mid-way as he reportedly did not find a cap of his choice.

Palchan-Rohtang Pass ropeway: Opposed to Rohtang ropeway project, says Virbhadra Singh
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

The project, which was vehemently opposed by local panchayats, is sure to meet the fate of the ambitious Rs 1600-crore Himalayan ski village project, proposed by the earlier Congress government but abandoned by the BJP government.

Run-up to Himachal polls: Shinde rules out change in HPCC, Virbhadra says firm on not contesting
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

During the day, the Chief Minister was barely a few kilometres away from the place where Shinde reached Friday afternoon, but he neither spoke to AICC general secretary nor met him.

Himachal Pradesh: State Congress chief meets Rahul, Virbhadra ‘grounded’
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Rahul Gandhi met HPCC president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, who briefed him on the “crisis” faced by the state Congress owing to Virbhadra’s stand against him (Sukhu).

After Virbhadra Singh, Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Sukhu and his supporters head for Delhi
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Sources said AICC general secretary Sushil Kumar Shinde had also reached Delhi and had been keeping track of reports from the state and recent statements made by the CM.

Rape-murder and custodial death probe: HC raps CBI, says submit fresh status report in 2 weeks
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

The CBI’s lawyer informed the court that the agency had taken permission of the district court for conducting lie-detector test on the five accused, who were in judicial custody.

Poll panel team to reach Shimla today
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

The officials are slated to hold a meeting with deputy commissioners and SPs on Thursday to take complete stock of the election management drill, deployment and requirement of the forces and movement of the election material before the polling.

Rape-Murder and Custodial Death Probe: CBI gets court nod for lie-detector test on all five accused
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

The court remanded the arrested policemen in CBI custody till September 7. They were produced in court Monday after they were brought from Delhi, where they were taken on July 29 for interrogation.

Shimla rape-murder case: CBI to carry out lie-detector test on Kotkhai suspects
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

A CBI spokesperson today confirmed that the court has allowed the agency to conduct polygraph tests on the accused due to their inconsistent statements.

Independent India’s first voter: 100 and ailing, keen to vote in 2019
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Shyam Saran Negi is eager to see the outcome of the next Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh, but he sees the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as more crucial to the country, which he says will be a vote on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Shimla rape-murder case: IGP Zaidi, DSP among eight sent to three day CBI remand
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

Singh, a 29-year-old labourer from Nepal, was among six people arrested by the local police. He was allegedly killed by a co-accused at the police station last month, which sparked a massive public outrage.

Shimla rape-murder case: CBI summons former Shimla SP, gets nod for narco test of five accused
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

Till Thursday many in the town were surprised at the CBI's decision of not to summon SP Negi in connection with its investigations.

Far away from Doklam, traders who went to Tibet are welcomed, asked, ‘Bhai, late kyun?’
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

Shipki La in Himachal is the second border outpost for trade with Tibet, apart from Nathu La in Sikkim

Shimla rape-murder and custodial death probe: CBI summons addl SP, DSP, 3 other police officers to Delhi
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

On Tuesday, the CBI had arrested Zaidi and eight other cops in the case and taken them to Delhi. Those arrested included DSP (Theog) Manoj Joshi, SHO (Kotkhai) Rajinder Singh, ASI Deep Chand Sharma —who was the investigating officer — and four others.

Shimla rape: IGP among eight cops held over death of accused in custody
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

The SIT team formed on July 9 and was headed by Zaidi, had arrested six persons on July 13 in connection with the rape and murder of the girl. But five days later, one of the suspects, Suraj Singh, a Nepali national, was killed inside the police station.

In Delhi for Sukhwinder Sukhu’s ouster, Virbhadra Singh gets a big blow with arrest of IG, other cops
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

The policemen were arrested Tuesday by the CBI in connection with the custodial death of one of the accused in the gruesome rape-murder case, which had sparked off widespread protests and outcry in the hilly state.

This Himachal teenager is bringing the forests back, his dream is 1 billion trees
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

Jai Chand, 17, is a resident of Bhangadi village, 90 km from Nahan, the district headquarters. Getting there requires a journey by road, and a 30-minute climb up a steep mountain.

Himachal Pradesh government waives Rs 14 crore in tax owed to it by two gold traders
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Insiders say some of the cabinet ministers were opposed to the waiver while an excise official said the “cabinet memorandum had put all in black and white about objections of the various departments and serious illegalities”.

No threat to Constitution as long as Judiciary is independent: Justice Kurian
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

"The judiciary should reach to the periphery where a large section of society needs justice. Even after 70 years of independence,  2/3rd of the citizens of India having legal grievances do not have access to justice", Justice Kurian said.

Mandi Landslide: Search operations continue, officials say 1 person missing
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Meanwhile, locals of a village close to the spot have moved to safer places with their cattle and other belongings. The village had survived the tragedy as a hillock blocked the movement of the landslip towards it.

Himachal Pradesh: 46 killed after landslide hits two buses
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Himachal landslide: The incident, which happened a little after midnight, was a fallout of heavy rain in the area and a suspected cloudburst on the other side of the mountainous region, sources said. In a large-scale search operation, 46 bodies were recovered by late evening on Sunday.

My job is to see that public anger against Virbhadra govt is reflected on the streets: Mangal Pandey
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

"Right now, the party’s focus is only on ground work to expose the Congress government, its corruption, mafia raj, nepotism in jobs at many levels, law and order situation, insecurity among women and citizens because of collapse of administrative machinery", said HP BJP chief Mangal Pandey.

Landslide on Parwanoo-Shimla national highway blocks essential supplies for Shimla
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

People in Shimla are facing troubles in getting regular supply of newspaper, milk and bread supply, the report says.

Tissa: Uneasy calm after communal flare-up over schoolgirl’s rape
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

The last few days have seen clear communal fault lines emerge in Tissa and Khushinagar, with VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) and political activists - both from Congress and BJP, attacking police for shielding the those who attacked the teachers.

Himachal BJP executive meet: Shanta Kumar attacks CM Virbhadra Singh, says time for him to exit gracefully
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

“This period of Virbhadra Singh's rule will be written as a black chapter in the state's history. Today , we are feeling ashamed for the state's severely damaged image in the eyes of the rest of the country," said BJP leader Shanta Kumar.

At Shimla, police station set on fire, questions loom over a custodial death
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

Several of these questions are being directed at the police force: where was the police station’s staff when the victim, Suraj Singh, 29, a Nepalese national and one of the six accused in the gangrape and murder of a 16-year-old schoolgirl, was attacked, allegedly by main accused Rajendra Singh alias Raju?

If Virbhadra Singh leads Congress to polls, we will get more than 60 seats: BJP
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

Few say elections will be fought under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi but the chief minister contradicts, saying he would lead the party to the polls. The BJP is keeping a close watch on the Congress camp.

Young Shimla filmmaker makes it to Oscar Qualifying Film Festival
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

The film was primarily shot in Sunta Lodge, a beautiful wooden mansion of Village Khalwan and some parts were filmed in Village Dhanoti near 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.