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Ashwani Sharma covers Himachal Pradesh for the Indian Express

Himachal govt set to wage war against mafia raj, corruption: CM Jai Ram Thakur
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

Replying to two-day long debate in the Vidhan Sabha, on the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address, Jai Ram Thakur spelt out the government’s agenda for the next 100 days.

Don’t let RSS ‘remote control’ Himachal govt, Congress tells Jai Ram Thakur
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

"The Congress will give the government sufficient time for a new beginning. But, this beginning should remain focused on development, and not on ‘vendetta politics' or filing of FIRs," Congress leader Mukesh Agnihotri said

Himachal to drop five HPCA cases, relief for Dhumal, son
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

The HPCA cases had sparked off major controversies during the previous Congress regime, which had led to major confrontation between two former chief ministers - Virbhadra Singh and Prem Kumar Dhumal, besides Anurag Thakur.

Himachal Cabinet scraps Beverages Corporation, orders probe
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

State’s liquor policy changed, all L-1D,L-13D licences withdrawn

Shun vendetta politics for state’s development, says Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

"The focus of the government and opposition should be to see how every citizen can become prosperous, educated, secure and healthy,” said Himachal Governor Acharya Devvrat

Himachal Pradesh govt to formulate new liquor policy, scraps Congress-era Beverages Ltd
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

The Cabinet also decided to order a probe into all irregularities in the liquor business and fix responsibility on the government officials for causing losses to the state exchequer

Shun vendetta politics to take state to acme of development, says Himachal Pradesh governor
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Sounding a note of caution, Governor Acharya Devvrat asked the MLAs not to get involved in frivolous and petty politics and participate in healthy discussions in the House

Citing political vendetta by Congress govt, CM Jai Ram Thakur to withdraw cases against HPCA
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

Four FIRs were registered against the HPCA and its president Anurag Thakur, including one that sought cancellation of the land lease for the Dharamshala cricket stadium

Himachal Vidhan Sabha session from Tuesday: In new-look House, 23 fresh faces
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

Apart from the newly elected members taking oath, the four-day session will also witness election of the new Speaker.

SP Mardi new Himachal DGP, Somesh Goyal to stay on as DGP (Prisons)
Mon, Jan 08, 2018

After the Kotkhai rape and murder case, which later also led to wide spread protests against the police, the BJP – then in Opposition - had been critical of the police's role in handing of the case.

Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur, others to visit Dharamshala for first Assembly session starting on Jan 9
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

This is first time CM Thakur will be occupying the chair of leaders of the House earlier held by former CM Virbhadra Singh and Prem Kumar Dhumal frequently.

Mukesh Agnihotri is new CLP leader in Himachal Pradesh
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

55-year-old Mukesh Agnihotri, elected from Haroli, is a staunch loyalist of former CM Virbhadra Singh.

No decision on Himachal CLP leader, MLAs leave it to Rahul Gandhi
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

The Congress has 21 MLAs in the 68-member House. The tally includes Virbhadra Singh (83) and his son Vikramaditya Singh (29), the father-son duo being the eldest and youngest members, respectively.

Himachal Cabinet decisions: State settles for power from Punjab in lieu of its BBMB share arrears
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

In October 2011, the Supreme Court had upheld Himachal Pradesh’s claim of 7.19 per cent share in the BBMB projects located in Himachal’s territory under the Punjab Reorganisation Act 1966. The 13,066 million units of power will fetch a revenue of Rs 3,266 crore to Himachal at the rate of Rs 2.50 per unit.

As race for CLP leader’s post hots up, Virbhadra tries to keep flock together
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

Former chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who enjoys support of 18 MLAs, has already thrown his hat in the ring for it even as the party leadership in Delhi and local PCC are not sounding too much inclined in his favour.

New Himachal CM gets rousing welcome on his first visit to home district
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

New Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur received greetings from people amid slogans like ‘Jai Ram ji ko Jai Sri Ram’, ‘Mandi ki maa ka laal chala hai’ and ‘Ek baar Jai Ram ..baar baar Jai Ram’.

Himachal Pradesh gets a new chief secretary
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

The orders were issued immediately after the new CM Jai Ram Thakur returned from Delhi on Saturday. Meanwhile, Ashok Sharma, a senior advocate, has been appointed as the state’s new advocate general in place of Shrawan Dogra, who had already quit.

Race for Congress Legislative Party leader hots up in Himachal Pradesh
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

The Assembly session will be convened at Dharamshala on January 9

Rahul Gandhi’s rap: I don’t approve of such act, not happy, Asha Ji
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

“I am not happy over the incident. I do not approve of it. This is no way, at least not the Congress culture, which stands for Gandhian way of responding to anger with love. Raising hand against anyone is not good and I will not tolerate it,” Rahul Gandhi reportedly told Asha Kumari

Himachal portfolios announced: CM Jai Ram Thakur retains home, finance
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

Apart from the major portfolios of Home, Finance, General Administration, Planning and Personnel, the Chief Minister has also retained departments like Public Works, Tourism, Excise and Taxation and Revenue

Congress MLA Asha Kumari slaps woman cop, gets it right back
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

Police later registered an FIR under IPC provisions related to assault on a public servant against the MLA.

Himachal Pradesh portfolios declared, CM Jai Ram Thakur retains home, finance
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

The government released the list of portfolios after CM Jai Ram Thakur reached Delhi on Friday.

Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur allots portfolios to ministers: Who gets what
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur retains Home, Finance, General Administration, Planning and Personnel portfolios.

Himachal: Ministers spend their day waiting for portfolios, no word as yet
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Sources said internal tussle among senior ministers and also the party leadership not approving the list could be the reasons. 

Himachal Pradesh: Profiles of new ministers; six new faces, five old hands
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

The newly inducted cabinet has six new faces and five old hands, apart from the 52-year old Jai Ram Thakur at the helm

Jai Ram Thakur becomes 14th CM of Himachal Pradesh, 6 first-timers in team of 11
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

Jai Ram Thakur, a gentle face of the party, had emerged as party’s choice for the chief minister, after Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP's CM candidate, lost his election from Sujanpur.

Stage set for mega show as new Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur takes oath today
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

Thakur’s family members, including his 80-year-old mother, have also reached the town to attend the ceremony.

In choice of Jai Ram Thakur as new CM, BJP’s long-term ambition for Himachal Pradesh
Tue, Dec 26, 2017

Even after the BJP declared Dhumal as its chief ministerial candidate, Thakur had not fallen out of focus, says a BJP leader.

Rise of Jairam Thakur: From remote Himachal village to CM-elect
Tue, Dec 26, 2017

"We never thought ever in our dreams about this. But, the only pain is that our father — who struggled all his life and earned bread and butter working as mason will not be with us," Thakur's elder brother said

BJP signals generation shift in Himachal Pradesh, picks Jai Ram Thakur as Chief Minister
Mon, Dec 25, 2017

Thakur, known as a “gentle leader” who has always shunned the limelight, was thrust into the frontrunner slot after the surprise loss of BJP chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal in the Assembly elections.

Jairam Thakur is Himachal Pradesh CM
Sun, Dec 24, 2017

Prem Kumar Dhumal, who lost the election in Sujanpur, has proposed Jairam Thakur's name at the BJP legislature party meeting and it was supported by Union Minister J P Nadda.

Prem Kumar Dhumal opts out of Himachal CM race
Sun, Dec 24, 2017

“I had made it amply clear on the day of results that I was not in the CM race. To elect any person as CM is entirely the prerogative of the party’s central leadership,” Dhumal said

Confusion, chaos in Shimla: Dhumal, Jairam slogans give BJP observers a headache
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

Supporters of Prem Kumar Dhumal, the CM candidate who lost from Sujanpur after shifting from Hamirpur, are not prepared to give up their claim to power. Five-term MLA Jairam Thakur, on the other hand, has emerged front-runner for the post.

Himachal Pradesh High Court junks law to regularise illegal constructions
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

‘Act was aimed to benefit the affluent, executive and politicians’

No word yet on Himachal CM pick, BJP observers return to Delhi
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

Sloganeering in favour of Prem Kumar Dhumal and counter-slogans by those backing candidature Jairam Thakur was witnessed even as consultations were underway.

BJP observers in Shimla: Will relay feedback to central leadership to pick new Chief Minister
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

Himachal elections: Jairam, Dhumal supporters raise slogans for their leaders, Sitharaman says victory has come with loss