Ashwani Sharma


Climate proofing: Himachal prepares $150 mn plan to manage natural water resources
Tue, Nov 22, 2016

The state’s Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) has already submitted a detailed concept note to the Centre.

The changelings: Boy and girl swapped at birth back with their parents in Shimla
Sun, Nov 20, 2016

After three DNA tests, a probe and a court order, how two families are setting aside traditional relationships to deal with those five months. Photographs: Lalit Kumar

Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra says son will contest 2017 poll
Fri, Nov 18, 2016

Till now, the CM had been maintaining that his son would decide on entering the electoral fray at an appropriate time as he still had some lessons left in politics.

Himachal Pradesh: 6 months on, HPBCL struggles to control liquor trade in state
Sun, Nov 13, 2016

“Now we have exact information as to who is running a parallel liquor trade in the state. Huge corruption was involved in the business and black marketing of liquor. All genuine licence holders (wholesalers), most of them locals, were thrown out of business and replaced with liquor mafia from UP and Punjab, backed by ruling party middlemen” said Ravinder Ravi

Rs 76 lakh worth banned currency notes seized in Himachal Pradesh
Fri, Nov 11, 2016

The currency was seized from a Toyota Fortuner car having registration HP 58 770.

Three north-east states ‘agree’ to exchange Himachal’s monkeys for wild animals
Tue, Nov 08, 2016

Around 500 to 800 monkeys will be detained after proper fencing of the identified site.

Himachal Pradesh Police officer who probed CM’s private secretary in ED case posted to border
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

Negi had returned to the state government in August 2016 on completion of his deputation with the ED.

Himachal Pradesh: 18 dead, 26 injured in major bus accident near Mandi
Sun, Nov 06, 2016

Mandi bus accident: The speeding bus managed to erase four parapets and eventually rolled down a 200-feet gorge and plunged into the river, turning turtle.

PM Narendra Modi to soldiers: Country can sleep because you are awake
Wed, Nov 02, 2016

To the jawans, who raised slogans of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Vande Mataram”, PM Modi said: “Because you guard our borders, people sleep at night. If you were not on the borders, people couldn’t have slept.”

Jawans at Indo-China border greet PM Modi with ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’
Wed, Nov 02, 2016

The visit was kept secret till the prime minister’s choppers landed at Sumdo.

Catch or kill, get upto Rs 1,000 per monkey in Himachal Pradesh
Sun, Oct 30, 2016

"The amount for catching monkeys (by any individual) for sterilization of monkey has also been increased from Rs. 500 to Rs. 700," said state's forest minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri.

Himachal becomes India’s second ‘Open Defecation Free’ state, to get Rs 9,000 cr funding from World Bank
Fri, Oct 28, 2016

Minister for Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar said it was heartening to note how the state has achieved the ODF target, at least five months in advance.

Shimla: Swapped five months ago, babies reunite with mothers
Thu, Oct 27, 2016

The Himachal High Court asked the families to resolve the issue mutually.

Shimla mothers do a swap to get back own babies
Thu, Oct 27, 2016

The baby exchange, following advice by the Himachal Pradesh High Court to the two families to resolve the issue mutually after Sheetal’s complaint, took place at Anjana’s home in Khalini, Shimla.

Sukhwinder Sukhu to stay Himachal Congress chief, says Ambika Soni as she wraps up visit
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

Congress president Sukhwinder Sukhu will stay as the PCC chief for now as the party high command had no plans to make any major changes in the state unit ahead of election year.

In Shimla, five months after swap, babies will return to their original parents
Sat, Oct 22, 2016

Two newborn babies, a girl and a boy, who got swapped at birth in a Shimla hospital five months ago, are now set to be reunited with their original parents.

Earlier one heard of Israel, Indian Army no less: PM Modi on surgical strike
Wed, Oct 19, 2016

Emphasising OROP, PM Modi said when he last came to Himachal to campaign, he had promised OROP, which he has fulfilled.

Himachal Pradesh: PM Narendra Modi reaches Mandi
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

PM Modi will address a public meeting in Mandi named as 'Parivartan rally' to give a call for change in the coming assembly elections

Mandi rally: PM Modi’s landing at Paddal reduces rally space, BJP a worried lot
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Besides addressing ‘Parivartan Prime Minister will also dedicate three mega hydel projects to the nation from the same venue created at the rear of the dais.

US man missing: Virbhadra Singh offers government chopper for search
Mon, Oct 17, 2016

US national Justin Alexander Shetler had gone missing in the Parvati Valley in September.

US man missing: Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra offers govt chopper for search
Mon, Oct 17, 2016

US national Justin Alexander Shetler had gone missing in the Parvati Valley in September.

Month after US trekker goes missing in Kullu, mother reaches Manali
Sat, Oct 15, 2016

“Wherever he went, including Nepal to help those affected by the earthquake, Justin always kept in touch with me. He used to keep me updated. This is the only time he hasn’t got back. I am in shock,” she told The Indian Express from Manali

No chance of early polls: Virbhadra Singh
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

He termed the BJP’s apprehensions about “advancing” the state Assembly polls as “wishful thinking.”

Himachal HC gives govt 90 days to amend Tenancy and Land Reforms Law
Fri, Sep 23, 2016

Under section 118 of the HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, only agriculturists are allowed by purchase land without state government permissions while non-agriculturists are debarred .

Himachal Pradesh HC: Don’t mention caste of accused, victims or witnesses in criminal trials
Sat, Sep 17, 2016

"Mentioning of caste/status separately in the criminal proceedings is a colonial legacy and should be stopped forthwith," the High Court said in a 19-page judgment.

Shimla no place for those who work against Congress’ interests, says Virbhadra Singh
Mon, Sep 12, 2016

Addressing the Congress workers at the PCC office to mark end of the party’s drive- Modi Ke Bhol,Jhumlo Ke Dhol’, the Chief Minister attacked the BJP for its negative propoganda

Himachal Pradesh to bring transgenders under social security net
Wed, Sep 07, 2016

So far, only two states in the country-- Odisha and Tamil Nadu, have introduced a pension scheme for the transgender population.

Himachal Pradesh: School builing collapses
Wed, Aug 31, 2016

Minutes before the collapse, some teachers asked all the students to exit classrooms after noticing cracks in the walls.

Boy’s murder unearthed 2 years later unites Shimla in grief, anger
Tue, Aug 30, 2016

The discovery of the remains has not just plunged his family in grief and anger, it has also convulsed Shimla.

Four-year-old’s Murder: My son has given his life to save other Shimla children, says father
Mon, Aug 29, 2016

“I want police to hand them (accused) over to me just for 30 minutes. I will strip them in public, and do exactly the way they did gruesomely to my child," says Yug Gupta's father.

Shimla boy’s murder case: Accused thrashed inside court premises, town witnesses mass protests
Sat, Aug 27, 2016

Although the police anticipated trouble, they could not help much as the angry crowd dealt some hard blows to Tajender Singh and kicked him repeatedly.

Shimla boy’s murder case: Accused starved, tortured four-year-old Yug Gupta
Fri, Aug 26, 2016

The child was kidnapped from Ram Bazaar on June 14, 2014, after the accused lured him with chocolates.

Shimla boy’s death: Anger grows, parties demand stringent action
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Yug Gupta (4), was missing for the past two years, was recovered from a water tank near Kelston.

In Himachal Pradesh, BJP MLA breaks microphones
Wed, Aug 24, 2016

The ruling Congress MLAs urged Speaker B B L Butail to take action against the BJP MLA for breaking the microphone.

Ruckus in Himachal assembly over CBI chargesheet against Virbhadra Singh
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

The atmosphere turned so ugly that BJP MLA Ravinder Ravi broke two microphones at his seat in the fit of anger and to protest against Speaker BBL Butail not allowing him to counter CM's allegations against top BJP leaders.

Downhill Story: Building violations in Shimla
Mon, Aug 22, 2016

Shimla that has grown haphazardly in the absence of a masterplan is set to face another blow: regularisation of unauthorised constructions — which may number more than 5,000 — in one go.