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Day 4: Major crisis in hospitals, Shimla remains without power
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

SHIMLA WENT without power supply for the fourth consecutive day after last week’s snowfall, leading to a major crisis in the hospitals to maintain emergency services.

Shimla: Patients, tourists bear the brunt as electricity, traffic remain affected
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

For the third consecutive day, normal life in Shimla continued to remain paralysed as the administration and official agencies failed to restore power and water supply and clear the roads, inconveniencing locals and tourists.

Shimla struggles without power, water and mobility
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

Power and water supply were disrupted and traffic on roads remained affected due to the heavy snowfall.

Heavy snowfall in Shimla paralyses life, hits power, water supply
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

A huge influx of tourists during the day further added to the chaos with traffic jams due to haphazard driving and skidding of vehicles.

Himachal Pradesh cabinet clears takeover of heritage ‘Bantony Castle’
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

Will turn into cultural centre, city museum.

Not committed to implementing unemployment dole promise: Virbhadra Singh
Tue, Jan 03, 2017

Granting of unemployment allowance, in the present scenario, is only an “utopian concept, which is not practical in India,” he said.

Tourists descend in hope of snow, Shimla feels heat
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

More than 3,500 vehicles had entered Himachal Pradesh from Parwanoo alone between 8 am and 3 pm on Saturday against normal arrivals of 1,800 vehicles.

Himachal: Sukhu echoes Bali on unemployment allowance
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

Sukhu said Saturday he would take up the issue with the CM and ask him to make provision in next year’s budget to roll out the scheme.

To ring in the New Year, tourists throng Shimla
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

Hotels full, roads choked as unexpected arrivals put the hill station on its toes.

New Year eve rush in Shimla: Driven by snow charm, tourists make a beeline
Sat, Dec 31, 2016

Shimla may get snow on Dec 31: MeT forecast

After ‘chargesheet’ against CM Virbhadra Singh, BJP gears up for Amit Shah’s Kangra visit
Wed, Dec 28, 2016

Besides Amit Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may also visit Bilaspur to lay foundation stone for AIIMS and hydro engineering college in February.

Captain Amarinder Singh has vision for Punjab’s new development model, says Asha Kumari
Tue, Dec 27, 2016

Asha Kumari, Dalhousie MLA and in-charge of Congress party affairs in Punjab, speaks to The Indian Express on the sidelines of the Vidhan Sabha session in Dharamshala about the ‘homework’ done by the party and its prospects in 2017.

Rahul Gandhi slams demonetisation move, says PM Modi hoodwinked poor… situation won’t be normal after Dec
Sun, Dec 25, 2016

Rahul Gandhi called demonetisation a “fire-bombing” on the economy to bail out 50 big companies by waiving their Rs 8 lakh crore loans.

Himachal assembly’s winter session: Pandemonium in House, angry protests outside
Fri, Dec 23, 2016

Later, inside the House, Satpal Satti sought to raise the matter and reminded the Speaker that he had done grave injustice to the Opposition while taking Congress’s side.

Ruckus in Himachal House as BJP MLA sits on Speaker B B L Butail’s seat
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

All BJP MLAs left the House, leaving the treasury benches stunned.

Himachal Pradesh Assembly session: Unruly scenes mar Day 2
Wed, Dec 21, 2016

BJP, Congress trade barbs after Speaker rejects discussion on CM’s corruption cases.

Rahul Gandhi to visit Himachal on December 23-24: Virbhadra, Sukhu put up a united face
Sat, Dec 17, 2016

Rahul to address rally in Dharamshala on Dec 24 to mark Cong’s four years in power in the state.

‘Pendency of legal cases prevent 90 per cent of people from getting justice’
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Some of the major reasons, Justice Khanwilkar chose to highlight, included repeated adjournments being sought by lawyers and also multiplicity of legal forums which frustrates the litigants.

Severe dry spell leads to forest fires in Kinnaur, locals desperate to save homes
Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Some locals are trying hard to save their houses from the blaze, especially at night.

Given Himachal’s lack of air, rail link, roads are crucial: Narinder Chauhan
Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Himachal Pradesh’s Additional Chief Secretary (PWD) Narinder Chauhan speaks to Ashwani Sharma

Drive to Queen of Hills hits a dead end as NGT order brings work on Parwanoo-Shimla highway to standstill
Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Mounds of debris, stones and boulders on the way, leading to traffic snarls, have reduced the once-dream ride to a nightmare

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.