Ashwani Sharma


Himachal Pradesh budget: No new taxes, sops for farmers
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

The 83-year-old sixth time Chief Minister announced a Rs 1,000 monthly unemployment allowance for youths. Disabled unemployed youths will get Rs 1,500.

It’s official: Dharamshala is Himachal Pradesh’s second capital
Fri, Mar 03, 2017

The CM presided over the Cabinet meeting to take a call on the move ahead of the state budget, which Virbhadra will present on March 10.

It’s official, Dharamshala is second capital of Himachal Pradesh
Thu, Mar 02, 2017

Dharamshala is a foothill town of McLeodgang, the seat of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and headquarters of the central Tibetan administration.

Himachal BJP meet on February 28, 100-rally plan to continue
Sat, Feb 25, 2017

With Himachal Pradesh going to polls by the year-end, this will be last budget session of the incumbent government, which is likely to be stormy given BJP’s aggressive posturing.

Virbhadra Rally; CM taunts colleagues: ‘They run party from cozy rooms, I work among the masses’
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

“Sarkar aur sangathan dono alag alag hai. Sarkar apna kaam kar rahi hai, sangathan apna. Lekin sangathan bandh kamre main khichdi pakaa raha hai, aur main janta ke beech jaakar kaam kar raha hoon.”

Plot for Patanjali: In U-turn 3 years later, Himachal govt restores lease 
Sat, Feb 18, 2017

The Cabinet gave its approval for restoration of lease of government land to Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust, Haridwar (Uttarakhand)

Himachal Pradesh Forest Corporation in a fix over loan without state approval
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Highly placed sources said the loan, at 14 per cent interest, was raised from Kangra Coop Bank to disburse payments to some chosen contractors, who had been pressing for their dues to be cleared.

No irregularity in land allotment to Ramdev trust, says CM Virbhadra Singh
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

The High Court had stayed government action at the facility on a petition filed by Patanjali Yogpeeth, days after the government sent police to take possession of the land.

Himachal Pradesh: S R Mardi tipped to be new DGP
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

If the posting comes through, Mardi will replace Sanjay Kumar, a 1985-batch officer,who was appointed as DGP in 2014.

In Shimla’s coldest winter, how six men saved a baby
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

From record-breaking snow in Shimla comes a story of courage, faith, resolve and birth.

Crackdown on drug mafia in Himachal: Five properties attached
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

Nurpur sub-division has been mainly under focus for detection of crime related to drug peddling and illegal smuggling of liquor in the areas bordering Punjab.

Himachal CM Virbhadra proposes son’s name for Shimla Rural constituency
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

The CM’s close soures, however, did not rule out Nahan as third choice to pin down BJP’s former minister Dr Rajeev Bindal, whom Virbhadra had often targeted for being an outsider.

Dharamshala is 2nd capital of Himachal Pradesh
Fri, Jan 20, 2017

The announcement comes in less than 24 hours after the CM had hinted at a function that the government was actively considering a proposal to make Dharamshala as Himchal’s winter capital.

Dharamshala is second capital of Himachal
Fri, Jan 20, 2017

“Dharamshala has had a significance and history of its own and fully deserves to be the second capital of the state.”

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.