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shweta prasad in the tashkent files

After Naseeruddin Shah and Mithun Chakraborty, actor Shweta Basu Prasad has joined Vivek Agnihotri's The Tashkent Files, which revolves around former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death.

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Filmfare has released the list of nominations for the 63rd edition of its Bollywood awards. While old favourites make their regular appearances, some new faces can also be seen. Check out the full list here.

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Dabboo Ratnani 2018 Calendar: Before you get a glimpse of Sunny Leone's calendar photo, here's a sneak peek into what happened behind the perfect shot.

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TRAI will publish its assesment on mobile service providers' adherance to the new call drop rules by the end of this month. Defaulting services will have to pay a Rs 10 lakh fine at the mobile tower level.

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Idea Cellular's Magic Cashback offer will give customers up to Rs 3,300 for all prepaid recharge of Rs 398 or more. Idea Cellular's cashback offer comes after Jio previously announced similar schemes

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Sony Xperia XZ Pro is slated to launch on February 26, which is the inaugural day of this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Shimla News

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

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.

Kotkhai rape, murder & custodial death: CBI gets more time  to investigate case
Kotkhai rape, murder & custodial death: CBI gets more time to investigate case

Six people were arrested on charges of rape and murder. All of them are now on bail. The CBI had also arrested all eight members of the SIT and former SP Shimla in connection with the custodial death case of one of the suspect.

Himachal Pradesh gets a new chief secretary
Himachal Pradesh gets a new chief secretary

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.

HP school board chief resigns
HP school board chief resigns

Balbir Tegta, Chairman of HP State Board of School Education, resigned on Thursday.

Himachal: Ministers spend their day waiting for portfolios, no word as yet
Himachal: Ministers spend their day waiting for portfolios, no word as yet

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

Dharmani is new OSD to Himachal CM
Dharmani is new OSD to Himachal CM

Both have association with the ABVP and hail from Bilaspur district.

Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur clears DA dues on day one
Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur clears DA dues on day one

Thakur was sworn in to the office on Wednesday, along with 11 ministers, six of them new faces. The DA, which will be payable from July 2017, will be cleared with the January 2018, salary.

Himachal Pradesh: Manisha Nanda is Principal Secy to Chief Minister
Himachal Pradesh: Manisha Nanda is Principal Secy to Chief Minister

Nanda earlier too had served as Principal Secretary to the government for departments like personnel, home, apart from being state’s Chief Electoral Officer.

Himachal Pradesh: 200 km away from swearing-in venue, Jai Ram Thakur’s mother catches event on TV
Himachal Pradesh: 200 km away from swearing-in venue, Jai Ram Thakur’s mother catches event on TV

She did not eat anything and sat before the TV much before the event started and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top BJP team appeared on screen.

Himachal Pradesh assembly elections: CM back after 12 days, says exit polls are unscientific, ban them
Himachal Pradesh assembly elections: CM back after 12 days, says exit polls are unscientific, ban them

“I can’t give you a seat-wise prediction. But I can say that no anti-incumbency factor played against the Congress in the elections. That’s what makes me confident about the numbers,” Virbhadra Singh said

Kotkhai rape and murder case: After four months, CBI announces reward of Rs 10 lakh for ‘information’
Kotkhai rape and murder case: After four months, CBI announces reward of Rs 10 lakh for ‘information’

A 16-year old school girl was raped and murdered in Shimla in July, triggering a massive public outrage. The case had also become a major election issue in Himachal Pradesh, which went to polls on November 9.

BJP leaders to meet at Bilaspur, Virbhadra Singh to visit Arki
BJP leaders to meet at Bilaspur, Virbhadra Singh to visit Arki

With just five days left for the counting of votes, BJP top leadership will meet in Bilaspur on Friday for a closed-door interaction with the contesting candidates, and state party office-bearers for draw up plans based on poll surveys. State BJP president Satpal Satti said: “There is no formal agenda for the meeting, but party’s […]

Intense cold conditions in Himachal Pradesh after snowfall, rains
Intense cold conditions in Himachal Pradesh after snowfall, rains

Roads in Shimla district, except the Sungro-Chansel road, have been opened. However, the Dodra-Kwar area is still cut off, officials said.

Himachal Pradesh HC seeks report on Shimla’s urban forest area, tagging of trees
Himachal Pradesh HC seeks report on Shimla’s urban forest area, tagging of trees

In the petition, residents of Ram Nagar also alleged that most of the felling was being done during late night hours. One such case was also reported on July 13, 2017

‘Expect rain, snow across state till Dec 14’
‘Expect rain, snow across state till Dec 14’

“The mid and higher hills are expected to receive heavy rains or snowfall over next 48 hours while wet spell with rains or snow at many places will continue till December 14,” sources in the local meteorological department office said.

Mandi: 6 killed in accident
Mandi: 6 killed in accident

Kullu SP Shalini Agnihotri said the victims were in the vehicle when the debris came crashing down on the car. “Efforts are under way to retrieve the bodies,” said Agnihotri.

Himachal: Three-day police custody for jail-break accused
Himachal: Three-day police custody for jail-break accused

All three accused, Prem Bahadur, Pratap Singh, both accused in a rape case, and Leela Dhar, who is facing murder charges, are Nepali nationals. They had escaped from Modern Central Jail at Kanda near Shimla on December 6 night.

Himachal: After High Court orders, crackdown begins at Kasol, illegal hotels, restaurants shut down
Himachal: After High Court orders, crackdown begins at Kasol, illegal hotels, restaurants shut down

Teams set up by Kullu Deputy Commissioner Kullu Yunus sealed dozens of hotels and restaurants, which had been operating without requisite permissions

Shimla rape case: Colonel P S Grewal gets bail
Shimla rape case: Colonel P S Grewal gets bail

The 56-year-old Colonel was arrested on November 22 by the Shimla (Sadar) police following an FIR lodged by the girl, who said he raped her after calling her to his house to meet some people to facilitate her modelling career

Police need to introspect why people don’t trust them: Ex-IB chief
Police need to introspect why people don’t trust them: Ex-IB chief

“Public safety is what is expected from the police and if the police are not able to do public good, it’s clear reflection on quality of policing. We definitely needs an introspection why people don’t trust the police,” PC Haldar said

Shimla jailbreak: All three escaped prisoners arrested
Shimla jailbreak: All three escaped prisoners arrested

Bahadur, 22, along with Leela Dhar, 22, and Pratap Singh, 27, had escaped from the jail on December 6—just a day before state police’s ‘Raising Day function’.

Shimla’s prisonbreak: How three Nepalis escaped Kanda’s three-layer security facility
Shimla’s prisonbreak: How three Nepalis escaped Kanda’s three-layer security facility

Shimla jailbreak: Who were the three undertrials? How did they escape? What were they accused of?

Three undertrials escape from Shimla’s Kanda jail
Three undertrials escape from Shimla’s Kanda jail

According to jail staff, the prisoners scaled the jail’s 16-ft outer wall taking support of some construction material, which included some pipes and iron bars lying in the compound.

Shimla construction ban: Himachal govt to challenge NGT order in Supreme Court
Shimla construction ban: Himachal govt to challenge NGT order in Supreme Court

The urban development agency and Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) have their own worries on the future of the Smart City project if NGT orders are implemented in its letter and spirit.

Kotkhai rape case ‘dented’ police image, says DGP Somesh Goyal
Kotkhai rape case ‘dented’ police image, says DGP Somesh Goyal

“Police have to take some hard lessons from recent incidents, and refurbish their image. It’s a challenge, and opportunity too,” said Goyal, who was speaking to mediapersons at the Ridge, after giving final touches to Raising Day function slated for December 7 and 8.

Shimla construction ban: Panel on NGT order fails to firm up action plan, govt mulls challenging ban
Shimla construction ban: Panel on NGT order fails to firm up action plan, govt mulls challenging ban

The committee that met on Monday was set-up after state Chief secretary V C Pharka held consultations with top secretaries, to discuss strategy to enforce the order

HC upholds ‘constitutional right’ of employees to timely salaries
HC upholds ‘constitutional right’ of employees to timely salaries

99 nurses denied wages for seven months in Himachal Pradesh

Congress, BJP join hands to oppose NGT order on Shimla
Congress, BJP join hands to oppose NGT order on Shimla

BJP and Congress showed a rare display of unity while urging the state to file a review plea in NGT

Shimla: One booked on rape charges

In her complaint, the woman that the accused, who is absconding, had been sexually abusing her on the pretext of marriage.

NGT ban on new ban on constructions in Shimla: Leftist groups oppose move, say stir planned
NGT ban on new ban on constructions in Shimla: Leftist groups oppose move, say stir planned

“The decision is neither beneficial to Shimla’s future nor will it serve any purpose to protect the environment. It will also adversely affect other hill towns,” said Vijender Mehra, president, Shimla Nagrik Sabha.

Offered to ‘tamper with’ EVMs: Pune college student sent to judicial custody
Offered to ‘tamper with’ EVMs: Pune college student sent to judicial custody

The youth, who had earlier failed to clear Maharashtra State Administrative Services Exams, devised this plan to make easy money.

NGT construction ban: Left wing organisations oppose, threatens direct action in Shimla
NGT construction ban: Left wing organisations oppose, threatens direct action in Shimla

The NGT has also imposed a ban on all types of residential, commercial and institutional construction within three metres of state or national highways throughout the state.

Three more days in police remand for rape accused Colonel

The girl, in her statement under section 164 of the CrPC, had said the Colonel forced her to consume liquor at his house before raping her. 

Shimla rape, murder and custodial death: Judicial remand of nine cops extended till Nov 25
Shimla rape, murder and custodial death: Judicial remand of nine cops extended till Nov 25

The CBI, which is investigating the case, had arrested nine police officers in the custodial death case.

Army Colonel arrested for raping daughter of colleague in Shimla

An FIR under relevant sections of the IPC was registered after the statement of the victim was recorded and medical examination conducted, police said.

Famous Lavi Fair concludes in Himachal Pradesh
Famous Lavi Fair concludes in Himachal Pradesh

Lavi was a major trading center and the stopover point on the old trade routes that led to Kinnaur, Tibet, Ladakh and Afghanistan.