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Ashwani Sharma covers Himachal Pradesh for the Indian Express

MiG-21 fighter jet crashes in Kangra, pilot dead; Court of Inquiry ordered
Wed, Jul 18, 2018

IAF MiG-21 fighter jet crash today in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh: The MiG 21 aircraft reportedly took off from the Pathankot Air Base. Visuals from the scene of the crash show part of the aircraft burning.

Construction ban in Shimla to continue as NGT turns down review petition
Tue, Jul 17, 2018

The order came as huge blow to the state government, which is faced with problem of massive unauthorised construction in Shimla and major tourists towns like Kasauli, Dharamshala, McLeodganj and Manali, apart from towns like Kullu and Kasol.

Day after Virbhadra’s Advani jibe, Himachal Cong puts up a united face
Sun, Jul 15, 2018

Rajni Patil, who is currently on a seven-day tour to the state to hold district-level meetings, held a closed-door breakfast meeting with Virbhadra, Sukhu and CLP leader Mukesh Agnihotri in Shimla before they set out for Solan.

Don’t mistake me for Advani, I’m still in the game, defiant Virbhadra tells Congress
Sat, Jul 14, 2018

Sounding defiant, the former Chief Minister termed the party’s incumbent state leadership (without naming Sukhu) coward.

Caught up in language barrier, Mysore woman lodged at Shimla mental hospital for 2 years now
Thu, Jul 12, 2018

For the past six months, after hospital authorities started efforts to establish contact with her family, Padma’s frustrations have only grown. She takes repeated rounds towards the hospital’s main entrance every day and keep talking to herself.

Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur rolls out project to set up a cow sanctuary
Wed, Jul 11, 2018

The concept of cow sanctuaries is different from that of gaushalas and gausadans where the animals are kept indoors. Here the animals will be free to roam in the fenced area.

Supreme Court hurdle to Himachal Pradesh plans to let out forest guest houses to private players
Sat, Jul 07, 2018

The Himachal Pradesh government was in the process of privatising/developing 113 sites, of which five were sold out under the PPP model and 16 others were awaiting auction.

GPS, radio tags, drones in Shimla’s fight against tree-felling
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

According to Forest Department officials, there are an estimated 4,00,000 trees within Shimla municipal limits. And until March 15, records show, they had tagged 2,81,780. If the project sticks to schedule, officials say all the trees will be GPS-tagged by October.

Khali show is on, won’t take funds from government, says Himachal minister
Sat, Jun 30, 2018

A senior cabinet minister confirmed that several ministers had raised objections to the move to provide funds for the event as maximum budget of the department for funding to the 42 games in the official list is not more than Rs 2.5 crore.

Sealing drive: Wiser after Kasauli, officials take no risk
Wed, Jun 27, 2018

The crackdown against the hotels progressed as per plans amid tight security, with armed police teams escorting officials everywhere they went.

Kasol: 37 illegal hotels to face action in sealing drive
Tue, Jun 26, 2018

On May 1, during a demolition drive in Kasauli to implement Supreme Court directives, Assistant town Planner Shail Bala was shot dead, allegedly by a hotelier Vijay Singh.

In Himachal Pradesh, 21 stalled hydel projects set for revival after Centre gives nod
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

“Of total 21, which were taken up for discussions to remove all hurdles,11 projects ( 339 MW) were at the execution stage and 10 others had not made any progress for years.

Police guard 62 men who have keys to Shimla water rations
Thu, Jun 07, 2018

As part of an emergency water rationing measure, the city’s corporation limits have been divided into three zones, with water released to each of these zones in turns. Thus, most localities in the city have been getting water once in three days.

Himachal Pradesh bans use of thermocol plates, plastic bottles less than one-litre capacity
Tue, Jun 05, 2018

Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur said a steel bottle would be provided to each student in all government schools in the state to discourage the use of plastic bottles.

It’s a step towards faster connectivity… 60% seats for first month have been sold: Additional chief secretary of Himachal Ram Subhag Singh
Mon, Jun 04, 2018

Pawan Hans, which provides helicopter service to the hill state for VIP flights and emergencies, will operate the heli-taxi service as well.

Shimla water crisis: Availability improving, efforts are on to ensure smooth supply, say officials
Mon, Jun 04, 2018

Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry, who heads the committee to deal with the crisis, said “ things are showing much change since Saturday, especially after efforts to add Sutlej water at Gumma source.”

At Ground Zero, a stream always in spate dries up after 30 years
Sun, Jun 03, 2018

Ram Krishan, a local resident, said the elders in the area had never seen the khad (stream) dry even in summers.

A day in the life of a family in Shimla amidst the city’s crippling water crisis
Sun, Jun 03, 2018

Day Zero: A bucket of water. And some self-taught lessons in conservation. That’s all that Rachna Jhina Sharma has to start her day as her family of four deals with an unprecedented shortage.

Shimla water crisis: Dues pending, civic body cuts supply to 43 hotels
Sat, Jun 02, 2018

During Friday’s hearing, the bench questioned Shimla Municipal Commissioner on why water supply was still continuing to defaulter hoteliers and sought immediate compliance cautioning against any laxity in the matter. Later, teams of officials went around the town and enforced the court orders.

When Acting Chief Justice went on a night vigil to check water supply in Shimla
Fri, Jun 01, 2018

Along with Shimla Deputy Commissioner Amit Kashyap and Municipal Corporation Commissioner Rohit Jamwal, Justice Karol spent almost the entire night at ground–zero to ensure that water control rooms were functioning without any hindrance.

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