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Ashwani Sharma


Ashwani Sharma is a Shimla based journalist and a former correspondent with The Indian Express

Himachal bypolls a test for CM Thakur, but Congress troubles only helping BJP
Thu, Oct 10, 2019

The two seats, Pacchad in Sirmaur and Dharamsala in Kangra, had fallen vacant after MLAs Suresh Kashyap and Krishan Kapoor got elected to the Lok Sabha from Shimla (Reserve) and Kangra seats.

Apple farmers in Himachal are currently reaping disappointment: Here’s why
Thu, Oct 10, 2019

Bumper crop, higher tariffs on US fruit and ban on Chinese imports haven’t brought cheer to Himachal Pradesh’s growers.

Himachal’s new anti-conversion law has an old provision quashed by high court
Thu, Sep 19, 2019

In 2006, the Himachal Pradesh government led by Virbhadra Singh became the first Congress-ruled state to pass an anti-conversion law.

Why Himachal is up in arms over move to raise one allowance of its MLAs
Fri, Sep 06, 2019

The travel expenses for MLAs have now been raised to Rs 4 lakh from Rs 2.50 lakh per annum for one-time domestic of foreign travel.

In Himachal Pradesh, this jail experiment takes inmates beyond corrections
Sat, Aug 31, 2019

With more than 70 per cent of these inmates sole bread–earners, they have managed to send Rs 6,500 to Rs 8,500 home every month to feed their families and send their children to school.

Woman dies of shock after learning she is HIV+, probe ordered into wrong report
Thu, Aug 29, 2019

At the Shimla hospital, seeing the HIV+ report, the doctors asked her husband too to get tested. The Woman overheard this conversation and slipped into a coma. Later, a new round of tests had ruled out HIV. But by then the woman’s condition was quite critical and she died at the IGMC Hospital.

Cracks appear on Shimla’s ridge, experts say disaster waiting to happen
Tue, Aug 20, 2019

Few know that beneath the Ridge lies a 9.7 million litre water storage tank which was built in 1880 for meeting Shimla‘s drinking water needs.

One dead in Lahaul-Spiti; unseasonal snowfall after 11 years
Mon, Aug 19, 2019

Over 150 tourists were stranded in Spiti and Chandertal while around 200 were stuck in Lahaul. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) teams rescued 150 people, including foreign tourists and labourers.

After several years, Shimla witnesses early December snowfall
Wed, Dec 12, 2018

Shimla snowfall: For the city's hotel industry, which had been experiencing hard days after the town witnessed its worst-ever drinking water crisis in June 2018, pre-Christmas snowfall has come as a blessing.

‘Atal ji understood Himachal’s problems… thinking of naming Rohtang Tunnel after him’
Mon, Aug 20, 2018

It was in 2006 that he visited Prini last. He had ceased to be Prime Minister. We all had lined-up to see him off to Delhi. He shook hands with then CM Virbhadra Singh.

Imported from Italy, apple saplings dry up, turn into waste
Sat, Aug 18, 2018

Approximately 1.39 lakh saplings were imported from Italy and sent to Dr Y S Parmar University of Horticture and Forestry for mandatory quarantine to check if the plants were not infected with any disease.

Rs 8 Crore Restoration: Shimla Town Hall comes alive again
Sat, Aug 04, 2018

State tourism department, which had taken the task of conservation in its hand with funding from Asian Development Bank, says this is a gift to the citizens and going to be an attraction for tourists taking an evening stroll on the Mall Road.

Himachal Pradesh drug menace: mere seizure will not help, frame policy, tells HC to govt
Thu, Aug 02, 2018

The order also said chapters like ‘ill-effects of use of Psychotropic Substances’ may be introduced in curriculum of the school going children and at least twice a month, there should be expert counseling on the matter in educational institutions.

At Shimla mental rehab for two years, Mysore woman set to return home
Thu, Aug 02, 2018

The woman was found abandoned by the police in Kangra in 2016 and was brought to the hospital as patient. Padma speaks only Kannada.

Himachal: Truckers’ strike hits apple producers, mandis wear a deserted look
Fri, Jul 27, 2018

Already coping-up with hostile climatic conditions, the apple producers in Himachal Pradesh, suffered a fresh blow in the lean crop season due to truckers strike, called by the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) on July 20, adversely affected the transportation of fruits. 

Himachal: Marriage ceremony turns into gloom as five of a family charred to death after house catches fire
Mon, Jul 23, 2018

The tragedy, which shook the entire area turning a marriage ceremony into a gloom, saw relatives and close family members in an inconsolable state as several people from the neighbourhood and Mandi town also rushed to the spot.

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.