Ashwani Sharma

Ashwani Sharma covers Himachal Pradesh for the Indian Express

Articles By Ashwani Sharma

After several years, Shimla witnesses early December snowfall

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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.

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