To help out horticulturists who face crop damage due to hailstorms, the Himachal Pradesh government will be testing the use of indigenously developed ‘anti-hail guns’. What are these and how do they 'prevent' a hailstorm?
Last year, 14 FIRs were registered against five reporters in various parts of the state during the lockdown period. Another reporter was booked on the very first day of the corona curfew imposed last month when the country was battling a brutal Covid surge.
The ongoing wet spell has led to landslides and avalanches, destroyed crops and property, and caused loss of animal lives. In several parts, roads including national highways have been blocked and power supply disrupted. In Kinnaur, a man was killed in a landslide.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the total rainfall this winter (January 1 to February 28) in Himachal was a mere 59 millimetres against a long-period average of 193 mm - a deficit of 69 percent. Since March 1 too, there has been a rain deficit of 55 percent.
The extent of the problem this year will become clearer in the coming summer months, but State Water Minister Mahender Singh Thakur claimed that it has never been so dry before in Himachal so early during the year.
The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to start planting seabuckthorn in the cold desert areas of the state. What are the ecological, medicinal and economical benefits of the plant? What is the latest project?
The report, released by Union minister of housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, stated that Shimla achieved an overall score of 60.90 points in overall 13 categories to grab the top rank. Bhubaneshwar (59.85) and Silvassa (58.43) followed closely.
Several provisions in the Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2019, have been emulated almost word to word by Uttar Pradesh in the anti-conversion law that it passed last month, and which is being looked upon as an example by other BJP-ruled states.
Over 40 per cent of those surveyed in the state were found to be underweight, overweight or obese, i.e. their body mass index (BMI) was either below or above normal, according to the survey that covered nearly 11,000 households in the state.
Natural farming is different from organic farming, which was earlier being advocated in Himachal to counter the ill-effects of chemical-based farming. But organic farming required large quantities of organic fertilisers, and productivity was low in the initial years leading to financial losses.
The 84-km long Kiratpur-Nerchowk four-lane project is one among four contiguous projects being carried out by the NHAI to widen the crucial Chandigarh-Manali road from Kiratpur in Punjab to Kullu in Himachal and cut down the distance between these two places.