There have been 466 suicide cases in the first seven months this year (around 67 per month), while the state reported a total of 710 cases, or around 59 per month, in 2019 and 780 cases, or 65 per month, in 2018.
According to a report by the meteorological centre at Shimla, the daily maximum temperatures in the state this year were below normal during most days from March to May (summer season) due to ten significant spells of rain and snow.
ITBP personnel joining duty after leave, migrants coming here for work, and people returning home from other states have made up the bulk of these cases, and most of them were already under quarantine.
Himachal Pradesh runs an exclusive captive breeding centre for cheer pheasants near Chail. Last October, three families of the bird from the facility were introduced into soft-release pens at a site between Seri and Undala villages of Dharbhog panchayat in Shimla rural tehsil.
Tydeman, the a variety of apple being harvested this month, is selling for Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,200 per carton, said commission agents at the fruit market yard of the APMC Mandi at Bhattakufar near Shimla. A carton usually contains around 25 kilogram of apples.
Tourists, especially those from the neighbouring states, have started coming to the state in large numbers, resulting in queues at police barriers due to the completion of various formalities related to their entry.
With tourist season lost to Covid-19 pandemic, and nearly all their apple crop destroyed in hailstorms, residents of Kufri and its surrounding villages, where nearly all households are engaged in tourism, struggle to pick up the pieces this monsoon.
Kaza village has a population of around 1,700. With an FIR against over 200, more than 10 per cent of the total population of the village now stands accused in the case, booked under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 143 (unlawful assembly) and 188 (disobedience of public order) of the IPC.
An above-normal snowfall this past winter had raised hopes of a bumper crop among fruit growers. What followed over next few months, however, were frequent spells of hailstorms and thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds.
Following the submission of the CBI inquiry report, the high court last week dismissed a writ petition, which challenged the recruitment alleging irregularities. The verdict was made available Tuesday.
BJP leader Rajeev Bindal, the former Assembly Speaker and five-time MLA, resigned on May 27, a week after the vigilance bureau arrested the state's director of health services, Dr A K Gupta, who is allegedly heard discussing the handover of Rs 5 lakh with another man in the audio clip.
Last year, more than 17.25 lakh people had visited Kullu district till June, including nearly 47,000 foreigners, according to the state tourism department. It's one of the three most popular tourist destinations in the state, besides Shimla and Kangra.
Earlier, opposition Congress had rejected the CM’s idea saying it may prove dangerous for the state. Even Shimla Hotel and Restaurant Association (SHRA) had suggested that regular tourists would stop coming to the state if hotels were developed as quarantine centres.
Prithvi Singh, the person who allegedly recorded the audio clip, in which he can be heard discussing the handover of Rs 5 lakh, is a liasioning officer of Bio Aid, the firm in Derabassi, the investigator said.