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Explained: Are anti-hail guns the answer to Himachal’s problem of crop damage due to hailstorms
Sat, Jun 05, 2021

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?

Case against Dua not an exception, 6 journalists face police action for covering pandemic in HP
Sun, Jun 06, 2021

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.

Gudiya rape case: The brutal murder that shook Himachal Pradesh
Thu, Apr 29, 2021

The incident had triggered massive protests and uproar in Kotkhai, Shimla, and other parts of the hill state where crimes of such nature are rare.

Snow, rain, thunderstorms continue in Himachal for fourth day in a row
Fri, Apr 23, 2021

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.

Himachal Pradesh witnesses inclement weather for fourth straight day
Fri, Apr 23, 2021

The town of Shimla, which received 83mm rain in a 24-hour-period, is facing one of its wettest Aprils ever. The nearby tourist spot of Narkanda has been covered in snow -- a rare phenomenon in summer.

Winter rain shortage dries out summer crops in Himachal
Sun, Apr 11, 2021

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.

Himachal: By securing majority in two civic bodies, Cong registers first big win in 8 years
Thu, Apr 08, 2021

The party lost power to the BJP in the state in the 2017 Assembly elections, lost all four Lok Sabha seats in both the 2014 and 2019 parliamentary elections, and also lost various byelections

Explained: Home to perennial sources, why Himachal Pradesh is staring at a water crisis
Wed, Mar 24, 2021

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.

Explained: Why Himachal Pradesh want to start seabuckthorn plantations
Wed, Mar 17, 2021

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?

Explained: Why is Himachal Pradesh planning to legalise cannabis cultivation?
Tue, Mar 16, 2021

For a state that is known for its 'Mallana cream’, which is the charas or hash or hashish which comes from the Malana Valley in Kullu district, what does the government's recent announcement mean?

Shimla most liveable city in govt’s ease of living index
Fri, Mar 05, 2021

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.

Behind snow leopard count, camera traps at 284 locations in 26,000sqkm
Fri, Feb 05, 2021

Based on these results from the sampled areas, the total population of snow leopards in the state was estimated to be 73.

Explained: How an IIT breakthrough can help in extending life of your electronic gadgets
Mon, Jan 25, 2021

In order to increase the efficiency and durability of a gadget, the various components of microchips need to be designed optimally to minimise losses caused by fluctuating or erratic power supply.

50 years of Himachal Pradesh: A trip down the history lane
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

The Indian Express takes a trip down the history lane to find out how the state of Himachal Pradesh came to be.

Explained: Why bird flu virus has so many strains, and what it means for humans
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

Here's a look at the nature of the influenza A virus, which causes the bird flu as well as human flu pandemics, and why it has so many variants.

Explained: Why forest fires are common in Himachal Pradesh
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Except for periods of precipitation in monsoon and winter, the forests remain vulnerable to wildfires. They cause an estimated loss of several crore rupees each year.

Explained: Amid India’s bird flu outbreak, a look at how poultry animals are culled
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

During culling operations, all domestic birds in an infected area, i.e., an area in which a case of bird flu has been detected, are slaughtered and their remains either incinerated or buried.

Explained: What is bird flu? How severe is the outbreak in India?
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

Bird flu outbreaks have been affecting poultry around the globe for decades, and culling of infected birds has been a common measure to contain the spread.

Explained: Why are more than half of India’s children, women anaemic?
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

Anemia is the condition of having a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells or quantity of hemoglobin. How widespread is it in India?

Himachal’s ‘love jihad’ law has intent clause, which HC had struck down
Sat, Dec 26, 2020

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.

Explained: Why is Himachal testing residents for leprosy?
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

How prevalent is leprosy in Himachal Pradesh? What have been the results of the latest surveillance campaign? We explain.

Over 30% Himachal residents overweight, national health survey points out
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

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.

It’s a goat, it’s a pig, it’s a serow: Explaining an unusual sighting in Spiti
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

A Himalayan serow has been sighted for the first time in the Himalayan cold desert region. Why is the sighting significant?

In Himachal Pradesh 80k farmers take up natural farming, tap nature to boost crop yield, quality
Sun, Dec 13, 2020

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.

Kiratpur-Nerchowk four-lane project hangs fire amid alleged irregularities
Sun, Dec 13, 2020

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.

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