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Monday, August 10, 2020

Gagandeep Singh Dhillon


More than 2 suicides a day in first 7 months — most victims homemakers, poor workers
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

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.

GST compensation, Centre’s revenue deficit grant shores up Himachal’s first-quarter revenue
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

Himachal's share in central taxes has remained the same this year, and the total expenditure of the state went up by about 10 per cent during the quarter, Saxena said.

Apple growers in Theog set to reap disappointing harvest
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

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.

Help from Nepal in short supply, apple growers engage kin to do hard labour
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

Apple growers in Himachal largely rely on seasonal labourers from Nepal to pluck, pack, carry and load and unload their crop.

Why Covid made noise in Shimla: it got sealed buildings, institutions that matter
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

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: 8 of 18 rare captive-born cheer pheasants survive in wild
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

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.

Low demand, raw material shortage: pharma sector yet to bounce back
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

According to Munish Thakur, general secretary of the Himachal Drug Manufacturers’ Association (HDMA), a majority of the plants are running at a production capacity of around 70 per cent.

Besieged by low demand, raw material problems, pharma sector yet to recover to pre-Covid production level
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

According to Munish Thakur, general secretary of the Himachal Drug Manufacturers' Association (HDMA), a majority of the plants are running at a production capacity of around 70 per cent.

Shimla: Early apple varieties fetch higher prices this year
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

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.

In dwindling imports from China, a big atmanirbhar push for desi pharma firms
Thu, Jul 09, 2020

The central government, meanwhile, has launched new schemes to promote the production of pharmaceutical compounds and the establishment of bulk drug parks in the country.

Tourists flock to Himachal, cause long queues at borders
Thu, Jul 09, 2020

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.

Their source of income lost to tourist ban, many in Kufri take to farming, NREGA jobs
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

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.

In Himachal’s Kaza village, a woman from nearly every house now faces police case
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

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.

Other side of Covid: Shimla gets a breath of fresh air
Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Though the disruption in Shimla's tourism industry has affected the livelihoods of people, it has resulted in better civic amenities and improved environmental indicators for the town residents.

Erratic weather, labour shortage, market trouble upsets Himachal applecart
Wed, Jun 24, 2020

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.

HP: No threat of breach in Parechu Lake, say scientists
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

The water body has been constantly monitored ever since the 2005 flash floods in Himachal.

An Indian border along China that has never seen conflict
Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Traders from Kinnaur cross over to China every year through Shipki La pass

Why Himachal Pradesh UN medal awardee IG ZH Zaidi is in Chandigarh Burail Jail?
Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Though Zaidi was bailed out by the Supreme Court in April 2019, Zaidi is now struggling to get bail after his plea was dismissed by the special CBI Court of Chandigarh in January this year.

Behind Shimla woman’s suicide, husband’s addiction to PUBG
Thu, Jun 11, 2020

"For the past few months since the lockdown began, he had been playing PUBG for as long as 10 hours a day. It clearly caused him mental stress."

Patwari Recruitment: All questions copied from previous exams, but no foul play, finds CBI
Tue, Jun 09, 2020

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.

Himachal CM defends ex-BJP chief: He quit as accused was once close
Tue, Jun 09, 2020

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.

Cow injured: Use of bait bombs, shock traps against stray animals common in Himachal
Mon, Jun 08, 2020

The police said that Lal used a homemade bomb in the trap, using a mixture of ‘gandhak-potash’ (potassium nitrate and sulphur), crushed stones and other materials, before covering it with wheat dough.

From booming tourism business to empty hotels, Kullu stares at uncertain future
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

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.

No footfall in peak tourist season, Kangra hospitality sector on brink of collapse
Sun, May 31, 2020

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.

Himachal PPE scam: Health top official sought bribe, never got it, investigators inform court
Fri, May 29, 2020

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.