In a major jolt to Sukhu led Congress government in Himachal , BJP candidate Harsh Mahajan wins Rajya Sabha election

In a major jolt to the Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu led Congress government in Himachal Pradesh, BJP candidate Harsh Mahajan has won the Rajya Sabha election after declaration of result at Shimla on Tuesday. Despite,  BJP having 25 MLAs and Congress having absolute majority with 40 MLAs in the house of 68, and also claiming support…

IIT Mandi celebrates 15th Foundation Day

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi commemorated its 15th Foundation Day on 27th February. Dr. Samir V. Kamat, Secretary DD (R&D) and Chairman Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) was the Chief Guest on the occasion while Mr. G. A. Srinivas Murthy, DS and Director, Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Mr. Manoj Jain, Director…

Winning Rajya Sabha seat in HP looks difficult for BJP

While Congress leaders are taking all measures for the victory of their Rajya Sabha candidate Abhishek Manu Singhvi in the election scheduled for February 27, the BJP leaders despite not having numbers in their favour, are keeping their moves quite secret. Election to fill up one seat for Rajya Sabha has become quite interesting after former…

HPGCTA demands regularization of all contract teachers

Himachal Pradesh Government College Teachers’ Association ( HPGCTA) has urged the state government to give benefits to all contract college teachers from January 31st as directed by Himachal Pradesh High Court.  Talking to media persons on Sunday the president of the association Dr Banita Saklani and other office bearers of the association said,” We held…

Organizations urge CM not to build mega power projects on Chandrabhaga river basin

Nearly a dozen environmental and tribal organizations of Lahaul –Spiti and Pangi under the banner of Ladakh Lahaul Pangi Manali Kiratpur Four Lane Stakeholders Joint front have urged Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu to declare Chandrabhaga river basin as No Go Zone for mega Hydropower projects. In a letter sent to the CM the organizations…

Kisan Sabha and CITU activists observe ‘Black Day’ to protest police action against agitating farmers

The Himachal Pradesh Units of Kisan Sabha and CITU observed ‘Black Day’ on Friday to protest alleged police repression and killing of a farmer on Punjab – Haryana border. A demonstration was held at DC Office Shimla to protest killing of a youth Shubhkaran Singh and injuring several others in the alleged police action against…

Former Bilaspur MLA injured in attack

Former Bilaspur Congress MLA Bambar Thakur was injured in an attack by certain people on Friday outside the office of a construction company near Nauni in Bilaspur district on Friday morning. A police source said, “Thakur had gone to the office of a railway construction company near Nauni and had heated arguments with some contractors…

Five school children injured in bus accident near Banjar

 Five school children were injured in a school  bus accident near Ghyagi on Banjar – Jalori Jot road in Kullu district at about 11 am on Friday. A police source said ,” A school bus of Minerva Public School skidded off the road nearly 100 feet and fell down in a gorge injuring five school…

Supreme Court directs Oberoi’s to handover Wild Flower Hotel to HP Govt

In a major boost to the Himachal Pradesh government, the Supreme Court of India has upheld Himachal Pradesh High Court’s decision of handing over Oberoi’s luxury hotel at WildFlower Chharabra, near Shimla to the state government. “The Supreme Court in its order passed on Tuesday did not allow the Special Leave Petition of the East…

JCB operator dies during widening of Mandi- Kullu National Highway

A JCB operator died while digging a hillock on Mandi – Kullu National Highway at  six mile near Mandi at about 1 pm on Tuesday. A police source said, “The deceased Phiroj Khan alias Saleem, a resident of village Jarli under Sadar Tehsil of Mandi district, died on the spot.” The police said, “The JCB…

Educational institutions closed for next two days due to threat of avalanches in Lahaul & Spiti

The Lahaul & Spiti district administration has announced to keep all educational institutions shut for two days in view of threat of avalanches due to heavy snowfall in the district in the next twenty four hours. Deputy Commissioner Lahaul & Spiti Rahul Kumar said , “ The entire district is experiencing heavy snow fall as…

Commander of Commando Operation during Mumbai terrorist attack, Brig. Sisodia felicitated

Brigadier Govind Singh Sisodia (retired), the Commander of the Black Cat Commando operation during 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack, was felicitated in a function at Sardar Patel University Mandi on Sunday. The Pro-Vice Chancellor of Sardar Patel University Patel University Prof. Anupama Singh presented a Himachali cap, muffler and a memento to Brigadier Sisodia. Speaking on…

HP CM presents 2024-25 budget with no new taxes

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu presented the second budget of his government for 2024-25 financial year in Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Shimla on Saturday. Presenting the budget the CM, as Finance Minister of the state, presented an outlay of Rs 58,444 crore for the financial year 2024-25 with a fiscal deficit of Rs…

State wide protests in Himachal to oppose policies of the Central govt

The call for Grameen Bandh and industrial strike given by Samyukta Kissan Manch and Central Trade Unions, received a good response in Himachal Pradesh as thousands of workers; farmers and youth organizations held protest demonstrations and staged Dharnas at many places on February 16 to oppose policies of the Central government. In Himachal Pradesh CITU…

Mandi District Congress Committee chief Prakash Chaudhary quits Congress

Mandi District Congress Committee president Prakash Chaudhary has resigned from the post and from the Congress party. He made an announcement through his Facebook account in this regard saying, “I Prakash Chaudhary resigns from the presidency of Mandi district Congress Committee, from Congress party and all posts.” Three times MLA from Balh constituency of Mandi…

BJP nominates Harsh Mahajan to contest Rajya Sabha poll against Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Making the contest for Rajya Sabha seat from Himachal quite interesting, BJP has fielded Harsha Mahanjan against Congress candidate Abhisehk Manu Singhvi in the ensuing election. Entry of Harsha Mahajan, a former Cabinet Minister in Virbhadra Singh government and  three times Congress MLA from Chamba, who had defected to BJP before the last Assembly election…

Congress nominates Abhishek Manu Singhvi for Rajya Sabha from Himachal

All India Congress Committee (AICC) has decided to field Supreme Court Lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi to fill the Rajya Sabha seat getting vacated on April 2nd from Himachal Pradesh. The term of national president of BJP, JP Nadda, the present Rajya Sabha member from Himachal Pradesh is coming to an end on April 2nd, since Congress…

SynCubator of IIT Mandi selected for Stanford Bio- design Innovators Garage programme

A neonatal incubator- (SynCubator) developed by a team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has been selected for the prestigious Stanford Bio- design Innovators Garage programme. Dr. Gajendra Singh, Assistant Professor, Dr. Satvasheel Ramesh Powar, Associate Professor and a third year Mechanical Engineering student Keshav Verma from the school of Mechanical…

Rajya Chayan Aayog will have corruption free recruitment system- CM

 Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has assured to implement strict measures for adopting complete  transparency in functioning of newly constituted Himachal Pradesh Rajya Chayan Aayog (HPRCA) for recruitment of  Group-C posts.   He said , “ The state government has adopted zero tolerance for corruption and is  all set to provide a corruption free selection…

Mandi Shivratri festival from March 9 to 15

A weeklong famous Mandi Shivratri festival would be organized from March 9 to 15 this year. Deputy Commissioner Mandi Apporv Devgan after holding a meeting to review the arrangements with the officials said, “The Shivratri festival would be organized in a grand manner and preparation has already begun to make it a very successful event.”…

Mortal remains of wife of Deputy CM Mukesh Agnihotri consigned to flames

The mortal remains of Prof. Simi Agnihortri, wife of Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri, were consigned to flames at their ancestral village Gondpur -Jaichand in Haroli Tehsil of district Una on Saturday . Her last rites were performed by her husband Mukesh Agnihotri who lit the funeral pyre along with his daughter Aastha.   Chief…

Wife of Deputy CM Mukesh Agnihotri passes away

In very shocking news Prof. Simi Agnihotri, wife of Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri, passed away last night . The news of her death was shared by the Deputy CM Mukesh Agnihotri himself on his Facebook account “Prof. Simi left us last night leaving me and our daughter Dr Astha.” According to information, “Prof. Simi…

HP Cabinet constitutes a sub-committee to declare results withheld by HPSSC Hamirpur

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has given approval to frame Rules of Business and Procedure in respect of Himachal Pradesh Rajya Chayan Aayog. The Cabinet Meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu held at Shimla on Friday decided to constitute a Cabinet Sub Committee under the Chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri to examine…

Nomination process for Rajya Sabha election from Himachal to begin on February 15

Returning officer for Rajya Sabha Election from Himachal Pradesh issued a notification to fill a Rajya Sabha seat from Himachal getting vacated on April 2, 2024. As per election schedule announced by the Returning Officer of Himachal Pradesh State Assembly on Thursday, the nomination papers can be filed from February 15 to February 16 from…

Prof. Lalit K Awasthi appointed Vice Chancellor of SPU Mandi

Himachal Pradesh Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla has appointed Prof. Lalit Kumar Awasthi as new Vice Chancellor of Sardar Patel University (SPU) Mandi. As per a notification issued by Raj Bhavan on Thursday , Prof. LK  Awasthi , presently Director of National Institute of Technology Srinagar (Uttrakhand) , has been appointed Vice Chancellor of SPU Mandi for a…

HP Congress leaders request Mrs. Sonia Gandhi to contest Rajya Sabha election from the state

While Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and other Congress leaders have requested former All India Congress Committee (AICC) President Sonia Gandhi to contest election for  Rajya Sabha seat getting vacated from Himachal Pradesh and are now awaiting a nod from Mrs. Gandhi. The term of BJP’s National President JP Nadda, a Rajya Sabha member from Himachal…

Will work as a team- new DC Mandi

Apoorv Devgan,  Deputy Commissioner Mandi, after assuming the charge  said, “An opportunity to serve as DC in Chhoti Kashi (Mandi) is blessings of elders and he will work as a team to give impetus to development works and achieve good results in the district. Interacting with media persons here on Tuesday he said, “The feedback…

Two labourers die in a landslide near Shimla

Two labourers sleeping in a hut died after getting buried under debris of a landslide near Junga in Shimla district on Monday night. A police source said, “Seven labourers were sleeping in the hut when it was hit by a landslide; two of them i.e. Rakesh Kumar (36) and Rajesh Kumar (36) both from Bihar…

Bodies for four workers still not found after devastating fire in a perfume factory in Baddi industrial area

No trace of four workers missing since Friday after devastating fire in an illegally run perfume factory at Jharmajri village in Baddi-Barotiwala industrial area of Solan district, has been found so far. Charred bodies of five workers have been traced by the police so far and 29 workers injured in the incident are being treated…

Mrs Geeta Kapoor becomes first women CMD of SJVN

Mrs. Geeta Kapur, Director (Personnel) of Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN), has assumed the charge of Chairman –cum- Managing Director (CMD) of the SJVN after superannuation of former CMD Nand Lal Sharma. Mrs. Kapoor has marked a historic milestone as the first female to lead any Hydro CPSE within the Indian Power Sector. Prior to…

Trade Unions hold demonstration demanding release of funds for MGNREGA workers

A joint demonstration against the state government was held on Tuesday by five trade unions at DC office Mandi demanding release of funds for MGNREGA workers . The workers led by  CITU, INTUC, SKS , AITUC and TUCC  leaders marched from the Seri Manch to the DC office raising slogans against the Congress government ….

Officials of construction company booked for death of two young men in road accident

Two young men lost their lives on Sunday midnight near Pulgharat (Mandi) on Kiratpur – Manali National Highway in a road accident. A Police source said, “Lalit Kumar (22) son of Bidhi Chand, a resident of village Jawali in Patdighat area of Mandi district and Harish Kumar (21) son of Raj Kumar, a resident of…

The dry spell in the region likely to end in the first week of February

With the predictions of rainfall and snow made by the meteorological department going haywire, the predicament of agriculturists, orchardists and common people is increasing in the state. The weather forecast of rain and snowfall in Himachal was made by Mausam Vigyan Kendra Shimla a few days back for January 24-25 and January 28 and 29….

CM unfurls National Flag on 54th Statehood day function at Dharampur (Mandi)

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu extended Statehood Day greetings to the people of Himachal Pradesh on the 54th Statehood Day. The celebration took place at Dharampur in the Mandi district during a state-level function on Thursday. During the event, the Chief Minister hoisted the National Flag and received salutes from marching contingents of Police, Home…

IIT Mandi iHub showcases Drone Didi programme to President of India

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi iHub showcased the success of Drone Didi programme to the President of India Smt. Droupadi Murmu at Kaushal Bhawan in New Delhi on Wednesday. ‘Drone Didi programme ‘is a skill development programme linked with the Prime Minister’s NaMo Drone Didi initiative among all skill training partners in India…

HGCTA president elected national vice president of AIFUCTO

Dr Banita Saklani, president of Himachal College Teachers’ Association (HGCTA) has been elected vice president of All India University and College Teachers’ Federation (AIFUCTO), in the 33rd Constitutional Conference held at Kanpur recently. The first women president of the HGCTA, Dr Salkani was elected to the post of the vice president as a representative of the…

Samyukt Kisan Morcha alleges surrender of over ten thousand crore allocated for agriculture by the ministry

The Samyuakt Kisan (SKM) has strongly condemned the Agricultural Ministry of the Central government for allegedly surrendering funds to the tune of Rs 105543.71 crore allocated during the last five years to the ministry for development of agriculture sector. SKM has been formed at National Level by several farmers’ unions to highlight various issues related…

State Govt puts recruitment of guest teachers on hold -CM

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “ The scheme for engaging guest teachers on hourly basis has been put on hold till all doubts about it are clarified.” The announcement of recruiting guest teachers in government schools and colleges had received a strong reaction from unemployed trained teachers, youths and academic community stirring protests in…

HP Govt announces full day public holiday on January 22

Himachal Pradesh government has announced a full day holiday on January 22 (on Monday) on the occasion of Ram Lala Pran Pratishtha ceremony at Ayodhya. As per a state government notification issued by Chief Secretary, “The full day public holiday would be observed in all HP government departments, schools, colleges and universities and the holiday…

Multi-story building crumbles near Shimla

A multi-story building collapsed at about 1 pm on Shimla- Dharamshala – Highway no 88 near Shimla on Saturday. The building located near government college Dhami had developed cracks a few days ago after which it was vacated by its occupants. A source in Shimla police said, “The building was owned by Raj Kumar and…

HP Govt’s decision to recruit guest teachers invites ire

The decision of Himachal Pradesh government to recruit nearly 2600 teachers in government schools and some colleges as guest faculty has been strongly opposed by trained unemployed teachers, academicians and several other organizations. The strongest criticism has come from B.Ed and M.Ed degree holders and hundreds of them even held a protest demonstration at Dharmshala…

Governor presides over Army Day function

Himachal Pradesh Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla presided over the Army Mela organized at Annandale ground, Shimla on the Army day on Monday. Lt. General Manjinder Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Army Training Command (ARTRAC) Shimla welcomed the Governor on this occasion. The Governor said,” The Army Day is an important occasion to pay homage to  indomitable spirit,…

Former Darang MLA Dina Nath Shashtri passes away

 Former Darang MLA Dina Nath Shashtri (85) passed away in his village Tandu on Monday afternoon. He was elected MLA from Darang Assembly constituency in 1990 on BJP ticket by defeating Congress stalwart Kaul Singh Thakur. A school teacher by profession, Shashtri was quite active in trade union activities His family sources said, “He felt…

Kiratpur -Manali highway becomes first Green Corridor of Himachal

As an initiative to develop Himachal Pradesh into a Green State, the state government has provided E-charging facilities on Kiratpur–Manali highway till Keylong, making it the first Green Corridor of the state.   The Indian Oil Corporation Limited has established seven E-charging stations at Ghandal, Daseran near Darlaghat, Nauni near Bilaspur, Jadol, Ner Chowk Bye…

Supreme Court sets aside the High Court orders reassigning HP DGP Sanjay Kundu

  In a major respite to Director General of Himachal Police (DGP) Sanjay Kundu, the Supreme Court has set aside the HP High Court’s order of shifting him from the post of DGP passed on January 9. A three judge bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud in an order on Friday disapproved the manner…

HP Cabinet decides to enhance marriageable age of girls from 18 to 21 years

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has decided to enhance the marriageable age of girls in the state from 18 years to 21 years. The meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu held at Shimla on Friday decided to make amendments in the Acts and Rules in this regard. The Cabinet also decided to give approval…

High Court grants stay on running food court in Shimla Town Hall

The Himachal Pradesh High Court has granted an interim stay on running a food court in the historic Town Hall Building on Mall Road Shimla. Hearing a petition filed by advocate Abhimanyu Rathod , a division bench headed by Chief Justice MS Ramchandra Rao and Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua on Wednesday  passed an interim order…

HP High Court dismisses review petitions of Sanjay Kundu and SP Kangra, upholds decision to remove them

The Himachal Pradesh High Court has dismissed the review petitions of former Director General of Himachal Police (DGP) Sanjay Kundu and SP Kangra Shalini Agnihotri. A double bench of the Himachal Pradesh High Court headed by Chief Justice MS Ramchandra Ra and Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua on Tuesday hearing the review petitions dismissed the petitions….

Vice President of India lauds achievements made by the country

The Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankar said our country has transformed in many ways during the last few years. Addressing a gathering at Hamirpur on Saturday the vice president, while presiding over a function of 500th center of Ek Se Shreshta programme, the vice president said, “I congratulate Union Minister Anurag Thakur, who I met…

HP High Court allows HP government to take over Wildflower Hotel

Himachal Pradesh High court has given a big relief to Himachal Pradesh government by accepting its appeal to take over luxurious Wildflower Hotel (Chharabra) near Shimla, which is being run by Oberoi Group Hotels- East India Hotels Limited. Accepting the appeal of the state government to take over possession of the Hotel, Justice Satyen Vaidya…

HP High Court grants interim stay on giving ST status to Hattees

In yet another significant court order Himachal Pradesh High Court has granted interim stay on the implementation of notifications issued by the state and the central governments giving schedule tribe (ST) status to Hattee community living in Trans Giri area of Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Hearing a petitions of Giripar Anusuchit Jaati Adhikar Sangharash…

HP High Court restrains state govt. from giving perks to CPS and performing ministerial duties

In a major jolt to the Himachal Pradesh Congress  government,  the H P High Court has restrained it from giving perks,  facilities and from performing ministerial duties to six Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS)  appointed by the Congress government . Hearing a petition filed by eleven BJP MLAs terming the appointment of 6 Congress MLAs as…

Supreme Court stays transfer of Sanjay Kundu from the post of DGP

Former Director General of HP Police (DGP) Sanjay Kundu got a relief from the Supreme Court of India as the Apex court asked the HP High Court to hear his reassigning petition and stayed his transfer orders. Kundu had moved the Apex Court against his removal from the post of the DGP and appointing him…

BJP and Congress leaders vying to take credit for granting ST status to Hattees

After notification for giving scheduled tribe (ST) status to  Hattee community of Trans Giri belt in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh was issued by the state government on January 1, both ruling Congress and the Opposition BJP have started taking credit for fulfilling long pending demands of the Hattees . Nearly 1.6 lakh Hattees living in…

HP Govt removes Sanjay Kundu as DGP- appoints him Secretary Ayush Deptt.

Himachal Pradesh government has removed Director General of Police (DGP) of HP Police Sanjay Kundu from his present assignment after directions from Himachal Pradesh High Court. Acting on the directions issued  by a double bench of the Court headed by Chief Justice MS Ramachandra Rao and Justice Jyotsna Riwal Dua on December 26; the department…

HP Cabinet decides to promote Rajiv Gandhi Start Up scheme for setting up solar power plants

Himachal Pradesh State Cabinet has decided to start Rajiv Gandhi Swarozgar Start up Yojna phase (11) for setting Solar Power Projects for the youths of 21 years to 45 years in the state. The meeting held at Shimla on Monday presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu envisaging Green Initiative of HP government decided…

HP Govt bans purchase of petrol and diesel vehicles by government departments

Himachal Pradesh government has put a ban on purchase of new diesel or petrol vehicles from January 1, 2024 in the state. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “In an initiative to achieve the goal of Green and Clean Himachal the state government has directed all government departments not to buy diesel or petrol vehicles…

HPGCTA urges the state government to extend date of application for national scholarship

Himachal Government College Teachers’ Association (HGCTA) has urged the state government to extend the last date of application for national scholarship. In a press release president of the HGCTA Banita Saklani said, “Many colleges in the state have been facing technical issues on the National Scholarship Portal and many students are facing difficulties to apply…

Researchers of IIT Madras and Mandi develop plant cells of a drug used in treating cancer 

  Researchers at IIT Madras and IIT Mandi have successfully metabolically engineered the plant cells of Nothapodytes nimmoniana to significantly increase the production of Camptothecin, a vital component used in cancer treatment. The breakthrough has been achieved by Sarayu Murali, a PhD student at IIT Madras and a team of experts for developing a genome-scale…

HP High Court directs removal of DGP HP Police and SP Kangra from their present postings

Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the state government to  remove Director General of Police (DGP) Himachal Pradesh and Superintendent of Police (SP) Kangra from their present places of postings .  Acting on a complaint of a Palampur based businessman, a Division bench of HP High Court headed by Chief Justice MS Ramchandra Rao and…

Thousands throng tourist towns in Himachal to celebrate Christmas

All tourist places in Himachal are choked with tourist vehicles as thousands of tourists have reached major tourist places like Manali, Shimla, and Dharamshala etc. to celebrate Christmas holidays. The capital towns Shimla, Manali and Atal Tunnel Rohtang have witnessed maximum influx of tourists during the past twenty four hours as thousands of tourists have…

President of Govt College Teachers’ Association demands scrapping of contract policy

President of Himachal College Teachers’ Association (HGCTA)   Dr. Banita Saklani has demanded repeal of the state government’s policy to recruit college teachers on contract basis. Dr Saklani said ,” The contact policy is not in the best interest of the employees and the state government should scrap the policy, besides providing service benefits to…

Trade Union leaders demand restoration of financial assistance to MNREGA workers

A joint delegation of trade unions submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu through DC Mandi Arindam Chaudhary to protest stopping of benefits to MNREGA and other construction workers registered with the Labour Welfare Department of the state on Saturday . The trade union leaders i.e state convener of Sangharsh Samiti Bhupinder Singh…

Website launched for online puja in Kangra temples, Chintpurni temple to have a rope way

Himachal Pradesh government has engaged Sky Himalayas Ropeways Private Limited Company to build a ropeway at Chintpurni temple in Una district for pilgrims. The letter of award to the company was handed over by Ajay Sharma, Director Ropeways and Rapid Transport System Development Corporation at Dharamshala on Friday. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “The…

BJP MLA’s stage protest during the winter session of HP Vidhan Sabha

Bhartiya Janata Party MLAs staged a protest outside Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha on Thursday during winter session of the Assembly at Tapovan near Dharamshala, posing as milkmen, demanding purchase of milk at Rs 100 per kilogram from milkmen of the state as guaranteed by the Congress in its election manifesto during the last Assembly election….

IIT Mandi gets Green University Award at COP 28 UAE

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)  Mandi has been awarded the prestigious Green University Award in COP 28 UAE. The award was conferred by Green Mentors, a non-governmental organization holding special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in the United States. Speaking on this achievement, Director of IIT Mandi Prof. Laxmidhar Behara…

Congress supported Councillors cross vote to elect BJP supported Deputy Mayor in Solan Municipal Corporation

The Congress leadership failed to keep its flock together for the election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor in Solan Municipal Corporation (MC) losing the post of Deputy Mayor to a BJP supported candidate, despite having a majority in the house. Due to deep chasm between different MC councilors aspiring to grab the posts of Mayor…

HPCC president Pratibha Singh says -not intimated about the function at Dharamshala

The statement of Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Pratibha Singh for not being informed about the state level function being organized by the state government at Dharamshala to celebrate one year of formation of the Congress government , has exposed lack of coordination between the Congress organization and the government .   Chief Minister…

Six die and six injured in road accident near Kadarghat on Shimla- Mandi road

Six passengers travelling in a pickup jeep died and six others injured in a road accident near Kadarghat (Jalog) on Shimla – Mandi road at about 7 am on Monday. The pickup jeep (HP63-0231) carrying 12 workers was coming from Sunni to Mandi when the driver of the vehicle lost veering off the road and…

Indus Global School celebrates Annual Day

14th Annual Day function of Indus Global School was celebrated at Sanskriti Sadan Mandi in which students from sixth to twelfth class gave their performances on Sunday . Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mandi Arindam Chaudhary was the chief guest in the function who gave away awards to students excelling in different fields. Addressing the gathering on…

E-Auction of fancy numbers to begin from December 4

Himachal Pradesh government is starting e-auction of fancy numbers for motor vehicle’s  special registration of 0001  series from December 4.  Director Transport, Anupam Kashyap said , “ The transport department would start e -auction for fancy numbers for HP63F-0001 ( RTO Shimla),  HP33G-0001 ( RTO Mandi) and HP68C-0001(RTO Kangra) series from December 4 and people…

HP Cabinet approves 30 percent reservation for women in recruitment of police constables

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has decided to give 30 percent reservation to women candidates for recruitment of police constables, besides giving revised approval for filling up 1226 posts of police constables. The Cabinet Meeting held at Shimla on Friday presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu announced to make provisions for giving benefits to orphans…

Workshop to highlight right to health begins at STD center Nagwain

All India People’s Science Network (AIPSN) is organizing a workshop from November 30 to December 3rd at Society for Technology and Development (STD) center Nagwain in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, to highlight the Right to Health in India. An Executive Committee member of AIPSN Joginder Walia said, “The workshop is focusing on capacity building of…

Former Chamba MLA BK Chauhan passes away

Former Chamba MLA and a retired bureaucrat BK Chauhan (76) passed away in New Delhi on Wednesday morning. Chauhan was elected MLA from Chamba sadar constituency on BJP ticket two times from 2007 to 2012 and 2012 to 2017. He hailed from Kundi village of Chamba and did his graduation from Government College Chamba, later…

Trade unions and farmer’s organization demand minimum wage of Rs 26000 and MSP for farm produce

A three day state level convention of trade union activists, farmers, a section of state government employees and other organizations concluded with a public meeting at Chaura Maidan Shimla on Monday.  The trade union activists under the banner of CITU, members of Himachal Kisan Sabha, workers from NHPC and SJVN power projects, hospitals, municipal bodies,…

BJP supported Virender Bhatt elected Mayor of Mandi Municipal Corporation

BJP supported  councilor Virender Bhatt has been elected new Mayor of Mandi Municipal Corporation (MC) while Madhuri Kapoor has been elected Deputy Mayor in the house of fifteen with BJP supporters having a strength of 11 against four Congress supported councilors. The election of Mayors and Deputy Mayors are being held after two and half…

Former DGP of Sikkim Sanam Dubke Negi cremated with full state honours

Former Director General of Sikkim Police Sanam Dubke (SD) Negi was cremated with full state honours at his family’s ancestral cremation ground  Yangpa 1 on the banks of river Satluz on Friday. Negi was living in Gangtok with his family and had come to visit his ancestral village near Bhava in Kinnuar district of Himachal…

Eight new areas to be demarcated as green belts in Shimla

Himachal Pradesh government is preparing to create eight new green belts in and around Shimla town to restrict large scale construction in the popular tourist town and capital of the state- known as Hill Queen. Shimla at present has 17 green belts where construction has been banned by the town and country planning department. Preparation…

Stage singer Rekha Chauhan conferred Shane- Bharat award

Rekha Chauhan a known stage singer of Mandi has been awarded Shane –e- Bharat (Himachal) national award by an organization – Betia Foundation.  The award was given to Rekha Chauhan for her contribution in folk singing, in a function held at Manali recently by president of the foundation Dr. Jyotsna Jain. Rekha hails from Joginder Nagar area…

Himachal government adds nearly Rs 1100 crore in its revenue -CM

Himachal Pradesh government has witnessed an estimated increase of Rs 1100 crore in the revenue of the state. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said , “ The revenue of the state government has increased by nearly  Rs 1100 crore due to various measures taken by the state government; if natural disasters in the state had…

Former DGP of Sikkim Police Sanam Dubke (SD) Negi passes away

Former Director General of Sikkim Police Sanam Dubke (SD) Negi passed away on Monday night at his ancestral village Podagaru near Bhava in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. A 1987 batch Indian Police Services (IPS) Officer of Sikkim cadre, Negi had come to visit his village a few days back but unfortunately had a massive…

Himachal government bans transfers of state government employees w.i. from November 21

Himachal Pradesh government has put a complete ban on transfers of state government employees in the state with effect from November 21, 2023. As per a notification issued by the General Administration Department of the state government no transfer of any state government employee would be effected in the state till further orders in this…

HP High Court dismisses petition of Dr Anupama Pro Vice Chancellor of SPU Mandi

In a major jolt to Dr Anupama Pro- vice chancellor of Sardar Patel University (SPU) Mandi, the Himachal Pradesh high Court has dismissed her petition challenging cancelation of her extra ordinary leave from Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) Shimla by the Executive Committee (EC) of the HPU.   In an order passed by Justice Sateyan Vaidya…

HP Cabinet recommends convening winter session at Tapovan from December 19 to 23

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has decided to convene the winter session of HP Vidhan Sabha from December 19 to 23 at Tapovan Dharamshala and sent the recommendation to HP Governor. The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held at Shimla on Saturday presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu. The Cabinet also decided to…

HP government’s committee blames unscientific mining in the Beas River basin for huge damages during monsoon calamity

A committee constituted by Himachal Pradesh government to determine reasons other than the climatic change, responsible for massive devastation in the state during the last monsoon season, has blamed unscientific and illegal mining along the river beds for the damages. .   A spokesman of the state government said, “Unscientific and illegal mining along the…

Himachal Pradesh High Court asks the state government to file FIR against HP DGP

Himachal Pradesh high Court has directed the Himachal Pradesh government to file an immediate FIR against the Director General of Police (DGP) of the state, Sanjay Kundu in a complaint filed by a Palampur based businessman Nishant Sharma. Taking a suo- moto cognizance of the complaint by Nishant Sharma , a Division bench of the…

BJP stalwart Shanta Kumar unveils Jawaharlal Nehru’s statue, donates Rs one lakh for it

BJP stalwart and former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Shanta Kumar has praised India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru after unveiling his statue at Palampur. Shanta Kumar  known for speaking out independent thoughts on several occasions , even differing to ideological position of the BJP , while addressing a gathering  in the programme he said…

Air flight between Shimla and Amritsar to start from November 16

The much awaited air flight between Shimla – Amritsar and Amritsar – Shimla will start from November 16.  The flight operated by Alliance Airlines is being run under Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme and would run three times a week i.e. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The flight would take off from Jubbarhatti Airport…

CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu returns back to Shimla from AIIMS

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu was given a rousing welcome on reaching back to Shimla on Saturday after remaining admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi for treatment of stomach related ailment, by his Cabinet colleagues, MLAs and his supporters. The CM was shifted to AIIMS New Delhi on October 27…

Supreme Court dismisses HP government’s plea to club petitions challenging appointments of CPSs

In a major setback to Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu led Congress government of Himachal Pradesh, the Supreme Court of India has dismissed the petition of the state government pleading transfer of case from HP High Court to the Apex Court   in appointments of six Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPSs). The state government during hearing of several petitions…

IIT Mandi signs MOUs to collaborate with several institutes

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with the Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, NIT Uttarakhand and Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal, for research and academic interactions. The MOU with the DRDL Hyderabad would collaborate with Research Center of IIT Mandi and facilitate off-campus Ph.D./M.Tech…

Mandi district administration promoting Diwali gift packs containing local products

In its earnest effort to empower rural women of Mandi district, the Mandi District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) is helping them market local products prepared by Self Help Groups (SHGs) during the Diwali festival. The gift packs contain traditional local sweets made from the flour of kodra like kodra ladoos, biscuits, panchgavya diyas, soybean burfi,…

Yellow alert for several districts of Himachal predicting rain and snowfall

Indian Meteorological Center (IMD) Shimla has issued a yellow alert for many places of Himachal Pradesh forecasting a spell of snowfall in the higher altitudes and rainfall in middle and low altitude areas for 9, 10 and 11 November. In its latest weather bulletin issued for the state at Shimla on Tuesday the Centre has…

Film actress Kangana’s wish to enter next parliament election starts murmurs in BJP

Film Actress Kangana Ranaut’s statement expressing her desire to enter active politics by contesting next Parliament election from BJP has created a murmur in Mandi BJP since the actress hails from Bhambla area falling in Mandi Parliamentary constituency. Kangana Ranaut, a successful film actress,  a strong votary of BJP politics and a big supporter of…

Accused in Crypto Currency Fraud wont’ be spared – Deputy CM

Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri has appealed to the public not to fall prey to Ponzi schemes for fast returns and assured the Kingpin of the Crypto Currency Fraud won’t be spared. While presiding over a meeting at Shimla on Saturday he said, “It a matter of concern over Rs 2500 crore was invested by…

MSJVS honours Padam Shri Nek Ram and Councillor Rajender Mohan for their valuable social contributions

Mandi Shakshrta and Jan Vikas Samiti (MSJVS) organized a function to honour Padma Shri Nek Ram Sharma and Mandi Municipal Corporation Councilor from Nela ward Rajender Mohan, for their valuable contributions to the society through their commendable works, at Mandi on Saturday. Padamshri Nek Ram was honoured for his valuable contribution in promoting organic farming…

Five die and seven injured in road accident near Alsindi in Karsog sub division

In yet another accident five persons lost their lives and seven other were injured in a road accident on Friday morning at about 11 am on Karsog – Shimla road near Alsindi, under Karsog sub division of Mandi district, when a Tata Sumo Jeep (HP30-6046) fell into a deep gorge. Twelve persons were reportedly going…

CITU activists hold demonstration to protest sacking of IGMC workers

Hundreds of sanitation workers ward attendants, security personnel, staff nurses, date entry operators, laboratory technicians, cooks and helpers sacked by Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) authorities, held a silent protest demonstration before the office of Labour Department at Shimla on Thursday.     The sacked employees have launched an agitation against the IGMC administration for the…

Former CM Jai Ram Thakur criticizes the state government for abandoning natural farming scheme

Leaders of Opposition – former Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has accused the Congress led state government for working with vindictive spirit for the past one year in the state and trying to close down the schemes started by the previous BJP government. He said, “After closing down several schemes now the state government has chosen…

The week long Kullu Dussehra concludes

The weeklong historical Kullu Dussehra concluded at Kullu on Monday with the principal deity of the festival Lord Raghunath returning to its temple at Sultanpur and over three hundred deities camping at the festival ground for a week, returning to their abodes. The chariot of Lord Raghunath was taken back in a procession and thousands…

DoT selects IIT Mandi to host 5 G Use- Case Lab

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has been selected by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India to host a 5G Use-case lab. This lab will be set up by the School of Computing and Electrical Engineering at IIT Mandi and will facilitate the development, experimentation of 5G applications in various socioeconomic verticals. The DoT officially awarded…

Himachal Gyan Vigyan Samiti organizes convention on New Education Policy

Himachal Gyan Vigyan Samiti organized a state level convention at Mandi on Saturday to discuss the adverse impact of New Education Policy (NEP) being implemented by the Central government in which a large number of college and schools teachers, educationists and students participated. Inaugurating the convention Dr. Anita Rampal former Chairman of Education of Delhi…

HP Chief Minister shifted to AIIMS New Delhi for further investigation

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences at New Delhi on Friday. A government spokesman said, “The CM is undergoing some tests in the Department of Gastroenterology of the AIIMS which may take two to three days.” He said, “The CM is  under the observation of the team…

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu hospitalized

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu was admitted to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) Hospital Shimla on late Wednesday night due to severe pain in his stomach. Media advisor to the Chief Minister, Naresh Chauhan said, “The Chief Minister had reported acute pain in his stomach in the midnight after which he was admitted in IGMC…

The death of a NIT student with suspected over dose of a drug exposes extent of drug menace

With the death of an engineering student in his hostel room at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Hamirpur after a suspected overdose of a drug, has  exposed the alarming menace of drug addiction spreading among students and youths of Himachal Pradesh. The death of an M Tech student Sujal Sharma from a suspected overdose…

CM asks BJP leaders to seek relief package for the state from the PM

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has asked BJP leaders to desist from doing politics over the relief package to Himachal Pradesh by the Central government in the wake of natural calamity and instead request the Prime Minister to give a relief package to the state. Addressing a gathering at Paddal ground Mandi on Monday he said,…

Zila Parishad employees withdraw strike after assurance from minister

The ongoing strike by employees of Zila Parishad has been withdrawn by the employees after getting assurance from Minister of Rural Development Anirudh Singh to concede their demands. The development came when the state government had suspended 167 striking junior engineers working in various Zila Parishads on Friday. Forty seven hundred employees working in Zila…

CM launches DBT to disaster affected families from Kullu

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu started ‘Punrvaas’, a rehabilitation initiative of the state government for the disaster affected families on Saturday from Kullu through direct transfer of relief packages. The CM released Rs. 3 lakh each to 324 affected families of Kullu district amounting Rs 9.72 crore as the first installment through direct benefit transfer,…

Union Minister Anurag Thakur administers oath to youths in meri mati mera desh programme at Mandi

The Union Minister of Information, Broadcasting, Youth and Sports Affairs Anurag Thakur said, “Meri mati mera desh is a unique programme through which brave men and women of India are being honoured by taking panch pran oath to salute them.”  Addressing the audience at Motipur in Mandi on Saturday the minister said, “Azadi ka Amrit…

HP Govt suspends 167 striking JE’s working in Zila Parishads

Acting tough against the striking employees of Zila Parishad, the state government has suspended the services of 167 junior engineers .  Forty seven hundred employees working in different Zila Parishad of the state have launched an agitation demanding their merger with the employees working in Panchayati Raj department of the state. They have struck their…

State govt. to withdraw special road tax levied on tourist vehicles – CM

Himachal Pradesh government would soon reduce the special road tax and other taxes levied on tourist buses, tempo travelers and commercial tourist vehicles. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, after meeting a delegation of Shimla Hotel and Tourism Stakeholders’ Association at Shimla on Thursday said, “The state government is seriously considering to  revise the notification regarding…

Central team visits Dam sites to probe complaints of release of excess water during monsoon fury

A team of the Central Water Commission visited Pandoh Dam on Wednesday to probe the circumstances in which excess water was suddenly released from the dams during monsoon fury in the state this year. It is notable the rain fury in the month of August this year had caused huge natural calamity and massive devastation….

565 pass outs including sixty PhD’s , awarded degrees in 11th convocation of IIT Mandi

As many as five hundred and sixty five pass outs from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi of B Tech, M Tech, MSc, MA, 10 Master of Science courses and sixty PhD,  were awarded degrees in the 11th convocation ceremony of the institute held at IIT campus on Monday. Aditya Sarkar has been awarded the President…

Him Academy Public School organizes annual day function

Him Academy Public School organized its annual day function in the school campus at Vikas Nagar (Hamirpur) on Sunday. Vaishali Sharma (HAS), an alumni of Him Academy Public School, presently  BDO Karsog, was chief guest of the function and was accorded a guard of honour by NCC wing of the school on her arrival in…

IIT Mandi researchers find ground water in Punjab highly toxic and cancerous

A research team of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has made startling findings about the quality of ground water in Punjab, revealing high levels of contamination in the groundwater leading to several health hazards including risk of cancer.  The study aimed to track changes in drinking water quality in Punjab from 2000 to 2020…

HP Govt’s proposal to allow construction in Shimla’s Green Belts comes under criticism

Himachal Pradesh government’s proposal to allow construction in Green Belts of Shimla has invited ire of environmentalists and a section of residents of Shimla town. The State Cabinet on October 11 had given nod to a proposal of the state government to amend Shimla Development Plan (SDP) for allowing construction in the Green Belts of Shimla…

HP Cabinet allows construction on plots without trees in Shimla Green Belt

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has decided to amend Shimla Development Plan by allowing construction in Green Belt area above Navbahar- to the church road and above Lakkar bazaar to IGMC Sanjauli Chowk road, besides allowing construction in the Green Belt area on plots not having trees. The Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu…

Himachal government to go for caste census in the state

After a political debate generated in the country by the caste census in Bihar, the Himachal Pradesh government led by the Congress party is going to conduct a caste census in the hill state. As a reply to Hindutva politics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP government in the coming parliament election the Congress…

Assembly Election in five states between November 7 and 30

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced Assembly election schedule for five states i.e. Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram.  As per the election dates announced by the ECI on Monday  the voting in all five states would be held between November 7 and 30 while the  counting of votes would be undertaken on…

HP college teacher’s association elects first women president

Dr Banita Kumari Saklani has been elected as the first woman president of the Himachal Government College Teacher’s Association (HPGCTA) in the election held for the association . She polled 827 votes against her nearest rival Sanjay Kumar Jasrotia . Two  candidates Satish Kumar and Surender Singh for the post of senior vice president, polled  868…

BBN Industries Association donates Rs 2.02 crore in Apda Rahat Kosh

The Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh Industries Association has donated Rs 2.02 crore towards Apda Rahat Kosh. A delegation of the association led by its president Rajiv Aggarwal and general secretary YS Guleria presented a cheque of the donation to Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu in his office at Shimla on Friday. Thanking the association for this noble gesture…

Strict laws for raising buildings will be enforced to save people from disasters – CM

Himachal Pradesh government is considering to enforce  stringent laws for construction to keep people safe during natural calamities in the state. Speaking while inaugurating a two day workshop ‘Challenges of the Geological Hazards in Western Himalayan Region of Himachal Pradesh ‘ at Shimla on Thursday, the CM said , “ the government will impose laws…

Two accused involved in Rs 18 crore crypto currency fraud arrested by SIT

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the state government to investigate crypto currency frauds in Himachal Pradesh, have arrested two accused  Hem Raj  Rajput and Sukhdev Thakur  belonging to Mandi district, from Gujarat two days back.   The accused are allegedly involved in collecting nearly Rs 18 crore in crypto currency frauds and deceiving…

Two days conference on science and technology concludes at Naduan college

First international conference on Recent Trends in Science and Technology for Environment Conservation and Sustainable Development was organized on September 29 and 30th at Sidharth Government College Nadaun. The conference was inaugurated by Professor Dr. MK Mattoo, former Head Bio Sciences Department of HPU Shimla.  Dr. Bhagwati Sharma convener of the conference said, “The objective of…

Centenarians honoured on International Day for Older Persons

A programme was organized to honour all centenarians of district Mandi on Sunday to observe the International Day for Older Persons. A district level function was organized by the Social Justice and Empowerment Department and District Red Cross Society Mandi. Deputy Commissioner Mandi  Arindam Choudhary  Chief guest of the function speaking on the occasion said…

HP govt announces relief package of Rs 4500 crore for disaster affected people

Himachal Pradesh government has announced a special relief package for disaster affected people of the state with a total spending of Rs 4500 crore, out of which Rs750 crore would be spent on restoration , rehabilitation and Rs 1000 crore to generate employment under MNREGA . Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu while talking to media…

Himalayan Niti Abhiyan deputation submits expert committee report to HP Governor

A six member deputation of Himalaya Niti Abhiyan representing several organizations submitted a report prepared by experts on causes and effects of recent natural calamity in Himachal Pradesh to HP Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla at Shimla on Friday. Coordinator of the organization Guman Singh said, “We have demanded declaring the Himachal calamity as a National…

Online mental health counselling service launched in Himachal

Himachal Pradesh health department has launched a comprehensive mental health care service to provide universal online access to equitable, affordable and accessible mental health care. Launching the online service named as ‘Tele MANAS’ at Shimla on Thursday, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Dhani Ram Shandil said, “The service would be available round the clock…

Two more flights to start soon on Kullu- Amritsar and Kullu – Shimla airways

To improve air connectivity in Himachal Pradesh, two more air flights to connect Kullu- Shimla and Amritsar are being launched by Alliance Airlines. The flights on Kullu-Amritsar-Kullu airway are scheduled to commence on October 1 and operate thrice a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The flight on Shimla-Amritsar-Shimla airway would start its operation on…

BJP holds protest rally against Congress government

The Himachal Unit of BJP held a protest demonstration at chaura maidan Shimla, attended by party activists on Monday to highlight failures of the Congress government in the state. Addressing the gathering former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said, “The real face of Congress, which came to power by misleading the public by making false…

Ashrey Sharma holds lack of vision responsible for present state of affairs in Himachal

Ashrey Sharma, Congress candidate from Mandi parliamentary constituency during the last election, has blamed lack of long term vision by political leaders of the state for the present state of affairs in Himachal Pradesh. Sharma, grandson of former Union Communication Minister Sukh Ram, talking to media persons at Mandi on Monday said, “Though several stalwarts…

CRC Sunder Nagar organizes camp for rehabilitation education of mentally ill

The Composite Regional Center (CRC) Sunder Nagar organized a two days camp on rehabilitation education at its center. In-charge of the CRC Dr Shatrughan Singh said, “Assistant Professor of Psychiatry department of PGIMER Chandigarh Dr Krishan Kumar Soni was chief guest in the camp which was attended by 77 participants from different parts of the…

Three days Shimla International Film Festival begins

The three days, 9th International Film Festival of Shimla was inaugurated by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Friday at Gaiety Theatre. Filmmakers from 20 countries and 22 States of India are participating in the festival, including the United States, Belgium, Iran, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Turkey, Nepal, Egypt, Bangladesh, Italy, Poland, Argentina, Sweden, Afghanistan, Australia,…

State Govt. contemplating legalizing cannabis cultivation in Himachal

Himachal Pradesh government is seriously contemplating to legalize cultivation of cannabis and take away the ban on its illegal farming in the state. The cultivation of cannabis and possession of it’s by -product charas is a serious crime at present and cases registered under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Act (NDPS) Act to check its smuggling…

State Govt blames financial mismanagement and reckless expenditure by previous BJP Govt for poor economy

Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri blamed, “Financial mismanagement by previous BJP government, huge debt, reduction in plan size of the state , little help from the NDA government, reckless opening of large scale institutions before last Assembly election in the state for political gains , reckless expenditure on investors meet and exorbitant spending on Amrit…

Power Finance Corporation to give loans of Rs 118826 crore to Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam

Power Finance Corporation (PFC) has agreed to give loans of Rs 1, 18826 crore to Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) to finance solar, thermal and hydro & pumped storage power projects. Chairman –cum- Managing Director of the SJVN Nand Lal Sharma said, “The PFC and the SJVN have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) under…

CM accuses previous BJP government for ignoring state’s interest by giving benefits to certain power companies

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has warned the Hydro Power Projects authorities, including public sector undertakings, to comply with the new power policy of the state government or face cancellation of their agreements with the state government. Replying to a question on vacillation of certain power companies in regard to new power policy of the…

Prof. Ashok Chakradhar regales audience in Kavya Sandhya at IIT Mandi

Popular poet and thinker Padamshri Prof. Ashok Chakradhar said Hindi language faces no threat to it in future and would grow further. Addressing audience at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandy auditorium on Monday in a Kava Sandhya  hosted by Hindi Cell of the institute as a part of Rajbhasha Pakhwara, Prof. Chakradhara said…

Environment and social organizations demand action against NHAI and certain power projects

Several environmental and social organizations have demanded filing of criminal cases against National Highway Authority and managements of Hydro Power companies responsible for their alleged negligence for aggravating effects of recent monsoon fury in the state. Talking to media persons at  Mandi on Sunday,  Guman Singh, Sandeep Minhas, Joginder Walia, BR Kaundal, Narendra Saini  under…

Six students of Nerchowk Medical College suspended for three months for ragging freshers’

The authorities of Shri Lal Bahadur Shashtri Medical College Nerchowk have suspended six (2022 batch) students found involved in two incidents of ragging in the college for three months. Principal of the College Dr DK Verma said, “Two incidents of alleged ragging were reported in the institute on September 15, 2023; the meeting of anti-ragging…

Five family members booked for allegedly chopping hair of a lady

The Hamirpur police have booked five members of a family under Bhoranj police station for allegedly chopping hair of a lady and blackening her facea few days back. SP Hamirpur Akritii Sharma said, “This incident had come to her knowledge through social media wherein family members of lady were seen chopping her hair and parading…

“BJP should tender apology for opening institutions without infrastructure”- Congress spokesman

The state spokesman of Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee Prem Kaushal has demanded an apology from BJP leaders for opening educational institutions without infrastructure and adequate staff for political considerations. In a press conference at Mandi on Friday he said, “The previous BJP government in the state opened so many institutions without proper infrastructure and staff…

HP Cabinet decides to establish Rajya Chayan Aayog replacing HP Staff Selection Commission

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has given approval to establish Himachal Pradesh Rajya Chayan Aayog to conduct examinations for the recruitment of various Group-C posts in the state government, PSUs, Boards, Corporations and Local Bodies, replacing HP Staff Selection Commission Hamirpur. The meeting held at Shimla on Thursday and presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu…

LPG distributors oppose exorbitant interest rates charged by HPCL

The  Distributors Federation of India ( LPG operating throughout the country has strongly opposed the decision of management of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) to charge exorbitant interests on payments due from them under new credit policy. In a joint letter sent to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas the Distributors Federation has  urged…

IIT researchers develop AI based technique to asses age of bridges

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has developed an advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) based signal processing technique for accurate prediction of structural health of bridges and other structures in collaboration with  French scholar Dr Laurent Mevel working with the Inria Research Center in Rennes University  (France )  .” The researchers say, “The research is…

Priyanka Gandhi urges to declare recent calamity in Himachal as National Disaster

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has urged the Central government to declare massive damages during recent monsoon fury in Himachal as National Disaster and help the state government generously for giving relief to affected people, besides carrying out restoration work. The Congress leader said this after visiting calamity hit areas of Kullu and Mandi districts…

CPM demands resignation of Director of IIT Mandi for hurting feelings of people of Himachal

Himachal Pradesh State Committee of CPM has demanded resignation of the Director of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi Prof. Lakshmidhar Behera for linking meat eating habits of people of the state with natural disasters. In a letter written to the IIT Director, copies of which have been sent to Union Human Resource Minister and HP…

CM congratulates for winning Swachh Vayu Sarvekashan Award

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has congratulated people of Himachal Pradesh, for two industrial towns of the state i.e.  Parwanoo and Kala Amb winning prestigious Swachh Vayu Sarvekshan 2023 national award. The CM said, “Winning award was possible due to responsible and environmentally conscious tourism, the active cooperation of local communities and the coordinated, sustained…

IIT Mandi director invites ire for his remarks linking meat eating habit in Himachal with natural disasters

The Director of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi Professor Lakshmidhar Behera has invited the ire of rational thinkers, scientists and environmentalists for his remarks “blaming meat eating habit of people of Himachal for landslides in the state”, demanding his removal from the post. The IIT Director has made controversial remarks while addressing students of…

State government to soon authorize panchayats to regulate construction in rural areas

Himachal Pradesh government is taking steps to control all construction activity in rural areas as large scale construction activity is going on in the periphery of tourist places and upcoming commercial centers, besides other places.  The state government would soon empower panchayats to regulate construction activity in the rural areas for which the Department of…

IIT Mandi authorities suspend 10 B.Tech students involved in ragging for six months

The Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi authorities have suspended ten B.Tech students for six months and taken disciplinary action against all 72 students found involved in ragging of junior students of the institute. An official of the institute in a press statement said, “A few days back an incident of ragging of junior students by…

Former Shimla Deputy Mayor reiterates to register FIR against NHAI

Former Deputy Mayor of Shimla Tikender Singh Panwar has demanded action in his complaint against National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and GR Infra Construction Company for allegedly committing serious lapses in construction of Parwanoo – Solan National Highway, leading to massive landslides during the recent monsoon rains. Panwar, a prominent CPM leader, had filed…

State government to set up Rajya Chayan Aayog

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has announced to set up Rajya Chayan Aayog replacing the Staff Selection Commission (Hamirpur) within next two months to ensure fairness in the selection criteria of candidates.  Speaking at Nadaun on Monday the CM said, “The state government is committed for bringing transparency in the recruitment process by…

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi to visit Himachal Pradesh

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi would visit Himachal Pradesh before September 10 to meet rain affected people of the state. A congress source said, “The exact programme of Priyanka Gandhi is being finalized, she has proposed to visit the state in the first week of September to meet the rain affected people to interact with them…

Three trucks burnt near Pandoh on Mandi Kullu national highway

Three trucks laden with goods were burnt completely and one person was injured   on Mandi- Kullu national highway at nine mile near Pandoh on Saturday evening. A police source said, “As per preliminary information the incident happened at 7 pm when the diesel tank of a truck carrying goods caught fire resulting in massive fire;…

HP government bans cutting of hills for two weeks

Himachal Pradesh Government has put a complete ban on cutting of hills except for rebuilding roads and buildings damaged during the recent monsoon in the state.  A spokesman of the state government said,” The state government has put a complete ban on cutting of hills for all construction activity including by private persons in the…

Former CM condemns decision to curtail extent of SPU Mandi

Former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has strongly condemned the decision of HP government to curtail the extent of Sardar Patel University (SPU) Mandi . In a press statement the former CM said, “This is a very unfortunate decision and fraught with ill will; the state government cannot open a new university but is allegedly…

HP government ropes in a French government agency for disaster management

The Himachal Pradesh Government has prepared a disaster risk reduction and preparedness programme involving a French Government agency the Agency Francaise de Developpement (AFD). This programme would start from April 2024 and the state government would be spending Rs 890 crore on the project for five years to equip the state in disaster preparedness and…

Former Professor of HPU Dr MK Sharma passes away

Former Head and one of the founding members of Master of Business Administration and Commerce department of Himachal Pradesh Professor MK Sharma passed away at his residence in Noida on Tuesday morning. He was not keeping well for some time and died of age related problems. Professor Sharma remained dean and Director of School of…

HP Assembly session to be convened from September 18 to 25

The monsoon session of Himachal Pradesh Assembly would be convened from September 18 to 25. Giving this information while interacting with media persons at Shimla on Monday Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said , “The monsoon session of the HP Assembly would be held from September 18 to 25 having seven sittings,  devastating effects of…

HP government to integrate forest and police check posts

Himachal Pradesh government has decided to integrate police and forest department’s check posts to stop timber smuggling in the state. The decision was taken in a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu at Shimla on Sunday. The CM also emphasized the need of installation of advanced technology, including CCTV surveillance at the…

Fifty one villagers rescued by NDRF team in Mandi district, IAF helicopter deliver essential items

A team from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescued 51 people stuck in Kholanala panchayat after cloud burst and heavy rain on August 22 and 23rd in Bahli Chowki Subdivision of Mandi district on Friday.  Sub Divisional Magistrate Bahli Chowki had received information a cloud burst near Hanogi temple had cut off links to Shesnu Gouni…

Four multi storied buildings collapse in Ani , two more bodies recovered in Summer Hill

Four multistoried buildings crumbled like houses of cards in Ani bazaar (in Kullu district) on Thursday morning. Fortunately there was no loss of human life as the buildings were declared unsafe by local administration after cracks had appeared in the buildings. The offices of Kangra Central Cooperative Bank and State Bank of India were located…

Five die due to heavy rain during past 24 hours in Mandi district

At least five persons have lost lives in Mandi district during the past twenty four hours due to heavy rain, landslides and flash floods while two persons are missing. Several buildings including school buildings have been damaged; two national highways i.e.  Chandigarh – Manali  and Pathankot – Manali have been blocked due to landslides at…

HP Cabinet reduces lease period for new Hydro Power Projects to 40 years

The State Cabinet expressed grief over massive loss of government and private property and paid tributes to people losing lives during the recent flash floods and landslides in the state. The meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu decided to amend Swaran Jayanti Energy Policy by singing new MOU for Hydro projects for…

Fresh spell of heavy to very heavy rain predicted in Himachal from August 22 to 25

Masuam Vigyan Kendra Shimla of The Indian Meteorology Department has predicted a fresh spell of heavy to very heavy rains in many parts of Himachal, beginning tomorrow i. e from August 22 to 25. As per information shared by the center on its official website the possibility of isolated spells of heavy to very heavy…

Nerchowk medical college professor and his team unfurl National Flag at 20100 feet on Independence day

Professor Sandeep Kalia, Head of Orthopedics Department, Shri Lal Bahadur Shashtri Medical College Nerchowk and his teammates have added another feather to their hat by unfurling the National Flag on Independence Day at Mount Yunus in Lahaul and Spiti district at the height of 20100 feet.   A team led by Dr Kalia, which had…

Himachal government declare the whole state as natural calamity affected area

Himachal Pradesh government has declared the entire state as a natural calamity affected area. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “In the wake of colossal damage to life and property during the recent rain fury triggering massive landslides and floods the state government has taken a decision to declare Himachal Pradesh as a natural calamity…

Himachal yet to receive first installment of interim relief from the Central government – CM

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “The Himachal Pradesh government is yet to receive the first installment of Rs 315 crore towards interim relief from the Central government.” While interacting with media persons at Sarkaghat after visiting rain affected areas of Sarkaghat on Thursday the CM said, “ Rs 180 crore were released to the…

327 die in natural calamities in Himachal Pradesh during devastating monsoon from June 24 to August 16

As many as three hundred twenty seven people have lost their lives in different parts of Himachal Pradesh from June 24 to August 16 as the state faced one of the worst natural calamities during the current monsoon season as per date released by disaster management cell of Revenue department of the state. Thirty eight…

Fifteen injured as HRTC bus falls near Kangu (Sunder Nagar)

Fifteen passengers travelling in a HRTC bus were injured on Saturday morning when the portion of Dehar – Kangu road caved in. The incident occurred at about 6.30 am near Soar village on Dehar – Kangu road . A Sunder Nagar depot bus had left from  Sunder Nagar  bus stand for Shimla via Dehar when…

Six die and five injured in a road accident near Tissa in Chamba district

Six persons including five police personal lost thier lives in the road accident in Churah Assembly constituency of Chamba district on Friday morning when a Tata Sumo hit by a boulders plunged into Siul river near Tarwai on Bairagrh – Tissa road.   A Tata Sumo was carrying a police petroling  party of eleven including driver…

Trade unions hold protests against policies of the Central and the State government

Protests by a united forum of trade unions and national federations throughout Himachal Pradesh at district levels were held on Wednesday against the alleged anti people policies of the Central and the state government. Hundreds of workers marched through bazaars of Shimla, Mandi, Hamirpur, Kullu, Chamba , Una and other districts raising slogans against the…

Rs 110 crore released to restore roads in the apple belt – CM

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said Rs 70 crore would be spent for strengthening Chhaila- Yashwant Nagar road, considered a lifeline of people as an alternative route to Chandigarh via Solan . The CM during his tour of Chopal area to take stock of losses caused during rains on Tuesday said, “ The state government…

Lok Sabha membership of Rahul Gandhi restored

Lok Sabha membership of former AII India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi was restored on Monday by the Lok Sabha secretariat after which Rahul Gandhi MP representing Waynad constituency attended the ongoing session of the parliament.   It is notable the Supreme Court of India had put a stay on conviction of Rahul Gandhi…

HP CM hails Supreme Court’s order of staying Rahul Gandhi’s conviction

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has welcomed the Supreme Court of India’s decision of granting stay on conviction of former AICC president and senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case by a court in Gujarat. Rahul Gandhi was convicted for two years by a court in Gujarat in a defamation case filed by…

HP High Court issues notice to Attorney General of India over concern in construction of Chandigarh – Shimla NH

Himachal Pradesh High Court has issued a notice to the Attorney General of India expressing serious concern on digging of hills and reports of poor quality of works in construction of roads and tunnels for buliding four lane highways in the state. Acting on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed in the High Court, a…

Environmentalists demand inquiry headed by a High Court judge in alleged violations in construction of National Highways

Several organizations working for protection of  environment and ecology of Himachal Pradesh have demanded a high level inquiry headed by a former judge of HP High Court in the alleged unscientific cutting of hills and illegal dumping of muck in Beas River. Talking to media persons at Mandi today,  Guman Singh representing Himalyan Niti Abhiyan…

Central government to release Rs 400 crore for restoration work in HP – Nitin Gadkari

( Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and HP CM taking stock of damages during the recent floods ) Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari took stock of the losses occurred during the recent monsoon fury in Kullu and Manali area on Tuesday. Accompanied by HP Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, the Union Minister…

Three sworn in as HP High Court Judges

Ranjan Sharma, Bipin Chander Negi and Rakesh Kainthla were sworn in as the Judges of the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Monday. Himachal Pradesh Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla administered the oath of office to the newly appointed judges at Raj Bhawan Shimla. The proceedings of the oath ceremony were conducted by Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena. The Union Ministry of…

NHAI authorities under attack of environmentalists after filing of criminal police complaint

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), engaged in construction of four lane projects in Himachal Pradesh, has come under the attack of environmentalists after filing of a police complaint against the NHAI  holding it responsible for losses during flash floods in the state by carrying unscientific cutting of hills and illegal dumping in rivers….

Nitin Gadkari to visit flood affected areas of Kullu – Manali on August 4

Union Surface Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari would visit Kullu –Manali on August 4, to take stock of losses to Chandigarh –Manali National Highway and other flood affected areas. Former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who met the Union Minister in New Delhi recently to apprised him about heavy losses in the state during…

Kullu district administration issues alert in wake of overflowing of water in Malana project

Type The Kulu district administration has issued an alert to people living in down stream of Malana stage 1 and stage 2 hydro power projects in view of overflowing of water from reservoir of Malana 2 power project. Deputy Commissioner Kullu said, ” It has been reported by Malana stage 2 Hydro Power Project authorities…

Vikramaditya Singh lashes out at a bureaucrat of his own government

Son of six times former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Public Works Development (PWD) Minister in Himachal Pradesh government Vikramaditya Singh has warned a bureaucrat of the state government, without naming him, “Not to cross lakashman rekha.” Talking to media persons at Shimla in HP secretariat on Saturday, the minister said “I hold bureaucracy in very high esteem…

Leftist Organisations submit memorandum to President of India for her intervention in stopping violence in Manipur

Several Leftist organizations today held a protest demonstration at Seri Manch Mandi on Friday  against unabated violence continuing in North Eastern state of Manipur. The members of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), Janwadi Mahila Samiti(JMS), CITU and All India Lawyers Union raised slogans condemning the violence in Manipur and also submitted a memorandum to…

112 tourists including 14 foreigners rescued by SDRF from Parvati valley

One hundred twelve tourists including fourteen foreigners, stranded in Parvati valley of Kullu district for the past several days after the recent rains, have been rescued safely by Kullu police with the help of SDRF in Himachal Pradesh. Superintendent of Police Kullu Sakshi Verma said, “As many as one hundred twelve tourists tracking in Parvati…

One dies and ten injured in a blast in Shimla

The owner of Plaza restaurant of Shimla has reportedly died after being injured in a blast in middle bazarr Shimla on Tuesday evening .  According to an information the incident occured at about 7 pm when a massive blast near Ground Zero and Himachali Rasoi eateris created panic in the Middle bazaar area of Shimla. …

State government to ensure weight based sale of apples

Himachal Pradesh government has decided to ensure weight based sale of apples in the state during the ensuing apple season. Horticulture Minister Jagat Singh Negi after a meeting with the representatives of the apple growers, traders, commission agents and government officials at Shimla on Tuesday said, “Since there is a great demand of Himachal apples…

Services of 1844 employees recruited during COVID -19 pandemic extended till September 30

Himachal Pradesh government has extended the services of 1844 employees of different categories, recruited during COVID -19 pandemic in different health institutions of the state for three months till September 30, 2023. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “The services of 1844 employees working in different health institutions of the state have been extended till…

Finger raised at a large number of wooden logs seen floating with slush at Thunag

As environmentalists and local people have raised finger on a large number of timber logs seen floating along with gushing slush  in Thunag bazaar,  after a cloud  burst in the area during the recent rain fury in the state on July 10,  the working of forest department has come under the scanner of the state…

Seventy thousand tourists evacuated, essential service restored in 80 percent areas – CM

 Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “The state government safely evacuated around 70 thousand tourists stranded in Himachal Pradesh for the past several days and the state government gave priority to bring back tourists to safer places.” He said, “The rescue operations were started in the flood affected areas on a large scale and it…

Former CM Jai Ram Thakur criticizes the state government for raising VAT on diesel

Former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has accused the state government for not doing enough for relief and restoration work for the flood affected people of the state. Talking to media persons at Mandi on Saturday, Thakur said, “Several areas are still waiting for relief work to begin as administration has failed to provide drinking…

Supreme Court collegium recommends three names for elevation as HP High Court Judges

The Supreme Court of India Collegium has recommended names of two lawyers and a juridical officer of Himachal Pradesh for appointment as High Court Judges. Names of two lawyers Ranjan Sharma and Bipin Chander Nagi and judicial officer Rakesh Kainthla have been recommended for elevation as judges in Himachal Pradesh High Court. Ranjan Sharma and…

BJP national president JP Nadda visits rain ravaged areas of Mandi and Kullu districts

National president of BJP Jagat Prakash Nadda visited rain ravaged areas of Mandi and Kullu district on Friday. Accompanied by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur and former HP CM Jai Ram Thakur, Nadda visited Panchvaktra temple on the banks of river Beas, Pandoh bazaar in Mandi district and Bhuntar and Manali in Kullu…

Five die and three injured in a road accident in Mandi district

Five persons lost their lives and three others were injured in a road accident on Sunder Nagar – Kateru road near Ghidi when a Bolero Jeep no HP 31- 8349 rolled down a gorge in Bhalana Khud on Friday morning. A police source from BSL colony Police Post Sunder Nagar said, “Lala Ram (50), Roop…

Two hundred fifty six tourists rescued from Chandertal Lake in Lahaul- Spiti by rescue teams led by the revenue minister

Two hundred fifty six tourists stuck up at Chandratal Lake in Lahaul – Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh after incessant rain , were rescued on Thursday by rescue teams under the supervision of  Revenue Minister Jagat Singh Negi and  Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sanjay Awasthi . Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, who is touring the rain…

Nearly thirty thousand tourists leave as traffic restored on Manali – Chandigarh route

Thousands of tourists stranded in Kullu- Manali and Lahaul –Spiti district for the past several days due to road blocks at several places, after incessant rains in the state continuing since July 8, were evacuated on Wednesday. However efforts are being made to bring back 293 tourists stuck up at Chandratal Lake in Lahaul –…

Clear sky helps in relief and restoration work in Himachal ; Air Lifting of tourists abandoned due to snowfall

Respite from incessant rains and a clear sky on Wednesday came as a big relief to a large number of people affected by flash floods and fury of rains in Himachal Pradesh,  as the state government mobilized all its resources to beef up relief and restoration work. The state government, which has sought the help…

Incessant rain wreaks havoc in Himachal Pradesh, disrupts normal life

With incessant rain still continuing in Himachal Pradesh for the fourth consecutive day on Monday, all rivers are flowing over danger mark posing constant threat to many important bridges, houses located on the banks and several power projects.   Normal life throughout the state has been adversely affected as electricity, drinking water facility and internet services…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks to HP Chief Minister as 17 die due to incessant rain

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu over the phone and inquired about the extent of the damages caused to life and property due to heavy rains and floods in Himachal Pradesh. The CM said, “I informed him the state has been severely affected by floods and heavy rainfall,…

Five die as car falls in a gorge near Nimand (Kullu)

Five persons died on Monday morning when a car in which they were travelling rolled down a hill several hundred meters in deep gorge at Devdhank on Kedas road in Nimand sub division of Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh . The victims travelling in a private car no HP- 35 -4332 were on their way…

No credible information about disappearance of SFJ leader in the US, issuing threats to former HP CM

Though nearly 72 hours have elapsed since the self-proclaimed separatist leader of Sikh for Justice (SFJ), Gurpatwant Singh Pannnu disappeared in the United States, there is yet no credible and official information about his whereabouts. Pannu had disappeared from New York and unconfirmed reports in social media about “ his killing in a car accident”…

CM greets the Dalai Lama on his 88th birthday

Chief Minister, Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu extended warm greetings to Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on his birthday at Mcleodganj on Thursday and also felicitated him on the occasion.   The CM said, “People of the Tibetan community and Himachal Pradesh have had a close relationship for the past 75 years and harmonious relationships…

CM virtually lays foundation stone of police station at Shahpur

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, virtually laid the foundation stone of a modern police station at Shahpur, from Chandigarh on Wednesday.  The CM was scheduled to inaugurate the police station, being constructed with the cost of Rs five crore but the state government chopper couldn’t take off from Chandigarh due to bad weather….

Adventure by a Shrikhand Yatri takes his life

Adventure by a man to take Shrikhand Yatra in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, before its official commencement on July 7, proved fatal for him resulting in his death. Rakesh Sharma, son of Thakur Das, a resident of village Gharkoti of Bilaspur district died at Bheem Dwari on way to Shrikhand peak. As there is…

Ex-servicemen hold statewide protest demanding implementation of ORP

Ex-servicemen in Himachal Pradesh have once again started raising their voice against the Central government for implementation of One Rank One Pension (ORP) scheme. Hundreds of ex-servicemen held a state wide protest and observed a day long fast in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday demanding removal of anomalies created by implementation of ORP. President of Ex-servicemen…

Himachal Governor asks IIT Mandi to help the state in checking forest fires

Himachal Pradesh Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla said, “The ongoing G20 – S20 meet at IIT Mandi would provided a platform for  delegates from the public and private sectors to come together and explore potential knowledge sharing opportunities to address societal development with technological interventions.” Addressing the conclave on Technology for Society at the institute today…

Monsoon rains claims 9 lives in Himachal Pradesh

Nine people have lost thier lives in flash floods and 14 persons have been injured after the onset of monsoon in Himachal Pradesh on June 24, besides causing a loss of property of Rs 104 crores” .Principal Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management Onkar Chand Sharma gave this information on Tuesday at Shimla.Meanwhile Indian Meteorological Center…

Thousands stranded on Mandi- Kullu ( Manali) national highway due to landslides

Thousands of vehicles were stuck on Mandi – Kullu (Manali) national highway as landslides caused by heavy rains during the past two days gave harrowing time to thousands of tourists and other passengers struck since Sunday night. As a large number of tourists had to spend the night in their vehicles, thousands of vehicles were…

Deputy CM asks IIT Mandi to become technology partner of Himachal Government

Himachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri has emphasized on the need to take technology to ground level and asked the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi to become technological partner of the  state and help in developing technologies for several practical problems being faced by the state government . Addressing the conclave on Skill…

A PWD labourer dies near Pandoh

A  labourer working with the Public Works Department died on Saturday near Pandoh on Chandigarh – Manali National Highway. A police source said, “Dumanu Ram (47), a resident of village Haton near Mandi, was trying to clear a drain on the highway along with other labourers when a boulder hit him after a landslip at…

Two tourists on way to Leh die

Two tourists have lost their lives, after complaining of low oxygen while heading towards Leh from Manali in two separate incidents. SP Lahual –Spiti, Mayank Chaudhary said, “Aditya (32) belonging to Tohana ((Haryana) and Kabala Singh (48) from Jammu and Kashmir, have died due to high altitude sickness resulting into lack of oxygen.” He said,…

Conclave at IIT Mandi emphasizes on Holistic approach to health

One day conclave on Holistic Health as part of G20-G- Science meet being organized at IIT Mandi has emphasized on sustainable and holistic approach to life and human health. Majority of the experts talked about integrating our ancient wisdom with modern research in view of a large number of mental stress issues. Dr. Laxmidhar Bahera,…

Larji Dam authorities alert locals and tourists not to venture into River Beas on June 25 and 26

All the spillway gates of Larji Dam situated in Mandi district would be opened by the Dam authorities on June 25 and 26th from 6 am to 6 pm for clearing silt deposit.  Senior Executive Engineer of Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited (HPSEBL) Thalot,  Ajay Thakur has alerted , “ People living  between Larji Dam…

G-20- S-20 meet begins at IIT Mandi with sessions and lectures on Yoga

The G20 – S20 meet began at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi on Wednesday.  The opening day was devoted to Yoga, also being celebrated International Yoga Day today; live Yoga sessions, penal discussions and technology demonstration to celebrate physical and mental benefits of Yoga were organized in the IIT campus. Chairman of Board of…

HP Cabinet decides to expand Kangra Airport for operation of A -320 aircraft

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has decided to conduct screening tests for those posts through HP Public Service Commission, which couldn’t be conducted by Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur. The Cabinet meeting held at Shimla on Monday and presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu also decided to start land acquisition process for expansion of…

Chief Minister accuses BJP for politicizing murder

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has accused state BJP leaders for politicizing the murder of a youth in Chamba district. In an informal chat with the media persons expressing his displeasure over the protests by BJP, the CM said, “This is the first case of its kind where all the accused have been…

IIT Mandi to organize G20- ( Science 20 ) meet

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mandi will organize the G20-S20 (Science 20) meeting from June 21 to 30 at the IIT campus. A spokesman of the institute said, “The main purpose of the meet is to bring together key stakeholders and experts to engage on various themes like renewable energy, holistic health and skill…

In a gruesome murder young man cut to pieces in remote area of Chamba district

In a gruesome murder, a young man belonging to Bhandal panchayat in Salooni area of Chamba district was cut to several pieces by his killers on June 9. A police source said, “Manohar (25) was hacked to death in a remote area and his killer cut him into several pieces to hide these into a…

Former CM Jai Ram Thakur welcomes JP Nadda

National BJP president JP Nadda was accorded a warm welcome by former CM Jai Ram Thakur and other BJP leaders, on reaching Kangni helipad on Tuesday. BJP leaders, who were present to welcome Mr. Nadda, included state BJP president Rajiv Bindal, MLAs Anil Sharma, Rakesh Jamwal, Inder Singh Gandhi, DS Thakur, Vinod Kumar and district…

IIT Mandi researchers establish relationship between drought and elevation

A team of researchers from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has studied the relationship of elevation with the characteristics of drought in the Indus River Basin and has gathered valuable data  for climate adaptation strategies and water management in this region. The findings of the research have been published in the Journal of Atmospheric…

CM and Deputy CM mourn death of veteran journalist DP Uniyal

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and Deputy CM Mukesh Agnihotri have mourned the death of veteran journalist Dwaraka Prasad Uniyal, who passed away at his residence in Vikas Nagar (Dehradun) on Sunday. Mr Uniyal, who was founder editor of popular Hindi weekly Himalayan Times, was a known face of journalism in the state and published…

Two die in road accidents in Una district

Two persons died on Sunday in separate road accidents in Una district. A scooter rider died after being hit by a bus while in another accident a worker was crushed by a Hydra Machine. A scooter rider Padam Sharma (75) resident of Basal died after being hit by a Haryana Roadway bus on Chandigarh –…

New Education Policy may deprive a large number of girls from Education – former Dean of DU

Former Dean of Delhi University and Executive Member of Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (BGVS) Dr. Anita Rampal said, “Children are not dropping out from schools in India but they are being pushed out of schools.” Speaking in a seminar organized on New Education Policy (NEP) by BGVS at Mandi on Saturday Dr Rampal warned, “If…

Central government to develop Chitkul, Nako and Pooh under vibrant village scheme – Union Power Minister

Union Minister for Power RK Singh said a Central government public sector undertaking will adopt Chitkul village and assist the state government in developing it as a vibrant village. Addressing a gathering at Chitkul on Thursday the minister  said, “ The vibrant villages programme is an initiative of the Central Government to strengthen infrastructure facilities in…

HP government releases Rs 4.5 crore to HRTC, Leh – Delhi bus service begins

Himachal Pradesh government has released an amount of Rs 4.5 crore to Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) for paying liabilities of employees of the corporation.   Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri said, “The state government is making every effort to settle liabilities of the corporation employees and an amount of Rs 4.5 crore has been…

HP Cabinet decides to fill up 69 posts of Jail Warders

Himachal Pradesh State Cabinet has decided to constitute a committee to hold discussion with the power developers on water cess levied by the state government, headed by Secretary Power and having representatives from Jal Shakti, Finance and Law departments.  The meeting presided over by CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has also given approval to start primary…

CITU hold demonstration at Shimla demanding restoration of benefits to workers

A large number of workers under the banner of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) held a protest near HP Secretariat Shimla on Monday demanding restoration of benefits given to workers by the State Labour Welfare Board. The workers affiliated to MGNREGA and Construction Workers Unions carrying banners and flags marched to HP Secretariat and…

Reduction in borrowing limit may impact economic situation in Himachal Pradesh

The reduction of the borrowing limit of the Himachal Pradesh government by Rs 5500 crore by the Central government is going to further impact the economic situation of the state. The cash strapped state government is already reeling under severe economic stress and finding it difficult to meet its routine expenses. The decision being termed…

Doctors end pen down strike after meeting Chief Minister

Himachal Medical Officers Association (HMOA) has withdrawn their ongoing pen down strike with immediate effect after assurance from Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu in a meeting at Shimla on Saturday. The CM assured the office bearers of the association the Non practicing Allowance (NPA) for medical officers has not been abolished but has been withdrawn…

Forty four bus passengers injured near Rohru in Shimla district

Forty four bus passengers were injured in a bus accident near Dhamwadi (Rohru) in Shimla district on Friday morning after a HRTC bus was hit on a hillock by the driver in an effort to save the passenger at Adhuni Khad. An official of HRTC Rohru Vimlesh said, “ The HRTC bus no HP10A- 6851…

May wettest month in Himachal since 2004

The month of May has been recorded as the wettest month in Himachal Pradesh since 2004. As per data released by Indian Metrology Department (IMD) centre Shimla the cumulative rainfall during May 2023 was recorded 116.8 mm, which was 84 percent higher above the normal (compared to the normal average of 63.3 mm). In April,…

Thirty five injured in a bus accident near Karsog

Thirty five passengers traveling in a Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus were injured on Thursday morning near Karsog in Mandi district..   The HRTC bus no HP03-6211 was on its way from Karsog to Mahdi when the driver lost control over it at about 10.15 am near Deuri Dhar and it rolled down a…

CM urges Union Finance Minister to relax loan raising limit

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has urged the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to review the decision of imposing a limit on seeking new loans under externally aided projects. The CM after meeting the finance minister at New Delhi said, “Reconsidering the decision would help the state in carrying development in various sectors and sought…

Justice Ramchandra Rao sworn in Chief Justice of HP High Court

Justice Mamidanna Satya Ratna Sri Ramachandra Rao was sworn in Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday. Justice Rao was administered the oath of office by Himachal Pradesh Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla at Raj Bhavan Shimla. Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena conducted the proceedings and read out the Warrant of Appointment issued by…

CM urges Union Power Minister to transfer Shanan power project to HP

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu called on Union Minister for Power R. K. Singh at New Delhi on Monday and urged him to take steps for handing over of Shanan Hydro Power Project to the state government after expiry of its lease to Punjab government. He said, “The project located at Joginder Nagar in Mandi…

BSNL launches TV channel service for broadband users

The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) launched IPTV service at Mandi on Monday which would provide TV network facility to users of consumers having fiber broadband connections.  Talking to media persons on the occasion Chief General Manager of BSNL Himachal Pradesh JS Sahota said, “This would be an additional facility provided to the consumers without…

CM urges the Central government to return funds deposited under NPS in the Niti Aayog meeting

Himachal Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has urged the Central government to issue directions to Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) to return the amount of Rs 9,242.60 crore deposited under the New Pension Scheme (NPS) by the State Government. Attending the meeting of the 8th Governing Council of NITI Aayog at New Delhi on Saturday while…

Former CM Jai Ram Thakur demands restoration of NPA

Former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has strongly condemned the decision of Himachal Pradesh government to withdraw Non Practicing Allowance (NPA) for Doctors recruited in the state government hospitals and demanded its restoration. Talking to media persons at Mandi on Saturday he said, “The NPA for the doctors serving in the state government hospitals was…

Traffic between Mandi and Pandoh on NH closed between 12-30 to 3-30 am till June 21

Mandi district administration has decided to close traffic on KIratpur- Manali four lanes from Mandi to Pandoh during night between 12-30 to 3-30 am till June 21st. Deputy Commissioner Mandi Arindam Chaudhary said,” The traffic going towards  Manali and coming to Mandi would be diverted via Katindi- Kataula road at night during this period.”  He…

Himachal Medical Officer’s Association strongly condemns stopping of NPA

The Himachal Medical Officer’s Association (HMOA) has  strongly condemned the stopping of Non Practicing Allowance (NPA) by the state government to the doctors in the state. Condemning the decisions of the state government the office bearers of the HMOA said, “The finance department of the state government has already issued a notification to this effect…

CM assures HPSEB employees to implement OPS

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has assured the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited (HPSEBL) employees to cover them under the Old Pension Scheme (OPS). He said, “The employees of the state have played a very important role in development of the state and the state government would ensure the HPSEBL employees are included in…

Former CM Jai Ram Thakur demands inquiry into allegations against an officer working with the CMO

Former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has demanded an inquiry into allegations leveled against an officer working in Chief Minister’s  Office (CMO),  through an anonymous letter. Thakur in an informal chat with the media persons at Circuit House Mandi on Tuesday said, “A controversy has cropped up after allegations against an officer working with the…

Successful trial of five tunnels on Kiratpur – Manali Four Lane project conducted

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) carried out a successful trial of five tunnels constructed on Kiratpur – Manali National Four Lane Project between Hanogi and Jhalogi.   Deputy Commissioner Mandi Arindam Chaudhary said, “The trial of five tunnels was carried out jointly by the NHAI and Mandi district administration after a tweet by…

Thirteen passengers injured in a road accident near Ponta Sahib

Thirteen passengers travelling in a Pickup Vehicle were injured in a road accident on Sunday near Ponta Sahib in Sirmour district. All the injured were taken to Civil Hospital and five of the seriously injured have been referred for further treatment. The passengers belonging to Vikas Nagar area (Dehradun) were coming back from Renuka when…

People from different walks of life attend cremation of Hem Kant Katayan

Veteran journalist Hem Kant Katayan was cremated at Hanuman Ghat, Mandi on Sunday morning. The funeral pyre was lit by his son Sidharth . People from different walks of life attended his funeral including Mandi based journalists. Mr Katayan had passed away on Saturday night after a massive heart attack. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu…

Supreme Court allows felling of khair trees in Himachal

The Supreme Court of India has permitted felling of khair trees on government forest land in 10 forest divisions of the Forest Department of the state. This could be a big relief to the Himachal Pradesh government making efforts to mobilize additional sources for the state. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “The state government…

Veteran journalist Hem Kant Katayan passes away

Veteran journalist Hem Kant Katayayan passed away on Friday night at Mandi. Mr Katayan had worked for more than four decades as a journalist here. His family source said, ” He felt uneasiness at about 2 am and was taken to Zonal Hospital Mandi, where he collapsed due to massive heart attack.” He had joined…

Kangra tea gets GI registration with the countries of European Union

The Kangra tea has become the second product of the country to get Geographical Indication (GI) registration from the European Union.   The registration with the European Union (EU) as a protected Geographical Indication (GI) has paved the way for the sale of the product in European countries.  Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “The…

State Cabinet decides to fill up 5291 posts of teachers

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has decided to fill up 5291 posts of teachers i.e. 1070 posts of TGT (Arts), 776 (Non Medical) and 430 (Medical), 494 Shashtri and 2521 posts of JBT. The Cabinet Meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu held on Wednesday at Shimla  has also decided to fill up 28 posts…

State government trying to strengthen rural economy -CM

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said the state government is trying to strengthen the rural economy. Addressing a gathering in the concluding function of two day Sipur fair at Mashobra on Tuesday the CM announced, “The state government would buy ten litres cow milk from each farmer at Rs 80 per litre and buffalo milk…

District Legal Service Authority Mandi appoints Six lawyers to defend cases of poor people in courts

The District Legal Service Authority (DLSA) Mandi has appointed six lawyers practicing in Mandi courts as Legal Aid Defense Councils (LADC) under the modified LADC scheme. The councils have been appointed by the DLSA to defend cases of poor people who can’t afford to engage lawyers for their pending cases in the district court. Abhishek…

Surender Chauhan elected Mayor and Uma Kaushal Deputy Mayor of Shimla Municipal Corporation

Surender Chauhan and Uma Kaushal were unanimously elected Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively of Shimla Municipal Corporation on Monday. Both were elected without a contest since the Congress has a clear majority with 24 councilors, BJP has nine councilors and CPM one, in the house of 34. The election was held today after the oath…

State government working to turn the state into an industrial hub – CM

Himachal Pradesh government is making every effort to make the state industry friendly and several schemes have been launched to provide best facilities under ease of doing business to entrepreneurs coming to the state. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu is trying hard to develop the state into a favorite destination for investment and the state…

Mandi lad bring laurels for Himachal – gets admission in Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

A lad from remote Basehar village under Nauhli panchayat in Joginder Nagar Sub Davison of Mandi district, Abhay Bhardwaj has brought laurels to the area and Himachal Pradesh by getting selected in the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai to pursue a five years Integrated PhD course in the Homi  Bhabha Centre for Science…

Priyanka Gandhi visits Rajiv Bhawan to celebrate landslide win in Karnataka Election

Priyanka Gandhi, General Secretary of All India Congress Committee, holidaying at her Chharabra house with her mother Sonia Gandhi , visited Rajiv Bhawan, the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee Office at Shimla to celebrate landslide win in Karnataka Assembly Election after declaration of results on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion she said, “The victory in Karnataka…

Justice Tarlok Chauhan inaugurates Legal Aid Counselling Center at Mandi

Acting Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan Mandi inaugurated the Legal Aid Counseling Center set up under National Legal Services Authority at Mandi and Civil Judge Court Padhar on Saturday. Supervising the proceedings of Lok Adalats at Mandi and Padhar, Justice Chuahan said, “A provision has been made to provide…

IIT Mandi kick-starts Yuva Sangam programme

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi kick started the Yuva Sangam programme on Friday at the institute campus in Kamand. Talking to media persons the Director of IIT Mandi Prof. Laxmidhar Behara said, “Yuva Sangam is a cultural and academic exchange programme launched by the Central government under EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat scheme.” “Under this programme…

Mandi district BJP president demands disciplinary action against former BJP MLA

Ranbir Thakur Mandi District BJP president has strongly condemned the accusations against the party and senior leaders by former MLA Jawahar Thakur.   Talking to media persons at Mandi on Friday he said , “ Two days back former BJP MLA Jawahar Thakur made unfounded and baseless accusations against the senior party  leaders which is…

Congress leader’s son booked for reportedly crushing a school girl to death

An eight years old school girl was crushed to death by a speeding jeep reportedly driven by the son of a Congress leader, on Chandigarh – Manali National Highway near Tarot village under Dhanotu police station of Mandi district. Deputy Superintendent of Police Sunder Nagar Dinesh Kumar said , “ The school girl Akshita crossing…

Seven school students become unconscious after gas leakage in chemical plant near Una

At least seven school students fell unconscious on Thursday in Sanoli, Vinewal, Puna and Majra areas adjoining Santoshgarh of Una district after a pungent gas started oozing from a chemical plant. Chief Medical Officer Una Dr SK Verma said, “On Thursday morning at about 9 Am a few students fell unconscious after complaining difficulty in…

CM exhorts students to make people aware about the role of Congress and its sacrifices

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has exhorted young students to make children aware about the role of the Congress during the Independence movement and sacrifices made by Congress leaders. Inaugurating the first National convention of Jawahar Bal Manch he said, “The organizations like Jawahar Bal Manch can play a pivotal role for the unity of…

Former BJP MLA blames the state government and BJP organization for defeat in 2022 Assembly election

Former BJP’s Darang MLA Jawahar Thakur blamed the previous BJP led state government and the party organization for the defeat of the party in the 2022 Assembly election. Holding the state BJP leadership responsible for the BJP’s defeat, Thakur while talking to media persons at Mandi on Wednesday said, “The party dominated by ABVP was…

Students stranded in violence hit Maniprur meet the CM after reaching New Delhi

The students from Himachal Pradesh studying in Manipur, stranded in the violence hit state, reached New Delhi on Monday evening and called upon Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu  at Himachal Bhawan . Thanking the CM for his personal intervention in bringing them back from the troubled state they also appreciated his gesture for bearing the…

CM mourns death of soldiers killed in militant attack

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has mourned the death of Naik Arvind Kumar and Paratrooper Pramod Negi, two soldiers of the state, who lost their lives fighting militants in Rajouri sector of Jammu & Kashmir on Friday.  Arvind Kumar was a resident of Maroonh village in Kangra district and Pramod Negi belonged to Shillai area…

Two army soldiers of Himachal killed in operation against terrorists in J&K

Two army soldiers belonging to Himachal Pradesh have reportedly been killed in a terrorist attack in Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday morning. Pramod Negi from Shilai area of Sirmour district and Arvind Kumar of Dhira panchayat in Kangra district have been killed in the attack as per a report. Both the soldiers…

CM flags off four vehicles for quick response during natural calamities in Lahaul – Spiti

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu flagged off four vehicles to be used for rescue operations and quick response in the event of any natural calamity or emergency during winters in the tribal district of Lahaul –Spiti. Four Gurkha jeeps donated by the ICICI Foundation under CSR would be quite helpful for quick response to move…

Congress proves its grip on voters in Shimla Municipal Corporation

The Congress has once again proved its mettle in Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, by sweeping Municipal Corporation (MC)  Election, results of which were declared on Thursday . Further consolidating the position of Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, who took oath on December 11, 2022, the Congress candidates won in 24 of 34 MC…

Himachal Cabinet decides to give Rs 1500 per month to women of Spiti valley

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has decided to give Rs 1500 per month as Indira Gandhi Mahila Samman Nidhi to eligible women over 18 years of Spiti valley including nuns and Chhomos . The decision to this effect was taken in the Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvider Singh Sukhu , held at Shimla on…

Congress and BJP working hard to take control of Shimla Municipal Corporation

The ensuing Shimla Municipal Corporation (MC) election to elect 34 councilors, polling for which would be held on Tuesday, have gained importance as both ruling Congress and opposition BJP are trying their best to capture the prestigious  and oldest Municipal Corporation of India.   The Congress party, which snatched power in Himachal Pradesh from the…

State government decides to regularize service of contract employees completing two years

Himachal Pradesh government has decided to regularize the services of contractual employees completing two years of their service on March 31st.  As per notification issued by the state government, services of daily wage workers completing four years of service on March 31st 2023 would also be regularized. The employees completing two years service on September 30,…

CM emphasizes on use of technology in judicial system

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has emphasized the need of use of technology to bring transparency, productivity and efficiency in the judicial system. Addressing a gathering after inaugurating North Zone –II Regional Conference on  ‘Contemporary Judicial Development and Strengthening Justice through Law and Technology,  at Shimla on Saturday the CM also stressed on use of…

Fire damage new OPD building of IGMC Shimla

A fire broke out at the Indira Gandhi Medical College  Hospital (IGMC) here on Thursday after two cooking gas cylinders exploded in the cafeteria, leading to the evacuation of hundreds of patients from the New OPD building. The fire has caused a loss of over Rs 60 lakh but hundreds of patients present in the…

Terming water cess as illegal and unconstitutional by the Central government is a big blow to HP government

Terming the water cess levied on hydro power generation in Himachal Pradesh  by the Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu government as ‘illegal’ by the Central government,  has come as a bolt from the blue and  dashed the hopes of the state government to mobilize additional funds for the cash strapped state . Himachal Pradesh government, which is under heavy…

SHO Nadaun and two officials suspended on being found drunk

Three police officials including Station House officer (SHO) of Nadaun have been suspended by the Superintendent of Police (SP) Hamirpur, after being found in inebriated condition during an inspection by the SP. SP Hamirpur Dr. Akriti Sharma said, “During a sudden inspection of Nadaun Police Station on Tuesday night SHO Nadaun Yog Raj Chandel and…

World class medical facilities will be available in state medical colleges – CM

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “The state government is introducing robotic surgery in Shimla, Tanda, Nerchowk and Hamirpur Medical Colleges, besides latest PET and CT scan facilities would be provided at  Shimla and Tanda.”   Addressing the audience after giving degrees and internship certificates  to first batch students of MBBS in annual convocation…

Rajiv Bindal appointed Himachal state BJP president

BJP national president JP Nadda has appointed Rajiv Bindal as president of HP state BJP. The office order to this effect was issued on Sunday by BJP office New Delhi. State BJP president Suresh Kashyap had resigned from the post of state BJP president on Saturday. Bindal, who represented Solan and Nahan Assembly constituencies five…

HP CM meets Haryana CM

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu met his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar at Chandigarh on Saturday and held discussion with him on different issues. During the discussion the HP CM said, “The water cess levied by the state government on hydro power generation in the state would not result in any loss to Haryana as…

State BJP president Suresh Kashyap resigns

Himachal Pradesh BJP president Suresh Kashyap has resigned from the post of party president . A BJP spokesman confirmed about tendering his resignation letter to National BJP president JP Nadda and said, “Since Kashyap is also MP from Shimla constituency he was finding it difficult to find time for his constituency along with his organizational…

President given warm send off

The President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu was given a warm send off at Kalyani helipad, Mashobra on Friday, after completion of her four days tour to Shimla. Himachal Pradesh Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla and Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu were present on the occasion. HP Assembly Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania, Health Minister Dr. (Col.)…

President of India awards degrees in HPU convocation

The President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu presented Gold Medals to 10 meritorious students including seven girls, during the 26th Annual Convocation of Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) Shimla. As many as 99 Students were awarded Ph. D. degrees, including 59 females, besides giving Gold Medals to 111 meritorious students.   Addressing the audience on the…

President of India gets rousing welcome during her Shimla visit

The President of India Droupadi Murmu was given a rousing reception on her arrival at Kalyani Helipad, Mashobra in Shimla on Tuesday .  Himachal Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla and Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu accorded a warm welcome to the President at Kalyani helipad. The family members of the President are also accompanying her. Speaker, Himachal…

Ace mountaineer Baljeet Kaur haling from Solan, rescued in Nepal

Ace mountaineer Baljeet Kaur, has been brought back safely from Mt. Annapurna (Nepal) and stated to be fine. Baljeet Kaur is an international level mountaineer and hails from Solan district. She has scaled Mt. Everest and other difficult mountains. Unfounded reports of “her losing life” in a mountain expedition were circulated on a few social…

CM announces 3 percent DA for employees on Himachal Day

The 76th Himachal Day function was held at Kaza in Spiti sub-division of Lahaul & Spiti district .Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu unfurled the National Flag and took salute from marching contingents of Police and Home Guards.Adreesing on the occasion the CM announcedto give 3 percent DA allowance to state government employees, pensioners and announced…

HP Cabinet decides to fill up 530 posts of school lecturers

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has decided to fill up 530 posts of school lecturers in different subjects through direct recruitment. The cabinet also gave its nod to amend Himachal Pradesh Town and Country Planning Rules -2014 allowing attic floors constructed in the houses, habitable. The Cabinet approved the…

Survey team suggests shifting of Airport project from Balh valley to Jahu

The final Social Impact Assessment (SIA) report submitted by SR Asia Team to Himachal Pradesh government has given a major jolt to the proposed Greenfield Airport in Balh valley of Mandi district since the team has suggested not to build the Airport here and find possibilities of shifting it to Jahu in Hamirpur district, on the…

State government to give loans for higher studies at nominal interest-CM

Himachal Pradesh government has launched Mukhyamantri Vidyarthi Yojna to give educational loans to students unable to pursue higher and professional studies due to lack of resources. Under the scheme, starting from the current financial year, the eligible students would be given loans on a nominal interest of one percent belonging to families having income of…

Governor visits orphan center at Dehar

 Himachal Pradesh Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla said , “ There is no Godly work than serving humanity as service to mankind gives you such a great feeling and happiness which no other service can give”.   The Governor said this after visiting Divya Manav Jyoti Sewa Samiti at Dehar on Monday. During his maiden tour…

Nine shops and houses gutted in fire at Banjar

In a major fire incident at Banjar in Kullu district, nine shops and four houses were gutted on Monday morning, causing an estimated loss of Rs 2 crore. According to information the flames were noticed at about 2 am after which fire tenders were requisitioned from Larji to douse the flames. Deputy Commissioner Kullu Ashutosh…

Former CM Jai Ram Thakur alleges step motherly treatment with Mandi district

Former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has accused the state government for the alleged step motherly treatment with Mandi district. Talking to media persons at Mandi on Monday he said, “The state government and certain Congress leaders are trying to defame Sardar Patel University by leveling unfounded allegations of irregularities in recruitment of faculty members…

State government initiates to launch mobile clinics for veterinary services

 Himachal Pradesh government has taken a new initiative to provide quick treatment and medicines to cattle of farmers of the state through mobile clinics. The state government has launched a project named Sanjeevani through which nearly 4.41 million livestock would be treated at the door steps of the farmers, saving their time and money. A…

CRC Sunder Nagar plans to provide artificial limbs on the spot to disabled persons

The Composite Regional Center (CRC) Sunder Nagar would soon have  on the spot facility to manufacture artificial limbs for persons with disability at its center.   In –charge of the CRC Dr. Shatrughan Singh said, “The center, which is working for skill development and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, would soon have facility to provide…

Budget session of HP Vidhan Sabha concludes

The budget session of Himachal Pradesh Assembly concluded at Shimla on Thursday. Talking to media persons Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “HP government has passed legislation in the budget session in the larger public interest despite negative approach of the opposition BJP like adoption of orphans by state government to support them and introduction…

IIT Mandi invites applications under student’s exchange programme

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi is organizing a student exchange programme for students of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh between the ages of 18 and 30 years. Giving this information Dean of Students of the IIT Mandi Dr. Hitesh Shrimali said, “The student exchange programme is a unique opportunity for the students of Himachal…

CM announces to reconstitute HP Staff Selection Commission Hamirpur

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has announced to reconstitute Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission (HPSSC) Hamirpur to start recruitment process for filling up nearly three thousand government posts. Making a statement on the floor of Himachal Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday the CM said, “On the recommendation of the committee constituted to look into  irregularities in functioning…

CM to preside over Himachal Day function at Kaza on April 15

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu will preside over the Himachal Day state level function on April 15 at Kaza in Lahaul -Spiti district. Speaker of HP Assembly  Kuldeep Singh Pathania will attend the district level function at Chamba, Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri at Nahan, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil at …

Election for Shimla Municipal Corporation on May 2nd

Himachal Pradesh state election commission has decided to hold an election for 34 wards of Shimla Municipal Corporation (MC) on May 2nd.   As per the notification issued by the commission on Monday the nomination papers would be accepted on April 13, 17 and 18 between 11 am to 3 pm, the scrutiny of nomination…

IIT Mandi AP gets Prof. Satish Dhawan Young Engineers Award

Dr Mrityunjay Doddamani of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has been awarded the Prof. Satish Dhawan Young Engineers Award in the Engineering Science category. The award was given to Dr Mrityunjay by Chief Minister of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai at the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore recently in recognition for young scientist making significant…

Water cess would not affect the neighbouring states- CM

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has clarified the water cess levied by Himachal Pradesh government would not affect the neighbouring states economically as this would be levied on Hydro power generation only and not on water released from the state.In a joint press conferece after holding discussion with his counterpart Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann at…

Mukesh Agnihotri hurt

Himachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri was admitted in Indira Gandhi Medical college Shimla on Tuesday evening after he was injured near his official residence at Shimla.As per an information Agnihotri was walking near his residence when he fell down and got hurt.Medical Superintendent of the IGMC, Sita Thakur said, ” Mr Agnihotri is…

HP government signs MOU for Rs 4000 crore Green Energy Project

 The Himachal Pradesh government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Green Hydrogen and Green Ammonia Project with HLC Green Energy LLC on Tuesday. The MOU for Rs 4000 crore project was signed in the presence of Industries Minister Harshwardan Chauhan by Director of Industries, Rakesh Prajapati and Managing Director of HLC Green Energy, Sanjay…

Parents demand enactment of law to regulate private schools

The parents of students studying in private schools have once again demanded formation of a regulatory commission by the state government to check the alleged practice of frequent increase in tuition fees, charging annual charges etc, besides recurrent change of schools dresses and books. The parents have been agitating against managements of private schools for…

Labourer dies after getting buried under debris

A labourer  lost his life after being buried under debris near Malori on Friday evening. The labourer Rajesh Kumar (33) belonging to Banog village of Balh tehsil engaged by Satya KMC for widening of Chandigarh –Manali four lane project was working at Malori site near Mandi when the incident occurred. As per information the deceased…

Chief Minister and Congress MLAs protest disqualification of Rahul Gandhi from Lok Sabha

The Congress MLAs in Himachal Pradesh Assembly staged a demonstration in the Assembly premises on Friday to protest disqualification of Rahul Gandhi from the membership of the parliament, after his conviction and imprisonment for two years by a Surat Court in a defamation case. The Congress MLAs, Cabinet Ministers led by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh…

DYFI activists take out torchlight procession to observe 92nd Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

The activists of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) took out a torchlight procession in Mandi town to observe 92nd martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukh Dev and Raj Guru on Thursday . The state president of the DYFI Suresh Sarwal said, “ On March 23rd in 1931 Shaheed Bhagat Singh , Raj Guru and  Sukh…

Save the Blue to conserve the Green- CM

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu emphasized on bringing a behavioral change in water usage and its management and there is need to save the Blue for conserving the Green. Speaking at a state level World Water Day function at Shimla on Wednesday he said, “According to a report forty percent of the population would experience…

Departmental Exams for IAS and other categories postponed

Himachal Board of Departmental Examinations, Shimla has postponed departmental exams for IAS, HPAS and other categories of Gazetted and no-Gazetted posts scheduled to be held from April 3, have been postponed and now will be conducted from May 16 to 24.    As per a communique issued by the Board the admit cards of the…

Balh Bachao Sangharsh Samiti urges Chief Minister to shift the proposed Airport

A delegation of Balah Bachao Kisan Sangharash Samiti met Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu in HP Assembly on Tuesday to appeal to him not to build the Greenfield Airport on fertile land in Balh valley. The delegation led by executive president of the Samiti Prem Dass Chowdhary urged the CM to shift the Airport project…

State government to earn nearly Rs 2800 crore by auctioning liquor vends – CM

Himachal Pradesh government will earn Rs 2800 crore by auctioning retail liquor vends in the state during 2023-24 under the new excise policy.  Making a statement in the HP Assembly on Monday Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said , “ The state government would earn Rs 2800 crore  during the year 2023-24 through auctioning of retail…

Four die in car accident near Minus

Four car borne passengers lost their lives on Sunday after their car plunged into Tons river on Himachal –Uttrakhand border near Minus. “Those killed in the accident have been identified as Sandep (34) , Amarjeet (36) both from Chopal, Praveen (28) and Mohit (28) belonging to Nerwa”, said a police source. A real cause of…

CM appeals to observe the Earth Hour on March 25

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has appealed to the people of the state to be part of ‘Earth Hour’ on March 25  by   switching off no-essential lights of their homes and surroundings from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm. He said the earth hour is being celebrated this year under the theme of ‘The Biggest Hour for Earth’…

HP Chief Minister presents Rs 53413 crore budget for 2023- 24 , announces several new schemes and wage increase for different sections

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu presented first budget of the Congress government for 2023-24 with total budget outlay of Rs 53, 413 crore; estimated receipts of Rs 37,999 crore and estimated of Rs 42,704 crore with a revenue deficit of  Rs 4704 crore and a fiscal deficit of Rs 42,704 crore. . Out…

COVID-19 death reported in SLBSMC Ner Chowk

A death from COVID -19 has been reported from Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Medical College (SLBSMC) Ner Chowk on Thursday. Dr Joginder Thakur Medical Superintendent of the college said, “A 70 years male patient suffering with co -morbidity was referred from Kullu to the SLBSMC and tested COVID-19 positive. The patient was suffering from arrhythmia,…

Heated discussion on the second day of Budget session of HP Assembly

The second day of Himachal Assembly’s  Budget session also started with a stormy note as members of the opposition BJP pressed for a discussion on closure of 632 institutions opened by the previous BJP government in the state.   The BJP members brought an adjournment motion under rule 67 demanding discussion on the issue. The…

BJP stages walkout on the opening day of Budget session of HP Assembly

The Budget session of Himachal Pradesh Assembly began with a stormy note with the opposition BJP MLAs staging a walk out demanding discussion on withholding of MLA development fund (vidhayak nidhi) .   As soon as the session began after paying obituaries, BJP MLA Vipin Pramar raised the point of order by taking up adjournment…

State government to give uniform allowance of Rs 600 in government schools from Class 1 to 8

Himachal Pradesh government has decided to give Rs 600 as a uniform allowance for the government school students studying from Class 1 to 8 for providing them school uniforms. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “The amount would be transferred to Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to accounts of the mothers of the students benefiting nearly…

BJP holds protest rally at Mandi to oppose closing of institutions

The Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has termed Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh “not a Lokpriya CM but a Lockpriya CM (not popular but CM putting lock on institutions’ ‘. Addressing a BJP protest rally organized at  Seri Manch Mandi  on Saturday to oppose de- notification of the institutions opened by previous BJP…

CM to meet general public daily at HP Secretariat from 6 to 7 PM

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu would meet the general public and various delegations at Himachal Pradesh Secretariat Shimla daily from 6 to 7 PM. A spokesman of the state government said, “The CM would meet general public on Tuesday and Friday between 9 and 11 am at his official residence the Oakover, party workers on…

Balh Bachao Sangharsh Samiti urges the CM to shift Airport project to Jahu

The Balh Bachao Sangharsh Samiti has demanded shifting of Greenfield Airport project from Balh valley of Mandi district to some other satiable place. Talking   to media persons at Mandi on Saturday President Joginder Walia, working President Prem Lal and secretary Nand Lal  of the samiti said, “A Social Impact Assessment Report (SIAR) undertaken for the Airport project…

As many as 289 buildings to be demolished by March 19 for constructing four lane highway – DC Mandi

Mandi Deputy Commissioner Arindam Chaudhary informed the National Highway Authorities of India (NHAI), the district administration has identified 289 buildings which would be demolished before March 19 for constructing four lane projects. Interacting with the officers of revenue, electricity, Jalshakti departments and the NHAI officials through a video conference, he said, “The district administration had…

State gets approval for Shimla -Mataur and Pathankot- Mandi four- lane highways – CM

 Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said strengthening road connectivity in the state is the priority of the state government and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) should expedite work on four –lane projects. Presiding over a review meeting at Shimla on Thursday the CM said, “The state would cooperate with the NHAI in every…

Governor seeks report on outbreak of jaundice in Nauni university

Himachal Pradesh Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla has sought a report from Vice Chancellor of Dr YS Pramar Horticulture and Forestry University Nauni, on outbreak of jaundice at the university hostels. Taking cognizance of the rise in jaundice cases the Governor has directed the VC to submit the report immediately, during his meeting with the VC…

Five killed and four injured as Innova driver crush nine migrant labourers near Dharampur (Solan)

Nine migrant labourers were crushed by an Innova driver near Dharampur in Solan district on Tuesday morning killing five of them on the spot and seriously injuring four others. The incident occurred at about 10 am in the morning on Solan –Parwanoo national highway, when a driver of a taxi Innova (HP2A1540) coming from the…

HP Cabinet gives nod to Excise Policy for 2023-24

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has given nod to new Excise and Taxation Policy of the state for 2023-24. The Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu gave approval to auction-cum-tender of retail excise vends for 2023-24 to enhance revenue, reduce liquor price and curb smuggling from the neighboring states It decided to sell…

CM announces to construct a new bus stand at Sujanpur

 Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu announced the construction of a new bus stand at Sujanpur and said, “Himachal would become the country’s most prosperous state in the next ten years “. Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the cultural evening of Sujanpur holi festival on Sunday evening, the CM greeted people on the occasion and said,…

The four day Holi festival begins at Sujanpur

The four-day festival of Holi at Sujanpur began on Sunday with enthusiasm and cultural tradition, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu. The CM paid obeisance at Murli Manohar temple and also participated in a shobha yatra (religious procession) along with a large number of prominent citizens wearing colourful turbans.  The CM inaugurated…

CM exhorts youths to popularize culture and traditions of Himachal

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu exhorted youths of the state to preserve the culture and folk traditions by displaying these at national level and abroad. Addressing a gathering in a function organized by Himachal Students Union in  Punjab University auditorium at Chandigarh on Sunday he said, “ Himachal is known for its unique cuisines, culture and…

State government to partner with Indian Business School to develop bio- energy

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said the state government is set to partner with Indian Business School (ISB) to develop the bio-energy sector in the state. Holding a meeting with Executive Director of the ISB Prof. Ashwani Chatterji at Shimla on Saturday, he said, “The state government is starting a pilot project on bio-energy production…

FIR registered against Uma Azad for leaking question paper of drawing teacher’s test conducted by HPSSSC Hamirpur

The Vigilance & Anti Corruption Bureau ( V&CB) Hamirpur has registered third FIR in paper leak case against a suspended employees of the Himachal Pradesh Pradesh State Staff Selection Commission ( HPSSSC) Hamirpur and others for allegedly selling question paper of screening test conducted by the Commission for recruiting drawing teachers . The third FIR…

HP Cabinet decides to implement OPS from April 1, 2023

Himachal Pradesh government has decided to implement an old pension scheme (OPS) in the state for 1.36 state government employees including all employees appointed in future. This decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held at Shimla on Friday presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and it was decided all employees including those…

CM helps in airlifting two patients from Dodra Kawar

Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu once again helped two serious patients in getting them airlifted from remote Dodra Kawar area, in the state government helicopter for providing them immediate medical help. Immediately after getting information, the CM directed Shimla district administration to get the patients airlifted and provide them medical treatment. The district administration…

CM holds meeting with Electric Vehicle Manufacturers

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has asked the electric vehicle manufacturers (EVMs) to develop the state specific electric buses keeping in mind hilly terrain, loading capacity, luggage space and  incorporating modern technology to ensure safety of passengers. In a meeting with the representatives of the EVMs on Thursday at Shimla he said, “To achieve the…

Two burnt alive in a car accident

Two persons travelling in a car were burnt alive and one other injured, after the car in which they were travelling caught fire on Wednesday night at about 11.30 PM near Damela on Padhar – Joginder Nagar via Nauhli road of Mandi district. A police source said, “The burnt bodies of Bhuvan (38) and Sunil…

HP Cabinet decides to bring HPPSC under HP Prevention of Malpractices Act

Himachal Cabinet has decided to bring Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPSPC) under the ambit of Himachal Pradesh Prevention of Malpractices at University, Board or other Specified Examination   Act -1984 to check any irregularity and ensure fair selection of candidates on merit in a transparent manner. The meeting chaired by Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh…

Twenty Five percent increase in GST collection

  Himachal Pradesh has registered a growth of 25 percent in the state during the month of February. Commissioner, Excise and Taxation Yunus Khan said, “The Goods and Service Tax (GST) collection has registered an increase of 25 percent in the month of February with collection of Rs 337 crore.” He said,” The GST collection…

HIPA extends date for submitting applications for departmental exams

The Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) has extended the date for sending application of departmental examinations from eligible officers/ officials of the various categories like IAS/HAS and Gazette officers of the state government from March 3rd   to March 7, 2023. Secretary, HP Board of Departmental Examinations said, “The last date for forwarding applications by…

Asian Development Bank agrees to give Rs 1311 .20 crore – CM

The Asian Development Bank has agreed in principle to sanction Rs 1311 .20 crore to strengthen tourism infrastructure in the state for funding phase 1 of the proposed development programme.   Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “The state government has been laying special emphasis for making Himachal as the best tourist destination in India…

Chief Minister gives Rs 50 lakh to his old school , honours teachers and class mates

Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has announced to give Rs 50 lakh for GSSS Chhota Shimla for improving infrastructure. Presiding over the annual function of the school on Tuesday at Shimla, he said, “Education is top priority of the present government and we are taking definite decisions to improve the quality of education and…

CM meets Union Forest Minister to expedite forest clearances

Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has advocated early forest clearance for speedy development in the state. In a meeting with Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav in New Delhi on Monday the CM said, “Since many development projects are delayed for a long time for want of forest clearance but…

CBI arrests Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

The Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia hs been arrested by a team of the CBI on Sunday in New Delhi after his interrogation for nearly 8 hours  in his alleged involvement in irregularities in Excise Policy of the Delhi government Sisodia, was called for interrogation in the morning and was arrested later. The Aam Aadmi…

HP would fully switch over to e-vehicles by 2025 – CM

Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “The state government is successfully implementing the electric vehicle policy to reduce the carbon emission caused by exhaust fumes of the diesel and petrol vehicles to preserve flora and fauna in the Himalayan region.” Addressing 85th Plenary session of the Congress at Raipur on Sunday he said, “Being a matter…

HP government gets Rs 225 crore for Bulk Drug Park

Himachal Pradesh government has received first installment of Rs 225 crore from the Central government for the development of infrastructure in bulk Drug Park.  The amount has been given by the department of pharmaceutical, Union Ministry of Chemical and Fertilize as grant in aid.  The bulk drug park was sanctioned by the Modi government during…

CM addresses ongoing Congress plenary session at Raipur

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu while addressing on the second day of 85th plenary session of Indian National Congress at Raipur in Chhattisgarh said, “The state government has restored old pension scheme for 1.36 lakh state government employees of the state in the first Cabinet meeting of the Congress government to fulfill the election promises.” Expressing…

The week long Shivratri festival of Mandi concludes

The week long Shivratri festival of Mandi concluded on Saturday. A jaleb (traditional shobha yatra) was taken out on the last day in which contingents of Police, Home Guards and a large number of deities carried on shoulders of devotees and a large number of dignitersi  marched from Madho Rai temple to Paddal ground. The…

Jai Ram Thakur accuses the CM for allegedly politicizing Shivratri festival

Former Chief Minister Jai RamThakur has criticized Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu for allegedly using the traditional Shivratri festival for launching an attack on his political rivals.  Talking to media persons here on Saturday he said, ” There always has been a tradition to celebrate the Shivratri festival as a people’s festival as a large number…

HP Director General of Police calls on the Governor

Himachal Pradesh Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu called on HP Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla at Raj Bhavan on Friday and apprised him about new initiatives being taken by the state police. The DGP said, “The police have made a comprehensive plan to deploy police for the areas bordering with China after visiting the borders…

IIT Mandi researchers develop algorithm to improve accuracy for landslides prediction

The scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm to improve prediction accuracy of landslides, rock glaciers, floods, avalanches and permafrost. The algorithm has been developed by Dr. Derricks Praise Shukla, Associate Professor School of civil and environmental engineering and Dr. Sharad Kumar Gupta, former research scholar of…

HP Government disbands HPSSSC Hamirpur

Himachal Pradesh government has disbanded the Himachal Pradesh Staff Service Selection Commission (HPSSSC) Hamirpur with immediate effect. The state government suspended the functioning of the commission some time back when an employee of the HPSSSC was allegedly caught selling a question paper of the scheduled screening test for JOAs selection. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu…

CM asks to take new initiatives for turning the state green

Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said,” New initiatives for the restoration of degraded forest lanscpaing in the state would be started.” Presiding over the first meeting of the governing body of Himachal Pradesh State Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (HP CAMPA), at HIPA on Tuesday the CM said, ” Instead of raising…

Governor asks Raj Bhavan staff to work with devotion

Himachal Pradesh Governor Shiv Pratap Singh has asked  emphasized the need to work with devotion and mutual cooperation and accomplish the works in a stipulated time. Addressing the staff in an introductory session with the staff at Raj Bhavan on Monday he said, “Every person should understand his duty and should make themselves accountable for…

Dispute between Adani cement company and truckers resolved on intervention of the CM after 66 days

Almost two months old ongoing dispute between the Adani cement companies and Tuck operators Unions was resolved on Monday after agreement between them on freight rate was reached on the intervention of Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu. The Adani cement  companies had closed production in its recently purchased cement plants at Barmana and Darlaghat on December…

HP government to strengthen economy through developing tourism

To strengthen the economy of the state, the state government has prepared a plan to tap tourism potential of the state by developing different sites to attract more tourists. In this regard different activities would be held at different places to attract tourists round the year, besides developing adventure, religious, health and heritage tourism. A…

Shiv Pratap Shukla sworn in Himachal Pradesh Governor

Mr. Shiv Pratap Shukla was sworn in as the 29th Governor of Himachal Pradesh in a ceremony held at Raj Bhawan Shimla on Saturday.  Acting Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court Justice Sabina administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Shukla. Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena read out the warrant of appointment. Chief…

HP Cabinet recommends to convene Assembly session from March 14 to April 6

The budget session of Himachal Pradesh Assembly will be held from March 14 to April 6.  The State Cabinet recommended to convene the Assembly session in its meeting held at Shimla on Thursday chaired by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu.   Thr Cabinet also approved the guidelines of Rs. 101 crore Mukhya Mantri Sukh-Ashray Yojana….

CM cancelles schedule tour to airlft serious patient from Pangi

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu showing a humanitarian geture cancelled his scheduled tour progamme to offer state government chopper to airlift a seriuos patient from tribal area of Pangi sub division. The CM had recieved a message from Prem Lal , brother of the the paitent who was seriously ill and needed immediate medical help.Since…

State government committed to improve rural economy – CM

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “The state government fully understands the importance of developing dairy sector to uplift the rural economy of the state and working to purchase milk from the local people and promote cooperatives in this sector.” He said, “The state government intends to improve the monthly income of farmers ranging between…

Shiv Pratap Shukla appointed new Governor of Himachal Pradesh

Mr. Shiv Pratap Shukla has been appointed the new Governor of Himachal Pradesh by President of India Mrs. Dropadi Murmu, replacing present Governor Mr.Rajender Vishvanath Aerlekar who has now been appointed Bihar Governor. Mr Shukla, who is Rajya Sabha Member, hails from Uttar Pradesh and has represented UP Vidhan Sabha four times. Chief Minister Thakur…

Rampur police register complaint in death of a six years old boy

The Rampur police have registered a complaint in the death of a six years old child for ‘alleged faulty injection ‘at Khaneri government health center. Deputy Superintendent of Police Rampur Chandershekhar said, “ In a compliant Semal Singh has alleged his six years old son Arvind suffering from sore throat and cough was taken to…

Deputy CM meets Union Jalshakti Minister

Deputy Chief Minister, Mukesh Agnihotri held a meeting with Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat at New Delhi on Friday and urged him to provide budgetary assistance for an effective and sustainable irrigation network in the state to give impetus to farming. He apprised the minister about the need to strengthen the irrigation network…

Chief Minister meets several Union Ministers to take up development projects

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu called upon several Union Ministers during his tour to New Delhi to take up various state government projects with the Central government. The CM met Union Tourism Minister G. Kishan Reddy and urged him to include places of the tourists’ interest of the state under next phase of Swadesh Darshan…

Justice Sabina appointed Chief Justice of Himachal High Court

Justice Sabina has been appointed Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court. Her name was recommended by Supreme Court Collegiums on Tuesday evening.  Acting Chief Justice of the Himachal High Court, Justice Sabina would be the second woman to head HP High Court as Justice Leela Seth, the first woman Chief Justice of India, also…

Four burnt alive in Amb sub-division of Una district

Four children were burnt alive when the house they were sleeping in was gutted in fire on Wednesday night at village Bane di Hatti under Amb sub division of Una district. The children of migrant workers i.e. Neelu (14), Golu (7), Shivam (6), and Sonu (17) lost their lives as the house got completely burnt….

CM lays foundation stone of Himachal Niketan at New Delhi

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu laid the foundation stone of Himachal Niketan at New Delhi on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion the CM said, “The five storied Himachal Niketan would be constructed with an estimated cost of Rs 57.72 crore in Dwarka area in the national capital to accommodate students and other people visiting New…

OPS announced after making budgetary Provision – CM

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said budgetary provision was made by the state government before announcing Old Pension Scheme and the State Cabinet has given its approval for the scheme after thorough discussion. Talking to media persons at Una on Tuesday the CM said, “The state government is committed to fulfill ten guarantees given by…

CPS stresses on utilization of media for reaching people at grass root

Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) Information and Public Relations (IPR) Sanjay Awasthi stressed upon utilization of various media platforms and to reach to  people through new mediums.  Presiding over a meeting of the IPR department at Shimla on Tuesday, he said, “The department has an important role in taking the policies and welfare schemes of the…

The World Bank team assures support for turning the state Green by 2025

Regional Director, South Asia Region of the World Bank for sustainable development John Roome had a meeting with Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu at Shimla on Monday to discuss the measures suggested in the light of target set by the state government to make the state Green by 2025 with the assistance of the World…

Congress activists hold protest throughout the state demanding JPC probe in Adani exposure

The Congress activists held a protest demonstration at district level throughout state in front of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and State Bank of India (SBI) offices on Monday on the call of All India Congress Committee (AICC), demanding probe in the alleged irregularities committed by Adani Group in its share price manipulation as exposed in…

No plan to shelve HIMCARE scheme – CM

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has clarified there is no plan to shelve HIM CARE and Ayushman Bharat Yojna in the state. Reacting to former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur’s statement made at Una on Sunday, he said, “ There is no plan to stop HIMCARE and Ayushman Bharat Yojna in the state as both…

CM warns drug peddlers ; gets warm welcome in his home constituency

Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu has warned to take stern action against drug peddlers in the state. Addressing a public meeting in his Assembly Constituency at Nadaun on Sunday the CM said, “Our government is launching a massive campaign against drugs and drug peddlers as use of drugs is spoiling young generation and it is…

State government launches U-win portal to boost vaccination drive

Himachal Pradesh has launched a U-Win portal to increase immunity among children.The portal has been started by the government as a pilot project in Solan and Sirmaur districts, which would have complete information about vaccination of both mother and child.  This portal has been developed on the lines of Co-WIN portal and would record data…

Justice Karol to take the oath of Supreme Court Judge on Monday

Justice Sanjay Karol has been elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of India. Justice Karol, at present Chief Justice of Patna High Court hails from Garli village of Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Born on August 23, 1961, Justice Karol started practicing in 1986 after studying Law form Himachal Pradesh University. He also remained…

Chief Minister accorded rousing welcome on reaching Hamirpur

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu was accorded a rousing reception on his maiden visit to his home district, after becoming the CM, at Gandhi Chowk Hamirpur on Saturday.   Addressing a public meeting the CM said, “ It is a matter of pride for people of Hamirpur I have been given an opportunity to lead…

State government to bear cost of treatment of Meenakshi Thakur

he State government will bear the entire cost of treatment of  a  18 years old girl Meenakshi Thakur of Bijahri area suffering from a serious disease. The girl along with her mother met the Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu at Hamirpur on Saturday, after which the CM directed the district administration to immediate measures to…

Rs 900 crore released for SAHARA and HIM-CARE schemes -CM

The state government has released Rs. 900 crore for the smooth implementation of the SAHARA and HIMCARE schemes. While presiding over MLAs priority meeting with legislators of Chamba, Shimla and Lahaul –Spiti on Friday Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said , “we have not come in power for enjoying power but to change the system…

Himachal to become a Green state by 2025- CM

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “Himachal Pradesh would become the first state in the country to switch over to electric vehicles and would be a Green state by 2025. Flagging off an electric vehicle at Shimla on Friday he said, “The transport department has taken a lead in switching over diesel and petrol vehicles…

State government decides to withdraw cases registered for violating COVID norms

The state government has decided to withdraw all cases registered against people for violating COVID norms during the pandemic. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said,” When the entire world was going through a difficult period during the lockdown many people struggling to meet both ends meals were forced to move out for arranging food, medicines…

CM asks MLAs to plan their priorities for welfare of people

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has asked all MLAs to propose development plans of their constituencies keeping in mind good governance and welfare of people. Presiding over MLAs priority meeting at Shimla with MLAs of Kangra district on Thursday the CM said, “The present government is working with a motive to effectively redress public grievances,…

Mixed reaction for the Union Budget in the state, CM terms it artful trickery

There has been mixed reaction to the Union Budget in the state. While Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and other opposition leaders have termed the Budget as “jugglery of figures” while former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and BJP leaders have termed it as historic and pro –people. The CM said,“ The Union Budget 2023-24…

Deploy advance warning system for natural disasters – CM

Himachal Pradesh government has decided to develop an advance warning system in the state. In view of the recent incident of land sinking at Joshimath in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has directed officers to deploy advance warning systems at strategic locations to warn people about the natural disasters and mitigate the situation by…

State government committed to give Rs 1500 per month to women- Dr Shandil

Health, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Dhani Ram Shandil said, “The state government is committed to implement nari samman yojna to empower and strengthen women, socially and economically in a phased manner”. After holding a meeting of the sub-committee constituted by the state government for giving Rs 1500 per month to women as promised…

Governor unfurls the National Flag at Shimla on the Republic Day

The 74th Republic Day was celebrated with gaiety and fervour across the state on Thursday. The state level function was held in Shimla where Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar unfurled the National Flag.  Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri attended the function at Una and Cabinet Ministers at other district headquarters. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu was also present…

CM unfurls the National Flag on the 53rd HP Statehood Day at Hamirpur

The 53rd statehood Day of Himachal Pradesh was celebrated with great fervor in the state; Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu unfurled the National Flag in a state level function at Hamirpur and took salute from marching contingents of Police, Home Guards, IRB Sakoh , NCC cadets , Scouts and Guides led by DSP Ankit Sharma….

Prime Minister assures the CM to help the state

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at New Delhi on Tuesday; it  was a courtesy call after becoming the Chief Minister.  A government spokesman said, “During the meeting the CM discussed several issues and apprised the Prime Minister about progress of different development projects being implemented in the…

Chief Minister meets the President of India

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu called on President of India Smt. Droupadi Murmu at New Delhi on Mandy. This is his first meeting with the President of India after becoming the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh .  

State government to open model schools in every Assembly constituency of the state -CM

Himachal Pradesh government would open sixty eight model day boarding schools in every Assembly constituency of the state to provide quality education. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu presiding over the meeting of the senior officers of the education department on Friday at Shimla said, “As per the promise of the Congress party given during the…

Congress government to carry out uniform development in Mandi district – Kaul Singh Thakur

Senior Congress leader Kaul Singh Thakur said the Congress government of the state is committed to carry out uniform development in all ten constituencies of Mandi district. Talking to media persons on Friday at Mandi he said , “ The development during the previous government was only carried in two Assembly segments of Mandi district…

All eyes on meeting at Shimla to break deadlock between Adani Cements and truckers

As thousands of truckers from both truck operators unions of Barmana and Darlaghat held a protest march for nearly eleven kilometers from Nauni to Bilaspur on Thursday against abrupt closure of cement plants by management of Adani Cements, now all eyes are set on the meeting convened by Industries Minister Harshvardhan Chauhan with  both the…

Bharat Jodo Yatra aims to unite nation against communal and divisive forces- Rahul Gandhi

  The Bharat Jodo Yatra undertaken by former Congress president Rahul Gandhi entered Himachal Pradesh at Manser in Kangra district on Wednesday, before heading towards its last leg in Kashmir. Rahul Gandhi was given a rousing reception by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, Deputy CM Mukesh Agnihotri, HP Congress Committee president Pratibha Singh, several Cabinet…

HP Government issues notification to implement old pension scheme

Himachal Pradesh Government has issued notification for implementing Old Pension Scheme (OPS) in the state as decided in the State Cabinet Meeting on January 13, 2023. As per the notification issued by Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena on Tuesday, “All government employees who are presently being covered under the defined contributory scheme also referred as (NPS)…

BJP president JP Nadda gets extension till June 2024

BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda has been given extension till June 2024. The announcement to this effect was made by Home Minister Amit Shah in a press conference at New Delhi on Tuesday during the national executive meeting of the party. JP Nadda was elected national president of BJP in June 2019 and his…

IIT Mandi researchers explore effects of sad music on a sad person

It’s been a mystery as to why a person listens to sad music during his sadness but researchers of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi have tried to explore the mystery by carrying out research on the subject. Music has a powerful ability to affect our emotions and people often turn to music to bolster…

CM urges Union Government to enhance disaster management fund

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has urged the Union Government to enhance the disaster management fund for Himachal Pradesh as the state is prone to various natural disasters due to difficult topographical and climatic conditions. Speaking after inauguration of two Doppler Weather Radars for the state by  Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences Dr Jitender…

CM announces Rs 10,000 as apparel allowance to old age home inmates

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has announced to give an apparel allowance of Rs 10000 per person every year to inmates of old age homes, orphanages’ , destitute women , deaf and dumb children .    Making this announcement during his visit to  an old age home at Basantpur on Saturday the CM said, “…

HP Cabinet decides to implement OPS for state government employees’

Himachal Pradesh State Cabinet has decided to implement Old Pension Scheme (OPS) for all state government employees’ presently defined contributory pension scheme covered under New Pension System (NPS). In its first Cabinet Meeting of the Congress government in the state presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu it has also decided to adopt the…

Portfolios distributed to Cabinet Ministers

Himachal Pradesh government has allocated portfolios to Cabinet Ministers. As per the notification issued by Chief Secretary Prabhodh Saxena on Wednesday, Chief minister will hold the departments of Home, Finance Personal, GAD and Planning, besides other departments not allocated to other ministers. Deputy Chief Ministers Mukesh Agnihotri would hold the charge Jal Shakti Department, Transport…

IIT ( Mandi) Assistant Professor gets National Award

 Dr. Garima Agrawal  from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has been awarded Platinum Jubilee Young Scientist Award -2022 by National Academy of Sciences India (NASI). Dr Agarwal , Assistant Professor in school of chemical science of the IIT Mandi  has been awarded in chemical science category in recognition of her contribution in the field ….

Seven Cabinet Ministers and six Chief Parliamentary Secretaries take oath

Himachal Pradesh Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar administered oath of office and secrecy to seven Cabinet Ministers, inducted in the Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu government on Sunday at Raj Bhawan Shimla. The Cabinet Ministers which took oath are Dhani Ram Shandil representing Solan Assembly constituency , Chander Kumar from Jawali constituency , Harshvardhan Chauhan representing Shilai Assembly…

Cabinet formation in the State likely to be delayed for another week

The long-awaited formation of the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet is likely to be delayed for another week. After Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu had left for New Delhi amidst Winter Session of Himachal Pradesh Assembly at Dharamshala on Thursday, the media was full of reports about formation of Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu’s Cabinet on Saturday itself. There…

CM leaves for Delhi amidst winter session

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukh  left for New Delhi amidst the Winter Session of HP Assembly on Thursday evening. According to reports the CM is likely to hold discussion with the Congress High Command for formation of a new Cabinet in Himachal Pradesh. The Cabinet formation has already been delayed for more than twenty five…

Kuldeep Pathania unanimously elected HP Assembly Speaker

Fifth time Congress MLA Kuldeep Pathania, representing Bhatyaty Assembly Constituency of Chamba district, has been unanimously elected Speaker of the 14th Himachal Vidhan Sabha. Kuldeep Pathania had filed nomination papers for the post on Wednesday. As Congress enjoys a clear majority with 40 MLAs in the house of 68, the BJP did not put up its…

HP Assembly session begins with noisy note, Kuldeep Pathania likley to be next Speaker

The inaugural session of the present Himachal Vidhan Sabha began at Tapovan Dharamshala on Wednesday with a noisy note. As soon as the House assembled after the national anthem the opposition BJP MLAs led by former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur started raising slogans against the state government demanding discussion on notifications issued to close…

IPS officer posted on duty dies of heart attack

An IPS officer SR Rana deputed on duty at Zorawar Singh stadium Dharamshala for Congress Aabhaar rally died after a massive heart attack on Tuesday. Posted as Commandment of IRB Battalion Jangal Beri, Rana had a massive heart attack. He was rushed to Zonal Hospital Dharamshala but could not be saved.   Chief Minister. Sukhvinder Singh…

CM promises transparent and responsive administration in Aabhaar Rally at Dharamshala

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has promised to provide a transparent and responsive administration accountable to people of the state. Addressing Jan Aabhaar Rally at Zorawar Stadium Dharamshala on Tuesday organized to express gratitude to people of Himachal for giving clear mandate to Congress in the Assembly election, the CM said, “We are not in…

CM inaugurates Manali Winter Carnival

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu inaugurated the five-day Manali Winter Carnival on Monday . He paid obeisance in Hidimba Temple and flagged off the Carnival parade. Addressing a public meeting on the occasion the CM announced plans to open an indoor stadium with an ice skating rink at Manali to promote tourism; he also announced…

Prabodh Saxsena appointed Chief Secretary

Himachal Pradesh Government has appointed 1990 batch IAS officer Prabodh Saxsena as new Chief Secretary (CS) of the state after retirement of CS RD Dhiman. Saxsena was working as Additional CS Finance and Personnel. The notification of the appointment was made late night on Saturday. The state government has also appointed former CS Ram Subhag…

State Govt gets Rs 42 crore from the Central Govt

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “The state government has been given Rs 42 crore under PM Gati-Shakti scheme under  special assistance to states for capital investment- 2022-23 by the Union Finance Ministry.”  He said, “The state government had submitted four projects to the tune of Rs  84 crore for the Central Government Assistance to develop logistic…

Delay in formation of HP Cabinet giving sleepless nights to aspirants

Delay in formation of new Cabinet in Himachal Pradesh is giving sleepless nights to aspirant MLAs seeking Cabinet berths in the recently formed Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu led Congress government. Though Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri took oath on December 11, three days after declaration of election result on December…

Congress government committed to implement ten guarantees including OPS- CM

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has reiterated, “The State Government is committed to implement Old Pension Scheme (OPS) to the state employees and announcement in this regard would be made in the first Cabinet Meeting.” Addressing a delegation of NPS employees on Wednesday he said, “The Congress government stands by ten guarantees given to people…

Acting tough in paper leakage case HP Govt suspends functioning of HPSSC Hamirpur

Himachal Pradesh Government has suspended the functioning of Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission (HPPSC) Hamirpur with immediate effect after arrest of six persons including an employee of the board for allegedly selling JOA test question paper by Vigilance and Anti- Corruption Bureau (VACB) team on December 23. Chief Secretary to HP Government RD Dhiman said,…

Jai Ram Thakur elected leader of BJP legislature party

Former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was elected leader of BJP legislature party in Himachal Pradesh Assembly in the meeting held at Shimla on Sunday. His name was proposed by former Vidhan Sabha speaker Vipin Pramar and a few other MLAs and supported by all other members of the BJP legislature party. Thakur would also…

An employee of Service Selection Board Hamirpur arrested along with her son and a tout for selling JOA question paper for Rs 2.5 lakh

State Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau (SV & ACB) branch Hamirpur has arrested three persons including an employee of the Himachal Pradesh State Service Selection Board (HPSSSB) Hamirpur and her son for allegedly selling a question paper of JOA ( Junior Office Assistant -IT) screening test scheduled to be conducted next Sunday ( December 25) ….

Chief Minister promises to fulfill ten guarantees given by Congress during Assembly election

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said, “HP Government is committed to fulfill ten guarantees made by Congress party during the Assembly election and it would make every effort to work as per expectation and aspiration of people of the state as per Congress pratigya patra -22.” The CM in a statement issued from New Delhi…

CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu tests Carona positive, Winter session of HP Assembly postponed

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has tested COVID -19 positive. A spokesman of Himachal Pradesh government said, “The CM has been tested positive at New Delhi on Monday; he was scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi but after this development his scheduled meeting has been postponed.”  The spokesman said, “He is asymptomatic and has…

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and other leaders join Bharat Jodo Yatra

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri, HPCC president Pratibha Singh and several Congress MLAs from Himachal Pradesh participated in Bharat Jodo Yatra at Dausa in Rajasthan on Friday , being undertaken by former president of All India Congress Committee (AICC) Rahul Gandhi.   It was 100th day of the Yatra on Friday started…

Adani Cement using pressure tactics by closing cement plants ?

The decision of the management of Adani Group to shut down its two cement plants at Gagal (Barmana) and Darlaghat in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday seems a pressure tactics to bring truck operators, employees and dump owners to terms. The Adani Group had purchased cement plant at Barmana from Associate Cement Companies (ACC) and at…

Chief Minister directs officers to come up with innovate ideas

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu directed the officers of the State Government to take proactive steps to ensure effective implementation of welfare schemes, besides coming up with innovative ideas to strengthen and streamline the government functioning keeping in view people’s expectations.   Presiding over a meeting of senior officers of the state government at HP…

Mandi district loses power share in state government

Though,  former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has maintained BJP’s grip in his home district (Mandi)  by winning nine out of ten Assembly constituencies in the recently concluded Assembly election in Himachal Pradesh, however, this is for the first time in over seven decade’ s long electoral history of the state Mandi district  would be losing political…

CM and Deputy CM take over Offices in HP Secretariat

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh ‘Sukhu’ and Deputy CM Mukesh Agnihotri officially took over offices in HP Secretariat on Monday. On reaching the secretariat they were greeted by the officers and officials at the gate. Later, the CM held a meeting with Congress MLAs and officers separately. Talking to media persons the CM said, “I am…

CM picks up Sunil Sharma ‘Bittoo’ as his political advisor

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh ‘Sukhu’ has appointed Sunil Sharma ‘Bittoo’ as his political advisor with a Cabinet Minister Rank. This is the first political appointment made by the CM after taking oath on Sunday. Sharma is an old trusted political associate of the CM. Belonging to Hamirpur he has been throughout with the CM in…

Sukhvinder Singh ‘Sukhu’ and Mukesh Agnihotri sworn in as CM and Deputy CM

Sukhvinder Singh ‘Sukhu’ was sworn in the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh while Mukesh Agnihotri took oath as Deputy Chief Minister of the state. The oath of office and secrecy was administered by HP Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar to the CM and Deputy CM in a ceremony organized at the Ridge Shimla on Sunday. Both…

Sukhvinder Singh ‘Sukhu’ would be next HP Chief Minister, Mukesh Deputy CM

Sukhvinder Singh ‘Sukhu’ would be the next Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, While Mukesh Agnihotri would be Deputy Chief Minister. The decision to elect Sukhvinder Singh as leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) was taken after a meeting held at HP Vidhan Sabha on Saturday evening attended by 40 newly elected Congress MLAs. Chief…

Congress stakes claim to form government in Himachal

Congress party has staked claim to the next government in Himachal Pradesh. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Congress observer for the state accompanied by former CM of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Congress state in-charge Rajiv Shukla handed over the letter staking claim to form the government to HP Governor Rajender Arkleshwar on Friday at…

CM resigns

Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur has submitted his resignation to HP Governor Rajender Arlekar on Thursday after declaration of election results. The Governor has requested the CM to continue in the office till formation of new government .

Congress sweeps HP Assembly polls by winning 40 seats , CM Jai Ram manages hold in Mandi district- wins by 38183 votes

Continuing the tradition of change in state government after every five years for the past 37 years, the voters of Himachal has once again given clear majority to Congress party. The Congress party has secured 40 seats and BJP could manage only 25 seats in the house of 68 in HP state Assembly. Three independent…

Sixty Four awarded PhDs in IIT Mandi convocation

As many as sixty four students of The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi were awarded PhDs in the 10th Convocation of the institute on Monday. Seventy students were awarded M.Tech, 188 students were awarded B.Tech degrees, 95 MSc and  10 MA degrees also.    Prof. Stuart R. Hameroff from University of Arizona,(USA)  graced the occasion as the Chief…

CBI probe begins in HP Police constables recruitment case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started investigation in the Himachal Police Recruitment Case nearly six months after the state government’s decision to hand over the investigation to the agency. An officer of the CBI said, “The CBI has started investigation and registered an FIR in the case.” Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had…

IIT Mandi Researchers make headway in generating electric energy from household LED lights

A research team from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has developed a new photovoltaic material which can generate electric power when irradiated with light produced in household lights like LED or CFL.  The findings of the research have been published in the journal Solar Energy in a paper authored jointly by Dr. Ranbir Singh- a…

Polling percentage revised to 75.6 percent in the Himachal Assembly polls

As per revised voting percentage,  75.6 percent polling was recorded in the Himachal Assembly election on Saturday. Chief Electoral Officer of the state Maneesh Garg said , “ The polling percentage as per revised data has been recorded 75.6 percent (EVM 74.6 percent and one percent through postal ballots); the figure would increase further as…

Campaigning ends for Himachal Assembly election

Campaigning for the 68 members Himachal Pradesh Assembly election came to an end on Thursday evening. The polling would be held on November 12 while counting of votes would be undertaken on December 8. BJP, Congress, CPM, BSP and AAP mobilized all their organizational strength and resources on the last day of the campaign by…

PM hits at Congress in election rally at Sujanpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a scathing attack on the opposition Congress during an election rally at Sujanpur on Wednesday. He questioned, “Those who cannot handle opposition properly, how would they handle the government; he said the guarantees being given by Congress in Himachal Pradesh to voters are just election gimmicks since Congress has always…

BJP promises to introduce common civil code in its election manifesto

Himachal BJP has promised to introduce uniform civil code in the state in its election manifesto. BJP manifesto was released on Sunday at Shimla by BJP national president JP Nadda. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, state BJP president Suresh Kashyap, Union Minister Anurag Thakur and several other leaders. Besides, introducing uniform civil code, BJP has…

Congress tries to address every section of society through its election manifesto

Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has promised to restore the old pension scheme for state government employees in the state, give one lakh government jobs to unemployed youths, give support price to all varieties of apples and give Rs 1500 per month to every woman in the state in its election manifesto.   The election…

PM attacks Congress leaders for alleged kick-backs in defence deals

Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted the previous Congress government for “alleged scams to get kickbacks in defence deals in the country “. Addressing his first election rally at Sunder Nagar in Himachal Pradesh the PM accused, “The Congress leaders took kickbacks in defence deals and put Indian Defence Forces at risk, even delayed purchase of…

First voter of India , Shiam Saran Negi passes away at the age of 106

The first voter of Independent India Shiam Saran Negi passed away at his native village Kalpa in Kinnaur district early morning on Saturday at the age of one hundred and six years.   Negi , who had been casting his vote in all General and Assembly elections since 1951 had cast his vote for the 34th time…

Tunnel being constructed for four laning of Chandigarh – Manali highway caves in near Mandi

A tunnel being constructed to convert Chandigarh – Manali road into four lanes, caved in on Tuesday night at about 10 PM near Malori. Nearly fifty workers working in the tunnel immediately rushed out to safety and no one was injured in the incident. Two tunnels are being built a few kilometers away from Mandi…

Priynaka Gandhi asks people to continue the tradition of change of government after five years

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi appealed to people of Himachal Pradesh to carry on good traditions of the state like festival of Shivratri, Kull Dusehra and changing state government after every five years. Addressing an election meeting at Paddal Ground on Monday she said, “The tradition to change government after five years is good as…

BJP replaces Maheshwar Singh , Congress fields Dr Pushpender Verma from Hamirpur, on the last day

In a major political development on the last day of nominations for Himachal Pradesh Assembly election,  BJP has refused to give Form A and B for allotment of party ticket to its Kullu nominee Maheshwar Singh and replaced him with a new candidate Narotam Thakur who  filed his nomination papers on Tuesday . Maheshwar Singh, who…

Now Congress leader Mankotia joins BJP

In another jolt to Congress in poll bound Himachal Pradesh  a senior Congress leader Vijay Singh Mankotia and former Congress MLA  Rakesh Kalia have joined BJP. Mankotia joined BJP in the presence of national president of BJP Jagat Prakash  Nadda and Harsh Mahajan at Bilaspur on Tuesday . Mankotia, who had won five Assembly elections from Shahpur Assembly…

Congress releases list of 17 candidates in addition to 46 released earlier for HP Polls

Thirty eight file nomination papers on the fourth day

As many as 38 candidates filed their nomination papers on the fourth day for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly election on Thursday. Prominent among those who filed their nomination papers are Congress candidates Kaul Singh Thakur (Darang). Leader of opposition Mukesh Agnihotri (Haroli), Bhawani Singh Pathania (Fatehpur),  Inder Dutt Lakhanpal (Badsar) , Ram Kumar (Doon) and  Sunder Singh…

BJP leadership tries to contain dissension in the second list

The BJP leadership has tried to contain further discord in the party witnessed after release of names of 62 candidates to contest Himachal Pradesh Assembly election on Wednesday, through its second list released on Thursday. In the second list the BJP has accommodated former ministers Ramesh Dhwala from Dehra and Ravinder Ravi from Jwalamukhi Assembly…

Nine including CM Jai Ram Thakur file nomination papers on third day of nominations

Nine candidates including Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur filed their nomination papers on the third day of filing nominations for Himachal Assembly election on Wednesday in the state. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur filed his nomination papers at Thunag in the afternoon for Seraj Assembly constituency. Before filing his nomination papers the CM addressed a…

BJP releases list of 62 candidates to contest Himachal Assembly election

CPM finalizes eleven candidates to contest HP Assembly election

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) HP state committee  has finalized names of eleven candidates to contest the ensuing Assembly election in Himachal Pradesh. The CPM Secretary Dr.  Onkar Shad said , “ The CPM has decided to contest eleven seats in the coming Assembly election in Himachal Pradesh “. He said, “ The  candidates…

BJP and Congress still finalizing candidates as nomination begins

In the absence of finalization of party candidates by two major political parties in Himachal Pradesh i.e BJP and Congress the filing of nomination on the first day on Monday  was quite sluggish . Not many candidates turned up to file their nomination papers and at many places not even a single nomination was filed…