Nearly 400 Govt. schools without a teacher, 3100 with a single teacher in Himachal Pradesh

Though the successive state governments in Himachal Pradesh have been making claims to improve quality education in government schools and spending huge amounts on developing human resources, strangely nearly 400 schools are running without even a single teacher. This figure has been revealed by Education Minister of the state Rohit Thakur, who said, “Nearly 400…

Congress consolidates its position in HP Vidhan Sabha by winning 2 out of 3 by-polls

The gamble of three Independent MLAs – Hoshiyar Singh (Dehra) KL Thakur ( Nalagarh)  and Ashish Sharma (Hamirpur)  to re-contest the Assembly by-polls on BJP tickets after resigning from the Assembly, proved costly as Hoshiyar Singh and KL Thakur lost the election and only Ashish Sharma was able to retain Hamirpur Assembly seat. CM Sukhvinder…

CM’s wife Kamlesh Thakur leading by over 6000 votes in Dehra by-polls

The Congress candidates are leading in two Assembly constituencies of the state while the BJP candidate is leading in one Assembly constituency of the state in the by-elections. The counting in all three Constituencies started on Saturday morning and after several rounds of counting, Kamlesh Thakur (Congress), wife of CM Sukhu, has established a convincing…

Former CM Jai Ram Thakur condemns discontinuation of free electricity scheme

Former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur  has strongly condemned the decision of the state government to discontinue the free electricity scheme.   He said, “ The  Congress is known for such kind of autocratic decisions and the Sukhu government has now snatched away the free electricity being provided to the people of the state; the…

HP Cabinet withdraws free electricity scheme for VIPs and tax payers

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has decided to rationalize the free electric scheme in the state in a Cabinet meeting held at Shimla on Friday, chaired by CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu. A spokesman of the state government said, “The Cabinet gave its approval to rationalize the provisions for Zero Electricity Bill for the domestic consumers by restricting…

Justice Rajiv Shakdher appointed Chief Justice of Himachal High Court

Justice Rajiv Shakdher has been appointed new Chief Justice (CJ) of Himachal Pradesh High Court on the recommendations by the collegiums headed by Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India, Justice DY Chandrachud. Justice Shakdher is currently a judge in the Delhi High Court and replaces Justice MS Ramachnadra Rao, Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh…

SFI demands inquiry commission in recruitment of teaching faculty by HPU Shimla

The Student Federation of India (SFI) has demanded the constitution of an inquiry commission monitored by Himachal Pradesh High Court in alleged “recruitment scam”in Himachal Pradesh University Shimla, while recruiting teaching faculty from 2019 to 2023.  Talking to media persons at Shimla on Thursday, state president of SFI Anil Thakur and Secretary Ditin Denta accused, “…

Highest 78 percent polling registered in Nalagarh Assembly constituency

Nalagarh AC registered the highest nearly 78 percent voter turnout in the Assembly by-elections for three seats of Himachal Pradesh, followed by 67.7 percent in Hamirpur and approximately 65.42 percent voting in Dehra AC. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Maneesh Garg has thanked the voters of Dehra, Hamirpur and Nalagarh Assemblies Constituencies (AC) for their participation…

Two reporters of social media channels arrested by Vigilance and Anti- corruption Bureau Dharamshala

Two reporters of social media channels were arrested by Vigilance & Anti Corruption Bureau (VACB), Dharamshala on the charges of extorting money from a private school in Dharamshala on Tuesday .  SP Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau Dharamshala said, “A complaint was received in the Bureau office on Tuesday from the chairman of a private…

Stakes high for CM Sukhu in Assembly by-polls in Himachal

While all arrangements have been made for polling for the by-elections in three Assembly constituencies i.e. Hamirpur, Nalagarh and Dehra in Himachal Pradesh on July 10, the results on July 13 would be watched keenly as Congress has fielded CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu’s wife from Dehra Assembly constituency.     The by-elections were held following the…

Shimla – Kinnaur national highway blocked due to landslide

The Shimla-Kinnaur National Highway was blocked near Naptha after rain in the area  led to a landslide on Monday, snapping tribal district Kinnaur’s link with Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Rain in many areas of Himachal Pradesh resulted in landslides blocking vehicular traffic on seventy roads.   According to the state’s Emergency Operation Centre,…

Shimla based senior scribe Anand Bodh passes away

Shimla based senior journalist Anand Bodh passed away on Sunday morning at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) Hospital Shimla. Bodh (51) was working as Assistant Editor of Times of India at Shimla for quite some time. As per a family source, “Bodh was taken to IGMC on feeling uncomfortable at night about at 1 pm…

HPSEBL Employees Union strongly opposes smart meter scheme

The proposal of Himachal Pradesh Electricity Board Limited (HPSEBL) to replace nearly 26 lakh conventional electricity meters with smart meters under Public Private Participation Mode, has invited strong reaction from HPSEBL Employees.    In a letter written to Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, the General Secretary of HPSEBL Employees Union Hira Lal Verma has urged…

IIT Mandi launches a new programme in music and musopathy

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has launched a new programme in Music and Musopathy from the current academic session-   M.S. (by research) and PhD programs in Music and Musopathy. The programmes based on deep connection between music, health and technology would try to create vibes for individual and collective well being is being…

SFI holds protests against irregularities in NTA conducted exams

The activists of Student Federation of India (SFI) held protest demonstrations at several places in the state against irregularities reported in NTA exams . State President Anil Thakur and Secretary Dinit Denta said, “The protests  were organized against the Modi government for large scale irregularities and alleged corruption in the conduct of competitive exams by…

Incessant rain disrupts normal life , 80 roads closed in Himachal

The beginning of monsoon in Himachal Pradesh has disrupted normal life at several places of Himachal Pradesh as incessant rain during the past 24 hours have left at least 80 roads closed for vehicular traffic, a large number of water supply schemes and electricity transformers have also been damaged . “As many as 80  roads…

At least 107 devotees die in stampede in a ‘satsang’ near Hathras in UP

At least 107 people (mostly women) died on Tuesday in a stampede in a ‘Satsang’ (religious congregation) near Hathras in Uttar Pradesh. A PTI report said, “ The accident occurred at a ‘Satsang’ event at Pulrai village where people had gathered in large numbers in a ‘ satsang’ organized on Tuesday,  few people in the…

Himachal International Film Festival concludes

Yashpal Sharma won the Best Director’s Award for a Haryanvi feature film -Dada Lakhmi in the first Himachal International Film Festival, which concluded on Sunday. Additional Chief Secretary to HP government Onkar Sharma, chief guest in the concluding day function, gave away the prizes in the presence of film actors Akhilendra Mishra, Sanjay Mishra, Yashpal…

Gen Upendra Dwivedi takes over as Chief of the Indian Army

Gen Upendra Dwivedi, on Sunday assumed charge as the 30tth Chief of the Army Staff and succeeds Gen Manoj Pande who superannuated after more than four decades of service. “Gen Dwivedi brings with him, a wealth of experience and a proven track record, of effectively planning and executing for the unexpected, besides operational experience along…

Rumours rife after income tax raids in Hamirpur

Income tax raids on a few business establishments and residential buildings of certain leading businessmen of Hamirpur town on Saturday morning created panic . A source privy to the raids said, “The income tax teams had reached early morning at about 5 am outside a few business establishments in Hamirpur bazaar and started the raids…

Monsoon rains hit six districts of Himachal , heavy downpour in Shimla

As predicted by Mausam Vigyan Kendra Shimla, the southwest monsoon has hit six districts of Himachal Pradesh.  The weather department said , “ The  monsoon has hit parts of districts of Una, Shimla, Mandi, Kangra, Chamba and Hamirpur districts and other districts of the state are likely to get monsoon rains in the next 72…

First Himachal International Film festival begins at Mandi

First Himachal International Film Festival was inaugurated at Sanskriti Sadan Mandi on Thursday, which would continue till June 30 . Additional Deputy Commissioner Mandi Rohit Rathore, acclaimed actor Akhilendra Mishra, who played the role of ‘Kroor Singh” in Chnaderkanta TV serial, film actress Sapna who left her mark in films like Chillar Party, Bareilly Barfi,…

Orange alert of heavy rainfall from June 29 to 30 for several districts of Himachal

Mausam Vigyan Kendra Shiimla has issued an orange alert of spells of heavy rainfall from June 29 to 30 for Shimla, Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, Kangra, Mandi, Solan and Sirmaur districts. As per weather forecast issued by the Kendra,” The Southwest monsoon would favorably move to the state during the next 3 -4 days, the…

Show cause notices to nearly 250 TGTs for poor results in Board Exam

Himachal Pradesh Education Department will issue show cause notices to nearly 250 Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs), posted in different schools of the state where class X results of hundreds of students was very poor in this year’s HP Board School Education exam. The Directorate of Elementary Education after collecting information from such schools and action…

Chairman of 16th Finance Commission do not commit on special grant to Himachal

The Chairman of 16th Finance Commission visiting the state , Arvind Panagariya has not committed on allocation for special funds for disaster relief or for a special package. He said, “It would be premature and inappropriate to comment on the parameters that would be adopted for recommending an allocation of grants as Himachal’s needs cannot be viewed…

Spillway gates of Larji dam to be opened from June 30 to July 1

Larji Hydro Power Project authorities have issued an alert from June 30th of July 1st for opening all spillway gates of the Larji Dam for annual drain out of silt from the dam from 6 am to 6 pm. Additional District Magistrate Mandi Madan Kumar said, “People living near the dam area and tourists visiting the area…

Vehicles damaged due to flash floods near Gambhar Bridge

Flash floods in the Gamabhar area of Solan district on Monday wreaked havoc as several vehicles and houses were damaged. As per information the flash flood affected a portion near Gambhar Bridge and vehicular traffic was affected as slush and uprooted trees inundated Kunihar – Subathu road. A house also collapsed near the bridge ….

JP Nadda named Leader of Rajya Sabha

BJP president and Union Health Minister J P Nadda was named as Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha on Monday. Nadda, who hails from Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh, is perhaps the first leader holding three major posts, at the same time, i.e.  BJP president, Leader of Rajya sabha and a  Union Minister . …

Mandi Film Festival will provide an opportunity to watch nearly 50 award winning films – Pawan Sharma

Noted Bollywood Film Director Pawan Sharma, hailing from Mandi said “The main objective of organizing Film Festival in Mandi is to show national award winning films to people which are not generally being screened in cinemas and on OTT platform.” Sharma, who has reached Mandi along with his team to make arrangements for the solo…

Central Govt. enforces Prevention of Unfair Means Act in Public examination

The  Central government has enforced the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 2024 on Friday , which aims to prevent unfair means in public examinations and common entrance tests held across the country. The act has been basically passed to stop malpractices, use of unfair means and irregularities in competitive examinations and entails provisions for a…

Govt. School Head Master arrested for sexually harassing four minor girl students

The Joginder Nagar Police (in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh) has arrested a government school Head Master under the POCSO Act for allegedly sexually harassing four minor girl students of the school. This is the second case within a week when a shopkeeper in Chopal area was arrested for sexually harassing 11 minor school girls….

Four die and three injured in a bus accident in Jubbal area

Four passengers traveling in a  Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus,  have died and three other injured in a bus accident near Giltahdi in Jubbal sub division of Shimla district on Friday morning, when the bus rolled down the hill and fell into a deep gorge . Superintendent of Police Shimla Sanjeev Gandhi said, “The…

Accused booked for attack on former Bilaspur MLA, shot in District Court premises

In a shocking incident, an accused booked for attack on former Bilaspur Congress MLA Bambar Thakur, was shot at in the  District & Session Court premises by assailants on Thursday.  Injured Saurabh Patial was rushed to All India Institute of Medical Sciences after the incident and Bilaspur police have arrested one of the assailants identified…

Finding purpose in the needle work to combat emptiness

by Dharam Prakash Gupta The solo exhibition of colourful needle work by an amateur artist Sulakshna (Arya) – popularly known by her nickname Kaka, organized at Gaiety Theater Shimla from June 15 to 17, was not only a display of excellent handmade pieces of art work but also an inspiration for many to find a…

Communal tension grips Nahan

Communal tension gripped Nahan town of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday as members of a Hindu organization protested against certain people of minority community.   A local person said, “ “A group of protesters allegedly vandalized a shop, marched towards the Deputy Commissioners’ office and held a demonstration to protest a media post depicting an animal…

HP Cabinet gives one year age relaxation for Police constable’s recruitment

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has given its consent to give one time relaxation for one year in upper age limit to the candidates appearing for the recruitment of 1226 posts of Constable in the Police department.   Now, candidates from the General category between the age of 18 to 26 years, SC/ST, OBC, Gorkhas, distinguished sportspersons, between…

Congress fields CM’s wife Kamlesh Thakur for Dehra Assembly by-election

In a surprise move the Congress High Command has decided to field Himachal Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu’s wife Kamelsh Thakur to contest the Dehra by-election. A press release issued by Congress General Secretary Venugopal on Tuesday notified the name of Kamlesh Thakur to contest the ensuing by-election from Dehra constituency on Congress ticket. Kamlesh…

Entrance to medical colleges should be reformed- Academicians

While allegations of buying  questions papers of National Eligibility – cum-Entrance Test (NEET – 2024) are under the scrutiny of the Supreme Court, ademand to cancel the test and reform the present selection system byintroducing aptitude tests like criteria for admission to medical colleges inIndia is gaining momentum. Medical profession has become one of the…

BJP to give party tickets to three former Independent MLAs for Vidhan Sabha by-elections

The BJP parliamentary board has decided to field three former Independent MLAs, as BJP candidates for the ensuing by-elections for three seats of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, to be held on July 10. The names of  Hoshiyar Singh from Dehra, Ashish Sharma from Hamirpur and KL Thakur from Nalagarh, have been cleared by the party…

Alert of severe heat wave in several districts of Himachal for the next 72 hours

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) center Shimla has issued a severe heat wave warning for several districts of Himachal Pradesh during the next 72 hours. As per weather forecast issued for the state on Thursday, the center said, “Several districts i.e. Sirmaur, Bilaspur, Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan and Una are likely to…

IIT Mandi researchers find cancer causing pollutants in Baddi- Barotiwala ground water

A research team of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has found cancer-causing pollutants in ground water of Baddi –Barotiwala (BB) industrial area of Himachal. A study undertaken by Dr. Deepak Swami, Associate Professor in School of Civil & Environmental Engineering of IIT Mandi and his research associate Utsav Rajput, in collaboration with Dr. Nitin…

Disqualification of Mayor and former Mayor in Solan Municipal Corporation reduces Congress to minority

Disqualification of the Mayor and a former Mayor in Congress led Solan Municipal Corporation, has reduced the Congress group to a minority.   Principal Secretary Urban Development Devesh Kumar, in a notification issued on June 10, had disqualified the Mayor Usha Sharma and former Mayor Punam Grover from their membership of Solan Municipal Corporation. Both of…

Six newly elected MLAs administered Oath by Speaker

The six newly elected legislators in the by-elections for Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha were administered oath by Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania on Wednesday, in an oath taking ceremony at Vidhan Sabha Library Hall, Shimla. . The MLAs administered oath are Anuradha Rana ( Lahaul –Spiti) , Rakesh Kalia ( (Gagret ), Ranjit Rana ( Sujanpur)and…

Four MBBS students of Tanda Medical College expelled for ragging juniors

Four senior MBBS students of Rajendra Prasad Medical College Tanda (Kangra) have been expelled from the college for allegedly ragging juniors in two separate incidents, by the college administration on Tuesday. In one case of ragging two students of the 2019 batch have been expelled from the college and hostel for one year and also…

Vikramditya Singh reaffirms his commitment to work for his vision of development

PWD Minister and Congress candidate for Mandi Parliamentary election, Vikrmaditya Singh has reaffirmed to work for achieving the issues raised by him as part of his vision for Mandi parliament constituency, during the election campaign. Talking to media persons here on Monday, he said, “Accepting the voters’ mandate humbly, I would make every effort to…

ECI announces by-elections for 3 HP Assembly constituencies on July 10

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced to hold by-elections for three Assembly constituencies of Himachal Pradesh on July 10, along with ten Assembly constituencies across seven states of India. Making this announcement on Monday, an ECI release said, “The by-polls are held to fill up vacancies created due to death or resignations of…

Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes oath for the third consecutive term

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath as Indian Prime Minister for the third consecutive term at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi on Sunday . President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office to PM Modi and his Cabinet colleagues, senior BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Amit Shah, among others . BJP president JP…

Fun in a waterfall proves fatal for a student of National Law University Delhi

The fun by the students of National Law University, Delhi, in a waterfall near Solan turned into a tragedy as a 19 year- old- student died after being hit by a shooting stone, near Solan on Friday . A spokesman of the Solan Police said, “The deceased Akshat Dev , a resident of Gandhinagar of…

Mandi BJP MP Kangana Ranaut slapped by CISF constable at Chandigarh Airport

Newly elected BJP Member of Parliament from Mandi, film actress Kangana Ranaut was allegedly slapped by a CISF constable at Chandigarh International Airport on Thursday, during a security check. Ranaut was to take a flight from Chandigarh to New Delhi , when a constable Kulvinder Kaur, deployed on security check duty, allegedly  hit her after…

BJP sweeps parliament election in HP , Congress wins majority Assembly By-elections

The results for election in four parliamentary constituencies and by –polls in six Assembly constituencies have been a mixed bag for both Congress and BJP in Himachal Pradesh, while BJP has swept the parliament polls, Congress have won majority seats in HP Vidhan Sabha by-elections. The BJP has swept the parliament election in the state as…

HP Vidhan Sabha speaker accepts resignations of Independent MLAs

Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania on Monday accepted the resignations of three Independent MLAs – Hoshiyar Singh (Dehra), Ashish Sharma (Hamirpur) and K L Thakur (Nalagarh) from the membership of HP Vidhan Sabha. The MLAs, who were supporting the Congress government headed by Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu before Rajya Sabha election in the…

72.32 percent polling recorded in Mandi parliament election

Nearly 68 percent polling was recorded in the parliamentary elections for four seats of Himachal Pradesh, while nearly 69 percent polling was recorded in the by-elections for the six Assembly constituencies of the state.   Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the state Maneesh Garg said, “According to the information received so far in the state…

All set for polling in parliament election on June 1 in Mandi

All preparations have been completed for the voting for the parliament election in Mandi district to be held on June 1 (Saturday). Returning officer Apporv Devgan said , “ The polling will be held from 7 am to 6 pm, the polling parties have already reached 1217 polling booths set for the voting in Mandi…

Three youths from Punjab drown in Yamuna at Paonta Sahib

In a tragic incident three youths from Punjab were drowned in river Yamuna at Paonta Sahib on Friday. An eyewitness to the incident said, “The three youth from Paonta Sahib came to pay obeisance in Paonta Sahib Gurudwara on Friday morning and one of them went to bathe in the river Yamuna but started drowning…

Stakes high for Congress and BJP in Himachal

The campaigning for election to four parliamentary constituencies and by-elections in six Assemblies constituencies of Himachal Pradesh came to an end on Thursday evening. The polling in the state would be held on June 1, (Saturday), in the seventh and the last phase of Lok Sabha General Election. On the last day of campaigning the…

Priyanka Gandhi criticizes PM Modi for not helping the state during natural calamity

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi questioned the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for seeking vote for BJP candidates in the election without coming to help people of the state in the hour of need. Addressing a public meeting at Sunder Nagar on Wednesday in favour of Congress candidate Vikrmaditya Singh, she said, “With what face is…

Former CM Jai Ram Thakur accuses Congress Govt. for spreading lies instead of fulfilling guarantees

Former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has criticized the Congress led state government for not fulfilling the party’s guarantees given to people during the last Vidhan Sabha election. Talking to media persons on Wednesday at Mandi, Thakur said, “The Congress party leaders are giving new guarantees to people but during the 15months rule the state…

Bhumi Adhigrahan Samiti highlights their demands

Four Lane Affected people have accused the Modi government for not fulfilling their demands. Addressing a press conference at Mandi  Tuesday the leaders of Bhumi Adhigrahan Samiti BR Kanudal and Joginder Walia said , “ The Central Government and the previous Jairam Government should had betrayed the affected farmers of Himachal by reducing the circle…

Sanyukta Kisan Manch gives call to defeat Modi government for its ‘anti-farmers policy’

Sanyukat Kisan Manch (SKM) leaders have appealed to farmers and orchardists of the state to defeat the NDA led Modi government in the ensuing Lok Sabha election and vote for INDIA Alliance candidates. SKM leaders , its state convener Harish Chauhan, co –convener Sanjay Chauhan , convener of Plum Grower’s Association Deepak Singha and  Gopal…

Ten school students injured in a bus accident near Joginder Nagar

At least ten students have been injured in a road accident near Joginder Nagar on Tuesday morning after a bus carrying students of a private school had a collision with a trailer truck on Mandi – Joginder Nagar road. SHO Joginder Nagar Ashwani Kumar said,  “ Ten students of a private school have received minor…

SJVNL GM Ajay Sharma elevated as Director (Personnel)

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has recommended the name of Ajay Kumar Sharma, presently General Manager, Corporate HR in Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVNL), for the post of Director (Personnel) SJVN. A company release said, “Sharma was selected following a rigorous interview process held on May 24, 2024 out of eleven applicants; he has…

Priyanka Gandhi accuses the Modi government for trying to topple HP govt.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi accused the Modi government and BJP for allegedly “trying to topple the democratically elected Congress government in Himachal Pradesh” . Addressing a public meeting in favour of Congress candidate Anand Sharma contesting from Kangra parliament seat, at Chaugan ground in Chamba on Monday, the Congress leader said , “ The…

Rahul Gandhi appeals people to defend the constitution

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi appealed to people to defend the constitution of India throught thier votes in the election. Adressing two public meetings at Nahan and Una in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday, Rahul Gandhi said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party BJP is seeking 400 seats in LoK Sabha to change the constitution…

NDA govt. would take back POK – Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, while addressing a rally at Dharamshala said, “After formation of NDA government at the Center under PM Narendra Modi wse will take back Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK).” He said, “Congress party is a weak link in tackling Pakistan but our government has always taken a firm stand against Pakistan.” He…

Democracy and the Constitution under threat – Kharge

All India Congress Committee (AICC) President Mallikarjun Kharge addressing a press conference at Shimla on Saturday said, “INDIA Alliance is going to form the government at the Center on June 4, after the election as people are not happy with the Modi government engaged in misusing the Central agencies to crush the opposition.” Charge said,…

PM Narendra Modi accuses state govt for misappropriation of natural calamity funds

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed two election rallies at Nahan and Mandi on Friday to garner votes in favour of BJP candidates for parliament and HP Vidhan Sabha by- elections in six constituencies. Addressing an impressive public matting at Paddal ground, accusing Himachal Pradesh government for allegedly misappropriating the funds given by the Central government…

Supreme Court stays refund of water cess collected by HP government

The Supreme Court has stayed an order issued by HP High Court to refund the water cess collected on hydro power generation from the power generation companies by HP government. The Himachal Pradesh High Court had passed an order a few months back to quash the levying of water cess on hydro power generation and…

Noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan stresses need for probe in electoral bonds

Noted Supreme Court lawyer and senior civil rights activist Prashant Bhushan talked about alleged negative aspects of Electoral Bonds stressing the need to save our Democracy and the constitution of India. Addressing a gathering at Mandi on Wednesday, he said ,  “The electoral bonds were declared unconstitutional in February 2024, by the apex court and…

Vikramaditya Singh refutes BJP allegation of Congress hand in protest at Kaza

Congress candidate from Mandi parliamentary constituency Vikrmaditya Singh has refuted the allegation of BJP candidate Kangana Ranaut for allegedly staging a protest against her at Kaza on Tuesday. In reply to a question in a press conference at Mandi he said, “She had made a remark against spiritual Guru of Tibetans the Dalaia Lama some…

INDIA Alliance partners to provide impetus to election campaign – Deputy CM Mukesh Agnihotri

With the INDIA Alliance partners launching joint campaigns in the state for ensuing parliament and Assembly by-elections, Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri held a meeting at Una on Tuesday to give pace to election campaigns jointly by INDIA Alliance partners in the coming days. After holding a meeting of Congress,  CPM and APP leaders at…

Eyebrows raised on competence of the project engineer

After termination of senior project engineer of four laning of  National Highway no 5- Kaithlighat to Dhalli, by the management of the LN –Malviya Infra Projects Ltd, for his alleged failure in implementing the project , has raised question mark on the quality of the work undertaken in widening Kiratpur- Ner Chowk Highway project ….

School timings changed due to rise in temperature

The Mandi district administration has changed the timing of all schools with immediate effect in the district in view of extremely hot weather in many areas of the district. D C Mandi Apoorv Devgan said, “The meteorological department in its weather forecast has issued an alert of rise in day temperature for the next few…

Kangana Ranaut shown black flags at Kaza

BJP candidate from Mandi parliament constituency Kangana Ranaut was shown black flags by followers of spiritual guru the Dalai Lama during her election campaign at Kaza on Monday. A source from Kaza said, “Hundreds of agitated followers of the Lama, including women protesters lined up at Kaza showed black flags and raised ‘Go Back’ slogans….

DC asks candidates to get certification from MCMC to release ads during election

Deputy Commissioner Mandi and Chairman of Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC), Apoorva Devgan has asked political parties and contestants for the Mandi parliament constituency to get pre- certification of all advertisements released by them in the election. He said, “As per the instructions of the Election Commission of India -authentication is mandatory for electronic…

PM Narendra Modi to address two rallies in Himachal on May 24

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two election rallies in Himachal Pradesh on May 24.   Former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said , “ The PM is coming to Himachal Pradesh On May 24 ; he is scheduled to address a rally at Nahan at 11 am in support  of BJP candidate for Shimla…

Thirty seven candidates to contest 4 Parliament seats of Himachal

As many as 37 candidates have been left in the fray for election to the four parliament constituencies of Himachal Pradesh while 25 candidates are in the fray for by-elections in six Assembly constituencies of the state. Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh Manish Garg said , “ From Hamirpur parliament constituency 12 candidate, from…

Manali police arrests a person carrying dead body of a girl in a bag

The Manali police has arrested a tourist from Haryana for allegedly murdering his female friend in Manali, on Wedesday.  SP Kullu Gokulchandra Kartikeyan talking to media persons  at Manali on Thursday said, ” A Haryana youth Vikas Thakur (23) was arrested last night near Kullu while transporting dead  body of a girl in a bag…

Supreme Court orders release of News Click founder Prabir Purskayastha

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the release of News Click founder Prabir Purkayastha terming his arrest as illegal by the Delhi police and his subsequent remand in a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. A Supreme Court Bench of Justice BR Gavai and Justice Sandeep Mehta held that his arrest and the…

INDIA Alliance parties to campaign jointly for Vikramaditya Singh

 INDIA Alliance parties have decided to campaign jointly in Mandi parliament constituency in favour of Congress candidate Vikaramaditya Singh. In a joint press conference at Mandi on Wednesday , working president of Mandi district Congress committee Shashi Sharma, CPM state secretariat member Kushal Bhardwaj, former national secretariat member of CPI Deshraj Sharma, state vice president…

Twenty seven candidates file nomination papers on the last day

As many as 27 candidates filed their nomination papers on the last day of nomination on Tuesday. Three from Hamirpur Parliamentary Constituency (PC), seven from Mandi PC, six from Kangra PC and one from Shimla Lok Sabha PC  filed nomination papers .  Ten candidates also filed their nomination papers for by-election in Vidhan Sabha seats….

Film actress Kangana Ranaut files nomination papers for Mandi parliament constituency

Film actress Kananga Ranaut filed her nomination papers for the Mandi parliament constituency on Tuesday as BJP candidate. Before filing her nomination papers at DC office Mandi, she  also held a road show in an open jeep  accompanied by her mother, former CM Jai Ram Thakur and state BJP president Rajiv Bindal . Later, addressing…

Eighteen candidates including Anurag Thakur file their nomination papers on Monday

Eighteen candidates filed their nomination papers on 5th day of filing nominations on Monday, for parliament and Vidhan Sabha by-elections in Himachal Pradesh. Polling for the parliament and Vidhan Sabha by-elections will  be held in the 7th and last phase of election on June 1. As per information provided by the state election department, the prominent among…

Action demanded against the power company after extensive damage in Chhota Bhangal

Hundreds of villagers of Multhan, Cher living in Chhota Bhangal area of Himachal Pradesh are still spending sleepless nights after  a blast on Friday in penstock in 25 Megawatt Lambadag Power Project ( being run by Mega Engineering Company ) causing extensive damage to their houses, shops and standing crops in fields. Akshay, a former…

BJP organizes road show and rally in support of Anurag Thakur at Hamirpur

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) organized an impressive road show and Vijay Sankalp rally at Gandhi Chowk Hamipur on Saturday in support of BJP candidate from Hamirpur parliament constituency, Anurag Thakur.  Addressing the rally former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said, “I am witnessing such a huge crowd at Hamirpur for the first time which…

Delhi CM Kejriwal gets interim bail in alleged excise policy scam

The Supreme Court of India granted interim bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, till June 1, allowing him to campaign in the ensuing parliament election, on Friday . National Convener of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) , Kejriwal was arrested by Enforcement Directorate (ED) for his alleged involvement in ‘Delhi Excise Policy Scam” on March…

Prof. Lalit Awasthi takes over as Vice Chancellor of SPU Mandi

Prof. Lalit Kumar Awasthi assumed the charge of Vice Chancellor of Sardar Patel University Mandi on Thursday. Pro- VC Prof. Anupama Singh, Controller of Examination Sunil Verma and others welcomed Prof. Awasthi. He was appointed the VC a few months back by the state government and was working as Director of National Institute of Technology…

Congress candidates Anand Sharma(Kangra) and Vikrmaditya Singh (Mandi) file nomination papers

Congress candidates Anand Sharma (from  Kangra parliament constituency)  and Vikrmaditya Singh (from Mandi parliament constituency),  filed their nomination papers on Thursday at Dharamshala and Mandi, respectively. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, Deputy CM Mukesh Agnihotri, Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee President Pratibha Singh and other Congress leaders held public meetings in support of Anand Sharma at…

Congress nominates Devinder Jaggi to contest Dharamshala Assembly by-election

Congress has nominated Devinder Singh Jaggi to contest by-election for Dharamshala Assembly constituency against rebel former Congress MLA Sudhir Sharma, contesting on BJP ticket. His name was cleared on Wednesday by All India Congress Committee President Malikaarjan Kharge. The nomination process has already begun on May 7th and nomination papers can be filed till May 14….

Dy CM Mukesh Agnihotri terms Kangana Ranaut as unguided missile

Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri has termed the BJP candidate from the Mandi parliamentary seat as “a un –guided missile and one who does not know what she is saying.” Talking to media persons at Mandi on Wednesday he said, “The Congress is contesting the election on issues but the BJP candidate doesn’t know about…

Ridhima Sharma tops 10th class result of HP Board of School Education

Naduan Government Girl School student Ridhima Sharma has topped the 10th class result of Himachal Pradesh Board of school Education (HPBSE) announced on Tuesday  by securing 699 marks out of 700 marks (99.86 percent).   Kritika Sharma of Neugal Model Public Senior Secondary School Bhawarna in Kangra district bagged the second position, scoring 99.71 percent…

Filing of nomination papers for parliament election to begin from Tuesday

The election process for the Mandi parliamentary constituency would begin on Tuesday with filing of nomination papers. Returning officer (Deputy Commissioner) for the Mandi parliamentary constituency Apoorv Devgan said , “ The nomination papers can be filed from May 7to 14 , except on public holidays on May 11 and 12,  from 11 am to…

Congress nominates Anuradha Rana for Lahaul – Spiti) and Subhash Chand for ( Badsar) Assembly by-elections

The Congress has announced names of party candidates to contest by-elections for Lahaul – Spiti and Badsar  (Hamirpur) Assembly constituencies of Himachal Pradesh. A party release from New Delhi has named Anurdha Rana for Lahaul- Spiti seat and Subhash Chand from Badsar Assembly constituency. Banking on grass root party leaders the Congress leadership has nominated…

Congress urges ECI to restrain Kangana from making personal remarks against Vikrmaditya Singh

Congress party has filed a complaint to the Election Commission of India (ECI) against BJP candidate from Mandi parliamentary constituency Kangana Ranaut for allegedly making “derogatory remarks “against Congress candidate from Mandi Virkrmaditya Singh and other Congress leaders. In the complaint, the Congress alleged, “Kangana used foul language against Vikramaditya Singh and referred to him…

BJP files complaint to ECI against HP Vidhan Sabha Speaker

BJP has filed a complaint against Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kuldeep Pathania to Election Commission of India. In a complaint filed on Saturday, the BJP has “Accused the Speaker of allegedly attending political rallies of Congress candidate from Mandi constituency Vikrmaditya Singh”. The BJP has alleged, “That time and again the ruling government and…

President Droupadi Murmu accorded warm welcome on her arrival

President of India, Droupadi Murmu was given a rousing reception on her arrival at Shimla on Saturday.   HP Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla and Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu welcomed the President at Kalyani helipad. Speaker of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Kuldeep Singh Pathania, the minister-in- waiting Health & Family Welfare Minister Dr. Dhani Ram…

Rahul Gandhi files nomination from Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat

Hours before the last day of nominations,  Congress leader Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination papers from the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat on Friday , a constituency held by his mother Sonia Gandhi for the last two decades. He is also contesting from Waynad constituency in Kerala. Sonia was elected from Raebareli in 2004, 2009,…

Sushil Sharma elevated as chairman -cum- CMD of SJVN

Sushil Sharma, Director Projects of SJVN has assumed the additional charge of Chairman – cum-  Managing Director and Director (Personnel) .  Sharma has been serving as Director (Projects) of SJVN since August 1, 2020.and played pivotal role in executing 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station, 412 MW Rampur Hydro Power Station and 60 MW…

President Droupadi Murmu to arrive in Shimla on Saturday

President of India Droupadi Murmu will arrive in Shimla on Saturday on her five day visit to Himachal Pradesh till May 8. During the visit, she will stay at The Retreat ( Rashtrapati Niwas), Mashobra. During her stay in the state she will grace the 7th Convocation of the Central University, Dharamshala; The President will witness…

CM takes dig at BJP leaders in a public meeting at Karog

 Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu addressing a public meeting at Karsog on Thursday in support of Congress candidate Vikrmadiya Singh took a dig at BJP leaders by saying, “A film of a flop director is bound to flop even if the actress is a super star.”  The CM said, “It is good thing Kangana has…

Pandoh Dam Executive Engineer issues alert

Senior executive engineer of BBMB project Pandoah Vivek Chopra has issued an alert  about opening  of spillway gates of Pandoh Dam. In a release the XEN said, “Due to melting of snow on higher reaches the water level in Pandoh dam is rising with a fast speed and  the spillway gates of the dam can…

CITU organizes rallies throughout the state to observe May Day

Hundreds of workers participated in rallies, flag hoisting ceremonies and seminars organized by the Himachal Pradesh unit of CITU at different places in the state on Wednesday to observe the May Day. State president of CITU Vijendra Mehra said, “While programmes at district level were organized throughout the state a state level rally was organized…

Dr Atul Verma appointed Director General of Himachal Police

Himachal Pradesh government has appointed Dr Atul Verma, a 1991 batch IPS officer as Director General of Police (DGP) Himachal . A notification to this effect was issued by Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena on Wednesday. Verma, presently posted as Director General CID will replace Sanjay Kundu who retired on April 30.

Congress announces to field Anand Sharma from Kangra parliament constituency

The Congress High Command has announced names of Anand Sharma to contest Kangra parliament seat and Satpal Raizada to contest Hamirpur seat. This announcement was made in a press release by KC Venugopal, General Secretary of Congress at New Delhi on Tuesday. 

Congress may field senior Congress leader Anand Sharma to contest Kangra parliamentary seat

While Congress leadership is in the process of selecting candidates for  Kangra and Hamirpur parliamentary constituencies of Himachal Pradesh, speculation is rife Congress high command may field senior Congress leader Anand Sharma to contest from Kangra . Anand Sharma is a former Union Commerce,  Industries and Textile  Minister and has represented Himachal Pradesh  in the…

Girls grab top positions in HP Board plus two result

Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBOSE) today declared the results of class 10+2 in which top positions in arts, science and commerce streams in the state were grabbed by girls. In the arts stream, Arshita from DAV Senior Secondary School in Una bagged the first position, scoring 490 out of 500 marks. Shivangi Sharma…

Vikrmaditya Singh invites Kangana Ranaut for an open debate on development

PWD Minister and Congress candidate for Mandi parliamentary constituency, Vikramaditya Singh has accused majority of the national media for its partisan reporting by promoting ruling BJP and ignoring the opposition parties; they have every right to criticize but good work should also be appreciated, he said . Talking to media persons at Mandi on Monday,…

Four die and 12 injured in three accidents on Sunday

Four persons have died and 12 others were injured in three different accidents in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.  Two persons travelling in a Bolero jeep were buried under huge boulders after a landslide in the afternoon on Hatkoti – Tueni road in Rohru subdivision of Shimla district, near Sanel. SDM Jubbal, Rajeev Sankhyan said ,…

Congress nominates three candidates to contest Assembly by-elections in Himachal

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has approved the names of three candidates for by-elections in six Assembly constituencies of Himachal Pradesh scheduled to be held on June 1, along with elections for four parliamentary constituencies. As per a press release issued by KC Venugopal , General Secretary of the AICC , the Congress president…

Orange alert in six districts of Himachal Pradesh predicting rain and snow from April 26 to 29

The Mausam Vigyan Kendra Shimla has issued an orange alert in six districts of Himachal Pradesh from April 26 to 29, with a forecast of heavy rain in lower areas and snowfall on higher reaches . As per weather report issued by the meteorology department issued from Shimla on Thursday, the western disturbances would again…

BJP leader from Sujanpur Ranjeet Rana joins Congress

BJP candidate during the last Assembly election from Sujanpur constituency Captain Rajneet Rana (retired) joined Congress party at New Delhi. Rana , who had lost the 2022 Assembly election from Sujanpur at the hands of Rajender Rana who after turning a rebel had joined BJP recently, by a narrow margin of 399 votes . Rana…

SJVN commissions Green Hydrogen pilot project

India’s first Multi-purpose (Combined Heat & Power) Green Hydrogen Pilot Project executed by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam was commissioned at 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station (NJHPS) in Jhakri, Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday. Chairman-cum – CMD of SJVN Geeta Kapur inaugurated 20Nm3/hr Electrolyzer & 25kW Fuel Cell Capacity based Green Hydrogen Pilot Project. A spokesman…

HGVS urges Chief Electoral Officer to check distribution of drugs during parliament election

Himachal Gyan Vigyan Samiti (HGVS) submitted a memorandum to Chief Electoral Officer (ECO) of the state, Muneesh Garg at Shimla on Tuesday demanding a check on distribution of drugs during the ensuing parliament election. After submitting the memorandum, state secretary of the HGVS, Satyawan Pundir said, “The HGVS has expressed serious concern on distribution of…

CITU launches campaign against the Modi government

The Shimla unit of Center of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) held a convention at Kali Bari Hall Shimla to launch a campaign against the Modi led Central government on Monday and released a manifesto CITU leaders said, “Hundreds of activists associated with Hotel, Sahib, IGMC, STP, Sunni Dam, Vishal Megamart, Tourist Guide, Tahabjari, Kalibari Temple,…

UGC allows bachelors with 4 year degree and 75 percent marks to pursue Ph.D

In a major change in admissions for PhD programmes, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced students with four-year undergraduate degrees can now directly appear for NET and pursue PhD. Chairman of the UGC Jagadesh Kumar said , “ To pursue a PhD with or without a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), the candidates will require…

HP High Court issues notice to Harsh Mahajan on petition of Abhishek Manu Singhvi

The Himachal Pradesh High Court has issued a notice to BJP Rajya Sabha member Harsh Mahajan on the petition of Congress candidate Abhishek Manu Singhvi – a noted Supreme Court lawyer, who had lost the election despite the Congress having majority in HP Vidhan Sabha after cross voting by six Congress MLAs, on February 27….

Avalanche blocks flow of Chandrabhaga river in Lahaul

Widespread rain and snow in several parts of Himachal Pradesh have affected normal life as 112 roads including three national highways have been blocked due to landslides and slips. While isolated areas in the higher hills and tribal regions received light snowfall, the mid and low hills witnessed intermittent rains during the past 24 hours…

State celebrates 77th Himachal day

The 77th Himachal Day was celebrated with gaiety and fervour in the State on Monday. Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla unfurled the Tricolour and took the salute in an impressive march past at the state level function held at the Ridge in Shimla. The march past was led by Parade Commander, IPS Abhishek in which contingents of…

BJP manifesto promises free ration for poor, UCC and empowering women, youth and farmers

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) released its manifesto (Sankalap Patra) for 2024 Lok Sabha elections promising continuation of free ration scheme for poor for next five years, Uniform Civil Code and empowering poor, youth, women and farmers. The manifesto was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president JP Nadda and other BJP leaders in…

VHP leader murdered in Una

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Vikas Prabhar was killed by two persons by attacking him with sharp edged weapons in Una district on Sunday. A police source said, “Prabhakar, a Mandal level leader of the VHP was sitting at his shop on Nangal Railway road in Una when two person came on a motorcycle and…

Congress fields Vikramaditya from Mandi and Vinod Sultanpuri from Shimla

All India Congress Committee ( AICC) has announced to field PWD Minister Vikramaditya Singh as a Congress candidate to contest the Mandi parliament seat against BJP  nominee Film actress Kangna Ranaut.  Vikramaditya Singh is son of six times former Himachal  Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his mother Pratibha Singh is sitting Congress MP from Mandi.  …

HGCTA criticizes functioning of Sardar Patel University Mandi

Himachal Government College Teachers Association (HGCTA) has strongly criticized the functioning of Sardar Patel University (SPU) Mandi. In a press release, president of the HGCTA Dr Banita Saklani accused, “The functioning of the SPU is anti-student and anti-education as the university authorities are busy in making anti government propaganda, and have urged the state government…

Four die in car accident

Four persons died in a car accident near Choi Nalla on Rana Bag – Karshala road in Ani sub division of Kullu district on Friday morning, when the car in which they were travelling, rolled down a hill. A police source said, “Those losing lives in the accident have been identified as Surender (40) –…

HP High Court issues notice to Vidhan Sabha Speaker

The HP High Court has issued a notice to the Speaker of the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Kuldeep Singh Pathania on the petition filed by three Independent MLAs seeking the Court’s intervention for accepting their resignations by the Speaker.   A  Division Bench of the High Court headed by Chief Justice MS Ramachandra Rao and…

Sushil Sharma’s to be new CMD of SJVN

Public Enterprises Selection Board (PSEB) has recommended the name of Sushil Sharma for  the post of Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN)  Sharma is presently working as Director (Projects) in SJVN since August 1, 2020 and played major role in  implementation of 1500 MW Naptha Jhakari Hydro Power Project and…

HP CM served defamation notices by Sudhir Sharma and Rajender Rana

The two rebel Congress MLAs- Sudhir Sharma ( Dharmashala)  and Rajendra Rana (Sujanpur), disqualified from the membership of Himachal Vidhan Sabha under anti-defection law, accused of “taking money for cross voting in the Rajya sabha election” by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu , have served legal notices to the CM for filing defamation suits . …

Congress likely to field Vikrmaditya Singh against Kangna Ranaut

As the Congress High Command is likely to announce party candidates for ensuing parliament and six Assembly by-elections in Himachal Pradesh any time after meeting of the screening committee of the party in New Delhi on Saturday, PWD Minister Vikrmaditya Singh, son of six times former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, is likely to be fielded…

Three children die after drowning in a pond

Three children lost their lives while taking a dip in a pond at Raipur Sahoda in Una district of Himachal Pradesh, on Sunday. A police source said, “Three children i.e Pankaj (8), Sonu (9) and Mukesh (11), went to take a dip in a nearby pond in the morning but were drowned; all of them…

Singhvi challenges election of Harsh Mahajan to Rajya Sabha in HP High Court

Congress leader and noted Supreme Court lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi has challenged the election of BJP candidate Harsh Mahajan elected to Rajya Sabha from Himachal Pradesh by defeating him through a draw of lots after a tie in the election, in the Himachal Pradesh High Court.   Singhvi had lost the Rajya Sabha election due…

Congress promises universal health care, MSP and waving off educational loans

The Congress has released its manifesto for the 2024 Lok Sabha election, promising jobs creation, and development of infrastructure, a national caste census and universal health care, among the major highlights. The manifesto was released in Delhi by party president Mallikarjun Kharge, flanked by senior leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Former Union Finance Minister…

Delhi High Court turns down plea to remove Kejriwal as Delhi CM

The Delhi High Court  has refused to act on a plea seeking removal of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as Delhi CM . Turning down the pleas for the third time acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Justice Manmohan refused to counsel Delhi Governor VK Saxena saying, “Let democracy take its own course”. The court was…

Chief Minister lashes out at six Congress rebels

Launching election campaign of Congress party for the ensuing parliament and by-elections in six Assembly seats of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday from Samurkalan in Bangana (Kutlehar) Assembly constituency of Una district, the CM addressing a public meeting accused, “The six Congress rebels took Rs 15 crore each for betraying the Congress and joining BJP; we…

Where was Mandi Ki Beti (Kangna) during monsoon disaster – Vikramditya Singh

The Congress in-charge for Mandi parliamentary constituency, PWD Minister Vikramaditya Singh criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “Allegedly misusing investigating agencies CBI and ED to terrorize opposition leaders.”      Singh, who was here to address a meeting of party office bearers at Mandi on Wednesday said, “The release of Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh…

Roping-in ‘disgruntled’ in Mandi parliamentary constituency a challenge for BJP leadership

Though, BJP candidate from Mandi parliamentary constituency film actress Kangna Ranaut has started meeting party activists in the constituency, it is still a challenge for the BJP party leadership to assuage the feeling of dissident BJP leaders.   The nomination of Ranaut has left several party aspirants  disappointed over denial of the BJP ticket. Three times former…

” Rahul Gandhi doesn’t know meaning of democracy” – Kangna Ranaut

BJP candidate from Mandi parliamentary constituency ,film actress Kangna Ranaut said former All India Congress Committee (AICC) president and senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is “ignorant about the meaning of democracy”. Kangna Ranaut , who attended a meeting of BJP office bearers at Mandi on Monday, replying to a question about Rahul Gandhi’s assertion of…

Sixty eight NGOs demand moratorium on mega projects in the Himalayan region

As many as sixty-eight NGOs, working in the field of environment protection and climate change, adopted a demand charter for securing the Himalayas from disasters. The demand charter was adopted by the NGOs after a meeting to discuss the environmental and cultural issues of the Himalayan states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur…

Three Independent MLAs hold dharna in HP Vidhan Sabha pressing for acceptance of resignations

Three Independent MLAs – Hoshiyar  Singh (Dehra), KL Thakur (Nalagarh) and Ashish Sharma (Hamirpur) staged a dharna outside in of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha  Speaker at Shimla on Saturday to press acceptance of their resignations from Himachal Sabha. The three MLAs had tendered their resignations to Himachal Pradesh Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania on March 22…

AICC appoints two Congress working presidents for Himachal

All India Congress Committee (AICC) has appointed two more working presidents in Himachal Pradesh Congress committee (HPCC). Chief parliamentary secretary and Arki MLA Sanjay Awasthi and Dharampur MLA Chandershekhar are new working presidents appointed ahead of parliamentary elections. The AICC had appointed four working presidents before the 2022 Assembly election but Harsh Mahajan, Pawan Kajal and…

Pratibha Singh agrees to take on Kangna Ranaut in Mandi parliament constituency

Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Partibha Singh is most likely to contest the Mandi parliament seat again in the ensuing Loh Sabha elections as a Congress candidate, against BJP candidate Kangna Ranaut. Talking to media persons after a meeting of Congress coordination committee, attended by Rajiv Shukla, Congress in-charge of Himachal Pradesh at Chandigarh,…

Central University Professor arrested on charge of raping a student

The Kangra police have arrested a professor of the Central University (CU) of Himachal Pradesh (Kangra) on the charge of raping a student on Wednesday. The Superintendent of Police Kangra Shalini Agihotri said, “A professor working in the chemistry department of the CU has been arrested on the complaint of a PhD student in the…

Nomination of six disqualified rebel MLAs by BJP evokes strong reactions

March 26,2024 The decision of BJP leadership to field six disqualified Congress rebel MLAs, who had joined BJP on March 23, in the coming by-elections for the six Assembly constituencies, has evoked strong reaction from several BJP leaders and office bearers . The BJP has given ticket  to Ravi Thakur ( Lahaul-Spiti) , Rajender Rana…

Kangna Ranaut to contest Mandi parliament seat on BJP ticket

The Bhartiya Janata Party has announced to field film actress Kangana Ranaut from Mandi parliamentary constituency of Himachal Pradesh for the coming Lok sabha election. Her name was included in the fifth list of BJP candidates announced for the Lok Sabha election containing 111 names.on Sunday.  Rajiv Bhardwaj has been named as the party candidate…

Six disqualified Congress MLAs and three Independents join BJP, Shanta Kumar disapproves

March 23, 2024 In fast political developments on Saturday six disqualified Congress rebel MLAs and three Independents joined BJP in New Delhi. The rebel MLAs had deserted the Congress party during election for a Rajya sabha seat from Himachal Pradesh by cross voting for BJP candidate leading to defeat of Congress candidate Abhishek Manu Singhvi,…

Three Independent MLAs resign from Himachal Vidhan Sabha

March 22, 2024,   In a surprise move, three Independent MLAs elected during the 2022 HimachalPradesh Assembly Elections, have resigned from the membership of Vidhan Sabha. The three MLAS- Hoshiayar Singh elected from Dehra constituency, KL Thakurelected from Nalagarh and Ashish Sharma elected from Hamiprur constituency,accompanied by the leader of opposition Jai Ram Thakur, tendered…

HFRI celebrates the International Forest Day with HPU students

           The International Forest Day was observed by Himalayan Forest Research Institute (HFRI) Shimla at the Western Himalayan Temperate Arboretum, Potter Hill, Summerhill on Thursday. The students of department of Environmental Sciences of Himachal Pradesh University Shimla were specially invited to participate in the programme along with faculty members. Acclaimed historian…

Mandi MP Pratibha Singh expresses inability to contest next election

Himachal Pradesh Congress Committe (HPCC) president and sitting Congress MP from Mandi Pratibha Singh has shown her reluctance to contest the next parliament elections.  Talking to media persons after a meeting with Central Congress leadership in New Delhi, she said,” I have expressed my inability to contest the parliment election from Mandi.”  She said, ” Party…

Abhishek Jain relieved from the charge of Secretary Home on directions of ECI

Himachal Pradesh government has relieved senior IAS officer Abhishek Jain from the post of Secretary (Home, Vigilance and Information Technology) on the directions of Election Commission of India (ECI). The ECI on Monday directed to relieve Home Secretaries of six states including Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Home Secretary is also holding the charge of secretary to…

Supreme Court refuses to stay disqualification of Six Congress rebel MLAs, next hearing on May 6

The six Congress rebel MLAs disqualified by the Speaker of Himachal Pradesh Assembly,  did not get relief from the Supreme Court of India on Monday on their petitions seeking stay on their disqualification and by-elections process. A Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice Sanjiv Khanna, which included Justice Dipankar Dutta also turned down their request…

Lok Sabha elections in seven phases – counting on June 4 , Six rebels to face by-polls in HP

The elections for the Lok Sabha would be held in seven phases and counting of votes would be taken up on June 4. Announcing the election schedule in a press conference at New Delhi on Saturday, Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar flanked by two new Election Commissioners Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu announced the election…

Election Commission of India to announce Lok Sabha election schedule on Saturday

The Election Commission of India would announce election schedule for coming parliament election on Saturday in New Delhi. The Commission in holding a press conference in this regard at Vigyan Bhavan at 3 pm on Saturday, where it would announce schedule for the General Election to Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies .

The week long Mandi shivratri festival concludes

The week long Shivratri festival came to end on Friday with a colourful shobha yatra on the concluding day from Madho Rai temple to Paddal ground. Himachal Pradesh Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla, Chief Guest of the function paid obeisance in Madho Rai temple and later participated in the shobha yatra wearing a colourful turban. Hundreds…

Himalyan Niti Abhiyan and other organizations support Sonam Wangchuk’s agitation in Ladakh

Several organizations of Himachal Pradesh have come in support of Sonam Wangchuk – known innovator and education reformer of Ladakh, observing hunger strike in Leh for the 8th day on Thursday to protect the rights of people of Ladakh. Himalaya Niti Abhiyan  supporting the  people of Ladakh said, “  Himalayan region is a unique land of…

Aarti Gupta appointed Director of Information and Public Relations Deptt.

Himachal Pradesh Government has promoted Aarti Gupta, Additional Director of Information & Public Relations as New Director of the department . The notification in this regard was issued by Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena on Thursday. It is nearly after a decade the state government has promoted an incumbent Additional Director to the post of Director…

BJP to again field Anuarg Thakur and Suresh Kashyap from Hamirpur and Shimla parliamentary seats

` The Parliamentary Board of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday cleared the names of Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Anuarg Thakur to contest Hamirpur parliamentary seat of Himachal Pradesh and sitting Shimla MP Suresh Kashyap to contest Shimla (R) parliamentary seat. The names of Thakur and Kashyap were announced by General Secretary of BJP…

Supreme Court defers hearing on petition of Six disqualified Congress rebel MLAs for March 18

Six Congress rebel MLAs disqualified from HP Vidhan Sabha by the Speaker for defying the party whip, who had moved the Supreme Court of India challenging their disqualification, did not get immediate relief as the Apex court posted the matter for hearing on March 18. Taking up the petition of the disqualified MLAs , a…

HP CM leads torchlight march to protest attempts to destabilize Congress govt

Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) carried out a torchlight march from the Ridge to Ambedkar Chowk Shimla on Monday to protest the alleged attempts of BJP to topple the elected Congress government in Himachal Pradesh. Hundreds of Congress activists led by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and HPCC president Pratibha Singh marched from the Ridge…

Cashless treatment begins for HIM CARE beneficiaries at PGIMER Chandigarh

The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh has started a cashless service for the beneficiaries of HIM CARE card holders. The cashless service was made functional on March 8 after a successful trial run of the service, said Prof. Vivek Lal, Director of the institute. The PGIMER Chandigarh and HIMCARE have…

Chief Minister inaugurates the week long Mandi Shivratri festival

The weeklong Shivratri festival of Mandi commenced with a colourful Shobha Yatra from Madho Rai temple to Paddal ground on Saturday. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, the Chief Guest in the opening ceremony participated in the Shobha Yatra along with hundreds of deities carried by a large number of devotees on their shoulders and palanquins….

SJVN honours celebrity wrestler Geeta Phogat on women’s day

Satluj jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) organized a function to celebrate International Women’s day on Friday at its head office in Shimla. The function was presided over by Chairman –cum -Managing Director of SJVN Geeta Kapoor and renowned wrestler and Arjuna award winner Geeta Phogat was the guest of honour of the function. Addressing the gathering…

Achyut Krishna of Him Academy School Hamirpur scores 99.79 percentile in B Arch entrance test

Achyut Krishna, a student of Him Academy Public School Hamirpur has become Himachal Pradesh’s  topper of B Arch and B Planning entrance exams (2024), conducted by national testing agency. Director of Him Public school Pankaj Lakhnpal said, “Achyut Krishna has scored 99.79 percentile in the B.Arch entrance exam and 99.95 percentile in the B.Planning exam;…

HP Cabinet gives approval for direct recruitment of 2401 SMC teachers

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has given approval to grant Rs 1500 per month to eligible women under Indira Gandhi Pyari Behna Sukh Samman Nidhi Yojna. The Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu held at Shimla on Thursday also decided to consider the recommendations of the Cabinet Sub Committee constituted under the chairmanship…

Anmol of Sarkaghat tops HAS examination

Anmol, a resident of village Chakku Tanda in Sarkaghat sub division of Mandi district has topped the Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services (HAS) Examination. Currently posted as BDO Totu (Shimla), Anmol is son of a former HAS Officer Krishan Chand, who recently retired from the post of RTO Mandi . His mother Usha Devi is a…

Everything possible in politics, says Vikramaditya Singh after meeting the rebels

HP Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Vikramaditya Singh after meeting the rebel MLAs said, “Everything is possible in politics and all doors are open.” The minister had met six rebel Congress MLAs disqualified from Himachal Pradesh Assembly under anti-defection law in Chandigarh on his way to Delhi. While talking to media persons at Shimla on…

HP High Court declares levying of water cess unconstitutional

Himachal Pradesh High Court declared the decision of the state government to levy water cess on power generation, as unconstitutional. In an order passed on Tuesday a Division Bench of the High Court headed by Justice Trilok Chauhan and Justice Satyen Vaidya held, “The provisions of the Himachal Pradesh Water Cess on Hydropower Electricity Generation…

Implement Nasha Nivaran Board’s report to check menace of drugs – former convener

Former state convener of Himachal Nasha Nivaran Board –cum advisor to state government, O P Sharma has urged the state government to implement the report submitted by the board for checking the drug menace in the state, in its letter and spirit. Talking to media persons at Mandi on  Tuesday, Sharma said , “ Though…

Prime Minister inaugurates four power projects commissioned by SJVN

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation four power stations commissioned by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN), virtually on Monday from Adilabad in Telangana. The four power projects are 60 MW Naitwar Mori Hydro Power Station in Uttarakhand, 75 MW Parasan Solar Power Station, 75 MW Gurhah Solar Power Station and 50 MW Gujrai Solar Power Station…

Himachal CM announces to give Rs 1500 per month to women above 18 years

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has announced to give Rs 1500 per month for all women aged over 18 years under Indira Gandhi Pyari Behna Sukh-Sammaan Nidhi Yojana.  Making this announcement in a press conference at Shimla on Monday, the CM said, “The state government has fulfilled its fifth election guarantee given during…

Anxious moments continue in Congress, HP Govt enhances DA of employees by 4 percent

Though the intervention of Congress High Command to contain discontentment among a section of the party MLAs and state Congress leaders had brought semblance of a united face of Congress government in the state, however worries continue. The defeat of Congress candidate Abhishek Manu Singhvi in Rajya Sabha election had brought the discontentment among party…

PWD Minister Vikramaditya Singh meets rebels MLAs in Panchakula

The hectic activity continued in Himachal Pradesh Congress on Friday as PWD Minister and son of former six times Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Vikramditya Singh left for Delhi on an official tour and also met six rebel MLAs disqualified from the membership of HP Vidhan Sabha on Thursday for defying the party whip, in Panchkula…

Sukhu to stay CM as all issues resolved , says Congress observer

The Congress observers appointed by the party high command to resolve the ongoing crisis in Himachal Pradesh have said all issues within the party have been resolved after consultation and Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu would continue as the state CM. Holding a joint press conference at the official residence of the CM at Shimla…

Six Congress rebel MLAs disqualified from Vidhan Sabha membership, Pratibha Singh justifies their grievances

Six Congress rebel MLAs have been disqualified from the membership of Himachal Pradesh Assembly under the anti- defection law by the Vidhan Speaker Kudeep Singh Pathania on Thursday. Pathania said, “The six MLAs defied the party whip by not being present in the Assembly during the voting on cut motion and the passing of the…

SJVN commissions 100 MW Solar Power project in Gujarat

The Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) commissioned 100 Megawatt Raghanesda Solar Power Station in Banaskantha District of Gujarat On Wednesday.  Chairman -cum- Managing Director of SJVN Geeta Kapoor said, “The commissioning of SJVN’s eleventh power project has once again proved our dedication for enhancing the green energy landscape of the nation and further solidifies our…

CM puts up brave face, HP Budget passed, PWD Minister Vikrmaditya Singh resigns

Himachal Pradesh politics and the State Assembly witnessed unfolding of several quick developments on Wednesday after the surprising win of BJP candidate Harsh Mahajan in Rajya Sabha polls on Tuesday with the votes of Six Congress MLAs and three Independents MLAs. As the biggest challenge for the Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu government was get the money…

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…