Monday, January 24, 2022

Himachal provides tap water connections to all schools, anganwadis

NEW DELHI: Congratulating Himachal Pradesh for providing tap water connections at 100 per cent schools and anganwadi centres, Union Drinking Water and Sanitation Secretary Vini Mahajan said that this will help in reducing water-borne ailments among children.

Haryana, Himachal sign pact to revive Saraswati river

CHANDIGARH: A memorandum of understanding was signed on Friday between the Himachal Pradesh and Haryana governments for construction of the Adi Badri dam bordering both the states with an outlay of Rs 215.35 crore for the rejuvenation of the Saraswati river, which is mentioned in Hindu mythology.

IIT Mandi team finds Himalayan plant to help fight Covid infection

MANDI: Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi have identified phytochemicals in the petals of a Himalayan plant that could potentially be used to treat Covid-19 infections.

No ritual bath in Himachal to mark Makar Sankranti

SHIMLA: With a surge in Covid-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh, devotees on Friday were prohibited from taking dips in rivers to mark Makar Sankranti, a major harvest festival.

Getting hockey sticks to hit the ice in the Himalayas

SHIMLA: The country's highest open air ice hockey rink, developed recently amidst the stunning backdrop of the mighty Himalayas at an altitude of 3,720 metres in the picturesque but rugged Kaza, a cold desert town in Himachal Pradesh's Spiti Valley, has turned into a nursery for the players.

Sixth cow sanctuary opening this month: Himachal minister

SHIMLA: The construction of a cow sanctuary for abandoned and stray in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla district, the sixth in the state, has been completed with an outlay of Rs 2.22 crore and will be inaugurated this month, state Animal Husbandry Minister Virender Kanwar said on Tuesday.

Himachal CM launches Covid vaccination for children

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday launched the statewide Covid-19 vaccination campaign for children in the 15-18 age group from the Government Vijay Senior Secondary School (Boys) in Mandi town.

Himachal CM, Guv extend New Year wishes, hope for eradicating social evils

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur and Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar on Saturday felicitated the people on New Year 2022.

Amid pandemic, IIT Mandi sees top MNCs in placement drive

MANDI: Even during the pandemic, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has witnessed some of the top MNCs in the world participating in the placement drive this year, Prof Ajit K. Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Mandi, said on Friday.

PM to inaugurate, lay foundation stone of hydropower projects in Himachal

MANDI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a visit to Mandi, also known as 'Chhoti Kashi', on Monday to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of hydropower projects worth Rs 11,000 crore.

Himachal 'Krishi Sakhis' now advocate natural farming

SHIMLA: Started three years ago, Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kisan Yojana, a state government-funded programme that supports natural farming, has now roped in 502 'Krishi Sakhis or farm women friends, for training to enable them to boost agricultural production with lower costs through natural ways. They will simultaneously spread the message to other members of the fair sex too.

Two lakh Himachal trout ova to be dispatched to Sikkim

SHIMLA: The first consignment of 2,00,000 rainbow eyed trout ova, the cold-water species introduced by British India in Himachal Pradesh during colonial times, will be dispatched to Sikkim for rearing this week and later the remaining 3,00,000 will be sent, state Fishery Minister Virender Kanwar said on Wednesday.

Himachal's fiscal liabilities see growth of 14.57%: CAG

SHIMLA: The fiscal health of Himachal Pradesh has deteriorated with overall liabilities at the end of 2019-20 at Rs 62,212 crore that have grown at 14.57 per cent over the previous year, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said on Wednesday.

ITC Hotels expands footprint in Himachal with Mementos Shimla

NEW DELHI: ITC Hotels has signed its third Mementos hotel in two weeks, this time in Shimla, expanding its footprint in Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal also reduces VAT on petrol, diesel

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday said the state has decided to further reduce VAT on petrol and diesel.

Counting of ballots for Himachal by-elections begins

SHIMLA:  Counting of ballots for the by-elections to the Mandi parliamentary constituency and the three Assembly seats of Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki in Himachal Pradesh began on Tuesday amidst tight security, Chief Electoral Officer C. Palrasu said.

At least 15 houses gutted in Himachal's Malana village

SHIMLA: At least 15 wooden houses in Malana, the ancient Himalayan village where the legend of Alexander the Great lives on in the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh, were burnt down in a massive fire on early Wednesday, though there was no loss of life, police said.

Himachal women become agents for climate resilient farming

SHIMLA:  Women farmers of Himachal Pradesh are breaking the mindset barriers not only at home but also in society with the new confidence attained through the latest information and knowledge about natural farming, discarding the conventional practices that have effects on both -- environmental and human health.

It's battle between Virbhadra's legacy and Himachal CM's credibility

MANDI (HP): It's a battle between the past performance of an erstwhile political stalwart and the new achievements of a first-time Chief Minister in Himachal Pradesh, literally!

Murder accused absconding for six years nabbed in Himachal

NEW DELHI: An accused in a brutal murder case, absconding since 2015, was arrested by Delhi Police's Crime Branch of the Delhi Police from Himachal Pradesh, an official said on Thursday.

Devotees throng Himachal temples as Navratri begins

SHIMLA:  Hundreds of devotees assembled in different parts of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday and offered prayers on the onset of the nine-day Navratri, considered an auspicious period by Hindus. But Covid-19 vaccination is a must for the devotees visiting the temples.

Notice to Himachal Chief Secy for water contamination

SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh High Court has issued notice to the Chief Secretary and others in the case of groundwater contamination by the Shiwalik Solid Waste Management Plant in Nalagarh Solan district.

Himachal to reopen schools from Sep 27

SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh government on Friday decided to reopen government schools from September 27 for Classes 9 to 12. However, online classes for Classes up to 8 would continue.

Markfed products to be available now on 5000 PDS depots of neighbouring Himachal Pradesh

SHIMLA: The persistent efforts of the Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa to strengthen and expand the base of the Cooperative sector institutions of Punjab today bore fruit when the Markfed and the Himachal Pradesh Government inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The move would pave the way for the sale of varied products of Markfed at 5000 Public Distribution System (PDS) depots of the neighbouring Himachal.

Spiritual Saplings Garden opens at Shri Naina Devi Shrine: Dr PC Sharma

PARKASHPUR: To disseminate of community biodiversity conservation message far and wide, setting up of Lord Shiva and his Consort as an embodiment of environmental and ecological conservation, an ambitious scheme of spiritual forestry in the precincts of world acclaimed deities of Mahashaktipeeths of Mata Naina Devi, Mata Chintpurni, Mata Jawalamukhi, Mata Chamunda Devi, Mata Brijeshwari, Mata Mansa Devi, Mata Vaishno Devi and Mahasidhpeeth of Baba Balak Nath in Northern India has been mooted.

Notice over lack of parking near Himachal's Chintpurni temple

SHIMLA:  The Himachal Pradesh High Court has issued notices to the state Chief Secretary, the Principal Secretary (PWD) and others over the non-availability of a parking facility near the Mata Chintpurni Temple, the prominent Hindu shrine in Una district.

Himachal Governor honours 18 teachers on Teacher’s Day

SHIMLA: Governor Rajendera Vishwanath Arlekar today conferred State Awards upon 17 teachers and honoured one with National Award for the year 2021 in an impressive State level function held at Peterhoff Shimla on the occasion of Teacher’s Day.

Pay arrears to freedom fighter's widow from 1974: Himachal HC

SHIMLA: Dismissing an appeal filed by the Central government challenging the order of grant of pension to the widow of a freedom fighter with effect from 1974, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed it to pay all the arrears of pension, including the interest, to her.

Himachal HC asks state govt to reconsider decision of holding ‘Maa Chintpurni Sawan Mela’

SHIMLA: The High Court of H.P. has directed the State Government to re-consider its decision of holding ‘Maa Chintpurni Sawan Mela’ in District Una, keeping in view the precarious situation, as large congregation of devotees may act as a catalyst for the growth of Covid-19 virus. The Court directed the State Government to consider the decision as expeditiously as possible, preferably before 13th August, 2021.

Sikhs for Justice issues threat to Himachal CM

SHIMLA: US-based banned Pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice has issued a threat to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, saying the latter won't be allowed to hoist the national flag in the hill state.

Entire mountain rolls down in Himachal, scary video goes viral

Shimla:A massive landslide occurred at Kamrau in Himachal Pradesh's Sirmaur district, blocking National Highway 707 near Barwas, on Friday owing to heavy rainfall in the region. However, no loss of life was reported.

Himachal HC seeks report on encroachments on govt lands

Shimla: Taking cognizance of non-execution of eviction from the government land, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the state to provide details regarding encroachments.

4 BRO men among 9 missing in Himachal's flash flood

Shimla:One person was killed and nine, including four Border Roads Organisation (BRO) men, feared washed away in a flash flood in Himachal Pradesh's cold desert district of Lahaul-Spiti early Wednesday, officials said.

6 dead, 40 missing in J&K's Kishtwar cloudburst

JAMMU: Six people died, five were injured and 30 to 40 went missing on Wednesday when a cloudburst hit Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district.

Himachal to open schools from Class 10 to 12 on Aug 2

Shimla:The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on Thursday decided to open schools, comprising residential and partially residential schools, from Class 10 to 12 from August 2, while adhering to the Covid- 19 precautions.

Jai Ram Thakur discusses various issues of state with Prime Minister

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at New Delhi on Saturday and apprised him about the Covid protocol and vaccination programme being undertaken in the state. The Prime Minister congratulated the Chief Minister for successfully carrying out the vaccination drive.

Himachal launches paperless apple transportation monitoring system

SHIMLA: In order to ensure the real-time monitoring of apple boxes and vehicles' movement, Himachal Pradesh Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj on Thursday launched a digital initiative -- Him SABE (surveillance of apple belt economy) in Fagu, some 20 km from Shimla.

4 Punjab tourists held for brandishing swords in Manali

SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh Police on Thursday arrested four tourists from Punjab on charges of brandishing swords and assaulting the passersby in a road rage in the picturesque tourist resort of Manali.

Himachal flash floods: 9 still missing, CM meets affected families

SHIMLA: Rescuers on Tuesday said five villagers were rescued from Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district where a massive mudslide triggered by flash floods hit a remote village, damaging several houses and shops and left one person dead. Nine people are still missing.

Heavy rain lashes Dharamsala, causes flash flood-like situation

SHIMLA: Heavy rain in Himachal Pradesh's Dharamsala on Monday led to a flash flood-like situation with washing away of roadside parked cars and partially damaging houses, officials said.

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