Saturday, September 30, 2023

Himachal CM opens renovated Shimla’s Bantony Castle

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu has inaugurated the newly renovated Bantony Castle complex here and said it has been transformed into a vibrant reflection of culture and history.

J&K High Court donates Rs 45 lakh for Himachal relief

SHIMLA: Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh High Court Justice N. Kotiswar Singh on Tuesday donated over Rs 45 lakh towards Aapda Rahat Kosh -- 2023 on behalf of judges, judicial officers and officials and expressed solidarity with the people of Himachal Pradesh who have suffered damages in the monsoon fury.

Odisha gives Rs 5 crore to calamity-hit Himachal

SHIMLA: The Odisha government has contributed Rs 5 crore towards the disaster relief fund 2023 for relief and rehabilitation measures in calamity-hit Himachal Pradesh.

Young woman officer in Himachal takes on mining mafia

SHIMLA: A daring young woman officer in Himachal Pradesh took on a mining mafia by raiding an riverbed mining site in the night without the police protection and stopped them for carrying out the illegal quarrying of sand and gravels.

Himachal CM apprises Governor of natural calamity

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu on Monday called on Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla here and apprised him about the loss of life and property due to heavy rains and the monsoon session of the Assembly in September.

State is like model employer, rules Himachal High Court

SHIMLA:Himachal Pradesh High Court has held that the state must behave like a model employer, irrespective of persons in power and change in guard.

NDRF rescues 51 from cloudburst-hit villages in Himachal

SHIMLA: In another daring rescue operation, the 14th Battalion of the NDRF rescued 51 people who got struck after a cloudburst in two villages in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district, officials said on Friday.

At least 10 under-construction buildings collapse in Himachal

SHIMLA: At least 10 under-construction commercial buildings collapsed after a massive landslide struck Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday.

World heritage Kalka-Shimla track damaged in Himachal

SHIMLA: The Kalka-Shimla track, a world heritage site, was damaged on Monday in the Himachal Pradesh capital owing to caving in of a portion of the hill following heavy rainfall, an official said here.

41 killed, 13 missing in Himachal flash floods, landslides 

Shimla: At least 41 people were killed and 13 went missing on Monday owing to heavy rainfall that triggered statewide flash floods and landslides, officials said.

Portion of hilltop Nalagarh Fort in Himachal caves in

SHIMLA: A portion of the 602-year-old hilltop Nalagarh Fort in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district collapsed on Saturday due to heavy rains and landslides.

Massive landslides block Chandigarh-Manali highway

MANALI: Traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali national highway between Mandi and Kullu was blocked on Friday following massive landslides in Himachal Pradesh owing to overnight heavy rainfall, police said.

After 3 decades, Himachal compensates family of three who died in apple farmer agitation

SHIMLA:After 33 years of an agitation by apple growers against the then BJP government that changed the political landscape in Himachal Pradesh, the current Congress government led by Sukhvinder Sukhu announced a financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh each to the next of kin of three apple growers who then died.

Himachal CM assures assistance to cloudburst-hit orchard owners

SHIMLA: After a recent devastating cloudburst in Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu on Wednesday reached out to affected orchard owners and assured providing all possible assistance.

Manali highway tunnels turn out to be saviour amid Himachal deluge

SHIMLA: Five all-weather tunnels on the Manali four-lane national highway from Hanogi to Jhalogi, which lay between Mandi and Kullu towns in Himachal Pradesh, turned out to be saviour for the motorists, largely locals, as torrential rain that triggered flash floods in the Beas River has washed away a major portion of the old highway in this segment.

Israelis, Russians among others rescued from Khirganga in Himachal

SHIMLA: The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescue teams and local residents have brought foreign nationals, mostly Israelis and Russians, as well as Indian tourists from Khirganga and Pulga to Tosh village and thereafter, towards Bhuntar in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district.

Evacuation over, 70,000 tourists rescued, Himachal CM

SHIMLA: The operation to evacuate locals and tourists stranded in Himachal Pradesh due to flash floods triggered by heavy rains has been completed, Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu said on Saturday.

Over 8,000 left Kullu-Manali region: Acting DGP Atwal

SHIMLA: Over 8,000 people have left the Kullu-Manali region in the past three days with the reopening of road networks after torrential rains battered Himachal Pradesh this week, officials said on Friday.

The man in khaki who 'stood tall' in Himalayas for tourist evacuation

SHIMLA:In one of the toughest operations in rain-battered Himachal Pradesh, rescuers on Thursday succeeded in the evacuation of 266 tourists, comprising foreigners and local shepherds, who have been stranded for the past five days in the snow-marooned Chandertal, a lake surrounded by Himalayan mountains in Lahaul-Spiti district.

Dalai Lama saddened over deaths in Himachal torrential rain

LEH: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday wrote to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister to tell him how deeply saddened he is to learn of the torrential rain that has triggered floods and landslides resulting in the tragic death of many people and severe damage to roads and infrastructure in north India, particularly in the state.

Operation to dig through snow to evacuate 300 stranded tourists in rain-battered Himachal

MANALI: In one of the toughest operations to dig through mounds of snow to make way for nearly 300 tourists, comprising three foreigners, who got stuck on the icy road in Himachal Pradesh’s Spiti Valley at altitudes ranging above 15,060 ft, ‘snow warriors’ on Wednesday began work to reopen the mountain pass.

Trains in rain-ravaged Himachal remain off tracks

Shimla:Operation of trains in Himachal Pradesh, which has been ravaged by torrential rains, will remain suspended, officials said on Wednesday.

 Chandigarh-Shimla highway blocked due to landslides

SHIMLA: The Shimla-Chandigarh National Highway 5 was blocked on Monday after a major landslide occurred in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district, police said.

Snowfall hampers rescue operation, 250 stranded in Himachal high slopes

SHIMLA:Over 250 tourists have been stationed in nearby places in Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti district amid snowfall in the region after torrential rains hampered the clearing of massive landslides that snapped road links, rescuers said on Monday.

Rail traffic on Kalka-Shimla track suspended owing to mudslides

SHIMLA: Rail traffic on the Kalka-Shimla track, a world heritage site in Himachal Pradesh, has been suspended till Tuesday owing to mudslides on tracks following heavy rainfall, an official here said.

NDRF evacuates 6 stranded persons across swollen river in Himachal

SHIMLA: In one of the toughest and courageous operations, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has safely evacuated six people stranded across the swollen Beas river in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district amidst torrential rain.

Shrikhand pilgrimage, tougher than Amarnath, to begin in Himachal on July 7

SHIMLA: The two-week long Shrikhand Mahadev pilgrimage, considered tougher than the journey to the Amarnath cave shrine in Kashmir, will begin in Himachal Pradesh on July 7 with a portion of the trek still marooned in snow, officials said on Friday.

World Bank approves loan of $200 million to Himachal for power reforms

SHIMLA: The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors have approved a loan of $200 million to the Himachal Pradesh government to facilitate power sector reforms and increase the share of renewable energy (RE) in the state’s electricity generation.

Check weather, road conditions before venturing to Himachal hills!

SHIMLA: Tourist rush to picturesque landscapes in Himachal Pradesh amidst the onset of monsoon that has triggered frequent landslips and turned roads slippery can bring the picnic trips to a halt in a fraction of a second -- literally.

Chandigarh-Manali highway closed due to landslides

SHIMLA: Traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali national highway has been blocked following massive landslides along the Beas river in Himachal Pradesh, police said on Monday.

Centre can initiate NIA probe into murder over inter-community affair: Himachal CM

Shimla: Saying the BJP is exploiting the situation for political gains and could initiate an NIA investigation into the murder of a 21-year-old man for loving a woman from another community, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu on Saturday expressed displeasure over the protests by the opposition.

Himachal roadways woman bus driver breaks barriers!

SHIMLA: Breaking stereotype barriers and empowering the fair sex at workplace, state-run Himachal Road Transport Corp (HRTC) driver Seema Thakur, the first and only woman driver in the fleet of 2,773 buses, has become the first woman on the wheel to drive on some of the toughest and long inter-state motorable roads.

Himachal to frame policy to find plastic alternatives: Sukhu

Shimla:Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu on Monday announced that the state government would frame a policy within a year to find alternatives to plastic.

Himachal Pradesh Governor inspects strategic Kiratpur-Manali road project

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla on Wednesday inspected the undergoing strategically important Kiratpur-Manali road highway project and as well as the Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Beri rail line project implemented by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited of New Delhi.

Justice Rao sworn in as Himachal Pradesh HC Chief Justice

SHIMLA: Justice M.S. Ramachandra Rao on Tuesday was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

Himachal to frame new energy policy: Chief Minister

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu said the government is planning to frame a new energy policy with an aim to provide more share to the state in hydropower projects.

Himachal CM's confidant is new Mayor of Shimla

SHIMLA: Surinder Chauhan, a close confidant of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Sukhu, was on Monday elected unanimously as the next Mayor of Shimla.

Eyeing to attract Rs 20,000 crore investments, Himachal to speedily transfer land

SHIMLA:Eyeing to attract investments of about Rs 20,000 crore in manufacturing, tourism, energy, construction and housing sectors, the Himachal Pradesh government will look into the delay in obtaining permission under Section 118 of the HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, 1972, an official statement said on Sunday.

With swelling wage bills, pension arrears, OPS may push Himachal to the wall

SHIMLA: The ever-swelling wage and pension bills are pushing the small hill state of Himachal Pradesh, which has been banking heavily on borrowings through market loans with the debt crossing over Rs 75,000 crore, besides committed liabilities of over Rs 10,000 crore pertaining to arrears of employees and pensioners, to the wall with not enough money to sustain infrastructure and welfare schemes.

Congress wrests Shimla civic body from BJP, gets absolute majority

SHIMLA: The less than five-month-old Congress government in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday wrested control of one of India's oldest civic bodies, the Shimla Municipal Corporation, from the BJP, winning 24 out of 34 wards and reducing the opposition councilors to nine from the previous 17.

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