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Himachal Pradesh

Bad weather cancels flight, Dhumal addresses J&K rally over phone

After bad weather conditions, including thick fog, grounded chopper flights in Jammu and Kashmir, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal addressed an election rally held in Basohli constituency in the poll-bound neighboring state over phone.

Govt to seek WB fundingfor road safety project

Even as the number of vehicular accidents in the state is rising sharply, the transport department will draw up a project report on road safety and submit it to the World Bank for getting funding. Department officials have been proposing several changes in the existing system that would be covered in the project.

Harrowing time for patients aspower remains out for 6th day

Not only residents and tourists but patients in Manali and Kullu hospitals are having a harrowing time as the tourist resorts remained without electricity for the sixth day on Thursday. Besides, power supply to over 250 villages, which was snapped following the heavy snowfall in the region, has still to be restored. The power disruption has severely impacted the communications network in the region.

HC strikes down IT dept's order to transfer case to Chandigarh

In a reprieve to chief minister Virbhadra Singh and his family, Himachal Pradesh high court on Thursday struck down the income tax department's July 14 order to transfer the cases pertaining to alleged income tax evasion against them to Chandigarh.

Water crisis deepens in Solan, 140 villages; no supply for fourth day

The reported lack of coordination between officials of the municipal council, irrigation & public health department and state electricity board has aggravated the drinking water crisis in and around the town as well as in 140 villages of Solan and Kasauli assembly segments. Potable water supply remained suspended in several localities of the town for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday.

Health dept keeps check over private ultra sound clinics

Chief medical officer (CMO), Mandi, Dr Deshraj Sharma, in a “Meet with Press” programme revealed that the health department was keeping a vigil over the private ultra sound clinics to check female foeticide and all such clinics had been issued orders and guidelines to run the clinics in future.

CM asks arts academy to clear Sahitya Awards backlog

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has instructed the Himachal Pradesh Academy of Arts, Culture & Languages to clear the backlog of the Sahitya Awards from 2004 to 2006 and further from 2007 to 2012 in one go by June, 2015. presiding over a meeting of the academy's executive council here on Tuesday, he said all the awards from 2004-06 for which the writers have been already identified and that from 2007 to 2012 be given in one go after inviting and screening the nominations.

Tree felling case: HC rejects Nagpal's anticipatory bail plea

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday declined for the time being the interim anticipatory bail plea of Amrik Singh Nagpal, a resident of Chandigarh and director of Pristine Hotels & Resorts Ltd in the matter of illegal felling of 477 trees in Tara Devi. The bail application was listed before justice PS Rana.

Ban on use of mobiles inside campuses openly flouted

The ban on carrying mobile phones inside school and college campuses is being flagrantly violated in most areas of the district with both teachers and students seen talking on their phones despite warning signs posted at various educational institutes. Though the signboards clearly state those using cellphones are liable to be slapped with a fine of `50 hardly anyone has been penalized for violating the rule.

It's sunny in Shimla after snow

People in Shimla and its nearby tourist spots in Himachal were greeted by sunny weather Wednesday morning, though the minimum temperature was recorded at 2 degrees Celsius.

Cold aggravates in HP, tourists advised to stay away

The intense cold wave conditions further aggravated in most parts of Himachal pasts as minimum temperatures dipped by few notches while power and water supply remained suspended for fifth day in Kullu and Manali, prompting the government to issue an advisory to tourists to avoid visiting the areas till situation returned to normal.

Peshawar killings brutal massacre: Himachal CM

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh Wednesday described the attack on a school in Pakistan as a "brutal cold-blooded massacre".

Himachal cooperative gets bank status

The Himachal Pradesh State Cooperative Bank has got the status of a commercial bank, a senior official said Thursday.

Himachal's Keylong freezes at minus 9.6 °C

Icy winds swept through the hills of Himachal Pradesh Tuesday. Keylong was the coldest town in the state with a minimum temperature of minus 9.6 degrees Celsius.

HC issues notice to govt, police on minor student's plea

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Monday issued notices to the home secretary and the police department on a petition filed by Ayush Bragta, a 13-year-old class 8 student who jumped off the third floor of a building of Glory International Public School on November 23.
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