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Himachal Pradesh

Anurag Thakur holds road show in Hamirpur

Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur on Tuesday took out a road show in various parts of the district and met people to seek votes for himself and the party.

Gen VK Singh to campaign in HP toda

The Bharatiya Janata Party has played the Army card in this state, where army personnel rule, by inviting former Indian Army chief and party candidate from Ghaziabad Gen VK Singh (retd) to Hamirpur to remain present while party candidate from this constituency Anurag Thakur files his nomination on Wednesday.

Conducting elections in Himachal daunting task

Conducting elections in Himachal Pradesh has always been a daunting task for the Election Commission, with the vagaries of the weather not the only challenge. Polling parties still have to walk long distances to reach the polling booths, as 74 polling booths still lack road connectivity.

Himachal Lokhit Party is not Congress’ ‘B’ team

The time before the Lok Sabha elections this year did not augur well for the two-year-old Himachal Lokhit Party, as one leader after the other rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party. Scion of the erstwhile ruling family of Kullu and HLP chief Maheshwar Singh is upset over his colleagues deserting him at the eleventh hour, but at the same time, he is hopeful that his party would emerge as the third alternative.

AI to resume flights from Kullu to Delhi today

The district’s flagging tourism industry is set to get another boost with the resumption of Air India flights between Kullu’s Bhuntar airport and Delhi on 15 April. A few days ago a Manali-based operator, Himalayan Bulls, launched air charter services to Chandigarh, bringing much-needed cheer to hoteliers, taxi operators and others associated with tourism.

Cong seeks fresh list of probables after developments

In the wake of fast changing political dimensions, the Congress leadership is still weighing its options on candidate for the Sujanpur assembly by-election, and has sought a fresh list of probables.

‘Indian democracy has still not become mature’

Starting out as a member of panchayat, Shanta Kumar became the first non-Congress chief minister to rule the state, and was then appointed as a union cabinet minister in the National Democratic Alliance government. Having witnessed many ups and downs in his political career spanning more than 50 years, he quit electoral politics two-and-a-half years ago, but is back now. HT talked to him on a number of issues.

AAP puts two of its candidatures on hold in HP

Discontent within has forced the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to put its two parliamentary candidatures on hold in Himachal Pradesh. Jai Chand Thakur (Mandi) and Subhash Chander (Shimla) do not have the vote of the party workers, since both managed ticket without even being members. Thakur was put in the race on March 31 and Subhash Chander on April 8.

Voting right: stickers to drive home point

To educate electorate on their right to vote and to take the message to every household, the Nalagarh administration has come up with an innovative plan. The administration has decided to paste stickers on wrappers of daily need products, including packaged food, chips, cold drink bottles and even vegetables and fruits, to take this message to every individual and household.

Pak rock band to perform in Shimla

Famous Pakistani rock band “The Raga Boyz” will perform at an evening of pop music to be organised by the North Zone Culture Centre, Patiala and union ministry of culture at Gaiety Theatre on April 16. In a press statement issued here, the director of department of language, art and culture, Arun Sharma.

101-year-old alumnus presides over Mandi school function

The alumni association of Old Bejoi High School (now called Government Vijay Senior Secondary School) observed its foundation day Sunday. A 101-year-old alumnus, Jai Kishan Sharma, presided over the function while eminent advocate Manohar Lal Sharma and deputy director of education Sushil Pundir were the guests of honour of the occasion.

3 children’s homes closed in Mandi

The District Child Protection Committee (DCPC) shut down three children homes at Chaichowk, Pandoh and Karsog areas of the district on Sunday. The action came following the Himachal Pradesh high court orders that these three children homes should either fulfil formalities for registration under the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act or close down.

‘Shimla film fest an added attraction for people’

Governor Urmila Singh has said it was matter of pride not only for Himachal Pradesh but for art lovers too that directors and producers of international and national repute screened their films during the Shimla Film Festival.

BJP complains against Cong leaders for poll code violation

BJP has filed a complaint with the Election Commission against three Congress leaders including Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for violation of Model Code of Conduct.

Two-time BJP MLA from Hamirpur joins Congress

In a jolt to BJP in Himachal Pradesh, its two-time MLA Urmil Thakur from Hamirpur, the home district of former chief minister P K Dhumal, quit the party and joined Congress alongwith her son.
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