Gaurav Bisht

Gaurav Bisht

Gaurav Bisht heads Hindustan Times’ Himachal bureau. He covers politics in the hill state and other issues concerning the masses.

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HP chief minister Jai Ram Thakur addressing during the budget session of the state assembly in Shimla on Tuesday. (ANI)
HP chief minister Jai Ram Thakur addressing during the budget session of the state assembly in Shimla on Tuesday. (ANI)

Barbs fly in HP House over suspension of 5 Cong MLAs

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 01:39 AM IST
Himachal Pradesh assembly on Tuesday saw the members of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and opposition Congress trading barbs over the suspension of five legislators, including leader of opposition Mukesh Agnihotri
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The state on Monday recorded 132 new infections taking the state’s tally to 58,777 while the death toll reached 983 after one more patient succumbed to the contagion. (HT File)
The state on Monday recorded 132 new infections taking the state’s tally to 58,777 while the death toll reached 983 after one more patient succumbed to the contagion. (HT File)

Covid infections in Himachal see 168% increase in a week

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 01:18 AM IST
Coronavirus cases in Himachal, which had plateaued out in January, have registered a steep increase yet again with as many as 389 new infections being recorded in the last week of the February and on the first day of March, an increase of 168
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The septuagenarian, who has been a farmer and an English teacher at a private college, is seen as the common man’s representative. (HT Photo)
The septuagenarian, who has been a farmer and an English teacher at a private college, is seen as the common man’s representative. (HT Photo)

Ahead of MC polls in Himachal, BJP attempts to mend fences with Dhumal

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 12:51 AM IST
In the run up to municipal corporation elections in Dharamshala, Solan, Mandi and Palampur, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has started reaching out to hitherto sidelined leaders, including former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and his supporters
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Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur trying to clear the way for governor Bandara Dattatreya’s car after Congress legislators blocked his exit from the Himachal Pradesh assembly in Shimla on Friday. (Deepak Sansta/HT)
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur trying to clear the way for governor Bandara Dattatreya’s car after Congress legislators blocked his exit from the Himachal Pradesh assembly in Shimla on Friday. (Deepak Sansta/HT)

HP assembly session off to stormy start, 5 Cong MLAs suspended

UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 03:53 PM IST
Leader of opposition Mukesh Agnihotri among the five Congress members suspended for the entire budget session after gherao of governor
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As many as 301 cases were registered in Shimla district and 229 in Mandi, while 221 cases were registered in Kullu and 206 in the police district of Baddi. (HT File)
As many as 301 cases were registered in Shimla district and 229 in Mandi, while 221 cases were registered in Kullu and 206 in the police district of Baddi. (HT File)

Year on, demand to cancel cases against Covid-19 guideline violators in HP

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 05:19 PM IST
Though the BJP government is undecided, the issue is likely to come up in the budget session of the assembly, beginning on Friday
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Security personnel standing outside the gate of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha in Shimla on Wednesday. (Deepak Sansta/HT)
Security personnel standing outside the gate of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha in Shimla on Wednesday. (Deepak Sansta/HT)

Cong gears up to corner Jai Ram govt in HP budget session

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:20 AM IST
The Vidhan Sabha is reassembling after seven months as the winter session, which was slated for December 7, was called off due to the surge in Covid cases.
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The chief minister Jai Ram Thakur-led cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval for making amendments to the Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 and Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Elections Rules, 2012. (HT FILE)
The chief minister Jai Ram Thakur-led cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval for making amendments to the Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 and Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Elections Rules, 2012. (HT FILE)

Himachal cabinet gives nod for holding MC polls on party symbols

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 09:58 PM IST
The Himachal Pradesh cabinet gave nod to hold municipal corporation elections on party symbols
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The Himachal Pradesh urban development ministry will move a proposal to amend the rules for holding the elections for the four MCs. (HT file photo)
The Himachal Pradesh urban development ministry will move a proposal to amend the rules for holding the elections for the four MCs. (HT file photo)

MC elections to be held on party symbol in Himachal

PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 03:16 PM IST
Proposal to amend rules for municipal corporation elections in Mandi, Palampur, Solan and Dhramshala next month
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The 18th century British-era building, formerly known as Viceregal Lodge, that houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) in Shimla . (HT file photo)
The 18th century British-era building, formerly known as Viceregal Lodge, that houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) in Shimla . (HT file photo)

Post-Covid, Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla opens doors for tourists

PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 11:47 AM IST
Nearly 2 lakh tourists visited the British-era 18th century building, formerly known as Viceregal Lodge, every year before the lockdown
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A woman harvesting ginger crop in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Monday. While ginger is also cultivated in Solan district, growing the spice is the mainstay of 600 families in Sirmaur with most of the produce coming from Nahan, Paonta Sahib, Pachhad, Rajgarh, Sangrah and Shillai. (HT Photo)
A woman harvesting ginger crop in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Monday. While ginger is also cultivated in Solan district, growing the spice is the mainstay of 600 families in Sirmaur with most of the produce coming from Nahan, Paonta Sahib, Pachhad, Rajgarh, Sangrah and Shillai. (HT Photo)

Himachal’s ginger to boost Delhi’s immunity

PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 04:17 PM IST
State govt draws up plan to support growers in Sirmaur district and supply spice to NCR before branching out to other metros
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Muskan, 21, is the youngest person to be elected as zila parishad chairperson from Bilaspur district. (HT Photo)
Muskan, 21, is the youngest person to be elected as zila parishad chairperson from Bilaspur district. (HT Photo)

With 68% under 40, young blood ready to take on grassroots governance in Himachal

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2021 06:20 PM IST
In the recently held Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) polls in the hill state, more than 68% of the representatives elected to zila parishads, block development committees, panchayats and urban bodies are below the age of 40 years.
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Hotels in Spiti valley will open in the second week of April once the valley tides over the water scarcity due to sub-zero temperatures after heavy snowfall this season. (HT Photo)
Hotels in Spiti valley will open in the second week of April once the valley tides over the water scarcity due to sub-zero temperatures after heavy snowfall this season. (HT Photo)

320 homestays in HP’s Spiti open doors for tourists from Feb 17

UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2021 04:53 PM IST
Hotels will function from April as they are facing water scarcity due to sub-zero temperatures, heavy snow spells
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February and March are the mating season of the snow leopard. Traffic through these landscapes not only disturbs its natural habitat but also affects the procreation of the vulnerable species. (HT file photo)
February and March are the mating season of the snow leopard. Traffic through these landscapes not only disturbs its natural habitat but also affects the procreation of the vulnerable species. (HT file photo)

Spiti puts brakes on car rallies in snow leopard habitat

UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2021 04:26 PM IST
Bid to protect natural habitat of vulnerable wildlife species that come to lower elevation in Himachal Pradesh during winter
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Members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) during a rescue operation after a broken glacier caused a major river surge that swept away bridges and roads at a tunnel near Tapovan dam in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand on Sunday. (AFP)
Members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) during a rescue operation after a broken glacier caused a major river surge that swept away bridges and roads at a tunnel near Tapovan dam in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand on Sunday. (AFP)

Villagers in Himachal’s tribal areas pass resolutions against dam

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2021 09:32 PM IST
  • All villages plan to pass resolutions against hydel projects and send them to the Governor and the President of India.
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Studies have revealed that rapidly melting glaciers have led to the formation of numerous lakes in the basins of perennial Himalayan rivers, including Sutlej, Chenab , Beas and Ravi and their tributaries, over the last five years and that the number of lakes has been increasing at an alarming rate (Reuters File Photo)
Studies have revealed that rapidly melting glaciers have led to the formation of numerous lakes in the basins of perennial Himalayan rivers, including Sutlej, Chenab , Beas and Ravi and their tributaries, over the last five years and that the number of lakes has been increasing at an alarming rate (Reuters File Photo)

With 1,600 glacial lakes, Himachal at flood risk

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 06:26 PM IST
There has been a 32% increase in lakes in the Chenab basin, 94% increase in the Ravi basin and 97% increase in the Sutlej basin while there has been a 36% drop in lakes in the Beas basin
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Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur presiding over the cabinet meeting in Shimla on Friday. Agriculture minister Virender Kanwar, transport minister Bikram Singh, food and civil supply minister Rajender Garg and education minister Govind Singh joined in virtually. (HT Photo)
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur presiding over the cabinet meeting in Shimla on Friday. Agriculture minister Virender Kanwar, transport minister Bikram Singh, food and civil supply minister Rajender Garg and education minister Govind Singh joined in virtually. (HT Photo)

HP cabinet decisions: Budget session to be held from Feb 26 to March 20

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 07:56 PM IST
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur will present the budget on March 6; schools for Classes 6 and 7 to reopen on February 15 Key decisionsCM Jai Ram Thakur to present budget on March 6Schools to reopen for Classes 6 and 7 from February 15Students to be provided dry ration as mid-day meals suspended till March 31.Right of Way Policy, 2021 draft to be notified to boost investment in the telecom sectorWater Sports and Allied Activities Draft Rules, 2021 and Himachal Pradesh Miscellaneous Adventure Activities (Amendment) Rules, 2021 notified to make adventure sports safer150 various posts to be filled up in public works department Key decisions
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The newly opened Aam Aadmi Party office in Shimla. AAP leaders believe they stand a chance in the hill state as the BJP has failed to live up to the expectations of people in Himachal Pradesh, while the state Congress faces a leadership crisis. (Deepak Sansta/HT)
The newly opened Aam Aadmi Party office in Shimla. AAP leaders believe they stand a chance in the hill state as the BJP has failed to live up to the expectations of people in Himachal Pradesh, while the state Congress faces a leadership crisis. (Deepak Sansta/HT)

AAP seeks to gain foothold in Himachal with 2022 elections

PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 02:04 PM IST
The Aam Aadmi Party opened its office in Shimla on Sunday and announced it would contest all 68 seats
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Teachers conducting thermal screening at a school in Mandi on Monday, 10 months after educational institutions were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (HT Photo)
Teachers conducting thermal screening at a school in Mandi on Monday, 10 months after educational institutions were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (HT Photo)

Himachal ramps up testing after 60 teachers test positive for Covid-19 in three days

PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 01:50 PM IST
The state health department has made it mandatory for government teachers to undergo the coronavirus test before reporting for duty as schools reopened on February 1
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The study found feral dogs feed on species such as marmot, blue sheep and rodents, but their main diet is domestic livestock. (HT Photo)
The study found feral dogs feed on species such as marmot, blue sheep and rodents, but their main diet is domestic livestock. (HT Photo)

Feral dogs in HP’s high-altitude areas pose threat to wildlife, livestock

UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2021 04:28 PM IST
Himachal’s forest department survey finds the problem acute in Spiti; such dogs are reported to be leading to biodiversity loss and competing with large carnivores such as the snow leopard
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BJP state chief Suresh Kashyap, Union minister of state for finance Anurag Thakur, chief minister Jai Ram Thakur,   BJP national president JP Nadda, governor Bandaru Dattatreya during the statehood day event on the Ridge in Shimla on Monday. (Deepak Sansta / HT)
BJP state chief Suresh Kashyap, Union minister of state for finance Anurag Thakur, chief minister Jai Ram Thakur,   BJP national president JP Nadda, governor Bandaru Dattatreya during the statehood day event on the Ridge in Shimla on Monday. (Deepak Sansta / HT)

Himachal on road to progress from model to number 1 state: Nadda

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 06:36 PM IST
BJP president JP Nadda on Monday said that Himachal Pradesh has come a long way in 50 years and he is confident the state will continue its journey of progress to emerge as the number 1 state by its 75th anniversary
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HP to develop remote India-China border areas after youth exodus

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 10:52 PM IST
The Centre allocated Rs 17 crore this fiscal for development of such regions
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Snowfall and New Year festivities have led to a record tourist surge in Himachal after a dull 2020 due to Covid-19.(HT Files)
Snowfall and New Year festivities have led to a record tourist surge in Himachal after a dull 2020 due to Covid-19.(HT Files)

HP steps up Covid testing after tourist surge

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 05:50 PM IST
Though hotel occupancy has gone up to 75%, a welcome change from 15% last year when the Covid-19 lockdown hit the industry hard, the visitor influx raises concerns about an infection spike
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PRI polls: 9 of 13 panchayats in Spiti choose village heads through consensus

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:49 PM IST
The polling for panchayats in Spiti is slated for January 17.
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seven members of the gang, including two women, have been arrested so far.(Representational image)
seven members of the gang, including two women, have been arrested so far.(Representational image)

Honey trap gang busted in Kullu was active for 15 years

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 04:23 PM IST
37-year-old woman, who was the kingpin of the seven-member gang that targeted affluent people, was among those arrested last month.
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Lahaul and Spiti district has the toughest terrain in the region and remains cut off for six months due to snowfall on the Rohtang Pass, which literally means built on piles of bodies in the local Bhoti dialect.(HT Photo)
Lahaul and Spiti district has the toughest terrain in the region and remains cut off for six months due to snowfall on the Rohtang Pass, which literally means built on piles of bodies in the local Bhoti dialect.(HT Photo)

Atal Tunnel reverses winter migration from Lahaul-Spiti

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 12:06 AM IST
Survey finds all-weather connectivity has brought down winter migration from 70% to 30% from snowbound tribal district of Himachal Pradesh
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The fake degree scam was unearthed in February this year after the University Grants Commission (UGC) received an anonymous complaint about the alleged sale of more than five lakh degrees by two private universities in HP, MBU in Solan and APG in Shimla(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The fake degree scam was unearthed in February this year after the University Grants Commission (UGC) received an anonymous complaint about the alleged sale of more than five lakh degrees by two private universities in HP, MBU in Solan and APG in Shimla(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Private university in HP sold 45,000 fake degrees, reveals SIT probe

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 06:56 PM IST
Each degree related to technical subjects was sold to students within and outside Himachal Pradesh for 1 lakh to 3 lakh, says crime investigation department official
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About 50.91% people in Himachal Pradesh have reported feeling anxious and the depressed after watching and the reading Covid-related content.(Getty Images/iStockphoto/For representation)
About 50.91% people in Himachal Pradesh have reported feeling anxious and the depressed after watching and the reading Covid-related content.(Getty Images/iStockphoto/For representation)

Worry over finances after Covid outbreak impacting mental health in HP: Survey

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 07:36 PM IST
Government employees were relatively secure about their finances, but workers in private enterprises and the self-employed faced loss of income, leading to the anxiety and depression
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BJP, Congress draw strategies for panchayat polls in Himachal

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 07:16 PM IST
Though the polls are held without using party symbols, political parties view control over gram panchayats as building blocks to consolidate their power.
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Police officer from anti-human trafficking cell of Haryana Police with the woman in Shimla onSaturday.(Deepak Sansta/HT)
Police officer from anti-human trafficking cell of Haryana Police with the woman in Shimla onSaturday.(Deepak Sansta/HT)

West Bengal woman reunited with family after four years

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 04:55 PM IST
Haryana Police anti-trafficking cell helps trace woman to Nari Niketan at Mashobra
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50% of Himachalis feel depressed by consuming Covid content: Survey

By Gaurav Bisht | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 08:45 PM IST
Respondents were asked to answer nine questions such as whether they had lost their job due to the pandemic and if they had experienced suicidal thoughts or suicidal tendencies during the pandemic.
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