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

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Himachal: BRO to build Karcham-Chitkul road along China border

The stretch has sharp turns and the width needs to be increased near Karcham, which houses a1500-MW power project. Chitkul, the highest village in the Baspa Valley at 11,319 feet, is now a tourist destination.

Chitkul, the highest village in the Baspa Valley at 11,319 feet, is now a tourist destination. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will soon start building the 40-km stretch from Karcham-Chitkul via Sangla. (HT file photo)
Published on Jul 15, 2024 04:01 PM IST

Sukhvinder Sukhu stamps authority with decisive win in Himachal bypolls

This electoral success comes in the backdrop of significant pressure that threatened to destabilise the Congress government just four months ago

CM Sukvinder Sukhu spearheaded the Congress for the Himachal bypolls. (File)
Updated on Jul 14, 2024 07:54 AM IST
By, Shimla

CPRI issues advisory as late blight disease threatens potato crops

The disease is favoured by cool, moist weather conditions, making the current weather scenario conducive to its spread

Women farmers harvesting potato crop from their fields at Sissu in Lahaul and Spiti. (HT )
Updated on Jul 13, 2024 09:14 AM IST
By, Shimla

Himachal cabinet scraps free electricity scheme for tax-paying consumers

Opposition dubs move “anti-people”, while adding that the current government has now cited financial constraints as the reason to scrap the scheme.

The move has drawn sharp criticism from the Opposition in the Himachal assembly. (File)
Updated on Jul 13, 2024 09:12 AM IST
By, Shimla

Snow cover in Himachal down by 12.9% this year, study shows

The winter precipitation was mapped in all basins using the AWiFS satellite data having a spatial resolution of 56 m

The state receives winter precipitation in the form of snow at higher altitudes. (HT)
Updated on Jul 13, 2024 09:08 AM IST
By, Shimla

BJP claims Sukhvinder Sukhu link with ED, IT raids in Kangra, Hamirpur, Congress hits back

BJP alleges incriminating documents recovered in raids on Himachal Pradesh CM's confidants. Congress calls it political vendetta before elections.

The ED raids in question were conducted on June 29 and July 4 in Hamirpur and Kangra districts (File)
Updated on Jul 11, 2024 09:30 AM IST
By, Shimla

6 yrs after suspension, Himachal bats for resuming trade with China

Himachal Pradesh urges Centre to lift ban on livestock trade with China via Shipki La after 5-year suspension, impacting local economy.

The annual trade via Himachal’s Shipki La would traditionally begin by June end and continue till November. (HT File)
Updated on Jul 11, 2024 04:23 AM IST
By, Shimla

Hours before Himachal bypolls, Congress, BJP indulge in fresh round of mud-slinging

Hours before bypolls in Dehra, Hamirpur, and Nalagarh, Congress and BJP traded accusations. BJP alleged harassment by govt, while Congress accused BJP of conspiring to topple govt.

BJP’s candidate for the Dehra bypoll Hoshyar Singh (File)
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 07:22 AM IST
By, Shimla

Cheers to change: Women in Himachal’s Tatyana band together against drugs, alcohol abuse

Women from the Tatyana village were the major force behind panchayat’s decision to ban serving liquor at wedding ceremonies and other social gatherings

Women attended panchayat meetings in large numbers to endorse banning alcohol at social gatherings. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 07:20 AM IST
By, Shimla

Weather vagaries upset Himachal’s apple cart

This year, the horticulture department predicts a yield of 2.81 crore boxes of apples from 1.15 lakh hectares of cultivated land

The amount of land under cultivation has been on an increase constantly, but production has been on a decline in recent years. (Deepak Sansta/HT )
Published on Jul 07, 2024 05:22 PM IST
By, Shimla

Himachal bypolls: Parties make last-ditch efforts to woo voters as campaigning nears end

The leaders of both the rival parties – Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party– continued to campaign aggressively to secure win in the forthcoming bypolls

Chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, who canvassed for his wife and Congress candidate in Dehra on Friday, said the present Congress government has announced more than 28,000 government jobs in its tenure of about one and a half years, the recruitment process of which has started. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 06, 2024 05:20 AM IST
By, , Shimla/dharamshala

Year after monsoon mayhem, Himachal still on long road to recovery

Memories of the three-month ordeal are still fresh and even a year on, Himachal has not still fully recovered.

Over 500 lives were lost in the monsoon disaster last year. (File)
Updated on Jul 05, 2024 08:58 PM IST
By, Shimla

Himachal dams filled to the brim with onset of monsoon

This pre-monsoon surge is driven by the intense heat that has accelerated glacier melt, pushing water levels in many dams to precarious thresholds.

Himachal’s Nathpa Dam’s reservoir has reached 1,493 m, a mere 2.5 m below its danger level. (HT File)
Published on Jul 04, 2024 11:50 AM IST
By, Shimla

Shops at Sarchu, Shinku La stir fresh border row between Ladakh and Himachal

Fresh row erupts as businesses from Ladakh set up shops in Himachal's border area. Dispute over Sarchu and Shinku La heightens, with both sides claiming territory. HP govt to raise issue with Ladakh admin and Centre.

Lahaul and Spiti MLA Anuradha Rana and officials removed the shops set up by Ladakh businessmen after an inspection. (Source: X)
Updated on Jul 03, 2024 09:12 AM IST
By, Shimla

Tourists and the growing mountain of trash in Himachal

Manali’s waste treatment plant, can handle 20 to 30 tonne of garbage daily, but receives 70 to 100 tonne

Highways across Himachal, those leading to tourist destinations, are laden with garbage and plastic waste. (HT)
Published on Jul 02, 2024 01:25 PM IST
By, Shimla

Himachal assembly bypolls: Nalagarh headed for three-way battle

BJP rebel Harpreet Singh’s entry spices up contest, which was largely between Congress’ Hardeep Singh Bawa and the saffron party’s KL tThakur

Himachal CM and Congress’ Nalagarh assembly bypoll candidate Hardeep Singh Bawa during a campaigning event. (HT )
Updated on Jul 02, 2024 09:30 AM IST
By, Shimla

File on agri univ VC with govt, some communication gap: Himachal CM Sukhu

Shukla on Thursday went public against state agriculture minister Chander Kumar for blaming Raj Bhavan for delay in the appointment of the vice chancellor at the agriculture university

The governor had on Thursday maintained that he had referred back the bill to the government with comments and it was still pending with the government and blaming the Raj Bhavan for delay in appointment was incorrect. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 29, 2024 08:04 AM IST
By, Shimla

Himachal governor, state government spar over delay in appointment of V-Cs

Himachal governor Shiv Pratap Shukla refuted agriculture minsiter Chander Kumar’s statement over V-Cs’ appointments

Himachal governor Shiv Pratap Shukla (HT File)
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 09:32 AM IST
By, Shimla

Tomatoes deliver juicy returns for Himachal’s Balh Valley growers

Himachal’s Balh valley fetches higher prices at this time since the tomato season in Punjab nears its end in June

Tomato is cultivated in about 1,200 hectares of land in Balh valley between Sundernagar and Mandi, Himachal. (Birbal Sharma/HT)
Updated on Jun 26, 2024 08:50 AM IST
By, Shimla

Kullu tops tourist charts in Himachal

Nearly 15 lakh tourists visited the Kullu district till May, with many heading beyond into the higher ranges of Lahaul and Spiti and even visiting Leh during the summer

Of the 74 lakh tourists visiting Himachal till May, 32,415 were foreigners. (Aqil Khan/HT)
Updated on Jun 25, 2024 08:56 AM IST
By, Shimla

Himachal seeks 9,042 crore disaster relief, funds for border areas during finance commission meet

Himachal CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu urged the finance commission to provide liberal finance assistance to the state for its contributions to the nation

Himachal CM informed the finance commission that the Centre was yet to released <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>9,042 crore needed for last year’s disaster relief. (HT File)
Updated on Jun 25, 2024 08:54 AM IST
By, Shimla

22 made-in-Himachal drug samples fail quality test

The central drug control organisation had drawn samples from across the country in May. It found that 52 samples did not meet the standards, of which 22 were manufactured in Himachal. The state drug controlling authorities have asked the erring industries to call back the stocks of failed samples from the market.

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has once again exposed a grave lapse in pharmaceutical quality control. As many as 22 medicines manufactured in Himachal have failed to meet established quality standards. (Shutterstock/ Representational image)
Updated on Jun 23, 2024 06:40 AM IST
By, Shimla

Himachal assembly bypolls: BJP candidate Thakur files nomination from Nalagarh

Former chief minister Jairam Thakur, former Union minister Anurag Thakur, state BJP president Rajiv Bindal, Lok Sabha member Suresh Kashyap and Rajya Sabha member Sikander Kumar were present at the nomination filing.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate KL Thakur on Thursday filed his nomination papers for the Nalagarh assembly byelections slated for July 10. He will face Congress’ Hardeep Singh Bawa. Former Independent legislator and now BJP candidate, Thakur has been a two-time MLA from Nalagarh. He won in 2012 on the BJP ticket and in 2022 as an Independent. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 06:36 AM IST
By, Shimla

Prolonged heatwave fuels water crisis in Himachal

The persistent high daytime temperatures have significantly depleted perennial water sources across the state. Yesterday, chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu convened a state cabinet meeting to review the worsening water crisis. The discussion centered on finding solutions for Shimla and the low-lying plains also suffering from the intense heat.

People standing in a queue to fill water near Totu, Shimla, on Wednesday. (Deepak Sansta/ HT)
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 05:04 AM IST
By, Shimla

Himachal assembly bypolls: Cong candidate Hardeep Bawa files nomination from Nalagarh

Chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, PCC president Pratibha Singh, deputy chief minister Mukesh Agnihotri, health minister Dhani Ram Shandil and education minister Rohit Thakur were present on the occasion when Congress candidate Hardeep Singh Bawa filed his nomination papers for the Nalagarh seat.

On the fifth day of filing nominations for the Himachal assembly bypolls to be held on July 10, Congress candidate Hardeep Singh Bawa filed his nomination papers for the for Nalagarh seat on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 05:00 AM IST
By, Shimla

Himachal’s scenic passes turn summer hotspots for tourists

Manali and Lahaul-Spiti districts in Himachal Pradesh see a surge in tourism post-Atal Tunnel opening, leading to full hotel occupancy and environmental concerns.

A whopping 74,918 vehicles have crossed the Atal Tunnel in just one week. (HT File)
Updated on Jun 19, 2024 09:26 AM IST
By, Shimla

Tourist influx brings business boom to Shimla

Concerns over traffic congestion, water supply remain as more than five lakh tourist vehicles entered the capital in last two weeks

Tourists taking a stroll on The Ridge, Shimla. (Deepak Sansta/HT)
Updated on Jun 16, 2024 06:36 AM IST
By, Shimla

Sukvinder Sukhu in Delhi to discuss Himachal bypoll picks as BJP names candidates

BJP declared the candidates for the three Himachal bypoll seats, fielding the three independents whose resignation had necessitate the elections

Himachal CM Sukvinder Singh Sukhu (HT File)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 05:02 AM IST
By, Shimla

Ever-expanding Ghepan Ghat glacial lake poses flash flood threat

Long-term satellite imagery covering the Ghepan Ghat glacier in Himachal sets off a warning for glacial lake outburst flood. Satellite imageries reveal that the lake that was formed due to the melting of the Ghepan Ghat glacier in the tribal Lahaul and Spiti district has expanded majorly in the last 25 years.

The ever-expanding glacial lake due to global warming in the Himalayan ranges is posing a grave threat of flash floods downstream the river basins in Himachal Pradesh. (File Photo)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 10:41 PM IST
By, Shimla

Six newly elected MLAs take oath in Himachal

Chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, deputy chief minister Mukesh Agnihotri, leader of Opposition Jai Ram Thakur, ministers and members of the Vidhan Sabha attended the oath ceremony held at the Vidhan Sabha library

Himachal CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 13, 2024 05:36 AM IST
By, Shimla
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