Naresh K Thakur

Naresh K Thakur is a staff reporter in Hindustan Times’ Himachal bureau. Based at Dharamshala, he covers Tibetan affairs, local politics and environmental issues.

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HP Police recruitment paper leak: Interstate gang behind paper leak, SIT expands probe

With the mastermind of the constable recruitment paper leak still on the run, the special investigation team has directed superintendents of police of all districts to interrogate candidates who scored over 65 marks in the qualifying examination.
Around 500 candidates have already been interrogated, and 20 people, including the applicants, their parents and agents of the gang who brokered the deals, have been arrested so far. (HT PHOTO )
Around 500 candidates have already been interrogated, and 20 people, including the applicants, their parents and agents of the gang who brokered the deals, have been arrested so far. (HT PHOTO )
Published on May 17, 2022 02:28 AM IST
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ByGaurav Bisht/Naresh K Thakur, Shimla/dharamshala

At 30°C, Shimla sees hottest day of season

Una sizzled at 44 degrees and was hottest in Himachal, while Bilaspur saw the maximum temperature of 39.2 degrees Celsius
Tourists take a stroll on a hot sunny day on The Ridge in Shimla on Sunday. (Deepak Sansta/Hindustan Times)
Tourists take a stroll on a hot sunny day on The Ridge in Shimla on Sunday. (Deepak Sansta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 16, 2022 04:10 AM IST
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By, Dharamshala

Nadda holds rally in Kullu, third Himachal visit in over a month

BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda, who is visiting poll-bound Himachal for the third time this month, held a roadshow in Kullu
BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda, who is visiting the poll-bound state for the third time this month, held a roadshow in Hiamchal’s Kullu. (PTI)
BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda, who is visiting the poll-bound state for the third time this month, held a roadshow in Hiamchal’s Kullu. (PTI)
Published on May 14, 2022 01:49 AM IST
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By, Dharamshala

Punjab man held for putting up Khalistan flags at Himachal assembly

Accused caught in Morinda, efforts on to arrest his accomplice for putting up Khalistan flags at Vidhan Sabha gate near Dharamshala on May 8
Khalistan flags were put up and graffiti esd scrawled at the Vidhan Sabha complex gate at Tapovan near Dharamshala on May 8. (HT file photo)
Khalistan flags were put up and graffiti esd scrawled at the Vidhan Sabha complex gate at Tapovan near Dharamshala on May 8. (HT file photo)
Published on May 11, 2022 01:12 PM IST
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Himachal on high alert after Khalistan flag hoisting at Vidhan Sabha gate

In a circular issued late on Sunday, Himachal DGP Sanjay Kundu had said the alert has been issued in the wake of activities of Khalistani elements in neighbouring states and the hoisting of Khalistan flag at HP Vidhan Sabha gate
Khalistan flags tied on the main gate of the Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly complex at Dharamshala in Kangra. (HT Photo)
Khalistan flags tied on the main gate of the Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly complex at Dharamshala in Kangra. (HT Photo)
Published on May 10, 2022 04:47 AM IST
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By, Dharamshala

Khalistan flags hung at entrance of Himachal assembly, probe ordered

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday ordered a probe into an incident in which Khalistan flags were found put up and slogans scrawled on the walls of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly entrance.
Congress MLA Vikramaditya Singh and party supporters protest against the incident in Kangra on Sunday. (ANI)
Congress MLA Vikramaditya Singh and party supporters protest against the incident in Kangra on Sunday. (ANI)
Published on May 09, 2022 12:22 AM IST
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By, Dharamshala

Khalistan flags hung at HP assembly gate, SIT formed

Banned pro-Khalistan outfit, Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), has claimed responsibility for hanging flags, scribbling separatist slogans on the HP assembly; HP CM condemns the incident as a cowardly act
Khalistan flags were found tied to the main gate and separatist slogans scrawled on the boundary walls of the HP Legislative Assembly complex near Dharamshala on May 8. (HT PHOTO)
Khalistan flags were found tied to the main gate and separatist slogans scrawled on the boundary walls of the HP Legislative Assembly complex near Dharamshala on May 8. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 08, 2022 11:27 PM IST
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‘If they had guts…’: Himachal CM on Khalistan flags, graffiti at assembly gate

The Himachal Pradesh Police set up 7-member special investigation team (SIT) to probe the case. The team will be led by DIG (intelligence) Santosh Patial
Khalistan flags were found tied on the main gate and slogans scrawled on the walls of the Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly complex at Dharamshala in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh (HT Photo)
Khalistan flags were found tied on the main gate and slogans scrawled on the walls of the Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly complex at Dharamshala in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh (HT Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2022 09:24 PM IST
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Himachal Pradesh govt cancels police constable recruitment exam

Special investigation team (SIT) led by deputy inspector general of police Madhusudan will probe the paper leak, while three candidates and a private institute employee have been arrested; exam to be conducted again by May-end
As many as 75,803 candidates had appeared in the hour-long exam held at 81 centres across 11 districts of Himachal Pradesh to recruit 1,700 constables on March 27, the result of which was declared on April 5. (HT file photo)
As many as 75,803 candidates had appeared in the hour-long exam held at 81 centres across 11 districts of Himachal Pradesh to recruit 1,700 constables on March 27, the result of which was declared on April 5. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 06, 2022 05:02 PM IST
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ByGaurav Bisht and Naresh K Thakur

Himachal CM attempts to woo pensioners; 280 crore transferred to 6.35 lakh beneficiaries

Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur Thakur said that the enhanced social security pensions for April, May and June have been directly transferred to accounts of beneficiaries
Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur (centre) during the social security pension disbursal event at Shahpur in Kangra on Monday (HT Photo)
Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur (centre) during the social security pension disbursal event at Shahpur in Kangra on Monday (HT Photo)
Published on May 03, 2022 01:57 AM IST
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By, Dharamshala

Himachal sees 89% deficit rainfall in April, poorest in 15 years

Previously, Himachal had witnessed 86% rain deficit in April 2007; state got only 7.3mm rainfall this April against a normal of 65.7mm
Tourists take a stroll on a hot sunny day on The Ridge in Shimla on Saturday. (Deepak Sansta/HT)
Tourists take a stroll on a hot sunny day on The Ridge in Shimla on Saturday. (Deepak Sansta/HT)
Published on May 01, 2022 02:25 AM IST
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BJP scared of AAP, announcing sops in Himachal: Arvind Kejriwal

All the problem Himachal Pradesh faces today was due to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday as he sought one chance from the people of Himachal to set things right.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal speaks during a public rally in Chambi in Kangra district of Himachal on Saturday, April 23, 2022. (PTI)
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal speaks during a public rally in Chambi in Kangra district of Himachal on Saturday, April 23, 2022. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 24, 2022 02:14 AM IST
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By, Dharamshala

BJP chief Nadda leads roadshow in Kangra for Mission Repeat

In second visit to home state in less than a fortnight, Nadda’s visit comes on eve of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal’s rally at Shahpur in Kangra district
BJP national president JP Nadda is on a two-day visit to Himachal Pradesh from Friday during which he is attending a roadshow and rally in Nagrota Bagwan in the politically significant Kangra district. (HT file photo)
BJP national president JP Nadda is on a two-day visit to Himachal Pradesh from Friday during which he is attending a roadshow and rally in Nagrota Bagwan in the politically significant Kangra district. (HT file photo)
Published on Apr 22, 2022 01:01 PM IST
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Himachal assembly polls: Kangra turns battleground for BJP, AAP

BJP national chief JP Nadda to address public meeting in Kangra district a day before Kejriwal’s rally; Congress marred by factionalism
BJP national president JP Nadda will attend a public meeting at Nagrota Bhawan on April 22 to blow the poll bugle in Kangra district. (PTI)
BJP national president JP Nadda will attend a public meeting at Nagrota Bhawan on April 22 to blow the poll bugle in Kangra district. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 18, 2022 11:27 AM IST
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ByGaurav Bisht/Naresh K Thakur, Shimla/dharamshala

Now, AAP turns gaze to Kangra, Kejriwal to hold rally on April 23

Betting big on Himachal after its spectacular show in Punjab, AAP has now turned its focus to politically significant Kangra. Kejriwal will address a rally in Kangra on April 23
To launch its campaign, AAP’s national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will address a rally in Kangra on April 23. (ANI File Photo)
To launch its campaign, AAP’s national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will address a rally in Kangra on April 23. (ANI File Photo)
Published on Apr 14, 2022 02:22 AM IST
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By, Dharamshala

After Delhi, Punjab, it’s Himachal’s turn to see a revolution: Kejriwal

Accompanied by Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, Delhi CM sounds poll bugle as Aam Aadmi Party begins campaign in hill state
AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Maan during roadshow in Mandi on Wednesday (Birbal Sharma/HT)
AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Maan during roadshow in Mandi on Wednesday (Birbal Sharma/HT)
Updated on Apr 07, 2022 06:01 AM IST
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AAP launches election campaign with roadshow in Himachal Pradesh

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab counterpart, Bhagwant Mann, on Wednesday kick started AAP’s election campaign in Himachal Pradesh with a massive roadshow in Mandi district.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann at the roadshow in Mandi on Wednesday. (AAP/Twitter)
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann at the roadshow in Mandi on Wednesday. (AAP/Twitter)
Updated on Apr 07, 2022 12:11 AM IST
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AAP takes the first leap, creates buzz in hill state

Himachal is set to go to the polls at the end of this year. The AAP has also announced to contest the Shimla municipal corporation election, the schedule for which is expected soon
Accompanied by Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann, AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal led the roadshow ‘Tiranga Yatra’ that covered less than a kilometre from the historic Victoria Bridge to the Seri Manch in the heart of Mandi, where it converged into a public meeting.
Accompanied by Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann, AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal led the roadshow ‘Tiranga Yatra’ that covered less than a kilometre from the historic Victoria Bridge to the Seri Manch in the heart of Mandi, where it converged into a public meeting.
Published on Apr 06, 2022 11:58 PM IST
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After Delhi, Punjab, it’s Himachal’s turn to bring in revolution: AAP chief Kejriwal

Accompanied by Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, Delhi chief minister sounds poll bugle as Aam Aadmi Party begins assembly campaign
Aam Aadmi Party national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann during the AAP roadshow from Victoria Bridge to Seri Manch in Mandi on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Aam Aadmi Party national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann during the AAP roadshow from Victoria Bridge to Seri Manch in Mandi on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 06, 2022 05:09 PM IST
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Himachal records birth of first sexed semen calf

Himachal Pradesh on Monday achieved a rare feat as the state recorded the first female calf birth using the sexed semen (gender selected) technique
The birth of the sexed semen calf has been reported by Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture (HPAU), Palampur. The HPAU introduced the technique in April last year after. (HT File Photo/ Representational image)
The birth of the sexed semen calf has been reported by Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture (HPAU), Palampur. The HPAU introduced the technique in April last year after. (HT File Photo/ Representational image)
Updated on Apr 05, 2022 03:21 AM IST
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By, Dharamshala

Lift ban on paragliding, Bir hoteliers urge government

As their business is suffering, hoteliers in Bir hoteliers have urged the state government and the district administration to lift the ban on paragliding
Paragliding at Bir-Billing, one of the best sites in the world for aero sport, was banned on March 8 after two people, a tourist and a local pilot, were killed in a paraglider crash. Facing losses, hoteliers have urged the government to lift the ban on paragliding. (HT Photo)
Paragliding at Bir-Billing, one of the best sites in the world for aero sport, was banned on March 8 after two people, a tourist and a local pilot, were killed in a paraglider crash. Facing losses, hoteliers have urged the government to lift the ban on paragliding. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 30, 2022 01:54 AM IST
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With 60% hotel occupancy, tourism picks up pace in Himachal after 2 years

Hospitality industry in Himachal is hoping for a recovery this year as the tourism has started to pick up slowly. Resumption of flights without restrictions has raised hopes of hotel industry for a good season
Tourist hotspots in Himachal are witnessing a good rush on weekends and occupancy is hitting 60%, primarily in budget hotels. Tourism in the hill state has started to pick up slowly as the summer heat sweeps across the plains. (Deepak Sansta/ HT)
Tourist hotspots in Himachal are witnessing a good rush on weekends and occupancy is hitting 60%, primarily in budget hotels. Tourism in the hill state has started to pick up slowly as the summer heat sweeps across the plains. (Deepak Sansta/ HT)
Published on Mar 28, 2022 01:39 AM IST
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Lahaul-Spiti hosts India’s 1st snow marathon

The first-ever snow marathon was held at Sissu near the north portal of the Atal Tunnel, Rohtang in Lahaul-Spiti on Saturday which also marked the end of month-long snow festival in the tribal district
The snow marathon was held at Sissu near the north portal of the Atal Tunnel, Rohtang in Lahaul-Spiti on Saturday. (HT Photo)
The snow marathon was held at Sissu near the north portal of the Atal Tunnel, Rohtang in Lahaul-Spiti on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 27, 2022 02:41 AM IST
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Kangra police advise trekkers in Himachal to avoid taking risks

As tourists from all over the country flock Himachal Pradesh, the Kangra police have advised hikers to avoid misadventures during trekking expeditions
Kangra police have advised trekkers in Himachal to follow prescribed routes, avoid short-cuts and trek in the day time only. (Shutterstock)
Kangra police have advised trekkers in Himachal to follow prescribed routes, avoid short-cuts and trek in the day time only. (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 24, 2022 01:48 AM IST
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Himachal: Paragliding at Bir- Billing comes under scanner amid frequent accidents

With recent accidents putting a question mark on the safety of paraglider pilots and tourists at Bir-Billing in Himachal Pradesh, the Kangra district administration is planning to strictly implement rules to regulate the adventure activity
More than two dozen paraglider crashes have occurred in Bir-Billing, Dharamshala, Mandi and Manali, in which at least 12 people, including tourists and foreign nationals, have been killed.
More than two dozen paraglider crashes have occurred in Bir-Billing, Dharamshala, Mandi and Manali, in which at least 12 people, including tourists and foreign nationals, have been killed.
Published on Mar 23, 2022 01:24 AM IST
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Ahead of assembly polls in HP, AAP looking to poach Congress and BJP leaders

Buoyant over its spectacular performance in the assembly elections in the neighbouring Punjab , Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is keen to poach Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress leaders in Himachal Pradesh
Delhi chief minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann will hold their maiden roadshow in HP’s Mandi on April 6. (HT File)
Delhi chief minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann will hold their maiden roadshow in HP’s Mandi on April 6. (HT File)
Published on Mar 23, 2022 01:22 AM IST
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ByGaurav Bisht/Naresh K Thakur, Shimla/dharamshala

Himachal: Magisterial probe marked into Billing paragliding accident

Baijnath subdivisional magistrate will conduct the inquiry and submit the report within a week, Kangra deputy commissioner Nipun Jindal said on Wednesday
The accident had claimed lives of Akash Aggarwal, a 31-year-old tourist from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, and Rakesh Kumar, 29, a resident of Bir village, who was assisting the pilot in taking off. (Aqil Khan/ HT File Photo)
The accident had claimed lives of Akash Aggarwal, a 31-year-old tourist from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, and Rakesh Kumar, 29, a resident of Bir village, who was assisting the pilot in taking off. (Aqil Khan/ HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 09, 2022 10:57 PM IST
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Himachal’s first woman ambulance pilot saving lives and driving change

Meet Nancy Katnoria, the 22-year-old from Hamirpur, who became the first woman in Himachal to pilot the 102-ambulance, an emergency response service for pregnant women, newborn babies and their mothers under Janani Sishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK). She is also the country’s second woman to don this hat.
HIMACHAL’s FIRST: Nancy Katnoria, 22, was passionate about driving since her childhood. Now, I can use my skill to save lives, says the Hamirpur girl. (HT Photo)
HIMACHAL’s FIRST: Nancy Katnoria, 22, was passionate about driving since her childhood. Now, I can use my skill to save lives, says the Hamirpur girl. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 08, 2022 02:15 AM IST
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Himachal aims GI tag for Chamba ‘thaal’, Salooni maize

Two items in Himachal’s list for which the administration is aiming to get a GI tag are Chamba “thaal”, handmade embossed metal craft, and maize varieties grown in the Salooni area of the district
Chamba deputy commissioner DC Rana said that the district administration was working with the Himachal Pradesh Council for Science, Technology and Environment on preparing a proposal to get a GI tag for Chamba “thaal”. (HT Photo)
Chamba deputy commissioner DC Rana said that the district administration was working with the Himachal Pradesh Council for Science, Technology and Environment on preparing a proposal to get a GI tag for Chamba “thaal”. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 02, 2022 01:24 AM IST
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Five stores reduced to ashes in Dalhousie fire

Fire that broke out in Gandhi Chowk Market of the hill station around 3am was brought under control after two hours
The fire that broke out at the Gandhi Chowk market in Dalhousie early on Monday gutted five khadi bhandar stores. (HT Photo)
The fire that broke out at the Gandhi Chowk market in Dalhousie early on Monday gutted five khadi bhandar stores. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2022 02:31 AM IST
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