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.

Articles by Naresh K Thakur

Winter-like chill grips Himachal as day temperature stays 10-20°C below normal

Himachal Pradesh experienced winter-like chill in peak summers with day temperatures staying 10 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius below normal as relentless rains lash the hill state on Wednesday. The sky remained overcast throughout the state and strong winds accompanied by heavy rains swept across the region.

People walk with umbrellas during rain in Shimla on Wednesday. Winter-like chill gripped Himachal. (Deepak Sansta /HT)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 12:16 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Himachal: Woollens in May as rain brings down mercury in hill state

Shimla records coldest night in 14 years at 9.9°C, Nahan, otherwise among hottest towns of the state, records maximum drop of 6.5°C

The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast the wet spell to last in Himachal Pradesh till June 4. An orange alert has been issued for thunderstorm, lightning, hailstorm and gusty winds of 40kmph. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 30, 2023 02:39 PM IST

Focus now on retrieving 9k cr deposited with Centre as New Pension Scheme share: Himachal CM Sukhu

Himachal CM Sukhvinder Sukhu said the state was well within its rights to ask the Centre for the money deposited under New Pension Scheme at an event in Dharamshala

Himachal CM Sukhvinder Sukhu and deputy CM Mukesh Agnihotri. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2023 11:47 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Himachal: Devotee donates 8 lakh in 2,000 notes at Jawalaji Temple

When the temple authorities counted the offerings on May 21, they found four bundles of 100 notes each of ₹2,000 each, which indicates the donation was made by a single person

A day after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced the withdrawal of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,000 banknotes from circulation, the authorities at Jawalaji Temple in Kangra district found 400 notes of the denomination in its donation box. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 23, 2023 06:32 PM IST
By, Dharamshala

Yol can’t?: Month on, move to dissolve cantonment has residents divided

Piling garbage is one the many problems plaguing Yol, Dharamshala, which have residents question whether the city can find its footing as s non-cantonment town

A pile of garbage lying roadside at Yol, Dharamshala. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2023 01:00 AM IST
By, Dharmshala

Girls dominate merit list of Himachal board Class 12 exams

Of the 49 students in the joint merit list, 37 are girls; the overall pass percentage of the Class 12 exams is 79.4%

HT Image
Updated on May 21, 2023 01:15 AM IST

Girls outshine boys in HP Board Class 12 results

HP Board 12th Result 2023: Most of the students who made it to the list of top 10 are girls.

HPBOSE Class 12 result 2023: Girls outshine boys in all streams (Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO/For representation)
Updated on May 20, 2023 01:50 PM IST

Five tunnels on the Kiratpur-Manali highway set to be thrown open for trial runs

As many as 10 tunnels are being constructed between Pandoh to Aut in Mandi district as part of the project; five of them, between Hanogi to Jhalog, meanwhile, have been completed

A completed tunnel on the Kiratpur-Manali highway. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2023 11:41 AM IST
By, Dharmashala

Preparations in full swing as IPL returns to Dharamshala after 10 yrs

The first IPL match at Dharamshala this year, scheduled for Wednesday, will have the Punjab Kings take on the Delhi Capitals.

Players practising at the Dharamshala International Cricket Stadium ahead of their IPL encounter. (HT File)
Updated on May 17, 2023 12:28 PM IST
By, Dharamshala

Himachal Pradesh sees coldest May in 36 years

Higher reaches witnessed subzero temperatures, Shimla, Manali, Kalpa, Dharamshala, Una & Palampur record lowest day & night temperatures

A thick layer of snow covered a vehicle after a fresh snowfall in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on May 10, 2023 11:31 PM IST
By, Dharamshala

Coldest May reported in Himachal Pradesh after 36 years, reveals IMD data

The state witnessed below normal minimum and maximum temperatures during these days and the last time mercury plunged this low in May was during 1987

The minimum temperature in Dharamshala on May 1 and 8 was recorded 8.4°C. (ANI photo)
Updated on May 10, 2023 03:04 PM IST

Snowfall in Himachal: Tourists rescued, stranded vehicles moved to safer areas

Ten tourists rescued in Lahaul-Spiti and Kullu districts, while 500 vehicles were stranded between Rohtang and Dhundi after snowfall made roads slippery

More than 500 vehicles were stranded between Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, and Dhundi in Himachal Pradesh after snowfall on Monday night. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 09, 2023 02:27 PM IST

Rajouri encounter: Kangra bids tearful adieu to braveheart Arvind Kumar

Chief parliamentary secretary Ashish Butail, Sulah legislator Vipin Singh Parmar, chairperson of HP Agriculture Development Bank Sanjay Chauhan were among the people who paid their homage to the braveheart

Wife of Lance Naik Arvind Kumar receives the Tricolour during his funeral on Sunday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2023 11:41 PM IST
By, Dharamshala

Despite crackdown, illegal sand mining continues unabated in Himachal Pradesh

The situation in the border areas of Kangra district and Sirmaur district is graver as jurisdiction conflicts are common due to un-demarcated boundaries. There have been instances of the mining mafia attacking government officers on inspection to check illegal activities

Illegal mining is so rampant that it causes extensive damage to public and private property. In 2022, the British-era Chakki railway bridge collapsed due to rampant mining upstream by the mafia. The highway bridge was also damaged in the floods. (HT File)
Updated on May 07, 2023 02:51 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Sun takes a rain check during Himachal’s second-wettest April in two decades

The state recorded 104.1 mm actual rainfall against a normal of 64 mm; the highest 111.8 mm rainfall in April was experienced in 2021

People walking with umbrellas during the rain at Mall Road, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. (Deepak Sansta/HT)
Updated on May 02, 2023 12:06 AM IST

Another FIR registered in HPSSC paper leak case, eatery owner booked

The accused, who runs an eatery near HPSSC campus had been named as the main accused in the FIR; his wife, who has also been named as an accused, had been arrested recently

Till date, the vigilance has registered six FIRs into paper leak of various exams held by the now-disbanded HPSSC. (HT File)
Updated on May 01, 2023 01:05 PM IST
By, Dharamshala

After Suresh Kashyap quits, Parmar takes veiled dig at Nadda

“Who protected Kashyap and Jai Ram Thakur after the bypolls results?” he posed a cryptic question which political experts related to Nadda. Kashyap had tendered his resignation to Nadda on Thursday though it is yet to be accepted.

Day after Suresh Kashyap reportedly stepped down as Himachal BJP president, former Rajya Sabha member Kripal Parmar took a veiled dig at party’s national president Jagat Prakash Nadda. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2023 11:31 PM IST
By, Dharamshala

G20 nations resolve to cut fossil fuel consumption at Dharamshala meet

The members of participating G20 nations also agreed to share technological innovations that take place in the next 10 years, enabling the transition away from fossil fuel in the meeting held at Dharamshala, Himachal

G20 nations participating at Dharamshala round of meetings resolved to cut fossil fuel consumption. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 10:49 AM IST
By, Dharmashala

Tibetan Youth Congress, Dharmashala locals march in solidarity with Dalai Lama

Condemning media outlets for “misleading the public” and defaming the Dalai Lama, protesters demanded apologies

Tibetan Youth Congress, students’ groups from Spiti, Kinnaur and local residents during the protest march that began from McLeodganj and concluded in Dharamshala. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 03:43 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Amid Dalai Lama video row, Tibetan president says ‘pro-Chinese sources’ trying to malign leader’s image

Besdies, Tsering’s “pro-Chinese sources” comments, the 17th Karmapa also issues statement in Dalai Lama’s support — says the spiritual leader was altruistic, free of deceit or duplicity

Central Tibetan Administration president Penpa Tsering has alleged that “pro-Chinese sources” were trying to malign the spiritual leader’s image. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 14, 2023 01:26 PM IST
By, Dharamshala

Fire safety gaps turning Himachal schools, hospitals into tinderboxes, finds CAG report

Only 55 of the Himachal Pradesh’s 2,806 government schools, none of the 99 major hospitals obtained fire department NOCs

A CAG performance audit report revealed glaring lapses in the fire safety norms at government schools and the hospitals in Himachal Pradesh. (HT FIle)
Updated on Apr 12, 2023 03:01 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

To attract tourists, Himachal mulls introducing shikaras, houseboats

Himachal Tourism’s proposal to start cruise, houseboats and shikaras at the Maharana Pratap Sagar (Pong Dam) in Kangra district on the analogy of Kashmir’s Dal Lake might become a major tourist attraction in north India, says director, tourism, Amit Kashyap

To compete with water tourism in Kashmir, the Himachal Pradesh government is contemplating to introduce shikaras, houseboats and cruise boats in its major water bodies which are mainly the reservoirs of the hydropower projects, besides promoting the water sports. (ANI File Photo)
Updated on Apr 11, 2023 12:34 AM IST
ByGaurav Bisht/Naresh K Thakur, Shimla

Dalai Lama offers apology after outrage over video

A statement issued by the private office of the 87-year-old spiritual leader, which has been uploaded on the Dalai Lama’s website and twitter handle, said that he regrets the “hurt” induced by his words and addressed the apology to the boy and his family and “friends all over the world”. The video went viral on Sunday

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Monday offered apology after a purported video of him kissing a body and asking him to “suck his tongue” sparked a public outrage with many questioning his actions and asking him to step down. (REUTERS File Photo)
Updated on Apr 11, 2023 12:31 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Dalai Lama apologises for kissing boy on video

In a statement shared on his official website and Twitter handle, the Buddhist monk said he regretted the incident

The Dalai Lama (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 11, 2023 12:18 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Dalai Lama issues apology to boy, his family for asking him to suck his tongue

A statement put out on the Dalai Lama’s Twitter handle said: “His Holiness often teases people he meets in an innocent and playful way, even in public and before cameras. He regrets the incident

The incident occurred at a public gathering in February at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama lives (
Updated on Apr 10, 2023 04:38 PM IST

Area under foodgrain cultivation in HP down by 98K hectares in two decades

With farmers switching to cash crops, the area under foodgrain cultivation in Himachal Pradesh has decreased by about 98,000 hectares in the last more than two decades, the economic survey of 2021-22 has revealed

As per the annual document, over 8.53 lakh hectares of land was under foodgrain cultivation in Himachal in the financial year 1997-1998, which by 2021-22 had come down to 7.5 lakh hectares. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 01:47 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

HPSSC paper leak: FIR against four for tampering with OMR sheet

The SIT of the Himachal Pradesh state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau registered an FIR against four persons, including two employees of the Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission (HPSSC), Hamirpur, which now stands disbanded, and two candidates late on Saturday

The special investigation team (SIT) of the Himachal Pradesh state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau (SV&ACB) probing the junior office assistant (information technology) (JOA-IT) paper leak case has detected irregularities in another exam held last year in April for the same post. (Image for representational purpose)
Published on Mar 12, 2023 10:10 PM IST
By, Dharamshala

China forcing cultural unity through ‘Sinicisation’ of Tibet: Sikyong on 64th Tibetan Uprising Day

The sikyong alleged that Tibetan children were being forced into a vast network of colonial-style kindergartens and boarding schools to learn Chinese language and way of life

Tibetans-in-exile take out a peace march on the 64th Tibetan National Uprising Day at McLeodganj on Friday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 11, 2023 04:46 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

HP art teachers’ recruitment paper leak: Question paper was sold for 1 lakh, reveals vigilance inquiry

The woman candidate to whom Uma sold the paper has been identified as Sunita Devi, a native of Ghumarwin in Bilaspur district, who had been living in a rented accommodation near former HPSSC senior superintendent’s residence in Hamirpur for long

The former senior superintendent in the secrecy branch of the Himachal Pradesh Service Selection Commission (HPSSC), Uma Azad, who was the kingpin of the examination paper leak racket, had sold the question paper of art teachers’ recruitment exam to her neighbour for <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 lakh, the vigilance investigation has revealed. (Image for representational purpose)
Published on Mar 06, 2023 04:24 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Kangra airport expansion: Public administration institute to conduct social impact assessment

The study would be completed within a month, said Kangra deputy commissioner Nipun Jindal; added that Kangra administration will coordinate and support HIPA in conducting the social impact assessment so as the study could be completed within the given deadline

Accelerating the process of Kangra airport’s expansion, the Himachal Pradesh government has entrusted responsibility to carry out the social impact assessment (ISA) of the project to Himachal Institute of Public Administration. (HT file photo)
Published on Mar 04, 2023 11:23 PM IST
By, Dharamshala
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