Naresh K Thakur

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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BJP national president JP Nadda (right), Union minister of state for finance Anurag Thakur (centre) and chief minister Jai Ram Thakur greeting party workers before attending the BJP state executive meeting at Dharamshala in Kangra district on Thursday. (HT Photo)
BJP national president JP Nadda (right), Union minister of state for finance Anurag Thakur (centre) and chief minister Jai Ram Thakur greeting party workers before attending the BJP state executive meeting at Dharamshala in Kangra district on Thursday. (HT Photo)

From gram sabha to Vidhan Sabha: BJP chief sets target for 2022

By Naresh K Thakur
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2021 04:01 PM IST
Addressing the Himachal party working committee meeting in Dharamshala, JP Nadda says BJP’s economic model is driven by “integrated humanism”
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Samples of dead birds being collected at Pong Lake, the epicentre of the bird flu outbreak in Himachal Pradesh. (HT file photo)
Samples of dead birds being collected at Pong Lake, the epicentre of the bird flu outbreak in Himachal Pradesh. (HT file photo)

Samples of crows found dead near Pong Lake in Himachal test positive for bird flu

PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 01:04 PM IST
More than 3,700 birds, most of them migratory, have been found dead due to the H5N1 virus in the Pong Wetland since December 31.
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Bird flu death toll rises to 3,500 in Himachal’s Pong Dam, CM to review situation

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Dharamshala/shimla
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 10:30 PM IST
Thakur will chair two meetings to review the situation arising from the bird flu outbreak and Covid-19.
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Poultry farmers in trouble due to bird flu outbreak in Himachal’s Pong Dam

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 09:49 PM IST
The origin of the virus is yet to be ascertained.
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Wildlife and animal husbandry department officials conducting the post-mortem of the migratory birds at Pong Dam wetland.(HT Photo)
Wildlife and animal husbandry department officials conducting the post-mortem of the migratory birds at Pong Dam wetland.(HT Photo)

Sale of poultry, fish banned in four sub divisions of Kangra district to control bird flu spread

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 01:05 AM IST
After lab reports confirm H5N1 virus led to death of over 2,500 migratory birds at Pong Dam in a week, strict curbs, including fine of 50,000, imposed in adjoining Fatehpur, Dehra, Jawali and Indora sub divisions.
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Wildlife officials collecting carcasses of birds that died under mysterious circumstances in the Pong wetland in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh over the past week.(HT Photo)
Wildlife officials collecting carcasses of birds that died under mysterious circumstances in the Pong wetland in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh over the past week.(HT Photo)

Avian flu causing migratory birds’ death at HP’s Pong Dam, toll rises to 2,400

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:54 PM IST
Lab reports expected on Tuesday, while post-mortem reports rule out poisoning
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Exquisite Kangra art on decoration pieces.(HT Photo)
Exquisite Kangra art on decoration pieces.(HT Photo)

To revive Kangra art, serve it on a plate

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 06:43 PM IST
Kangra administration takes initiative to create affordable objet d’art with prints of the art form at affordable costs
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A dead bar-headed goose in the Pong Dam Lake. Officials say the birds exhibited an inability to take off despite having healthy wings before succumbing.(HT Photo)
A dead bar-headed goose in the Pong Dam Lake. Officials say the birds exhibited an inability to take off despite having healthy wings before succumbing.(HT Photo)

Migratory birds continue to die, officials shut HP’s Pong wetland

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times/Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 12:36 AM IST
Over 1,000 birds of different species have mysteriously died since December 28; authorities have ruled out poisoning
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70 tourists stranded in Kangra’s Kareri Lake due to heavy snow rescued

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 08:20 PM IST
The tourists had gone on a trek to the lake despite being warned of snowfall forecast.
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Police urging people to wear face masks properly to avoid further spread of Covid-19, in Shimla on Sunday.(Deepak Sansta/)
Police urging people to wear face masks properly to avoid further spread of Covid-19, in Shimla on Sunday.(Deepak Sansta/)

Himachal sees two-fold increase in fatalities in over one month

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 12:27 AM IST
There has been a jump of 154% in the Covid-linked deaths since November 1.
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Amid spike in Kangra, plan to make ayurvedic college, private hospitals Covid treatment facilities

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 05:24 PM IST
With 6,190 infections in the district so far, Kangra is at third position in terms of the number of cases, after Shimla and Mandi. At present, there are 1,370 active cases in the district.
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(Representational photo)

Mandi, Kullu & Lahaul-Spiti record highest Covid positivity rates in Himachal

By Gaurav Bisht & Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Shimla/Dharamshala
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 10:20 PM IST
The tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti, which saw a spurt in the cases after the opening of the Atal Tunnel, has the positivity rate of 13.75%.
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18 deaths, 837 new Covid-19 cases in Himachal

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 10:17 PM IST
There are 7,837 active cases in the state.
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Tourists at Kufri after a fresh spell of snowfall in November after the Himachal government lifted all curbs on visitor arrivals.(Deepak Sansta/HT Photo)
Tourists at Kufri after a fresh spell of snowfall in November after the Himachal government lifted all curbs on visitor arrivals.(Deepak Sansta/HT Photo)

How HP lost control over Covid battle

By Gaurav Bisht/Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Shimla, Shimla/dharamshala
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 01:32 AM IST
More than 12,300 cases and 238 fatalities were recorded this month as compared to the previous highest tally of 8,938 cases in September since the outbreak.
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Himachal to go Haryana way on job quota for local youngsters

By Gaurav Bisht and Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times/Shimla
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 05:47 PM IST
A poll promise, BJP mulls 70% quota in jobs for natives in hill state that has an unemployment rate of 13.5%.
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Volunteers segregate waste during a clean-up drive at Indrunag near Dharamshala.(HT Photo)
Volunteers segregate waste during a clean-up drive at Indrunag near Dharamshala.(HT Photo)

Himachal’s buyback policy for plastic yields positive result

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times/Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 12:44 AM IST
A year on, Dharamshala MC collects 20 tonnes of single-use non-recyclable plastic waste under scheme of which 13 tonnes have been used by Solan cement plant as fuel
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Former chief minister and BJP senior leader Shanta kumar.(HT file photo)
Former chief minister and BJP senior leader Shanta kumar.(HT file photo)

Political corruption slowly creeping into BJP, says former Himachal Pradesh CM Shanta Kumar

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 11:48 PM IST
Former Himachal Pradesh chieg minister was referring to a plea against him and Vivekananda Medical Research Trust (VMRT), which he heads. Filed by a Palampur resident, Bhuvnesh Chand Sood, the plea was rejected by the high court on October 16.
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Heavy social media use causing sleep disorders among college students in HP: Study

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 09:46 PM IST
Over 1,400 college students from across the state participated in the survey.
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World Bank asks HP govt to honour IDP agreement

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 10:14 PM IST
The World Bank had approved $80-mn loan in February for the integrated development project for water management, increasing farm productivity in HP
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The hill-state reported 70 murder cases and 54 attempted murder cases in 2019 against 99 murder and 58 attempted murder cases lodged in 2018.(Representative Image)
The hill-state reported 70 murder cases and 54 attempted murder cases in 2019 against 99 murder and 58 attempted murder cases lodged in 2018.(Representative Image)

NCRB’s 2019 crime statistics: Homicides down, rape on the rise in Himachal

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 12:40 AM IST
As many as 1,833 violent crimes were reported in the state in 2019 as compared to the 1,861 cases reported in 2018.
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HP records 25% monsoon rain deficit, 76% in Sept

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 08:45 PM IST
About 567.2mm rain was reported this season against the normal average of 761 mm.
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To keep virus away, Spiti valley to remain closed for tourists till October 31

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 10:20 PM IST
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The MC notice was issued last week on the complaint of a local resident, Ashok Rai, on whose plot (about 780 yards) the illegal construction was made during the lockdown.(HT Photo)
The MC notice was issued last week on the complaint of a local resident, Ashok Rai, on whose plot (about 780 yards) the illegal construction was made during the lockdown.(HT Photo)

3-storeyed illegal building comes up in McLeodganj under MC’s nose

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times/Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 12:57 AM IST
Located 250 metres from the Dalai Lama’s residence, Tibetan-origin hotel owner gets notice for not only encroaching land but also building structure without civic body and town planning department’s approval
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Shanta Kumar said an expert committee of the then planning commission had also found that the government spends ₹3 crore on transportation, storage and delivery of foodgrains worth ₹1 crore.(HT Photo)
Shanta Kumar said an expert committee of the then planning commission had also found that the government spends ₹3 crore on transportation, storage and delivery of foodgrains worth ₹1 crore.(HT Photo)

Farmer protests against agri ordinances politically motivated: Shanta Kumar

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times/Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 12:13 AM IST
Says people have grossly misunderstood the recommendations of the report and there will be no effect on the MSP
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Mandi reports maximum 162 rapes in Himachal over past three years

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times/Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 05:06 PM IST
According to a reply filed by the home department during the monsoon session of the assembly, 249 rapes were registered in the state in 2017, 344 in 2018, 358 in 2019 and 183 cases till July 31, 2020
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A couple offering prayers at the Brajeshwari Temple in Kangra on Thursday morning. Temples in Una, Bilaspur and Hamirpur districts were also opened after five months.(HT Photo)
A couple offering prayers at the Brajeshwari Temple in Kangra on Thursday morning. Temples in Una, Bilaspur and Hamirpur districts were also opened after five months.(HT Photo)

Temples open in Himachal Pradesh but Covid scare keeps devotees away

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
PUBLISHED ON SEP 10, 2020 10:23 PM IST
FAITH BECKONS Shrines reopened after five months but wore a deserted look with only a few local devotees offering prayers
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The earnings of the Jwalamukhi Temple in Kangra between April and August 2020 were ₹65.5 lakh, compared to ₹6.7 crore in the corresponding period last year.(HT File)
The earnings of the Jwalamukhi Temple in Kangra between April and August 2020 were ₹65.5 lakh, compared to ₹6.7 crore in the corresponding period last year.(HT File)

Offerings at Himachal’s temples dipped 90%

By Naresh K Thakur and Punkaj Bhaartiya | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala/Hamirpur
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 05:10 PM IST
Kangra district magistrate Rakesh Kumar Prajapati, who is also the commissioner of temple trusts of government-controlled shrines in the district, said offerings at temples increase during festivals
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Himachal’s Covid-19 tally rises to 5,637; 3,000 cases reported in August alone

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times/Shimla, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 02:04 AM IST
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Parvez Nowrojee at the 160-year-old Nowrojee & Sons General Store in McLeodganj town of Himachal Pradesh. He is from the sixth generation of the Parsi family and has sold the property after it became financially unviable to manage.(HT Photo)
Parvez Nowrojee at the 160-year-old Nowrojee & Sons General Store in McLeodganj town of Himachal Pradesh. He is from the sixth generation of the Parsi family and has sold the property after it became financially unviable to manage.(HT Photo)

McLeodganj’s iconic Nowrojee General Store to shut shop after 160 years

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON AUG 24, 2020 02:50 PM IST
Business turns unviable for Delhi-based Parsi owner as one of the oldest stores of the British era in Himachal Pradesh closes down in September
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Kangra Cong leaders bury the hatchet; draw up plan to corner govt

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times/Dharamshala, Dharamashala
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 12:39 AM IST
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