Himachal Pradesh
Himachal wants full membership in Bhakra Beas projects Himachal wants full membership in Bhakra Beas projects


Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday demanded that state the be made a full-fledged member in Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) projects by amending the Punjab Re-organisation Act of 1966 so that pending cases could be resolved at the earliest.

The demand was raised by Thakur at the Northern Zonal Council meeting here which was presided over Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Himachal roads shut due to landslides Himachal roads shut due to landslides

 

Shimla, Roads in Himachal Pradesh continued to remain shut on Monday due to landslides triggered by heavy rain in the past two days, officials said.

Heavy landslides also hit vehicular movement on the Chandigarh-Manali highway beyond Mandi town.

A total of 22 people died and two were reported missing in the state in rain-related incidents in the past two days, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur told IANS here.

Hundreds stranded in Himachal after heavy rains Hundreds stranded in Himachal after heavy rains

 

Shimla, Hundreds remained stranded in Himachal Pradesh after incessant rainfall triggered landslides, snapped road links, closing of hydropower projects and release excess water from a dam, officials said on Sunday.

Traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali highway was blocked between Mandi and Kullu towns following massive landslides along the swollen Beas river.

Traffic was hampered on 68 roads across the state and the maximum 47 blockades were in Chamba district, a government spokesperson told  here. The Mandi-Jogindernagar highway was closed for traffic.

German company to set up centre of excellence in Himachal German company to set up centre of excellence in Himachal


Shimla, German-based Export-Akademie Baden-Wurttemberg will establish a centre of excellence for innovation and technology management in Himachal Pradesh, Additional Chief Secretary Shrikant Baldi said on Saturday.

He said the state was keen on setting up the centre as a nucleus for innovation and regional development. "This would ensure promotion of clean technologies and automation and linking up of cluster with technology clusters in Germany," he said.

Himachal CM announces 4% DA for employees on I-Day Himachal CM announces 4% DA for employees on I-Day



Shimla, The 73rd Independence Day was celebrated with enthusiasm across Himachal Pradesh on Thursday with Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announcing four per cent Dearness Allowance (DA) for government employees and pensioners.

Functions were organised at state, district and sub-divisional levels to mark the occasion.

Chandigarh-Manali highway blocked Chandigarh-Manali highway blocked



Shimla, Traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali highway was blocked on Friday following massive landslides along the Beas river in Himachal Pradesh, police said. However, no casualties were reported.

The highway was badly damaged owing to landslides near Hanogi Devi temple at several places. Hundreds of vehicles remained stranded on both sides of the affected area.

Mild earthquake in Himachal, no casualties Mild earthquake in Himachal, no casualties



Shimla, An earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale hit Himachal Pradesh's Chamba district early on Thursday, the weather bureau here said.

The mild earthquake was felt in Chamba at 12.47 a.m., officials said. No casualties have been reported so far.

Chamba, one of state's remote districts, is located adjoining Jammu and Kashmir.

Himachal's Kinnaur cut off due to landslides Himachal's Kinnaur cut off due to landslides



Shimla, Himachal's picturesque Kinnaur district has been cut off due to massive landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in the region in the past few days have blocked the highway, an official said here on Monday.

Hundreds of vehicles, carrying tourists and locals, have been stranded on the national highway as boulders and debris have blocked it near Bhawanagar, some 200 km from Shimla, a government spokesperson told .

Himachal gets 46% deficit pre-monsoon rains Himachal gets 46% deficit pre-monsoon rains

 

Shimla, With the southwest monsoon in Himachal Pradesh being delayed by at least 10 days, the pre-monsoon rains also remained 46 per cent deficient in June, the weather bureau said on Monday.

This has severely affected the sowing of the kharif crop mainly paddy, maize and oil seeds.

"The deficiency in districts ranges from 15 to 79 per cent," Indian Meteorological Department Director Manmohan Singh told .

Himachal hills offer exciting break from heat wave Himachal hills offer exciting break from heat wave



Shimla, With showers almost on every alternate day and unlike no major water blues in the Himachal hills this time, the destinations in the state are teeming with tourists. Better facilities and a range of option from nature park to nature walk besides adventure sports is drawing a huge crowd up the slopes.

Measures to expand Himachal's horticulture production on: Minister Measures to expand Himachal's horticulture production on: Minister

Shimla, Horticulture is a major contributor to the economy of Himachal Pradesh, which can cultivate a wide varieties of fruits and vegetables due to its diverse climate and topography, and measures to expand the sector are on, an official statement said on Sunday.

More than 35 species of fruits could be successfully grown in the state, said Horticulture Minister Mahender Singh Thakur.

Modi again rakes up Pitroda's controversial comment Modi again rakes up Pitroda's controversial comment

 

Solan Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday again raked up Congress leader Sam Pitroda's controversial remark in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, as he picked holes in the 10-year rule of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the the Centre.

Without naming Pitroda or talking about the anti-Sikh riots, Modi, in his 30-minute speech here, time and again took jibes at the UPA government by saying that its attitude towards policies such as defence matters were "hua toh hua" (it just happened).

Temperatures in Himachal fall with widespread rains Temperatures in Himachal fall with widespread rains

 

Shimla, Temperatures across Himachal Pradesh fell on Thursday due to widespread rain with Dalhousie town recording the highest amount -- 53 mm, the met office said. Weather will be clear from Friday.

"Moderate to heavy rainfall occurred at some places. The rain lowered the minimum temperatures by five to six notches in the past 24 hours (since Wednesday)," an official of the local meteorological office told IANS.

While picturesque tourist resort Manali saw 18 mm of rainfall, it was 40.4 mm in Dharamsala and 36 mm in Palampur.

Himachal's Manali sees more snowfall, rain in Shimla Himachal's Manali sees more snowfall, rain in Shimla


Shimla, Himachal Pradesh's popular tourist destination Manali and its nearby hill destinations received more snowfall in the past 24 hours, officials said on Thursday.

As news of the snowfall flashed across the plains, tourists started arriving at Manali and its nearby hills to celebrate the Holi festival.

Shimla and its surrounding areas like Kufri, Mashobra and Narkanda experienced rains, according to a Met official here.