Himachal Pradesh

Four-laning of NH-22 needs Rs.2,730 crore: Virbhadra

Virbhadra-SinghShimla, March 12 : The four-laning of National Highway 22 between Parwanoo and Shimla will cost Rs. 2,730 crore, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said here Tuesday.

The construction work to be executed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), likely to start in February 2014, would be completed within three years, he said in a written reply in the assembly.

However, he said, no funds have been sanctioned by the central government so far for the project.

While widening the 88-km stretch, Singh said the distance between both the towns would be shortened by 17 km.


Opposition cries hoarse over raw railway deal

Opposition cries hoarse over raw railway dealShimla, Mar 1 - Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is at the receiving end of the opposition's ire, thanks to the seeming indifference of the railway ministry towards Himachal Pradesh in allocating new projects.

As Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal presented his budget in the Lok Sabha Tuesday, the opposition pointed out that the railways had been tardy in making budgetary provisions for timely completion of ongoing projects in the state.


No working CM needed, Raja Saab hard at work

No working CM needed, Raja Saab hard at work Shimla, Feb 15 : After rumours swirled that the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh would appoint a "working" chief minister as 78-year-old incumbent Virbhadra Singh would go abroad for treatment, many ministers asserted that no such thing was planned.

Seven of the nine ministers in the state said "some vested interests" were circulating baseless rumours, and dismissed reports that appeared in the press claiming that Virbhadra Singh would be heading abroad for treatment.


Virbhadra Singh seeks central indulgence

Virbhadra Singh seeks central indulgenceShimla, Feb 8 : Hoping to boost an economy largely dependent on tourism, horticulture and hydropower, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his colleagues are lobbying hard with New Delhi to get central projects and schemes, particularly dealing with infrastructure and connectivity, sanctioned for the state.

Virbhadra Singh, who began his record sixth stint as chief minister on Dec 25, had attacked the previous BJP government for not appropriately using central grants and is clearly making sure he is not subjected to the same criticism.


Virbhadra congratulates Vijay Kumar for Padma award

Vijay-KumarShimla, Jan 26 : Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Saturday congratulated London Olympic silver medallist shooter Vijay Kumar, who belongs to the state, for being chosen for the Padma Shri award.

Expressing gratitude to the central government for bestowing the honour on the pistol shooter, the chief minister said in a statement the state would honour the players belonging to Himachal Pradesh who will bring laurels for the country.

Vijay, who is serving in the Indian Army, belongs to Harsour village in Hamirpur district.


Suspend festivities of Tibetan New Year and pray for self-immolators: Sangay

Suspend festivities of Tibetan New Year and pray for self-immolators: Sangay Dharamsala, Jan 25 : Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay has called on his compatriots to suspend festivities of the Tibetan New Year, Losar, and pray for those who have immolated themselves to protest against Chinese rule.

Nearly 100 Tibetans, including monks, nuns and high school students, have burned themselves to death in public over the past two years. Increased Chinese security deployments across the Tibetan plateau have done little to halt the series of self-immolations.


Tibetans-in-exile express solidarity with self-immolated martyrs

Tibetans-in-exile express solidarity with self-immolated martyrs Dharamsala, Jan 24 : Tibetans-in-exile living in Dharamsala prayed for their compatriots, who immolated themselves to protest against the repressive Chinese rule in Tibet.

Tibetan PM-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, locals and tourists offered prayers on Wednesday in remembrance of a young Tibetan Kunchok Kyab, who self immolated inside Tibet. The 26-year-old Tibetan burnt himself in eastern Tibet's Amdo region and died on the spot.


Exiled Tibetans blame china for self-immolations in their homeland

Exiled Tibetans blame china for self-immolations in their homeland Dharamsala, Jan 21 : Exiled Tibetans living in Dharamsala have slammed Beijing over its repressive policies that has compelled 95 of their brothers and sisters back home to resort to self-immolation over constant violation of their human rights.

Recently, a 22-year-old Tibetan man set himself on fire on in Sangchu region of Kanlho in eastern Tibet leaving behind his family.


Congress suspends Himachal legislator

Ram-Kumar-ChaudharyShimla, Jan 16 : The Congress Wednesday suspended a legislator in Himachal Pradesh who has been booked for murder by the Haryana Police.

"The Congress has suspended Ram Kumar Chaudhary," state Congress president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said here.

He is one of four suspects in the murder of a 24-year-old woman in Panchkula in Haryana Nov 22 and is now on police remand.

Chaudhary is a first-time legislator from Doon in Solan district.

"This is my first decision after assuming charge," Sukhu said. He took charge as the state party president Tuesday.(IANS)


Himachal's skiing slopes bereft of snow

skier.jSolang Valley (Himachal Pradesh), Jan 14 : "Oh god! Please let it snow heavily tonight," said John Kennedy, an Australian skier. He and his fellow skiers have been camping in the western Himalayas awaiting a big snowfall.

But organisers of skiing in Solang, 13 km from the tourist hill station of Manali, say that after two bumper seasons, the slopes are totally bereft of snow cover this year.


Take 'strong action' against Pakistan: soldier's father

NK-Kalia.Palampur (Himachal Pradesh), Jan 9 : The father of an Indian soldier tortured and mutilated in the Kargil conflict Wednesday demanded "strong action" against Pakistan for brutally killing two Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Pakistan will keep on fooling India unless strong action is taken against it for violations like these," N. K. Kalia told reporters here.

His son, Capt. Saurabh Kalia, was tortured for weeks by Pakistani soldiers during the 1999 Kargil conflict. His and other Indian soldiers' mutilated bodies were handed over to India June 9, 1999.


Virbhadra Singh takes oath as Himachal Pradesh CM this morning

Virbhadra Singh takes oath as Himachal Pradesh CM this morningShimla, Dec 25 : Congress leader Virbhadra Singh will take oath as the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh at the historic Ridge Maidan of Shimla at 10.30 am on Tuesday.

Governor Urmila Singh will administer the oath of office and secrecy to him.

Virbhadra Singh will be the Chief Minister for the sixth time.

The Congress, which put up a spirited campaign under Virbhadra Singh, returned to power after winning 36 seats in Himachal Pradesh.


Congress doesn’t see EC’s order on cash transfer scheme as slap or snub

Congress doesn’t see EC’s order on cash transfer scheme as slap or snubResponding to Election Commission's harsh comments on the government's decision to implement the Direct Cash Transfer Scheme (DCT) during election time in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, the ruling Congress claimed that the commission hadn't snubbed the government, but just asked it to delay the implementation of the scheme.


Election Commission asks government to delay cash transfer scheme

Election Commission asks government to delay cash transfer schemeThe Election Commission has asked the central government to delay the direct cash transfer scheme in the country during the operation of Model Code of Conduct in the states of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.


Katju expresses regret over politicians’ attitude towards media

Katju expresses regret over politicians’ attitude towards mediaPress Council of India chairperson Markandey Katju has expressed regret over the increasing intoleratne behavior of politicians towards the media.

It is believed that he was referring to the latest incidence in Himachal Pradesh where Virbhadra Singh, the Himachal Pradesh Congress chief threatened media person in the state capital, Shimla. Katju said that politicians are behaving in an undemocratic manner.


Himachal chief minister appeals for special package for Punjab industrialists

Himachal chief minister appeals for special package for Punjab industrialistsHimachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has said that the central government should consider a special package for industrialists of Punjab.

He pointed out that the industry in the state has suffered because of two wars with Pakistan and during the peak days of militancy and is now facing a difficult time. He was addressing a national seminar on small-scale industry organised by Laghu Udyog Bharati.


SAIL not keen on proposed facility in Himachal

SAIL not keen on proposed facility in HimachalShimla, March 27 - Public sector Steel Authority of India (SAIL) is not keen on setting up a plant in Himachal Pradesh despite the state government extending facilities, Industries Minister Kishan Kapoor said here Tuesday.

The state had identified two alternate sites in Mandi district and written to SAIL twice last year, inviting it for spot inspections for the proposed steel processing plant, Kapoor said.


Shimla's coffee house will miss Anupam Kher's father

Shimla's coffee house will miss Anupam Kher's fatherShimla, Feb 12 - A familiar figure strolling along Shimla's Mall, greeting friends and chatting animatedly in the coffee house is being missed with the death of actor Anupam Kher's father Pushkar Nath Kher, 84.

Nath's friends and local theatre artistes, who once shared stage with Kher, mourned his demise. Nath, a Kashmiri Pandit by origin, died in Mumbai after a brief illness Friday.


Dalai Lama says will take decision on reincarnation when he is 90

 Dalai Lama says will take decision on reincarnation when he is 90Dharamsala, Sep. 26 : Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has said that he will decide when he is "about 90" whether or not he should be reincarnated, and added that China should have no say in the matter.

The Dalai Lama made the statement on Saturday in a 4200-word document issued after a gathering of leaders of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism in Dharamshala.


Karmapa prays for quake affected people

Karmapa prays for quake affected peopleDharamsala, Sep 20 : The 17th Karmapa, the only major Tibetan monk reincarnate recognised by both the Dalai Lama and China, Tuesday expressed grief over the deaths in the earthquake that hit India and Nepal and also affected parts of Tibet.

"I am extremely saddened to hear about the loss of human life and the severe destruction caused by the recent earthquake in Sikkim and other parts of north and east of India and Nepal," the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, said in a statement here.


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