Shimla, Dec 5 - Less than six years after she came out with her first book of ghost stories, writer Minakshi Chaudhry is penning another collection of spooky tales based on this hill town.
"Real, strange and eerie tales which were not included in my first book 'Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills', will be part of the forthcoming book that will hit the book stores by the middle of next year," journalist-turned-writer Minakshi, 41, told IANS.
The Centre government has given nod to establish a super-speciality hospital at Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College (RPMC) at Tanda in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district.
Himachal Health Minister Rajiv Bindal stated that the hospital will be set up with a total outlay of Rs 150 crore.
HP Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will jointly lay the foundation stone of the hospital.
The Himachal Pradesh government has recently said that it will be analyzing the impact of plantation in the cold desert of the state via the study conducted in a detailed manner from the scientific experts. It is to be mentioned here that government will be trying to judge the impact of plantation in the Lahaul-Spiti district and the decision is coming due to the fact that the natural calamity that stuck at Leh and unnatural rainfall phenomenon at Spiti.
The capital region of Himachal Pradesh is suffering from the threat of diarrhoea these days. As the total number of cases in the state has gone up to 170 in last three days with 53 new cases of the disease added on Friday.
Among the worst affected areas hit by the disease, the crowded locality of Sanjauli is the one with the maximum number of cases. As out of the 53 cases, 37 were registered at Sanjauli dispensary only while the rest seven were at IGMC hospital and nine at Rippon hospital.
The subsidiaries of SAR group, Wynn Telecom has declared that it is going to set up a mobile manufacturing unit in Himachal Pradesh. The investment for this venture is coming around Rs. 270 crore with a production capacity.
The company is looking forward to produce around one million handsets per month form this facility. This will be their first made-in-India mobile form the company. As per the company officials, by August 2011 the unit will be operative.
The heat waves across the northern and western region has taken seven lives in Shimla, at the same time recorded hottest ever day at 32.4 degree celsius.
According to the census, the recorded temperature of the ‘Queen of the Hills’, Shimla was 8.3 degrees above normal and was .7 degrees more than the earlier highest record of 31.7 degrees in May 20, 2004, said the Met officials.
Apart from dialing 100 from your phone, one can now send an SMS to the police in Himachal Pradesh for any help.
The SMS facility was launched on Thursday through which one can ask for help by sending a message on a assigned 10-digit number - 9459100100.
Acting Director General of Police (DGP) D. S. Manhas said that anyone can send SMS to the police on mobile number 9459100100 for any type of help.
He added that the SMS will be instantly forwarded to the police officer concerned for required action.
Health care services remain unutilized in Himachal Pradesh.
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) had been allocated funds to provide healthcare facilities in Himachal Pradesh but 75% of the funds remain unutilized.
The Comptroller Auditor General of India (CAG) said, that this health mission funds were not utilized because of the non availability of 24 hour healthcare facilities.
The effect of global warming is causing a havoc on the residents of Himachal Pradesh especially Shimla with the temperature soaring an ever-high, i. e. above normal with the Mercury level in Queen of the Hills reporting at 27 degrees Celsius.
The climatic conditions tumbled as the night temperature in the capital town was 16.9 degrees.
Areas such as Sundernagar recorded a maximum of 36.8 degrees Celsius, Bhuntar 35 degrees, Dharamsala (32.8) and Una (40.6) during this phase of the year, according to the forecasts from the Met department.
In lieu of rising demand for the natural healing techniques and treatments, Himachal Government has given an order to set-up a Centre of Excellence in herbal medicines, said a state minister. It is a step towards development when the government is gearing up for specialized institutions in the country.
With the central governments' nod the centre will start operations very soon.
It has been decided by the Himachal Pradesh government that Shimla and Hamirpur will be made solar-powered cities as part of a drive to save electricity.
"We are developing Shimla and Hamirpur as solar cities with the assistance of the central government," Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal told IANS, adding that more cities and towns would be later included in the energy-conservation scheme.
A minister said on Saturday that Himachal Pradesh's Central Research Institute (CRI), whose manufacturing licence was cancelled in January 2008, has resumed production of vaccines with the central government giving it clearance.
Health Minister Rajeev Bindal told IANS, "CRI has resumed production of vaccines after the central government in its orders dated Feb 12 and 26 cleared its drug production license."
He further added that the state government had pursued the license case with the union health and family welfare ministry.
Amidst the battle for market share among Hero Honda and Bajaj Auto, the market leader is in the process of finalising the state for its fourth plant. The company is reviewing around 10 options for the new plant, including places like Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
However, according to Himachal Pradesh government, the officials from Hero Honda have recently visited various sites in areas like Una, Solan and a few other districts. The government further said that the company has also filed a written request a few days ago.
Opposition Congress blamed BJP Government in Himachal Pradesh for not offering the centre its due credit for help to the province.
State MLA Kaul Singh Thakur raised the problem of corruption and the current CD controversy in the Motion of Thanks on the Governor's address, to forecast that the Government would be unable to recuperate the damages that have been made to its reputation.
After a gap of more than 30 days, a new H1N1 flu case has been reported in Himachal Pradesh.
With the addition of fresh swine flu case, the number of Influenza A (H1N1) cases in Himachal has gone up to 45.
Mr. Vinod Mehta, Swine Flu Nodal Officer said, "A 54-year-old man was admitted to Shimla's Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital yesterday (Tuesday). His samples tested positive for swine flu."
Mr. Mehta stated that the patient was from Rohru in Shimla.
The people of this landlocked valley in Lahaul and Spiti district remain cut off from the rest of the world for more than five months every year, owing to heavy snowfall. Keylong, the district headquarters, is 200 km from the popular hill station of Manali.
Getting here in winter is not easy as the once-a-week helicopter service is the only mode of transportation for locals which is reserved for government employees most of the time. But the locals are unperturbed.
According to health functionaries, over 160 people in Shimla have tested positive for Hepatitis E since the outburst of the disease in mid-January.
Mr. Vinod Mehta, the surveillance officer of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, said, "Patients suffering from jaundice (Hepatitis E) are being reported at various government and private hospitals of Shimla. Twelve patients were admitted to various hospitals yesterday (Wednesday). Till date, 161 patients have been reported."
Shimla, Jan 11 - The mercury rose marginally in this Himachal Pradesh capital Monday even as the higher reaches reeled under sub-zero temperature with Keylong being the coldest at minus 12.1 degrees Celsius.
"Shimla witnessed a minimum temperature of 6.2 degrees Celsius compared to Sunday's 5.1 degrees Celsius," Manmohan Singh, director of meteorological office here, told IANS.
He said Shimla's minimum temperature was four degrees above average for this time of the year.
Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district and Kalpa in Kinnaur district recorded minimum temperatures of minus 12.1 degrees Celsius and minus 5 degrees Celsius respectively, as against lows of minus 11.9 degrees Celsius and minus 5.9 degrees Celsius Sunday.
Shimla, Jan 10 - Cold conditions abated in the low lying areas of Himachal Pradesh Sunday with night temperatures rising by a few notches, even as the higher reaches continued to remain under sub-zero levels.
The minimum temperature at Shimla was 5.8 degrees Celsius, up from Saturday's 4.2 degrees, director of the meteorological office in Shimla Manmohan Singh told IANS.
Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district and Kalpa in Kinnaur district recorded minimum temperatures of minus 11.9 degrees Celsius and minus 5.9 degrees Celsius as against lows of minus 11.7 degrees Celsius and minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, respectively, Saturday.
Shimla, Jan 10 - If you are a bird watcher and want to chase flapping beauties in the wilderness, welcome to Himachal Pradesh, which is organising a unique bird spotting race this month.
The state forest department in association with the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and WWF-India is organising a three-day dawn-to-dusk bird census from Jan 15 at the Pong Dam reservoir in Kangra district.
"To promote the concept of bird watching, we decided to invite bird watchers, especially students, to participate in the annual exercise at the Pong Dam. This will provide an opportunity to young ornithologists to learn more about the behaviour of wild birds," Chief Conservator of Forests Sanjeeva Pandey told IANS.