Himachal Pradesh

Apple business grows in Himachal despite low production

appleShimla, Oct. 14 - Apple growers in Himachal Pradesh have all the reasons to celebrate as apple business in the state has gone up by Rs 1,000 crore this year, despite low production.

The local markets in Narkanda, Shimla, Dhali, Solan and Parwanoo in the state are particularly doing well, as the revenue generated has shot up to Rs 4,500 crore from Rs 3,500 crore last year.

Despite low apple production this year, the apple growers have no reason to complain due to the flourishing business. On an average, one box of apples costs about Rs 1,000 but this year the price has been varying from Rs 1,000 to 2,200 per box.

SJVNL earns net profit of Rs.1,114.63 crore

SJVNLShimla, May 28 : Power utility Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL) Wednesday declared that it earned a net profit of Rs. 1,114.63 crore in the last fiscal which was around six percent more than that of the previous fiscal.

In 2012-13, SJVNL's net profit was Rs. 1,052.34 crore, the company said in a statement here. It said the board of directors of the company, which met in New Delhi Wednesday, recommended a dividend payout of Re. 0.98 per share.

The net dividend payout, excluding taxes, for 2013-14 was Rs. 405.39 crore, the highest so far.

Aishwarya's Cannes look leaves hubby's 'eyes wide open'

Aishwarya-RaiShimla, May 21 : Aishwarya Rai's glittering gold attire teamed with bold red lips at the red carpet of the 67th Cannes International Film Festival, left her husband and actor Abhishek Bachchan's "eyes wide open".

Dressed in a gold Roberto Cavalli off-shoulder gown, Aishwarya's curves looked perfect as she walked the red carpet at the ongoing movie gala in the French Riviera Tuesday. Her soft curls and red lips added to the glam look and Abhishek simply couldn't take his eyes off her while sitting in Shimla.

Dalai Lama congratulates Modi

Dalai-LamaDharamsala, May 17 : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Saturday congratulated BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for his party's decisive victory in the Lok Sabha election.

The Nobel Peace Laureate in a letter to Modi said India was the world's largest democratic nation and the most stable in South Asia with a tradition of "ahimsa" (non-violence).

He said he took pride in citing India as a living example of unity in diversity, an ancient country in which all the major religions of the world flourish and from which other countries could learn.

Promoting personality cult by BJP dangerous: Anand Sharma

Anand-SharmaShimla, May 5 : Union Commerce and Industries Minister Anand Sharma Monday said the BJP's individual personality promotion of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is dangerous for parliamentary democracy.

"Projection of Modi above the party is an ominous warning of increasing authoritarianism in the country and the entire campaign of the BJP is focused around him. This is a serious threat to parliamentary culture," Sharma told reporters here.

Issues related to defence personnel important: Rahul

Rahul-GandhiTanda (Himachal Pradesh), March 20 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday said issues related to defence personnel should be taken from the heart, referring to their demand of "one rank, one pension".

"You came to me and I promised that I will try my best and we took the decision," Gandhi said while addressing ex-servicemen in Tanda town, some 275 km from state capital Shimla.

Rahul Gandhi to address rally in Dharamsala today

rahul gandhiDharamsala, Mar 20 : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will today address an election rally in Himachal Pradesh's Dharamsala town in an attempt to garner people's support ahead of the upcoming general elections .

Gandhi was earlier scheduled to address the rally on March 8 but later it was postponed.

On Wednesday, Gandhi appreciated the talented youth of Manipur who have brought laurels from national and international arenas at various sports events.

Dhumal blames Himachal government for assembly stalemate

Prem-Kumar-DhumalShimla, Feb 20 : BJP leader and former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Thursday blamed the state government for continued deadlock in the assembly for the ninth consecutive sitting.

"We have boycotted the house as the chief minister has made humiliating remarks against our legislators," Dhumal told reporters here.

And he said there was no effort from the government to end the stalemate.

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party Thursday staged a protest within the Vidhan Sabha premises when the session was on.

All tainted ministers in India belong to Congress: Modi

All tainted ministers in India belong to Congress: ModiSujanpur, (Himachal Pradesh) Feb. 16 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday said that all the tainted ministers in the country belong ed to Congress.

"Do you want to be relieved of corruption? If you want then we need to remove this corrupt government in order to eliminate corruption," said Modi, while addressing a rally in Sujanpur.

Heavy snowfall lure tourists to Simla

shimla-snowfallSimla, Feb 15 : Unexpected fresh snowfall for the second day on Saturday here has attracted tourists from neighbouring states.

"This is first time we are experiencing snowfall. We are enjoying. We specially came from Chandigarh just to see snowfall," a tourist from Chandigarh, Raman said.

However, normal life has been disrupted as roads are blocked due to heavy snowfall.

The temperature in the hilly region plummeted several degrees below freezing point.

Himachal, Kashmir receive season's first snowfall

snowfall-kashmirShimla, Dec 22 : Regions in the foothills of Himalayas in northern India received fresh fall of snowflakes on Sunday, much to the delight of hundreds of tourists from the plains and the local residents as well.

Despite the burst of cold weather amidst snowfall and icy winds, winter season is a boon for these states as the inflow of tourists is a bonanza for those engaged in hospitality and travel industry.

The snow-covered Shimla, ushered in cheerful mood among the hundreds of tourists and locals, just days before the Christmas.

Dalai Lama sorry he missed meeting Mandela in 2011

Dalai-LamaDharamsala, Dec 6 : Two years ago, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama called off a trip to South Africa as it was "inconvenient" for that country's government to grant him a visa and missed a chance to meet Nelson Mandela again.

After cancelling his trip in October 2011, the Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, had said: "I am very sad and very much (hoped) to see Nelson Mandela, who is now very old. So now I doubt whether I can have another occasion to meet him."

An aide of the Dalai Lama said Friday: "His Holiness' desire to meet former president Nelson Mandela remained unfulfilled."

SJVNL net profit rises 8 percent

SJVNL net profit rises 8 percentShimla, Nov 6 : With an over 4.6 percent increase in electricity generation from the Nathpa Jhakri plant, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL) has recorded a 8.05 percent jump in profit after tax during the first half of this fiscal, the company said Wednesday.

The net profit increased to Rs. 758.87 crore from Rs. 702.30 crore during the corresponding period of the last financial year, it said in a statement.

The company's total revenue increased from Rs. 1,110.69 crore to Rs. 1,174.10 crore.

SJVNL is a joint venture between the centre and the Himachal Pradesh government.

Dalai Lama wishes Bush after surgery

Dalai-LamaDharamsala, Aug 8 : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Thursday expressed happiness over the successful heart surgery of former US president George W. Bush and wished him swift recovery.

The Nobel Peace laureate wrote a letter to Bush, 67, after his Tuesday's surgery.

"His Holiness Dalai Lama wrote the letter from Leh (in Jammu and Kashmir) where he is on a three-week visit," the spiritual leader's office here said. (IANS)

SJVNL's Q1 profit up 8.87 percent

Satluj-Jal-Vidyut-Nigam-LtdShimla, July 30 : With over 11 percent increase in power generation from its 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri plant - India's largest hydro project, the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL) recorded an 8.87 percent increase in profit after tax for this fiscal's first quarter, the company said Tuesday.

The public sector SJVNL's net profit has increased to Rs. 343.24 crore from Rs. 315.27 crore earned during the same period in the last financial year, it said in a statement here.

United Biotech gets green signal for Rs.550 crore Himachal facility

United Biotech gets green signal for Rs.550 crore Himachal facilityShimla, July 6 : The Himachal Pradesh government has allowed life-saving drug maker United Biotech Pvt Ltd to set up its facility in the state at an outlay of Rs. 550 crore, an official said here Saturday.

The state-level single window clearance and monitoring authority at its meeting here Friday approved two new industrial proposals and 13 expansion proposals of existing units, a government spokesperson told IANS.

He said all the proposed investment proposals were of Rs. 790.24 crore and would provide employment to 1,805 people.

SJVNL gets coal block for Bihar thermal power plant

SJVNLShimla, July 5 : Public sector hydropower major Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL) has been allocated a coal block in West Bengal for its maiden thermal power plant set to come up in Bihar, a company official said here Friday.

The coal block has been allocated on the recommendations of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) by the coal ministry for the upcoming 1,320 MW Buxar thermal power plant, SJVNL deputy general manager Vijay Verma told IANS.

The Deocha-Pachami coal block, which would be shared by the six state power public sector undertakings, including the SJVNL, has a reserve of 2,102 MT.

No move to appoint Punjab officer as Himachal DGP: Virbhadra Singh

Virbhadra-SinghShimla, July 4 :  Putting an end to speculations that Himachal Pradesh is appointing a Punjab officer as its police chief, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Thursday rubbished all claims that the state is getting in touch with the Punjab government.

"I have yet to take any decision (on the appointment of the new director general of police)," Virbhadra Singh told reporters here.

"Why should I write a letter to Punjab, Haryana or any other state," the chief minister said when questioned about his purported letter to Punjab for sending an officer on deputation to the state.

Ranbaxy donates Rs.15 lakh for Himachal relief

Ranbaxy-LaboratoriesShimla, July 2 : Pharma major Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd Tuesday contributed Rs. 15 lakh towards the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for rehabilitation and relief works in flood-hit areas of Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur, an official said here Tuesday.

Ranbaxy officials called on Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in New Delhi and presented him a cheque of the company's contribution, a government spokesperson told IANS.

Incessant rains that triggered flash-floods June 16-18 killed 20 people in Kinnaur, displaced hundreds and damaged more than 300 houses. (IANS)

Dalai Lama wants to meet ailing Mandela

DharDalai-Lamaamsala, July 1 : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama wants to pay his respects to his ailing friend and former South African president Nelson Mandela, an aide said here Monday.

"His Holiness (the Dalai Lama) is keen to pay respects to his long-time friend Nelson Mandela, provided it doesn't cause any inconvenience to anyone, individuals or the government there," an aide of the Dalai Lama told IANS.

"If South Africa is comfortable with his visit, he would be happy to meet personally Mandela's family members," he added.

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