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No snow on Manali's ski slopes

No snow on Manali's ski slopesManali, Jan 12 - For those scaling high up the slopes of Manali in search of adventure, the deserted ski resorts without snow cover are a disappointment.

For the second year in a row, the popular Solang ski slopes, 13 km north of Manali in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, are bereft of snow cover.

Snowfall in Manali

Snowfall in ManaliManali, Jan 4 -The popular tourist resort of Manali in Himachal Pradesh had moderate snowfall, the met office said Monday.

"Manali received moderate snowfall this (Monday) early morning. It saw four to five inches of snow," Manmohan Singh, director of the meteorological office in state capital Shimla, said.

He said that Kothi, Marhi, Gulaba and the Rohtang Pass located near this town experienced moderate to heavy snowfall in the past 24 hours.

"This was the season's second snowfall in Manali. The first was recorded Nov 9," he said.

Was Manali Jewish centre on Headley's target list?

Was Manali Jewish centre on Headley's target list?Manali (Himachal Pradesh), Dec 29 : Investigators tracking American terrorist of Pakistani origin David Coleman Headley's India visits are probing if his friends -- an American couple -- had visited this picturesque resort in Himachal Pradesh for reconnaissance of a Jewish centre here.

National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths who are in Himachal Pradesh have established that the American couple was in Manali in 2008, a police official said.

Security personnel rescue stranded passengers in snow-hit Himachal

Security personnel rescue stranded passengers in snow-hit HimachalManali (Himachal), Nov 29 : The Border Road Organisation (BRO) launched an operation to rescue passengers and vehicles stranded by heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh.

Manali-Leh road received heavy snowfall and snowstorms on November 9-10 and again on November 14-16 blocking the road and stranding several tourists, private vehicles as well as other equipments across the road.

Four more bodies retrieved from snow-bound Rohtang Pass

Four more bodies retrieved from snow-bound Rohtang Pass Manali, Nov 25 : Rescue workers Wednesday recovered the bodies of four more people buried in snow near the Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district, taking to 14 the number of deaths in the extreme cold conditions in the region, officials said.

Deputy Commissioner (Kullu) B. M. Nanta told IANS that the bodies were brought to the Marhi base camp, some 35 km from here, Wednesday evening.

"All the four bodies are yet to be recognised. Two of these are badly decomposed," he said.

Eight killed in snowfall in Himachal

Eight killed in snowfall in HimachalManali, Nov 21 : At least eight people were killed in a snow storm while trying to cross the 13,050 feet high Rohtang Pass in Kullu district.

According to sources, 67 people were rescued by the district administration who were also among those who crossed Rohtang.

Those who died in the storm are reported to be migrant labourers.

Hundreds of people are still stranded in Lahaul valley due to unexpected early snow fall.

The Rohtang Pass has been closed for traffic since November 9, due to heavy snowfall in the region. (ANI)

Search underway for bodies buried in snow in Himachal

Search underway for bodies buried in snow in HimachalSearch underway for bodies buried in snow in HimachalManali, Nov 21 - Rescue workers Saturday started search operations to retrieve the bodies of eight people who were buried in the snow near the Rohtang Pass as strong icy winds lashed Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district Friday, an official said.

Himachal deploys chopper to rescue stranded people

Manali, Nov 20 - Himachal Pradesh Friday deployed a private chopper to rescue people who have been marooned in the cold desert for the past 11 days in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district due to heavy snowfall, an official said.

More than 300 people, including government officials, have been stranded across the district since Nov 9 when the region saw heavy snowfall and the road network in the district closed to traffic.

"This (Friday) morning a 26-seater private helicopter was deployed to rescue the stranded people in the Lahaul valley. Priority will be given to the elderly, women and the sick," General Administration Department Secretary Ajay Bhandari told IANS.

Snow-bound Rohtang Pass may re-open soon

Manali (Himachal Pradesh), Nov 14 - The snow-bound Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district, closed since Nov 9, could be reopened in a day or two, said engineers Saturday busy clearing the 13,050 feet-high pass of snow.

The snow clearing has been going on for the past five days, S. K. Doon of the General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF), a government agency that maintains the Manali-Leh highway that passes through Rohtang Pass, told IANS.

The Rohtang Pass was under three to four feet snow since Nov 9.

"Teams have been deployed on both sides of the Rohtang Pass to clear the snow so that road connectivity to the Lahaul valley (in Lahaul and Spiti district) could be restored as early as possible," he said.

Typhoon Mirinae leaves 14 dead in Philippines

Typhoon Mirinae leaves 14 dead in Philippines Manila  - Typhoon Mirinae blew out of the Philippines Sunday, leaving 14 people dead and thousands homeless, the government's disaster relief agency said.

Four people were also reported missing after being swept by floods, according to the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).

The NDCC said eight victims died from drowning, while three succumbed to hypothermia, two were killed when collapsed walls fell on them and one fell from a roof.

Tourists throng Manali with arrival of summer

Manali, Apr 17 : With the arrival of summer, the hill town of Manali in Himachal Pradesh witnesses a rush of foreign and domestic tourists.

Manali is Himachal Pradesh''s main summer destination for backpackers, trekkers and partygoers escaping the summer heat.

During winters, tourists here enjoy snow, winter sports like skiing, mountain biking, snow scooter riding, paragliding and other adventure sports along with the picturesque beauty of Himalayan region and snow clad mountains.

The rising temperature in April has revived Manali as tourist destination.

Although the tourism industry across the world is experiencing losses due to the current recessionary trends, the hoteliers here claim that they have faced no problems.

Philippine shares rise more than 2 per cent

Philippine shares rise more than 2 per centManila  - Philippine shares rose 2.3 per cent Friday after world leaders vowed to pump in more money into the International Monetary Fund to help troubled countries.

The Philippine Stock Exchange 30-share composite index gained 45.71 points to finish at 2,028.59, from Thursday's close of 1,982.88.

A total of 1.33 billion shares valued at 2.87 billion pesos (59.79 million dollars) were traded.

Gainers outpaced losers 82 to 20, with 30 issues unchanged.

Thousands march against illegal drugs in Philippines

Thousands march against illegal drugs in PhilippinesManila  - Thousands of people marched on Saturday in the Philippine capital to denounce illegal drugs which afflict millions in the country.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and senior government officials led the march along the length of Roxas Boulevard in downtown Manila, which was attended by schoolchildren and government employees.

Organizers of the march hoped to make it to the Guinness World Records bookas the world's first and largest march against illegal drugs.

BRO begins snow clearance on Leh-Manali Highway

BRO begins snow clearance on Leh-Manali HighwayManali, Mar 2 : The Border Road Organization (BRO) on Monday has begun to clear the snow on the Leh-Manali Highway.

The 475-kilometer highway connecting Manali to Leh, was closed during the winter due to snowfall at the Rohtang Pass and Baralacha Pass in Lahaul-Spiti.

Three teams, armed with the latest snow-clearing machinery and bulldozers, have started clearing the snow at three different places.

Philippine military says troops killed 16 Muslim rebels

Philippine military says troops killed 16 Muslim rebels Manila  - Sixteen Muslim separatist rebels were killed in clashes with government troops in the southern Philippines, the military said Tuesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Arevalo, an army commander, said the military did not suffer any casualties during the two clashes with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels on Monday.

But MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu said the rebel group recorded 23 soldiers dead in the fighting in Wao town in Lanao del Sur province, 810 kilometres south of Manila.

Manali hosts Hercules Mountain Biking Himachal 2008

Himachal PradeshManali, Oct. 8 : The tourist resort of Manali recently played host to the concluding part of the Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA) sponsored Hercules Mountain Biking Himachal 2008.

The 10-day event, saw the participation of cyclists from 13 countries.

"The objective was to promote tourism, in Himachal Pradesh. This was a very big initiative to promote tourism in this area," said Mohit Sood, Director, Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association.

The main objective of event was to promote adventure sports and tourism in Himachal Pradesh.

Philippine inflation rate hits 12.5 per cent in August

Philippine inflation rate hits 12.5 per cent in August Manila - The Philippines' year-on-year inflation rate rose to 12.5 per cent in August, near a 17-year-high, despite the easing of world fuel prices, the government said Friday.

The National Statistics Office (NSO) said the August index was the highest since December 1991, when the inflation rate hit 13.2 per cent.

The figure was higher than July's 12.3 per cent and the 2.4 per cent in August 2007.

Islamic militants seize two soldiers in southern Philippines

Islamic militants seize two soldiers in southern PhilippinesManila  - Islamic militants have seized two marine intelligence officers on a southern Philippine island, a senior defence official said Thursday.

Defence Secretary Gilberto Teodoro said the two soldiers were seized Tuesday in a village in Tipo-Tipo town in Basilan province, 900 kilometres south of Manila.

Teodoro said the two hostages met with a rogue commander of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the area who was allegedly planning to surrender to the government.

Asian Development Bank funds energy-efficiency projects in China

Asian Development Bank funds energy-efficiency projects in ChinaManila  - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Thursday it has approved a 100-million-dollar multi-tranche loan to fund a pilot programme to bring energy-efficient technology to major power consumers in China's southern province of Guangdong.

The Manila-based ADB said the fund will be used by the provincial government of Guangdong to grant loans to industrial and commercial establishments to retrofit energy-intensive facilities with energy-efficient technology.

Asian Development Bank grants 1-million-dollar aid to China

Asian Development Bank grants 1-million-dollar aid to ChinaManila  - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Tuesday it was extending a 1-million-dollar grant to China to support relief efforts after a devastating earthquake two weeks ago.

The Manila-based ADB said the technical assistance will fund the acquisition of essential equipment and supplies for basic services, and review the disaster management framework for the quake area.

The programme will also conduct a preliminary damage and needs assessment of the physical and social infrastructure.




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