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Ashwani Sharma

Himachal: Rohtang Tunnel Remains Shut For Tourists After Heavy Snowfall, IMD Issues Yellow Alert For Rain

Jan 04, 2022 Ashwani Sharma

Lahaul-Spiti police issued an advisory asking people to avoid travel in the high risk snow-bound area in next 24 hours.

Himachal Pradesh Is 'Moo'ving Toward Cow Tourism In Bid To Conserve Local Breeds

Jan 04, 2022 Ashwani Sharma

Several 'cow sanctuaries' have been planned across Himachal Pradesh in a bid to conserve and preserve indigenous cows and bulls of the state with plans to turn these spots into tourist attractions in the near future.


Children, Health Workers Brave Snow, Harsh Terrain To Get Jabbed In Himachal

Over 91,000 children braved tough weather and terrain to get Covid-19 vaccines after the government rolled out shots for 15-18 age group.

Rape Cases On Rise In Himachal Pradesh; Culprits Mostly Close Relations: Official Records

Jan 02, 2022 Ashwani Sharma

Himachal Pradesh is witnessing a steady increase in rape cases according to the state’s crime statistics of 2021.


'Changes Imminent In Party, Cabinet In Poll Year': Himachal CM On What Lies Ahead In 2022

In an interview with Outlook, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur spoke about his top priorities this upcoming election year and the road map given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

01 January, 2022

Shimla Bomb Scare Dampens New Year's Eve Celebrations In Himachal Pradesh

Ashwani Sharma

The Ridge and Mall road, two of the most popular tourist attractions in Shimla, wore a deserted look on New Year after police asked tourists to vacate the spots following a bomb threat from a Pakistan-based entity.


30 December, 2021

Yearender 2021 | Year Of Natural Disasters For Himachal Pradesh

Ashwani Sharma

Flash floods, landslides and glacial lake bursts—Himachal Pradesh saw all in 2020. The impact of climate change as per scientists is evident and 2021 too had its moments.


29 December, 2021

Vaccines For Children: Himachal Gears For Jabbing Kids After 100% Covid-19 Vaccination Milestone

Ashwani Sharma

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the vaccination for the children as per the decision taken NTAGI, will start on January 3 in all the districts simultaneously.


27 December, 2021

PM Modi Gifted With 35 Kg 'Trishul' In Himachal Pradesh, Praises For CM Thakur

Ashwani Sharma

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived at Mandi this morning on a day coinciding with four years of the BJP government, described Thakur as an ‘energetic and popular’ leader, sending a clear message.


27 December, 2021

After Christmas, Snowfall Greets Shimla And Manali In Himachal Pradesh

Ashwani Sharma

In Shimla, the Ridge and Mall road saw the tourists rushing from their hotels to experience the snow charm though a white Christmas had eluded them ,24 hours back.


26 December, 2021

Omicron Enters Himachal Pradesh, Govt Increases Surveillance On Foreign Travelers After 1st Case

Ashwani Sharma

According to a health department official, a 45- year-old woman, who was tested positive for Omicron, had arrived from Canada. Her sample was sent to NCDC, New Delhi, for genome sequencing.


25 December, 2021

‘White Christmas’ Eludes Shimla Yet Again: Tourists Disappointed With No Snowfall Despite Predictions

Ashwani Sharma

The last time it snowed in Shimla on Christmas Day was in 2016, that too after a gap of two decades, though some years between 2014 to 2018 did see a small spell of pre-Christmas snowfall.


22 December, 2021

Tourists Brave Omicron Fears To Party In Himachal As IMD Predicts A Snowy Christmas

Ashwani Sharma

In wake of the Omicron scare, the sudden influx of tourists and the upcoming rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mandi on Dec 27 have raised concerns over a fresh Covid-19 outbreak in Himachal Pradesh.


21 December, 2021

Will PM Modi's Rs 27K Cr Project Bonanza In Poll-Bound Himachal Help BJP Retain Power?

Ashwani Sharma

PM Narendra Modi is expected to visit poll-bound Himachal Pradesh on December 27 to launch a slew of projects including the Rs 6.9 crore Renuka Dam project and the Rs 8 crore Sawra Kuddu power project.


21 December, 2021

New Year Bonanza: Himachal Announces 15-20% Pay Hike For Govt Employees Ahead Of State Polls In 2022

Ashwani Sharma

Himachal Pradesh government employees will get a salary hike of 15-20% as the new pay scales will be applicable from 1st January. This will put an additional burden of about Rs. 4000 cr annually on the state exchequer.


20 December, 2021

Traditional Wisdom, Not Modern Technology Will Save Mountains, Says Sonam Wangchuk

Ashwani Sharma

Magsaysay awardee Ladakh-based innovator Sonam Wangchuk upheld traditional wisdom and social capital as measures against natural disasters at a Climate conference.


17 December, 2021

Himachal All Set For Pre-Covid Like Tourists Rush In Winter, Temperature Drops Below Minus 9

Ashwani Sharma

As the mercury plummets below minus 9, the hoteliers of Himachal, after many years, are predicting the possibility of a 'white Christmas'. Many anticipate this years' winter tourist rush to surpass all previous records.


16 December, 2021

Malana: Village 'Devta' Imposes Prohibition On Liquor Consumption, Rs 10k Fine For Violators

Ashwani Sharma

In the ancient village of Malana in Himachal Pradesh, the village devta (goddess) Jamdagni Rishi, or ‘Jamlu devta’ has imposed a complete prohibition on liquor within the boundaries of the village.


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A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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