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BJP veteran Shanta Kumar’s six decade-long political journey comes to an unpleasant end

The BJP didn’t give Shanta Kumar, the 84-year-old former CM of Himachal Pradesh, a chance to defend the Kangra seat, signalling the end of the road for him.
Win these 3 districts to win Himachal Pradesh

Ex-CM Shanta Kumar dropped from BJP’s Himachal list

Shanta Kumar, speaking to reporters earlier this week, said that he is unwilling to contest elections.
Lahaul-Spiti valley

With Rohtang tunnel still not finished, this chopper remains Lahaul-Spiti’s winter lifeline

Over 1,000 people were stranded in Himachal’s remote district and the chopper couldn’t fly due to bad weather. But it’s finally back in action & rescuing them.
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No relief from court for ex-CM Virbhadra Singh in Rs 10 crore disproportionate assets case

The Delhi High Court refused to stay the trial court order to frame charges against the former Himachal Pradesh chief minister.

After cow, Himachal Congress embraces Vande Mataram & national anthem

Himachal Pradesh unit of Congress has decided to begin all its meetings with Vande Matram and end with the national anthem.
Dakpathar barrage in Uttarakhand across Yamuna river | Commons

Delhi’s water shortage problem finally has a solution — 3 dams across Yamuna

Govt sets deadlines, revises budgets of 3 suspended projects which will also ease shortages in UP, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal. 
Prime Minjster Narendra Modi at a rally in Dharamsala | @BJP4India/Twitter

Himachal Pradesh is like my home, says PM Modi as BJP completes one year in the state

The prime minister addressed a 'jan abhaar' rally in Dharamshala to celebrate one year of the Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP government in Himachal Pradesh.
Indian Cows

Now, HP Congress MLA wants cow declared ‘Mother of the Nation’, Assembly passes resolution

Congress goes one up on BJP over gau mata in Himachal. A cow cess on liquor already in place. First cow ‘sanctuary’ inaugurated.

Chasing a high, foreigners keep ‘vanishing’ in Himachal’s Parvati Valley

Over the years, 21 foreigners have disappeared without a trace in the region, which is best known for its scenic beauty, risky treks and easy supply of drugs. Shimla/Kullu: Every year, the Parvati Valley in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh plays host to thousands of tourists, many of them from faraway lands such as the US, UK, Australia, Israel, Russia, Italy and Poland. Drawn in by the natural beauty and easy access to drugs, many foreign tourists either ‘forget’ to return home before being compelled by visa restrictions, or simply vanish in the barely-inhabited high-altitude valley. Since the 1990s, the Parvati-Manikaran region has become well-known for the cultivation of cannabis, drug trafficking, full-moon rave parties and narcotics abuse. Now, foreigners’ disappearance has become a virtually unstoppable challenge for the state’s agencies — 21 of them have vanished without a trace in recent years. The case of Bruno Muschalik The police in Kullu are...
Shimla

BJP govt in Himachal wants to rename Shimla to Shyamala

State health minister Vipin Singh Parmar says there isn’t any harm in going back to historic names ‘if the people want it’.

On Camera

File photo of Narendra Modi at the Dhola Sadia Bridge, across River Brahmaputra, in Assam | PIB

Under Modi government, the PMGSY road scheme is connecting every last Indian

Beneficiaries of the programme from Manipur, Meghalaya and Odisha talk about how their lives were transformed thanks to the newly built roads.

Rahul Gandhi’s Rs 72,000 income pledge: Are populist freebies the only way to win elections?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday pledged to give Rs 12,000 per month to every family in India if the Congress is voted to power in the 2019 elections.

Defence

A Chinook helicopter

India inducts Chinook helicopters, adds muscle to military along China border

Each Chinook helicopter can lift 45 soldiers, artillery guns or even light armoured vehicles to high altitudes. It can also fly through narrow mountain valleys.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.