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A homegrown asafoetida or hing sapling | Photo: CSIR-IHBT

India starts cultivating hing, a staple ingredient that costs $130 mn each year to import

Hing is currently imported from Afghanistan and Iran but scientists from CSIR-IHBT, Palampur, have begun growing it in Himachal’s Lahaul and Spiti district.

Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur to self-quarantine for 3 days as precautionary measure against Covid

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister had on 3 October met some persons in Manali, who tested positive for coronavirus infection Sunday, the official spokesperson said.
An image of the Tom Lantos Tunnel being circulated as the Atal Tunnel on social media platforms | Twitter | @NarenderChawla1

BJP leaders share 8-yr-old image of tunnel in US as Atal Tunnel inaugurated by PM Modi

Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta and BJP member Narendra Kumar Chawla are among many who shared the photograph of the US tunnel on Twitter and Facebook.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during the inauguration of Atal tunnel, world's longest highway tunnel, in Manali on 3 October | PTI photo

Govt schemes not based on votes but ‘development for all’, says PM Modi

Speaking at the inauguration of the Atal Tunnel, PM Modi said it is government's resolve that the benefit of development should reach every part of the country and to every person.
Delhi Police Headquarters near ITO (representational image) | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Rape convict on the run held, Delhi Police says he was planning to write book on his ‘victims’

Gujarat court had sentenced Dhaval Trivedi to life imprisonment for raping 2 minors but he jumped parole in 2018. Delhi cops says he assaulted at least 6 other women, including minors.
Apple farmers in Himachal Pradesh feel their woes aren't being addressed by any party

Fungal scab disease returns to Himachal after 4 decades to hit apple crop and prices

The highly infectious fungal disease is spreading in the high-yield apple belt of the state, and is expected to result in a 25-30% drop in production.
Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut with her mother Asha | Twitter

Kangana’s mother Asha Ranaut welcome to join BJP, Himachal unit chief says as she thanks Modi

Himachal BJP chief Suresh Kumar Kashyap's statement comes a day after Asha Ranaut thanked PM Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for granting Kangana Y plus security.
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Himachal drug firm under scanner again after cough syrup causes ‘kidney failure’ in 2-yr-old

Himachal-based Digital Vision was earlier booked by state govt in February for selling another contaminated syrup, which led to 9 infant deaths in J&K and one in Haryana.
Representational image of the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, which borders on China | Photo: Commons

Himachal’s plan to counter China — train personnel in Chinese, residents in guerrilla warfare

Plan with 12 ‘high points’, drawn up by Himachal DGP Sanjay Kundu at the behest of Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, sent to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for action.

Indian tourists are finally out. But there’s a bigger headache than coronavirus — red tape

Checking into a hotel is easier. Getting past the innumerable checkpoints where you are asked the same set of questions again, and again, is not.

On Camera

File image of a sign outside the Income Tax office | Photo: Brent Lewin | Bloomberg

Govt extends deadline for filing income tax return till 31 December

Earlier in May, the govt had extended the date for filing ITR for FY2019-20 from 31 July to 30 November to give compliance relief to taxpayers.

Defence

Representational image | A flying drone

Army shoots down surveillance drone after it crosses the LoC in north Kashmir

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone, fitted with cameras, was spotted by the alert troops in the Keran sector. The drone was seized and further investigation is on.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.