Feb 13

Good move if implemented

Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections are round the corner. The state government is coming out with varied announcements to attract the attention of the public with its report card which has nothing exceptional but a routine rehash of the development since the inception of the statehood. The Chief Minister is anxious knowing that much time is

People wait for HP govt’s report card

After the completion of elections process to five states, the next turn is of Himachal Pradesh waiting in the wings for which the state government is getting ready and going the whole hog either through inaugurating or stone-laying ceremonies in the run-up to the state assembly elections which are due in a year’s time. In

HP continues to elude development

Interestingly, Himachal Pradesh continues to suffer because of the apathetic and myopic approach of the state and Central governments since its inception. The major share of blame for the lapses in the development goes to Congress. Because of its monolithic and despotic approach, the overall growth of the state has remained ignored. If objective analytical

Modi expresses grief soldiers' death among avalanches
Many laurels without shine

Narendra Modi visited Himachal Pradesh for the first time after becoming the Prime Minister and aroused the hopes for fast growth of inftrastructural development in the state. As is his wont, he could not help check himself from taking a dig at the state government “Do I need to tell you about his identity?”, alluding

Kangra needs tourism boost

Despite rich potential for tourism in Himachal Pradesh, this sector has not received the required support. Political statements and election promises for the same have been made so frequently that the real intent for the same has taken a back seat. Not to talk of the entire state, even a portion of the Kangra Valley

Ensure tobacco control on ground

The ban on the sale of loose cigarettes and the mandatory registration of retailers of tobacco products has finally come into effect in the hill state. The Governor issued notification on Himachal Pradesh Prohibition of Sale of Loose Cigarettes and Beedis and Regulation of Retail Business of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products act, 2016 earlier

IGMC needs facelift in system

Himachal Pradesh: The premier Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla is in the midst of golden jubilee celebrations. The pass outs from the college have made it big in different fields and are now serving in the best of institutions in the country and abroad. The IGMC has a reason to celebrate also because all

Shimla needs ‘green concern’

The Shimla Municipal Corporation will charge ‘green fee’ from the vehicles, which are not registered in Himachal, on their entry in Shimla. It is a kind of tax to facilitate clean and green Shimla to the tourists, the city being international tourist place. Shimla would be the second hill destination to introduce this concept after

Coordination claims of Cong fall flat?

The rift is out in the open in Congress once again as the election year comes closer in Himachal Pradesh. The claims of coordination between Virbhadra government and the Congress party led by Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu have seemingly fallen apart. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who praised Sukhu one day and retraced his stand the very

The RUSA mess-up in HP

The poor implementation of ambitious Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) in state colleges has become a pain in the neck for teachers and students alike. Contrary to the claims of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla (which lists RUSA implementation as its top achievement), the haste, with which the new system of higher education was implemented over

Monkeys keep the government on toes

Surprising, but true. In Himachal Pradesh, the monkeys keep the state government on toes. So much so, that the government, which was earlier giving money for catching monkeys (for sterilisation), has now announced an incentive of Rs 300 for killing a monkey in certain areas outside forest. The reason: Under tremendous political pressure, the state

When humanity and municipality failed in Shimla

When humanity and municipality failed in ShimlaShimla has got a bad name again. A four year old boy from the city was kidnapped two years ago and was allegedly murdered for ransom after some days. The child was tortured before he was allegedly done to death.What made it more ghastly was that the parts of

Politics on drugs won’t do any good

Former Congress minister Vijay Singh Mankotia, who is Vice Chairman of State Tourism Development Board, has spoken it out blatantly. His remarks that ‘drugs tourism’ is picking up in Himachal Pradesh, with reference to McLeodganj and Kullu, along with the allegation of connivance by officials, cannot be taken lightly. Nevertheless, what Mankotia alleged cannot be

Will Himachal Pradesh ever have a third political option?

The tiny hill state of Himachal is in dire need of third option, an alternate to Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which have ruled the state one by one for past over three and a half decades.But unfortunately, whosoever has tried out an alternate to these two parties, has failed in Himachal. The

Water crisis: An ‘all weather’ problem in Shimla

Promoted internationally as an ‘all weather tourist destination’, the beautiful Queen of hills, Shimla has unfortunately turned out to be ‘all weather city’ even when it comes to water crisis. The hue and cry over ‘water shortage’ is a common phenomenon in the state capital, which prevails for different reasons season after season every year.

Raj Bhawan versus government in HP!

A silent conflict is brewing in Himachal Pradesh… And it seems Chief Minister; Virbhadra Singh is not the one to take it lying down on certain things, even as it may concern the Raj Bhawan’s stance. The case in point is of Himachal Pradesh Sports (Registration, Recognition and Regulation of Associations) Bill 2015, which is

Himachal Diary: Uncomfort in BJP over possible transition

Even as the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Himachal Pradesh is sitting cool, waiting endlessly for Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s ouster in view of the lurking CBI and Enforcement Direstorate (ED) cases of corruption against him, it is not so comfortable within BJP. Mainly for the transition phase that appears imminent in the BJP