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Deja vu 90s as Kashmiris throng makeshift phone booths

SRINAGAR: Faisal Ahmad walked five kilometres from his home in Rainawari in downtown Srinagar to a makeshift telephone booth in the upscale Jawahar Nagar to make a voice call to his brother who works in Qatar.

Bypolls to two Himachal seats on Oct 21

SHIMLA:  Bypolls to two Assembly constituencies in BJP-ruled Himachal Pradesh will be held on October 21, the Election Commission announced on Saturday.

Himachal Pradesh proposes to draft Electric Vehicle Policy 2019

SHIMLA: A meeting regarding the framing of the draft for Himachal Pradesh Electric Vehicle Policy- 2019 was held today, under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi.  During the meeting, Dr Baldi said that the vision of the Himachal Pradesh Electric Vehicle Policy- 2019 is to establish Himachal Pradesh as a model state for Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption and to provide sustainable, safe, eco-friendly, inclusive and integrated mobility.

HPEA demands removal of pay anomalies of assistant engineers

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Power Engineers Aassociation  (HPEA)has demanded that  long pending  issue of  pay anomalies of assistant engineers be resolved and selection  process of  chief technological officer(CTO)  in UHBVN be stopped .

A long-life prayer for Tibetan Spiritual Leader Dalai Lama organized at Dharmshala

DHARAMSHALA: A long-life prayer for Tibetan Spiritual Leader Dalai Lama was held at the main Bushist  temple in Dharamshala today organised by five groups. The long Life prayer was offered by Ganden Choeling Monastery, Federation of Tibetan Cooperative society (Nyamdrel), Doekham Chushi Gangdrug based in Delhi, Tibetan residents of Bhutan and Members of Kham Gonjo.

Himachal CM launches three citizen services of MC Shimla

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur launched three government to citizen services (G2C) in Municipal Corporation, Shimla viz. online garbage charges collection application, online building planning application and rent and lease application through State Information Technology department, here today.

Pak proxies return to combat zone, ready to sneak in

SRINAGAR: An increasingly desperate Pakistan is trying to sneak in proxies into the Indian territory before winter sets in.

In post Article 370 Kashmir, many arrested & released

SRINAGAR:  Twenty-one-year-old Sameer Ahmad Bhats family is inconsolable. A Public Safety Act (PSA) has been slapped against the truck driver. Just two days before the Eid there was a knock at the door of Manzoor Ahmad Bhat by a police party in the middle of the night. They were looking for his son Sameer.

Cait calls on industry bodies ficci, CII to ensure no usage of single use plastics by their members

SHIMLA: In furtherance of the call of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to stop usage of single use plastic,  the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT ) today sent communications to Industry bodies FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM and PHD Chamber asking them to advise their member Industries to stop using single use plastics in their production line or packaging of finished goods to ensure that traders in supply chain do not get any goods in single use plastic packaging from 2nd October in support of the call of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for stoppage of use of single use plastic from 2nd October.

Pakistan now waging poster war in Kashmir Valley

SRINAGAR:  Pakistan, which has been using social media to provoke unrest in Kashmir Valley, has now adopted a 'poster war' technique asking people to unite against India's decision to abrogate Article 370 granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Tourism hit as uncertainty looms large in post-370 Kashmir

SRINAGAR:  Forty-seven-year-old Mohammad Sultan is a worried man. The Srinagar taxi owner bought a brand new Toyota Crysta car for Rs 19 lakh, exclusively for tourists right at the start of the Amarnath Yatra in July. He hoped to do some brisk business at the tourist taxi stand on the boulevard road. He paid Rs 10 lakh from his pocket and took a bank loan of another nine lakh. Little did he know that all his hopes would be dashed to the ground right in the middle of a thriving tourism season. For just when yatra had peaked, the news of scrapping of Article 370 came as a bolt from the blue bringing Kashmir to a halt and also its economy.

Himachal House praises Congress veteran Virbhadra Singh

SHIMLA: Cutting across party lines, the Himachal Pradesh Assembly praised six-time Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Virbhadra Singh for devoting his maximum time to the House during its 11th sitting that concluded on Saturday.

Himachal passes Bill against forced religious conversion

SHIMLA: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Himachal Pradesh on Friday unanimously passed a Bill in the Assembly to check 'forcible religious conversions'.

'Darbar Move' tradition to continue in J&K UT

SRINAGAR: The 107-year-old tradition of half-yearly shuttling of the seat of governance between the summer and winter capitals in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to continue even after the state gets bifurcated into two union territories on October 31.

Mehbooba's mother, sister meet her

SRINAGAR:  Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's mother and sister Rubya Sayeed met her on Thursday at Chashmashahi Resort, where she has been kept under detention.

Chief Minister appeals people to remain healthy and fit

SHIMLA: Each one of us spare at least an hour a day in the morning for a few physical excises such as yoga, jogging or at least brisk walking for keeping yourself physically as well mentally fit. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while interacting with the media after the Fit India Movement celebrated in the Vidhan Sabha complex here today.

Bindal demands e-Vidhan Academy at Tapovan

SHIMLA: Speaker, HP Vidhan Sabha Dr. Rajeev Bindal met Speaker, Lok Sabha Om Birla at New Delhi today.

5 J&K residents booked for posting 'sensitive remarks' on FB

JAMMU:  The Jammu and Kashmir police has booked five persons, all residents of Rajouri and Poonch districts, for posting "sensitive remarks" on Facebook that could disturb law and order in the state.

Floods turn Himachal apple business 'sour'

SHIMLA: Due to rain fury and floods, record harvest of apples this season after two consecutive lean years of its production have not brought cheers on the faces of the growers in Himachal Pradesh.

Terrorist nabbed from Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir

SRINAGAR:  Security agencies arrested a militant in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir during a checking operation even as heavy shelling took place at two locations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch, officials said on Tuesday.

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