Monday, August 10, 2020


Shimla's table-top airport 'riskiest': Aviation experts

SHIMLA:Himachal Pradesh state capital's airport at Jubbarhatti -- located 2,196 metres above the sea level -- is one of country's 'riskiest' table-top airport like Kozhikode and needs timely expansion, aviation experts said on Saturday.

E-Course on Learning to Teach Online; Transition from Blackboard to Broadband

CHANDIGARH: In the face of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, online and blended learning is now an educational fact of life. Developing Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning is a new program designed to support teachers to prepare for the upcoming school year. An online survey was conducted by IQAC, Dev Samaj College of Education during the trying circumstances amid the coronavirus pandemic when the schools & colleges across India have been shut since mid-March.

Priyanka Gandhi not visiting Shimla clarifies her office

NEW DELHI:Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi's office has clarified that she is not visiting Shimla and the permission for visiting the Himachal capital was only sought for her children and domestic staff.

Himachal minister, his two daughters test Covid positive

SHIMLA:Newly inducted minister Sukh Ram Chaudhary, who holds the power portfolio in Himachal Pradesh, and his two daughters were tested coronavirus positive on Thursday, doctors said.

Himachal CS stresses to keep vigil and readiness to mitigate disasters

SHIMLA: The 14th meeting of State Executive Committee (SEC) under Disaster Management Act, 2005 was held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Anil Khachi.

Capt Amarinder writes to PM not to allow GI tagging of MP Basmati in larger interest of Punjab & other states

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his personal intervention to not allow Geographical Indication (GI) tagging of Basmati to Madhya Pradesh, in the larger interest of Punjab and other states which are already Basmati GI tagged.

Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal announced the opening of 11 new colleges,in Haryana

CHANDIGARH:Taking the 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao' campaign of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi forward, Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal announced the opening of 11 new colleges, on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan. With this, Haryana has become the first state in the country to have a college within a radius of 15 km.
Manohar Lal announced the setting up of these colleges at a function organized at Government Post Graduate (PG) College, Sector-1, Panchkula today. He also planted saplings and urged the people to plant trees so as to protect the environment.

With Lord Hanuman's blessings, 'bhumi pujan' will end 166-year-old dispute

AYODHYA:Lord Hanuman is said to be the protector of Ayodhya and Ram devotees. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he comes to Ayodhya on Wednesday for 'bhumi pujan', will first offer prayers at the Hanuman Garhi temple.

COVID-19 cases in India cross 18 lakh mark

NEW DELHI:With 52,972 new coronavirus cases and 771 deaths in the last 24 hours, India's overall caseload stood at 1,803,695, while the total fatalities increased to 38,135, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare revealed on Monday.

3 more states, 1 UT join ration card portability scheme

NEW DELHI:The states of Manipur, Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir have also been integrated into the National Portability for ration cards, which already had 20 states/UTs on board.

Soldier killed in Pak ceasefire violation on LoC in J&K

JAMMU: An Indian soldier was killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan troops on the line of control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on Saturday.

Chandigarh retains top slot in performing grading index across the country

CHANDIGAR:State of education in Chandigarh has become a thing of the past if recently released performance grading index (PGI) by the MHRD is of any indication. Given the thrust of the Chandigarh Administration on zipping up infrastructure in schools for the past one decade has taken education to a perfect future. 

HP CM reshuffles Cabinet, allocates portfolios to new Ministers

SHIMLA:In a first major reshuffle in his government in two-and-a-half years, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has allocated portfolios to three new Ministers, besides changing those of other ministerial colleagues.

Holy soil, water reaching Ayodhya from across India for 'bhoomi pujan'

NEW DELHI:As the day for Ram Mandir Bhoomi Poojan nears, efforts are being expedited to bring holy soil and water from major rivers across India to Ayodhya, through courier, ‘rath yatra or by individuals, ahead of August 5, that is seen as a culmination of a long legal tangle.

Three inducted into Himachal Cabinet in first expansion

SHIMLA:In a first Cabinet expansion in the 31-month old Jai Ram Thakur government in Himachal Pradesh, three legislators - all in the ages of 54 and 56 years, were inducted into the BJP government at a simple ceremony in the state capital on Thursday.

Kashmiri Pandits demand restoration of statehood for J&K

SRINAGAR: An organization of migrant Kashmiri Pandits on Monday demanded the immediate restoration of statehood and special status for Jammu and Kashmir.

Himachal Guv seeks PGIMER help to control corona in state

SHIMLA:Himachal Pradesh Governor Bandaru Dattatreya on Saturday discussed the Covid-19 situation in the hill state with Dr Jagat Ram, Director of PGIMER in Chandigarh, and sought his advice to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Lockdown in Himachal's industrial hub till Tuesday morning

SHIMLA:As the coronavirus cases spike in its industrial hub of Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh in Himachal Pradesh, the local administration has announced compete lockdown for two days from Saturday midnight to curb the spread.

Himachal's first Gokul Gram to be set up at Thana Kalan in Una district

UNA:Himachal Pradesh first Gokul Gram under the Rashtriya Gokul Gram Mission will come up at village Thana Kala in Una District on approximately 15-01-70 hectare land presently being owned by 'Go Seva Aayog' where cattle sanctuary for non productive animals will be set up. This was informed by Animal Husbandry Minister Virender Kanwar here today.

Himachal man sells cow to buy smartphone for kids' online studies

SHIMLA: It may come as a surprise, but a poor family in the BJP-ruled Himachal Pradesh had to sell their cow, a substantial source of income, for just Rs 6,000 to buy a smartphone so that their two children could stay connected with online studies amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

Free AI of 14 lakh milch cattles targeted in the state

UNA (HP):Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Minister Virendra Kanwar stated that free artificial insemination of around 13,84,400 breeding cows and buffaloes had been targeted across the state under National Artificial Insemination Scheme.

Suresh Kashyap appointed new Himachal BJP chief

SHIMLA:Lok Sabha member from Shimla (reserved) constituency, Suresh Kashyap, was appointed the BJP Himachal Pradesh unit President on Wednesday.
The announcement was made by BJP national chief J.P. Nadda.

Himachal Pradesh hikes bus fares by 25%

SHIMLA:To help overcome fund crunch amid Covid-19 pandemic, the Himachal Pradesh government, here on Monday, decided to increase the bus fare by 25 per cent.

Himachal ranks first in Case Fatality Rate

CHANDIGARH: Himachal Pradesh has again shown the way, this time in Case Fatality Rate (CFR) leaving others, including its big cousin states, straddling way behind. In what amounts to a pat on the back of the state government has ranked first in CFR with 0.75 per cent in the country,  

“Eat with the help of brain signal” to avoid many diseases—says Dr Yashpal Sharma.

CHANDIGARH: Elders advised us to eat slowly and with proper chewing of food for healthy life has now been scientifically proved its importance by a research paper of Dr Yashpal Sharma, Head Department of Cardiac Centre, PGI, Chandigarh.

Eat with the help of brain signal” to avoid many diseases—says Dr Yashpal Sharma

CHANDIGARH:Elders advised us to eat slowly and with proper chewing of food for healthy life has now been scientifically proved its importance by a research paper of Dr Yashpal Sharma, Head Department of Cardiac Centre, PGI, Chandigarh. 

Corona effect: Manimahesh pilgrimage cancelled in Himachal

SHIMLA:The annual pilgrimage to the oval-shaped glacial-fed Manimahesh Lake, dedicated to Lord Shiva, located at an altitude of 13,500 feet in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba district, scheduled next month has been cancelled owing to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Thursday.

Nitin Gadkari for dedicating various Highway projects

GURUGRAM:While expressing gratitude to Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs, Nitin Gadkari for dedicating various Highway projects as part of a new economic corridor worth Rs 20, 027 crores in the State, Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal has also sought his intervention in resolving the long-pending issue with the neighbouring State of Punjab regarding Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal so that Haryana could get its legitimate share of river water.

Governor requests GoI to expedite Investment Clearance process of Renukaji Dam

SHIMLA:Governor Bandaru Dattatraya has written a letter to the Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Water Resources, River Development urging therein the Government of India to expedite the process of granting Investment Clearance to Renukaji Dam project so that the project proposal gets approval from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) and the project construction activities could see the light of the day.

Two notorious gangsters arrested by Punjab Police, large haul of arms and ammunition

CHANDIGARH: Further tightening the noose around gangsters in the state, the Punjab Police have busted a gang of international arms smugglers and highway robbers, with the arrest of two dreaded gangsters, including proclaimed offender Gurpreet Singh @ Gora and Germanjeet Singh.

Punjab seeks pharmaceutical park in Bathinda

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Finance Minister Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal today met Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Mr. D. V. Sadananda Gowda and sought the establishment of a national Pharmaceutical Park in Bathinda.

Capt Amarinder announces more stringent curbs in Punjab to control Covid-19

CHANDIGARH: Amid the spiralling Covid cases, the Punjab Government is all set to impose some more stringent curbs in the state, including further restrictions on social, public and family gatherings, as well as mandatory wearing of masks even while working.

Himachal scientists develop immunity booster herbal tea

PALAMPUR(Himachal Pradesh:State-run Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya in this town in the picturesque Kangra Valley has developed immune boosting herbal tea to combat Covid-19, scientists said on Thursday.

Monsoon active in plains, showers in parts of north India

MUMBAI:The monsoon continues to remain active in the plains across the country though sluggishness persists in northwest India. However, there is a possibility of rain in some places in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, western Uttar Pradesh and south and east Rajasthan in the next 24 hours.

30,000 Indian troops in eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with Chinese

LEH: Around 30,000 troops of Indian Army are in an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LoC) in Ladakh, following the additional deployment of three brigades since the violent face-off last month.

Akalis have sold out Punjab's interests by supporting anti-frmer ordinances, says Capt Amarinder Singh

CHANDIGARH:  Accusing the Akalis of selling Punjab’s interests by agreeing to the anti-farm Ordinances in order to ruin the state’s farming community, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday asserted that he would take the fight against the anti-farmer Ordinances to the Centre.

Over 97% emissions in Himalayas due to household space heating

NEW DELHI: Over 78 per cent of the total emissions in the Indian Himalayan region are from space heating in residential dwellings in rural areas, with 71.4 per cent attributed to the northern states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir, according to a recent report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

Corona infected family recovers with the help of right treatment and neighbours

UNA (Himachal Pradesh):  Despite the outbreak of Covid-19, a global pandemic that killed thousands of people worldwide, many examples of humanity, vivacity and morality are coming up in society. One such case is that of Bout village, under Bangana sub-division of Una district; where a corona infected family has won battle against this fatal disease with the help of neighbors and proper health facilities.

Ex-Himachal legislator booked for sedition

SHIMLA:Former Himachal Pradesh legislator and Congress leader Neeraj Bharti was arrested for allegedly posting "anti-national and objectionable" content on social networking site Facebook after violent face-off between India and China.

Haryana CM invites investments for bulk drugs park

CHANDIGARH:Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday said the state has offered to set up a bulk drugs park in Panipat town under the government of India scheme to finance common infrastructure facilities.