SHIMLA: The Bharatiya Janata Party picked five-time legislator Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday as its legislature party leader in Himachal Pradesh, effectively making him the state’s next chief minister.
The 52-year-old MLA for Seraj in Mandi district will be sworn in as the state’s 14th chief minister on December 27 in a grand ceremony that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah are expected to attend.
The announcement ended almost a week of speculation over the Continue reading
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SHIMLA: With a continuous spell of sub-zero temperatures at the 13,500-ft high Rohtang Pass, the Border Road Organisation’s (BRO) snow clearance operations to rescue more than 40 people stranded on the other side of the pass were hit yet again on Wednesday.
BRO officials have, however, said snow has been cleared in the area and the route will be opened for vehicular traffic on Thursday. “Braving extreme cold and snow, BRO has opened the Rohtang Pass. Keeping in view the safety of commuters only, oneway traffic will be allowed from Kellong to Manali on November 23. From November 24, one-way traffic will be allowed from Manali to Keylong,” 38 Border Road Task Force commander AK Awasthi told media persons. Continue reading
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SHIMLA/NEW DELHI: Veteran BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal was on Tuesday named the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls to be held on November 9.
The decision to name the 73-year-old Dhumal, Continue reading
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SHIMLA: At least six vehicles were buried in a landslide on the Chandigarh-Shimla National Highway, besides damaging parts of a temple in Shimla, on Saturday.
Fortunately all of them were unoccupied and no loss of life was reported in the calamity. Continue reading