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Himachal Pradesh

Modi poised for huge win in Gujarat, Congress wrests Himachal from BJP

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi appeared set for a third straight term in office as the Bharatiya Janata Party headed towards a huge win in the state but it lost Himachal Pradesh to the Congress as counting of votes progressed in the Assembly elections in both States today.
 
Counting begins in Gujarat, BJP secures early lead

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi appeared set for a third straight term in office as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headed towards a huge win in the state but it lost Himachal Pradesh to the Congress as counting of votes progressed in the Assembly elections in both states today.

As results and counting trends became available for all the 182 seats in the Gujarat Assembly, the BJP had won 52 and was leading in 65 others, making for a total of 117 seats, the same number that it has in the outgoing house.
 
The Congress had won 27 seats and was leading in 32 others. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), an ally of the Congress, had won two seats while the Janata Dal (United), an ally of the BJP, was leading in one constituency. Other parties were ahead in three seats.
 
Adding to the Congress' misery in Gujarat, its state unit chief Arjun Modhwadia and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil lost their seats.
 
In Himachal Pradesh, the ruling BJP conceded defeat as the Congress won 34 seats in the 68-member Assembly and was leading in two others. The BJP had won 23 and was ahead in another three, while others had won four and were leading in two more.
 
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal admitted his party had lost and congratulated the winners. He said the reasons for the BJP's defeat, despite his government's good record of governance, would be analysed at party fora in due course.
 
In Gujarat, Mr Modi retained his own seat, Maninagar, bagging 120440 votes against 34097 secured by his nearest rival, Shweta Bhatt, wife of suspended Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjiv Bhatt.
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The controversial former Minister of State for Home, Mr Amit Shah of the BJP, won from Naranpura, garnering 103988 votes against the 40653 secured by his rival Jitubhai B Patel of the Congress.
 
In the Ellis Bridge constituency in Ahmedabad, Ms Jagruti Pandya, widow of assassinated former Minister of State for Home Haren Pandya, ended up in the third place. Ms Pandya, a candidate of the Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) floated by former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, could muster only 9075 votes against Mr Raesh Shah of BJP, who got 106631 votes. Mr Kamleshkumar Shah of the Congress got 29959 votes.
 
Mr Modhwadia lost in Porbandar, getting only 60458 votes against the 77604 votes secured by Mr Babubhai Bokhiria of the BJP. Mr Gohil lost from Bhavnagar (Rural) to Mr Purshottam Solanki of the BJP. Mr Solanki got 83980 votes as against 65426 secured by Mr Gohil.
 
The BJP had won 117 seats in the Gujarat Assembly in the last elections in 2007, while the Congress had 59 seats.
 
Counting of votes began in both states at 0800 hours today and all the results are expected by this evening.
 
Elections to the 182-member Gujarat assembly were held in two phases on December 13 and 17, when a record 71.3 per cent of the 38 million voters had exercised their franchise.
 
Polling for the 68 seats in the Himachal Pradesh assembly was held in a single phase on November 4, and about 74.7 per cent of the 4.60 million voters had cast their votes.
 
The supporters of Mr Modi, who has been in office since 2001, are hoping that, with yet another big win, he would be propelled to the centrestage of national politics and become the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
 
Exit polls had predicted a huge win for Mr Modi again this year, while they had given a slight edge in a close contest in Himachal Pradesh.
 
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First India vs S.Africa T20I abandoned due to rain

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The first T20I between India and South Africa that was to be played here at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium on Sunday was abandoned without a ball played due to rain.
 
Intermittent rains throughout the day coupled with puddles of water on the covers meant that even the toss of coin could not take place.
 
The three-match series now moves to Mohali where the second T20I will be played on Wednesday. The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. (IST) start.
 
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Kohli's team reaches Dharamsala, set for clash with Proteas

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Team India on Friday reached Dharamsala for the opening game of their three-match T20I series against South Africa at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association's stadium on Sunday.
 
The Proteas had arrived in Dharamsala on September 9. Dharamsala is the venue of the first match of their tour of India which includes a three-match Test series that will be played after the T20Is.
 
The two other T20I matches will be played in Mohali (September 18) and Bengaluru (September 22).
 
The three Tests will be played in Visakhapatnam (October 2-6), Pune (October 10-14) and Ranchi (October 19-23) as the Proteas open their campaign in the ICC World Test Championship.
 
"Excited to be back in India and looking forward to playing cricket again," South African pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada wrote in a tweet. Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has been designated as South Africa's captain for the T20I series, replacing Faf du Plessis.
 
India's squad for the T20Is is Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, K. L. Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini.
 
South Africa T20I Squad: Quinton de Kock (c), Rassie van der Dussen (vc), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde.
 
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Indian Army team scales 6773m Mount Leo Pargyil

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An Indian Army team successfully climbed the 6773-metre Mount Leo Pargyil at 1030 hours on August 20 after an extremely challenging effort in harsh weather and hoisted the national flag on the summit.
 
The expedition was flagged in by Lieutenant General PM Bali, COS, Western Command on  August 31 at Jhakri near Rampur Bushar.
 
Leo Pargyil is the third highest peak of Himachal Pradesh and is considered to be among the most challenging and technically difficult peaks to scale. It lies in the Zanskar range.
 
The expedition team comprised entirely of troops from the 18th Battalion the Mahar Regiment of Tri Peak Brigade.
 
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Kerala actress Manju Warrier, crew safe in Himachal

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Top Kerala actress Manju Warrier and a 25-member crew of Malayalam film "Kyttem", who were stuck in high mountains of Himachal Pradesh following heavy rain and landslides, are safe and likely to be evacuated later in the day, officials said on Wednesday.
 
In a signed letter to authorities in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday, the actress and the crew said they were staying at Chhatru, some 100 km away from Manali, in Lahaul-Spiti district of their own will.
 
"The administration approached us twice but we preferred to stay here till the road connectivity to Manali is restored," said the letter written by a Manali-based tour operator.
 
The letter in Hindi, signed by the actress and the entire crew, was handed to Sub-Divisional Magistrate Amar Negi when he met them on Tuesday.
 
The letter said the administration would not be responsible in case of any eventuality.
 
A team of 11 local residents was accompanying the Malayalam film crew, said the letter.
 
Official sources said the road connectivity between the Lahaul Valley and Manali via Rohtang Pass was badly damaged owing to landslides.
 
"Work is on to reopen the road. Traffic bound for Manali from Lahaul would be restored by Wednesday evening," an official with the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) told IANS.
 
Warrier, along with director Sanal Kumar Sashidharan and other crew members, had been shooting in Himachal Pradesh for more than two weeks.
 
Reports that they have been trapped at Chhatru village only surfaced late on Monday when the actress called up her brother using a satellite phone.
 
Warrier is a hugely popular actress in the South.
 
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Monsoon subdued in Himachal, traffic restored

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After three days of heavy showers which led to snapping of several road links following landslides, the hills of Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday saw subdued rainfall activity, the Met office here said.
 
Most of the rivers that were in spate saw a decline in water levels. Traffic on a majority of the highways and link roads was restored.
 
"There was no heavy rainfall in the state but precipitation occurred at some places in the state since Monday," a Met official told IANS.
 
He said the weather conditions would likely to be mostly dry in the state, adding that light rainfall might occur at some places.
 
Shimla got 32.3 mm of rain, while Manali received 16 mm, Dalhousie 9 mm and Una 5.2 mm.
 
A total of 22 people died and two were reported missing in the state in rain-related incidents in the past three days.
 
There was an estimated loss of Rs 20 crore to both public and private property in the state. Till date, the overall loss was Rs 574 crore.
 
Authorities said excess water was discharged from the Pandoh diversion dam, located 112 km upstream of Pong dam, as a precautionary measure.
 
The Pandoh diversion dam is located on the Beas river in Mandi district. It diverts excess monsoon water towards the Pong dam. Otherwise, it diverts water towards the Satluj river which feeds the Gobind Sagar reservoir of the Bhakra dam.
 
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Himachal roads shut due to landslides

A view of Beas river in spate after incessant rains, near Kullu in Himachal Pradesh on August 17, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
A view of Beas river in spate after incessant rains, near Kullu in Himachal Pradesh on August 17, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Roads in Himachal Pradesh continued to remain shut on Monday due to landslides triggered by heavy rain in the past two days, officials said.
 
Heavy landslides also hit vehicular movement on the Chandigarh-Manali highway beyond Mandi town.
 
A total of 22 people died and two were reported missing in the state in rain-related incidents in the past two days, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur told IANS here.
 
There was an estimated loss of Rs 20 crore to public and private property in the state in two days. Till date, the overall loss was Rs 574 crore.
 
Reports said more than 300 vehicles, carrying tourists and locals, have been stuck since Sunday between Keylong and the Rohtang Pass and work was on to clear the landslide debris.
 
Rail traffic bound for Himachal Pradesh beyond Ropar town in Punjab has been snapped since Sunday owing to damage to the tracks, officials said. Twelve trains were suspended.
 
Train services between Shimla and Kalka, which were disrupted on Sunday after landslips, were normal.
 
The local Indian Meteorological Department on Sunday said the state received the highest ever rainfall for a 24-hour period, since records began almost 70 years ago.
 
"The state as a whole received 102.5 mm and this was 1,065 per cent more than normal for this day," the IMD said in a statement.
 
This is the highest ever rainfall in 24 hours over the state, it added.
 
The higher reaches of Kullu, Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts experienced snowfall. Keylong town in Lahaul-Spiti district too saw snow.
 
There was no major rainfall in the state in the past 12 hours. Light to moderate rainfall was likely at some places till Tuesday, a Met Department official told IANS.
 
The state capital saw 11.9 mm of rain.
 
The government has announced closure of all educational institutions in Kullu and Shimla districts on Monday.
 
A government spokesperson said the Satluj, Beas and Yamuna rivers and their tributaries have been in spate in Kinnaur, Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Bilaspur and Sirmaur districts.
 
"We have advised people settled along the banks of the rivers to move to safer places," an official said here.
 
Authorities said excess water was discharged from the Pandoh diversion dam, located 112 km upstream of Pong dam, as a precautionary measure.
 
The Pandoh diversion dam is located on the Beas river in Mandi district. It diverts excess monsoon water towards the Pong dam. Otherwise, it diverts water towards the Satluj river which feeds the Gobind Sagar reservoir of the Bhakra dam.
 
However, the inflow of water into the state's Pong and Bhakra dam increased dramatically due to heavy rainfall.
 
All the major rivers of the hill state -- the Satluj, Beas and Yamuna -- enter Punjab and Haryana.
 
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18 killed in highest-ever rainfall in Himachal Pradesh

A view of Beas river in spate after incessant rains, near Kullu in Himachal Pradesh on August 17, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
A view of Beas river in spate after incessant rains, near Kullu in Himachal Pradesh on August 17, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Eighteen people, including three children, were killed on Sunday due to heavy rainfall-related incidents across Himachal Pradesh, officials said.
 
The India Meteorological Department in Shimla said Sunday's showers were the highest rainfall recorded by the state in 24 hours, over the past 70 years.
 
Hundreds remained stranded after incessant rainfall triggered landslides, snapped road links, led to shutting down of hydropower projects and release of excess water from a dam, an official said.
 
Traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali Highway was blocked between Mandi and Kullu towns following massive landslides along the swollen Beas river. The Mandi-Jogindernagar Highway was also closed for traffic.
 
Traffic was hampered on 68 roads across the state and the maximum 47 blockades were in Chamba district, a government spokesperson told IANS here. 
 
A bailey bridge near Kullu town was washed away due to flash floods. As a precaution, excess water was released from Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd's (SJVNL) 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri plant -- India's largest hydro project -- in Kinnaur district, which led to flooding in the Satluj river, he said.
 
In Ghumarwin in Bilaspur district, eight families and their livestock were evacuated from their houses owing to flooding in the area.
 
In Chamba district, two people, including a 70-year-old man, were reported missing in landslide in Lona gram panchayat in Chamba district. Boulders smashed their house, police said.
 
Authorities said excess water was discharged from the Pandoh diversion dam, located 112 km upstream of Pong dam, as a precautionary measure. The outflow from the dam was one lakh cusecs.
 
The Pandoh diversion dam is located on Beas river in Mandi district. It diverts excess monsoon water towards Pong dam. Otherwise, it diverts water towards Satluj river, which feeds the Gobind Sagar reservoir of the Bhakra dam.
 
Though the inflow of water into state's Pong and Bhakra dam increased dramatically due to heavy rainfall, authorities said there was no need for worry as the reservoirs have surplus capacity.
 
The entire Kangra district has been experiencing heavy rain for the past two days.
 
Precipitation occurred at most places in the state with very heavy rainfall in Kangra, Kullu and Chamba districts in the past 24 hours, an official of the Meteorological office here said.
 
The state as a whole received 102.5 mm and this was 1,065 per cent more than normal for a day, the IMD said. 
 
All districts received excesses rainfall. The highest rainfall 252 mm was recorded in Bilaspur district, which is 2,586 per cent more than normal, it added.
 
There were reports of link road closure in the interiors of Shimla, Sirmaur, Mandi, Kangra and Kullu districts, hampering movement of traffic.
 
The spokesperson said Satluj, Beas and Yamuna rivers and their tributaries have been again in spate in Kinnaur, Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Bilaspur and Sirmaur districts.
 
According to the Met office, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely at some places in the state till Monday.
 
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Hundreds stranded in Himachal after heavy rains

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Hundreds remained stranded in Himachal Pradesh after incessant rainfall triggered landslides, snapped road links, closing of hydropower projects and release of excess water from a dam, officials said on Sunday.
 
Traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali highway was blocked between Mandi and Kullu towns following massive landslides along the swollen Beas river.
 
Traffic was hampered on 68 roads across the state and the maximum 47 blockades were in Chamba district, a government spokesperson told IANS here. The Mandi-Jogindernagar highway was closed for traffic.
 
A bailey bridge near Kullu town was washed away due to a flash flood.
 
As a precaution, excess water was released from the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd's (SJVNL) 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri plant -- India's largest hydro project -- in Kinnaur district, which led to flooding in the Satluj river, he said.
 
In Ghumarwin in Bilaspur district, eight families and their livestock were evacuated from their houses owing to flooding in the area.
 
In Chamba district, two people, including a 70-year-old person, were reported missing after a landslide in Lona in Chamba district. Boulders smashed their house, police said.
 
Authorities said excess water was discharged from the Pandoh diversion dam, located 112 km upstream of Pong dam, as a precautionary measure. The outflow from the dam was one lakh cusecs.
 
The Pandoh diversion dam is located on the Beas river in Mandi district. It diverts excess monsoon water towards the Pong dam. Otherwise, it diverts water towards the Satluj river which feeds the Gobind Sagar reservoir of the Bhakra dam.
 
However, the inflow of water into the Pong and Bhakra dams increased dramatically due to heavy rainfall, but the authorities said there was no need for worry as the reservoirs still have surplus capacity to hold additional water.
 
The entire Kangra district has been experiencing heavy rain for the past two days.
 
Precipitation occurred at most places in the state with very heavy rainfall in Kangra and Chamba districts in the past 24 hours, an official of the meteorological office here said.
 
There were reports of link road closure in interiors of Shimla, Sirmaur, Mandi, Kangra and Kullu districts, hampering movement of traffic.
 
The spokesperson said the Satluj, Beas and Yamuna rivers and their tributaries have been again in spate in Kinnaur, Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Bilaspur and Sirmaur districts.
 
According to the Met office, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely at some places in the state till Monday.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Lahaul-Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, shook the Lahaul-Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 32.8°N and longitude 76.4°E, occurred at 0903 hours at a focal depth of 20 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Acharya Devvrat shifted to Gujarat, Kalraj Mishra is new Governor of Himachal Pradesh

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President Ram Nath Kovind today transferred Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat as the new Governor of Gujarat.
 
A press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan also said that former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra had been appointed as the new Governor of Himachal Pradesh.
 
"The above appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices," the communique added.
 
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12 persons -- 11 soldiers, 1 civilian -- dead in Himachal building collapse

Rescue operations underway at the site where a roadside three-storey eatery caved in owing to heavy rains at Kumarhatti in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district on July 14, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Rescue operations underway at the site where a roadside three-storey eatery caved in owing to heavy rains at Kumarhatti in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district on July 14, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Twelve people -- 11 soldiers and a civilian -- were killed and 28 others were rescued after a four-storeyed building in Himachal Pradesh's Kumarhatti town, where Assam Rifles troopers were holding a party, collapsed due to rain, rescuers said on Monday.
 
Deputy Commissioner K. C. Chaman said one soldier is still trapped in the debris and a rescue operation by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Army and the state police was on to save him.
 
The 28 people who were rescued comprised 17 soldiers and 11 civilians. The dead also included the building owner's wife.
 
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur along with his Cabinet Minister Rajiv Saizal, MP Suresh Kashyap and state Assembly Speaker Rajiv Bindal have visited the spot, where they met the rescued people.
 
Thakur, who has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident, said as per his information the structure was not raised as per building specifications.
 
He ordered the registration of an FIR against the building owner Shail Kumar, who was away when the structure collapsed.
 
According to officials, the incident occurred at around 4 p.m. on Sunday when soldiers, belonging to the Assam Rifles of nearby Dagshai Cantonment, were having their party at the roadside eatery-cum-residential complex which caved in due to heavy rain.
 
Both soldiers and civilians were present in the building, located on the Kumarhatti-Nahan road, around 55 km from Shimla.
 
The Deputy Commissioner said first the fourth floor of the building collapsed. Then the entire building caved in.
 
Locals blamed unscientific construction methods and violations in the granting of construction-sanction for the building collapse.
 
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Seven people -- 6 soldiers, 1 civilian -- killed in Himachal building collapse

Rescue operations underway at the site where a roadside three-storey eatery caved in owing to heavy rains at Kumarhatti in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district on July 14, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Rescue operations underway at the site where a roadside three-storey eatery caved in owing to heavy rains at Kumarhatti in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district on July 14, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Seven people -- six soldiers and a civilian -- were killed and 35 rescued after a four-storeyed building collapsed due to rain at Kumarhatti town of Himachal Pradesh, rescuers said on Monday.
 
It is believed that six to eight people are still trapped in the debris.
 
As many as 23 soldiers and 12 civilians were pulled out from the rubble in the rescue operation by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Army and the state police that has been on for more than 16 hours.
 
The dead included the building owner's wife Archana.
 
According to officials, the incident occurred on Sunday when soldiers belonging to the Assam Rifles of nearby Dagshai Cantonment were having their party at a roadside eatery-cum-residential complex which caved in due to heavy rain.
 
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who is monitoring the operation from here, said soldiers and civilians were present in the building, located on the Kumarhatti-Nahan road, around 55 kms from Shimla.
 
Thakur, who has ordered a probe into the incident, is visiting the spot later in the day.
 
Deputy Commissioner K. C. Chaman said measures to rescue people trapped in the debris were on. The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals.
 
Locals blamed unscientific construction methods and violations in the granting of construction-sanction for the building collapse. 
 
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2 dead, 12 soldiers trapped in Himachal house collapse

Rescue operations underway at the site where a roadside three-storey eatery caved in owing to heavy rains at Kumarhatti in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district on July 14, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Rescue operations underway at the site where a roadside three-storey eatery caved in owing to heavy rains at Kumarhatti in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district on July 14, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
One soldier and a civilian were killed and 12 other soldiers got trapped when a four-storey building collapsed due to rain at Kumarhatti town of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.
 
While 18 soldiers and five civilians were pulled out from the debris, the rescue operations by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Army and the state police are on.
 
According to officials, the incident occurred when soldiers, belonging to the nearby Dagshai cantonment, were having meal at a roadside eatery-cum-residential complex, which caved in due to heavy rain.
 
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said 30 soldiers and seven civilians were present in the building, located on the Kumarhatti-Nahan road, around 55 km from Shimla.
 
Deputy Commissioner K. C. Chaman said measures to rescue people trapped in the debris were on. The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals.
 
Continuing rain was hampering the rescue operation, he added.
 
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Massive mudslides block Chandigarh-Shimla highway

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Massive mudslides hit the Chandigarh-Shimla national highway between Parwanoo and Solan towns in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday owing to heavy overnight rains, that led to traffic snarls and posed a serious threat to motorists.
 
The movement of traffic was hampered almost throughout the day due to massive landslides along the highway in Solan district.
 
Motorists said the maximum landslips were on a 30-km stretch between Parwanoo and Kumarhatti, where over 20 km was either damaged or piled with boulders and muck.
 
They said the falling debris threatens their safety while travelling through this stretch that has been excavated recently for highway widening.
 
The executing agency - National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) - for the project which aims to cut the travel time between Chandigarh and Himachal capital Shimla by shortening the distance by 17 kms -- cleared the road of boulders and mud.
 
The entire stretch from Parwanoo to Solan has become a permanent landslide zone particularly Chakki ka Mor. The risk of driving is aggravated after dusk, said motorist Deepak Nayyar.
 
He said there were frequent incidents of landslips and falling rocks hitting moving vehicles owing to fragile and loose strata with vertical cutting of the hills for the expansion of the highway.
 
Geologists blame unscientific cutting of precipitous hills, largely of shell, sandstone and clay, for the frequent landslips.
 
"Most of these mountain slopes are of sedimentary formation and have become destabilised with the reckless cutting by heavy earth-moving machinery. The loose and naked boulders with muck will continue to roll down on the highway for eight to 10 years more," former state geologist Arun Sharma told IANS.
 
"On the Parwanoo to Solan stretch, most of the hill cutting was done largely vertically than horizontally. At some points, large-scale vertical cutting was carried out," added Sharma, a member of the Environment Ministry's State Expert Appraisal Committee to assess projects.
 
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari informed the Rajya Sabha on July 8 that the work on four-laning of the stretch between Parwanoo and Solan would be completed within the next six to eight months as the bottlenecks have been removed.
 
He said the project was being undertaken at a cost of Rs 750 crore and almost 75 per cent of the work has been completed.
 
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Two school kids among three dead in Shimla accident

Locals gather at the site where a state-run bus of a private school rolled down into a gorge, at Lower Khalini in Shimla, on July 1, 2019.
Locals gather at the site where a state-run bus of a private school rolled down into a gorge, at Lower Khalini in Shimla, on July 1, 2019.
Two school children and the driver of a bus were killed and five others injured when a state-run bus of a private school rolled down into a gorge in the Himachal Pradesh capital on Monday, police said.
 
The injured were admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital here.
 
The students, belonging to Convent of Jesus and Mary Chelsea, were travelling in a Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus. The accident occurred in Lower Khalini. The dead included bus driver Naresh.
 
Witnesses told the police that lack of crash barrier and narrow road with haphazard parking of vehicles were mainly responsible for the accident.
 
Local legislator and Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj who reached the accident spot, faced a protest from locals, who were blaming the government's callousness towards the safety of the passengers and ensuring parking in the area. He left the spot hurriedly.
 
The mob smashed windscreens of nearly 20 vehicles parked on the road side. The police have arrested two people.
 
Less than a fortnight ago, 44 passengers lost their lives when a mechanically unfit overcrowded mini bus met with an accident in Kullu district on June 20. Thirty-five other passengers received grievous injuries in that accident.
 
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Seven school kids injured in Shimla accident

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At least seven school children were injured when an overcrowded private school bus rolled down a hill in the Himachal Pradesh capital on Monday, police said.
 
The injured were admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital here.
 
The students, belonging to Convent of Jesus and Mary Chelsea, were travelling in Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus. The accident occurred in Lower Khalini.
 
Witnesses told the police that lack of steel barrier and narrow road were mainly responsible for the accident.
 
Local legislator and Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj who reached the accident spot, faced protest from locals, who were blaming the government's callousness towards safety of the passengers.
 
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Toll in Himachal accident rises to 44

The death toll due to a road accident in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district has increased to 44, officials said on Friday.
 
A total of 73 passengers were onboard when an overloaded private mini-bus skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge near Banjar, some 50 km from Kullu town, on Thursday. Passengers were also sitting on its rooftop.
 
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur is rushing to the spot
 
Transport Minister Govind Thakur, who was supervising the rescue and relief operation, told IANS over phone that 29 people were injured in the accident. He said some of the passengers succumbed to injuries early Friday.
 
Superintendent of Police Shalini Agnihotri said the private bus was on its way to Gada Gushaini from Kullu when the accident occurred.
 
Most of the injured have been admitted to hospitals in Kullu and Mandi, she added. The injured included school and college students from Banjar who were returning home.
 
A witness said rescuers had a tough time in extricating the victims from the vehicle and the gorge.
 
Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur expressed grief over the incident.
 
The spot of the accident, about 250 km from the state capital, is one of the remotest places in the state.
 
Scarcity of buses and poor frequency of government-run buses in this remote district are blamed for overloading of public transport vehicles.
 
The Kullu district administration has provided Rs 50,000 as immediate relief to the next-of-kin of the deceased and injured persons. A magisterial probe has been ordered.
 
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30 killed as bus falls into gorge in Himachal

At least 30 people were killed and 40 others injured when an overloaded private mini-bus skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday, police said. 
 
The accident occurred near Banjar, some 50 km from Kullu town. Most of the passengers travelling in the bus were from Kullu and Mandi districts. Passengers were also sitting on its rooftop.
 
Superintendent of Police Shalini Agnihotri said the private bus was on its way to Gada Gushaini from Kullu when the accident occurred.
 
Most of the injured have been admitted to hospitals in Kullu and Mandi, she added. The injured included school and college students from Banjar and were returning home.
 
Eyewitnesses said the bus was overcrowded and the driver probably lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a turn.
 
Eyewitness Ramesh Thakur said rescuers had a tough time in extracting the victims from the vehicle and the gorge.
 
Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur expressed grief over the incident.
 
The spot of the accident, about 250 km from the state capital, is one of the remotest places in the state.
 
Scarcity of buses and poor frequency of government-run buses in this remote district are blamed for overloading of public transport vehicles.
 
The Kullu district administration has provided Rs 50,000 as immediate relief to the next of kin of the deceased and injured persons. A magisterial probe has been ordered.
 
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25 killed as bus falls into gorge in Himachal

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At least 25 people were killed and 35 others injured when a bus skidded off the road and fell into a 300-m-deep gorge in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday, police said.
 
The accident occurred near Banjar, some 50 km from Kullu town.
 
Superintendent of Police Shalini Agnihotri said the private bus was on its way to Gada Gushaini from Kullu when the accident occurred.
 
The injured have been admitted to hospitals in Kullu, she added.
 
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BJP retains all four Himachal LS seats

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The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday retained all the four Lok Sabha seats in the state as its candidates won by record margins, election officials said.
 
Hamirpur sitting MP Anurag Thakur, Kangra candidate Kishan Kapoor, Shimla candidate Suresh Kashyap and Mandi sitting MP Ram Swaroop Sharma won their seats by defeating their nearest Congress rivals.
 
The main contest was between the Congress and the BJP.
 
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur thanked all the voters for the landslide victory of the party.
 
He told reporters here that the victory confirms that people have expressed faith and confidence in the programmes and policies of his government.
 
For former BCCI chief Anurag Thakur, this was the fourth consecutive victory. He won by over 3.81 lakh votes against Congress legislator Ram Lal Thakur.
 
From Kangra, the largest Lok Sabha constituency in the state in terms of voters, the BJP had fielded Cabinet Minister Kishan Kapoor, 68, after dropping veteran leader Shanta Kumar, against two-time Congress legislator Pawan Kajal, 44.
 
Kapoor defeated Kajal by a margin of more than 4.47 lakh votes.
 
In the Shimla (reserved) seat, it was an ex-serviceman versus an ex-serviceman.
 
Colonel Dhani Ram Shandil (retired), 78, who was the Congress candidate, lost by over 3.23 lakh votes to BJP nominee and former Indian Air Force (IAF) officer Suresh Kashyap, 48.
 
Sitting BJP MP and the Chief Minister's confidant Ram Swaroop Sharma won the seat for a second term from Mandi. He was contesting against Congress greenhorn Ashray Sharma, who is the grandson of former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram.
 
Ram Swaroop Sharma retained the seat by a margin of more than 3.63 lakh votes.
 
Sukh Ram, a Congress veteran, had joined the BJP just before the Assembly elections, but defected back after his grandson was denied a ticket.
 
Counting of 38 lakh votes for the Shimla, Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra parliamentary seats began at 8 a.m. amid tight security.
 
A total of 38,01,793 voters -- 72.25 per cent of 52,62,126 eligible ones -- exercised their franchise on May 19 in a single phase to select their representatives to the 17th Lok Sabha.
 
Forty-five candidates, including a lone woman, were in the fray from the four seats.
 
With the electorate in the Lok Sabha polls traditionally favouring the party at the helm in the state, these elections were being seen as a referendum on the state's 17-month-old Jai Ram Thakur government.
 
The BJP wrested the state from the Congress in December 2017, winning 44 seats in the 68-member Assembly. The Congress won 21 seats, Independents two and the Communist Party of India-Marxist won one.
 
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Sedition law will be made more stringent: Rajnath

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Slamming the Congress over its poll promise of repealing the sedition law if voted to power, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that the BJP government would make the law even more stringent.
 
Speaking at a gathering here, Singh said the sedition law would be strengthened so that even the soul of the anti-nationals would shiver.
 
"The Congress is saying that it will repeal the sedition law. We are going to make it more stringent so that no one dares to act against it," Singh said in his 30-minute address.
 
Speaking on economy, Singh said that inflation had been the main poll issue during elections but not in 2004 and 2019, as the management of the two BJP Prime Ministers (Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi) did not allow prices to go out of hands.
 
Singh was here to seek votes for sitting BJP MP Ram Swaroop Sharma, who is seeking re-election from Mandi. He said that Sharma, who has regularly attended sessions in the Lok Sabha, is an honest politician.
 
The four Lok Sabha constituencies in Himachal Pradesh will go to the polls in the seventh and final phase of polling on May 19.
 
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Fire breaks out in Shimla's British-era Grand Hotel

A view of the British-era Grand Hotel, where a fire broke out on Monday, reducing a portion to ashes, in Shimla, on May 13, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
A view of the British-era Grand Hotel, where a fire broke out on Monday, reducing a portion to ashes, in Shimla, on May 13, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
A massive fire broke out on Monday at the British-era Grand Hotel here, reducing a portion to ashes. However, no casualties were reported, police said.
 
The hotel's newly-renovated Mayo Block was completely destroyed in the fire. Since the building was under renovation, there was no guest at the time of the incident.
 
Shimla Deputy Commissioner Rajeshwar Goel told IANS that nearby buildings were safe and the fire was brought under control.
 
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
 
The building, located in the vicinity of famous Kali Bari temple, close to Scandal Point, was constructed in British times.
 
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Rahul posts photo of himself 'fixing' chopper

A picture posted by Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Instagram, showing him helping to fix a problem with his helicopter, while campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections, at Una in Himachal Pradesh, on May 11, 2019.
A picture posted by Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Instagram, showing him helping to fix a problem with his helicopter, while campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections, at Una in Himachal Pradesh, on May 11, 2019.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi has posted a picture of himself on Instagram which shows him trying to fix a helicopter.
 
According to reports, Rahul was campaigning in Himachal Pradesh on Friday when his helicopter developed a snag.
 
However, instead of waiting for others to fix his chopper, Gandhi decided to lend a helping hand and can be seen in the picture working with others to set the chopper right.
 
He posted the picture with the caption: "Good team work means all hands to the deck! We had a problem with our helicopter in Una, HP today, that working together we quickly fixed. Nothing serious thankfully."
 
He also mentioned that the chopper broke down because of some technical glitches; nevertheless, ‘team work' helped solve the problem quickly. 
 
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Five killed in road accident in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh

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Five people were killed on Sunday when a car in which they were travelling skidded off the road and plunged into a 300-metre-deep gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district, police said.
 
The accident occurred near Janjehli while the victims were en route to attend Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur's election meeting in his home constituency of Seraj.
 
Witnesses told the police that the driver, who was injured, probably lost control over the vehicle. 
 
It took hours for rescuers to climb down the mountain and bring up the bodies.
 
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