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Dar Ovais is the Dharamshala-based correspondent in the Himachal Pradesh bureau of Hindustan Times. He covers politics, tourism, Tibetan affairs and environmental issues.

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PoK is ours and we will take it back: Amit Shah at Himachal rallies

While addressing twin election rallies in Dharamshala and Una, Shah said, “I am telling this in ‘Veerbhumi’ (land of brave) that the BJP is not scared of the atom bomb. I am reaffirming today that the PoK belongs to India and we will take it back. Why are they making us afraid? We are not afraid of the atom bomb.”

Castigating the Congress for trying to “frighten” the BJP by saying the neighbouring country possesses atom bombs, home minister Amit Shah asserted on Saturday that the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is a part of India and “we will take it”. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 26, 2024 07:20 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

PM Modi targets Congress, calls Sukhu govt ‘talabaaz sarkar’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called the Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu-led Congress government in Himachal Pradesh a “talabaaz sarkar” for shutting down the staff selection commission and several offices set up by the BJP government that preceded it.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the supporters during a public meeting supporting BJP candidate from Mandi seat Kangana Ranaut for the Lok Sabha elections, in Mandi on Friday. (Birbal Sharma/HT)
Updated on May 25, 2024 05:14 AM IST
By, , Shimla/ Mandi

‘Kangana giving competition to comedian Kapil Sharma: Vikramaditya’s fresh jibe

Says she should return to Mumbai after June 4 to continue her film career or she could start ‘Comedy show with Kangana Ranaut’

Congress’ Mandi candidate Vikramaditya Singh during an election campaign on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on May 23, 2024 06:22 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Rebellion to resilience, Congress gets battle-ready for Hamirpur

Himachal Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu spearheads Congress campaign as party looks to cash in on public annoyance with rebels in Hamirpur

CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu being welcomed by Congress workers at a campaign rally in Barsar, Hamirpur. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2024 09:42 AM IST
By, Hamirpur

Fears grip Kangra village after hydroelectric project leak

The project management have raised concerns claiming that residents are not allowing access to carry out protection work

The project management has diverted the water with the Kangra district administration’s permission but protection work is pending (HT File (Representative image))
Updated on May 21, 2024 09:06 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Himachal: Kangana faces public ire in Spiti, BJP blames Congress

During campaign in remote district, Mandi BJP candidate shown black flags; former CM Jairam Thakur cries foul, says Congress rally was allowed at same venue, leading to tension

Mandi BJP candidate Kangana Ranaut addressing a party rally at Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti district on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2024 09:04 AM IST
By, , Dharamshala/shimla

Modi rallies in Mandi, Nahanon May 24; BJP cadres upbeat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally in support of BJP’s Mandi candidate Kangana Ranaut at Padda maidan in Mandi

BJP candidate Kangna Ranaut during a rally at Balah in Mandi on Sunday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 20, 2024 05:20 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Lok Sabha polls: Women struggle to scale mountain of gender bias in Himachal

Leading the rather dismal number is Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Kangana Ranaut, who recently filed her nomination from Mandi parliamentary constituency. The other two female candidates are Rekha Chaudhary of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), contesting from Kangra seat, and an independent from Mandi.

Only three candidates of Himachal’s total 37 contesting the Lok Sabha elections, the first major election since the lawmakers passed the historic Women’s Reservation Bill, 2023, in September last year, are women. (HT File)
Updated on May 19, 2024 07:16 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

29 years on, exiled Tibetans reiterate call to release Panchen Lama

The 35th birthday of the spiritual leader, considered by Tibetans to be second only to the Dalai Lama, was marked on April 25. When he was abducted by China in 1995, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, was only six-years-old

Tibetans marked the 29th enforced disappearance day of Panchen Lama. (HT File)
Updated on May 18, 2024 09:10 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Himachal bypolls: BJP expels ex-minister Ram Lal Markanda, Rakesh Chaudhary

Upset with BJP fielding Congress turncoats, Markanda, Chaudhary are contesting as Independents against party candidates in Lahaul-Spiti and Dharamshala assembly segments

The BJP on Friday expelled former minister Ram Lal Markanda and Rakesh Chaudhary for six years for contesting the June 1 assembly byelections as Independents from Lahaul-Spiti and Dharamshala against the party candidates. (HT file photos)
Published on May 17, 2024 04:25 PM IST

Former Dhumal proteges lock horns in Himachal assembly bypoll for Sujanpur

The Himachal assembly bypoll for Sujanpur will have two former proteges of BJP stalwart and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal — Rajinder Rana and Captain Ranjit Singh Rana (retd) — lock horns

Both leaders have switched allegiances amid the recent political upheaval in Himachal. (HT File)
Updated on May 16, 2024 10:54 PM IST
By, Sujanpur

Constituency Watch: Congress looks to makes inroads in BJP’s Hamirpur bastion

Union minister and sitting MP Anurag Thakur has won the elections on the last three occasions and Congress has entrusted former Una MLA Satpal Raizada to challenge his dominance on the seat

Himachal CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and deputy CM Mukesh Agnirhotri, both of whom represent assembly segments falling under Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat, are spearheading Congress’ campaign. (HT FIle)
Updated on May 15, 2024 01:16 PM IST
By, Dharamshala

Eyeing successful political innings, Kangana Ranaut files nomination from Mandi

Kangana Ranaut was among a total of 27 candidates file nominations for the Himachal Lok Sabha elections and assembly bypolls on the final day

BJP candidate Kangana Ranaut filing her nomination papers from the Mandi Lok Sabha seat in the presence of former CM Jai Ram Thakur and state party chief Rajeev Bindal. (Birbal Sharma/HT)
Published on May 15, 2024 12:51 PM IST
By, Dharamshala

Anurag Thakur, Vinod Sultanpuri and Suresh Kashyap file nominations for Himachal Lok Sabha polls

While Anurag Thakur, who seeks a fifth term as an MP, filed his nomination from the Hamirpur parliamentary seat, Congress and BJP’s Shimla candidates Vinod Sultanpuri and Suresh Kashyap also submitted their papers

Congress’ Shimla Lok Sabha seat candidate Vinod Sultanpuri with Himachal CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and party’s state unit president Pratibha Singh in Shimla. (Deepak Sansta/ HT)
Published on May 14, 2024 10:51 AM IST
By, , Shimla/dharamshala

HT interview | Even Opposition is saying... abki baar 400 paar: Anurag Thakur

Union minister Anurag Thakur speaks to HT on a range of topics, including the political turmoil that hit the hill state earlier this year.

Union minister Anurag Thakur. (PTI)
Updated on May 13, 2024 07:08 AM IST

Dharamshala set to witness triangular contest as Rakesh Chaudhary throws hat in the ring

This comes after the Congress party announced former Dharamshala mayor Devinder Singh Jaggi as their candidate. Rakesh Chaudhary, an OBC candidate, belongs to the Chaudhary community which holds a significant vote bank in Dharamshala. He filed his nomination papers, as his supporters flanked him in Dharamshala

After resigning from the party, Chaudhary was eying a Congress ticket but was always open to contest Independently if he did not get the ticket. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 11, 2024 07:08 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Satpal Raizada, Rajeev Bhardwaj file nominations as poll fervour intensifies in Himachal

Congress candidate from Hamirpur parliamentary constituency Satpal Raizada and BJP candidate from Kangra parliamentary constituency Rajeev Bhardwaj filed their nomination papers in Hamirpur and Dharamshala respectively

By-poll candidates from Kultehar, Sujanpur, Barsar also filed nomination papers. (HT)
Updated on May 11, 2024 07:04 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Congress puts up united face as Anand Sharma, Vikramaditya file nomination

Comes a couple of months after political upheaval rattled the CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu-led state government after cross-voting in the Rajya Sabha elections

Vikrmadiya at Seri Manch Mandi after filing his nomination as Congress candidate from Mandi. (Birbal Sharma/HT)
Updated on May 10, 2024 09:54 AM IST
By, , Shimla/dharamshala

Congress fields former mayor Devinder Jaggi from Dharamshala assembly bypoll

Jaggi will take on Congress turncoat Sudhir Sharma, who jumped ship to the BJP after the February Rajya Sabha polls

Congress has fielded former mayor Devinder Singh Jaggi from the Himachal assembly bypoll in Dharamshala. (HT File)
Updated on May 09, 2024 10:06 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Lok Sabha polls an election to fulfil resolve of developed India: JP Nadda

BJP national president JP Nadda was addressing a Panna Pramukh Sammelan on home turf in Bilaspur, which falls under Hamirpur parliamentary constituency

BJP state chief Rajeev Bindal, former CM Jai Ram Thakur, party national president JP Nadda, Union minister and party candidate Anurag Thakur at a rally in Hamirpur. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 09, 2024 10:00 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Girls outshine boys in Himachal Pradesh board Class 10 results, overall pass percentage declines

A total of 91,622 students appeared in the exam and the overall pass percentage of this year is 74.61%. A total of 92 students are there in the top 10 list out of which 72 are girls

Ridhima Sharma from GGSSS Nadaun School, Hamirpur district secured first rank with 99.85%. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2024 06:00 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Dharamshala by-poll: Amid Congress mum, Gaddi community pushes for ticket

Congress is yet to announce its candidate for Dharamshala, even though the party has fielded its candidate in other five constituencies where by-polls will be held on June 1

He also outlined that if the Congress party denies us the ticket, then our community can also field an independent candidate. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2024 05:58 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Dharamshala cricket stadium gets India’s first ‘hybrid pitch’

While they are currently being used for practice only, the development remains the first time a venue in the country has installed hybrid pitches

Dharamshala cricket stadium during an IPL match. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2024 09:58 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Youth important link to fulfil resolve of developed India: President Droupadi Murmu

The President conferred gold medals and degrees to 709 students during Central University of Himachal Pradesh’s convocation

President Droupadi Murmu awarding the degree to a student during the Central University of Himachal Pradesh’s convocation in Dharamshala. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2024 09:56 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

With govt halting paragliding training, Bir Billing operators upset

In April, a paragliding accident claimed the life of a 54-year-old woman in the high hills of Dhauladhar range

This decision has not been well-received by operators, who argued that it is unjustified and has also had a financial impact on them. (HT File)
Published on May 05, 2024 10:28 PM IST
By, Dharamshala

Himachal has been my ‘Karambhoomi’, says Anand Sharma

Sharma reached Kangra airport accompanied by Himachal chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and party’s Mandi candidate Vikramaditya Singh

Congress candidate from Kangra parliamentary constituency Anand Sharma during his visit to Kalibari Temple in Shimla on Friday. (Deepak Sansta/HT)
Updated on May 04, 2024 06:12 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Local issues take centre stage in Vikramaditya’s election campaign

Vikramaditya Singh, son of six-time chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who earlier promised a smart city project for Mandi (city), on Thursday again laid out some of his priorities for the Mandi parliamentary constituency. From execution of road and tunnel projects to making Mandi the best in the country, Vikramaditya Singh’s campaign has revolved around local issues

Vikramaditya Singh said the development of every part of the Mandi parliamentary constituency would be his priority if he wins the election. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2024 06:04 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

IPL: Dharamshala tourism industry brace for boost amid election slowdown

Due to the election season, the hotel occupancy remained around 30 to 40% in April, which is much lower than the usual occupancy witnessed during the month

Dharamshala , Himachal Pradesh, India January 19: HPCA cricket stadium at Dharamshala with story, Dharamshala on Thursday, January 19 2017. HT File Photo
Updated on May 03, 2024 05:52 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Triple murder case: German national among 4 acquitted by Dharamshala court

Their acquittal came after the prosecution could not produce the evidence against the accused in the case: Baljinder Singh (German national), Lakhwinder Singh, Balbir Rana and Surjit Singh.

A sessions court in Dharamshala on Monday acquitted four accused, including a German national, in a triple murder and dacoity case, after nine years of the alleged crime, due to lack of evidence. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 11:24 PM IST
By, Dharamshala

Cricket to ballot: Kangra admn to use IPL craze to promote voting awareness

Kangra administration is leveraging the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) matches scheduled to be held at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium in Dharamshala to promote voter awareness, recognising the large crowds these matches are expected to attract.

The Kangra administration is leveraging the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) matches scheduled to be held at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium in Dharamshala to promote voter awareness, recognising the large crowds these matches are expected to attract. (Representational image)
Published on Apr 30, 2024 11:13 PM IST
By, Dharamshala
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