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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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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

Girls outshine boys in Himachal Pradesh board Class 12 results

An overall pass percentage of 73.76% has been registered this year, indicating a decline in last year’s percentage which was 79.74%

Kamakshi Sharma of Bharti Vidyapeeth Public Senior Secondary School, Baijnath, has shared the top position in science stream with Chhaya Chauhan of Snower Valley Public School, Bajaura. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 08:16 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

3 days trek, chopper service for conducting polling in Himachal’s remotest village

The village, nestled deep in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2,575 metres, is inaccessible by road, necessitating the use of a chopper to transport the polling parties

The first polling booth was set up in the village during the 2007 assembly elections. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 08:12 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Kangana Ranaut disrespecting freedom fighters: Vikramaditya Singh

Congress candidate from Mandi Vikramaditya Singh says his opponent Kangana Ranaut lacks an understanding of history and facts

Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Himachal’s Mandi seat Vikramaditya Singh. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 27, 2024 04:09 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Upbeat Vikramaditya Singh invokes father Virbhadra’s work as he begins campaign in Mandi

The son of six-time Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh , Vikramaditya is locked in a high-profile battle with BJP’s Kangana Ranaut from Mandi

Vikramaditya Singh addressing the crowd during a campaign rally in Mandi, Himachal. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 10:57 PM IST
By, Dharamshala

Back-channel talks with China exist, but expecting too much not reasonable: Tibetan govt-in-exile president

Tibetan govt-in-exile president said they do indeed maintain back-channels with China, but added that if one examines the policies the Xi Jinping government, particularly in Tibet, East Turkestan, and Mongolia, it becomes evident that there is a trend towards increased control

Tibetan govt-in-exile president Penpa Tsering (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 05:29 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Kangra dak sevak’s son bags top rank in CDS results

The results of the CDS examination were declared on Monday, marking a momentous occasion for Kumar and his family

Kangra’s Rajat Kumar celebration with his family. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 25, 2024 12:59 PM IST
By, Dharamshala

Kangana hits campaign trail for Rajasthan party candidates

Kangana, who is among the star campaigners of BJP, arrived in Rajasthan on Tuesday and participated in roadshows in support of BJP candidate from Pali parliamentary constituency PP Chaudhary

Kangana Ranaut (HT File)
Updated on Apr 24, 2024 05:38 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

BJP rebel, former mayor frontrunners for Congress’ ticket for Dharamshala by-poll

Himachal CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, who was in Dharamshala on Sunday, held meetings with the party leaders to discuss the strategy for the upcoming by-polls and Lok Sabha elections

Congress is yet to announce its candidates for the by-poll in Himachal. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 23, 2024 09:06 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Congress has no ‘real’ issues to raise: Jai Ram Thakur

Former Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur says Congress is targeting BJP candidate from Himachal’s Mandi Kangana Ranaut by making ‘unwarranted’ remarks

Former Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur (HT File)
Published on Apr 22, 2024 03:12 PM IST
By, Dharamshala

Congress still looking for ‘suitable’ candidate from Himachal’s Kangra, Hamirpur

Congress fielded candidates state minister Vikramaditya Singh and Kasauli MLA Vinod Sultanpuri from the Shimla and Mandi constituencies respectively.

Former Himachal MLA Asha Kumari is one of the front runners for Congress’ ticket from Kangra. (HT FIle)
Updated on Apr 21, 2024 06:34 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Shot in arm for Congress as seven-time Himachal MLA Gangu Ram Musafir returns to party fold

Gangu Ram Musafir had contested the 2022 Himachal assembly election as an independent from Pachhad in Sirmaur district after Congress gave a ticket to BJP turncoat Dayal Pyari.

Himachal CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu flanked by Congress candidates from Shimla and Mandi, Vinod Sultanpuri and Vikramaditya Singh, during a meeting in Shimla. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 21, 2024 06:30 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Will serve people of Mandi to best of my ability: Kangana Ranaut rebuts ‘outsider’ criticism

The leader dubbed the Congress-led state government “unrighteous” in the latest attack on her opponents.

BJP’s Mandi candidate Kangana Ranaut and former CM Jai Ram Thakur during a road show at Chail Chowk. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2024 06:36 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Will fight on front foot, highlight Congress’ work: Vikramaditya Singh

Congress candidate Vikramaditya Singh to focus on development and welfare work in Mandi LS seat. Attacks BJP opponent Kangana Ranaut for insulting Sanatana Dharma.

Congress’ Mandi candidate for the Lok Sabha polls Vikramaditya Singh. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 20, 2024 06:58 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Dharamkot’s tourism hit as Israelis stay away amid Gaza conflict

With a backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar mountain range, the village is among the most favoured destinations for Israeli tourists, who have steered clear amid the ongoing conflict with Gaza

There are around 25 restaurants, 25 homestays and 10 hotels in Dharamkot (HT File)
Updated on Apr 10, 2024 05:34 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Pulls out your cameras as Sobha Singh Art Gallery says yes to clicking pictures

Four original paintings, Lord Krishna, Guru Teg Bahadur, martyr Flight Lieutenant Harjit Singh Kahlon and American writer Lilian Bishoff, have been displayed for the first time at the gallery located in the picturesque Andretta village, about 11 km from Palampur in the Kangra Valley

Four original paintings, Lord Krishna, Guru Teg Bahadur, Flight Lieutenant (retd) Harjit Singh Kahlon and American writer Lilian Bishoff, have been displayed for the first time at the gallery. (HT)
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 05:30 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Which relics of Buddha were returned to the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala?

Following the Buddha’s passing and cremation, fragments of his bones and teeth were divided among eight kingdoms and stupas were erected over them

A relic of Buddha with the Dalai Lama(Dalai Lama Instagram)
Published on Apr 08, 2024 06:40 PM IST

Congress in a ‘confused state’: Kangana

Kangana asserted that the Congress labelling the donations as a BJP scam reflects its state of “confusion and erratic statements”

BJP candidate from Mandi Kangana Ranaut addressing a gathering in the Sundernagar assembly segment in Mandi on Thursday. (Birbal Sharma/HT)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 05:48 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Buddha relics from Sri Lanka presented to Dalai Lama

These relics were offered to the Dalai Lama by Waskaduwe Mahindawansa Mahanayaka Thero from the Raja Guru Shri Subuti Mahavihara Monastery in Sri Lanka

Kapilavastu relics of Lord Buddha were presented to the Dalai Lama on Thursday. (Office of HH Dalai Lama)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 05:20 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Dharamshala braces for 4th assembly poll in less than 7 years

Dharamshala assembly segment went polls in 2017, 2019 and 2022 and now, the defections of Congress MLAs has necessitated in by-election

Dharamshala will go to polls with five other assembly constituencies in the June 1 by-elections. (HT FIle)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 06:34 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

‘Coalition of corrupt, scammers’: Kangana slams Opposition alliance

Describing the impending Lok Sabha elections as a ”Dharamyudh“ (a battle of righteousness), Kangana said, “On one side, there is this coalition of corruption and scams, while on the other, we have Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is a reflection of Lord Vishnu”

Kangana Ranaut (HT File)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 06:32 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Two-faced approach will not find traction in HP: Vikramaditya

Vikramaditya, who is Congress’ election in-charge for Mandi, attended a meeting of party office-bearers on Wednesday

Vikramaditya Singh (ANI)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 06:26 AM IST
By, Dharamshala

Will have an office in Mandi to serve people: Kangana

On reaching Darang, Kangana mentioned her kinship many generations ago and said that the blood of Drang is flowing in her veins too. She also asserted that the derogatory remarks directed at her serve as evidence of the Congress party’s attitude towards the daughters of Mandi.

BJP candidate from Mandi parliamentary seat and Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who is campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections in Mandi, on Tuesday said that she joined politics with the spirit of service. She campaigned in the Darang and Balh assembly constituencies in Mandi. (Birbal Sharma/HT)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 07:42 AM IST
By, Dharamshala
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