Himachal Pradesh

BRO begins snow clearance on Leh-Manali Highway

BRO begins snow clearance on Leh-Manali HighwayManali, Mar 2 : The Border Road Organization (BRO) on Monday has begun to clear the snow on the Leh-Manali Highway.

The 475-kilometer highway connecting Manali to Leh, was closed during the winter due to snowfall at the Rohtang Pass and Baralacha Pass in Lahaul-Spiti.

Three teams, armed with the latest snow-clearing machinery and bulldozers, have started clearing the snow at three different places.

Dharamsala''s exiled Tibetans hurl shoes at Chinese President''s effigy

Dharamsala, Feb 27 : Tibetan exiles living in Dharamsala hurled shoes at Chinese President Hu Jintao''s effigy on Friday as a mark of protest against alleged Chinese atrocities on Tibetans in Lhasa.

Inspired by the Iraqi television journalist who hurled shoes at former US President, Bush, the young exiles publicly expressed their anger against the Chinese leader.

Tenzin Cheoying, the President of the Students for a Free Tibet, said that hurling shoes was one of the most non-violent ways of protes.

Stone Of Himachal’s First IIT Laid

Stone of Himachal’s First IIT LaidIn the presence of a large gathering of dignitaries and local citizens, Union Minister of State for External Affairs & Information & Broadcasting Anand Sharma laid the foundation stone of the state’s first Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Mandi. The town of Mandi is known for its temples.

While speaking on this occasion, Anand Sharma said, “The central government last year decided to increase the number of IITs in the country to 15 from the existing seven. Six (IITs) started functioning last year and this (IIT-Mandi) and IIT-Indore would start admission process from this year.”

Mandi gets its first ESI medical college

Oscar FernandesMandi (Himachal Pradesh), Feb 23 : Labour and Employment Minister Oscar Fernandes laid the foundation stone of Himachal Pradesh''''s first Employees State Insurance
Corporation Medical College at Nerchowk in Mandi District''''s Balh area on Monday.

The Employees Insurance Scheme (ESI) medical college, a one thousand crore rupees project, is also nation''''s first such college. It will have state of the art design and

Speaking on the occasion, Fernandes said the first academic session of the college would start in 2011-2012. He also said that 14 per cent of the seats would be reserved

Illegal quarrying threatens 13th century Bajinath temple

Dharamshala, Feb 21 : Despite a federal ban, illegal mining on a riverbed in Dharamsala is posing serious threat to a 13th century temple.

The ''Baijnath'' temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, was built in 1204 A. D.

The water level in the River Binwa has gone down drastically which is weakening the temple''s structure. Experts fear that continuous soil erosion caused by quarrying on the riverbed could damage the heritage monument.

"The temple is resting on only one rock and the mining activities are threatening the very existence of the temple. The government should take care of it. Even the locals should make sure that the temple is preserved," said Sanjay Sharma, a temple priest.

Himachal Pradesh tribals demand forest rights

Himachal Pradesh tribals demand forest rightsKinnaur (Himachal Pradesh), Feb 18 : Tribals and other forest dwellers in Himachal Pradesh protested against non-implementation of forest rights in Kinnaur recently.

The protestors alleged that the government of Himachal Pradesh was not implementing the Central law Scheduled Tribes (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act that gave rights to tribals cultivating forestland for decades.