37 killed, Rs 400 crores property damaged in Shimla landslides

37 killed, Rs 400 crores property damaged in Shimla landslidesShimla, Sept 23 : Rescue operations in Shimla District of Himachal Pradesh are in progress after landslides and floods triggered by heavy rains caused immense loss to life and property.

"Thirty seven people have died and public and private property has also been damaged,” said J. S. Rana, Deputy Commissioner of Shimla District.

Tibetans affected by landslides in Shimla assured rehabilitation

Shimla, Sept 23: Authorities in Shimla have assured the Tibetan exiles, who have lost their livelihood after their shops got buried under a massive landslide, that they would be rehabilitated.

At least 17 people were killed and scores injured on September 20 when around twenty makeshift shops and a dozen houses at the famous Tibetan market came down crashing due to landslides.

Authorities said that they are committed to rehabilitate the Tibetans.

J. S. Rana, Deputy Commissioner, Shimla District Administration has said that the Government will relocate the affected people.

The exiles, whose livelihood is anchored to the roadside shops, said that they have approached the authorities for relief.

Tibetans in Shimla pray for Dalai Lama''s health

Dalai Lama Shimla, Sept 10 : Tibetan exiles in Shimla offered prayers for the long life of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, today.

The monks said that September 10 is the 10th day of seventh month of the Tibetan calendar, an auspicious day for them.

"Today, we are offering special prayers for his holiness'' long life because his holiness is not in good health for the last few weeks," said Yonten a Tibetan Buddhist monk.

Similar prayer were held in Dharamshala, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Thousands of Bhuddhist monks and nuns prayed for the well being of Dalai Lama.

BJP to Pakistan: Dismantle your terrorist infrastructure

BJP President Rajnath SinghShimla, Aug 29: BJP President Rajnath Singh has urged Pakistan to dismantle its terrorist infrastructure.

"Pakistan should take initiative in dismantling the terrorist training centers (in Pakistan). If they want any help in doing so the Indian Government should cooperate," Singh told reporters on Thursday evening.

Attacking the Central Government for failing to tackle a host of problems, including vexed ones like terrorism and inflation, he said issues like Amarnath shrine forest land issue had the potential of promoting instability and communal disharmony of not resolved promptly.

Himachal Pradesh''s apple crop infected by fungus

Shimla, Himachal PradeshShimla, Aug 8 (ANI): Apple farmers in Himachal Pradesh are worried about their crop being affected by the leaf drop disease this year.

The ''Marsonina'' disease is bound to have an adverse affect on apple production in rural Shimla.

The dropping of the leaves is because of an infection caused by a fungus called ''Marsonina''. The fungus mainly attacks densely forested orchards and moisture and
humidity act as catalysts.

About 20 per cent of the crop has already been damaged in the middle and the higher belts.

President Pratibha Patil to arrive in Shimla today

President Pratibha Patil to arrive in Shimla today