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Chhailla Chowk to China: Himachal security has a dogs day out

This is not a first hand account. Rather I’ve heard it from different sources. The local MLA (member of legislative assembly) from Jubbal-Kotkhai, Narendra Baragta, recently, at a public rally to appease the common man

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Want free petrol? Himachal’s Raghu Khanna makes it possible

What does it mean? Allow advertisements on your car and in return get paid for it. Obviously, not in cash but as free petrol at allied petrol-pumps. About two years ago, I said that Himachalis lack entrepreneurship. Yet this young man of 23 years, from Shimla, is out to prove me wrong. An alumnus of […]


Can’t Sanjauli be traffic free?

Since the bypass from the Government College, Sanjauli, to Dhalli has been opened, I’m sure Sanjauli can be made another Mall Road and can be another attraction for tourists, shoppers and walkers. However, before this is made, some hitches have to be addressed. Let’s take them one by one: 1. Make all traffic divert from […]


Hindi dailies reign despite overall readership losses in HP; Amar Ujala remains No. 1

In the first part we discussed the over all loss in readership in Himachal Pradesh. Here we take a look at how individual publications (The Top 20 on the readership rank table) have fared. By: Dhaleta Surender Kumar * In spite of a loss of one lakh total readership (TR), Amar Ujala still is the […]

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As families get cosy, readership runs into cold in Himachal

Every time Media Research Users Council (MRUC) makes public its Indian Readership Survey (IRS), the media wars hot up across the country, especially in territories where the advertising stakes are high. The war is to catch not only the biggest pie of the advertiser’s budget, but also to catch the readers’ attention. However, another aspect […]


Newsprint getting bigger in Himachal as Shimla Press Club celebrates its Silver Jubilee

The Shimla Press Club is celebrating its silver jubilee this year. I must have been seven-year-old when the Shimla Press Club came about. That was also the age when I was introduced to newspapers at home. I thought only The Tribune existed in the English category and in the Hindi – Veer Pratap and Punjab […]


Himachal's pride Shriya: Surely paanchvi pass se tez

Hi Shriya… Hello… I’m Vividh. I’m Shriya. I know, you are Shriya, that’s why I addressed you, “Shriya.” (She giggles. And it’s like hundreds of bells ringing.) This is Shriya Sharma, the little 10-year-old girl with bright eyes, who plays as one of the five lifelines in India’s one of the most popular game-shows on […]


Seeti bajao, school mat jao: A novel way for Himachal students to bunk classes

On April 22, the Himachal government banned spitting and littering on the Mall Road, Shimla. A whistle-blower brigade of school students was set-up to embarrass the defaulters by the Science and Technology department and state Pollution Control Board. I wish the government had let the children study and asked its own employees to do the […]


Himachal BJP back on roads

Let me confess it. I’m a pucca Congressi. But I’d no qualms in accepting that one good thing BJP did in its last regime were the roads. Even being a pucca Congressi, I’d lambasted the ousted Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh, for neglecting the road to his constituency (Shimla-Rohru) and making trips by air. It’s early […]


Himachal CM in a vindictive mood

Hill Beat Shimla: The BJP appears to be in a vindictive mood in Himachal Pradesh. Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has a reason to target former CM Virbhadra Singh after the Supreme Court in a recent judgement declared that Singh had “illegally” granted permit to a transporter for plying vehicles on a restricted route in […]


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