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

April 17th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Featured, Politics

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

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

January 20th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Featured, Success Stories

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?

December 22nd, 2008  |  by  |  published in Activism, Featured

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

November 28th, 2008  |  by  |  published in Featured, Media

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 […]

Himachal's pride Shriya: Surely paanchvi pass se tez

May 12th, 2008  |  by  |  published in Cinema, Culture, Featured

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

May 2nd, 2008  |  by  |  published in Activism, Environment, Featured, Tourism

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

May 1st, 2008  |  by  |  published in Featured, Politics

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 […]

Why does Himachal not count in national politics?

December 12th, 2007  |  by  |  published in Elections, Featured, Politics

Both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are going for assembly elections, yet the national newspapers here in Delhi, have just a small para on Himachal elections, somewhere tugged inside, while Gujarat has a devoted full-page. Why is Himachal not so important for the media or even the national politics? The only noise that Himachal made lately […]

Will BSP eat into the BJP voter share in Himachal?

November 1st, 2007  |  by  |  published in Featured, Politics

The Mayawati-lead, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), that has made its intentions clear that it will go alone in Himachal Pradesh and will contest on all the 68- seats in the state, may eat into the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) vote pie. While I’ve no survey to defend that statement, my assumption is, BJP which generally […]

Bali on wrong side of media?

July 31st, 2007  |  by  |  published in Featured, Media, Politics

So was our former transport and tourism minister G S Bali on the wrong side of the law? I’m not sure about that, but he certainly was on the wrong side of media. Himachal is just opening up to outside world and is yet to learn the grimmer tricks of PR and keeping the media […]

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