Category Archives: National

Badal asks political parties to refrain from hooting during public functions

Ludhiana/August 22 (NG News)
Amid concern over hooting and slogan raising during the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public events, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday called upon the representatives of all the political parties to strictly maintain decorum, discipline and refrain from creating ruckus by way of ‘hooting’ and other unsavory acts of distraction during public functions.

Interacting with the media persons of the sidelines of the function to mark the launch of scheme for the welfare of Widows here at PAU, the Chief Minister said that this unhealthy practice was not only undemocratic

Indian govt simplify norms for classification, re-classification of hotels

New Delhi/August 22 (NG News)
Indian government on Friday decided to simplify the hotel classification and re-classification procedure by not seeking the licenses and clearances which are issued by various Local, State and Central Government authorities for operation of hotels.

An Indian government spokesperson said that the decision was taken by Union Tourism ministry and these include the land utilization certificate, building completion certificate, coastal zone regulation clearance, forest and environment clearance

HP urges Centre to setup international airport in state

Shimla/August 22 (NG News)
Himachal government on Thursday urged the Centre government to setup international airport facility and creation of a separate Authority for promotion of tourism activities in a systematic manner in Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Leh-Laddakh areas of Jammu Kashmir.

State Tourism Development Board Vice Chairperson Vijay Singh Mankotia raised these demands while participating in the National Conference of Tourism Ministers

Moderate earthquake recorded at Kangra-Chamba border

Kangra/August 21 (NG News)
A moderate earthquake measuring 5.0 on Richter Scale was recorded in the afternoon at Kangra-Chamba border and tremors were reportedly felt in Kangra, Chamba, Mandi and Shimla districts of Himachal Pradesh.

A Meteorological Department official said that an earthquake occurred at 1.41 pm, having magnitude of Richter Scale 5.0 of moderate intensity having epicenter at Chamba Kangra border

23 killed, 20 injured in bus accident in Himachal’s Kinnaur district

Shimla/August 21 (NG News)
23 persons were killed while 20 other suffered injuries after a private bus skidded off the road and fell into Baspa River near Ruturang in Sangla area of Himachal’s Kinnaur district while the bus was on its way to Sangla from Kalpa area.

Police said that the bodies of 23 persons have been retrieved from the river and would be handed over to their relatives after autopsy. “While the 17 injured persons have airlifted to IGMC Shimla where they are undergoing treatment

Court withdraws non bailable warrant against HPCA chief Anurag Thakur

Kangra/August 19 (NG News)
Kangra district court on Tuesday withdraw non bailable warrant that were issued against Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association president Anurag Thakur and former state president of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Narendra Atri.

Thakur’s counsel Abhimannyu Chopra informed that the District and Sessions Judge D K Singh has passed the orders on August 16 whereby the court withdraw the non bailable warrants issued by CJM Jaswant Singh on August 1, 2014

Famous Punjabi Sufi singer Barkat Sidhu dies at the age of 68

Chandigarh/August 17 (NG News)
Famous Punjabi Sufi singer Barkat Sidhu died at a Ludhiana hospital on Saturday night after prolonged battle with cancer at age of 68.

A fine exponent of Patiala Gharana of singing, Barkat Sidhu sang with great passion and precision throughout his life and he has perfected the Sufi style.

Clearance of dope test mandatory for joining Punjab government service

Chandigarh/August 14 (NG News)
In a bid to curb the entry of drug users in state government services, Punjab government on Thrusday made it mandatory to clear dope test before joining service in any government department of the state.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal took this decision in a high level meeting to review the arrangements for drug de-addiction and rehabilitation of drug addicts in the state. “Necessary amendments must be made in the existing rules to incorporate necessary provisions in them for ensuring that any person

Reports on Income Tax returns false, fabricated, says CM Virbhadra Singh

Shimla/August 13 (NG News)
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday denounced the media reports appearing in a section of the press regarding his Income Tax returns and termed these reports as false, frivolous and fabricated.

Singh said that during the last few days, an attempt has been made to pass on selective and distorted information about his Income Tax returns to the media to malign his reputation. He said that he was pained to note that “selective” information was being carried to create an impression that there have been certain wrong-doings

Himachal to host first ever Paragliding World Cup in India

Shimla/August 12 (NG News)
After hosting Paragliding Pre-World Cup successfully at Bir-Billing last year, Himachal has now got the opportunity to host the Paragliding World Cup-2015 by the Paragliding World Cup Association, France.

Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma, who is also Chairman of the Billing Paragliding Association, said that this was for the first time in the history of India that world cup is being organised in the country