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Thursday, November 08, 2007


Himachal Pradesh is situated in the north west corner of India, right in the lap of the Himalayan ranges.  It is surrounded by Jammu and Kashmir in the north, Uttar Pradesh in the southeast, Haryana in the south and Punjab in the west; in the east, it forms India’s boundary with Tibet.

The state is almost entirely mountainous with altitudes ranging from 460 to 6600 meters above sea level.  It has a deeply dissected topography, a complex geological structure and a rich temperate flora in subtropical latitudes.

Himachal Pradesh is drained by a number of river, the most important of which are Chenab, Ravi, Beasm Sutlej and Yamuna.  All these rivers are snow-fed and hence perennial.  Besides, the natural reservoirs and the large drops available in the river courses provide immense potential for hydel power generation at low cost.


Agriculture and horticulture are the mainstay of Himachal’s economy as 71 per cent of people are engaged in these pursuits.  A wide variety of fruits and cash crops like potatoes, ginger, vegetable seeds, apples, and stone fruits are grown.  Wheat, maize, and paddy are the major cereal crops.  The literacy rate in Himachal Pradesh is 77.13%, higher than the national average of 65.68%.

Himachal Pradesh is studded with a number of hill stations, which are refreshingly cool in summer.  They offer to the tourists a quick holiday amidst breath-taking scenery.  Shimla, Dalhousie, Dharmasala (The Dalai Lamalives here), Kulu, Kasuali, Solan, Chail and Kufri are some of the famous hill stations.

Kharjiar in Chamba district has earned the name ‘Mini Switzerlnad’ because of the striking similarity in landscape.  The state abounds in wildlife among which are some rare species like musk deer, ibex, thar, Himalayan brown bear and snow leopard among animals and monal, tragopan, kokiash and snowcocks among birds.


Nandigram is still burning but a consensus is eluding not only the Left Front but also the CPM on how to bring peace back. (Bullets In Turf War, Potshots In Party, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The decision whether to send central forces to Nandigram rests with the Prime Minister’s Office. (Force File With Pmo, Telegraph, BHAVNA VIJ-AURORA, Nov 08, 2007)

The United Progressive Alliance government has deferred oil price hike for the present. (Increase In Oil Price Deferred For Now, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

WITH the Indian electorate repeatedly delivering fractured mandates in a number of States, and in Parliament, the phenomenon of hung legislatures, with the resultant dilemma of who should be invited to form the government, has long demanded . . . (Governor's Choice, Frontline, V. VENKATESAN, Nov 07, 2007)

The report of the third National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3), released in the second week of October, has immense significance for policymakers in health, nutrition, education and gender issues. (Plight Of Women And Children, Frontline, T.K. RAJALAKSHMI, Nov 07, 2007)

With crude oil prices touching a new high of $96 in the international market, the government seems to be left with no other option but to opt for a “marginal hike” in petrol and diesel prices. (Manmohan To Decide On Oil Price Hike, Hindu, Sujay Mehdudia, Nov 05, 2007)

The Punjab government’s decision to implement police reforms in the state is welcome. (Reforming The Police, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 05, 2007)

BJP's election campaign in Gujarat would be sans 'stars'. Chief Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have conveyed to the BJP high command that he does not need film stars to attract voters to his rallies. (Modi To Keep Stars At Bay In Poll Campaign, Pioneer, KUMAR UTTAM, Nov 03, 2007)

MY friend Janet Caleb, a Britisher who married an Indian and is settled in Himachal Pradesh, showed me a letter when I met her the first time. The great-great grandson of a person who ruled India wrote it. (Bad English Is Not Inglish, Tribune, A.J. Philip, Nov 03, 2007)

THE global oil price peaked at $96 a barrel on Wednesday and then fell to $93 on Friday. (Oil At A New High, Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

The relentless drive of international crude oil prices towards the $100 mark — with the price topping $96 a barrel in the US market on Thursday — has put the government in a tight spot as it finds it difficult to take a politically . . . . . . (Oil Prices Put Govt On A Sticky Wicket, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

Ever since the Congress lost power to the Janata Party in the 1977 assembly elections, Himachal Pradesh has come to have a stable two-party system. (The Second Election, Indian Express, Editorial, Indian Express, Nov 02, 2007)

The metamorphosis of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), hitherto dubbed as the ‘anti- upper caste’ party, is complete. (Mayawati Aims For Delhi, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 02, 2007)

Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have a major role in delivering India’s ambitious national hydropower programme of 50,000 MW by 2012, and private participation is critical to meet this target both in terms of investment and resources,” . . . . . (World Bank Study Calls For River Basin-Wise Approach, Hindu, GARGI PARSAI, Nov 02, 2007)

In a crucial decision having far reaching implications on the role of the police, the Punjab Cabinet today gave its nod to introduce a legislation to govern and administer the Punjab Police besides separately imposing four per cent entry tax. . . (Punjab Govt Move To Control Police, Tribune, Ajay Banerjee, Oct 31, 2007)

The appropriate course would be for the President to seek the advice of the SC under Article 143(1). (Supreme Court Intervention: The Way Out , Deccan Herald, A N Sudarsan Rao , Oct 31, 2007)

Coalition governance has been around for 20 years and while the last two Governments have mastered the art of survival, the issue of effective governance has been a serious casualty. (It's Advantage Congress, Pioneer, Arun Nehru, Oct 29, 2007)

Predicting mid-term elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati today called upon the party cadre to gear up for poll to replicate the success of Uttar Pradesh’s social engineering formula at the Central level. (Maya Asks Cadres To Gear Up For Poll, Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 29, 2007)

In its attempt to end arbitrary political transfers of bureaucrats, the UPA Government has succeeded in persuading several states to agree to a minimum two-year tenure for all IAS cadre postings (Safeguards For Ias: Upa Fixes 2-Year Job Tenure, Indian Express, Ritu Sarin, Oct 27, 2007)

Order covers all religions across the length and breadth of the country (Register All Marriages: Supreme Court , Hindu, J. Venkatesan, Oct 26, 2007)


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