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#1756 Sep 7th, 2017, 10:26
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Rain, hailstorm catch tourists unawares

Under one umbrella: A family walks through the rain on The Mall in Shimla on Wednesday. Tribune Photo
Normal life came to a halt in Shimla as hailstorm followed by heavy rain lashed the town on Wednesday. The town recorded 26 mm rain in just 40 minutes and vehicular traffic was disrupted.
The rainwater overflowing from choked drains turned the roads into water pool and people were forced to rush indoors.
The hailstorm damaged crops in the surrounding areas but was good for paddy crop.
Eleven houses and nine cowsheds were damaged due to rain in Kumarsein, Rohru, Hamirpur and Kangra in the past 24 hours
- here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...es/463091.html
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Advisory against venturing near Beas
Mandi, September 8
The Larji Dam authority will open its water gates on September 10 for silt removal.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Mandi Ashwani Kumar said that water gates would be opened at 6 am on September 10 and closed the next day around 6 am.
The dam authority urged the people to avoid venturing near Beas River bank side from Thalot ahead on these two days because with the opening of the dam water gates, the level of Beas River will rise high, which may pose threat to human life - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...as/464171.html
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Mercury plummets as Heavy rain lashes Manali

Tourists walk in the rain on The Mall Road in Manali on Saturday. Photo: MC Thakur
Manali: Light snowfall in the upper region and heavy rain in the lower parts brought down the temperature here on Saturday. The cold conditions have forced people to take out warm clothes. Rain has hampered the apple harvesting process. This is also the time to stock the fodder for winter. The inclement weather will affect cutting, drying and storing process. The water level in the Beas and its rivulets has also gone up - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...li/471905.html
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Kullu Dasehra notified as international festival
KULLU, SEPtember 27
Chairman of the Kullu Dasehra Festival Committee and Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus Khan has said Kullu Dasehra festival had been officially notified as an international festival this year.
The extravaganza was made the state-level festival in 1966 and a national-level festival in 1970. In 1973, cultural troupe from Romania participated in the festival and it was termed as international festival. While many international troupes have participated in the festival since then, the notification to this regard has been passed after 44 years.
The DC said efforts were being made to diversify the festival further and the seven-day festival would be held on different themes every day.
He said on the first day of Dasehra on September 30 - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...al/474070.html

300 motorists gear up for Raid-de-Himalaya
Shimla, September 26
As many as 300 raiders are set to get an adrenaline rush on the rugged roads in the cold deserts of Lahaul-Spiti and Leh and Ladakh.
They will test their driving feats in the Raid-de-Himalaya car rally that will take off from Manali on October 6 and culminate at Leh on October 14.
The raiders of the X-treme and adventure categories will test their driving feats on 1,800 km-long rally route that will last for gruelling high mountain journey of eight days. They will negotiate the world’s five highest mountain Passes — Shingo La, Baralacha La, Taglang La, Wari La and Khardung La - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ya/473378.html
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Regular flight from Kullu to Chandigarh begins today

Kullu, October 13
Air India started its regular flight operations between Kullu and Chandigarh from today. Kullu Air India station manager Dinesh Bhardwaj said daily flights would be operated between Kullu and Chandigarh, except on Sundays. He said the operations were being carried out using the same 70-seater ATR-72 aircraft that was presently operating between Kullu and Delhi - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ay/481765.html

Boring of Rohtang tunnel complete
South portal in Kullu meets north portal in Lahaul; next task is to install support system

Manali, October 12
The boring of the 8.8km-long Rohtang tunnel, being carried out at both ends, was completed today.
“The south portal of the tunnel in Kullu has been connected with its north portal in Lahaul,” project chief engineer NM Chandarana said.
The excavation of the tunnel had started from Dhundi, 25 km from here, on June 28, 2010. Later, the work was started from the opposite end in Lahaul near Sissu village. The work continued day in and day out and the breakthrough in the tunnel has finally been achieved. The air is now passing across the tunnel while men will walk across in the next few days - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...te/481375.html
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Bhuntar bridge to be closed from Nov 10
Kullu, October 28
The bailey bridge in Bhuntar that connects the Kullu-Manali national highway and the Bhuntar-Manikaran road will remain closed to traffic from November 10 to December 10 on account of construction work. This was stated by Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus.
The concrete bridge was washed away in the 1995 floods and the bailey bridge was constructed in its place, which was also damaged in 2008 - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...10/488845.html
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Met predicts rain, snowfall starting November 14
SHIMLA: Cold conditions are set to intensify in the region as rain and snowfall are predicted to occur in the state from November 14 for the next five days. With this, the dry spell of around one-and-half month would also come to an end. On Sunday, lowest minimum temperature of minus 0.9 degree celsius was recorded at Keylong - a tribal Lahaul-Spiti district -- while highest maximum temperature of 30 degrees celsius was recorded at Una - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/61620681.cms

Frost makes journey on Leh road risky

The Manali-Leh highway crosses through Baralacha La situated at a height of 16,043 ft. Tribune Photo
Manali, November 12
The journey on the Manali-Leh highway has become a risky affair as frost has started to deposit on roads in higher reaches in tribal district Lahaul and Spiti.
Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) had stopped its bus service to Leh on September 15, while the movement of private vehicle was going on.
Every year during summer after opening of the Manali-Leh Highway by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) authority, the district police administration Lahaul Spiti sets up a police check post at Sarchu to help tourists. The check post remains functional till winter depending on weather conditions - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ky/496583.html
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Weather permitting, road to Leh open till Dec 31

The Manali-Leh road in tribal Lahaul-Spiti. Tribune Photo
Kullu, November 14
In what could be heartening for residents of tribal district Lahaul-Spiti, the district administration, depending on the weather conditions in the region, has decided to allow the vehicular movement between Kullu and Lahaul via the Rohtang Pass.
Generally, after November 15, the 13,050 feet high Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul, is officially closed for traffic in view of public safety because due to its high altitude the Pass is prone to sudden heavy snowfall which could pose a serious threat to the lives of visitors.
The Rohtang Pass yesterday received mild snowfall, but the traffic on the route between Manali and Keylong remained unaffected - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...31/497803.html
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Rohtang closed to traffic after snow

A road leading to the Rohtang Pass near Gulaba in Manali. File photo
KULLU, NOVember 15
The 13,050-foot high Rohtang Pass, the gateway to the Lahaul valley on the Manali-Leh National Highway, has been closed to vehicular traffic after experiencing around 6-inch snowfall today - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ow/498161.html

Bailey Bridge work leads to chaos in Kullu

A long queue of traffic near Dhalpur at Kullu. Photo by writer
Kullu, November 15
Long queues of traffic and frequent traffic jams are witnessed in the town due to construction work of the new Bailey Bridge at Bhuntar, 10 km from here.The traffic from the Bailey Bridge, linking the Kullu-Manali National Highway and the Bhuntar-Manikaran road, will remain suspended till December 10, on account of construction work - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...lu/498169.html
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Snow ends dry spell in Lahaul-Spiti

Villagers remove snow from near their houses in Lahaul and Spiti district on Friday. Photo: Jai Kumar
Mandi, November 17
Finally, the long dry spell has come to an end with fresh snowfall in the tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti. Several areas in the district received up to 25cm of snowfall today.
Koksar, Gondhla, Miyar and Tod valley received considerable snowfall, while Keylong, the district headquarters, received 5cm snow.
Normal life was thrown out of gear as traffic remained disrupted in the district.
The fresh snowfall has brought cheer on the faces of farmers, but at the same time, they are worried about long spell of winter - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ti/499370.html
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Snow greets tourists in Solang valley

Tourists enjoy a fresh spell of snow in the Solang valley near Manali on Saturday. Photo by writer
MANALI, NOVEMBER 18
The Solang valley and its adjoining areas experienced the season’s first snowfall today while the lower parts of the region were lashed by widespread rain, resulting in a fall in the day temperature.
Hundreds of tourists, who have arrived in Manali, made a beeline to the Solang valley to enjoy the fresh snow. There was a festive atmosphere at different places between Palchan and Solang. Tourists were surprised to see the valley covered with a white blanket of snow. They were seen throwing snowballs at each other and had photo sessions.
Due to snow in the upper region, all vehicles were stopped at Palchan, about 9 km from here, on the Manali-Rohtang road, as a precautionary measure - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ey/499790.html
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Solang gets snow on second day

Children enjoy snow in the Solang valley on Sunday. Photo: MC Thakur
MANALI, NOVEMBER 19
The inclement weather conditions in the upper Manali region worsened again today as the entire higher reaches, including Rohtang, Marhi, Gulaba and Solang valley, received a fresh spell of snow, while the lower areas were lashed with rain.
After the season’s first snowfall in the upper Manali areas, the Solang valley,13 km from here, has become the biggest attraction with a large number of tourists thronging it to enjoy the snow - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ay/500256.html

Snowflakes at Kufri, Narkanda

Tourists throng Kufri near Shimla in the hope of snowfall. Tribune photo
Shimla, November 19
The biting cold wave conditions continued unabated in most parts of Himachal as high-altitude tribal areas had another spell of fresh snow while Narkanda and Kufri received snowflakes.
Kalpa and Reckong Peo in Kinnaur district received 27 cm and 9 cm of snow while Keylong received 8 cm of snow, followed by Gondla and Kothi (6 cm) and Pooh (1 cm).
The tribal areas groaned under piercing cold wave conditions with Keylong and Kalpa in tribal Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts shivering at minus 2.1 degree C and minus 0.6 degree C. Manali recorded minimum temperature at 1.6 degree while Bhuntar and Sundernagar recorded a low of 4.1 degree and 4.5 degree followed by Solan 5.4 degree, Shimla 5.9 degree, Palampur 6.7 degree, Dharamsala 8.2 degree and Una 8.5 degree C - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...da/500257.html

Snow leaves 46 stranded at Koksar

A woman tends to her yaks after heavy snow in Lahaul and Spiti on Sunday. Tribune photo
Mandi, November 19
As many as 46 persons have been stranded at Koksar for the past three days. Those stranded were on their way to Kullu from Lahaul the snowfall at Rohtang Pass halted the traffic movement on the Manali-Leh highway.
A majority of the stranded persons were stated to be drivers and ITBP soldiers.
Sources said the persons travelling between Koksar and Rohtang left their vehicles in the snow-clad area and took shelter at the rescue post set up by the district administration at Koksar and a nearby rest house - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ar/500255.html
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