In an attempt to decongest the crowded townships of Mandi and Dharamsala, the Himachal Pradesh Urban Development Authority (HIMUDA) has decided to set up their satellite townships. These townships will have all modern civic amenities.

Today turned to be the most inconvenient day for commuters, tourists and general passengers here when they have experienced a lot of hardship when agitating farmers from this subdivision under the banner of the Kisan Vikas Sabha (KVS) blocked traffic at three different routes paralysing the whole traffic movement for about four hours. The local police and the administration have failed to persuade them to lift blockade beyond their schedule time.

"Price rise' is not just an urban, big city phenomenon as some sections of the political class would like to claim. Inflation is burning a hole in pockets of residents of smaller towns across the country from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh to Ernakulum in Kerala.