Continuous damage to standing crops due to intrusions by blue bulls (nilgai) in several villages in the Shivalik foothills has forced the state government to relax the norms and allow killing of the animal. The permission will apply only to the areas falling under the forest divisions of Una, Bilaspur, Nurpur (Kangra), Paonta and Nalagarh.

As many as 253 gram panchayats have been declared

The special economic zone (SEZ) project in Una district, wherein an international airport and aircraft industry was to come up, has been abandoned.

Chander Shekhar Sharma | Hamirpur

The Mid-Himalayan Watershed Project has caused the Himachal Pradesh gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate to shoot upto 9 per cent. The watershed project has been launched in the State by the World Bank.

Rakesh Lohumi
The central empowered committee (CEC) of the SC will visit the state to inspect khair forests to ascertain whether or not the felling practices being adopted were leading to regeneration.

This report of a conference held at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study on special economic zones raises doubts about their desirability on different counts. It is centred around three themes: (1) SEZs and economic development; (2) SEZs and distributive implications; and (3) SEZs and the legal issues.

The Himachal Pradesh government has made a number of false statements on crucial issues affecting the villagers of Gagret in Una district relating to the land that will be acquired for a proposed special economic zone. An airport that is to come up will affect the population of 25 villages, a majority of whom are peasants owning less than one hectare of land.

Vikas Sharma / Chandigarh October 20, 2008, 0:25 IST

SEZs: Dhumal treads cautiously

Shimla, September 28 Residents and representatives from over 20 villages in Gagret area of Una district today staged a protest against the proposal to set up SEZ and Airport by SKIL Infrastructure Ltd. The Central Government had granted in principle approval to the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) two weeks ago.