HP Board exams begin ; exam-going students affected
Normal life was disrupted in Himachal Pradesh, especially for Board exam-bound students, as several parts of the state in the higher hills had another spell of heavy snowfall while lower hills were lashed by abundant rains accompanied by strong winds.

Stormy conditions prevailed in the region as Shimla and some other places were hit by a severe hailstorm, causing sharp fall in mercury.

Tribal areas, upper Shimla region and Manali and higher hills of Kullu had another spell of moderate to heavy snowfall.

Intermittent heavy snowfall in tribal areas forced students appearing for class 12 Examination of HP School Board to walk under deep snow to reach examination centres even as several students failed to reach the venues as roads were closed due to heavy snow.

The Board had postponed the class 12 examination from March 4 to March 9 due to heavy snowfall but fresh snowfall in tribal areas again played spoilsport.

A large number of students who failed to appear in the English examination today have urged the Board to conduct the examination again for left out students.

The Hindustan-Tibet National highway was closed due to snow at Narkanda while Shimla-Rohroo and Shimla Chopal state highways were closed due to heavy snow at Khara-patthar and Nerwa.

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Several areas in tribal Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti and upper Shimla were without electricity while water supply was hampered at many places in higher hills as water pipes froze and burst due to frigid conditions.

About 300 roads in Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu, Chamba, Mandi and shimla district were closed due to heavy snow and work is on at war footing to open the roads by tomorrow, a spokesman of Public Works Department said.