Uttarakhand

  • Japanese agency approves Rs 674 crore loan to Uttarakhand forest project 15-04-2014 06:59 PM

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has approved a loan of about Rs 674 crore for a forest project in Uttarakhand. "The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Japanese ODA loan agreement with the Government of India in New Delhi to provide up to 11,390 million yen (around Rs...
  • Uttarakhand eyes tourism revival after floods as it gears up for Char Dham Yatra 11-04-2014 11:00 AM

    Uttarakhand, recovering from an unprecedented natural disaster last year, is all geared up to revive its tourism sector and pinning hopes on a good response to the annual Chardham Yatra beginning next month. The hill state, whose economy is hugely dependent on tourism, is home to Hindu holy shrines of...
  • Lok Sabha polls: CM Rawat's wife, senior minister face BJP's 2 ex-CMs 09-04-2014 12:25 PM

    New Delhi: The Congress has fielded two strong candidates against the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttarakhand. It has fielded Chief Minister Harish Rawat's wife Renuka from Haridwar. Haridwar is currently held by Rawat. His wife will take on BJP candidate and former chief minister Ramesh Pokriyal Nishank. The Congress has...
  • Kedarnath pilgrimage from May 4; 1,000 pilgrims to visit daily 08-04-2014 05:17 PM

    Dehradun: 1,000 devotees will be allowed to visit Kedarnath shrine daily when its portals are opened on May 4, Chief Minister Harish Rawat said and sought to allay safety concerns of pilgrims. The number of visitors to the Himalayan shrine is being regulated to avoid any confusion in case of...
  • Uttarakhand government orders repair of Yatra route before annual pilgrimage in May 07-04-2014 05:29 PM

    Uttarakhand government has ordered completion of all road repair and reconstruction works along Char Dham Yatra route well before the start of the annual pilgrimage in May this year. Directives to this effect were issued by Chief Seceretary Subhash Kumar soon after his return from a tour of Rudraprayag district...
  • Uttarakhand government to spend Rs 161 crore for livelihood creation 03-04-2014 09:28 PM

    Uttarakhand government will spend Rs 161 crore for creation of livelihood opportunities and improvement of agricultural produce in the calamity hit areas of Uttarakhand to help affected people back on their feet. The amount will be spent under Integrated Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Integrated Livelihood Support Project (ILSP)...
  • Government decides to transfer teachers from overstaffed schools to those short-staffed 29-03-2014 03:25 PM

    The Uttarakhand government has said the teachers from overstaffed government schools in the state would be transferred to the ones suffering from perennial shortage of staff. Issuing directives to this effect in Dehradun, Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar has sought a district-wise list from the Education Department of government-run schools having...
  • Work in affected areas not to be hampered by Model Code: EC 28-03-2014 05:34 PM

    Development and reconstruction work in the calamity-hit areas of Uttarakhand will not be affected by the Model Code of Conduct, the Election Commission said on Friday. Policy decisions will of course be kept on hold till the electoral process is on but the Model Code of Conduct will not hamper...
  • Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal expresses concern over laxity in relief works 28-03-2014 07:27 AM

    Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal on Thursday expressed concern over the lackadaisical attitude of state officials in carrying out relief, repair and rehabilitation works, saying the victims of the 2013 disaster were not able to recover due to this. During a discussion here, Kunjwal noted that despite efforts taken...
  • Satpal Maharaj slams Harish Rawat for 'not' raising Uttarakhand issues in Parliament 24-03-2014 09:04 PM

    Pauri MP Satpal Maharaj, who recently defected to BJP, on Monday attacked Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, saying as a Union minister he had not raised even a single issue related to the state in Parliament. Targeting Rawat, Maharaj said asked why the state government had not sent a proposal...
  • BJP denies intention to destabilise state government 24-03-2014 04:46 PM

    Scotching rumours that BJP might lure MLAs loyal to former Congress heavyweight Satpal Maharaj to grab power in Uttarakhand, the main opposition party on Monday clarified it had no intention to destabilise the Harish Rawat government. "It goes against our policy to destabilise an elected government. If BJP had the...
  • Uttarakhand floods: Three martyrs felicitated with Kirti Chakra 23-03-2014 09:08 AM

    Three officers, including an IAF officer, who died while saving Uttarakhand flood victims, a naval officer who non-stop sailed around the world and an Army Major who killed three terrorists, were on Saturday awarded the Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry award. A Civil Engineer of the Border Roads...
  • Gayatri Parivar to give Rs 2 lakh to families of security personnel killed during rescue operations 22-03-2014 09:56 PM

    Haridwar-based spiritual organisation Gayatri Parivar will provide Rs 2 lakh each as financial assistance to the next of kin of 20 military and para-military personnel killed during the massive relief and rescue operations carried out after the catastrophic floods that hit Uttarakhand in 2013. Gayatri Parivar chief Pranav Pandya will...
  • President honours defense personals with gallantry awards 22-03-2014 05:03 PM

    Three officers, including an IAF officer who died while saving Uttarakhand flood victims, a naval officer who non-stop sailed around the world and an Army Major who killed three terrorists, were on Saturday awarded the Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry award. A Civil Engineer of the Border Roads...
  • Governor Aziz Qureshi honours martyred soldier's wife 21-03-2014 08:49 PM

    Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi on Friday honoured Priya Semwal who was recently commissioned into the Indian Army as a junior officer after she lost her husband in a counter-insurgency operation two years ago. Speaking at a function held in her honour at Raj Bhawan, the Governor showered praise on Lt...
  • Satpal Maharaj quit Congress due to personal reasons: Harish Rawat 21-03-2014 04:32 PM

    In a big blow to the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, its MP from Uttarakhand Satpal Maharaj joined its rival, the BJP. Satpal, however, said he won't be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. ...
  • Senior Uttarakhand leader Satpal Maharaj quits Congress, joins BJP 21-03-2014 12:43 PM

    New Delhi: In a season when politicians are hopping from one party to the other, the Congress has been hit the hardest. In yet another setback to the Congress, the party MP from Garhwal, Satpal Maharaj, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday. The leader from Uttarakhand reportedly has support...
  • Congress MP Satpal Maharaj will join BJP today, say sources 21-03-2014 11:46 AM

    Dehradun: In a season when politicians are hopping from one party to the other, the Congress has been hit the hardest. In yet another setback to the Congress, the party MP from Garhwal, Satpal Maharaj, has decided to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. The leader from Uttarakhand reportedly has support...
  • Not allocating land to homeless of Uttarakhand will lead to exodus: Satpal Maharaj 19-03-2014 05:58 PM

    Not allocating land to the homeless in the calamity-ravaged hills of Uttarakhand will lead to their exodus to the plains which does not augur well for the border state which is close to China and Nepal, Congress MP Satpal Maharaj said on Wednesday. "First it was decided to give land...
  • No role of Ramdev in party's ticket distribution: BJP 19-03-2014 03:07 PM

    Dehradun: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday refuted media reports about Ramdev pitching for his own favourites to be fielded by the saffron party in the Lok Sabha polls, saying the yoga guru had nothing to do with party's ticket distribution process. "Ramdev is a nationalist whose heart beats for...
  • 9 months on, a drive to Kedarnath still means risking life 15-03-2014 01:39 PM

    Nine months after a devastating cloudburst caused death and destruction in Uttarakhand, a vast mountainous region leading to the Kedarnath shrine is yet to get its roads back. Vehicles precariously weave through several stretches of what remains of the original tarred roads, some still treacherously cracked and damaged in such...
  • BJP downplays Bacchi Singh Rawat's resignation from party posts 10-03-2014 03:12 PM

    BJP on Monday sought to downplay former MP Bacchi Singh Rawat's resignation from all party posts saying candidates have not been decided for any of the five Lok Sabha seats in Uttarakhand as yet and there is no question of Rawat being ignored. "The party's parliamentary board may take a...
  • Post disaster, CM has changed but the state hasn't: Trivendra Singh Rawat 08-03-2014 03:55 PM

    Accusing Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat of making only announcements, Opposition BJP today said the change of guard in the calamity-hit state has not led to any change in the ground realities. "A new CM has taken over but the circumstances remain the same as they were at the time...
  • Sir Ratan Tata Trust inks 10-year pact with Uttarakhand government 07-03-2014 11:21 PM

    Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) hasinked a 10-year pact with the Uttarakhand government tocommence the second phase of Himmotthan project, which aims toempower the residents of the state. In 2004, SRTT had signed a 10-year agreement with theUttarakhand government for the first phase of the project.Citing the example of Himachal...
  • Harish Rawat allocates portfolios to Cabinet colleagues, no major changes made 05-03-2014 05:06 PM

    Over a month after taking over as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat has finally allocated portfolios to his Cabinet colleagues without making any major changes in their departments. A notification allocating portfolios to the 12-member Cabinet headed by Mr. Rawat was issued late on Tuesday night which stated...
  • Lok Sabha elections: Uttarakhand votes on May 7 05-03-2014 01:39 PM

    New Delhi: The state of Uttarakhand will vote on May 7, the Election Commission announced on Wednesday. The counting of votes will be held on May 16. The state has five Parliamentary Constituencies. ...
  • Over 400 constables dismissed for violating rules to be reappointed 04-03-2014 03:54 PM

    Over 400 police constables in Uttarakhand, who were dismissed for violating rules by applying for their job from two districts simultaneously, will be re-inducted into the force. Uttarakhand government has decided to reappoint 424 constables dismissed for sending in their job applications from two districts simultaneously, Principal Secretary (Home) Om...
  • Harish Rawat assures flow of funds for reconstruction 03-03-2014 08:39 PM

    Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Monday said there would be no dearth of funds for reconstruction in disaster-hit areas but there should be no compromise on the quality of work. Reviewing reconstruction work in Narendra Nagar area of the district, Rawat assured officials of adequate funds wherever needed but said...
  • Repair of infrastructure on Badrinath highway yet to start, alleges BJP 03-03-2014 03:51 PM

    Nine months after a catastrophic deluge wreaked havoc in Uttarakhand, work on the damaged infrastructure in the danger zones identified on Badrinath highway is yet to begun, main opposition BJP on Monday alleged. It is nine months since the flashfloods caused large scale damage to roads on the char dham...
  • Government announces compensation to calamity-hit shopkeepers 28-02-2014 08:14 PM

    Uttarakhand government today decided to compensate shopkeepers who lost their goods in last year's calamity and give concession to over five lakh consumers in water tax. It also decided to introduce a food security scheme of its own and fill vacancies in the education department. The decisions were taken at...