Uttarakhand

  • Uttarakhand: Cloudburst hits Tehri, 4 dead Yesterday

    Dehradun: Rains have wreaked havoc up north in Uttarakhand, where a cloud burst was reported in Tehri on Thursday. Four people have been killed and the casualties are likely to increase. Rescue operations are underway in the area. The road between Rudraprayag and Tehri has been shut after heavy rainfall....
  • Sonia Gandhi thanks people of Uttarakhand for by-poll victory 5 days ago

    Sonia Gandhi today said Congress's victory in recent assembly bye-elections in Uttarakhand "reflects people's disenchantment with BJP whose government at the Centre has failed to deliver on its promises". "It is an indication that people are looking towards Congress once again with hope," a release issued by Uttarakhand government in Dehradun...
  • Uttarakhand bypoll: Congress sweeps all 3 seats, CM wins by over 19,000 votes 1 week ago

    New Delhi: The bypoll results of Uttarakhand came as a huge blow for the Bharatiya Janata Party as the Congress won all three Assembly seats on Friday. Chief Minister Harish Rawat defeated BJP's BD Joshi in Dharchula seat by a margin of over 19,000 votes. Senior Congress leader Hira Singh Bisht...
  • Assess action of Uttarakhand government in flash flood relief works: Ramesh Pokhriyal July 23, 2014

    A BJP member on Wednesday demanded setting up of a high level committee to find out if the Uttarakhand government was prompt in its response in dealing with last year's flash floods which claimed lives of hundreds of pilgrims. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, Ramesh Pokhriyal...
  • CBI to try exhuming bodies of Badaun gangrape, murder victims today July 20, 2014

    Badaun: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to try and exhume the bodies of the Badaun murder victims on Sunday for fresh autopsy after the procedure was stopped on Saturday as the water level rose in Ganga. The investigating agency officials were finding it difficult to locate the...
  • Incessant rainfall disrupts normal life in Northern India July 19, 2014

    Dehradun Heavy rains lashed Uttarakhand on Saturday blocking several roads in the state. The Chardham yatra has been suspended, even as the Centre decided to provide two Mi-17 helicopters to deal with the emergency. Uttarakhand authorities had earlier issued alerts in Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi. Most parts of Himachal Pradesh also...
  • Heavy rains in HP, Uttarakhand, many stranded; landslides in some areas July 17, 2014

    Dehradun: Heavy rains lashed Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh over the past two days and scores of pilgrims are now stranded after the rainfall triggered landslides. Yoga guru Ramdev, along with 400 students, are among those pilgrims stranded in Gangotri after the road to Uttarkashi caved in at many places. The...
  • Government working on quota in jobs for dependents of flood victims July 16, 2014

    Uttarakhand government will soon thrash out a formula to provide reservation in jobs to dependents of those killed in the devastating floods that hit the state last year. Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar has asked officials to remove the legal bottlenecks in this regard in consultation with the Advocate General and find...
  • Ramdev takes students to Gangotri despite alert, stranded due to heavy rains July 16, 2014

    Dehradun: Heavy rains are wreaking havoc in Uttarakhand. Thousands have been stranded in Gangotri including Yoga guru Ramdev. The Yoga guru has been stuck at the higher reaches with around 400 students. He had reportedly gone ahead with the programme despite an alert issued by the Met department of Uttarakhand. The...
  • Met issues heavy rainfall alert in Uttarakhand, evacuation begins in some areas July 15, 2014

    Dehradun: The Met department has issued an alert for heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand on Tuesday. Rain hit several parts of Uttarakhand in the past 24 hours with the Kumaon region being most affected. South Uttarakhand is feared to receive the heaviest downpour. The disaster management department has begun the process of...
  • Uttarakhand BJP calls budget development-oriented; Cong criticises July 10, 2014

    Describing the Narendra Modi government's first budget as historic and development- oriented, Uttarakhand BJP on Thursday called it useful for the state. "Through this budget, an effort has been made to turn promises made by Modi in his nearly 5,000 pre-election meetings to different sections of society into a reality," state...
  • Sand mining: National Green Tribunal issues notice to 24 people in Uttarakhand July 9, 2014

    The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued notice to 24 people for carrying out illegal sand mining activities in Uttarakhand's Haridwar district. A bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar sought response from all of them after the counsel for Uttarakhand government told the tribunal that certain people were carrying on illegal...
  • Rail budget disappointing for Uttarakhand: Congress July 9, 2014

    Dehradun : Terming the rail budget as extremely disappointing for Uttarakhand, Congress on Tuesday slammed the Centre for not making any provisions in it for the hill state. People of the state who contributed five MPs to the ruling BJP’s kitty were extremely disappointed over the treatment meted out to the...
  • Identities of 18 Uttarakhand tragedy victims established July 7, 2014

    The results of DNA profiling of the 2013 deluge victims have begun to show results with 18 bodies being identified via DNA matching, the State Police Department data revealed on Monday. According to the State Police Department, 18 of the 191 DNA samples received have been matched. However, identification of deluge...
  • Kanwar fair: Uttarakhand police seek adequate security in 6 states July 4, 2014

    With the annual Kanwar fair round the corner, Uttarakhand Police has sought adequate deployment of security personnel at sensitive locations in six states through which the 'kanwariyas' (Shiva devotees) pass. "This year, the Kanwar fair coincides with the month of Ramzan and participation by youth in the event is going up...
  • Ailing Rawat files nomination for bypoll through proposers July 3, 2014

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, who is recuperating from a neck injury at AIIMS in Delhi, today filed his nomination papers through his two proposers from Dharchula Assembly seat which goes to bypoll on July 21. Rawat's wife Renuka, his Cabinet colleague Yashpal Arya, ex-MP from Almora Predeep Tamta, Congress Rajya...
  • A year after tragedy, Uttarakhand people remember a braveheart July 2, 2014

    It is a little over a year since a natural calamity of catastrophic proportions hit Uttarakhand but people in the affected areas are still singing paeans to the bravery of Darshan Lal who saved hundreds of lives in Kedar valley when the deluge struck. They have still not forgotten what this...
  • High Court quashes notice issued to Nishank on land scam case June 27, 2014

    In a major reprieve to former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank, the Uttarakhand High Court quashed a notice issued to him by the Tripathi Commission in connection with an alleged land scam during his tenure. Justice Alok Singh of the high court based in Nainital quashed the notice issued in connection...
  • HC quashes notice issued to ex-CM in land scam case June 27, 2014

    In a major reprieve to former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank, the Uttarakhand High Court quashed a notice issued to him by the Tripathi Commission in connection with an alleged land scam during his tenure. Justice Alok Singh of the high court based in Nainital quashed the notice issued in connection...
  • Panchayat polls end peacefully in Uttarakhand June 24, 2014

    The three-phased panchayat elections concluded peacefully in Uttarakhand on Tuesday with over 60 per cent of the electorate casting votes in the final round. The fate of 7633 gram pradhans, 3054 members of kshetra panchayats, 389 members of zila panchayats and 34395 gram panchayat members were sealed in the ballot boxes. The...
  • Uttarakhand floods: Blood samples of relatives to be collected for DNA matching June 24, 2014

    For identification of victims of last year's Uttarakhand floods tragedy, Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) and Uttarakhand government are trying to contact relatives of missing persons and obtain blood samples for DNA matching. CDFD had received biological samples of 550 bodies (over 5,000 are believed to have perished...
  • Woman waits for husband missing since Uttarakhand tragedy June 19, 2014

    A woman is still waiting for the return of her husband, who went missing in the flash floods in Uttarakhand though a year has passed since then. "My heart says he will return soon," says 40-year-old Snehalata, who got separated from her husband Dwarikanath Panda in the devastating floods. The couple and...
  • Have not sounded high alert in Uttarkashi: Uttarakhand Met Director June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The Uttarakhand Met department has refuted reports of having issued any high alert in Uttarkashi. Uttarakhand Met Director Anand Sharma said that there was no heavy rain in the area. "We have not issued any alerts. There was no heavy rain on Wednesday. We have said that there...
  • High alert sounded in Uttarkashi after heavy rains June 19, 2014

    Dehradun: High alert has been issued in Uttarakhand after heavy rains lashed parts of the state on Wednesday. Officials say that they have identified 7 critical points and 3 danger zones in the Uttarkashi region. They have, however, assured that these are only preventive measures and that there is no...
  • Assembly bypoll in Uttarakhand next month June 19, 2014

    Bypoll to three assembly seats in Uttarakhand, including Dharchula from where Chief Minister Harish Rawat is likely to contest, will be held on July 21. Rawat was an MP from Haridwar when he took over from Vijay Bahuguna as the Chief Minister on February 1 and has to ensure his entry...
  • A year after Uttarakhand tragedy, 44 skeleton remains found in Kedar valley June 18, 2014

    A year after a massive deluge hit Uttarakhand causing extensive damage to areas close to Kedarnath, authorities have so far recovered 44 skeletal remains of the victims from the valley since March this year. DIG GS Martolia who heads a Task Force constituted recently to carry out intensive combing operation in...
  • Bhagirathi in spate, alert sounded in Uttarkashi June 18, 2014

    With the Bhagirathi river in spate following heavy rains over the past two days, an alert was sounded on Wednesday in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi district which was one of the worst hit during last year's flash floods. "It has rained heavily in the district over the past two days and the Bhagirathi...
  • 44 skeletons found in flood-ravaged Kedar valley over last three months June 18, 2014

    A year after a massive deluge hit Uttarakhand causing extensive damage to areas close to Kedarnath, authorities have so far recovered 44 skeletal remains of the victims from the valley since March this year. DIG GS Martolia who heads a Task Force constituted recently to carry out intensive combing operation in...
  • Uttarakhand's governor visit to Kedarnath cancelled as chopper develops snag June 18, 2014

    Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi's proposed visit to Kedarnath was cancelled on Tuesday as the helicopter which was to take him to the Himalayan shrine developed some technical problem. Qureshi was to offer prayers for peace at the shrine for victims of the natural calamity that struck the hill state on June...
  • Set up a dedicated body for protection of Himalayas: BJP June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Pressing for immediate steps to protect Himalayas especially after the Uttarakhand flash floods, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Tuesday mooted setting up a dedicated, central body which would oversee development and ecological conservation works in the mountains. "The Himalayas are not a different entity for Uttarakhand, J&K,...