Uttarakhand News

Kedarnath, Yamunotri close for winters

The sacred portals of Kedarnath and Yamunotri shrines in Garhwal Himalayas were closed on Saturday for winters after elaborate rituals held amid chanting of vedic hymns.

Hand over Kedarnath reconstruction work to Centre: Koshiyari tells Rawat
Hand over Kedarnath reconstruction work to Centre: Koshiyari tells Rawat

Claiming that all reconstruction work in Kedar Valley has been done by the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), BJP MP and former Uttarakhand chief minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari has asked the state government to accept its "failure" in rebuilding efforts and approach the Centre to take over the entire exercise.

Baba Ramdev visits Kedarnath on invitation of Congress-led Uttarakhand govt

Yoga guru Ramdev today visited Kedarnath on the invitation of the Congress-led government in Uttarakhand, saying he had accepted the invite in the "interest of the state and the country".

Cabinet approves roadmap for reconstruction around Kedarnath

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat today held a meeting of the state cabinet at Kedarnath to give the final seal of approval to a roadmap for reconstruction work around the Himalayan shrine which bore the brunt of the catastrophic deluge last year.

Cabinet meeting in Kedarnath rescheduled

The much-talked about meeting of Uttarakhand cabinet in Kedarnath will now be held at the Himalayan shrine on October 20 instead of October 21 as scheduled earlier.

Cabinet meet in Kedarnath a waste of money: BJP

 Terming the upcoming meeting of the Uttarakhand Cabinet in Kedarnath a "waste of money", Opposition BJP today said it will not solve problems of the people living in the calamity-hit area.

Cabinet meeting in Kedarnath to be held on Oct 21

 The much-talked about meeting of Uttarakhand cabinet in Kedarnath will be held at the Himalayan shrine on October 21 in which the state government is likely to put its final seal of approval on the rehabilitation and reconstruction plan around the famous temple.

Morari Bapu contributes Rs 10 cr for Uttarakhand relief, Kedarnath temple
Morari Bapu contributes Rs 10 cr for Uttarakhand relief, Kedarnath temple

Spiritual leader and well known Ram katha exponent Morari Bapu, on Wednesday, disbursed a total of Rs 10 crore as part of relief for the Uttarakhand floods that devastated the state last year.

Baba Ramdev undertakes cleanliness drive in Haridwar

Pledging to take the 'Swachhta Abhiyan' to more than 600 districts across the country, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev participated in a massive cleanliness drive here on Thursday.

Home Secy admits suggesting to Uttarakhand Gov to quit

Home Secretary Anil Goswami has admitted before the Supreme Court that he had suggested to Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi to consider resigning from his post as certain statements made by him were "not compatible with the high constitutional office that he was occupying".

Now, 'Char Dham Yatra' in winter

Priests and temple committees concerned have unanimously approved a proposal to start an annual yatra to places where the char dham deities are worshipped during their winter sojourn.

Madhumita case: Sister says authorities under political pressure

Two months have elapsed since Uttarakhand High Court directed the state's IG (prisons) to look into the delay in shifting back the main convict in Madhumita Shukla murder case Amarmani Tripathi and his wife from Gorakhpur to Haridwar jail but the latter is yet to act in the matter.

Kumaon Varsity VC gets additional charge of GBP Agriculture university

Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi on Monday gave Kumaon University Vice-Chancellor Prof H S Dhami the additional charge of Pant Nagar-based Govind Ballabh Pant Agricultural University Vice Chancellor.

Four newborn babies die at govt hospital in Dehradun

Four newborn babies died at a government hospital here in the last 24 hours, triggering protests by their parents who alleged negligence by the hospital authorities.

Hemkund Sahib closes for winter

Thousands of Sikh pilgrims braved chilly conditions to converge at Hemkund Sahib in Garhwal Himalayas on Friday as the sacred portals of the shrine were closed for the annual six-month winter break during which the area remains snowbound.

Follow path shown by Maharshi Valmiki: U'khand Guv

Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi and Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday asked people to follow the path of human welfare shown by Ramayana author Maharshi Valmiki.

Haridwar gets to see 'World Peace Violin'

A spiritual leader from the US is here with a "World Peace Violin" whose parts have come from 11 countries, including India.

Make U'khand part of 100 smart cities project: CM to Centre

Chief Minister Harish Rawat has asked the Centre to relax the norms and include Uttarakhand in its ambitious project of setting up 100 smart cities across the country.

Kedarnath pilgrims to get weather updates on phone

Drawing lessons from 2013 calamity at Kedarnath which caught thousands of pilgrims offguard, the state government has completed the digital mapping of Rudraprayag district which will help pilgrims heading for the Himalayan shrine to get weather updates on their mobile phone.

Gandhiji's principles more relevant today than ever before: Rawat

Stating that Mahatma Gandhi's principles of truth and non-violence are more relevant on Wednesday than ever before, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said in this terror-torn world the path shown by the Father of the Nation alone can lead to peace.

Reconstruction work around Kedarnath to start soon

 A three-layered security wall will be built behind the calamity-ravaged Kedarnath Temple to fortify it against future disasters as reconstruction and resettlement work around the shrine as per recommendations of the Geological Survey of India begins this season.

India-US Army's joint military drill in Uttarakhand ends

An India-US combined military training exercise - Yudh Abhyas 2014 - in Uttarakhand concluded on September 30, officials said on Wednesday, adding the exercise strengthened cooperation between the two armies.

Uttarakhand needs commissionerate system of policing: DGP

Uttarakhand Police chief BS Sidhu on Tuesday favoured commissionerate system of police administration, saying it gives more legal powers to the force for better law and order in the state.

Ten BRO personnel injured as bridge collapses

Ten Border Roads Organisation personnel were injured on Monday when a bailey bridge on way to Badrinath collapsed while being repaired and fell into a river flowing underneath.

Prank callers harassing lady constables at Raipur control room

Women police personnel posted at the control room of Raipur police have complained to the seniors about some pranksters who make hoax calls and use obscene language.

There is need to revive Sanskrit in India: Aziz Qureshi

Describing Sanskrit as the mother of many Indian languages which has influenced almost all the languages of the world, Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi today said there is a need to revive it and restore its original status of being the common man's language.

Uttarakhand: Piran Kaliyar, nearby areas to be developed as tourist circuit

Piran Kaliyar, one of the most revered Muslim shrines in Uttarakhand, and other places of historic and religious significance around it will be developed as a tourist circuit, Chief Minister Harish Rawat said.

Five killed as jeep falls into gorge in Uttarakhand

Five persons were killed and three others injured when the vehicle they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge in Pauri district, police said today.

400 pilgrims visit Kedarnath by air post monsoon

Over 400 pilgrims have visited Kedarnath temple by air since resumption of chopper service to the Himalayan shrine earlier this week after monsoon.

BJP takes exception to PCC chief's remarks against Amit Shah

Taking strong exception to Uttarakhand Congress chief Kishore Upadhyaya's remarks describing BJP chief Amit Shah as a "threat to the country", the state unit of the saffron party on Sunday advised him to practise restraint and desist from making such statements.