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NGT orders joint inspection into Uttarakhand's paper mill

 Expressing anguish over discharge of effluents, the National Green Tribunal today directed the central and Uttarakhand pollution control boards to jointly inspect Century Pulp and Paper mill at Nainital for releasing toxic liquid and solid waste into the reserve forest near it.

Fresh snowfall in Kedarnath, Badrinath shrines

Fresh snowfall in the higher reaches including Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines in Garhwal Himalayas and rain in lower areas on Friday affected normal life in the hill districts of Uttarakhand.

Rail budget disappointing: Harish Rawat

 Noting that the new rail budget makes no provision either for survey of new tracks nor any announcement of new trains for Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Thursday said it has disappointed him not just as CM but also personally.

'Hindu gods won't forgive Railway Minister for neglecting Uttarakhand'

 Describing the rail budget as "extremely disappointing" for Uttarakhand, Congress on Thursday said the Hindu deities will never forgive the Railway Minister for neglecting the hill state also called "Devbhoomi", the land of Gods.

Alert for heavy rain in next 24 hours in Uttarakhand

 The MeT department has issued a heavy rain alert for the next 24 hours in most parts of Uttarakhand which suffered extensive damage in the 2013 deluge.

Revival of tourism Uttarakhand​ govt's top priority: Harish Rawat

Flagging revival of tourism which was hit hard by 2013 flash floods as his top priority, Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday said a number of initiatives have been taken by the state government to give the message of a safe Uttarakhand to the outside world so that the tourism industry in the state could be put back on track.

Congress MP Manorama Sharma dies

Congress Rajya Sabha member from Uttarakhand Manorama Dobriyal Sharma on Wednesday died following a brief illness at a private hospital in Gurgaon.

Kedarnath shrine to reopen on April 24

The sacred portals of Kedarnath shrine will be reopened on April 24 this year.

Maha Shivratri celebrated across Uttarakhand ​

Shiva temples across Uttarakhand on Tuesday echoed with chants of 'Har Har Mahadev' as devotees turned up in large numbers to pay obeisance to the deity on Maha Shivratri.

Fresh snowfall in hills, cold conditions return

Fresh snowfall in the higher reaches of Garhwal Himalayas, including the famed Himalayan shrines, and light showers coupled with icy winds in the lower areas revived freezing cold conditions in Chamoli district on Monday.

2-year-old leopardess found dead in Dehradun

Carcass of a leopardess has been found in Mikhilakhalpatta area at Bageshwar district, forest department sources said on Sunday.

First swine flu death in Dehradun

Swine flu has claimed its first victim in the city this year with the death of a 50-year-old man at a private hospital here.

Number of steps taken to preserve dying art and culture: Uttarakhand​ CM Rawat

Expressing his commitment to preserve the dying arts and culture of the state, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said a number of steps are being taken by his government in the direction including setting up a training institute to conserve the gradually disappearing art forms and musical instruments unique to the hill state.

Uttarakhand fake encounter: Delhi HC rejects cop's bail plea

Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the interim bail plea of one of the 17 convicted Uttarakhand cops, facing life imprisonment for killing a 22-year-old MBA student in a fake encounter in Dehradun in 2009.

Uttarakhand cabinet to meet on Feb 10, likely to discuss land regularisation

 Amid infighting in the ruling Congress in Uttarakhand over regularisation of land in Sitarganj area, Chief Minister Harish Rawat has called a meeting of the state cabinet on February 10 where issues raised by his predecessor are likely to be resolved.

Uttarakhand minister Surendra Rakesh passes away

Uttarakhand Minister Surendra Rakesh died at a Gurgaon hospital this morning after battling with cancer for over a year.

Snowfall in higher reaches, showers in plains of Uttarakhand

The high altitude areas in Garhwal Himalayas were covered with a thick shroud of snow today even as Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag and Pithoragarh districts of Uttarakhand received fresh snowfall and the plains were lashed by showers coupled with hail, adding to the chill.

Avalanche warning: Forces put on high alert in Uttarakhand

Forces deployed in the high altitude districts of Uttarakhand were put on high alert on Sunday in view of the possibility of avalanches in places located above 2,500 metres.

Snow avalanche alert in high altitude areas of Uttarakhand

An alert has been sounded in the high-altitude districts of Uttarakhand after a warning from Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment Chandigarh about its possibility in areas located above 2,500 metres in the hill state.

Uttarakhand plan panel to have six sub groups

 Six sub-groups will be formed under the Policy Planning Group headed by Chief Minister Harish Rawat to make the panel function more effectively and give final touches to policies being framed by the state government.

Harish Rawat congratulates Padma Shri awardees Valdiya, Prasoon Joshi

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Wednesday congratulated geological scientist KS Valdia and lyricist Prasoon Joshi on being conferred with the Padma Shri, saying they had done the state proud by bagging the honour.

Rawat reviews spending on SC/ST sub-plan budget

Expressing disappointment over some government departments spending less than the budgeted expenditure on SC/ST sub-plans, Chief Minister Harish Rawat said the heads of concerned departments will be held responsible if the targeted expenses are not met in the ongoing fiscal.

Dissolution of Planning Commission may delay funds: Uttarakhand CM

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday said the sudden dissolution of the Planning Commission may be responsible for the delay in Central funds reaching the states, alleging that the central assistance sought for police modernisation in the state is still awaited.

Uttarakhand celebrates 66th Republic Day

The 66th Republic Day was celebrated with enthusiasm across Uttarakhand on Monday with Governor KK Paul hoisting the tricolour at the main function held at the Parade Ground here.

Uttarakhand Governor takes stock of reconstruction work at Kedarnath

Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul on Saturday visited Kedarnath to review the reconstruction work underway at the Himalayan shrine.

Badrinath temple to reopen in April

The sacred portals of Badrinath temple in Garhwal Himalayas will be reopened on April 26 after their five-month closure for winter.

Man-eater leopardess shot dead

 A leopardess which killed a ten-year-old boy and created panick in Fulsani area on the outskirts of the city for sometime has finally been shot dead, a forest officer said here on Saturday.

Mining is only anti-dote to curb rising level of rivers: Rawat

 Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Friday appealed to opposition BJP to refrain from using terms like "mining mafia" while attacking the government and said mining within legal sanctions is necessary to save cities located along the banks of rivers.

BJP passing through honeymoon period: Uttarakhand CM

BJP is passing through a "honeymoon period" and it will face the real test at the time of the UP Assembly polls in 2017, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said on Wednesday.

Harish Rawat asks Centre to fast-track long pending projects

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has asked the Centre to fast-track clearance of various long pending demands of the state including a green bonus of Rs 2,000 crore in return for its environment conservation efforts and funds for modernisation of state police.