Uttarakhand News

Harish Rawat announces compensation for kin of leopard-attack victims

 Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Friday announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the family of two sisters who died in an attack by a leopard in Tharali area of Chamoli district here.

Haldwani-Ramnagar highway blocked due to landslide

The Haldwani- Ramnagar highway has been blocked after heavy rainfall triggered a landslide.

Heavy overnight rains in parts of Uttarakhand

Heavy overnight rains coupled with high speed winds occurred today at isolated places in Uttarakhand including Dehradun, uprooting trees and affecting power supply.

Yatra to Badrinath resumes

 Yatra to Badrinath was resumed today after a gap of five days with breached stretches along the highway to the Himalayan temple repaired while 80 pilgrims stranded in Ghanghariya on their way back from the Sikh shrine of Hemkund Sahib were rescued by choppers.

3500 pilgrims stranded at Gobind Dham rescued

At least 3500 pilgrims stranded at Gobind Dham in Uttarakhand have been safely evacuated and brought back either at Gobind Ghat (Joshi Math) with the co-operation and joint efforts of District Administration of Math, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and state team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Body of pilgrim who died in Tibet handed over to India

The body of a 54-year-old woman from Delhi, who died during a pilgrimage to Kailash-Mansarovar in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, was handed over to Indian authorities early Monday morning.

Uttarakhand CM Rawat asks PM Modi to speak on issues concerning nation

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi must respond to critical issues concerning the nation and added that the common man will decide whether the policies have been properly implemented by the Centre.

Yatra to Badrinath, Hemkund remains disrupted for fourth day
Yatra to Badrinath, Hemkund remains disrupted for fourth day

Yatra to Badrinath and the Sikh shrine of Hemkund Sahib in Chamoli district remained disrupted for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday even as the administration continued to evacuate pilgrims stranded on way to the Himalayan shrines in Uttarakhand.

Sikh pilgrims killed while returning from Hemkund Sahib

Two Sikh pilgrims were killed while returning from Hemkund Sahib on Saturday when their motorcycle was hit by an unknown vehicle on Rishikesh-Badrinath highway in Tehri district.

Char Dham Yatra to continue normally, says Harish Rawat

Assuring the safety of the `Char Dham yatris`, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Saturday said the yatra will continue normally despite the incessant rains in the state.

900 pilgrims evacuated in Uttarakhand, Chardham yatra not suspended, says Rawat

900 persons were on Friday evacuated by choppers from Kedar valley, Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath areas with nearly half a dozen roads and bridges in Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts damaged by first monsoon showers and yatra to the Himalayan shrines severely affected for the second consecutive day.

Head of PCC's policy planning department appointed

 Senior Congress leader Suryakant Dhasmana was on Wednesday appointed as the Chairman of the PCC's policy planning department which will work out and implement strategies on alleged "step-motherly" treatment of Uttarakhand by the Centre.

Mild tremors felt in Uttarkashi

Mild tremors were felt in Uttarkashi and neighbouring areas of Uttarakhand in the wee hours of Wednesday as an earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale shook the district.

Warning of heavy rains, landslides in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand MeT department on Wednesday issued a warning predicting heavy rains and landslides in parts of the state especially in the high altitude districts for two days beginning tomorrow.

Security preparedness: Cops, NSG commandos conduct mock drill

Uttarakhand Police personnel and National Security Guard (NSG) commandos on Wednesday conducted a mock drill at Inter-State Bus Terminal here to check preparedness of security agencies in the event of a terror attack.

Harish Rawat seeks grants to fund action plan on yoga promotion
Harish Rawat seeks grants to fund action plan on yoga promotion

Uttarakhand has sought a grant in the ratio of 90:10 from the Centre to fund its ambitious action plan on the promotion of yoga and for tapping the ancient form of exercise to provide employment to people.

BRO hails personnel for 'good work' on Chardham Yatra route

Hailing the "courage and determination" of its employees for repairing damaged roads and constructing new routes for the smooth conduction of Chardham yatra in the wake of 2013 flash floods, Border Roads Organisation today applauded its personnel for their efforts.

Yoga mahakumbh to be held in Rishikesh: Rawat

A 'yoga mahakumbh' will be held in Rishikesh on the occasion of 'Ardhakumbh' next year and possibilities of developing yoga centres in high altitude areas, including Kedarnath, are being explored, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said on Monday.

Centre curtailing funds to Uttarakhand: Harish Rawat
Centre curtailing funds to Uttarakhand: Harish Rawat

 Accusing the Centre of?curtailing allocation of funds to Uttarakhand,Chief Minister Harish Rawat today said in the first two and a half months of the current fiscal alone the state has had to suffer a shortfall to the tune of Rs 500 crore in central assistance.

Participation of students at yoga camp not mandatory: IIT Roorkee Dean

Amid reports that IIT Roorkee had issued a notification making it mandatory for students to participate in a week-long yoga camp, the institute's management Monday said that no such circular was issued.

Participation of students at yoga camp not mandatory: IIT Dean

Amid reports that IIT Roorkee had issued a notification making it mandatory for students to participate in a week-long yoga camp, the institute's management today said that no such circular was issued.

17 killed as Delhi-bound bus falls into gorge in Almora

Seventeen persons were killed and 22 injured when a Delhi-bound public bus from Pithoragarh fell into a deep gorge in Almora district on Saturday afternoon.

Puri Shankaracharya lauds Uttarakhand ​govt for reconstruction work

Puri Shankaracharya Swami Adhokchajanand on Saturday lauded the Uttarakhand government for the reconstruction work en route to Kedarnath but said it is also the state government's responsibility to dig the debris near the Himalayan shrine in search of bodies and dispose them of with proper Hindu rituals.

Modi govt trying to spread religious fascism: Uttarakhand Governor

 Accusing Narendra Modi government at the Centre of trying to spread religious fascism, former Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi on Friday said it poses a serious threat to India's identity and its liberal ethos.

Uttarakhand: Two years after calamity, safe, new homes still a distant dream for homeless
Uttarakhand: Two years after calamity, safe, new homes still a distant dream for homeless

It is exactly two years since a devastating deluge in the state claimed thousands of lives and rendered hundreds homeless, but for a majority of those affected, a safe, new home still continues to be a distant dream.

Sushma Swaraj flags off Kailash Mansarovar yatra through new route

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday flagged off the first batch of Kailash Mansarovar Yatris from the Nathu La pass route and assured that the elderly people will also be able have a glimpse of Lord Shiva without facing problems.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra: First group of pilgrims arrives in Almora

The first group of pilgrims undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra this year arrived in Almora on Saturday.

Will resign if no more bodies found under debris near Kedarnath: Nishank

Claiming there are bodies still lying beneath tonnes of debris near Kedarnath temple, BJP MP from Haridwar Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank has said he would resign from the Lok Sabha if human skeletal remains are not found under the huge quantity of rubble in the area.

Army, govt to formulate strategy for Amarnath yatra on highway

To ensure seamless movement of pilgrims during the annual Amarnath Yatra along the Jammu- Srinagar highway, army and civil authorities today decided to formulate strategies that will focus on security and protection of pilgrims convoys besides enhancing the food and medical facilities to them.

Annual Kailash Mansarovar begins today
Annual Kailash Mansarovar begins today

The annual Kailash Mansarovar Yatra began on Friday as the first batch of 58 pilgrims was flagged off by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat from Almora.