Uttarakhand News

Char Dham Yatra begins today
Char Dham Yatra begins today

Amid frequent rains and snowfall in Uttarakhand, the annual Char Dham Yatra will begin on Tuesday, with the opening of the gates of Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines on the auspicious occasion of "Akshaya Tritiya".

BJP submits report on Char Dham Yatra preparations to Governor

The Opposition BJP on Monday submitted a report to Uttarakhand Governor Krishna Kant Paul regarding "improper" arrangements of the annual Char Dham Yatra beginning Tuesday.

Proposal send to ADB to fund project to track char dham yatra pilgrims: Govt

Uttarakhand government has sent a proposal to the Asian Development Bank requesting it to fund a project introducing radio frequency identification technology to track pilgrims in case of a crisis on char dham yatra route.

Congress' Bhagwanpur bypoll win 'flicker of dying lamp': Koshiyari

Former Uttarakhand chief minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari on Friday refused to attach much importance to the ruling Congress's recent victory in Bhagwanpur Assembly bypoll saying it was the "flicker of a dying lamp".

'Congress spreading myths about curtailment of funds by Centre'

Former Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari Friday accused the ruling Congress of "spreading myths" about alleged curtailment of budgetry allocations to Uttarakhand by the Centre, saying in fact there had been an increase of Rs 1,734 crore in the funds to be allocated to the state for the ongoing fiscal.

Credit for good work near Kedarnath goes to NIM: Koshiyari

Noting that a lot needs to be done to improve the condition of roads on Chardham yatra route, former Uttarakhand chief minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari today said the credit for all the good work done near Kedarnath shrine goes to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering and not to the state government as it claims.

NGT asks Centre to reply on mining in Doon Valley in Uttarakhand

 The National Green Tribunal on Thursday sought the Centre's response on a plea for stay on mining of minor minerals "carried out without approval" of authorities in the Doon Valley in Uttarakhand.

Two killed by lightning in Uttarakhand; snowfall, rains continue

Two persons, including an adolescent, were killed after being struck by lightning in two separate incidents in Uttarakhand amid continuing snowfall in the higher reaches of the hill districts and unseasonal rains lashing the plain areas of the state.

Uttarakhand: Congress wins Bhagwanpur bypoll, secures majority mark on its own

The ruling Congress in Uttarakhand on Wednesday recorded a victory in the bypoll to the Bhagwanpur seat with its candidate Mamata Rakesh defeating BJP rival Rajpal Singh by nearly 37,000 votes, thus propelling the party to the majority mark in the state Assembly on its own.

No politics over char dham yatra: Congress MLAs

Paying heed to Chief Minister Harish Rawat's advice, Uttarakhand Congress on Tuesday clarified that there will be no politics over char dham yatra by party MLAs when they visit the famous centres of faith in Garhwal Himalayas this season.

Harish Rawat extends invitation to Austria to invest in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday promised to extend all help to Austrian investors if they came forward to invest in the state especially in tourism, education, information technology and industrial sectors.

Over 70 percent polling in Bhagwanpur bypoll

 Over seventy per cent of a total of 1.12 lakh voters turned up at the polling stations today to decide the fate of six candidates in Bhagwanpur assembly bypoll amid tight security.

Govt to provide free seeds to farmers in Uttarakhand

Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Saturday announced fresh measures to provide relief to rain-hit farmers in the state including free distribution of seeds among them and an increased subsidy on ginger and turmeric seeds.

Assess chardham yatra preparations with positive mind: Harish Rawat to BJP

Days after BJP announced its plans to examine preparations for chardham yatra, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Saturday advised the opposition party to carry out the exercise in a positive frame of mind.

Uttarakhand bypoll: BJP demands appointment of 'impartial' observer

Opposition BJP in Uttarakhand on Friday asked the Election Commission of India to appoint an "impartial observer" for tomorrow's Bhagwanpur Assembly bypoll and sought deployment of para-military personnel throughout the constituency.

Rawat seeks 6-month exemption for farmers from payment of loan interest

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has asked the Centre to send a team to the state to assess the damage done to crops by unseasonal rains and exempt the farmers from paying interest on their loans taken from nationalised banks for the next six months.

Unseasonal rains damage 51-69% crops in Uttarakhand: Govt

Unseasonal rains and hailstorms have damaged 51 to 69 per cent of crops across Uttarakhand this year.

Women found hanging from tree died of execution: Police

Two women, bodies of whom were found hanging from a tree in Ukhimath area of Rudraprayag district three days ago, died of execution, police said on Thursday.

Chardham yatra: BJP to send its MLAs to assess preparations

With the 'chardham yatra' scheduled to begin on April 21, main opposition BJP in Uttarakhand on Thursday said it will send its MLAs to areas close to the four Himalayan shrines to take stock of the condition of roads and other arrangements for devotees on the route.

Sacked Mizo Guv says he had "feelers" to topple U'khand, UP govts

Qureshi who was recently removed as Governor of Mizoram, has claimed that he received "feelers" to topple the Harish Rawat and Akhilesh Yadav governments of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh respectively when he was serving as the Governor in these states.

Give financial aid as per Gadgil-Mukherjee formula: Rawat to Centre

Alleging neglect of his state in the General Budget and in allocations recommended by the 14th Finance Commission, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has requested the Centre to continue giving financial assistance as per the Gadgil-Mukherjee formula.

Uttarakhand CM forms SIT to probe fake IAS imposter case

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harist Rawat on Saturday formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the fake IAS imposter case.

SIT to probe case of fake IAS official at academy

A special investigation team was constituted on Thursday to probe the case of a woman allegedly masquerading as an IAS official at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administrative Academy in Mussoorie, officials said.

Moderate earthquake jolts Uttarakhand

An earthquake of magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter scale rocked several parts of Uttarakhand early Thursday, an official said.

Japan keen to invest in education sector in Uttarakhand: Govt

Japan on Wednesday expressed its keenness to invest in the education sector in Uttarakhand to prepare a skilled workforce for the Japanese industries in India.

Woman stays at Mussoorie academy masquerading as IAS officer

In a major security breach, a woman masquerading as a trainee IAS officer stayed at the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri Administrative Academy in Mussoorie, a place among top targets of terrorists, for over six months without the knowledge of the authorities.

Uttarakhand likely to get rain, snow

Uttarakhand is likely to get heavy rains and snowfall over the next two days, the weather office here said on Wednesday.

Four BRO personnel killed in Uttarakhand

Four employees of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) have been killed in a landslide here in Uttarakhand, officials said on Wednesday.

Harish Rawat seeks quick release of funds for Ardh Kumbh preparations

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has asked NITI Aayog to expedite sanctioning of funds for the preparations of 'Ardh Kumbh' fair to be held next year in Haridwar.

Uttarakhand Information Commissioner recommends CBI probe in Kumbh Mela

The Information Commission of Uttarakhand on Tuesday recommended to the Chief Secretary a CBI probe in alleged financial irregularities worth Rs 180 crore during the Haridwar Kumbh Mela in 2010 when the BJP was in power in the state.