Uttarakhand News

Chardham yatra not affected by earthquake: Rawat

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Sunday said the Chardham yatra routes remained open for public and there was not obstruction because of the high intensity quakes and aftershocks.

Doors of Badrinath shrine thrown open for pilgrims
Doors of Badrinath shrine thrown open for pilgrims

 The Chardham yatra began in its full swing on Sunday with the opening of doors of the famous Badrinath temple after a six-month winter break.

Badrinath shrine to open on Sunday

The `kapaat` (portals) of the Badrinath shrine in Uttarakhand will open for devotees on Sunday, an official said on Saturday.

Harish Rawat to invite PM to take part in Char Dham Yatra

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Friday said he would invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take part in the Char Dham Yatra.

Kedarnath shrine opens its gates for devotees

The gates of the ancient Kedarnath shrine were thrown open for devotees amid elaborate rituals early Friday morning.

Felt fire-like energy: Rahul Gandhi after visiting Kedarnath shrine
Felt fire-like energy: Rahul Gandhi after visiting Kedarnath shrine

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday trekked to the revered Kedarnath shrine and said that he felt "fire-like" energy after entering the holy portals.

Clad in T-shirt and jeans, Rahul Gandhi begins trek towards Kedarnath Temple
Clad in T-shirt and jeans, Rahul Gandhi begins trek towards Kedarnath Temple

Days after returning from a 57-day sabbatical, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is on Thursday undertaking a yatra to Kedarnath.

Rahul Gandhi to undertake Kedarnath yatra on Thursday

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will undertake a yatra to Kedarnath on Thursday, trekking 18 kms up into the Uttarkhand mountains to pay obeisance at the temple which faced the brunt of flash-floods two years ago and has since been spruced up.

Team of physically challenged persons start trek to Kedarnath

 A seven-member team of physically challenged people, including a duo who had fought in the Kargil war, on Wednesday started on a trek to Kedarnath.

Day 1 of Char Dham Yatra logs increased footfalls

After two years, Char Dham Yatra - an annual Hindu pilgrimage in the hill state of Uttarakhand - finally showed signs of picking up on its first day, officials said on Wednesday.

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.