Uttarakhand News

Rawat seeks special assistance from Centre for Ardhakumbh mela

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has sought a special assistance of Rs 500 crore from the Centre for the safe conduct of Ardhakumbh Mela during which huge crowds of devotees are likely to converge on the banks of the Ganga in Haridwar.

Uttarakhand cops to get benefits of hiked pay and grade pay

Under pressure from a section of police personnel protesting for removal of pay anomalies in the force, the state government has decided to grant benefits of hiked pay and grade pay to different categories of employees of the department with retrospective effect from December 12, 2011.

Chopper services in Kedarnath: NGT notice to Centre, Uttarakhand

Concern over the "looming threat" to flora and fauna in the eco-sensitive Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary from helicopter operations to fly pilgrims to the religious shrine there was expressed by an environmental group today, leading the green tribunal to seek responses from the Environment Ministry and Uttarakhand government.

Road to Badrinath reopened after three-day disruption

 Badrinath national highway reopened to traffic after a three-day disruption caused by a stretch of road being washed away by rain.

Kedarnath teerth purohits to get entire compensation soon

 Uttarakhand government today ordered immediate payment of compensation to Kedarnath teerth purohits who had to give their land for reconstruction work around the Himalayan shrine as per Kedarnath masterplan.

Sting CD case: BJP says CM Rawat 'shying away' from probe

 BJP today hit back at Chief Minister Harish Rawat for his remark that he was ready for a judicial probe into the sting video episode if BJP produced the original CD and said the Uttarakhand CM was once again "shying away" from a high-level probe into the matter.

Uttarakhand Congress leaders' protest against Centre from on Wednesday

 Congress leaders from Uttarakhand will begin a protest from on Wednesday outside the residence of state BJP MPs, accusing the Centre of "ignoring the interests" of the hill state.

Unprecedented crowds of Kanwariyas pour into Haridwar

Unprecedented crowds of Kanwariyas poured in the city on Tuesday upsetting arrangements made by the administration, with major roads and Ganga ghats remaining choc-a-bloc with devotees throughout the day.

Ready for judicial probe if original sting CD made available: Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday said he was ready for a judicial probe into the sting CD episode if the main Opposition party BJP is able to produce the original CD, the instruments used in the sting and the documents in support of its allegations.

Sting CD case: U'khand govt relieves IAS officer Mohammed Shahid, sends back to Centre

IAS officer and former personal secretary to Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat, Mohammed Shahid, who was seen in a purported sting CD showing him negotiating a bribery deal, has been relieved by the Uttarakhand government and sent back to Centre, as per news reports on Tuesday. 

CM Harish Rawat banks on Youth Congress to popularise Uttarakhand's 'unique schemes'

 Chief Minister Harish Rawat has asked the youth wing of the Congress to take unique welfare measures initiated by the state government to the masses.

Three killed as jeep falls into river in U'Khand

Three persons were today killed when the jeep they were travelling in fell into the Alaknanda river in Devprayag area of Tehri district.

Rawat accuses Centre of 'quietly' withdrawing special status from Uttarakhand

Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Saturday accused the BJP government at the Centre of "quietly" withdrawing the special category status from Uttarakhand and said the state has now demanded special economic incentives in recognition of its environment conservation efforts.

'Sikkim route to Mansarovar yatra not affecting Uttarakhand'

Notwithstanding the opening of the new route for Kailash Mansarovar yatra via Sikkim from this year, the original route from Uttarakhand has not lost its charm among pilgrims, tourism department officials say.

Uttarakhand govt demolishes house of scribe who did sting on CM's secy

The authorities here have pulled down portions of the house of the journalist who had conducted a sting on Chief Minister Harish Rawat's former personal secretary that purportedly showed him negotiating a bribery deal for liquor licences.

Landslide leaves 500 stranded in Uttarakhand

At least 500 people were left stranded after a landslide blocked a highway in Uttarakhand on Saturday.

2016 Ardhakumbh: CM Rawat concerned over slow pace of work

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has expressed concern over slow pace of work related to 2016 Ardhakumbh mela and directed officials to expedite it without compromising on the quality.

Nainital residents protest against HC order to demolish houses

Residents of this famous tourist resort were up in arms against the Uttarakhand High Court order to demolish illegal constructions in Zone 1 and 2 of the city's Master Plan.

Elderly in-laws abandoned by women widowed in calamity to get aid

Elderly persons who were abandoned by their daughters-in-law after their sons' death in the 2013 calamity will get financial assistance from the state government.

Sting CD case: IAS official's inter-cadre deputation curtailed

In a sudden curtailment of inter-cadre deputation, the Centre has ordered the transfer of former Personal Secretary to Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Mohammad Shahid to the place of his immediate previous posting, after a sting video purportedly showing him negotiating a bribery deal went public.

BJP wants Virbhadra Singh, Harish Rawat to step down

 BJP on Saturday demanded resignation of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his Uttarakhand counterpart Harish Rawat, who, the party claimed, were involved in graft cases.

Official involved in controversial CD removed as PS to Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat

Under fire over a sting video purportedly showing Chief Minister Harish Rawat's personal secretary negotiating a bribery deal with a middleman for liquor licences, Uttarakhand government has removed the official from the post.

Samajwadi Party's Uttarakhand unit wants Dimple Yadav as party's face in state

 Samajwadi party's Uttarakhand unit today said that Dimple Yadav, wife of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, should be the face of the party in the state, for the next election.

SP unit wants Dimple Yadav as party's face in Uttarakhand

Samajwadi Party's Uttarakhand unit on Friday said that Dimple Yadav, wife of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, should be the face of the party in the state, for the next election.

'Major quake cannot be ruled out in Garhwal-Kumaon region'

Over the last 200 years less than 50 % of the Himalayan arc has been damaged due to tremors, which includes the Garhwal-Kumaon belt of Uttarakhand, and a major earthquake cannot be ruled out in the region, a parliamentary report has said.

Uttarakhand govt orders DGP Sidhu to examine sting operation CD

Uttarakhand government on Thursday asked the state DGP B S Sidhu to examine the authenticity of the sting operation video CD released by BJP accusing Chief Minister Harish Rawat of corruption in liquor licenses.

Uttarakhand HC rejects 64 expelled IIT-Roorkee students' plea

Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday rejected the petition of 64 students challenging the decision of IIT-Roorkee to expel them for scoring less than five Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) in semester examinations.

'Liquor scam': Uttarakhand ​CM Harish Rawat rejects BJP's allegations, calls party 'desperate'​
'Liquor scam': Uttarakhand ​CM Harish Rawat rejects BJP's allegations, calls party 'desperate'​

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Wednesday rejected BJP's allegations of corruption against him over alleged changes in liquor policy saying the party was "desperate" and making the charge to deflect national attention from scams involving its top leaders.

Uttarakhand CM's private secretary suspended after BJP releases 'liquor scam' sting video: Reports
Uttarakhand CM's private secretary suspended after BJP releases 'liquor scam' sting video: Reports

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat's secretary Mohammad Shahid has been suspended, as per media reports on Wednesday.

BJP releases video, accuses Uttarakhand​ CM​ of liquor scam; Rawat rejects allegations
BJP releases video, accuses Uttarakhand​ CM​ of liquor scam; Rawat rejects allegations

With no end in sight to the ongoing tussle in Parliament, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) opened a new front against the Congress by releasing a video of a purported sting operation against Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat's personal secretary Mohammed Shahid, in which he is seen as negotiating with middlemen to change the excise policy in the state.