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Heavy rainfall likely in Uttarakhand

Dehradun, May 29 (IANS) A heavy rainfall alert in Uttarakhand has been sounded by the weather department on Monday, officials said. Rains lashed some parts of the state on Sunday but the intensity of the showers is likely to increase for most parts of the week. Alert for heavy to very heavy rains has been sounded for Uttarkashi, Bagheshwar, Nainital, Pithoragarh and Chamoli distr...

3 days ago
22 Uttarkashi bus accident victims' bodies flown to Indore

Dehradun, May 25 (IANS) Bodies of 22 pilgrims, who died in a bus accident in Uttarkashi on Tuesday, were airlifted to Indore in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday by a special aircraft. The plane also carried six injured passengers, under supervision of a medical team. The group from Indore had gone on an annual 'Chaar Dhaam Yatra' when the bus plunged into a deep gorge at Nalupani near...

4 days ago
Gloom in Indore over death of 24 residents in Uttarkashi accident

Indore, May 24 (IANS) A pall of gloom has enveloped Betma and Hatod, in Indore district, after 24 of its residents perished in a bus accident in Uttarkashi. The bodies of the pilgrims will be brought back by train, officials said. A large number of grief stricken people assembled outside Betma Police Station since Wednesday morning for news of their relatives who were in the two buses th...

4 days ago
24 dead as bus plunges into gorge in Uttarakhand

Dehradun, May 24 (IANS) At least 24 persons were killed and eight others injured when the bus they were travelling in plunged into a deep gorge in Uttarakhand late on Tuesday, police said. The accident took place near Nalupani in Uttarkashi district when a bus full of pilgrims from Indore, Madhya Pradesh were returning from the Gangotri shrine. Three people are still missing and...

5 days ago
Petrol, diesel become cheaper in Uttarakhand

Dehradun, May 23 (IANS) With the carbon cess being withdrawn, petrol and diesel have become cheaper in the hill state of Uttarakhand from Tuesday, officials said. Petrol prices have been slashed by 25 paise a litre while diesel prices have come down by 50 paise per litre, the officials said. An order to this effect was issued by the state government late on Monday. The T...

6 days ago
'Heat index' finds poorest areas most vulnerable to heat waves

People living in underdeveloped parts of central India are most vulnerable to the health impacts of heat waves, a Heat Vulnerability Index (HVI) for India has found. The index considered various factors, including a person's age, caste, income and health, as well as the green cover in an area, as having a bearing on people's heat vulnerability, and its analysis of 640 (of the 707) distri...

8 days ago
Thousands remain stranded after landslide near Badrinath

Dehradun, May 20 (IANS) Twenty four hours after a major landslide blocked vehicular traffic on the Rishikesh-Badrinath route, thousands of pilgrims of the 'Chaar Dhaam Yatra' continue to be stranded, an official said on Saturday. However, he said that the road will be cleared very soon and informed that no loss of lives has been reported. Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel...

8 days ago
Uttarakhand blood banks rates hiked

Dehradun, May 20 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttarakhand has hiked the rates of private and government blood banks, an official said on Saturday. Blood will now cost Rs 450 per unit across, up from the previous Rs 350 per unit. The government also stated that in case a patient admitted at a private hospital or nursing home requires blood and takes it fro...

9 days ago
Forest guard killed by leopard in Uttarakhand

Dehradun, May 19 (IANS) A forest guard was killed by a leopard in the forest adjacent to the Rajaji Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand, the police said on Friday. The forest guard, identified as Anand Singh, was on night patrol. He was apparently attacked by the feline when he was returning from duty to his residence. His body was recovered on Friday morning after his family members r...

10 days ago
Army commander visits forward areas in Uttarakhand

Dehradun, May 18 (IANS) Lt. General B.S. Negi, Commander of the Central Command of the Indian Army, visited the forward areas of Uttarakhand on Wednesday and Thursday. Lt Gen Negi was received by the Formation Commanders at their respective locations and briefed on the operational and administrative preparedness of its own forces, a Defence Ministry spokesman said. Lt Gen Negi ex...

10 days ago
Daddy Dearest: Ruskin Bond's memories of his father

New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) It is almost customary for Ruskin Bond to surprise his readers with a subtle reference to his childhood. The readers on the other hand -- having devoured much of his works -- prefer to assume that they know all about the life and times of this timeless writer. Every time you think you know enough about the writer, adored so dearly across the country, there is something ne...

11 days ago
Cess on liquor in Uttarakhand's new excise policy

Dehradun, May 17 (IANS) The Uttarakhand government on Wednesday approved a new excise policy for the state after much deliberation and protests by the locals, and contradictory views within the ruling party. The policy was given a green signal by the state cabinet at a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. The state government has fixed a target of Rs 2,310 crore...

11 days ago
'Char Dham Yatra' sees record footfall

Dehradun, May 17 (IANS) The number of pilgrims for the annual 'Char Dham Yatra' has significantly increased in 2017, an official of the Uttarakhand government said on Wednesday. Post the 2013 flash floods that killed thousands, the pilgrimage had evoked lukewarm response over the past few years. The natural calamity had left the pilgrims worried about their safety. Those who bra...

12 days ago
Former UP minister sent to jail in abduction case

Dehradun, May 16 (IANS) Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and former Uttar Pradesh Minister Mool Chand Chauhan has been sent to judicial custody by an Uttarakhand court on charges of kidnapping and coercion, the police said on Tuesday. The former minister and three of his aides surrendered in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) in Paudhi, which rejected their bail plea and ...

13 days ago
Snow, rain bring pleasant weather in Uttarakhand hills

Dehradun, May 15 (IANS) Many parts of the hill state of Uttarakhand received snow, rain and hailstorm on Monday at a time when entire north India is reeling under an unprecedented heat wave. Kedarnath received snowfall while rain lashed Gangotri and Yamunotri, the other two important shrines of the annual Chaar Dhaam Yatra, an official said. With most parts of the state unusually...

15 days ago
Char Dham journey to become more comforatble: Prabhu

Dehradun, May 13 (IANS) Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday laid the foundation stone for a final location survey for a broad-gauge single-track railway connectivity to Char Dham in Uttarakhand. With the construction of the rail line, Char Dham Yatra will become more comfortable and convenient for pilgrims as well as tourists wishing to visit the pristine and beautiful, but ecolog...

15 days ago
Hydropower to cost more in Uttarakhand

Dehradun, May 13 (IANS) In a jolt to power consumers, the Uttarakhand government has cleared a hike in power tariff in the hill state, an official said on Saturday. He said the new government has given the green signal to change the parameters of royalty and cess levied on the nine big hydropower projects in the state which produce 1252 MW of electricity. The power tariff on elec...

17 days ago
Char Dham rail project final survey to begin on May 13

New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) A final location survey for a broad-gauge single-track railway connectivity of Char Dham in Uttarakhand will commence on May 13, the Railway Ministry said on Thursday. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will lay the foundation stone of the project at Badrinath in Uttarakhand on Friday. The Char Dham project, estimated to cost Rs 43,292 crore, will link the fa...

17 days ago
41 injured in bus crash after driver's epileptic fit

Dehradun, May 11 (IANS) At least 40 persons were injured on Thursday in Uttarakhand when a state-owned Uttar Pradesh bus rammed into a tree after the driver had an epileptic fit, police said. The incident took place at Bhagwanpur in Roorkie. People from nearby villages rescued those trapped inside the mangled bus. The bus was on its way from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh to Haridwa...

18 days ago
With Patna this week, mission to spread BPO centres to small cities gathers steam

New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) In a move that could herald an IT revolution in smaller cities, the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) is all set to launch 1,000 seats in Patna this week, which is likely to create roughly 1,500 vacancies in the country's business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. Functioning under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the STPI has plans...

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