Dehradun, Feb 1 : Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat was Saturday named the new chief minister of Uttarakhand, Congress party leaders said.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi chose Rawat after outgoing chief minister Vijay Bahuguna moved a resolution at a meeting of Congress legislators here authorising her to select his successor.
Central observers Janardan Dwivedi, Ambika Soni and Ghulam Nabi Azad, who were present at the meeting, conveyed the message to the party high command.
Since Gandhi is on a tour in Karnataka, it took some time in getting across to her, Dwivedi told media persons.
Dehradun, Dec 15 : Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Sunday targeted the Congress government in Uttarakhand while urging people to give him a chance to serve the country.
"You've experimented a lot, trust us once. I promise we will do everything to fulfill your dreams," Modi said while addressing a rally here.
He said there was lot of water in the hills but still there was darkness in the country.
Dehradun, Aug 26 : India must explore alternative energy sources as its conventional resources are "inadequate" for sustaining high levels of consumption, President Pranab Mukherjee said here Monday.
"India is the fourth-biggest consumer of energy in the world, after the US, China and Russia. To sustain high levels of consumption, our energy resources are inadequate. We must explore alternative energy models to reduce our dependence on conventional sources," Mukherjee said while addressing the annual convocation of the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies here.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Monday refused to declare 5,748 missing people as dead; saying that they were only being ‘presumed to be dead’.
However, Mr. Bahuguna also declared that the government would continue with its scheme to provide ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the presumed to be dead.
He added that the ongoing search operations for finding the missing people would also keep running. According to the state government’s official list, a total of 5,748 people are still missing.
Dehradun, June 8 : India's future operational experiences will invariably be joint operations where a degree of synergy among the three services will be a key determinant of the final outcome, the Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal N. A. K. Browne, said Saturday.
Addressing the gentlemen cadets at the passing out parade of 132nd Regular and Allied Courses at the Indian Military Academy here, Air Chief Marshal Browne impressed upon them the need to broaden their horizons and interact and make friends with their counterparts from the other services.
Haridwar, May 14 : Social activist Anna Hazare visited Shanti Kunj here, the headquarters of the Gayatri Parivar, and began his Jan Jagran Yatra for Uttarakhand Tuesday.
Speaking at the Mrityunjaya auditorium at the Dev Sanskrati University here, Hazare said he felt "charged" after visiting the campus and called for a change in the system, rather than mere change of power from one party to another.
Urging people to replace all elected representatives who did not work for the welfare of the people, Hazare said the time had come for a corruption-free and people-oriented political system.
Haridwar, May 6 : Having worked for three years to clean rivers within the country, the All-World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) will launch a programme May 18 for cleaning the Bagmati river and the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.
Gayatri Pariwar, a religious and cultural organisation based in Shantikunj, Haridwar, with branches across the world, started the Teerth Shudhhi Abhiyan (pilgrim spots purification process) from Rameshwaram Temple in Tamil Nadu three years back.
It has since taken up the cleaning of about 10 Hindu pilgrimage centres and nine rivers across India.
Dehradun, Mar 7 : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will visit Uttarakhand capital Dehradun on Friday to take stock of the party''s affairs in the state.
Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee spokesman Dhirendra Pratap was quoted by media, as saying that all preparations for Gandhi’s visit are complete, and added that state party leaders and activists were looking forward to Gandhi’s arrival with enthusiasm.
According to reportsd, Gandhi will arrive in Dehradun at about 9 a. m. He will meet party office bearers in two sessions at different city hotels. (ANI)
Dehradun, Jan. 26 : Anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal has dared industrialist Mukesh Ambani to serve a defamation notice to him and his colleague, Prashan Bhushan.
Last year, Arvind Kejriwal and his colleague Prashant Bhushan accused the Reliance Industries honcho of hoarding natural gas, exerting pressure on the government to favour his businesses and for profiting from cosy relationships with a string of government ministers.
Mussourie, Jan 2 : Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who spoke for the first time after his retirement from the ODI format of the game, on Wednesday expressed confidence that Team India would bounce back after losing to Pakistan in the first one-day international played in Chennai recently.
"I have no doubt that the team is going to bounce back. At this stage, all I can say is the team requires our good wishes and support and positive feedback from everywhere so that they can play good cricket," Tendulkar told mediapersons here.
Haridwar, Sep 2 : Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev has denied receiving a notice from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) with regard to violation of country''s foreign exchange rules.
He told that his trusts-- Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust and the Divya Yoga Mandir Trust had not indulged in any illegal or unconstitutional acts.
After the industry has seen a boom in the Gurgaon and Noida belt as far as the establishment of automotive hubs is concerned, experts are of a view that it is now thee turn of Uttarakhand to attract a lot of investment from the industry.
It is believed that till now the Pune auto belt has been one of the most successful auto hubs present in the country but according to a source in the industry, with players like Tata Motors, Hero Honda and Bajaj Auto, which have set up their manufacturing units here, are in talks with the state government to make the state an auto hub in the times to come.
Omaxe, one of the leading real estate developers present in the country, has recently bagged the contract for building the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), at Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.
As the contract was awarded by the Ministry of Health & Family welfare to the real estate developer, experts believe the value to be around the Rs. 648 million levels for the construction of the medical institute.
In fact, the company will also build the hostel for students who will be practicing at the medical institute along with a hostel for the nurses.
The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) led government in the state of Uttarakhand has set its mood up to get the tax holidays extended from the central government for another three years.
In fact, the leaders of the opposition party Congress have also supported the move of extending the tax holidays. While the tax breaks vary from product to product but broadly it is referred to the excise duty concessions that the companies get who are operating in the state.
Haridwar, Jan 31- The ongoing Maha Kumbh Mela is providing ample opportunities to unemployed youth here to make quick bucks.
While some unemployed youth have devised ingenious ways to earn money themselves during what is perhaps the largest religious gathering in the world, others have been hired by "established shopkeepers" to cater to the rush of customers from around the globe.
Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Jan 14 : Devotees have gathered in large numbers for the Maha Kumbh Mela that began in Haridwar on Thursday morning on the auspicious occasion of ''Makar Sakranti''.
Despite severe cold and fog, over 25 lakh people are expected to gather at Har-ki-Pouri for a holy dip.
Officials claimed that around eight lakh people have already reached Haridwar.
The Deputy Fair Officer of the Maha Kumbh Mela, Harvinder Singh said the people of different religions are here to witness the Maha Kumbh.
Dehradun, Jan 7 - Uttarakhand has set up 31 temporary hospitals and trained at least 150 doctors to check any swine flu outbreak during Kumbh Mela, one of the largest religious congregations in the world that begins Jan 14.
"The central government has already inspected the arrangements. They have also given us a truckload of masks for tackling swine flu during the congregation," Pankaj Jain, chief nodal officer for swine flu in Uttarakhand, told IANS.
Hardwar, Jan 1 - One of the world's oldest religious gatherings may become the world's biggest this year as the Hindu faithful carry forward a tradition first recorded in the Vedas.
Every 12 years, millions gather at Hardwar -- the gateway to the abode of Lord Shiva in the Himalayas -- for the Maha Kumbh Mela in a show of faith that is rivalled only by the Maha Kumbh Mela at Prayag (in Allahabad), the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers.
The belief has not only been sustained over millennia but has grown, as the rest of the world -- from Huang Tsang in the seventh century to Mark Twain in the 19th to many more in the 20th -- has looked on amazed.
Dehradun, Dec 29 : Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' Tuesday sought a high level probe into the charges levelled against veteran Congress leader N. D. Tiwari, who quit as Andhra Pradesh governor Saturday after allegations of his involvement in a sex scandal.
"Considering that such wild allegations have been levelled against a person who has always been held in high esteem, it would be in the fitness of things to get these probed," Pokhriyal told media persons here.
Mussoorie, Dec 25 : Hundreds of tourists thronged at Mussoorie, the hill resort in Uttarakhand, to view rare natural phenomenon known as ‘winter line’ on Thursday.
Incidentally, such a scene is witnessed in just two parts of the world, Mussoorie being one and Switzerland the other.
During the months of November and December, the ‘winter line’ starts forming. It appears when sun starts setting and the horizon gets lit up in different hues like red, orange, purples and mauve.