Thursday 27 December 2012

Dehra Dun - Rishikesh journey to take longer, in order to avoid encounters between humans and elephants

Elephants roaming onto northern Indian roads have led to the overnight closure of a key highway in Uttarakhand state over safety concerns, officials said Thursday.

Herds have been blocking traffic on the road between the state capital, Dehradun, and the yoga and pilgrimage town of Rishikesh during the past few weeks, forestry official Dinesh Kumar said.

Wildlife experts said increased traffic on roads that often cut across forest and elephant reserves have led to a rise in elephant-human conflicts as traditional elephant paths are blocked.

Dense fog in the area also increased chances of encounters with the elephants, Kumar said.

The district plans to divert traffic for a week from 6 pm to 6 am to a longer route, a police spokesman said.

Motorists have been asked to drive carefully on that road, which borders national parks, and avoid early morning walks, he said.

Park deforestation, poaching and encroachment by villagers is either boxing in the country's more than 26,000 wild elephants or causing them to stray from their habitat and reserves.

A national government elephant task force set up in 2010 recorded at least 400 people and more than 100 elephants are killed every year in encounters between elephants and humans.

Know about Ragini Nandwani, from Dehra Dun and her role in Dehraadun Diary and Zee TV's show

Acting happened by chance for Ragini Nandwani who will be playing the lead in Milind Ukey’s film, Dehraadun Diary. Hailing from Dehradun, a hill town in Uttarakhand, Ragini had little idea when she was shifting base to Delhi that her life was about to change. In fact, she was all set to become a journalist but destiny had a different plans for her.

“Acting was a stroke of luck as I had my heart set to become a journalist. I was always a very private and shy person. In fact, it was my friend who wanted to be an actor and she took me along for an audition and then one thing led to another,” she says.

Ragini’s character of Lovely in a Zee TV’s show Mrs Kaushik ki Paanch Bahuyein got her noticed and she came to Mumbai. Being from a small-town, she has taken the move in her stride. “In Mumbai people are always busy and have little time to spare. But I have gotten into the groove of things, although I do miss my folks back home,” she adds.

Speaking about the coincidence of going back to shooting in her hometown, she says, “It’s like coming home as I grew up in the very place we were shooting. It brought back lots of nostalgic memories.” Ragini adds that for future she would like to get into roles that challenge her rather than require her to dance around trees.

Monday 24 December 2012

Sachin Tendulkar in Mussoorie, post retirement from ODIs

After announcing retirement from One-day cricket, Sachin Tendulkar headed straight for hill station Mussoorie in Uttarakhand, where he is likely to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.

Hours after the news about his retirement form ODIs broke, people were taken by surprise as the batting legend landed at the Jollygrant Airport in Dehradun on Sunday along with his wife Anajli, son Arjun and daughter Sara.

Congress MP Priya Dutt was also accompanying Tendulkar, who left straight for Mussoorie after landing at the airport, much to the disappointment of journalists present there.

Tendulkar arrived at a family friend Sanjay Narang's hotel named Rugby at Mussoorie at about six in the evening.

The legend used to visit Mussoorie along with family to celebrate Christmas and the new year until a few years ago but had not been able to do so due to his busy schedule for the last two years.

Wednesday 5 December 2012

Priyanka Gandhi makes secret visit to DehraDun to get her son's admission in Doon School

Another member of the Gandhi family is all set to take admission at the prestigious Doon School.

Priyanka Gandhi paid her second visit to Dehradun last week for the admission process of her son Rehan.

The visit was kept a secret and even the school authorities are not willing to speak a word about the visit although the speculation is that Rehan was here for the mandatory interview before admission.

Rehan is likely to take admission in class VII next year. He will be the fourth member of the Gandhi family to be schooled at the Doon School. The process began with late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sending Sanjay and Rajiv Gandhi here. It was followed by Sonia Gandhi admitting Rahul Gandhi. Now, Priyanka too is seeking admission for her son in the same school.

Friday 30 November 2012

Coming Soon: Urdu Academy in Dehradun

The Uttarakhand government has given its nod for the setting up of Urdu Academy in the Dehra Dun.

Announcing this today, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said different languages of the country are a reflection of its pluralist culture and the Urdu Academy will be a step towards strengthening it.

Saturday 24 November 2012

DehraDun SP bans entry of any vehicle in the Paltan Bazar area

The Paltan Bazaar appeared different with the police starting the enforcement of the ban on entry of all vehicles in the market area. Some shopkeepers protested alleging that the ban on vehicles would adversely affect their business. However, the protest did not affect the police who along with Municipal Corporation of Dehradun staff also removed the cobblers and small vendors setting shop on the roadside and the encroachment on the footpath by shopkeepers.

The Dehradun senior superintendent of police Keval Khurana has already made it clear that such stringent measures are needed to redress the traffic congestion being faced in various areas of the State capital.

Members of the business fraternity have often opposed measures taken by the authorities to resolve the problem of chronic traffic congestion on city roads.

On Tuesday the police had erected temporary barriers to close the gaps in road dividers on Saharanpur Road to tackle the traffic jam. This allowed the traffic to move ahead slowly in stead of being held at a place but the wholesalers of the Aarhat Bazaar protested against the police action.

Meanwhile, the vehicle owners employed in shops in Paltan Bazaar have been given temporary passes to park their vehicles free of charge at the MDDA parking near the Clock Tower.

Saturday 17 November 2012

A professional football training held in Dehra Dun

A professional training course in Dehradun will be organised at the Maharana Pratap Sports College from November 16 to 23 this year. Disclosing this while addressing mediapersons at a Press conference in Dehradun on Thursday, Dehradun Football Academy secretary Virendra Singh Rawat said a professional training course, first of its kind will be held at Maharana Pratap Sports College, Raipur Dehradun from November 16 to November 23.

A small fee of Rs 1,000 per participant has been kept for the course while food, accommodation, dress, track, suit and medal would lead to additional charge of INR 5,000.

Duarte, who is linked to Union of Professional Football Coaches of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will be imparting the coaching at the course that will consist of planning, sports safety, theoretical sessions, audio and video sessions and law of the game session. Rawat further said that Sparton Sports Company will be the main sponsor for the course and will be providing ground equipments.

Referring to sports in Uttarakhand, Rawat lamented that the so far no initiative has been taken in Uttarakhand to provide best of football coaching. He said 22 players have already registered themselves for the course to be conducted in Dehradun this month. Rawat also informed the media persons that the Doon Football Academy is also planning to organise a national level football tournament in 2013

Coming Soon: IPL matches to be hosted in Dehra Dun

With an aim to giver a boost to sports in Uttarakhand, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced it would organise international and IPL T20 matches in the proposed cricket stadium in Dehradun.

“If the new stadium is built with all the requisite standards, we will organise international and IPL matches here,” said BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla, after laying the foundation stone for the new cricket stadium which is being built with support from the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Ltd. Of the total cost of Rs 100crore for the stadium, the oil major has already released Rs 50 crore.

ICFRE, Dehra Dun and USFS, USA in exchange programme

The United States Forest Service (USFS) and Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) will collaborate to facilitate exchange visits of forestry personnel between the two countries for studying climate initiatives and exchange of faculty and students from Forest Research Institute University with the US counterparts.

A team from USFS discussed the proposed collaboration with the ICFRE director general VK Bahuguna in Dehradun for planning and implementing Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) plus in India.

The ICFRE is already revising the classification of forest types in India and assessing the changes in forest types will be useful in mapping baselines and comparative carbon estimates over time.

The council is also involved in REDD+ strategy development in the country and also going to launch pilot REDD+ projects in Uttarakhand and Gujarat. The council DG further said that ICFRE also needs to develop capacity in estimation of non-carbon aspects in areas relevant to REDD+ like impacts and vulnerability assessments, ecosystem goods and services, adaptation services, social economic research and valuation of ecosystems services.

The proposed collaboration between USFS and ICFRE will entail exchange visits of forestry personnel between the two countries for studying climate initiatives, training programmes for scientists from ICFRE and its institutes on use of new technologies for research in climate change and exchange of faculty and students from FRI University with their counterparts from USA. The proposed collaboration between USFS and ICFRE is also expected to take the benefits of REDD+ to joint forest management and village level while integrating community forest management institution into the national and State level
REDD+ architecture.

Thursday 15 November 2012

Uttarakhand Born, India U19 Captain Umukt Chand to be rewarded

The Uttarakhand government has decided to honour India's Under-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand, who hails from the state, with a cash award of Rs 11 lakh for his outstanding achievement in the field of cricket.

Making the announcement on Thursday, Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna said there was no dearth of sporting talent in the state and all incentives will be given to promising sportspersons to help them hone their skills.

Wednesday 14 November 2012

The Char Dham Yatra ends this week, for this year, to reopen next year

The annual Char dham pilgrimage in Uttarakhand's Garhwal Himalayas will come to a close on 18th Nov, 2012 for the winter season during which the famous four shrines at Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri remain snowbound.

The process of bringing the annual pilgrimage to a halt will begin on Wednesday with the ceremonial closure of the sacred portals of the high-altitude Gangotri shrine in Uttarkashi district, official sources said in Dehradun on Tuesday.

As per tradition, the idol of Goddess Ganga at the shrine will be shifted to the nearby Mukhba village where it will be worshipped during the winter months.

Portals of Yamunotri shrine in Uttarkashi and Kedarnath in Rudraprayag district will also be closed for the period on November 16, the sources said.

The closure of the famous Badrinath temple in Chamoli district on November 18 will mark the end the Char Dham yatra this year, they said.

The portals of these high altitude shrines in the Himalayas are opened for devotees in April-May and closed in October November every year due to snow-bound conditions.

Sunday 11 November 2012

Coming Soon: A world class cricket stadium in Dehra Dun

The Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) would construct a cricket stadium and an academy for the sport in Dehradun, announced Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna.

The oil major would construct the cricket complex with an investment of Rs 100 crore, the chief minister said at a function here.

The complex, comprising a stadium and an academy, would be set up in a 23-acres-area at Raipur here.

For this purpose, ONGC is likely to form a joint venture with the state government.

On November 15, the foundation stone will be laid for setting up the cricket stadium at Raipur.

Saturday 10 November 2012

Happy Birthday Uttarakhand (9th Nov, 2012): 12 years of existence

As Uttarakhand completed 12 years of its existence on 9th Nov after its separation from Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna announced a slew of measures aimed at the welfare of those who fought for statehood to the region.

Addressing a simple function in Dehradun to mark the occasion, the Chief Minister said equitable development of the backward areas of the state, especially those located in remote hilly terrain, is the primary goal of his government.

Announcing a series of welfare measures, Bahuguna said families of agitationists, who went missing during Uttarakhand statehood movement, will be treated at par with the kin of those who laid down their lives at the peak of the agitation and given compensation.

Thursday 8 November 2012

The FRI DehraDun Building celebrates its 83rd birthday

The grand building of the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Dehradun, turns 83 years old this month. The pride of place which this impressive building enjoys in the valley is well-known. The building is one of the jewels in Doon valley’s crown and is held in great respect as a national heritage site.

There is hardly any visitor to this region who has not seen this grand building and the museums it houses. Of late, several Hindi films and even South Indian films have been shot at this campus. Karan Johar’s “Student of the Year” has some lovely scenes shot at FRI.

Styled in Greco-Roman Architecture by Sir CG Blomfield, the main building is a National Heritage which was inaugurated in 1929. It was inaugurated by Lord Irwin, the viceroy of India, on November 7, 1929. Its Greco-Roman and Oriental architecture is spread over a plinth area of 2.8 hectares. The FRI campus is spread over 500 hectares. The building took seven years to complete and cost a then astronomical sum of about `90 lakh.

Seventy five years of the grand FRI building were celebrated in 2004, two years before the Forest Research Institute celebrated its centenary year. Senior foresters and scientists attended the platinum jubilee celebrations in the valley.

Wednesday 7 November 2012

Coming soon: Rajiv Gandhi Adventure Sports Academy and Helipad in Uttarakhand

As part of efforts to give a boost to development activities in hill areas, Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna laid the foundation stone of Rajiv Gandhi Adventure Sports Academy building, close to Tehri lake.

It will built over 10 acres of land at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore. The academy will be imparting training to adventure sports enthusiasts in over 24 games including canoeing and kayaking.

He said a helipad too will be developed for the convenience of tourists near the lake and will be connected to Sahasradhara airstrip in Dehradun.

Monday 29 October 2012

Alert: First Dengue case confirmed in Dehra Dun

After Hardwar and Roorkee, the first case of Dengue fever has been reported from Uttarakhand capital Dehradun where a person, Suresh Ramola who is a resident of Nathuwala, was hospitalized in the CMI hospital of the city. Suresh’s medical report has confirmed that he has fallen prey to dengue.

Presently, as many as 30 victims of dengue are undergoing treatment in the different hospitals of the city.
Until now, dengue patients only from Delhi, Roorkee and Haridwar were admitted in the hospitals of state capital but confirmation of Sureh’s dengue fever shows that the dreadful fever is going to create panic among the residents of the Dehradun.

Sunday 28 October 2012

Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand witnesses first snow of the season

Intermittent snowfall in the higher reaches of mountains heralded winter in Uttarakhand on 26th Oct with Mukteshwar being the coldest at 5.2 degrees Celsius.
Located at a height of nearly 2100 metres, Mukteshwar was the coldest place and was followed by Pithoragarh at 7.2 degrees C, Tehri at 7.8 degrees C, Mussoorie at 8.3 and Nainital at 8.9 deg C.
Attributing the growing cold in mid-hills to northerlies triggered by intermittent snowfall in Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri since Tuesday night, the trend will continue in the days to come adding to the chill.
Isolated light showers are also likely to occur in the plains while the higher reaches may receive more snowfall in the next 24 hours bringing temperatures further down.
However, a majority of the areas in the plains, including Dehradun and Haridwar, continued to be relatively.
Dehradun recorded a minimum of 14.3 deg C while Haridwar recorded a minimum of 10.4 degrees Celsius.

Thursday 25 October 2012

Dasehra celebration at Parade Ground, Dehradun witness huge crowds

Dasehra was celebrated with gaeity as the effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkaran and son Meghnad went up in flames at Parade Ground here today. The ground was packed to capacity and the crowd was extending on to the roads and top of buildings in the vicinity where the scene of burning effigies was visible.

The vehicle movement was barred around Parade Ground. The traffic police was on its toes to streamline the movement of people on to the roads along side the vehicles leading to Parade Ground.
Parking was provided in a couple of vacant plots around the area as well.

Chief Minister Vijay Bahguna was present on the dais in Parade Ground. He wished people Happy Navratri, Dasehra and Diwali giving a message of staying united and working towards strengthening Uttarakhand as a developed state.

Former Speaker Harbans Kapoor too addressed the gathering and wished them as well. Many prominent leaders such as Mayor Vinod Chamoli, MLA Rajpur Road Rajkumar and Mala Raj Luxmi Shah were also present.

After setting fire to the effigies, a brilliant display of different kinds of crackers held. The entire series of Ramlila and Dasehra was organised by the Bannu community of the city.

Despite the pulls of modernity, the craze among families and even youngsters to watch the centuries old tradition of Dasehra was spectacular. The children were seen excited and wearing interesting musical glittering caps and enjoying whistling toys.

Dehra Dun to witness Entrepreneurship awareness drive

The city will host an entrepreneurship awareness drive on October 26. Dehradun is among the 20 cities of the country selected for the entrepreneurship awareness drive by ITIans from IIT, Kharagpur. Host IIT, Kharagpur, Entrepreneurship Cell is a non-profit student-professor body dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship among the youth in the country. The drive consists of a series of guest lectures and workshops that are to take place in 20 cities of the country this year.

According to Rajat Suman, associate member, entrepreneurship cell, IIT Kharagpur, each selected city will play host to an entrepreneurship awareness camp, where eminent entrepreneurs, industry leaders and students will deliberate about the pros and cons of entrepreneurship as a career and how it differs from the usual run-of-the-mill job culture.

In Dehradun, entrepreneurship awareness camp will be held at the Dehradun Institute of Technology on October 26. The event will have the presence of entrepreneurs like Director iVolunteer Shalabh Sahai, Chief Executive Officer Trident Techlabs Sukesh Naithani and YUVA foundation founder Shantanu Gupta.

The drive came started 4 years ago and some of the distinguished guests, who attended the drive include leading entrepreneurs Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Irrfan Alam and Shaheen Mistry.

Monday 22 October 2012

Priya Jain from Mussoorie takes the honors at Miss Uttarakhand 2012

Finally the day has come and the winner of Miss Uttarakhand 2012 has been declared. 19 years old Priya Jain from Mussorie won the crown of Miss Uttarakhand for the year 2012. Kritika Negi (18) from Pauri garhwal have been crowned as the first runner-up of Miss Uttarakhand and another beautiful girl Jashmin Ghildiyal (23) from Dehradun became the second runner up.

The show was organized by SINMIT communication at Droona College compus, Dehradun. out of 21 beauties sieved out earlier, it was the time to discover the one lucky girl to get the glorious crown of Miss Uttarakhand for the year 2012. and after three rounds the winner have been decided.

Priya Jain who had been the crush of all photographer at the event was looking confident from the beginning and very confidently she cleared all the three rounds by answering all question with boldness.

Sunday 21 October 2012

Uttarakhand Govt. accepts reservation in promotion

The Government of Uttarakhand on Saturday accepted a one-man commission's recommendation that the creation of an ex-cadre to give reservation in promotion to SC/ST employees is not legally and administratively justified.

The recommendation of the commission, headed by Justice Irshad Hussain, was accepted by the state cabinet at its meeting here.

Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna chaired the meeting, said Principal Secretary (Personnel) D K Kotia at a press conference today.

Kotia said the commission, set up on September three this year, had submitted its interim report on the proposed creation of an ex-cadre for granting reservation in promotion to SC/ST employees to the government on October 11.

The panel had recommended that the move was not legally and administratively justified.

"The Cabinet has accepted the recommendation of the Commission and a detailed order in this regard will soon be issued," he said.

Government employees in Uttarakhand had been on a warpath for nearly a fortnight last month, striking work in support of their demand for scrapping the government's order regarding creation of an ex-cadre for granting reservation in promotion to SC/ST employees.

Movie 'Student of the Year' shot in Dehra Dun, released

Take a cauldron. Mix in 'Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire' in generous doses, the essence of 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na', few minutes of some other films set in schools, and add a dash of '3 Idiots' for flavour. What you have is Karan Johar's latest offering, 'Student of the Year'. The director's latest offering justifies, to the last bit, the adage - 'all that glitters is not gold', Zee News reported.

Set in the picturesque locales of Dehradun, more precisely, in the Forest Research Institute and Kasiga School, 'Student of the Year' has every element of a Karan Johar school/college film. Beautiful surroundings; the fluff of snobbish, brand-obsessed people; few nerds - one of them bespectacled, inevitably; a dean who just doesn't understand the values of friendship and camaraderie and so on. You ask for it, and you get it. No stone is left unturned in leaving a large, bold Karan Johar signature on the film.

RIMC, Dehra Dun announces exam dates for 2012

The Rashtriya Indian Military College is an Inter-Services Institution and a Category ‘A’ establishment of the Ministry of Defence. The College established in 1922 with the primary aim of preparing the boys for entry into Defence Services and to provide quality all round education to young boys invites applications from boys for admission to the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun (UK) for J_ulgr 2013 Term. The written examination will be conducted at selected centres on 01(Sat) and 02 (Sun) Dec 2012.

The last date for submission of such application has been re-scheduled to 30th October, 2012.

ADVERTISMENT OF RIMC ENTRANCE EXAMINATION mac 2012 IN ENGLISH indicating the details of Entry Age, Educational Qualification, Scheme of Examination, Examination Centres, Fee, Scholarshib, Procedure to obtain Applications Forms etc is available in the website of RIMC at .

The prospectus-cum-Application Form and Booklet of old question papers can also be directly obtained from the Coilectorate, Cuttack on a written request.

Mahindra Satyam Signs a MoU with UPES, Dehra Dun to facilitate research and development

Mahindra Satyam, a leading global consulting and IT services provider, today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun. The MoU aims at facilitating joint research and development projects and consultancies for mutual benefit.

This agreement will help the students and faculty of Engineering Disciplines of UPES to gain industrial exposure and acquire practical competencies through trainings from Mahindra Satyam’s experts. In turn, UPES will design Certificate programs and conduct training sessions for the engineers at Mahindra Satyam.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr B.K. Mishra, Senior Vice President and Business Head - Energy and Utilities, Mahindra Satyam, said “Mahindra Satyam was one of the first organizations to be associated with UPES. This MoU strengthens our partnership and focus on providing leading edge solutions to the Energy and Utilities sector.”

This agreement will further add impetus to UPES’s endeavor to deeply connect with industry to design courses that are in complete alignment with industry, and develop functionally literate industry ready students.

Tuesday 9 October 2012

Micromax enters Television market by developing its Uttarakhand facility

Mobile handset maker Micromax announced its foray into the television segment with the launch of a range of LED TVs priced between Rs 15,990 and Rs 1,29,990.

The company is targetting 5-8 percent of revenues (Rs 140-225 crore) this fiscal from the television segment, he added.

The LED TVs will be initially launched in nine states like Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Rajasthan across 24-inch to 55-inch range. The televisions will be priced between Rs 15,990 and Rs 1,29,990.

The company is targetting 8-10 percent market share of the LED TV market.

Micromax will assemble the LEDs at its new facility in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand. It is investing Rs 100 crore in the plant.

Friday 5 October 2012

Dehradun-born Monisha Kaltenborn is CEO of the Sauber F1 Team

It is a globally known fact today that motorsport is a male dominated sport. Take any form of motor racing, and the number of women active is just about a fraction of the number of men. The case with the top echelon of motorsport, Formula One is not any different. How many female F1 drivers have you heard of? For that matter, how many women do we hear of who are actively involved in the sport apart from public relations and press officers? It is hard to imagine then, that a lady of Indian origin holds the reins of a Formula One team. Not many of us would have imagined, nor Dehradun-born Monisha Kaltenborn that she would one day be the CEO of the Sauber F1 Team, the fourth-oldest F1 team on the grid.

The journey from Dehradun to becoming the CEO of the Sauber F1 team and holding 33.3 per cent equity stake in the team has been a long one for Monisha. She is considered to be one of the most hard working and prominent women in the world of F1 today.

In one of his recent interviews Peter Sauber, team principal of the Sauber F1 team said that Kaltenborn has been instrumental in the team's survival following the decision of former partner BMW to pull out of F1 and that she has been doing outstanding work as the CEO.

Monisha aspired to be an astronaut as a kid. But at the age of eight, her family moved to Vienna, where her uncle was employed in the International Atomic Energy Agency. She did her schooling from a German-medium school rather than English, as her parents believed that it was very important for her to learn and understand the language properly and integrate herself into the Austrian society.

She secured her bachelor's degree in law from the University of Vienna in 1995 and went on to get a master's degree in International Business Law from the London School of Economics in 1996. Monisha got her first job in Stuttgart in Germany and also worked for the United Nations and a few law firms in Germany and Austria.

In 1998 she joined the Fritz Kaiser Group in Liechtenstein where Monisha's responsibility was to run a legal department. Kaiser was also a shareholder in the Red Bull Sauber F1 team. Kaiser selling off his shares in the team saw Monisha move to Sauber Group's legal department in Hinwil. While there she also managed contracts for drivers, sponsors and an engine deal.

She was a rare key person for big shots like F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and current FIA President Jean Todt as she had worked with the FIA, FOA and FOTA before she became Sauber's CEO.

When Peter Sauber and Fritz Kaiser decided to split, Peter Sauber asked Monisha to join his team in 2000, and since then she has been working in Hinwil. She started as the head of legal affairs for the team, but in January 2010 went on to play the role of the CEO, becoming the first female to head a Formula One team as CEO.

When asked how she handles the immense work pressure Monisha said, There's obviously a lot of pressure in Formula One, mainly because the level of competition is extremely high. For myself, I don't regard this as a problem because I'm used to handle pressure and I'm a calm person. That maybe is the Indian part in me.

Although an Austrian citizen and married to a German, Monisha got married in typical Hindu tradition at the foothills of the Himalayas.

She currently resides 20 minutes away from the Sauber factory in Kusnacht, Switzerland with her husband Jens Kaltenborn, a lawyer, and her nine year-old son Nirek and six-year-old daughter Mandira. After she got married she barely visited India. It was in 2010 that she visited India during the Indian GP.

Talking about motorsport in India Monisha says Motorsport in India is in the process of establishing itself on a high, professional level. This process takes some time. There are many young talents in India but it's important that they get the opportunities and the right level of support. The fact that Formula One came to India for the first time last year is very important for Formula One and at the same time important for India. I was very impressed how well the event was organised and how much interest there was from the public and from the media.

In her family life, Monisha organises her daily schedule so that she can spend maximum time with her children. Early mornings are exclusively for the kids and then it's work. Late afternoon is again spent with the kids and then back to work. During race weekends she makes sure to stay in touch with them as much as possible. She believes it is important to keep them involved in what she is doing so that her kids can understand why she is not at home most of the time.

Given her work profile, Monisha is part-time mom and part-time CEO, but is always a full-time boss for the Sauber F1 team and says that for her work precedes everything else.

No more journey on Horse, mule for Kedarnath

Following directions from Uttarakhand High Court to maintain sanitation on pedestrian route to Kedarnath from Gaurikund, movement of horses and mules has been temporarily suspended.

The decision came in the wake of the High Court expressing dissatisfaction over sanitation on the 14 km-long pilgrimage route, additional chief officer of Rudraprayag district panchayat, Yashwant Rawat said.

Hearing a PIL, the court had recently directed the Panchayat to ensure sanitation for pilgrims and present a working plan before it on October 6 in this regard, he said.

Subsidised rice to Above Poverty Line families in Uttarakhand

The Uttarakhand government today said above poverty line families would also get 10 kg rice every month at subsidised rates after Dussehra festival.

"The APL families will be benefited under the scheme, which will provide rice at discounted rates," state's finance minister Indira Hridayesh told reporters here.

She said the Centre had given assurance to state government that it was ready to give rice at subsidised rates to APL families in the state.

"The recent economic reforms has troubled the common man, hence the decision will give some relief to them," she said.

The final rate will be decided after getting quota of rice from the Centre, she said.

Replying to a query on decision of Congress-ruled states to raise the cap on subsidised cylinders from six to nine, she said it would impact the state exchequer but, "we are committed to do so for public welfare."

Countering the BJP over FDI in retail, she blamed opposition for spreading apprehensions regarding the issue and said small retailers will not be affected it.

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Bahuguna has narrow escape as chopper causes spark in wires

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna had a narrow escape on October 1 when a helicopter carrying him caused a spark in high tension wires during take-off. Winds caused by the rotor of the helicopter caused a spark in high tension lines located about 200 m below as the chopper was lifting off from Baheda helipad, Tehri district magistrate Ranjeet Sinha said. The DM said the pilot safely navigated the chopper away from the wires.
Bahuguna was returning with some Congress leaders from Tehri to the state capital after campaigning in Ghansali area for his son Saket for the Tehri Lok Sabha seat, which fell vacant after he resigned from it post winning the Sitarganj constituency to make his entry into the state Assembly.

Dehradun to host District Sub-Junior Basketball Championship for boys and girls

The District Sub-Junior Basketball Championship for boys and girls will be held from 3rd to 7th October 2012 at Welham Boys’ School for Boys section and Welham Girls’ School for Girls’ Section.

Thirty One (31) teams in both boys and girls sections have confirmed their participation for this championship.

During the District Sub-Junior Championship, the DBA will conduct the District Basketball Referees Examination for test and promotion cases interested candidates must contact the undersigned for further information.

Sunday 30 September 2012

Indian Military Academy DehraDun turns 80

The Indian Military Academy IMA), the country’s premier training institute which imparts training to officers of the Indian Army will turns 80. It was on Oct 1, 1932 that the first batch of trainees came to the Institute.

Of the first batch of 40, there were 15 direct entries, 15 from Kitchener College and 10 seats were kept reserved for the families of the erstwhile royal states then in the country.

It has been a long and chequered history of the Institute which came into a building where the Railway Staff College was housed.

Incidentally in the days of the raj, it was felt during World War One (1914-19) that Indians did not have the right of becoming officers in the Army and they were just kept amongst the ranks.

The matter was first taken up the well known freedom fighter Gopal Krishna Gokhale, who said it was a discrimination against the Indians in general and the Indian youth in particular and it only in 1917 Chelmsford Reform Plans that it was decided that Indians will be given a role in the administration of the Indian Army.

It was in 119 that 30 Indian army personnel were given temporary commissions and made officers, which included the well-known name of Gen K M Cariappa, who later rose on to become the first Field Marshal of the Indian Army.

As pressure kept mounting for representation of Indian in the Army, the British opened the Prince of Wales Royal Military College in Dehra Dun.

After opening of the College, which today is known as the Rashtriya Indiian Military College (RIMC), it was decided that 10 cadets from here would be sent for training to the Royal Military College at Sandhurst for training.

But this did not go well with then intelligentsia and political leaders of that time. It was in 1925 that the Skeen Committee decided to open a training college in India itself for the training of Indian officers. Incidentally, both Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru and Jinnah were members of the Committee.

It was in 1931 that a committee of 18 specialists under Field Marshal Philip Chetwode that decided on setting up a Military Academy at Dehra Dun.

The Academy was established in January 1932 at the premises of what was then the Railway Staff College and the first batch of cadets came for training in October that very year, which started the new chapter of Indian officers in the Army in a big way.

Field marshal SHFJ Maneckshaw, popularly known as Sam Bahadur was in this batch.

After independence in 1947, Brig Thakur Mahadev Singh was the first Indian commandant of the Academy. In 1950, its name was changed to National Defence Academy.

In Dec 1954 a new Joint Services Training Academy was opened at Khadakvasla (Pune), which later became the National Defence Academy.

In 1960 the name was changed to Indian Military Academy. In 1980, the commandants rank was raised to Lt General.

Saturday 29 September 2012

The Doon School retains number 2 position in schools

The survey conducted by Education World on India School Rankings has been more or less sweet and sour for the schools of Uttarakhand.

While amongst the boarding schools, The Doon School managed to retain its number two slot, the premium girls’ school, Welham Girls has gone down from number three last year to number four now.

Incidentally, The Doon School had been ranked number one in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and slipped to the second place only in 2011. As far as the Welham Girls School is concerned it was placed number five in 2008 and 2009.

However, it climbed up two notches and was placed third in 2010 and 2011, but has slipped down to the fourth place in 2012.

Another prominent school of the city, RIMC , which was established by the Britishers as Royal Indian military College and prepared its students for Sandhurst and was renamed Rashtriya Indian Military College after the country’s independence has also had an up and down journey in the rankings. It was number 13 in 2008 and 2009 but climbed up to the eighth place in 2010 and to the seventh place in 2011. But sadly it has slipped back to the 12th position in the latest rankings.

Likewise, the Welham Boys School of the city has also had an up and down roller coaster ride in the rankings. It was ranked number 18 in 2008 but went up to the 11th slot in 2009 and then to the 10th place in 2010 but fell down to the 12th ranking in 2011 and is now placed 16th in the rankings for this year.

Zee TV to celebrate 20 years with live concerts in Dehra Dun

Music, dance and a lot more - that's how Zee TV plans to celebrate its successful 20-year journey.

The channel will host "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa LIVE" - a series of live concerts and entertainment nights across 10 cities, starting Friday.

Starting in Pune, the live shows will also enthrall fans in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Dehradun, Bhopal, Aurangabad, Kanpur and Lucknow on different dates.

Uttarakhand govt reduces VAT on diesel

With an eye on the October 10 Tehri Lok Sabha bypoll, Uttarakhand government on Friday reduced the VAT on diesel prices by 60 paise per litre.

A notification announcing the concession was issued by the state government here yesterday.

Diesel, which was available for Rs 50.20 per litre, will be sold across the state for Rs 49.60 with effect from today, official sources said.

Uttarakhand government plans to distribute free medicines

Following the footsteps of Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand government has decided to distribute free generic medicines in the states.

The Uttarakhand government has enlisted 426 generic medicines and 300 chemicals and surgical items which will be distributed for free in the state via 755 medical units.

The medicines will be distributed to the BPL card holders as well as to the APL families. With this scheme, the Uttarakhand state Government have not only aims at providing free medicines to the people but also aims at encouraging the use to generic medicines.

This scheme was first initiated by Tamil Nadu government which was later adopted by Rajasthan. A team from the Uttarakhand health department recently visited Rajasthan to study the details and feasibility of the scheme. The team had already prepared a blueprint for the implementation of the scheme in Uttarakhand. The department has also prepared a list of medicines for all kind of diseases and surgical items which will be distributed for free in the state.

This scheme is inspired with the list of medicines distributed by Tamil Nadu government and the World Health Organization (WHO). The money required for the implementation of the first phase of the scheme will be provided through National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

Friday 21 September 2012

Rotary Club launches campaign to fight against alcoholism

Taking cue from the much acclaimed and popular TV programme, Satyamev Jayate, the Rotary Club that has been formed by the students of University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) launched the campaign 'Say No Till 27' to fight the rampant problems of alcoholism and substance abuse.

After flagging off the campaign, Vijay Simha, who participated in the Satyamev Jayate episode addressed the issue of alcoholism. He informed students about the reasons and circumstances that lead to addiction. Quoting from his own experiences- what made him take to alcohol and substance abuse and how he recovered from the malady, warned them how to battle this social evil.

During the interactive session, he got the young college students to open up and share their perceptions and doubts on this grave social problem.

He told them that through various studies it has been established that the human brain is adapting to change till 26 years. He also appreciated the Rotract Club of UPES for their initiative and was confident that with such participation of the generation next, the campaign would soon ignite the minds of the youth not only in Dehradun but across the State and country and our society would get rid of the evil of addiction.

While addressing the gathering, Dr SJ Chopra, chancellor, UPES said, "Today's younger generation is more prone to the ill effects of addiction as these stuff are more easily available besides easy money with the students. Thus they have to be over cautious and not become a prey. Some students of UPES have come together to form a drama group 'Exhilaration'.

The group presented an emotionally impressive play depicting how and why one becomes a victim of addiction and ruins his life. Dr Mandira Agarwal, associate professor, Rotary Club Dehradun (West) members and 200 students of UPES were also present on the occasion.

Bharat Bandh: Life paralyzed in Uttarakhand

Normal life was paralyzed across Uttarakhand on Thursday in response to the day-long Bharat Bandh called by BJP and other opposition parties to protest the Centre's move decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail, cap on LPG subsidy and hike in diesel price.

All shops, business establishments, schools, colleges and other private educational institutions remained closed in Dehradun, Haldwani, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar, Almora and Pithoragarh.

Commercial vehicles were off the roads while government transport services like Uttarakhand Transport Services avoided plying their buses fearing attacks from pro-bandh supporters.

Protestors burnt effigies of PM Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Union ministers to oppose the government's move in Dehradun, Haldwani, Kotdwar and Udham Singh Nagar towns.

HMT Watches sets up counter at Dehradun to reach out to people

In an effort to increase the market visibility of its products, HMT Watches Ltd launched its programme of setting up counters at prominent post offices in Uttarakhand, beginning with the General Post Office in the city.

HMT wrist watches will be sold at the counter by India Post personnel as part of an arrangement with the company trying to revive itself in the face of tough competition from watch manufacturing giants like Titan.

Friday 7 September 2012

Uttarakhand Government becomes strict on LPG connections

Around 10 per cent multiple cooking gas connections with individual customers have been cancelled in the Dehradun district. Uttarakhand LPG Association spokesperson and Uttaranchal Gas Agency owner Tanveer Singh said this.
The gas agencies have started conducting verification of customers’ connections after issuance of direction from the Indian Oil Company Limited officers.
Customers were instructed to submit declaration forms provided by the agency in which they have to acknowledge that the IOCL will be within its rights if it discontinues LPG supply, forfeit security deposit or impose penalty if any information provided by customers is not true and incomplete and also in the event of any violation of Government regulation related to the supply and distribution of LPG.
The agencies have been directed to inform to the department of food and civil supply about the LPG connections being cancelled.
He further said that customers are being assured that there is no need to procure multiple connections because agency will provide them cooking gas through home delivery within 21 days of booking.
Jagdamba Indane Gas agency officials said that around 10 per cent customers have verified their connections out of which around 15 multiple connections have been cancelled so far. The employees who are deployed to provide gas through home delivery to the customers have been directed to provide them consumer information sheet.
Recently, Food and Civil Supply Secretary Subardhan had directed the representatives of the oil companies to cancel multiple cooking gas connections with individual customers and to ensure that each customer has procured only one gas connection.

Tuesday 28 August 2012

Government approves 250 cr investment for development of Uttarakhand infrastructure

The Government of India has approved various projects with a total estimated cost of Rs 250 crore in Uttarakhand for developing human resources and infrastructure.
The Union Minister for Commerce and Industry and Textiles, Anand Sharma, said the Textiles Ministry will conduct a skill development scheme in Dehradun, Roorkee and Haldwani while the establishment of a textile park has also been approved in principle. Two spice parks will be established in Uttarakhand in addition to which the Union Government will accord priority to promoting organic foods produced in the State.
Addressing media in Dehradun after attending a meeting with Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, State Ministers and senior bureaucrats, Sharma said that 15,000 youth will receive vocational training in five years as part of the skill development scheme in Roorkee, Dehradun and Haldwani. The Union Government will bear 75 per cent of the Rs 100-crore cost of this scheme.
The Central Government will also bear the Rs 15 crore costs for establishing spice parks on land provided by the State at Sitarganj in Udham Singh Nagar and Majri Grant in Dehradun. Responding to the State’s request of facilitating construction of international business and convention centres in Pantnagar and Haridwar, Sharma has assured that this will be considered on PPP mode with the Centre, State and private sector as stakeholders.
The Centre would provide Rs 1 crore assistance for sheep and wool improvement schemes in Uttarkashi and Rudraprayag districts under which arrangement would be made for breed improvement, immunisation, health and medicine for about one lakh sheep. Latest machines would also be introduced for wool processing and spinning.
Sharma also approved in principle the proposal made by the State for a textile park, adding that the Centre will extend financial assistance of 40 per cent or maximum Rs 40 crore for the proposed project in Udhamsingh Nagar. He also assured of taking up the matter of railway over-bridge at Pantnagar with the Railway Ministry.
Referring to the State’s immense potential in the field of food processing and agriculture, Sharma said, “About 35 per cent of the perishable produce get destroyed owing to lack of proper management depriving the farmers of profit. I have asked the State to forward a proposal to the Centre for setting up of cold storages and packaging houses under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority with the Centre providing financial assistance of up to Rs 10 crore.” Bahuguna said that the State will encourage domestic and foreign direct investment in the agriculture and horticulture sectors in Uttarakhand. Sharma has also been requested to raise with the Prime Minister and the Environment and Forest Minister the issue of power projects close to completion that were stalled in spite of having requisite clearances. “To improve the electricity scenario in Uttarakhand, we are speeding up work on those power projects which are not affected by such hurdles,” he added.

Thursday 23 August 2012

Good News: Uttarakhand Cabinet increases age limit for jobs from 35 to 40

Good News: Uttarakhand Cabinet increases age limit for jobs from 35 to 40

The Uttarakhand Cabinet increased the maximum age limit to 40 years for government jobs in the state and approved a policy to carry out projects in partnership with private companies.
The maximum age limit for government jobs had been increased from 35 to 40 years for general category candidates.
Candidates belonging to other categories would also get the benefit of the decision accordingly.

Multi-level parking at Clock Tower Dehradun, to open on 25th August, 2012

Multi-level parking at Clock Tower Dehradun, to open on 25th August, 2012

The traffic congestion and other problems resulting from lack of parking space around the Clock Tower will be redressed with the opening of .
The new multi-level parking at the new commercial complex near Clock Tower, provided by the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority, is expected to open on August 25 for the use of public.
With the new parking facility to accommodate 500 vehicles, the parking is expected to ease the traffic problem faced in the city of Dehradun!

Tuesday 21 August 2012

Uttarakhand government takes initiatives for minority community

Uttarakhand government takes initiatives for minority community

On the occassion of Eid-ul-Fitr, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has announced a slew of initiatives for the minority community, including job and educational schemes. The announcements made included a minority self-employment scheme, teaching of Urdu in schools and colleges and setting up of a minorities development fund among others, an official release quoting Bahuguna said.
The state government will also provide loans at the rate of 6 per cent to minority youths for starting their own business, Bahuguna said.
He said arrangements will be made for teaching of Urdu in schools from Class 6 to 12 and the language will soon be taught at two government colleges in minority concentrated areas of Udham Singh Nagar and Haridwar.
Facilities like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan will be extended to the Madarsas registered with Uttarakhand Madarsa Board and the eligible registered Madarsas will also get assistance for Mid Day Meal scheme.
"Facilities like free text books, annual grant of Rs 5,000 for primary, Rs 7000 for upper primary classes and a study material grant of Rs 500 will be provided," he said.
In addition, a grant of Rs 25,000 for rural areas and that of Rs 21,206 for urban areas will be given to girls belonging to minority BPL families for their further studies.

Friday 17 August 2012

Dehradun born bhojpuri actor Monica Batra, makes Dun proud

Dehradun born bhojpuri actor Monica Batra, makes Dun proud

Well known Bhojpuri actor Monika Singh Batra, who debuted with actor and singer Manoj Tiwari in ‘Elan Ba’, has groomed herself for the cinema opposite Ravi Kishan, Pawan Singh, and Vikrant. Monika never looked back after her wonderful performance in Elan Ba.

She is currently busy with the shooting of Dil Ho Gail Quraban, another Bhojpuri movie. Monika is in the lead role opposite Avinash Singh in this film which is being directed by Brij Bhushan.

Monika seems to be too excited about the shoot. Monika said she was over excited when she went through the script of the movie. She is the first actor in Bhojpuri films who is an NSD (National School of Drama) pass out.

The film is being made under the banner of RS Film Productions. Other than Avinash Shahi and Monika Singh Batra, another pair of RS Tiwari and Anamika will be seen. Vishnu Shankar Belu too is working hard to give a hit performance in the movie.

Independence Day celebrated at Parade Ground, Dehradun

Independence Day celebrated at Parade Ground, Dehradun

Independence Day was on Wednesday celebrated in Uttarakhand with Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna unfurling the National Flag at the Parade Ground here sans the traditional gaiety in order to show solidarity with people killed or rendered homeless by floods in Uttarkashi.
Twenty-eight people were killed and hundreds of others rendered homeless in a cloudburst early this month.
Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi hoisted the National Flag at Rajbhavan and paid rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and all freedom fighters. The PAC jawans gave a guard of honour to the tricolour and the Governor.
Bahuguna also gave away bravery awards on the occasion to two children and decorated five police personnel with medals for their outstanding contribution in service.

The two children, who were given "Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak", are Shruti Lodhi (posthumous) and Priyanshu Joshi. Lodhi had also received national bravery award (posthumous) while Joshi was honoured with Sanjay Chopra award on January 26, 2011.
The five police personnel, who were decorated with Mukhyamantri Sarahniya Sewa Padak include Prakash Chandra Dewali (Inspector), Rajkishore Singh Farswan (Inspector), Bhuwan Chandra Pande (Sub-Inspector), Ashish Kumar Singh (Head Constable) and Shamendra Kumar Shahu (constable).

Wednesday 15 August 2012

Dehradun Fashion Week and Lifestyle Show 2012

Dehradun Fashion Week and Lifestyle Show 2012

Uttarakhand is about to witness a revolution in the fashion world. The biggest fashion event is going to be held in Uttarakhand and Dehradun is the proud city to present this grand fashion event DEHRADUN FASHION WEEK & LIFESTYLE SHOW 2012.

The Event is orgainised by north India’s premier event management and entertainment company SINMIT COMMUNICATIONS, Dehradun and the title sponsor of the Event is SEAGRAM’S BLENDERS PRIDE. The Event will held in very marvellous venue, newly opened 4 star hotel of city THE SOLITAIRE.

The Event will spread over 3 enthralling days (24 | 25 | 26 th August 2012) of imagination, innovation & creativity, allowing fashion designers, retailers, brands & fashion houses to display their latest collections in runway shows for the people consisting of the Elite, Buyers & Media to take a look at the latest trends and according to the buzz, some bollywood personalities will also be there but their names is a surprise for you…

The entire show will be choreographed by the famous Choreographer Agendra Singh Gautam (FASHION WALK MANAGEMENT & LOOKS MODEL
MANAGEMENT), he is very well connected media personality and having experience of more than 400 shows and 250 campaigns .

Schedule of shows:
There will 4 shows in one day i.e. 12 shows in all and each show will be of 20 minutes.
1st show: 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm
2nd show : 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm
3rd show : 8.30 pm – 9.30 pm
4th show : 9.30 pm – 10.30 pm

N R Patel from ISRO Dehradun receives Dr Vikram Sarabhai Research, PRL awards

N R Patel from ISRO Dehradun receives Dr Vikram Sarabhai Research, PRL awards

N R Patel from Agriculture and Soils Division, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, ISRO, Dehradun, received the award in the field of space application for his original contributions in the field of agro-meterology.

The awards were given away on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Vikram Sarabhai which falls on Sunday. A tree plantation drive too was organized. The awards were given away by Mrinalini Sarabhai and , chairman council of management, PRL U R Rao.

Environmentalists plant trees in Uttarakhand schools

Environmentalists plant trees in Uttarakhand schools

Chipko leader Sunderlal Bahuguna and environmentalist Anil P Joshi today planted trees as part of the green campaign launched by Punjab National Bank (PNB) here, an official spokesperson said.
The two environmentalists, along with PNB officials and students, planted trees of different species at a government school here.
PNB has set a target of planting 1000 trees during this monsoon season in Uttarakhand.

Coming Soon: BMW Mobile Showrooms in Dehradun

Coming Soon: BMW Mobile Showrooms in Dehradun

In order to increase their reach, BMW India has launched Mobile Showrooms. Through these mobile showrooms, BMW India will be visiting seven cities in seven states of India. The cities being, Karnal (Haryana), Agra (Uttar Pradesh), Dehradun (Uttarakhand), Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), Patna (Bihar), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), and Nashik, Maharashtra.

As far as BMW experience is concerned, customers at BMW Mobile Showrooms will experience the same warmth. BMW Mobile Showroom will have a 4 car display area, a VIP lounge and a reception area. On display will be the newly launched 3 Series, 5 Series, X1, X3, and X5, which will be also available for testing. At some of the Mobile Showrooms, BMW will also display 7 Series, 6
Series, X6 and Z4.

Short Staffed Municipal Corporation of Dehradun is planning to expand

The short staffed Municipal Corporation of Dehradun is planning to expand

With its present structure and staff strength, the MCD is clearly not capable of handling its present responsibilities, let alone catering to an added bulk of population and area.
The MCD has written to the State Government about its needs and staff requirement, but so far there has been no positive move from the State Government.

The MCD wants to expand its area of jurisdiction and wants to include new areas where population is increasing rapidly. These areas include Mothrowala, Navada, Banjarawala, Badripur, Mianwala, Jogiwala, Nathanpur, Balawala, Raipur, Makkawala, Nakronda and Kuthal Gate.