Tuesday 20 August 2013

ONGC assures Uttarakhand of all support on I-Day

On the occasion of the 67th Independence Day at ONGC here, CMD Sudhir Vasudeva hoisted the national flag and empathised with the plight of the disaster-hit victims in Uttarakhand.

Mr Vasudeva, during his speech said the ONGC was with the state in meeting with the challenges faced by the survivors and government post disaster and elaborated upon ONGC's relief efforts.

He extended the support of all ONGCians who are contributing one day of their salary, which would amount to about Rs 5 crore, for the disaster-victims.

Earlier ONGC's medical teams and choppers had supported the relief work during the difficult times. ONGC was one of the first organisations, to contribute Rs 2 crore towards relief operations, he said.

During his speech, the CMD also elaborated upon the achievements and accomplishments of the energy giant and charted out organisation's goals and growth strategy.

The awards for the best assets, basins, services, institutes, and meritorious service, were presented by CMD on this occasion.

CMD and directors of ONGC also gave away aids and appliances to the persons with disabilities as part of ONGC's CSR initiative-- Swavlamban Abhiyaan -- which is being launched pan India.

Mr Vasudeva also inspected the parade during which contingents of CISF, ONGC Security, Fire Services, Bhootpoorva Sainik Kalyan Nigam, Kendriya Vidyalaya, B S Negi MPPS and ONGC employees marched with fervour.

Display by the brass band of IMA and pipe band of Gorkha regiment was loudly applauded by the large gathering.

A scintillating show of patriotism and zeal was presented by children from Shishu Vihar, KV, EWC, Himjyoti school and members of WDF. UNI JN PA 1758 NNNN.

Sunday 16 June 2013

V-Mart Retail Opens new store at Dehradun, Uttarakhand

V-Mart Retail Ltd has opened a new store located at 3/2 Kishan Nagar chowk, Chakrata Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand - 248001. The store is spread in an area of 7570 sq. ft.. This takes the total number of stores to 72.

Sunday 9 June 2013

631 Indian and 74 foreign cadets graduate from IMA DehraDun to become Army officers

A total of 631 cadets passed out of the Indian Military Academy on Saturday after completing the rigorous course to join the Indian Army as officers. Before being formally commissioned into the Army, the cadets walked in files at the famed Drill Square set against the historic Chetwode Building of the Academy as the Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne took the ceremonial salute.

Apart from the 631 Indian cadets, 74 cadets from India's friendly neighbour countries also passed out on Saturday to join the armies of their respective countries. A maximum of 112 officers are from Uttar Pradesh followed by Haryana with 60 and Uttarakhand with 52.

Addressing the cadets after the conclusion of the ceremonial parade, Browne extended his felicitations to the gentlemen cadets and said they were fortunate to have trained at the IMA known for its high standards of training.

Asking them to constantly bear in mind their twin roles as warriors and protectors, he said they belong to the last bastion of the country and cannot ever afford to let their country down.

Congratulating the passing out cadets from neighbouring countries for successfully completing their training at the famed institute, Browne hoped they would use the skills learnt at the IMA to serve their respective nations.

After the ceremonious POP, all the cadets regrouped at a ground of the academy where the pipping ceremony was held. They were later administered oath to the Constitution by the adjutant of the IMA. It started raining just when the parade was about to begin at 7 am this morning delaying the start by over an hour.

However, the showers failed to dampen the spirit of the parents and kin of gentlemen cadets who said the rain only helped in making the occasion all the more memorable.

Sunday 2 June 2013

Twin sisters from Dehradun conquered the Mount Everest

Naungshi Malik and Tashi Malik, the twin sisters from Dehradun conquered the Mount Everest and aim to defy all odds as they expressed their desire to climb the other five high peaks in the world.

Sisters became the first Indian twin sisters to conquer Mount Everest and they returned home safe and sound.

The mother of the twins Anju Malik said that their biggest concern was the safety of the lives of their daughters.

"I am very happy and feeling very great and happy that my girls are back safe and sound. We were very concerned about their life because they went to a very difficult area. Now I am very happy that they have returned successfully," said Anju.

Saturday 1 June 2013

Hyundai starts 'First Ball Tour' for ICC Champions Trophy, in DehraDun on 1st June, 2013

Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL), a subsidiary of HMC, the fastest-growing automaker by brand and the official partner for International Cricket Council (ICC) today showcased the ‘First Ball’ for ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Hyundai holds the exclusive rights to showcase the set of Cricket Balls of first match between India and South Africa which is scheduled on June 6, 2013 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, England.

The first ball preview is organised at Hyundai showrooms from May 30 to June 4, 2013 in New Delhi (May 30-June 2), Mumbai (May 30-June 2), Chennai (June 1-2), Kolkata (June 1-2), Dehradun (June 1), Pune (June 3-4), Ahmedabad (June 4) and Chandigarh (June 4). This 'First Ball' showcase was conceptualized to bring together the cricket passionate fans and provide them with an opportunity to celebrate the moments of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 in England. The representatives from Hyundai will hand over the set of balls to the match umpires prior to the opening match between India and South Africa.

Thursday 30 May 2013

17 students from DehraDun on US Trip to participate in NASA certification programme

A team of students, including 17 students from DehraDun are in Orlando for a lifetime's  experience. The 17 students from DehraDun are from The Aryan School. They are accompanied by a teacher.

Over the next 12 days, the children will participate in a Nasa certification programme on space science at the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, spend a day each at Disney Park, Island of Adventure and Universal Studios before travelling to Boston for a day-long Robotics workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Thereafter, the students will travel to New York for a Broadway workshop and a trip to the Statue of Liberty. On the final day, the students have a Wall Street workshop to attend and a trip to the Empire State Building, a famous landmark in the Manhattan skyline.

"The field of space science and robotics has always fascinated students of all ages. Today it has emerged as one of the most revered fields in the world. Organizations like Nasa, Cosmodome and ESA have taken the initiative to educate and train the young minds to be the workforce of tomorrow," said Anirudh Jhajharia (business head east India) of Inizio Edutech Pvt Ltd, the company that is coordinating the trip.

Apart from an insight into space and robotics, the cross-cultural exposure as they travel from one city to another and mix with students from different counties is expected to make it an enriching experience.

Antara Senior Living to offer luxury residential apartments to seniors on foothills Mussoorie

Max India Group Chairman Analjit Singh and his daughter, Tara, CEO of Antara Senior Living, announced the launch Antara Senior Living Ltd. Antara Senior Living will offer luxury residential apartments to seniors on the foothills Mussoorie.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Max India, Antara Senior Living will build 217 high-end apartments that are expected to be completed in 2015.

Concept for the establishment arrives as India’s population is expected to have 118 million senior citizens by 2016.

“Our vision is to create fun and healthy lifestyle for senior citizens keeping in mind the world class standards,” said Tara Singh.

Sunday 26 May 2013

Sacred Hemkund Sahib opens for Darshan

Hemkund Sahib reopened on Saturday, 25th May, 2013 much to the ecstasy of the devotees. The devotees took a holy dip in the glacial lake at Hemkund Sahib as the Sikh shrine reopened on Saturday after an eight-month winter break. Thousands of pilgrims, including Uttarakhand Minority Commission chairman NS Bindra, took a ritual bath in the lake before paying obeisance at the gurdwara.

Devoted to Guru Gobind Singh, the shrine finds mention in Dasam Granth, a piece of work believed to have been narrated by the tenth Sikh Guru, and is closed for eight months in October because of snow-bound conditions.

Wednesday 22 May 2013

PC Jeweller decides to close the manufacturing unit in Dehradun

PC Jewellers today said it has decided to close one of its manufacturing unit in Dehradun as part of a consolidation process.

In a filing to the BSE, PC Jeweller said "the board of directors has decided to shut down its manufacturing unit located at Selaqui, Dehradun due to operational reasons".

The company used to manufacture hand-made jewellery from this unit and there was not much machinery, he added. PC Jeweller will be left with four plants -- one in Dehradun and three in Noida.

Saturday 18 May 2013

Doonite shines in Class XII ISC results

The results of the Class 10 and 12 students under the Council of Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) were announced on Friday.

All the three Class X (ICSE) toppers (with 98.4%) are from Maharashtra and Class XII (ISC) topper with 99% is from Dehradun.

The class XII ISC topper is Bhuvanya Vijay of St. Joseph's Academy in Dehradun with 99%.

Sunday 28 April 2013

Lots of Enthusiasm seen in Uttarakhand Civic Body Polls

About 70 per cent voters exercised their franchise in Uttarakhand civic body elections which were held peacefully today.

Till the conclusion of polling at 5 pm, 70 per cent people had cast their votes, State Election Commissioner Harish Chandra Joshi said.

No untoward incident was reported from anywhere, he said.

Large queues of voters were witnessed outside polling booths throughout the state including Dehradun, Haridwar, Pithoragarh, Almora and Uttarkashi in the polls which will decide the fate of 3,7523 candidates, he said.

Polling has been held to six municipal corporations in Dehradun, Haridwar, Roorkee, Haldwani, Kashipur and Udham Singh Nagar besides 28 municipal boards and 38 nagar panchayats throughout the state.

Saturday 27 April 2013

Narendra Modi inaugurates Baba Ramdev's Acharyakulam School in Haridwar

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's Acharyakulam School in Haridwar in presence of influential spiritual leaders like Morari Bapu and Rameshji Oza.

A school based on Vedic-cum-modern education, Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust’s Acharyakulam Shikshan Sansthanam is affiliated to CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education). It will offer education to students from grades 5th to 12th.

Monday 22 April 2013

DehraDun born Vir Das stars in film Santa Banta

Born in Dehradun and raised in Africa, Vir’s father is a farmer, mother a wildlife enthusiast and sister was a documentary maker. Finding Nigeria unsafe to live in, Vir went to the US, where he started pursuing a degree in economics from Knox College, Illinois.

With Delhi residents warming up to Vir’s jokes, his India return in 2003 earned him name. But, it was clearly his debut in 2011 Hindi film Delhi Belly that brought him a horde of work and a lot more fame.

Coca Cola invests immensely in bottling plant in Dehradun, to hire 750 - 1000 employees

Giving a 'boost' to industrial growth in Uttarakhand, beverages giant Coca Cola has decided to investment Rs. 600 crore in a bottling plant in Dehradun district. Under the agreement, the  state will provide 60 acres land to the bottling plant. Coca Cola, on the other hand, will phase wise invest Rs. 600 crores in the project. The plant will come up in Vikasnagar, 25kms from the state capital.

Flights Schedule for the new route DehraDun - Lucknow

Air India will flag off its first flight between Dehradun and Lucknow from Dehradun's Jollygrant Airport on May 2.

This will be the first flight between Dehradun and Lucknow after Uttarakhand was created on November 9, 2000. The flight will be available four days in a week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. He said a 70 to 90-seater flight will leave at 12.50 pm from Dehradun and reach Lucknow at 1.35 pm. It will leave Lucknow at 2.05 pm and reach Dehradun at 2.50 pm.

Saturday 13 April 2013

Kudos! After IIT in Uttarakhand, now its turn for IIM Campus in our own Uttarakhand!

Land has been identified for the Dehradun campus of IIM, Kashipur.

Lauding the progress made by IIM, Kashipur, the Chief Minister said its campus in Dehradun would make it easier for working people in the city and adjoining areas to get a degree in MBA.

Bahuguna also gave his approval for construction of an auditorium and a hostel at IIM, Kashipur, saying a plan of action had been prepared to develop institutions of higher and technical education in the state.

He directed the Principal Secretary (Power) to provide a power feeder to IIM, Kashipur.

Bahuguna assured IIM authorities that he would write to the Railway Minister requesting him to launch a Jan Shatabdi express on Delhi-Moradabad-Ramnagar-Kashipur route for better connectivity.

Tuesday 9 April 2013

Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra to be telecast live on television

Devotees across the country and abroad can watch the famous Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra live on television, as the Uttarakhand government has given the direct telecast rights for the pilgrimage to Indian Space Research Organisation.

The 19-day long Yatra scheduled to be held in August this year for the first time after the creation of Uttarakhand, will be telecast live by ISRO.

The yatra, a 19-day-long trek through some of the most tough terrains of the hill state, is being held for the first time after Uttarakhand became a separate state in November 2000 after the bifurcation of Uttar Pradesh.

Covering a distance of 280 km, the yatra symbolises the departure of Nanda Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, to her in-law’s place or the abode of Lord Shiva who is believed to be residing in the Himalayas.

The pilgrimage begins, led by a four-horned ram (male sheep), from Nauti village near Karnaprayag in Chamoli district at an altitude of 1,500 metres and concludes on the 19th day at Hemkund located at a height of 4,950 metres.

DehraDun: Anna Hazare's Jantantra Yatra is headed to our city, soon!

Social activist Anna Hazare will arrive here on April 16 in the first phase of his Jantantra Yatra "to awaken people" against corruption and misrule. The anti-corruption activist will address a public meeting both in Roorkee and Dehradun on April 16 and issue an appeal to people to cleanse the political system of its ills.

After launching the Jantantra Morcha in Patna last month, Hazare kicked off his Jantantra Yatra (march for democracy) from the martyrs' memorial at Amritsar's Jallianwala Bagh on March 31.

Saturday 6 April 2013

Connectivity between Gurgaon and DehraDun to improve with luxury Wi-Fi buses

With lot of people from DehraDun working in NCR, especially Gurgaon, a good news!

The construction of a state-of-the-art bus depot in Sector 29 is on in full swing and the facility is expected to be functional by August this year.

The new facility which is being constructed near the Huda City Centre Metro station will be the first bus terminal in New Gurgaon.

The new luxury buses, which will ferry passengers from Gurgaon to Chandigarh, Jaipur, Dehradun, Agra, and Haridwar, will be equipped with Wi-Fi internet connectivity and CCTV cameras.

Thursday 4 April 2013

"Zone by the Park" Hotel in Dehra Dun

Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels, which runs boutique hotel chain Park Hotels in the country, has launched a new brand, ‘Zone by the Park’.

The group will launch four hotels under the new brand, with the first one expected to open at Raipur by the end of this year. Other three locations that have been identified for the brand include Coimbatore, Dehradun and New Delhi. It will largely be run through management contracts with developers

Vijay Dewan, Managing Director of the hotel chain, added, “After much deliberation, we closed on the brand ‘Zone by The Park’. Zone will cater to the gap in the Indian hotel market for the burgeoning Indian middle class and international traveller looking for budget travel. The hotels will be priced around the $80-100 (daily tariff) mark.”

Rishikesh gaining popularity in bollywood for film shoots

Another Karan Johar film - "Shuddhi" is going to be based majorly in Rishikesh. And in all probability, Hrithik might also also be headed to the spiritual destination.

When contacted, producer Karan Johar confirms that Rishikesh has an important role to play in the film. He says, “Ekta has been working on the script relentlessly for the past year. And both (Ekta and Karan) have researched it extensively and made several research-based trips to Rishikesh. That’s one of the prominent locations for Shuddhi.”

The film, in all likelihood, will hit the floors around November once Hrithik is through with the release of his father Rakesh Roshan’s superhero flick, Krrish 3 that releases during Diwali.

Monday 1 April 2013

The famous Jhanda fair begins in Dehradun

Lakhs of devotees thronged the Jhandeji Gurdwara in Dehradun to witness the beginning of Doon's historic Jhanda fair.

The one month long event, which started after unfurling of Sikh flag on a 92 feet pole here, is organised by Sikhs annually to celebrate the arrival of Guru Ram Das in the Doon valley in 16th century.

Round the clock community kitchens and a colourful fair with kiosks selling bangles and other ornaments are part of the event attended by about three lakh Sikh devotees from Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana.

Saturday 30 March 2013

Central Government to open new regional account office in Dehradun

The central government is going to open first of its kind regional account office for retired defense personnel from the first week of April in Controller of Defense Accounts (CDA)'s office in Dehradun.

Indian Military Academy's financial advisor B K Singhal said setting up of regional account office will help ex army and defense personnel and their families to solve their pension-related problems fast. Singhal said these personnel will no longer have to run from pillar to post for their problems.

He said this office will also help clear payment of pending allowances of serving army and defense personnel. According to Singhal, new regional accounts office will be inaugurated by top CDA officers on April 1.

Sunday 24 March 2013

Uttarakhand government announces exciting budget

Uttarakhand government announced stamp duty exemption of 25 per cent to women in property deals valued up to Rs 30 lakh and reduced tax on fruit wine to 5 per cent in the budget for 2013-14 tabled in the Assembly today.

To encourage tourism, the state government also exempted 'Spa' activities from luxury tax and relaxed assessment period to one year from half yearly related to luxury tax for the hotel industry in the Rs 25,329.84-crore budget.

Announcing tax concessions, Uttarakhand state Finance Minister Indira Hridayesh said colours of Holi and Pichkaris will be exempted from VAT whereas stamp duty exemption of 25 per cent will be given to women in property matters up to Rs 30 lakh.

To give a boost to fruit growers, VAT on fruit wine will be reduced from 32.5 per cent to 5 per cent, she said.

Laying the budget in the House amid a ruckus created by BJP members over their demand for a CBI probe into SIDCUL land deals, Hridayesh said the total expenditure for 2013-14 in Uttarakhand is estimated to be Rs 25,329.84 crore, showing an increase of 15.49 per cent over last year.

However, it is a deficit budget as total receipts in 2013-14 are estimated to be Rs 24,940.32 crore.

Non-plan expenditure this fiscal is estimated to be Rs 16,619.46 crore while the plan expenditure is estimated to be Rs 8,710.38 crore, showing a rise of 23.57 per cent.

Revenue surplus budget of Rs 901.52 crore has been estimated which is in conformity of FRBM Act targets, Hridayesh said, adding this means total revenue expenditure of the state government is estimated to be less than the estimated revenue receipts.

Fiscal deficit has been estimated to the tune of Rs 3,536.74 crore which is 2.292 per cent of the GSDP which she said is well within the FRBM target of 3 per cent.

A gender budget worth Rs 3,262 crore with special focus on women centric schemes was also laid in the House.

Wednesday 13 March 2013

The Mussorie-Dehradun Ropeway project starts by May 15

Work on the much-awaited Mussoorie-Dehradun ropeway project will begin by May 15.

Chief Secretary Alok Kumar Jain, while holding a meeting to review the progress of the project, directed officials to remove all hurdles at the earliest and begin work on it by May 15.

The work would begin in the first phase on the stretch from Hathipaon to Library and in the second phase, the rope way from Purkul to Hathipaon will be constructed.Simultaneously, development of basic amenities and terminal at Purkul village will go on.

Covering a distance of 11 km between the two major tourist destinations in the hill state, the ropeway will be built at a cost of nearly Rs 800 crore.

Sunday 10 March 2013

Happy BirthDay RIMC, Dehra Dun 91st anniversary!

Yet another prestigious school of Uttarakhand, though under the control of the ministry of defence, will become 90 years old. The Rashtriya Indian Military College (Royal Indian Military College prior to partition) will be celebrating its Founders’ Day on March 12-13, when it will become 91.

Victoria Cross winner, Lt Gen P S Bhagat and Maj Somnath Sharma who was awarded the country’s highest war award, the Param Vir Chakra are its former students, besides a number of others who have been decorated and have laid down their lives for the country, including the 14 Rimcollians (as they are known) who made the supreme sacrifice for the country in the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars.

The Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), traces its origin to the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College. Inaugurated on 13th March 1922 by his Royal Highness, Prince Edward VIII the Prince of Wales, it is set amidst 138 acres of lush green countryside adjacent to Garhi Village in Dehradun Cantonment. During his address to the first thirty-seven cadets he said, “It is the first few blows on the anvil of life that give the human, weapon, the set and temper that carry him through life’s battles”.

RIMC has a long history and rich traditions. Over the years it has produced many leaders of society, both military as well as civil. Five chiefs of Army staff and one chief of the Air staff in India; one Commander-in-chief of the Army and two chief of the Air staff in Pakistan; besides, many high civilian dignitaries like Governors, Ambassadors, Ministers and Captains of industry have passed through the RIMC’s hallowed portals.

The purpose of this institution was to provide Indian boys with suitable education and training to ensure a high pass-rate for the Indians being sent to the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, as part of the Indianisation program of the officer cadre of the Indian Army. RIMC was not, in fact, a College, but a pre Sandhurst institution run along the lines of an English public school. The British believed that for becoming an army officer, if an education in Britain was impossible, a public school education in India was an absolute necessity.

Nestled in the foothills of the Shivalik ranges in the sylvan surroundings of the Doon Valley, the RIMC has a sprawling campus of 138 acres; an ideal setting green and serene for developing young minds. It houses a mint township, a mini India with 250 boys selected from every state strictly on merit by a written examination, interview and a medical test. The campus has quite a few heritage buildings in Tudor Style, some nearly a hundred years old.

Those who have come to the school include the Prince of Wales, Queen Mary, Lord Mountbatten, Gen Wavell, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, Shah of Iran, King of Nepal, Dr V V Giri, Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma and A P J Abdul Kalam.

Saturday 2 March 2013

Attention DehraDun Police - If you misbehave with public, you will land in jungle!

Cracking the whip on errant policemen, Dehardun Police have decided to adopt a novel method of punishment in which they will spend a day in forest all alone with the bare minimum for survival. Police personnel, found guilty of dereliction of duty or misbehaving with public will spend a day in the forest all alone with the bare minimum for survival.

The move follows frequent complaints about policemen misbehaving with people who approach them for help.

Personnel attached to the police lines as a punishment for dereliction of duty or misbehaving with the public will be given 15 days' time to mend their ways, failing which they will be sent to the jungle to spend 24 hours in solitude, with bare necessities to support them, like uncooked rice, pulses and two water bottles.

Friday 1 March 2013

Three new municipal corporations formed in Uttarakhand

Three new municipal corporations were born in Uttarakhand including Rudrapur, Kashipur and Roorkee taking the total number of municipal corporations in the state to six.

The respective district magistrates have been appointed administrators of the newly constituted corporations.

With this move, the number of municipal corporations in the state has risen to six including Dehradun, Haridwar and Haldwani.

Wednesday 27 February 2013

Railway Buldget - Impacts on Trains in Uttarakhand

Train Number 14711/14712 Sri Ganga Nagar- Haridwar train, now extended to Rishikesh to help tourists in Rishikesh

Train Number 12687/12688 Madurai - Dehradun/Chandigarh Express frequency increased from 1 to 2 days every week.

New Train - Bandra Terminus - Haridwar Express (Weekly) Via Valsad

The approval to laying a bypass line in Raiwala is also very signicant in view of the security of elephants.

Jaish-e-Mohammad 'threatens' to blow up Dehradun, Haridwar stations

Terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad on Tuesday allegedly threatened to blow up major railway stations and places of religious and tourist interest in Uttarakhand in retaliation to the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

The letter written purportedly by the Karachi based area commander of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad contains a threat to blow up Dehradun, Haridwar and Kath Godam rail junctions near Nainital and prominent places of religious and tourist interest like Har Ki Pauri in the holy city.

Zee TV's Badalte Rishton Ki Daastan being shot in Rishikesh and Dhanaulti

Renowned TV actor Sanjeeda Sheikh will soon be seen in Zee TV's family drama 'Badalte Rishton Ki Daastan' which is yet to be launched.

Adding about her character in the series she said, "The girl loves her dream man madly and keep dreaming about her future with him. She is an impulsive, vibrant, charming woman of today who stands strong in the wake of adversity."

The series is all set to hit the small screen in March on Zee TV. Most of the scenes of the serial have been shot at the enchanting locations of Delhi, Rishikesh and Dhanaulti.

Sunday 24 February 2013

Gangotri opens for Darshan on May 13, 2013

The sacred portals of Gangotri shrine in the Himalayas will be reopened for devotees on May 13, after six months of annual closure during winter.

The doors of the Himalayan shrine will be thrown open to people amid chanting of hymns and all necessary rituals at 2:45 pm on the auspicious occasion of "Akshay Tritiya" on May 13.

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Badrinath Shrine reopens on 16th May, 2013

For all those who wish to pay homage to the Badrinath Shrine this year will be able to do so from May 16th.

After its annual closure during winter due to snow bound conditions, the portals of the shrine have been scheduled to be reopened for devotees at 4 am on May 16.

The portals of Badrinath Dham, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and located at a height of more than 10,000 ft in the Himalayas, are closed every year for six months due to snow bound conditions during winter and reopened for visitors in April and May.

During the long winter recess Lord Vishnu’s idol is worshipped at Narsingh temple located at nearby Joshimath.

Sunday 17 February 2013

Snow, rain gives shivering to the people of Uttarakhand

Cold conditions returned to Uttarakhand, with showers in the plains and heavy snowfall in the higher reaches.

Munsyari in Pithoragarh district, Uttarkashi, Tehri and Dhanaulti near Mussoorie witnessed heavy snowfall, while various places in the plains, including Dehradun and Haridwar, were lashed by rain coupled with strong gusts of wind.

Haridwar received the maximum showers of 45 mm, followed by Tehri with 39.4 mm and Dehradun with 23.6 mm, the MeT department said, adding that Nainital (18mm), Mukteshwar (4.2mm) and Pantnagar (5.6mm) also received showers.

The weatherman, meanwhile, has said the temperature in the state capital is likely to hover around 15 degree Celsius, which is normal for this time of the season. However, a drop in the minimum temperature is expected by Monday when the weather is likely to clear up, the department said.

Friday 15 February 2013

World Famous Nanda Raj Jat Yatra to begin on August 29 this year

Uttarakhand's world famous religious festival Nanda Raj Jat yatra, held once every 12 years in the hills of Chamoli district, will begin this year on August 29.

The yatra, one of the most important religious and cultural events of the state, will conclude after a 19-day arduous journey through the Himalayas on September 16.

People from both Garhwal and Kumaon divisions of the state as well as other parts of the country and abroad participate in this three-week long event.

Thursday 14 February 2013

Coming Soon: Prepaid power connections in Dehra Dun

With an aim to provide best services to domestic and commercial electricity consumers, the State power department has taken a decision to allot prepaid electricity connections to its consumers. The rumours are that it would be first completed in the Dehradun district.

As per the department figures more than 15,93,853 are the registered electricity consumers of the state power department having load of 4,033 megawatt in Garhwal and Kumaon division of  Uttarakhand. Since the number of domestic and commercial consumers have been increasing year after year, the State power department is forcing hard to meet with the daily requirement of the power in the state.

In a recently taken decision, the State power department has already procured 5,000 electronic meters for the prepaid electricity connection. The project would be first used in the Dehradun and might expand in the other districts of Uttarakhand depending on the response from the consumers. The minimum recharge limit is Rs 100 whereas the maximum recharge limit has been fixed for single phase and three phase recharge is Rs 5,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively.

The electronic meter would be equipped with the chip having unique identity number. The facility would be given to those consumers who are seeking load upto 30 KV. Dehradun, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital districts of Uttarakhand are worst affected districts in terms of power theft with those consumers who are living in the remote parts of these districts are worst affected in terms of power theft.

Wednesday 13 February 2013

Pakistan-linked hawala racket busted in Uttarakhand, 132 ATM cards recovered

The police today claimed to have busted a hawala racket having links with Pakistan with the arrest of one of its agents from Roorkee in Haridwar district.

Jai Prakash Ruhela, a native of Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested by a joint team of officials on February 10 when he was on his way to withdraw money from an ATM, DIG (Dehradun range) Amit Sinha said today.

Rupees 4,72,000 cash, 132 ATM cards of various banks, a luxury car, a two wheeler, four mobile phones and SIM cards were also recovered from his residence, the DIG said.

During questioning, Ruhela admitted to be part of a syndicated module operating from across the border and engaged in illegal routing of Indian money abroad.

Ruhela further told his network had set up units across India and he was working as its North zone head, Sinha said. He disclosed names of other zonal heads, agents and hawala traders associated with the network, and said the racket has appointed agents in various states including Uttarakhand, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Orissa, Bihar and Rajasthan.

Explaining the modus operandi of the network, Sinha said its agents, through the call centres, would contact people on their cellphone and lure them with misleading offers of winning prize money in lucky draws.

The agents would then ask them to submit a processing fee to facilitate remittance of the 'prize money', which would then be routed through hawala, Sinha said.

The DIG said a cash reward has been announced for the team which busted the module, adding efforts are being made to arrest the other members of the network from various states.

Students in DehraDun protesting Afzal's hanging Held in custody

A group of Kashmiri students was taken into custody here today as a preventive measure while demonstrating at the busy Ghanta Ghar chawk here in protest against the hanging of Parliament terror attack convict Afzal Guru.

Sixteen Kashmiri students studying in different institutions in the city were held as a preventive measure when they gathered at Ghanta Ghar chowk and began shouting slogans in protest against Guru's execution.

Though they were protesting peacefully but police had information that VHP activists were also planning to march to the busy chawk to stage a parallel demonstration justifying the terror convict's hanging.

Anticipating trouble, the students from Kashmir were taken into custody to avert any confrontation.

Tuesday 12 February 2013

Uttarakhand adopts PPP mode to run primary schools in the Dehra Dun

After residential schools, the Uttarakhand government is planning to run its primary schools under the private public partnership (PPP) mode.

In the first phase, eight primary schools in Dehradun district would be operated under a pilot project scheme, official sources said.

According to the state PPP cell, the enrolment level in government primary schools is continuously dropping due to lack of basic infrastructure, shortage of teaching staff, sub-standard quality of education and medium of education not being English has forced the government to adopt PPP route for running these primary schools.

The eight primary schools are Hakikatrai Nagar primary school, Bapunagar primary school, Chakhuwala No 2 primary school, Araghar No 1 primary school, Sayeedpur primary school, Amrit Kaur Road primary school, Jhadipani primary school and Dhudli primary school, said Sumit Barua who is heading the PPP cell.

Earthquake of intensity 4.3 hits Uttarakhand

An earthquake of moderate intensity on Monday hit Uttarakhand region and its adjoining areas in the hill state of Uttarakhand but there were no reports of any loss of life or damage to property.

The quake, measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, occurred at around 1619 hours.

Panic-stricken residents rushed out of their houses as the temblor jolted the Garhwal region, including Mussoorie and Dehradun.

Sunday 10 February 2013

Tirath Singh Rawat becomes Uttarakhand BJP chief

Tirath Singh is the new Uttarakhand BJP President, ending a three-month long search for a leader who could lead the party's state unit in 2014 general elections.

Rawat comes from Sangha background and represents the Chaubatakhal (Pauri Garhwal) seat in the state Assembly.

Friday 8 February 2013

Bad News for Uttarakhand: LPG cylinders get costlier in the state

Uttarakhand government has decided to take back the five percent VAT waiver, making LPG costlier by Rs 21 to Rs 49 in the state.

The new decision deals a fresh blow to people already suffering due to the the hike in LPG prices and cap on subsidised LPG.

A subsidised LPG cylinder, so far available for Rs 410, will now cost consumers Rs 431 while a non-subsidised LPG cylinder would now cost them Rs 994.50 instead of Rs 946.

LPG distributors across Uttarakhand have implemented the decision with immediate effect.

Tuesday 5 February 2013

Its Chilling in Uttarakhand due to consistent rains!

Showers in the plains and heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of Uttarakhand pushed down the mercury in Uttarakhand.

Tehri received the maximum of 61.8 mm rains followed by Dehradun and Mussoorie which received 43.2 mm and 30 mm rains respectively, the MeT office in Dehradun said, adding the mercury dropped to 0.5 degree Celsius in Tehri.

Mukteshwar shivered at 1.2 degree Celsius. MeT office director Anand Sharma attributed the return of cold conditions in the state to western disturbance with trough in westerlies and induced cyclonic circulation near the desert state of Rajasthan.

Predicting similar weather conditions for the next few days, he said the temperature could see a further drop of 4-5 degrees and fog could envelop the plains. The hills above 3000 metres in Tehri and Pithoragarh district received snowfall.

Monday 4 February 2013

The overbridge at Lachchiwala finally opens, bringing comfort to DehraDun Haridwar road commuters

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna finally inaugurated Lachchiwala overbridge on the National Highway-72 on the Dehradun-Haridwar road.

The new overbridge will help in movement of vehicles from Dehradun towards destinations of Doiwala, Jolly Grant, Rishikesh and Haridwar.

The bridge has come up at a cost of over Rs 42 crore. It has a total length of 1.12 km which includes bridge approach roads.

Friday 1 February 2013

Students stage anti-tobacco rally in Dehradun

With an objective to make Uttarakhand tobacco-free, students of various educational institutions in Dehra Dun staged an anti-tobacco awareness rally. 

The rally's main objective was to create awareness among people of Dehra Dun about the ill effects of smoking and use of other tobacco based products.

Students from 40 government schools and other educational institutions participated in the rally which went through the main thoroughfares of the city before concluding at the Parade Ground where the participating students were given certificates signed by the DM.

Lokayukta in Uttarakhand rocks: resolves over 90 per cent cases in 2012

Uttarakhand Lokayukta resolved over ninety per cent of the 767 cases it received during the last year, according to a report.

In the annual report presented to Governor Aziz Qureshi at the Raj Bhavan in Dehradun, state Lokayukta Justice M M Ghildiyal said a total of 767 complaints were received last year, out of which 744 were resolved.

A PAC Jawan posted at Raj Bhawan DehraDun, commits suicide

A PAC jawan posted at the Raj Bhawan here allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle.
Kamal Mehra, a constable in the PAC's 46 battalion, shot himself in the head with his service rifle. He was rushed to a city hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Friday 11 January 2013

Uttarakhand Police make Crime Tracking Network online on internet

Uttarakhand Police is going to make Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS) public through internet.

Uttarakhand DGP Satyavrat Bansal has emphasized on scientific investigation techniques to solve criminal cases. The investigative skills of the policemen in Uttarakhand will be improved through month long training course.

As of now, 5100 policemen have already received basic computer education the rest would be trained in two months.

Tuesday 8 January 2013

Dehradun witnesses coldest day in 68 yrs

Doonites woke up to a sunny but windy morning with a temperature of -0.5 degrees Celsius, coldest of the season in many years, the MeT office said.

"Today was the coldest winter day in Dehradun in 68 years. The city recorded a minimum of -1.1 degrees Celsius on January 11, 1945," MeT office Director Anand Sharma said here.

Even as the fog enveloping the plains showed signs ofthinning, there was no respite from the cold and icy northwesterly winds sweeping the entire state.

Four persons died of cold in Kumaon and Garhwal divisions of the state last night.

While three cold related casualties were reported from Kumaon division, one death was reported from Kotdwar in Garhwal division, official sources said.

Four women had died of cold in the rural areas surrounding Roorkee in Haridwar district on Sunday night.

Though fog seemed to have loosened its grip over Haridwar and Udhamsigh Nagar districts, where a feeble sun appeared on the horizon, there was no respite from cold with the minimum recorded at 2.

1 deg C in both these areas.

Mussoorie touched the freezing point whereas Tehri and Mukteshwar in the higher reaches recorded a minimum of -1.0 and -1.6 degrees Celsius respectively.

Similar weather conditions are predicted for the next few days with a thin layer of frost likely to descend on the mountains, the MeT office said.

Tuesday 1 January 2013

Making a Difference and National Service Scheme volunteers clean Parade, Pavilion Grounds

Making A Difference, an organisation of youngsters, along with National Service Scheme volunteers, organised a cleanliness drive at Parade and Pavilion Grounds here today.

The volunteers reached Pavilion Ground at 8.30 in the morning. Before the start of the drive, the participants gathered for a two-minute silence for the braveheart who died at a Singapore hospital while battling the grievous injuries suffered by her during the gang-rape in Delhi. Thereafter, a combined force of over 200 ‘Maddians’ and NSS volunteers started the cleaning-up exercise.

As hours passed, piles of polythene, plastic, wrappers and packets were dug out. The toxic waste was removed from the ground. By the afternoon, the MAD and NSS volunteers moved to Parade Ground located opposite to Pavilion Ground. There, volunteers picked up poly bags littered around the place.

“The ambience of Parade Ground needed to undergo a sea change. For this, the grass must be greener and even. At present, it is no different from a semi-arid desert. Second, the cows must be prevented from consuming the waste,” suggested Vishwas Pande, an MAD volunteer, who participated in the cleanliness campaign today.

Another major problem which was identified in the course of the drive was the absence of dustbins at both places. “It is sad to note that there are absolutely no dustbins in the Parade Ground. Furthermore, the umpteen numbers of fairs and carnivals going on here seem to operate without any guideline. In this way, one cannot expect things to change,” adds Gaurav Chamoli, a new MAD member.

Referring to the importance of today’s drive, Abhijay Negi, founder chairperson of MAD said to bid 2012 a farewell on the right note, the Maddians have decided that they would not sit at home for the weekend and would give a few hours for social service.

Dehra Dun pays tribute to gang rape victim

To pay tribute the gang-rape victim and to show solidarity with the Delhi gang-rape victim’s family, Doon residents are going to organise torch rally in Dehradun on Monday evening. To avoid any untoward incident Uttarakhand Police had deployed a large number of police  personnel in every round about or tentative protest site as part of precautionary measures.

During interaction with mediapersons Uttarakhand Mahila Manch head Kamla Pant and Uttarakhand Samakhya head Geeta Gairola said that the way the girl fought for her life for 13 days after the incident shows she was a brave girl so it is the public’s responsibility to be her voice to annihilate such maniacs from earth.

Women and other social organisations today expressed deep grief over the death of New Delhi gang-rape victim, who was a paramedical student in Dehradun.

Holding placards, a group of youths held a vociferous protest at Gandhi Park and demanded justice for the victim.

The speakers were of the view that the country must pay a true tribute to the victim, Damini, by announcing a death sentence to the culprits and take up stringent measures for the security of the women. They also appealed to the city people to not hold celebrations on the New Year.