Harish Rawat to be Uttarakhand's new CM

Harish-RawatDehradun, Feb 1 : Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat was Saturday named the new chief minister of Uttarakhand, Congress party leaders said.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi chose Rawat after outgoing chief minister Vijay Bahuguna moved a resolution at a meeting of Congress legislators here authorising her to select his successor.

Central observers Janardan Dwivedi, Ambika Soni and Ghulam Nabi Azad, who were present at the meeting, conveyed the message to the party high command.

Since Gandhi is on a tour in Karnataka, it took some time in getting across to her, Dwivedi told media persons.

Give us a chance to serve: Modi to Uttarakhand people

Give us a chance to serve: Modi to Uttarakhand peopleDehradun, Dec 15 : Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Sunday targeted the Congress government in Uttarakhand while urging people to give him a chance to serve the country.

"You've experimented a lot, trust us once. I promise we will do everything to fulfill your dreams," Modi said while addressing a rally here.

He said there was lot of water in the hills but still there was darkness in the country.

India must explore alternative energy sources: President

Pranab-MukherjeeDehradun, Aug 26 : India must explore alternative energy sources as its conventional resources are "inadequate" for sustaining high levels of consumption, President Pranab Mukherjee said here Monday.

"India is the fourth-biggest consumer of energy in the world, after the US, China and Russia. To sustain high levels of consumption, our energy resources are inadequate. We must explore alternative energy models to reduce our dependence on conventional sources," Mukherjee said while addressing the annual convocation of the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies here.

Synergy of services key to battle's outcome: IAF chief

N-A-K-BrowneDehradun, June 8 : India's future operational experiences will invariably be joint operations where a degree of synergy among the three services will be a key determinant of the final outcome, the Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal N. A. K. Browne, said Saturday.

Addressing the gentlemen cadets at the passing out parade of 132nd Regular and Allied Courses at the Indian Military Academy here, Air Chief Marshal Browne impressed upon them the need to broaden their horizons and interact and make friends with their counterparts from the other services.

Rahul Gandhi to visit Dehradun tomorrow

Rahul-GandhiDehradun, Mar 7 : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will visit Uttarakhand capital Dehradun on Friday to take stock of the party''s affairs in the state.

Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee spokesman Dhirendra Pratap was quoted by media, as saying that all preparations for Gandhi’s visit are complete, and added that state party leaders and activists were looking forward to Gandhi’s arrival with enthusiasm.

According to reportsd, Gandhi will arrive in Dehradun at about 9 a. m. He will meet party office bearers in two sessions at different city hotels. (ANI)

Kejriwal dares Mukesh Ambani to serve him a defamation notice

Kejriwal dares Mukesh Ambani to serve him a defamation notice Dehradun, Jan. 26  : Anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal has dared industrialist Mukesh Ambani to serve a defamation notice to him and his colleague, Prashan Bhushan.

Last year, Arvind Kejriwal and his colleague Prashant Bhushan accused the Reliance Industries honcho of hoarding natural gas, exerting pressure on the government to favour his businesses and for profiting from cosy relationships with a string of government ministers.

Dhoni Ties Nuptial Knot With Childhood Friend Sakshi

Dhoni Ties Nuptial Knot With Childhood Friend SakshiStylist Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday night tied the nuptial knot with childhood friend and hotel management student Sakshi Singh Rawat at a private ceremonial occasion in a lavish farmhouse in Dehradun.

The wedding ceremony was strictly a private affair though crowds of media people waited outside the site to captivate the entry of visiting guests as well as the mood. The ceremonial occasion was attended by close friends and some teammates.

Reports said that Dhoni was wearing a black sherwani.

Kumbh Mela: 150 doctors, 31 hospitals to control swine flu

Kumbh Mela: 150 doctors, 31 hospitals to control swine fluDehradun, Jan 7 - Uttarakhand has set up 31 temporary hospitals and trained at least 150 doctors to check any swine flu outbreak during Kumbh Mela, one of the largest religious congregations in the world that begins Jan 14.

"The central government has already inspected the arrangements. They have also given us a truckload of masks for tackling swine flu during the congregation," Pankaj Jain, chief nodal officer for swine flu in Uttarakhand, told IANS.

Pokhriyal seeks high-level probe in charges against Tiwari

Ramesh Pokhriyal, N D Tiwari Dehradun, Dec 29 : Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' Tuesday sought a high level probe into the charges levelled against veteran Congress leader N. D. Tiwari, who quit as Andhra Pradesh governor Saturday after allegations of his involvement in a sex scandal.

"Considering that such wild allegations have been levelled against a person who has always been held in high esteem, it would be in the fitness of things to get these probed," Pokhriyal told media persons here.

Dehradun: CBI files chargesheet in MBA student encounter case

Dehradun: CBI files chargesheet in MBA student encounter caseDehradun, Dec 23 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday filed a chargesheet in the MBA student Ranbir Singh fake encounter case.

The CBI accused 18 police personnel as responsible for the alleged fake encounter in the chargesheet, which was filed five months after the incident.

In the chargesheet filed before CBI Judge Narendra Dutt here, the agency framed the murder charges against seven police personnel under Indian Penal Code (IPC) 302.

Terrorist threats in Dehradun

Terrorist threats in DehradunDehradun, Nov 28 : Police Department officials have tightened the security here, after some well-known organisations and public schools in the region received threatening letters from alleged terrorists.

The top brass of the police has sounded a high alert over the past two days after nation''s prime petroleum exploring agency, the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) and the Doon School received threatening letters.

The ONGC had received a letter on Wednesday (November 25) that had threatened of serial blasts in the city and had bore the names of dozen institutions and offices as targets.

26/11 martyr’s widow ready to send her sons to join armed forces

26/11 martyr’s widow ready to send her sons to join armed forcesDehradun (Uttarakhand), Nov 25 : A year after the tragedy of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Vinita Bisht, widow of a martyred commando residing in Uttarakhand asserts that she does have any fears in sending her two sons to be enrolled in the nation''s armed forces.

Vinita is the wife of late Gajendra Singh Bisht of National Security Guards (NSG), who died on November 26, 2008 while fighting the terrorists who attacked prime spots in Mumbai for over two nights.

Uttarakhand police chief vows to wage war against terrorism

Uttarakhand police chief vows to wage war against terrorismDehradun, Nov 12 : Uttarakhand''s Director-General of Police (DGP) R P Nishank today said security agencies are on guard and would wage an all out war to root out terrorism from the State.

Interacting with top police officials today with the aim of assessing the security scenario in the state, Nishank said, "We are fully alert and I also want to add that if anyone dares to try anything on the State of Uttarakhand, we vow to launch a war to root out terrorism from the world."

Dehradun hosts three-day badminton tournament for specially-abled

Dehradun hosts three-day badminton tournament for specially-abledDehradun, Oct 26 : About 70 specially-abled badminton players are participating in a special three-day badminton tournament in Dehradun.

Concluding on Tuesday, the tournament was first of its kind organised by the state.

The competition for players with hearing disability is organised with the aim to give a platform to those who want to make big despite their shortcoming.

Malaysian engineer declared missing for a month after India visit

Dehradun, Oct. 22 : A Malaysian engineer, who trekked to hilly Tapovan in Uttarkasi district in India to meet his spiritual master, has been missing for the last month.

Vicknesvaren Murugesu, who works in New York, flew from the United States to Gangotri – a popular Hindu pilgrimage town along the Himalayan range on September 18 for a pilgrimage retreat, reports The Star.

The 33-year-old Vicknesvaren who is from Kuala Lumpur, trekked up to Tapovan, located about 25km from his rest house in Gangotri along with an Indian porter and was scheduled to return to his base two weeks later.

Bulb industry of Dehradun facing closure, thanks to Chinese made lights

Bulb industry of Dehradun facing closure, thanks to Chinese made lightsDehradun, Oct 16 : Chinese lights have flooded the market during ''Diwali'' leaving the bulb industry of Dehradun on the verge of closure.

Already, 90 percent of the bulb factories have already closed down with the rest 10 percent struggling hard to stay put.

The bulb makers hope that the State Government would come to their rescue and save the factories from closure.

Dehradun encounter: SIT arrests three policemen

Dehradun encounter: SIT arrests three policemenDehradun, Oct 14 : A special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested three policemen on Wednesday who were allegedly involved in the fake encounter killing of MBA student Ranbir Pal in Dehradun in July.

The SIT team arrested Sub Inspector G D Bhatt and two other policemen and is yet to file a chargesheet against them.

Twenty-two -year-old Ranbir, an MBA student, who was also working for a private bank, was shot dead by Dehradun Police on July 3 in the Ladpur jungles.

Corbett National Park to have Tiger Protection Force from January 2010

Corbett National Park to have Tiger Protection Force from January 2010Dehradun, Sep 17 : The Uttarakhand Government has decided to set up a Tiger Protection Force to prevent poaching in the Corbett Tiger Reserve.

The Field Director of Corbett National Park will head the force, which would be operational from January 2010.

The Corbett Tiger Reserve is considered as one of the most suitable habitats for tigers and other endangered species.

After Ladakh, Chinese incursions now reported in Uttarakhand

After Ladakh, Chinese incursions now reported in UttarakhandDehradun (Uttarakhand), Sep. 13 : Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has reportedly informed the Central Government about possible incursions by the Chinese in his state.

Pokhriyal, quoting reports from locals in Rimkhim in Chamoli district, said the Chinese entered the state on September 5 and left behind biscuit packet wrappers and cigarettes.

Congress protests against Uttarakhand Government in Dehradun

Congress protests against Uttarakhand Government in DehradunDehradun (Uttarakhand), Sep 7: Activists of Congress party on Monday protested against the Bharatiya Janata Party- led Government and accused it for ignoring the areas represented by the Congress here.

State Congress Chief Harak Singh Rawat led a protest march and sat on a hunger strike outside the Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal’s residence in Dehradun.

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