Anna Hazare visits Shanti Kunj, starts Jan Jagran Yatra

Anna-HazareHaridwar, May 14 : Social activist Anna Hazare visited Shanti Kunj here, the headquarters of the Gayatri Parivar, and began his Jan Jagran Yatra for Uttarakhand Tuesday.

Speaking at the Mrityunjaya auditorium at the Dev Sanskrati University here, Hazare said he felt "charged" after visiting the campus and called for a change in the system, rather than mere change of power from one party to another.

Urging people to replace all elected representatives who did not work for the welfare of the people, Hazare said the time had come for a corruption-free and people-oriented political system.

Gayatri Pariwar set to clean Nepal river, temple

All-World-Gayatri-PariwarHaridwar, May 6 : Having worked for three years to clean rivers within the country, the All-World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) will launch a programme May 18 for cleaning the Bagmati river and the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.

Gayatri Pariwar, a religious and cultural organisation based in Shantikunj, Haridwar, with branches across the world, started the Teerth Shudhhi Abhiyan (pilgrim spots purification process) from Rameshwaram Temple in Tamil Nadu three years back.

It has since taken up the cleaning of about 10 Hindu pilgrimage centres and nine rivers across India.

Ramdev denies receiving notice over violation of foreign exchange rules

 Ramdev denies receiving notice over violation of foreign exchange rulesHaridwar, Sep 2 : Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev has denied receiving a notice from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) with regard to violation of country''s foreign exchange rules.

He told that his trusts-- Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust and the Divya Yoga Mandir Trust had not indulged in any illegal or unconstitutional acts.

Man kills self after dead wife returns alive

Asha Tyagi, 32, seems to have some angels looking after her. That’s one way to explain how she escaped the clutches of death.

The other way to explain it is that the three men who had been hired to kill her didn’t do the job properly. All said and done, Asha is alive.

Her husband, Naresh Tyagi, 39, who hatched the plot to get Asha killed, isn’t.

Naresh committed suicide on Thursday morning with a .315 bore country-made pistol after Asha, who was supposed to be dead, turned up at their home, police said.

Maha Kumbh Mela also a chance to make quick money

Maha Kumbh Mela also a chance to make quick moneyHaridwar, Jan 31- The ongoing Maha Kumbh Mela is providing ample opportunities to unemployed youth here to make quick bucks.

While some unemployed youth have devised ingenious ways to earn money themselves during what is perhaps the largest religious gathering in the world, others have been hired by "established shopkeepers" to cater to the rush of customers from around the globe.

Maha Kumbh begins in Haridwar, ushers in Makar Sakranti

Maha Kumbh begins in Haridwar, ushers in Makar SakrantiHaridwar (Uttarakhand), Jan 14 : Devotees have gathered in large numbers for the Maha Kumbh Mela that began in Haridwar on Thursday morning on the auspicious occasion of ''Makar Sakranti''.

Despite severe cold and fog, over 25 lakh people are expected to gather at Har-ki-Pouri for a holy dip.

Officials claimed that around eight lakh people have already reached Haridwar.

The Deputy Fair Officer of the Maha Kumbh Mela, Harvinder Singh said the people of different religions are here to witness the Maha Kumbh.

Haridwar gears up for Kumbha Mela

Haridwar, Jan 9 : Preparations are in full swing in Haridwar for the Kumbha Mela, the largest religious gathering of Hindus in the world.

Over 10 million people are expected to arrive in the city to participate in the event, starting January 14.

Officials claimed that all preparations are done and the city is ready to welcome pilgrims from all cross the globe.

Vardhan, a special fair officer, said that the renovation of roads is done and adequate measures are taken to ensure smooth supply of drinking water and electricity.

Millions of faithful to go for a drop of immortality

Hardwar, Jan 1 - One of the world's oldest religious gatherings may become the world's biggest this year as the Hindu faithful carry forward a tradition first recorded in the Vedas.

Every 12 years, millions gather at Hardwar -- the gateway to the abode of Lord Shiva in the Himalayas -- for the Maha Kumbh Mela in a show of faith that is rivalled only by the Maha Kumbh Mela at Prayag (in Allahabad), the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers.

The belief has not only been sustained over millennia but has grown, as the rest of the world -- from Huang Tsang in the seventh century to Mark Twain in the 19th to many more in the 20th -- has looked on amazed.

Security beefed up in Har Ki Pauri ahead of Maha Kumbh Mela

Security beefed up in Har Ki Pauri ahead of Maha Kumbh MelaHaridwar (Uttarakhand), Nov 20 : Security has been beefed up at Har Ki Pauri, a sacred ghat on the banks of river Ganges, ahead of the Maha Kumbh Mela.

During the ''Maha Kumbh Mela, Har Ki Pauri will be one of the main sites where pilgrims will converge to take dip in the holy river Ganges to wash away their sins.

Slated for January 2010, the festival is celebrated once in every 12 years and some 10 million people are expected to converge at Haridwar.

''Maha Kumbh Mela'' to commence in January

''Maha Kumbh Mela'' to commence in JanuaryHaridwar (Uttarakhand), Nov 18 : The ''Maha Kumbh Mela'' or the Great pitcher festival, celebrated once in every 12 years, here is expected to attract 10 million people.

Satpal Brahmachari, former chairman of the city board, says that the authorities are not utilizing the funds given by the government for the preparations of the festival properly.

Haridwar getting ready for Kumbh mela

Kumbh melaCan you persuade tourists to shell out Rs 6,000 per night for a room in a hotel that does not serve non-vegetarian food and liquor?

It may be difficult to imagine, but many willingly part with such sums in the holy town of Haridwar during the Kumbh mela.

Kumbh Mela starts on January 14 and ends on April 28. Three months in advance, all the rooms are booked, at Haveli Hari Ganga, a Heritage hotel located on Ram Ghat in one of Haridwar’s congested lanes.

RSS chief Bhagwat says Advani, Rajnath will decide role in BJP

RSS chief Bhagwat says Advani, Rajnath will decide role in BJPHaridwar, Aug 31: Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday said that BJP leaders LK Advani and Rajnath Singh will decide on their role within the party.

Talking to reporters here, Bhagwat said, "Rajnathji, Advaniji and others will decide on their role in the party. Everything will be fine in the BJP in future."

"There are people with moral standing like Advani and under their guidance, they will solve all problems. We have nothing to do with this," he added

SKF to pump Rs 150 crore on the setup of new facility

SKF to pump Rs 150 crore on the setup of new facility World number one bearings maker SKF plans to invest Rs 150 crore in a new ball bearings manufacturing plant at Haridwar, located in the northern state of Uttarakhand.

The proposed plant at Haridwar would be company's fifth unit in the country, which will supply products to companies like Hero Honda, Bajaj Auto, Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland and Mahindra & Mahindra.

In addition, the facility will also supply ball-bearings to Tata Motors for its Pantnagar plant and Bajaj Auto for its Rudrapur facility at a later stage.

Uttarakhand voters face an uncertain future over domicile status

UttarakhandHaridwar, Apr 14: Despite having voting rights, millions of voters in Uttarakhand are facing an uncertain future over the domicile issue.

The Election Commission (EC) has given nearly four million voters voting rights, but people are still unclear about their domicile rights.

Swami Chimianand, the coordinator of Jan Manch (a Non-governmental organization), said the domicile issue would lead to problems in day-to-day life.

Dalai Lama lauds principle of non-violence

Dalai Lama lauds principle of non-violenceHaridwar, Apr 2 : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama lauded the principle of non-violence, propagated by Mahatma Gandhi, terming it as essential in today''s world.

"The concept of non-violence is relevant in today''s world. Today''s world, where there is lot of division, lot of hatred, including terrorism, in such a world, we really need the concept of non-violence. It is very essential," he said in an address to a gathering of religious leaders here.

Mauritian President denounces terrorism

Haridwar, Dec 18 : Mauritian President Anerood Jugnauth, who is currently on a visit to India, has condemned terrorism and terror activities terming it as a barbaric act, which should be fought.

Speaking to mediapersons on Wednesday at Haridwar where he had gone to offer prayers, Jugnauth said that terrorism is a barbaric act which indiscriminately kills the innocents.

"Who will like terrorism, nobody except the terrorists? We condemn it, it is barbarous, it is horrible, taking away lives of innocent people. I think the world should unite to fight this heinous crime and get rid of terrorism once for all," he added.

Accompanied by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Jugnauth also met yoga guru Baba Ramdev.

SKF postpones Rs 150 crore Plant at Haridwar

SKF postpones Rs 150 crore Plant at HaridwarSKF India, the largest supplier of automotive bearings, has announced the postponement of its new manufacturing facility at Haridwar, which was to be set up at a cost of Rs 150 crore. 

Rakesh Makhija, Managing Director, SKF India stated “We have decided to postpone work at the Haridwar plant due to a slowdown in market demand. However, there is not much impact on the demand for industrial products and our Rs 300-crore investment in the other plant at Ahmedabad, which will make equipment for the industrial sector, is on track. The plant will be operational next year.”

Security beefed up in Haridwar ahead of monsoon festival

Haridwar, July 18 : Security has been beefed up in Haridwar ahead of the ''Monsoon Festival'' during which thousands of pilgrims set out to carry water from the river Ganges to offer it to temples of the God Shiva. 

Security personnel have been deployed and armed men with sniffer dog’s are doing rounds ahead of the festival.

According to the district administration, a large number of pilgrims are coming here from all parts of the country.

Amara Raja Promoters Plan Holding Company; To Cross Rs 1,000 Cr Mark In ‘08

Promoters of Amara Raja Batteries (ARBL) has decided to frame up a Amara Raja Batteries (ARBL) holding company, which represents six companies comprising Amara Raja Infra, in an offer to sell equity stake to foreign investors.

Johnson Controls, which has a 26% stake in ARBL, the only listed company in the group.

Jayadev Galla, managing director, Amara Raja Batteries, said that the holding company would be the initial step in promoting the group towards international investors, though no instant plans have been prepared in this regard.

Hindus observe ‘Somvati Amavasya’ in Haridwar

HaridwarHaridwar, May 5 : Millions of Hindus took a holy dip in the River Ganges here on Monday, on the occasion of "Somvati Amavasya", an important Hindu festival.

Worshippers began converging along the banks of the Ganges at Sunday midnight.

"People get rid of their sins by taking a dip on Somvati Amavasya day. This dip ensures that our ancestors rest in peace," claimed Shyamlal Mishra, a priest.

Though "Amavasya" occurs every month, Hindus believe it to be the most auspicious when it falls on a Monday.

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