HindustanTimes Wed,30 Jul 2014


Bungalow that 'spells doom' for CMs: Harish Rawat refuses to move in

Harish Rawat
Official chief minister's residence on the New Cantonment Road in Dehradun lies vacant. Chief minister Harish Rawat operates from the state guest house which has been converted to his official residence. 

Bitter pills needed for economic turnaround in Uttarakhand: CM Rawat

Harish Rawat

Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat, who heads a coalition government, says he is in a better position to implement his vision of development for Uttarakhand after the Congress' clean sweep in bypolls in three assembly segments.

'By-poll results encouraging but no time to rest on laurels'

Harish Rawat
Emboldened by a stronger political mandate after winning the recent by-elections in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Harish Rawat is preparing to take some 'hard decisions' to turn around the state’s economy which was battered by last year’s devastating floods.

Firmly in saddle, Harish Rawat mulls Cabinet rejig

Harish Rawat
Boosted by a heart-warming performance in the assembly by-polls, a rejuvenated Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat is likely to rejig his 11-member Cabinet to replace some ministers for their "underperformance and irregularities".

Rains hit Uttarakhand, rivers near danger levels

Uttarakhand floods
Rescue workers turned schools into makeshift shelters and began helping evacuate hundreds of villagers in the upper reaches of Rudraprayag district after almost all the major river in Uttarakhand edged towards their danger mark on Wednesday.

Uttarakhand: Heavy rains pound the hills, leave locals anxious and praying

Uttarakhand floods
Instead of bringing joy and respite to the dusty mountains, the advent of monsoon has left the anxious locals in Dehradun praying for their safety and evasion of any calamity that might hit the state.

Char Dham yatra may be halted until July 22

Heavy rains predicted for the next few days may force the Uttarakhand state administration to suspend the Char Dham pilgrimage until July 22. On Thursday, the government had suspended the pilgrimage for two days until July 18.

Rain fury returns to Uttarakhand

Damaged road
Commuters crossing a damaged road during monsoon in Dehradun. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT photo)

Kedarnath pilgrimage suspended till Wednesday


As the incessant rains continued to lash Uttarakhand on Sunday, the Rudraprayag district administration decided to suspend Kedarnath pilgrimage further till July 23 Wednesday. The administration had first suspended pilgrimage for two days on July 16 then it was extended till July 20.

'Heavy rain' alert keeps Uttarakhand on its toes

Bageshwar district
The official machinery in Uttarakhand was put on high alert after the weatherman issued warning for "heavy rainfall" in the next three days, reviving memories of last year's deluge in the disaster-prone state.

Heavy rain alert in Uttarakhand, 5 dead in landslide

Uttarakhand rains

Ten days after heavy rains pounded Uttarakhand, the meteorological department on Monday warned of another round of incessant heavy rains in the next 48-hours while five people were found dead due to landslides a day earlier.

Congress wins all 3 seats in Uttarakhand by-polls

Harish Rawat

Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat comfortably won the by-poll from Dharchula assembly seat by a margin of over 19000 votes. Rawat defeated BJP's BD Joshi in a direct fight between the Congress and BJP. Rawat polled over 30,000 votes.

Green is politics: India has to study climate change on its own

It is essential to establish long-term ecological observatories to study climate change, writes Jairam Ramesh.

Uttarakhand rains: Met gives hourly update on weather changes

Uttarakhand floods
Though continuous downpour and debris from landslips at several points have blocked roads to Himalayan shrines and led to suspension of the char dham yatra for the fourth consecutive day on Saturday, no major loss to life and property has been reported so far, thanks to timely and effective weather predictions.

Rain fury returns to Uttarakhand

Children playing football
Children in Dehradun play football in the rain. (Rishi Ballabh/HT photo)

Pilgrimage to Hemkunt Sahib halted till July 22

A view of the Gangori
Pilgrimage to Kedarnath and Hemkunt Sahib will remain suspended at least till July 22 following heavy rain warning and blocked roads. “The pilgrimage may remain suspended depending on the weather forecast,” said Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat. “The district administration can take that decision.”

Uttarakhand: CM in fray, but rain pours cold water on by-polls

Harish Rawat
Polling for the three assembly seats in Uttarakhand started on Monday morning amid rains. The inclement weather has apparently forced voters to remain in homes. The Dharchula, Someswar and Doiwala seats recorded nearly 10% voting till the filing of this report.

Heavy rain triggers landslides in Uttarakhand, rivers in spate

Uttarakhand braced for monsoon fury as heavy overnight rains left all major rivers in spate and triggered landslides blocking key arteries in the disaster-prone state.
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