HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014


Raising the stink: One toilet for 8,800 people in Dehradun

It is a classic case of ‘inconvenience’ when it comes to public conveniences in Dehradun. The number of public toilets in the state capital is low as compared to the population. There is only one toilet available for around 8,800 persons on an average in the city.

Mad rush for ‘Himalayan Viagra’ in Pithoragarh hills

The higher reaches of border district Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand are buzzing with activity these days as several locals are hunting for Yarsa Gambu, a rare caterpillar fungus found there.

US software to speed up DNA profile matching

A city-based forensic lab will soon install software developed by the US probe agency FBI that would substantially reduce the time taken for matching of DNA profiles of victims of large-scale disasters, with better analysis.

Uttarakhand aspirants fear partiality in Ranker’s exam

The Ranker’s examination for filling up the 288 vacant posts of sub-inspectors in the state would be held on July 6 at 18 examination centres under the district in-charges of the police.

Despite opposition, CM plans to contest 2 bypolls

Chief minister Harish Rawat who is currently hospitalised in New Delhi owing to his cervical spine injuries may go ahead with his reported plan to contest a by poll from the Doiwala assembly constituency despite two senior Congress leaders opposing his move.

65-70% polling in third phase of panchayat polls in Uttarakhand

The third phase of panchayat elections was held on Tuesday in 31 blocks of Uttarakhand including the two blocks of Doiwala and Raipur which fall in Dehradun. State election commissioner Suvardhan said that by 5 pm, 65-70% polling had been held in the state.

Traffic woes, a deterrent for tourists going to Mussoorie

If you are planning to visit Musoorie over the weekend, you might want to rethink. Situation turned problematic last Saturday and Sunday when big traffic jams left a lot of tourists fatigued.

Uttarakhand: Water level rises in Bhagirathi

The Uttarakashi district administration has asked disaster management department and irrigation department to keep an eye on the water level of Bhagirathi river after Tuesday's rains that resulted in increase in the water level.

DMC cites fund crunch for development works, but spends lakhs on litigation

DMC cites fund crunch for development works, but spends lakhs on litigation

Set up a dedicated body to protect the Himalayas: Murli Manohar Joshi

Set up a dedicated body to protect the Himalayas: Murli Manohar Joshi

Land prices go up high in disaster-hit areas

Victims of last year’s Uttarakhand tragedy, who were rendered homeless, have been asked by the district administration to produce documents of existing property so that a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh can be remitted to them in installments to construct new houses.

A job for each flood-hit family in Uttarakhand: CM

Chief minister Harish Rawat announced that a member each of the families in the state’s disaster-hit areas would be provided government jobs. Besides, an additional monetary compensation of  Rs. 2 lakh each would be paid to all disaster-hit families in the state.

BJP accuses Congress of not doing rehab work in Uttarakhand

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Sunday, sought the dismissal of Congress in Uttarakhand while accusing it of failure in carrying out its duties of handing over bodies to the next of kin and not undertaking rehabilitation works even after a year of the flashfloods.

Low influx of tourists dampens local business in Uttarakhand

The Gangotri shrine, 30 km ahead of the scenic village Harsil, has fallen silent post the June 2013 flash floods. A beautiful town, well guarded by the 5th battalion of Garhwal rifles wants renewal of the char dham yatra for sustaining a livelihood that largely depends on tourism.

Silver lining after cloud burst: Uttarakhand top location in North India for shooting

Despite the cataclysmic disaster that hit Uttarakhand on June 16 last year, the hill state emerged as one of north India’s favourite shooting destinations in the year gone by.
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