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Forest fires vs shrubs: Archaic tools, no training exacerbate Uttarakhand crisis

For the past two months, as the temperature has soared, the mountains in Uttarakhand have been on fire, spirals of smoke visible in the day.

A firefighter uses a jhapa and a sickle in Uttarakhand. (HT photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 12:28 AM IST
By, , Singtur/new Delhi

Woman’s body parts found on trains, 1,000 km apart in Rishikesh and Indore; probe on

The Dehradun GRP dialled their counterparts in Indore, only to discover that the latter had recovered dismembered body parts of a woman from a passenger train at the Indore railway station late on Saturday around 11pm

Representational image.
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 05:06 PM IST

Uttarakhand: 9 trekkers of 22-member group dead due to bad weather, 13 rescued

Officials said that of the 13 trekkers rescued from the trek on Uttarkashi-Tehri border, eight were airlifted to Dehradun

Thirteen trekkers were rescued and eight of them were airlifted to Dehradun on Wednesday.
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 08:05 PM IST

FIR against Uttarakhand YouTuber who harassed two Jain monks; he apologises

A first information report (FIR) was registered against Suraj Singh Pharswan of Ratgaon village in Tharali block of Chamoli district

YouTuber Suraj Pharswan later apologised for his conduct. (Screengrab)
Published on May 28, 2024 04:41 PM IST

Police drive to 4th floor of AIIMS in Rishikesh to arrest molestation accused

AIIMS public relations officer Sandeep Kumar said there was a possibility of an attack on Kumar which is why police had to bring the vehicle inside the hospital

Satish Kumar, the accused, was admitted to the hospital’s psychiatry department. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 23, 2024 05:38 PM IST

65-yr-old dies, U’khand forest fire toll touches five

The deceased woman was identified as Savitri Devi of Thapli village in Pauri tehsil of Pauri Garhwal district, who died on Sunday

On Monday, of the 157 large fires recorded in the country, 125 were in the hill state, data from the Forest Survey of India showed (HT)
Updated on May 07, 2024 07:26 AM IST
By, Jayashree Nandi, Dehradun/delhi

IAF, Army called in to quell Uttarakhand wildfire

Indian Air Force and Army douse forest fire near Nainital, Uttarakhand, threatening air force station and residential area. Chief minister orders strict measures to control fires.

A fire tears through a forest near Saterakhal village in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 03:00 AM IST
By, Dehradun

In CDS’s Uttarakhand village, murmurs against Agnipath

Introduced by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre in June 2022, the Agnipath scheme seeks to recruit soldiers for only four years, with a provision to retain 25% of them in the regular cadre for 15 years after another round of screening.

Darshan Singh Chauhan (centre), cousin of chief of defence staff General Anil Chauhan, in Gawana. (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 08:44 AM IST

Nanakmatta Gurudwara Kar Sewa chief shot dead by 2 men in Uttarakhand; SIT set up

Police said the two assailants stayed in Nanakmatta Gurudwara for eight days before carrying out the crime

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami condoled the death of Baba Tarsem Singh. (Screengrab)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 03:40 PM IST
By, Ankur Sharma

Living in fear, say Uttarakhand traders amid calls for ouster

While the district administration has assured full protection to the store owners, Muslims shopkeepers say they “are living in constant fear”

The traders’ union cancelled registrations of 91 shopkeepers (Mint)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 08:32 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Moment of pride, says Pushkar Singh Dhami as UCC Bill gets President’s assent

Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said it was a moment of joy and pride for Uttarakhand that the UCC Bill has been approved by President Murmu

Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami participates in a roadshow at Barkot area of ​​Uttarkashi district (PTI/Viia X/@pushkardhami)
Published on Mar 13, 2024 03:08 PM IST

Haldwani violence accused Abdul Malik arrested from Delhi: Uttarakhand Police

Total number of arrests in Haldwani violence has now reached 81.

Earlier today, Abdul Malik’s lawyers had moved an anticipatory bail application in the court of additional district and sessions judge, Haldwani.
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 01:43 AM IST
By, Ankur Sharma

Months after Uttarakhand tunnel collapse, panel flags shortcomings in planning

Forty-one workers were trapped for 17 days in desperate conditions after a part of the 4.5km-long Silkyara tunnel collapsed in November

The collapsed Silkyara tunnel. (PTI/File)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 04:08 PM IST

Haldwani remains tense after clash, toll rises to 5

Five people have been killed in violence in Haldwani, Uttarakhand, following the demolition of an allegedly illegal madrasa, as tensions continue to simmer in the town. The clashes occurred after the Uttarakhand assembly passed a Uniform Civil Code Bill, which replaces religious personal laws. The violence erupted as bulldozers demolished the 20-year-old madrasa, leading residents to set fire to vehicles and a police station, as well as hurling stones. Authorities have stressed that the situation is now under control, and four people have been arrested.

Police personnel in riot gear stand guard in Haldwani (AFP)
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 06:48 AM IST
By, Ankur Sharma, ​dehradun/haldwani

India’s first Uniform Civil Code gets nod in U’khand house

The Uttarakhand assembly has passed the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) Bill, becoming the first state in India to do so. The bill, which overrides several national laws, will be sent to the President for approval before implementation. The UCC aims to provide a common legal framework for marriage and property inheritance, ensuring equal rights for women and banning polygamy. The Congress party has called for further discussion on the bill before its passage.

Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami speaks during discussions on the Uniform Civil Code Uttarakhand 2024 Bill in the state Assembly on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 08, 2024 05:48 AM IST

Uniform Civil Code bill passed in Uttarakhand assembly

The CM said will the UCC will give equal rights to all without discriminating in matters like marriage, maintenance, adoption, succession and divorce

CM Dhani addressing the House before the UCC bill was passed in the state assembly in Dehradun on Wednesday evening (Photo/Uttarakhand govt information department)
Published on Feb 07, 2024 07:01 PM IST

Equal distribution of ancestral assets under UCC

The proposed code will bring uniformity in succession and inheritance rights for all religions, dissolving personal laws of all of them

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami tables the Uniform Civil Code Bill in state assembly, in Dehradun (ANI)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 09:12 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Uttarakhand 1st state to bring uniform code bill

The bill allows marriages under Nikah (Muslim marriage), Saptpadi (Hindi marriage), Anand Karaj (Sikh marriage) or any other religious form not otherwise prohibited under the proposed law

Security personnel deployed near the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly as the Uniform Civil Code bill being debated following its presentation by the state CM Pushkar Singh Dhami in the state assembly, in Dehradun, on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Historic moment, says Uttarakhand chief minister Dhami as he tables UCC Bill

UCC has been among key promises of the BJP apart from the construction of the Ayodhya Ram Temple and ending Jammu and Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status

Parliamentary affairs minister Premchand Aggarwal gave a historical background of the UCC. (PTI)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 04:26 PM IST

Not given enough time to examine merits, demerits: Congress on Uttarakhand UCC bill

The Congress said the government should have first presented the draft in the assembly before the bill so that its merits and demerits could be discussed

Congress MLAs staged a protest on the steps of the state legislature. (HT photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 04:04 PM IST

Ban polygamy, says Uttarakhand UCC panel

CM Dhami plans to introduce a draft bill based on the report in the upcoming assembly session.

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami (ANI)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 12:21 AM IST

Land subsidence: CBRI conducts fresh inspection of Joshimath

According to CBRI’s door-to-door condition assessment of 2,364 buildings from January 14 to January 27, 2023, of the 2364 buildings, 2,152 are residential

A 15-member NDMA team along with experts conducted Post-Disaster Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) in April last year. (ANI file photo)
Published on Jan 19, 2024 04:52 PM IST

Jewel thief in Bihar jail behind spate of heists?

A gang of thieves, run from a jail in Bihar, has been involved in theft of at least 180kg of gold across five Hindi heartland states over the past five years.

Subodh Kumar Singh alias Dilip Singh was arrested in January 2018 with 15kg of gold — the takings from a heist in a jewellery store in Patna district.
Updated on Jan 02, 2024 04:57 AM IST

Uttarakhand bans land purchase by outsiders for agriculture, horticulture

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Sunday evening

Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.
Published on Jan 01, 2024 03:48 PM IST

Weeks after rescue of 41 workers, work begins again at Uttarkashi tunnel

The collapse happened closer to the Silkyara side — the tunnel itself is part of the larger Char Dham project.

Silkyara-Barkot tunnel site in Uttarkashi (File Photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2023 12:18 AM IST
By, Dehradun

‘Hero-like treatment will fade out soon’: Rat-hole miners on Uttarkashi rescue

The 12 miners feel their newfound fame would wean off rather soon, leaving behind the harsh reality of their lives — “we will remain poor”.

Rat-hole miners after the rescue of the trapped workers, on November 28 (File Photo)
Published on Dec 11, 2023 05:41 AM IST

Life in a tunnel: How the 41 banded, and survived, together

41 men were trapped in a collapsed tunnel in the Himalayas for 17 days. They survived by using minimal resources and communicating with rescuers through pipes.

The 41 rescued workers from the collapsed Silkyara tunnel pose as they board the IAF's Chinook helicopter for Rishikesh for further medical examination on Wednesday.
(ANI-X)
Updated on Nov 30, 2023 07:51 AM IST
By, Debabrata Mohanty, Silkyara/bhubaneswar

Uttarakhand tunnel rescue: Heroes who helped end 17-day ordeal

Finally, the rat miners were parachuted in on the evening of November 27 as a last-resort to clear out the last 12m of rubble.

Feroze Qureshi, one of the 12-member team of 'rat-hole' miners from Rockwell Enterprises who successfully rescued the 41 trapped workers from the under-construction Silkyara Bend-Barkot Tunnel, in Uttarkashi district on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 30, 2023 08:22 AM IST
By, Uttarkashi

‘Joy, gratitude’: Rescued 41 set for a new chapter

For the rat-hole miners, too, it was a moment of catharsis – seeing their life of ignominy, menial labour find what it always had lacked, a modicum of respect.

Rescued workers board an Indian Air Force (IAF) Chinook helicopter to be airlifted to Rishikesh, at Chinyalisaur airstrip(AP)
Updated on Nov 30, 2023 12:40 AM IST

‘Our hands get the job done’: Rat-hole miner after Uttarkashi tunnel rescue

Rat-hole mining is a method of taking out coal by digging small pits, a practice banned in 2014 as a coal-extracting method for being unscientific

A dozen of rat-hole miners were brought to Uttarakhand on Monday to remove the last 12 metres of debris (File Photo)
Published on Nov 29, 2023 06:21 PM IST
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