Kalyan Das

Kalyan Das covers crime, transport, human rights and central government offices from Bhopal and Indore.

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Uttarakhand: 2 persons booked for posting polling booth photos on social media

The two individuals were booked under section 95/22 of the model code of conduct (MCC) and section 128 of Representation of the People Act (maintenance of secrecy of voting)

Voting in Uttarakhand started at 8am on Monday in all 70 state assembly constituencies. (File/Representative Image)
Voting in Uttarakhand started at 8am on Monday in all 70 state assembly constituencies. (File/Representative Image)
Updated on Feb 14, 2022 03:58 PM IST

CM Dhami promises Uniform Civil Code if BJP re-elected in Uttarakhand

This Uniform Civil Code will be a step towards realising the dreams of those who framed our Constitution and solidify the spirit of the Constitution, says Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami.

Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said the BJP government in state will derive inspiration for the decision from Goa, which has set an example before the country by implementing a common civil code. (ANI)
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said the BJP government in state will derive inspiration for the decision from Goa, which has set an example before the country by implementing a common civil code. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 13, 2022 02:53 AM IST
By, Dehradun

‘Not afraid of PM Modi, his arrogance makes me laugh’: Rahul in Uttarakhand

Speaking at a rally in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar district, where elections begin on February 14, the Congress leader said, “Modi ji does not do his own work and then blames us”.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting for the upcoming Uttarakhand Assembly election. (Rameshwar Gaur)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting for the upcoming Uttarakhand Assembly election. (Rameshwar Gaur)
Updated on Feb 11, 2022 02:14 AM IST
By, Dehradun

BJP promises a stricter law against ‘love jihad’ in Uttarakhand manifesto

Polling for the 70-member Uttarakhand legislative assembly will be held on February 14 and the votes will be counted on March 10

Releasing the BJP manifesto for the Uttarakhand assembly elections at an event here, Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said the party has focused on three main pillars of “ethics, economy and environment”. (PTI)
Releasing the BJP manifesto for the Uttarakhand assembly elections at an event here, Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said the party has focused on three main pillars of “ethics, economy and environment”. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 10, 2022 06:10 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Modi attacks Cong over promise on university in Uttarakhand

Addressing a virtual rally days before the Uttarakhand assembly elections, Modi said the Bharatiya Janata Party’s double-engine government is making all efforts to move ahead in the 21st century by speeding up development.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually addresses the 'Vijay Sankalp Sabha' for the people of Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital, as Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Minister of State for Defence and Tourism Ajay Bhatt look on, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually addresses the 'Vijay Sankalp Sabha' for the people of Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital, as Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Minister of State for Defence and Tourism Ajay Bhatt look on, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI)
Published on Feb 09, 2022 12:27 AM IST

Uttarakhand polls: India has a king instead of PM today, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader accused PM Modi of leaving farmers in the lurch for a year amid a raging Covid-19 pandemic

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses the 'Uttarakhandi Kisan Swabhiman Samvaad', at Kichha in Udham Singh Nagar on Saturday. (ANI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses the 'Uttarakhandi Kisan Swabhiman Samvaad', at Kichha in Udham Singh Nagar on Saturday. (ANI)
Published on Feb 05, 2022 11:51 PM IST
By, Dehradun

Congress manifesto promises 40% women quota in Uttarakhand police force

Polling for 70-member Uttarakhand legislative assembly will be held on February 14. The results will be announced on March 10

Priyanka released the manifesto titled ‘Uttarakhand Swabhiman Pratigya Patra’ at a virtual rally that was live-streamed across all 70 constituencies.(PTI)
Priyanka released the manifesto titled ‘Uttarakhand Swabhiman Pratigya Patra’ at a virtual rally that was live-streamed across all 70 constituencies.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 03, 2022 02:03 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Dehradun

In surprise move, Congress shifts out Harish Rawat from Ramnagar to Lalkuan

Uttarakhand election: The Congress, which announced its third list of candidates for the February 14 election, has named Harish Rawat’s daughter Anupama from Uttarkhand’s Haridwar Rural assembly seat

Uttarakhand election: Congress leader Harish Rawat will contest the February 14 election from Lalkuan seat in Nanital district, not Ramnagar as announced by the party on Tuesday (PTI)
Uttarakhand election: Congress leader Harish Rawat will contest the February 14 election from Lalkuan seat in Nanital district, not Ramnagar as announced by the party on Tuesday (PTI)
Updated on Jan 27, 2022 02:01 AM IST

Uttarakhand Polls: Harish Rawat to contest from a new seat for the fourth time

Former Uttarakhand chief minister and Congress heavyweight Harish Rawat’s candidature from Ramnagar seat of Nainital district sparks possibility of rebellion from local aspirant Ranjit Rawat.

Harish Rawat said he decided to fight from Ramnagar because the constituency has made immense contribution in his political career. (ANI Photo)
Harish Rawat said he decided to fight from Ramnagar because the constituency has made immense contribution in his political career. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jan 25, 2022 06:05 PM IST
ByKalyan Das 

Uttarakhand elections: Congress fields Harish Rawat from Ramnagar 

The Congress has decided to field former chief minister Harish Rawat from Ramnagar constituency in Nainital district for the upcoming assembly elections in Uttarakhand.

The Congress has fielded former chief minister Harish Rawat from Ramnagar constituency in Nainital district for the upcoming assembly elections in Uttarakhand. (PTI)
The Congress has fielded former chief minister Harish Rawat from Ramnagar constituency in Nainital district for the upcoming assembly elections in Uttarakhand. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 25, 2022 03:15 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Dehradun

Uttarakhand elections: BJP drops 10 sitting MLAs in first list

The ruling BJP on Thursday dropped 10 sitting MLAs and gave tickets to all 11 ministers in the first list of candidates for the assembly elections in Uttarakhand.

Union minister Pralhad Joshi during a press conference to announce list of BJP candidates for the upcoming Uttarakhand elections, at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)
Union minister Pralhad Joshi during a press conference to announce list of BJP candidates for the upcoming Uttarakhand elections, at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 12:11 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Uttarakhand polls: BJP announces list of 59 candidates, drops 10 sitting MLAs

Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, his 11 cabinet colleagues and the BJP Uttarakhand president Madan Kaushik have been given tickets to contest from their constituencies without a change

Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami will contest from Khatima constituency in the upcoming Uttarakhand assembly polls.
Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami will contest from Khatima constituency in the upcoming Uttarakhand assembly polls.
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 04:10 PM IST

Will not contest Uttarakhand elections: Trivendra Singh Rawat

In a letter to BJP national president JP Nadda, Rawat wrote that he wanted to dedicate his time “to ensuring the return of BJP in power in the 2022 polls”.

BJP leader Trivendra Singh Rawat said he will not contest the Uttarakhand elections next month.
BJP leader Trivendra Singh Rawat said he will not contest the Uttarakhand elections next month.
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 05:41 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Expelled Uttarakhand minister for seeking two tickets: BJP

Harak Singh Rawat denied having asked for two tickets and added the party believed some social media reports of him joining Congress

Harak Singh Rawat speaking to the media after his expulsion. (ANI)
Harak Singh Rawat speaking to the media after his expulsion. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 04:44 PM IST

Haridwar hate speech: Seer Narsinghanand booked for assaulting 3 reporters

The seer, meanwhile, was sent to 14-day judicial custody in connection with the hate speeches he made at a three-day-long Dharm Sansad in Haridwar on December 17-19.

Yati Narsinghanand, who was arrested in connection with the Haridwar hate speech case, has been booked for allegedly assaulting 3 journalists.
Yati Narsinghanand, who was arrested in connection with the Haridwar hate speech case, has been booked for allegedly assaulting 3 journalists.
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 01:27 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Seer Narsinghanand held in Haridwar hate speech case

This is the second arrest in the case registered on December 23 after public uproar as videos of the event were widely circulated on social media and after the Supreme Court sought a response from the state government on what it had done about the alleged hate speeches

Yati Narsinghanand is the sect chief of the influential Juna Akhada, and one of the five accused named in the FIR.
Yati Narsinghanand is the sect chief of the influential Juna Akhada, and one of the five accused named in the FIR.
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 01:21 AM IST
By, Dehradun

First arrest made in the hate speech case

This is the first arrest in the case registered on December 23 after public uproar as videos of the event were widely circulated on social media and comes a day after the Supreme Court sought a response from the state government on what it had done about the alleged hate speeches made at the Dharam Sansad (religious parliament).

Police personnel arrest Wasim Rizvi alias Jitendra Narayan Tyagi in connection with the three-day-long hate speech conclave in December, in Haridwar.
Police personnel arrest Wasim Rizvi alias Jitendra Narayan Tyagi in connection with the three-day-long hate speech conclave in December, in Haridwar.
Published on Jan 14, 2022 06:36 AM IST
By, , Haridwar/dehradun

Accused No 1 in Haridwar hate speech case arrested, others sent notice

Jitendra Narayan Tyagi’s arrest comes a day after the Supreme Court issued notice to the state government on a plea demanding stringent action against those involved in making hate speeches at the religious event held in Haridwar last month

The Supreme Court has given the Uttarakhand government 10 days on a petition over the religious event where some speakers allegedly called for violence against Muslims and Christians. (Screengrab)
The Supreme Court has given the Uttarakhand government 10 days on a petition over the religious event where some speakers allegedly called for violence against Muslims and Christians. (Screengrab)
Published on Jan 13, 2022 09:04 PM IST
BySandeep Rawat and Kalyan Das

Bulli Bai app case: 3rd accused arrested from Uttarakhand

Hundreds of Muslim women, including vocal activists or top professionals, were listed for “auction” along with their photographs sourced without permission

Mumbai Cyber Police arrested the third accused, Mayank Agarwal, 21. (AP/File)
Mumbai Cyber Police arrested the third accused, Mayank Agarwal, 21. (AP/File)
Updated on Jan 05, 2022 11:44 AM IST
ByVijay Kumar Yadav, Kalyan Das

GitHub row: 18-year-old U'khand woman, Bengaluru engineering student arrested

The arrests were made by Mumbai Police, which is probing two such controversial webpages hosted on the code sharing platform, GitHub. The first web page was floated in July 2021 and the second, Bulli Bai, surfaced on January 1.

Activists pointed out that despite complaints, no action was taken in the July case, and that the pages were meant to demean Muslim women.
Activists pointed out that despite complaints, no action was taken in the July case, and that the pages were meant to demean Muslim women.
Updated on Jan 05, 2022 06:04 AM IST
ByManish K Pathak & Kalyan Das, Hindustan Times, Mumbai/dehradun

Uttarakhand girl arrested in Bulli Bai app case is a class 12 pass-out. She’s 18

Bulli Bai app case: The Mumbai police team is waiting for a female police officer to reach Uttarakhand’s Rudrapur town to accompay the 18-year-old to Mumbai where a case was registered on Sunday.

Bulli Bai app case: The 18-year-old girl from Uttarakhand is the second person to have been arrested in connection with the case registered by the Mumbai cyber police for the app on Sunday. (Shutterstock)
Bulli Bai app case: The 18-year-old girl from Uttarakhand is the second person to have been arrested in connection with the case registered by the Mumbai cyber police for the app on Sunday. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 04, 2022 07:27 PM IST
ByKalyan Das

Haridwar event: 5-member SIT set up to probe hate speech case

A five-member special investigation team (SIT) was constituted on Sunday by Uttarakhand Police to probe the hate speeches at a religious gathering in Haridwar

The event where hate speeches targeting minorities were made from was held from December 17-19 in Haridwar (HT PHOTO)
The event where hate speeches targeting minorities were made from was held from December 17-19 in Haridwar (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 03, 2022 05:59 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Dehradun

10 days after FIR, SIT set up for ‘fair and unbiased’ probe in Haridwar speeches

Haridwar hate speeches: The Uttarakhand Police said a five-member SIT led by a superintendent of police (SP) has been formed “for a fair and unbiased probe” into the December 23 FIR registered for hate speeches at the Dharma Sansad event in Haridwar.

Haridwar hate speeches: Activists of various left organizations shout slogans during a protest against hate speeches at the Dharma Sansad event in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar where some Hindu seers leaders made communally sensitive speeches (AP)
Haridwar hate speeches: Activists of various left organizations shout slogans during a protest against hate speeches at the Dharma Sansad event in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar where some Hindu seers leaders made communally sensitive speeches (AP)
Published on Jan 02, 2022 01:47 PM IST

Yati Narsinghanand and another seer named in U’khand hate speech FIR

The number of people accused of giving hate speeches at a three-day religious congregation rose to five in the complaint filed at the Kotwali police station in Haridwar.

Yati Narsinghanand
Yati Narsinghanand
Updated on Jan 01, 2022 11:21 PM IST

Forces’ ex-chiefs write to President, PM Modi on Haridwar, Delhi hate speeches

The letter has also been addressed to CJI NV Ramana, home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla.

AISA and SFI members protest against the alleged hate speech in Haridwar, in New Delhi on December 27. (PTI)
AISA and SFI members protest against the alleged hate speech in Haridwar, in New Delhi on December 27. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 01, 2022 04:46 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Modi in U'khand: Cong ignored development despite knowing its a border state

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Haridwar in the poll-bound state, his second poll-related programme in Uttarakhand.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and other dignitaries in Haldwani, Uttarakhand, on Thursday. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and other dignitaries in Haldwani, Uttarakhand, on Thursday. (PTI)
Published on Dec 30, 2021 11:50 PM IST
ByAnkur Sharma, , Haldwani/dehradun

Top cop seeks report after officer is seen laughing with hate speech accused

Uttarakhand police chief Ashok Kumar has sought a report from Haridwar’s senior police superintendent over a video that purportedly showed an investigation officer sharing a laugh with the Dharam Sansad hate speech accused

A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest over the Haridwar hate speech episode, in New Delhi earlier this week. (ANI)
A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest over the Haridwar hate speech episode, in New Delhi earlier this week. (ANI)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 04:35 PM IST

Haridwar hate speech case: 2 summoned; accused files cross-complaint

Notices have been served to Jitendra Narayan Tyagi, previously known as Wasim Rizvi, and Pooja Shakun Pandey, alias Annapurna Maa. However, a similar notice couldn’t be served to the third accused, Dharamdas Maharaj.

Members of All India Students' Association (AISA), Students' Federation of India (SFI) and other organisations protest against the hate speech during a recent religious gathering in Haridwar, on Monday. (PTI)
Members of All India Students' Association (AISA), Students' Federation of India (SFI) and other organisations protest against the hate speech during a recent religious gathering in Haridwar, on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 29, 2021 07:04 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Police yet to summon accused in Haridwar hate speech case

“Police haven’t yet send notices to the three named accused so far in the case to record their statements,” said inspector Rakendra Kataith, station house officer of Haridwar Kotwali police station, where a case was registered on December 23.

Members of All India Students' Association (AISA), Students' Federation of India (SFI) and other organisations protest against the hate speech during a recent religious gathering in Haridwar, on Monday. (PTI)
Members of All India Students' Association (AISA), Students' Federation of India (SFI) and other organisations protest against the hate speech during a recent religious gathering in Haridwar, on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 03:35 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Dehradun

Police add names of two more seers in Haridwar hate speech case

The Haridwar police in its ongoing probe of the case against accused seers who allegedly delivered hate speeches against minorities during a three-day event in the city, have added names of two more seers in the case, said police on Sunday morning

Screengrab from a video of the 3-day Dharma Sansad event in Haridwar. (File photo)
Screengrab from a video of the 3-day Dharma Sansad event in Haridwar. (File photo)
Updated on Dec 26, 2021 11:56 AM IST
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