Kalyan Das

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

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Day after minister Harak Rawat walks out of cabinet, Dhami says issue resolved

State BJP chief Madan Kaushik and MLA Umang Sharma were among the other leaders who termed reports of Harak Singh Rawat’s exit as ’baseless’

Harak Singh Rawat was unhappy over the issue of a proposed medical college in Kotdwar. (Archive)
Updated on Dec 26, 2021 02:16 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Dehradun

‘He hasn’t resigned, issue is resolved’: Uttarakhand minister’s close aide

On Friday, minister Harak Singh Rawat stormed out of the cabinet meeting citing “government inaction” on proposed medical college in his constituency

Uttarakhand minister Harak Singh Rawat. (File photo)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 12:13 PM IST

Uttarakhand minister storms out of cabinet meet, BJP says he hasn’t resigned

BJP party state president Madan Kaushik dismissed reports of Rawat’s resignation.

Uttarakhand minister storms out of cabinet meet, BJP says he hasn’t resigned
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 03:55 AM IST
By, , Hindustan Times, Dehradun

Haridwar case: Police verifying videos and identifying seers

A day after it registered a criminal case against several people, Uttarakhand Police on Friday said it is verifying videos of a controversial religious event, where speakers allegedly made hate speeches in Haridwar last week, “to gather evidence against the accused and add more names in the case”

Lucknow, India - Jan. 19, 2018: Syed Waseem Rizvi, Chairman U.P. Shia Central Waqf Board in Lucknow, India, on Friday, January 19, 2015. (Photo by Subhankar Chakraborty/ Hindustan Times) (Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 03:48 AM IST
By, , Hindustan Times, Haridwar/dehradun

Uttarakhand minister Harak Singh storms out of cabinet meeting, says I resign

Uttarakhand government spokesperson and minister Subodh Uniyal denied that Harak Singh Rawat has resigned. He, however, added that Harak Singh was unhappy over an issue. State BJP chief Madan Kaushik said the party will resolve any issue.

Uttarakhand minister Harak Singh Rawat, who joined the BJP from the Congress in 2017, was upset in delays over approvals for a proposed medical college in his constituency. Uttarakhand goes to polls early next year. (Twitter/@drhsrawatuk)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 12:26 AM IST
ByKalyan Das and Neeraj Santoshi

U'khand polls: Some parties dividing people for vote bank politics, says PM Modi

“There are some political parties in the country which have always created a divide in the society to appease a section,“ PM Modi said ahead of February 2022 assembly polls in Uttarakhand.

Some political parties have ‘created a divide in society to appease a particular section’ for vote-bank politics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 05, 2021 05:03 AM IST
By, Dehradun

PM Modi to launch key corridor in Uttarakhand today

Political analysts said, the ruling BJP will once again depend on the “charisma” of PM Modi to help them win a second consecutive term in the state. The party has planned at least six more rallies of the PM, besides the one in Dehradun on Saturday, before the elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of multiple projects in Uttarakhand, followed by election rallies. (Agencies)
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 06:48 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Dehradun

Uttarakhand withdraws Char Dham Act ahead of polls

The Uttarakhand government analysed the report before taking the decision as per a Cabinet subcommittee’s recommendations.

Dhami said the government decided to roll back the law based on the report and the recommendations. (PTI Photo/File)
Updated on Nov 30, 2021 11:17 PM IST

Seminar on infrastructure building in Uttarakhand, HP border areas held

On the first day of the seminar, the experts from WIHG, BRO, IIT-R and IIRS spoke on the technical and geological aspects of infrastructure development in the border areas of the two Himalayan states near the Line of Actual Control

Dignitaries during the two-day seminar held by army in Dehradun. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 11:10 AM IST

Political parties look to change narrative in poll-bound Uttarakhand

The imposition of three farm laws was a major issue in Udham Singh Nagar and Haridwar districts, which has sizeable Sikh and Punjabi farmer population, and the ruling BJP had been trying to counter the Congress campaign in the districts

Former Uttarakhand chief minister and senior Congress leader Harish Rawat at the Ghazipur protest site on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, in New Delhi, on December 20, 2020. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 02:16 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Dehradun

Nepal again rakes up border row, stakes claim to 3 U’khand villages

According to an officer of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) which mans the Indian side of the international border Nepal has no claim on the villages. “There is no question of allowing Nepalese authorities to go to the three villages for their census as they are Indian villages.”

Mahendra Singh, Commandant SSB under whose command the area falls, said that the agency has , however, “given Nepalese authorities access to two of their border villages for the census.”(AFP file photo. Representative image)
Updated on Nov 18, 2021 06:26 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Dehradun

Wary of migrant voters from Delhi, BJP makes plans for 2022 Uttarakhand assembly polls

Citing the potential threat for them in the upcoming elections, senior leaders of the BJP said that the migrants living in Delhi may cause a dent in their vote bank, especially in the hilly areas by talking about the free amenities they get in the national capital like water and electricity.

There are over 2.50 lakh migrants from Uttarakhand living in Delhi for their livelihood who come from the hill districts of Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal, Pithoragarh and Rudraprayag. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Nov 12, 2021 12:20 AM IST

PM Modi visits Kedarnath, says decade belongs to Uttarakhand

PM in Kedarnath: Modi praised Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and said the way the state government was working for development meant the third decade of the current century will belong to the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, on Friday. (AFP)
Updated on Nov 06, 2021 01:39 AM IST

PM Narendra Modi reaches Kedarnath temple, to unveil Adi Shankaracharya statue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed at the Dehradun airport at 7.30am where he was welcomed by chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, Governor Lt Gen Gurmit Singh (retired) and other state dignitaries

PM Narendra Modi is welcomed by CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, Governor Lt Gen Gurmit Singh (retired) and other state dignitaries at Dehradun airport in Uttarakhand on Friday morning. (HT photo)
Published on Nov 05, 2021 09:45 AM IST

Amit Shah hits out at Congress ‘appeasement’ politics on Uttarakhand campaign

“The Congress has always done appeasement politics without working for the development and welfare of the poor,” Shah said at a public rally at the Bannu school ground in the state capital.

The home minister inaugurated three initiatives of the state government
Updated on Oct 31, 2021 12:25 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Harak Singh meets BJP’s Madan Kaushik amid speculation of his next move

Uttarakhand BJP chief Madan Kaushik insisted that his invite to Harak Singh Rawat wasn’t prompted by the swirling rumours. “We had a meeting to discuss the upcoming polls as he is one of our senior leaders,” Kaushik said.

Uttarakhand minister Harak Singh Rawat met state BJP chief Madan Kaushik at his Dehradun house (HT File photo/Vinay Santosh Kumar)
Updated on Oct 27, 2021 01:50 AM IST

Bodies of five trekkers recovered from Sunderdhunga Valley in Uttarakhand: SDRF

The five deceased and their local guide were part of 10-member team that went missing in the heavy snowfall on October 18.

Relatives and friends of the trekkers who lost their lives in Uttarakhand’s Sunderdhunga Valley, arrive at the NSCBI airport in Kolkata. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 27, 2021 07:44 AM IST
ByKalyan Das and B D Kasniyal, Dehradun

Congress promises to improve disaster relief, rescue in poll-bound Uttarakhand

Opposition Congress says ways to deal with natural disasters will be part of its manifesto while accusing the ruling BJP of failing to tackle the latest disaster in Uttarakhand

Cars are seen submerged in floodwaters at a resort hotel as heavy rainfall caused the Kosi river to overflow at the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, India on October 19, 2021. (AP/File)
Published on Oct 26, 2021 05:38 PM IST

SDRF rescues one survivor, retrieves 5 bodies in Uttarakhand

A 17-member team went for trekking to Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh via Harsil in Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand on October 14.However, due to heavy snowfall on October 18, 11 of them went missing near Lamkhaga Pass in the district

SDRF team rescued a survivor in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand
Updated on Oct 23, 2021 01:38 AM IST

Trekker rescued in Uttarakhand, body of another recovered

A trekker was rescued while the body of another was recovered from Lamkhaga Pass near Harsil Valley of Uttarkashi district about 5,000 metres above sea level, officials said on Friday

Efforts are on...to bring down the remaining bodies from the Lamkhaga Pass. (HT photo)
Updated on Oct 22, 2021 12:27 PM IST

At least 13 people, including 10 trekkers, dead due to snowfall in Uttarakhand

The rescuers compromising State Disaster Response Force and air force personnel spotted five of the bodies near Lamkhaga Pass on Thursday morning

Rescue workers taking an injured trekker rescued from Lamkhaga Pass to hospital on Thursday (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 21, 2021 05:10 PM IST
ByVipin Negi, BD Kasniyal and Kalyan Das

Uttarakhand floods: Death toll reaches 54, Amit Shah to conduct aerial survey 

The report states that the floods caused by heavy rains in Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region, one person lost his life on October 17, eight died on October 18 and 35 on October 19

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said on Wednesday that it had rescued over 1,300 people from the affected areas (PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 21, 2021 10:34 AM IST

8 trekkers among 14 missing after heavy snowfall in Uttarkashi

Of the 11 missing from the Chitkul via Harsil trekking route, eight are trekkers while three are porters

On October 14, a team of 17 people left for a trek to Chitkul via Harsil in Uttarkashi district. They were supposed to reach Chitkul on October 19, but 11 of them went missing on October 18 (HT FILE)
Updated on Oct 20, 2021 11:52 PM IST
ByVipin Negi and Kalyan Das

Flood-hit families recount horror as rain abates in Uttarakhand

Dehradun/Haldwani/Rudrapur: 54-year-old Kiran Negi was asleep in her home in Almora early on Tuesday morning, with her husband and two grandchildren aged 12 and 16 right next to her, when a loud noise outside woke her up with a start

Stranded tourists being evacuated from the landslide-hit area of Khairna,Uttarakhand, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 20, 2021 11:35 PM IST
ByKalyan Das, Ankur Sharma and Mohan Rajput

8 trekkers missing in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi amid snowfall

Eight trekkers from West Bengal and Delhi and three porters have gone missing in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district

Stranded tourists were being evacuated by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) following heavy rains in Uttarakhand (PTI Photo/Representative use)
Updated on Oct 20, 2021 04:00 PM IST
ByVipin Negi and Kalyan Das

‘My friends died in their sleep’: Uttarakhand rain fury leaves trail of despair

Of the 34 deaths that the Uttarakhand government has confirmed after a record spell of rain, as well as a cloudburst in the state, at least 18 have been recorded in the Nainital district alone

Houses get partially submerged in floodwater due to incessant rainfall, in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand, on Tuesday. (ANI)
Published on Oct 19, 2021 11:38 PM IST
ByKalyan Das and Ankur Sharma

At least 12 killed after cloudburst triggers flash floods in Uttarakhand

This took the toll from rain-related incidents in the state to at least 22 since Monday as incessant rains lashed Uttarakhand for the third day

The trains to Nainital’s Kathgodam railway station were also cancelled after the station’s shunting line was washed away in heavy rains (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 19, 2021 05:36 PM IST
ByAnkur Sharma and Kalyan Das

Over 6k pilgrims in Kedarnath, Badrinath asked to stay in safe places amid heavy rains

At least 6,500 pilgrims including, 4,000 in Kedarnath and 2,500 in Badrinath temple premises, have been asked not to take the return journey on Monday amid heavy rains across the state, said officials of Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board on Monday

The CM also urged the Char Dham pilgrims to exercise “caution.” (HT photo)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 04:34 PM IST

Back in Congress,Yashpal Arya gets to work. Claims more will exit BJP

The Uttarakhand BJP has rubbished Yashpal Arya’s claim, saying that he was going to be the only one to leave the BJP and join the Congress, and added that he was driven by personal interest

Congress leader Yashpal Arya, who recently exited the ruling BJP in Uttarakhand, said there were others in the party who want to come back to Congress (Twitter/@yashpalarya6180)
Published on Oct 16, 2021 12:05 AM IST

‘Not without an apology’: Harish Rawat raises the bar for ex-Congress leaders to return

Uttarakhand Congress leader Harish Rawat’s statement comes against the backdrop of buzz around state labour minister Harak Singh Rawat’s next move.

Congress leader and former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat said the only those former Congress leaders and legislators, will be allowed to return the party who apologise for quitting the party. (Ayush Sharma)
Published on Oct 13, 2021 07:59 PM IST
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