Kalyan Das

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

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Our reply to BJP, says Uttarakhand Cong leader who piloted Yashpal Arya return

Pritam Singh, leader of opposition in Uttaraakhand assembly, was working on a plan to get three BJP MLAs to cross over but the third legislator dropped out at the last minute after a senior BJP leader reached out. Eventually, only Yashpal Arya and his son joined the Congress.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi felicitates BJP’s Uttarakhand transport minister Yashpal Arya (left) and his son Sanjeev Arya for joining the party in presence of the state’s leader of opposition Pritam Singh in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 01:15 AM IST

Day after Uttarakhand avalanche, bodies of four navy personnel retrieved

Six people had gone missing after an avalanche hit their summit of Mt Trishul in Chamoli district on Friday morning.

The three-member NIM rescue team led by institute’s principal Col Amit Bisht left for the site of the incident on Friday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 03, 2021 01:42 AM IST
By, Dehradun

5 Navy personnel go missing after avalanche hits Trishul expedition

The incidents, the officials cited above said, took place at around 5 am when the expedition team had gone to scale the highest of the three peaks - Trishul-1 - at a height of 7,120 metres from “camp 3”.

A team from NIM leaves for a rescue operation on Friday. (HT_PRINT)
Updated on Oct 02, 2021 12:59 AM IST
By, Dehradun:

55-year-old woman, domestic help found dead near Dehradun

An initial probe suggested that the two were murdered after being hit with a blunt object, an officer with the Uttarakhand Poiice said. The stiffening of the limbs suggested the murders took place 12 to 13 hours before the matter was reported, said police

SSP Dehradun Janmejay Khanduri (second from right) investigating the crime scene with other police officers in Dehradun (Paras Negi/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 30, 2021 10:19 AM IST

Almora police unearth Maoist hideout in cave inside forest

The hideout was revealed based on the interrogation of the “last wanted Maoist leader” of Uttarakhand.

Image for representation. (File photo)
Published on Sep 27, 2021 07:28 PM IST
ByMohan Rajput, Kalyan Das

Wadia institute to explore hydrocarbons, study seismic threats in Indian Himalayas

Director, WIHG, Kalachand Sain, who is leading the project, informed that the project will help in a “comprehensive study of the surface and sub-surface areas of the Himalayas.”

Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology in Dehradun which carrying the six year project. (HT photo)
Updated on Sep 27, 2021 06:52 PM IST

Opposition expresses ‘serious concerns’ over Uttarakhand govt order on ‘demographic change’

The AAP accused the BJP of “working on the lines of Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS)”.

Uttarakhand ‘s Pushkar Singh Dhami government move to spotlight “demographic change” in parts of the state comes ahead of assembly elections early next year. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 25, 2021 07:04 PM IST

Army personnel find body of missing mountaineer from 2005 expedition in Uttarakhand

The expedition comprising of personnel from the Indian Army’s base in the border district of Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand had left to scale the peak to commemorate the Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations during which they came across the body of the mountaineer.

Indian Army personnel with the body found during their expedition to the Gangotri National Park on Thursday night. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Sep 25, 2021 01:05 AM IST
ByVipin Negi and Kalyan Das

Uttarakhand red-flags ‘demographic change’, says one community forced to migrate

Uttarakhand government cited demographic changes in parts of the state to order police and administrative officers in districts to track what it called illegal land deals and outsiders who have criminal antecedents.

Uttarakhand ‘s Pushkar Singh Dhami government move to spotlight “demographic change” in parts of the state comes ahead of assembly elections early next year. (PTI)
Published on Sep 24, 2021 11:07 PM IST
ByNeeraj Santoshi & Kalyan Das

BJP, Congress no longer ignore AAP as it makes attractive poll promises

Union minister Prahlad Joshi, who is the BJP’s in-charge of the elections, attacked Delhi’s chief minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for making “false” promises. He accused him of doing “nothing for development in Delhi” and accused him of trying to “befool people of Uttarakhand”

Representational Image. (HT archive)
Published on Sep 22, 2021 06:22 PM IST

Uttarakhand Cong writes to Speaker to disqualify MLA who defected to BJP

“We have urged the Speaker to end Rajkumar’s assembly membership because he joined the BJP without resigning from his membership of both the Congress and the assembly...this disqualifies him from the latter as per the anti-defection law in Constitution,” said Godiyal about his letter

Representational Image. (HT archive)
Published on Sep 22, 2021 04:46 PM IST

Char Dham Yatra: 18 pilgrims with fake e-passes sent back

Police said the 18 people were caught on Monday at a check post at Sonprayag in Rudraprayag district, some 24 km from Kedarnath, one of the four shrines of Hinduism.The other three are Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri

Char Dham Yatra
Published on Sep 22, 2021 12:30 AM IST

After Punjab, hope for a Dalit CM in Uttarakhand too, says Harish Rawat

Rawat made the statement while addressing a public meeting during the party’s Parivartan Yatra in Laksar constituency of Haridwar

Uttarakhand former CM and senior Congress leader Harish Rawat. (HT archive)
Published on Sep 21, 2021 04:58 PM IST

Uttarakhand tops hill states with maximum cases of rape, child abuse, says NCRB report

Himachal Pradesh reported the second highest number of rape cases -- 331 followed by Tripura with 79 such cases. Among other Himalayan states, Meghalaya reported 67 cases and Mizoram 33 cases.

Uttarakhand reported 487 cases of rape in 2020 which was the highest among the nine Himalayan states. (Image of a protest against sexual assault of women. Used for representation). (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Sep 15, 2021 04:18 PM IST

Defection politics heats up in Uttarakhand with new entrants in BJP

The recent inclusions of the two MLAs in the BJP created ripples in the state politics ahead of the assembly elections polls next year.

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan while welcoming Rajkumar to the party, called him a mass leader in Uttarakhand. (Twitter/BJP4India)
Updated on Sep 13, 2021 07:59 PM IST

Congress MLA joins BJP ahead of assembly polls, says impressed by PM Modi

Congress MLA from Purola constituency of Uttarkashi district, Rajkumar, joined the ruling BJP on Sunday.

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan while welcoming Rajkumar to the party, called him a mass leader in Uttarakhand. (Twitter/BJP4India)
Updated on Sep 12, 2021 08:16 PM IST

Uttarakhand minister draws flak for saying app can help regulate rainfall

Uttarakhand minister for disaster management Dhan Singh Rawat copped flak by opposition leaders for a video where he was heard claiming that the state government was considering using “an app that could increase or decrease the intensity of rainfall as per requirement”

Dhan Singh Rawat. (HT archive)
Updated on Aug 31, 2021 06:46 PM IST

'Went into hiding, lost relatives': How Afghan soldier's life changed in 15 days

The officer shared his sorrow with HT over an instant messaging application from an undisclosed location.

 (AFP Photo)
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 08:47 PM IST

Chaos in Uttarakhand assembly over issuing of caste certificates

The issue was raised by Opposition MLAs Mamta Rakesh and Qazi Nizamuddin from Haridwar after the Question Hour in the House.

File photo: Uttarakhand assembly. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 24, 2021 06:05 PM IST

‘Hid uniform... went into hiding’: Afghan officer's account

The officer, who previously completed his pre-commission training at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun as part of an initiative between the two countries, says his life has turned upside down, not unlike millions others in his country.

The ANA officer’s identity and rank in the force are being withheld for his safety.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 23, 2021 05:14 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Dehradun

Entering airport looked nearly impossible: Kabul evacuees

A total of 168 people, including 107 Indians and 23 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, were flown from Kabul to the Hindan airbase near Delhi in the Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 Globemaster aircraft.

The group also included Afghan lawmakers Anarkali Honaryar and Narender Singh Khalsa and their families.(AP Photo)
Published on Aug 23, 2021 12:13 AM IST
By, , Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad/dehradun

Never in our wildest dreams did we think Taliban would return so easily: ANA officer who trained at IMA

The officer said that since August 15, he has been hiding in different towns to ensure his safety while worrying for his parents who live in the capital.

Taliban fighters patrol as two traffic policemen stand aside in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban celebrated Afghanistan's Independence Day on Thursday by declaring they beat the United States, as challenges to their rule ranging from running a country severely short of cash and bureaucrats to potentially facing an armed opposition began to emerge. (AP PHOTO.)
Published on Aug 21, 2021 10:02 PM IST

Phone call from wife saved Dehradun man from Afghanistan crisis

Gurung, an ex-serviceman from Uttarakhand, was all set to leave for Kabul on July 15 from Delhi when he got a phone call from his wife.

File photo: Evacuees board a C-17 Globemaster III during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan. (REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 21, 2021 12:22 AM IST

Over 300 Dehradun residents stranded in Afghanistan, Uttarakhand CM assures help

Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Wednesday said, “The state will do everything possible to get them back home.”

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2021 07:41 PM IST

‘We are not cowards,’ says Afghan soldier who trained at IMA, Dehradun

Another Afghan, who worked for the previous government, said he fears for his wife and sister after the return of the Taliban in Kabul. He too has gone into hiding as the Taliban were looking for him

Newly-inducted officers march during the passing out parade at IMA in Dehradun on June 13, 2020. (File photo)
Published on Aug 17, 2021 05:50 PM IST

Over 80 Afghan cadets training at IMA worry about situation back home

IMA public relations officer, Lt Col Himani Pant, meanwhile, said the training academy has not received any communication from the Afghan authorities till Monday following the developments in their country

An Afghan National Army officer (centre) celebrates during the passing out parade at IMA, Dehradun. (HT File photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2021 06:24 PM IST

Fake Covid testing scam: Probe report questions role of 2 health officers

An official, privy to the report and speaking on the condition of anonymity, said: “The report has raised questions on the role of district chief medical officer and the Kumbh mela health officer for not taking any major action to check and stop the irregularities in the Covid testing.”

Allegations of fake testing surfaced at the Kumbh after a Faridkot resident complained to the authorities that he received a message for collecting his Covid report despite never having been tested.(Bloomberg file photo. Representative image)
Published on Aug 15, 2021 03:47 AM IST
By, , Hindustan Times, Dehradun/haridwar

Woman booked for fraud for forging document to marry younger man in Uttarakhand

Investigating officer Satendra Bhandari said the man met the woman through a matrimonial website on which she declared her age was 28. He added the woman’s father presented some documents that showed her year of birth as 1991

Representational Image. (File photo)
Published on Aug 13, 2021 10:39 AM IST

Illegal crossing of Indo-Nepal border in Pithoragarh has forces worried

The SSB personnel deployed in the area also said that they often intercept such illegal border crossing mechanisms at the border in Dharchula and have often raised concerns before their Nepalese counterparts.

On left, the Indian city of Dharchula separated by Nepalese city of Dharchula on right by Mahakali or Kali river. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 03, 2021 06:11 PM IST

Uttarakhand BJP in poll mode, sets programmes for next 2 months

The party is focussing on “finding a solution to n Char Dham Management Act and demand for land law”.

BJP national general secretary (organisation) BL Santosh along with party state president Madan Kaushik during the core committee meeting on Thursday evening in Dehradun. (HT photo)
Updated on Jul 30, 2021 07:25 PM IST
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