Neeraj Santoshi

He is principal correspondent based at Bhopal. He covers environment and wildlife, state administration, BJP and other saffron organisations. He has special interest in social issues based stories.

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Dhami ends VIP darshan. Bureaucrats, ministers can’t jump the queue at Char Dham

Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said instructions have been issued to scrap the practice of VIP darshans at Char Dham. “We have made it the same for everyone,” he said
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami ended VIP darshans at Char Dham pilgrim shrines (Twitter/Dhami’s office)
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami ended VIP darshans at Char Dham pilgrim shrines (Twitter/Dhami’s office)
Updated on May 13, 2022 09:11 PM IST
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Yogi Adityanath stresses need to check depletion of water resources in Uttarakhand with conservation steps

Hill state also facing migration challenge, says Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath who is on a three-day visit to Uttarakhand
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath with Yoga guru Baba Ramdev at the inauguration of a centre for integrated therapy of yoga, ayurveda and naturopathy in Pauri Garhwal (Uttarakhand). (TWITTER IMAGE/PTI PHOTO )
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath with Yoga guru Baba Ramdev at the inauguration of a centre for integrated therapy of yoga, ayurveda and naturopathy in Pauri Garhwal (Uttarakhand). (TWITTER IMAGE/PTI PHOTO )
Published on May 04, 2022 10:35 PM IST
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Corbett chief, 2 IFS officers sacked over illegal construction

  • The orders were issued by principal secretary forests RK Sudhanshu on Wednesday. HT has seen a copy of the orders.
A tiger in the forest of Corbett Tiger Reserve. (HT File photo)
A tiger in the forest of Corbett Tiger Reserve. (HT File photo)
Published on Apr 28, 2022 06:18 AM IST
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Will start verification drive to stop those who can disturb peace: CM Dhami

  • Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami made the remark when asked about the demands of seers in Haridwar to prohibit the entry of non-Hindus to Char Dham shrines. The Char Dham shrines include the Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath and the annual yatra attracts lakhs of pilgrims.
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami (PTI)
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami (PTI)
Updated on Apr 20, 2022 02:29 AM IST
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Pushkar Singh Dhami retains 21 depts, gives finance to new face in cabinet

Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami’s cabinet has eight ministers including three new faces.
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has kept 21 departments with him including the home portfolio. (PTI)
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has kept 21 departments with him including the home portfolio. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 29, 2022 11:47 PM IST
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Ritu Khanduri elected speaker of Uttarakhand legislative assembly

Ritu Khanduri, daughter of former chief minister and Union minister Major Gen (retd) Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri, defeated Congress’s former cabinet minister Surendra Singh Negi from Kotdwar in Pauri Garhwal district. Khanduri’s victory assumes importance as she was denied a party ticket from her seat Yamkeshwar and was later asked to contest from the new seat of Kotdwar.
Ritu Khanduri, BJP MLA from Kotdwar, after being elected as speaker of Uttarakhand legislative assembly on Saturday. (HT PHOTO.)
Ritu Khanduri, BJP MLA from Kotdwar, after being elected as speaker of Uttarakhand legislative assembly on Saturday. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Mar 27, 2022 04:02 AM IST
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U’khand cabinet gives nod to form panel to implement UCC: CM

The panel of experts will he headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court or high court, said Dhami after the cabinet meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led state government.
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. (PTI)
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 25, 2022 02:12 AM IST
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By, Dehradun

Dhami sworn in as Uttarakhand CM for his second term

Puskar Singh Dhami was sworn in as chief minister of Uttarakhand, for the second time in eight months, during a ceremony at Parade Ground here in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttarakhand Governor Lt. General (retd.) Gurmit Singh and Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, during the oath taking ceremony of Dhami, in Dehradun. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttarakhand Governor Lt. General (retd.) Gurmit Singh and Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, during the oath taking ceremony of Dhami, in Dehradun. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 24, 2022 12:37 AM IST
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Pushkar Singh Dhami starts 2nd term as Uttarakhand CM; inducts 8 ministers

Uttarakhnad chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has retained five cabinet ministers and inducted three fresh faces to his team.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the oath ceremony of Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami at Dehradun’s Parade Ground on Wednesday (HT Photo/Rajeev Kaka)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the oath ceremony of Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami at Dehradun’s Parade Ground on Wednesday (HT Photo/Rajeev Kaka)
Updated on Mar 23, 2022 04:39 PM IST
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What is wrong with saffronisation of education system, says V-P Naidu

Foreign dignitaries coming to India speak in their mother tongue instead of English despite knowing it because they take pride in their own language, Naidu added.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu made the statement after inaugurating the South Asian Institute of Peace and Reconciliation at the Dev Sanskriti Vishwa Vidyalaya in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar. (HT Photo)
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu made the statement after inaugurating the South Asian Institute of Peace and Reconciliation at the Dev Sanskriti Vishwa Vidyalaya in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 22, 2022 03:01 PM IST
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After poll defeat, Dhami faces a credibility challenge in 2nd term

  • At the same time, however, he helped build trust in the government after the second Covid wave as the third chief minister of the state in just four months.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with Uttarakhand CM-designate Pushkar Singh Dhami, in Dehradun.(PTI)
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with Uttarakhand CM-designate Pushkar Singh Dhami, in Dehradun.(PTI)
Updated on Mar 22, 2022 12:13 PM IST
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2nd terms for CMs in Uttarakhand, Goa

Dhami, who took over as the youngest CM of the hill state in July last year, was unanimously elected as the leader of BJP’s legislative party.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh with Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami in Dehradun on Monday. (ANI)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh with Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami in Dehradun on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 22, 2022 01:45 AM IST
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ByNeeraj Santoshi and Gerard D’Souza, Dehradun/panaji

Pushkar Singh Dhami to continue as Uttarakhand chief minister

The BJP has chosen Pushkar Singh Dhami despite his failure from Khatima seat. The decision has been seen as a recognition of his ability to provide a stable and controversy-free government in Uttarakhand.
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh, who was the BJP’s central observer in the Uttarakhand legislative party meeting on Monday, said Dhami had left a mark in his short tenure as the chief minister of the state. (PTI)
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh, who was the BJP’s central observer in the Uttarakhand legislative party meeting on Monday, said Dhami had left a mark in his short tenure as the chief minister of the state. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 21, 2022 09:54 PM IST
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ByNeeraj Santoshi 

What is wrong with saffronisation of education system, says Vice Prez Naidu

  • “Prolonged colonial rule deprived large sections, including women of education and only a small elite class had access to formal education. It is necessary to provide quality education to all, only then can our education be inclusive and democratic,” Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addresses the inauguration of South Asian Institute of Peace and Reconciliation, in Haridwar, Saturday, March 19, 2022. (PTI Photo)
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addresses the inauguration of South Asian Institute of Peace and Reconciliation, in Haridwar, Saturday, March 19, 2022. (PTI Photo)
Published on Mar 20, 2022 04:49 AM IST
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By, Dehradun

Uncertainty over Dhami’s future after loss of his seat

The BJP won 47 number of the 70 seats in the assembly. The Congress finished a distant second with 19 seats.
The 46-year-old Dhami, who took over as the youngest chief minister of the state on July 4 last year, is credited with keeping the administration stable and free of controversies in his 7-month tenure after the BJP changed the chief minister twice in five years. leading to charges of instability by the opposition (PTI)
The 46-year-old Dhami, who took over as the youngest chief minister of the state on July 4 last year, is credited with keeping the administration stable and free of controversies in his 7-month tenure after the BJP changed the chief minister twice in five years. leading to charges of instability by the opposition (PTI)
Updated on Mar 12, 2022 11:40 PM IST
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Modi factor, development plank, Hindutva secured BJP Uttarakhand win

BJP leaders focussed on development works including Char Dham all-weather road, Rishikesh-Karanprayag railway project, and Jal Jivan Mission for the piped water supply to 800,000 households
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a rally ahead of Uttarakhand assembly elections. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a rally ahead of Uttarakhand assembly elections. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 12, 2022 07:04 AM IST
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BJP registers another big win in Uttarakhand

The Congress failed in its bid to stage a comeback despite being on a mission to dislodge the BJP in the hill state
BJP supporters celebrate the party's lead in Uttarakhand assembly elections, in Haridwar on Thursday. (ANI)
BJP supporters celebrate the party's lead in Uttarakhand assembly elections, in Haridwar on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Mar 11, 2022 12:47 AM IST
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ByNeeraj Santoshi and Sandeep Rawat, Dehradun/haridwar

Why Harish Rawat and Congress lost Uttarakhand elections

Harish Rawat’s and the Congress’ defeat in Uttarakhand are being attributed to various factors, ranging from power struggle to factionalism within the party.
Congress leader and former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat lost the elections from Lalkuan to BJP’s Mohan Singh Bisht. (ANI)
Congress leader and former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat lost the elections from Lalkuan to BJP’s Mohan Singh Bisht. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 10, 2022 06:08 PM IST
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Haridwar hate speeches: Uttarakhand HC rejects Tyagi’s bail plea

He was the first person to be arrested in the case on January 13 days after the videos of calls for violence against Muslims went viral on social media and provoked outrage
Jitendra Narayan Tyagi (HT PHOTO)
Jitendra Narayan Tyagi (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 09, 2022 02:13 PM IST
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All is not well with Uttarakhand BJP as 3 MLAs allege betrayal by leaders

The Uttarakhand BJP is now in damage control mode and has started taking action against some leaders. Meanwhile, the Congress has termed these developments as an indirect admission by the BJP candidates that they have lost the elections.
BJP MLA Sanjay Gupta, who opened a front against the party state president Madan Kaushik a day after polling, again trained his guns on Kaushik on Wednesday demanding a probe into his property and income. (File Photo)
BJP MLA Sanjay Gupta, who opened a front against the party state president Madan Kaushik a day after polling, again trained his guns on Kaushik on Wednesday demanding a probe into his property and income. (File Photo)
Updated on Feb 16, 2022 09:55 PM IST
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ByNeeraj Santoshi and Sandeep Rawat

BJP, Congress bigwigs among 632 vying for power in Uttarakhand

There are a total of 8,172,173 voters in the state and 11,697 polling booths spread over 8,624 locations, said Chief Electoral Officer Saujanya, who does not use a surname.
Polling parties leaving on foot for polling booths located in remote hills areas of Nainital and Bageshwar districts of Uttarakhand. (HT Photo)
Polling parties leaving on foot for polling booths located in remote hills areas of Nainital and Bageshwar districts of Uttarakhand. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2022 03:06 AM IST
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By, Dehradun

U’khand polls: 17% candidates have criminal cases against them, shows ADR report

Out of 626 candidates, whose self-sworn affidavits were analysed by the Uttarakhand Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms, 61 candidates (10%) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves
Uttarakhand, which has 70 assembly seats, is going to polls on February 14. (Representational Image)
Uttarakhand, which has 70 assembly seats, is going to polls on February 14. (Representational Image)
Updated on Feb 07, 2022 05:14 PM IST
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Ready to apologise to Congress’s Harish Rawat: Harak Singh Rawat

Uttarakhand elections: Harak Singh Rawat, who was expelled from the BJP on January 16, said on Tuesday that he is ready to apologise to Congress leader Harish Rawat.
Harak Singh Rawat speaks to the media on his dismissal from the Uttarakhand cabinet and expulsion from the BJP, ahead of the elections, in Dehradun on Monday. On Tuesday, he said he was ready to apologise to Congress leader Harish Rawat. (ANI)
Harak Singh Rawat speaks to the media on his dismissal from the Uttarakhand cabinet and expulsion from the BJP, ahead of the elections, in Dehradun on Monday. On Tuesday, he said he was ready to apologise to Congress leader Harish Rawat. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 04:56 AM IST
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Why Uttarakhand BJP’s pre-emptive strike hurts Harak Singh Rawat, helps Congress

Uttarakhand election 2020: Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami’s decision to drop Harak Singh Rawat from his cabinet and his expulsion from the BJP has shrunk Rawat’s capacity to negotiate terms for switching to the Congress.
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Sunday night sprung a surprise on Harak Singh Rawat, dropping him from his cabinet and booting him out of the BJP (ANI File Photo)
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Sunday night sprung a surprise on Harak Singh Rawat, dropping him from his cabinet and booting him out of the BJP (ANI File Photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 02:41 AM IST
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Uttarakhand elections: Changing CMs, Covid management in focus

Uttarakhand elections: The Congress said it will target the BJP government for frequently changing CMs, the fake Covid-19 testing scam, high unemployment, increased migration and poor healthcare.
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami participates in the first Sanyas Deeksha ceremony of Niranjan Peethadheeshwar Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Swami Kailashanand Ji Maharaj at Jagadguru Ashram, Kankhal, in Haridwar on January 1. (ANI)
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami participates in the first Sanyas Deeksha ceremony of Niranjan Peethadheeshwar Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Swami Kailashanand Ji Maharaj at Jagadguru Ashram, Kankhal, in Haridwar on January 1. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 09, 2022 07:59 AM IST
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By, Dehradun

Uttarakhand high court stays new mining rules, issues notice to state govt

A petition in the high court challenged the new mining rules, saying it provided for allotment of mining leases by recommendatory procedure rather than competitive bidding in disregard of the State Mining Policy of 2017.
The petitioner, challenging the new mining rules in the Uttarakhand high court, said it is an attempt to indulgingly convert state mining policy of competitive bidding into a mutual consent cum recommendation (Representational Image)
The petitioner, challenging the new mining rules in the Uttarakhand high court, said it is an attempt to indulgingly convert state mining policy of competitive bidding into a mutual consent cum recommendation (Representational Image)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 11:44 PM IST
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Consider virtual rallies, online voting: Uttarakhand HC to ECI

The Uttarakhand high court on Wednesday asked the ECI to consider virtual rallies for the assembly polls in the state due this year in light of the rising Covid-19 cases.
Political parties have been holding rallies in Uttarkhand where assembly elections are due this year.
Political parties have been holding rallies in Uttarkhand where assembly elections are due this year.
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 04:56 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Dehradun

Uttarakhand high court asks EC to consider ban on large rallies amid Covid surge

DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand high court on Wednesday asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to consider banning large public meetings and allowing only virtual rallies for the state assembly elections expected to be held next month
The Uttarakhand high court asked the ECI t consider allowing only virtual political rallies for the state elections amid mounting concerns over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease. (ANI)
The Uttarakhand high court asked the ECI t consider allowing only virtual political rallies for the state elections amid mounting concerns over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 05, 2022 07:17 PM IST
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Uttarakhand HC issues notices over plea for deferment of state polls

PILs have been filed by Sachdanand Dabral, Dushyant Mainali, Anu Pant and Rajendra Arya related to various issues regarding the fight against the pandemic in the state.
Uttarakhand has reported four cases of the Omicron variant so far. Following these developments, on Monday, the state government announced night curfew in the state from 11 pm-5 am
Uttarakhand has reported four cases of the Omicron variant so far. Following these developments, on Monday, the state government announced night curfew in the state from 11 pm-5 am
Updated on Dec 30, 2021 04:31 AM IST
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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
Uttarakhand minister storms out of cabinet meet, BJP says he hasn’t resigned
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 03:55 AM IST
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