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Farmer-oriented schemes resulted increase among crop yield: President

President on a 3-day visit to Uttarakhand

Dehradun: President Pranab Mukherjee will arrive in Uttarakhand on Tuesday for a three-day visit, officials said. Elaborate security arrangements were made for the high-profile visit and security has been beefed up at places where he is slated to visit. On his first day, the President will inaugurate a building ‘Aashiana’ at the Presidential Bodyguards’ campus

Uttarakhand governor releases book by author Nagrath

Dehradun: Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul today released a book titled ‘Shanti ki Talaash mein Zindagi’ written in Hindi by Haridwar-based author and journalist Radhika Nagrath. “The book is a philosophical treatise written in simple language incorporating interesting examples and anecdotes from day-to-day life,” the Governor said in his address after releasing the book in

25,000 school teachers on strike in U’khand

Dehradun: Nearly 25,000 school teachers across Uttarakhand went on an indefinite strike today demanding implementation of their 18-point charter of demands related to pay structure, leave and transfer provisions. “The indefinite strike began in support of our 18-point charters of demands today after the stir on September 6 fell on deaf ears,” Uttarakhand Government Teachers

Joint Indian-US army exercise to begin in Uttarakhand

Lucknow: As part of the ongoing Indo-US defence cooperation, a joint military training exercise, ‘Yudh Abhyas 2016’ is set to be conducted in Uttarakhand from September 14 to 27, a military official said on Monday. The exercise in Chaubattia was being conducted by the headquarter Central Command. “It is a series of one of the

Himachal, Uttarakhand most vulnerable to quakes, says new study

Bengaluru: A new study to identify seismically susceptible areas in the Western Himalayas has shown that “almost the entire states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and a portion of Jammu and Kashmir” are most at risk. The study by seismologists at the Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee and reported in the ‘Journal of Earth System Science’

Rain blocks 135 roads in Uttarakhand

Dehradun: As many as 135 roads in Uttarakhand have been damaged and blocked due to continuous rains in the past one week, officials said on Monday. The routes of the annual pilgrimage — Chaar Dhaam Yatra, which includes Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath, have also been blocked off and on, an official said, adding that most

Rain woes continue in Uttarakhand

Dehradun: Heavy rains continued to affect most parts of Uttarakhand damaging the trek to Kedarnath, officials said on Saturday. Rudraprayag District Magistrate Raghav Langar informed reporters that repair work is underway and the trek is likely to be opened for pilgrims — stranded on both sides — by Monday. The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel

Security beefed up in Uttarakhand ahead of Independence Day

Dehradun: Security has been heightened at public places in Uttarakhand ahead of the Independence Day celebrations, a police official said on Wednesday. While there were no immediate inputs from intelligence agencies of any terrorist movement in the state, the arrest of four Islamic State militant group sympathisers in Roorkie earlier this year had cautioned the security

Heavy rains in Uttarakhand, rivers in spate

Dehradun: Uttarakhand has been experiencing very heavy rains, with rivers flowing near the danger mark and more downpours forecast. The Regional Meteorological Department has forecast very heavy rains in Uttarakhand over the next 48-hours. It has been raining heavily in Uttarkashi since Sunday night, following which the Gangotri highway was blocked at four places — at

Most rivers in Uttarakhand breach danger mark as rains continue

Dehradun: Heavy rains continued to pound Uttarakhand on Monday causing most rivers to breach its danger mark, an official said. Officials informed that Saryu, Sharda, Gori and Bhagirathi rivers are flowing above the danger mark while Alaknanda and Mandakini are in spate and could breach the danger mark any time. Seven persons were killed in

U’khand cloudburst: 3 more bodies recovered, toll rises to 18

Dehradun: Three more bodies were recoveredfrom the debris in the cloudburst-hit villages of Pithoragarh, raising the death toll in rain-related incidents in the state to 18 while searches were on for as many missing people by the Army, para-military and police personnel. According to the Disaster Mitigation Centre here, three more bodies were recovered from

Uttarakhand cloudburst: At least 30 killed as heavy rains lash Chamoli

Chamoli: At least 30 people were killed after heavy rains triggered cloudbursts in several districts of Uttarakhand on Friday. According to disaster management officer R S Rana, the cloudburst occurred in the villages of Singhali, Patthakot, Ogla and Thal villages which were lying under heavy debris. NDRF teams were rushed from Delhi to the affected

Rawat asks Centre to maintain 90:10 funding for U’khand      

Dehradun: Claiming that the circumstances in which Uttarakhand was given special category status still persist, Chief Minister Harish Rawat today asked the Centre to maintain the funding pattern for externally aided projects in the state in the ratio of 90:10. Making the request at a meeting with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Rawat said with 65

MET predicts heavy rain prediction in Chandigarh, HP, Uttarakhand

Pune: Day 1 (1st July): Heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places is very likely over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Konkan and Goa. Heavy rain is very likely at isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya, Odisha, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, east Rajasthan, west Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and

8 people killed,scores missing after cloudburst in Uttarakhand

Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand): Eight persons were killed and 25 others were missing as a cloudburst hit Singhali area here early this morning, flattening homes in over seven villages and leaving many residents trapped in the debris. “We have recovered five bodies from Singhali area while three bodies have been recovered from Thal village. The search for others is on by


Rain, landslides block roads in Uttarakhand

Dehradun: Heavy rains and landslides have blocked many roads in the hill state of Uttarakhand, an official said on Wednesday. The roads include the Kedarnath highway and the Badrinath highway at Nandprayag. Efforts were on to clear the roads and bring the disrupted traffic back to track, the official said. “The Border Road Organisation is

Heavy rains predicted in Uttarakhand for next 24-hours

Dehradun: Heavy rains have been predicted for Uttarakhand in the next 24-hours, an official said on Thursday. The hill state which has been receiving rains in the past two days has been warned of moderate to very heavy rainfall over the next two days. An alert has been issued for the five ‘high altitude’ districts

SC to hear challenge to culling of animals

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear a plea challenging three government notifications declaring as vermin nilgais, wild boars and monkeys, thereby paving the way for their culling in Bihar, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. An apex court vacation bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice L. Nageshwara Rao agreed to hear two PILs by

5 more killed in U’khand cloudbursts, toll mounts to 6

Dehradun: Five more persons were killed over the last 24 hours in Uttarakhand as heavy rains triggered by a series of cloudbursts hit Tehri and Uttarkashi districts. Uttarkashi’s Chinyalisaur area reported four fresh deaths. The toll in cloudburst now stands at six. Four persons, including three women, were swept in incidents of mudslide when a

CBI questions Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday began questioning Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat in an alleged political horse-trading case, in the wake of a “sting” video showing him offering bribes to buy legislative support in the state assembly. Rawat reached the CBI office here around 11.15 a.m. and his questioning began a