Amit Bathla
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U’khand village tense after two held over bid to abduct minor

The protest on Monday — which was supported by local Vyapar Mandal (market union) by observing a bandh — turned violent after some protesters attacked shops

On May 27, the two accused were arrested. (Representational image)
Updated on May 31, 2023 12:05 AM IST

Won’t stop them, says Haridwar SSP on wrestlers’ plan to immerse medals in Ganga

Haridwar SSP Ajai Singh said people immerse gold, silver, and ashes in Ganga and wrestlers can immerse their medals if they want to.

Haridwar SSP Ajai Singh said 15 lakh pilgrims are visiting Haridwar to take a holy dip in Ganga on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra on Tuesday and the wrestlers were free to come too (PTI)
Updated on May 30, 2023 03:50 PM IST

Ex-PM VP Singh’s granddaughter files domestic violence complaint in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand DGP has ordered Dehradun SSP to probe the allegations levelled by Adrija Manjari Singh, granddaughter of former Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh

The complainant alleged that she had given a complaint at Dehradun’s Rajpur police station and reached out to the police several times but no action was taken. (Representative Image)
Updated on May 16, 2023 04:47 PM IST

FIR against Uttarakhand minister for thrashing man on road in Rishikesh: Police

The FIR was registered at the Rishikesh police station under sections 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the IPC

The minister’s PSO Gaurav however had an altogether different account of the incident. (Screengrab from the video)
Updated on May 03, 2023 06:18 PM IST

Tyuni fire incident:Probe team denies any negligence by fire dept

The four children were sleeping when fire engulfed the house of retired government official Sita Ram Joshi, according to the police.

Four children were killed when a gas cylinder caught fire and exploded inside the multi-storey house largely made of wood in Dehradun’s Tyuni area on Thursday evening. (HT)
Updated on Apr 10, 2023 11:55 PM IST
ByAmit Bathla I Edited by Shilpa Ambardar, Dehradun

3 months on, Joshimath families await permanent resettlement

At last count, 868 residential buildings and other structures developed cracks in the first week of January.

At least 296families are living in temporary shelters. (AP)
Updated on Apr 04, 2023 01:26 AM IST
By, Dehradun

1,000 houses damaged due to Uttarakhand railway project work: Locals

The project passes through five districts – Dehradun, Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal, Rudraprayag and Chamoli.

The 125.20 km-long Rishikesh-Karnaprayag broad gauge rail line is an ambitious project of the Narendra Modi government, estimated to cost more than <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>16,200 crore. (HT)
Updated on Mar 31, 2023 04:33 AM IST
By, , Dehradun

Rishikesh-Karnaprayag railway line: Houses damaged due to blasting work

Pauri Garhwal resident Anil Dutt Tiwari said the round-the-clock blasting began in 2019 and has also affected their sleep and overall mental health

The project has been described as a game changer for connectivity in the Garhwal Himalayas. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 30, 2023 04:41 PM IST

Uttarakhand govt sets aside 1,000 crore in budget for relief ops in Joshimath

The Uttarakhand government on Wednesday presented ₹77,407.08 crore budget for 2023-24, with a provision of ₹1,000 crore for relief measures in crisis-hit Joshimath.

Labourers demolish a building in Joshimath. (AP)
Updated on Mar 16, 2023 01:08 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Uttarakhand assembly speaker suspends 15 Congress MLAs for ‘unruly behaviour’

The Congress legislators created a ruckus in the House and two of them climbed on the assembly secretary’s table protesting the Speaker’s decision to turn down a breach of privilege motion moved by the opposition party.

Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker Ritu Khanduri Bhushan. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 14, 2023 06:00 PM IST

Congress stages protest during assembly budget session in Gairsain

As chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami arrived at the Vidhan Sabha campus, Congress legislators yelled “Pushkar Dhami weak hai, tabhi to paper leak hai,” slogans

Congress legislators sit on the stairs of Vidhan Sabha house in Gairsain (Rajeev Kala/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 13, 2023 03:32 PM IST

Uttarakhand govt forming schemes to lure doctors amid scarcity

tarakhand health department in December last year had come up with an attractive new scheme ‘You Quote We Pay’ to overcome the shortage of specialist doctors in the state.

There are only 515 regular specialist and super-specialist doctors against 1,254 sanctioned posts in Uttarakhand (Representative Photo)
Published on Feb 24, 2023 05:46 PM IST

Panel of experts says cracks have reappeared in Joshimath

The experts concluded that Joshimath remains susceptible to subsidence due to eco-tectonic, geomorphic, and climatic elements

Cracks appeared in Joshimath due to land subsidence. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 22, 2023 04:51 PM IST

Locals report fresh cracks on Badrinath highway, BRO says ‘not new’

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which has been keeping a watch on the developments said the cracks found on the highway at various spots are “not new” and wouldn’t affect the upcoming Badrinath yatra

A ten feet deep pit near railway building in Joshimath was filled with stones and concrete by BRO (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 21, 2023 06:04 PM IST

More houses develop cracks in Joshimath

Joshimath Bachao Sangharsh Samiti convener Atul Sati said cracks have been found in houses almost daily and the state government is papering over the continuing crisis

Officials said five houses developed cracks in the Singh Dhar ward. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 08, 2023 10:35 AM IST

Dehradun school owner rejects allegations of ‘anti-national activities’

The owner of the school has said that he will file defamation suits against the people and organisations who are raising such allegations

The Uttarakhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) chairperson Dr Geeta Khanna inspected the school in Dehradun on Saturday. (Representative Image/Twitter/Uttarakhand SCPCR)
Updated on Feb 05, 2023 05:25 PM IST

Uttarakhand man’s fingers, genitals allegedly chopped off by son

The incident happened more than a month ago but the police said they received a complaint only recently and they are still trying to find out the motive behind the crime

The father alleged that his son had also threatened to kill him. (Representative Image)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 09:01 PM IST

396 ad hoc postings to Uttarakhand assembly secretariat from 2001 to 2022 illegal: Expert Panel

All 396 ad hoc appointments to Uttarakhand assembly secretariat made from 2001 to 2022 are “unconstitutional”, an expert committee has found, but only 228 such appointments made since 2016 have been cancelled so far

396 ad hoc postings to Uttarakhand assembly secretariat from 2001 to 2022 illegal: Expert Panel
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 12:14 AM IST

No new cracks since Jan 20, say officials; Joshimath residents disagree

“Our survey has been completed. We are reconciling the data,” Chamoli district magistrate Himanshu Khurana said. “If there are any changes, they would be minor.”

There has been no new damage to property at Uttarakhand’s Joshimath town since January 20 (PTI)
Updated on Jan 29, 2023 07:11 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Uttarakhand police to enforce ‘Gangster Act’ against cow smugglers

In 2017, following instructions of then chief minister Trivendra Rawat for forming a special squad to keep in check the “increasing number of cases of cow smuggling and cow slaughter” in the state, two ‘govansh sangrakshan squads (cow protection squads)’– one each for Kumaon and Garhwal regions– were formed

According to data shared by the police department, approximately 600 people were arrested and around 300 cases were registered since 2017 for cow slaughter and smuggling (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 08:46 PM IST
ByAmit BathlaAmit Bathla

1st house collapse in crisis-hit Joshimath

Dinesh Lal, the owner of the house, said he has been living with his family in a primary school in Singh Dhar since the first week of January, when their house developed major cracks and became uninhabitable.

The house which collapsed in Joshimath on Sunday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 01:14 AM IST

Hidden scars of sinking town: Anxious residents battle psychological trauma

The turbulence and uncertainty about the future are causing insomnia and anxiety among the affected people, who are presently putting up in camps and other places, said mental health doctors camping in the historic town.

Joshimath: Residents shift their belongings from an 'unsafe' building, at the land subsidence affected area in Joshimath, Sunday evening, Jan. 22, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_23_2023_000031B) (PTI)
Published on Jan 23, 2023 07:54 PM IST
ByAmit Bathla I Edited by Shilpa Ambardar, Dehradun

Joshimath: Govt says Helang bypass work can restart if technical agencies permit

The Uttarakhand government has decided to write to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to consult the Geological Survey of India (GSI) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, on resuming the work on Helang-Marwari bypass

The Chardham all weather road project aims to provide all-weather connectivity to four major Hindu shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri located in the upper Himalayas of Uttarakhand. (Representative Image/PTI)
Updated on Jan 21, 2023 03:51 PM IST

Rain, snowfall hit relief operations as Joshimath fights crisis

The season’s first snowfall and rain in various parts of Uttarakhand have intensified fears of increasing land subsidence in Joshimath town.

Snow-capped mountain peaks after fresh snowfall in Joshimath on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 21, 2023 07:32 AM IST

After hotels, dismantling of residential structures begin in Joshimath

On January 12, the district administration began the process of razing Hotel Malari Inn and began dismantling the adjoining damaged Mount View the next day.

The dismantling work across the town had to be stopped due to snowfall but it began once situation improved. (ANI image)
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 10:32 PM IST

Snowfall in Joshimath triggers fear among land subsidence affected families

A section of the locals in Joshimath alleged that the authorities didn’t take the required steps despite the weather forecast

Snow covered Joshimath on Friday amid land subsidence crisis. (HT Photo/Rajeev Kala)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 01:11 PM IST

Two years on, rehabilitation still eludes villagers in Chamoli

Almost two years after Raini village in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district faced the brunt of a glacial lake outburst in February 2021 leaving over 204 people dead, the promise of rehabilitation has remained a pipe dream for residents of the sinking village with officials attributing the delay to “non-availability” of land.

The Tapovan hydel project was affected due to the glacial lake outburst in 2021. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 18, 2023 02:09 PM IST
By, Raini (chamoli)

Two years of Chamoli tragedy: Known for Chipko movement, Raini village still awaits rehabilitation

In July 2021, a team of geologists in their report to the district magistrate had declared the village “inhabitable”.

In the 2021 tragedy, officially, at least 204 deaths were reported. According to an official at Chamoli district disaster management office, 92 bodies and 38 body parts have been recovered by them till date. (HT Archives)
Published on Jan 16, 2023 07:44 PM IST
ByAmit Bathla I Edited by Shilpa Ambardar, Raini (chamoli)

‘Cracks not leaving us behind’: Many families in Joshimath stare at second rehabilitation

Panic-gripped residents scrambling to collect their belongings and evacuate their cracked homes in Joshimath has become a routine sight over the past few weeks due to largescale land subsidence in the temple town

A passerby looks at the rubble of a wall that got damaged due to continuous land subsidence, in Joshimath on Sunday. (ANI)
Published on Jan 15, 2023 11:39 PM IST

A deep rumble, cracks: What ensued in Joshimath on January 2

An army of government experts have been deployed to understand what caused the ground to shift beneath the residents of Joshimath town with roughly 20,000 people.

As of Saturday, 760 buildings in nine wards of Uttarakhand’s Joshimath town developed cracks, while 147 were declared unsafe from where families were shifted to safer locations. (HT photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2023 01:27 AM IST
By, Joshimath
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