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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‘Living in constant fear’: A cliff that creeps closer to homes in Nainital

The Baliyanala is located in Hari Nagar, at a height of over 6,000 feet, on the outskirts of Nainital, less than a kilometre away from the Naini Lake.
 (HT Photos)
(HT Photos)
Updated on Aug 13, 2022 04:26 AM IST
By, Dehradun/nainital

Uttarakhand HC orders environmental audit before opening 30 peaks to tourists

To the Uttarakhand government’s assertion that the state has framed guidelines for tourists and mountaineers, the high court bench responded that such measures only appear very good on paper
The Uttarakhand high court ordered an environmental audit before opening 30 peaks and 10 trails to mountaineers and tourists (ANI File Photo/Representative)
The Uttarakhand high court ordered an environmental audit before opening 30 peaks and 10 trails to mountaineers and tourists (ANI File Photo/Representative)
Published on Aug 05, 2022 09:58 PM IST

Disproportionate assets case: IAS officer arrested in Uttarakhand

According to the preliminary probe, the officer had disproportionate assets of over 522%. All of his six bank accounts were also frozen.
The bureaucrat’s properties were raided in three locations. (HT File photo)
The bureaucrat’s properties were raided in three locations. (HT File photo)
Published on Jun 23, 2022 01:49 PM IST

Agnipath protests: Congress stages walk-out in Uttarakhand Assembly

The Congress demanded strict action against the police officers who ordered lathi-charge on the youngsters protesting against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme
The Congresss said the Agnipath scheme has triggered heavy opposition in Uttarakhand, Bihar, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. (Representative Image/HT Photo)
The Congresss said the Agnipath scheme has triggered heavy opposition in Uttarakhand, Bihar, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. (Representative Image/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 17, 2022 08:11 PM IST

Uttarakhand Assembly: Congress alleges lack of facilities for Char Dham pilgrims

The Uttarakhand government maintained that it has been making all possible arrangements for the smooth conduct of the Char Dham pilgrimage
The Congress legislators in Uttarakhand alleged that the state government has failed to provide proper facilities for the Char Dham pilgrims. (ANI)
The Congress legislators in Uttarakhand alleged that the state government has failed to provide proper facilities for the Char Dham pilgrims. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 15, 2022 09:11 PM IST

Char Dham: Himalayan ecology faces the stress of post-pandemic pilgrim surge

Problems don’t just exist during the yatra, but at entry points and roads leading up to the four dhams, characterized this year by long traffic jams on narrow mountain roads
In the 40 days since the Char Dham Yatra began on May 3, 1.94 million pilgrims have visited the four holy sites in Uttarakhand’s upper reaches. (FILE)
In the 40 days since the Char Dham Yatra began on May 3, 1.94 million pilgrims have visited the four holy sites in Uttarakhand’s upper reaches. (FILE)
Updated on Jun 13, 2022 11:28 AM IST
ByAjay Ramola, Neeraj Santoshi and Amit Bathla, Hindustan Times, Dehradun/mussoorie

IAF chopper rescues 7 trekkers stranded since Friday in Rudraprayag

The Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a rescue sortie on Monday morning to evacuate the seven trekkers stranded at Rudraprayag’s Pandav Shera area.
The group of seven, including four porters, was in the Rudraprayag district’s Pandav Shera area, a trekking point , to make a documentary.
The group of seven, including four porters, was in the Rudraprayag district’s Pandav Shera area, a trekking point , to make a documentary.
Updated on May 30, 2022 03:02 PM IST

7 trekkers stranded at 4,500m height in Rudraprayag; army to attempt rescue op today

An Indian Army chopper was requisitioned and it conducted a recce in Rudraprayag but it couldn’t carry out rescue operation due to bad weather. It will now attempt the rescue operation at 5 am on Monday.
Seven trekkers have gone missing on Pandav Shera trek in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district at a height of around 4,500 metres
Seven trekkers have gone missing on Pandav Shera trek in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district at a height of around 4,500 metres
Updated on May 30, 2022 02:32 AM IST

7 trekkers go missing in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag, SDRF sends chopper for rescue

When the SDRF team received information from the District Control Room in Rudraprayag that seven trekkers were missing while trekking in Pandav Shera area and they needed to be rescued, a chopper was arranged from the Civil Aviation department for a quick rescue operation by SDRF’s senior officials.
The Uttarakhand State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has sent a High-Altitude Rescue team and a chopper to the area to launch a rescue operation on Saturday evening. (SDRF.)
The Uttarakhand State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has sent a High-Altitude Rescue team and a chopper to the area to launch a rescue operation on Saturday evening. (SDRF.)
Published on May 28, 2022 08:47 PM IST

Committee set up on UCC implementation in Uttarakhand

The committee, led by retired Supreme Court judge Ranjana Desai, will comprise Pramod Kohli (retd judge), social activist Manu Gaur, retired IAS Shatrughan Singh and Doon University vice-chancellor Surekha Dangwal, according to an order issued by the home department.
During his campaign for the February 14 assembly elections, chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami had promised the implementation of UCC if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was voted to power. (PTI)
During his campaign for the February 14 assembly elections, chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami had promised the implementation of UCC if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was voted to power. (PTI)
Updated on May 28, 2022 01:00 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Uttarakhand forms panel led by retd SC judge on Uniform Civil Code

Retired Supreme Court judge Ranjana Desai will head the five-member committee formed by the Uttarakhand government for preparing a draft on implementation of uniform civil code in the state.
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said Uniform Civil Code will provide uniformity (in law) to all religious communities. (File Photo)
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said Uniform Civil Code will provide uniformity (in law) to all religious communities. (File Photo)
Published on May 27, 2022 08:04 PM IST

Leopard trapped by forest dept after death of woman burnt alive by villagers

Loss of life in leopard attacks account for half of all deaths attributed to wild animals in Uttarakhand
Since 2000, 400 people have been killed in leopard attacks in Uttarakhand, according to the state forest department data (ANI File Photo/Representative Image)
Since 2000, 400 people have been killed in leopard attacks in Uttarakhand, according to the state forest department data (ANI File Photo/Representative Image)
Published on May 24, 2022 10:36 PM IST

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

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
By, Dehradun

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
By, Dehradun

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
By, Dehradun

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

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

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
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
By, Dehradun

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

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
By, Dehradun

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

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
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
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
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
By, Dehradun

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

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
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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