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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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Patanjali sent notices, but not under key 1954 law

This happened not once but five times between April 2022 and February this year.

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev (HT File Photo/ Sunil Ghosh)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 06:51 AM IST
By, New Delhi

“Youngsters leave the state for jobs and education, but they should return"

Meet Uttam Rawat, recently appointed co-convenor of Uttarakhand BJP unit's foreign cell, who has lived and worked in Paris for over two decades

Uttam Rawat (left) with Uttarakhand CM, Pushkar Singh Dhami. Rawat was recently made co-convenor of state BJP's foreign cell. The other co-convenors of the cell are residents of Uttarakhand.(Courtesy Uttam Rawat)
Published on Mar 05, 2024 10:20 PM IST

India’s first Uniform Civil Code gets nod in U’khand house

The Uttarakhand assembly has passed the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) Bill, becoming the first state in India to do so. The bill, which overrides several national laws, will be sent to the President for approval before implementation. The UCC aims to provide a common legal framework for marriage and property inheritance, ensuring equal rights for women and banning polygamy. The Congress party has called for further discussion on the bill before its passage.

Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami speaks during discussions on the Uniform Civil Code Uttarakhand 2024 Bill in the state Assembly on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 08, 2024 05:48 AM IST

Uniform Civil Code bill passed in Uttarakhand assembly

The CM said will the UCC will give equal rights to all without discriminating in matters like marriage, maintenance, adoption, succession and divorce

CM Dhani addressing the House before the UCC bill was passed in the state assembly in Dehradun on Wednesday evening (Photo/Uttarakhand govt information department)
Published on Feb 07, 2024 07:01 PM IST

UCC guarantees equal rights in marriage, bans polygamy

The law will be applicable to all residents of Uttarakhand. A resident has been defined as one staying in the state for one year or more

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami tables the Uniform Civil Code bill in state assembly, in Dehradun (ANI)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 12:18 PM IST
By, Dehradun

Register live-ins or face jail term up to 3 months, says UCC bill

In case the live-in relationship is terminated, the registrar will have to be informed, who will then inform the other partner

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami tables the Uniform Civil Code in state assembly, in Dehradun (ANI)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 09:38 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Uttarakhand 1st state to bring uniform code bill

The bill allows marriages under Nikah (Muslim marriage), Saptpadi (Hindi marriage), Anand Karaj (Sikh marriage) or any other religious form not otherwise prohibited under the proposed law

Security personnel deployed near the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly as the Uniform Civil Code bill being debated following its presentation by the state CM Pushkar Singh Dhami in the state assembly, in Dehradun, on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Historic moment, says Uttarakhand chief minister Dhami as he tables UCC Bill

UCC has been among key promises of the BJP apart from the construction of the Ayodhya Ram Temple and ending Jammu and Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status

Parliamentary affairs minister Premchand Aggarwal gave a historical background of the UCC. (PTI)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 04:26 PM IST

Ban polygamy, says Uttarakhand UCC panel

CM Dhami plans to introduce a draft bill based on the report in the upcoming assembly session.

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami (ANI)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 12:21 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel rescue: After 422 anxious hours, families rejoice

As the quaint mountain town of Kotdwar in Uttarakhand was lighting up on Diwali day, Jaimal Singh Negi’s life descended into darkness.

Locals and family members of trapped workers near the under-construction tunnel between Silkyara and Dandalgaon on the Brahmakhal-Yamunotri national highway,(PTI)
Updated on Nov 29, 2023 04:45 AM IST

NGT notice seeks mitigation measures for unstable slopes on Gangotri national highway

The National Green Tribunal has issued notices to various authorities regarding landslide mitigation measures on the Gangotri national highway in Uttarkashi. The authorities are required to reply within eight weeks and a spot inspection has been ordered. The next hearing is scheduled for January 2024.

The NGT principal bench issued these directions on November 9 but a copy of the order was made available on Saturday (HiT Photo)
Updated on Nov 18, 2023 08:56 PM IST
ByNeeraj Santoshi I Edited by Shilpa Ambardar, Dehradun

Fragile Nainital: Hillside survey planned after landslide, house collapse

Number of buildings in Nainital, most built on hill slopes, increased from 520 in 1901-02 to over 7000 at present including over 150 hotels and resorts

The Nainital administration is erecting a wall of “geo bags” , bags that are filled with granular material, to check landslides. (PTI)
Published on Oct 02, 2023 06:53 PM IST

Geological factors to rampant development: Decoding reasons for Joshimath crisis

The reports were commissioned by the state and the central governments to understand different aspects of sudden emergence of cracks.

Cracks emerged in the town between November 2022 and January 2023 (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2023 04:43 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Joshimath cracks likely due to constructions in spring zone, says report

The panel’s “Hydrological investigation report on land subsidence in Joshimath”, submitted before the Uttarakhand high court on Wednesday.

In Joshimath, 868 structures have developed cracks and 181 have been declared unsafe so far. (AP)
Updated on Sep 23, 2023 08:30 AM IST
By, Dehradun

HC orders Uttarakhand to respond to plea against stone crushers in residential areas

A division bench comprising chief justice Vipin Sanghi and justice Rakesh Thapliyal issued notice on a petition filed by Independent Media Initiative Society Haldwani

Lawyer Dushyant Mainali, who appeared for the petitioner, said the Uttarakhand high court has given the state government four weeks to file its response (Uttarakhand high court)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 08:39 PM IST

Uttarakhand HC takes cognisance of Virat Kohli's video, seeks Centre's reply

The Uttarakhand high court sought a reply from the state and central governments on the matter in two weeks.

Virat Kohli attends playing members during a break in the Asia Cup cricket match between Bangladesh and India in Colombo. (AP)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 12:27 AM IST
By, Dehradun

U’khand HC orders CBI inquiry into illegal felling of 6,000 trees in Corbett

The high court noted that there has been felling of trees more than the stipulated member of 163 in the approval for the Tiger Safari and work was started without Stage II approval under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980

The high court said that all the authorities in the state are directed to cooperate with the CBI in conducting fair investigation of the case. (File Photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 05:56 PM IST

Uttarakhand HC reserves judgment on CBI inquiry into Corbett tree felling

The high court is hearing two cases, one filed by Dehradun-based Pant and another in which it had taken suo motu cognisance of the media reports over illegal constructions and felling of trees in Corbett on October 27, 2021

In October last year, the NGT, while taking suo motu cognisance of a media report on the illegal felling of over 6,000 trees in CTR (File Photo)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 02:30 PM IST

Uttarakhand chief secretary summoned for hearing on Joshimath crisis

The Uttarakhand high court has summoned the chief secretary over non-compliance of its order to form a committee on land subsidence in Joshimath town. Hundreds of buildings developed cracks earlier this year, forcing families to shift to temporary relief camps. The court has directed the chief secretary to appear during the next hearing on September 22.

HT Image
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 12:32 AM IST

Corbett tree felling: U’khand HC to decide on transferring case to CBI on Sep 1

The high court on Monday asked the Uttarakhand government why a CBI inquiry should not be initiated in the case of illegal constructions and felling of 6,000 trees in Corbett Tiger Reserve

The high court said that on September 1, the next date of hearing in the case, it will decide whether to refer the investigation into the case to CBI. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 05:47 PM IST

Tiger numbers, and fears of surge in man-animal conflict, up outside Corbett

According to the latest tiger census report, there are 260 tigers inside Corbett and 229 outside the reserve, Deepchand Arya, conservator of forests, western circle, Kumaon, said

The tiger population in Uttarakhand has risen from 178 in 2006, 227 in 2010, 340 in 2014, 442 in 2018 and 560 in 2022. (Representative file image)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 05:50 PM IST
By, Ankur Sharma

Blacklist Char Dham operators who are cruel to animals, says Uttarakhand HC

The court gave these directions after hearing two public interest litigations filed by animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi and social activist Ajay Gautam.

The Uttarakhand high court in Nainital. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 12:13 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Uttarakhand HC directs govt to blacklist horse operators indulging in cruelty

The Uttarakhand high court has also directed the state government not to deploy horses and mules on Char Dham routes between sunset and sunrise

The high court has also asked the government to allow only registered equines and handlers and to implement a Stampede Prevention Mechanism. (Representative Image)
Updated on Aug 12, 2023 03:25 PM IST

In a first, Uttarakhand forest dept conducts seed ball broadcasting using a drone

The broadcast seeding method involves scattering seeds by hand or mechanically, over a relatively large area

Uttarakhand forest department’s research conducted seed ball broadcasting using a drone. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 03:51 PM IST

After 24% surge, India is now home to 75% of tigers in the world

The increase shows the success of the country’s 20-year-old science- based tiger conservation programme, experts said.

Globally, the number of tigers increased from 3,890 in 2016 to 5,575 in 2023, with India and Nepal doubling the numbers, said a statement from the Global Tiger Forum on Saturday. (AP)
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 09:16 AM IST

India’s tiger count tops 3,600, Madhya Pradesh leads at 785

India is home to 75% of the world?s tiger population with an estimated 3,682 tigers in the wild, significantly higher than the projected figure of 3,167.

India has a network of 53 Tiger Reserves spread across 18 States covering an area of 75,796.83 sq km. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 09:14 AM IST
By, , Dehradun/bhopal

Audit report flags irregularities in tiger reserve projects in Uttarakhand

Lawyer and wildlife activist Gaurav Bansal said he has requested Pushkar Singh Dhami to order a CBI probe into the financial irregularities reported by the audit team

The 30-page audit report, submitted to the Uttarakhand government earlier this month, mostly focussed on the proposed tiger safari in Pakhro block (File Photo)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 02:00 PM IST

Should avoid expansion of construction activities in Mussoorie: NGT panel report

The committee has recommended that the registration of tourists should be done according to the carrying capacity of the area, especially the available parking space & guest room availability

The status report has recommended that proper drainage and sewage systems need to be implemented. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2023 02:18 PM IST

16 electrocuted to death at riverbank in Uttarakhand's Chamoli

A sub-inspector, three home guards and one employee of Namami Gange plant died in the accident and among 11 injured, six were airlifted to AIIMS in Rishikesh.

One of the victims being airlifted after the incident in Chamoli on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 01:05 AM IST
By, Dehradun

Ten years of Kedarnath tragedy: Lessons not learnt and challenges ahead

The Himalayan state of Uttarakhand remains vulnerable to disasters due to unsustainable development and an increase in pilgrims visiting Hindu shrines.

Rudraprayag,India,June 18:view of devastated Kedarnath temple surroundings due to rain fury on Sunday night,in Rudraprayag,India,June 18,2013. HT photo
Updated on Jul 17, 2023 04:47 AM IST
By, Dehradun
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