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Utpal Parashar

Utpal is a Senior Assistant Editor based in Guwahati. He covers seven states of North-East India and heads the editorial team for the region. He was previously based in Kathmandu, Dehradun and Delhi with Hindustan Times.

Articles by Utpal Parashar

Nepal parties meet to end deadlock

Leaders of the three major political parties in Nepal met on Wednesday to find a way out of the ongoing political deadlock in the Himalayan nation.

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Updated on Nov 19, 2009 02:13 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Efforts on to end Nepal impasse

With less than four days remaining for the deadline given by Maoists to the Nepal government to end, political parties in the Himalayan nation have stepped up efforts to end the ongoing political impasse, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Nov 17, 2009 12:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Maoists give ultimatum to Nepal government to fulfill demands

The agitating Maoists in Nepal on Friday gave a week's ultimatum to the government to address their demands or else face a more aggressive (read violent) agitation.

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Updated on Nov 13, 2009 08:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Arrest warrant against Nepal minister for slapping govt. official

The Nepal Police have issued an arrest warrant against a woman minister in the Madhav Kumar Nepal government for allegedly slapping a senior official earlier this week, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Nov 13, 2009 03:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal all set to do a Maldives on climate change

It seems to be a season of records in South Asia. After the Maldives cabinet made one in October by holding a meeting under sea, the Nepal cabinet is planning one at a Mount Everest base camp this month.

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Updated on Nov 10, 2009 06:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Nepal set to host animal sacrifice fair

India’s animal rights activist and politician Maneka Gandhi’s protest and Nepal’s ‘Budhha Boy’ Ram Bahadur Bomjan’s appeal won’t be able to prevent the sacrifice of nearly half-a-million animals at this month’s Gadhimai Mela in this Himalayan nation, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Nov 10, 2009 12:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Despite protests, Nepal to host world’s largest animal sacrifice fair

Maneka Gandhi’s protest and Nepal’s ‘Budhha Boy’ Ram Bahadur Bomjan’s appeal would not be able to prevent sacrifice of nearly half a million animals at this month’s Gadhimai Mela in this Himalayan nation, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Nov 09, 2009 05:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

Haridwar getting ready for Kumbh mela

Ashrams too turn glitzy as construction boom changes the face of holy town targetting the mass inflow of Kumbh Mela visitors and devotees, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Oct 12, 2009 05:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Haridwar

Chinese troops near Uttarakhand are commonplace

Senior Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officers have denied reports of a Chinese incursion into India across the border with Uttarakhand, but ‘exchanges’ between the two countries in parts of the 350-km-long boundary the state shares with China has been a ‘common practice’ for years, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Sep 14, 2009 12:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Khanduri, Raje keep crisis pot boiling

The crisis-ridden BJP faced more problems on Wednesday, with former Uttarakhand CM Khanduri questioning his removal from the post and Vasundhara Raje, who has been refusing to quit her post, holding a fresh meeting of her supporters. Special: Revolt in the ranks

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Updated on Aug 27, 2009 10:42 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByShekhar Iyer with Utpal Parashar and K.S. Tomar, Dehradun/jaipur/new Delhi

Stop raiding his refrigerator

It’s hard being a farmer in India. Irrigation, roads and power supply are scarce or missing. Then the farm land is bought up for a special economic zone, and magically transformed. In Uttarakhand, the government is making amends with special agricultural zones. The rest of the country must follow suit, report Utpal Parashar and Arnab Hazra. Ploughing for profit

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Updated on Jul 23, 2009 01:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByArnab Hazra and Utpal Parashar, Dehradun, Uttarakhand And New Delhi

Khanduri out, 3 in race for Uttarakhand CM

After a 27-month-long tenure, marked by intense politicking, Uttarakhand chief minister BC Khanduri (75) put in his papers to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh. Vikas Pathak & Utpal Parashar report.

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Updated on Jun 24, 2009 12:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVikas Pathak & Utpal Parashar, New Delhi/dehradun

Booth managers look to improve turnout

Uttarakhand has always witnessed moderate polling with 65.56 per cent in Haridwar in 1977 being the highest for any seat. The lowest turnout recorded in the state was at Almora in 1957 - only 24 per cent voted, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on May 13, 2009 01:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

A road that was never built

Since 1964, an Uttarakhand village has been demanding a road to the block headquarters. But the promises made by politicians have never been kept. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on May 11, 2009 12:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Rasaunlikhal

Rana ends a royal run in Tehri

There are only a handful Lok Sabha constituencies in the country where one family or person has been all pervasive over the decades. Tehri in Garhwal region of Uttarak-hand is one such. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Apr 24, 2009 02:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Stealth & valour at sea

Unknown to the pirates, a tiny instrument on board the hijacked Stolt Valor kept negotiators many miles away informed on the ship’s position and the direction in which it was sailing, if it was sailing at all.

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Updated on Nov 17, 2008 12:50 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByUtpal Parashar, Aurangzeb Naqshbandi and Yashwant Raj, New Delhi

Sisters test HIV+, sent back home

Tests on two sisters who were shunned by their family and village on suspicion of being HIV-positive have confirmed they are infected with the virus. They are also suffering from tuberculosis, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Nov 13, 2008 12:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Abandoned girls get help

The two minor orphan girls who had been shunned by their family and village on the suspicion of being HIV-positive were on Thursday shifted to a town for tests, and treatment, if needed, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Nov 07, 2008 01:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Village, family abandon HIV+ orphans

Two sisters — aged 13 and 11 — have been dumped by relatives in an abandoned, one-room dingy house on the outskirts of their ancestral village only because they are believed to be infected by HIV, report Utpal Parashar & Shailendra Godiyal.

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Updated on Nov 06, 2008 01:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByUtpal Parashar & Shailendra Godiyal, Dehradun/ghansali

Pantnagar may help Nano meet deadline

Ratan Tata and his colleagues at Tata Motors may have sworn to secrecy but hectic activities at the company's Pantnagar plant suggest that Nano could drive out from here to meet the October deadline.

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Updated on Sep 26, 2008 01:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Girl dead, has Hantavirus hit India?

The death of one girl from high fever and another hospitalized, suffering from the same symptoms, has sent the health department into a tizzy over suspected spread of the deadly Hantavirus, reports U Parashar.

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Updated on Aug 04, 2008 11:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Schoolboy kidnaps junior. Ransom: Rs 50 lakh

Eight-year-old Salman Ahmed could not make it to the evening roll call on Monday. He was sitting tied up and gagged in a toilet. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Jul 31, 2008 12:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Cub reporters' club

In a unique project, over 1,600 kids in Uttarakhand were taught media skills. Nearly 130 of them used their newly acquired skills to write an alternative report on child rights, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Jul 15, 2008 09:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Notices issued to Centre, Uttarakhand, on hydel projects

The Uttarakhand HC issued notices to the Centre, Uttarakhand Govt on a PIL seeking resumption of work on the Pala-Maneri and Bhaironghati hydro power projects, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Jul 14, 2008 06:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Spiders can indicate health of eco-systems

Much research has been done to linking animals like tigers and elephants to conditions of reserve forests and protected areas in India, a new study focuses on arachnids. Utpal Parashar reports.

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Updated on Jul 08, 2008 12:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Rein in elephants with bamboo diet

With a focus on providing sufficient fodder to elephants within forests, the department started culturing old bamboo clumps and planting fresh ones in 2006, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on May 03, 2008 02:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Wise banking the way to go

WISE bank makes no profits; it doesn’t want to. It is run as a no-profit-no-loss outfit. And in order to cut costs, the bank has a Spartan establishment, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Apr 07, 2008 03:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Living off the razor’s edge

With three small daughters and a blind father-in-law to take care of she picked up scissors, razor et al and took off from where her husband had left off, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Mar 08, 2008 12:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Uttarakhand

Flu scare enters U’khand

Fear of a bird flu outbreak grips Uttarakhand after Dehra Dun reported a dozen chicken deaths over the past two days, report Utpal Parashar and Subhendu Maiti.

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Updated on Feb 04, 2008 01:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByUtpal Parashar and Subhendu Maiti, Dehradun/kolkata

Fatwa against Salman for Tussauds statue

A fatwa has been issued against the actor by Dehradun-based Mufti Darul Ifta Salim Ahmad Kasmi for going against provisions of Shariat, which terms installation of statue of a living person as haram or forbidden, reports Utpal Parashar.

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Updated on Jan 22, 2008 05:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun
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