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Man-made reasons for Uttarakhand disaster

Expansion of hydel projects, roads and tourism is making the Himalaya in Uttarakhand crumble. [more]

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Fighting the fizz

Chharba, a sleepy village in the Vikas Nagar area, about 32 km from Dehra Dun, is emerging as the scene of conflict between development and community rights. [more]

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CM scripts history with Gairsain declaration

By announcing that Gairsain would have new Vidhan Sabha building and State would have an Assembly session every year, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has registered his place in Uttarakhand’s history and drawn a line for others. Now, whosoever talks about hill politics will talk about…

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Vidhan Bhawan at Gairsain: A Deft Move by U’khand Govt

The decision to build a Vidhan Bhawan at Gairsain and hold a session there annually is being seen as an astute political move by Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna to bolster Congress’ prospects in the mountainous regions of the state before 2014 Lok Sabha polls. [more]

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After missing out in Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat gets Cabinet rank

New Delhi: Union Minister Harish Rawat, after being denied chief ministership of Uttarakhand, was all smiles today as celebrations broke out at his residence over his elevation to the cabinet rank. Mr Rawat, who had a trail of sweet and sour relationship with the party…

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Ganga shifts at Gangotri, lake formed posing danger to downstream areas

The mystic Ganga has baffled the religious gurus and scientists once again. Its traditional mouth, Gaumukh on Gangotri glacier has dried up and a new source has emerged around 20 meters away with a formation of a glacial lake threatening to burst. [more]

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Saving Ganga hurts government’s economic agenda

The governments of the day at the Centre or in states (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal) are not interested in saving India’s national river but harnessing its economic potential. Around 60 % of India’s 1.2 billion people live in the Ganga river basin…

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Ganga hydro-electric projects take political overtones

Much to the chagrin of the people of Uttarakhand, the issue of hydro-electric projects on the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers have come rom the purview of the sages and sants and pro-hydro project loyalists and now have taken political hues. [more]

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Uttarakhand’s hills were ablaze this summer. Literally

Small fires ignited by villagers to clear dry grass and scare leopards blew into infernos. [more]

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Supreme Court takes notice of construction in Corbett Park

Even as concern is being expressed the world over to save the dwindling number of tiger population in the country, the forest and wild life departments of Uttarakhand government in general and the Corbett Park authorities in particular are throwing the ball in each other’s…

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