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Illegal construction continues to haunt Mussoorie’s beauty

Mussoorie (Uttarakhand), May 12 (ANI): Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in 1994 banning illegal constructions, the illicit constructions in Uttarakhand’s Mussoorie city is reportedly affecting the beauty of the hills. The illegal construction here had stopped after the apex court’s verdict, but the rich and…

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Green Spaces: Village Ways, Uttarakhand, India

Steve Keenan, Times Online December 2, 2008 The last leg of my 12-hour car journey from Delhi co-incided with dusk as we climbed from the valley floor high into the forests of Binsar National Park. We were in Uttarakhand, the newest Indian state created only…

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Mainstream: Minor Nandigrams of Uttarakhand

Harish Chandola Mainstream, Vol XLVI, No 19, Sunday 27 April 2008 The Uttarakhand government is acquiring land all over the State for building, expanding and renewing 98 hydropower projects. With this large-scale activity it seeks to make the State a major powerhouse. Most of these…

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Twenty-First Century Urban Realities

By Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post, 6 August 2007 Next year, the world’s urban population will surpass its rural population for the first time in history. While the pessimists foresee a planet of slums coupled with further environmental devastation, optimists including those at the UN highlight…

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High-rise building a threat for people in seismic-prone Dehradun

By Asheesh Goel / Dailyindia.com/ANI Dehradun, July 29: With an increasing number of locals in Uttarakhand vying each other for high-rise buildings, the lives of several people in Dehradun, are under threat as the region lies in the earthquake prone zone. Officials with the Geological…

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ANI: When a banyan tree married the peepal tree

Melaghat Khatima (Uttarakhand), May 13 : Amid the rhythmic beating of drums and singing, many villagers in Uttarakhand married off two trees in a specially organized wedding ceremony on Sunday. As a banyan tree’s branches got entwined with that of a peepal tree, many superstitious…

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Decentralise power to gram sabhas: Kamala Pant

Garhwal Post, April 27, 2007 By OUR STAFF REPORTER DEHRADUN, 26 Apr: With a view to establishing a better political structure and making decentralisation of power a reality in Uttarakhand, the Uttarakhand Mahila Manch would organise a conference here on 30 April. “Regional parties have…

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PTI (2006.6.2): Women panchayat leaders vow to fight corruption

The New Kerala Times often carries PTI articles on Uttaranchal. Check with them for some of the latest news. Kotdwar (Uttaranchal): Over 300 elected women representatives of local panchayats today pledged to fight corruption in the state and threatened to launch a mass campaign against…

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INFA (2005.12.23): Uttaranchal: Decentralisation of power

Women members of the Panchayats have excelled in undertaking the developmental work in consonance with the felt needs of the local community, says Radhakrishna Rao Thanks to the 73rd Constitutional amendment ushered in 1993 which stipulated that one- third of the seats be reserved for…

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PTI (2005.9.22): A village that still lives by Gandhi's words

KOTDWAR-GARHWAL, SEP 22 (PTI) At a time when practising the path preached by Gandhi is considered out of vogue, a small village in Uttaranchal still lives by the principles of the Mahatma. Not a soul in Bakhroti village in Tehri district consumes alcohol or smokes…

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