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Working Group to address hill people’s concerns

In an initiative to address the concerns of the people residing in the Himalayan areas of the country, the Planning Commission has constituted an 18-member Working Group on “Mountain eco-systems and challenges faced by the people living in the hilly areas” for the formulation of…

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Voters discarded hill vs plain propaganda

Sandeep Rawat Tribune News Service Haridwar, May 18 The election results in Haridwar constituency have revealed that voters have totally rejected the “hill versus plain” issue, forcing the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party to rethink upon the issue that paid them rich dividends…

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Kumaon villages lose faith in the ballot

BD Kasniyal, Tribune Pitthoragarh, May 19 Villagers of Kumaon, disappointed with their elected representatives for failure to provide them water, roads and electricity, boycotted the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. The EVMs installed in their polling booths did not register a single vote. The villagers of…

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Election sans development in Uttarakhand

Shishir Prashant / Business Standard / Dehra Dun May 04, 2009 Although both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the two main parties in Uttarakhand, are targeting each other for not improving the economic health of the hill state, politics on the real…

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'Hamari Virasat' focuses on impact of globalisation

By Dr Shailesh Upreti Garhwal Post, 18 February 2008 Dehradun, 17 Feb: “Uttarakhand and Globalisation: Challenges for Sustainable Development” was the topic of a seminar “Hamari Virasat” held, recently, at the Press Club of India, New Delhi. The annual magazine of CUMP (Creative Uttarakhand Myor…

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TOI: Negative Vote

Times of India, March 6, 2007 Yogendra Yadav One hates to be a spoilsport. But the interpretations being made about the election verdict in three states involve three common but erroneous assumptions. Assumption one is that whoever has won the election has secured a popular…

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Actual Percentage Vote: Another Slim Margin

As expected, the winning party was able to squeak through with a small percentage margin of victory, but with a large haul of seats. In this case, the BJP with a third of the vote, won half the seats. The actual margins were similar to…

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Election Results a Reverse of 2002

The votes are in, and it looks like a BJP near majority. Given that independents can easily haggle for plum positions from a party in such a dominant position, a BJP government is all but assured. In fact, this is a near reverse of 2002,…

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Battleground Seats to Watch

With the NDTV exit poll showing a hung assembly with a range of results for all four main parties (32,178 surveyed regionally), the HT-CNN/IBN poll (4,282 surveyed in 32 seats) and Star News (7,200 surveyed in 29 seats) indicating a BJP majority, and the Garhwal…

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Election Day in Uttarakhand: Another Missed Opportunity

Garhwal Post, February 22, 2007 The second state assembly elections for the state of Uttarakhand have now come to an end, with the ballot count scheduled to take place on February 27. As with all elections, the outcome will be influenced by money, muscle, and…

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