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Sarva Seva Sangh meet in Doon could give developmental direction to Uttarakhand

By Biju Negi Garhwal Post, August 10, 2007 DEHRADUN, 9 August: On the 65th anniversary of August Kranti Day, the Uttarakhand Pradesh Sarvodaya Mandal addressed a press conference and organised a symbolic padyatra from the Press Club to the Gandhi Park, here, today. On this…

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Himalayan walk towards a new life

In the foothills of the Indian mountains, a plan to offer walking holidays for tourists could be the salvation of five ancient villages. Peter Hughes reports. London Telegraph, 21 June 2007 I can see them now, standing on a ridge above me, their saris rinsed…

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DtE: Van Gujjars will be homeless next summer

ARCHI RASTOGI / CSE Down to Earth, May 31, 2007 in the first week of May, 200-odd Van Gujjar families started moving towards their summer homes in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand. They had been stranded around Vikasnagar near Dehradun before a response to a right to…

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A Meeting in Memory of Kunwar Prasoon

Chipko Pustakalaya Evam Sanghralaya and Beej Bachao Andolan organized a meeting on 8 May 2007, which was attended by about 50 people from nearby villages besides individuals from Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarkashi, Rishikesh and Dehra Dun. As most of local people reach such meetings only…

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Shepherds embark on seasonal migration with special friends

By Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post, 26 April 2007 “Mountain shepherds of the world unite!” may seem like an otherworldly slogan, but it is being put to the test by two young Americans who are following the seasonal migration of highland Bhotiya herders and their flocks…

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UNESCO: Local self help groups strengthen community radio

24-04-2007 (New Delhi) Women self help groups are playing an increasingly important role since the community radio station “Mandakini Ki Awaaz” (The Voice of Mandakini) located in Bhanaj, Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand, India started its operations in 2004. In the last few months, their participation has…

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PTI: Bahuguna joins endeavour against SEZ

Dehra Dun, April. 22 (PTI): Noted Chipko leader Sunderlal Bahuguna, along with scores of farmers, today extended his support to environmentalist Anil P Joshi in his endeavour against the special economic zones. Joshi, who started his ‘1000-km Cycle Yatra’ from Parthal village in Jammu and…

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BS: Uttarakhand to bring new agri policy

Business Standard / Dehra Dun April 14, 2007 Declaring that it would not allow the repeat of any Nandigram-like episode in Uttarakhand, the state government today announced that it would shortly bring a separate agriculture policy with an aim to protect the rapidly shrinking agri-land…

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Life is no picnic in the hills

Amitabh Shukla, Mussoorie Hindustan Times, February 6, 2007 Life is tough in Mussoorie, says 56-year old Phool Singh. Water supply in his small house in the “Queen of Hills” is a small trickle on most days. And on such occasions, he is foced to trek…

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India: the spice of real life

Belfast Telegraph, Monday, January 22, 2007 Farming communities in northern India are opening their homes to tourists. Not only does this help villages survive, but at the end of a hard day’s walking, the locals’ personal touch made Rebecca Baker feel genuinely looked after “Migration…

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