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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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Durga Charan Kala is no more

On May 14, esteemed author and historian Durga Charan Kala passed away at his home in Ranikhet at the age of 84. His recently released biographical study of “Pahari Wilson”, the British forester and adventurer who made Uttarkashi his home in the 1800s, won the…

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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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HT: Uttarakhand hopes to benefit from Mayawati win

Utpal Parashar Hindustan Times Dehradun, May 13, 2007 Every cloud has a silver lining. Although Mayawati’s unexpected win has sent shockwaves in the BJP, Uttarakhand is hopeful of getting its long-pending issues with the neighbouring state resolved soon. Despite terming BSP’s return to power in…

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ANI: Rampant constructions mar serenity of Badrinath shrine

Badrinath (Uttarakhand), May 8: Uttarakhand’s holy town of Badrinath, known for its beatific and peaceful surroundings, is facing the threat of loosing its serenity to rampant urbanisation. Scores of constructions sites have sprung across the city. The Himalayan town has seen deforestation owing to accelerated…

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IBN: India feels pangs of climate change

Divya Iyer CNN-IBN, May 05, 2007 New Delhi: Global warming is at your doorstep. And climate change is a reality in India. Pushkar Singh Negi from Ratapani, in Pohri Garhwal, knows this best. His fields are rich and like all the farmers in the district,…

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GP: Book on condition of Uttarakhand women released

Garhwal Post, 29 April 2007 By OUR STAFF REPORTER DEHRADUN, 28 Apr: ‘Yamuna’, a book on the condition of women of Uttarakhand undergoing change from 1994 till today was released here today at a function held at the press club. The Chief Guest on the…

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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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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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