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Green is his valley : Profile of Dr Avdhash Kaushal

Sanjeev Singh Bariana meets Dr Avdhaash Kaushal, the man behind the go-green movement as well as several other projects to improve the lot of bonded labour in Dehra Dun Guarding the fragile ecosystems in Uttaranchal, the Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) has inspired conservationists…

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Tribune (2006.10.12): Uttaranchal becomes Uttarakhand

Dehra Dun, October 12 The Uttaranchal Assembly today passed a Bill with majority changing the name of the hill state to Uttarakhand. Participating in the discussion, Uttaranchal BJP chief Bhagat Singh Koshiyari expressed satisfaction that the bill found widespread support cutting across party lines. Earlier,…

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Right to Information Gospel Spreads in Dehradun

Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post, 11 October 2006 DEHRADUN, 10 Oct: Right to information as a key route to empowering the people of India, was the hot topic of discussion on the eve of Loknayak J.P. Narayan’s birth anniversary this October 9 and 10th. Coming also…

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Guides for International Women's Trek complete training at NIM

Garhwal Post, 26 September 2006 A unique graduation ceremony took place at the Nerhu Institute of Mountaineering on Saturday, where thirty-eight youth hailing mostly from the upper reaches of Chamoli, but also from Uttarkashi and Pithoragarh districts, completed their basic mountaineering course. Organized by SPECS…

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Outlook: A Deodar Or A Chocolate Bar?

Lalit Pande: Qualification: MIT, IIT-D. Now runs environmental education programme, USN, in 2,500 Uttarakhand schools. Outlook 18 September 2006 A quiet man, someone said. You may find it hard to make him talk. But when it matters, Lalit Pande can talk. The late afternoon light,…

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CSM (2006.9.7): Tear up the maps: India's cities shed colonial names

By Mark Sappenfield | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor …Occasionally, however, Indians themselves can’t agree on which name and whose version of history to use. In 2000, the people of the hill country northeast of Delhi celebrated the creation of their new state…

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Renaming of Uttaranchal welcomed in the State

DEHRA DUN: The Union Cabinet’s decision to rename Uttaranchal as Uttarakhand has been widely welcomed in this hill State while putting the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party on the defensive as the move might have far-reaching consequences in the upcoming Assembly elections due early next year.The…

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IANS (2006.8.24):At long last, Uttaranchal to be renamed Uttarakhand

Congress ran and won the state assembly elections in 2002 on the platform of changing the name of Uttaranchal back to Uttarakhand. It has taken four years, and the nearing end of their mandate to effect the name change. But better late than never. As…

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CC (2006.7.27): Uttaranchal: Depleting pasturelands

By Nitin Sethi for Down to Earth The leaders and organisers of the meet realise that nothing short of a mass movement will revive the khark Simar pasture in Dudhatoli forest division, Chamoli district of Uttaranchal, appears sparkling fresh. The memorial to Chandra Singh Garhwali…

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Kunwar Prasoon, Veteran Activist & Journalist is No More

Uttarakhand Solidarity Network mourns the loss of Kunwar Prasoon, one of the leading lights of Uttarakhand’s many social movements. His life-long dedication to the cause of his people extended to all areas including his ground breaking expose (along with Sunil Kainthola) on bonded labour and…

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