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A quiet holiday that never was

With commanding views, Mussoorie presents a fairyland atmosphere to tourists. Or does it? THE 32-kilometre drive up from Uttaranchal’s capital Dehra Dun, to the hill town Mussoorie was full of anticipation. I was returning there after 15 years. One had heard that the place is…

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IE: Woman behind Valley of Flowers

Forest officer Jyotsna worked tirelessly to put Chamoli on UNESCO radar S.M.A.KAZMI, Indian Express Sunday, July 17, 2005 DEHRA DUN, JULY 16: The World Heritage Site (WHS) status for the Valley of Flowers in Chamoli has come after years of hard work by the forest…

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Statesman (2005.7.16): Skeletons AWOL!

DEHRA DUN, July 16 — You have to hand it to this nation of ours ~ even skeletons aren’t safe here! The skeletons of Roopkund, one of the most enduring mysteries of the Himalayas, are continuously diminishing in numbers, thus occasioning grave concern among experts…

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ANI: Heavy rains make life difficult

Uttarkashi | July 13, 2005 Incessant and heavy rains for over a week now has increased the danger of landslides and road blockades, an annual feature in the monsoons. Due to this, most of the rivers, including the Ganges are flowing over the danger level…

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ANI: Operation Monsoon launched to protect Uttaranchal’s wildlife

Dehradun: Forest authorities of Uttaranchal have launched a special operation to protect wild animals from poachers during the monosoon season. The ‘Operation Monsoon’ to nab poachers in the state will continue till October this year. During monsoon season, forests get closed for tourists which increases…

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IE (2005.6.23): In Uttaranchal, Mani down to Panchayati Raj basics

ANURADHA RAMAN, Posted online: Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 0200 hours IST RAMGARH (NAINITAL), JUNE 21: Far removed from the hike in prices of petrol and diesel, at over 5,000 feet, Petroleum and Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar is faced with concerns that are…

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Navhind Times (2005.6.10): Politically Empowered Women

by N J Bahugana WHEN Pushpa Rana was elected gram pradhan of the Attakfarm panchayat in Uttaranchal, she vowed to work for the betterment of her community. To keep herself well informed, she made frequent trips to the block office to find out about all…

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IE: The death of the good old water-givers

Forests are far too serious a matter to be left to ideologues. The PM must heed the voice of the forester MAHESH N BUCH Indian Express, Saturday, May 28, 2005 The protagonists of the Bill now wants to jeopardize remaining forests. The entire water regime…

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Infochange (2005.5.27): Community radio a strong development tool in Uttaranchal

Although a full-fledged community radio movement has still to become a reality in India, villagers in various rural pockets all over the country are using the airwaves to voice their concerns about various issues Uttaranchal Community Radio is serving as an important development tool for…

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NT (2005.5.24): Where Women Feel at Home

by T Manjul (Navhind Times) THE mahila thikanas in Pauri Garhwal look like the other small houses dotting the hill region of Uttaranchal. But a mahila thikana (house for women) is an important place — it represents the women’s right to privacy and independence. It…

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