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Tehri protest turns fiery, man critical

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 15: A day after 30-year-old Gambhir Singh Kathait reportedly made a self-immolation bid in Tehri in north Uttaranchal, people accompanying him to Delhi are calling the incident an “accident”. Having suffered 45 per cent burns, he was said to be in a…

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Himalayan activist takes on timber mafia

The multi-crore trade in illegal timber is being challenged by one man whose main objective is to save the hills of Uttaranchal from being denuded in the name of development   India Today, February 2, 2004 Jaya Prakash Dabral, a former corporate executive turned social…

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USSM: Plea for impeachment of judges

PUCL Bulletin, January 2004 This meeting of the Uttarakhand Samyukta Sangharsh Morcha, held on October 2, 2003 resolves as follows: The meeting expresses its anguish over the unprecedented situation obtaining in Uttaranchal. It is about something, which was never seen to have happened anywhere else…

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Uttaranchal dilutes Land Ordinance

By Our Staff Correspondent The Hindu, Saturday, Dec 06, 2003 DEHRA DUN DEC. 5. The Uttaranchal Cabinet has watered down the provisions of the controversial Land Ordinance. Now the Ordinance, to become an Act during the coming Assembly session, will not be applicable to urban…

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A Mountain Crumbles

Purnima S. Tripathi Frontline, Volume 20 – Issue 22, October 25 – November, 07, 2003 Uttarkashi is in the grip of fear as the Varunavat mountain on the edge of the town has cracked up and may collapse on it any time. The Varunavat mountain…

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The judicial go-ahead

The Supreme Court clears the Tehri dam project by a split verdict but insists that rehabilitation of the affected people be completed before further impounding of water at the dam site is carried out. A THREE-JUDGE Bench of the Supreme Court on September 1 held…

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State of limbo

PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI Frontline, Volume 20 – Issue 20, September 27 – October 10, 2003 Uttaranchal’s preoccupation with the October 1994 police firing on pro-statehood activists stands in the way of the State moving ahead and tackling real issues facing it. ON October 2, 1994,…

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Outlook: Oh, What A Racket!

Anupreeta Das Outlook, September 22, 2003 Lush forests are not the only bounty that Uttaranchal got in its kitty after it became a state in November 2000. It also got close to 45,000 NGOs—mind-boggling for a state so tiny, with a population of only 84.7…

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Emerging voices

C.S. LAKSHMI The Hindu, September 7, 2003 IT is amazing how many voices in India are still to be heard and how some people work quietly to allow these voices to emerge. From Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh come the voices from the mountains gathered by…

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Killing the Ganga

VANDANA SHIVA comments on the ecological and social consequences of the proposed move to privatise the Ganga by a multi-national company. The Hindu, Sunday, Aug 31, 2003 FOR the first time since the construction of the Ganga Canal in 1847, water has stopped flowing in…

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