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CM wants power projects completed

In a major policy shift from the previous state government, the new Congress government will plead with the Prime Minister to allow Uttarakhand to start the stalled major hydro-electric projects. Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, who is a supporter of hydro-electric project, will be taking up…

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Green Tribunal notice to Ministry on power project in Uttarakhand

After suspending the clearance to POSCO steel project in Odisha, the National Green Tribunal has now issued a notice to the Union Environment Ministry and sought its response on a plea seeking stay of work on the 200 MW Srinagar Hydroelectric Power Project in Uttarakhand’s…

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Govind Singh Kunjwal, a Gandhian

Govind Singh Kunjwal, a Gandhian and sarvodaya worker, has become the fourth Speaker of the Uttarakhand Assembly. Born on May 25, 1945, and resident of Kunj village of the Jaiti area of Talla Salampatti of Almora district, Govind Singh was influenced by his elder brother…

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Son of the Soil for the Upper House

It has been an odd practice, but Uttarakhand has rarely had a Rajya Sabha member from Uttarakhand. While Harish Rawat was elected to the upper house in 2002, and Bhagat Singh Koshiyari is currently still serving a term (incidentally, both were sent to the Rajya…

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A temporary reprieve for the Congress

IT WASN’T easy to reach the magic figure of 36 seats in the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly, but for the Congress, the victory turned sour too soon, threatening the brand-new government of Vijay Bahuguna. The party was faced with a strong rebellion when senior leader Harish…

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Third force must to counter BJP, Cong: Observers

The continuing standoff between the rival factions of the Congress in the state have given rise to a series of speculations that are now being discussed across the state. [more]

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So goes Rawat, so goes Uttarakhand

Harish Rawat is in a situation that recalls the saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Despite being one of the most loyal and faithful Congress leaders of any state (or as Rawat himself put it, a “child bride”…

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Hill challenge to high command

New Delhi, March 13: The Congress culture of thrusting chief ministers on states against the wishes of legislators has been openly challenged for the first time in the tiny hill state of Uttarakhand, where the fractured mandate had made government formation a tricky exercise. Harish…

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Revolt erupts in Uttarakhand as Harish Rawat denied CM post

Caste grievances come to the fore NEW DELHI: Congress’s victory in Uttarakhand soured on Tuesday with a full blown revolt threatening the brand new government of Vijay Bahuguna. Bahuguna’s hasty swearing in as chief minister was marred by the absence of 24 party MLAs. Just…

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Compromise choice of Bahuguna as CM

The Congress has finally pulled the trigger and selected the Tehri Garhwal MP Vijay Bahuguna as the next chief minister. Given that fellow MP Harish Rawat and State Congress President Yashpal Arya have long been seen as the top contenders, this is a surprising development…

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