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Missing AN-32 found in ruins

Search for survivors big challenge due to inclement weather in Arunachal The week-long search for the AN-32 transport aircraft that went missing somewhere in the hills and forest of Arunachal Pradesh on June 3 yielded result on Tuesday when an IAF Mi-17 helicopter spotted its wreckage at the height of 12,000 feet, 16 km north of Lipo, north-east of...

Scholarships for 5 crore minority students: Naqvi

50% for girls; Govt plans to modernise madrasa education In a major outreach towards “minority” community, the Centre on Tuesday announced scholarships for 5 crore minority students, including 50 per cent for girls, in next five-years and sought to “mainstream” madrasa education. “There are a large number of madrasas across the country. They will be connected with the formal...

Pilgrimage centres becoming centres of tourism: Shankaracharya

Shankaracharya of Jyotir and Dwarika Peeths, Swaroopanand Saraswati has expressed concern at the tendency to turn pilgrimage centres in Uttarakhand into tourist destinations. The phenomenal rush observed in the Char Dham Yatra this year shows that people are coming to the city of Ganga (Haridwar) mainly to beat the heat and not to gain any religious merit. To cater...

Maharaj meets Patel, discusses tourism plans

The State’s Tourism and Culture minister Satpal Maharaj met the Union minister of State (independent charge) for Tourism, Prahalad Singh Patel in the national Capital on Tuesday. During the meet, there was detailed discussion on the concept of developing tourism in Kedarnath in memory of the 2013 disaster. Maharaj also informed the minister about the developmental works related to...

Two expeditions slated to start today for retrieving bodies of climbers

The 32-member team comprising personnel of Indo-Tibetan Border Police, National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force is slated to start its expedition to retrieve bodies of mountaineers from near Nanda Devi East peak in Pithoragarh district on Wednesday from the base camp to the mishap site. On the other hand, a 12-member team of Indian Mountaineering Foundation...

HC stays carriage tender for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

With the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra to start from Uttarakhand on Wednesday, the High Court of Uttarakhand has ordered a stay on the execution of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) tender for carriage of the luggage of the pilgrims. This development might result in inconvenience to the pilgrims in the first batch slated to arrive today. According to the case...

HC seeks Govt & institute’s response on students’ safety

Expressing dissatisfaction in the case of students being molested by the music teacher at the National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities (NIEPVD) last year, the high court of Uttarakhand has directed the Central Government and the institute to submit affidavits in the court. Hearing on the case on Tuesday, the high court also expressed its...

PRD deployment on Yatra route for smoother traffic

With the Char Dham Yatra in full flow and consistent traffic congestion becoming an issue, the traffic directorate has decided to increase the deployment of Prantiya Rakshak Dal (PRD) personnel on Yatra routes. For the upcoming Ganga Dussehra and Nirjala Ekadashi, Haridwar district police have been issued necessary directions regarding force deployment by the directorate. Director of Traffic directorate,...

Anuradha Paudwal to sing at concert on Ganga Dussehra

The holy city is geared up for a ‘mega event’ organised by State Programme Management Group (SPMG) of Namami Gange on behalf of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra on Wednesday. A huge gathering is expected on Namami Gange Ghat at Chandighat to witness...

Manila fest: CM opens development works

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat participated in the Manila festival in Almora during which he laid the foundation for various schemes amounting to Rs 27 crore and inaugurated schemes amounting to Rs 2.73 crore. He also made various announcements for the development of the area including development of tourism circuit in Marchula-Manila-Chittaudakhal and Bhikiyasain, construction of lift irrigation scheme...