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Three helicopter services to Kedarnath disrupted on Friday

Helicopter services provided by three companies were halted on Friday in Rudraprayag district, because of which visitors going from Guptkashi to Kedarnath had to face inconvenience. Nodal officer of the Rudraprayag district administration Surendra Singh Panwar said that the visitors were transported on other choppers. Giving further information Panwar said, “UTair Aviation has stopped their services and will resume...

Religious fraternity argues on Ram Mandir construction

Members of religious fraternity linked with Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati of Dwarika and Jyotir Peeths have come at loggerheads over the issue of construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. On the concluding day of VHP’s high power committee meeting on Thursday, senior member Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shyam Devacharya alleged that the Shankaracharya was disrupting the way...

Jumbo overturns jeep, driver escapes unhurt

An elephant believed to be interested in jaggery and other eatables overturned a jeep in the Mohaan-Dhangarhi area of Ramnagar in Nainital district in the wee hours on Thursday. This is not the first such incident in the region. Resident of Jihad Salt village in Almora district was driving a Bolero jeep number UK 01TA 2704 to his home...

Pithoragarh district admin unaware of Polish group’s location

The inclement weather conditions in the mountains since last three days have halted both the retrieving missions that are being conducted by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) from Pithoragarh and Bageshwar routes respectively to Nanda Devi East peak. Even as these missions to retrieve bodies of eight mountaineers have been held back by inclement weather,...

WIPO: Governments need to invest more in R&D

For India to match up with the other countries developing their technology, the central and state governments need to invest more in research and development sector. In fact, the private sector should also invest more, said assistant director general and Chief of Staff, Office of the Director General at World Intellectual Property Organisation, Naresh Prasad. He was speaking at...

MCD forms team to mark drains causing water logging

Measures to be taken to prevent water logging during rains Taking cognisance of media reports, the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) has formed a team to identify medium or small drains that cause water logging in the city during the monsoon season. The team has been given 10 days to submit a report to the officials. The Dehradun municipal...

MCD starts legal cell on its premises

Taking cognisance of media reports, the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) has formed a team to identify medium or small drains that cause water logging in the city during the monsoon season. The team has been given 10 days to submit a report to the officials. The Dehradun municipal commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey said, “As per the record of...

Taxis used by Govt officials continue flouting traffic rules

The number of campaigns that traffic directorate and State Transport Authority (STA) keep undertaking against the violation of traffic rules do not seem to include vehicles used for governmental works, which is why taxis contracted by the government for various government officials continue to blatantly flout traffic regulations. The Dehradun District Magistrate (DM) SA Murugesan and Dehradun municipal commissioner...

Online property tax services in all 60 wards soon

In order to make property tax payment convenient for the public, the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) has started the online tax payment service for 41 wards now. As per the information provided by the officials the total property tax collected so far in the year 2018-19 is Rs 2.57 crore out of which Rs 1,18,136 has been collected...

Councillors complain about faulty street lights

After taking oath of office, the Dehradun mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ had stated that his main priorities were to ensure desired level of sanitation and installation of LED street lights even in the outer parts of the city.  However, nine months after his assuming office as mayor of the city, the street lights, especially in the suburban areas remain...