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Bhandari to be first VC of Soban Singh Jeena University

A three member committee appointed by the state government had made recommendation of Bhandari for the post. The state government has appointed Narendra Singh Bhandari as the new Vice Chancellor (VC) of Soban Singh Jeena University, Almora. Incidentally Bhandari would be the first VC of the newly founded university. A three member committee appointed by the state government had...

Minister directs ULBs to work on composting

The State’s Urban Development and Housing minister Madan Kaushik directed officials that local bodies should make compost and sell it to the agriculture and horticulture departments. The minister said this while chairing a meeting on solid waste management here on Tuesday. He said that the fund received under 14th finance commission will be used on solid waste management till 100...

Negi asks DG to act against sex traffickers in Vikasnagar

After the police confirmed the operation of sex rackets in the hotels situated in Vikasnagar and Herbertpur areas, the chairperson of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) Usha Negi has instructed the Director General (Law and Order) to ensure action against the culprits. Earlier in May, the commission had received a complaint letter alleging that some women...

Needed, full-time chief

The Congress needs to conduct inner party elections and get a president though it has saved Rajasthan If indeed Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, who met rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot, have worked out a rapprochement in the troubled Rajasthan Congress, then it is their first decisive move, indicating a generational shift. Their efforts have at least built a tenuous bridge...

Atmanirbhar raksha

Shooting from the hip or shooting oneself in the foot? Is a ban on defence items enough to make India self-reliant? India is one of the world’s largest buyers of defence equipment. It is also unique among big nations with large armed forces to have an abysmally small domestic arms industry. The country imports everything — from frontline fighter...

Sachin Pilot’s ghar wapsi

As face-saver for Raj ex-Dy CM, Cong forms panel to look into issues flagged by him The month-long crisis in Rajasthan Congress ended on Monday after rebel leader Sachin Pilot opted for an “unconditional” truce and his MLAs left for Jaipur from Maneshar in Haryana. The breakthrough was worked out by Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, who met Pilot...

Pranab tests Covid positive, flooded with ‘get well soon’

Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee has tested positive for Covid-19 and admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) Hospital here. “On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for Covid-19 today,” 84-year-old Mukherjee tweeted. “I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self-isolate...

Covid-19 count jumps past 10 K mark in U’khand

389 new patients, nine deaths reported on Monday. Patient count reaches 10021; 6301 recovered so far. The number of novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) patients in Uttarakhand crossed the ten thousand figure mark on Monday. The health department reported 389 patients of the disease on the day which increased the tally of the disease to 10021. Death of nine patients of...

U’khand allows home isolation for asymptomatic Covid patients

Permission conditional; these patients would have to remain in a self isolation for 10 days Instead of getting admitted in a hospital the asymptomatic patients of Covid-19 in Uttarakhand, on fulfilment of certain conditions, can now remain in self isolation at their homes. The secretary health Amit Singh Negi released the guidelines for the self isolation of asymptomatic patients...

Oldest Doormen in South Asia, at our Doorstep

HILLBILLY Most people visiting Uttarakhand’s twin towns, Dehra Dun and Mussoorie, get lured by their colonial charm. Places like Mall Road, Chetwode Hall or the George Everest Estate and the sprawling campus of the Forest Research Institute are on every visitor’s bucket list and, of course, worthy of attention. But the Himalayas have been beckoning seekers since much earlier...