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Crusader against big dams bestowed with prestigious Ramnath Goenka excellence in journalism award.

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The recipient of the coveted Ram Nath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism, sr journalist n news anchor in NDTV Sushil Bahuguna deserves all appreciation n applause for his outstanding work in making documentaries on peoples’ problems especially those pertaining to the environmental hazards and displacement of poor n hapless villagers of the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand as well as other states reeling under abject poverty and becoming the incessant victims of the loot of the powers that be who arbitrarily accord massive contracts for huge dams thus leading to gigantic environmental hazards n displacement of civilisation.

Sr. investigative journalist of NDTV is the first journalist who had despite carrying out his usual duties as an anchor n newsreader in NDTV for several years has left no stone unturned to visit the high mountaineous terrains with his camera crew under unforeseen n challenging circumstances in 2013 June’s massive eclogical disaster and captured exclusive situations exposing the corrupt administrations n negligent officers n the system to ensure that due justice n relief is accorded to the actual sufferers.

His outstanding coverage and documentaries on ecological disaster of 2013 in Kedar valley, massive migration n exodus of villagers to cities, towns n metropolises from the Uttarakhand villages highlighting the abject poverty n woes of women thereafter and aftermath consequences of Pancheshwar Dam on the River Mahakali in the Kumaon n Nepal region likely to displace more than 30 thousand families living there since ages have been lauded and appreciated by one and all.

The prestigious GOENKA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM bestowed on him by the union home minister Raj Nath Singh in the new year 2019, for the third consecutive year is indeed a matter of immense pride for the jornalistic fraternity of the country as well to the oppressed n depressed people of Uttarakhand who are unfortunately becoming the dire victims of the huge dams considered to be anti environment as well as anti civilization but unfortunately continued to go ahead with such coffer dams.

While wishing Sushil Bahuguna all the very best for this coveted recognition I wish, the successive governments learn lesson while awarding journalists like Sushil Bahuguna by putting a permanent full stop on the big dam projects in the country, once for all in the near future.

Primarily belonging to Garhwal, Uttarakhand, Sushil Bahuguna carved a niche for himself in journalism by his hard, dedicated n intellectual commitment to his profession by being a journalist with impeccable integrity. Today, he is a name of professional integrity in Indian journalism who’d taken up the cause of the poor, hapless, down troddens n the neglected with his hard n dilligent work. His third recognition speaks of this hard fact.

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Mohan Lal Raturi n Veerendra Singh Rana of Uttarakhand were the only earning members of their hapless families. Salutes to 41 bravehearts.

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pictures of 41 bravehearts who martyred themselves in the line of duty

Among the total martyrs of CRPF, the maximum number of martyrs are from Uttar Pradesh numbering 18 followed by Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Salutes to all these valiant soldiers who have sacrificed themselves on the line of duty protecting the 125 crore Indians from the enemies perpetrating havoc in our motherland at the behest of neighbouring Pakistan. Two soldiers from the himalayan state of Uttarakhand, the land of abode of Gods Uttarakhand also laid down their precious lives in the prime of their youth.

The two soldiers of Central Reserve Police Force who were martyred at Avantipora, in Pulwama district in the Fidayeen attack were Mohanlal Raturi from Uttarkashi, Garhwal and Veerendra Singh Rana from Udham Singh Nagar, Khateema. About 39 soldiers with valour have sacrificed their lives in various operations belonging to Khatima during the last few years in the service of the nation. It may be recalled that on 14th of February about 78 buses, trucks and highly guarded vehicles were going towards Srinagar from the Jammu Transit camp carrying 2547 soldiers to Srinagar to be oosted to various strife ridden locations of Srinagar valley.

When the Army n paramilitary convoy passed through Avantipora in Pulwama district about thirty kilometresaway from Jammu, a car loaded with 30 Kilograms of RDX rammed into the CRPF bus of 54 batallion of CRPF killing about 41 personels including a major. Veerender Singh belonging to Udham Singh Nagar Khatima belonged to Bhuriagardhi village and is the father of two children. His wife got the message of Veerender’s martydom on Thursday night by an Army officer on phone.

The news spread like a shock wave in the family as well as the nrarby licalities n thereafter in the entire state. Late Veerendra Singh has two brothers Jai Ram Singh and Rajesh Rana. Jairam Singh is a retired Subedar while Rajesh Rana isan agriculturist. Another martyr Mohan Lal Raturi is from Bankot, Uttar kashi. He was fifty five years old. Father of two sons and three daughters Mohan Lal untimely death has put the entire family in the syate of tremendous shock n financial jeopardy. Mohan Lal Raturi got employment in 1988 and since then he had been on duty in various challenging and strife prone areas of Jammu n Kashmir, Naxal prone Chattisgarh, Jallandhar, Punjab, Jammu n Srinagar.

The martyrdom of all the above 41 jawans have put their families in immense financial jeopardy and majority of the jawans hailed from hapless n poor family backgrounds being the only earning members of the families. The government of India and the respective state governments from where they actually belinged should give them Rs. One Crore Rs as financial compensation, a govt job to next of the kin n a house to live in. Om Shanti.

Sunil Negi, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum

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MP CM Kamalnath announces financial compensation of Rs. one crore, a house and a govt job for the kin of the Pulwama Martyr. Would other state CMs’ follow suit ?

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MP CM Kamalnath With PM Narendra Modi ( file pic)

While the entire nation is mourning the martyrdom of 42 valiant soldiers of Central Reserve Police Force who’ve been martyred at Avantipora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Kamalnath has while paying his heartfelt tributes to the jawans who sacrificed their precious lives in the line of duty has announced a financial compensation of Rs. One Crore, a house and a government job to next of the kin of one of it’s soldiers belonging to Madhya Pradesh.

The chief minister Kamalnath was forthright in announcing the financial compensation with a house n a govt job to the next of the kin of the deceased soldier of CRPF. As per the latest reports about 41 soldiers have been martyred in the Pulwama attack in Awantipora, Kashmir and several others, probably five or six critically injured under treatment in govt hospitals.

Maximum number of the soldiers who sacrificed themselves in this high intensity fidayeen attack belong to various districts of Uttar Pradesh followed by Bihar, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Himachal Pradesh n Uttarakhand. This is the biggest fidayeen attack of 2019 while in 2016 too a paramilitary convoy was attacked by terrorists killing more than fifteen personels of the security forces followed by the URI attack in the CRPF camp claiming about nineteen precious lives.

Though no amount of financial compensation can compensate for the irreperable losses of precious lives of our valiant jawans but the hard fact of life is that their hapless families had to ultimately survive and nurture their respective families who’d lost their beloved father, son, brother or a near n dear ones. Hence adequate financial compensation with entire service benefits including pension and housing facilities are mandatory for the bereaved families who’d lost their only earning member of the family.

There is no denying a fact that our troopers in borders, hinterlands n on mountains secure our country by confronting the enemies under extremely odd n challenging situations and sacrifice their lives while securing the lives of 125 crore Indians.

Therefore no amount of financial compensation can match with the myriad amount of sacrifices they make for our country.

It is believed that the chief ministers of other states follow suit and immediately announce compensation of Rs one crore, a house and a government job for next of the kin of the slained soldiers in the Pulwama attack. We fondly remember that during the tenure of Atal Behari Vajpayee as PM every Kargil martyr’s family was sanctioned a Petrol Pump n cheap housing facility in Dwarka in order to help the bereaved families survive in comfort after having lost their near and dear ones’ in the Kargil battle of 1999.

Similar Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejrival too had sanction Rs. one crore each to two policement who died while on duty and an ex servicemen. Meanwhile according to the latest news the government of Jammu n Kashmir which is under president’s rule n government of India has withdrawn the security of all the Hurriyat Conference leaders who’d been directly or indirectly allegedly aiding n abetting the home grown terrorists against India and working a Pakistan’s proxies against India’s interests. What’s your take friends?

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Hindu Sena volunteers burn Imran Khan’s effigy and court arrest outside Pak High Commission against Pulwama incident

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The volunteers of Bajrang Dal, Hindu Sena and Hindu United Front today demonstrated in front of the Pakistan High Commission courting arrests and also burnt an effigy of the Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan. Extremely furious and angered the vokunteers of Hindu Sena n various right wing organisations carried playcards in their hands raising anti Pakistan, anti Jaish E Mohammed and anti Imran Khan slogans demanding death to terrorists n Azhar Masood and military attack on Pakistan for aiding and abetting terrorists. At Chanakyapuri the slogan raising United Hindu Front volunteers were physically lifted n forcibly packed into the DTC buses before they could formally protest. The demonstrators were demanding death for Azar Mehmood, withdrawal of diplomatic relations with Pakistan n immediate clousure of India High Commission in New Delhi n Mumbai including a military invasion in Pakistan. The extremely furious, angered n annoyed demonstrators raised Pakistan n Imrankhan murdabad slogans and forcibly tried to come near the High Commission but were caught by the CRPF jawans guarding the Pak High Commission building. Meahwhile reports are pouring in from various parts of the country of such anti Pakistan protests viz Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Southern India etc. According to the latest news pouring in the Home minister of India Rajnath Singh who’d reached J& K alongwith the state governor laid his floral tributes to the deceased valiant soldiers’ corpses in Srinagar and also provided shoulder to the coffins of the matyrs as a mark of heartfelt tributes to their sacrifice n valour. The bodies of the martyrs are being brought to Delhi and prime minister Narendra Modi n defence minister Nirmala Sitaraman will pay their floral tributes at the Airport from where they will be ferried to their respective destinations. Maximum casualties are stated to be from Uttar Pradesh. The entire nation is furious and angered against this massive despicable terror attack n demands the strongest military action againstPak said these protesting volunteers.

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Lt Genl Hooda who led the 2016 surgical attack asks India to approach US administration to enable pressure on Pakistan

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fmr Chief of Northern Command Lt Genl D. S. Hooda

Lt general Deepender Singh Hooda, chief Northern Command, who masterminded and led the 2016 surgical strike over terrorists launch Pads in the Pakistan territory while speaking to AAJ TAK has said unambiguously that this is the right time for the Indian military and the security forces to show their might if not on a full scale war but partially not being bothered as to what mighty nations like China think of us. Since this is a matter of extreme urgency pertaining to our nation’s security India should be least concerned about the concerns of the foreign nations. We are duty bound to counter terrorism n safeguarding our borders. Genl Hooda said the time has come when India should go to USA n other countries especially China to accquaint them in person about the repeated misadventures of Pakistan and take unified action against terrorism globally, especially in the context of Pak sponsored unproviking attacks on India n Indian forces against India. He catagorically said that USA should be asked n requested to apply pressure on Pakistan to give up terrorism as the situation has now crossed the saturation point. Genl Hooda said India should relook at its policies n try to review it particularly in the context of Pakistan. We should’nt close our eyes towards these tragic incidents of martydom but should stand up with extreme alertness n feel duty bound to take appropriate military action to counter terrorist camps at all costs. If not now then when? Though full scale war is not a solution to this problem but the military n paramilitary forces should show its might in such critical situations.

It may be recalled that Lieutenant General Deependra Singh Hooda, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC is the former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Indian army’s Northern Command. The General Officer was the Northern Army Commander during the ‘surgical strike’ in September 2016.

Meanwhile, the Indian government has today summoned the Pakistan High Commissioner in Delhi to South Block and registered its strongest protest against the Pak government for its arbitrary action in Avantipora Kashmir by aiding n abetting the Jaishe Mohammed terrorists n its chief Azhar Mehmood roaming freely in Pak.

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Entire Congress n opposition stands with the security forces n the govt in this critical juncture says Rahul Gandhi

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Dr. Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi at 24 Akbar Road to address the press conference

The former prime minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh said that this is not the time to speak on contentious issues but to stand with the grief stricken families in this hour of grave crisis. Dr. Manmohan Singh said that terrorism is a scourge and it should be condemned at all costs. We all stand together with the government and the bereaved families to counter this dreaded menance with full force and strength. The Congress chief Rahul Gandhi who’d called the press conference at theAICC headquarter today to express his party’s point of view on this tragedy refused to answer some political questions from the reporters saying that he will not be talking politics for couple of days except strongly standing with the bereaved families of the Jawans who’d sacrificed their precious life in the Pulwama tragedy. No power can break / disintegrate this nation. Those who’ve committed this blunder should not forget that India can’t be disintegrated to an inch n that they will not be spared at any cost. Rahul Gandhi said he alongwith the entire opposition stand with the grief stricken security firces families, the security forces, India Army and the government in total support. It is a terrible tragedy. It’s an attack on India’s soul added Rahul Gandhi. We are mourning and so is the entire nation. We stand by the security forces, their bereaved families n the government in total support n unity said Rahul Gandhi while addressing the media today. Meanwhile Prime minister Narendra Modi has unambiguously warned that the terrorists have committed a huge blunder and they have to pay a very heavy price for it. He said that Pakistan n the entire world should be ready to hear about the Indian retaliation to these terrorists n the powers backing them. The entire nation wants revenge n only revenge. The Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iran n America has expressed its condolences over this tragic incident and have accepted the Pak hand in this massive tragedy. The NSA Ajit Doval has held an urgent meeting with the Army chief n other senior officials of IB n other agencies to devise a formidable strategy to avenge yesterday’s massive terrorist attack on CRPF convoy and is likely to meet prime minister Modi with his decisive report on the vexed matter. Entire nation today is concerned over this tragedy and every Indian is glued to TV sets to know about each n every development. This is the biggest terror attack of 2019 on this national highway between Jammu n Srinagar. In 2016 there was an attack by Jaish killing approximately 19 soldiers. In the Uri attack too about 18 paramilitary Jawans were martyred. Till now about 430 jawans and officers have martyred themselves during the last five years valiantly fighting the terrorists n enemies of the nation.

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India withdraws most favoured nation status from Pakistan n accords full freedom to Army n para military forces to counter terrorism

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The meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security Affairs called urgently at 9.30 AM after the bloodiest fidayeen attack on the CRPF convoy in Avantipora in Pulwama district of Jammu n Kashmir has while expressing its condolences n shocking grief has taken two major decisions apart from other significant measures to be carried out against terrorists n the neighbouring country. The CCSA has immediately taken a unanimous decision to withdraw the most favoured nation status granted by India and has also accorded complete free hand to the paramilitary forces n the Army to confront the terrorists formidably. Meanwhile prime minister Narendra Modi has while expressing his grief n condolences has warned the terrorists, the terror organisations n their masterminds that by attacking the Army convoy they have committed a huge blunder for which they will have to pay a very heavy price.

PM Modi said whole India is standing together to fight this challenge. He said: Pakistan which is in economic doldrums n jeopardy thinks that by carrying out such misadventures it will destabilise India. It is under biggest illusion as it can never dislodge India and its cohesive unity. He said the time has come now when 130 crore Indians should stand united and counter the ill concieved designs of Pakistan. While expressing my heartfelt tributes to the martyrs I pledge to teach them a strong befitting lesson. We will continue the widespread development initiatives in the country to quell such cowardice terror attempts n will teach them a strong lesson. The PM appealed to all the humanitarian forces to come together in order to collectively confront the ongoing challenge of terrorism in Kashmir.

The Army has on a wide scale started raid in various terrorists’ hideouts in Pulwama and the Home Minister Rajnath Singh, union home secretary Gauba, DG Policr and the NIA have left for Kashmir to gather the first hand information on the tragic incident after the important meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security Affairs.

The Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief has while expressing her grief n condolences over the shocking martydom of CRPF jawans has appealed the prime minister to give up political differences with other parties n stand fully committed to unify the heads of other nations believing in peace and tranquility to counter the ill concieved designs of neighbouring Pakistan.

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Forty Two CRPF Jawan martyred in Avantipora, Jammu Srinagar Highway after fidayeen attack. Several jawans critically injured.

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Picture after the fidayeen attack at Avantipora

About forty two Central Reserve Police Force jawans have been martyred and about 15 grievously injured today at 3.15 PM at Avantipora, Pulwama in between Jammu and Srinagar national highway when a car cladestinely fitted with over 200 kg of explosive material, RDX by the Pakistan sponsored Jaishe Mohammed Fidayeens ( suicide bombers) was intentionally hit inside the convoy of the CRPF1 jawans going towards Srinagar from Jammu.

The fidayeen who hit the bomb loaded car into the CRPF convoy in known as Adil Fidayeen aka Vakas Commando. News reports say that Adil Fidayeen has recorded a video issuing hate statement against India before going for the sucide mission. It is learnt that he had been chosen by Masood Azar to execute this operation. Adil was also killed in this fidayeen attack.

The explosion was so powerful that it literally killed 42 CRPF Jawans n grievously injured 11 others who been shifted to the near by hospital. A video has been released by Jaishe Mohammed led by hard core terrorist Azhar Masood claiming the responsibility for this cowardice attack.

There were total 78 vehicles in the CRPF convoy ferrying 2547 jawans to Srinagar from Jammu Transit camos to be send in various militant affected locations in Srinagar.

Among those four CRPF vehicles out of total 78, badly impacted by the explosion, a bus carrying about fifty CRPF Jawans was the worst target leading to the martydom of 42 soldiers.

After the explosions three militants who were hiding there also continued the firing on the CRPF convoy in order kill maximum number of soldiers involved in rescuing the critically injureds.

This is the biggest terrorist attack by Pak sponsered militants this year. In 2016 too the Pak sponsored terrorits had attacked the para military jawans on the Jammu Srinagar highway in which 19 jawans were martyred. The Uri attack that killed 18 jawans by the Jaish e Mohammed attack last year was also a high intensity invasion in the CRPF camp.

The CRPF bus carrying 50 CRPF Jawans has been badly damaged with the splinters of the bus spread several metres away in the accidental precincts full of mutilated body parts with blood scattered all around.

The Prime minister Narendra Modi has expressed his shock n grief over the cowardice attack by Pak sponsored terror organisation and said that the martydom of the CRPF soldiers would not go waste. He assured that the entire nation is standing with the bereaved families of the martyrs at this critical juncture .

It will be avenged. The union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured of strong retaliation and a befitting reply to the terrorists n their sponsorers. The former CM of J&K Dr. Farooque Abdullah who was quite furious and angered over this cowardice attack termed this as intelligence failure and said that the time has come when the enemy has to be taught a befitting lesson.

Meanwhile reports are pouring in that union home minister Rajnath Singh has spoken to the national security advisor Ajit Doval n IB chief. The union home secretary Rajiv Gauba who is in Bhutan has been asked to cut short his official tour and return back immediately.

The prime minister has also called the meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security Affairs tomorrow at 9.30 to disscuss this important issue.

The home minister Rajnath Singh n the Director General of police Rajiv Kumar including NIA is visiting the spot of the tragedy in the morning to assess the situation n gather first hand information.

Meanwhile the general secretary of Congress party Priyanka Gandhi also called off her press conference in Lucknow in view of the dreaded Pulwama incident.

She expressed her condolences towards the bereaved families and said that entire nation is with them in this hour of grave crisis.

According to the Inspector General of Police, Jammu n Kashmir Mr. Pani, a post blast investigation to immaculately go into the circumstances, reasons of the Fidayeen blast, the materials used in IEDs and the ignorance or lack on the part of the authorities concerned is being conducted at various levels to come at a definite conclusion.

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Last day of parliament witnessed two key opposition protests in the capital

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Rahul Gandhi, Sonia, Dr. Manmohan Singh n other opposition MPs protesting in the parliament house precincts on the last day of parliament sessions afer it got closed sine die

There were two signification anti BJP protests and unity initiatives by all the non BJP opposition parties at New Delhi on the last day of parliament.

While Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, his mother n UPA advisory Council chairperson Sonia Gandhi n former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh alongwith good number of opposition MPs n leaders protested against the Rafale Jet fighter deal raising anti govt, anti Modi slogans with playcards in their hands at Parliament house precincts near the statue of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, the AAM ADMI PARTY chief n Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejrival organised a protest anti govt rally of all the Mahagathbandhan partners at Jantar Mantar attended by good numbers of leaders viz West Bengal CM n Trinamool Congress chief Mamta Bannerjee, RJD leader Tejasvi Yadav, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, CPI’s general secretary D. Raja etc including hundreds of various party supporters including that of AAP donning caps of Aam Aadmi Party.

As the national elections are coming nearer the efforts of the non BJP opposition parties against the BJP led NDA n prime minister Narendra Modi are in full swing with Bengal CM holding a successful Parade ground rally in Kolkatta participated by the leaders of 22 anti BJP opposition parties.

The parliament’s anti Rafale protest demonstration under Rahul Gandhi n Sonia’s leadership n the Mahagathbandhan rally at Jantar Mantar are sequel to those ongoing anti BJP unity initiatives.

The recent most successful rally of Priyanka Gandhi at Lucknow, attended by hundreds of thousands of people n Congress protagonists also speaks of the fact that the anti BJP movement is positively gaining momentum all over the country with opposition forces fully prepared to formidably stop the Modi’s juggernaut, come what may.

Meanwhile amidst immense opposition from the anti BJP parties n to their utter shock n dismay, the CAG report on Rafale has been placed in the upper house Rajya Sabha which claims that the Rafale deal is 2.86 % cheaper than what was formulated by the UPA regime while recommending the Rafale proposal for finalisation with the French govt n company.

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Agriculture n horticulture land in Uttarakhand. How appropriate is it to put them on sale? Seminar at PCI on 16th February, 2019

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There have been tremendous dusenchantment and resentment amongst the right minded, educated n intellectual community of Uttarakhand about the recent amendment done by the present political dispensation allowing open sale of horticulture and agriculture lands for everyone including outsiders, obviously the big business houses and land mafia and sharks to purchase as much of lands abolishing the earlier maximum limit/ ceiling of 12.5 acres.

The Uttarakhand government has recently given the sanction to the Uttar Pradesh zamindari abolition and land reforms act, (1950 integration and uprantrn amendment order 2001 ordinance 2018). Under the new amendment the clauses 154(4) n (3) K of the act an infinite quantity of agriculture and horticulture land could be purchased by anyone for opening big industries and other forms of businesses on vast scale in Uttarakhand thus adversely impacting its demography, environment, ecology, peace, law n order situation, cultural heritage and serene beauty.

According to this new tourism policy designed to benefit the big business houses, industrialists, builders, real estate agents n corporates, the big money minting capitalists will establish big hotels, resorts, commercial institutions, private expensive hospitals, bars, restaurants, entertainment parks, eco lounges, parking areas, commercial convention centres, commercial Yoga Kendras, so called eco parks, marriage banquets, adventure tourism, branded spa centres, high profile, Ayurvedic chikitsa centres, rope ways, elevator projects etc etc by getting the status of Industry inside the state and thus purchase large tracts of land in the interior of Uttarakhand.

This arbitrary practice seems to be entirely against the sentiments and wishes of the people of Uttarakhand as well as a direct threat to its environment, ecology n demography of the 19 year old hill state.

In order to express the collective and unified protest against this anti people n anti eco friendly policies of the incumbent government of Uttarakhand n its policy makers several social and journalists’ organisations are organising a seminar cum meeting at Press club of India, New Delhi on 16th February, 2018 at 2.30 PM to be addressed by several prominent journalists and social activists who’d been relentlessly fighting n struggling on the issues of Jal, Jungle aur Jameen of Uttarakhand n outside for several decades.

The title of the seminar is Land Reforms in Uttarakhand. How aporopriate is to put the horticultural and agricultural land of Uttarakhand on sale? The seminar is being organised by Uttarakhand Patrakar Parishad in association with Uttarakhand Journalists Forum, Uttarakhand Chintan, Green Forum India, Rashtriya Uttarakhand Sabha, Think Democracy and Friends of Himalayas. The seminar is being organised across party n ideological lines and whoever interested to join the event is cordially invited.

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Gautam Gambhir tweet’s : Compensation is merely band aid to the oozing wounds, slams Delhi CM on 5 lakh compensation to the deceaseds’ of fire tragedy

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Gautam Gambhir tweet's : Compensation is merely band aid to the oozing wounds, slams Delhi CM on 5 lakh compensation to the deceaseds' of fire tragedy

The Delhi government of AAM AADMI PARTY’s chief minister Arvind Kejrival has announced Rs. five lakh as monetary compensation in connection with the hotel tragedy in which 17 persons were reported to have been killed.

A massive fire due to short circuit that started at 4.00 AM today early morning in hotel Arpit in Karol Bagh spread so rapidly that in just few hours the entire hotel especially its two upper stories were completely engulfed in fire killing 17 persons on the spot while a mother n child were constrained to jump from the fourth floor after they could not get the safe exit. Both of them died after the fall.

About 12 fire fighting engines could finally control the fire. The prime minister has also expressed his condolences over the tragic incident.

The Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has castigated the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejrival for the meagre financial compensation of Rs five lakhs announced by the Delhi government.

Celebrated cricketer Gautam Gambhir said : he is sorry to say that the Delhi chief minister has valued a person’s life to merely five lakh rupees. It may be recalled that in the past chief minister Arvind Kejrival has sanctioned Rs. 1 crores as financial compensation for two deceased policemen n a retired armymen but in the present case has confined the financial aid to merely Rs. Five lakh for each of deceased’s bereaved family.

Slamming the Delhi chief minister the former cricketer Gambhir has tweeted : Surely a human life is worth much more than INR 5 Lakh @ Arvind Kejrival. It underlines what our machinery thinks about us, d common man. Compensation is merely a bandaid on all oozing wounds whereas Delhi needs surgeries and it should begin with a systematic overhaul@ Aam Admi Party.

Gautam Gambhir also slammed the building authorities for their callousness by tweeting : It is so sad to see the callousness of regulators with regards to building bylaws being traded with loss of human lives. This hotel is right next to the GGF office and I know first hand how parking rules, building laws are conveniently flouted for commercial interests. Disgusting he added in the previous tweet.

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