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Come summers and Uttarakhand hills become the victims of huge traffic snarls and degrading environmental pollution

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Come summers and entire himalayan state of Uttarakhand is full of tourists from all over the country and the globe.

The sweltering heat of the country compels tourists turn their cars and other heavy vehicles towards the hills of Uttarakhand especially, the ancient four historic religious shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.

People, families and pilgrims from different parts of the country especially from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Chennai, Punjab, Tamilnadu and Gujarat etc throng here in tourist buses, tempo travellers, taxis, tempo travellers, cars and even on motorcycles.

Last year more thsn ten lakh pilgrims and tourists visited these four holy places during the summer season.

Apart from visiting Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Hem Kunt Sahib and Yamunotri there is huge rush for hill stations like Mussourie via Dehradun, Tehri Dam site, New Tehri, Dhanaulti and Nainital.

The progress in the construction and road widening works on all weather roads leading to these Char dham Yatras has resulted in heavy traffic snarls for hours together as faced in metropolises of the country.

Hundreds of thousands of four wheelers, buses, trucks and motorcycles full of tourists and pilgrims have literally created huge traffic jams with vehicles moving at a very slow place and limited speed taking hell of a time in reaching the stipulated destinations.

The failure of the Uttarakhand government and its administration to control the flow of traffic and limiting the numbers of vehicles entering Uttarakhand has resulted in heavy traffic snarls and adverse impact on the environment of the state.

The increasing dust, diesal, petrol emissions and sound pollution compounded with the accumulation of plastic , food stuffs and other dirty stuffs in the hill areas have posed a new and fresh challenge to the environment of Uttarakhand hills and smooth flowing rivers.

There had already been talks about felling of 50 thousand full grown green trees in view of the all weather roads and under ground railway projects being carried out in the hills of Uttarakhand, worth more than 50 thousand crores.

The work on both these projects is in full swing with thirty percent or more work already completed.

The work of the railway tunnels from Rishikesh to Devprayag and further ahead till Rudraprayag is under process n progress.

In view of these ongoing projects and the incessant flow of excessive tourists’ traffic Uttarakhand’s Garhwal region these days is witnessing hell of a situation with tremendous traffic snarls and increasing pollution impacting negatively the flora and fauna of Uttarakhand.

This increasing sound pollution due to heavy rush of traffic and construction activities in the otherwise peaceful and tranquil valleys of Garhwal Uttarakhand from Rishikesh till Rudra prayag and further ahead has not only made the life of the populace of the hills a hell but the animals living and wandering inside the forests have also been disturbed going here and there especially towards human habitats for shelter and flesh.

In addition to these disturbances the wildlife has been badly affected due to heavy jungle fires in Garhwal and Kumaon divisions taking heavy toll of animals and thus the carnivorous animals like leopards, cheetahs and tigers moving towards villages and towns in search of human flesh. Hundreds of innocent people of interior villages have fallen prey to the maneaters who face shortage of animals inside jungles due to incessant fires and sound pollution.

This man made environmental degradations in the himalayan state of Uttarakhand through multiplying traffic invasion in lakhs, increasing sound, diesal and dust pollution compounded with excessive accumulation of plastics and other unwanted material including massive deforrestation give rise to natural ecological disasters as the one happened June 13 in the Kedarnath Valley claiming thousands of lives and collosal loss to state’s already defixit economy. What’s your take friends ?

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Sunil Negi hails from Uttarakhand and is a veteran journalist and author. He is a prolific writer and has carved a name for himself in the media world. He received the 'Golden Achiever Award' in the '90th AIAC Excellence Awards 2019' for his book ''Havoc in Heaven'' based on the tragedy that struck Uttarakhand in which thousands of people lost their lives. He is also the President of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum and majorly writes on Politics, Current Affairs, and Social Issues.



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Martyred Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa cremated with full military honors

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The dead body of Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa, the braveheart of the Indian Army, had been brought by air to the Jolly Grant Airport. The dead body was thereafter taken to his village Rajawala, in Siraspur district of Dehradun, Garhwal, Uttarakhand. He was martyred at the LOC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Naoshera Sector in Rajouri.

Martyred Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa’s body arrives at his village

Hundreds of people from the nearby villages and Dehradun, Rishikesh reached his house. They paid their last respects to the martyred Sandeep Thapa. This was amidst raising of pro-Sandeep Thapa and anti-Pakistan slogans. ‘Sandeep Thapa Amar Rahe’ and ‘Pakistan Murdabad’ slogans rented the air for hours together when the 35-year-old martyr’s body, fully draped in tricolour and flowers were placed at his house in Rajawala, Siraspur, Dehradun. The nearby villagers had started thronging the martyr’s village right from the morning after they heard about the supreme sacrifice of Sandeep Thapa yesterday. The crowd today swelled in large numbers outside his house to pay their heartfelt tributes to this great son of the soil.

Military and state honors for martyred Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa

Prominent amongst those who laid wreaths at the body of the martyred soldier were the chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat, his several cabinet colleagues, lawmakers of Uttarakhand and bureaucrats.

Martyred Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa cremated with full military honors

Lt Colonel Devinder Singh  Rana while lauding the sacrifice of the valiant soldier Sandeep Thapa said that he was a brave, highly motivated and a sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for his dedication to duty and supreme sacrifice.  According to Lt., Colonel Devender Rana, Sandeep fell to the bullets of the Pakistani soldiers yesterday in the Naoshera sector of Rajouri district at LOC in Jammu and Kashmir. This was while bravely retaliating to Pak’s gunning of shells violating the ceasefire agreement.
He sacrificed himself while bravely guarding our frontier and countering enemy shellings. The Indian Army responded with double the force causing tremendous casualties on the Pakistani side. They destroyed several posts of the enemy country.
After paying his last respects to the martyred soldier the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat assured of all possible financial and other help to the bereaved family. He tweeted:’Sainyadham Uttarakhand ki gauravshali parampara ka nirvahan karte hue Naoshera  mein shaheed hue Sandeep Thapa ko Bhavpurn shradhanjali arpit kee. Hame apni senaon par purn vishwas hai ki Sandeep Thapa ka balidan vyarth nahi jayega. Thapa Parivar ke saath hum sabki gehri samvednayen hai. Sarkaar har samay unke saath khadi hai.’ (‘While obeying the healthy traditions of Sanya Dhaam, Uttarakhand, I paid my respectful tributes to the martyr of Naoshera, Sandeep Thapa. We are fully confident about our Army’s valour and strongly feel that the sacrifice of Sandeep Thapa will never go waste. We all convey our deepest sympathies to the Thapa family. The government is and will be always with the bereaved family.’)

Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa with wife Nisha

Martyred Sandeep Thapa was accorded the last adieu with full military and state honors with 21 gun salutes. The traumatic family were in tears and were shattered emotionally. Late Sandeep Thapa who served in Indian Army for 15 years is survived by his wife and a three-year-old son. Late Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa was married to Nisha in 2012 while he had joined the Indian Army in 2004. Sandeep’s whole family had been in the Army serving the nation with utmost dedication, valor, and patriotism.  While his 25-year brother, Naveen is in the Indian Army. His father, Bhagwan Singh Thapa, is a retired Hawaldar of Indian Army. His grandfather Lakshman Singh Thapa was Subedar in Army and his brother-in-law too is in the Indian Army. His father has said that he will now groom his grandson, Satvik, who is just three years, to join the Army.
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Many reportedly missing and several houses washed away in Uttarakhand floods

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Excessive and very heavy rains have caused havoc in the various parts of Uttarakhand. There have been dangerous incidents of cloud bursts too. This has killed several people and damaged houses.

The overflowing of Tons river in Uttarkashi town due to excessive rain and cloud burst incidents have claimed several lives. The water in uncontrollable quantity has washed away houses and people too. As per the latest reports, about 18 persons were reported missing after the deluge in the Tons river of Uttarkashi district on Sunday.
The Tons river was overflowing above the danger mark for the last several days due to over-accumulation of water as a result of heavy rains. The Tons river, last night and today breached the local market of Uttarkashi. This has compelled the state administration to issue an alert and direct residents to leave their houses. The chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has personally intervened and held urgent meetings with top bureaucrats of the concerned departments to expedite relief and rescue operations.
Last week about 6 persons were reportedly killed in Chamoli district due to heavy landslides and cloud burst incidents. The Gangotri highway and even the Jwalpa Devi Marg in Pauri Garhwal district near Dugadda have been closed. The heavy JPC machines are busy clearing the landslide debris on snake-shaped roads. This has led to immense inconvenience to the pilgrims and tourists including the local residents.
The Kempty Mussourie Yamunotri Road had also been closed due to heavy landslides. The PWD employees were busy clearing hundreds of tons of silt by heavy JCB machines. This has led to myriad queues of the cars of tourists and the locals on both sides of the roads.
In Chamoli, due to excessive rainfall, the Badrinath National Highway, Lambagad to Pipalkoti was also blocked due to landslides. This has severely affected the transport movement.
Uttarkashi had been the worst victim after Chamoli this monsoon. Due to a cloud burst in Uttarkashi, on Saturday night in Arakot area of Mori subdivision Makuri, Tikochi, Araakot, and Maunda villages were the worst victims. The destruction here has been devastating.
According to the villagers, the rivulets of these remote villages were over flooded due to cloud bursts. This resulted in hundreds of thousands of tons of slit enter their villages along with floodwaters from the over gushing rivulets. As a result, in Makuri village a woman named Sarojini Devi wife of Upendra Singh was killed due to asphyxiation. This was after she was pressed over tons of silt of these over gushing rivulets. The house of Chattar Singh of this village also got damaged due to a landslide.
There had been heavy loss of properties too after this cloud burst incident that forced myriad Silt ( Malba) into their houses. In addition to these losses and casualties in Makuri village, a woman namely Mangla Devi of Dakhwaan village of Patti Gyarah gaon in Ghansyali, Tehri, Garhwal was also brutally killed after a huge tree fell over her. She was merely 40 years old.
The government has pressed the ITBP, SDRF and the SDRF teams into service. They are busy in relief and rescue operations in the affected areas. Over 9 districts of Uttarakhand have been alerted regarding heavy rainfalls in the next twenty-four hours. This is to help exercise safety and preventive measures. Schools in five districts including Uttarkashi have been officially declared closed,  for the next couple of days.
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Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa martyred at LOC in Kashmir

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Sandeep Thapa was today martyred at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

He was a young and valiant soldier, a Lance Naik of Indian Army. He belonged to Sahaspur, Dehradun.

This was in the cross border exchange of fire after the breach of ceasefire by Pakistan. He was martyred in the Naushera sector of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir. This has happened after the scrapping up of the articles 370 and 35 A in Jammu and Kashmir.

After Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were granted a separate union territory status, neighboring Pakistan and its government led by Imran Khan and Pak Army are in immense frustration. Pakistan has accumulated forces at the Indo Pak border and has increased arbitrary firings on the Indian side. This is being bravely countered and repelled by Indian Army at the LOC. In fact, the law and order situation in strife-torn Kashmir has considerably improved after the positioning of more than 30 thousand Indian Army and CRPF troopers at the LOC and various strife-torn locations in the Kashmir valley.

The incidents of terrorist attacks on domestic as well as on the cross border infiltration fronts have also incredibly improved. The strictness on the part of the union government and the state administration now under governor’s rule commanding the army and the paramilitary forces and jawans to deal with terrorism from this side of the border or any misadventure from Pakistan has yielded good results. The situation in strife-torn Kashmir is gradually returning to normalcy as curfew in several parts of Kashmir has been withdrawn. Therefore with no option left and completely frustrated Pakistan is engaged in the ceasefire violation. There have been about 1900 ceasefire violations till now.

Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa

The India forces and jawans are countering the Paki onslaughts with full might. A month ago 5 BAT commandoes of Pakistan who tried to cross the LOC were killed by the Indian Army and their bodies were handed over to Pakistan. Meanwhile, the chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat while expressing his immense grief over the martyrdom of the young Lance Naik of Indian Army today assured of all possible governmental support and financial assistance to the bereaved family. Uttarakhand chief minister tweeted: Uttarakhand’s saput (valiant son of Uttarakhand) Sandeep Thapa has sacrificed himself in the cross border firing by Pakistan at the Indo-Pak border. I, again and again, bow down in reverence to this great martyr Lance Naik Thapa. While praying for the condolence to the bereaved family we assure of always standing in support of the Martyred family.

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Fire broke out at AIIMS today, fire tenders on the job

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A massive fire broke out on the first floor of the teaching block of All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

This happened today near and on the upper floor of the Casualty department. The smoke of the spreading fire had engulfed the adjoining buildings as well.

This included the Cardiovascular Thoracic department building. This is where the former Finance minister Arun Jaitley is admitted in the ICU of the CARDIAC department. There is nothing much to worry as this building is quite at a distance from the Teaching block which caught fire.

This building is just adjacent to the Casualty Ward where hundreds of patients arrive on a daily basis 24 x 7. About twenty-two to twenty-five fire tenders were desperately engaged in controlling the fire and preventing it to spread further. The hospital authorities have closed the laboratory on the first floor of the building. The patients too have been safely evacuated.

There is no report of any serious casualty so far. The reason for the fire is being speculated as a short circuit. However, the actual reason for the eruption of fire would be ascertained after the fire is fully controlled. The was panic all around inside and outside AIIMS as well, as hundreds of thousands of patients from Delhi and other states visit here regularly. The building houses nephrology, gynecology, endocrinology, cardiology, skin, cancer and neurology departments where people from different parts of the country arrive for treatment and critical surgeries.

The adjacent building of PRIVATE wards and the cardiology department has several VIP patients including the former finance minister Arun Jaitley who is in critical condition and on a ventilator at the cardiac clinic.

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Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s condition critical

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The condition of the former union finance minister in NDA’s 1st government Arun Jaitley is reported to be critical.

He is at the Intensive care unit of Cardiac department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He was admitted on 9th of August after he complained of breathlessness and increasing heart palpitation.

The president of India Ram Nath Kovind visited AIIMS yesterday on hearing about the former minister’s critical health condition. The union home minister Amit Shah also visited AIIMS yesterday for the second time to know about his health condition. The union health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and state health minister Mr. Choubey were also present during the president’s visit at AIIMS.
Former finance minister Arun Jaitley also known as prime minister Modi’s troubleshooter, has not been keeping good health for a year or so especially after his kidney transplant and bariatric surgery to lose excessive weight. He is also a diabetic patient. No medical bulletin has been issued so far, except the one issued on the 10th of August claimed Jaitleys condition as stable due to his normal heart functioning. He is being examined and under regular monitoring of the multidisciplinary doctors related to heart, kidney and diabetics diseases.
It may be recalled that Arun Jaitley who was union minister for finance for a full five-year term in NDA 1 government has not contested the election this time due to his deteriorating health condition. He had also requested prime minister Modi not to include him in the new cabinet in NDA part 2 government. This was while thanking him for giving him the opportunity to serve the nation as finance minister. Prime minister Narendra Modi has tremendous faith in Jaitley’s ability and leadership. It was because of this that he was brought in from Rajya Sabha after losing from Amritsar seat against Capt Amrinder Singh.
He was still inducted as finance minister in NDA 1 government for full five years. Despite his bad health, he had worked in elections by addressing the media repeatedly and countering various allegations of Congress party strongly and with gumption. It was because of Jaitley’s bad health that the interim budget of the country was presented by the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal prior to the general elections of 2019. He was considered as a troubleshooter of the BJP party and the government. He became inactive after April and since then is bedridden now on a ventilator at Cardiac ward of AIIIMS Cardiothoracic department.
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Modi announces additional 2 lakh each for the deceased of Tehri van accident

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It may be recalled that just a few days ago a Max carrying 20 to 22 school going children driven by an untrained driver had fallen in a gorge killing 10 children and critically injuring 10 others.

There had been quite a sensation over this news throughout the state with transport minister Yashpal Arya suspending the RTO and few other subordinate officers for lapses in not checking the overloading of vehicles leading to fatal accidents. The state chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had arrived after six days at Pratap Nagar where he had faced protests from the children’s traumatic parents.

The people were demanding Rs. ten lakh for each dead child and 5 lakh each for those critically injured. The Chief Minister had to return after the protests. The chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat had confronted massive protests at Pratap Nagar Helipad where he had arrived to hand over the cheques of one lakh rupees to each of the deceased child’s family.
Thereafter, in about a day’s time, it was generous of the prime minister’s office (PMO) in New Delhi to further announce rupees two lakh financial assistance and Rs 50 thousand for each of the injured. It seems that the PM must have sensed the compulsions and financial constraints of Rawat and therefore must have made this announcement. Now the total financial compensation comes to Rs. thirty lakh for the ten deceased school-going children of St Angel’s School in Tehri Garhwal. The financial compensation amounts to Rs. five lakhs in all, for the ten injured.
The prime minister’s office had announced this financial compensation through a tweet. The Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Rawat responded by expressing his gratefulness to PM Modi through a tweet on his twitter handle. However, what makes the residents of Pratap Nagar and Madan Negi angry is the fact that the chief minister had announced Rs. 2 lakh each for the dead and Rs 50000 for the injured as compensation for the victims of Dhumakot bus accident only a few months back which falls under the jurisdiction of Pauri Garhwal district.  However, in this case of Tehri Garhwal children’s death, he announced just Rs. 1 lakh – half of the amount per death than what he paid for the Dhumakot bus accidental deaths.
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Murder in Kotdwar speaks of the deteriorating law and order situation

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The law and order situation is deteriorating day by day in Uttarakhand with incidents of brutal murders, rapes, and a crime against women on the rise. The state police as known as Mitr police undoubtedly try its best to control the rising crime but the situation seems to be going out of hand.

When Uttarakhand was part of undivided Uttar Pradesh it was really difficult to control crime in this hilly region as the liquor mafia allegedly had its say. Then the entire police and administrative set up was controlled from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh and things were difficult to control but after the formation of the state in the year 2000 it was felt that the crime rate would now come down drastically and the people will heave a sigh of relief.

Unfortunately today Uttarakhand has allegedly become a safe haven for dreaded criminals of other states who seek peaceful clandestine hiding shelter. The state completely assures safety and security. This is undoubtedly a disturbing trend. Just a few days ago a five-year-old girl was obnoxiously raped and brutally murdered by a rapist mutilating her body badly into pieces.

Last year a 19-year-old girl was stalked and thereafter immolated in broad daylight in Pauri Garhwal followed by a number of incidents of rapes, women assaults, murders, and gangsterism. Just today a young man named Shekhar Dhaundiyal who had come to Kotdwara, under Pauri Garhwal district at the office of Shiva Cable from Dehradun was shot dead by three miscreants in broad daylight while he was busy telephoning someone from a private telephone booth.

While Shekhar Dhaundiyal was busy conversing on the telephone outside the Shiva Cable office three men came walking and killed him with a number of gunshots from point-blank range. On hearing the sound of repeated gunshots the staff and employees and the people from nearby came to his rescue but by then the killers had walked away.

Grievously injured and profusely bleeding Dhaundiyal was immediately ferried to the government hospital in Kotdwara but was declared brought dead after succumbing to the bullet injuries. Kotdwar is quite a busy area and absence of the police patrolling and policemen on duty in this busy market area allows the miscreants to conveniently commit this gruesome broad daylight murder. There was commotion all around.

This raises certain questions and also questions the credibility of the Uttarakhand police. People especially the women are worried about their own security.

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Cloud bursts and landslides in Chamoli district of Garhwal Uttarakhand

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About six persons have been reportedly killed in a cloud burst incident that occurred in Lankhi village in Chamoli district.

This has resulted in an excessive overflow and flood in Chufalgaadh river further leading to colossal loss to properties. In view of the excessive over flooding of Chufalgarh river the roads in the market area caved in. This has resulted in the destruction of houses and shops.

If the same nature of heavy rain continues in Karnprayag, the situation may go out of hand leading to several fatalities and loss of properties. Similarly in the Baaj Bagagad and Aalitok areas of Garhwal hills in Chamoli district heavy rains resulted in a landslide. Heavy rubbles fell on a house killing three persons which included a mother and a daughter.

According to the information flowing in from Disaster Management Control Room senior journalist, Harish Maikhuri informed that in Baaj Bagad the house of one Abbal Singh was completely submerged in a landslide. This has led to the death of his 35-year-old wife and the 9-month-old infant. The ill-fated mother and daughter died due to asphyxiation inside the heavy rubble of the landslide. The tragic incident of cloud burst in Faldi village of Tharali is still fresh in peoples’ mind.

Similarly, in Aali village, Nanu Ram’s house was compressed under the rubble of heavy landslide resulting in the brutal death of his 21-year-old daughter Naurti. The total toll due to this natural disaster has reached six by now. The rescue team of the disaster management force and the local police which reached the spots of this brutal incident have retrieved the dead bodies. According to senior journalist Harish Maikhuri so far about six persons, fifty goats, two cows have died due to this cloud burst incident in Chamoli district. The meteorological department had already given clear indications about heavy rains in Chamoli, Pauri, Tehri, Nainital, Rudraprayag and Pithoragarh districts.

Heavy rains during monsoons create havoc in Garhwal and Kumaon divisions of Uttarakhand and cause heavy losses to life and property. The chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat has expressed concern over these cloud burst incidents and has also condoled the deaths in this natural calamity. He has tweeted: I am deeply pained to learn about the loss of lives in cloud burst incidents in Chamoli’s ghat area. My condolences towards the bereaved families of the deceased’s. I have issued urgent directives to the district administration to provide maximum possible help of all kind including the financial support to the bereaved families including expeditious action to safeguard the lives of the people.

It’s a curse of nature that Uttarakhand faces these cloud burst incidents and natural disasters.

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Great woman warrior Tilu Rauteli’s 329th anniversary celebrated at Gharwal Bhawan

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Sarvbhaumik is a registered non-governmental organization. It comprises of committed and dedicated volunteers. These volunteers are from Uttarakhand living in Delhi and Uttarakhand. They are engaged in the promotion of educational and social activities. They especially focus on women empowerment. They had organized a commemorative function in New Delhi’s Garhwal Bhawan on the 10th of August.

This was in honor of the historic woman warrior Tilu Rauteli on her 329th anniversary. The event was inaugurated by chief guests KC Pandey, his wife, and several others. The event was kickstarted with the office bearer of Sarvbhawmik, Himani Bisht. She started off the event through her inaugural address. She highlighted the activities of the organization.

It’s General Secretary Sharmila Amola provided detailed information on the consequences of Hepatitis B. Thus awakening one and all to get themselves injected with the relevant medicine to safeguard themselves from this dreaded disease. She also made everyone aware of Sarvbhaumik’s education-related activities. She appraised the audience of the workshops in Pauri Khal area villages of Garhwal Uttarakhand apart from the various other constructive programs organized by the NGO during the preceding year.

The commemorative function of great warrior Tilu Rauteli also included two interesting short plays titled AB KYA HOLU ( Now what will happen) and Bujurg Mata Pita – Pita Ka Dard (Old parents – the pain of father) in Garhwali, Kumaoni, and Hindi dialects. According to drama analyst, Pooran Chand Kandpal both the plays were extremely nostalgic and highly emotional. The plays carried a great social message and a lesson to those who discard their parents in old age.

According to Ajay Bisht one of the main organizers of the show, the Sarvabhawmik event also included detailed debate on women empowerment and how they seek inspiration from historic icon Tilu Rauteli to live life with courage, vigor, and vitality.

The main attraction of the show was principal and woman academician Rachna Joshi who was felicitated by the Sarbhawmic Award of Excellence for her outstanding contribution in the field of education to the children of the lowest ebb of the society.

Six outstanding students of Pairi Khal schools were also felicitated on this occasion. The names of two musician students are Manish and Tanuj who also presented their song and music to the audience enthralling one and all.

Renowned literateur Dr. Satish Kaleshwari also held a debate on Uttarakhand’s folk songs and the infinite journey of Uttarakhandi Sangeet in the function. There were folk songs and dances on this occasion mesmerizing the audience to the hilt. Some of the outstanding folk performances took the audience to the sixties.

The main actors who enthralled the audience with their mesmerizing acting and melodious voice were Gita Gusain, Lakshmi Rawat Patel, Pushpa Joshi, Thangriyal, Rakesh Gaur, Mr. Pandriyal, Pushpa Joshi and Narendra Ajnabi.  A souvenir of Sarvbhawmik was also released on this occasion. The program was ably anchored by Ajay Bisht and Himani Bisht.

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Uttarakhand CM Rawat faces anger of deceased’s parents at Tehri Garhwal

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The present political dispensation in Uttarakhand and it’s chief minister value the life of a school going child, who dies in an accident a meager 1 lakh rupee.

A government that earns annual revenue of 2300 crores through the massive sale of liquor acts stingily in financially compensating children after their fatal accidental deaths. A meager Rs. one lakh each not to mention about the meager compensation paid to the grievously injured children.

This is about the recent painful deaths of 10 school going children and injuries to several others when a Max driven by an untrained driver fell into a gorge on Pratap Nagar Madan Negi road. All the children were students of primary classes of a local private school St. Angels at Madan Negi in Tehri Garhwal. This accident occurred with about 10 death tolls and grievous injury to an equal number of children.

They were later airlifted to Rishikesh hospital for treatment.  The fatal accident occurred on the 6th of August. This matter has been immensely hyped in the media. According to sources, there has been an increasing outrage in the people of Tehri Garhwal and the entire state. There have been deplorable statements of the opposition leaders and social organizations regarding the handling of this matter. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had visited the village of the dead children in Madan Negi Tehri Garhwal to express his grief and condolence to the bereaved families.

He also handed them over a cheque of Rs. One lakh each to the bereaved families. The highly angered parents of the deceased children raised anti chief minister and anti-govt slogans and asked him to go back. They were furious over the delay of six days in responding to their call for help and that too giving them a meager amount of a Lakh each for the deceased children. The parents have decided to return the cheques and have asked for not less than Rs. ten lakh financial compensation each of the deceased child and Rs. 5 lakh for the grievously injured. The chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had to leave the village in a huff to meet the families of the victims of cloud bursts in Dhaarti village.

It may be recalled that about 10 school going children had died on 6th August when a Max carrying them fall in a gorge due to an untrained driver losing control of the vehicle. There were in all 22 children in a single max against the traffic rules. These fatal accidents are on the rise in Uttarakhand but the transport department still has no concrete plan of preventing these accidents. Suspensions of transport officials is not a concrete solution as they return to their duties after a few days when the hullaballoo around the tragedy subsides. Some credible policy on traffic rules in the mountainous region should be introduced with immediate effect to decrease the spate of fatal accidents which are on the rise.

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