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Uttarakhand High Court directs ex CMs to clear their balance financial liabilities

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The former chief ministers of Uttarakhand viz late Narain Dutt Tiwari, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Major General B. C. Khanduri, Harish Rawat, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and Vijay Bahuguna were not vacating their official Bungalows allotted to them as a special privilege and as per the government rules, hence a petition was filed in the high court which has finally issued directives to vacate them.

All these former chief ministers are quite well off financially and had their private houses in Delhi and Uttarakhand apart from the government bungalows allotted to them in their capacity of being MPs. Major General Khanduri, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishan who were MPs had been allotted bungalows in Delhi but they were also having Bungalows at Dehradun, being ex-chief ministers of Uttarakhand. However, Narain Dutt Tiwari has a government type 5 allotment at Tilak lane in New Delhi since ages which is still being continued by his family even after his sad demise, by his wife Ujjwala Tiwari.

When the Uttarakhand high court directed these former chief ministers to vacate their huge official bungalows occupied by them for several years despite their not being chief ministers of the state these ex CMs were compelled to vacate them but after too much of reluctance.

However two of them viz Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and Vijay Bahuguna ( both ex CMs ) had tremendous financial liabilities in several lakhs which they haven’t paid to the Uttarakhand government despite a number of notices. While former chief minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari had the liabilities of whopping 45 lakhs pertaining to his bungalow and other expenses for enjoying various facilities, Vijay Bahuguna had the financial burden of 37 lakhs against his government bungalow and other expenses incurred during his tenure. These liabilities pertained to the expenses for various facilities enjoyed by them but had not been cleared despite several reminders.

Finally, once more time the Uttarakhand high court had to intervene and issue directives to the state government for recovery of the pending amount against both the ex-chief ministers. According to sources, both the chief ministers had appealed to the court through petitions for reconsideration of their earlier appeals to grant them special privilege for remittances of these financial liabilities/ repealing them but the high court has revoked their petitions for the second time asking them to pay the same at the market rate.

After the high court’s revocation of their requests/ appeals for writing off these financial liabilities, both the former chief ministers of Uttarakhand viz Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and Vijay Bahuguna have now been directed to clear the entire backlog of Rs. 45 lakhs and 37 lakhs respectively on the basis of the market rate penalty on the monthly installment basis of Rs 30500 and Rs. 39000 per month respectively till the above-said amount is cleared fully and finally.

It may be recalled that both Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and Vijay Bahuguna are currently holding no positions and are in BJP. These liabilities pertain to former CM Vijay Bahuguna while he was in Congress. He joined the BJP later on with 11 MLAs of Congress after his differences with the then CM Harish Rawat in 2017.

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  1. Maj onkar Uttarakhandi (Negi)

    August 9, 2019 at 1:12 AM

    It is high time for them to vacate their houses and clear all the liabilities whatever. They all know that UK is not financially sound to undertaje such liability, it is imparate on their part to have considered it much earlier, than the HHC notice.

  2. Niharika Ghia

    August 9, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    This is really a good move…..

    But the main question is why do the politicians need to be even told at all ?

    They spend their entire life & the next few generations in govt bunglows with all servant facilities and lavish lifestyle at the cost of hardworking citizen ‘s tax money.

    Personally i feel that our own small house can give more peace and satifaction than living in properties belonging to others…..

    Maybe Indian Politicians feel otherwise 🙁

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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.



2 Comments

  1. Maj onkar Uttarakhandi (Negi)

    August 9, 2019 at 1:12 AM

    It is high time for them to vacate their houses and clear all the liabilities whatever. They all know that UK is not financially sound to undertaje such liability, it is imparate on their part to have considered it much earlier, than the HHC notice.

  2. Niharika Ghia

    August 9, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    This is really a good move…..

    But the main question is why do the politicians need to be even told at all ?

    They spend their entire life & the next few generations in govt bunglows with all servant facilities and lavish lifestyle at the cost of hardworking citizen ‘s tax money.

    Personally i feel that our own small house can give more peace and satifaction than living in properties belonging to others…..

    Maybe Indian Politicians feel otherwise 🙁

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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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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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Tilu Rauteli honour for Suman Adhikari of Haldwani

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On 9th of August an enterprising woman with her outstanding contribution in the field of social activism who gave employment to a good number of grass-root women in Haldwani was felicitated by the Uttarakhand Film vom Natya Institute at Bal Bhawan Auditorium by the member of parliament from Pauri Garhwal and Supreme Court advocate Tirath Singh Rawat and Sanjay Darmora. She hails from a rural background

The award is given to outstanding women every year for their novel and valuable contributions in the field of social activism, art, theatre, sports, writing, journalism and in other peculiar fields across spectrum known as Veerangna Tilu Rauteli Samman. ( Warrior Tilu Rauteli Honor).

Tilu Rauteli was a great woman warrior who had sacrificed her life along with her brothers and father while relentlessly fighting the then landlords and kings trying to invade their territory in Garhwal Himalayas in 1661. She sacrificed her life during the incessant battle to safeguard her land and modesty. Since then every year her death anniversary is organized and commemorated on the 9th of August. A grand cultural event with melodious songs and drama on her life and sacrifice was organized on this occasion. This also included folk dances.

In Uttarakhand several iconic women towing the sacrifice and courage of late warrior Tilu Rauteli have made a special mark for their outstanding and exemplary feats and contributions to the society viz first woman Mount Everest Conquerer and Padma Vibhushan Bachendri Pal, Chipko founder and leader Gaura Devi, Bisni Devi Sah, Kabootri Devi, Hansa Dhanayi, Dr. Kusum Nautiyal, Vasanti Bisht, Belmati Chouhan, Tinchri Mai who fought against the prevalence of illegal liquor, Madhuri Barthwal, Hema Uniyal and Reena Kaushal Dharmashaktu etc.

The recipient of the prestigious Tilu Raiteli honors Suman Adhikari deserves to be congratulated for her grass-root level contribution amongst the women of Uttarakhand Himalayas giving them not only employment at the local level but also inculcating in them the spirit to counter challenging situations and arrange sustenance for their families even though they have limited means.

The jury members of the prestigious honor were Literateur Pooran Chandra Kandpal, theatre activist and writer Hem Pant and senior journalist Sushma Jugran.

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Max falls in a gorge in Yamkeshwar

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A fatal accident had occurred at Chamkotkhal Yamkeshwar ( Dhungi) today grievously injuring 9 children who had been ferried for immediate treatment at Rishikesh hospital. The Max in uncontrollable speed fell in a gorge at Yamkeshwar (Dhungi) Chamkotkhal after the driver lost the control of the Max. The injured children had been rescued and retrieved from the gorge after great efforts by the local police. The condition of all the children is critical.

Just three days ago a Max had fallen in a gorge on Pratap Nagar Khangsali Madan Negi Road killing 9 school going children and critically injuring 9 others who were later on airlifted to Rishikesh hospital for urgent medical treatment creating a furor in the government and anger amongst the people of Tehri Garhwal. This Max was being driven by an untrained driver with his father who was fully trained, sitting on the back seat. Just today yet another Max has fallen in a gorge grievously injuring 9 children who have been ferried to Rishikesh hospital after the injured children were retrieved from the site after great efforts. The ill-fated Max fell in a gorge at Yamkeshwar (Dungi) Chamkotkhal Garhwal, Uttarakhand. The reason behind the accident has not been ascertained yet.

On the same day when the Max fell into the gorge at Madan Negi in Tehri Garhwal, there were five more deaths of bus passengers in another area which was returning from Badrinath Shrine. A huge boulder had fallen on the bus due to a landslide killing five and injuring several others. Just a few days before about nine KANVARIYAS coming on a Max after collecting holy Ganga water from Gaumukh Gangotri, belonging to Haryana too had died after a boulder fell on their Max crushing them to death on the spot and grievously injuring five others. The spate of fatal accidents has, unfortunately, become the order of the day in Uttarakhand due to various unavoidable natural circumstances as well as due to the negligence of the drivers.

May the Almighty save these innocent children.

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Thanul village inhabitants of Pauri Garhwal demand road to their village

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The inhabitants of Thanul village, as well as its surrounding villages under the jurisdiction of Kaljikhal block in Pauri Garhwal district in Patti Manyarsiun, are extremely angered at the noncooperation of the Uttarakhand tourism minister Satpal Maharaj and other concerned officers. They have so far not heeded to their request of constructing a connecting road to their village.  This is despite it being a place of historic importance and an extremely popular Sidhpeeth called Thaneshwar temple.

The villagers, as well as some of their lineage living in Delhi, had organized a press conference yesterday at Garhwal Bhawan situated at Panchquin Road. Their aim was to expose the noncompliance of the concerned departments as well as Tourism minister Satpal Maharaj. They wanted a road to be constructed to their village, which was not done so far despite repeated personal meetings and presentation of request letters.

Addressing the press conference the office bearers of the ancient Thaneshwar Temple Committee complained about the Uttarakhand’s tourism minister Satpal Maharaj and the officers of the concerned departments responsible to build the connecting road to Thanul village at Patti Maniyarsiun in Pauri Garhwal. They said that the concerned have not complied despite their myriad representations and requests.

They accused the state government minister and officers of completely neglecting the peoples’ sentiments and the requests of the Temple’s committee members. The president Anand Singh Rawat said that the government should promote religious tourism to the core in Uttarakhand by connecting such religious and spiritual spots with roads and all kinds of conveniences to felicitate tourism.

He added that the archeological survey should go into the deep history of such ancient temples and structures and acquaint people of their religious and spiritual relevance. The historic Thaneshwar Temple is considered as a renowned Sidhpeeth which has fulfilled the wishes of the childless couples who pay obeisance to Lord Shiva whole night holding the earthen lamp in their hands with the chants of Om Namah Shivay.

In the absence of road connectivity, hundreds of Shiv Bhakts and those who visit the temple are confronting a lot of inconveniences. The press conference was jointly addressed by Anand Singh Rawat, President, Secretary Harish Bhatt, Auditor Kamal Singh Rawat, Vinod Kabtiyal, Jagpal Singh Negi and Vijay Singh Negi. All of them demanded the construction of parking, lodging boarding facilities, and lavatory, etc near the Temple premises for the convenience of the visitors.

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