Thursday, September 29, 2016

Second dengue death in Uttarakhand

Dehradun: Uttarakhand records second dengue death on Tuesday. The death of a 71-year-old man from Park Road, Dehradum was confirmed late eve by the health department.

"Dehradun has registered this season's second dengue death today as a 71-year patient succumbed to the virus at Max hospital. The ELISA report has.come out positive." said Dr. YS Thapliyal, chief medical officer, Dehradun. The first death was recorded on August 15 of a 10-year child of Darbhanga basti in Dun due to dengue.

The total count of patients has touched 1226 in Uttarakhand with majority of them 963 bulked in state capital Dehradun. 


India to set up nuclear plants in Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana

NEW DELHI: The central government is looking at possible sites in the northern states of Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana for setting up new atomic power plants, a minister said on Tuesday.

"We are exploring the possibility of having such establishments in other places, for example near Dehradun in Utarakhand and near Patiala in Punjab. We are also looking for a place in Bhiwani in Haryana," Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh said while addressing a conference here on nuclear power organised by industry chamber Assocham. The present government can stake claim of having set up an atomic energy plant in Gorakhpur in Haryana, so we have brought atomic energy northwards which it had been waiting for 60-70 years and we made it to cross through Delhi because atomic energy never had the opportunity to see the capital of this country," he added.

The Prime Minister's Office looks after the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

Of the 22 nuclear power plants in the country, the majority are located in western and southern India.

Singh said most of the atomic energy generation was confined mostly to Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

"Atomic energy had remained confined to certain parts of the country, in Tarapur for obvious reasons because Dr Bhabha had set up his first establishment in Mumbai then we had south but we hardly had any presence in north India," he said. 

"The nuclear power plant being set up in Haryana will become operational by about next year at the cost of just Rs 6 per unit," he added. 


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Nine new tourism projects in Uttarakhand

DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand Government has signed 9 memorandums of intent for projects across various themes at the Inaugural Incredible India Tourism Investors Summit 2016. Agreements were signed during the summit in New Delhi to set up tent Cities, wellness resorts, yoga and wellness institutes, a hill resort in Tehri Lake and dakbunglaw operations and maintenance worth Rs 507 crore in Uttarakhand.

Sailesh Bagauli, secretary Tourism, said, "We are overwhelmed to have received such an enthusiastic response from investors who are keen to invest in tourism sector in Uttarakhand. The state government is fully committed to support all stakeholders contributing towards growth and development of tourism in the State. Our single window mechanism is a proactive step towards facilitating ease of doing business in the state."

The three days' summit organized by the ministry of tourism in New Delhi's Vigyan Bhawan on September 23 onwards is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

"We did not have investors for projects in and around Tehri Lake despite jolding promotional annual festivals because tenders were never floated there by the state government machinary. But now in all these nine projects, tenders would be held. The state government has already approved projects related to wellness resorts, floating huts, adventure sports in academies at Tehri lake," said Bagauli.

He said that government has also approved tourism projects for which concepts are being invited at Jharipani and Khanij Nagar at Rishikesh." He said that the way hundreds of tents erected in Kutch to celebrate Ranotsav fascinate tourists every year, they also plan to hold various events around this concept at different places of the state in near future. However the selected companies will place their proposals with regard to all the projects which will be selected through tendering.


President Pranab Mukherjee on a 3-day visit to Uttarakhand

 President Pranab Mukherjee will arrive in Uttarakhand on Tuesday for a three-day visit, officials said.

Elaborate security arrangements were made for the high-profile visit and security has been beefed up at places where he is slated to visit.

On his first day, the President will inaugurate a building 'Aashiana' at the Presidential Bodyguards' campus at Rajpur road here. He will also lay the foundation stone of 12 new units and after a brief stopover would proceed to Raj Bhawan.

Governor K.K. Paul would be hosting a dinner for the President on Tuesday night. Mukherjee is scheduled to leave, with family, for the Kedarnath shrine on an Indian Air Force chopper on Wednesday.

In other itineraries, Mukherjee will host a high tea for dignitaries and local VIPs at the Raj Bhawan on Wednesday.

On Thursday, he will attend the Ganga Aarti on the banks of the river at Haridwar. His stopover in Haridwar would be for two hours. He is set to leave for Delhi on Thursday in a special plane from the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun, an official informed IANS.


India-US joint military training exercise concludes in Uttarakhand

The fortnight-long India-American joint military exercise has concluded in Uttarakhand, with soldiers of both countries successfully conducting several anti-terrorism drills.

The 12th edition of the "Yudh Abhyas" or Joint Military Training Exercise - 2016 was held at the Chaubattia Military Station in Almora district.

Started in 2004 under the US Army Pacific Partnership Programme, it is an annual battalion-level exercise conducted with 225 personnel from each side, and taking place in India and the United States alternatively.

Officials said it was one of the longest running joint military training exercises.

"In the final phase of the training, the joint validation exercise saw both armies conducting a smooth raid on a terrorist hideout, showcasing cooperation coherence between the two forces, as both the armies are vastly experienced in counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism operations. And for this varied experience from Iraq, Afghanistan, Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast, both sides greatly benefitted from this interaction," said Major General R. K. Raina of Garuda division of Indian Army, yesterday.

The military training exercises provide an ideal platform for security personnel of the two countries to share their experiences on counter-insurgency operations, especially in the mountainous region.

The joint exercises include cordon and search in counter-militant operations, jungle lane shooting, reflex shooting, long-range firing and cliff assault techniques.

"We are honoured to be here, to watch such a great training here today. I just wanted to tell you upfront that I am very impressed with the hospitality and the military capability of the Indian army here that has been our host. It has been a spectacular training event to this point," said Major General, 7 Infantry Division, US Army, Thomas Junior James.

The main aim of the joint military exercise is to strengthen defence cooperation and mutual understanding between the two countries.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

E-waste collection drive begins in Almora

ALMORA: In a bid to ensure that tourists flocking to the picturesque town of Almora are not greeted by mounds of garbage, an e-waste collection drive has kicked off here.

Green Hills, an NGO, has launched a campaign to collect all kinds of electronic waste such as discarded computers, laptops, printers, fax machines, mobile phones, chargers, electronic toys, batteries, television, calculators etc so that the waste can be recycled.

Asha D'Souza, the founder of the NGO, said, "We were shocked to see the amount of electronic waste dumped at garbage collection sites in Almora. Sometimes people also sell electronic items to rag pickers and scrap dealers. They, however, don't have any training in proposal disposal of e-waste and usually burn the materials they do not need thus causing irreversible harm to the environment and public health."

The NGO has teamed up with Attero, a Roorkee-based waste management company, which will collect the electronic waste from Almora and extract pure metals like gold, silver, copper, etc from it. Earlier, as part of an e-waste collection drive, the organization had collected nearly 100 kg of e-waste from different schools in Almora.


Dehradun to Munsiyari bus service within a week: CM

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, August 19
A bus service from Dehradun to Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district will be started within a week. Volvo and deluxe bus services to remote areas of the state will also be launched. Chief Minister Harish Rawat stated this while chairing a meeting of Transport Department officials at the Bijapur guesthouse here today. He stressed the need to upgrade and develop the commercial potential of transport in the state.

The Transport Department will arrange Rs 25 crore through bank loan for the projects and the state government will provide the bank guarantee. The government will give advertisements at bus stations to enable these to generate revenue. Two major integrated bus circuits, namely Dehradun circuit (Dehradun-Roorkee-Vikasnagar) and Roorkee circuit (Haldwani-Almora-Nainital), will be developed soon.

Rawat directed the department officials to lay down the foundation stone for new bus stations at Ramnagar, Srinagar, Bazpur, Kaleeshwar, Bhagwanpur, Rudrapur and Champawat and introduce 400 new buses. He directed them to look into the possibility of developing an integrated transport circle at Harrawala, considering the large traffic volume at the Dehradun depot.

He said the department would soon run additional Volvo and other luxury buses in remote areas of the state and the frequency of buses on various routes would be increased. “Bus service from Dehradun to Munsiyari will be started within a week and the construction work of the Laksar bus station will be completed soon. A depot at Tadikhet, near Ranikhet, will be developed. The inter-state bus terminus at Ramnagar will be completed in September and a deluxe bus service from Dehradun to Pithoragarh will also be started soon,” he said at the meeting.

The Chief Minister said the Transport Department would begin a bus service from Delhi to Jan-ki Chatti near Yamunotri. It would acquire land for a bus stand at Joshiyara in Uttarkashi district, bring a proposal of a roadways station at Jaspur through the Udham Singh Nagar District Magistrate and construct a bus depot at New Tehri through the MLA LAD fund.

He directed the officials to construct a bus station at Ghansali on the land given by the Tehri District Magistrate. He told them to complete the work on the Rudrapur bus station under the built-operate-transfer mode.