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Cloudburst In Devprayag in Uttarakhand, buildings damaged

A cloudburst was reported from Devprayag in Uttarakhand damaging which damaged several buildings mainly shops in the area. No casualties have been reported so far. The cloudburst was reported at around 5 pm. Since it was reported in an area that had more commercial buildings which were closed due to lockdown, casualties if any are expected...

Over 1,700 people test positive for COVID-19 at Kumbh Mela in 5 days

Despite the country registering over 2 lakh COVID-19 cases on Thursday—the highest since the pandemic began last year, the Kumbh Mela at Uttarakhand’s Haridwar continues unabated with millions of people thronging the ghats along the Ganges to take the holy dip. Authorities have confirmed that 1,701 people have tested positive for the viral infection in...

Kumbh Mela: COVID protocols go for a toss as lakhs take the holy dip

Over 1,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two days in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar—the venue of the Kumbh Mela. On Tuesday, 594 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported from the city, whereas 408 fresh cases of the viral infection were reported on Monday that has pushed Haridwar’s active caseload to 2,812. COVID-appropriate behaviour and...

Kumbh Mela begins in Haridwar with COVID-19 related restrictions

Amid the growing cases and deaths due to COVID-19 across the country, Kumbh Mela began in Haridwar on Thursday albeit with strict restrictions. For the first time in the history of the religious congregation, the Kumbh Mela has been confined to just one month. Usually, it is held for four months once in 12 years...

Another blunder by Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has once again hit the headlines, albeit for the wrong reasons. The newly appointed chief minister, Rawat on Sunday said people should have produced more children to get extra ration during the COVID-19 induced lockdown. Rawat’s comment was in reference to Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana under which authorities...

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat tenders resignation

A year before Assembly polls are due in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday tendered his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya. His resignation comes as the BJP has decided to go for a course-correction amid growing resentment against him in party cadres and MLAs. His exit was certain, especially after his Delhi...

Uttarakhand disaster: Death toll touches 38, 166 still missing

The Chamoli district administration on Friday said that the death toll in the Uttarakhand disaster has surged to 38, with another 166 people missing. Notably, two more bodies were recovered on Friday. While one of the bodies was recovered from the rubble at the Rishi Ganga Hydel Project in Raini, the other body was recovered...

CM Rupani requests Uttarakhand CM to ensure safety of pilgrims from Gujarat

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani has spoken to his Uttarakhand counterpart Trivendra Singh Rawat requesting the latter to immediately rescue and provide assistance to pilgrims from Gujarat who are stuck in the Himalayan state. Notably, the request from Rupani came after a glacial burst near Joshimath on Sunday triggered an avalanche and flooding along the Dhauliganga...

Uttarakhand warns kanwariyas of ‘paid quarantine’ for trying to enter the state illegally

Uttarakhand police have warned that kanwariyas found entering the state illegally will be placed under paid quarantine to deter them from coming to Haridwar for the kanwar pilgrimage. This year’s pilgrimage was cancelled after consultation among the governments of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Only those pass holders heading to...

Patanjali sought license for immunity booster, cough & fever cure, not COVID-19: Uttarakhand

Patanjali Ayurved never disclosed that its new medicine kit was for coronavirus when it applied for a license, an official in Uttarakhand said on Wednesday, indicating more trouble for the drugs claimed by Yoga guru Ramdev to cure the deadly virus. A licensing officer said the herbal products company sought a license for an “immunity...

Bridge near India-China border collapses

A bailey bridge in this district of Uttarakhand, nearly 50 km from the Sino-India border, collapsed when a truck carrying a JCB machine was crossing it, an official said on Tuesday. The truck driver and the JCB machine operator were injured as the 40-feet-long bridge, built in 2009, crashed on Monday under the combined weight...

Nepal puts constitutional amendment to alter political map on hold

Nepal has put the constitutional amendment to alter its map on hold. The new political and administrative map of Nepal unveiled by the country’s Land Reforms Minister Padma Aryal featured the Indian territories of Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Limpiyadhura. The move was perceived as an attempt by Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli to consolidate his position...