India: Former Union minister Uma Bharti tests COVID-19 positive

Dehradun, Sep 27 (PTI) Former Union minister and senior BJP leader Uma Bharti has said that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and has quarantined herself.

She requested people who came in her contact to get themselves tested and follow protocols.

Taking to Twitter, Bharti on Saturday night said that she had taken a COVID-19 test as she was suffering from fever, and the report came positive.

She has quarantined herself at a place between Haridwar and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.

India: International team discovers 13-million-year-old ape fossil in Uttarakhand

Dehradun, Sep 9 (PTI) An international team of researchers has unearthed a 13-million-year-old fossil of a newly discovered ape species in Uttarakhand, which is the earliest known ancestor of the modern-day gibbon.

The finding, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, fills a major void in the ape fossil record and provides important new evidence about when the ancestors of today's gibbon migrated to Asia from Africa.

India: BJP MLA booked for rape in Uttarakhand

Dehradun, Sept 6 (PTI) BJP MLA from Dwarahat, Mahesh Negi, has been booked for rape and criminal intimidation weeks after a woman accused him of the crime in a police complaint, police said.

An FIR was registered against Negi at the Nehru Colony police station here on Sunday under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC in compliance with the orders of a local court, Dehradun Superintendent of Police (City), Shweta Choubey, said.

The legislator's wife Rita Negi has also been booked for criminal intimidation, she said.

India: Three men booked for raping a woman

Rishikesh, Aug 18 (PTI) Three men have been booked on charges of raping a woman and making viral a video of the crime, police said on Tuesday.

On the basis of the woman's complaint, a case under different sections of the Indian Penal Code, including section 376 (rape), and the IT Act has been registered against the accused, Rishikesh Kotwali in-charge Ritesh Shah said.

The accused have been named as Punit Kalra, Prince Sondhi and Manpreet Singh.

India: Ambedkar statue vandalised in Rishikesh

Rishikesh, Aug 13 (PTI) A statue of Babasaheb Bhimarao Ambedkar was vandalised here, sparking a protest by locals, police said on Thursday.People were irked to find that a book representing the Indian Constitution was missing from the statue's hand on late Wednesday evening, he said.

As the news of vandalism spread, locals gathered at the Ambedkar Chowk and created a ruckus demanding immediate action against the culprits, Kotwali inspector incharge Ritesh Shah said.

India: Haridwar Kumbh can't be deferred: Akhara Parishad

Haridwar, Jul 17 (PTI) Akhara Parishad, an apex body of saints and seers, on Friday said the schedule of 2021 Haridwar Kumbh cannot be deferred and it will have to be held on time.

"The anniversary of nectar drops falling into the Ganga falls in April 2021. So the schedule of the Kumbh cannot be deferred under any circumstances. It will have to be held as per its muhurat," Akhara Parishad chief Mahanth Narendra Giri Ji Maharaj told reporters here.

India: Bailey bridge near India-China border in U'khand collapses

Pithoragarh, Jun 23 (PTI) 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 of the truck and the JCB machine, SDM of Munsyari A K Shukla said.

The weight-bearing capacity of the bridge was 18 tonne while the combined weight of the JCB machine and the truck was 26 tonnes, he said.

China has breached India's trust: Rawat

Dehradun, Jun 17 (PTI) Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Wednesday said by assaulting unarmed Indian soldiers, China has once again breached India's trust as it did in 1962.

But China must realise it is not the India of 1962, he said.

"Our soldiers were unarmed. They didn't even have a baton in hand. By attacking them, China has breached India's trust as it had done in 1962," Rawat told reporters while paying tribute to Indian soldiers who were killed in the face-off along the LAC in Ladakh.

India: Uttarakhand scholars refute Nepal's claim on Kalapani

Pithoragarh (U'khand), Jun 14 (PTI) Uttarakhand scholars on Sunday cited scriptures and books written before Independence that showed Kalapani as the source of Kali river, a key factor in Indian claim to areas that Nepal has now incorporated in its own map.

The lower house of Nepalese parliament on Saturday approved the controversial map, triggering a strong protest from India.

The new Nepal map lays claim over Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura which India maintains are on its side of the border.

India: Gairsain declared summer capital of Uttarakhand

Dehradun, Jun 8 (PTI) Gairsain in Chamoli district was declared as the summer capital of Uttarakhand on Monday.

A notification in this regard was issued by Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh after Governor Baby Rani Maurya gaver her assent to the move.

Expressing happiness on Gairsain being formally declared the summer capital of Uttarakhand, Pradesh BJP vice president Devendra Bhasin said by doing so the party has fulfilled a major promise made in its poll manifesto.

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