India: U'khand govt mulls banning mobile phones in classrooms

Dehradun, Jan 14 (PTI) Uttarakhand government is contemplating a ban on mobile phones in college classrooms, if a majority of students feel it is a good move.

"A poll will soon be conducted in colleges of the state to take the opinion of students on a proposed ban on use of mobile phones in classrooms and if 51 per cent of them vote in favour of the ban, we will go ahead with it," Uttarakhand's Higher Education Minister Dhan Singh Rawat said.

India: The good people should enter politics to clean it: Rawat

Dehradun, Jan 11 (PTI) Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Saturday said politics can be purged of its ills only when good people come out of their shells and join it.

"We often complain about politics becoming a dirty field. But it will continue to be so if good people don't come forward," Rawat said in his inaugural address at the Uttarakhand Young Leaders Conclave here.

"Politics cannot be cleaned of its ills unless good people don't come forward and enter it," the chief minister said.

India: Missing Delhi journalist found dead in Haridwar

Haridwar, Dec 9 (PTI) A journalist from Delhi, who had gone missing under mysterious circumstances, was found dead in this city of Uttarakhand on Monday, police said.

The body of 56-year-old Anuj Gupta with two veins in the wrist of one hand slit was recovered from Pathri Powerhouse on Gangnahar canal, Jwalapur police station in-charge Yogesh Dev said.

Gupta had gone missing on Saturday.

India: Woman from Karnataka raped in U'khand's Tehri

Tehri, Nov 30 (PTI) A woman from Karnataka was allegedly raped by a truck driver in Uttarakhand's Tehri district, a police official said on Saturday.

The 28-year-old woman ran away from her home in Karnataka after a fight with her family, Sub Inspector Kandisaur Surendra Singh Rawat said.

According to a complaint lodged by the woman with Kandisaur Police, she was raped by the truck driver who had given her a lift, Rawat said, adding that the driver later dumped her somewhere on the way.

India: Man gets life term for abducting, raping minor cousin

Gopeshwar, Nov 27 (PTI) A court in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Wednesday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for abducting and raping his minor cousin.

Special District and Sessions Judge Rajendra Singh sentenced Navin Chandra to life imprisonment in an open court for abducting and raping his 12-year-old cousin, special public prosecutor Mohan Pant said.

India: BJP wins majority of block pramukh seats in U'khand

Dehradun, Nov 6 (PTI) A majority of the BJP's block pramukh candidates won in Uttarakhand on Wednesday, with the party thanking the people of the state for reposing their faith in it once again.

Out of the total of 89 block pramukh posts that went to polls, 53 were won by the BJP, 20 by the Congress and 16 by Independents, according to the final results.

Polling was held on Wednesday and the results declared this evening.

India: Uttarakhand minister's social media accounts hacked

Dehradun, Nov 1 (PTI) The social media accounts of an Uttarakhand minister holding key portfolios have been hacked.

The Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts of Urban Development Minister Madan Kaushik were hacked at around 2.30 am on Thursday, his Public Relations Officer (PRO) Sumit Bhargav said on Friday.

The hackers also hacked the minister's Gmail account, he added.

India: Body of journalist found in forests of Uttarakhand

Pauri, Oct 17 (PTI) The body of a 43-year-old journalist was found in the forests of Dugadda range here on Thursday morning, officials said.

Prima facie, it appears to be a case of suicide, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) unit incharge Inspector Gabar Singh Negi said.

The body of Pankaj Sharma was found in Lansdowne forest division at a distance of 250 metres from the national highway, he said.

12-day India-Kazakhstan joint military exercise begins

Pithoragarh, Oct 3 (PTI) A joint military exercise between India and Kazakhstan with focus on counter terrorism operations in mountainous terrain began here on Thursday.

The 12-day exercise named KAZIND-2019 was inaugurated by Brig SK Mandal, Commander of the 111 Independent Infantry Brigade.

It will will conclude on October 15, an Indian Army spokesman said.

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