India: Nearly 200 birds found dead in Dehradun, Rishikesh

Dehradun, Jan 11 (PTI) Amid an avian influenza scare in several states, nearly 200 birds, mostly crows, have been found dead in Uttarakhand's Dehradun and Rishikesh, officials said on Monday.

A total of 165 birds were found dead in different parts of Dehradun on Sunday, including 121 crows in the Bhandari Bagh area only.

There were 162 crows, two pigeons and an eagle among the dead birds found in Dehradun, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Rajiv Dhiman said.

India: Man arrested for rape-murder of 11-year-old girl in Haridwar

Haridwar, Dec 21 (PTI) A man was arrested for allegedly raping and killing an 11-year-old girl here on Monday, police said.

The man has been identified as Ram Tirath. His maternal uncle Rajiv, who was also accused of being involved in the crime, is absconding, the police said.

The girl had gone out to play around 4 pm on Sunday and did not return home.

Police sprang into action when the girl's father, a contractor, lodged a missing complaint in connection with the incident.

India: Yoga programme held at Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha

Dehradun, Dec 21 (PTI) A yoga programme aimed at teaching MLAs and assembly staffers different yogic poses and inspire them to adopt a healthy lifestyle was held at the Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha premises on Monday.

Yoga Guru Ramdev's close aide Acharya Balkrishna was the chief guest at the programme held within the state assembly premises shortly before the House assembled for a three-day session.

It was the 31st monthly edition of a Yog Shrinkhla' (yogic exercise series) which started at Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha here on International Yoga Day on June 21, 2018.

India: Leopard hiding inside Dehradun airport

Rishikesh, Dec 2 (PTI) A leopard, which had strayed into the Jollygrant airport and hid itself in a pipe inside its premises, has been rescued by Forest Department personnel, officials said on Wednesday.

Terrified by the high decibel sound of incoming and outgoing flights, the sub-adult leopard, which had hid itself in a pipe near the new terminal building, remained cowering inside it throughout the day, Sub-Divisional Forest Officer GS Martolia said.

India: U'khand governor tests positive for COVID-19

Dehradun, Nov 23 (PTI) Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya has tested positive for COVID-19.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had called on Maurya at the Raj Bhawan here on Saturday.

In a tweet on Sunday evening, Maurya said, "My corona report has come out positive. I am asymptomatic and have no problems. I have isolated myself under the supervision of doctors. I request everyone who came in contact with me over the last few days to get themselves tested."

India: BJP councillor shot dead in U'khand

Rudrapur, Oct 12 (PTI) A BJP councillor of ward 13 in Rudrapur was shot dead by unidentified men outside his residence in broad day light on Monday, police said.

The accused arrived at ward councillor Prakash Dhami's residence in a car and called him outside on the pretext of getting his signatures on a document, Udham Singh Nagar SP Devendra Pincha said.

As soon as Dhami came out, they opened fire at him and drove away, he said.

He was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him dead, the SP said.

India: Yoga enthusiast from US raped in Rishikesh

Rishikesh, Oct 8 (PTI) A 37-year-old yoga enthusiast from the US was allegedly raped here several times by a local resident, police said on Thursday.

As per the case registered by the victim, Rishikesh resident Abhinav Roy sneaked into her room through her balcony and raped her on October 5, Muni ki Reti police station in-charge R K Saklani said.

The woman complained that pressure was being mounted on her by the father of the accused to withdraw the case, said police.

India: 81 doctors 'missing' from duties in Uttarakhand, CM allows sacking

Dehradun, Sept 30 (PTI) Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Wednesday cleared a proposal for sacking 81 doctors who have been absent from their duties unauthorisedly.

All these doctors are of the state's medical health services cadre, an official release here said.

The recommendation for the terminating services of these doctors from the date of their absence from duty has been forwarded to the Uttarakhand Public Service Commission on the direction of Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, it said.

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.

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