Tuesday, 17 May, 2022
TopicChar Dham

Topic: Char Dham

Uttarakhand puts 15 cameras on way to Kedarnath, for PM Modi to track redevelopment if he wants

High resolution cameras between Sonprayag & Kedarpuri will monitor pilgrim movement, and can track progress of PM's pet project. Kedarnath area was damaged in 2013 flash floods.

‘Ban non-Hindus from Char Dham sites’: Seer who spoke at Haridwar Dharma Sansad writes to Dhami

Swami Anand Swaroop, one of the main speakers at Dharma Sansad in Haridwar last year, claims non-Hindus could attack the shrines. CM says 'seers' views will be honoured'.

‘Engineers assaulting Himalayas’ — why SC-appointed Char Dham panel’s head Ravi Chopra resigned

Environmentalist Chopra said committee’s role had been confined, its previous recommendations ignored, & his belief that it could protect fragile ecology had been ‘shattered’.

SC allows widening of 3 ‘strategic stretches’ in Char Dham road project, cites security concerns

SC bench led by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud modifies top court’s September 2020 order that had restricted road width on entire highway in fragile Himalayan region to 5.5 m.

Rollback of Char Dham Act has a message for all governments — free India’s temples

The Char Dham Devasthanam Board Management Act has been repealed in Uttarakhand. It will have ramifications across India.

‘Mathura-next’ call betrays BJP’s lack of confidence in Yogi’s much-touted development agenda

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Vindicated, say Uttarakhand priests as state govt decides to repeal Char Dham Board Act

Officials say the Centre’s repeal of the farm laws helped the state muster the strength to withdraw the board law.

SC pushes for nuanced approach on Char Dham project to balance defence, environmental concerns

Bench led by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud observes orally that SC cannot override defence concerns in context of ‘contemporary events’, an indirect reference to India-China skirmishes.

What is Uttarakhand’s Char Dham board, and why angry priests want it abolished

Char Dham Devasthanam Board is an umbrella body to regulate temples under its preview. It was conceived by former CM Trivendra Singh Rawat when he assumed office in 2017.

Slow vaccination, Kumbh ‘failure’, poor health infra: Why Uttarakhand HC stayed Char Dham Yatra

HC said the Char Dham Yatra would unnecessarily expose pilgrims to the dangers of a potential third wave, took note of the Kumbh Mela where Covid protocols were violated.

On Camera

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Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Indian law needs to account for women, make finance inclusive

Indian women face multiple barriers in accessing finance in an equitable manner. Research suggests adding a gender lens to existing laws and financial products is crucial.
Vehicles at a petrol pump station in Bengaluru, on 4 March 2021 | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Heatwave sends Indians into air-conditioned cars for relief, petrol sales soar

Petrol sales have gone up 14% during 1-15 May from the corresponding period in April, a considerable amount especially in comparison to other fuels.

Defence

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Desi defence start-up helps Army go off decades-long dependence on imported cold-weather gear

While AROO does research on the product, manufacturing is handled by another company with which it has a tie-up. The first set of AROO gear was delivered in second half of 2021.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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