Monday, 3 October, 2022
TopicChar Dham

Topic: Char Dham

Seat of vairagya vs development — Dhami govt at odds with priests on Kedarnath wall gold plating

The facelift, sponsored by a 'mystery' Mumbai-based businessman will see the walls of the temple's sanctum sanctorum being covered with over 200 kgs of gold.

Alarm in Uttarakhand govt as 125 pilgrims die in 1st month of Char Dham, ‘7 times average toll’

Uttarakhand has resumed Char Dham Yatra in full scale after 2 years of Covid-related curbs. Seventy-five of the pilgrims who have died so far were above 60.

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The Char Dham Devasthanam Board Management Act has been repealed in Uttarakhand.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.

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SC ruling on hijab & Gyanvapi won’t just be limited to faith. It’ll be about our democracy

While petitions against Karnataka’s hijab ban are an opportunity to define student rights, those against Place of Worship Act can be a platform to ensure a robust law-making procedure in India.
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RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.

Defence

The LCH is designed with stealth features such as reduced visual, aural, radar and infrared signatures | Photo: IAF

Prachand, India’s new Light Combat Helicopter, doesn’t yet have main arsenal or protection suite

IAF inducted new helicopter Monday, but it'll get anti-tank guided missile only by mid-2023, while air-to-air missiles haven't yet been ordered, it is learnt.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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