Thursday, 1 December, 2022
TopicChar Dham

Topic: Char Dham

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.

Recent flash flood in Uttarakhand had nothing to do with Char Dham project, Centre tells SC

In a letter, the chairman of the court-appointed High Powered Committee Ravi Chopra had attributed the Uttarakhand flash flood to the Rs 12,000-crore road project.

Govt asks SC to accept recommendation favouring wider strategic roads for Char Dham project

Majority view of the SC-appointed expert committee had noted that the court's earlier order to reduce the width of roads in Char Dham project to 5.5-metre was not feasible.

Split in SC panel on Char Dham project, 21 of 26 members are against reducing road width

SC had ordered that road width on Char Dham route should be 5.5 metres. But the 21 members said ‘this is impractical as it is not possible to grow trees on the excavated parts’.

India’s security could be harmed if parts of Char Dham road only 5.5m wide, MoD tells SC

SC ordered on 8 September that width of Char Dham highway will be 5.5m due to ecological concerns in Himalayas. MoD wants it at 7m for security reasons.

Highways ministry ‘flouting’ SC order in Char Dham project, top court takes suo moto cognisance

SC took cognisance of a letter by chairman of a court-appointed panel, who alleged the ministry was adhering to an old circular & making 10-metre wide roads on Char Dham route.

Swamy’s plea against temple takeover by state not in public interest: Uttarakhand govt to HC

The BJP govt in Uttarakhand also told the court that Subramanian Swamy is fighting a proxy petition and that he has no interest in the welfare of pilgrims.

In 31 months, Modi govt has completed just 1.1 km of work on Char Dham highway project

The Char Dham road project, involving expansion of the 889-km highway into a two-lane stretch, is set to miss its second deadline of March 2020.

Modi govt’s ‘Char Dham’ project in Uttarakhand gets an African facelift, except it’s not real

An image of a swanky road has gone viral with claims that it’s from Uttarakhand. The actual picture is from Tangier in Morocco.

On Camera

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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor (Photo/ANI)

Operation ‘Discipline Tharoor’ failed in Kerala. But battle against Pinarayi won’t be easy

If his attacks on Modi and the BJP are any indication, Tharoor would rather be measured than go all-out, especially as an exponent of positive politics.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.