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The Kumaon in Uttarakhand | Photo credit: Srishti Arora | ThePrint

Uttarakhand eases Covid norms for tourists, says negative test report not mandatory

The new guidelines stated that tourists will need to register on the Smart City portal prior to their travel and hotels and restaurants must comply with the health protocols.
File photo of Kumbh Mela at Haridwar in 2010

Haridwar Kumbh Mela to be held with limited people, devotees to get entry passes

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat said the saints and seers also agreed to the idea of reducing the scale of the event due to Covid pandemic.

13-million-year-old tooth found in Uttarakhand leads to discovery of new ape species

The fossil of a molar tooth unearthed in Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, in 2015, belongs to the earliest ancestor of gibbons, who started migrating from Africa to Asia 13 million years ago.
File photo of Uttarakhand BJP MLA Pranav Singh Champion

MLA Pranav Singh Champion — lover of guns, expensive liquor & perfume who’s back in BJP

Uttarakhand MLA Pranav Singh Champion was suspended by BJP last year because of multiple instances of ‘indiscipline’, including dancing with guns.
Uttarakhand MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion

After 13 months, BJP revokes suspension of Uttarakhand MLA seen dancing with guns

Uttarakhand BJP said the decision was taken by the party's core committee based on MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion's 'good conduct' and his repeated apologies to party leadership.
Portraits of some new bat records for the western Himalayan region from the survey.. | Photo: Rohit Chakravarty

32 bat species identified in Uttarakhand, 9 of these recorded for first time in the world

The bats were identified during an echolocation survey that can be used to monitor populations, understand natural history and climate change.

Indian tourists are finally out. But there’s a bigger headache than coronavirus — red tape

Checking into a hotel is easier. Getting past the innumerable checkpoints where you are asked the same set of questions again, and again, is not.
Trivendra Singh Rawat

Uttarakhand govt to impose complete lockdown on weekend to curb spread of Covid-19

The complete lockdown will be imposed in the following weeks depending on the situation, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said.
Subramanian Swamy | File photo | ANI

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.
The Uttarakhand High Court in Nainital | Photo: highcourtofuttarakhand.gov.in

Uttarakhand HC strikes down ‘unconstitutional’ state law on ex-CMs occupying govt bungalows

The court said ex-CMs are at par with common citizens, and letting them stay in govt bungalows without paying rent creates a ‘special class of citizens’.

On Camera

Lalu’s loyalty to secularism is Tejashwi Yadav’s biggest political test in Modi’s India

In 1990, when then BJP president L.K. Advani was carrying out his rath yatra unbridled, it was Lalu Yadav as CM who had dared to stop him from entering Bihar.
Representational image. | A five gram gold coin sits on a counter inside a Titan Co. Tanishq jewellery store in Mumbai. | Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Tatas got panned for Tanishq ad. But this state govt is the largest shareholder in Titan

Titan was set up in 1984 as a joint venture between the Tata group and a state govt. While the Tatas own 25.02% stake, the state govt owns 27.88% stake in the company.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.