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Kanwar mela: Alert in Uttarakhand

»Posted on Aug 8, 2007 in Article

PTI, Aug 8, 2007, 04.18pm IST DEHRA DUN: Uttarakhand police has been put on high alert following a series of clashes between locals and Kanwarias at many places in the state with environmentalists calling for a ban on pilgrims’ movements at Gangotri. The incidents have taken place at Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Haridwar and other parts of the state where Kanwarias are either clashing with the locals or having skirmishes with police. An army of more than 3000 police personnel has been deployed at several sensitive areas of the state as nearly 40 lakh Kanwarias have visited Uttarakhand so far, DIG (Garhwal) Ashok Kumar said. Kumar said the police was having a tough time in dealing with the annual Kanwar mela that attracts nearly 70 lakh Kanwarias, devotees of Lord...

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Bhojpatra on the verge of extinction

»Posted on Aug 8, 2007 in Article

D H News Service, Dehra Dun: Wednesday, August 8, 2007 Bhojpatra, a unique tree having tremendous medicinal qualities, is on the verge of extinction at Gangotri forests in Uttarakhand thanks to its massive uprooting. Compounding the problem, thousands of Kanwarias, pouring into Gangotri to collect Ganga water are also wrecking heavy damage to the Bhojpatra forests. Environmentalists are now calling for a complete ban on the collection of Bhojpatra also known as Himalayan birch from Gangotri where its trees are vanishing fast. Save Bhojpatra “Bhojpatra of Gangotri has vanished absolutely. Bhojbhasa, a place at Gangotri area, has been devoid of Bhojpatra forests and live juniper bushes have been charred for collecting fuel,” says Harshwanti Bisht, an...

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Mountaineer celebrates Diwali in an unique way

»Posted on Oct 18, 2006 in Article

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Gomukh: Devotion to Disaster

»Posted on Jul 17, 2006 in Article

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