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Trinamool Congress congratulates newly elected Rajya Sabha members

Trinamool Congress congratulates newly elected Rajya Sabha members The All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) congratulated its newly elected Rajya Sabha members for taking their seats in the Upper House on Tuesday. Our leaders, @sagarikaghose, @SushmitaDevAITC, Mamata Thakur, and @MdNadimulHaque6, have taken their seats in the Rajya Sabha as esteemed members of the Council of States, the AITC said in a post on 'X'. Sagarika Ghose, Sushmita Dev, Mamata Thakur and Nadimul Haque were elected to the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal on Tuesday. Taking on the Bharatiya Janata Party, the AITC said, Embracing a strong women-centric ethos, our Rajya Sabha MPs are ready to take on the fight against the BJP zamindars and work towards reviving the essence of a diverse, multi-religious, multi-caste, multi-linguistic, and inclusive India. Stressing the diverse composition of its Rajya Sabha contingent, the party said, With a majority of them being women, our hearts brim with greater joy, as this diverse representation promises a more inclusive and dynamic approach to addressing the needs and aspirations of our people. Earlier last week, Trinamool Congress candidates Matua leader Mamata Bala Thakur and author Sagarika Ghose filed their nominations for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. Along with them, two other leaders from the party were also chosen for the Upper House. Mamata Bala Thakur is a former member of the Lok Sabha and holds an important significance in the Matua community. Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Mahendra Bhatt was elected unopposed as a Rajya Sabha MP on Tuesday. Bhatt filed his nomination for Rajya Sabha elections in the presence of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and other party leaders in Dehradun. BJD's Debashish Samantaray also thanked Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after being elected as Rajya Sabha MP. The Election Commission has scheduled the Rajya Sabha elections for 15 states, including Uttar Pradesh, for February 27. Voting will take place from 9 am to 4 pm on this date, with the deadline for nominations set for February 15. The results of the elections will be announced on the same day, February 27. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 10:40 pm

X-ray of a communal flare-up: Report details run-up to Haldwani violence

Uttar Pradesh police and Haldwani municipal authorities displayed a remarkable lack of sensitivity and common sense while handling the demolition of two religious structures in Haldwani, which led to a flare up of communal violence in the Uttarakhand town earlier this month, according to a report prepared after a visit to the area by a delegation comprising activists such as Nadeem Khan, Harsh Mander and Ashok Kumar Sharma. The report also indicated that the transfer of a high-ranking official of the municipal corporation may have played a part in the premature demolition of the religious buildings that served as the trigger for violence. The report Bulldozing Peace: State Violence and Apathy in Muslim Settlements of Haldwani was prepared by the Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) in association with Karwan-e-Mohabbat, an organization headed by human rights activist Harsh Mander after a fact-finding mission. The fact-finding team visited the violence-hit area on February 14 and the report was released on 16th February at the Press Club of India, New Delhi. The violence took place in the Banbhoolpura locality of Haldwani in Uttarakhand on February 8. According to official reports, six people were killed, and more than 250 people including policemen, journalists and others were injured in the violence that broke out after the Municipal Corporation of Haldwani demolished a mosque (Maryam Masjid) and a madrasa (Abdul Razzaq Zakariya Madrasa) in the locality, alleging that these were built on government land. The action by the authorities took place even as the dispute was pending in the Uttarakhand High Court and was due to be taken up on February 14. However, even before that, the local administration arrived with bulldozers to demolish the religious sites, leading to conflict between the locals and the police. The report highlighted the role of Pankaj Upadhay, the Haldwani Municipal Commissioner who led the demolition drive, as according to the report he had already been transferred to a different department and was not legally fit to initiate the procedure. The report also pointed out the administration did not take the local elders into confidence as advised by the local intelligence before the demolition. A ridiculous statement was made by the district magistrate that respected leaders of the community were called prior to demolition on February 8 but their phones could not be reached as they were switched off. The report noted that 80 individuals can not have their phones turned off at the same time, adding that the clerics have demanded the administration to prove their claims. Though official records set the death toll due to the violence at six, local reports suggest there have been 18-20 casualties, although specific details about the individuals involved are not available, the report noted. The report, however, put the number of deaths due to bullet injuries at seven. All deaths happened due to police bullets except one individual who was shot dead by Sanjay Sonkar, a person from Valmiki Samaj, the report said. How it unfolded The incidents began on January 30, when Haldwani Municipal Corporation issued a notice to remove Maryam Masjid and Abdul Razzaq Zakariya Madrasa on February 1, coinciding with the transfer of Municipal Commissioner Pankaj Upadhyay on January 31 to the post of GM of Kumaon Mandal Development Corporation. Upadhyay was however not relieved. He did not take charge of his new position until the fateful day of February 8 and played a major role in exacerbating the situation to please the people in power, the report alleged. Social activists and clerics held a meeting on February 2 with the municipal corporation concluded with high-voltage drama following tensions throughout the city, the report noted. A non-written demolition order from the government for February 4 added to the sense of impending crisis. Intervention from local MLAs to appeal to the Chief Minister for a pause in demolition proceedings provided temporary relief. An order passed from Dehradun to seal the Masjid and Madrasa at midnight on 3-4 February at around half past one. There was no reported violence in between but a sense of cooperation from the locals easing tensions momentarily with a commitment to pursue a legal battle. On February 6, the matter was taken to the High Court by Sofia Malik on behalf of the landowner and her husband Abdul Malik. The vacation bench heard the matter on February 8 and the judge without passing any order gave the date for the next hearing on February 14, the report noted. On the evening of February 8, the police force advanced to the scene of the incident with municipal corporation workers, sanitation workers, and two bulldozers at around 4.30 pm. The preparations were underway following a meeting with the district magistrate. Locals informed that more bulldozers arrived later. Regardless of his transfer to another department Pankaj Upadhyaya continued to serve in the position of Municipal Commissioner. Despite the local intelligence advising the administration to take action in the morning to prevent public disorder and take clerics and locals in confidence, the forces initiated the demolition without prior notice. It happened like an attack. A large number of women gathered upon this to protest against the demolition. The Masjid and Madrasa were technically under government possession as they were sealed. Following the protest sparked by the threat of demolishing the Masjid and Madrasa, the situation escalated when women were subjected to mistreatment, including physical violence and forceful removal. The women were abused, manhandled, beaten, and dragged. The incident captured on video and in photos fueled anger among locals leading to clashes with the police who used mild force. Amidst the chaos, the police opened the seal of the Masjid and Madrasa. The intelligence had also instructed that the sacred books and other belongings must be submitted to Mualana after inquiry. The police did not make the list of the holy Quran and other belongings kept there and also refrained from handing them over to the responsible authority. This resulted in religious sloganeering in rage, and stone-pelting from Muslims and consequently from the police, the report said. The report faulted the administrations hurry for the turn of events. Why was the administration in such a hurry to demolish the Masjid and Madrasa despite the impending hearing on February 14 in the High Court? Besides, why was the Muslim community not taken into confidence for the second time when they 13 already cooperated at the time of sealing, it asked. Communal Angle According to the report, the initial trigger provided by the hasty demolition soon lit the fuse for a communal conflict, with the local Valmiki community getting involved. Sanitation workers, the majority of whom belong to the Valmiki Community, backed the police when the clashes unfolded. They mobilised their community to support the police in attacking Muslims. It ultimately led to communal violence. Vandalism and attacking Muslims with slogans Jai Sri Ram (Glory be to Lord Ram) were also reported by the locals, the report noted. Legal Status The site where the recently demolished Maryam Masjid and Abdul Razzaq Zakariya Madrasa stood lies in Malik Ka Bagicha, a southeastern part of Haldwani city- between Banbhoolpura and the railway track, according to the report. Both the religious place and Islamic institution were two decades old and established around 2003-2004. The property in 1937 was given on lease by British, which later came into possession of Sadiya Begum in inheritance. However, the matter of land regularisation has been pending at the government administration level for a long time since 2006. The district administration had to decide on when to do the regulation after the High Court order. A sum of 29,000 was also submitted for it. Despite proposals for regularisation, including one put forth during the previous years Gairsain session of the Assembly, the bill awaits approval at the Presidents level. Notably, approximately 4 lakh hectares of land are under lease across the state including Haldwani. These areas host various settlements, markets, temples, and mosques built in cities, towns, and villages, it noted. Post-violence crackdown The fact-finding report also highlighted the police crackdown on the Muslim community post-violence. A new cruelty unfolded in the afternoon of February 10 when heavy police raids began in the colony near the incident site. They barged into the home, beating women and children. Everybody including men, women, and children fled their homes..running on foot to find a safe place towards the Gaula River forest and Lalkuan, the report said. The fact-finding report accused the police of severe human rights violations including attacking women and children and setting up detention centres similar to torture chambers. Police have set up detention centres resembling torture chambers where numerous individuals, including those from Haldwani who were away in other cities for various reasons are being held captive. The report also noted that the situation worsened with the curfew being declared and shoot-at-sight orders still in place forcing the locals to stay at home. The residents of the area have been struggling due to a shortage of essential supplies, noted the report. The shoot at sight order remains in effect with people unable to access basic medical care. Fearful residents are resorting to locking their doors to show their homes as empty, but the police are breaking these locks and mercilessly beating anyone found inside, the report said.

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 6:00 pm

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan flags off 'Aastha Special Train'

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan flags off 'Aastha Special Train' Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan flagged off the 'Aastha Special Train' on Tuesday, carrying approximately 1500 devotees from Sambalpur to Ayodhya. While speaking to the media, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that a long wait for devotees had finally come to an end. The long wait came to an end on January 22. After an 11-day religious ritual, the Prime Minister of the country performed the consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple. There is a great enthusiasm in India. Devotees have travelled from Sambalpur today to have the darshan of Ram. I came here to meet them. Through them, I too will have the darshan of Ram Lalla, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said. Describing it as a fortunate moment for the nation, he added, This marks a spiritual awakening in the country. The train consists of 20 sleeper-class coaches, containing all the required facilities. A devotee said, I was waiting to visit Ayodhya and have darshan of Ramlalla. I am very much excited about a glance of the Ramlalla idol. My dream is going to come true soon. We have boarded on special train from Sambalpur to Ayodhya, along with all the facilities tickets and accommodation. Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, along with his cabinet ministers on Tuesday departed from the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun for Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, to visit the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple. This is the first time that CM Dhami will be visiting the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple since the 'Pran Pratishtha' of Shri Ram Lalla, which was held on January 22. Earlier, the Arunachal Pradesh Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu on February 6, visited the Ram temple in Ayodhya. The delegation, comprising 70 people, including cabinet ministers, MLAs, and officials, was given a guard of honour at Maharishi Valmiki Airport upon their arrival. Chief Minister Pema Khandu told ANI that he was very excited to visit the Ram temple, which had been built after 500 years. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 11:31 am

Uttarakhand CM Dhami leaves for Ayodhya with cabinet colleagues

Uttarakhand CM Dhami leaves for Ayodhya with cabinet colleagues BJP leader and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Tuesday left for Ayodhya with his five cabinet colleagues for a darshan of Ram Lalla. Ministers Satpal Maharaj, Premchand Aggarwal, Subodh Uniyal, Dhan Singh Rawat, Rekha Arya and Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Bansal are accompanying him. They left for Ayodhya from the Jolly Grant Airport and are scheduled to return to Dehradun late in the evening after offering prayers to Lord Ram. In an official statement, Dhami said his body is full of devotion for Lord Ram and his heart filled with joy.

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 11:04 am

Fresh snowfall in Badrinath, Kedarnath

Badrinath, Kedarnath and Hemkund Sahib received snowfall while the lower areas in Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts received rain, intensifying the cold across Uttarakhand. The sky remained overcast at various places in the plains, including Dehradun. Badrinath received light intermittent snowfall for two days starting Sunday, a temple committee official said. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Hemkund Sahib, Valley [] The post Fresh snowfall in Badrinath, Kedarnath appeared first on Nagpur Today : Nagpur News .

nagpurtoday 20 Feb 2024 9:00 am

Haldwani violence: 58 arrested so far, day curfew lifted as situation improves

DEHRADUN : The Uttarakhand police have arrested 14 more people for their alleged involvement in the Haldwani violence case, taking the total number of arrests to 58, police sources said on Sunday. With the situation improving, the curfew imposed in the Banbhulpura area after the riots and arson incidents on February 8 the day curfew has been lifted. Removal of a madrasa and prayer site on the encroached Nazul land in Haldwani City triggered violence in the area. According to the police sources, On Saturday, 14 more suspects were arrested for their roles in the arson and stone-throwing incidents, raising the total number of arrests to 58. Three people wanted in this connection were also arrested. Their posters were circulated in the city along with offering rewards for their capture. On Saturday evening, during a media interaction at the multipurpose police building, SSP Prahlad Narayan Meena stated, In the Banbhoopura case, two FIRs were filed by the police and one by the municipal corporation. In this context, 44 individuals were initially arrested, while 14 more have now been arrested. According to police, Shakeel Ansari, Mokin Saifi and Ziaul Rehman, who were arrested on Saturday, were also on the polices wanted list. At the same time, Shariq and Mohd. Danish, who had snatched the magazine of the PAC jawan, has also been recovered from his possession. Four petrol bombs have also been found from the house of a person named Faizan. In the meantime, a 5-member delegation from the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind arrived in Haldwani intending to reinstate peace and harmony in the city following the recent unrest. The delegation held meetings with local authorities and those impacted by the events. Spokesperson for the delegation, Mohd Shahnazar, told this daily, Regarding the events of February 8 as a tragic occurrence, we have told the community to move past it and work towards reconciling any divides that have emerged.

The New Indian Express 19 Feb 2024 7:25 am

Meet former beauty queen who quit Miss India dream to become IAS officer, cracked UPSCwithAIR...

Taskeen Khan was a former Miss Dehradun and Miss Uttarakhand, she was a model who gave up her Miss India dream to take the UPSC exam.

DNA India 18 Feb 2024 12:17 pm

Uttarakhand UCC Bill: Extremely Regressive say Most Young People

Young couples in the state capital, Dehradun, fear mandatory registration of live-in relationships may lead to intrusion, harassment and blackmail, especially of girls.

News Click 18 Feb 2024 8:00 am

Hornets nest of advisors is Rahuls curse

Ideas and personalities occur twice in history. The first time as comedy and the second as farce. The comedy of the first Bharat Jodo Yatra, a celebrity-studded event with photo ops galore, didnt leave footprints in the shifting sands of the December state elections. Inserting nyay after jodo, defines the farce of his second yatra, which has met its premature end. Obviously another idea whose time came and left. What is wrong with the ill-fated Hamlet of the Congress party? Hamlet asks his close friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Why look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me! You would play upon me, you would seem to know my stops you would pluck out the heart of my mystery. The prince of Denmark is betrayed by them, and Rahul has enough Rosencrantzes and Guildensterns to depend on for political advice. Sam Pitroda: Tech administrator, businessman, food security expert and policy guru is familiar to Rahul since childhood as his fathers close friend. The president of the Indian Overseas Congress is as clued into grassroots politics as a vegetarian is into Chettinad chicken, having announced that Ram Mandir is not the most important issue in India. Great with a modem, but has lousy connectivity to New Indias poll mood. Jairam Ramesh: He is Rahuls Jai Ram Mandir where he is worshipped as the battering ram of intellectual ingenuity. Erudite, witty, charming and ever-smiling with a dramatic drawing room silver mane, Ramesh is often seen sitting next to his boss in Parliament, whispering into his ear. We dont know what he is saying, but it sounds pretty important since Rahul laughs: must be some dad joke about Lalu. Ramesh has never contested a Lok Sabha election, and basks in permanent Rajya Sabha bliss. A distinguished academic with an MIT stint and many lofty government positions, his pristine white kurta has never soiled a tea shop bench in Amethi. One of Rahuls main strategists, he mainly gets memes made for the Congress when he isnt advising his boss on Cambridge speeches in the Congress war room. Randeep Surjewala: He is Rahuls mouth and has to eat crow often. He is another fave family retainer who has never won a Lok Sabha election, and is another one of Congress partys Rajya Sabha refugees. The man who supposedly coined the disastrous chowkidar chor hai slogan is a clever backroom mover and shaker, but a dud in the front office. KC Venugopal: Another Rajya Sabha Zorro, this Malayali politician is besties with Surjewala, and both were given the responsibility for handing out election tickets for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls while the boss was stumping across India. Venu is a member of the Coordination Committee of the INDIA Alliance which is already on ventilator. Will he give tickets to Congress candidates from Uttar Pradesh or Bihar this time is anyones guess. The Congress is like a lobster in a boiling pot in a Chinese restaurant, but Venugopal rarely gets into hot water because of his boss. Jitendra Singh: This Alwar royal is often seen motorcycling in Mussoorie and at Dehradun parties when he isnt recycling ideas for his party. Consistency is his virtue: he manages to lose elections in his charge: UP, Assam and Odisha. Guess what, he was also the last word in candidate selection in the Madhya Pradesh elections. That nobody listens to Rahul Gandhi is bad news for the Congress. But whom Rahul listens to is worse.

The New Indian Express 18 Feb 2024 5:00 am

Man arrested with two leopard skins in Odisha's Sambalpur

SAMBALPUR: A team of Special Task Force (STF) along with forest officials of Bamra arrested a man and seized two leopard hides from his possession in Kuchinda here on Thursday. The accused, Sankirtan Munda (45), is a resident of Pahadamara village within Laimura police limits in Deogarh district. Sources said acting on reliable information about trade of wildlife products, the STF and forest officials conducted a raid along Kuchinda-Bonaigarh road near Thianala and nabbed the accused. On search, two leopard hides and other incriminating materials were recovered from his possession. The accused could not produce any valid document for possessing the leopard skins. Munda was arrested under sections 379, 411 and 120 (B) of the IPC besides section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. He was later produced in court. The leopard hides will be sent to the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun for examination. An STF official said investigation is underway to ascertain the source from whom the accused got the leopard hides, and nab others involved in the illegal wildlife trade.

The New Indian Express 16 Feb 2024 10:53 am

Connecting dots: Seamless traffic from south Delhi to Mumbai Express likely by December

NEW DELHI: Two significant road links DND flyways-Sohna highway and Delhi-Dehradun Express 1 are being readied for December opening to ease traffic jams in south, southeast and northeast Delhi. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said the three packages of 60-km-long highway connecting Noida-Delhi-Faridabad and Delhi Mumbai Express would be fully operational before December. This expansive infrastructure initiative costing Rs 7,000 crore seamlessly interlinks major highways DND flyways, Delhi-Meerut, Kundli-Manesar -Palwal, NH 2 (Delhi-Agra), Delhi Mumbai Expressway, and will also facilitate smooth connectivity to under-construction Jewar International airport. The first package starts at DND flyway near Maharani Bagh and passes along the Yamuna. The portion is likely to be completed by December. The second package beginning from Jaitpur Pushta road terminates at a junction in sector 62-65 in Faridabad. The 210 km access-controlled Delhi-Dehradun expressway with operational speed limit of 100 kmph will be completed by the end of this year, Gadkari said.The minister said Indias first elevated urban expressway, Dwarka Express, is almost complete and the Prime Minister will soon inaugurate it. Mathura Road remains heavily congested. The biggest benefit of this DND flyway-Sohna highway will be that traffic on this route coming to Nizamuddin will reduce by half. It will take 20-30 minutes to reach Jewar airport. To Delhi-Mumbai express, people will not need to go to Dhaula Kuan, they would be able to go to the express directly using this route, said Gadkari. Easing traffic With the DND flyway-Sohna highway, traffic on the route to Nizamuddin will reduce by half. It will take 20-30 minutes to reach Jewar airport. With Delhi-Mumbai express, people need not go to Dhaula Kuan, they would be able to go to the express directly via this route

The New Indian Express 15 Feb 2024 9:24 am

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh unveils a statue of ndias first Chief of Defence Staff late General Bipin Rawat in Dehradun

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh unveiled a life-size statue of late General Bipin Rawat the countrys first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) at TonsBridge School, Dehradun in the presence of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami on February 12, 2024. He paid floral tributes to General Rawat at...

newdelhitimes 13 Feb 2024 11:20 pm

One held with Leopard skin in Odisha

BERHAMPUR: The Special Task Force (STF) cracked down on a wildlife crime syndicate operating in Daringibadi area, seizing a leopard skin and apprehending one person. Acting on intelligence input, a joint operation involving STF personnel, forest officials, and police was conducted at Dasingbadi Ghat under Daringbadi police station jurisdiction in Kandhamal. During the raid, Gheneswar Pradhan (35) of Gohibadi village was apprehended and a thorough search of his belongings led to the seizure of one leopard skin and a country-made pistol. The accused failed to provide any legal documents supporting his possession of the leopard skin and firearm. Pradhan was arrested and presented before the JMFC Court, Daringbadi. The STF registered a case under relevant sections of IPC, Arms Act and the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The confiscated leopard skin will undergo biological examination at the WII, Dehradun, while the pistol will be subject to ballistic examination at SFSL, Rasulgarh.

The New Indian Express 13 Feb 2024 8:44 am

Bollywood's biggest dialogue coach Vikas Kumar is a true-blue Bihari!

Gaya-born Kumar is a proud Bihari, who grew up in and around Bihar Sharif and studied at Welham Boys' School, a boarding school based in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

The Economic Times 8 Feb 2024 10:24 pm

Uniform Civil Code bill passed in Uttarakhand assembly

DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand legislative assembly passed the Uniform Civil Code bill on Wednesday (February 07). The Uniform Civil Code bill aims to replace the religious personal laws that govern marriage, relationship, inheritance among other issues. Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami tabled the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) bill in the states assembly on Tuesday (February 06). [] The post Uniform Civil Code bill passed in Uttarakhand assembly appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .

NorthEast Now 7 Feb 2024 7:01 pm

A rising star in Tamil Nadus table tennis scene

CHENNAI: Thirteen-year-old R Akash Rajavelu is one of the most promising talents from Tamil Nadu in table tennis. He won a gold medal in the Under-13 boys singles category at the UTT National Ranking Tournament conducted at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, in December 2023. Then, in January 2024, he led the Tamil Nadu Under-14 boys team and bagged a gold medal in the SGFI National level tournament held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. At the same SGFI Games, he secured the boys under-14 gold. Incidentally, this was the first time in the last 67 years that Tamil Nadu won a gold medal in both the team and individual events in the Under-14 segment. I am pleased with the way I played in the SGFI Games and UTT National Ranking tournament. My fighting skills and agility helped me win the medals, he said. Akash is No 1 in the state in Under-13 and No 3 in Under-15. He often takes part in higher-age-group tournaments to get good exposure. Four to five years back, Akash started to develop a liking for table tennis, as his father M Rajavelu was a university-level table tennis player. The class 8 student of Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed Memorial HSS, Teynampet, was trained at the Indra Nagar Club under VS Rajan and NR Bharath. There (Indra Nagar Club), he showed his ability to grasp things quickly and in 2021, he started to make a mark. He won under-11 singles gold at the UTT National Ranking Tournament conducted in Dehradun in 2021. This was the first time that an Under-11 category was introduced. This victory served as a catalyst for the young Akash, as he convinced his parents to allow him to pursue a career in table tennis. Thereafter, in order to improve his game and learn new techniques, Akash had a coaching stint with the famed Rao brothers, Srinivasa and Muralidhara. In fact, Srinivasa is the father of table tennis legend Sharath Kamal and he is also a Dronacharya awardee. This shift and further continuance of coaching with VS Rajan, A Rajath Kamal, NR Bharath, and Veeraraghavan put the youngster on track. In 2022, he won plenty of medals at the state and national level. Akash has made steady and good progress in the last couple of years. In 2022, he won a lot of medals and took part in a number of tournaments at various levels in several meets. This gave him good exposure and he excelled in his age group and performed exceptionally well in higher age groups, said coach Rajath Kamal. Akash gained experience and was able to beat higher-ranked players like Adithya Das of Bengal in the national ranking tournaments. Akash works on his fitness on alternate days with trainers at Jawahar Table Tennis Academy. He works on his game two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening every day and his school is very supportive of him. The budding talent adores Sharath Kamal and Tomakazhu Harimotto and his next goal is to be the national under-15 champion. He dreams of being in the top ten in the world some day. His strength is mental toughness. Even when he is down and on the verge of losing, he never gives up and bounces back. He has to work more on his physical fitness and build stamina as he goes up the ladder. He needs to be more agile as he will get to play in higher age groups, opined Rajath.

The New Indian Express 7 Feb 2024 4:08 pm

Uttarakhand Uniform Civil Code: Heres All You Need To Know About It

The expert panel appointed by the Uttarakhand Government to draft the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) bill submitted its report to Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Friday (2 February). The committee headed by retired Supreme Court Justice Ranjana Desai handed the UCC draft to CM Dhami in Dehradun. Read more at: https://swarajyamag.com/news-brief/uttarakhand-uniform-civil-code-heres-all-you-need-to-know-about-it The post Uttarakhand Uniform Civil Code: Heres All You Need To Know About It appeared first on OurVoice | WeRIndia - Analysis & Opinion .

Our Voice WeRIndia 5 Feb 2024 11:41 am

In Dehradun, a slice of Afghanistan

The Indian Express 19 Nov 2023 7:17 am

27-year-old swindled 21 crores from work-from-home scams

Sharma's most recent victim, a businessman from Dehradun, fell prey to his schemes and lost 20 lakhs. The post 27-year-old swindled 21 crores from work-from-home scams appeared first on Fusion - WeRIndia .

Fusion WeRIndia 8 Nov 2023 10:08 am

131-Foot Ravana Effigy To Be Burnt In Dehradun On Vijayadashami Today

A 131-feet effigy of Ravana is set to be burnt on the occasion of Dussehra in Uttarakhand's Dehradun. The effigy will be burnt in 12 stages at the parade ground on October 24. Vijayadashami, also known as Dussehra is a major Hindu festival celebrated every year at the end of Navaratri. This year, Dussehra will be celebrated on October 24. The Dashami Tithi will start from 5:45 pm today and will end at 3:14 PM tomorrow.

NDTV 24 Oct 2023 7:12 am