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Kedarnath portals to open on 9 May 2019

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The doors of the Kedarnath dham would be opened for devotees on May 9 this year. Making this announcement on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri on Monday, Badri-Kedar Temple Committee CEO BD Singh said that the portals would be opened at 5.35 am on 9 May 2019 amid chanting of mantras.

Last year, a total of 7.32 lakh pilgrims offered obeisance at the shrine. This year, the shrine authorities expect a footfall of around 10 lakh devotees. “After the pooja on May 5, the palanquin of Lord shiva would leave Ukhimath, the deity’s winter abode, on May 6 and will take a night halt at Phata,” Singh said.

On May 7, the palanquin would leave Phata and the procession would take a night halt and reach Kedarnath in the evening on May 8. “In the presence of thousands of devotees, the idol would be placed inside the temple premises on the morning of May 9,” said Singh. The yatra for 2018 was termed as the most successful one in terms of number of devotees. In 2012, the dham saw a turnout of 5.72 lakh pilgrims which was earlier regarded as the maximum pilgrim footfall recorded in three decades.

On November 9 last year, portals of the shrine were closed for the winter break. The idol was placed at Omkareshwar temple of Ukhimath on November 11.

Singh said that they were confident of an increase in the footfall of devotees this year. “The most important factor of 2018 yatras was the good medical attention given to visitors. Secondly, improved infrastructure and better facilities were welcomed by the tourists. The retention wall on the rivers, welcome plaza, extended temple platform, a landscape, improved trek route and the widened approach road will draw a good number of devotees to Kedarnath dham again this year,” he said.

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Clock Tower Dehradun: This clock hasn’t ticked for a year

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A much awaited renovation of the Clock Tower carried out last year has failed to lend it a new lease of life. The grand clock in the 66 year old structure that towers over the city has not chimed for over a year and a half.

Residents say that little has changed since the landmark building was renovated last year and got a fresh lick of paint. A small park and a fountain that gushes water was built near it to add to its old world charm. But residents say that officials have failed to continue its upkeep and maintenance. The iconic clock on the tower is still awaiting repair.

Umesh Karanwal, who works with a nationalized bank in the city, said, “The Clock Tower is a part of our city’s heritage but the administration has turned a blind eye to its sorry state. The clock has not been functioning for a year.” Kundan Prasad, a teacher who works in a private school near Patel Nagar, said, “One cannot talk about Dehradun without mentioning Clock Tower. This monument is the city’s most recognizable landmark and yet, authorities seem oblivious to it.”

The Clock Tower was inaugurated by Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1953. A gold plate on top of the structure carries names of freedom fighters. Simmy Rawat, who runs a garment shop near Astley Hall, reminisces, “The clock has stopped ticking but its chime has all too familiar. We used it to track time and could hear it even from a kilometer away.”

Rawat said that her grandfather used to tell her that decades ago, when Dehradun was a quiet valley with sparse population, its chime could be heard at the other end of the city as well. Historians say that the Clock Tower is one of its kinds with six faces.

“The architecture style used to build it is called Art Deco. It is unique as it has six faces,” said Lokesh Ohri, city based anthropologist. Ohri also alleged that right methods were not being used to conserve this piece of heritage.

“Cement has been used to fill the gaps and broken parts of the Clock Tower. Originally, lime based plaster was used in the making of the structure. Such shoddy conservation work on a heritage site is not right,” he said.

Meanwhile, mayor Sunil Uniyal Gama said that the tender to fix the clock has been given to a Mumbai based firm and it should be functioning in a fortnight.



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International Yoga Festival begins in Rishikesh

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The 30th annual International Yoga Festival, organized by Parmarth Niketan, in association with ministry of tourism and Government of India began on Friday at Parmarth Niketan, the largest ashram in Rishikesh.

According to organizers, around 1100 participants from 70 nations have reached Rishikesh to take part in the event.

During the week long yoga festival, participants will take classes from well-known yoga masters who will conduct sessions on multiple styles such as kundalini yoga, power vinyasa yoga, Iyengar yoga, hatha yoga, pranayama, meditation and reiki, as well as lectures on yoga, Vedanta, ancient Indian philosophy and ayurveda.

Speaking at the festivals inauguration, Swami Chidanand Saraswati, president of Parmarth Niketan ashram said, “There is a beautiful mantra ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ that essentially means that the world is one big family. Today, when we have people from six continents here with us, we can truly perceive its meaning.

Amidst the turmoil and turbulence in our world, now more than ever we need the power and the touch of yoga. As a global community, we need to move from terror to tranquility and find peace within ourselves first and then within our communities.”



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90% Surplus winter rain in Uttarakhand

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Breaking from the shackles of almost six years of deficit rains during the winters, the hill state, this year, recorded 90% surplus rains during the winter season.

According to regional meteorological centre, the Himalayan state received 201.1mm rainfall as against the average of 106.1mm rain, with all 13 districts in the state receiving more than normal showers during the two-month long winter season. The winter season comprises of two months-January and February.

“This year, Uttarakhand recorded excess rains during the winter season. The rains were much intense in February, especially. Before this year, Uttarakhand received intense winter rains in 2013,” said Bikram Singh, director of regional meteorological centre.

Uttarakhand last witnessed a surplus rain spell during the winter season in the year 2013 when the hill state received over 150% excess rainfall in the two months.

Notably, the hill state had been witnessing deficient rains during winter season for last three years. In 2108, Uttarakhand recorded 68% rain deficit, while 47% less than normal rains were recorded in 2017.

Data accessed from Met office reveals that hilly districts more rains during winter season this year than plains districts. For instance, tehri recorded maximum 157% more rains than normal, closely followed by Pithoragarh (127%) and Pauri (109%). Dehradun too received excess rains with departure of 80%.

Rains were more intense in the month of February compare to January this year. “There was a surplus of 133% in February while state received 46% more rains in January,” said a Met official. Along with recharging water resources of the state, the surplus rain spell is also sure to bring cheer to the farmers of the state.

“The spell of good rains during winter season would be beneficial for agriculture in the state. The crops of Rabi season will get a boost from rain during winter season,” said Singh.



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New OPD for Dehradun hospitals

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Chief minister Trivendra Rawat inaugurated a new out-patient department (OPD) building for Government Dehradun Medical College Hospital here on Tuesday. The new OPD has a blood bank, general OPD rooms, surgery and X-ray rooms. It was constructed at a cost of Rs 45 crore.

Another wing for the OPD is under construction and is expected to get completed in next three months. Over 2,500 patients visit the OPD of the hospital on a daily basis.

Principal of government district medical college (GDMC), Dr Ashutosh Sayana, said that the hospital authorities have launched a newsletter which has all the information about activities done by the medical college in past one month.

“The new OPD building will be a boon for patients who were forced to stand on roads due to lack of space in the building. The new OPD is fully air conditioned and disabled friendly,” he said.



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900 metre long Ajabpur flyover opens to public

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The nearly 900 metre long Ajabpur flyover which will reduce the travel time on ISBT-Rispana route was thrown open to public on Monday. The flyover built over the Ajabpur Railway crossing will provide relief to commuters from long jams often witnessed in the area.

While inaugurating the flyover, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, “The government is making sincere efforts to ease the flow of traffic. As a result, more flyovers and railway over bridges are coming up in the state.”

On the occasion, the CM also laid the foundation stone for projects worth over Rs 10 crore for the Rajpur assembly constituency.

The PWD had estimated the cost of the flyover to be over Rs 70 crore but was able to finish it for Rs 50 crore. The flyover will shorten travel time for those travelling to Haridwar. Those travelling to Saharanpur and Roorkee via Bhagwanpur will also be able to escape long jams.



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ITBP, Army shine at Auli winter games

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The 3 day National Nordic and Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding competition held at Auli concluded on Thursday with ITBP and Army baging most of the medals. More than 150 athletes from five teams participated in the games.

While Tuesday and Wednesday had seen professional players from states like Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal and Delhi as well as ITBP and Army jawans showcasing their skills on the snow slopes, local youth participated in the senior and junior level of the open championship on Thursday.

On the first day of the competition, events like 1100m super joint slam snow race and cross-country 15km skiing were organized. Devendra Gurung of the Army won the first gold in the race, clocking at 55.66 seconds followed by Heera Lal of Himachal Pradesh. Among the women contenders, gold was won by Sandhya followed by Achal and Varsha at second and third places respectively. All the three players belonged to Himachal Pradesh. In the cross country event, Man Bahadur Gurung of the army won gold in the women’s event.

On Wednesday, ITBP’s Atul Bhatt won gold in joint slam while Army’s Aziz and Sunil Kumar got silver and bronze medal respectively. In the women’s event, all the three medals were won by Himachal Pradesh while Anchal Thakur got the gold medal, Sandhya Thakur bagged sliver and Varsha Thakur won the bronze medal.



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