- Additional aid to northeastern states, UttarakhandIANS-Mon 17 Feb, 2014
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Finance Minister P.Chidambaram Monday announced additional central assistance to the tune of Rs.1,200 crore to the northeastern states and flood-hit Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. "The northeastern states, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand deserve special attention. Parts of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh were affected due to floods last year. Unprecedented flash floods and landslides hit Uttarakhand in June 2013, causing havoc, leaving thousands of residents and tourists dead and thousands homeless.
- Rahul Gandhi meets Uttarakhand flood victimsIANS-Sun 26 Jan, 2014
New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Sunday met children and families affected by the devastating Uttarakhand flash floods last year, a party statement said.
- UP soon to give aid to Kedarnath flood victims' kinIANS-Mon 13 Jan, 2014
Lucknow, Jan 13 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government would soon disburse financial assistance to families of residents of the state who died in last year's flash floods in Uttarakhand, officials said Monday. An official told IANS that 1,150 people from Uttar Pradesh who went on 'Char Dham Yatra' either died or were missing in the natural calamity in the hill state, especially in the Kedarnath Valley. Of these, the Uttarakhand government has sent death certificates of 850 people to the UP government and now officials are working on the modalities of paying out ex-gratia amount of Rs.5.50 lakh to the next of kin of each victim as announced by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Officials said the chief minister personally monitored the donation collecting exercise, relief measures to the people of Uttarakhand and gave instructions for expediting the financial assistance process.
- Arup Raha takes over as 24th IAF chiefANI-Tue 31 Dec, 2013
New Delhi, Dec.31 (ANI): Air Marshal Arup Raha on Tuesday took over as the 24th chief of air staff, succeeding Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne. Born on December 26, 1954, he is expected to have tenure of three years as IAF chief . Commissioned on December 14, 1974 in the fighter stream of the IAF, Raha has held various command, staff and instructional appointments in his 39-year-long career. He served as Air Attache at the Embassy of India in Ukraine and as Directing Staff at Flying Instructors School, Tambaram, and at the Gwalior-based Tactics and Combat Development Establishment of the IAF.
- Modi berates Uttarakhand growth, Rahul Gandhi on Lokpal billIANS-Sun 15 Dec, 2013
Dehradun, Dec 15 (IANS) The BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Sunday criticised the Uttarakhand government over the state's under-development and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi over the Lokpal Bill, saying the ruling party was hypocritical on the issue. "I want to ask him (Rahul Gandhi) a question. If you are so worried about corruption, I want to ask you that during the tenure of (former Uttarakhand chief minister) B.C. Khanduri, a Lokpal Bill was made and after reading it, Anna Hazare congratulated Khanduri," Modi said at his first rally in Uttarakhand since being named the BJP's prime ministerial candidate. "Tell me, if you like the Lokpal so much, why did your party not allow it to be implemented in Uttarakhand?" the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said.
- Five months post disaster, Uttarakhand still lacks disaster planIANS-Sun 10 Nov, 2013
New Delhi, Nov 10 (IANS) Nearly five months after devastating floods ravaged the hill state, Uttarakhand is yet to formulate a disaster management plan to meet any future calamity. According to the disaster management authority, as of now only 19 states in the country have a mandatory state disaster management plan (SDMP) - and Uttarakhand is among the defaulters. "We have not yet received any disaster management plan from Uttarakhand. All states need to be proactive in preparing disaster management plans as comprehensive planning will help at the time of any natural or man-made disaster," National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Vice Chairman M. Shashidhar Reddy told IANS in an interview.
- PM praises tackling of cyclone Phailin, not Uttarakhand floodsIANS-Mon 28 Oct, 2013
New Delhi, Oct 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday praised the tackling of Cyclone Phailin by the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh governments and disaster management agencies but said there were "important lessons to be learnt" from the Uttarakhand rain-flood tragedy that left hundreds dead and many missing.
- Kudankulam, defence, energy top Manmohan-Putin talks IANS-Mon 21 Oct, 2013
Moscow, Oct 21 (IANS) India and Russia Monday marked a very special phase in their close ties as the first Russian-built reactor in Tamil Nadu's Kudankulam was connected to the electricity grid in south India and poised to produce electricity while a commercial deal for the third and fourth reactors are near complete.
- Amid gloom and doom, Odisha shows 'can do' spirit IANS-Sat 19 Oct, 2013
At a time when the daily perusal of Indian newspapers can be a disheartening experience because of the reports of rapes, riots, sleaze and the sliding rupee, the remarkable performance of the Odisha government in staving off the challenge posed by Cyclone Phailin on the country's eastern coastline stands out in shining contrast.
- Orissa faces post Phailin nightmareMail Today-Mon 14 Oct, 2013
Careful planning minimised casualties. NIGHTMARE: Big relief task ahead after cyclone strike.