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CPCB orderd closure of 8 industrial units in Uttarakhand’s Sitaganj area

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New Delhi:  After the Central Pollution Control Board found few industrial units in Uttarakhand’s industrial units violating pollution norms.The National Green Tribunal has ordered closure of eight industrial units in Uttarakhand’s Sitarganj area. A bench headed by Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore asked the authorities to shut down Gujarat Ambuja Exports Limited, Fleetguard Filters Pvt Ltd, Speciality […]

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Man sentenced to death for raping, killing minor

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A fast track court today handed death sentence to a man for raping and killing a minor at Kashipur in Udhamsingh Nagar district last year. Fast track POCSO court judge Neelam Ratra handed the death sentence to Karandeep Sharma alias Raju after pronouncing him guilty of raping and killing an eight-year-old girl on the night […]

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Sewage in Kosi: NGT slams U’khand for non compliance of order

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Irked over non-implementation of its order on pollution in river Kosi in Nainital, the National Green Tribunal has slammed the Uttarakhand government for the delay in filing an action plan for collection and disposal of sewage in the entire area. The green panel, which had constituted a committee last December and asked it to submit […]

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NGT bailable warrants against sr U’khand officials

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued bailable warrants against Environment Secretary of Uttarakhand government and other senior officials, including district magistrate of Nainital, for their failure to comply with its directions passed earlier. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar slammed the Uttarakhand government observing that it needs to show “greater seriousness and […]

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Centre moves SC to modify its order on U’khand

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The Centre on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of its order on the issue of floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly, saying the official concerned has refused to act as observer on the ground that a clarification is needed on his designation.   Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the matter before a […]

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Ukhand HC rejects plea of disqualified Cong MLAs

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The Uttarakhand High Court today dismissed the petition of nine rebel Congress MLAs challenging their disqualification, holding that by their conduct they have “voluntarily given up membership of their political party”, implying that they can be disqualified on that ground. “This court, subject to scrutiny of Speaker’s action on the principles of natural justice, therefore, […]

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Floor test in U’khand to be held on May 10: SC

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The Supreme Court today ordered a floor test on May 10 in the Uttarakhand Assembly when sacked Chief Minister Harish Rawat will seek a vote of confidence in which the nine rebel Congress MLAs cannot participate if they continue to remain disqualified at the time of voting. A specially convened two-hour-long session during which the […]

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SC favours 2005 Jharkhand for floor test in U”khand

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The Supreme Court today suggested that it may order a ‘composite floor test’ for Uttarakhand Assembly as was directed by the apex court in 2005 in Jharkhand when BJP leader Arjun Munda had challenged the government formation by JMM supremo Shibu Soren. “The floor test (in Uttarakhand Assembly) can be on Jharkhand Model,” a bench […]

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SC asks AG about feasibility of holding floor test in U’khand

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to seek instruction on having a floor test in Uttarakhand where a major power tussle is underway between the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre and the Congress. The apex court asked the Attorney General that there should be a floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly under […]

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Rebel Cong MLA moves U’khand HC a’nst unseating

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One of the nine disqualified Congress MLAs today filed an application before the Uttarakhand High Court seeking urgent hearing of his petition on the ground that he will “suffer irreparable loss and injury” if it is not heard immediately. Rebel Congress MLA Umesh Sharma Kau, in his application moved before Justice U C Dhyani, has […]

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U’khand: Cong MLAs showed ‘dissent’, did not defect

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The nine dissident Congress MLAs today told the Uttarakhand High Court that they had not left the party but only wanted removal of the Chief Minister and his government so that a “better” regime can be formed under another leader. They told Justice U C Dhyani that they were not against the Congress and only wanted […]

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Uttarakhand HC to hear rebel Cong MLAs’ petition tomorrow

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The Uttarakhand High Court will tomorrow resume the hearing on nine rebel Congress MLAs’ petition challenging their disqualification by the state Assembly Speaker. The nine legislators will present their contention before the single bench of Justice U C Dhyani, which had on Saturday recorded the arguments of counsel Kapil Sibal appearing for Speaker Govind Singh […]

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Travesty of justice if Centre revokes President’s Rule now: Uttarakhand HC

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The Uttarakhand High Court today said it would be a travesty of justice if the Centre recalls its order imposing President’s rule and allows someone else to form a government now, strong words that came after its counsel was unable to give an undertaking till a verdict is given in the present case. Continuing its […]

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Hopefully Centre will not provoke us: U’Khand HC

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Adding to Centre’s discomfiture, the Uttarakhand High Court today issued a veiled warning, hoping it will not provoke the Court by revoking the President’s Rule imposed in the state till a verdict is delivered on the petition challenging its imposition. Earlier in the day, the court observed that the legitimacy of the President’s decision to suspend […]

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Prez decision is subject to judicial review:U’khand HC

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Legitimacy of the President’s decision to suspend Uttarakhand assembly is subject to judicial review as even he can go wrong, the Uttarakhand High Court observed today. Referring to the NDA government’s argument that the President took the decision to impose Article 356 of the Constitution in his “political wisdom”, a bench of Chief Justice K […]

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Governor should have “stayed his hand”: U’khand HC

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The Uttarakhand High Court today observed that the state Governor should have “stayed his hand” while dealing with the Speaker over proceedings in the Assembly saying he (Speaker)is also a Constitutional authority and “any intrusion” into his freedom should be guarded. Making these observations at the end of a day-long hearing, the division bench of […]

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Uttarakhand HC puts queries to Centre on U’khand decision

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The Uttarakhand High Court today asked the Centre whether it was not “totally extraneous” for the Union Government to be concerned over the disqualification of nine rebel MLAs and to “interfere” in the affairs of the state which has to be done only in “extraordinary instances”. “What is passing through our mind is, is it […]

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Uttarakhand HC defers hearing plea of rebel Cong MLAs

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The Uttarakhand High Court today deferred to April 18 the hearing on a batch of petitions relating to the ongoing political crisis in the state after nine disqualified rebel Congress MLAs sought adjournment on the ground that their counsel was not available. The bench comprising Chief Justice K M Joseph and Justice V K Bist […]

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Will tell court before decision on lifting Prez rule : Centre

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The Centre today gave an undertaking in the Uttarakhand High Court that it will come to it before any decision is taken to lift the President’s rule in the state after Congress made a strong pitch for the first right to form the government. “I will inform the court before any decision is taken to revoke […]

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U’khand HC seeks Centre’s response to petition challenging ordinance

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The Uttarakhand High Court today directed the Centre to respond to a writ petition filed by deposed chief minister Harish Rawat challenging promulgation of an ordinance by the Union government on the appropriation bill, a consolidated legislation on the state’s annual budget which was declared passed by the state assembly. A division bench comprising justices […]

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NGT slams Centre, UP govt over pollution in Ganga

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The National Green Tribunal on Monday slammed the Centre and UP government over pollution in river Ganga in Varanasi and said their slogans are contrary to actions. “It is really very unfortunate that such things are going on. Why don’t you do something about this? Your slogans are very contrary to your actions,” a bench […]

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SC green signal to Vishnugad Hydroelectric project

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Tehri Hydro Development Corporation has got green signal by the Supreme Court of India to go ahead with its hydroelectric project over river Alaknanda in Uttarakhand while dismissing a plea against it. A bench headed by Justice H L Dattu expressed concern that petitions are being filed in courts to delay such projects despite the fact […]

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Judicial custody of Namdhari, others extended

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The judicial custody of sacked Uttarakhand minority panel chief S S Namdhari and nine others, arrested for their alleged roles in the murder of liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother in a shootout, was extended till Friday by a Delhi court. By a day the judicial custody of Namdhari has been extended by the Metropolitan […]

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Ramdev can continue protest in Uttarakhand: chief minister

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Strongly backing Baba Ramdev’s “peaceful” agitation against corruption, Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal today assured the yoga guru of “full security” if he decides to continue his protest in the state. “If he (Ramdev) wants to continue his agitation and protest in Uttarakhand, then he has full freedom to do it,” Pokhriyal said, hours after […]

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