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Minor earthquake shakes Rudraprayag region of Uttarakhand

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, shook the Rudraprayag area of Uttarakhand in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 30.5 degrees North and longitude 79.1 degrees East, occurred at 0359 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor quake recorded in border region between Pithoragarh district and Nepal

 

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the broder region between Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhan and Nepal in the early hours of today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 30.9 degrees North and longitude 80.6 degrees East, occurred at 0547 hours at a focal depth of 5 km.
 
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Mukherjee attends first convocation of IIM Kashipur

President Pranab Mukherjee addressing the first convocation of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kashipur, in Uttarakhand. on March 17, 2013.
President Pranab Mukherjee addressing the first convocation of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kashipur, in Uttarakhand. on March 17, 2013.

President Pranab Mukherjee today said that, for India's political and economic stability, it was important to have truly inclusive growth that benefited each and every citizen, especially those who are at the margins of society and at the base of the socio-economic pyramid.

"The challenges being large and diverse, India needs grass-root leaders who place people and their problems at the centre of the social, economic and political discourse," he said in his address at the first convocation of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kashipur, in Uttarakhand, which was founded three years ago.
 
The first batch of 37 post-graduate programme students received their diplomas at the convocation.
 
Mr Mukherjee said it was only when people worked together and each Indian felt empowered to contribute to the task of nation-building that the country would be ableto combat poverty, malnutrition, hunger and disease.
 
"I call upon the faculty and students of IIM Kashipur to focus on the problems of the bottom of the pyramid and develop innovative solutions to address their concerns," he said.
 
Mr Mukherjee said India today stood at the cusp of greatness. "While there are many challenges ahead, there are also boundless opportunities," he said.
 
"We are passing through a phase of unprecedented demographic change which is likely to contribute to a substantially increased labour force. The bulk of this increase is likely to take place in the relatively younger age group of 20-35 years which would make India one of the youngest nations in the world. In 2020, the average Indian will be only 29 years old as compared to an average age of 37 for China and the US, 45 for West Europe and 48 for Japan. It is clear that the youth of India, who are the leaders of tomorrow, shall aspire for higher standards of living, better service delivery and increased transparency and accountability," he said.
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"On the eve of India’s 66th Independence Day on August 14th last year, I had observed that the glass of modern India is more than half-full. I had said that we are equal children before our mother; and India asks each one of us, in whatever role we play in the complex drama of nation building, to do our duty with integrity, commitment and unflinching loyalty to the values enshrined in our Constitution. If each of us follows this principle, I am confident that India will become a more vibrant, dynamic and prosperous nation," he said.
 
Mr Mukherjee congratulated the management and faculty of the institute for nursing it in its nascent stage and IIM Lucknow for mentoring it.
 
"As the youngest of IIMs, IIM Kashipur should strive to build a unique image for itself, while maintaining the high quality that IIMs are known for," he said.
 
He expressed happiness that IIM Kashipur was considering the setting up of two Centres of Excellence, on Sustainable Development and on Competitiveness.
 
"Many have felt the need for a renewed focus by our management institutions towards courses on entrepreneurship. At a time when IIM Kashipur is consolidating its course structure, it should leverage this opportunity and design management programmes in a manner that will become a model for others to follow," he said.
 
He said the unique geography of the institute's location, in an industrial belt surrounded by  a predominantly rural area, provided them with the opportunity to develop ‘extension education’ courses. 
 
"Students should be encouraged as part of their academic curriculum to contribute to positive social development by helping people of the region learn better ways of running their farms, small businesses and other community ventures. This will instill in the students a sense of obligation to society, which they carry with them throughout their professional lives," he said.
 
He said there was need for a strategy to make the Indian industry compete successfully with the best in the world. Skilled manpower has to play a key role in this strategy. A healthy growth of Indian business will be greatly facilitated by the availability of a competent cadre of management professionals, he said.
 
"The pool of such professionals in our country is unfortunately not enough to meet the needs of our industry. The annual enrolment in commerce and management streams has increased from around 23 lakh in 2006-07 to around 34 lakh in 2011-12. The need for graduates and post-graduates from these streams will be much higher in the future and we must be ready to meet the demand," he said.
 
He also noted that no Indian university figured among the top 200 universities of the world and called for efforts to take Indian universities into the top league.
 
"Innovation is also an important driver for growth. Unfortunately, we also lag behind our major competitors in this aspect. The number of patent applications filed in India in 2011 was about 42,000, which is far below the 5 lakh plus applications in both China and the US. A culture of innovation must be encouraged in our country and for that, we must create more opportunities for collaborative research, set up industry incubation parks in educational institutions and provide more research fellowships,," he said.
 
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Minor quake recorded in Uttarakhand-Nepal border region

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, was recorded this morning in the border region between the Indian state of Uttarakhand and Nepal, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake had its epicentre at latitude 29.7 degrees North and longitude 80.4 degrees East and occurred at 0958 hours today at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor quake recorded in Uttarkashi region of Uttarakhand

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An earthquake of slight intensity measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Uttarkhashi region of Uttarakhand this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 30.9 degrees North and longitude 78.4 degrees East, occcurred at 0758 hours at a focal depth of 11 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor quake recorded in Uttarkashi region of Uttarakhand

A minor earthquake, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Uttarkashi region of Uttarakhand tonight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 30.9 degrees North and longitude 78.4 degrees East, occurred at 2157 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor quake rocks Uttarkashi region of Uttarakhand

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, rocked the Uttarkashi region of Uttarakhand this afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 31 degrees North and longitude 78.4 degrees East, occurred at 1619 hours at a focal depth of 5 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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ADB to provide $100m loan for sustainable urban services in five Uttarakhand towns

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The Government yesterday signed an agreement for a $100 million loan with the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) as the second tranche of the Uttarakhand Urban Sector Development Investment Programme which will support rehabilitation and expansion of basic urban infrastructure in five major urban centers of Uttarakhand and ensure sustainable municipal service delivery.

An official press release said the project would supplement the urban infrastructure programme already initiated under the first tranche in Dehradun, Haridwar and Nainital and will be extended to cover in addition Haldwani, Roorkee and Ramnagar towns specially for improving the water supply infrastructure that will benefit about 800,000 residents. 
 
A comprehensive sewerage system will also be developed under the project, which will provide improved sanitation facilities to about 100,000 residents of Roorkee town, it said.
 
The documents were signed by Dr. Anup Wadhawan, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs on behalf of Government of India, Mr. Hun Kim, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission on behalf of ADB and Mr. M.H. Khan, Secretary (UD) on behalf of Government of Uttarakhand.
 
Ms Radhika Jha, Project Director and Dr. Anwar A. Khan, Deputy Programme Director from Uttarakhand Government were part of the loan signing team. 
 
Dr. Wadhawan said that it is important for urban infrastructure to keep pace with population levels and its future growth. The project will address this objective and help alleviate infrastructure deficiencies, tap economic potential, and improve the living environment, he said.
 
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Mr. Hun said that the project will improve the quality life and employment opportunities for the people living in five project towns. It will also improve the ability of participating institutions to manage sector reforms and deliver better services. The contribution of tourism in the state economy is significant, so upgrades to key infrastructure will also help draw visitors and generate more employment opportunities. 
 
The second tranche loan from the ADB’s Ordinary Capital Resources has a 25-year term including a grace period of five years, commitment charges of 0.15% and interest rate to be determined in accordance with ADB’s LIBOR-based lending facility. The Government of India will provide counterpart funds of $42.86 million for a total second tranche project investment cost of $142.86 million. 
 
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PM monitoring availability of water in Ganga at Allahabad during Kumbha Mela

A scene during the last Kumbh Mela in 2001
A scene during the last Kumbh Mela in 2001

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been monitoring the availability of adequate water from Tehri Dam in river Ganga at Allahabad during the Kumbh Mela, which will begin on January 14 and end on March 10, and directions have been given to control the pollution load flowing in river Yamuna during the period.

An official press release from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Limited (THDCL) had agreed to release 250 cumecs water from 21st December 2012 to 20th February 2013 and 220 cumecs water from 21st February 2013 to 28th February 2013 in view of demand of water for Allahabad `Kumbh Snans`.

Instructions have also been given by PMO that Delhi Jal Board should ensure that the performance of the 72 MGD sewage treatment plant (STP) at Keshavpur renovated and commissioned recently is stabilized so that it functions optimally and the effluent meets the norms.

The Delhi Government has been asked to ensure that the performance of the STPs and Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) is optimized to meet the effluent quality norms.

At Sangam, Allahabad, the BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand) of Yamuna and Ganga is generally less than 6 mg/ltr but the main issue is of the colour of effluents discharged by the pulp and paper industries into the river Ram Ganga and Kali (both tributaries of Ganga), the release said.

The Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) have been directed to ensure that all the paper units discharging their effluents into river Ganga or its tributaries comply with the prescribed norms.

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Monitoring of water quality in river Ram Ganga and river Kali and their tributaries is being initiated on a daily basis by the State Boards of Uttrakhand and Uttar Pradesh with the coordination of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the release said.

Action will be taken against the industries for violating the norms. CPCB has issued show cause notices for closure to 23 tannery units in Unnao and Banther and, based on the response received and action taken, further course of action will be decided, the release added.

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Minor earthquake rocks parts of Uttarakhand

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale, rocked the Uttarkashi and other parts of Uttarakhand this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 30.9 degrees North and longitude 78.4 degrees East, occurred at 1745 hours at a focal depth of 12 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
Media reports reaching here said the tremor, which lasted a few seconds, was also felt in Tehri, Dehradun and other places. In many areas, people rushed out of their homes in panic but there were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage to property.
 
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Minor quake recorded in Bageshwar area of Uttarakhand

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Bageshwar area of Uttarakhand this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 30.3 degrees North and longitude 80.0 degrees East, occurred at 0604 hours today at a focal depth of 5 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor quake recorded in Pithoragarh, Bageshwar districts of Uttarakhand

A minor earthquake, measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Pithoragarh and Bageshwar districts of Uttarakhand today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 30.2 degrees North and longitude 80.1 degrees East, occurred at 1216 hours today at a focal depth of 5 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Bye-elections for LS seats of Jangipur, Tehri Garhwal on October 10

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The Election Commission today said bye-elections would be held on October 10 to fill up casual vacancies in two Lok Sabha constituencies -- Jangipur in West Bengal and Tehri Garhwal in Uttarakhand.

The Jangipur seat fell vacant when Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee resigned after being elected as the President of India while the vacancy in Tehri Garhwal arose because of the resignation of Mr Vijay Bahuguna, also of the Congress, after he became the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.
 
An official press release said the notification for the bye-elections would be issued on September 15 and the last date for making nominations will be September 22.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up on October 13, the release added.
 
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Armed forces mount rescue operations in flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand, MP

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The Indian Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) have mounted massive rescue and relief operations in the flood-affected areas of Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh.  

An official press release said here yesterday that the IAF, in coordination with the civil administration, was facilitating the smooth evacuation of stranded pilgrims from Harshil and Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand.
 
Ten army columns are involved in rescue operations in the Uttarkashi-Gangotri area and are providing succour in the form of medical aid, hot food and other assistance to stranded pilgrims, it said.
 
Two army aviation helicopters are operating in coordination with civil administration.
 
Two IAF Advance Light Helicopters (ALH) and one IAF Mi-17 chopper have already been deployed in Harshil/Uttarkashi and one more Mi-17 is being added to augment the rescue and relief efforts, it said.
 
The release said the road between Uttarkashi and Dharasu has been opened to light vehicle traffic.
 
 Armed Forces continue to operate two medical camps and cook houses in Gangnani and has also established a reception/dispersal centre at Dharasu.  Five facilitation posts with medic facilities, refreshments and so on have also been established between Uttarkashi and Dharasu.
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Foot crossings on Gangori and Soundh Gad has been established to facilitate the movement of pilgrims. 
 
In Madhya Pradesh also, the relief and rescue operations in flood affected areas of Hoshangabad, Raisen and Harda districts are in full swing, the release said.
 
In Hoshangabad 300 villagers has been rescued so far. Five officers including a medical officer, six JCOs and 150 other ranks continue to be involve in flood relief and rescue operations.  Four Boat Assault Universal Type (BAUT), four Out Bound Motor (OBM) and two inflated boats have been pressed into service to carry out the flood relief operations.
 
Two flood relief army columns have been mobilised to affected areas of Raisen district.
 
In Harda district, the situation is being closely monitored.  Flood relief columns have been kept in standby to move on a short notice.
 
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10 killed, several missing in flash floods in Uttarakhand

At least ten people were swept away and several more were reported missing in flash floods triggered by heavy rains and a cloudburst in Uttarkashi, Chamoli and other places in Uttarakhand on Friday night.

 
Uttarakhand flash floods: 10 Dead, 53 Missing

At least ten people were swept away and several more were reported missing in flash floods triggered by heavy rains and a cloudburst in Uttarkashi, Chamoli and other places in Uttarakhand last night.

Official sources said three fire brigade personnel engaged in rescue efforts in Gangori were among those who were killed in the deluge.
 
They said five persons at Gangori and two others in Dunda were swept away by the swirling waters.
 
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna urged the people in the affected areas not to panic and promised them all possible assistance from the state government.
 
He said he was continuously monitoring the situation and would visit the affected areas along with Disaster Management Minister Yashpal Arya as soon as the weather improved.
 
Mr Bahuguna said that the Uttarkashi administration had shifted about 200 families to safer places after the water level in the Bhagirathi rose yesterday.
 
He said that, because of landslides in Gangotri and Kedarnath, the Char Dham Yatra had been suspended for the time being.
 
Personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and other para-military forces were deployed in the rescue operations.
 
Some bridges were damaged because of the floods and large tracts of agricultural land were washed way.
 
The weather office has forecast heavy rains in the next 48 hours and the Chief Minister appealed to the people residing near the banks of rivers to cooperate with the administration and move to safer places when asked to do so.
 
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Minor quake jolts Uttarakhand-Nepal border region

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, shook the border region between the Indian state of Uttarakhand and Nepal today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitue 29.7 degrees North and longitude 80.7 degrees East, occurred at 1118 hours today at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Uttarakhand's annual plan finalized at Rs 8,200 crore

 

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The annual plan for Uttarakhand for 2012-13 was finalized at Rs 8,200 crore at a meeting between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and state Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna here today.
 
In his comments on the plan performance of the state, Mr Ahluwalia said the Commission was fully aware of the infrastructure deficit in the state and its constraint in meeting the cost of infrastructure development, 
 
He said the state need to further encourage private sector participation in infrastructure development. Improved infrastructure would help the state in fully tapping the potential in sectors like tourism while catalysing economic activity in all regions of the state, he said.
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24 pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh killed, 18 hurt in road mishap in Uttarakhand

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As many as 24 pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh were killed and 18 others suffered injuries when a private bus carrying them to Badrinath fell into the Ganga river in the Tehri district of Uttarakhand today, official sources said.

The mishap occurred this afternoon near Byasi, on the Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway, the sources said.
 
According to them, 12 of the injured had been admitted to a nearby hospital, while six grievously injured persons were referred to the Himalaya Institute Hospital at Rishikesh.
 
Three pilgrims succumbed to their injuries on their way to hospital, the sources said.
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Minor quake recorded in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in the early hours of today.

A bulletin issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 20.2 degrees North and longitude 79.4 degrees East, occurred at 0330 hours at a depth of five km.
 
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Alva shifted as Rajasthan Governor; Narasimhan, Sankaranarayanan get fresh terms in AP, Maharashtra

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Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva was today transferred and appointed as the Governor of Rajasthan for the remainder of her term.

Dr Aziz Qureshi will succeed her as Governor of Uttarakhand, a statement from Rashtrapati Bhavan said. Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil had been holding additional charge of the Rajasthan Governor after the death of Ms Prabha Rau on April 26, 2010.
 
The President also appointed Mr E.S.L. Narasimhan, as Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Mr K. Sankaranarayanan, as Governor of Maharashtra for fresh terms.
 
Mr B V Wanchoo, former head of the Special Protection Group (SPG), which protects the Prime Minister, former Prime Ministers and members of their families, has been appointed as the Governor of Goa, the statement added.
 
Dr Qureshi, 72, is a former member of the Lok Sabha from Satna in Madhya Pradesh and a former state minister.
 
He has also practised as a lawyer and been an academician. He has had a long association with the Congress party. 
 
Mr Wanchoo is a retired officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS),1976 batch, from the West Bengal cadre. He was a joint director in the Intelligence Bureau when he was picked up to head the SPG in 2004. He served in that position for more than seven years before retiring in October last year.
 
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Bye-election to Rajya Sabha from UP to be held on April 26

The Election Commission today said that a bye-election would be held to the Rajya Sabha on April 26 to fill up a casual vacancy from Uttar Pradesh.

The vacancy has arisen due to the resignation of a sitting member, Rashid Masood, on March 9. His term of office will expire on July 4, 2016.
 
The notification for the bye-election will be issued on April 9 and the last date for making nominations is April 16. Counting of votes will be taken at 5 pm on April 26.
 
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ADB to provide $ 43.84 m loan for tourism infrastructure in TN, Uttarakhand

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The Government of India, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and States of Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand today signed a $ 43.84 million loan agreement for the second tranche of Infrastructure Development Investment Programme for Tourism.

The agreement aims to enhance tourism environment in the two States with a view to draw increased volume of national and international tourists.
 
An official press release said the programme was approved in 2010 for $ 250 million as multi-tranche financing facility to assist in developing tourism-related infrastructure in the four participating states - Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu. The first tranche for $ 43.42 million involving states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh is under implementation.

Six killed, 18 injured in bridge collapse near Srinagar in Uttarakhand

 

At least six people were killed and 18 others injured when a bridge that was being constructed over the Alaknanda river collapsed near Srinagar town in the Pauri district of Uttarakhand today.
 
Police in Srinagar told NetIndian over the telephone that the bridge at Chorus literally snapped from the middle in the early hours of this morning, taking labourers working on it by surprise. 
 
The deaths and injuries were caused by the mangled iron and steel, they said. All the bodies were removed from the scene and the injured admitted to hospital, they said.
 
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna was amongst those who rushed to the spot. He later ordered an inquiry into the mishap.
 
Former chief ministers B C Khanduri and Ramesh Pokhriyal also visited the scene of the tragedy.
 
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Bahuguna sworn in as Uttarakhand CM as Rawat fumes in protest

Congress MP Vijay Bahuguna was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand by Governor Margaret Alva in Dehradun on Tuesday after the Congress decided to go ahead with its choice for the job despite a virtual revolt by Union Minister Harish Rawat, who is learnt to have offered to quit the Government.

Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva administering the oath of office and secrecy to Vijay Bahuguna, the new Chief Minister of the State in Dehradun on March 13, 2012.
Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva administering the oath of office and secrecy to Vijay Bahuguna, the new Chief Minister of the State in Dehradun on March 13, 2012.
Vijay Bahuguna, the Lok Sabha member from Tehri Garhwal, was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand by Governor Margaret Alva at a brief ceremony at the Parade Ground in Dehradun today after the Congress decided to go ahead with its choice for the job despite a virtual revolt by Union Minister Harish Rawat, who is learnt to have offered to quit the Government.
 
Bahuguna, 65, son of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Union Minister Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna, was the lone member of the Cabinet to take the oath of office and secrecy.
 
In fact, several of the 32 newly-elected Congress MLAs were absent at the function, which was attended by former Chief Minister Narain Dutt Tiwari, Congress central observer Ghulam Nabi Azad, State Congress chief Yashpal Arya and the new Chief Minister's younger sister and UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna.
 
The decision to choose Bahuguna for the job was taken by Congress President Sonia Gandhi and announced by Azad here last night. Azad recalled that the MLAS had, at their meeting last week, left the decision on the new leader to Gandhi.
 
In the January 30 elections to the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly, the results of which were announced on March 6, the Congress won 32 seats while the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ended up with 31. Since then, the Congress has received support from three Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLAs and three independents.
 
Soon after the announcement, supporters of Rawat, who is Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Parliamentary Affairs, gathered at his residence here last night and registered their protest against the high command's decision.
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Rawat is understood to have sent a letter to Gandhi today, offering to resign from the Government, but there was no confirmation about this from his camp. He was upset at being overlooked for the job for the second time after Tiwari was chosen over him in 2002 after he had led the party to power in that year's elections.
 
There was speculation for a brief while that the party would reconsider its decision but this ended when Congress General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi ruled out any change and Bahuguna himself told mediapersons in Dehradun that the swearing-in ceremony would take place as scheduled.
 
There were also reports that Rawat had met or spoken to BJP President Nitin Gadkari or some other BJP leader, and this led to further speculation about the Union Minister's next move.
 
Another state Congress leader Harak Singh Rawat, who was also considered an aspirant for the Chief Minister's post, told reporters that he and Harish Rawat were unable to attend the swearing-in ceremony, given the circumstances.
 
He said the high command had not taken a "good decision", particularly because of the fact that the party had a thin majority in the Uttarakhand assembly. He said this would be a "turning point" in Uttarakhand politics.
 
"The party should have taken a well-considered decision...If they had talked to everyone, this situation would not have arisen," he added.
 
Asked about the reported meeting with Gadkari, Harak Singh Rawat said he was not aware of any such development, but did not wish to say anything further. He said it was not a comfortable situation for the party.
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Bahuguna said he was sure that all the MLAs who were upset would come around and that he would be able to provide a stable government in the state. Azad said it was an internal matter of the party and it would be sorted out.
 
Sources in the Rawat camp said the absence of so many MLAs from the swearing-in ceremony showed that they had more support than Bahuguna.
 
Born on February 28, 1947, Bahuguna has degrees in Arts and Law and practised as an advocate before serving as judge of the Allahabad and Bombay High Courts.
 
He served as Vice-Chairman of the Planning Commission in Uttarakhand from 2002-2007. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in a bye-election in February 2007 and re-elected in 2009.
 
Bahuguna will now have to be elected to the Uttarakhand Assembly within six months to fulfil a Constitutional requirement.
 
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Congress MP Vijay Bahuguna to be new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand

Vijay Bahuguna
Vijay Bahuguna

The Congress today decided that Vijay Bahuguna, the Lok Sabha member from Tehri Garhwal, would be the leader of its legislative party in Uttarakhand, who will be the next Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. 

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad that the newly-elected MLAs had, at their meeting last week, left a decision on the leadership to party President Sonia Gandhi.

He said Gandhi had, after consulting various leaders, decided that Bahuguna would be the new leader of the Congress legislature party in the state.
 
Bahuguna, 65, the son of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Union Minister Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, said he would make efforts to carry all sections of the party with him. His younger sister Rita Bahuguna is the president of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee.
In the January 30 elections to the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly, the results of which were announced on March 6, the Congress won 32 seats while the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ended up with 31. Since then, the Congress has received support from three Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLAs, three independents and the lone Uttarakhand Kranti Dal legislator, reports said.
 
Born on February 28, 1947, Bahuguna has degrees in Arts and Law and has practised as an advocate and serve as judge of the Allahabad and Bombay High Courts.
 
He served as Vice-Chairman of the Planning Commission in Uttarakhand from 2002-2007. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in a bye-election in February 2007 and re-elected in 2009.
 
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