What Is India News Service
Wednesday, November 07, 2007


The newly formed state of Uttaranchal is bounded by UP on the south, Nepal on the east, Himachal Pradesh on the west and China on the north east.

About 90 percent of the population of Uttranchal depends on agriculture. The rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Sharada generate resources for hydroelectric power to the tune of 1000MW. 


There are three Class I cities – Dehra Dun, Haridwar and Haldwari-cum-Kathagodam. Holy shrines like Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, and resorts like Nainital and Mussorie attracts 83 million tourists in a year. Haridwar and its Kumbha melas earn Rs.1,500 billion revenue annually from tourism. Six of the seven national parks including Corbett National Park of U P are now under Uttaranchal.


I stand for ever in a queue. But at the end of it, I know, I will have access to the finest medical care in the country. I could jump the queue thanks to doctor friends. So why don’t I, I am often asked by an irrate spouse. (Pottering Around Pgi, Tribune, Punam Khaira Sidhu, Nov 06, 2007)

The Andhra Pradesh police has re-opened a 31-year-old case that symbolised a defining moment in the blood-soaked Naxalite history. A senior Maoist leader was arrested and produced before a local court yesterday. (Andhra Reopens 31-Yr-Old Naxalite Case , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

The most defining incident for the Naxalites was re-opened today when senior most Maoist leader from West Bengal Tusharkant Bhattacharya was produced in Luxxadipet Court in Adilabad district for his involvement in two murder cases thirty one years ago. (Historic Naxalite Case Re-Opened, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

These papers, originally presented at a UNDP and UN-Habitat conference in New Delhi in 2002, dispel many myths about Indian democracy. (Grassroots Governance, Hindu, Arvind Sivaramakrishnan, Oct 23, 2007)

Two Indians, believed to be journalists, have been found dead in a forest in Kailali district near the Indo-Nepal border in western Nepal, the police said. (Two Indians Found Dead In Nepal Forest , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 06, 2007)

Unprecedented climate changes on a global scale during the past one decade resulting from the greenhouse effect with anthropogenic reasons have serious implications. (Living In Denial, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Oct 01, 2007)

It’s right there. In a busy street, somewhere in a field, tucked away under a once officious but now retired-looking old-timer’s arm, definitely in the sabzi or machli mandi, almost always hanging precariously from the handlebar of a Hero . . . .. (Sun And Shade, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 29, 2007)

Internationally sex ratio is defined as the number of men per 1000 women. (Gender Bias, Hindu, Ramya Kannan , Sep 25, 2007)

Security forces and police along the Indo-Nepal border have been put on high alert after Tuesday’s political developments in Nepal. The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the Central paramilitary force guarding the 1,751-km border, has been alerted to the . . . . (Mha Sounds Alert Along Indo-Nepal Border, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 19, 2007)

Reacting to an investigation by the Hindustan Times, the army on Wednesday has ordered an inquiry into the alleged sale of non-service pattern (NSP) weapons by some officers in the border districts of Rajasthan. (Inquiry Ordered Into 'Illegal' Arms Sales, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 06, 2007)

The young manager at the Phnom Penh Sapphire hotel desk was clearly foxed. Looking at the city map, he repeated, ‘‘Little India?’’ We tried another pitch. (Postcard From Phnom Penh, New Indian Express, D B N Murthy , Jul 23, 2007)

After tiger and elephant, the Environment Ministry proposes a conservation plan for the elusive snow leopard. (After Tiger, Project Snow Leopard On Anvil, Pioneer, Yoga Rangatia, Jul 16, 2007)

Minorities do not mean Muslims only. There are other minority communities too who need Government's due attention," said Lama Chosphel Zotpa, member of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), in the wake of Andhra Pradesh earmarking four . . . . (Look Beyond Muslims: Minority Panel Member , Pioneer, Rajeev Ranjan Roy, Jul 11, 2007)

Data on maternal mortality in India show that tens of thousands of malnourished, health-poor and resource-poor women without access to hospitals continue to die during pregnancy, while giving birth or immediately afterwards. (Maternal Mortality Challenges, Hindu, Editorial, The Hindu, Jul 10, 2007)

Three weeks after six people were killed in police firing at Peelikheda in Dausa district on the first day of the Gurjjar agitation, another gathering was held at the small village on Tuesday. (Gurjjars Unite To Help Victims Of Caste Violence , Indian Express, PALAK NANDI, Jun 20, 2007)

A day after the World Trade Centre (WTC) at Cuffe Parade received a threat to blow up the building, the Mumbai Police said that the message was sent by a person who has given a contact number from Uttaranchal in the e-mail. Investigations have . . . (Wtc Security Beefed Up After Threat, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Jun 18, 2007)

The fight is on. It is Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat versus the Congress for now. Shekhawat has decided to run for the country’s top job, according to people close to him. (Shekhawat To Contest As An Independent, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Jun 13, 2007)

India must be the only country in the world where people struggle and kill to be declared backward and revel in social regression in reversal of the whole story of civilisation and where it is official policy and serious politics to tout and . . . (Racing To The Bottom, Tribune, B.G. Verghese, Jun 11, 2007)

India must be the only country in the world where people struggle and kill to be declared backward and revel in social regression in reversal of the whole story of civilisation and where it is official policy and serious politics to tout and . . . . (Caste Wars: Racing To The Bottom , Deccan Herald, B G Verghese, Jun 08, 2007)

Last year, China added a record 105 Giga Watt (GW) or over 100,000 MW of fresh power capacity in one year. However, in India, forget delivery of capacity, for the past six months, the country’s largest greenfield power project is on standby mode. (Decided, Then Undecided: India’S Biggest Pvt Power Project On Hold, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Jun 07, 2007)


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