Govt committed to developing Yamunotri
Dehradun: The State’s Tourism and Culture minister Satpal Maharaj said the State Government is committed to development of Yamunotri. The Minister said this while addressing the gathering at Kharsali in Uttarkashi via telephone on the occasion of a religious ceremony and Pran Pratishtha of the deity in the new Someshwar Devta temple on Monday. The Minister was to attend the event but his helicopter could not take off due to inclement weather. He assured the gathering that the local issues would be resolved. The Minister also said he will soon visit the area to seek blessings of Someshwar Devta.
Century Mill to start plantation on Aug 15
Lalkuan: Century Pulp and Paper mill will start tree plantation on August 15 as part of efforts to develop a green belt around the mill. In a meeting with women at Bindukhatta, the mill’s general manager (environment) Naresh Chandra said the aim of the factory is to facilitate all-round development of the area and link women with various schemes to make them self-reliant. He said for environmental conservation, the mill management had spent about Rs 150 crore since 2012. Old machines had been replaced with latest equipment to mitigate environmental damage. He explained the mill’s activities related to pollution control. The women also raised various issues in the meeting.
Department seizes timber from SUV
Lalkuan: The Forest department seized an SUV being used to smuggle timber worth Rs 1 lakh. The driver abandoned the vehicle and managed to escape. The forest range officer Anil Joshi informed that acting on a tip off the department team began checking vehicles. At 10:30 pm on Sunday, when a vehicle approaching the check-post was signaled to halt, the driver sped off. On being chased, the driver abandoned the vehicle. The team later found it loaded with timber. A case has been booked under the Forest Act.
The Aryan School kids make Rakhis
Dehradun: A Rakhi making competition was held for students of Classes I to V at The Aryan School. The students were judged on the basis of creativity, neatness and usage of appropriate decorative material. The students also prepared Rakhis for the Indian soldiers and sent them across with handmade cards, said vice principal Jyoti Gupta. The principal B Dasgupta said these rakhis will be packed and sent to soldiers guarding the border, as a token of appreciation and love for them.
Topi ki Dastaan held at WIC
Dehradun: Based on the Hindi novel Topi Shukla by Rahi Masoom Raza, Topi ki Dastaan was staged at the WIC here on Monday. It was adapted by the Wings Cultural Society in a narration form. The society director Tariq Hameed said that the society works to raise consciousness about social issues through meaningful theatre and cultural activities. WIC president Nazia Izzuddin said that such an event gives a glimpse of the culture of India.