The High Court on Tuesday directed the striking Kumaon Motor Union and other private bus operators in Uttarakhand to end their strike within an hour. While hearing the writ petition, the Division Bench of Chief Justice KM Joseph and Justice Sharad Sharma ordered the union leaders to end their stir or face dissolution of their unions. The warning by the High Court had the desired effect and the Kumaon Motor Union leaders immediately announced calling off the stir. The stir was on in the state since Friday. The Judges also directed the Secretary, Department of Transport, to hold talks with the union leaders on their demands within a period of three weeks. The court also issued notices to the Adarsh Motor Union and the Garhwal Motor Union.Earlier, the state government submitted an affidavit before the court regarding the steps being taken by it to improve the conditions of road. On Monday, the High Court had directed the state government to file a reply before it within 24 hours. The court was hearing a PIL filed by Haldwani resident Neeraj Tiwari regarding the problems being faced by commuters due to the strike. The petitioner had even prayed for the imposition of ESMA on the striking union leaders. The private operators have been off road in support of a host of demands, including hike in passenger fare, which at present is 95 paisa per kilometre. Another demand is compulsory installation of speed governors and GPS system in the buses. Several private operators such as taxi operators had also joined the stir causing inconvenience to the general public.
The sacred portals of Badrinath temple in Chamoli were thrown open on Monday amid chanting of Vedic hymns. The cry of ‘Jai Badri Vishal’ rented the air as the portals of the temple opened around 4.30 am. In the background an Army band led by Chief Priest Ishwar Prasad Nambudiri performed ‘Maha Abhishek’ with specially-prepared sesame oil. All religious rituals […]
School Education Minister Arvind Pandey on Monday ordered registration of FIRs against 20 teachers who were accused of submitting fake testimonials, while seeking appointment in the department, by the SIT. Pandey issued these orders based on the recommendations of incharge, SIT, Shweta Chaubey. The minister said that after verification of the documents of 42 teachers, […]
MUMBAI: A man who reached the city from Saudi Arabia on Saturday was arrested for allegedly flying in on a forged passport. The accused, Kamleshkumar Mukhiya (34), a Patna resident, had a passport that bore some details of a passport holder from Uttarakhand. The police said that Mukhiya, who worked as a chauffeur in Saudi […]