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Everything you need to know about Haridwar: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

Everything you need to know about Haridwar: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

'Ramdev not close to RSS'

April 13, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Kolkata, April 13 (IANS) Denying that yoga guru Baba Ramdev is close to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), his close aide Balkrishna said Friday he had never joined hands with the Sangh for any political campaign or promoted any of its programmes.

Ramdev launches products in open market

April 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Lucknow, April 4 (IANS) Yoga guru Baba Ramdev Wednesday launched 800 Ayurvedic products that will be sold in open market via a chain of retail outlets and "super distributors" across nine states.

Is government serious about saving the Ganga?

March 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) The Ganga, deified by Hindus and intrinsic to its literature and lore while providing water to over 40 percent of India's population in 11 states, has become a victim of poor management, bad policy and lack of will by the government to save the river in the last 25 years, say experts.

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar defends his remark on government schools

March 24, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Haridwar, Mar 24 (ANI): Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Saturday clarified his recent statement on some government schools being used as training grounds for insurgency, saying he never meant that all children from government schools were becoming Naxalites.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar defends his remark on government schools

March 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Haridwar, Mar 24 (ANI): Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Saturday clarified his recent statement on some government schools being used as training grounds for insurgency, saying he never meant that all children from government schools were becoming Naxalites.

Bahuguna's appointment as U' khand CM sparks row, Congress says 'all is well'

March 14, 2012 at 9:35 PM

New Delhi/Dehradun, Mar 14 (ANI): Congress Party on Wednesday defended its decision to select Vijay Bahuguna as Uttarakhand Chief Minister instead of senior leader Harish Rawat, saying there is no difference within the party and the matter will be solved after due consultations.

Bahuguna's appointment as U' khand CM sparks row, Congress says 'all is well'

March 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

New Delhi/Dehradun, Mar 14 (ANI): Congress Party on Wednesday defended its decision to select Vijay Bahuguna as Uttarakhand Chief Minister instead of senior leader Harish Rawat, saying there is no difference within the party and the matter will be solved after due consultations.

Ramlila Maidan crackdown: SC blames Delhi Police and Ramdev equally

February 23, 2012 at 6:22 PM

The Supreme Court of India, Thursday blamed Delhi Police and Yog Guru Baba Ramdev equally in Ramlila Maidan crackdown case and ordered them to compensate Rajbala's......

Aseemanand denies to know Kamal Chauhan

February 22, 2012 at 7:05 PM

A hindu rightwing activist Swami Aseemanand, an accused of Mecca Masjid blast, on Wednesday denied to know RSS worker Kamal Chauhan, one of the prime accused of Samjhauta Express bomb blast......

Security tightened near temples for Mahashivratri after Junagadh temple stampede

February 20, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Haridwar/Ajmer/Jodhpur/Varanasi, Feb.20 (ANI): Police have stepped up security at pilgrimage sites in Haridwar,Ajmer, Jodhpur and Varanasi a day after a stampede ata temple in Junagadh in Gujarat claimed six to eight lives and left 12 others injured.

Ramdev refutes role in Rahul Gandhi shoe-throwing incident

January 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Haridwar, Jan 24 (ANI): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has said that he has taught his workers to be cultured, tolerant and decent, and refuted suggestions that he was involved in the shoe-throwing incident against Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

Ramdev refutes role in Rahul Gandhi shoe-throwing incident

January 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Haridwar, Jan 24 (ANI): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has said that he has taught his workers to be cultured, tolerant and decent, and refuted suggestions that he was involved in the shoe-throwing incident against Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

Team Anna to urge voters to boycott corrupt candidates

January 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Haridwar, Jan 21 (ANI): With civil society activists all set to begin their election campaign in the poll-bound states, Kumar Vishwas, a close aide of veteran social activist Anna Hazare, has made it clear that his team would urge the voters to vote for clean candidates and boycott the corrupt ones.

No open ground for Hazare's aides to campaign in poll-bound Uttrakhand

January 20, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Kaushambi, (Uttar Pradesh) Jan 20 (ANI): The election campaign of veteran social activist and anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare and his team hit a roadblock in Uttarakhand on Friday after the team was denied permission to organise a rally in an open ground in Haridwar.

No open ground for Hazare's aides to campaign in poll-bound Uttrakhand

January 20, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Kaushambi, (Uttar Pradesh) Jan 20 (ANI): The election campaign of veteran social activist and anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare and his team hit a roadblock in Uttarakhand on Friday after the team was denied permission to organise a rally in an open ground in Haridwar.

Team Anna election campaign to start from Haridwar

January 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Team Anna will begin its campaign in five poll-bound states from northern Indian state of Uttarakhand from January 21. The team will start its campaign from Haridwar.

Team Anna dismisses speculation of inviting Ramdev to campaign in Uttarakhand

January 18, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Ghaziabad, Jan 18 (ANI): Kumar Vishwas, a close aide of veteran social activist Anna Hazare, on Wednesday rubbished reports that his team has invited yoga guru Baba Ramdev to campaign in poll-bound Uttarakhand.

Sonia Gandhi urges people in Uttarakhand to vote for a change

January 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Roorkee, Jan 17 (ANI): With assembly polls in Uttarakhand right around the corner, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday asked people to oust the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government from the stateddressing an election rally here, Gandhi said: "If you want to save the environment of Uttarakhand, its natural resources from being looted, if you want the common man to lead a happy and convenient life, if you want to get back your honour, rights and the real Uttarakhand back, then changing the chief minister is not the only way, you need to change the government as well."

Devotees observe Makar Sankranti by taking holy dip River Ganga

January 14, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Allahabad/Varansi/Haridwar, Jan 14 (ANI): Thousands of Hindu devotees in took a holy dip in the River Ganges on Saturday to mark the start of the Makar Sankranti festival.

Devotees observe Makar Sankranti by taking holy dip River Ganga

January 14, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Allahabad/Varansi/Haridwar, Jan 14 (ANI): Thousands of Hindu devotees in took a holy dip in the River Ganges on Saturday to mark the start of the Makar Sankranti festival.

Ramdev set to take on 'corrupt' political leaders in upcoming state polls

January 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Haridwar, Jan 5 (ANI): Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev's social outfit, the Bharat Swabhiman Trust, has initiated a training programme for young volunteers from across the nation to campaign against 'corrupt and tainted' political leaders during the upcoming five-state assembly polls.

Millions of Hindus bathe in sacred rivers on occasion of Kartik Purnima

November 10, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Varanasi/Haridwar, Nov.10 (ANI): Tens of hundreds of Hindu devotees took a dip and offered prayers in sacred River Ganges on the occasion of the festival of 'Kartik Purnima' across India on Thursday.

Indo-Americans critical of India's failure at curbing frequent stampedes

November 9, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Nevada (US), Nov 9 (ANI): Indo-Americans are critical of frequent occurrences of deadly stampedes at religious gatherings in India.

Gadkari expresses grief over Haridwar tragedy

November 9, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Haridwar, Nov 9 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari has expressed grief over the loss of lives in Tuesday's stampede in Haridwar.

PM expresses grief at Haridwar tragedy

November 8, 2011 at 7:58 PM

New Delhi, Nov. 8 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday expressed grief over the loss of precious lives in the stampede at Haridwar.

16 killed in Haridwar stampede(Update: Haridwar stampede)

November 8, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Haridwar, Nov. 8 (ANI): At least 16 persons were killed and over 30 others wereinjured in a stampede that broke out during a religious procession to commemorate the centennial of a spiritual leader's birth at a ashram in Haridwar's Chandidweep area on Tuesday.

Over 30 injured in Haridwar stampede

November 8, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Haridwar, Nov.8 (ANI): Over 30 people have been reported injured in a stampede that took place at the Har Ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar during a religious ceremony.

Third annual Hindu pilgrimage to Gangabal temple kicks off in J-K

September 4, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Srinagar, Sep 4 (ANI): Devotees from all over the country participated in a Hindu pilgrimage, which kicked off for the third consecutive year on Sunday, to offer prayers at the ancient Gangabal temple of Lord Shiva located at around 12,000 feet in Jammu and Kashmir.

Congress lawmakers slam Hazare for setting deadline to pass Jan Lokpal Bill

August 21, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Kanpur/Srinagar/Haridwar/Mumbai, Aug 21 (ANI): Political leaders on Saturday criticised social activist Anna Hazare for setting deadline of August 30 for passing the civil society's version of the Jan Lokpal Bill.

Baba Ramdev leads a mammoth rally to bring back stashed away black money

August 20, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Haridwar (Uttarkhand), Aug.20 (ANI): Yoga guru, Baba Ramdev led a mammoth rally here on Friday to bring back black money stashed away offshore.undreds of protestors were seen marching on roadside and shouting patriotic slogans.

Govt. always suppresses anti-corruption crusaders, says Ramdev

August 15, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Haridwar, Aug 15 (ANI): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Monday accused the Central overnment of trying to suppress anti-corruption movements in the country.

CBI engineered by ruling government: Ramdev

August 5, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Haridwar, Aug 5 (ANI): Slamming Congress-led UPA government, yoga guru Baba Ramdev has said Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is a slave, which is engineered by government.

Samjhauta blast: Court extends judicial custody of Aseemanand, two others declared offenders

July 1, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Panchkula (Haryana) July 1 (ANI): A special National Investigating Agency (NIA) court extended the judicial custody of Samjhauta train blast accused Swami Aseemanand and declared Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalasangra proclaimed offenders (POs) on Friday.

Congress slams Uttarakhand Govt. over Swami Nigamanand's death

June 14, 2011 at 7:48 PM

New Delhi, June 14 (ANI): Congress Party on Tuesday criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Uttarakhand Government over the death of activist Swami Nigamanand.

UPA most corrupt and dishonest government since independence: BJP

June 12, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Vishakhapatnam, June 12(ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre is the most corrupt and dishonest in the history of India.

RSS admits supporting Baba Ramdev

June 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Nagpur, June 7 (ANI): Lashing at the Centre for its midnight crackdown on protesters, including women and children, at Ramlila Maidan, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat admitted that it extended support to yoga guru Baba Ramdev's agitation.

Ramdev 'forgives' PM and govt, open to talks

June 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Haridwar, June 7 (ANI): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who is continuing his fast-unto death against corruption, on Tuesday said he had forgiven the prime minister and the government for the action against him and his supporters, and revealed that he was open to talking to the government again if approached.

Baba Ramdev says 'I followed King Shivaji in wearing woman's clothes'

June 6, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Haridwar, June 6 (ANI): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Monday justified wearing women's clothes to disguise himself, saying the status of a woman is superior to man.

Ramdev thanks SC for issuing notice to Govt. on forceful eviction

June 6, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Haridwar, June 6 (ANI): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Monday thanked the Supreme Court for issuing notice to the government on the forceful eviction of thousands of his supporters from Delhi's Ramlila ground.

Delhi belongs to Indian citizens, not to government: Ramdev

June 6, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Haridwar, June 6 (ANI): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Monday said the Central Government cannot stop him from entering Delhi, as it is not owned by the government and belongs to all citizens.

BJP leaders reach Rashtrapati Bhavan on Ramdev issue

June 6, 2011 at 1:33 PM

New Delhi, June 6 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders have arrived Rashtrapati Bhavan to meet President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and demand the convening of an emergency session of Parliament to discuss the crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev.

Baba Ramdev rubbishes Delhi Police's intelligence inputs claim (update)

June 5, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Haridwar, June 5 (ANI): Baba Ramdev today rubbished the Delhi Police statement that there were intelligence inputs about threat to his life, prompting it to disrupt the yoga guru's congregation at Delhi's Ramlila ground.

Police action reminded me of Jalianwala Bagh massacre: Ramdev (Update)

June 5, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Haridwar, June 5 (ANI): Emphasizing that the police action on innocent women and children reminded him of the Jalianwala Bagh massacre, yoga guru Baba Ramdev today said that he will carry on his fast-unto-death protest against corruption till all the demands were met.

Fast against corruption not over yet, as govt. hatched conspiracy: Ramdev

June 5, 2011 at 1:17 PM

New Delhi/Haridwar, June 5 (ANI): Asserting that a conspiracy was hatched against him, yoga guru Baba Ramdev today said that his fast-unto-death protest against corruption was not over yet.

Govt. crackdown on Ramdev kills purpose of democracy: Hazare

June 5, 2011 at 1:17 PM

New Delhi, June 5 (ANI): Condemning the crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his supporters at Delhi's Ramlila ground, veteran social activist Anna Hazare today said the misbehaviour on the part of the government has killed the very purpose of democracy in the nation.

Ramdev has full freedom to continue his protest in Uttarakhand: Nishank

June 5, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Dehradun, June 5 (ANI): Asserting that the Uttarakhand Government has always been against corruption, Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Sunday assured yoga guru Baba Ramdev of full security if he decides to go on with his protest in the state.

NIA files supplementary chargesheet against Aseemanand

May 16, 2011 at 7:34 PM

New Delhi, May 16 (ANI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today filed a supplementary charge sheet against Mecca Masjid accused Swami Aseemanand in Hyderabad special court.

More helicopter services to ferry pilgrims soon: Uttarakhand CM Nishank

May 8, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Dehradun, May 8 (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who flagged off the new air service for the four Dhams-Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri shrines in the hill state, has said that more such services by private operators would be initiated soon.

Advani says in blog that Hazare, Baba Ramdev are natural recipients of public acclaim

April 12, 2011 at 3:15 PM

New Delhi, Apr.12 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani has said in his blog that both Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare are widely perceived as upright persons who have no personal axe to grind, and added that by taking up a campaign against corruption, they have become "natural recipients of public acclaim."

Moradabad's kanwariyas undertake pilgrimage, write songs to cheer Team India

March 2, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Moradabad/ Kolkata, Mar.2 (ANI): A group of 'kanwariyas' from Moradabad have undertaken a pilgrimage to pray for the victory of the Indian cricket team in World Cup 2011.

22 killed, 19 injured in Uttarakhand bus mishap

January 6, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Dehradun, Jan 6 (ANI): At least twenty two people were killed and nineteen injured when a bus carrying businessmen and their families fell into a gorge in Kuthalgate area near Dehradun last night.

CBI nabs Swami Asimanand in Mecca Masjid blast

November 20, 2010 at 11:33 AM

New Delhi, Nov.20 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested preacher Swami Asimanand in connection with the Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad in May 2007.

River Ganga conservation campaign

November 16, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Varanasi, Nov 16 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Police have organized a campaign from Haridwar to Varanasi to create awareness among people to save the River Ganga.

Army cycle expedition arrives in Delhi

October 25, 2010 at 5:32 PM

New Delhi, Oct.25 (ANI): Former Indian Army chief General J. J. Singh, who is also Governor Arunachal Pradesh, received the cyclists of the 9 Maratha Light Infantry here on Sunday to conclude the expedition titled 'Ace of Spade Aman Yatra (Peace March)'.

Ayodhya verdict: Allahabad High Court gives ownership of disputed land to all three faction

September 30, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Lucknow, Sep.30 (ANI): The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Thursday delivered a verdict that has favoured the Hindu contention that Lord Ram's birthplace existed at the same place where his statue was discovered more than 60 years ago.

Ayodhya verdict should not be deferred, say many Hindu, Muslim groups

September 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM

New Delhi, Sep.28 (ANI): Even as the Supreme Court Bench is considering a plea that parties in the Babri-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit should resolve the matter in an out of court settlement, Hindu and Muslim groups called upon the apex court and the Government that the matter should not be allowed to linger on further.

National Disaster Response Force teams deployed in Uttarakhand

September 25, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Tehri (Uttarakhand), Sep. 25 (ANI): Several teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed for rescue and relief work in flood-affected areas of Uttarakhand.

Sonia Gandhi tours flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand

September 21, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Dehradun, Sep 21 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi surveyed the flood and cloudburst hit areas of Uttarakhand today.

Water level continues to rise in dams in Uttarakhand

September 21, 2010 at 12:05 PM

New Delhi, Sep 21(ANI): Rising water levels in the Tehri dam continue to put the states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh at risk.

Centre sends six NDRF teams to Uttarakhand

September 20, 2010 at 8:51 PM

New Delhi, Sep.20 (ANI): Following flood havoc in Uttarakhand, the Central Government has sent six teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for rescue and relief work to the State.

Ramdev protest against hydropower projects across River Ganga in Haridwar

August 10, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Haridwar, Aug 10 (ANI): Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev staged a sit-in protest at Haridwar with a demand to halt the hydropower projects across River Ganga and also to protect the river from further exploitation and pollution.

Kanwarias throng Haridwar for annual monsoon festival

August 7, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Haridwar, Aug 7 (ANI): Thousands of pilgrims from across India have converged at the banks of River Ganges in Haridwar, Uttarakhand as part of an annual pilgrimage.

Five die, several injured in road accident in Uttar Pradesh

August 6, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh), Aug 6 (ANI): At least five people died and several others were injured when a speeding bus hit the tractor-trolley in which they were traveling in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor District on Friday.

Fire breaks out near Manasa Devi Temple in Haridwar

April 25, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Haridwar, Apr 25 (ANI): Fire broke out near the Mansa Devi Temple situated on a hilltop in Haridwar.

Four dead in Haridwar stampede

April 14, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Apr 14 (ANI): Four people are reported to have died after a stampede broke out during a procession at the Maha Kumbh's Juna Akhada here on Wednesday morning.

Forest fire guts woods near Haridwar

April 10, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Haridwar, Apr 10 (ANI): A massive forest fire burnt down expansive stretches of woodlands in the vicinity of Chandi Devi Mandir in the Rajaji National Park of Haridwar in Uttarakhand.

Residents in Jharkhand's Sahibganj anxious over drying Ganges

April 4, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Sahibganj (Jharkhand), April 4 (ANI): While millions of devotees are enjoying the holy dip in the Ganges during the ongoing Maha Kumbh, the biggest bathing festival of India, in Uttarakhand's Haridwar city, local residents of Sahibganj in Jharkhand are worried over its receding water level.

Hanging upside down he prays for world peace at Maha Kumbh

April 3, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Haridwar, April 3 (ANI): As millions of religious-minded are visiting the ongoing 'Maha Kumbh Mela' or, the biggest religious bathing fair in Haridwar city of Uttarakhand, many holy men have become a major draw here for the unusual feats or the meditation methods.

Seers boycott 'Shahi Snan' lamenting ignorance by religious body

March 30, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Haridwar, March 30 (ANI): Hundreds of seers boycotted the third 'Shahi Snana' or, the royal dip on Tuesday during the ongoing Mahakumbh Mela lamenting that they have been disregarded by the All India Akhara Parishad, the apex body governing the holy men.

Twenty-two specially abled couples enter wedlock in Haridwar

March 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Haridwar, Mar 30 (ANI): Twenty-two specially-abled couples entered wedlock at a mass marriage ceremony during the ongoing Maha Kumbh mela in Haridwar.

Seers protest against hydropower projects in Haridwar

March 23, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Haridwar, Mar 23 (ANI): Hindu seers and sadhus under the banner of All India Akhara Parishad, an apex body of monks, staged protest against all the hydropower projects on River Bhagirathi in Uttarakashi.

'Somvati Amavasya' begins in Haridwar on no moon day

March 15, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Haridwar, Mar 15 (ANI): Thousands of devotees and holy men converged in Haridwar on Monday to take a holy dip in the river Ganges on the occasion of "Somvati Amavasya', a no moon day as per the traditional Hindu calendar.

Security tightened at Kumbh Mela after Pune blast

February 15, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Haridwar, Feb 15 (ANI): Security has been tightened at Kumbh Mela following the deadly bomb blast in Pune.

Hermits at Kumbh Mela bemoan lack of facilities for them

February 10, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Haridwar, Feb 10 (ANI): Hermits at the ongoing Kumbh Mela at Haridwar, complained over the lack of necessary facilities for them.

Prime Minister Singh asks ministers to stay away from Kumbh Mela

February 8, 2010 at 11:33 PM

New Delhi, Feb 8 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday appealed to all his Cabinet colleagues and VVIPs to avoid visiting the Kumbh Mela on important days following rush and security concerns.

Mahant Bharti's unique penance draws attention in Haridwar

February 8, 2010 at 11:31 PM

Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Feb 7 (ANI): Mahant Amar Bharti, a religious leader in Haridwar here has caught everybody's attention for his unique penance at the Maha Kumbha Mela.

'Save Ganges' campaign in Varanasi

February 1, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Varanasi, Feb 1 (ANI): In an attempt to create mass awareness about the 'Save Ganga' campaign, residents of Varanasi organised a mini-marathon on Sunday.

Sadhus take out procession ahead of holy dip in Haridwar

January 31, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Haridwar, jan 31 (ANI): Thousands of sadhus on Saturday took part in a procession ahead of the Shahi Snan (holy dip) in River Ganges, on the occasion of 'Magh Purnima' during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

Devotees take holy dip in river Ganges on Magh Purnima

January 30, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Haridwar, Jan 30 (ANI): Around hundreds of devotees took a holy dip in river Ganges at Haridwar today on the occasion of 'Magh Purnima', the full moon of the Hindu month of 'Magha', during the Kumbh Mela.

Attracted by Hindu philosophy, foreigners make a beeline for Kumbh Mela

January 27, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Haridwar, Jan 27 (ANI): Lured by Hindu philosophy and beliefs, foreigners are visiting Kumbh Mela in order to gain an insight into the religion and its ideologies.

Devotees take holy deep in Ganges on Basant Panchami in Haridwar

January 20, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Haridwar, Jan 20 (ANI): Braving the early morning winter chill, devouts took a holy dip in River Ganges at Haridwar on the occasion of Basant Panchami as part of the Kumbh Mela festival on Wednesday.

Pilot asks BSNL to ensure uninterrupted mobile services in Kumbha Mela

January 14, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Haridwar, Jan 14(ANI): Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology Sachin Pilot on Thursday asked the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to ensure uninterrupted mobile services during the ongoing Kumbha Mela.

Tourists enjoy snowfall at Himachal Pradesh

January 14, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Solong Nala (HP), Jan 14 (ANI): Fresh snowfall in the hill resort of Solong Nala in Himachal Pradesh has left tourists thrilled and happy.

Maha Kumbh begins in Haridwar, ushers in Makar Sakranti

January 14, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Jan 14 (ANI): Devotees have gathered in large numbers for the Maha Kumbh Mela that began in Haridwar on Thursday morning on the auspicious occasion of 'Makar Sakranti'.

Security stepped up for Mahakumbh Mela in Haridwar

January 13, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Jan 13 (ANI): Security has been tightened in Haridwar for the 'Mahakumbh Mela' that commences formally tomorrow.

Haridwar gears up for Kumbha Mela

January 9, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Haridwar, Jan 9 (ANI): Preparations are in full swing in Haridwar for the Kumbha Mela, the largest religious gathering of Hindus in the world.

Haridwar gears up for Kumbha Mela

January 9, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Haridwar, Jan 9 (ANI): Preparations are in full swing in Haridwar for the Kumbha Mela, the largest religious gathering of Hindus in the world.

5,000 NCC cadets to help organise Commonwealth Games

January 5, 2010 at 6:12 PM

New Delhi, Jan 5 (ANI): Five thousand NCC Cadets will help organise the forthcoming Commonwealth Games and selection process for this has already been completed and training for this purpose will start very soon, according to Director General NCC Lt Gen RK Karwal here today.

Mamata warns Maoists not to target railways

December 31, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Kolkata, Dec 31 (ANI): Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee warned the Maoists not to target railways and at innocent passengers to pressurise the government to give in to their demands.

For India's Kumbh Mela, biggest spiritual gathering on earth, Hindus seek world-class arrangemen

December 26, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Nevada (US), Dec 26 (ANI): Hindus are asking governments of India and Uttarakhand to speed-up the preparations for Haridwar Kumbh Mela, termed as biggest spiritual gathering on earth, starting January 14.

Centre approves setting up of 30 mega food-processing parks

December 14, 2009 at 2:11 PM

New Delhi, Dec 14 (ANI): The Union Government has approved a new scheme to establish 30 Mega Food Parks with a view to provide state-of-the-art infrastructure for food processing sector in the country during the 11th plan.

Haridwar residents unsatisfied with preparations for Maha Kumbh Mela

December 4, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Dehradun, Dec 4 (ANI): Residents of Haridwar voiced their concern at the rising level of pollution in the holy River Ganga and also allied arrangements for the upcoming Maha Kumbh Mela when tens of thousands of people will converge for the ritual dip here.

Saints convention to decide future of Ram temple issue: Togadia

November 24, 2009 at 7:49 PM

New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) General Secretary Pravin Togadia said here on Tuesday that a meeting of Hindu saints during Poorna Kumbha in Haridwar will decide on the future course of Ramjanmbhoomi movement.

Security beefed up in Har Ki Pauri ahead of Maha Kumbh Mela

November 20, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Nov 20(ANI): Security has been beefed up at Har Ki Pauri, a sacred ghat on the banks of river Ganges, ahead of the Maha Kumbh Mela.

'Maha Kumbh Mela' to commence in January

November 18, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Nov 18 (ANI): The 'Maha Kumbh Mela' or the Great pitcher festival, celebrated once in every 12 years, here is expected to attract 10 million people.

Holy men clean river Ganges in Haridwar

October 2, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Haridwar, Oct 2 (ANI): Hundreds of holy men, residents, and pilgrims are cleaning the river Ganges of garbage and silt in Haridwar.

Malaysian envoy asks countrymen to take care on Indian roads

September 2, 2009 at 1:48 PM

New Delhi, Sep 2 (ANI): Malaysian High Commissioner to India has advised his fellow countrymen to take extra precaution as the spate of fatal Indian road accidents involving them is worrying.

RSS chief Bhagwat says Advani, Rajnath will decide role in BJP

August 31, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Haridwar, Aug 31(ANI): Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday said that BJP leaders LK Advani and Rajnath Singh will decide on their role within the party.

Hollywood celebs 'to participate in India's Kumbh Mela'

August 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Nevada (US), Aug 27 (ANI): Rumour has it that some Hollywood celebrities will partake in the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, termed as biggest spiritual gathering on earth, in India during January-April next year.

Ganga threatened by increasing pollution

July 31, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Haridwar/Dehradun, July 31 (ANI): Revered by hundreds and thousands, the Ganga River is fighting for survival seriously threatened by alarming rise of various pollutants.

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