Big win at the 12th National Taekwondo Championship
The 12th National Taekwondo Championship hosted by the Uttarakhand Sports Taekwondo Association ended on December 21 at Maharana Pratap Sports College. The Uttarakhand team won the overall trophy by winning a total of 17 gold, 15 silver and 23 bronze medals. The Madhya Pradesh team took home the finalists trophy by winning a total of 13 gold, 9 silver and 3 bronze. The medals were presented by the President of the Uttarakhand Sports Taekwondo Association, Dr S Farooq and the Acting President (UKSTA) Raunak Jain, among others.
Gay couple get police protection
The Uttarakhand High Court ordered state police to protect a gay couple in Udham Singh Nagar district. Legal experts say it could be the first such case in Uttarakhand’s history when two men approached court citing a threat to their lives because they are in love with each other. Vikas Anand, the couple’s lawyer, told TNIE: “The court ordered the police to provide the couple with the required protection. They fear the reaction of their families. This is probably the first such case in the legal history of Uttarakhand to date. The application was filed on December 15 while the HC judiciary gave instructions to the police on December 16. The men have not yet married, their lawyer said.
Opening of a gallery on biodiversity in the Nainital district
Uttarakhand’s first biodiversity gallery was inaugurated on December 17 in Haldwani in the Nainital district. Established with Japanese funding, the gallery showcases lesser-known aspects of the rich biodiversity of the Hill State. Sanjiv Chaturvedi, chief forest curator (Research), said only a few species of the state’s rich biodiversity are currently known in the public domain and the gallery is an attempt to fill this gap. The main feature of the Biodiversity Gallery is the depiction of 101 icons of the state’s biodiversity showing the state of the threat and information on their habitat and ecological role.
IIT-R, CRRI to promote a quality workforce
Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CSIR-Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), New Delhi to form a core for the promotion of an excellent quality workforce in the fields of engineering, technology and science, with particular emphasis on the road and transport sector. . The MoU emphasizes the collaboration between the two institutes to improve the availability of a highly skilled workforce in the sector in the country. “Sharing expertise and resources is a key feature of this mutually beneficial partnership,” said Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director of IIT-Roorkee.
Our correspondent in Dehradun