Keyword : Uttar Pradesh

Monsoon to be normal, El Nino to lose steam by May

As various communities celebrate harvest festival like Baishaki and Vishu on Tuesday, it can be told that the Indian monsoon will be normal. Even though the official word on the mons

New secretaries for power & aviation ministries, govt makes top changes

As the union government prepares India to face uncertain monsoon and resultant effect on the economy, it has made major bureaucratic reshuffle at top tier. In the Tuesday’s shifting 16 minist

Maggi Noodles off Big Bazaar shelves, all states to conduct tests

Maggi noodles are turning out to be noose for brand Nestle. Latest to join the issue is Big Bazaar. The Big Bazaar on Wednesday removed Maggi noodles from its stores. This comes after the Delhi gov

Beware! Delhi has six fake universities

The national capital Delhi and neigbouring state of Uttar Pradesh play host to maximum number of fake universities. The University Grants Commission has published a list of fake universities in the

UP cops to use NSA to contain communal violence

With crucial panchayat polls in next few months, the Uttar Pradesh police will invoke National Security Act (NSA) to prevent stray incidents from turning into major communal flare ups and affect th

Nitish plays DNA politics while his govt denies health care even for the new-born

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar should study a recent report on his state and rework his priorities for the election promises. Instead of targeting prime minister Narendar Modi for his DNA remark

Mulayam praises son’s work, Akhilesh effects major bureaucratic reshuffle in UP

Even as Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav praised his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for carrying out several development and infrastructure work, the UP government

Supreme court’s help sought to ease commuters problems in national capital region

The Centre has urged the Supreme Court to direct Delhi and its bordering areas like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan to fully implement the reciprocal common transport agreement that had been s

Morning briefing: Five dead, 100 injured as quake rocks northeast India

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit the country’s remote northeast region before dawn on Monday, killing at least five people, injuring 100 others and causing damage to several buildings. Indian M

Ganga clean up is a mess and just slogans, says green court

The green court is angry and today came down heavily on the central and Uttar Pradesh government over pollution in river Ganga in Varanasi and said their slogans are contrary to actions.

Now, a data bank of traffic violations across India

 An e-challan software would now be providing a comprehensive enforcement solution for state transport enforcement cells and traffic police. Developed by the national informatics centr

High decibel celebration over two years of NaMo government

 The electoral victory in Assam has come just in time for the Narendra Modi government to celebrate its second anniversary with aplomb. “We used to dream of this [forming gover

Maharashtra staring at water famine: Yogendra Yadav

 “In Maharashtra the water scarcity has already turned into a water crisis and is fast progressing towards a water famine,” said Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj Abhiyan after completing 1

Mis-governance in Mathura

The Uttar Pradesh government has acknowledged its failure of operational lapses for the violence that erupted in Mathura on May 2. That, however, is not enough. An armed clash that broke out betwee

Five stories you must read over the weekend

They live as whole families in small straw huts they made with their bare hands, on a patch of land miles away from the nearest town. It looks desolate. But it is, they tell me, “p

Accommodation is available in Kairana

Sir, I want to bring to your notice that neither my family had been harassed in Kandhla town, nor did we leave the place because of any fear. Some mean-minded people are conspiring to vitiate the a

In naming Dikshit, Congress tries to make a serious pitch

Sheila Dikshit, Congress veteran and former chief minister of the national capital, will be the chief ministerial candidate of the party for the Uttar Pradesh elections, scheduled for early next ye

That’s enough: Modi’s stern message to cow vigilantes

 "If you have a problem, if you feel like attacking someone, attack me, not my dalit brothers. If you want to shoot anyone, shoot me, not my dalit brothers," declared Modi in his ste

SP has slight edge over BJP in UP, shows survey

While the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will fight a fierce battle in the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress will not be in contention, showed an opinion

Surge in chikungunya cases in India

 There has been an unprecedented surge in the cases of chikungunya cases, reported the national vector borne disease control programme (NVBDCP), the central nodal agency for the prevention and

Continuous rise in crime against women in UP: CAG report

The incidence of crime against women in Uttar Pradesh has been rising consistently during last five years, said a performance audit that covers the period from 2010-11 to 2014-15. &l

Home is where the highway is

We are a family of 21 people and we have been residing on this bund for two years now. There is no electricity, no proper roof and no safety. I am worried for my grandchildren. I want to see a roof

Changing scenario in UP

Asserting that Uttar Pradesh is emerging as one of the fastest developing states, chief advisor to the UP chief minister, Alok Ranjan, said that the state government is leaving no stone unturned to

All in the family

In the spring of 2012, Akhilesh Yadav was on the campaign trail to get the Samajwadi Party, of which he had been in charge for two years then, back into power in Uttar Pradesh. One day as he was le

Samajwadi smartphones: Another attempt to woo voters

After the exit polls predicted a majority for the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh in 2012, a mad rush was seen outside government employment exchange offices across the state. Over 10,000 people o

Amar Singh: Samajwadi Party’s stormtrooper

The portly and balding Amar Singh is back in the news – and how. A close confidante of Mulayam Singh, the patriarch of the Samajwadi Party, the return of Amar Singh is being cited as one

Reading the mind

It all started when Balvinder Kumar, a senior civil servant, was suspended twice while serving in Uttar Pradesh almost a decade ago. In the midst of worrisome and sleepless nights, he decided to ex

Akhilesh Yadav: Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown

Akhilesh Yadav may never have visualized that things will come to such a pass. He is today pitted against his father Mulayam Singh Yadav who had built the Samajwadi Party and the virtual split

“We have to convince women about benefits of LPG”

Many women in Ballia, UP, say it is difficult for them to collect even a small amount for refilling gas.  We frankly don’t have a clear answer to that. But it is

Lighting up the Indian kitchens

Seema Devi, a 34-year-old woman, is not much different from other homemakers of her village – Takerson in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh. But ask her about her latest acquisition, and she t

A waste of money?

All is not well with healthcare delivery at the grassroots. Exploring the government healthcare system in the rural belts of Sitapur district in Uttar Pradesh during my five-month long field work,

It’s going to be a busy 2017 for India

The year 2017 will see India roll out the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the country’s biggest indirect tax reforms. The target date is April 1, but it could be pushed back. GST is essentially

The political anatomy of Modi’s surgical strike

Concerned about the abuse of power, French sociologist David Émile Durkheim in 1912 wrote that there could be no society which, at regular intervals, did not feel the need to uphold and reaf

What the SC verdict on votes and religion means

The supreme court has ruled that electoral candidates cannot seek votes in the name of religion, caste, creed, community or language. A seven-judge bench, headed by chief justice of India TS Thakur

Elections 2017 D-day: March 11 is the counting day

The election commission has announced the schedule of the biggest electoral bout of the year, in five states.    Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand

Elections 2017: What’s new this time

The elections 2017 – to five states – promise to be the biggest political bout during the Modi government, and will impact the nation like no other political event. Here are the sever

Will Modi go UP or down? Here’s why all eyes are on Uttar Pradesh polls

The dangal is on. The election commission has announced dates to the assembly elections to five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur.  Chief election c

Elections 2017: Key faces to watch out for Uttar Pradesh polls

Here are the few candidates who can make or break the the political fortunes of the BJP in the upcoming UP elections.  Akhilesh Yadav There is feud in the fami

Election Commission goes environment friendly

The Election Commission is determined to take the environment-friendly route in conducting elections in the five states in coming months. While announcing the election schedule for Uttar Pradesh, P

Assembly polls: What it means for dramatis personae in different states

Uttar Pradesh Narendra Modi: The outcome of elections in UP will be construed as referendum on Prime Minister’s policies, particularly the demonetisat

Election commission to increase size of voter compartment

The election commission will be conducting elections in five states in the next few months. Of the many initiatives it has taken to make the electoral process more transparent, one heeds the concer

Why the world should be watching India’s state elections

India’s election commission on Wednesday announced the schedule to the assembly polls in five states, heralding the biggest political event in the calendar. Some 60 million vot

When Netaji wrestled his son for the UP pie

In a swift series of events, the SP patriarch, Mulayam Singh Yadav, fondly known as Netaji, expelled his son, Akhilesh Yadav from Samajwadi Party. After a prolonged internal struggle of power, and

Netaji’s love for Amar Singh and more

 Amar Singh, a business man who made hay while financial crisis engulfed the who’s who of politics, business or glamour, is best known for attending Bollywood award functions, posing wit

Over half of UP MLAs didn’t ask a single question in past five years

A staggering 58 percent of MLAs did not ask any question, showed data compiled by PRS legislative research on the participation of members of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly (2012-2017).

Why next polls are not a referendum on demonetisation

The dangal is on. The biggest political slugfest of the central government’s term is on, with elections announced in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. Al

UP polls: Samajwadi Party manifesto peppered with freebies

Samajwadi Party`s new chief and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav has promised to supply ghee and milk powder to poor students and pressure cookers to women in case the voters return his party to power.

Assembly elections: Facebook to remind voters about polling day

Ahead of state assembly polls in five states –Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur – Facebook has decided to give polling day reminder on the newsfeed of its Indian users

UP in the air

When Narendra Modi chose Varanasi, the Hindu holy city, as his constituency to run for prime minister in the 2014 general elections, the symbolism was not lost on anyone. As the city goes to the po

UP and down

The election process has been on in five states. All eyes are of course on Uttar Pradesh, where voting began on February 11 with the first phase. Arun Kumar visited Muzaffarnag

Polling ends, all eyes on March 11

With the final phase polling in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur , the assembly polls for five states, including Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand, came to an end. Amidst all five states, the bat

Modi`s magic intact; BJP can now take 2019 for granted

Bharatiya Janata Party’s spectacular show in the elections 2017 – especially, the victory in Uttar Pradesh, has put a stamp of invincibility on prime minister Narendra Modi’s pers

BJP celebrates UP, Uttarakhand victory

Supporters celebrate the landslide victory of BJP in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly elections outside the BJP office at Ashoka Road, New Delhi.  

Excess of saffron isn’t good

Anxiety and headache are just two of the side effects of saffron. Some people are also allergic to it. Pray what were you thinking – That this is about BJP’s victory and Yogi Adityanath

The secret of Modi’s success

Here is a proposition: Narendra Modi is the top  thinker, the top intellectual of our times. Is that an exaggerated claim? Not altogether. Here’s why. After Brexit and aft

BHEL commissions 500 MW thermal power plant in Uttar Pradesh

  Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned the 500 MW Unit-6 of National Thermal Power Corporation Limited`s (NTPC) Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Plant (FG

Parody of the health mission

Improving the availability of health workers, particularly at the sub-centre level, has been one of the thrust areas of the national rural health mission (NRHM).  Back in 200

Bhutan’s pursuit of happiness, shortage of health sub-centres in UP, and role of digitisation in IGNOU

In many ways the story of Gross National Happiness in a country is the story of Bhutan and its modern history. There are two major transition points in Bhutan’s recent history, the beginnin

The young dalit, angry and Azad

It’s a hot May afternoon and Connaught Place is almost deserted. But KL Mahar and Anjana Mahar, a middle-aged dalit couple, are striding briskly towards Delhi’s famed protest sq

Kids of the elite in sarkari school: Activist threatens to fast again

Close to two years have gone by but the Uttar Pradesh government is yet to implement the Allahabad high court’s order to make it compulsory for government officers, people’s representat

‘What does a saint have to do with politics?’

Vinay Shankar Tiwari, one among handful of Brahmin MLAs from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the only non-BJP MLA in the nine constituencies of Gorakhpur, shared with Governance Now his idea

“Young dalit leaders have age, situation on their side”

How do you see the rise of the Bhim Army in Uttar Pradesh?   During the last assembly elections in UP, it was a common consensus among many [dalit leader

Will the needy get homes under PMAY?

 The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), introduced in June 2015, aims at providing every family with “a pucca house with water connection, toilet facilities, 24x7 electricity supply&rdqu

UP’s Shiksha Mitras hold protests after losing jobs

 As many as 1.78 lakh Shiksha Mitras (ad hoc teachers) have boycott classes, locked up some schools and blocked roads to protest against the supreme court order that quashed their appointment.

Acute shortage of doctors in rural areas

 The country`s rural health infrastructure is in a bad shape and this is evident from the statistics provided by the ministry of health family welfare in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing monso

NSIC’s online finance facilitation centre launched

 Minister of MSME/ Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Uttar Pradesh, Satya Dev Pachauri inaugurated National Small Industries Corporation’s (NSIC) Online Finance Facilitatio

Gorakhpur deaths: NHRC notice to UP government

 The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government following the death of several children in the BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur. The commission h

British-era Section 144 may have lost its relevance

 Despite prohibitory orders being imposed in Haryana, including Panchkula, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, violence broke out after Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted in a rape ca

No one to clean this up

Bahut achha hua ki ye ganda shehar ghoshit hua (Good that Gonda has been declared as the dirtiest city),” says 48-year-old Nanda Devi in a frustrated tone. Nanda is a resident of Subhash Naga

In Yogi regime, police return to notorious past of encounter killings

Lucknow, September 15 The Uttar Pradesh Police releases official data on crime control under the new dispensation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Reveals that

Rise of Nirmala Sitharaman, plight of Baiga women and more from the week gone by

Today, Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s first woman full-time defence minister, may appear a picture of poise and confidence. But 11 years ago, she wasn’t even sure if she should join the Bh

Why kick up a storm over the Taj

 There is a hue and cry over Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government dropping the Taj Mahal from its list of important tourist destinations. Some media reports also stated that the Yogi g

NHRC notice to UP govt over ‘fake encounter’ in Gr Noida

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of an alleged fake encounter of a 27-year-old gangster Sumit Gurjar in Greater Noida on October 3. Notices

L&T bid is lowest for EESL’s smart meters tender

 Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has emerged as the lowest bidder of the tender issued by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company of ministry of power’s PSUs to

Uttar Pradesh to support GAIL to expedite projects

 Gas authority of India limited (GAIL) has sought support from the Uttar Pradesh government for expeditious implementation of piped natural gas (PNG) connectivity and compressed natural gas (C



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