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Painters find canvas on Varanasi ghat, clean the mess overnight

# The place where former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi launched the Ganga Action Plan (GAP) at Rajendra Prasad ghat in Varanasi in 1986 had turned into a pungent smelling embankment by river side in

Dearth of doctors in PM`s own constituency

It has been nine months that Narendra Modi stomped home with four lakh plus margin of votes from Varanasi. He went on to become the prime minister and lives in the national capital where hospitals

In search of Bengalis and the myth in Benaras

I had grown up hearing the name Kashi frequently. Every now and then people would express their desire to settle in Kashi out of anger, disappointment, sadness, neglect but rarely for religious rea

Kashi and Kyoto – can the twain meet?

A s dusk sets in, Asi ghat comes to life. A stage has been set up and performers gather in colourful garb. Locals and tourists begin to occupy the steps of the ghat. Tea sellers and boatmen do bris

Resilient Varanasi

Varanasi, the oldest living town on planet, is prone to small-scale disaster as the frequency of small-scale disasters and natural ecosystem vulnerabilities has increased in five years. This was re

Now Ganga water in your water bottles

Soon the residents of Varanasi will be able to get pure drinking water from the polluted river Ganga, which is filthy and unhealthy even for a dip. Sulabh International is claiming t

Morning briefing: PM`s Jammu visit triggers Pak firing, woman killed

Ahead of prime minister Narendra Modi`s visit to Jammu tomorrow (July 17), Pakistani Rangers resorted to heavy shelling on the Indian forward posts and civilian areas that left a 42-year-old woman

Varanasi’s facelift to be funded by public sector units

The holy city of Varanasi is getting benefits of corporate social responsibility funds of various public sector undertakings. In order to promote solar power and also to overcome pow

Anaj Bank in PM’s constituency feeds the malnourished

It conducts normal operations of a commercial banks, almost. But it does not deal in cash. This is called ‘Anaj bank. It collects food grains from donors and gives it to the ne

Withering threads: Why the weaver of famous Banarasi silk saree is unhappy

The call of the muezzin and chiming temple bells break the stillness of air over Ganga as Rehaan Hasan wakes up for the day. Now in his sixties – he does not know his exact age – Rehaan

Green is the new pink

Like hundreds of other villages in its vicinity, Khushiyari in Varanasi district, was another village lost on the map of India, until a group of women popularly known as Green Gang brought it to pu

Death of a river

On a dry winter morning in December 2012, while crossing the bridge over what seemed like narrow waterway in an eastern UP town, I noticed a mountain of garbage in the stream. This shrunken, pollut

Why shipping in Ganga may not be that good an idea

The government has planned to promote navigation in rivers, including the mighty Ganga. Union minister for road transport, highways and shipping

I never diluted my gayaki: Girija Devi

Girija Devi is one of the finest classical and folk vocalists in the country. Born and brought up in Varanasi, she took forward the legacy of Benaras gharana and mastered semi-classical forms o

Toilet travails

“Toilets are being built. I ask, where?” wonders Asha Devi, a 38-year-old native of Khushiyari village near Varanasi. The village in prime minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary c

Varanasi, Allahabad had `zero` good air quality days last year: Report

 Varanasi and Allahabad had ‘zero’ good air quality days last year, said a report launched at an air quality workshop, ‘Lifting the Smog’.  The report by

ONGC begins to restore Varanasi kunds

 In order to restore the beauty and serenity of the kunds, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC), an energy maharatna, is all set to clean the four kunds based at Varanasi -- Durga kund,

Do vote, exhorts women’s group that sings earthy songs

"Beet jayei ho beet jayei, voting ke bela ho; Sovat rahaba abki bhi tu, hoi paanch saal jhamela ho. Beet jayei ho beet jayei, kis soch mein haua ho, koi tohke paisa dei, police ke phone milaiy

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

Indore cleanest, Gonda dirtiest in India

Indore is India’s cleanest city, while Gonda in Uttar Pradesh is the country’s dirtiest, according to the Swachh Survekshan-2017 that was conducted in 434 cities and towns.

Zen and the art of cityscaping

Kyoto, nicknamed the city of a thousand temples, and hence comparable to Kashi, or Varanasi, where I spent some of my formative years, is about 500 km from its anagrammatical cousin, Tokyo. But the

Between chaos and Kashi

Ganga ke jal mein apni ek taang par khada hai yeh shehar apni duusri taang se bilkul bekhabar  – Hindi critic an

‘The sense of preserving heritage is missing’

It’s said that to see as much of life as India can show, all one needs to do is visit Varanasi. The city, often called India’s cultural capital, has recorded continuous settleme

Modi’s gift to Varanasi: Projects worth Rs 1,000 crore

On his first visit to Varanasi after the Uttar Pradesh polls, PM Modi announced and laid foundation stones of various projects on Friday and Saturday. Addressing a public meeting in

Something rotten at the heart of BHU

There was something eclectic about the Banaras Hindu University (BHU). As one crossed the gates, the sprawling campus came in view, representing a microcosm of the entire universe of education. Dri

GAIL fast tracks implementation of Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project

 GAIL has awarded a contract for laying 520 km gas pipeline connectivity from Dobhi (Bihar) to Durgapur (West Bengal), including 120 km line to Jamshedpur (Jharkhand). With these awards, major

Intermodal stations to come up at Varanasi, Nagpur

Varanasi and Nagpur will soon have intermodal stations. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has conducted detailed pre-feasibility studies for setting up intermodal stati

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