Maulshree Seth


Maulshree Seth is a Principal Correspondent at The Indian Express

Gorakhpur Tragedy: ‘No faith in govt-appointed panel, let SC judge or all-party MPs group probe’, says Congress
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

The party leaders said they did not believe the panel formed by the state government would conduct a fair inquiry when the government believed that the deaths were not because of oxygen shortage.

After disease, the flood: In vicinity of Gorakhpur, families on highway with their children, cattle
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Flood water started rising suddenly early morning on the outskirts of Gorakhpur and Maharajganj as many embankments developed cracks. By the end of the day, roads as well as villages were submerged.

Gorakhpur tragedy: Four kid deaths tell four stories of ailing Govt health system
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Beginning with the families of four children who died on August 10 and 11, The Indian Express traced their individual journeys back to their villages — to find how dysfunctional health centres slammed their doors on them.

Gorakhpur tragedy: Yogi Adityanath promises action, JP Nadda a research centre
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

“The guilty will not be spared and such strict action would be taken by the Uttar Pradesh government that it would set an example for people to work with discipline,” said Adityanath.

Gorakhpur tragedy brings under scanner newborn care units in hospitals
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Fourteen years after a small UNICEF funded project in West Bengal’s Purulia district showed the effectiveness of SNCUs in reducing infant mortality and 12 years after that model was adopted under the then National Rural Health Mission for replication across the country, non-functional SNCUs have left the BRD Hospital grappling with a grinding patient load.

Caught in CM Yogi Adityanath’s visit rush, man carries ailing mother in arms
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Owing to tight security arrangements for the CM’s visit, traffic to the hospital had been stopped and police were asking Sunil to clear the area for the CM’s convoy.

Yogi claims kept in dark on hospital, vows truth: ‘Treatment, or massacre’
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: Adityanath said he had asked Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar, who accompanied him to the hospital, to personally inquire into both “the cause of death of the children” and also “reason for oxygen supply shortage”.

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: ‘Was handed a small pump… kept pumping for over 3 hrs’
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Shailendra Gupta’s son was among the 23 children who died at the hospital on August 10. Gupta said he would always have the lingering doubt that his son’s life could have been saved.

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: 7 red flags in 7 months, Oxygen firm warned it would cut supply
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: On Friday afternoon, after the deaths were reported, the hospital administration paid about Rs 20 lakh. According to Pushpa Sales, the total pending dues is now about Rs 40 lakh.

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Opposition parties target Yogi Adityanath govt, say heads must roll, CM should quit
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Holding the UP government “responsible” for the deaths, the Congress demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh. The SP and BSP, meanwhile, demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident while accusing the government of “gross criminal negligence”.

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Principal suspended, govt says he delayed payment for oxygen
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: While the state government maintained that none of the deaths were related to disruption in oxygen supply, it admitted that there was a shortfall on the intervening night of August 10-11.

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: 60 kids die in five days, 9 the day Yogi Adityanath came visiting
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela said: “No death in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, has taken place due to shortage of oxygen supply. Only seven deaths have taken place at the BRD Medical College today and these were due to different medical reasons.”

What is behind the Shia Waqf Board suggestion of a mosque at another site in Ayodhya?
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

The affidavit has come at time when a three-judge bench has been constituted to hear the petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court order, which had ruled in 2010 to divide the disputed land to Ram Lala, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Central Waqf Board.

‘Shia Waqf Board jumping into Ayodhya cause to misguide inquiry’
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Meanwhile, Sunni Central Waqf Board Chairman Zufar Ahmed Farooqui, in a statement expressed surprise over the face that details of the affidavit submitted in SC were made available to the public even before the court took cognizance of the same.

‘Shia Board jumping into Ayodhya cause to misguide inquiry’
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

a member of Central Waqf Council in-charge of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand has written to the Shia Board accusing it of “deliberately jumping into the Ayodhya cause” to “dilute” proceedings for a CBI probe into the matter.

Congress: Rahul Gandhi ‘missing’ posters appear in Amethi
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

Rahul had last visited his Lok Sabha constituency on February 19 to address an election rally in Jagdishpur. Recently, he had visited Lucknow to demand adequate compensation for those Amethi farmers whose land has been acquired by NHAI for a highway project.

AIIMS in Rae Bareli flounders without cash, staff for OPD
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

Will ask CM to think beyond party lines,as it relates to public health: Cong MLA

Nehru Bhawan, home to UP Congress, has new claimant; party gets notice
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

On July 26, Manish Agarwal, a businessman, submitted an application to the Lucknow Municipal Corporation claiming that his grandfather, Ram Swaroop Agarwal, had bought the property at an auction in 1961.

Rahul demands compensation for farmers: ‘Land acquired in Amethi without following proper procedure’
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

Gandhi was accompanied by a group of 90 farmers from his parliamentary constituency and affected families. He handed over a memorandum to the NHAI officials, asking for proper compensation for the land acquired in Amethi for widening of a highway connecting Lucknow and Varanasi.

UP Congress President Raj Babbar ends stir over unfair compensation for farmer lands
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

The NH-233, which connects Varanasi to Lumbini in Nepal, passes through Azamgarh, Ambedkar Nagar and Basti. Babbar said that as part of Congress’s “Haq Mango” campaign, he would continue to visit more villages and districts to raise issues of farmers.

Amethi highway widening: Houses, shops demolished but ‘no relief paid’, Rahul Gandhi to visit NHAI office today
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

The highway is being widened at the Kathora Gram Sabha in Jagdishpur block. Work had begun in this regard a year ago. Locals alleged three days ago, NHAI had started to demolish houses and shops in the area to make way for a “bylane” of the highway.

Uttar Pradesh govt to borrow Rs 60 crore to provide free power to BPL families
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

With the state facing huge line losses due to technical faults or theft, the idea is to minimise losses by metering consumers so that they end up paying for the amount of electricity they used.

Man lays claim to Congress Lucknow office: ‘Govt gave ancestors land in 1961, records changed in 1986’
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Businessman Manish Agarwal has claimed that according to a 1961 sale deed, the around 80,000-square feet property was registered in the name of his forefathers, who had migrated to India from Pakistan during Partition.

CAG recommends probe into projects awarded in 2011-’16
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Audit found that a large number of biddings were not competitive as they had only one or two bidders

To empty Opposition seats, CM Yogi Adityanath says: Our four months saw no riots
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

CM Yogi Adityanath claimed that his government has taken action without any bias and also used technology to solve crimes. He said that earlier, ‘DIAL 100’ was serving the “personal interest of a few”.

Uttar Pradesh Assembly passes resolution: No action against TV channels for 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots sting
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

On Thursday, a resolution about not taking any action against the network was moved by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna and was passed even as the Opposition remained absent.

Boycott of UP Assembly enters third day: Opposition holds ‘mock’ House, says govt not interested in breaking deadlock
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, who also participated in the mock session, alleged that the mike of Opposition leader was turned off because the ruling party “just wants to speak and has no patience to listen”.

Opposition boycotts House, government gives it chance to ‘rectify’
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

Claiming that while the Opposition was making statements to the media, Khanna said “they have not yet made it clear what exactly had they found objectionable in the chief minister’s (Budget) speech” on Wednesday.

In Ram Nath Kovind’s village: DJ vans and gulal, dreams of a ‘VVIP chhetra’ with college and hospital
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

About 20 km away in Om Nagar locality of Jhinjhak town, in a congested lane in which four of Kovind’s brothers have homes next to each other, a temporary tent had been erected and a big screen TV and music system rented, so that live updates from Delhi could be heard by the community

Opposition says ‘being suppressed’; walks out, ignores all-party meet
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

The Opposition will now meet on Thursday morning before the start of sitting of the House, to decide if they should boycott the rest of the sittings in the ongoing session.

Yogi hits out at previous state govts; will ask CBI to probe PCS selections
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Referring to three years of NDA rule, Yogi Adityanath called it a “golden era since Independence” while terming the previous UP regimes as “jungle raj”.

Opposition leaders stage walkout over law & order in Uttar Pradesh
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

While senior SP MLA Parasnath Yadav demanded that state government should also present comparitive figures from the previous years, Khanna said he did not have such data as it was not part of the main question.

Explosives in assembly, UP asks for NIA investigation
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

Minutes after the assembly session started, Adityanath said, “A strange situation has emerged. In the third row, behind the Leader of Opposition, on July 12, cleaning staff along with the Marshal found a material in a packet."

Difference in BJP’s kathani aur karni, no funds in Budget to build crematorium: SP
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Claiming that is a difference in BJP’s “kathani aur karni”, he added: “Budget mein antyeshti sthalon ke liye koi pravidhan nahi hai (There is no provision for cremation grounds in the Budget).”

UP budget session in assembly: Opposition questions Yogi govt on flood control, hooch tragedy
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

The question was first raised by Congress Legislature Party leader Ajay Kumar “Lallu”, who asked the government what steps it had taken to prevent loss of life and property due to floods.

Yogi Adityanath govt marks Rs 36,000 crore in budget for farm loan waiver
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Having discontinued funds for some welfare and freebie schemes launched by his predecessor, the chief minister claimed that his government was able to make provisions for the loan waiver by cutting down on “shashan ki fizulkharchi” (extravagant expenses of the government).