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Yogi Adityanath hate speech case: Allahabad High Court dismisses petition against UP CM
Fri, Feb 23, 2018

"There were glaring discrepancies in the investigation of the video evidence of the hate speech by Adityanath, yet the petition has been dismissed,"Farman Naqvi, counsel for the petitioners, said.

BHU students object to play ‘glorifying’ Nathuram Godse, file complaint
Thu, Feb 22, 2018

In the complaint the students alleged that the play glorified Nathuram Godse, who was sentenced to death for assassinating Gandhi, and amounts to sedition.

‘Selfless duty is bedrock of RSS’
Mon, Feb 19, 2018

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat advocated “unity in diversity” and that the RSS must accept and lead all, even detractors, towards the principles of sanatan dharm, the core philosophy of Hinduism.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in Varanasi to recruit, speak ideology
Fri, Feb 16, 2018

Mohan Bhagwat will address local Sangh representatives from eastern UP with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on February 18.

2007 riots in Gorakhpur: Allahabad HC upholds relief to Yogi Adityanath 
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Dismissing petitioner Rasheed Khan’s challenge against the order, the HC remanded the case back to the Gorakhpur court and asked it to consider both sides

Relief for Yogi in hate speech case: Allahabad HC upholds order, asks lower court to decide matter afresh
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

After the 2007 Gorakhpur riots, UP police submitted a chargesheet citing the accused had participated in acts of spreading communal disharmony.

She’s got a ticket to ride: Meet the troop of women bus conductors in Uttar Pradesh
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

There’s a new force on Uttar Pradesh’s roads — a troop of women bus conductors, criss-crossing the state as they learn to stare down bullies, deal with harassment and enjoy the drive.

Yuva Udghosh meet: BJP not a party of caste & identity politics, but of karyakartas, says Amit Shah
Sun, Jan 21, 2018

The meet, touted as a bugle call for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, was organised at the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidhyapeet’s sports grounds.

Magh Mela: Among seers, Yogi Adityanath steers clear of temple issue
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

Friday saw scores of sadhus from across the country throng to the gathering, primarily to hear “what CM Yogi Adityanath has to say about the Ram temple”. They were left disappointed, as Adityanath — the last speaker — steered cleared of the issue.

Yogi Adityanath to attend VHP seers’ meet in Allahabad today
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Yogi Adityanath will be accompanied by his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya and other VHP leaders from the state to the Sant-Sammelan Dharm Sabha.

Allahabad HC issues showcause notice to principal home secretary over no policy on premature release of prisoners
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

“There are 1,500 such prisoners serving years and years of incarceration despite being liable for a premature release if the state frames a policy. UP has not made any (policy) despite repeated court orders."

Uttar Pradesh: Two Dalit youths tonsured, paraded for ‘stealing calves’
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

The duo were assaulted by the mob on Ghazipur road in Rasra town when a priest of a nearby temple spotted them with two calves and raised an alarm.

Water-scarce Bundelkhand: Clashes, anxiety as stray cattle take over fields
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

A water-scarce region, Bundelkhand has been battling drought, debt and poverty for over a decade. In the past three years, “anna pashu (stray cattle)” has been added to the list, now building up to a serious crisis. The cattle have started endangering the Rabi crop.

IIT-Kanpur website on Vedas, Shastras registers sudden surge in traffic
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

In October, last year, the faculty members found that the web page - Gita Supersite - had begun registering around 24,000 hits a day from the daily average of 500.

Birth of a Nation
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

He was 18 and the time for independence was nigh. A 90-year-old looks back at those heady days.

BSP wins top two posts in Ayodhya college polls
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

A college student said BJP leaders had arrived on campus expecting a win, but the results turned out to be not what they expected.

Who is Afraid of a Friend Request?
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

To be 18 and a woman in rural Uttar Pradesh is to always walk a thin red line.

All sadhu body asks UP govt to keep it informed about Kumbh related decisions
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Narendra Giri had last week told The Indian Express, “No one has the right to change the name of this ancient cultural gathering. Who are we to change its name? We will discuss why the Yogi government took this decision and on what basis. The Ardh Kumbh is a legacy of Prayag, how can one change its very name?”

Allahabad HC order on their side, Kaushambi group gathers to pray on Christmas eve
Mon, Dec 25, 2017

Everyone who is ill and sad comes here to become changa, says group member

Faces on the fringes: ‘Does wearing salwar-suit make a person good?’
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Speaking at an educational institute in Gorakhpur last week, Union minister Satyapal Singh said “no boy would marry a girl who comes to the mandap (wedding stage) in jeans”.

Father of DNA fingerprinting Dr Lalji Singh in India dies at 70
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Singh, the 25th vice-chancellor of BHU and a Padma Shri recipient, hailed from Kalvari village in UP’s Jaunpur district.

BHU’s MA History paper asks questions on Padmavati, triple talaq
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

Rajeev Kumar Srivastava, assistant professor of Society and Culture in Medieval India at BHU, denied having set the question paper.

Greater noida killing of woman, daughter: 16-year-old suspect in double murder found at Varanasi ghat
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

The boy was last captured by CCTV leaving his home around 11.15 pm on Monday.

BHU paper for MA students: GST in Arthashastra, Manu on globalisation
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

The head of department, R P Singh, denied that the questions were out of syllabus. “It is the prerogative of the teacher to set the paper according to his area of specialisation. No teacher sets a paper out of his area of expertise and what he has taught,” he said.

Seven students ‘force’ BHU to take down Ambedkar posters, booked
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

According to the complaint, the “tearing and pulling down the poster" has “caused the Dalit and other minority students deep mental and psychological trauma, leaving them with a deep sense of insecurity on campus”. It alleged that anti-Dalit slurs were hurled at SC/ST students

‘Freedom’ in Varanasi ring: A day in the life of women’s wrestling at ‘benaras kesri’
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

In 30 years, for the first time, a Varanasi wrestling event features women. They and the crowd go away happy; the only grouse that winner among men got motorcycle, to their cycle.

Allahabad polls just 34%, many say names ‘missing’ from voters’ list
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Booth level officers across the city sat poring over pages of voter lists, trying to find names all through Sunday.

Urban Local Body elections: On PM’s turf — two Muslim women fight for BJP on development plank
Sun, Nov 26, 2017

An art teacher in a private school, Huma had first contested the 2006 civic polls unsuccessfully from Ward 72 in Revri Talab.

In Varanasi, a mother of three finds support in another woman widowed by terror
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

Meera Sahani never found husband Manohar's body -- another family had claimed it and completed the last rites. The Sahanis cremated an effigy and made their peace

Citing wrong reporting, Allahabad HC gags media in UP CM Yogi Adityanath hate speech case
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

In this case, Adityanath, as the head of the state, had the power to grant or refuse sanction to prosecute himself, which was challenged by the petitioners who highlighted “the imminent bias” involved.

A Mumbai cabbie’s wife works on a farm, but her sons are in an English-medium school
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

Bomb left behind by gunmen took taxi-driver Fulchand Bhind's life in Wadi Bunder that night. His wife built a two-room home with the compensation money

For three kids in Varanasi, their mum is a hero, home-maker and working woman
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

The first woman in her family to take a job, Guddi Maurya moved from a village in Deoria to Varanasi to work with the Railways

Students of Jharkhand village school convince parents to call off child marriage
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Married girls aged 15-19 years are twice more likely to die during childbirth, UNICEF reports.

Youngest survivor Baby Sheetal is now nine, has a baby brother after mother remarried
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Now nine years old, Sheetal is a shy child doted upon by her mother Sunita’s cousins, nieces, aunts, and even the landlady.

BHU denies surgeries postponed as anaesthetists busy with convention
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

Last week, the department of anaesthesiology in IMS had written to the department of orthopaedic surgery, requesting that elective and routine surgeries in BHU’s hospitals either be deferred or taken up before the conference.

BSP leader murder case: 2 students of Allahabad University arrested
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

According to police, Ashutosh Singh (21) and Antesh Singh (22) have confessed that they were part of a group that had an altercation with Yadav on October 2 at the university’s Tara Chand hostel shortly before his murder.