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In Uttar Pradesh madarsa, teachers record Independence Day, just in case
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Microphones in place, the Tricolour secure atop a pole with rose petals sprinkled at the base, artificial flowers placed on tables for the guests of honour, the children, aged between three and sixteen, began falling into queues.

Faces on the fringes of news: We may not clear teacher test…years since we took one, says Ashwani Tripathi
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Shikshamitras in primary schools across Uttar Pradesh have been on protest over the Supreme Court scrapping posts of ‘assistant teachers’, numbering over 1 lakh. While the state government has promised help, Tripathi fears the loss of wages:

One Litre of Kerosene
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

What has freedom meant to the residents of a village in Phulpur, the constituency Nehru fought from in independent India’s first election?

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: CM Yogi Adityanath silent on children’s deaths, blames encephalitis on filth
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Yogi Adityanath did not comment specifically on the children’s deaths in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital even after leaving the dais at the end of his 30-minute speech.

Twin Peaks: A small UP village has consistently seen surprisingly high number of twin births
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

Mohammadpur Umri, a small village in Uttar Pradesh near the Bamrauli Air Force base in Allahabad, is full of stories of mistaken identity. The village, with a population of roughly 700, boasts of over 35 pairs of twins. The world average is 9 to 12 per 1,000 births. Umri’s twin population average clocks up to 60 per 1,000.

Hate speech case: High Court allows challenge to govt ‘no’ on sanction to prosecute Yogi Adityanath
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

The bench gave petitioners’ counsel, Farman Naqvi, a day to submit an amended writ petition, which will be heard on August 9. The amended writ petition will challenge Adityanath’s May 3 order refusing to grant sanction to prosecute himself in the case.

A day in the life of Class 6, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Chaka, Allahabad, learning English over radio: ‘This way you will slowly, slowly learn English’
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

15-minute broadcast, every alternate day, for 7 months — a school hopes that will bridge the language gap

Hate speech case against Yogi Adityanath: No sanction to prosecute CM, but what legal remedy left for petitioners? HC asks govt
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

A two-member bench made the observation while hearing a petition filed by Parvez Parwaz, who, along with others, had got FIRs lodged against Adityanath and four others in 2008 for inciting communal violence in Gorakhpur in 2007.

Yogi Adityanath hate speech: Petitioner can’t be left without remedy, says Allahabad High Court
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

A K Mishra, additional advocate general representing UP government, claimed the petitioners did not have any new ground or factual foundation to move an amendment plea, since the probe was over and the chargesheet filed.

UP: Police to invoke NSA against rape accused
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

The act, usually invoked by central or state governments in cases whereby security, defence or foreign relations of the country are compromised, also applies to cases where maintenance of public order is disrupted.

‘That fan’s rod had rusted. We’re checking all now’, says Manoj Kumar, Additional District Magistrate, Bareilly
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

A 27-kg colonial-era fan in the 150-year-old Bareilly Collectorate fell on July 7, leaving two people injured. The Collectorate has several such fans, which are now being checked.

Destination bus from CP to Patparganj finds 3 takers
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

The NGT had said introduction of destination buses would facilitate an individual to opt for such a service, rather than driving on highly-congested roads. So far, it has very few takers.

A life below the bottom line
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

The Delhi government’s decision to hike minimum wages by almost 40% gave hope to thousands struggling to make ends meet. But two months later, little has changed on the ground — be it for the saleswoman supporting her family, or the factory worker doing overtime. Sarah Hafeez investigates.

Meet Tasmida, the first Rohingya girl to take Class X exams in India
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Tasmida’s family fled Myanmar in 2002. Her father was imprisoned for about half a year, and his boats and papers were confiscated for selling groceries and fish in villages near Myanmar's Rakhine state.

NDMC ‘open air cafe’: At centre of restaurant row, some juice
Sun, May 21, 2017

On Saturday, restaurant owners said their protest was not specifically against the cafe, but rather the NDMC’s rooftop projects, like the “one being planned in Palika Bazaar”.

For 500 women from 9 states, hope lies in the beloved charkha
Sun, May 21, 2017

The Charkha Museum is set to exhibit the city’s largest charkha as well as vintage models on Sunday.

Delhi government to spend Rs 1.5 cr more on bus drivers every month
Thu, May 18, 2017

The Delhi government Wednesday tried breaking the deadlock by agreeing to pay the increase in wages

Delhi metro: Fare gap between longer, shorter travels widens
Wed, May 17, 2017

A commuter travelling 32 km is now paying 48% more after last week’s hike. After the 2009 revision, however, the fare change for the same commuter was 42%.

At ‘shell firm’ address: Never met Arvind Kejriwal
Mon, May 15, 2017

“There are no shell companies and I have no connection with Kapil Mishra. I have not even seen Arvind Kejriwal in person.”

While fares go up, Metro staffers stage sit-ins for better payments
Thu, May 11, 2017

The staff intensified their demands from this month, staging sit-ins in the hour-long breaks between trips.

Demonetisation, 6 Months On: Some praise govt initiative, but say PoS machines arrived long after cash crunch
Wed, May 10, 2017

The only ATM in the village, installed by Bank of Baroda, residents said, was shut a year ago because people did not use it.

The December 16 Verdict: Justice not just for us, but for nation, says mother
Sat, May 06, 2017

On Friday, the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for the four convicts

On polling day, village on capital’s fringe hopes for DTC bus to go the distance
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

While most villages have a school where a polling station can be set up, Salapur has no such building.

In Dadri, a wedding without buffalo biryani — and a heartbroken bride
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

Policemen allegedly told Nazar not to serve buffalo meat at his daughter Gulistan’s wedding

Delhi civic polls: As Ravi Kishan kicks off BJP roadshows, workers stay away
Mon, Apr 17, 2017

The Congress is fielding Madhu Khurana from Paharganj, a two-time councillor and a well-known face in the area.

Palace to street, some ear cleaners stayed the course
Sun, Apr 16, 2017

The elaborate service, which costs Rs 20, involves several rounds of cleaning.

MCD polls: Despite promises, vendors have little faith in politics
Sun, Apr 16, 2017

According to the Street Vendors’ Protection Act, 2.5 per cent or 5 lakh of Delhi’s total population are street vendors.

Man kills wife and son of his business partner
Thu, Apr 13, 2017

Rajesh Jolly (50) visited his business partner Ajay Khurana’s home in Noida Sector 39 Tuesday night.

MCD Polls 2017: The fight for Delhi
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

From garbage to pollution, roads to education, the municipal elections will have far-reaching consequences for the capital’s future. As Delhi votes on April 23, Indian Express take stock of the five big issues that could decide the fate of the polls

Recognise this salesman? Maybe from Crime Patrol
Sun, Apr 09, 2017

A marketing executive for an e-wallet company, Arora frequents malls across Delhi and NCR in search of customers.

NCC training in college helped: Boy who locked leopard in room
Sat, Apr 08, 2017

The village stayed up all night, with a posse of police personnel from Sahibabad police station, animal rights activists, the district administration and forest department officials

Rajouri garden bypolls: Residents wary as BJP woos voters
Fri, Apr 07, 2017

Local issues from Rajouri Garden found mention neither in Manoj Tiwari's speech nor were they flagged by Venkaiah Naidu.

At Punjabi Bagh SDM office: ‘Betrayal’ by party a common theme as many ticket hopefuls fail to make the cut
Tue, Apr 04, 2017

While Pihal’s supporters said he was standing from Swaraj India, Pihal muttered he was standing as an Independent.

As more fridges make way to homes, local ice man feels the heat
Sun, Apr 02, 2017

"Our business should have grown with time, but demand is only falling."

Maternity, Without Benefits
Sun, Apr 02, 2017

In the unorganised sector, where labour is cheap and which employs 90 per cent of the female workforce, pregnant workers are often fired on flimsy grounds. Sadly, the Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Bill 2016, has done nothing to change status quo.

Last day to get old notes exchanged: On deadline day, chaos and desperation outside RBI office
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

As the crowd increased around 9 am, more security was deployed at the heavily barricaded gates. Almost everyone made a pitch to the guards, but very few were allowed in.