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BHU campus police lathicharge: Five protesting girls talk about that horrific night
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

At BHU, however, the disillusionment set in early. “Only Sanskrit, Hindi and Bengali were offered as languages to students of the women’s college while the men at the Faculty of Arts could choose between German, Spanish and Polish,” she says

Aarushi murder case: We aimed to demolish CBI case that was not based on conclusive evidence, says Talwars’ lawyer
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

“We aimed to defeat the hypothesis that there were only four persons in the flat that night by establishing the presence of outsiders,” said Rajarshi Gupta, one of the counsel.

Aarushi-Hemraj murder: CBI judge made mockery of law, acted like fanciful film director, says Allahabad HC
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

The court said the judge made “a mockery of law” by acting like a “fanciful imaginative film director, and a maths teacher trying to solve the murders like a maths puzzle based on analogies and guesswork”.

From tutored witness to motive, Allahabad HC has many questions for CBI in Aarushi-Hemraj murder case
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

In its 273-page order, the bench of Justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra described as “illegal” the conclusion reached by Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal in his November 2013 order that held the Talwars guilty of murder.

Aarushi-Hemraj case: In jail, Talwars are acquitted in murder of child and help
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Aarushi-Hemraj case: The Allahabad High Court said circumstantial evidence against the Talwars was inconclusive and their guilt could not be sufficiently established

BHU student assaulted by male classmate, held
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

In her complaint, the woman has claimed that when the accused slapped her, her phone fell down and broke.

Banaras Hindu University reopens after Dussehra break
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

BHU authorities also said that online portals open to reports of sexual harassment, as well as the sexual harassment committees, are “very active and alert”.

BHU incident has made me bold
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

There are few students; most have gone home after the university advanced the Dussehra holidays by a few days

After BHU Vice-Chancellor’s denial of lathicharge on students, warden speaks out, writes to him
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Late Saturday night, police personnel charged at a large group of protesters at the BHU main gate.

Behind girls’ anger: 131% surge in 10 years, their dreams of future
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

In 2007-2008, BHU admitted 7,754 women and 13,282 men across courses and in its four affiliated institutions. Last year, 17,950 women and 23,665 men were enrolled.

BHU violence: Incident was an act of ‘Eve-teasing, not molestation’, says University Chief Proctor’s report
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

The SHO of Lanka Police station on Saturday said, “The student was walking back to her hostel on Thursday evening when a few motorcycle-borne men came near her and touched her inappropriately.”

Why women BHU students are separate and unequal
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

“This protest became so big only because we have been quiet all this while because the administration tends to shame us instead of taking action. But we were outraged when we heard of Thursday’s incident and decided to protest,” says an Arts undergraduate student.

If we listen to every girl, we can’t run the university: BHU V-C Girish Chandra Tripathi
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

BHU V-C said, "Some people with vested interests and ulterior motives have triggered this incident. The students, if they had a grievance or complaint, should have suggested to the university to do something. But there is a mindset to disturb institutions of higher learning. BHU is not alone."

BHU crackdown: Anger on campus after police beat up protesting students, CM Adityanath seeks report
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

BHU violence: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has sought a report from Varanasi Divisional Commissioner Nitin Gokarn. Speaking to The Indian Express, Gokarn said he has started an investigation.

For us, desh bigger than dal, says PM Narendra Modi
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

Sounding the development poll bugle for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Modi also lauded UP CM Yogi Adityanath for “successfully bringing about change in the state in six months”.

BHU protests on, molestation victim meets V-C, varsity blames ‘anti-national’ forces
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

In a media release, the BHU administration stated, “This protest was completely political in nature because it was timed with the PM’s visit, with the intention of soiling the image of the university.”

‘For me, desh bigger than dal,’ says Prime Minister Modi
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

After PM Modi’s speech, hundreds of shikshamitras blocked the main road to Varanasi and police detained some of them. 

BHU students protest shaming of molestation victim
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

A first-year boarder from the hostel was allegedly touched inappropriately by three bike-borne men near the Kala Bhawan within the BHU campus on Thursday.

Modi in Varanasi: We not only launch but also finish projects, says PM
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

Addressing a crowd of approximately 15,000 people who had assembled from across the region at Bada Lalpur area of Varanasi, Modi said that these projects, worth over Rs 1,000 crore, have been completed under UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Allahabad University cancels nod for ‘Liberty Fest’
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

The JAC alleged right-wing student groups launched a campaign to malign organisers, guests and event by calling it “anti-national” and likening it to the event at JNU, which received national attention after azaadi slogans were allegedly raised there.

Allahabad University cancels permission for ‘Liberty Fest’
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

According to the organisers, Vice Chancellor R L Hangloo was to be the chief guest. Manish Kumar, a student who planned the event, said he was verbally told on Sunday evening that the Senate Hall will not be lent out for the festival, and the V-C will not attend it

Ramlila in Varanasi: No free bus service in sight, say devotees; government disagrees
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Devotees say they have to traverse 2 km by foot, cycle or motorcycle to reach the Ramlila ground because the Raj Ghat bridge has been closed to heavy vehicles for almost a decade now.

Songs, sweets, slogans: Varanasi govt schools mark PM Modi’s b’day
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

Local leader says no need for go-ahead as party ‘adopted’ all schools, BJP distances itself

Pincode 231225: The Indian postal system is no longer a mere disburser of mails, says Post Master General M U Abdali
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

After 27 years in service, a postman could take the workload no more in Mumbai and stopped delivering letters. The Indian Express trails a postman, deep inside UP, as he battles low wages, falling esteem, staff crunch, and a stream.

Officials ‘in dark’, BJP takes over Varanasi government schools to mark PM Modi’s birthday
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Songs were sung, sweets were distributed, and classes were cancelled for a part of the day in most schools, to hold the function.

Man ‘molests, sets 14-yr-old girl on fire’, arrested
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Additional Superintendent of Police (Kaushambi) Ashok Kumar said, “The accused was drunk on the night of the incident, villagers have told us. The victim was his neighbour. We cannot say if the accused and victim were known to each other.”

Ram Rahim, Asaram, Aseemanand, Radhe Maa in list of 14 ‘farzi babas’
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

At a meeting on Sunday at its Allahabad headquarters, the organisation, which comprises 13 akharas (religious orders), released a list of 14 such “farzi babas”.

Banaras Hindu University: ‘Homosexual’ student asked to leave girls’ hostel
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Last week, the student’s parents were called to the college and asked to get her treated for the “disease”.

As British-era military dairy farms face closure, only cows in the way
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

The proposal to shut down the farms has been pending for five years, but has now been cleared. It will leave around 25,000 high-yielding Frieswal cows without a home and hundreds of workers without jobs, sources in the Ministry of Defence said.

The women behind the petitions: ‘Historic day for all Muslim women in India’
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

“I am feeling very good. I hugged my family when the verdict came, they congratulated me, told me it was a historic day for Muslim women in India. We have been vindicated —not just I, for all those like me, even those who were not present, this is for all of them,” Bano told The Indian Express

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.