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In God’s path

Varanasi old city is seeing its first big infra project, a corridor from the Ganga to Kashi Vishwanath temple. Watching with trepidation are families losing ancestral homes, residents losing a way of life.

In Varanasi, PM slams Opposition: People vote on vikas, not votebank

Receiving the first inland container cargo, the Prime Minister said the arrival of the vessel in Varanasi means that eastern Uttar Pradesh has now been connected to the Bay of Bengal.


Varanasi: Two salesmen killed, 2 hurt in firing at mall

An FIR on murder charges was registered against one Alok Upadhyay and two of his unidentified associates, who escaped after the incident.

SpiceJet flight makes emergency landing after Thai national suffers heart attack

The SpiceJet flight took off from Bangkok at 7:40 am. The plane had to make an emergency landing at the Varanasi airport to provide immediate medical facility to the passenger, who was declared dead when taken to a nearby hospital.

PM Narendra Modi launches projects worth over Rs 500 crore in Varanasi

The Prime Minister said it is not merely urban development that is being targeted by the government but emphasis is bein been laid to promote development of rural areas around Varanasi. 

What is Alaknanda luxury cruise tourist boat?

The luxury boat, which has a 450 HP engine, will be currently operated between Assighat and Rajghat in Varanasi. The tourism department in UP is planning to introduce more such boats in the waters of Ganga in future.


Varanasi court blast case: 10 years on, ATS yet to crack case

ATS officials said the investigation against the accused whose names had cropped up during investigation is still pending and they need more evidence to book them and file the chargesheet in the Varanasi court blast case.

Heat wave prevails over UP, Orai hottest at 47 degree Celsius

Rain and thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds or squall, with wind speed reaching 50-70 kmph were very likely at isolated places in the state over the next couple of days, Met officials said.

Uttar Pradesh: 70-year-old woman’s children keep her body at home to draw pension

Amravati Devi, 70, had passed away in January. She was living with five of her eight children, who are middle-aged.

Chandauli: Police probe Arvind Rajbhar’s speech

Police said Arvind Rajbhar was referring to the case of a 21-year-old Rajbhar woman whose family got a rape case registered against two of her male friends, both Yadavs.

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PM Modi in Varanasi: 'By 2022, every poor in urban and rural area will get a home'

Addressing a gathering of farmers in Varanasi, PM Narendra Modi said cleanliness is a way to serve the poor of India. I was also happy to see that a lot of toilets have already been constructed in rural areas. Swachhata is a Puja for me."

PM Modi's gifts to UP: Free LPG, e-boats and e-rickshaws

On a one-visit to Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches several schemes to win hearts, from free LPG connections to e-boats, he covered it all.


Japan PM in Varanasi: Shinzo Abe, Narendra Modi witness Ganga aarti at ghat

Shinzo Abe arrived in Delhi on Friday on a three-day visit, top officials, both from central and state government, remained busy in Varanasi giving final touches to the arrangements at Dashashwamedh Ghat.

Holi celebrated at Manikarnika (shamshan) Ghat in Varanasi

Considering Manikarnika Ghat to be a pious place, it is an annual affair for the sadhus to play Holi at these ghats with the ashes from the pyre.

Migratory birds attract tourists along Ganga in Varanasi

These yearly visitors fly several miles away from the cold Arctic regions of Siberia and prefer warmer climate along the Gangetic belt during winters.

Kolkata, Varanasi gear up for the final phase of voting

Bihar, Kolkata and Uttar Pradesh are abuzz with poll fervour ahead of the ninth and final phase of voting.


Akhilesh Yadav leads roadshow in Varanasi

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav led a rally in Varanasi on Saturday.

Rahul Gandhi's show of strength in Varanasi

Rahul Gandhi on Saturday retaliated by campaigning on the last day in this temple town.

'Bahubali' Vivek Oberoi campaigns for Narendra Modi

Vivek Oberoi, who played Bahubali (a youth leader) in the 2006 hit film Omakara, campaigned for Modi in Varanasi.

Arvind Kejriwal's road show in Varanasi, slams Modi and Rahul

Arvind Kejriwal hit out at Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi for their "helicopter democracy" while projecting himself as an "honest" alternative.

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PM Modi attends BHU's convocation ceremony

Varanasi, Feb 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the centenary convocation of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Monday. The university celebrated its foundation day on February 13 and a number of events have been organised to mark the anniversary for the past many days. PM Modi also visited the Sant Ravi Das temple at Seer Govardhanpur area of Varanasi to offer prayers on the occasion of the 639th birth anniversary of the saint.

Security beefed up at Ardh Kumbh

Haridwar, Jan 21 (ANI): Security has been beefed up at the Ardh Kumbh Mela in Varanasi after four suspected terrorists who were allegedly planning to launch an attack at the mela were nabbed on Wednesday. Thousands of Hindu devotees are seen thronging banks of Ganga. The police are using latest technology and equipments to monitor the activities in Haridwar. Meanwhile, a suspicious bag has been found at Haridwar Railway Station gate and is being inspected by the police.


PM Modi to flag off new Varanasi-Delhi train on January 22

Varanasi, Jan 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the Mahamana Express, which will run triweekly from Varanasi to New Delhi, on January 22. PM Modi will flag off this train on his ground visit to Varanasi. Northern Railway Chief Area Manager Ravi P Chaturvedi said the train has all the modern facilities, including dustbins and bio-toilets in every coach. Besides, AC coaches are equipped with LED screen for passengers’ entertainment.

French tourist vows to clean Ganga

Varanasi, Jan 14 (ANI): A French tourist is actively promoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Clean Ganga' campaign in Uttar Pradesh, vowing to spread the message of keeping the holy river free from impurities in rural parts of the country. Krish, who came to India to take part in the 'Kumbh Mela' or 'Pitcher Festival' last year, was concerned on seeing the condition of the river considered holy by the Hindus. Inspired by the Clean Ganga campaign, Krish took the responsibility of cleaning the river in the 3,000-year-old riverside city of Varanasi. Krish says he will soon embark on an expedition from the holy town of Rishikesh to Kolkata city by boat in a bid to spread the message of keeping the river free from impurities.

Colourful kites hit markets ahead of Makar Sankranti festival

Varanasi, Jan 13 (ANI): Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious festivals celebrated with tartness on 14th January every year across India. It is also seen as the festival of kites. People across the city of Varanasi were seen quite enthusiastic about flying kites this Makar Sankranti. Kites of various colours, sizes and shapes ruled the market, with 'Modi kites' being the favourite for most of the kite lovers. The kite festival is also seen as a traditional celebration and keeping the Indian culture alive.