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Avaneesh Mishra


Avaneesh Mishra is a journalist based in Lucknow and covers politics, crime, health and education in Uttar Pradesh. Follow his tweets @itsmeavaneesh

Some outfits collecting funds in name of Ram temple movement and cheating devotees: Ayodhya mahant
Tue, Jul 20, 2021

Mahant Janmejay Sharan of Janki Ghat dismisses allegations levelled against him by Paramhans Das of Tapasvi Chhawani

Ayodhya mahant to Amit Shah: outfits collecting funds in name of Ram temple movement
Tue, Jul 20, 2021

In the letter, a copy of which has been sent to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Ayodhya District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha, Das alleged that an organisation formed by Mahant Janmejay Sharan of Janki Ghat, and several other such outfits had been cheating the devotees of Hindu deity Ram.

Told by SC to rethink, UP says Kanwar groups call off Yatra after its appeal
Sun, Jul 18, 2021

Supreme Court had expressed concern over gatherings in pandemic, said health of citizens and their right to life is paramount

Explained: The Kanwar Yatra – devotees, routes and the Covid-19 challenge
Wed, Jul 21, 2021

The Kanwar yatra, as confirmed by senior police and administrative officials in Uttar Pradesh, will be held from July 25 to August 6.

Kanwar yatra: Uttarakhand finally calls it off, UP says on with curbs
Wed, Jul 14, 2021

Uttarakhand's decision to suspend the yatra comes even as the administration in UP has started preparing for the yatra -- "with restrictions".

VHP objects to one-child norm, says it will lead to population contraction
Tue, Jul 13, 2021

In a letter to the UP State Law Commission, VHP working president Alok Kumar stated that while they support the aim to stabilise the population by promoting two-child norm, sections 5, 6(2) and 7 of the draft Bill that incentivise public servants and others to have only one child “go well beyond the said objects”.

UP population plan for ‘balance’ among communities, lower fertility rate a focus
Mon, Jul 12, 2021

The draft Bill, on which suggestions have been invited from the public until July 19, proposes to bar people with more than two children from contesting local bodies elections, applying for government jobs, and receiving any kind of government subsidy.

UP rural polls: BJP claims sweep, SP calls it ‘war zone’
Sun, Jul 11, 2021

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who celebrated the victory at the BJP office, said the conduct of the polls had shown "individuals and parties can contest elections peacefully" in UP.

Violence mars filing of papers for UP block panchayat chief; SP, Congress blame BJP
Fri, Jul 09, 2021

While the Opposition SP and Congress accused the ruling party of indulging in violence and misusing official machinery, the BJP denied the charge, and claimed to have won 276 of the 825 block pramukh posts unopposed.

‘UP Model’ Of Covid Management: To counter Oppn, BJP prepares ‘success’ paper on Covid
Thu, Jul 08, 2021

According to party insiders, the document was prepared to counter the Opposition’s narrative about the government’s mishandling of the pandemic during the second Covid wave in April and May.

No proof of irregularities in land deals: Ram temple trust
Fri, Jul 02, 2021

On March 18, according to the legal documents, the trust had purchased a 1.208 hectares plot for Rs 18.5 crore from property dealers Sultan Ansari and Ravi Mohan Tiwari, who in turn had purchased it from landowners Harish Pathak and Kusum Pathak for Rs 2 crore the same day.

‘Never dreamt a child from a village would occupy top post’: President Ram Nath Kovind
Mon, Jun 28, 2021

He hailed the country’s democratic system for making this possible.

When Kovind meets Kovind: A village shows its ‘pride’
Sun, Jun 27, 2021

On Saturday, the eve of Ram Nath Kovind's first visit to Paraunkh since taking over as Head of State, the road to it stood freshly repaired as the village dressed up to receive him.

UP: 10-15% oxygen got wasted in hospitals during second wave peak, IIT-Kanpur study shows
Fri, Jun 25, 2021

It is to be noted that the UP government had asked IIT-Kanpur and other institutions to conduct the study.

‘Drill didn’t kill’: Agra hospital gets clean chit
Sun, Jun 20, 2021

No mock drill under which oxygen supply stopped, no proof of this: report.

Temple trust also bought 1.03-hectare plot directly from owners for Rs 8 crore
Thu, Jun 17, 2021

On March 18, the Trust purchased the larger plot, 1.208 hectares, for Rs 18.5 crore from Sultan Ansari and property dealer Ravi Mohan Tiwari, who in turn had purchased it from the Pathaks for Rs 2 crore.

Ayodhya Land case: Trust lists agreements, says deal transparent
Wed, Jun 16, 2021

This a day after Trust general secretary Champat Rai said that the land was purchased at the rate of Rs 1,423 per sqft, “much less than the market price of nearby area” and the payment was made through the bank.

Ayodhya: Temple trust dismisses corruption charge, says land deal ‘transparent’
Tue, Jun 15, 2021

Defending its purchase of a piece of land in Ayodhya for Rs 18.5 crore, alleged at an inflated rate, Ram Janmabhoomi Kshetra Trust general secretary Champat Rai on Monday said the deal was “transparent” and those making the allegations are trying to create confusion in the society.

AAP, SP allege scam in Ayodhya land deal; Ram temple Trust denies
Mon, Jun 14, 2021

AAP’s Sanjay Singh claimed the stamp papers for the first purchase were bought at 5.11 pm, and for the second at 5.22 pm. He demanded this be probed by the CBI or ED as it concerns religious beliefs of crores of people.

University skipped quota rule, appointed most from one caste: BJP MLA writes to PM
Fri, Jun 11, 2021

In his letter to the PM, Brijesh Kumar Prajapati, the BJP MLA from Tindwari, alleged that the university issued two separate advertisements to fill 40 vacant posts for professors, associate professors and assistant professors with a “devious” attempt to “conduct serious irregularities in reservation”.

Lucknow Constable guns down murder convict’s son at hospital, surrenders
Thu, Jun 10, 2021

Officials said the constable told them that he down convict Dhruv Kumar’s 34-year-old son Praveen Singh as some recent arguments between them had turned physical, and he feared for his life.

Agra hospital shut down after owner’s video: ‘mock drill… cut oxygen supply’
Wed, Jun 09, 2021

Agra District Magistrate Prabhu Narain Singh confirmed that the person in the video clip was the hospital owner, Dr Arinjay Jain. The incident is reported to have occurred on the morning of April 26, and the video was made on April 28.

Most patients over 40, Over 100 black fungus deaths but cases drop
Tue, Jun 08, 2021

However, the state government on Monday said that with a sharp decline in Covid cases in the last few days, the black fungus cases have also started to decline.

Kanpur BJP leader booked for freeing criminal from police custody
Thu, Jun 03, 2021

The local BJP leader accused of freeing the criminal from the police team was identified as Narayan Singh Bhadauria.

Prayagraj Panel set up to probe viral clip of burial items being removed
Wed, May 26, 2021

The administration was stirred into action after Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared the viral clip.