Jailed gangster, cops nabbed enjoying luxuries

Jailed gangster, cops nabbed enjoying luxuriesLucknow, Dec 22 : A jailed gangster who audaciously checked into a government guest house with the connivance of policemen and was having a good time has been caught in the act. Gangster Ateeq Khan is headed back to prison while four guilty policemen have been suspended.

Charged with murders, abductions and other heinous crimes, Khan was brought from Uttar Pradesh's Siddhartnagar district jail to Kanpur Dec 17 to attend a court case.

Uttar Pradesh set to shiver

Uttar Pradesh set to shiver  Lucknow, Dec 22 : Chilly winds will lash most parts of Uttar Pradesh in the next 48 hours, bringing down the temperature by several notches, officials said Tuesday.

The fall in temperature will follow changing wind patterns because of snowfall in the hilly regions, the Meteorological department said.

Uttar Pradesh Met director J. P. Gupta told IANS: "The state appears to be moving towards normal winter owing to cyclonic circulations, western disturbance and high pressure belt."

Tension in Uttar Pradesh town after desecration at Sikh shrine

Tension in Uttar Pradesh town after desecration at Sikh shrineLucknow, Dec 21 : Tension gripped Uttar Pradesh's Bahraich district Monday as hundreds of Sikhs carried out violent protests over desecration of their holy scripture, police said.

Agitated over the burning of the Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhs went berserk in the Fakarpur area in Bahraich, some 270 km from Lucknow, damaging public property, targeting vehicles and clashing with police.

Uttar Pradesh students to be picked for science programme

Uttar Pradesh students to be picked for science programme Lucknow, Dec 21 : The Indian Institute of Information Technology-Allahabad (IIIT-A) will select students from Uttar Pradesh for the national award programme 'Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research', an official said Monday.

The Ministry of Science and Technology has entrusted the IIIT-A with the task.

Muslim body seeks justice over Babri mosque demolition

Muslim body seeks justice over Babri mosque demolitionLucknow, Dec 21 : The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has sought action against those responsible for the demolition of Babri mosque.

Addressing reporters here on Sunday, Maulana Abdul Rahim Quraishi, spokesman of the AIMPLB, welcomed the findings of Liberhan Commission report that probed the demolition and demanded a criminal charge against all conspirators.

VHP launching helpline for Hindu pilgrims

VHP launching helpline for Hindu pilgrimsLucknow, Dec 21 - The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is to start a toll-free helpline service in India for Hindu pilgrims and tourists to help them in booking low-cost accomodation, hiring vehicles and medical services during pilgrimages.

The 24-hour helpline, which would be functional from January 2010, would be part of the VHP's "social responsibility programmes", the group's Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand organising secretary Purshottam Narain Singh told IANS.

Uttar Pradesh membership drive proving successful: Youth Congress

Uttar Pradesh membership drive proving successful: Youth Congress Lucknow, Dec 19 : The ongoing Youth Congress membership drive in Uttar Pradesh is attracting keen interest, a party member said Saturday.

Even as membership has been opened in only 26 of the state's 80 parliamentary constituencies, as many as 650,000 aspirants have already submitted their application forms, he added.    

Uttar Pradesh takes steps to control food prices

MayawatiLucknow, Dec 19 : To check rising prices in the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Saturday issued a stern warning to hoarders, a day after she asked the authorities to run mobile shops to sell basic food items at controlled rates.

Following her instructions, Chief Secretary Atul Kumar Gupta Friday promptly convened a video-conference call of all divisional commissioners and district magistrates, directing them to ensure that hoarding of essential commodities was not allowed at any cost.    

Principal Secretary (Food and Civil Supplies) Jacob Thomas said: "If necessary, we will import of pulses."    

Policeman suspended for beating girl

Policeman suspended for beating girl Lucknow, Dec 19 : An Uttar Pradesh policeman has been suspended after he and a colleague thrashed a 12-year-old girl accused of committing a theft, police said Saturday.

Sidharthnagar district Deputy Superintendent of Police D. N. Pandey told IANS that while Constable Raj Yadav was suspended, Sub-Inspector Ram Bharti had been sent to the police lines.    

The two allegedly beat the girl Friday in Khajua village, some 350 km from Lucknow. The girl is battling for life in a hospital, her distraught mother Kismati told reporters in Sidharthnagar.

Magh Mela to attract 20 million, amenities not ready yet

Magh Mela to attract 20 million, amenities not ready yetLucknow, Dec 19 : Around 20 million devotees are expected during the more than month-long Magh Mela that begins Dec 31 in Allahabad, but civic amenities to handle such a massive crowd, including hospitals, are not ready yet, officials have admitted.

The work by civic agencies was to be completed by Dec 15. However, the basic infrastructure at the site of the Sangam, the holy confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, remains dismal.    

Get ready to cross swords with Rani Lakshmibai - at museum!

Get ready to cross swords with Rani Lakshmibai - at museum!Lucknow, Dec 19 - Rani Lakshmibai, the fiery queen of Jhansi, had taken up arms against the mighty British in 1857 to free her country, and now she might cross swords with you - in an action-packed computerised game at a museum.

The game, with a virtual reality feature, will soon be introduced at the Rajkiya Sangrahalay owned by the Uttar Pradesh government in Jhansi, some 350 km from Lucknow.

Two killed in Uttar Pradesh pharmaceutical company fire

Two killed in Uttar Pradesh pharmaceutical company fireLucknow, Dec 18 - At least two people were burnt to death, while eight others received injuries when a fire broke out at a pharmaceutical factory in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district, police said Friday.

The fire broke out Friday morning at the Meghna Factory, which was also involved in processing drugs for India's prominent drug maker Ranbaxy in the Mansoorpur industrial area of Muzaffarnagar, about 350 km from here, they added.

Uttar Pradesh farmers call off stir for higher sugarcane price

Uttar Pradesh farmers call off stir for higher sugarcane priceLucknow, Dec 18 - Agitating farmers, seeking a uniform price policy for their sugarcane produce, late Thursday night called off their two-day old stir following a blanket assurance by state officials to concede their demand, leaders of the farmers' association confirmed Friday.

Antique clocks, vintage car, copper pitchers...tucked away in a home

Antique clocks, vintage car, copper pitchers...tucked away in a homeLucknow, Dec 18 - An antique five-feet tall brass clock, a 1929 model Ford car, 150-year-old hookah, a collection of silver and gold coins from the Mughal dynasty - you are not inside any museum, but the house of an Uttar Pradesh resident who has a rich collection of antiques.

Meet G. R. Khan, 58, a resident of Shamli town in Muzaffarnagar district, some 350 km from Lucknow, who has virtually set up a museum inside his house that has become a centre of attraction for locals.

Sugarcane stir hots up in Uttar Pradesh

sugarcaneLucknow, Dec 17 : Sugarcane growers in Uttar Pradesh continued their agitation for the second day Thursday to protest the steps taken by the state government to get them better prices.

Farmers have not been mollified by the government's move to persuade mill owners to shell out a price higher than the state advised price (SAP) of Rs. 165-170 a quintal, fixed in October.

Thousands of farmers converged here from different parts of the state to stand outside the office of the state sugarcane commissioner.

Youths turn violent over BSF recruitment drive

bsflogoLucknow, Dec 17 : Hundreds of young men aspiring to join the Border Security Force (BSF) turned violent in Uttar Pradesh when they realized that no recruitment had been planned, police said Thursday.

Nearly 200 youths were booked for indulging in vandalism and arson in Akbarpur area of Ambedkar Nagar district, some 200 km from Lucknow, police inspector S. N. Gupta told reporters.

"The students were misinformed by some Hindi newspapers that carried false reports that BSF would hold its constable recruitment drive Dec 17 in Ambedkar Nagar," Gupta said.

Five poachers held with animal skins

Five poachers held with animal skinsLucknow, Dec 17 - Five poachers from Bihar were arrested with skins of leopards, spotted deer and other animals in Uttar Pradesh's Sonbhadra district, police said Thursday.

The five men, who are from Kaimur district in Bihar, were arrested Wednesday night from Pannuganj town, some 250 km from Lucknow.

"The five men, who are in the age group of 35-40, have confessed to have been in the illegal wildlife trade for the past five years," police Inspector Sheshdhar Pandey told reporters Thursday in Sonbhadra.

Blood signature campaign for Bundelkhand

Lucknow, Dec 17 - A regional party, campaigning for a Bundelkhand state out of districts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, Thursday announced that it would start a blood signature campaign for the formation of the state.

Activists of the Bundelkhand Ekikrit Party (BEP) would start the campaign in Uttar Pradesh's Banda district Thursday, party leaders said.

"By the signature campaign, which will be officially launched Thursday, we want to draw attention of the state and the central governments towards the seriousness of the demand that has gone unnoticed during the last several years," Surendra Tiwari, general secretary of BEP, told reporters in Banda, 300 km from here.

Take steps to solve CNG shortage, orders high court

Allahabad-highcourtLucknow, Dec 16 : The Allahabad High Court Wednesday ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to take adequate measures to end the shortage of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in the state capital.

The Lucknow bench of the high court also instructed the government to submit report on the matter within three weeks.

The court's directives came on a petition of the Awadh Auto Chalak Trade Union (AACTU), which alleged that the CNG shortage was adversely affecting the public transport system in Lucknow and that there was an urgent need to set up more gas stations in the state capital.

Four coal wagons catch fire in Uttar Pradesh

uttar-pradesh-mapLucknow, Dec 16 : Panic gripped a railway station in Uttar Pradesh's Firozabad district when four wagons of a train laden with coal caught fire, police said Wednesday.

No causality was reported in the accident that affected the busy Delhi-Howrah trunk rail route.

"It could have resulted into a major incident. However, by the timely intervention of the fire department officials it was averted," Government Railway Police (GRP) Inspector A. K. Dixit told reporters in Firozabad, some 300 km from here.


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