PSU bank employees go on strike in North

Lucknow, Dec. 3 - The Public Sector Bank employees in northern region are observing a day-long strike to press for wage revision and other demands.

Normal banking operations are likely to be affected due to the strike in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi.

Meanwhile, a press release issued by the Finance Ministry reportedly said that the government is fully seized of the situation arising out of the notice given by the United Forum Of Bank Unions (UFBU) for Zone-wise relay strikes from 2nd to 5th December.

The government has also asked the banks to take pre-emptive steps to ensure least inconvenience to general public and to adequately load ATMs.

New Defence Minister Parrikar files nomination papers for Rajya Sabha polls

Defence Minister ParrikarLucknow, Nov 10 : Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday filed his nomination papers for election to the Rajya Sabha.

At present he is not member of any house in the parliament.

Today is the last date for filing nomination for ten Rajya Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.

Election, if needed, will be held on November 20.

Samajwadi Party, BSP and Congress party nominees have already filed their nominations. (ANI)

Uttar Pradesh CM showers sops on doctors

akhilesh yadavLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday showered sops on doctors raising the retirement age of faculty members of government medical colleges to 65 years and bringing pay scales of KGMU teachers here on par with SGPGIMS.

"Keeping in mind the specialist services being done by the teachers of the King Gerorge's Medical University, their pay scales will be at par with the Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences here," Akhilesh said, addressing a function organised by KGMU.

"The retirement age of faculty members of the government medical colleges would be 65 years," he also said.

BJP trying to destabilise UP govt, midterm poll possible: Beni

Beni-Prasad-VermaLucknow: Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma on Monday said that there was a possibility of mid-term polls taking place in Uttar Pradesh as the BJP after its massive win in the Lok Sabha elections was "trying to destabilise" the Akhilesh Yadav government.

"Mid-term polls are possible in Uttar Pradesh... government getting such a mandate in the past have done the same and it could be possible this time round too," he said.

Akhilesh Yadav appeals to Centre to evacuate Indians from Iraq

Akhilesh YadavLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday appealed to the central government to evacuate all Indian citizens, including those from the state, stranded in Iraq.

The Chief Minister said that tight security arrangements should be made for the Indians till the time they can be evacuated from Iraq, an official spokesman said here in a statement.

Besides, adequate arrangements should be made for food and lodging of all the Indian citizens, especially nurses from Kerala, the spokesman added.

Akhilesh Yadav moves police chiefs of 5 districts

Akhilesh YadavLucknow: In the ongoing exercise to improve policing in the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday removed police chiefs of five districts and attached them to the DGP office here besides posting a new IG of special task force (STF).

A home department spokesman said the CM has removed SSP Moradabad Ashotosh Kumar, SP Bijnore Anis Ahmed Ansari, SP Hapur Mahendra Pal Singh, SSP Saharanpur Dr Manoj Kumar and SP Auraiya Sayed Wasim Ahmed, and attached them to the DGP office in Lucknow.

Mayawati rules out support to Modi-led government at centre

Mayawati rules out support to Modi-led government at centreLucknow, May 9 : Clearing the air, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Friday said her party will not support a Narendra Modi-led government at the centre.

"Modi, in his latest interview, has said that he would seek the support of Mayawati, Jayalalithaa and Mamta Banerjee, if he does not get a majority to form a government. I don't know about the TMC and the AIADMK, but as far as the BSP is concerned, we will not support Modi," Mayawati told media.

Kumar Vishwas says his family told to leave Amethi

Kumar Vishwas says his family told to leave AmethiLucknow, May 6 - Kumar Vishwas, who is Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Amethi, Tuesday alleged that his family had been asked to leave the constituency or face forceful eviction.

According to sources, district police officials late Monday reached the rented accommodation of the AAP leader and asked his wife and other relatives along with the children to leave the constituency.

Modi invokes Lord Ram at Faizabad

Narendra-ModiLucknow, May 5 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Monday invoked the name of Lord Ram in an election speech and urged the people to vote out the "corrupt and incompetent Congress government at the centre".

He accused the Congress of belying the hopes of the people, breaking its promise to create 10 crore jobs in five years and failing to bring down inflation in 100 days.

Modi said he will never break his promise of ushering in good times for the people of the country.

The Gujarat chief minister said that even Mahatma Gandhi espoused the cause of Ram Rajya.

Media creating false Modi wave: Mayawati

MayawatiLucknow, April 25 : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati Friday said the media was trying to create a "false wave" in favour of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Addressing a press conference in the state capital, the former UP chief minister said that Modi had cast his spell on the media, which was trying to create a "false wave" in his favour.

"Bhajpayiyon ne media ke through ek nakli hawa banane ki koshish ki hai," she said and went on to add that even some "astrologers of fame had been managed to create a wave in favour of the BJP".

Rahul Gandhi denied domicile certificate from Amethi

Rahul Gandhi denied domicile certificate from AmethiLucknow, April 3 : An application moved by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to get a domicile certificate from Amethi, the parliamentary seat he represents, has been turned down, officials said Thursday.

The application to obtain a 'temporary residential certificate' was denied by the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) based on a report submitted by the tehsildar, a revenue official.

Sonia to file nomination papers from Rae Bareli April 2

Sonia to file nomination papers from Rae Bareli April 2Lucknow, March 21 : Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will file her nomination papers from Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh April 2, Congress leaders said Friday.

Seeking another term from the family stronghold, Sonia is scheduled to fly to Lucknow earlier in the day and then drive to her parliamentary constituency.

She will stop at the party office where she will perform a "yagna" to propitiate the gods.

Subrata Roy to be taken to Delhi Monday

Subrata Roy to be taken to Delhi MondayLucknow, March 3 - Sahara chief Subrata Roy is likely to be taken to New Delhi Monday by road, police sources said.

According to officials, the business tycoon, who was arrested following the Supreme Court's instructions, will be escorted to Delhi by a team of the Uttar Pradesh Police.

Roy is scheduled to appear in the apex court March 4.

While officials refused to divulge details of the route by which Roy will be taken, it is understood that a team of two dozen police officers would take him via the Lucknow-Kanpur-Firozabad-Yamuna Expressway route.

No government possible at Centre without us: Mulayam

Mulayam-SinghLucknow, Feb 3 : Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Monday reiterated that no government would be possible at the Centre without the support of his party. He said the SP would play the kingmaker after the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Addressing a "Desh Bachao, Desh Banao" rally in Gonda, 100 km from here, the SP leader also referred to the alliance in Tamil Nadu between the AIADMK and the CPI, saying UP had 80 seats in the Lok Sabha while Tamil Nadu had just 39.

Rahul Gandhi faces rough weather in Amethi

Rahul-GandhiLucknow, Jan 28 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is not finding the going easy in family bastion Amethi.

As he prepares for the Lok Sabha election, there are enough indications that the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) entry into the electoral battle has upset the Congress calculations. There is also infighting within the Congress. And Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party is shedding its friendly face to throw a challenge to the Gandhi scion.

While Gandhi supporters may not yet admit it openly, there are enough signs that they are worried in the face of the gauntlet thrown at them by AAP's poet-politician Kumar Vishwaas.

Patience helped me win: Saina Nehwal

Saina-NehwalLucknow, Jan 25 : Top seed Saina Nehwal Saturday said her patience in the women's singles semifinal at the $120,000 India Grand Prix Gold helped her win the match against Chinese sixth seed Xuan Deng.

The World No. 9 had to dig deep to oust the 2010 Youth Olympics silver medallist 21-14, 17-21, 21-19 in a marathon match which lasted an hour and 20 minutes at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium.

Modi, Mulayam colluding to prevent Congress victory: Beni Prasad

beni-prasad-vermaLucknow, Jan 25 : Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi have struck a deal in their bid to stop the Congress from winning, Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma said Saturday.

"Is it not a coincidence that both leaders are holding rallies at the same time, at the same venues, one after another?" he asked.

Verma also told reporters that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary and Modi aide Amit Shah was writing the speeches of both leaders.

Akhilesh inducts five ministers

Akhilesh-YadavLucknow, Jan 24 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Friday expanded his council of ministers for the fifth time, inducting four cabinet ministers and one minister of state.

Cabinet ministers sworn in by Governor B. L.  Joshi here were Shivkant Ojha, Iqbal Masood, Mehboob Ali and Shahid Manzoor.

The lone minister of state was Yasser Shah, son of Labour and Employment Minister and senior Samajwadi Party leader Waqar Shah, who was relieved of his duties Friday as he has been ailing for the last one year.

Baba Ramdev accuses Nehru-Gandhi family of usurping India's wealth

Baba Ramdev accuses Nehru-Gandhi family of usurping India's wealthLucknow/Muzaffarnagar, Dec. 23 : Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Monday accused the Nehru-Gandhi family of usurping the unlimited wealth of India and of depriving the people of the country of their rightful due.

Talking to mediapersons in Lucknow,, he said: "India has gone down in every sphere despite having unlimited resources; they have turned this nation into a pauper. The Nehru family are the biggest robbers in the world, they have usurped the rights of 1.5 crore people."

Court reserves order on Sachin's Bharat Ratna

sachin-tendulkarLucknow, Nov 25 : The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court Monday reserved its order on a PIL challenging the award of Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

The petition filed by IPS official Amitabh Thakur and social activist Nutan Thakur contended that the award had no provisions or guidelines to select people.

The petitioner's counsel Asok Pande argued that cricket was less of a sport and more a 'tamasha' or fun.

Pande said there were no guidelines to select Bharat Ratna winners as against the guidelines governing Padma awards.

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