Uttar Pradesh

'PK' to be tax-free in Uttar Pradesh

pk movieNew Delhi, Dec 31 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced on Wednesday that Aamir Khan starrer ' PK' will be entertainment tax-free in the state.

The blockbuster film has been under attack from several right-wing organisations that have vandalized several film theatres across the country for screening the film.

Protesters in New Delhi had stormed a theatre showing the movie and vandalized furniture and also forced the theatre owners to stop the screening.

The Bajrang Dal has accused the film of making fun of Hindu gods and godmen, a charge denied by film director and actors.

Family members welcome Bharat Ratna for Vajpayee, Malaviya

Bharat Ratna for Vajpayee, MalaviyaAllahabad, Dec 24 : The family members of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and educationist Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya on Wednesday expressed their delight over the decision to confer them Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award.

"It is a little late but at least his name has been considered for the award. It is a moment of great happiness. I thank the Indian Government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this," said Vajpayee's niece Veena.

Another niece of Vajpayee, Karuna Shukla, also hailed the decision.

29 children taken ill after consuming Jatropha fruit in UP

Azamgarh - At least 29 children were admitted to a hospital here after they consumed poisonous Jatropha fruits.

The incident took place yesterday in Ishwarpur Pawni village in Atraulia area when the children, aged between 5 to 16, ate Jatropha fruits. Soon they started vomiting and complained of uneasiness, District Chief Medical Officer V B Singh said.

They were rushed to a hospital, where condition of one child is stated to be critical. (PTI)

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)

Aamir Khan shoots for TV show in Agra

Agra - Bollywood actor Aamir Khan was in the city to shoot for a live TV show.

Reliance Foundation chairperson Nita Ambani and Khan's wife Kiran Rao were also in the city for the shooting of 'Mumkin Hai', a special segment of popular TV programme 'Satyamev Jayate', at a luxury hotel here.

Sunday's episode of Satyamev Jayate was the final episode of season 3 and focussed on how our skewed notions of masculinity is mainly responsible for violence we encounter in our daily lives.

Khan interacted with locals and audiences from across India who tweeted, posted and called with comments, questions and suggestions. (PTI)

October 10 to be designated National Mental Health Day

National Mental Health DayAgra, Oct 7 : Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday announced the government's decision to frame the country's first ever official national policy on mental health and stated that henceforth, October 10 will be designated as National Mental Health Day.

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.

Chargesheet filed against Amit Shah for hate speech

Muzaffarnagar, Sept 10 : The Uttar Pradesh Police has filed a chargesheet against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah based on a video in which he allegedly made a hate speech during the run up to the
2014 Lok Shabha elections.

Circle Officer Yogendra Singh said, "Amit Shah has been booked under the Sections 153,195, 295A and 505. The Sections have been decided based on the contents of the CD."

The BJP leader had during his speech made on April 4 reportedly said that it was time to seek revenge for the killings during the last year's riots in Muzaffarnagar. (ANI)

BJP more worried if Amar 'uncle' returning to SP: Akhilesh

Akhilesh-YadavKannauj: A day after BJP president Amit Shah took a dig at SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav over his meeting with Amar Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has said BJP is more worried whether Amar "uncle" is returning to SP's fold or not.

"Amar Singh uncle aa rahe hain ya nahi... BJP ko iski jyada chinta hai (whether Amar Singh uncle is coming back (to SP) or not, BJP is more worried about it)," Yadav said today replying to a query about Singh's return to the ruling party.

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.

Samajwadi Party way ahead of rivals in working for people: Akhilesh Yadav

Akhilesh-YadavBadaun: Attacking his political opponents, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said they might be ahead of Samajwadi Party in campaigning, but his party was way ahead of them in working for people.

"Those who are doing work are not seen on TV, but those who are doing no work are way ahead of us in campaigning," Akhilesh Yadav said addressing an election meeting in Binawar area in favour of his cousin and sitting MP Dharmendra Yadav here.

Joshi's 'handy' defence of Varanasi's Congress candidate

murli-manohar-joshiVaranasi, May 12 : Beleaguered Congress candidate from Varanasi, Ajay Rai, Monday received surprise support from veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.

Terming the pinning of a "hand" symbol by Rai while going to cast his vote as a "small issue," the former union HRD minister said not much should be made out of such incidents.

When told his party, the BJP, had lodged a formal complaint against Rai with the Election Commission, Joshi, the incumbent MP from Varanasi and now contesting from Kanpur, said in such a scenario should the hands of people be chopped off while going to polls.

People eager to get rid of Congress-led UPA: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath-SinghVaranasi, May 10 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that since the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has failed on all fronts, the people are eager to get rid of this government.

Modi taunts Rahul again at Robertsganj BJP rally

Narendra-ModiRobertsganj (Uttar Pradesh), May 10 : Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday once again criticised Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his lack of understanding the reality of what is poverty.

"Rahul doesn't know what poverty is, because he was born with a silver spoon. He goes to poor people's homes and takes pictures," Modi said.

"I want to tell Maoist people, the gun on the shoulder take lives, don't help make it," Modi said at a rally in Robertsganj aimed at Moaists to abjure violence.

Rahul Gandhi storms Varanasi, holds roadshow, rally

Rahul-Gandhi-RoadshowVaranasi, May 10 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday stormed Varanasi to campaign against BJP's Lok Sabha candidate Narendra Modi, holding a roadshow and addressing a huge rally where he promised the right to health if the Congress is voted back to power.

Two days after Modi held a mammoth roadshow and a day after AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal attracted thousands, Gandhi rode on an open vehicle through the heart of Varanasi, surrounded by slogan-shouting Congress activists.

It was the biggest show of strength by the Congress since the election campaign got underway in Varanasi.

Kejriwal attacks Modi during Varanasi roadshow

Arvind-KejriwalVaranasi, May 9 : Surrounded by thousands of supporters, AAP candidate Arvind Kejriwal put up a show of strength here Friday, attacking his rival and BJP's prime ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi.

Dubbing Modi's display of strength a day earlier as a "drama", Kejriwal claimed that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was determined to create history in the Lok Sabha election in this Hindu holy city.

Kejriwal's roadshow also began from where Modi started out Thursday: the Banaras Hindu University's (BHU) main gate.

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.

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