Uttar Pradesh

Mayawati criticises Congress for 'disrespecting' poor

MayawatiLucknow, July 27 : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Saturday criticised the Congress for "complete disrespect" to poor people in the country, saying that recent comments of its leaders indicated they did not know what being poor meant.

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister told journalists that Congress leaders' comments that people can have a meal at Rs. 5 and Rs. 12 showed how much the party is cut off from ground realities in the country.

"On one hand while prices of essential commodities are sky-rocketing, the Congress is poking fun of the pitiable living conditions of the poor and the common man," she said.

Jill Biden visits Taj -- and Agra slum

Jill-BidenAgra, July 23 : US Second Lady Jill Biden Tuesday visited the Taj Mahal and a nearby slum cluster on the bank of the Yamuna.

She spent nearly an hour at the Kachchpura slum opposite the Taj along with representatives of a NGO, members of anganwadis, children and office bearers of the Adarsh Mahila Arogya Samiti.

"She interacted with the kids and took keen interest in the work done by us," Manish Kumar of NGO CURE told IANS.

The USAID supports NGO activities relating to urban health, and mother and child care. She gifted a box of books.

Probe sought against Altamas Kabir

Altamas-KabirLucknow, July 19 : A city-based activist and a lawyer Friday shot off a letter to the chief justice of India (CJI), seeking a probe into various allegations levelled against former CJI Altamas Kabir.

In their letter, Ashok Pandey and Nutan Thakur have demanded that a probe be ordered into Justice Altamas Kabir's role in the alleged leakage of an order passed on his last day in office.

The duo have cited an article 'Into the Darkness' by Gopal Sankaranarayanan, an advocate with the apex court, published on the website Bar and Bench at 8:36 a. m. Thursday.

Justice Altamas Kabir demitted office of CJI Thursday July 18.

Modi free to contest from UP, says Mulayam

Mulayam-Singh-YadavLucknow, July 10 : Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Wednesday said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was free to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from anywhere in Uttar Pradesh.

Replying to questions on speculation that Modi would contest from Lucknow or Varanasi, Yadav said: "He is free to contest from anywhere in the state though he is unwelcome as the people of Uttar Pradesh are peace-loving and would not like to be divided on communal lines."

Food security ordinance anti-farmer: Mulayam Singh

Mulayam-SinghLucknow, July 5 : Samajwadi Party (SP) Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Friday opposed the food security ordinance, saying it was "anti-farmer".

"There is a great risk that the law can prove dangerous for farmers," Mulayam Singh said.

"Wheat, rice and sugar are the biggest agricultural produce. If these are provided at low cost by the government, who will buy these from farmers? This is a major issue," the SP chief said.

He said that his party had received an assurance from the union government that the issue would be addressed.

Rahul meets family of killed IAF man

Rahul-GandhiAmethi, June 29 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday met the family members of Indian Air Force's (IAF) Akhilesh Kumar Singh who was among the 20 people killed in Tuesday's chopper crash in Uttarakhand.

Gandhi arrived in Amethi and drove to Singh's house and met the father, wife and children of the junior warrant officer.

Gandhi also attended the cremation and is said to have assured all help to the family.

The Indian Air Force chopper had crashed June 25 during a rescue mission in Uttarakhand, killing all the 20 people on board. (IANS)

BJP will win 40 seats in UP, says Rajnath

rajnath-singhLucknow, June 27 : Accusing the Congress-led UPA government of all-round failure, BJP president Rajnath Singh Thursday said the people were yearning for a change and expressed hope that his party would bag 40 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 general elections.

Addressing a press conference here on the second day of his visit to the state, he also accused the Congress of trying to hoodwink the people with new schemes.

Modi never claimed rescuing 15,000 people: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath-SinghLucknow, June 26 : BJP president Rajnath Singh said here Wednesday that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi never claimed rescuing 15,000 people from disaster-hit Uttarakhand.

"Narendra Modi never claimed that he evacuated anyone (from Uttarakhand). Remarks by Congressmen in this hour of crisis are very unfortunate," he added.

"I have spoken to Modi-ji. He said he had gone there to express his solidarity with the people caught in the disaster and to oversee the (rescue and relief) arrangements," Singh added.

UP clears Rs.350.79 crore for Uttarakhand

Akhilesh-YadavLucknow, June 26 : Reaching out to Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Wednesday ordered the release of the pending Rs. 350.79 crore for disbursement of pension.

The amount was pending between the two neighbouring states for the last four years. A government spokesman told IANS that the entire sum would be given to Uttarakhand this month.

"The money would go a long way towards rehabilitation in Uttarakhand following the devastation there," the chief minister said.

Akhilesh donates month's salary for Uttarakhand

Akhilesh-YadavLucknow, June 24 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Monday gave away a month's salary for disaster relief in Uttarakhand.

He also urged ministers in his government and MPs and legislators of the Samajwadi Party to do likewise.

"I appeal to everyone in the spate, my party and people across the social and political spectrum to donate to the best of their abilities and help people devastated by the natural calamity," he said in a message.

The MPs and legislators have been asked to make their donation to the Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund.

There are questions about media credibility, says Ansari

hamid-ansariAligarh, June 15 : India has every reason to be proud of the strength and diversity of its mass media, Vice President Hamid Ansari said Saturday.

But from time to time there have been disconnecting developments that do raise questions about the media's objectivity and credibility, he said here.

These included cross-media ownership, the phenomenon of 'paid news', media ethics, the need for effective self-regulatory mechanisms, declining role of editors and their editorial freedom, and the need to improve the working conditions of media personnel, he said.

Govt. to form SVP to execute Lucknow Metro rail project

Govt. to form SVP to execute Lucknow Metro rail projectThe Uttar Pradesh government on Friday decided to form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to execute the planned Lucknow Metro rail project.

The SPV - Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) - will consist of principal secretaries of all concerning departments, including Urban Development, PWD and housing.

An official of the Central government would head the SPV, while an official from the Uttar Pradesh government would be its managing director.

Industrial corridor will boost development in UP: Akhilesh Yadav

Industrial corridor will boost development in UP: Akhilesh YadavIndustrial corridor parallel to the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) will provide a big boost to the development and prosperity of Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said.

Yadav welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's move of appointing an inter-ministerial group to launch the industrial corridor parallel to EDFC and added that it would accelerate industrial development in the state.

Army Central Command launches 24x7 medical helpline

Medical-HelplineLucknow, June 7 : The army's Central Command Friday launched a unique 24x7 medical helpline for its personnel, their families, ex-servicemen and the public.

The Surya Medical Helpline is a toll-free number and will render expert first aid and life saving advice on a multitude of medical emergencies, including accident injuries, burn injuries, chest pain and seizures among others.

The patient and/or their kin can explain the symptoms or injury over the phone and can also send an MMS or photos of the patients' clinical condition directly to a specialist's mobile phone.

Akhilesh gives free laptops to Ghaziabad students

Akhilesh-Yadav1Ghaziabad, June 3 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Monday distributed free laptops to students in Ghaziabad and unveiled new projects amid residents' protests seeking a CBI probe into the recent murder of a seven-member family.

The chief minister distributed the laptops to 50 students as part of his Samajwadi Party election pledge. Other over 8,000 computers would be given by the administration, an official said.

The first laptop recipient was Anjali Singh Bist.

The official said 5,598 laptops would be distributed to Ghaziabad students while 2,476 laptops will be given to students in Gautam Budh Nagar.

BJP slams Akhilesh for detaining its workers

Akhilesh-YadavLucknow, June 3 : Lashing out at the police for detaining its leaders and workers in Ghaziabad ahead of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's arrival, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday accused the government of trying to gag the voice of the opposition.

Reacting sharply to its party workers being attacked with police batons for protesting the hike in power tariff and spiralling crime, state BJP spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the chief minister was following the dictatorial attitude of his predecessor Mayawati.

Akhilesh seeks UPA's support for Muslim reservation

Akhilesh-YadavLucknow, May 28 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday sought support from the UPA government at the centre to effect a constitutional amendment to ensure reservations for Muslims as per the recommendations of the Sachar Committee.

Addressing a press conference along with union Minister for Minority Welfare K. Rahman Khan here, Yadav said if the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government made an effort in this direction, the Samajwadi Party
(SP) would support it.

He added that his government was working to improve social, educational and economic status of the Muslim community in the state.

Akhilesh's officials stonewall probe against Mayawati's ministers

Akhilesh-YadavLucknow, May 18 : Voted to power with a promise to weed out corruption and send the guilty behind bars, the Akhilesh Yadav government has, a year-and-a-half later, not been able to take much action in cases involving high-ranking figures of the Mayawati regime despite damning evidence emerging out of the Lokayukta's investigations.

UP CM asks centre to extend Delhi metro

UP CM asks centre to extend Delhi metroAkhilesh Yadav, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has asked the central government to extend the extend the Delhi metro rail service in the National Capital Region (NCR) area that falls under Uttar Pradesh.

Shivpal Yadav criticised for writing to Obama

Shivpal-Singh-YadavLucknow, May 1 : Uttar Pradesh minister Shivpal Singh Yadav's letter to US President Barack Obama on cabinet colleague Azam Khan being detained at Boston airport has triggered a controversy with opposition parties and civil society activists terming it objectionable.

In a petition sent to Governor B. L. Joshi, activist Urvashi Sharma termed the letter written by the Public Works Department (PWD) minister as unconstitutional and against diplomatic norms under which external affairs is a central not a state subject.

"This is highly objectionable and cannot be wished away," Sharma told IANS.

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