Brajendra K Parashar

Brajendra K Parashar

Brajendra K Parashar is a Special Correspondent presently looking after agriculture, energy, transport, panchayati raj, commercial tax, Rashtriya Lok Dal, state election commission, IAS/PCS Associations, Vidhan Parishad among other beats.

Articles by Brajendra K Parashar
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UP considers reducing liquor quota limit for homes

UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 02:14 PM IST
Also, the new excise policy approved by the state Cabinet two weeks ago made a license mandatory for stocking liquor above the prescribed limit at home
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Two main options were being discussed before a policy was framed for reservations in the Panchayat polls in Uttar Pradesh(HT Photo)
Two main options were being discussed before a policy was framed for reservations in the Panchayat polls in Uttar Pradesh(HT Photo)

Uttar Pradesh government weighing quota formulas for panchayat polls

By Brajendra K Parashar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 02:47 PM IST
  • The UP govt is discussing whether to opt for rotation or go by the Zero formula, where fresh reservation of panchayats would be ordered without factoring in their categorisation in previous elections.
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Former IAS officer Arvind Kumar Sharma joins the BJP at party office in Lucknow on January 14.
Former IAS officer Arvind Kumar Sharma joins the BJP at party office in Lucknow on January 14.

Politicians, bureaucrats queue up to meet ex-IAS officer who may have key role in UP politics

PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 12:38 PM IST
Arvind Kumar Sharma, a close aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, filed his nomination papers on Monday for the UP Legislative Council polls after joining the ruling BJP on January 14
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BJP's strength in the UP legislative council is bound to increase after the polls.(HT FILE)
BJP's strength in the UP legislative council is bound to increase after the polls.(HT FILE)

BJP, SP candidates step closer to unopposed election to UP legislative council

By Brajendra K Parashar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 09:39 AM IST
  • 10 BJP and two SP candidates are in the fray in the legislative council polls for 12 seats. Their unopposed election is being seen as a foregone conclusion, provided none of the remaining candidates withdraw, which will otherwise make voting necessary.
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Representational image. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Representational image. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

UP govt lifts ban on import of poultry from other states

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:13 AM IST
The UP government had on January 10 issued a circular declaring the whole state as “controlled zone” and banning the import of all kinds of live birds till January 24
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Cases of bird flu have been confirmed by many states. (PTI)
Cases of bird flu have been confirmed by many states. (PTI)

Bird flu scare: Relief for poultry business as UP lifts ban on import

By Brajendra K Parashar, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:28 PM IST
  • The order to lift the ban was issued after chief minister Yogi Adityanath approved a proposal to this effect on Monday, sources said.
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Uttar Pradesh: SEC expresses reservations over govt timeline for panchayat elections

PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 05:02 PM IST
According to sources, the SEC has told the government that it might not be possible to hold rural polls as per the government’s plan due to paucity of time required to complete the revision of electoral roll
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Jammu: Workers plany paddy saplings in a field at Suchetgarh of Ranbir Singh Pura sector near the India-Pakistan international border, about 25 km from Jammu on Wednesday, July 04, 2018. The government today hiked the minimum support price for paddy by a steep <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>200 per quintal as it looked to fulfil its poll promise to give farmers 50 per cent more rate than their cost of production. (PTI Photo) (PTI7_4_2018_000124B) (PTI)
Jammu: Workers plany paddy saplings in a field at Suchetgarh of Ranbir Singh Pura sector near the India-Pakistan international border, about 25 km from Jammu on Wednesday, July 04, 2018. The government today hiked the minimum support price for paddy by a steep 200 per quintal as it looked to fulfil its poll promise to give farmers 50 per cent more rate than their cost of production. (PTI Photo) (PTI7_4_2018_000124B) (PTI)

Uttar Pradesh paddy purchase outstrips its storage capacity as procurement continues

PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 10:47 AM IST
The paddy will be purchased till the procurement season ends and they may request the Food Corporation of India to move the surplus from Uttar Pradesh
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File photo: UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(PTI)
File photo: UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(PTI)

For BJP, panchayat polls a ‘test’ match before 2022 UP assembly elections

By Brajendra K Parashar, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 09:16 PM IST
  • Observers say the BJP is preparing the ground for 2022 UP assembly elections by using the rural polls as a ‘test’ match.
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File photo: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(PTI)
File photo: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(PTI)

UP govt plans to distribute tractors to 69 ‘lucky’ farmers

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 12:06 AM IST
As many as 69 farmers belonging to different districts will be shortlisted for the free distribution of tractors through bumper lucky draws under the Mandi Parishad’s old scheme.
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Straw and stubble burning by farmers are a major cause of air pollution in north India.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Straw and stubble burning by farmers are a major cause of air pollution in north India.(HT FILE PHOTO)

UP’s new bio-fuel policy to reduce pollution due to stubble burning

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON NOV 25, 2020 09:03 AM IST
The proposed policy seeks to promote and incentivise setting up of power generation plants based on paddy straws and also makes it mandatory for state-owned thermal stations to use agricultural residue as raw material with coal to fire the power plants.
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Health workers collecting swab samples from a girl for Covid-19 testing at India Gate in New Delhi.(ANI)
Health workers collecting swab samples from a girl for Covid-19 testing at India Gate in New Delhi.(ANI)

Centre to rush more expert teams for Covid management; sending teams to Himachal, UP and Punjab

By Rhythma Kaul and Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 07:06 AM IST
Alarmed by a surge in Covid-19 cases in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, meanwhile, has begun random testing of people travelling to the state from the National Capital Region, chief secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari said.
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Officials will arrange for the lighting of lamps/ ‘deepdan’ as well as the continuous recital of the Ramayan for 8, 12 or 24 hours and organise similar other events at all places and temples related to Maharishi Valmiki on his jayanti on October 31(HT Archive)
Officials will arrange for the lighting of lamps/ ‘deepdan’ as well as the continuous recital of the Ramayan for 8, 12 or 24 hours and organise similar other events at all places and temples related to Maharishi Valmiki on his jayanti on October 31(HT Archive)

Uttar Pradesh government to celebrate Valmiki Jayanti in a big way on October 31

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2020 08:50 AM IST
The events include the continuous recital of Ramayan for 24 hours at all places and temples associated with the sage
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In January 2018, the Centre issued a notification making it mandatory for all public transport vehicles, including buses and taxis, to have VLTS devices and panic buttons to especially ensure the safety of women passengers.(HT file)
In January 2018, the Centre issued a notification making it mandatory for all public transport vehicles, including buses and taxis, to have VLTS devices and panic buttons to especially ensure the safety of women passengers.(HT file)

Uttar Pradesh: Vehicle tracking, panic buttons to boost safety of women passengers

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 03:01 PM IST
Project being expedited in view of Yogi government’s renewed focus on safety of women
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Fifth-highest number of road mishap deaths in India last year took place in Kanpur

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2020 01:15 PM IST
The city also reported the highest crash severity (persons killed per 100 crashes) in the country in 2019, says the Union transport and national highways ministry’s annual report
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Chief secretary Tiwari said that there was a substantial dip in the number of daily Covid-19 cases but warned against laxity.(HT Archive)
Chief secretary Tiwari said that there was a substantial dip in the number of daily Covid-19 cases but warned against laxity.(HT Archive)

Uttar Pradesh: Ensure death audit of Covid-19 fatalities, chief secretary tells officials

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2020 11:45 AM IST
He asked officials to strictly enforce social distancing and face mask rules in crowded places, including religious places
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Free food grain distribution through PDS shops proved to be a big support to the poor during Covid-19 lockdown, claims govt.(HT Photo)
Free food grain distribution through PDS shops proved to be a big support to the poor during Covid-19 lockdown, claims govt.(HT Photo)

Free food grain for poor brought wheat prices crashing down, say traders

By Brajendra K Parashar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 02:47 PM IST
Traders, who stocked wheat during the procurement season between April-June are now upset at the low prices of wheat in the market.
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Police personnel stand guard as CBI officials (not visible in picture) investigate the Hathras case.(PTI Photo)
Police personnel stand guard as CBI officials (not visible in picture) investigate the Hathras case.(PTI Photo)

Under criticism over Hathras case, UP launches ‘Mission Shakti’ for women’s safety

By Brajendra K Parashar | Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2020 03:29 PM IST
Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari said the state government would ensure that the laws related to sexual offences are implemented in letter and spirit.
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The UP government had issued separate notifications for the two routes in September, which led to discontent among UPSRTC employees’ unions.(HT file)
The UP government had issued separate notifications for the two routes in September, which led to discontent among UPSRTC employees’ unions.(HT file)

UP opens up two nationalised routes for private buses

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 12:17 PM IST
The corporation’s employees, officers and pensioners suspect the move as a larger conspiracy to gradually finish the corporation in favour of private operators
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Under, the new system, the food grains will travel directly from FCI godowns to the ration dealers.(Representational Image)
Under, the new system, the food grains will travel directly from FCI godowns to the ration dealers.(Representational Image)

UP govt to start doorstep delivery of food stock to ration dealers

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 05, 2020 11:51 AM IST
The government has identified one block in each district for the implementation of the new scheme after the positive results of a pilot project launched in a few blocks in three districts
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A farmer working in his field for Rabi crop (wheat).(File photo)
A farmer working in his field for Rabi crop (wheat).(File photo)

‘MSP not most preferred mode for farmers in Uttar Pradesh’: NITI Aayog study

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 09:29 PM IST
According to a 2016 NITI Aayog study, twenty-eight percent of farmers in Uttar Pradesh sell at MSP, sixty-three percent trade in the open market while eight percent keep grains for self-consumption.
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The discom employees protesting against the privatisation have been assured that service conditions will not be inferior in any manner after private firms take over.(Representational Image)
The discom employees protesting against the privatisation have been assured that service conditions will not be inferior in any manner after private firms take over.(Representational Image)

Varanasi discom among ones to be privatised; UPPCL working out details for takeover

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 04:47 PM IST
The Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd is believed to be working out assets and liabilities of the discom as on March 31 for its takeover by a private company probably by the year-end
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The Centre has asked the Bundelkhand Saur Urja Ltd, the park developer, to submit a detailed project report at the earliest.(AFP)
The Centre has asked the Bundelkhand Saur Urja Ltd, the park developer, to submit a detailed project report at the earliest.(AFP)

UP gets in-principle nod for biggest solar park

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2020 09:35 AM IST
Jalaun district magistrate Mannan Akhtar on September 4 informed the NEDA that the 6,000 acres of land is largely barren and a committee had been set up to negotiate with farmers and take it on lease for 27 years
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The scheme was launched in the state on October 11, 2017. A majority of the consumers are not paying bills for their power consumption.(Representational Image)
The scheme was launched in the state on October 11, 2017. A majority of the consumers are not paying bills for their power consumption.(Representational Image)

Saubhagya scheme for electrification: 82% rural power bills unpaid in UP since April

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2020 04:44 PM IST
Data showed that 82.27% of rural consumers have not paid even a single electricity bill during the current financial year since April. While around 17% among the over two crore rural consumers have paid their bills at least once in the current financial year
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The Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Acts regulates the fruit and vegetable markets in the country. (Photo by Bharat Bhushan/ Hindustan Times)
The Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Acts regulates the fruit and vegetable markets in the country. (Photo by Bharat Bhushan/ Hindustan Times)

Why western UP farmers are silent on Centre’s new farm bills

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 09:54 PM IST
The reason farm leaders gave was that unlike Punjab and Haryana, the network of fruit and vegetable markets is not so strong in western Uttar Pradesh and impact of the farm reform laws would be much less in a primarily sugarcane growing region of the country.
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EPS noted that Varanasi had witnessed moderate peak demand growth in comparison to its energy requirement growth that is in contrast to most of the other mega cities.(Representational Image)
EPS noted that Varanasi had witnessed moderate peak demand growth in comparison to its energy requirement growth that is in contrast to most of the other mega cities.(Representational Image)

Lucknow to record highest power demand growth in UP in next decade

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2020 08:51 AM IST
The city’s peak demand was likely to soar to 2579 MW from the current 1450 MW by 2029-30, the 19th Electric Power Survey of mega cities said.
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A swarm of locusts around Aliganj and Vikas nagar areas in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, earlier in July.(Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
A swarm of locusts around Aliganj and Vikas nagar areas in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, earlier in July.(Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)

New generation of locusts may attack crops in UP after monsoon

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2020 04:26 PM IST
A new generation of swarms may attack crops in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan after the monsoon even as the toxic chemicals sprayed to kill them may have adverse environmental and health consequences
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The Central government plans to make Rs 1 lakh crore AIF available to banks that will finance these projects.(HT photo)
The Central government plans to make Rs 1 lakh crore AIF available to banks that will finance these projects.(HT photo)

Uttar Pradesh to create Udyog Bandhu-like body for farmers

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2020 11:57 AM IST
The body will assist enterprising farmer producer organisations in investing in projects for post-harvest infrastructure management and community farming assets with the help of the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund that the Centre had announced in August
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The special task force (STF) of police and the experts of the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) have not ruled out the possibility of the sabotage.(Representative Photo)
The special task force (STF) of police and the experts of the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) have not ruled out the possibility of the sabotage.(Representative Photo)

STF, UPPCL experts still clueless on Janmasthami blackout in UP

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON AUG 21, 2020 12:28 PM IST
Investigators believe that a wrong server command generated from the centralized control and command centre caused the blackout but they are clueless as to who gave the wrong command and why.
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