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Poll-time lens reveals decade of transformation in Kashi

The most remarkable facet of transformation is palpable at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple (KVT) complex post its renovation and expansion as the Kashi Vishwanath Dham.

Street vendor on the KVT road (HT Photo)
Updated on May 30, 2024 06:32 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Modi juggernaut vs INDIA bloc: Kashi poised for ‘tug of margin’

While the opposition seeks to wrest power from the saffron party, the BJP is focusing on increasing the victory margin of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

A man cleaning the stairs at a ghat before daily ‘aarti’ on the bank of the Ganga, said to be the lifeline of Varanasi. (Gaurav Saigal/HT Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2024 01:28 AM IST

INDIA bloc getting stronger with each passing phase, says Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Rai

“Elections are won by winning hearts... Youth are troubled with price rise and unemployment,” says Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Rai in an exclusive interview

Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Rai. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2024 09:04 AM IST
By, Varanasi

All 10 stranded dolphins in safe waters now

Last two stranded Gangetic dolphins in Lakhimpur swam to safety after 48 hours. Mother and calf reached safe waters with help from forest officials.

At one moment, the calf was seen leaping to the surface as it swam towards the river with its mother. The scene was captured by forest officials. (Sourced)
Updated on May 27, 2024 05:10 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Plight of stranded dolphins makes a splash, spawns rescue op

National aquatic animal of India got stranded in the shallow water of Sharda irrigation canal in U.P.’s Lakhimpur district

One of the stranded dolphins in the shallow water of Sharda irrigation canal in U.P.’s Lakhimpur district (Sourced)
Updated on May 26, 2024 05:08 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Kalanamak rice bowl sees grain concern sprout in poll season

Much of the Kalanamak rice that farmers harvested last year is awaiting customers and the growers feel it needs an MSP push but they say they don’t know whether their concerns are part of any manifesto.

Balram Chaudhary, a farmer in Siddharthnagar, who is seeking MSP for his Kalanamak rice crop (Gaurav Saigal/HT Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2024 07:26 AM IST
By, Siddharthnagar

Political choice has a benefit quotient in aspirational districts of UP

Politicians and parties have a different take on campaigning in these districts - they call it the “beneficiary connect”, which is high on their agenda. Siddharthnagar, one of the 8 aspirational districts in UP, has 1,19,527 Ujjwala beneficiary families who got wood stoves replaced with LPG system

Saroj about to begin cooking on her gas stove in her house. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2024 09:38 AM IST

Farmers in Barabanki transforming their fortunes amidst political apathy

Politicians pass through rural pockets in Barabanki while campaigning for the Lok Sabha election and plan novel methods to attract voters, but they rarely visit fields full of innovation.

Progressive farmers of Barabanki feel their successful initiatives should be supported and replicated. (Sourced)
Updated on May 18, 2024 05:08 AM IST
By, Barabanki

Washing machine hasn’t worked for Modi: Supriya Shrinate

In conversation with Hindustan Times, Congress’ social media chairperson, party national spokesperson and member CWC Supriya Shrinate feels people want change and the BJP will be pulled down drastically in Uttar Pradesh.

Supriya Shrinate who fought the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Maharajganj seat, is now campaigning for party candidate Virendra Chaudhary, against BJP candidate Pankaj Chaudhary in her hometown (Maharajganj) (Pic for representation)
Updated on May 12, 2024 07:10 AM IST

Unnao Lok Sabha constituency: Thousands face water woes but their plight unfit for political consumption

Children in Makur village, Unnao, face the daily struggle of drinking contaminated water due to high fluoride levels, leading to health issues.

Children drawing water from a handpump at Makur village in Unnao Lok Sabha constituency. The water is invariably sandy. (Gaurav Saigal/HT Photo)
Updated on May 11, 2024 05:12 AM IST
By, Unnao

Villagers in eye of the tiger, politicians miss the point

Campaign trail grows cold in tiger country as candidates hardly visit places at the epicentre of the man-animal conflict compounded by people encroaching on forests.

Kaushalya, Laxmi and Shero, the three women who lost male earning members of their families in tiger attacks. (Gaurav Saighal/HT)
Updated on May 09, 2024 05:28 AM IST
By, Lakhimpur Kheri

Barabanki: In the land of progressive farmers, key contestants in race to be first-time MP

Barabanki goes to polls on May 20. The Bahujan Samaj Party won the seat in 2004, the Congress in 2009 and the BJP twice in succession in 2014 and 2019.

Over the years, farming has undergone a sea change in Barabanki. (PICTURE FOR REPRESENTATION)
Updated on May 05, 2024 05:20 AM IST
By, Lucknow

‘Promise metro rail in old city area’, says Ravidas Mehrotra, SP’s Lucknow candidate

“I am contesting against an MP who never spent a night in his constituency. I am a resident of Lucknow, and he (Rajnath Singh) is not. Lucknow residents had even put up posters ‘Lapata Sansad’ (missing MP) during Covid pandemic when patients were looking for him and could not find him.”

Ravidas Mehrotra will be contesting for SP in Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 30, 2024 11:42 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Bahraich: Ghaghra’s wrath yatra fails to find poll resonance

Villagers here know that in a few weeks from now as the political temperature goes down with the 2024 Lok Sabha election results, the Ghaghra will swell amid the rains and eat up more land of theirs, push them even farther from the present riverbank and compel them to find a new place for their huts.

Soni working on water pump to irrigate field (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 06:02 AM IST
By, Bahraich

Lok Sabha polls: Villagers here demand mobile connectivity for electoral support

Residents of Amba and several other remote villages in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich district say life is incomplete without network

A wall writing in a Bharaich village demanding mobile connectivity. (Gaurav Saigal)
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 04:41 AM IST
By, Bahraich

Awareness campaign: People ‘educated’ to vote for OPS

This issue connects over 15 lakh families of state and central employees in UP who joined service after the new pension scheme was implemented, says a state employee

A ‘Vote for OPS’ campaign meeting in progress. (Sourced)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 08:06 AM IST

KGMU doctors give fresh lease of life to U.P. man after iron rod pierces his heart ‘through and through’

The incident took place when Mannelal was working on an under-construction toilet at his home at Durgapur, in Sultanpur district on March 27. The roof came down and an iron rod pierced his body.

After recovery, the UP man poses with the iron rod that had pierced his heart. (SOURCED)
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 06:22 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Candidates take the digital route to engage with voters

Social media influencers and messaging apps have become the preferred means for candidates to engage with voters

Social media creatives have replaced hoardings that have already gone off road with the model code of conduct coming into effect. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 09:18 AM IST

Saving Rhinos: To prevent inbreeding, UP rhinos set to woo partners in Nepal

In first ever initiative Rhinos from DTR will be left to wander along Indo-Nepal border to mate with Rhinos from Nepal to change bloodline for lineage.

To prevent inbreeding, UP rhinos set to woo partners in Nepal (sourced)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 08:30 AM IST
By, Lucknow

From ‘Nimbooie’ to ‘Jataun’, Indian butterflies get Hindi identities

Uttar Pradesh hosts over 200 butterfly species, but all of them had names given by the British, just as the others found in India. This is the first time that names have been given in Hindi after research.

Butterflies are recognised as environmental indicators for their rapid and sensitive responses to subtle habitat or climatic changes. (Pic for representation)
Published on Mar 14, 2024 01:33 PM IST

Shrouded in callousness: One error, two families and twice the pain

As a result of the post-mortem house staff in Lucknow calling out just the first name of a deceased woman, wrong body handed over, one family has to do cremation twice, the other gets only ashes

Post-mortem house in Lucknow. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 06, 2024 10:59 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Leopards grow 17% in U.P; actual number may be more

U.P. falls in Shivalik Hills and Gangetic Plains (SHGP) landscape of the national forest regime, which also includes Bihar and Uttarakhand.

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 01, 2024 07:34 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Lucknow docs craft comprehensive guide for paediatric trauma care

Touted as SE Asia’s first, the manual, that is being shared with doctors across the country, is a ready reckoner on handling queries related to trauma cases in children

Lucknow docs craft comprehensive guide for paediatric trauma care (Pic for representation)
Updated on Mar 01, 2024 06:00 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Solar power to illuminate Lucknow’s health centres

In Lucknow, Itaunja (2,398 deliveries), BKT (1,523 deliveries), NK Road (168 deliveries), Kakori (1,850), Gosaiganj (2,163), Chinhat (856), and Mal (2,814) health centres will have solar panels installed for generating solar power.

For representation (Sourced)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 09:16 AM IST

Going digital: Trial run for paperless OPD in four Uttar Pradesh hospitals

The Lok Bandhu Raj Narain hospital, along with Balrampur, Avantibai (women’s), and Jhalkaribai (women’s) hospitals, are piloting this paperless system for patients.

Under this digital OPD system, doctors will open online prescriptions on their desktop computers, outlining necessary tests and medications. (FOR REPRESENTATION)
Published on Feb 25, 2024 04:55 PM IST
By, Lucknow

From action to inaction, the curious case of Jankipuram’s trauma centre

A trauma centre was started in the strategic location of Jankipuram Extension in July 2023 to cater to road accident victims as it is close to Lucknow-Sitapur highway. But being ill-equipped and short-staffed, it has failed to serve its purpose and functions merely as a clinic to treat common ailments.

The trauma centre in Jankipuram Extension (Gaurav Saigal/HT)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 08:12 AM IST

BRD hosp cardiology unit dismantled, dealing a big blow to locals

The cardiologist working here was transferred and was not replaced. Doctors here do attend to all patients, including those with heart problems, but only up to a limit beyond which they refer patients to other hospitals.

The cardiology unit in BRD hospital had all necessary equipment and staff and was expected to grow with time . (Pic for representation)
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Trauma centres to get shot in the arm, integrated labs on cards in UP

The state government has proposed that trauma centres, which number over 48 at present, will be upgraded to level one (200-bed facilities)

A new medical college proposed in Varanasi with a grant of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>400 crore, a paramedical college in Kannauj with a grant of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>25 crore, another college in Balrampur and a 500-bed hospital building in Ayodhya were among key proposals announced by the finance minister in the budget. (Pic for representation)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 10:21 PM IST

Reviving Lucknow’s ecosystem: 108 wetlands set for restoration

“Lucknow has 1370 wetlands identified via remote sensing, and among these, 108 have been earmarked for restoration work, for now,” said Prof Venkatesh Dutta.

Ekana wetland in Lucknow. (Gaurav Saigal / Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 10:37 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Govt identifies 120 CHCs with low admission rate, less or no doctors

Parametres such as less than 1,000 out-patients in a month, less than 50 deliveries or 75 admissions in a month, and one or no medical officer deployed or where specialists are posted without their need were considered to make the list, “CHCs are significant to ensure health services reach people in rural areas

 (For representation)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 07:40 AM IST
By, Lucknow
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