K Sandeep Kumar

K Sandeep Kumar is a Special Correspondent of Hindustan Times heading the Allahabad Bureau. He has spent over 16 years reporting extensively in Uttar Pradesh, especially Allahabad and Lucknow. He covers politics, science and technology, higher education, medical and health and defence matters. He also writes on development issues.

Articles by K Sandeep Kumar

Prayagraj: Designer chillums much in demand in Magh Mela tent city

Makers and sellers of these designer chillums are making brisk sales. They have arrived here with their products—mostly from Raeojah village in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh

The smoking pipes come in all hues and designs. (HT photo)
The smoking pipes come in all hues and designs. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 09:36 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Mahatyagi sadhus start rigorous ritual at Magh Mela

Mahatyagi sadhus— the followers of Lord Ram— began their ancient, longest and the most rigorous ritual in quest of salvation in the camps located at Khak Chowk area of Magh Mela tent city on Basant Panchami on Thursday

Sadhus performing Dhuni Puja at Magh Mela in Prayagraj on Thursday. (Anil Kumar Maurya/HT)
Sadhus performing Dhuni Puja at Magh Mela in Prayagraj on Thursday. (Anil Kumar Maurya/HT)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 01:59 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Policy in pipeline: Secondary schools in U.P. to generate revenue, use money for upkeep

The department of secondary education in U.P. has already prepared a policy draft and sought suggestions from the public.

The proposed policy has been uploaded to official website. (HT Photo)
The proposed policy has been uploaded to official website. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 22, 2023 08:18 PM IST

Armed with multi-lingual skills,seers sans formal education expertly deliver discourses

Being multi-lingual has helped them propagate Sanatan Dharma across the country and even abroad for years now.

Swami Krishnacharya preaches in Sanskrit, English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam . (HT)
Swami Krishnacharya preaches in Sanskrit, English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam . (HT)
Published on Jan 18, 2023 08:13 PM IST

Mahakumbh 2025: MoUs worth 969 crore for tourism sector projects inked in Prayagraj

The proposed projects range from an eco-tourism set-up to the construction of a resort and wellness centre among others.

A mini tent city near Arail with comfy tents put up for tourists during the ongoing Magh Mela-2023 in Prayagraj (HT PHOTO)
A mini tent city near Arail with comfy tents put up for tourists during the ongoing Magh Mela-2023 in Prayagraj (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 06:03 PM IST

Prayagraj gets U.P.’s first backwash water filter plant

The system is capable of converting even unused sludge left after filtration at the plant into drinking water

The new backwash water filter system plant set up at Khusro Bagh water treatment plant in Prayagraj. (HT photo)
The new backwash water filter system plant set up at Khusro Bagh water treatment plant in Prayagraj. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 13, 2023 11:36 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Magh Mela-2023: Women seers taking their fathers’ religious legacies forward

In various camps, women seers and preachers of various age groups are walking the paths taken by their fathers by delivering discourses, telling religious tales and leading yoga sessions

A woman seer delivering religious discourse at Magh Mela 2023 in Prayagraj. (HT photo)
A woman seer delivering religious discourse at Magh Mela 2023 in Prayagraj. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 12, 2023 10:59 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Now dialects dictionary to help primary teachers teach kids in U.P.

The move, in line with the new National Education Policy (NEP)-2020, is aimed at conserving regional dialects of the Hindi heartland and using them to better educate school kids.

At present, 1.8 crore students are studying at 1.68 lakh government primary and upper primary schools. (HT Photo)
At present, 1.8 crore students are studying at 1.68 lakh government primary and upper primary schools. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2023 07:42 PM IST

44-day Magh Mela begins in Prayagraj: Pilgrims brave cold, fog to take dip at Sangam on Paush Purnima

All through the day, the ghats in Prayagraj remained abuzz with pilgrims taking the dip and performing various rituals on the first day of the Magh Mela

Pilgrims at the Magh Mela in Prayagraj on Friday. (ANIL K MAURYA/HT)
Pilgrims at the Magh Mela in Prayagraj on Friday. (ANIL K MAURYA/HT)
Published on Jan 06, 2023 10:54 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

With many firsts, Magh Mela set to kick-start on January 6

Country’s biggest annual religious congregation on Sangam banks being held as a mini-replica of Mahakumbh 2025; UP govt racing against time to make arrangements for over seven crore pilgrims

Magh Mela-2023 tent city on the banks of Sangam in Prayagraj . (Anil Kumar Maurya/HT photo)
Magh Mela-2023 tent city on the banks of Sangam in Prayagraj . (Anil Kumar Maurya/HT photo)
Published on Jan 03, 2023 09:31 PM IST

U.P. govt to take suggestions from people over Mahakumbh Mela 2025 arrangements

Officials said that the state also wants to showcase its administrative capacity, cultural prosperity, and facilities in the tourism sector through Mahakumbh-2025

Tourism dept to launch contest to make religious fair more ‘inclusive’ (HT Photo)
Tourism dept to launch contest to make religious fair more ‘inclusive’ (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 29, 2022 06:58 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh: First mini stadium in Prayagraj’s rural area ready, to open in Jan

The Uttar Pradesh government is building mini stadiums in rural areas across the state to hone skills of rural players

The newly constructed mini stadium at Jasra in Prayagraj. (HT photo)
The newly constructed mini stadium at Jasra in Prayagraj. (HT photo)
Published on Dec 24, 2022 11:15 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Veda students now eligible for higher education as 8 ‘Gurukul’ schools in Prayagraj get recognition

With these traditional schools -- running under the age-old Gurukul model -- getting recognition, their passed-out students will now be eligible to pursue higher education

The development also clears the way for students of these schools to appear in competitive examinations. (HT Photo)
The development also clears the way for students of these schools to appear in competitive examinations. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 24, 2022 08:05 PM IST

90 million Covid booster doses yet to be taken in Uttar Pradesh, vaccine stock adequate, say officials

In view of the recent rise in Covid cases in some countries, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has said the state government will formulate a fresh policy for prevention and management of Covid-19

Over 100% of eligible people in Uttar Pradesh have got their first Covid vaccine dose. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Over 100% of eligible people in Uttar Pradesh have got their first Covid vaccine dose. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Dec 24, 2022 12:57 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, K Sandeep Kumar and Oliver Fredrick, Lucknow/prayagraj/varanasi

UPSRTC gears up for fog halts with beds, all-night canteens

Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) didn’t operate 510 buses or had to stop them midway due to fog on Tuesday-Wednesday night in the state

UPSRTC buses parked at Prayagraj depot on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
UPSRTC buses parked at Prayagraj depot on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 22, 2022 12:31 AM IST
BySreya Deb, Brajendra K Parashar, K Sandeep Kumar, Hemendra Chaturvedi and Haidar Naqvi, Lucknow/prayagraj/agra/kanpur:

Ahead of Investors’ Summit, Prayagraj achieves over 200% of investment target

With the inking of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) for a total investment of ₹37,512 crore so far, Prayagraj region has created a record in the state by achieving 200% of the total investment target set for the current fiscal against a target of ₹16,000 crore, said officials aware of the matter

Investors’ hub Saraswati Hitech City of Prayagraj. (HT file)
Investors’ hub Saraswati Hitech City of Prayagraj. (HT file)
Published on Dec 17, 2022 10:18 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

In Prayagraj, 2 school students killed, over 20 injured in bus accident

The bus driver, taking the school students of Kanti Devi Janata Vidyalaya on a tour from Jaunpur to Mangarh in Prayagraj, lost control of the vehicle while trying to save a biker.

Rescued school students from the bus.(HT photo)
Rescued school students from the bus.(HT photo)
Updated on Dec 17, 2022 12:08 PM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar, Prayagraj

Magh Mela 2023: Seers seek police protection of their camps at Sangam

Several of the seers coming to the fair from Uttarakhand have been accorded personal protection from their state government.

Private security would not be allowed in the mela premises. (HT Photo)
Private security would not be allowed in the mela premises. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 15, 2022 07:08 PM IST

Panchatantra, other Indian folk tales to help govt school kids improve English in U.P.

An instruction book shall also be made available to the teachers for instructing them how to use the content and derive maximum benefit.

These students are enrolled in 1,13,289 government-run primary schools of the state. (HT Photo)
These students are enrolled in 1,13,289 government-run primary schools of the state. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 14, 2022 10:14 PM IST

U.P. civic polls: Sangam city all set for its first-ever OBC mayor

This will be the first time in the last two-and-a-half decades that an OBC candidate will be elected Prayagraj mayor

The office of the Prayagraj mayor. (HT photo)
The office of the Prayagraj mayor. (HT photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2022 11:02 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

‘Bahurupiyas’ sinking into oblivion

Bahurupiya’ (mimickers who appear in various get-ups). say the age-old art form is dying for want of government support

The Bahrupiyas at Rashtriya Shilp Mela at NCZCC in Prayagraj (HT photo)
The Bahrupiyas at Rashtriya Shilp Mela at NCZCC in Prayagraj (HT photo)
Published on Dec 05, 2022 12:36 AM IST

India’s youngest woman skydiver performs ‘rare’ jump in Thailand

In the event in which Anamika took part, she jumped off the aircraft with the intention of landing at a targeted area or drop zone.

Now, the soon-to-be 22-year-old woman has made history by becoming the first Indian to successfully perform a specific type of jump using a wingsuit, in Thailand
Now, the soon-to-be 22-year-old woman has made history by becoming the first Indian to successfully perform a specific type of jump using a wingsuit, in Thailand
Published on Dec 03, 2022 11:32 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Prayagraj tourist site Triveni Pushp to be revamped as cultural hub

The Triveni Pushp site would be developed as a “Mini-Indian village.” It would have amusement and recreational zones, besides food courts and theme-based temporary hotel set-ups

Triveni Pushp at Arail in Prayagraj. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Triveni Pushp at Arail in Prayagraj. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 04, 2022 12:33 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

U.P.: Dependent grandkids of secondary schools’ staff to also get jobs on compassionate ground

Now dependent grandchildren of teachers and non-teaching staff of govt-aided secondary schools will also be able to get jobs on compassionate grounds in case any employee of 4,512 such schools running across the state dies in harness

There are 4,512 such schools running across Uttar Pradesh. (For Representation)
There are 4,512 such schools running across Uttar Pradesh. (For Representation)
Published on Dec 02, 2022 10:26 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

None among 3,000 retired govt teachers ready to be “Shikshak Sathi” in U.P.’s Prayagraj

Principal secretary, basic education, Deepak Kumar had on September 28 ordered all BSAs to select “Shikshak Sathis” within a month

The “Shikshak Sathis” would be selected for one year and their engagements can be renewed. (For Representation)
The “Shikshak Sathis” would be selected for one year and their engagements can be renewed. (For Representation)
Published on Dec 01, 2022 09:58 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Bihar youngsters more driven to get govt jobs: SSC data

The average attendance of candidates from Bihar has usually been higher than the candidates from UP in almost all SSC recruitment exams, said SSC official Rahul Sachan RECORDS SPEAK

Bihar youngsters more driven to get govt jobs: SSC data
Bihar youngsters more driven to get govt jobs: SSC data
Published on Nov 30, 2022 09:58 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Uttar Pradesh, Bihar women increasingly donning khaki to protect nation

While 30,041 women from these states applied for S-I recruitment in CAPFs in 2019, the number rose to 34,329 in 2022 recruitment, show Staff Selection Commission records

A CRPF women’s marching contingent. (HT FILE PHOTO)
A CRPF women’s marching contingent. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Nov 28, 2022 03:51 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Kendriya Vidyalayas across India to appoint special educators

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) has taken an important decision aimed at helping students with special needs to join the main stream

 (Pic for representation)
(Pic for representation)
Published on Nov 25, 2022 12:12 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

For Mahakumbh-2025, Yogi Adityanath promises ‘new Prayagraj’

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath launches development projects worth ₹1295 crore in Prayagraj, warns mafia

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at a programme in Prayagraj on Thursday. (ANIL K MAURYA/HT PHOTO)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at a programme in Prayagraj on Thursday. (ANIL K MAURYA/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 24, 2022 10:07 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

U.P. board to come up with bilingual dictionary for technical terminologies

The dictionary, which is expected to benefit students of more than 28,000 U.P. board schools, will explain words and terminologies in both Hindi and English.

The move is being undertaken after getting a nod from the state government. (HT Photo)
The move is being undertaken after getting a nod from the state government. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 16, 2022 12:09 AM IST
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