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K Sandeep Kumar is Senior Assistant Editor and Prayagraj Bureau in-charge of Hindustan Times. A journalist for over two decades, he has written extensively on politics, education, science and technology research, defence and human interest issues in Uttar Pradesh.

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56 U.P. schools sans students, 5151 rely on solo teacher: Govt data

12.50% teaching posts are vacant in SCERT, the institution responsible for quality enhancement and teacher training in government primary and upper primary schools and 40.57% of teaching posts are vacant in the DIETs

Students in a government-run primary school in Prayagraj. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 06:38 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

25 out of 29 candidates forfeit deposits in Allahabad, Phulpur contests

Acandidate has to achieve at least one-sixth (16.67%) of the total polled votes in the constituency to retain the security deposit which is ₹25,000 for general and ₹12,500 for schedule caste candidates. Failure to meet this threshold results in the forfeiture of the deposit

 (Pic for representation)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 08:02 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Allahabad: Trans-Yamuna assembly seats fuel Ujjwal’s win

Meja, Karachhana, Bara, and Koraon Assembly segments vote in favour of Congress, facilitating the grand old party’s return to the seat after 40 years.

Ujjwal Raman Singh (File)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 05:04 AM IST

SP’s Pushpendra wins Kaushambi seat, becomes country’s youngest MP

25-year-old Pushpendra Saroj of Samajwadi Party wins Kaushambi parliamentary seat, becoming India's youngest MP, defeating sitting BJP MP by 1,03,944 votes.

Pushpendra Saroj flashing the victory sign after his win in Kaushambi on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 08:00 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Cong, SP wrest 3 out of 4 seats in Prayagraj region from BJP

BJP suffered a setback in Prayagraj region, losing 3 out of 4 Lok Sabha seats won in 2019. Congress and INDIA bloc made significant gains.

Congress’ Ujjwal Raman Singh, who won the election to the Allahabad parliamentary constituency on Tuesday (Sourced)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 06:08 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

750 crore revamp on cards for U.P. govt secondary schools

The state government bears 100% cost for the exercise to be undertaken in government-run schools in helping construct new buildings for these schools

Dilapidated building of a government secondary school. (For Representation)
Updated on Jun 03, 2024 06:22 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Now, IIT experts to train U.P. govt secondary school teachers

169 assistant teachers and lecturers of government high schools and intermediate colleges have been selected to undergo five-day training

Students studying at a government secondary school in Prayagraj. (HT file)
Published on Jun 01, 2024 09:03 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Over 9 lakh govt primary students in U.P. still lacking Aadhaar

Director general (school education), U.P., Kanchan Verma, while sending a report of May 27, directed all BSAs to complete Aadhaar verification process as soon as possible

A teacher busy teaching kids in a government-run primary school in Prayagraj. (HT file)
Published on May 31, 2024 10:30 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Lok Sabha polls: Women outnumber men in voting on Allahabad seat

Women voters outvoted men on the Allahabad parliamentary seat, but men had a higher turnout on the Phulpur seat. Meja and Koraon had the highest female voter turnout.

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2024 08:46 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

PMEGP: Prayagraj attains 100% target in providing aid

Under this scheme, financial assistance and subsidy ranging from 15% to 35% of the project cost is provided by the government to eligible entrepreneurs who set up new micro-enterprises

For representation only (HT FIle Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2024 08:41 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Prayagraj Junction gets rail coach restaurant

Visitors will be able to enjoy various flavours in the rail coach restaurant on the theme of ‘Meals on Wheels’. For this, an old, decommissioned AC-2 coach of the Railways has been given the look of a restaurant. As many as 56 people can sit at a time inside the rail coach restaurant for which 14 tables have been arranged here.

The rail coach restaurant at Prayagraj Junction station. (HT)
Updated on May 29, 2024 05:42 AM IST

In Prayagraj, candidates relax, de-stress after weeks of hectic campaigning

Most spent time with family members, friends and supporters discussing the possible outcome of the polls

BJP candidate from Allahabad parliamentary constituency Neeraj Tripathi at home on Nyay Marg with family members. (HT)
Updated on May 27, 2024 05:14 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Phulpur: Candidates with BSP background enliven three-way contest for seat of stalwarts

The BJP won the seat for the first time in 2014, lost the 2018 by-poll and bounced back in 2019. The caste factor is crucial here as only Patel-Kurmi candidates have emerged victorious nine times in the last 11 elections

Allahabad University campus that falls in Phulpur parliamentary constituency of Prayagraj. (HT File)
Updated on May 24, 2024 07:48 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

In UP’s aonla land, stage set for a triangular contest

Pratapgarh constituency, where former ‘Rajas’ held sway over politics for decades, has moved forward at a swift pace, leaving behind its royal history.

The busy Thateri bazar of Pratapgarh (HT Photo)
Updated on May 24, 2024 06:26 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

LS polls 2024: Not in fray, but prestige of 10 stalwarts at stake in Prayagraj region

They include Keshav Prasad Maurya, Rewati Raman Singh, Pramod Tiwari, Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi among others

Prayagraj and Pratapgarh will go to polls in the sixth phase on May 25. (For Representation)
Published on May 23, 2024 09:51 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Allahabad: In villages on banks of Ganga, Yamuna, people starve for water

Elections have come and gone, governments formed and reformed, but generations of people have passed away whole lives full of struggle to get a pail of water, here.

Women and kids line up at a hand-pump in Belhat village of Koraon. (HT)
Updated on May 23, 2024 05:20 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

‘Son-rise’ in Allahabad amid battle of legacies

The grand old party has won seven of the eight polls held here between 1952 and 1984. However, in recent years, the BJP has made it its citadel, emerging victorious in five of the last seven elections.

These are followed by 1 lakh Muslim voters, Brahmin bhumihars numbering 15,000, Thakur bhumihars accounting for 35,000, Srivastava/Kayastha numbering 70,000, Kols 1.5 lakh besides Musahar and Pasi voters numbering around 2 lakh, Banias 50,000 and others being around 45,000. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 21, 2024 09:43 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

As fresh poll promises pour in, old one for Kaushambi uplift still pending

An important stopover of the Buddhist Tourism Circuit, Kaushambi is revered by Buddhists across the world as a place which Lord Gautam Buddha visited many times to deliver his sermons.

A site of Buddhist tourism in Kaushambi. (HT)
Updated on May 18, 2024 05:58 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Tata Bhawans in Sangam city to offer new skill courses from July

Constructed at a cost of ₹4 crore each, these well-embellished centers will start offering training from July 2024.

The new building in which the Tata centre would start functioning in Katra, Prayagraj (HT Photo)
Published on May 11, 2024 10:22 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

2024 LS polls: Many Allahabad Univ alumni test poll waters, keep alma mater’s fame intact

Dharmendra Yadav, Neeraj Tripathi, Vinod Sonkar, Praveen Patel and Shubh Narayan Gautam are former students of the central university

Allahabad University has a rich history in Indian politics. (For Representation)
Published on May 03, 2024 10:52 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Kaushambi: Can the lotus rise anew amidst banana fields?

Currently, over 4,000 farmers and their families are cultivating bananas on 10,000 hectares of land in Kaushambi, especially in its Newada, Kaushambi, and Chail development blocks, which has doubled from 5,000 hectares in 2020.

A farmer standing in his banana farm in Kaushambi (HT photo)
Updated on May 02, 2024 10:10 PM IST

Health infra, farmers and youth will be my focus areas: Ujjwal Raman Singh

Battle royale in Prayagraj for the 2024 general elections as BJP's Neeraj Tripathi faces off against Congress-SP's Ujjwal Raman Singh to safeguard the city's legacy and address key issues.

Ujjwal Raman Singh, INDIA Bloc candidate from Allahabad seat (HT Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2024 08:36 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Now, kids at govt-run primary schools to study about great Indian scientists & scholars

Over 1.25 crore students in government-run primary schools in the state will now learn about Indian scientists and scholars in a new supplementary book.

Students at a government primary school in Prayagraj. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 05:06 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Prayagraj to fight groundwater depletion with rainwater harvesting in public parks

In the first phase, rainwater harvesting systems will be installed in 10 public parks, with additional parks following in a phased manner, said PMC officials.

A public park in Prayagraj (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 27, 2024 07:44 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Prayagraj prepares for Mahakumbh-2025: New luxury and heritage hotels on the horizon

According to officials from the tourism department, proposals have been received to convert two heritage buildings into heritage hotels, with in-principle approvals granted.

Shagun Nilayam in Mumfordganj (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 27, 2024 05:18 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

U.P. past under scanner: After 10 elections, count of candidates fell in 2019

In 2019, just 979 candidates were in the fray from 80 seats in UP, whereas in the previous 10 Lok Sabha elections held from 1980 to 2014, the number of candidates was over 1,000.

EVM Machine (For representation only) (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 25, 2024 06:22 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Candidates play development card to woo new urban voters

Political parties in Prayagraj are competing to win the support of voters from newly added villages in the city limits post delimitation, focusing on local development issues.

A view of the Habibpur area that has become part of Sangam city municipal limits. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 07:22 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Percentage of girls passing UP Board Class 10 exams on steady rise

Girls in Uttar Pradesh showing academic success with increasing pass percentage in high school exams over the past 5 years. 2024 sees highest pass rate in 101-year history of the board.

Students celebrating their U.P. Board results in Prayagraj. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 23, 2024 05:54 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Prayagraj region: In nine out of 17 LS polls, only winners, runners-up could save deposits

It emerges that only the winners and runners-up could save their deposits on the four parliamentary seats of the Prayagraj region: Allahabad, Phulpur, Pratapgarh and Kaushambi

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 22, 2024 08:00 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Election eccentrics: Candidates who keep coming back

Perennial 'Dharti Pakad' candidates in UP lose deposits in elections, with 80% failing to secure votes. ECI data shows trend persists post-Independence.

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Updated on Apr 22, 2024 08:06 AM IST
By, Prayagraj
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