Kenneth John

Kenneth John

Kenneth John is a Principal Correspondent based in Allahabad. He writes on wide ranging issues including education, women and child welfare, infrastructure development, environment, human rights, poverty and rural development.

Articles by Kenneth John
UP Board 10th, 12th result likely by June 30(HT File)
UP Board 10th, 12th result likely by June 30(HT File)

UP Board 10th, 12th Results 2020 expected by June 30, 82% of evaluation work complete

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2020 04:53 PM IST
Results of UP Board Class 10 and Class 12 examinations are likely to be declared by the end of June. According to UP Board officials, speaking on conditions of anonymity, 82.66% of answer sheets of UP Board exam 2020, have already been evaluated.
Historical artifacts recovered from proposed site of ram temple in Ayodhya recently.
Historical artifacts recovered from proposed site of ram temple in Ayodhya recently.

‘Ram temple site in Ayodhya a Buddhist Sthal’

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON MAY 22, 2020 11:13 PM IST
Claiming that the ancient artefacts found during the land levelling work at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya on Thursday proved that it was a Buddha Sthal (Buddhist pilgrimage site), Congress leader Udit Raj demanded analysis of the recovered items by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Boats are seen anchored at Sangam during a nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, in Prayagraj.(PTI)
Boats are seen anchored at Sangam during a nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, in Prayagraj.(PTI)

Cities after Covid-19: Will the Sangam city regain its vibrancy?

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Kenneth John | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2020 12:54 PM IST
In an era of social distancing and mass sanitising, will the religious congregation of several crore in the annual Magh Mela, the six-yearly Ardh Kumbh or the grand 12-yearly Kumbh Mela be a reality now?

Parents of progeria patient want son’s safety amid corona

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2020 07:33 PM IST
Parents want a safe shelter for Rupesh to save him from contracting the deadly virus as his immunity is very low due to his medical condition.
Representative
Representative

UP Board teachers to approach high court against evaluation order

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2020 08:48 AM IST
According to state general secretary of Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shikshak Sangh (UPMSS) Thakurai faction Lal Mani Diwedi, Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad teachers have refused to resume evaluation of answer sheets at evaluation centers.
Remotely located in Laudhana gram sabha of Sarsawan development block, the school has started online classes through WhatsApp by making a group of 127 students.(Representative image/AFP)
Remotely located in Laudhana gram sabha of Sarsawan development block, the school has started online classes through WhatsApp by making a group of 127 students.(Representative image/AFP)

Govt-run school begins online teaching in Kaushambi village

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John, Prayagraj:
PUBLISHED ON APR 24, 2020 12:13 AM IST
A government-run Prathmik Uchtar Madhyamik Vidyalay in neighbouring Kaushambi district has set an example for other rural government schools by starting online teaching during the lockdown.
The Khadi department has provided 7 lakh- meter Khadi to rural development department, which would get the face masks prepared through small self help groups in rural areas of the state.
The Khadi department has provided 7 lakh- meter Khadi to rural development department, which would get the face masks prepared through small self help groups in rural areas of the state.

UP govt orders 55 crore Khadi face masks for rural populace

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2020 11:25 PM IST
UP government has ordered 55 crore Khadi face masks so that the people living in the state`s rural area could protect themselves from the Covid 19 virus.
(File)
(File)

Online classes, pre-recorded lectures, a major relief for students during lockdown

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2020 01:16 PM IST
At a time when lockdown across country to check spread of Sars-Cov-2 has been put into effect, online classes and pre-recorded lectures sent on WhatsApp by class teachers of some schools in Sangam city have come as a major relief for students to make up for the time loss due to the crisis.
On Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath urged people to resort to social distancing and perform religious rituals at home(Reuters file photo)
On Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath urged people to resort to social distancing and perform religious rituals at home(Reuters file photo)

Ayodhya’s crowd-pulling mela stays on schedule amid coronavirus worries

Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Prayagraj | By Pawan Dixit, Umesh Raghuvanshi and Kenneth John
PUBLISHED ON MAR 20, 2020 02:54 AM IST
The meeting took place in the backdrop of speculations that the Navratri/Ram Navami Mela celebrations in Ayodhya (March 25-April 2) may be cancelled or scaled down.
Nripendra Mishra, the chairman of the Ram Temple Construction Committee along with Senior VHP leader Champat Rai during their inspection at Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas kaaryashala, in Ayodhya, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.(PTI file photo)
Nripendra Mishra, the chairman of the Ram Temple Construction Committee along with Senior VHP leader Champat Rai during their inspection at Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas kaaryashala, in Ayodhya, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.(PTI file photo)

Temple trust begins work to shift Ram idol from tent, its abode for 30 years

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2020 07:16 AM IST
The newly formed trust that will oversee the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya has started work on shifting an idol of the Hindu god from a makeshift tent, its abode for the past three decades.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with UP deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya (second from left) and other ministers, at Samajik Adhikarita Shivir in Prayagraj on Saturday.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with UP deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya (second from left) and other ministers, at Samajik Adhikarita Shivir in Prayagraj on Saturday.(ANI)

Committed to ensuring justice for all, says PM

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2020 02:57 AM IST
PM’s speech on Saturday, there was no mention of CAA, although it emphasised the government’s commitment to inclusiveness and the well-being of the nation’s 1.3 billion people.
Kameshwar Chaupal had laid the foundation stone for Ram temple in Ayodhya 30 years ago.(HT Photo)
Kameshwar Chaupal had laid the foundation stone for Ram temple in Ayodhya 30 years ago.(HT Photo)

‘First Kar Sevak’ Kameshwar Chaupal recalls day he laid foundation stone for Ram temple

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2020 05:48 PM IST
Kameshwar Chaupal is the lone Dalit member of the newly-formed Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust for the construction of the temple.
Earlier, some VHP leaders had also hinted that temple construction work could begin on Akshaya Tritiya. (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)
Earlier, some VHP leaders had also hinted that temple construction work could begin on Akshaya Tritiya. (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)

Date for construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, agency to be announced in April

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2020 05:00 AM IST
According to Kameshwar Chaupal, a member of the trust, the construction could begin on any auspicious day around Akshay Tritiya falling on April 25.
Representative(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Representative(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

UP Board Physics Paper Leak: Probe to identify school begins

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2020 03:58 PM IST
The intermediate physics examination at 69 centres in Mau was cancelled on Thursday after the solved question paper went viral hours before the examination began.
Screengrab of video(Twitter)
Screengrab of video(Twitter)

UP school manager held after viral video shows him asking board examinees ‘to leave Rs 100 in answer sheet’| WATCH

Hindustan Times, Mau | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 12:06 PM IST
In the two-minute-long video, Praveen Mall, manager of Harivansh Memorial Inter College, is seen advising students to cheat and not leave any question unanswered even if they do not know the answer.
The specially appointed observers would monitor proceedings of the exams and also forward a daily report to the government about the same.(HT file)
The specially appointed observers would monitor proceedings of the exams and also forward a daily report to the government about the same.(HT file)

Observer in each district to monitor UP Board exam

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2020 12:50 PM IST
This move by the UP Government is aimed at ensuring free, and fair proceedings of the UP Board examination.
HT Image
HT Image

UP govt preparing data bank to tap NRIs

By Kenneth John, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2020 04:13 PM IST
The Congress has often mocked Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and attacked BJP and Shiv Sena for idolising him.(Hindustan Times Photo)
The Congress has often mocked Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and attacked BJP and Shiv Sena for idolising him.(Hindustan Times Photo)

Controversial booklet on Savarkar distributed at Congress Seva Dal camp

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2020 11:00 PM IST
Former Congress Rajya Sabha MP Pramod Tiwari, who was the chief guest at the closing function of the camp at the Magh Mela in Prayagraj, said there was nothing illegal in distribution of a book if it was not banned by the government.
Ram temple construction could begin as early as in April, 2020.(REUTERS Photo/File/Representative)
Ram temple construction could begin as early as in April, 2020.(REUTERS Photo/File/Representative)

Ram temple countdown begins, land papers handed over to trustee

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2020 04:23 AM IST
VHP’s Joint General Secretary Surendra Jain said that VHP will extend all support to the newly formed Trust and invited every Hindu to donate for the temple construction.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is all set to honour ‘kar sewaks’ who had played an active role in the demolition of Babri mosque(AP Photo)
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is all set to honour ‘kar sewaks’ who had played an active role in the demolition of Babri mosque(AP Photo)

VHP to honour ‘kar sewaks’ for making Ram temple dream come true

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2020 04:31 AM IST
VHP’s Kashi pranth — having around 25 UP districts, including Ayodhya under its purview —has also decided to felicitate kin of ‘kar sewaks’ who had ‘sacrificed’ their life in 1992 Babri mosque demolition.
As per rough estimates around 10 lakh devotees, including over 1 lakh kalpwasis, had already arrived in the mela area till Thursday evening despite the extreme chill.(HT Photos)
As per rough estimates around 10 lakh devotees, including over 1 lakh kalpwasis, had already arrived in the mela area till Thursday evening despite the extreme chill.(HT Photos)

Magh Mela begins today, 32 lakh to take Paush Purnima dip

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2020 10:25 AM IST
As per rough estimates around 10 lakh devotees, including 1 lakh kalpwasis, had already arrived in the mela area till Thursday evening despite the extreme chill.
HT Image
HT Image

80 mn people expected during 43-day Magh Mela

By Kenneth John, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2020 12:48 AM IST
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