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
Anil Shastri, son of late prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, wants files related to his father’s death to be declassifed.(HT File Photo)
Anil Shastri, son of late prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, wants files related to his father’s death to be declassifed.(HT File Photo)

‘We have a right to know’: Former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri’s son wants files on his death declassified

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2019 11:30 AM IST
Anil Shastri, son of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri said that despite repeated requests by the family members, no post-mortem examination was conducted on his father’s body.
Sewage water flowing unchecked in Ganga near Rasulabad ghat in Prayagraj.(Anil Kumar Maurya/ HT)
Sewage water flowing unchecked in Ganga near Rasulabad ghat in Prayagraj.(Anil Kumar Maurya/ HT)

Bacterial pollution in Ganga highest in Kanpur, Varanasi: Report

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2019 12:44 PM IST
According to April 2019 survey report of the UPPCB, the top five most critical level of twin forms of bacteria in the Ganga was detected in Kanpur, Varanasi, Ghazipur, Kaushambi and Prayagraj.
Devotees bathing at Sangam during MakarSankranti during the Kumbh mela, 2019.(HT File)
Devotees bathing at Sangam during MakarSankranti during the Kumbh mela, 2019.(HT File)

A record over 24 crore people visited Kumbh-2019, more than total tourists in UP in 2014-17

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2019 10:16 AM IST
The Kumbh 2019 visitors included 10.30 lakh foreign tourists. The Maha Kumbh Mela held in 2013 had seen 7.86 crore pilgrims, including 3.50 lakh foreign tourists, arriving here.
UP Board compartmental exam 2019 date(HT File)
UP Board compartmental exam 2019 date(HT File)

UP Board compartmental exam 2019: Apply for improvement and compartment exam by May 31, read full details here

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2019 12:48 PM IST
UP Board students who failed in one subject can apply for appearing in improvement examination while those who failed in two subjects can apply for compartment examination on board’s website www.upmsp.nic.in latest by May 31, said an official.
The sixth highest SPM level was recorded at 305.30 microgram/cubic meter at Ramadevi in Kanpur, while Sarai Mali Khan area in Lucknow secured seventh spot as pollution level was measured at 273 microgram/cubic meter.(HT Photo)
The sixth highest SPM level was recorded at 305.30 microgram/cubic meter at Ramadevi in Kanpur, while Sarai Mali Khan area in Lucknow secured seventh spot as pollution level was measured at 273 microgram/cubic meter.(HT Photo)

Lucknow, Gorakhpur have most polluted air: UPPCB

Hindustan Times, Kaval | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2019 01:14 AM IST
Interestingly, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s hometown, Gorakhpur, reported the highest level of air pollution with the SPM level more than three times the permissible limit.
Voters queue at a polling station to cast their votes at Rampur Village in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh on May 12, 2019, for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections.(AFP)
Voters queue at a polling station to cast their votes at Rampur Village in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh on May 12, 2019, for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections.(AFP)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In phase 6, Allahabad’s 50.58% turnout lowest in Uttar Pradesh

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2019 11:25 AM IST
In comparison to the voting pattern in 2014, Allahabad witnessed a 2.86% drop in voter turnout in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
The IFFCO plant at Phulpur, Uttar Pradesh.(HT File)
The IFFCO plant at Phulpur, Uttar Pradesh.(HT File)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Phulpur gave country 2 prime minsters, got only IFFCO as trophy

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2019 08:54 AM IST
In past over seven decades, the Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency which gave the country two prime ministers --Jawahar Lal Nehru and VP Singh- has failed to witness any landmark development project come its way expect for a IFFCO fertilizer plant.
Indian gooseberry or amla farmers in Pratapgarh are a worried lot. The district in Uttar Pradesh is the world’s largest producer of this vitamin C-rich fruit but its cultivation is no longer profitable.(HT File)
Indian gooseberry or amla farmers in Pratapgarh are a worried lot. The district in Uttar Pradesh is the world’s largest producer of this vitamin C-rich fruit but its cultivation is no longer profitable.(HT File)

Berry woes, closed factories sour dreams in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh

Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2019 05:10 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had praised the state government for launching One District One Product (ODOP) scheme which was supposed to benefit amla farmers by enabling them to get a suitable price and market for their produce.
Priya Singh Paul is the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia (PSP-L) candidate from Phulpur parliamentary constituency.(HT Photo)
Priya Singh Paul is the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia (PSP-L) candidate from Phulpur parliamentary constituency.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Phulpur still waiting for development, says PSP-L candidate Priya Singh Paul

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Kenneth John
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2019 03:48 PM IST
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: PSP-L candidate from Phulpur Lok Sabha seat, Priya Singh Paul, says people in the constituency are still waiting for development.
Pratapgarh: Prime minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Yogi Adityanath greet their supporters during an election campaign for Lok Sabha polls, in Pratapgarh.(PTI)
Pratapgarh: Prime minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Yogi Adityanath greet their supporters during an election campaign for Lok Sabha polls, in Pratapgarh.(PTI)

Congress now a vote cutting party: PM Modi

Pratapgarh/Gorakhpur | By Kenneth John and Abdul Jadid
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2019 11:22 PM IST
Modi also accused Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav of cheating his Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Mayawati by benefitting from her vote bank and falsely promising her the PM’s chair.
UP Board results shocker: 165 schools achieve zero results(HT File)
UP Board results shocker: 165 schools achieve zero results(HT File)

UP Board results shocker: 165 schools achieve zero results due to anti- copying measures

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2019 04:51 PM IST
In high school examination, Kaushambi, which has earned the dubious distinction for being a safe haven for copying mafia, as many as 13 such schools have achieved the feat of obtaining zero results.
While for high school it was an improvement of 4.91% from the previous year, the Intermediate results recorded a drop of 2.37%.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
While for high school it was an improvement of 4.91% from the previous year, the Intermediate results recorded a drop of 2.37%.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

UP board: Baghpat girl tops Class 12 exam

Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2019 04:28 AM IST
Held amid strict anti-copying measures, overall 80.07% students managed to clear the high school and 70.06% intermediate examinations, said Vinay Kumar Pandey, director, UP Board.
UP Board 10th High School Result 2019 Toppers(Sheeraz Rizvi/HT)
UP Board 10th High School Result 2019 Toppers(Sheeraz Rizvi/HT)

UP Board 10th High School Result 2019 Toppers: Gautam of Kanpur tops in High School and Tanu of Baghpat in Intermediate

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 04:25 PM IST
Girls once again outdid boys in both the examinations with girls achieving a pass percentage of 83.98 per cent vis-à-vis 76.66 per cent attained by boys in High School examination while in Intermediate examinations too girls secured a pass percentage of 76.46 percent while boys managed to register 64.40 percent results.
UP Board 12th Intermediate Result Toppers: The Uttar Pradesh Board Class 12 or intermediate exam results were declared on Saturday, April 27. Know who is the topper here.(HT file)
UP Board 12th Intermediate Result Toppers: The Uttar Pradesh Board Class 12 or intermediate exam results were declared on Saturday, April 27. Know who is the topper here.(HT file)

UP Board 12th results 2019 declared: Tanu Tomar tops intermediate exams with 97.80%

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Prayagraj | By Nilesh Mathur and Kenneth John
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2019 03:38 PM IST
UP Board 12th Intermediate Result Toppers: The Uttar Pradesh Board Class 12 or intermediate exam results were declared on Saturday, April 27. Know who is the topper here.
UP Board 10th Result toppers: The Uttar Pradesh Board Class 10 or high school exam results were declared on Saturday, April 27.(HT file)
UP Board 10th Result toppers: The Uttar Pradesh Board Class 10 or high school exam results were declared on Saturday, April 27.(HT file)

UP board 10th result 2019: Gautam Raghuvanshi tops with 97.17% marks

Hindustan Times, New Delhi and Prayagraj | By Nilesh Mathur and Kenneth John
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2019 03:36 PM IST
UP Board 10th High School Result 2019 Toppers: The Uttar Pradesh Board Class 10 or high school exam results were declared on Saturday, April 27.
UP Board Results 2019: UP Board High School and Intermediate results would be declared today at 12.30pm at UP Board’s Headquarter in Prayagraj.(Bachchan Kumar)
UP Board Results 2019: UP Board High School and Intermediate results would be declared today at 12.30pm at UP Board’s Headquarter in Prayagraj.(Bachchan Kumar)

UP Board Result 2019: upmsp declares 10th and 12th board exam results, here’s direct link to check

Hindustan Times, New Delhi, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John and Nilesh Mathur
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2019 02:38 PM IST
UP Board Results 2019: UP Board High School and Intermediate results would be declared today at 12.30pm at UP Board’s Headquarter in Prayagraj.
UP Board 12th Result 2019 LIVE Updates(Getty Images)
UP Board 12th Result 2019 LIVE Updates(Getty Images)

UP Board 12th Result 2019 LIVE: Intermediate results declared, CM Yogi, Priyanka Gandhi congratulate students

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kenneth John and Nandini
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2019 03:48 PM IST

The Uttar Pradesh Board Class 12 or intermediate exam result has been declared today, on April 27. The UP board result was released at around 12.30 pm at the Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad head office in Prayagraj.UP Board 12th Results declared: Read all information hereStudents can check their UP Board results both on the online portal of Hindustan Times and the official website of UP board this year after 1 PM. We have made this arrangement keeping in view the heavy rush of students to check their UP Board results on the day of the declaration.In 2019, for the first time UP Board examinations were held in 16 working days without any untoward incident reported from any examination center in the state. The UP board high school examination started on February 7 and concluded on February 28, while the Intermediate examination commenced on February 7 ended on March 2, 2019.

UP Board 10th Result 2019 LIVE Updates: Results declared(HT)
UP Board 10th Result 2019 LIVE Updates: Results declared(HT)

UP Board 10th Result 2019 LIVE: Results declared, Gautam Raghuvanshi is state topper, check High School results here

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kenneth John and Nilesh Mathur
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2019 01:56 PM IST

The UP Board high school or Class 10th results will be declared today, April 27. According to the press release issued on Thursday, the UP Board Secretary Nina Srivastava announced that the UP Board Class 10 results will be released at 12.30pm on Saturday at its Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad head office in Prayagraj.Check UP Board 10th Results here. A total of 31,95,603 students had registered to appear in UP Board’s High School examinations.This year for the first time UP Board examinations were held in 16 working days without any untoward incident reported from any examination center in state. The UP board high school examination commenced on February 7 and ended on February 28 while the UP intermediate examination after commencing on February 7 ended on March 2, 2019.

UP Board Results 2019: Class 10th, 12th results to be out tomorrow(Bachchan Kumar)
UP Board Results 2019: Class 10th, 12th results to be out tomorrow(Bachchan Kumar)

UP Board results 2019 to be declared on April 27, full details here

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2019 07:55 AM IST
UP Board Results 2019: Class 10th and 12th board exam results will be declared tomorrow, April 27. Candidates can check their results on the official websites of UP Board or check directly on hindustantimes.com.
Solid waste being burnt at Parade Ground near Sangam in Prayagraj.(HT Photo)
Solid waste being burnt at Parade Ground near Sangam in Prayagraj.(HT Photo)

NGT alarmed at post-Kumbh mess in Prayragraj, warns of epidemic

Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2019 08:59 AM IST
The green court pulled up the UP chief secretary for severe lapses in letting the situation in Prayagraj, formerly known as Allahabad, to come to such a pass and instructed the officer to appear before it on Friday.
The NGT report predicted a rise in cases of acute diarrhoea, enteric fever, viral hepatitis and cholera. The tribunal said groundwater too had been polluted.(HT PHOTO)
The NGT report predicted a rise in cases of acute diarrhoea, enteric fever, viral hepatitis and cholera. The tribunal said groundwater too had been polluted.(HT PHOTO)

Alarmed at post-Kumbh mess in Prayagraj, NGT warns of epidemic

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2019 10:41 PM IST
The tribunal had appointed a committee to see to it that the Ganga did not get polluted further during the Kumbh Mela. The present order of the NGT is based on this committee’s report.
UP Board 10th, 12th result date 2019 : The UP Board High School and Intermediate examination results are likely to be declared this week.(Bachchan Kumar)
UP Board 10th, 12th result date 2019 : The UP Board High School and Intermediate examination results are likely to be declared this week.(Bachchan Kumar)

UP Board Result 2019: UP Board 10th, 12th results likely to be declared this week, most likely on April 28

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 06:35 PM IST
UP Board 10th, 12th result date 2019 :As per a senior Board officials, who did not want to be named, the ongoing work of preparation of results has been completed and soon a day would be decided for its declaration, most likely on April 27.
Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) president Mahant Narendra Giri(HT)
Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) president Mahant Narendra Giri(HT)

Interview| Sadhvi Pragya no seer, misusing saffron: ABAP president

Hindustan Times, Allahabad | By Kenneth John
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2019 09:54 AM IST
Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) president Mahant Narendra Giri called Sadhvi Pragya a self-appointed seer, who was using saffron robes for her own gain
Teachers evaluating answer sheets at an evaluation centre in Prayagraj last month.(HT File)
Teachers evaluating answer sheets at an evaluation centre in Prayagraj last month.(HT File)

UP Board 12th Intermediate Result 2019 Update: Result likely next week, dates to be announced by Monday. Check full details here

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Kenneth John, Prayagraj:
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2019 08:24 AM IST
UP Board 12th Intermediate Result 2019 News Updates: The work on results of high school and intermediate examinations is nearing completion. The final date for declaration of results is likely to be announced by Monday.
UP Board Results 2019: The stage is all set for the declaration of UP Board’s High School and Intermediate results 2019, the examinations for which were conducted in a record 16 working days.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT file)
UP Board Results 2019: The stage is all set for the declaration of UP Board’s High School and Intermediate results 2019, the examinations for which were conducted in a record 16 working days.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT file)

UP Board Results 2019 almost ready, high school and intermediate results date to be announced soon

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2019 07:20 PM IST
UP Board Results 2019: The stage is all set for the declaration of UP Board’s High School and Intermediate results 2019, the examinations for which were conducted in a record 16 working days.
Senior Samajwadi Party leader Reoti Raman Singh.(HT Photo)
Senior Samajwadi Party leader Reoti Raman Singh.(HT Photo)

‘Last five years have been worse than the Emergency’: SP leader Reoti Raman Singh

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Kenneth John
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2019 04:03 PM IST
Senior SP leader Reoti Raman Singh, in an interview with HT, spoke about deterioration in politics and the missing essence of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the Bharatiya Janata Party.
These real watchmen, one in every gram panchayat and attached to the respective police station in rural areas, get a paltry Rs 2,500 per month (Rs 83 per day) and are made to work 24x7.(HT)
These real watchmen, one in every gram panchayat and attached to the respective police station in rural areas, get a paltry Rs 2,500 per month (Rs 83 per day) and are made to work 24x7.(HT)

Yeh bhi Chowkidaar – exalted by PM, done in by reality

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON APR 04, 2019 09:22 AM IST
Shiv Babu, a watchman in Sawadih village, under the Phulpur Kotwali, has been working for over a decade. He said that he used to get Rs 1,500 per month till last year, when the Yogi government increased the salary to Rs 2,500.
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath during January visit to Akshaywat inside Akbar’s fort in Prayagraj .(HT Photo)
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath during January visit to Akshaywat inside Akbar’s fort in Prayagraj .(HT Photo)

Akshayavat, Saraswati Koop inside Akbar’s Fort get army’s nod to remain open

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2019 12:36 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his December 17, 2018 rally in Andawan had visited Akshawat and Saraswati Koop and announced its opening for devotees. The same was formally opened on January 10, 2019 with chief minister Yogi Adityanath offering prayers there.
UP Board Exam Results to be declared before April 20(Bachchan Kumar)
UP Board Exam Results to be declared before April 20(Bachchan Kumar)

UP Board exam results 2019 may be declared before April 20, evaluation process to complete by March 25

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 10:38 AM IST
The evaluation process of UP Board answer sheets which commenced on March 8 was scheduled to be completed by march 23. But due to Holi holiday, it will now be completed by March 25.
The millennium star Amitabh Bacchan campaigning during 1984 Lok Sabha elections from Allahabad parliamentary seat(HT)
The millennium star Amitabh Bacchan campaigning during 1984 Lok Sabha elections from Allahabad parliamentary seat(HT)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: National issues, not caste, may hold the key in Prayagraj

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Kenneth John, Prayagraj
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2019 09:46 AM IST
The punch line for the 1984 Lok Sabha election in Allahabad was ‘Mere angne mein tumhara kya kaam hai’ -- a song from one of Bachchan’s movie Lawaaris (1981).
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