Oliver Fredrick

Oliver Fredrick is working in capacity of Senior Correspondent and is based in Lucknow. Other than covering important beats like Railways, Defense, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), District Administration, he loves to write on human interest stories as it gives an instant connect with the readers. In his career of around 10 years, he has done several path-breaking stories which had forced the State Government authorities to take appropriate actions. Prior coming to Lucknow, he was based in Bareilly and was taking care of politically-sensitive West UP districts like Rampur, Moradabad, Pilibhit, Badaun,Muzaffarnagar and others.

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AIMPLB to back Gyanvapi panel in legal fight

The civil court in Varanasi will hear a clutch of petitions by Hindu petitioners, on May 19, calling for measuring of the “Shivling” which was ostensibly found in the ceremonial ablution tank of the mosque
The Supreme Court will continue hearing a petition by Muslim parties against a controversial survey of the premises, ordered by the Varanasi civil court in April (FILE)
The Supreme Court will continue hearing a petition by Muslim parties against a controversial survey of the premises, ordered by the Varanasi civil court in April (FILE)
Published on May 19, 2022 06:35 AM IST
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Scientists claim to unravel mystery behind 282 human skeletons found in 2014

The scientific evidence matched historical evidence on the posting of 26th Native Bengal Infantry Battalion in Punjab and on the composition of the battalion, people from the eastern part of UP, West Bengal, Odisha and Bihar.
The skeletal remains were found in a well in Punjab’s Ajnala town.(HT Print)
The skeletal remains were found in a well in Punjab’s Ajnala town.(HT Print)
Updated on Apr 29, 2022 11:59 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Religious leaders in Uttar Pradesh welcome Yogi directive on loudspeakers

Many places of worship lower the volume, some voluntarily remove loudspeakers after CM’s directive to ensure that the sound stays within the premises and does not cause inconvenience to people
A loudspeaker installed at the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi complex in Mathura was shut down from Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
A loudspeaker installed at the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi complex in Mathura was shut down from Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 21, 2022 02:14 AM IST
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ByRajesh Kumar Singh, Oliver Fredrick, Hemendra Chaturvedi, Rohit K Singh, Pawan Dixit, Haidar Naqvi, S Raju and Sudhir Kumar, Lucknow/agra/prayagraj/kanpur/meerut/varanasi

IVRI scientist develops plant dye-based meat testing kit

IVRI is planning to launch the kit in the market in the near future. The kit is very cost effective as each strip will cost around 5 to 6 or even less, the scientist says.
IVRI scientist Dr Suman Talukder is the brain behind the innovation. (HT PHOTO)
IVRI scientist Dr Suman Talukder is the brain behind the innovation. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 16, 2022 11:56 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Amid price rise, 60 kg lemons,40 kg onions and 38kg garlic reported stolen from warehouse in UP’s Shahjahanpur

The alleged theft took place after the green grocer stored the vegetables in a warehouse after closing his shop at Bajariya Sabzi Mandi on Sunday night
The green grocer, Manoj Kashyap, who reported the theft from his warehouse in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh. (SOURCED IMAGE )
The green grocer, Manoj Kashyap, who reported the theft from his warehouse in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh. (SOURCED IMAGE )
Published on Apr 11, 2022 09:46 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Duck plague vaccine: Made-in-India vax to save ducks, save big on import bill

Duck plague vaccine will be officially launched on March 26 at the annual general meeting of the ICAR in New Delhi
Duck plague vaccine developer Dr Satyabrata Dandapat at work in his laboratory (HT Photo)
Duck plague vaccine developer Dr Satyabrata Dandapat at work in his laboratory (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 25, 2022 12:55 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

UP polls: Lakhimpur Kheri violence casts no shadow, BJP wins all eight seats again

Seven of the BJP winners in Lakhimpur Kheri district are sitting MLAs who retained the Palia, Nighasan, Gola, Srinagar, Mohammadi, Lakhimpur and Kasta seats
BJP supporters celebrate the party’s victory in Lakhimpur Kheri. (HT PHOTO)
BJP supporters celebrate the party’s victory in Lakhimpur Kheri. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 10, 2022 11:41 PM IST
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ByOliver Fredrick and Deo Kant Pandey, Lucknow/lakhimpur Kheri

In the tribal areas of Lakhimpur Kheri: Upset Tharus rue broken promises by parties

Lakhimpur Kheri ‘Struggle’ defined her life back in the late 90s when she used to pedal almost 50km daily to and fro Bilraya Gram Panchayat, ferrying her four daughters on her bicycle from school
Village head of Bela Persua, a Tharu tribe village of Lakhimpur Kheri district, Lakshmi Devi showing SIM card of a Nepal telecom company. (HT)
Village head of Bela Persua, a Tharu tribe village of Lakhimpur Kheri district, Lakshmi Devi showing SIM card of a Nepal telecom company. (HT)
Published on Feb 22, 2022 11:54 PM IST
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Phase 2 ends in UP, 60.44% voter turnout across 55 seats

The constituencies in the second phase are spread across Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Amroha, Budaun, Bareilly and Shahjahanpur districts.
Till 5 pm, Saharanpur recorded a turnout of 67.13%. In picture - Voters standing in queue to cast their votes.(ANI)
Till 5 pm, Saharanpur recorded a turnout of 67.13%. In picture - Voters standing in queue to cast their votes.(ANI)
Published on Feb 15, 2022 05:39 AM IST
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ByS Raju, , Hindustan Times, Meerut/bareilly

UP Polls: Second phase peaceful as around 60 per cent vote

Polling in 55 assembly constituencies, spread over nine districts of Saharanpur, Moradabad and Bareilly divisions, remained peaceful in the second phase of the UP assembly elections on Monday
People standing in queues to cast their votes during the second phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly election in Bareilly on Monday. (HT PHOTO)
People standing in queues to cast their votes during the second phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly election in Bareilly on Monday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 15, 2022 12:04 AM IST
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ByS Raju and Oliver Fredrick, Meerut/bareilly

For them, Children’s Day also means raising awareness about child trafficking

NGO Manav Sewa Sansthan, under its initiative anti-child-trafficking-unit (ACTU), makes children aware about child trafficking gangs operating in bordering villages of India and Nepal.
Students and their parents being made aware about their rights, how to identify child traffickers and ways to stop child trafficking. (Sourced)
Students and their parents being made aware about their rights, how to identify child traffickers and ways to stop child trafficking. (Sourced)
Updated on Nov 13, 2021 11:22 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Diya sales up, pottery industry gets new lease of life in UP

Potters at Nandpur, a hamlet known as potters village, located near Chinhat in Lucknow, say they haven’t witnessed such demand for diyas in the past few decades
Potters in Uttar Pradesh say that the dying traditional pottery industry has got a new lease of life due to Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya. (HT Photo)
Potters in Uttar Pradesh say that the dying traditional pottery industry has got a new lease of life due to Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 04, 2021 05:35 AM IST
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ByOliver Fredrick and Pawan Dixit

Cracker trade’s flickering flame casts shadow on dealers in Lucknow

Many cracker dealers have entered into alternative trade citing dwindling demand for crackers, focus on green crackers, government restrictions in wake of rising air pollution and anti-cracker campaigns.
The rising pollution levels are another threat to the cracker trade, say dealers. (Pic for representation)
The rising pollution levels are another threat to the cracker trade, say dealers. (Pic for representation)
Published on Oct 20, 2021 10:52 PM IST
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From Gandhi to Mahatma: Documenting Bapu’s journeys by train

The railways is set to observe Mahatma Gandhi’s 152nd birth anniversary by making people aware of his attachment with trains.
Mahatma Gandhi inside a train. (FILE PHOTO)
Mahatma Gandhi inside a train. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Oct 01, 2021 11:52 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

UP’s 1st tribal museum showcasing Tharu tribe’s history to be ready soon

UP’s first tribal museum or Tharu Janjati Museum, which was among the pet projects of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, will come up at Imilia Koder village, a Tharu populated area in Balrampur district
Experts from within the Tharu community will be roped in for consultations to make the Tharu museum authentic. (HT Photo)
Experts from within the Tharu community will be roped in for consultations to make the Tharu museum authentic. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 21, 2021 09:35 AM IST
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Uttar Pradesh’s first toy train via Dudhwa likely to start its run soon

The fare will be similar to that of AC chair cars and North Eastern Railway is chalking out a suitable timetable for the toy train. The trial run has been completed successfully
A coach of the toy train that will ferry tourists via Dudhwa National Park . (SOURCED)
A coach of the toy train that will ferry tourists via Dudhwa National Park . (SOURCED)
Published on Sep 12, 2021 01:18 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Dhannipur project in Ayodhya: Trust formed by Sunni Board may look for foreign contributions

The project includes a mosque, a hospital and other structures of public utility on five-acre land allotted to the Sunni Board at Dhannipur village in Ayodhya after the Supreme Court verdict of November 9, 2019 in the Ayodhya title dispute case
An artist’s impression of the proposed Dhannipur project in Ayodhya. (FILE PHOTO)
An artist’s impression of the proposed Dhannipur project in Ayodhya. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Sep 09, 2021 11:49 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

After 9-hr Taliban detention, UP man back home in Ghazipur village

Sharma, who was working in a steel plant 5km from Kabul, said that the experience has certainly left him traumatised
Reunited with his family, Kanhaiyalal Sharma (in white) poses with them. (HT Photo)
Reunited with his family, Kanhaiyalal Sharma (in white) poses with them. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2021 03:31 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Don’t want to die on foreign soil...please help, says UP man stranded in Kabul

Sharma and his 18 companions from east UP have locked themselves in a steel factory in Kabul where they used to work
Kabul is in a mess…gunshots and cries can be heard all around, says Kanhaiyalal Sharma, 33. (Sourced)
Kabul is in a mess…gunshots and cries can be heard all around, says Kanhaiyalal Sharma, 33. (Sourced)
Updated on Aug 17, 2021 10:33 PM IST
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ByOliver Fredrick and Sudhir Kumar

‘We don’t want to die on foreign soil, please help’

(Appeal to govt) UP man, others stranded in Kabul “We are all stranded in Kabul and don’t know what to do
Kabul is in a mess…gunshots and cries can be heard all around, says Kanhaiyalal Sharma, 33. (Sourced)
Kabul is in a mess…gunshots and cries can be heard all around, says Kanhaiyalal Sharma, 33. (Sourced)
Updated on Aug 17, 2021 10:27 PM IST
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ByOliver Fredrick and Sudhir Kumar, Lucknow\varanasi

Young and fearless: They display nerves of steel to rescue snakes in Uttar Pradesh

19-year-old Prachi is perhaps youngest woman snake rescuer in Uttar Pradesh. She is part of a brave group which has more members who tackle the serpentine challenge with poise
(From left) Aditya Tiwari, Prachi Tiwari and Devyani Singh rescuing a snake in Lucknow. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
(From left) Aditya Tiwari, Prachi Tiwari and Devyani Singh rescuing a snake in Lucknow. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 12:16 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Health worker takes shot to kill vaccine hesitancy in UP’s tribal area

Until three months back the entire team of health workers used to sit and wait for even a single person from the three villages of Sariyapara, Bhuda and Bankati to turn up for vaccination, but without luck.
Palia and Nighasan blocks in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district have high density of Tharu population. (HT Photo/File)
Palia and Nighasan blocks in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district have high density of Tharu population. (HT Photo/File)
Published on Jul 31, 2021 03:44 PM IST
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Jab shortage, no mobile network hamper vaccination drive in UP tribal areas

Of the total population of around 4,500 in Bankati gram panchayat of Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri, only 350 have taken the anti-Covid-19 vaccine jabs so far, records with the health department show.
Health workers during a Covid awareness camp and vaccination drive in the Tharu dominated areas of Palia block in Lakhimpur Kheri in UP. (HT Photo)
Health workers during a Covid awareness camp and vaccination drive in the Tharu dominated areas of Palia block in Lakhimpur Kheri in UP. (HT Photo)
Published on Jul 31, 2021 03:05 PM IST
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Meeting the challenge to decode a 400-yr-old DNA

LUCKNOW: Addressing the nation through a radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared how Indian researchers uncovered the relics of a 16th-century Georgian queen, Ketevan the Martyr, from St Augustine Church in Goa in 2005 and how external affairs minister S Jaishankar permanently handed over the relic to the government of Georgia and its people in a recent programme
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Published on Jul 29, 2021 12:05 AM IST
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Doctors’ 100% effort gives two 90+ Covid patients new lease of life in Uttar Pradesh

A dedicated team of doctors and paramedical staff was tasked with handling the cases, according to hospital authorities in Agra and Jhansi
1923-born Gyan Chand Gupta with doctors at an Agra hospital last year. (HT FILE PHOTO)
1923-born Gyan Chand Gupta with doctors at an Agra hospital last year. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jul 01, 2021 11:18 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Ram Nath Kovind first President to reach Lucknow by train

President describes his travel experience as memorable and pleasant, hails railways’ contribution in nation-building as unparalleled
President Ram Nath Kovind alights from a train at the Charbagh railway station in Lucknow on Monday. (PTI)
President Ram Nath Kovind alights from a train at the Charbagh railway station in Lucknow on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 28, 2021 10:08 PM IST
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This Bareilly man gave dignity to the departed in second wave of Covid-19

Bareilly resident says he performed a large number of burials and cremations within a 30-day span when Covid-19 was at its peak
Mohd Ghizaal Siddiqui says the people of Bareilly helped him from behind the scenes and bore the expenses of his work. (SOURCED)
Mohd Ghizaal Siddiqui says the people of Bareilly helped him from behind the scenes and bore the expenses of his work. (SOURCED)
Published on Jun 27, 2021 02:53 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Covid trots out hard times for Lucknow’s horsemen

About 50 horsemen are struggling to make a living even after switching to horse riding business in Lucknow’s old city after their previous business of running horse carts completely collapsed.
Several horsemen are now trying to earn a living by offering horse rides to tourists visiting the old city after their traditional businesses were ruined by the coronavirus. HT Photo
Several horsemen are now trying to earn a living by offering horse rides to tourists visiting the old city after their traditional businesses were ruined by the coronavirus. HT Photo
Updated on Jun 14, 2021 08:57 AM IST
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2nd Oxygen Express reaches Uttar Pradesh with 60,000 litres of life saving gas

One more Oxygen Express, loaded with 75,000 litres of the life-saving gas is expected to arrive in the state on Tuesday as part of state government’s Operation Oxygen.
2nd Oxygen Express reaches Uttar Pradesh with 60,000 litres of life saving gas
2nd Oxygen Express reaches Uttar Pradesh with 60,000 litres of life saving gas
Updated on Apr 26, 2021 11:05 AM IST
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Oxygen Express reaches Lucknow from Bokaro with 30,000 litres of life-saving gas

The train is expected to bring much-needed relief to the state capital and other oxygen-starved districts of Uttar Pradesh that witnessed a sudden increase in demand for oxygen for Covid 19 patients.
The train left Bokaro, Jharkhand, loaded with three truckloads of LMO on Friday. (HT photo)
The train left Bokaro, Jharkhand, loaded with three truckloads of LMO on Friday. (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2021 10:09 AM IST
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