Oliver Fredrick

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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The mosque site in Dhannipur village near Ayodhya town.(HT Photo)
The mosque site in Dhannipur village near Ayodhya town.(HT Photo)

Ayodhya Dhannipur mosque complex layout ready for submission

By Oliver Fredrick | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2021 08:02 AM IST
  • The Dhannipur project includes a mosque, hospital, museum, library, community kitchen, Indo-Islamic cultural research centre and a publication house.
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The complex would come up on five acres of land allotted to the board following the November 2019 order of the Supreme Court in the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid case.(Special Arrangement)
The complex would come up on five acres of land allotted to the board following the November 2019 order of the Supreme Court in the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid case.(Special Arrangement)

UP Sunni Waqf Board unveils blueprint of mosque complex

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 02:57 AM IST
The mosque would be a zero-energy structure with modern design, to be established on around 3,500 square metre area, the board said, adding that it would have a dedicated section for female namaazis (worshippers) and a capacity to accommodate around 2,000 namaazis at a time.
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Bara Imambara at Lucknow. Officials said footfall is only going to increase.(HT file)
Bara Imambara at Lucknow. Officials said footfall is only going to increase.(HT file)

Monuments reopen, heritage tourism looks up in Lucknow

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 06:52 PM IST
Officials said there is a considerable rise in footfall as people are visiting heritage structures to beat the lockdown blues
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Man-elephant conflicts have risen over the years due to the shrinking habitat of the tuskers, argue some experts.(PTI Photo)
Man-elephant conflicts have risen over the years due to the shrinking habitat of the tuskers, argue some experts.(PTI Photo)

Lift ban on elephant catching to curb man-jumbo conflict- Wildlife experts

By Oliver Fredrick | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknown
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 05:02 PM IST
Some wildlife experts have argued that the elephant population in the country is increasing beyond forests’ capacity to house them.
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Rohit Srivastava (left).(Sourced)
Rohit Srivastava (left).(Sourced)

Lucknow University staffer first to donate money for Dhannipur mosque

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 11:32 AM IST
Rohit Srivastava donated Rs 21,000 towards the construction of the mosque on a 5-acre land given to the UP Waqf board in lieu of the disputed site in Ayodhya
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Only a 100 visitors will be allowed inside Bada Imambada every day to guard against over crowding and spread of Covid-19.(HT Photo-Dheeraj Dhawan)
Only a 100 visitors will be allowed inside Bada Imambada every day to guard against over crowding and spread of Covid-19.(HT Photo-Dheeraj Dhawan)

Lucknow’s Bada Imambada reopens after 6 months, but with conditions

By Oliver Fredrick | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 10:20 AM IST
Tourist guides were relieved after the reopening of the iconic Imambadas.
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The ongoing construction work of the police outpost under the gate of Chhota Imambada has changed the design of the monument.(HT Photo)
The ongoing construction work of the police outpost under the gate of Chhota Imambada has changed the design of the monument.(HT Photo)

Heritage receives a blow at Chhota Imambada gate in Lucknow

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 04:55 AM IST
Nevertheless, officials of ASI, HAT, which owns the structure, and heritage enthusiasts call it a case of extreme illegality and brazen violation of the Ancient Monument and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) (AMASR) Act, 2010.
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State horticulture department officials said around 140 among the query-seekers have got themselves registered for the mushroom farming training programme.(HT file)
State horticulture department officials said around 140 among the query-seekers have got themselves registered for the mushroom farming training programme.(HT file)

Covid-19: UP returnees take to mushroom farming

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2020 03:49 PM IST
Officials of the state horticulture department and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, which is a part of National Agricultural Research System, said they were flooded with queries and applications related to mushroom farming
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Railway officials say Crack trains have helped increase railways efficiency.(HT Photo)
Railway officials say Crack trains have helped increase railways efficiency.(HT Photo)

Crack trains: How railways put goods movement on fast track during Covid 19

By Oliver Fredrick | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 06:42 PM IST
A senior railway official said it is not easy to run non stop and high speed goods trains due to challenges.
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SM Akhtar, a Lucknow architect-cum-town planner and founder dean, faculty of architecture, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, will design the complex being built on five acres of land in Dhannipur village — in compliance with the Supreme Court order in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit last year.(File photo)
SM Akhtar, a Lucknow architect-cum-town planner and founder dean, faculty of architecture, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, will design the complex being built on five acres of land in Dhannipur village — in compliance with the Supreme Court order in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit last year.(File photo)

Mosque will bridge divide, says architect

By Oliver Fredrick and Fareeha Iftikhar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow/New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2020 12:22 AM IST
A mosque coming up outside Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya town will be designed in the Indo-Islamic style and aim to bridge communal differences, said the project’s main architect whose name was announced on Tuesday.
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Mosque will bridge divide, says architect

By Oliver Fredrick and Fareeha Iftikhar, Lucknow/new Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2020 12:13 AM IST
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The site where a mosque complex and a hospital will be built on 5 acre of land in Dhannipur village of Ayodhya.(HT FILE PHOTO)
The site where a mosque complex and a hospital will be built on 5 acre of land in Dhannipur village of Ayodhya.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Eminent Lucknow architect Prof SM Akhtar, to design Ayodhya mosque

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 08:17 PM IST
Prof Akhtar said the mosque would come up on around 15,000 square feet land and would be an amalgamation of Indo-Islamic architecture.
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File photo: The northeastern railways (NER), Lucknow division has urged the Railway Board to increase the number of trains on these routes.(Rajkumar/HT photo)
File photo: The northeastern railways (NER), Lucknow division has urged the Railway Board to increase the number of trains on these routes.(Rajkumar/HT photo)

‘No room’: Trains bound for Mumbai, Delhi are running jam-packed

By Oliver Fredrick | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 04:20 PM IST
Railway officials say possible reverse migration of workers may have led to rise in passenger occupancy rate.
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The complex is likely to include a mosque, a hospital, a community kitchen, and an educational centre.(AP)
The complex is likely to include a mosque, a hospital, a community kitchen, and an educational centre.(AP)

Mosque in Ayodhya likely to be named Masjid Dhannipur

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, Ayodhya
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 12:37 AM IST
Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF), the 15-member trust in charge of the mosque and other utilities, said the name Masjid Dhannipur was at the top of the list of proposed names. Other suggestions included Aman (Peace) Masjid and Sufi Masjid.
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First five Rafale combat aircraft from France arrive at the Air Force Station, in Ambala.(PTI Photo)
First five Rafale combat aircraft from France arrive at the Air Force Station, in Ambala.(PTI Photo)

As Rafale jets entered Indian airspace, UP’s Hardoi celebrated ‘Diwali’

By Oliver Fredrick | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 10:45 AM IST
Wing Commander Abhishek Tripathi’s inclusion among the selected pilots to fly Rafale jets to India is a matter of pride for his ancestral village in UP.
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Sheikhu Alam, on board the Pushpak Express, along with six others on Wednesday.
Sheikhu Alam, on board the Pushpak Express, along with six others on Wednesday.

Lucknow’s ‘lifeline’ to Mumbai back on track

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 12:57 AM IST
In the past three days, the train has transported over 1,100 passengers, including migrants, who are now heading back to Mumbai and other places for work after an arduous journey home just weeks ago in the midst of the lockdown imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
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Migrant workers aboard the Pushpak Express Special in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, on June 3, 2020. They were on their way back to Bhopal where they were working before the nationwide lockdown was imposed to stop the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.(HT Photo)
Migrant workers aboard the Pushpak Express Special in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, on June 3, 2020. They were on their way back to Bhopal where they were working before the nationwide lockdown was imposed to stop the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.(HT Photo)

‘Better to die of corona than hunger’: UP migrants head back to jobs in other cities

By Oliver Fredrick | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 11:28 PM IST
With the Indian Railways resuming partial services and running 200 special trains from June 1 following Unlock 1 when several curbs have been relaxed, migrants have started returning going back to their jobs in other cities as savings have dried up for many of them.
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Uzma Sayed Parveen going about doing her job.(SOURCED)
Uzma Sayed Parveen going about doing her job.(SOURCED)

Lucknow university graduate sanitises temples and lanes in the city

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2020 07:35 AM IST
Praveen began sanitising in the last week of April after she realised that the fight against Covid-19 needs to the fought collectively.
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Once the permissions are received, the originating state writes to the Union home ministry and the Railways with the request for a train.(HT Photos/Deepak Gupta)
Once the permissions are received, the originating state writes to the Union home ministry and the Railways with the request for a train.(HT Photos/Deepak Gupta)

Long wait and hope mark rail journeys of migrants to home

By Oliver Fredrick, Aroosa Ahmed and Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Mumbai/New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2020 05:38 AM IST
The process to get into a Shramik Special is both long and depends on chance.
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It’s a double whammy for mango growers. Not only are they battling the lockdown effect on the mango crop but also there is less produce this year.(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)
It’s a double whammy for mango growers. Not only are they battling the lockdown effect on the mango crop but also there is less produce this year.(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)

With no export or inter-state trade, Malihabad mangoes headed for Lucknow

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2020 09:36 PM IST
Orchard owners say since mango export and inter-state mango trade have been badly affected following the lockdown and ongoing corona crisis, the mango growers in Malihabad belt have no option than to pump in the supply to the state capital or neighbouring districts.
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Tunday Kababi was established in old Lucknow’s Aminabad by Mohd Usman’s grandfather in 1905.(Deepak gupta/ HT File)
Tunday Kababi was established in old Lucknow’s Aminabad by Mohd Usman’s grandfather in 1905.(Deepak gupta/ HT File)

No meat, no staff: Lucknow’s Tunday Kababi shut in Ramzan

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 09:20 AM IST
The non-availability of meat because of the national lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has hit several popular restaurants in the old city; but Tunday Kababi is the most renowned of them all.
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Poultry farmers suffered huge losses when the situation worsened after infections were recorded in India, and consumption of chicken fell by 80%.(HT Photo)
Poultry farmers suffered huge losses when the situation worsened after infections were recorded in India, and consumption of chicken fell by 80%.(HT Photo)

Covid19: UP poultry farmers stare into abyss as govt chickens out

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2020 07:46 PM IST
In the initial days of the crisis, there were several reports of an unproven link between Covid-19 and eating chicken. These reports were dismissed by experts.
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Sanjay Pathak, director of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, said the lockdown was a big change for animals.(File photo)
Sanjay Pathak, director of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, said the lockdown was a big change for animals.(File photo)

Animals reclaim lost territory, courtesy Covid-19 lockdown

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2020 02:12 PM IST
Some wildlife experts termed it as a behavioural change, saying curiosity was driving animals out of the jungle.
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In Lucknow, passionate aficionados say that the Covid-19 outbreak is utterly disappointing, as most pigeon-sports clubs have cancelled all competitions this season (April to May).(HT Photo)
In Lucknow, passionate aficionados say that the Covid-19 outbreak is utterly disappointing, as most pigeon-sports clubs have cancelled all competitions this season (April to May).(HT Photo)

‘As lockdown hits kabootarbaazi season, time to take care of birds’

By Abdul Jadid/Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, Gorakhpur/Lucknow, Gorakhpur/lucknow
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2020 07:38 PM IST
Dozens of pigeons sit picking grain in big iron cage in a corner of the old cracked terrace. Nearby, their owner, Aftab Ansari, 45, sits looking proudly at his flock. Ansari is a tad disappointed over the cancellation of the district-level pigeon-flying competition due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
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Tope Khana Bazaar amidst the ‘complete lockdown’.(HT Photo)
Tope Khana Bazaar amidst the ‘complete lockdown’.(HT Photo)

Lucknow: Cantt core army area ‘complete lockdown’ brings life to standstill

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2020 03:20 PM IST
The Central Command had announced a ‘complete lockdown’ on Saturday, a day after 12 persons were found coronavirus positive in Kasaibada locality of Sadar area in Cantonment, which is near the army core area.
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The Central Command’s move comes two days after 12 Tablighi Jamaat members, who were camping in a mosque in the area, tested coronavirus positive.(HT Photo)
The Central Command’s move comes two days after 12 Tablighi Jamaat members, who were camping in a mosque in the area, tested coronavirus positive.(HT Photo)

Sadar Bazaar Lucknow ‘out of bounds’ for armymen

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2020 03:10 PM IST
In the wake of the frequent coronavirus cases from Sadar Bazaar area, the area has been declared ‘out of bounds’ for the soldiers.
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The zoo management said it would approach the chief minister, demanding adequate meat supply to feed the animals.(HT Photo)
The zoo management said it would approach the chief minister, demanding adequate meat supply to feed the animals.(HT Photo)

Lock-down impact: Zoo carnivores forced to eat frozen meat

By Oliver Fredrick | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2020 02:57 PM IST
The carnivorous inmates of the Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden in Lucknow are forced to feed on frozen meat.
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‘First UAV testing lab in pvt sector soon’

By Umesh Raghuvanshi/Oliver Fredrick
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2020 11:25 PM IST
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