Pankaj Jaiswal

Pankaj Jaiswal

Pankaj Jaiswal is Chief of Bureau, Uttar Pradesh and covers politics. His continued interest in rural, distress, and development journalism, fetched him a handful of prestigious awards and fellowships. Pankaj is a photo-journalist too and tweets at @augustus29lotus

Articles by Pankaj Jaiswal
The Australian envoy had a long discussion with the UP chief secretary.(HT Photo)
The Australian envoy had a long discussion with the UP chief secretary.(HT Photo)

Uttar Pradesh a priority state for Australian investment: Envoy

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 08:47 AM IST
  • UP chief secretary RK Tiwari also pointed out to the Australian envoy that UP has already established six nodes under the Defence Corridor for encouraging setting up of defence manufacturing industry.
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Clothes of colours signifying a particular day in a week have been prepared for Ramlala. (Sourced)
Clothes of colours signifying a particular day in a week have been prepared for Ramlala. (Sourced)

Ramlala gets first set of khadi silk garments on Basant Panchami today

UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2021 01:53 PM IST
In a statement, Uttar Pradesh’s Khadi and Village Industries Board said women artisans have made the outfits from handwoven and handspun khadi
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A medic administers the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary in the presence of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on January 16. (PTI)
A medic administers the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary in the presence of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on January 16. (PTI)

Covid vaccination drive to continue as per priority: UP CM Adityanath

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 08:40 AM IST
Though the state has witnessed a significant drop in Covid-19 cases, utmost alertness should be maintained, he said
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A symbolic picture of Ayodhya on Deepotsava celebration during Diwali. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
A symbolic picture of Ayodhya on Deepotsava celebration during Diwali. (Deepak Gupta/HT)

Guided tour packages, heritage walks for Ayodhya soon

UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 01:39 PM IST
Once these trips and walks start, all that the visitors will have to do is to book packages of their choice either over phone or online.
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A symbolic picture of Ayodhya on Deepotsava celebration during Diwali.(Deepak Gupta/HT)
A symbolic picture of Ayodhya on Deepotsava celebration during Diwali.(Deepak Gupta/HT)

Guided tour packages, heritage walks for Ayodhya soon

By Pankaj Jaiswal, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 10:56 AM IST
So far, a total of six circuits have been finalised. For instance, there is a seven-hour package tour that would begin at 6.30 am every day from Laxman temple at Sahastradhara ghat.
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The first lot of Covishield Covid-19 vaccines arrives at the vaccine store at MMG hospital in Ghaziabad on January 14. (Sakib Ali/HT photo)
The first lot of Covishield Covid-19 vaccines arrives at the vaccine store at MMG hospital in Ghaziabad on January 14. (Sakib Ali/HT photo)

31,700 health workers to be vaccinated across Uttar Pradesh on Saturday

By Pankaj Jaiswal, Rajesh Kumar Singh and Gaurav Saigal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 10:41 AM IST
The state has so far received over one million vaccine doses against 1.1 million sought for the first phase
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A replica of the Ram temple in Ayodhya (Photo@ShriRamTeerth)
A replica of the Ram temple in Ayodhya (Photo@ShriRamTeerth)

On Uttar Pradesh Day, Ram temple replicas to showcase tourism potential

PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 10:51 AM IST
On January 24, 1950, United Provinces was renamed Uttar Pradesh. The UP government introduced the tradition of celebrating the day from January 24, 2018.
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Akhilesh Yadav on a temple visit in UP(Photo: @yadavakhilesh)
Akhilesh Yadav on a temple visit in UP(Photo: @yadavakhilesh)

Akhilesh Yadav on hop, stop, click temple run in Uttar Pradesh

UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 09:50 AM IST
Political observers call it a clear and emphatic display of soft Hindutva by the former chief minister.
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Representational image.(AFP)
Representational image.(AFP)

224 former bureaucrats, judges, veterans back UP’s anti-conversion ordinance

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 09:26 AM IST
The letter came days after another group of 104 former bureaucrats demanded the “illegal ordinance be withdrawn forthwith” while calling Uttar Pradesh the “epicentre of the politics of hate, division and bigotry”
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Prime minister Narendra Modi.(Sourced)
Prime minister Narendra Modi.(Sourced)

Lucknow: PM Modi, UP CM Adityanath to lay foundation of Light House Project today

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 08:50 AM IST
Under this project, 1,040 urban poor of Lucknow will get a flat [each] of 415 square ft area for Rs4.76 lakh
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Samajwadi Party’s Kisan Ghera programme means to organise small farmer gatherings around bonfires.(ANI)
Samajwadi Party’s Kisan Ghera programme means to organise small farmer gatherings around bonfires.(ANI)

While PM holds Kisan Samvad, SP stages bonfire meetings with farmers

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 10:28 AM IST
SP president Akhilesh Yadav has asked party’s sitting MPs, MLAs, MLCs, former legislators and office bearers to go to villages to participate in the Kisan Ghera programme.
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A campaign will also be launched to free land along the Ganga from encroachment so that these places become attractive for tourists. (Photo@CMOfficeUP)
A campaign will also be launched to free land along the Ganga from encroachment so that these places become attractive for tourists. (Photo@CMOfficeUP)

Organic farming belt to come up on either side of Ganga in Uttar Pradesh

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 09:28 AM IST
Ganga nurseries will be developed in every district and geo-tagging of all the plants along the river will be done to prevent their theft.
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Prabhat Mishra , who started the campaign, also runs an environment protection movement called the Red Tape movement.(Courtesy- Twitter@prabhatmisra)
Prabhat Mishra , who started the campaign, also runs an environment protection movement called the Red Tape movement.(Courtesy- Twitter@prabhatmisra)

4 UP govt offices reduce carbon footprint, show how it’s done

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 06:02 PM IST
In February, Mishra sent out a circular to the four offices reporting to him to cut power bills and increase the green cover in the office premises. It worked.
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UP has now decided to introduce all woman work sites and all women jobs under MGNREGS.(HT File Photo)
UP has now decided to introduce all woman work sites and all women jobs under MGNREGS.(HT File Photo)

Worst employer of women under MGNREGS, UP aims a turnaround

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 02:57 PM IST
UP registered a whopping 87% increase in person-days generated under MGNREGS compared to the previous year but women’s share has remained unchanged in the last five years.
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The tableau will also showcase Ayodhya as a major religious tourism destination in India.
The tableau will also showcase Ayodhya as a major religious tourism destination in India.

Ayodhya, upcoming Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s tableau for Republic Day

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 09:26 PM IST
The tableau will feature a grand model of the temple, scenes from Ramayan and the new tradition of annual Deepotsava in Ayodhya.
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A beautifully made community toilet in a village panchayat in Kasganj district of UP(HT picture)
A beautifully made community toilet in a village panchayat in Kasganj district of UP(HT picture)
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The SP chief was scheduled to go to Kannauj to lead a farmers’ protest after the party gave a call for a statewide “kisan yatra’’ against the laws on Monday, but he was not allowed to leave his residence.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
The SP chief was scheduled to go to Kannauj to lead a farmers’ protest after the party gave a call for a statewide “kisan yatra’’ against the laws on Monday, but he was not allowed to leave his residence.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav detained outside Lucknow residence

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 06:53 AM IST
Earlier in the day, Yadav, accompanied by party workers, broke through police barricades placed near his residence in Lucknow. As police resisted, the leader squatted in the middle of the road as SP workers raised slogans against the government. Yadav was later detained, triggering protests by supporters.
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Akhilesh Yadav in police van after the police detained him on Monday.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Akhilesh Yadav in police van after the police detained him on Monday.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

Akhilesh Yadav, stopped from joining ‘Kisan Yatra’, detained outside his Lucknow house

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 02:58 PM IST
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav also wrote to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla over the protests asking him to step in.
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Joint commissioner of police, Lucknow, Navin Arona said the police were deployed to prevent any law and order trouble. (Photo @samajwadiparty)
Joint commissioner of police, Lucknow, Navin Arona said the police were deployed to prevent any law and order trouble. (Photo @samajwadiparty)

Akhilesh Yadav stopped from joining farmer protest, riot police outside house

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 10:54 AM IST
Last week, Akhilesh Yadav had announced to launch statewide Kisaan yatra (road rallies for farmers) from December 7.
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Shivpal Yadav hits out at nephew and SP chief Akhielsh Yadav.(HT photo/Pankaj Jaiswal)
Shivpal Yadav hits out at nephew and SP chief Akhielsh Yadav.(HT photo/Pankaj Jaiswal)

Shivpal Yadav calls Akhilesh’s 1 seat offer a joke, seeks socialist front against BJP

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 09:01 AM IST
Shivpal Yadav and nephew Akhilesh fell out politically following a protracted Yadav family feud over the control of the party when Akhilesh was UP chief minister.
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Uttar Pradesh has planned the CSCs on a private-partnership model.(PTI Photo)
Uttar Pradesh has planned the CSCs on a private-partnership model.(PTI Photo)

UP plans two community service centres in each gram panchayat

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 11:19 AM IST
The centres aim to deliver more than 250 services online making it accessible for the general public.
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The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday approved the proposal for naming the upcoming airport in the temple town of Ayodhya after Lord Ram(Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday approved the proposal for naming the upcoming airport in the temple town of Ayodhya after Lord Ram(Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)

Upcoming Ayodhya airport to be named after Lord Ram

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 09:48 AM IST
In a statement, the state government said that in a meeting led by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, the cabinet approved naming the airport as the Maryada Purshotam Shriram Airport
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.(ANI)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.(ANI)

UP makes ‘love jihad’ a punishable offence

UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 01:06 AM IST
The announcement came roughly a month after Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath vowed to end “love jihad”, a term used by right-wing activists to describe marital relationships between Muslim men and Hindu women, but one that the courts and the Union government do not officially recognise.
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A Banking Correspondent Sakhi shortlisted aspirant during an interview conducted on smart phone from her village with the selection team sitting in Lucknow.(HT PHOTO)
A Banking Correspondent Sakhi shortlisted aspirant during an interview conducted on smart phone from her village with the selection team sitting in Lucknow.(HT PHOTO)

UP selects 58K banking Sakhis through tech-driven process, CM gives nod for training

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2020 09:34 AM IST
The Uttar Pradesh government completed the first-of-its-kind technology driven process for selecting 58,000 women for as many posts of banking correspondent Sakhis.
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Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav.(ANI)
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav.(ANI)

Uttar Pradesh Bypoll Results 2020: Samajwadi Party’s hopes to gain momentum for 2022 polls dashed

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 09:50 AM IST
Political analyst SK Dwivedi said the bypolls results have once again established that the BJP continues to be the dominant party in the state and it will be an uphill task for SP to wrest power from it
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The by-poll results are being keenly watched for an indication on public sentiment on Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath’s rule.(ANI Photo)
The by-poll results are being keenly watched for an indication on public sentiment on Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath’s rule.(ANI Photo)

BJP surges ahead in UP by-polls, billed as semi final to 2022 contest

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 01:27 PM IST
BJP had held six of the seven seats that went to by-polls in Uttar Pradesh.
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Banking correspondent Sakhis will take banking to the doorsteps of families in their respective villages in Uttar Pradesh.(Mint File Photo)
Banking correspondent Sakhis will take banking to the doorsteps of families in their respective villages in Uttar Pradesh.(Mint File Photo)

In UP, app-based selection of banking correspondent Sakhis in final stages

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON NOV 09, 2020 12:08 PM IST
The department of rural development began the selection process in June and will soon begin to conduct interviews on mobile phones
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Devotees light earthen lamps on the bank of Saryu River during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya in 2019.(PTI File)
Devotees light earthen lamps on the bank of Saryu River during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya in 2019.(PTI File)

Uttar Pradesh govt to launch website for first-ever virtual Deepotsav in Ayodhya

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2020 09:08 AM IST
The government aims to light up over 550,000 lamps this time to attempt a new Guinness record by breaking its last year’s record of 410,000
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Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav addresses a press conference at the party office in Lucknow on October 27, 2020.(PTI)
Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav addresses a press conference at the party office in Lucknow on October 27, 2020.(PTI)

We backed independent in RS polls to expose BJP-BSP tacit understanding: Akhilesh

PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2020 05:09 PM IST
The SP chief said that the BJP could enter into an electoral understanding with any party of its choice, but such tacit deals needed to be exposed.
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The rivalry between the two parties had a momentary reprieve ahead of last year’s parliamentary elections.(File photo)
The rivalry between the two parties had a momentary reprieve ahead of last year’s parliamentary elections.(File photo)

Uttar Pradesh: SP, BSP start new chapter of bitterness

By Pankaj Jaiswal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 03:44 PM IST
The latest chapter of SP-BSP discord traces its origin to the biennial Rajya Sabha elections for 10 seats from UP, when an independent candidate Prakash Bajaj filed his nomination papers at the last moment on Tuesday (October 27) with 10 SP lawmakers in tow
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