Pawan Dixit

Pawan Dixit

Pawan Dixit has been a journalist for over a decade. He has extensively covered eastern UP for around five years, covered 2012 UP assembly polls, 2014 Lok Sabha polls while being stationed in Varanasi. Now, in Lucknow, he covers outstation political assignments, reports special cases from district court, high court and state information commission

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The foundation work was stopped after loose sand was found during testing of foundation pillars last year.
The foundation work was stopped after loose sand was found during testing of foundation pillars last year.

Ram temple foundation work resumes: Trust

By Pawan Dixit, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 05:22 AM IST
“Digging work for the Ram temple’s foundation resumed today (Thursday). It will continue for the next 60-70 days. Till then, the foundation’s new design will be available with us,” Mishra told reporters after a meeting of the members of the Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust.
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For a decade, Rishab Mitra successfully competed with big stores by focusing on quality, and relying on word-of-mouth recommendations and a loyal customer base.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
For a decade, Rishab Mitra successfully competed with big stores by focusing on quality, and relying on word-of-mouth recommendations and a loyal customer base.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

‘Hope govt helps small businessmen like me’

By Pawan Dixit, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 04:50 AM IST
During the pandemic, the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government provided loans on easy instalments for small shopkeepers, said Lucknow mayor Sanyukta Bhatia. “Large number of shopkeepers and vendors in Lucknow and across the state benefitted,” Bhatia said.
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A replica of Ram Mandir (Ayodhya) installed inside a mall, in New Delhi. (Representational image/PTI)
A replica of Ram Mandir (Ayodhya) installed inside a mall, in New Delhi. (Representational image/PTI)

Hindu non-profit org Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat contributes Rs1 crore for Ram Mandir

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 08:54 AM IST
The VHP’s nationwide campaign, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Ram Mandir Nidhi Samarpan Abhiyan, for the construction of Ram Mandir started on January 15 and will continue till February 27
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The second phase of the campaign, which will involve reaching out to ordinary people, will start on February 1 and end on February 27.(HT Photo)
The second phase of the campaign, which will involve reaching out to ordinary people, will start on February 1 and end on February 27.(HT Photo)

VHP nationwide fund drive for Ram temple construction begins today

PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:21 AM IST
In the first phase from January 15 to 31, the VHP, which has been at the vanguard of a campaign for the construction of a Ram temple in the holy town, will call only on eminent people who have been identified by its local cadre.
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The court was hearing a habeas corpus (have the body) petition by a Hindu man who claimed that his wife, who converted from Islam to Hinduism to marry him, was being stopped from living with him by her father.(HT PHOTO)
The court was hearing a habeas corpus (have the body) petition by a Hindu man who claimed that his wife, who converted from Islam to Hinduism to marry him, was being stopped from living with him by her father.(HT PHOTO)

Public notice for interfaith marriage not a must: HC

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 01:11 AM IST
The order is not directly linked to the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, which outlaws conversion by allurement, fraud, coercion or marriage.
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The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court.(HT PHOTO)
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court.(HT PHOTO)

Publication of notice for interfaith marriage optional, rules Allahabad HC

UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 10:09 PM IST
  • The court ruled that it shall be optional for the parties to the intended marriage to make a request in writing to the marriage officer to publish or not to publish a notice.
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A view of the Babri Masjid, which was demolished on December 6, 1992.(HT FILE PHOTO)
A view of the Babri Masjid, which was demolished on December 6, 1992.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Babri Masjid demolition case: Ayodhya residents challenge acquittal of accused

By Pawan Dixit | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 07:37 AM IST
  • The special CBI court had acquitted all 32 persons accused of conspiring to demolish the 16th century Babri mosque on December 6, 1992
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Representarional photo.
Representarional photo.

Ram Temple: New technique may be used to build the foundation

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 11:01 AM IST
On September 11, the loose sand was found during a test conducted to lay the pillars below the surface to prepare the temple’s foundation
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Saket PG College.(Source: Facebook)
Saket PG College.(Source: Facebook)

Sedition charges against Ayodhya students who raised ‘azaadi’ slogans dropped

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 10:50 AM IST
The college management has since announced the students’ union polls on February 10
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The Ram Janmabhoomi campus comprises 67.77 acre land. Out of this, in the 2.77-acre land stands the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. (HT Photo)
The Ram Janmabhoomi campus comprises 67.77 acre land. Out of this, in the 2.77-acre land stands the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. (HT Photo)

Panel to oversee development of 65-acre land on Ram Janmabhoomi campus

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 10:30 AM IST
Govind Dev Giri, the treasurer of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, will oversee the development work on the Ram Janmabhoomi campus.
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Unlike in the past when a big congregation would assemble at the Tedi Bazaar residence of Haji Mehboob, one of the litigants in the Ram Mandir–Babri Masjid title suit, to observe(AP file photo. Representative image)
Unlike in the past when a big congregation would assemble at the Tedi Bazaar residence of Haji Mehboob, one of the litigants in the Ram Mandir–Babri Masjid title suit, to observe(AP file photo. Representative image)

Ayodhya skips events on Babri razing anniversary

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2020 05:28 AM IST
Four months after the foundation stone for a Ram temple was laid at the site in a ceremony performed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the two communities refrained from organising events to commemorate the event that until last year the Muslims observed as Yaum-e-Gham (day of sorrow) by displaying black flags and keeping their establishments closed.
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A view of the Babri Masjid, which was demolished on December 6, 1992.(HT FILE PHOTO)
A view of the Babri Masjid, which was demolished on December 6, 1992.(HT FILE PHOTO)

No event in Ayodhya on Babri anniversary as Hindus, Muslims move on

By Pawan Dixit | Lucknow, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 12:08 PM IST
Hindus and Muslims have decided to refrain from observing any kind of event to mark the anniversary of Babri mosque demolition this year
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The woman appeared before the court of special judge (MP/MLA court) Pawan Kumar Rai.(PTI)
The woman appeared before the court of special judge (MP/MLA court) Pawan Kumar Rai.(PTI)

Chinmayanand case: Levelled charges under pressure from anti-social elements, says woman

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 12:29 AM IST
These statements before the judicial magistrate were recorded under Sections 161 (relating to examination of a witness) and 164 (relating to recording of statements and confessions) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
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Devotees taking part in Chaudah kosi parikrama in Ayodhya which started on Monday morning.(HT Photo\Ravinder Singh)
Devotees taking part in Chaudah kosi parikrama in Ayodhya which started on Monday morning.(HT Photo\Ravinder Singh)

Ayodhya’s chaudah kosi parikrama starts amid Covid-19 scare

By Pawan Dixit | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 02:03 PM IST
The administration in the temple town has put a ban on the entry of outsiders for the religious walk in Ayodhya to contain Covid-19 situation.
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The banks of river Saryu lit up with earthen lamps (diyas) during Deepotsav celebrations on the eve of Diwali in Ayodhya on Friday.(HT PHOTO)
The banks of river Saryu lit up with earthen lamps (diyas) during Deepotsav celebrations on the eve of Diwali in Ayodhya on Friday.(HT PHOTO)

Ayodhya lights up on Deepotsav with 6,06,569 diyas to set another Guinness world record

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Ayodhya
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 12:53 AM IST
Lakhs of diyas gave ‘Ram Ki Paidi’ a celestial look in the temple town of Ayodhya.
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Devotees light earthen lamps on the bank of Saryu River during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya in 2019.(PTI)
Devotees light earthen lamps on the bank of Saryu River during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya in 2019.(PTI)

Ayodhya gears up for another Guinness record on Deepotsav

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 09:51 AM IST
Last year, a Guinness World Record was also made when 410,000 earthen lamps were lit up on the banks of the Saryu river
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Heavy police deployment as CBI team probes the case, in Hathras earlier in October.(File photo)
Heavy police deployment as CBI team probes the case, in Hathras earlier in October.(File photo)

Hathras case: Indicate time needed to complete probe, Allahabad high court tells CBI

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 09:20 AM IST
The CBI is expected to file the status report on the case before the next date of hearing on November 25
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Allahabad Hight Court(File photo)
Allahabad Hight Court(File photo)

Hathras case: Allahabad HC orders CBI to file status report by November 25

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 08:56 AM IST
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court on Monday ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file a status report on the investigation into the gang rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras by November 25, when the case will be taken up hearing.
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The trust also decided that Tata Consulting Engineers Limited will work as the project management consultant and assist Larsen and Toubro in the construction work, the trust’s general secretary Champat Rai said.(Reuters file photo)
The trust also decided that Tata Consulting Engineers Limited will work as the project management consultant and assist Larsen and Toubro in the construction work, the trust’s general secretary Champat Rai said.(Reuters file photo)

Ram Temple trust invites suggestions on construction

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2020 05:55 AM IST
The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust will invite suggestions from architects and saints across the country for construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the trust’s treasurer Swami Govind Dev Giri said on Sunday.
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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)

Ayodhya administration seeks Guinness record for lighting earthen lamps

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 11:19 AM IST
Shailendra Varma, the nodal officer for the event, said the 600,000 diyas would be lit on Deepotsav, which would be celebrated a day before Diwali on November 13.
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Noida: Smoke rising from a fire in shrubs in the forest at Sector 54 in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Noida: Smoke rising from a fire in shrubs in the forest at Sector 54 in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

UP’s new ordinance to check air pollution covers state’s most industrialised districts

By Pawan Dixit | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 05:31 PM IST
A majority of UP’s industrial units are in Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida), Ghaziabad and Meerut, which are considered maximum revenue and employment generators for the Uttar Pradesh government.
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Close up of a young female kathak dancer tying ghungroo to her legs.(Getty Images)
Close up of a young female kathak dancer tying ghungroo to her legs.(Getty Images)

Uttar Pradesh: Powered by ODOP, Jalesar’s ghungroos get global market

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 27, 2020 10:28 AM IST
Officials said India’s ghungroo manufacturing industry is worth Rs 100 crore and that Etah’s share in it has increased by 15% to 20% in the last few months
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Political activists hold placards and a cut-out of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest to condemn the alleged gang-rape and murder of a teenaged woman in Bool Garhi village at Hathras in Uttar Pradesh.(AFP)
Political activists hold placards and a cut-out of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest to condemn the alleged gang-rape and murder of a teenaged woman in Bool Garhi village at Hathras in Uttar Pradesh.(AFP)

Hathras case: Not satisfied with govt version on cremation, says high court

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 14, 2020 05:02 AM IST
In the order, the judges said district magistrate Praveen Kumar Laxkar could not satisfy them about the observance of last rites. The 19-year-old Dalit woman was cremated against her family’s wishes at 2.30am on September 30.
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A view of the spot where the body of the victim was cremated in Bool Garhi, Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Saturday, October 3, 2020.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
A view of the spot where the body of the victim was cremated in Bool Garhi, Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Saturday, October 3, 2020.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

High Court pulls up UP govt for Hathras night cremation

By Pawan Dixit, Chandan Kumar and Hemendra Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow/ Agra
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 01:36 AM IST
The victim’s family also demanded that the high-profile trial be shifted out of the state, said their lawyer Seema Kushwaha.
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Engineers of Larsen and Toubro, the company carrying out the construction of the temple, started the shifting process with the help of cranes and trucks.
Engineers of Larsen and Toubro, the company carrying out the construction of the temple, started the shifting process with the help of cranes and trucks.

Ram temple construction: Carved stones being moved from Nyas workshop to Janmabhoomi

By Pawan Dixit | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 06:30 PM IST
On the first day, four slabs were shifted. Gradually all stone slabs will be shifted to be used in the ground floor of the temple.
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(From L to R)Senior BJP leader LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, former union minister Uma Bharti, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, right-wing leader Vinay Katiyar, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra General Secretary Champat Rai, Sadhvi Rithambara, Sakshi Maharaj and Hindu religious leader Ram Vilas Vedanti acquitted by the CBI Court in the Babri Masjid case, in New Delhi.(PTI)
(From L to R)Senior BJP leader LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, former union minister Uma Bharti, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, right-wing leader Vinay Katiyar, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra General Secretary Champat Rai, Sadhvi Rithambara, Sakshi Maharaj and Hindu religious leader Ram Vilas Vedanti acquitted by the CBI Court in the Babri Masjid case, in New Delhi.(PTI)

‘Spontaneous act’: All 32 acquitted 28 years later

By Pawan Dixit and Manish Chandra Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 06:26 AM IST
The verdict by judge SK Yadav ended a 28-year-long legal fight, and brought relief to senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti, but raised serious questions about the investigation into a high-profile case
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Paratroops guarding the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya on October 20, 1997. A special CBI court acquitted 32 people accused of conspiring to demolish the Babri Masjid in 1992.(HT Photo/Sanjay Sharma/HT Archives)
Paratroops guarding the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya on October 20, 1997. A special CBI court acquitted 32 people accused of conspiring to demolish the Babri Masjid in 1992.(HT Photo/Sanjay Sharma/HT Archives)

In 2,300-page judgment, court picks holes in CBI’s evidence

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 12:45 AM IST
Differences in FIRs, lack of voice recordings against accused, newspaper reports, photos weakened the CBI’s claim that there was prior conspiracy
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Residents walk past Hanuman Garhi temple, after a special CBI delivered its verdict in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition accused case, in Ayodhya.(PTI)
Residents walk past Hanuman Garhi temple, after a special CBI delivered its verdict in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition accused case, in Ayodhya.(PTI)

Ayodhya celebrates with sweets, diyas, slogans

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Ayodhya
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 07:16 AM IST
Devotees thronged the historic Hanuman Garhi temple where the priest, Raju Das, led celebrations and conducted a special puja ceremony.
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BJP Leader LK Advani at his Delhi residence after the verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
BJP Leader LK Advani at his Delhi residence after the verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Babri demolition case: LK Advani, 31 others acquitted; no local testified

By Pawan Dixit and Manish Chandra Pandey | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 04:28 PM IST
Ruling out the criminal conspiracy theory, the court held that the demolition on December 6, 1992 was a spontaneous act and not pre-planned.
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A sunrise view from Ram Ki Pedi, at Ayodhya.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
A sunrise view from Ram Ki Pedi, at Ayodhya.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

Babri demolition case verdict today, D-day for Advani and 31 others

By Pawan Dixit and Manish Chandra Pandey | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 02:07 PM IST
Babri demolition case: LK Advani, MM Joshi,Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh may attend via video conference.
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