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

Articles by Pawan Dixit

Investment summits in Uttar Pradesh: Local focus to pave the way for big gains

Uttar Pradesh government reaches out to investors by holding summits in the districts to propel the state’s economy

Model of a fighter jet made from waste material installed at Samajik Parivartan crossing ahead of the summit to be held in Lucknow. (DEEPAK GUPTA/HT PHOTO)
Model of a fighter jet made from waste material installed at Samajik Parivartan crossing ahead of the summit to be held in Lucknow. (DEEPAK GUPTA/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 04, 2023 12:51 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Ram Lalla’s idol: Sculptors to test two rocks from Nepal

The two rocks from Nepal are referred to as Devshila (sacred rocks). Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Trust also has other stones as options for chiselling Ram Lalla’s idol and has sourced stones from Odisha and Karnataka as well.

Celebrations in Ayodhya for the grand opening of the Ram temple will begin in December and end with the installation of the Ram Lalla idol at the sanctum sanctorum of the temple on Makar Sankranti on January 14 or 15, 2024. (Pic for representation)
Celebrations in Ayodhya for the grand opening of the Ram temple will begin in December and end with the installation of the Ram Lalla idol at the sanctum sanctorum of the temple on Makar Sankranti on January 14 or 15, 2024. (Pic for representation)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 12:41 AM IST

Sculptors to test two rocks from Nepal for Ram Lalla idol

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has kept aside other options for chiselling Ram Lalla’s idol. These include stones from Odisha and Karnataka.

Locals visiting Ram Sevak Puram in Ayodhya on Friday to worship two Dev Shilas (rocks) that have been brought from Nepal. (Ravinder Singh/HH)
Locals visiting Ram Sevak Puram in Ayodhya on Friday to worship two Dev Shilas (rocks) that have been brought from Nepal. (Ravinder Singh/HH)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:45 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Rare Shaligram stones reach Ayodhya from Nepal, handed over to temple trust

The trust is likely to use them to carve the idol of Lord Ram and place it at the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram temple.

 (HT)
(HT)
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 12:28 AM IST
By, Lucknow

‘Happy to be out’: Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan after 28 months behind bars

Kappan was booked by the Uttar Pradesh government under the UAPA after being arrested from Mathura toll plaza, along with three others, while on his way to cover the Hathras gangrape in 2020

The sessions judge on Wednesday had ordered Kappan’s release after accepting his bail bonds. (HT photo)
The sessions judge on Wednesday had ordered Kappan’s release after accepting his bail bonds. (HT photo)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 02:57 PM IST

Stones for Ram temple likely to reach Ayodhya from Nepal by early Feb

The shaligram stones found in the Kali Gandaki river basin in the Muktinath area of Nepal are considered to represent Vishnu.

A delegation of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has reached Nepal to bring the sacred stones (ANI)
A delegation of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has reached Nepal to bring the sacred stones (ANI)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 11:52 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Lucknow building collapse: Two dead, 14 rescued, Yogi Adityanath orders probe

Three-member panel to submit report on Lucknow building collapse within a week, FIR lodged against three; former SP minister’s son arrested

Rescue operation underway at the site of the Lucknow building collapse. (DEEPAK GUPTA/HT PHOTO)
Rescue operation underway at the site of the Lucknow building collapse. (DEEPAK GUPTA/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 11:57 PM IST
By, Lucknow

2014 inflammatory speech : Allahabad HC’s Lko bench rejects Delhi CM’s discharge application

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court has rejected Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s revision application seeking discharge in a case related with inflammatory speech in Sultanpur district during campaigning for 2014 Lok Sabha polls

A single judge bench of Justice Rajesh Singh Chauhan on Tuesday upheld the order passed by the Sultanpur sessions court on October 21, 2022 that rejected the Delhi CM’s discharge application in the case. (For Representation)
A single judge bench of Justice Rajesh Singh Chauhan on Tuesday upheld the order passed by the Sultanpur sessions court on October 21, 2022 that rejected the Delhi CM’s discharge application in the case. (For Representation)
Published on Jan 17, 2023 11:27 PM IST
By, Lucknow

District-level summit ahead of Global Investors’ Summit 2023: Surpassing target, Lucknow gets investment proposals worth 56,299 cr

The Lucknow administration signed 262 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with entrepreneurs at the daylong summit held at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan.

Out of total investment, the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) roped in investment of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>15,485 crore through 68 proposals. (FOR REPRESENTATION PURPOSE)
Out of total investment, the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) roped in investment of 15,485 crore through 68 proposals. (FOR REPRESENTATION PURPOSE)
Published on Jan 11, 2023 12:40 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh: Man gets 5-year jail term for abducting minor

The court of additional district and sessions judge here on Saturday awarded five years’ jail term to a man for abducting a minor girl nine years ago

The court also imposed a fine of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10,000 on the accused. (For Representation)
The court also imposed a fine of 10,000 on the accused. (For Representation)
Published on Jan 07, 2023 11:19 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Ayodhya temple trust asks sculptors to send their models for Ram statue

Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust — set up for the construction and management of the temple in Ayodhya — has asked the sculptors to send within 15 days their models of the statue, measuring nine to 12 inches.

An aerial view of the under-construction Ram Janmabhoomi temple, in Ayodhya. (ANI)
An aerial view of the under-construction Ram Janmabhoomi temple, in Ayodhya. (ANI)
Published on Jan 06, 2023 11:50 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Makar Sankranti most auspicious for installing Ram Lalla idol: Trust indicates 2024 date

At present, Ram Lalla is being worshipped in a pre-fabricated temple at Ram Janmabhoomi which was installed there before construction of the Ram temple began.

An aerial view of the under-construction Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya. (FILE PHOTO)
An aerial view of the under-construction Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 06, 2023 11:24 PM IST
By, Lucknow

No one can be against Bharat Jodo: Ram temple trust’s gen secy

Lucknow: The general secretary and treasurer of Ram Janmabhoomi Trust in Ayodhya have extended their wishes to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, which entered Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday

Champat Rai (PTI)
Champat Rai (PTI)
Updated on Jan 05, 2023 12:19 AM IST

Ram Mandir Trust welcomes Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra in UP

A day before the yatra entered Uttar Pradesh, Ram temple chief priest Acharya Satyendra Das wished Rahul success in the yatra, good health and long life.

The yatra entered UP from New Delhi through the Loni border in Ghaziabad on Tuesday (Twitter/@bharatjodo)
The yatra entered UP from New Delhi through the Loni border in Ghaziabad on Tuesday (Twitter/@bharatjodo)
Updated on Jan 04, 2023 01:34 PM IST

Immediately notify UP civic polls without OBC quota, orders Allahabad high court

The high court ruled that the government could not notify OBC reservations till three conditions laid down by the Supreme Court’s constitution bench in 2010 were fulfilled.

The high court said the process to complete the triple test will take a considerable time and the state government and the State Election Commission can notify the elections immediately (HT File Photo)
The high court said the process to complete the triple test will take a considerable time and the state government and the State Election Commission can notify the elections immediately (HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 27, 2022 05:35 PM IST

OBC reservation in Uttar Pradesh civic polls: Lucknow bench of HC completes hearing, reserves order for December 27

Additional advocate general Vinod Kumar Shahi, who is representing the state government, opposed the petitioner’s argument for conducting civic polls on reserved seats as general category seats

Sixty-four petitions have been filed in the high court challenging state government’s notification for OBC reservation for the Uttar Pradesh civic polls. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Sixty-four petitions have been filed in the high court challenging state government’s notification for OBC reservation for the Uttar Pradesh civic polls. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Dec 24, 2022 11:39 PM IST
By, Lucknow

NRHM scam: Court summons ex-BSP minister, former IAS,three others to face trial

On December 19, district and sessions judge Sanjay Shanker Pandey, who is also special judge PML Act, summoned Pradeep Shukla, Babu Singh Kushwaha and three brothers Rakesh Kumar Tandon, Pradeep Kumar Tandon and Anoop Kumar Tandon on the plea of Directorate of Enforcement, Lucknow office.

The then government had awarded several contracts to Tandon brothers in various NRHM projects without fulfilling norms, said the ED’s complaint in court. (Pic for representation)
The then government had awarded several contracts to Tandon brothers in various NRHM projects without fulfilling norms, said the ED’s complaint in court. (Pic for representation)
Published on Dec 21, 2022 11:22 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh number 1 in domestic tourism, says Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath says tourism in Ayodhya will increase by 10 times after Ram temple comes up

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the 37th national convention of Indian Association of Tour Operators, in Lucknow on Sunday. (HT PHOTO)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the 37th national convention of Indian Association of Tour Operators, in Lucknow on Sunday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 18, 2022 11:59 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Mass conversion racket: Allahabad HC denies bail to Umar Gautam, four others

Gautam had moved the high court earlier this year after his bail plea was rejected by the court of additional district and sessions judge, NIA/ATS, in May

An FIR was lodged by UP ATS on June 20, 2021 at Gomti Nagar police station in Lucknow against Umar Gautam and others. (For Representation)
An FIR was lodged by UP ATS on June 20, 2021 at Gomti Nagar police station in Lucknow against Umar Gautam and others. (For Representation)
Published on Dec 17, 2022 10:09 PM IST
By, Lucknow

1991 Pilibhit fake encounter: HC sets side life term, sentences 43 PAC personnel to 7 years’ rigorous imprisonment

Earlier, the special CBI court, Lucknow, on April 4, 2016, had convicted 47 PAC personnel under Section 302 of the IPC and had awarded life sentence to them. The personnel had challenged the trial court’s order in the high court.

The high court had completed hearing of the case on August 29 this year and reserved the order. The court delivered the order on Thursday. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
The high court had completed hearing of the case on August 29 this year and reserved the order. The court delivered the order on Thursday. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Dec 16, 2022 12:51 AM IST
By, Lucknow

High court restrains State Election Commission from announcing urban local bodies’ election dates in Uttar Pradesh till today

Also, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court directed the Uttar Pradesh government not to issue the final order for reservation of wards based on the draft order issued on December 5.

During the hearing, the high court said it wanted to ascertain whether due process for reserving seats for the Urban local bodies had been followed or not. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
During the hearing, the high court said it wanted to ascertain whether due process for reserving seats for the Urban local bodies had been followed or not. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Updated on Dec 13, 2022 01:07 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh civic polls: Ticket seekers throng AAP office in Lucknow after MCD election win

The Uttar Pradesh civic polls in are due and the State Election Commission will issue notification anytime. The AAP plans to contest in all municipal corporations across the state and the nagar panchayats.

Ticket seekers for the Uttar Pradesh civic polls outside the AAP office in Lucknow. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Ticket seekers for the Uttar Pradesh civic polls outside the AAP office in Lucknow. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Published on Dec 11, 2022 12:02 AM IST
By, Lucknow

New concerns shroud Ayodhya as it marks 30 years of Babri Masjid demolition

It was only in late 2019 that the Supreme Court finally ensured closure in the dispute, ruling in favour of a temple at the site, but also that the demolition of the mosque was a crime , and asking that land for a new mosque be provided elsewhere in Ayodhya.

The Yogi Adityanath government has approved <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1000 crore for three road widening projects in Ayodhya; the Hanuman Garhi road, for instance, leads to Ram Janmabhoomi.(ANI Photo)
The Yogi Adityanath government has approved 1000 crore for three road widening projects in Ayodhya; the Hanuman Garhi road, for instance, leads to Ram Janmabhoomi.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Dec 06, 2022 08:45 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Road widening in Ayodhya: Shops, temples razed at Naya Ghat

Around 450 shops and 30 temples will be demolished during the drive that started on Sunday (December 4)

Demolition drive under way at Naya Ghat in Ayodhya on Sunday. (HH photo)
Demolition drive under way at Naya Ghat in Ayodhya on Sunday. (HH photo)
Published on Dec 04, 2022 09:47 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Yogi Adityanath reiterates commitment to turn Ayodhya into global tourist destination

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath launches ₹1057 crore development projects, says Ayodhya was kept in darkness earlier but now shining

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the inauguration of the 41st Ramayan Mela in Ayodhya on Sunday. (ANI PHOTO)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the inauguration of the 41st Ramayan Mela in Ayodhya on Sunday. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on Nov 27, 2022 10:31 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Ram Mandir panel finalises the design of temple sanctum sanctorum

The Ram Temple Construction Committee is being headed by former bureaucrat Nripendra Misra and includes professor Pradeep Kumar, director of CBRI- Roorkee and its former director professor Gopal Krishnan, besides other experts. Ashish Sompura, the architect of the temple, is also a part of this team.

The Ram temple is likely to be opened for public in December 2023. (PTI)
The Ram temple is likely to be opened for public in December 2023. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 27, 2022 04:55 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Allahabad high court acquits rape accused after he spends 21 years in jail

The Allahabad high court also took serious note of the fact that the appeal was not listed for hearing for 14 years.

The appeal was listed in 2004 for the first time and then in 2008. Thereafter, it was listed in 2022 (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
The appeal was listed in 2004 for the first time and then in 2008. Thereafter, it was listed in 2022 (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Nov 21, 2022 11:46 PM IST
By, Lucknow

UP court refuses to stay Azam Khan’s conviction

A sessions court in Rampur on Thursday refused to stay the conviction of senior SP leader Azam Khan in a 2019 hate speech case that led to his disqualification from the Uttar Pradesh assembly last month.

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan leaves from session court in Rampur on October 27. (PTI)
Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan leaves from session court in Rampur on October 27. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 11, 2022 12:36 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Rampur court refuses to stay Azam Khan’s conviction in 2019 hate speech case

The sessions court heard Azam Khan’s appeal on the direction of the Supreme Court, which had also asked the Election Commission not to issue the bypoll notification for the Rampur Sadar assembly seat till November 10.

Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan’s Rampur Sadar assembly seat was declared vacant on October 28, day after he was sentenced to three years in jail in a hate speech case. (FILE PHOTO)
Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan’s Rampur Sadar assembly seat was declared vacant on October 28, day after he was sentenced to three years in jail in a hate speech case. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Nov 10, 2022 11:22 PM IST
By, Lucknow

HC rejects plea against Babri Masjid case acquittals

The Allahabad high court on Wednesday dismissed a criminal appeal filed against a lower court order acquitting BJP leaders LK Advani, Uma Bharti and 30 others in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

The Allahabad high court on Wednesday dismissed a criminal appeal filed against a lower court order acquitting BJP leaders LK Advani, Uma Bharti and 30 others in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
The Allahabad high court on Wednesday dismissed a criminal appeal filed against a lower court order acquitting BJP leaders LK Advani, Uma Bharti and 30 others in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
Published on Nov 10, 2022 12:36 AM IST
By, Lucknow
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