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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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In the shadow of demolition, Akbar Nagar residents stand firm amidst uncertainty

Life goes on in Akbar Nagar. On the surface everything seems to be normal, but anxiety is giving sleepless nights to locals

Almost 1400 residents of Akbar Nagar in Lucknow have moved the high court challenging the LDA’s demolition order. (HT photo)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 05:04 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Yogi’s leadership led to UP’s economic rise, says Piyush Goyal

UP shed Bimaru tag and emerged as a state of ‘unlimited potential’; In four years, the state attracted four times more FDI than it did in past 17 years, says Yogi Adityanath

Union minister Piyush Goyal and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath attending the FDI Conclave on the second day of Ground-Breaking Ceremony 4.0 at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow on Tuesday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 08:40 AM IST

Primary to tertiary, UP bags investments across sectors

Manufacturing sector bags largest share ( 21%); another focus area of state government, the renewable energy sector, gets 13% of the investments

These investment projects will unfold across all 75 districts of the state, with 19 districts surpassing their investment targets by more than 100%. Among them, Etah leads with an impressive 354%, followed by Sitapur 145%, Shahjahanpur 127%, and Sonbhadra 121%. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 05:00 AM IST

Industry captains to join U.P’s new growth trajectory

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will set the MoUs of over ₹10 lakh crore projects rolling on the occasion.

For Representation Only (PTI FILE)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 07:22 AM IST
By, Lucknow

1.26L crore push for religious hotspots at Uttar Pradesh GBC 4.0

Mega projects to transform Ayodhya, Mathura, Kashi, Chitrakoot, Kushinagar, Prayagraj, Sitapur and Mirzapur to be unveiled at GBC today

 <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.26L cr push for religious hotspots at GBC 4.0 (Mushtaq/ht)
Published on Feb 18, 2024 09:06 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh’s smaller pilgrim towns to grow with big investment in pipeline

According to experts, revenue generated by the visits of pilgrims will boost the local economy, spur infrastructure and generate employment.

Chitrakoot is another prominent religious destination, where <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>327 crore MoUs of the tourism department will be rolled out at the groundbreaking ceremony to be held in Lucknow. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 11, 2024 06:24 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Ayodhya sheds do not disturb tag, becomes big draw for hotel industry

The tourism department had signed the memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for these hotels with private players at the Uttar Pradesh Global Investors’ Summit held in Lucknow on February 10-12 last year.

The temple town Ayodhya (Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 08:05 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Hotel industry homes in on Ayodhya with over 4200 crore projects

The state tourism department had signed the memorandums of understanding for the hotels in Ayodhya with private players at the UP Global Investors’ Summit

Devotees on Ram Path in Ayodhya. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 06:14 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh budget: Lucknow to jet into investor-friendly club with 1500-acre Aerocity

Uttar Pradesh finance minister Suresh Khanna on Monday announced the Aerocity for Lucknow in his budget speech. Much like Aerocities in Hyderabad and Delhi, it will be the new destination of choice for corporate leaders who have their businesses anywhere across the state.

Aerocity projects derive their name from the fact that they are usually situated close to airports, enabling entrepreneurs to fly in and conclude their business with the amenties on offer. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 09:12 AM IST
By, Lucknow

MoUs’ rollout to make Ayodhya much more than a temple town

Ayodhya is set to undergo significant development beyond being a temple town, with 161 MoUs worth over ₹8769.52 crore set to be launched at a groundbreaking ceremony. Projects in housing, tourism, and various other sectors are expected to boost the local economy.

A view of Ayodhya. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 10:58 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Ayodhya: Better crowd management smoothens Ram Lalla’s darshan

How a reworked strategy, courteous police personnel and scanners worked on Day 2 in Ayodhya to make darshan of deity easier

Devotees moving in a queue at the Ram temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday. (Manish Chandra Pandey/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 08:28 AM IST

Sea of faith: Devotees swarm Ram Mandir, testing bandobast

As around five lakh people arrive for darshan in Ayodhya on the first day, CM Yogi Adityanath flies to temple town to assess the situation.

Heavy force outside Ram Temple gate to manage the crowd in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh India on Tuesday. (Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 02:03 AM IST
ByManish Chand Pandey/ Pawan Dixit, Ayodhya

Degrees of devotion in the journey of faith in Ayodhya as Ram Temple inaugurated

Apart from many free kitchens being run across Ayodhya, residents held bhandaras near the Ram Mandir to ensure that none of the devotees go back hungry

A youth rubbed his face into the ground each time while pulling his body forward on way to the Ram Mandir, a ritual he started from Hanuman Garhi, some 1.5 km away. (Manish Chandra Pandey/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 04:17 AM IST

Devotees throng Ram temple in Ayodhya after it opens for general public

A large number of devotees, both locals and from other states, gathered outside the gates of the temple since Monday night amid tight security, to enter the premises

An idol of the new Ram Lalla was consecrated at the Ayodhya temple on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 01:24 PM IST

Ram Lalla rises: PM Modi inaugurates Ram Temple in Ayodhya

New temple dedicated to Lord Ram as a child was consecrated in a grand ceremony marked by faith, politics and fervour, in the presence of dignitaries and guests

Priests sit near the Ram Lalla idol in Ayodhya on Monday. (AFP)
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 02:10 AM IST

10 lakh diyas, laser show: Festival of lights gives Ayodhya ethereal look

The sparkling ‘Ramnagari’, bathed in the glow of countless lamps, cast a spell on all who were fortunate enough to witness it.

Illumination on Ram Janmabhoomi temple premises. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 04:23 AM IST
ByPawan Dixit/Anupam Srivastava

Ram Lalla consecrated as PM Modi completes rituals at Ram Mandir in Ayodhya

The 51-inch tall idol of Ram Lalla was decorated with a golden crown and gold ornaments, and carried a golden bow and arrow

A glimpse of the Ram Lalla idol at the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 22, 2024 06:49 PM IST

Hot spots that narrate the journey of Ram temple movement

The Bada Sthan (on way from Hanuman Garhi to the then makeshift Ram temple), the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Karsevakpuram, Karyashala (workshop), the Maniram Chhavni and the Digambar Akhara are some such spots besides the Ram Janmabhoomi area that are reminiscent of the temple movement

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Karsevakpuram. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 22, 2024 08:46 AM IST

Ram Lalla’s idol from makeshift temple shifted to sanctum-sanctorum

This idol, five to six inches tall, is being worshipped for the past several decades and will be placed in front of the 51-inch idol of Ram Lalla, whose ‘Pran Pratishtha ceremony is underway.

Kanchi Kamakoti Peetha's Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati Ji Maharaj visits Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir Anushthan Yagyashala on the eve of the consecration ceremony of Ram Temple, in Ayodhya, Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 22, 2024 05:20 AM IST
By, Ayodhya

Carnival atmosphere prevails as pilgrims throng Ayodhya

People from across the country have gathered in Ayodhya ahead of the consecration ceremony of Ram Lalla, despite not being able to have darshan on the day.

Devotees dancing at Hanuman Garhi Temple ahead of the consecration ceremony of Ram Mandir, in Ayodhya, Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 22, 2024 04:46 AM IST
By, Ayodhya

Ayodhya Ram Temple: Consecration ceremony prep in last leg as rituals continue

PM Narendra Modi will preside over the consecration ceremony on January 22, and address a gathering of at least 8,000 special invitees at a nearby venue.

The consecration ceremony of the Ram temple is set to be held on January 22 in Ayodhya.
Published on Jan 21, 2024 05:23 AM IST

Pran Pratishtha: Nirmohi Akhara to be in full attendance

The Nirmohi Akhara, a powerful Hindu order, will attend the consecration ceremony of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya on January 22, with PM Modi as the chief guest. This will be the first time that the heads of all nine branches of the Nirmohi Akhara will be present together at an event. The Nirmohi Akhara was previously involved in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit.

Ram temple in Ayodhya has been decked up for Pran Pratishtha ceremony on Jan 22. (Sourced)
Updated on Jan 20, 2024 10:55 PM IST
By, Ayodhya

Day 4 of rituals: Holy fire lit, Ram Lalla’s silver idol worshipped

The fourth day of the weeklong rituals in Ayodhya included the lighting of a holy fire, offering of herbs and money to the deity, and consecration of a small, silver idol. The remaining rituals will be completed on January 20-22, with PM Modi performing the final rituals.

The Ram Lalla idol that was installed at the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. (SOURCED)
Updated on Jan 20, 2024 05:15 PM IST
By, Ayodhya

Ram Lalla idol arrives at temple amid rituals

The 51-inch idol was brought on an open truck from Vivek Srishti Trust, an International Yoga and Meditation Institute, where it was carved by renowned sculptor Arun Yogiraj of Karnataka, to the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Temple amid chants of “Jai Shri Ram” by devotees

Workers bring the idol of Ram Lalla at the ‘Garbhagriha’ of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, ahead of the temple’s consecration ceremony, in Ayodhya, Wednesday. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2024 08:34 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Ram Lalla idol arrives at temple amid rituals

Seven women performed ‘kalash pujan’ on the bank of the Saryu, collecting water from the river in copper pitchers and taking them to the Ram Mandir.

Workers bring the idol of Ram Lalla at the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 18, 2024 08:28 AM IST
By, Lucknow

The reawakening of an ancient city

Days ahead of its tryst with history, Ayodhya is a town in a hurry, abuzz with the aspirations of people. But the shift goes beyond its gleaming facelift

To millions, the transformation of Ayodhya with the Ram Temple at its epicentre is an endorsement of the strength of their faith and cultural nationalism.
Published on Jan 18, 2024 12:21 AM IST

Rituals begin as part of Ram Temple consecration event

The week-long consecration (pran pratishtha) ceremony of the infant god Ram, or Ram Lalla, began in the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Temple on Tuesday, marking the start of an event that will culminate with the opening of the temple.

Workers install doors of the sanctum sanctorum on the Ram Temple on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 06:26 AM IST
By, Ayodhya

Historic countdown to consecration ceremony begins in sanctum sanctorum of Ram Temple

The temple town wore a festive look on Tuesday, with special rituals were organised in temples across the city, including Dashrath Mahal.

Anil Mishra, one of the members of the Trust, performed Vedic rituals on Tuesday. (Sourced)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 05:48 AM IST
By, Ayodhya

Remaining two Ram Lalla idols will also be enthroned in Ram temple: Trust

The remaining two idols will be enthroned on the first and second floors of the temple, said temple trust general secretary Champat Rai

The Pran Pratishtha of Ram Lalla will take place on January 22. (Sourced)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 05:24 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Ayodhya beyond sundown: Lights, laughter and lots more!

The transformation of Ayodhya into a city with a thriving evening scene, has added a dynamic dimension to its cultural landscape. Lata Mangeshkar Chowk, Naya Ghat, Ram Path, Guptar Ghat and Surajkund have emerged as lively hubs, say tourists

People seen taking selfies, enjoying ice cream and street food till late at night. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 08:14 AM IST
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