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Sudhir Kumar is Varanasi based senior staff correspondent.He covers all developments, politics, education--primary, secondary and higher -- crime, offbeat, tribes and human angle stories

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“Adopt a Child” drive helps Varanasi govt school kids turn quick learners

In Varanasi, 30,000 primary school children have become quick learners through the 'Adopt a Child' campaign, improving their reading and math skills.

Children at a government primary school in Jamapur in Varanasi. (HT photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 06:24 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Robertsganj: Apna Dal (S) faces uphill battle in difficult poll terrain

The poll chat in remote villages is focussed on caste calculus, unemployment and inflation. While many praise PM Narendra Modi, anti-incumbency sentiments against the sitting MP are palpable

This parliamentary constituency, which votes in the final phase on June 1, shares its borders with four states: Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh. (HT Photo)
Published on May 30, 2024 04:40 PM IST
By, Sonbhadra

Lok Sabha elections 2024: BJP bigwigs camp in Kashi before Phase-7

Modi is seeking a third consecutive term in Varanasi and is up against the INDIA bloc’s candidate Ajay Rai who lost to Modi from the same seat in 2014 and 2019.

Commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal campaigning in Varanasi. (Sourced)
Updated on May 29, 2024 07:08 AM IST

Can the BJP rebel on SP ticket upstage the caste calculus against Anupriya Patel in Mirzapur?

In the eastern U.P. town of Mirzapur, famous for the Maa Vindhyavasini shrine, Union minister Anupriya Patel, leader of the BJP ally Apna Dal (S), is caught in a tough battle. The SP has fielded sitting BJP MP from Bhadohi Ramesh Bind as its candidate. The Opposition’s move is aimed at disturbing the Kurmi-dominated OBC caste dynamics in the constituency. This dynamics has worked well since 2014 both for Apna Dal (S) and the BJP-led NDA.

Union minister and Apna Dal (Sonelal) chief Anupriya Patel at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh. (ANI FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 28, 2024 08:26 AM IST
By, Varanasi

2024 Lok Sabha polls: BJP banks on Modi charisma to cement hold in caste-defined east U.P.

In the heartland of Purvanchal, which goes to polls in the seventh and final phase on June 1, the BJP won nine out of 13 seats, including Varanasi, in the 2019 battle and two were bagged by its ally Apna Dal (Sonelal)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Yogi Adityanath during a road show in Varanasi on May 13. (AFP File Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2024 08:24 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Will Bhadohi roll out the red carpet for BJP amid triangular fight with BSP, TMC?

Famous for weaving world-class hand made carpets, Bhadohi is the lone seat, which the TMC is contesting in alliance with the Samajwadi Party.

The carpet artisans and other associated with this industry feel that their issues hardly find poll resonance (HT Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2024 06:20 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Four seats in Azamgarh division:Caste calculus in triangular fight keeps everyone guessing

The BJP has won the Azamgarh and Ballia seats twice and Ghosi and Lalganj (SC) once each in the Lok Sabha elections.

For Representation Only: Polling officials prepare a polling booth for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections, at Vaishali in Ghaziabad (PTI)
Updated on May 22, 2024 06:06 AM IST
By, Azamgarh

Riding on Modi show of strength in Kashi, BJP seeks consolidation in Purvanchal

The party expects voters to go its way in Varanasi and nearby seats of Bhadohi, Jaunpur, Azamgarh, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Ballia, Robertsganj, Allahabad, Lalganj, Ghosi, Salempur, Machlishahr and Mirzapur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union home minister Amit Shah, UP CM Yogi Adityanath and BJP national president JP Nadda leaves after filing his nomination for Lok Sabha elections, in Varanasi, Tuesday. (PTI Photo)
Published on May 14, 2024 09:52 PM IST

Kashi soaked in festivity as PM holds mega road show

The road show highlighted the achievements of the central government over the past decade; Modi’s arrival was marked by the echo of conches, shehnai tunes, rhythmic beats of the drums and the chanting of mantras

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with UP CM Yogi Adityanath during a road show in Varanasi on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2024 07:06 AM IST

Modi to file nomination today, holds roadshow

PM Modi held a six-km roadshow in Varanasi before filing his nomination papers, highlighting his development work and receiving support from BJP leaders.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Varanasi on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on May 14, 2024 06:14 AM IST

Jaunpur voters will bless me once again, says BSP candidate Shyam Singh Yadav

Yadav who has served in different capacities in government departments, says he is confident about his victory from Jaunpur on the BSP symbol.

Shyam Singh Yadav filed his nomination from Jaunpur Lok Sabha constituency on May 6. (HT)
Updated on May 08, 2024 07:36 AM IST
By, Jaunpur

Srikala’s ouster changes pol scenario in Jaunpur

From NDA, the BJP has fielded Kripa Shankar Singh, from INDIA bloc SP’s Babu Singh Kushwaha is in fray, whereas the BSP has fielded Shyam Singh Yadav.

Srikala Singh, wife of Dhananjay Singh (Sourced)
Published on May 06, 2024 10:49 PM IST

Govt primary and upper primary schools: Varanasi arms all 1,143 schools with smart classrooms, tops U.P.

The programme to arm all government schools with smart classrooms began around two years ago and was completed over a month ago

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 20, 2024 08:28 PM IST
By, Varanasi

Meet Japanese Jacky Haircut Wali

A tourist from Japan on her ninth visit to the city of ghats has a great way to connect with locals, and seek peace along the banks of the Ganges

 Japanese Jacky giving free haircut to a Banarasi at a Ghat, Varanasi-(HT photos by Rajesh Kumar )
Published on Apr 11, 2024 10:47 PM IST

Amid tight police vigil, Mukhtar laid to rest

Supporters raise slogans, administration says possible violation of model code of conduct will be looked into, action will be taken if needed

Funeral procession of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari at Mohammadabad in Ghazipur on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 31, 2024 06:10 AM IST
By, Mohammadabad (ghazipur)

Impact of mafia -politician Mukhtar Ansari who dominated Mau-Ghazipur likely to continue after death

Though he remained behind bars for the last 18 years, many parties vied for Mukhtar Ansari’s electoral support due to his influence on the Muslim community in the region.

Mukhtar Ansari. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 06:18 PM IST
By, , Lucknow/varanasi

Mukhtar sentenced to life imprisonment in gun licence case

Mukhtar Ansari has been sentenced to another life term by the Varanasi MP/MLA court for obtaining a firearm using fake signatures of the DM and SP and slapped a penalty of ₹2.02 lakh. This is the eighth case in which Ansari has been sentenced, including two life terms, in the past 18 months.

Ansari is currently incarcerated in Banda jail and was produced before the court through video conferencing. (Sourced)
Published on Mar 13, 2024 06:18 PM IST

In 400 seats push, PM Modi sets 80/80 target for UP

The most impressive Lok Sabha performance in UP has been by the Bharatiya Lok Dal in 1977, when it swept all the 85 seats in the state at the time

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 01:21 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Sant Ravidas belongs to all, govt taking his ideals forward: PM Modi in Varanasi

Even when I was not in politics, I used to take guidance from the teachings of Sant Ravidas, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Guru Ravidas Janmasthan temple in Varanasi on Friday. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on Feb 23, 2024 09:26 PM IST
By, Varanasi

PM Modi says drum of development resonating in Kashi for last 10 years

New Kashi has emerged as an inspiration for new India, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a programme at Banaras Hindu University, in Varanasi on Friday. (ANI PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 08:56 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Rahul’s yatra enters U.P. without Priyanka

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra entered Uttar Pradesh, criticizing the red carpet welcome to VVIPs at the Ram Lalla consecration ceremony in Ayodhya. The yatra aims to address injustice to the poor, farmers, laborers, and unemployed youths. Gandhi will stay overnight in Chandauli and offer prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi on Saturday.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrives for the flag handover ceremony amid Congress' Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, at Ramgarh Village, in Buxar on Friday. (AICC)
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 06:32 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Gyanvapi panel asks Muslims to shut shops, businesses today

The Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Committee objected to the “misleading claim” that Hindu prayers were held in the southern cellar of the mosque complex until 1993

Security outside the Gyanvapi complex. (ANI)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 11:29 AM IST

Hindu prayers offered at southern cellar of Gyanvapi Masjid 1st time in decades

District magistrate S Rajalingam held a two-hour-long meeting with police commissioner Ashok Mutha Jain and divisional commissioner Kaushal Raj Sharma before the prayers

A local court gave the go-ahead for the prayers on Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 10:47 AM IST

Hindu prayers allowed in Gyanvapi basement

It is also a shot in the arm for other Hindu petitioners who argue that the mosque was built by Mughal emperors after demolishing a temple.

Police personnel stand guard near the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi on Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 03:29 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Varanasi court permits Hindu side to offer prayers in Gyanvapi mosque cellar

The court asked the district administration to make the necessary arrangements for the prayers to be performed by the plaintiff and a priest nominated by Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust in the next seven days

Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, UP (File Photo)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 05:30 PM IST

‘BJP’s 10K social media volunteers for Varanasi LS seat soon’

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plans to form a team of 10,000 volunteers for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat to drive their campaign through social media. The volunteers will help in organising campaigns and will utilise WhatsApp groups to spread messages about government schemes. The BJP aims to increase the voting percentage in Varanasi and win the seat by a record number of votes.

BJP national general secretary Sunil Bansal addressing a social media workshop and action plan meeting in Varanasi on Jan 27. (HT photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2024 05:26 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Muslim side says ASI’s report on Gyanvapi not final verdict

A survey by the ASI suggesting the existence of a Hindu temple before the Gyanvapi Masjid was built in Varanasi is only a report

The Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 08:52 AM IST

Temple existed at Gyanvapi: Hindu side cites ASI survey

The Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee, which manages the 15th century mosque, said it was yet to go through the report

Members of the Archaeological Survey of India's (ASI) team conduct a scientific survey at the Gyanvapi mosque complex, in Varanasi on August 8. (PTI/ FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 04:29 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Gyanvapi dispute: Hindu, Muslim sides to get copy of ASI report

The exercise, conducted by the ASI between August 4 and early November last year on orders by district court, could shape adjudication of raft of ongoing cases

The Gyanvapi dispute dates back decades but in August 2021.
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 02:53 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Kashi craftsman prepares Ram Temple replica in 108 days

A resident of Gai Ghat, Varanasi, Kunj Bihari claims that this is the first-ever replica of the Shri Ram Temple crafted using Gulabi Meenakari.

The replica of Ram Temple. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 10:26 PM IST
By, Varanasi
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