Sudhir Kumar

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

Articles by Sudhir Kumar

20,000 kg wool imported from New Zealand used to carpet new Parliament building

The wool for the carpets was sourced from the farms in the northern and southern regions of New Zealand.

Carpets in the making at the Bhadohi factory (Sourced)
Updated on May 31, 2023 12:08 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Oscar-winning ‘Smile Pinki’ fame girl, now 20, struggles with poverty

Pinki was born with a cleft lip or a cleft palate, a condition that affects tens of thousands of children born in India every year.

Pinki was born with a cleft lip or a cleft palate, a condition that affects tens of thousands of children born in India every year. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 26, 2023 08:47 AM IST
By, Varanasi

UP village on path to reviving its lost classical music legacy

Hariharpur, a village in Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh, is the birthplace of the Hariharpur Gharana of music, which has produced legendary vocalists, tabla and sarangi players. Neglect led to the decline of the genre, but efforts are underway to restore its glory. The Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development set up the Hariharpur Sangeet Academy a decade ago, and recently, the foundation stone for a music college was laid. The college is expected to be the epicentre of the Hariharpur Sangeet Gharana.

The Hariharpur village has produced legendary classical vocalists and tabla players. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2023 11:56 PM IST

Efforts to digitize 95,000 rare manuscripts in SSU gather pace

The union ministry of culture wanted that the manuscripts should be digitised in the shortest time possible. As per its instructions, the work would be done at a fast pace, said Prof Chand Kiran Saluja, director (academics) of Sanskrit Promotion Foundation.

The union culture ministry’s representatives in a meeting with SSU vice chancellor Prof Hare Ram Tripathi and others on Friday. (HT)
Updated on May 05, 2023 10:58 PM IST

Idea of India is not at risk, dynasty politics is: Amit Shah targets Opposition

Shah began his speech in Kaushambi by asking the audience who they will elect in 2024, eliciting loud cries of “Modi” in response

Union minister Amit Shah in Kaushambi on Friday. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Apr 08, 2023 06:11 AM IST
By, , Prayagraj/varanasi

Uttar Pradesh working tirelessly to defeat TB, says Yogi Adityanath

In the last five years, ₹422 crore has been made available to 16.90 lakh TB patients in Uttar Pradesh through DBT as nutritional assistance, Yogi Adityanath says

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the OneWorld TB Summit in Varanasi on Friday. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 11:21 PM IST
By, Varanasi

PM Modi says Uttar Pradesh has emerged from shadows of disappointment to tread path of aspirations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches ₹1780 crore projects in Varanasi, Yogi Adityanath government on the eve of the first anniversary of its second term

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath during the dedication and stone laying foundation ceremony of various projects in Varanasi on Friday. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 11:20 PM IST
By, Varanasi

BHU to study past link of PM Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency, birthplace

The new project – titled Relationship Bond between Kashi and Vadnagar Since Ancient Times – was conceptualised by the department of history of arts, BHU.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File Photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2023 12:45 AM IST

NDRF rescuers return to Varanasi after Operation Dost in Turkey

On return to Varanasi headquarters, the NDRF team members recall their mission in earthquake-ravaged Turkey

NDRF team members being welcomed in Varanasi. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 24, 2023 11:37 PM IST
By, Varanasi

Dharmendra Pradhan for developing world-class institutions to prepare 21st century students

Shiksha Samagam a step towards making India a knowledge-based superpower, says Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan in Varanasi

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan with Uttar Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel during the closing ceremony of ‘Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Samagam’ in Varanasi on Saturday. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on Jul 09, 2022 11:07 PM IST
By, Varanasi

Development means empowerment of the poor, says PM Modi in Kashi

Modi gifts projects worth over ₹1,774 crore to Kashi, praises Yogi Adityanath government for widening roads

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during inauguration and foundation laying of various projects, at Sampurnanand stadium in Varanasi, Thursday. Uttar Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel and chief minister Yogi Adityanath among others are also seen. (Rajesh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jul 08, 2022 01:01 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Modi: British education not part of Indian ethos

The PM was speaking at a three-day education summit in Varanasi, also attended by Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and governor Anandiben Patel.

Updated on Jul 08, 2022 12:29 AM IST
BySudhir Kumar and Fareeha Iftikhar, Varanasi/new Delhi

‘Local vs outsiders’ theme dominates Azamgarh Lok Sabha bypoll talk

Other key issues in the Azamgarh Lok Sabha bypoll scheduled for June 23 are development, establishment of a sugar mill, airstrip, post graduate medical institute and some other projects.

People engaged in a poll discussion at the Leaderabad tea stall in Azamgarh. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 18, 2022 12:05 AM IST
By, Varanasi

5 women who got together for their right to worship Shringar Gauri

Meet the women who have made headlines by filing a petition seeking permission for regular ‘darshan’ and ‘poojan’ at Maa Shringar Gauri Sthal in Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi complex.Four of them are housewives and had never seen a court before

Women from Varanasi who have filed a petition seeking permission for regular ‘darshan’ and ‘poojan’ at Maa Shringar Gauri Sthal in Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi complex. (Sourced)
Updated on Jun 01, 2022 12:48 AM IST

New plea seeks prayer at claimed Shivling site

The Varanasi district judge on Wednesday transferred a suit seeking permission for regular “darshan and poojan (worship)” of the Shivling, which was claimed to be found in the Gyanvapi mosque premises on May 16, to a fast track court to be heard on May 30.

Updated on May 26, 2022 06:38 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Court to hear Muslim plea first, survey later

A district court in Varanasi will examine on Thursday a plea by the Gyanvapi Masjid management committee seeking dismissal of the suit filed by Hindu petitioners asking for unhindered right to worship at Maa Shringar Gauri Sthal in Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi Complex, marking a crucial turn in the religious row that may determine the future of such disputes.

Updated on May 25, 2022 01:19 AM IST

Gyanvapi survey: Hindu idols, artefacts mentioned in report

The report mentioned the discovery of a “stone structure....which looks like a big Shivling” in the ceremonial ablution tank of the mosque, the people cited above added.

Some Hindu groups believe the temple was partially razed to build the 17th-century Gyanvapi mosque. (PTI)
Updated on May 20, 2022 01:13 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Gyanvapi masjid case: Survey report to Varanasi court has 1,500 photos, videos

The decades-old dispute over the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Masjid was reignited last year by a petition by five Hindu women

A worker stands on a temple rooftop adjacent to the Gyanvapi Mosque in the northern city of Varanasi, India, December 12, 2021. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar (REUTERS File Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2022 12:53 PM IST

AIMPLB to back Gyanvapi panel in legal fight

The civil court in Varanasi will hear a clutch of petitions by Hindu petitioners, on May 19, calling for measuring of the “Shivling” which was ostensibly found in the ceremonial ablution tank of the mosque

The Supreme Court will continue hearing a petition by Muslim parties against a controversial survey of the premises, ordered by the Varanasi civil court in April (FILE)
Published on May 19, 2022 06:35 AM IST

Varanasi court removes Gyanvapi survey’s commissioner

A Varanasi local court on Tuesday removed advocate commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra, who was in charge of the survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex, over allegations that he leaked details of the controversial process.

The Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi. (PTI)
Published on May 18, 2022 01:02 AM IST

Court removes Gyanvapi survey’s commissioner

Civil judge (senior division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar ordered the removal of Mishra on an application by special advocate commissioner, Vishal Singh, who alleged that Mishra “deployed a personal cameraman who was giving wrong byte in the media on a regular basis”

View of the Gyanvapi mosque after its survey by a commission, in Varanasi. (PTI Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2022 02:19 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Gyanvapi: Hindu side claims ‘Shivling’ found

The court’s orders came hours after Hindu petitioners claimed that surveyors recovered a “Shivling” from the bottom of a tank while conducting a court-ordered survey inside the Gyanvapi Masjid compound.

Security personnel outside Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi.(PTI)
Updated on May 17, 2022 01:14 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Gyanvapi case: Survey must be completed by May 17, says Varanasi court

“If anybody creates impediment in the exercise by the court commissioners, the district administration must register a first information report (FIR) and take strict action. In any condition, the court commissioner’s exercise shall not stop,” stated the court order.

The Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi.(Shutterstock)
Updated on May 13, 2022 03:19 AM IST

In expansion mode, Hindu Yuva Vahini starts daily ‘jan sunvai’ in Varanasi region

After keeping a low profile for about the last four years, Hindu Yuva Vahini is looking to strengthen its hold among the people.

People at Hindu Yuva Vahini office at the Gorakhnath Math in the crowded Maidagin area of Varanasi. (Rajesh Kumar/HT)
Published on May 08, 2022 10:48 PM IST
By, Varanasi

Survey of Gyanvapi Complex begins amid protests

The survey, which involves videography and inspection, was conducted by court-appointed advocate commissioner Ajai Kumar and team. The process, which was ordered by a local Varanasi court on April 26, will take another 2-3 days, said Madan Mohan Yadav, who represented the Hindu petitioners in court.

Police personnel deployed outside Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on May 07, 2022 04:34 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Religious leaders in Uttar Pradesh welcome Yogi directive on loudspeakers

Many places of worship lower the volume, some voluntarily remove loudspeakers after CM’s directive to ensure that the sound stays within the premises and does not cause inconvenience to people

A loudspeaker installed at the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi complex in Mathura was shut down from Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 21, 2022 02:14 AM IST
ByRajesh Kumar Singh, Oliver Fredrick, Hemendra Chaturvedi, Rohit K Singh, Pawan Dixit, Haidar Naqvi, S Raju and Sudhir Kumar, Lucknow/agra/prayagraj/kanpur/meerut/varanasi

War room gives new impetus to cleanliness mission in Varanasi

Varanasi first off the blocks, citizens dial their civic complaints. On April 4, the state government issued an order to all municipal corporations, municipal councils and town areas in UP to set up a war room each for cleanliness

A cleanliness war room in action in Varanasi. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 16, 2022 12:59 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Ambedkar a great national hero, thought about entire society: Union minister Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani says Prime Minister Narendra Modi is realising the dream of Babasaheb BR Ambedkar by serving the people constantly and ensuring that everyone gets equal rights

Union minister Smriti Irani receives a memento on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti in Varanasi. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on Apr 14, 2022 08:59 PM IST
By, Varanasi

Lucknow: All LDA zones asked to buy or hire bulldozers

In consonance with the LDA vice-chairman’s directives, officials have prepared a list of over 100 buildings that were constructed illegally in Lucknow.

A bulldozer in action in a Lucknow locality. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Published on Apr 08, 2022 10:55 PM IST
ByAnupam Srivastava, Haidar Naqvi, K Sandeep Kumar, Sudhir Kumar and Hemendra Chaturvedi, Lucknow/kanpur/ Varanasi/ Agra

Kashi emerges from Covid blues, draws foreign tourists again

Bookings and enquiries by overseas visitors pick up as Kashi plays host to travellers from across the world after a two-year lull induced by Covid

Foreign tourists exploring Kashi. (Rajesh Kumar)
Updated on Apr 07, 2022 12:08 AM IST
By, Varanasi
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