Sudhir Kumar

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
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Varanasi admn imposes restrictions on entry to ghats; parks to be closed at 4pm

PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2021 12:44 AM IST
VARANASI To check the spread of Covid, the district administration has imposed restrictions on people’s entry to ghats in Varanasi between 4pm and 6am while all public parks within the limits of the nagar nigam will be closed at 4pm every day
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From glamour to grass roots politics: Panchayat election set for model turn in Jaunpur

By Sudhir Kumar, Varanasi
PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2021 09:17 PM IST
An actress and former Miss India contestant is looking to make a seamless transition from the world of glamour to grass roots politics and rural development
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BHU hostellers clash during Holi revelry

PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2021 08:56 PM IST
VARANASI Tension prevailed on the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus on Tuesday following a clash between inmates of Birla hostel and LBS hostel of the university over a trivial issue, said police
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School of Ram takes shape in cyberspace

By Sudhir Kumar, Varanasi
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2021 10:39 PM IST
A Banaras Hindu University (BHU) student has conceptualised and set up what he says maybe the first virtual school dedicated to spreading the ideals, values, and virtues of Lord Ram among the “youths and coming generations” through videos, lectures, and stories on social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Known as the School of Ram, this online platform is open to all and anyone may join it for free
Blessed by PM Modi, Varanasi’s wooden toys get makeover for new markets
Blessed by PM Modi, Varanasi’s wooden toys get makeover for new markets

Blessed by PM Modi, Varanasi’s wooden toys get makeover for new markets

PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2021 05:39 PM IST
The wooden toys made in Kashi are exclusive in design and diversity. Wooden toys based on mythological characters are also made here.
A senior police official said policemen are sensitized to the need to behave properly while dealing with the public, however, some policemen still cross the line.(HT/Picture for representation)
A senior police official said policemen are sensitized to the need to behave properly while dealing with the public, however, some policemen still cross the line.(HT/Picture for representation)

UP cop shunted for trampling on rosary, hitting woman vendor’s hand with boot

By Sudhir Kumar, Varanasi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 08:27 AM IST
  • The incident came to light after a video showing police head constable's ill treatment of a woman vendor went viral on social media.
BJP President J.P. Nadda along with Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath inaugurating the newly constructed regional office & Prayagraj Mahanagar Karyalaya, in Varanasi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
BJP President J.P. Nadda along with Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath inaugurating the newly constructed regional office & Prayagraj Mahanagar Karyalaya, in Varanasi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

Modi govt worked for farmers unlike farm leaders who paid lip service: Nadda

By Sudhir Kumar, Varanasi
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:58 AM IST
  • Nadda claimed that since the BJP was working to carry the country forward, therefore, those with the opportunity to work in the BJP were lucky
Varanasi: BJP National Presdent J P Nadda inaugurates the Kashi BJP office building as UP CM Yogi Adityanath claps, in Varanasi, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI02_28_2021_000211B)(PTI)
Varanasi: BJP National Presdent J P Nadda inaugurates the Kashi BJP office building as UP CM Yogi Adityanath claps, in Varanasi, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI02_28_2021_000211B)(PTI)

Kashi BJP gets hi-tech office, Nadda calls it 'medium' for best quality values

By Sudhir Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Varanasi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 10:20 AM IST
  • The new BJP office in Varanasi was built in about two year’s time at an estimated cost of around 6 crore, said a party leader.
The ghats of Varanasi (Shutterstock)
The ghats of Varanasi (Shutterstock)

Tent city to come up on sandy Ganga bank in Varanasi on the lines of Konark

By Sudhir Kumar, Varanasi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 03:00 PM IST
  • Instructions have been given to the tourism department officials to prepare the detailed project report for the tent city in Varanasi.
Prime minister Narendra Modi. (File photo)
Prime minister Narendra Modi. (File photo)

Sevapuri in PM’s seat being developed as India’s first model block

UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:44 PM IST
Niti Aayog selected Sevapuri block in the beginning of 2020 to turn it into a model ideal block by ensuring 100% implementation of Central and state government developmental and social welfare schemes in all of its 87 village panchayats
Such was the impact that the truck overturned after the accident.(HT Photo)
Such was the impact that the truck overturned after the accident.(HT Photo)

4 killed, 6 injured in a collision in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh

By Sudhir Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Varanasi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 10:19 AM IST
  • The fatal accident took place early morning near Bagahidand bridge in Jiyanpur police station area of Azamgarh district in Uttar Pradesh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's former PM Shinzo Abe together conceived the Varanasi convention centre project.(AP File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's former PM Shinzo Abe together conceived the Varanasi convention centre project.(AP File Photo)

Japanese PM Suga and Abe to be invited for launch of Kashi convention centre

By Sudhir Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Varanasi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 12:30 PM IST
  • PM Narendra Modi and the then Japanese PM Abe conceived the centre during their visit to the holy city in December 2015
Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders honouring SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Jaunpur. (Sourced)
Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders honouring SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Jaunpur. (Sourced)

Central government should withdraw farm laws now: Akhilesh Yadav

PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 09:50 AM IST
To a query regarding AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s visit to Azamgarh, Akhilesh said, “The public of Azamgarh is Samajwadi family.”
Banaras Hindu University (BHU).(File)
Banaras Hindu University (BHU).(File)

Offline classes in BHU to start after semester exams in January 2021: Admin

Hindustan Times, Varanasi | By Sudhir Kumar| Edited by Nandini
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 11:31 AM IST
Singh said a schedule will be prepared by various faculties for starting classes which will be uploaded on the university website. After the university opens, students will have to follow Covid-19 standards and students living in hostels will have to submit a “No Objection Certificate” certified by their parents.
File photo of BSP MP Atul Rai. (HT)
File photo of BSP MP Atul Rai. (HT)

In jail, BSP lawmaker Atul Rai booked for defaming woman complainant

Hindustan Times, Varanasi | By Sudhir Kumar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2020 01:12 PM IST
Atul Rai is presently in jail in connection with the rape case against the complainant.
For the PM’s visit, 84 ghats on both sides of the Ganga were lit with 1.1 million earthen lamps and ornamental lights to mark the beginning of celebrations for Kartik Purnima.
For the PM’s visit, 84 ghats on both sides of the Ganga were lit with 1.1 million earthen lamps and ornamental lights to mark the beginning of celebrations for Kartik Purnima.

India giving befitting reply to expansionist forces: PM Modi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhir Kumar, Varanasi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2020 01:26 AM IST
Earlier in the day, while inaugurating a six-lane section of National Highway 19, PM said UP could now be referred to as Express Pradesh because the pace of infrastructure projects had picked up since Yogi Aditynath became the CM in 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a public gathering at Khajuri in Varanasi on Monday.(ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a public gathering at Khajuri in Varanasi on Monday.(ANI Photo)

In Varanasi, PM Modi hails work done by Yogi govt, says UP now known as ‘Express Pradesh’

Hindustan Times, Varanasi | By Sudhir Kumar | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 06:16 PM IST
Shortly after landing at Babatpur airport, PM Modi reached Khajuri for his first public engagement where he dedicated to the nation the widened Handia (Prayagraj)-Rajatalab (Varanasi) section of National Highway 19.
A wing of the Banaras Hindu University hospital.(Rajesh Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A wing of the Banaras Hindu University hospital.(Rajesh Kumar/HT PHOTO)

In BHU hospital, pregnant women undergo ‘garbh sanskar’ therapy for ‘cultured, virtuous’ babies

Hindustan Times, Varanasi | By Sudhir Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 05:45 PM IST
Designed by a professor of Ayurveda, the garbh sanskar is being imparted to pregnant women in the department of prasuti tantra (obstetrics) in the faculty of Ayurveda of the Banaras Hindu University.
The main complex of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple under construction.(HT Photo)
The main complex of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple under construction.(HT Photo)

Uttar Pradesh: Work continues on war footing to complete Kashi Vishwanath corridor project by August 2021

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Sudhir Kumar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 30, 2020 09:54 AM IST
Nine of the 24 buildings to come up as part of the project have started taking shape with over 2,500 workers engaged in the construction
Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti.(File photo)
Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti.(File photo)

Case filed against Mehbooba Mufti in UP’s Jaunpur for remarks on Indian tricolour

Hindustan Times, Varanasi | By Sudhir Kumar
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 09:14 AM IST
The former J&K CM had said that the members of her People’s Democratic Party would not hoist the Indian tricolour unless they are allowed to raise the flag of Jammu & Kashmir
The demand for security for the seer community was made at a meeting of seers from across the country was held and presided over by the samiti’s general secretary Swami Jeetendranand Saraswati in Varanasi on Monday.(Representational Photo/PTI)
The demand for security for the seer community was made at a meeting of seers from across the country was held and presided over by the samiti’s general secretary Swami Jeetendranand Saraswati in Varanasi on Monday.(Representational Photo/PTI)

Enraged over attacks, seers’ body demands security

Hindustan Times, Varanasi | By Sudhir Kumar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 13, 2020 09:09 AM IST
Mahant Jagdishwar Das Maharaj of Noida said seers of Delhi and NCR were ready to support the agitation
The virtual exhibitions for carpets has evoked great interest among the international buyers, said officials.(AP Photo/Representative)
The virtual exhibitions for carpets has evoked great interest among the international buyers, said officials.(AP Photo/Representative)

Virtual expos revive UP carpet industry with orders worth Rs 250 crore

Hindusatan Times, Varanasi | By Sudhir Kumar | Posted by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 03:27 PM IST
Carpet Industry was going through a period of gloom and doom as exports business had dried up completely between February and August this year.
A carpet weaver at work in Mirzapur.(HT PHOTO)
A carpet weaver at work in Mirzapur.(HT PHOTO)

Two virtual expos breathe life into Bhadohi’s carpet industry with Rs 250-cr orders

Hindustan Times, Varanasi | By Sudhir Kumar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 08, 2020 06:43 PM IST
Bhadohi and its neighbouring districts, including Mirzapur, Varanasi and certain pockets of Chandauli, together make up a carpet hub that accounts for Rs 7,000 crore of India’s annual export of Rs 12,000 crore.
Singh at the combined graduation parade ceremony at the IAF Academy, Dundigal, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, in 2017.(ANI)
Singh at the combined graduation parade ceremony at the IAF Academy, Dundigal, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, in 2017.(ANI)

Shivangi Singh: Meet the first woman set to fly a Rafale fighter jet in India

Hindustan Times | By Sudhir Kumar and Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 06:35 PM IST
At 25, the flight lieutenant from Varanasi is about to make history. And she was only 15 when she first framed her dream of ‘wanting to touch the sky’.
This year, Ramnagar’s Ramlila could not be held due to the pandemic.(HT Archive)
This year, Ramnagar’s Ramlila could not be held due to the pandemic.(HT Archive)

Uttar Pradesh: Ramnagar Ramlila goes digital on Twitter

Hindustan Times, Varanasi | By Sudhir Kumar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 02, 2020 04:40 PM IST
On September 30, the first episode of Ramlila featuring puppets was uploaded on @ghatwalk at 5pm
Tourists would be given the option of arriving at pre-decided rural destinations near Varanasi along the banks of the Ganga by boats.(PTI)
Tourists would be given the option of arriving at pre-decided rural destinations near Varanasi along the banks of the Ganga by boats.(PTI)

PM Modi’s adopted village in UP govt’s blueprint for rural tourism in Varanasi post Covid-19

Hindustan Times, Varanasi | By Sudhir Kumar
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 01:20 PM IST
The UP Tourism Department expects the foreign tourist traffic to begin after the Covid-19 pandemic eases.
File photo: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(HT Photo)
File photo: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(HT Photo)

Political activities gain momentum ahead of bypolls in Uttar Pradesh

Hindustan Times, Varanasi/Lucknow | By Sudhir Kumar, Umesh Raghuvanshi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 08:25 PM IST
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath sets ball rolling, visits two of eight assembly seats where by-polls are due.
Uttar Pradesh health department authorities carried out the drive at the request of Professor VN Mishra, a neurologist at Banaras Hindu University (BNU), who lives adjacent to Tulsi Ghat in Varanasi.(Representational photo/PTI)
Uttar Pradesh health department authorities carried out the drive at the request of Professor VN Mishra, a neurologist at Banaras Hindu University (BNU), who lives adjacent to Tulsi Ghat in Varanasi.(Representational photo/PTI)

Varanasi: 1 out of 101 found positive in special Covid-19 testing drive at Ganga ghats

Hinddustan Times, Varanasi | By Sudhir Kumar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2020 08:28 AM IST
Rapid antigen detection (RAD) tests were conducted on morning walkers, wanderers, boatmen, priests and those taking a daily holy dip in the Ganges
UP minister Ravindra Jaiswal planting a sapling in the upcoming three-layered forest on the Ganga banks near Domri village in Varanasi(HT Photo)
UP minister Ravindra Jaiswal planting a sapling in the upcoming three-layered forest on the Ganga banks near Domri village in Varanasi(HT Photo)

Three-layered forest coming up in Kashi village adopted by PM Narendra Modi

Hindustan Times, Varanasi | By Sudhir Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 12:58 PM IST
The Japanese technique allows for growing a dense forest in limited space.
The digital centre is a one-stop service solution for villagers in the area.(HT Photo/Rajesh Kumar)
The digital centre is a one-stop service solution for villagers in the area.(HT Photo/Rajesh Kumar)

Doctor is only a click away in Varanasi’s digital village

Hindustan Times, Varanasi | By Sudhir Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 09:20 AM IST
The villagers in this Kashi village are slowly getting used to the tele-consultation facility at the digital centre.
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