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

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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.
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Updated on May 26, 2022 06:38 AM IST
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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.
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Updated on May 25, 2022 01:19 AM IST
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
The Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi. (PTI)
Published on May 18, 2022 01:02 AM IST
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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)
View of the Gyanvapi mosque after its survey by a commission, in Varanasi. (PTI Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2022 02:19 AM IST
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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)
Security personnel outside Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi.(PTI)
Updated on May 17, 2022 01:14 AM IST
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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)
The Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi.(Shutterstock)
Updated on May 13, 2022 03:19 AM IST
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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)
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
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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)
Police personnel deployed outside Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on May 07, 2022 04:34 AM IST
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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)
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
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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)
A cleanliness war room in action in Varanasi. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 16, 2022 12:59 AM IST
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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)
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
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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)
A bulldozer in action in a Lucknow locality. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Published on Apr 08, 2022 10:55 PM IST
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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)
Foreign tourists exploring Kashi. (Rajesh Kumar)
Updated on Apr 07, 2022 12:08 AM IST
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Varanasi Nagar Nigam intensifies drive to make Kashi country’s cleanest city

Varanasi municipal commissioner Pranay Singh has instructed city heath officer Dr NP Singh to strictly monitor the ongoing sanitation drive daily
Varanasi municipal commissioner Pranay Singh has instructed city heath officer Dr NP Singh to strictly monitor the ongoing sanitation drive daily (HT photo)
Varanasi municipal commissioner Pranay Singh has instructed city heath officer Dr NP Singh to strictly monitor the ongoing sanitation drive daily (HT photo)
Published on Apr 05, 2022 11:22 PM IST
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Nepal PM Sher Bahadur Deuba offers prayers at Kashi temples, says he is feeling blessed

Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba thanks PM Narendra Modi, chief minister Yogi Adityanath for grand welcome accorded to him in Kashi
Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba being felicitated by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, at Kashi Vishwanath temple, in Varanasi on Sunday. (ANI )
Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba being felicitated by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, at Kashi Vishwanath temple, in Varanasi on Sunday. (ANI )
Updated on Apr 03, 2022 09:45 PM IST
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Nepal PM Sher Bahadur Deuba to visit Kashi on Sunday, UP CM Yogi Adityanath to welcome him

Sher Bahadur Deuba’s schedule includes visits to prominent temples in Kashi, including Kaal Bhairav temple, Kashi Vishwanath temple and Samrajyeshwar Pashupati Nath temple
Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. (AFP PHOTO)
Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. (AFP PHOTO)
Published on Apr 02, 2022 06:43 PM IST
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Ukraine returnees in Varanasi seek Yogi government’s help to complete medical education

These students belong to different parts of Varanasi. They submitted a memorandum to the additional city magistrate (Varanasi) Gulab Chandra in this connection. The memorandum is addressed to chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
Kritika Singh, a medical student who returned to Varanasi from Ukraine, with her parents. (HT Photo)
Kritika Singh, a medical student who returned to Varanasi from Ukraine, with her parents. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 30, 2022 09:57 PM IST
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Many takers for Banarasi sarees with ghat design

Ex-president of eastern UP exporters association Mukund Agarwal admitted that the demand for sarees with ghats on them has grown.
Many takers for Banarasi sarees with ghat design (ht photo)
Many takers for Banarasi sarees with ghat design (ht photo)
Published on Mar 15, 2022 12:12 AM IST
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UP polls: Rajbhar factor plays key role in over 20 constituencies in parts of Purvanchal

The Samajwadi Party had tied up with the SBSP led by Om Prakash Rajbhar before the UP polls. The alliance won all seven seats in Ghazipur district in this election and bagged three seats out of four in Mau and four out of seven in Ballia.
Om Prakash Rajbhar led the SBSP which increased its tally to six seats. (FILE PHOTO)
Om Prakash Rajbhar led the SBSP which increased its tally to six seats. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 12, 2022 03:56 PM IST
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UP election result: Hindutva above caste, Jats side with BJP in western region

UP election result: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emotive remark “Modi Ka Namak” at a Hardoi rally and “chai” symbolism in Varanasi also helped the party connect with the people of the state.
BJP supporters smeared in colours celebrate in Barsana village of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. (AFP)
BJP supporters smeared in colours celebrate in Barsana village of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. (AFP)
Published on Mar 11, 2022 01:00 AM IST
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ByPawan Dixit and Sudhir Kumar, Lucknow/varanasi

UP election result: BJP leads on 6 Varanasi seats, trails behind SP on 2

UP election result: Varanasi, which has been in the spotlight, is represented in Lok Sabha by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the 2017 elections, BJP and its allies won all seats that fall in the Varanasi district
UP election result: Varanasi voted on March 7 in the last of the seven-phase elections. The BJP and its allies won all the 8 seats in 2017 (PTI)
UP election result: Varanasi voted on March 7 in the last of the seven-phase elections. The BJP and its allies won all the 8 seats in 2017 (PTI)
Updated on Mar 10, 2022 11:33 AM IST
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Ahead of UP election result, 3 officers removed from poll duty amid EVM row

In Varanasi, additional district magistrate Nalini Kant Singh was removed for transporting 20 EVMs without informing the district election officer and deputy district election officer, district magistrate (who is also district election officer) Kaushal Raj Sharma said in a statement.
Additional police personnel on duty at Pahariya counting centre, amid controversy over the movement of EVMs, in Varanasi, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Additional police personnel on duty at Pahariya counting centre, amid controversy over the movement of EVMs, in Varanasi, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 10, 2022 05:38 AM IST
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ByBrajendra K Parashar and Sudhir Kumar, Lucknow/varanasi/new Delhi

Focus on Varanasi and Azamgarh today

SBSP chief Omprakash Rajbhar is seeking re-election from Ghazipur’s Zahoorabad seat and Abbas Ansari, a SP-SBSP alliance candidate, is in fray to retain the Mau Sadar seat of his father Mukhtar Ansari.
Varanasi, a BJP stronghold, and Azamgarh, a bastion of the Samajwadi Party, will be key battlegrounds in UP’s seventh and final phase of assembly elections on Monday. (FOR REPRESENTATION PURPOSE)
Varanasi, a BJP stronghold, and Azamgarh, a bastion of the Samajwadi Party, will be key battlegrounds in UP’s seventh and final phase of assembly elections on Monday. (FOR REPRESENTATION PURPOSE)
Published on Mar 07, 2022 12:29 AM IST
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UP polls: Karma dancers’ tale of poverty goes unheard in election din

Karma is a folk-dance form popular in east UP’s Sonbhadra and the dancers say politicians remember them only during the election season, forgetting them afterwards
The karma dancers also performed in the National Tribal Dance Festival, an annual event, in New Delhi a few years ago. (HT Photo)
The karma dancers also performed in the National Tribal Dance Festival, an annual event, in New Delhi a few years ago. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 06, 2022 11:39 PM IST
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UP polls: Varanasi South, hub of temples and ghats, witnessing interesting contest

This time, both the BJP and the SP have fielded Brahmin candidates in Varanasi South assembly constituency, which has been a BJP bastion since 1989
Varanasi South assembly constituency is known for its Ganga ghats. (HT PHOTO)
Varanasi South assembly constituency is known for its Ganga ghats. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 04, 2022 11:50 PM IST
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Sea of supporters, “Jai Shri Ram” chants for Modi’s Kashi roadshow

The over 3.5-km-long roadshow covered the larger part of Varanasi South Assembly constituency, which is a stronghold of the BJP. The party has been winning it since 1989
•Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets supporters during a roadshow for the seventh and last phase of UP Assembly elections, in Varanasi, Friday, (PTI Photo)
•Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets supporters during a roadshow for the seventh and last phase of UP Assembly elections, in Varanasi, Friday, (PTI Photo)
Updated on Mar 04, 2022 09:27 PM IST
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UP assembly polls: Ukraine crisis resonates in rallies ahead of final phase voting

Voting in 54 assembly constituencies spread over nine districts, including Varanasi, in Purvanchal (east UP), will take place in the seventh and final phase of the UP assembly polls on March 7
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a poll rally in Sonbhadra, where he spoke about the Ukraine crisis on March 2. (ANI PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a poll rally in Sonbhadra, where he spoke about the Ukraine crisis on March 2. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on Mar 04, 2022 07:40 PM IST
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