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Aakash Ghosh is a correspondent with Hindustan Times and is based out of Lucknow. Apart for covering local crime and policing in the state capital, he covers other significant beats including Railways, Science & Technology, Culture and heritage. He loves to write off-beat, human-interest stories as he believes it makes an instant connect with the readers. Prior to Lucknow, he is trained and worked with multiple print & digital newsrooms-based Mumbai, Patna, and Kolkata.

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Societies with high polling will be feted, RWAs told

Efforts of RWAs in Lucknow to increase voter turnout in residential societies recognized by the administration. Initiative includes rewards and outreach programs.

District officials at a meeting hosted at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan where members of over 200 RWAs and public welfare committees pledged to celebrate Monday as a ‘mahaparv’ or grand festival. (HT)
Updated on May 18, 2024 08:27 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Mango poll issue or not? Malihabad’s conundrum

Twin challenges of depleting groundwater and counterfeit pesticides afflict the largest mango belt in Uttar Pradesh

Haji Kaleemullah Khan, also known as The Mango Man of India, grows dozens of varieties of the fruit on his eight-acre farm in Malihabad. (HT)
Updated on May 13, 2024 07:04 AM IST
By, Malihabad

Dussehri mango farmers in UP village bitter over water stress amid a hot election

The stream, which was once a source of groundwater recharge for hundreds of mango trees and other agricultural activities in Dasheri village, has turned into a dry pit, lament growers

The dried-up stream in the village, with some portion of it having water. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 11, 2024 05:34 AM IST

CISCE Results 2024: What does it take to excel in exams? Toppers share tips

Take a look at the toppers of CISCE ISC 2024 who have shared their inspiring journey towards excelling in the exams.

CISCE Results 2024: Toppers of the ISC exams share about their inspiring journey towards success.
Published on May 06, 2024 08:55 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Close shave for 17 as prison van turns into fireball in Lucknow

Swift action by driver, outpost in-charge saves lives of cops, jail inmates on board vehicle; spark near GPS and camera installed in the driver’s cabin caused the fire

The jail inmates were being taken from Gosainganj district jail to the district court when the incident took place. (Sourced)
Published on Apr 30, 2024 11:55 PM IST

A first in Lucknow: Clubhouses in high-rise apartment complexes to turn model polling booths

Polling booths being set up in 14 multi-storey apartments of the district so that people living in high-rises can exercise their franchise conveniently, says divisional commissioner

A clubhouse in one of the high-rise apartment complexes in Lucknow. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 08:32 AM IST

Waste-line of 5 Gomti ghats reduced by 25000 MT: Greens

Kudiya Ghat, Peepe Wala Pul, Mankameshwar Ghat, Jhule Lal Vatika and Shyam Mandir revived with the support of LMC, says founder of ‘Go For Gomti’

Volunteers cleaning the Gomti in Lucknow. (Sourced)
Updated on Apr 23, 2024 06:58 AM IST

Lucknow traffic cops get AC helmets to beat the heat

After successful trial, about 500 such helmets will be procured from a Hyderabad-based company. A month-long trial will decide if the product can be introduced formally, says ADCP

Cops wearing AC helmets during a trial run conducted at Hazratganj in Lucknow on Monday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 09:42 PM IST

Adversity lights the lamp of learning, inspires two girls from Deoria, Sitapur to ace UP Board exams

At Sitapur’s Tikra village, the joy of Suresh Chandra Verma, 46, a sanitation worker, knew no bounds when he got the news of his only daughter Sheetal’s third rank

UP Board Intermediate (Class 12) joint second rank holder Sujata Pandey savours her success. (SOURCED )
Updated on Apr 21, 2024 07:02 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Left in ruins, forgotten ‘heritage sites’ call for attention

Lucknow's historical structures like Rifa-e-Aam Club and Irshad Clock Tower are in ruins, neglected despite efforts for preservation by authorities.

Rifa-e-Aam club, Wazirganj
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 05:59 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Heritage hotel project hits roadblock

Bidding for three sites in Lucknow yet to finish; two others to be handed over to private parties post elections

Chatar Manzil is one of the sites selected for the project (Mushtaq Ali/HT)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 09:02 AM IST

8,000 Lucknow cops undergoing training on new criminal laws

“While an intra-departmental training drive is being organised for cops, social media is being used to spread public awareness,” said Akash Kulhary, joint commissioner of police (Crime & HQ)/Police Commissionerate, Lucknow.

A screen grab from an explainer video shared by the Lucknow police on X on Friday
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 09:16 AM IST
By, Lucknow

King of fruits may fall victim to early heat fury this year

With mango crop already vulnerable to climate change impact, output in northern India may be hit by heat wave, say ICAR-CISH experts

The pea-sized mango blooms in Uttar Pradesh’s Malihabad. Farmers say these blooms either die or do not grow in extreme hot weather conditions. (Sourced)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 08:24 AM IST

Lucknow’s Residency gets major facelift after year-long drive

ASI Lucknow restores over 200 graves in Lucknow's Residency Complex, including those of British officials from the 1857 siege. The restoration also covers other structures in the area.

The cemetery in the Residency, where remains of British soldiers rest, after conservation (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 08:47 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Lucknow Holi tradition: Drenched in colour, soaked in Raja ki Thandai

Lucknowites flock to Raja ki Thandai near Gol Darwaza for the best Thandai during Holi. The shop, open day and night, offers traditional Thandai with or without bhang.

Youngsters thronged Raja Ki Thandai after playing colour on Friday. (Sourced)
Updated on Mar 23, 2024 08:12 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Lucknow Gen-Z Holi: Young, they just wanna have fun!

A simple search of Holi events in Lucknow on Bookmyshow gives a variety of options with prices starting from ₹300 and going up to ₹40,000.

Youngsters at a pre-Holi celebration in Gomti Nagar, on Friday. (Mushtaq Ali/HT)
Updated on Mar 22, 2024 08:48 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Lko gears up for “Phoolon aur gulal wali” Chowk ki Holi

500 kg flowers, 200 kg gulal, camels and chariots booked for the tradition that hasbeen continuing for 60 years

Started by five stalwarts on a small scale, the festival is becoming grander every year. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Mar 22, 2024 06:14 AM IST

After girl’s rescue, authorities set sight on dubious past of Mumtaz Yatimkhana

Aminabad Police has filed a case against Mohiuddin, his brother Aminuddin, his wife Rozi, his daughter Sumaiya (who brought the girl from Yatimkhana), as well as Aamir and Arshad. The charges include sections 376D (gang-rape) and 377 (unnatural sex) of the Indian Penal Code, along with sections 5 and 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012.

One of her distant relatives took her to her home, where men in the family, including a 70-year-old man identified as the prime accused, Mohiduin, sexually abused her. (For representation)
Published on Mar 16, 2024 11:03 AM IST

Dragged to death: Hit & run cases a recurring nightmare in Lucknow

The car first rammed into the man on the cycle, dragged it a few metres before smashing into the other man on the scooty. Both died while undergoing treatment in hospital, say police

Lives of both families have turned into a nightmare after the over-speeding car driven by a jeweller hit the cyclist (gardener) and then a two-wheeler (driven by the sales manager) - both residents of Mahanagar. (Pic for representation)
Published on Mar 13, 2024 11:23 AM IST

Move to rein in e-rickshaws in Lucknow in doldrums

Only 18,000 registered against 50,000 plying in the city; no cap on growing numbers, with police and RTO lacking teeth to stop new registrations.

The e-rickshaws do provide last-mile connectivity and make commute easy, but their mushrooming numbers clutter roads and cause traffic nuisance. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Mar 09, 2024 08:46 AM IST

Chota Imambara’s gates to get a new lease of life

Restoration of neglected gates of Chota Imambara, symbols of Nawabi era, set to begin by end of March with help from INTACH to preserve heritage.

Chota Imambara’s gates to get a new lease of life (Deepak Gupta/HT photo)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 09:38 AM IST
By, Lucknow

HT Test drive: Lucknow’s outer ring road set to put commuters on fast track

Ahead of its much-awaited opening, HT drove through patches of the eight-lane stretch to get a sense of how this project would unlock improved connectivity and decongest the state capital too

Lucknow’s outer ring road set for inauguration in March (Deepak Gupta/ht)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 01:50 PM IST
By, , Lucknow

Caught in the ‘chikanery’: How rickshaw rides turn traps for tourists

HT tries to uncover the truth behind growing complaints of tourists being fleeced by a network of autorickshaw drivers and chikan store owners

A rickshaw-puller tries to convince tourists to hire him in Hazratganj. (Deepak Gupta)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 05:46 AM IST
By, , Lucknow

Airport-like Gomti Nagar rly station in Lucknow set for ‘take off’ on Feb 26

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the station through video conferencing; defence minister Rajnath Singh will be present in his constituency (Lucknow) for the ceremony

The north terminal building (G+2 floors) facing Vibhuti Khand is all ready to be inaugurated. The building also has a food plaza at the top (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 05:26 AM IST

Ultimate speed machines on display at GBC venue

Bikes for 2024 Grand Prix of India showcased at Groundbreaking Ceremony venue in Lucknow, leaving enthusiasts in awe. Ducatis and KTMs among the attractions.

Jagjit Singh and Sachin Pandey admiring a Ducati at the Groundbreaking Ceremony venue in Lucknow. (HT)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 08:22 AM IST
By, Lucknow

GBC showcases U.P’s folk art treasure trove

Between engaging discussions and speeches of dignitaries, artistes leaped into action, captivating visitors with their spirited dance performances.

Faruwahi performers from Ayodhya (HT)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 08:40 AM IST
By, Lucknow

From surveillance to service robots!

Stall dedicated to robotics becomes a major crowd-puller at GBC with firms flaunting its utility in almost every field

Robot ‘Tectron’ made from stubble waste can be used for serving at cafes at a display in exhibition. (HT)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 08:38 AM IST
By, Lucknow

UP police constable exam: Aspirants journeying miles to don the Khaki uniform

Thousands of aspirants are enduring the rough journey in pursuit of a job in law enforcement, some traveling alone, while others accompanied by family members, to write the UP Police Constable exams across 113 centres in the city.

Candidates struggling to catch the train at Charbagh Railway station after the exam in Lucknow on Sunday (Mushtaq Ali/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 06:34 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Baahubali set designer brain behind U.P. film city pavilion at Groundbreaking Ceremony venue

Cyril is most-famously known for designing the sets of ‘Baahubali’ (movie) at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad with ₹60 crore.

Men at work at the exhibition venue of GBC 4.0 venue in Lucknow on Friday (HT)
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 08:36 AM IST
By, Lucknow

GBC preparations: 50k flowers lend colour, fragrance to IGP now

More than 15 varieties of flowers and plants from across India brought at approx ₹5-6 lakh to welcome delegates

IGP being decked up with approximately 50k flowers of different varieties brought from across India, but mainly Bhimtal (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 08:32 AM IST
By, Lucknow
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