Anupam Srivastava

Anupam Srivastava is a Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, Lucknow. Has produced exclusive stories in medical, civil aviation, civic, political and other issues for over 20 years.

Articles by Anupam Srivastava

Pension scam: Audit verification of all 50K accounts at Collectorate ordered

The verification and audit for such pensioners whose pension is released through various banks was ordered after a woman accountant of the treasury office and her aides were accused of being involved in a scam worth over ₹1.37 crore.

Pension scam: Audit verification of all 50K accounts at Collectorate ordered (Pic for representation)
Updated on Dec 07, 2023 09:14 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Buoyed by PM’s praise, LMC to develop 4 more Miyawaki forests in Lucknow

Now, mayor Sushma Kharakwal has reiterated her responsibility to ensure a clean environment while citing the transformative potential of Miyawaki forests.

Lucknow Municipal Corporation (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 03, 2023 10:57 PM IST

Clarity in departmental roles essential to eliminate dark zones: LMC commissioner Inderjeet Singh

Consolidating street light responsibilities under LMC would streamline accountability, preventing confusion that arises when multiple departments handle the same task.

Lucknow Municipal Corporation (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 08:07 PM IST

Waste No More! Lucknow’s 20 lakh tonnes of garbage set for scientific elimination

Now, Bhoomi Green Energy has stepped in, pledging to treat and eliminate this colossal waste within a tight timeframe of 15 months.

Shivri waste treatment plant (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 30, 2023 07:09 PM IST

Halal-certified products: Raids conducted in Lko to nip parallel economy in the bud

The assistant commissioner of FSDA said that till now no city restaurant has been raided but a warning has been issued to all establishments not to sell Halal-certified food items in the future

For representation only (HT FIle Photo)
Published on Nov 22, 2023 10:35 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Varanasi-bound aircraft develops snag mid-air, returns to Lucknow

Passengers alleged that airline officials did not make efforts to re-route them and only volunteered to offer an overnight bus ride to Varanasi

The aircraft left Lucknow at 6.20pm and was scheduled to land in Varanasi at 7.20pm. After it covered some distance, passengers noticed some unusual sound in the aircraft while the pilot started making efforts to land back in Lucknow. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 05:14 AM IST

Lucknow readies 110 locations for Chhath celebrations

Millions of Bhojpuri-speaking people in Lucknow, India, are choosing to stay in the city for the Chhath celebrations, instead of returning home. The city, which is home to around 12 lakh Bhojpuri speakers, is expecting over 5 lakh people to gather at the Lakshman Mela Ground for the festivities. Artificial ponds have been created at 110 locations in the city to accommodate the large number of participants. The celebrations will feature cultural activities and have attracted the attention of political leaders. Crowd management arrangements have been made by the district administration, police, and civic bodies.

Even in previous years, lakhs of people turned up at ghats of River Gomti in the state capital to perform rituals as part of Chhath (HT File)
Updated on Nov 15, 2023 09:49 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Slumber to soaring spirits, two-day Jamghat brings bustle to kite market in Lucknow

Tanglers start preparing for Jamghat a month before Diwali, collecting the best Manjha, Saddi (threads), kites and the best of the tapes required for mending kites.

Kites dot the sky in the Old City area of the city, in Lucknow, on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 14, 2023 07:47 PM IST
By, Lucknow

UPPCB’s advisory goes for a toss as Lucknowites burst firecrackers worth over 50 cr

The aftermath of the revelry painted a grim picture as a blanket of smoke and haze covered parts of Lucknow.

Representational photo (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 14, 2023 06:19 PM IST

Lucknow Mahotsav not to visit city this year too!

The Lucknow Mahotsav, a festival celebrating art and culture, has been cancelled indefinitely due to undisclosed reasons, disappointing locals.

A scene from Lucknow Mahotsav organised in Lucknow last in 2018 (HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 11, 2023 07:24 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Despite dwindling sales, cracker traders expect 300-crore business

In 2022, sales figures from wholesalers in UP were ₹190-250 crore. But this year, we expect sales to reach ₹300 crore, says cracker traders’ assn chief

Municipal corporations launched campaigns to minimise the use of crackers during the festival. (File Photo)
Updated on Nov 10, 2023 07:20 AM IST

Luxury Legacy: U.P. gears up to transform heritage buildings into 5-star hotels; tender opening on Nov 7

The project, designed to invigorate tourism in the state capital and other regions of Uttar Pradesh, has garnered strong support from principal secretary of the tourism and culture department, Mukesh Meshram.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath (HT File)
Updated on Nov 03, 2023 06:14 AM IST

Critical care: Lack of beds, VVIP culture hitting PGI dept functioning

Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) in India is under scrutiny after a former BJP MP's son was refused admission to the ICU. The hospital is reportedly facing a high patient load and a shortage of critical care beds. The incident has prompted criticism of the lack of transparency in the admission process. The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a probe into the death of the former MP's son. The hospital's director has said that there is a proposal to increase the number of critical care beds.

The SGPGIMS campus in Lucknow (HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2023 10:30 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Critical care at SGPGIMS: Lack of beds, VVIP culture hitting dept functioning

Patients without VVIP status struggle to get admitted to the critical care medicine unit of SGPGIMS, with most beds reserved for VVIPs and the admission process lacking transparency. There are only 20 CCM beds in a hospital of 1,600 beds, causing many patients to be refused admission. The hospital director suggests increasing CCM beds in other hospitals to alleviate the load. There is a proposal to increase the number of beds in the CCM at SGPGIMS. Attendees in the waiting list express frustration with the lack of transparency in the admission process.

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2023 06:41 PM IST
By, Lucknow

4,000 madrasas near Indo-Nepal border under SIT lens over foreign funding

These religious schools have come under the scrutiny of the state government due to their receipt of foreign contributions.

Representational photo (HT File)
Updated on Oct 25, 2023 09:51 PM IST

SIT to probe misuse of donations by madrasas

The decision was taken after information about anti-national activities and forced conversion being promoted with foreign donations. The SIT will give notice to all the madrasas and seek information about the transactions in Foreign Exchange Earning Accounts (EEFC). After this, those madrasas which are receiving funds from abroad will be listed and then it will be probed as to from which countries this money has been sent and in which activities it has been used.

In January this year, the government had ordered district magistrates in districts bordering Nepal to conduct a probe into the funding of unrecognised madrasas that declared ‘zakat’ (money from charity) and donations as their primary source of funds. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Oct 23, 2023 07:14 AM IST

LMC may get NGT’s ‘Red Card’ as 100 football fields of waste loom over Lucknow

The ominous sight of this football field-sized waste expanse can be witnessed at the Shivri waste treatment plant on the outskirts of Lucknow.

Shivri waste treatment plant (HT File)
Published on Oct 19, 2023 08:24 PM IST

Devotion meets ‘Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb’: In Awadh’s Ramlila, Salman can also be Ram

In this unique Ramlila, staged in Bakshi-Ka-Talab, all central characters are portrayed by Muslims while their Hindu brethren revel in lifelike performances.

Bakshi-Ka-Talab Ramlila (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 18, 2023 05:59 AM IST

Living Legacy: At Lohia Park’s Ram Leela, Awadhi flair meets Parsi drama

What truly sets this Ram Leela apart is that all roles, including Sita, Mandodari, Shoorpanakha, Taadka, and other female characters from the Ramayan, are portrayed by males.

Lohia Park (Sourced)
Updated on Oct 17, 2023 07:48 AM IST

Ayodhya mosque to be named after the Prophet; design finalised

Around 1,000 clerics of various Muslim sects met in Mumbai to finalise the design of the proposed mosque; it will be inspired by ancient Islamic architecture

A blueprint of the proposed mosque in Dhannipur (Sourced)
Updated on Oct 13, 2023 01:59 AM IST

Decades-Long Dilemma: Lack of liver transplants at SGPGIMS sparks outcry; patients voice concern

A comprehensive analysis of liver transplants at SGPGIMS reveals a disheartening truth -- not a single liver transplant is being performed annually.

Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (HT File)
Updated on Oct 13, 2023 08:38 AM IST

Lucknow Mahotsav to stage a comeback after 5-year hiatus

While boating would be the new attraction at the Mahotsav, the 10-day event will be a kaleidoscope of performances by local/ international and Bollywood artistes, food stalls, mushairas, kavi sammelans, Yuva Mahotsav and other competitions

Tourism department officials said the target is to set up 1,000 stalls of various products from across UP, besides stalls of handicrafts and artisans from various parts of the country. (File Photo/Sourced)
Updated on Oct 13, 2023 05:12 AM IST

Denied entry, Akhilesh scales locked gate to pay tribute to JP on birth anniversary

The SP chief, who was accompanied by party worker, alleged that a wall of iron sheet was installed there just to stop him from garlanding the statue of the socialist leader

Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav scaling the gate of Jayaprakash Narayan International Centre in Lucknow to garland a statue of the socialist leader on his birth anniversary on October 11. (HT photo)
Updated on Oct 12, 2023 07:56 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Akhilesh Yadav jumps over locked gate to garland Jayprakash Narayan’s statue

Samajwadi Party workers created a ruckus amid a heavy police deployment demanding the authorities allow Yadav entry into Jayprakash Narayan International Centre on a bus

Yadav hit out at the Uttar Pradesh government’s “dictatorship”. (X)
Published on Oct 11, 2023 03:42 PM IST

No Vacancy! Lucknow hotels fully booked ahead of India-England showdown

Room rates in various city hotels have skyrocketed, and industry officials assert that seizing this profitable opportunity is entirely justified.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Men's Cricket World Cup Trophy (ICC )
Published on Oct 08, 2023 10:44 PM IST

AI helping Lucknow cops rein in ‘rowdy roadies’

Intelligent Traffic Mgmt System combines high-speed cameras and infrared flashes to capture clear images of vehicles and detect potential offences too

Lucknow Smart City Limited has installed more than 1,500 cameras for the city’s safety. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Oct 07, 2023 06:12 AM IST

Raja of Mahmudabad: Elegant, erudite royal scion who battled to reclaim heritage

Death is unlikely to diminish the renown of the Raja who passed away early on Wednesday after a prolonged illness

Mohammad Amir Mohammad Khan (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 05, 2023 06:18 AM IST

Treasure trove: Gandhi’s ‘khadau’ and letters in Urdu at Farangi Mahal

Gandhi’s letters and telegrams to freedom fighter Abdul Bari Farangi Mahali and his other things including a pair of ‘khadau’ are with the family of Adnan Abdul Wali, the great grandson of Bari

Farangi Mahal in Lucknow (Ht Photo)
Updated on Oct 03, 2023 08:22 AM IST

A girls’ college that has its roots in Mahatma Gandhi’s vision

How a ‘pinch of flour’ for freedom fighters and revolutionaries translated into establishment of Chutki Bhandar Girls’ College, which stands as a symbol of women empowerment

Chutki Bhandar Girls’ Inter College in Lucknow’s Hussainganj . (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 02, 2023 10:33 PM IST

Ghalib’s ‘andaz-e-bayan’ finds favour even with Gen X

The ongoing National Book Fair in Balrampur Gardens is recording a surprisingly good sale of anthologies of couplets and ghazals written by the likes of Mirza Ghalib, ‘Daagh’ Dehlvi, Ibrahim ‘Zauq’, Momin Khan ‘Momin’ and Asrar-ul-Haq ‘Majaz’ etc. In fact, poetry sales are soaring, leaving behind books on politics and politicians, say the sellers, adding the former are catching the fancy of Lucknow youths more.

Even in the 21st century Ghalib’s works are fancied by poetry lovers, particularly the young generation, notwithstanding the change in literary taste. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 05:46 AM IST
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