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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.

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Ayodhya’s Kala Gram – luxury abode curated for artistes

Cultural programmes are vital for creating a vibrant atmosphere for devotees and the state’s meticulous arrangements demonstrate its commitment to providing a spiritually uplifting and culturally enriching pilgrimage for thousands of participants, says principal secretary

An inside view of a tent room at Kala Gram in Ayodhya. (Sourced)
Published on Jan 17, 2024 06:27 PM IST

Construction of Ayodhya mosque likely to be delayed

The construction of a proposed mosque in Ayodhya, as mandated by the Supreme Court, is likely to be delayed as the layout of the structure has not been finalised and collection of funds to build the same is yet to commence.

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Updated on Jan 17, 2024 05:44 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Fog effect: Lucknow airport saw 50 flight cancellations over last one month

A significant factor contributing to flight cancellations is the lack of training among some pilots, particularly those flying in from Gulf countries. They may not be adequately trained to utilize the CAT 3 facility, as these countries never face foggy conditions, says official of an airline

A dense blanket of fog enveloped Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Sunday. Reportedly several flight operations got delayed at Delhi airport due to low visibility. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 05:06 AM IST

Lucknow-Ayodhya chopper service set to start from January 19

It will cater to the influx of devotees and dignitaries eager to have darshan of Lord Ram at his birthplace Ayodhya

The helicopter service would be available only after prior booking. (For Representation)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 05:00 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Urdu poet Munwwar Rana passes away, lives on in verse

Born on November 26, 1952, he left a mark on Indian literature and his work, “Shahdaba”, earned him the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 2014 but he returned it due to political reasons.

Munawwar Rana suffered infection in the lungs and throat in 2017 and was also receiving treatment regularly due to kidney problems for which he had to undergo dialysis. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 07:46 AM IST
By, Lucknow

…ek duniya chhor aye hain: Urdu poet Munawwar Rana passes away

Munawwar Rana's iconic poem 'Maa' leaves lasting impact on Urdu literature

Munawwar Rana, a modern Hindi and Urdu poet.
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 05:45 AM IST

Stage set for 70-day cultural fiesta to begin in Ayodhya today

The fiesta will continue till March 24, offering a harmonious blend of diverse cultural presentations, including kavi sammelans, bhajans, kissagoi, vartas, discussions on literature about Lord Ram, musical presentations, etc.

For Representation Only: A worker decorates the premises of Lord Ram and Hanuman Temple ahead of the Jan. 22's consecration ceremony of Ayodhya's Ram Temple, in Bhopal. (PTI)
Published on Jan 13, 2024 09:00 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Ayodhya beyond sundown: Lights, laughter and lots more!

The transformation of Ayodhya into a city with a thriving evening scene, has added a dynamic dimension to its cultural landscape. Lata Mangeshkar Chowk, Naya Ghat, Ram Path, Guptar Ghat and Surajkund have emerged as lively hubs, say tourists

People seen taking selfies, enjoying ice cream and street food till late at night. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 08:14 AM IST

‘Drop and move’ at Ayodhya airport to handle Jan 22 rush

The airport is meticulously managing the influx of flights, mostly of VVIPs, by allocating tight time slots for both landing and take-off, necessitating efficient coordination to avoid congestion. It would be a drop and move affair for all the aircraft as there is limited parking facility in Ayodhya.

The airport has a 2,200 metres long and 45 metres wide runway which can handle landing and take-off of Airbus A320, ATR-72 and Bombardier private jets. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Jan 11, 2024 08:02 AM IST

Once a narrow road, 13-km Ram Path blossoms into a divine promenade

Lamp posts on the divider and Surya Stambhs on both sides of the footpath add to the magnificence of the Ram Path while big showrooms of multinational brands have also come up on the road

When you step on the 13-km Ram Path, whose starting point is Sahadatganj, the changing face of Ayodhya is clearly visible. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 12, 2024 10:51 PM IST

Ram temple consecration shoots up demand for Ramayan Mandalis

With almost all the Ramayan, Sundarkand and Bhajan mandalis of the state capital booked on January 20, 21, 22 and 23, their fee has almost doubled and they say they have no window left to accept fresh bookings for these dates.

Over 15 professional and more than 80 part- time mandalis recite the Sundarkand in various temples of the state capital. (SOURCED)
Updated on Jan 09, 2024 05:18 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Ayodhya airport: A stamp of temple town’s culture and heritage

The Maharishi Valmiki International Airport is a cultural and infrastructural marvel, designed with inspiration from Lord Ram's life and the city's heritage

The international airport project started in February 2022 and was completed in December 2023. (HT file)
Updated on Dec 31, 2023 12:42 AM IST
By, Lucknow

The Lucknow bonfire dilemma: Warming up VVIPs at the cost of common man?

People express no objection to bonfires for VVIP security personnel but raise concerns about the common man bearing the cost.

'' People getting relaxed from shivering cold by sittingnear bonfire '', at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. [ Photo by Dheeraj Dhawan / Hindustan Times ] (HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 30, 2023 06:14 AM IST
By, Lucknow

More wait for Lucknow outer ring road, works still ‘in progress’

Initially targeted to be completed by March 2022, the NHAI project worth ₹5,500 crore was delayed due to land acquisition issues and the Covid lockdown

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Updated on Dec 28, 2023 08:54 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Expert slams SGPGI authorities for tampering with original design

“Originally the building wasn’t a sealed-one as is the case now. Back then, it had open corridors that allowed fresh air,” says architect KK Asthana, who supervised the construction of the institute’s building.

Expert slams SGPGI authorities for tampering with original design (File)
Updated on Dec 21, 2023 08:36 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Medical milestone: PGI doctors ensure successful pregnancy and delivery in paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria patient

Hemolysis poses a high risk of arterial and venous thrombosis, making pregnancy a relative contraindication for PNH patients.

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 13, 2023 05:24 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Ayodhya’s growth, spiritual heritage to spread wings with international airport

Airports Authority of India officials are hopeful of getting the permission for flight operations this week.

The passenger terminal can accommodate 150 arrivals and departures simultaneously. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 12, 2023 08:40 AM IST
By, Ayodhya

The way forward: Let the ‘living river’ flow freely

Environmentalists say Kukrail is still a living river that can flow, meander and give Lucknow its walking plaza. But this first requires attention towards what the water body wants from us – stop pouring sewage into it

Encroachnents along the Kurail river in Lucknow. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 12, 2023 08:10 AM IST

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
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