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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

Fear factor vs feel-good...!

NAGAR SWASTHYA adhikari BBS Rathore, SDO LESA and many government officials have, out of fear, vowed never to visit the ward. The LMC has to recover over house tax worth Rs 50 lakh in this ward but officials could never muster courage to either realise the money or initiate action against the residents.

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Published on Oct 04, 2006 12:15 AM IST

Wine shop is women?s bugaboo

GURU GOVIND Singh Ward just gets 6 out of 10. And the negative marking comes from the wine shop which has become the bone of contention in the ward.

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Published on Oct 02, 2006 12:17 AM IST

A patchy road to grabbers? domain

WHERE WOMEN feel unsafe to step out during nights. Where poor streetlights, water crisis and encroachments form identification marks. That?s Alambagh?s Ramjilal ward. The corporator gives himself 8 out of 10. But, the residents say the ward doesn?t deserve more than 5. Why?

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Published on Oct 01, 2006 12:30 AM IST

Thirsty and waterlogged!

ACUTE WATER crisis. No streetlights in some areas. No community centre and rains mean a waterlogged hell. That?s Geetapalli in a nutshell. Majority of residents give it 7 out of 10. That means they are 70 per cent happy and 30 per cent unhappy.

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Published on Sep 30, 2006 12:32 AM IST

Ward No. 56: 40 pc grudges

ENCROACHMENTS refuse to go. Only 50 per cent area has sewer lines. Parks are illmaintained; some of them haven?t even come out of papers?! So how many marks do residents give to the ward?

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Published on Sep 29, 2006 12:22 AM IST

Parties gearing up For civic polls

All POLITICAL parties are gearing up for the Municipal Corporation elections scheduled for October 31.

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Published on Sep 27, 2006 01:31 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

LMC plans four deluxe apartments

LUCKNOW MUNICIPAL Corporation (LMC) has decided to construct four super deluxe and deluxe housing apartments on its vacant plot of 1.12 lakh square feet behind Engineering College at Sitapur Road.

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Published on Sep 23, 2006 01:20 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

From the land of Ganeshotsav

The Maharashtrian community?s best-known gift to Lucknow has been the Bhatkhande Sangeet Mahavidyalaya. But not just Pandit Vishnu Narain Bhatkhande, it?s been Maharashtrians like Ratnajankar, Suley, Sunil Paogi, Govind Natu and Dr NK Natu who have also left an indelible mark on Lucknow?s cultural history.

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Published on Sep 22, 2006 12:11 AM IST

Shift dhobi ghats, set up 4 STPs: Panel

THE GOVERNMENT should immediately construct four sewage treatment plants (STPs) to save the Gomti from turning into a killer home for fish. Many such recommendations are being forwarded to principal secretary environment by the six-member panel probing incident of fish death in the Gomti. Dhobi ghats should be removed from the riverbanks and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) should monitor dissolved oxygen levels and inform Jal Sansthan about it on a daily basis, are some of the suggestions made by the panel.

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Published on Sep 22, 2006 12:11 AM IST

LMC readies ?ghats of content?

DESCRIBE A rowing trip down the Gomti? but, if you?re thinking of nose-screwing graphic descriptions of cow dung stink, flies, murky water and slum-dwellers defecating in the open then, stop! Come November and you can change that description to romantic boating trips, lush greenery on the banks, clear water and long nights of careless whispers on the ghats! True! It?s time to write to all those ?foreign? friends who thought going to the ghats meant taking the last train to the Holy City of Benares.

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Published on Sep 17, 2006 12:28 AM IST

LMC?s dilemma: VIPs or boss?

WHY HAVEN?T you slapped commercial tax on the buildings having rooftop hoardings when the orders were issued about six months ago? ?Just do it within a month or face the music,? the LMC boss shot off angry letters to all the zonal heads, demanding immediate action.

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Published on Sep 14, 2006 12:13 AM IST

Loretoites launch cyber attack...

FORMER AND present Loreto Convent students have bombarded www.orkut.com with angry reactions to the alleged occult session in the college and subsequent vandalism by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists on Sunday.

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Published on Sep 12, 2006 12:17 AM IST

LMC boss cries quack-quack?why?

IS LUCKNOW Municipal Corporation boss planning to take up quackery? The way Ram Bodh Maurya talks about his therapeutic skills, it seems likely. He says he can cure hypertension, diabetes, stress and other psychosomatic disorders haunting humanity. Very soon he is planning to open a makeshift hospital-cum-camp office ?Panchvati? at the Lakshman Mela ground.

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Published on Sep 12, 2006 12:17 AM IST

They did it for democracy sake

MANY OF them are frail and old but once they had ?fought to save democracy in this country?. Today was the day for the MISA detainees to reinvent themselves as Loktantra Senanis.

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Published on Sep 10, 2006 10:47 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

Forging their way to LMC jobs!

CAN ANYONE change the name of his father after getting the job? Usually no! But this is exactly what is happening in the Lucknow Municipal Corporation. Why so? Just to get a job. A safai nayak Shailesh Kumar got the job after the death of his mother Munni (wife of Fakire) on the ?humanitarian grounds? as deceased?s dependent. But, after a year, he changed his father?s name as Dilip Kumar.

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Published on Sep 09, 2006 12:11 AM IST

Battered wife threatens immolation

MOTHER OF four, harassed by husband, Pushpa Gupta took her plaint to the streets today. She staged a sit-in outside Vidhan Bhawan demanding ?justice? and threatening self-immolation, considering she apparently ?cannot? go to the cops for help. Amarnath, her husband, who allegedly beats her up regularly, is a constable posted in Gorakhpur. Pushpa says, she?s been suffering for the last eight years because of her husband?s liquor addiction that has reduced the family to penury.

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Published on Sep 03, 2006 01:47 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

Where?ve all gardens gone?

MOST OF the city?s 742-odd parks are poorly maintained and some of them are encroached by land mafias. Once the city of gardens, it has turned into the city of bushes and encroachments in absence of proper staff and maintenance.

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Published on Sep 03, 2006 12:09 AM IST

Hockey players, AIDWA wield the stick

WOMEN HOCKEY players once again ?picked up sticks? and struck an aggressive posture here on Friday to demand justice for one of their peers.

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Published on Sep 02, 2006 01:49 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

Bangladeshis invade Gomti banks

THE MUNICIPAL Corporation officials have come across a large number of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants during a tree plantation drive on the banks of the Gomti and the irrigation canals.

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Published on Sep 01, 2006 11:34 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

Fan-tastic collection

The Superstar of the Millennium Amitabh Bachchan has no dearth of fans, and that?s an understatement! But, Lucknow?s got an AB fan who?s breaking all records with his photo collection! Resident of Triveni Nagar, Shivam Singh, 26, is hearing impaired. Yet, he?s got music in his art that keeps him going steady with his hobby?already a collection of 15,000 photographs of Amitabh Bachchan.

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Published on Sep 01, 2006 01:13 AM IST

Students are LMC?s bugbear!

LUCKNOW UNIVERSITY students continue to grab hoardings outside the campus, but LMC bosses can?t do anything about it. Why? Because they are afraid of the ?well-connected? students, despite having a High Court order on their side. Some of the officials openly admitted this and counted out the loss the corporation was incurring due to all-powerful hoarding grabbers.

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Published on Sep 01, 2006 01:13 AM IST

Search on for vendors? zone

THE LUCKNOW Municipal Corporation has started searching for a vendors? zone here after the decision of the government to implement the National Policy for Street Vendors.

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Published on Aug 31, 2006 01:41 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

Ambitious plan puts city on metro track

LUCKNOW COULD boast of a metro rail network in the next five years and may also have two underground multi-storey parking lots in Hazratganj, besides a number of flyovers. All this, if the Rs 3,794.71-crore city development plan got finalised by the Centre next month.

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Published on Aug 30, 2006 12:13 AM IST

Now, report cards for civic bodies

FOR THE first time in the history of local bodies in the State, the government has decided to implement a report card system. Sources said the system was being introduced to meet the requirements of the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission.

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Published on Aug 29, 2006 01:26 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

Steamers to glide on Gomtiscape

COME SEPTEMBER, Lucknowites would be enjoying steamer ride from Kudia Ghat to new Lakshman Mela ground, announced municipal commissioner Ram Bodh Maurya. He said, ?It would be a gift from the LMC to Lucknowites on the eve of Dusshehra, Deepawali and Id.?

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Published on Aug 27, 2006 12:23 AM IST

LMC boss renders 7 top officers carless!

SORRY! YOU aren?t entitled to official cars, LMC chief tells seven top-rung officers when they reach corporation office on Thursday morning. And in the evening the officers get back home in auto-rickshaws! They have been using official cars for several years. But, they won?t be able to do so now onwards. All are feeling bad and asking but, why?

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Published on Aug 25, 2006 12:21 AM IST

Jaipur cops anger city Sikhs

THE FORCIBLE haircutting of a Sikh student in Jaipur resonated in the city today. Miscreants had abducted Indrapreet Singh, beat him and trimmed his hair in Jaipur on Monday. The Jaipur Police instead of arresting the miscreants allegedly threatened the family of Indrapreet and pressurised them to withdraw their complaint.

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Published on Aug 24, 2006 11:01 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

Ustad saheb?s salary at AIR: Rs 28

Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan was paid Rs 28 as wages per month several years back when he worked for the All India Radio, Lucknow, recalls Doordarshan director, SK Grover, who had an opportunity to work with the late maestro several times.

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Published on Aug 22, 2006 12:11 AM IST

His shehnai had a Khalifa touch

CAN YOU believe it? Ustad Bismillah Khan worked for the All India Radio in Lucknow years ago. Just for Rs 28 per month! He took initial tips on shehnai from Ustad Ahmed Khalifa of Lucknow, claims noted shehnai player Ustad Sartaj Khan, who is also a distant relative of the Ustad. ?Khan saheb participated in the music festival held at an exhibition in the city during his childhood. There he was awarded a gold medal for his emotional flights. In 1940 he formed a group of his own and started giving public performances .

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Published on Aug 22, 2006 12:09 AM IST

Frail but full of hopes

SATYAVATI RANA has lost her health but has not lost hopes of seeing her son Sher Singh Rana a free person. She was in Lucknow to garner support for the deeds of her son during the Vrihada Kshatriya Karmshala organised by Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Samanwaya Morcha in Ravindralaya on Saturday.

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Published on Aug 20, 2006 01:39 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow
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