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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

The bicycle men

He has painted India on his head and Sachin rules his heart! A diehard fan of Master Blaster Tendulkar, Sudhir Kumar Gautam, from Muzaffarpur in Bihar, is all of 26 and has created a record of sorts by travelling nearly 40,000 kilometres on his bicycle just to watch 14 test matches and more than 30 one-dayers played by the Indian cricket team over the last four years in India and Pakistan.

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Published on May 05, 2006 12:09 AM IST
None | ByAnupam Srivastava/Tarun Subhash

LMC to tax house owners

IN A fresh bid to crackdown on rooftop hoardings, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) will slap commercial tax on such houses. This time the corporation has adopted a four-pronged approach to address the problem. (a) Identify the houses with rooftop hoardings, (b) Check whether they have a fitness certificate from the LDA. (c) If yes, then does the hoarding or tower exceed the sanctioned weight-bearing capacity? (d) Demolitions in case of anomalies.

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Published on May 03, 2006 12:29 AM IST

Will mall mania knock old bazaars out?

THE BIG Bazaar (Big B) challenge has triggered a fresh battle of survival for old city markets. But can the oldies fight on the new stage? If yes, can they really emerge winners?

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Published on May 01, 2006 04:52 AM IST

Give us water, not yellow fluid

JAL SANSTHAN and Lucknow Municipal Corporation won?t wake up before there is an outbreak of epidemic in the city.

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Published on Apr 26, 2006 12:00 AM IST

Kitchen going out of mom?s hand!

WELL, IT?S true! If prices kept rocketing at the current pace, moms would get out of the kitchen and demand a 50 per cent hike in the kitchen budget to be able to serve a full dish of dal-chawal-roti-sabji.If there is no upward revision, then the moms would have to go on an austerity drive and trim the daily household diet by half.

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Published on Apr 25, 2006 12:47 AM IST

Are LMC bosses waiting for the worst?

WHERE ARE LMC health spies? They were supposed to be on the move to pre-empt outbreak of epidemic. It seems LMC bosses are going by the routine?no epidemcis before July, wake up after seasonal diseases have done the damage! The worst has already begun with some city localities reporting spread of epidemic, killing of one person so far in Luv Kush Nagar.

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Published on Apr 10, 2006 12:09 AM IST

Words of wisdom on Fool?s Day

?THE FIRST of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year? said Mark Twain referring to April 1, the Fool?s Day.

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Published on Apr 02, 2006 01:18 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

Citizens pay up as LMC delays decision

LUCKNOWITES ENDED up paying extra for parking in several areas on Saturday. Though 21 parking contracts are on hold but contractors charged Rs 5 for two wheelers and Rs 10 for cars using old coupons with printed rates of Rs 2 for bicycles, Rs 3 for two-wheelers and Rs 5 for cars.

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Published on Apr 02, 2006 12:20 AM IST

LMC may get richer by Rs 5 crore!

THE LUCKNOW Municipal Corporation (LMC) may soon bag Rs 5-crore by selling 69,000 square feet of land near Subhash Complex Chowk to the King George?s Dental University (KGDU).

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Published on Mar 31, 2006 12:17 AM IST

Children just loved it

SKY GAZERS went to Indira Gandhi Planetarium and Regional Science Centre to witness the solar eclipse. They were able to watch the celestial event with the help of telescopes, goggles, filters especially distributed on the occasion.

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Published on Mar 30, 2006 12:28 AM IST

Jal Sansthan warns of drier summers

LUCKNOWITES SEEM to be heading for a thirsty summer as the State government has not responded to Jal Sansthan warnings. With the rise in mercury, people in old city areas have started complaining about scarcity of potable water. Chowk, Thakurganj, Napier Road, Tehseenganj, Moulviganj, Birhana, Rakabganj, Mshakganj people are purchasing water from private tankers or collecting it from their taps in the mid night.

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Published on Mar 25, 2006 12:14 AM IST

Just to keep mafia at bay!

FOR THE first time, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation has asked parking contractors to give their attested photographs and an affidavit of their antecedents to discourage mafia from applying for tenders. Like last year, the corporation has also asked contractors to submit their character certificates issued by the DM.

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Published on Mar 23, 2006 12:06 AM IST

Parsis pray, party & say Navroz

CITY?S PARSI community celebrated Janshedi Navroz at Parsi Anjuman Mirbai Marg on Tuesday. Jamshedi Navroz is a Spring festival which falls on March 21 stated to be the start of springs and also the vernal equinox of the sun. Hence the name was kept as Navroz, which literally means the New Day.

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Published on Mar 22, 2006 12:05 AM IST

CMO asks LMC, ?where to park??

FINALLY, CITY?S parking woes catch the CM office?s attention. In a quick response to Ganj traders? complaint, the CM office has written to the acting municipal commissioner to streamline parking in Hazratganj and Aminabad. The CMO has even suggested construction of underground parking lots in these places to end the problem of parking.

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Published on Mar 18, 2006 12:18 AM IST

Chicken hops back on dishes safe!

YUMMY CHICKEN tikka, delicious leg piece, mouth-watering butter chicken are back on hotel tables with a vengeance. Perhaps the season of Holi has helped them to stage their comeback on the cuisine list.

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Published on Mar 14, 2006 01:07 AM IST

?Don?t just exist? live!?

SHE CAN keep her crown for just another week more. And, Miss India-World Sindhura Gadde, is thinking about new ways to occupy her time. ?It will be hard to live without the title but everything in life is not forever. I am happy to have been Miss India World,? she says. But she?s not happy with the way models are treated ?by society?, she says, adding, ?Take the Jessica Lal murder case. Models need proper security whenever there are shows and parties. Models are most susceptible to attacks by miscreants.?

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Published on Mar 13, 2006 01:20 AM IST

LMC mulls rollback in parking fee hike

THE LUCKNOW Municipal Corporation (LMC) is thinking over a partial rollback in the proposed hike in parking charges after a protest demonstration staged by Aminabad & Hazratganj traders on Tuesday. Sources told HT Lucknow Live, the LMC had, because of the pressure, stalled the process of tenders for the 60 parking lots in the city and held back the notification for the tehbazari contracts at 53 sites in Lucknow.

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Published on Mar 09, 2006 12:28 AM IST

Traffic glut: LMC to pull up erring schools

THE LUCKNOW Municipal Corporation (LMC) has decided to serve notices to major schools in the city that have not arranged for parking facility inside their premises despite possessing space. Some schools, including St Francis, Cathedral, Loreto, etc, are to be served notices by the LMC soon. The first list of ?erring schools? prepared by the LMC includes these schools as they fall in the VVIP areas of Hazratganj and Raj Bhawan and cause major traffic problems during peak hours.

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Published on Mar 08, 2006 12:41 AM IST

No April 1 joke?Pay Rs 10, 20 to park in Ganj!

FROM APRIL 1, a visit to Hazratganj and Aminabad could be four times more taxing for owners of two-and-four-wheelers. That?s if the parking rates proposed by LMC officials were accepted by district magistrate RN Tripathi, also the administrator of the LMC. Parking rates would be different in the Aminabad and Hazratganj markets from the rest of the city. According to LMC officials, parking rates for Aminabad and Hazratganj had been kept higher to discourage congestion caused by private vehicles in these areas.

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Published on Mar 07, 2006 12:39 AM IST

Laxity by hospitals irks LMC

THE LUCKNOW Municipal Corporation (LMC) has decided to send notices to the Shyama Prasad Mukerji Hospital along with 17 nursing homes and private hospitals, which have not been submitting data regarding births and deaths.

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Published on Mar 06, 2006 12:30 AM IST

HAL-smoked citizens cry out

HEAVY SMOKE in Vishwas Khand area on Saturday night made residents gasp for breath and those with asthma had to leave their homes and rush to other places.

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Published on Mar 05, 2006 01:39 AM IST
None | ByGaurav Saigal/Anupam Srivastava, Lucknow

No summer discontent,promises Jal Sansthan

COME SUMMER, half the city goes thirsty. Rotten pipelines, defunct tubewells, out of order handpumps are only some of the problems faced by the common man. Talking to HT Lucknow Live, general manager Jal Sansthan RK Tripathi claimed to have braced up this summer to counter the water problem with a Rs 5.5 crore plan.

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Published on Feb 28, 2006 01:31 AM IST

Can admn really keep ?em silent?

THE DISTRICT administration has banned the use of loudspeakers in the city from Saturday in the wake of upcoming board and varsity exams in the month of March. ADM City Ram Araj Maurya has taken the step after number of requests pouring in from educationists, students and their parents.

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Published on Feb 26, 2006 12:52 AM IST

Lucknow?s stamp on history

What is common about Munshi Naval Kishore, KM Munshi, Sarojini Naidu, Begum Hazrat Mahal, Maharaja Bijli Pasi. Before it all gets jumbled up?. Let?s clear the air! These stalwarts from history of leaders have also found a place on Indian postal stamps and special first-day covers released by the Indian Postal Department.

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Published on Feb 24, 2006 12:55 AM IST

How about Dewa in Lucknow?

LUCKNOW IS perhaps, one of the fastest growing cities in the world. And, nothing illustrates this better than the latest report by the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) on the metropolitan city limits!Expansion of Lucknow?s metropolitan limits has become essential because of the periphery blocks, tehsils and panchayats, which are now directly affected by the economic and social conditions in the State capital. The city has expanded towards Barabanki to such an extent that the LMC has included certain areas of Barabanki within the Lucknow metropolitan limits.

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Published on Feb 23, 2006 12:20 AM IST

Pressing the panic button

BIRD FLU has created panic amongst the poultry sellers and buyers in the city. With sale declining, dealers have returned chicken stock to farms and have decided to wait for the crisis to blow over.

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Published on Feb 21, 2006 01:08 AM IST

Riot of colours, creativity

HAVE YOU seen a two-feet radish, two-feet pumpkin or a ?Mahatma Gandhi?, helicopter and joker made of flowers and vegetables? Check these out at the Raj Bhawan where the Annual Flower & Vegetable Show opened on Saturday. Hundreds of chrysanthemum, pansies, petunias, dahlias and more are on display in various groups at the show. Two new varieties of Cyclamaent and Nicotinia won the admiration of all the visitors. The entrance to the garden has a special section of vegetables, salad and flower decorations in full bloom.

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Published on Feb 19, 2006 12:19 AM IST

Jobless youths all smiles

A large number of unemployed youths, who fetched up at the Employment Exchange here today, were all smiles following the announcement of the unemployment allowance. Over 16 lakh unemployed youths will be benefited by the scheme.

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Published on Feb 16, 2006 01:22 AM IST
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1000 dog bites a month!

OVER 1000 PEOPLE fall victim to dog-bites every month and the scene becomes scarier with 2 lakh street dogs stalking city roads.What?s the reason? Residents think the reason is carelessness on part of LMC dogcatchers. A resident of Faizabad road Joyjit says, ?We have made a number of complaints about the street dog problem in our housing society. But, there has been no action.?

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Published on Feb 16, 2006 12:16 AM IST

Your e-litter?s their poison!

HOW MANY times have you tossed a used floppy disc, printer cartridge or CD into the dustbin? Several times, possibly for years now? right? But have you ever found out where the used floppy, printer cartridge or the CD goes from your trash? It becomes deadly diet for street dogs, pigs and cows who munch along the toxic waste believed to be containing high levels of lead, polymers and other chemicals wrapped in paper!!!

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Published on Feb 12, 2006 12:44 AM IST
None | BySantosh Chowdhury & Anupam Srivastava
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