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Brajendra K Parashar is a Special Correspondent presently looking after agriculture, energy, transport, panchayati raj, commercial tax, Rashtriya Lok Dal, state election commission, IAS/PCS Associations, Vidhan Parishad among other beats.

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Probe panel blames bus driver for Unnao accident

In response to the accident, the authorities have now decided to identify vehicles that are habitual offenders in order to deregister the same.

Mangled remains of a bus lies on a road after an accident, in Unnao district, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 13, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Ill-fated bus did not check all boxes, was running despite 80 challans

The bus’s fitness certificate expired on January 1, 2021, its tax validity on Nov 30, 2023, insurance on Feb 13, 2024, permit on Jan 2, 2024, and pollution certificate on Apr 15, 2024

Mangled remains of the bus after it collided with a milk container on Lucknow-Agra Expressway, in Unnao on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jul 11, 2024 05:56 AM IST

2024 LS polls: Santhosh discusses BJP’s poor show with U.P. leaders

Regional in-charges list out several reasons, including ‘Ab ki baar 440 par’ slogan, repeat of tickets and lack of coordination, for party’s underperformance

BJP national general secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh will meet BJP’s media and SC cells on July 7. (HT file)
Published on Jul 07, 2024 01:32 PM IST
ByPawan Dixit/Brajendra K Parashar, Lucknow

Govt set to ‘double’ agri land acquisition limit in GB Nagar

Sources say the proposed exception aims to ensure that the ongoing and proposed development projects, especially the Jewar airport, do not fall short of land for their completion.

 (File)
Updated on Jul 07, 2024 07:24 AM IST

Yogi govt mulls creation of two new posts to curb road mishaps

According to the proposal, all 75 districts in the state will have one ARTO each while each of the 351 tehsils will be staffed with an AMVI

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses a press conference (PTI File)
Updated on Jul 01, 2024 05:10 AM IST

U.P. records low wheat procurement by govt agencies for 3rd year in a row

Govt agencies purchase only 9.31 LMT of wheat against target of 60 LMT in marketing year 2024-25. This is substantially higher than 2.19 LMT procured in 2023-24 and 3.16 LMT in 2022-23

 (Pic for representation)
Published on Jun 27, 2024 10:28 AM IST

UPERC clears decks for UPPCL to purchase 450 MW wind power

According to its roadmap, UPPCL needs to arrange 21,500 MW of renewable power by 2031-32 to meet its RPO obligations. This includes 8,500 MW of solar power, and 6,500 MW each of wind and hydro power.

It may be noted that the Union Ministry of Power (MoP) has increased the renewable power obligation (RPO) for discoms from 15% in 2023-24 to 29.91% in 2024-25. (Sourced)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 05:38 AM IST

Will political parties be able to enter ‘forbidden territories’ this time in U.P.?

Mainpuri is the only seat that the BJP has never won, the SP has never bagged more than one-fourth of U.P. seats and the BSP has never opened its account in three dozen seats

Among the constituencies that continue to remain unchartered territories for both the SP and the BSP are Lucknow, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Mathura, Bareilly, Hathras, Pilibhit, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Dhaurahra, Rae Bareli and Amethi. (For Representation)
Updated on Jun 03, 2024 06:40 AM IST

U.P. power demand soars beyond projection amid sizzling May heat

On Tuesday, the power demand reached 29,261 MW, surpassing the previous record of 29,147 MW set on May 24.

UP power demand hits record high amid devastating heat (HT File)
Updated on May 29, 2024 05:14 AM IST

38 Muslim sub-castes in Uttar Pradesh’s OBC quota, Yogi govt mulling a change

The OBC list in Uttar Pradesh was last updated in 2002 after which no new castes have been added to or deleted from the list

In Uttar Pradesh, socially and educationally backward Muslim sub-castes started getting the OBC quota benefits when the OBC reservation came into being in the state in 1977. (PICTURE FOR REPRESENTATION)
Updated on May 28, 2024 09:24 AM IST

Crucial last two phases: Purvanchal set for intense NDA, INDIA bloc battle

Intense battle in Purvanchal as BJP faces SP-Congress alliance in UP's final stages. BSP's solo stance adds complexity. BJP aims to retain and gain seats, SP relies on 'PDA' formula.

For Representation Only (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 22, 2024 05:58 AM IST

Changing spectrum: From bullock carts to ‘mouse’, public connect witnesses a sea change

Public rallies and meetings by senior politicians, characterised by fiery speeches but avoiding below-the-belt remarks against rivals, were the cornerstone of electioneering, drawing crowds and galvanising support.

The advent of the internet and social media in the 21st century is believed to have ushered in a new era of campaigning. (Sourced)
Updated on May 19, 2024 06:24 AM IST

Modi wave gaining momentum with each phase: Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary

BJP's UP state president predicts a win in more seats than in 2019 LS elections, with Modi serving a third term after June 4, citing development and welfare schemes.

Bharatiya Janata Party ‘s Uttar Pradesh president Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary. (File)
Updated on May 15, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Decoding voter turnout: Insights from Uttar Pradesh and India’s electoral history

Data does not reveal any definite trend or any correlation between voter turnout and an incumbent party’s electoral prospects over the years in Uttar Pradesh. However, certain notable events or incidents preceding elections do appear to have some bearing on the voter turnout at times.

Voters in a queue in Agra for the third phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha election held on May 7. (AP FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 11, 2024 06:58 AM IST

Phase 7: Nomination process for Modi’s Varanasi, 12 other Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh to begin today

The BJP-led NDA won 11 seats and the BSP two in 2019. The influence of OBC leaders and BJP allies, besides the Opposition, will be on test in the final phase of the Lok Sabha polls

Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding a road show in Varanasi during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 07, 2024 06:12 AM IST

Villagers chasing water dreams is ‘bitter’ truth in Firozabad

The challenge is not due to water scarcity. On the contrary, there is ample groundwater but it is undrinkable and bitter to the extent that even animals refuse to consume it

In Milik village, visitors encounter many individuals limping and with curved postures, and all with stained and yellowed teeth. This is due to high levels of fluoride in the groundwater causing health issues. (Pic for representation)
Updated on May 03, 2024 07:30 AM IST

2024 Lok Sabha election: Stakes high for all poll players on Phase 6 seats in Uttar Pradesh

In 2019, the BJP won nine of these 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, the BSP bagged four and the SP clinched one. Polling in the sixth phase will take place on May 25

Prime Minister Narendra Modi poses for a selfie with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirahua at the newly built Azamgarh airport on March 10. Nirahua is in the fray as the BJP candidate again. (ANI PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 05:00 AM IST

It’s a cauldron of Hindutva, castes and personalities in Phase 5 of Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh

The BJP had won 13 of these 14 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh in 2019, demolishing the Congress citadel Amethi and losing only in Rae Bareli

Defence minister Rajnath Singh is the BJP candidate from Lucknow which goes to polls in the fifth phase on May 20. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 27, 2024 08:06 AM IST

Operationalise consumer grievance forums in 4 months: UPERC to UPPCL

Ensure the effective functioning of all CGRFs up to the level of circle in accordance with the regulations and directions of the commission

Operationalise consumer grievance forums in 4 months: UPERC to UPPCL (Pic is for representation)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 08:34 AM IST

Ability to deliver a good showing in Jat belt will determine RLD’s future role

The RLD hopes for a ministerial position for Jayant Chaudhary in the Modi government that it claimed was bound to return after polls. But this strongly hinges on the RLD’s ability to deliver a good showing to the BJP in the polls, proving that the party does have a sway over Jat voters in western UP.

Jayant’s adjustment within the Modi government and his political significance will undoubtedly be measured against his party’s ability to translate its regional influence into tangible electoral gains for the broader alliance. (HT FILE)
Updated on Apr 21, 2024 08:24 AM IST

2024 Lok Sabha polls: 4th phase seats more evenly contested in past, nomination process begins on Thursday

BJP faces the challenge of repeating its 2019 performance when it won all the 13 seats, SP looks to regain Kannauj, BSP out to retain hold over Dalit voters

Union minister of state Ajay Mishra Teni is the BJP candidate from Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 06:40 PM IST

As vote base shrinks, is BSP losing ‘master key’ to political power in Uttar Pradesh?

In the run-up to 2024 Lok Sabha polls, the BSP, which earlier emerged as the voice of the dalits and marginalised castes in UP, appears grappling with an existential crisis.

Is BSP losing ‘master key’ to political power in Uttar Pradesh? (PIC FOR REPRESENTATION)
Published on Apr 14, 2024 11:06 AM IST

As campaign heat intensifies, poll pitch for subtle polarisation gets intense in west U.P.

In the region defined by a strong Muslim population and existing communal fault lines, politicians switch to recall of “exodus”, “curfew”, “fatwa” and “riots”

File image of a Kanwar Yatras (HT File)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 05:16 AM IST

2024 Lok Sabha polls: Nomination process begins for 3rd phase, focus shifts from Jat belt to Yadav land in Uttar Pradesh

The BJP won seven of these 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh in 2014 and eight seats in 2019. The phase is crucial for the Samajwadi Party, too, as Muslim-Yadav equations will be on test

BJP supporters during a public meeting for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on Apr 12, 2024 10:49 PM IST

UPERC nod to STU’s 5-yr plan to increase capacity

The UPPTCL will now upgrade its network to handle increasing power demand that is expected to peak to 43,778 MW by 2028

UPERC nod to STU’s 5-yr plan to increase capacity (Pic for representation)
Published on Apr 07, 2024 08:39 PM IST

Mercury rises, UPPCL sweats: Power body ‘hopes’ to keep supply on track in poll season

According to officials, the corporation has not only tried to strengthen its distribution network to avoid power crisis, but also arranged availability of more power to deal with a possible demand-supply gap.

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 02, 2024 08:27 PM IST

From crossroads to reunion, BJP-RLD to supplement each other in Jat belt

“My Ram Ram to all the leaders on the dais and the vast gathering of people,” he greeted in Hindi before starting the speech and paused for a while to see the reaction.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary and other leaders during an election campaign rally ahead of Lok Sabha polls, in Meerut, Sunday (PTI)
Updated on Apr 01, 2024 05:18 AM IST

With RLD support, BJP aims at dominance, SP-Congress eye Muslim consolidation

In the 2019 LS elections, the BJP won seven of the eight seats, with Amroha being the sole seat captured by the BSP, which was then in alliance with the SP and the RLD

In phase 2, eight constituencies will go to polls on April 26. These include Amroha, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Bulandshahr, Aligarh and Mathura. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 09:32 AM IST

Feeder separation: Farmers to get fixed 10-hour power supply for tubewells

Currently, power supply to agricultural and domestic consumers is made through common feeders because of which fubewells also get electricity supply for longer hours resulting in wastage of power by farmers and overloading of system at peak time.

In UP, there are 14.60 lakh agricultural tubewells and they together consume over 20% of the state’s electricity. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 07:52 AM IST

Poll bugle blows in sugarcane belt, multiple factors at play

Battle for first phase of Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh's sugarcane belt to test Jat politics, Muslim-Dalit votes, new alliances, and political equations.

All eyes are on the sugarcane belt of western UP where multiple factors such as Jat politics, Muslim and Dalit votes, are expected to come into play (HT File)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 07:02 AM IST
By, Lucknow/meerut
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