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Haidar Naqvi covers central UP and Bundelkhand. He closely tracks developments in internal security in the region and beyond.

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15-year-old Kanpur boy ran over 2 persons in October, now hits 4 more people: Police

Kanpur city commissioner Akhil Kumar criticised the teenager’s family for letting him get behind the wheel again despite being involved in a fatal accident last year.

The accused’s father, a prominent doctor in Kanpur, has been booked for both accidents. (Representative Image)
Updated on May 22, 2024 07:24 PM IST

Gun culture missing in B’khand this election

In this region, guns are deeply integrated into local customs and the feudal society, with people often seen carrying them as a symbol of power machismo. But in this election, the power display is conspicuous by its absence in campaigns

In this region, during the elections it was a fashion statement to have gun in hand riding the pillion of a motorcycle. (Pic for representation)
Updated on May 18, 2024 07:14 AM IST

Battleground Bundelkhand: Where Hindutva, caste dynamics, development promises rule the poll arena

Whosoever the hilly region has supported it has done so with all its heart. At present, the BJP is reigning supreme there with its Hindutva-caste development politics. Challenger INDIA bloc fights on with its 1993 strategy repackaged as PDA.

The 296-km-long Bundelkhand Expressway was completed ahead of the 2022 elections with Prime Minister Modi inaugurating it from the Jalaun side. (Filer)
Updated on May 16, 2024 09:18 AM IST
By, Kanpur

Akhilesh Yadav's returns to Kannauj to reclaim family legacy in tense elections

With a focus on coalition-building and outreach, Yadav aims to counter the BJP's narrative in the region and consolidate support from diverse communities.

Samajwadi Party chief and party candidate from Kannauj constituency, Akhilesh Yadav, meets with supporters during campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls, on Monday. (ANI photo)
Published on May 12, 2024 12:43 AM IST

2024 Lok Sabha elections: Hindutva, caste dynamics key to BJP’s firm grip on Unnao

The BJP’s Sakshi Maharaj is seeking a third straight win from Unnao and is confident of a big margin with the backing of communities settled along the Ganga. He is up against the SP’s Annu Tandon and the BSP’s Ashok Kumar Pandey

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath with sitting MP and BJP candidate Sakshi Maharaj at a Lok Sabha election rally in Unnao. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 12, 2024 05:28 AM IST
By, Kanpur

Looming Threat: Zardozi craft at risk amid infrastructure challenges, shrinking markets

The history of zardozi, where ‘zar’ means gold and ‘dozi’ means sewn, dates back to the time of the Mughal reign.

Zardozi craft of Farrukhabad in peril due to infrastructure challenges and declining markets (Haidar Naqvi/HT )
Updated on May 11, 2024 05:32 AM IST
By, Farrukhabad

INDIA bloc storm arriving in Uttar Pradesh: Rahul Gandhi

At a joint rally with Akhilesh Yadav in Kannauj, Rahul Gandhi predicts 50 seats for SP-Congress alliance in Uttar Pradesh, says the BJP will face its worst defeat

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav at a joint rally in Kannauj on Friday. (Deepak Guptaa/HT Photo)
Published on May 10, 2024 09:21 PM IST
By, Kanpur

Etawah: Will BSP be the dark horse on seat of Kanshi Ram-Mulayam bonhomie?

The Etawah Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh has not been any party’s stronghold. The Congress and the SP have won this seat four times each, the BJP thrice and the BSP once

Kanshi Ram and Mulayam Singh Yadav. Kanshi Ram won the Etawah Lok Sabha seat in 1991, marking the beginning of new chapter on caste politics in Uttar Pradesh. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 10, 2024 08:14 AM IST
By, Kanpur

In ‘attar hub’, Akhilesh seeks to reclaim his father’s legacy

The SP chief is up against Subrat Pathak who came through the ranks of the BJP and defeated Dimple Yadav by 12,000 votes in 2019 to breach the SP bastion

Mulayam Singh Yadav seeking votes for son Akhilesh Yadav (extreme left) in Kannauj in the 2000 election. (File Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2024 07:42 AM IST

The Congress Matrix: On the margins of state politics, but strong-footed in Kanpur

The seat that manifest the proverbial rich and working class divide is pitched again for a BJP vs Congress fight

Congress’s Sriprakash Jaiswal has won the seat thrice. (Sourced)
Updated on May 09, 2024 09:48 AM IST
By, Kanpur

Amit Shah targets, Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi, says they will have to go to jail if they indulge in corruption

If these two princes come to power, they will put Babri lock on Ram temple, says Union home minister Amit Shah at election meetings in Uttar Pradesh, asserts game is over for SP, Cong, BSP as Modi has crossed 190 seats in three phases of LS polls

Union minister Amit Shah at a poll rally in Hardoi on Wednesday. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on May 08, 2024 09:45 PM IST
By, Kanpur

Perfumers preserve natural scent amid synthetic onslaught

Beyond the political rhetoric, they champion a cause close to their hearts: preservation of natural fragrances against the encroachment of the synthetic alternatives.

The time and tested degh bhapka technique to make the natural attar in Kannauj (Sourced)
Updated on May 08, 2024 06:36 AM IST
By, Kannauj

Rahul-Akhilesh show of strength in Kannauj, Kanpur on May 10

Campaigning to intensify for phase 4 of Lok Sabha elections as home minister Amit Shah and chief minister Yogi Adityanath are also set to address meetings in the region

Kannauj will be a pivotal seat, where Akhilesh Yadav will make his fourth appearance on the electoral battlefield and Rahul Gandhi will address a joint rally of India Bloc seeking votes for the SP chief. After the joint rally, the leaders will move to Kanpur for an extensive road show. (File Photo)
Published on May 07, 2024 06:43 PM IST

SP, Congress working for their children, Modi-Yogi for yours: PM

In Etawah rally, Modi says his legacy is pucca houses for millions of Indians, invokes Mulayam Singh Yadav’s “blessing”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath during a public meeting for the Lok Sabha elections, in Etawah on Sunday. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on May 05, 2024 09:25 PM IST
By, Kanpur

2024 Lok Sabha polls: Amid shower of petals, PM Modi holds road show in Kanpur

Before the road show, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Gumti Gurudwara in Kanpur. He also met a select group of people from the Sikh community.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a road show in Kanpur on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Published on May 04, 2024 10:45 PM IST
By, Kanpur

Farrukhabad: A city frozen in time, waiting for political thaw

Despite being a major potato-producing district, farmers are still awaiting the establishment of a food processing unit. The district is dotted with private hospitals alongside a government hospital, but in case of a cardiac emergency, one has to rush to nearby Kannauj

The potato-growing region of Farrukhabad (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 30, 2024 11:46 PM IST
By, Farrukhabad

Shah holds review of 13 seats to rev up BJP poll machinery

Addressing complaints about the MLAs not extending support to the candidates was said to be on the agenda along with how to increase the polling percentage, besides a scrutiny of the party’s outreach programmes.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah with others during BJP’s Organizational Meeting, in Kanpur, Sunday (PTI)
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 06:16 AM IST
By, Kanpur

2024 LS polls: SP chief looks to reclaim bastion

SP president Akhilesh Yadav's decision to contest 2024 Lok Sabha polls from Kannauj after 15 years is crucial for party's stronghold and INDIA bloc's strategy in UP.

SP president Akhilesh Yadav. (HT file)
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 05:30 AM IST

Akhilesh files papers, says will work for Kannauj’s development

SP president Akhilesh Yadav files nomination papers from Kannauj, citing BJP's halt on development projects. Strong sentiment for his candidature.

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav filing his nomination from UP’s Kannauj Lok Sabha seat on April 25. (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 05:16 AM IST
By, Kannauj

Kannauj switch on cards for SP, Akhilesh Yadav to enter poll fray

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav to file nomination from Kannauj, amidst speculation over Tej Pratap Yadav's candidacy; party workers express preference for Akhilesh.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav (Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 04:49 AM IST
By, Kannauj/etawah

Amid battle for ballots, a police station in Kanpur (over)loaded with silent guns

The primary reason for this pile-up is the demise of the firearms’ owners and accumulation of guns in wake of election code of conduct that mandates arms licence holders to deposit their weapons at the police station to ensure law and order, and peaceful conduct of polls

Of the total 4,148 licenced weapons deposited at this facility before elections in previous years, 2,039 guns came here ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 06:36 AM IST

Possible blood clotting in Mukhtar Ansari's heart: Autopsy

Medical summary given by Punjab prison authorities at the time of his transfer to UP also showed he was battling heart disease

Gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari's son Umar Ansari meets people who attended his father's funeral at Mohammadabad, in Ghazipur district on Saturday (PTI)
Updated on Mar 31, 2024 07:12 AM IST
By, Kanpur

Mukhtar’s jail barrack sealed, medical report submitted to court

A senior jail superintendent Viresh Raj Sharma submitted a report in the MP/MLA court about the medical history and treatment given to Ansari.

People gather during the funeral procession of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, in Ghazipur, Saturday (PTI)
Published on Mar 30, 2024 09:59 PM IST
By, Kanpur

Heart attack resulted in Ansari’s death: Autopsy

A chief judicial magistrate’s court in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh on Friday ordered a judicial inquiry into the death of gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari, even as the autopsy report prima facie ruled out suspected poisoning and cited heart attack as the cause of death, people familiar with the matter said.

Mortal remains of Mukhtar Ansari being taken to his residence in Ghazipur, from a hospital in Banda, Uttar Pradesh, on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 06:40 AM IST
By, Banda

Heart attack resulted in Ansari’s death: Autopsy

A court in Banda district orders judicial inquiry into the death of gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari; CJM appoints MP-MLA court judge as investigating officer and seeks probe report within a month

Mortal remains of MukhtarAnsari being taken to an ambulance before leaving for his native place in Ghazipur, from a hospital in Banda on Friday, (PTI Photo)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 06:14 AM IST

Tormented by their children, elderly pin hopes on courts

Elderly parents in Lucknow are fighting legal battles against their ungrateful children for eviction, seeking maintenance allowances from them.

Tormented by their children, elderly pin hopes on courts (Pic is for representation)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 08:24 AM IST
By, Kanpur

A forgotten carnage: Asta endures sense of injustice for decades

For nearly 40 years, the forgotten people of Asta village in Uttar Pradesh seek justice for a massacre that claimed 15 lives, with no progress in the case.

Subhash Chandra Nishad who lost his brother. (HT)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 05:03 PM IST
By, Asta (auraiya)

Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Kanpur: 2-3% people control nation’s wealth, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi called for a comprehensive caste census and economic survey to ensure equitable representation and empowerment of Dalits, backward classes minorities, and tribals.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Kanpur. (PTI)
Published on Feb 21, 2024 08:36 PM IST
By, Kanpur

Endowed with ample sunlight, Jhansi emerging as solar energy hub

Jhansi, according to government studies, receives second highest radiation in the country after Rajasthan

The environment in Jhansi is extremely conducive for solar power production. (For Representation)
Published on Feb 10, 2024 10:53 PM IST
By, Kanpur

Bull-dozers scare grips Bundelkhand villages

Stretching approximately 10 kilometres between Pailani and Pipahari villages in banda, this wilderness, dominated by acacia (babool) trees and barren land, has become a battleground for man and beast.

Despite numerous attempts to drive away the wildlife, they persist in the region. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 10:59 PM IST
By, Kanpur
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