K Sandeep Kumar

K Sandeep Kumar is a Special Correspondent of Hindustan Times heading the Allahabad Bureau. He has spent over 16 years reporting extensively in Uttar Pradesh, especially Allahabad and Lucknow. He covers politics, science and technology, higher education, medical and health and defence matters. He also writes on development issues.

Articles by K Sandeep Kumar

Customised NCERT books with ‘U.P. touch’ from 2024-25 session at govt primary schools

Now lakhs of students of classes 1 and 2 enrolled in over 1

A teacher with her students in the classroom at a government primary school in Prayagraj. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 12:11 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

U.P. schools to be assessed on pattern followed for univs, colleges

Now secondary schools of Uttar Pradesh will also be evaluated on the pattern followed for universities and degree colleges

Students studying at a government higher secondary school at Gohri in Prayagraj. (HT file)
Published on Mar 19, 2023 10:53 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Now, ‘play way mode of teaching’ for 2 cr primary students in U.P.

Around 2 crore students enrolled in classes 1 to 8 in more than 1

Students studying at a government primary school in Prayagraj. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 13, 2023 01:34 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Principal shooter in Umesh Pal murder killed in UP encounter

PrayagrajUttar Pradesh Police on Monday gunned down a 27-year-old man who allegedly fired the first shot at lawyer Umesh Pal, a key witness in a high-profile murder case whose daylight killing last week sparked a political storm and concerns about law and order

HT Image
Published on Mar 07, 2023 01:40 AM IST

Now, sewer-cleaning robots to replace manual scavengers in U.P.’s Prayagraj

The state government has made available three Bandicoot robotic scavengers to Prayagraj Nagar Nigam and Jalkal department

A Bandicoot robotic scavenger being tested in Prayagraj. (HT photo)
Published on Mar 05, 2023 10:57 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Bulldozer action continues in UP: Houses of Atiq ‘aides’ razed; Mukhtar’s building demolished

Officials arrived at the house of Mashooquddin and asked the residents to vacate the place. Officials claimed the house was constructed illegally, a charge the occupants denied

The house in Ahmadhpur village of Prayagraj being demolished on Friday. (Anil Kumar Maurya/HT)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 11:52 PM IST
ByK Sandeep Kumar and Farhan Ahmad Siddiqui

Umesh Pal murder: Prayagraj administration demolishes house of gun store owner

The Uttar Pradesh police said that the gun store owner is a close aide of mafia-politician Atiq Ahmad, who along with his family are among the 17 named accused in Umesh Pal’s killing

The Prayagraj development authority has moved in bulldozers to demolish the two-storied house belonging to the gun store owner. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 02, 2023 03:11 PM IST
ByK Sandeep Kumar and Farhan Ahmad Siddiqui

Umesh Pal murder case: House of accused’s aide razed in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh authorities on Wednesday demolished a two-storey house in Prayagraj where the wife of mafia-turned-politician Atiq Ahmad, Shaista Parveen, lived on rent

Prayagraj Development Authority bulldozer demolishes properties of the Umesh Pal murder case accused, who were close aides of Atiq Ahmad, in the Chakiya area, in Prayagraj on Wednesday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 02, 2023 01:56 AM IST
ByK Sandeep Kumar and Farhan Ahmad Siddiqui

Prayagraj civic body demolishing house of Shaista Parveen, says it was illegal

PDA vice-chairman Arvind Kumar Chauhan said the house was being demolished because it was illegally constructed in violation of the norms

Shaista Parveen has alleged that she and her family members were being framed in the murder of lawyer Umesh Pal (HT Photo/Anil Kumar Maurya)
Updated on Mar 01, 2023 05:41 PM IST

U.P.: Now drones to keep eye on power transmission lines in Prayagraj division

In view of the challenges that it faces in using traditional methods to inspect overhead power transmission lines, the Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Limited (UPPTCL) has decided to take help of drones for the work

A drone inspecting power transmission lines. (For Representation)
Published on Feb 26, 2023 10:41 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

No more mandatory optional subject in PCS, 2 new papers introduced

Instead, two papers of general knowledge have been introduced to quiz the candidates about the state in which they wish to serve.

No more mandatory optional subject in PCS, 2 new papers introduced
Updated on Feb 25, 2023 12:48 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

‘A record over 9 crore devotees visited Magh Mela in U.P.’s Prayagraj this year’

Quoting fair records, SP, Magh Mela, Rajeev Narayan Mishra said last year, 4.30 crore devotees had attended the annual religious event

Pilgrims in large numbers taking a dip at the bathing ghat near Sangam during the recently concluded Magh Mela in Prayagraj (HT file)
Updated on Feb 20, 2023 09:55 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Number of out-of-state HS examinees in UP Board exams dips

The number of students from other states and educational boards enrolling to appear in class 10 UP Board exams with the intention of passing them using unfair means has seen a marked decrease, courtesy strict anti-copying measures and a crackdown on copying mafia during the past few years

Prayagraj-based UP Board headquarters.
Published on Feb 19, 2023 11:05 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

UP Board Exams: 936 centres sensitive, 242 declared highly sensitive this year

This year, a total of total 58,85,745 candidates including 31,16,487 students of Class 10 and 27,69,258 of Class 12 have registered for the high school and intermediate examinations conducted by the Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP).

UP Board Exams: 936 centres sensitive, 242 declared highly sensitive this year
Published on Feb 14, 2023 02:30 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

New India Literacy Programme: 11 months on, survey work yet to begin in 36 U.P. dists

The centrally sponsored ‘New India Literacy Programme’ (NILP) for the implementation during five years (from 2022-23 to 2026-27) started on April 1, 2022. The programme aims to cover 5 crore learners during five years under Foundational Literacy and Numeracy component.

 (Pic for representation)
Published on Feb 13, 2023 12:40 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Houseboat stays, boat rides on cards in U.P.’s Prayagraj

A local businessman proposes to invest ₹75 crore in river tourism at the ongoing Global Investors’ Summit in Lucknow

The ‘Ganga Dweep’ is envisioned as a river tourism project on an island in Gangapur and Dhuipur Kachhar areas in Prayagraj. (For Representation)
Published on Feb 12, 2023 12:39 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Prayagraj: Designer chillums much in demand in Magh Mela tent city

Makers and sellers of these designer chillums are making brisk sales. They have arrived here with their products—mostly from Raeojah village in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh

The smoking pipes come in all hues and designs. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 09:36 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Mahatyagi sadhus start rigorous ritual at Magh Mela

Mahatyagi sadhus— the followers of Lord Ram— began their ancient, longest and the most rigorous ritual in quest of salvation in the camps located at Khak Chowk area of Magh Mela tent city on Basant Panchami on Thursday

Sadhus performing Dhuni Puja at Magh Mela in Prayagraj on Thursday. (Anil Kumar Maurya/HT)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 01:59 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Policy in pipeline: Secondary schools in U.P. to generate revenue, use money for upkeep

The department of secondary education in U.P. has already prepared a policy draft and sought suggestions from the public.

The proposed policy has been uploaded to official website. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 22, 2023 08:18 PM IST

Armed with multi-lingual skills,seers sans formal education expertly deliver discourses

Being multi-lingual has helped them propagate Sanatan Dharma across the country and even abroad for years now.

Swami Krishnacharya preaches in Sanskrit, English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam . (HT)
Published on Jan 18, 2023 08:13 PM IST

Mahakumbh 2025: MoUs worth 969 crore for tourism sector projects inked in Prayagraj

The proposed projects range from an eco-tourism set-up to the construction of a resort and wellness centre among others.

A mini tent city near Arail with comfy tents put up for tourists during the ongoing Magh Mela-2023 in Prayagraj (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 06:03 PM IST

Prayagraj gets U.P.’s first backwash water filter plant

The system is capable of converting even unused sludge left after filtration at the plant into drinking water

The new backwash water filter system plant set up at Khusro Bagh water treatment plant in Prayagraj. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 13, 2023 11:36 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Magh Mela-2023: Women seers taking their fathers’ religious legacies forward

In various camps, women seers and preachers of various age groups are walking the paths taken by their fathers by delivering discourses, telling religious tales and leading yoga sessions

A woman seer delivering religious discourse at Magh Mela 2023 in Prayagraj. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 12, 2023 10:59 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Now dialects dictionary to help primary teachers teach kids in U.P.

The move, in line with the new National Education Policy (NEP)-2020, is aimed at conserving regional dialects of the Hindi heartland and using them to better educate school kids.

At present, 1.8 crore students are studying at 1.68 lakh government primary and upper primary schools. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2023 07:42 PM IST

44-day Magh Mela begins in Prayagraj: Pilgrims brave cold, fog to take dip at Sangam on Paush Purnima

All through the day, the ghats in Prayagraj remained abuzz with pilgrims taking the dip and performing various rituals on the first day of the Magh Mela

Pilgrims at the Magh Mela in Prayagraj on Friday. (ANIL K MAURYA/HT)
Published on Jan 06, 2023 10:54 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

With many firsts, Magh Mela set to kick-start on January 6

Country’s biggest annual religious congregation on Sangam banks being held as a mini-replica of Mahakumbh 2025; UP govt racing against time to make arrangements for over seven crore pilgrims

Magh Mela-2023 tent city on the banks of Sangam in Prayagraj . (Anil Kumar Maurya/HT photo)
Published on Jan 03, 2023 09:31 PM IST

U.P. govt to take suggestions from people over Mahakumbh Mela 2025 arrangements

Officials said that the state also wants to showcase its administrative capacity, cultural prosperity, and facilities in the tourism sector through Mahakumbh-2025

Tourism dept to launch contest to make religious fair more ‘inclusive’ (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 29, 2022 06:58 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh: First mini stadium in Prayagraj’s rural area ready, to open in Jan

The Uttar Pradesh government is building mini stadiums in rural areas across the state to hone skills of rural players

The newly constructed mini stadium at Jasra in Prayagraj. (HT photo)
Published on Dec 24, 2022 11:15 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Veda students now eligible for higher education as 8 ‘Gurukul’ schools in Prayagraj get recognition

With these traditional schools -- running under the age-old Gurukul model -- getting recognition, their passed-out students will now be eligible to pursue higher education

The development also clears the way for students of these schools to appear in competitive examinations. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 24, 2022 08:05 PM IST

90 million Covid booster doses yet to be taken in Uttar Pradesh, vaccine stock adequate, say officials

In view of the recent rise in Covid cases in some countries, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has said the state government will formulate a fresh policy for prevention and management of Covid-19

Over 100% of eligible people in Uttar Pradesh have got their first Covid vaccine dose. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Dec 24, 2022 12:57 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, K Sandeep Kumar and Oliver Fredrick, Lucknow/prayagraj/varanasi
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