K. Sandeep Kumar

K Sandeep Kumar is a Special Correspondent and Allahabad Bureau in-charge of Hindustan Times. He has spent over 16 years covering political, education, science and technology research, defence and human interest issues and affairs in Uttar Pradesh.

Articles by K. Sandeep Kumar

‘Call and get a free tree planted’ scheme to make Prayagraj greener

The entire cost of planting the sapling and building a metal guard around it will be incurred by the forest department and the Prayagraj Smart City Limited.

Anyone who is willing to plant a sapling in front of his/her house can dial this number and the forest department will approach the individual concerned and plant the sapling. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2023 08:48 PM IST

Smart City initiative: ‘Neki Ki Deewar’ to help cut down waste generation in Sangam city

The Prayagraj municipal corporation has launched a project to set up "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" centres across the city to encourage residents to donate items they no longer need. The centres will be located near temples, parks and other public places. The initiative aims to reduce waste and keep the city cleaner, and items that are not taken by needy people will be recycled. The first of 10 centres planned for the first phase of the initiative has opened near the Hanuman temple in Civil Lines.

The first RRR centre named ‘Neki ki Deewar’ of Sangam city in Civil Lines. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2023 06:18 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Two iconic cinema halls of Sangam city to reopen in new avatar

Prayagraj's iconic cinema halls, Chandralok and Raj Karan Palace, are set to reopen as modern multiplexes with multiple screens and modern sound systems.

Raj Karan Palace cinema hall in Prayagraj. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2023 05:51 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

40 days after Atiq-Ashraf double murder, police theory same as day 1

The three shooters -- Lavlesh Tiwari (22), Mohit alias Sunny Puraney (23), and Arun Kumar Maurya (18) -- had immediately surrendered after the double murder.

Atiq and Ashraf minutes before being shot dead (HT Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2023 12:53 AM IST

UP Board academic calendar 23-24 out, to conduct HS, Inter exams in Feb

Uttar Pradesh Board plans to hold its class 10 and class 12 exams in February 2024.

UP Board academic calendar 23-24 out, to conduct HS, Inter exams in Feb
Published on May 19, 2023 08:19 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Marked fall in aspirants for SSC’s CGL exam this year

Possible number of posts is believed to remain as low as 7,500 or so. This is believed to be the prime reason for the fall in the numbers of applicants

Marked fall in aspirants for SSC’s CGL exam this year (Pic for representation)
Updated on May 18, 2023 06:36 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Tipplers in U.P. gulp liquor worth 115 cr daily, reveals excise dept data

In comparison, Haryana has recorded an increase in excise revenue from ₹6,786 crore in FY 2020-21 to ₹9,687 crore in FY 2022-23.

Noida, Ghaziabad, & Agra record maximum sales. (Representational photo)
Updated on May 11, 2023 11:09 PM IST

People in UP drink liquor worth 115 cr every day: State excise department

This is a significant increase from only two years ago when the state residents consumed liquor and beer worth ₹85 crore per day

Almost every district in the state records liquor sales worth over <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2.5- <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3 crore each day. (Representative file image)
Updated on May 11, 2023 01:15 PM IST

Recruitment of teachers/principals in U.P.: 12-member panel to make draft for setting up new commission

The Uttar Pradesh government has set up a 12-member committee to amend the existing Uttar Pradesh Education Services Selection Commission Act-2019, with the aim of creating a single recruitment body for all teaching institutions in the state. The new commission will select teachers and principals for institutions ranging from higher education to basic, technical, and vocational education departments. The move follows instructions from the additional chief secretary (higher education), Sudhir M Bobde.

A teacher teaching at a Government Inter College in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj district. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 09, 2023 04:45 PM IST
ByK Sandeep Kumar, Prayagraj

Prayagraj Smart City initiative: Ullas to add some joy to twilight years

U.P’s first govt ‘senior care centre’ to come up in Sangam city, aimed at improving the quality of life of senior citizens

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2023 10:59 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

UP Board modernises computer learning in schools, introduces basics of IoT, cryptos, drone tech

The Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad has revised the syllabus for classes 9 to 12, introducing topics such as cryptocurrencies, drone technology, and IT advancements, in line with the National Education Policy 2020. The board experts have also replaced traditional programming languages with Python and Java. Class 10 students will be taught how to avoid hacking and cyber fraud.

Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing and cloud computing have been introduced for class 11 students (For representation)
Updated on May 06, 2023 11:22 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

U.P. BOARD: Edu dept to encourage students to opt for vocational courses

Although vocational courses have been available for U.P. Board students for years now, such courses in trades of plumber, solar powered equipment repairing, disaster management and electrician were started for high school students only in 2023.

Presently, less than 1% of the total students registering for the class 10 and class 12 exams of U.P. Board. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2023 07:49 PM IST

Devoted homemaker to czarina of Atiq’s gang, Shaista remains an enigma to police

Parveen is currently believed to be guarding her husband’s illegal empire, comprising benami properties, shell companies, worth hundreds of crores.

The 51-year-old wife of slain gangster, who is at large, remains an enigma to the state police. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2023 09:59 PM IST

Atal Residential School ready to open in Prayagraj, batch to start from July

Constructed as part of the dream project of U.P. chief minister Yogi Adityanath, the school would start providing free education from classes 6 to 12 along with full residential facilities to kids from financially poor backgrounds.

Children will be selected for admissions in this Atal Residential School by May 7. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2023 06:17 PM IST

Now, Kasturba Gandhi schools in U.P. to have all-women staff

The move will hit over 1200 male teachers and non-teaching staff across state, some of them have been working for over 15 years

A male teacher taking a class at a Kasturba Gandhi school in Prayagraj. (HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 09:07 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

U.P. BOARD RESULTS-2023: After sharp decline in pass percentage, officials say Covid impact behind underwhelming results

Compared to 2022, 9.81% lesser students have passed the intermediate examination of the U.P. Board this year.

The “curse of convenience”, as per officials, may have deterred students from performing well in their Class 12th board exams. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 06:21 PM IST

Umesh Pal's killers met Atiq Ahmad's brother in jail 12 days before attack

The footage supports police claims that the murder of lawyer Umesh Pal was planned with the help of Ashraf, who was lodged in Bareilly jail at the time.

In the CCTV footage, Guddu Muslim (alias Guddu Bambaz), Asad, Armaan, Sadaqat, Usman, and Ghulam Hasan can be seen entering the jail. (Video grab)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 04:58 PM IST

PMC budget jumps 1K times in 159 years, but problems still abound

The PMC budget has risen many times since its inception and area under it has also grown significantly. However, residents of the city, especially those in old localities, are still struggling for clean potable water, a reliable sewage system and freedom from the problems of water logging during monsoon, says corporator Kamlesh Singh

The old city area of Chowk lacking proper parking facility till date. (HT)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 12:59 AM IST

‘Insulting & Objectionable’: U.P. minister slams Raees Chandra Shukla’s induction into BJP

A former Samajwadi Party leader, Shukla was defeated by Nandi in 2022 assembly polls. With this poll win, Nandi had retained his MLA seat from Allahabad South constituency.

U.P. deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya welcoming Raees Chandra Shukla into BJP fold in Prayagaraj on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 23, 2023 07:20 PM IST

Atiq Ahmad killing: SIT recreates crime scene, quizzes police

The committee, along with a forensic science laboratory team, visited the area outside Motilal Nehru (Colvin) Divisional Hospital.

The SIT team recreates the crime scene in Prayagraj on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 21, 2023 02:05 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Shuats official, whose FIR led to Atiq’s arrest, seeks security cover

Dubey’s FIR against Ahmed in February 2017 had led to the arrest of the latter, after which the gangster-politician never walked free - right till his death on April 15 night

Ramakant Dubey has written to the chief minister, UP DGP, principal secretary (home), ADG (Prayagraj zone), district magistrate-Prayagraj and Prayagraj police Commissioner seeking security. (Sourced)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 10:49 PM IST

5 cops suspended over Atiq, brother’s killings

The three accused in the murder were immediately nabbed after the incident and sent to police custody for four days on Wednesday.

Ashraf and Atiq Ahmad were shot dead on April 15. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 12:11 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

In Umesh Pal murder case, cops intensify efforts to arrest Shaista Parveen

Shaista Parveen is wanted in connection with the murders of lawyer Umesh Pal and his two police guards.

Police believe Atiq’s wife could divulge vital leads in Umesh Pal murder case. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 08:00 PM IST

Shahganj SHO among 5 cops suspended over Atiq-Ashraf murder

The killing of the two brothers in police custody had taken place on the Motilal Nehru (Colvin) Divisional Hospital premises that falls under Shahganj police station.

The two brothers were in the custody of Dhumanganj police at the time of the incident on April 15 night. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 07:51 PM IST

This is how Atiq ‘collected’ money to fund his poll campaigns

It was apart from the gangster’s various other criminal activities such as murders, attacks and land grabbing

Gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed during one of his poll rallies in Prayagraj in 2016. (File photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 11:03 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

SIT to probe killing of Atiq, brother Ashraf

A high-level team has also been set up by UP DGP to supervise the probe into the killing of Atiq Ahmad and Khalid Azeem aka ‘Ashraf’, said police officers

The three assailants, identified as Mohit Singh aka Sunny, 23, of Hamirpur, Lavlesh Tiwari, 22, of Banda and Arun Kumar Maurya, 18, of Kasganj, were nabbed from the spot sans any resistance after shooting the two brothers. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Apr 17, 2023 05:42 PM IST

Crime to politics: Atiq Ahmad’s chequered life story

Through the 1990s, Atiq Ahmad kept bolstering his interstate gang, which at one point had 153 members, led by his younger brother Ashraf.

Atiq Ahmad was shot dead in Prayagraj on Saturday. (AFP)
Updated on Apr 17, 2023 03:27 PM IST
By, Prayagraj/lucknow

Assailants tracking Atiq since his police remand started: FIR

The three men, who shot dead Atiq and Ashraf Ahmad, followed them for several days to kill them, but couldn't do so due to a lack of opportunity, the FIR said.

People gather for Atiq Ahmed’s funeral in Prayagraj on Sunday. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Apr 17, 2023 05:00 AM IST

Atiq murderers did it to make a name, says FIR

A three-member judicial commission has been set up by Uttar Pradesh to investigate the murder of gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmad and his brother Ashraf. Three assailants, posing as journalists, killed the pair while they were at a hospital in Prayagraj city for routine health examinations. The attackers were later identified and confessed to their crimes. Ahmad had 100 cases against him and was wanted for the murder of a lawyer in February. The deaths come two days after Ahmad's son was killed in an encounter with police, triggering allegations the shootout was staged.

People gather for Atiq Ahmed’s funeral in Prayagraj on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 17, 2023 12:08 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Killers of Aitq, Ashraf followed them right since their police remand: FIR

The FIR lodged by the Dhumanganj police has said that the three assailants had been following the Atiq Ahmad and Ashraf along with the crowd of media persons right since they were sent on police remand

The FIR said that the three assailants who gunned down Atiq Ahmad and Ashraf were nabbed along with weapons from the crime spot itself. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 16, 2023 06:29 PM IST
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