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K Sandeep Kumar is Senior Assistant Editor and Prayagraj Bureau in-charge of Hindustan Times. A journalist for over two decades, he has written extensively on politics, education, science and technology research, defence and human interest issues in Uttar Pradesh.

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Lok Sabha polls: Women outnumber men in voting on Allahabad seat

Women voters outvoted men on the Allahabad parliamentary seat, but men had a higher turnout on the Phulpur seat. Meja and Koraon had the highest female voter turnout.

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2024 08:46 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

PMEGP: Prayagraj attains 100% target in providing aid

Under this scheme, financial assistance and subsidy ranging from 15% to 35% of the project cost is provided by the government to eligible entrepreneurs who set up new micro-enterprises

For representation only (HT FIle Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2024 08:41 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Prayagraj Junction gets rail coach restaurant

Visitors will be able to enjoy various flavours in the rail coach restaurant on the theme of ‘Meals on Wheels’. For this, an old, decommissioned AC-2 coach of the Railways has been given the look of a restaurant. As many as 56 people can sit at a time inside the rail coach restaurant for which 14 tables have been arranged here.

The rail coach restaurant at Prayagraj Junction station. (HT)
Updated on May 29, 2024 05:42 AM IST

In Prayagraj, candidates relax, de-stress after weeks of hectic campaigning

Most spent time with family members, friends and supporters discussing the possible outcome of the polls

BJP candidate from Allahabad parliamentary constituency Neeraj Tripathi at home on Nyay Marg with family members. (HT)
Updated on May 27, 2024 05:14 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Phulpur: Candidates with BSP background enliven three-way contest for seat of stalwarts

The BJP won the seat for the first time in 2014, lost the 2018 by-poll and bounced back in 2019. The caste factor is crucial here as only Patel-Kurmi candidates have emerged victorious nine times in the last 11 elections

Allahabad University campus that falls in Phulpur parliamentary constituency of Prayagraj. (HT File)
Updated on May 24, 2024 07:48 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

In UP’s aonla land, stage set for a triangular contest

Pratapgarh constituency, where former ‘Rajas’ held sway over politics for decades, has moved forward at a swift pace, leaving behind its royal history.

The busy Thateri bazar of Pratapgarh (HT Photo)
Updated on May 24, 2024 06:26 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

LS polls 2024: Not in fray, but prestige of 10 stalwarts at stake in Prayagraj region

They include Keshav Prasad Maurya, Rewati Raman Singh, Pramod Tiwari, Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi among others

Prayagraj and Pratapgarh will go to polls in the sixth phase on May 25. (For Representation)
Published on May 23, 2024 09:51 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Allahabad: In villages on banks of Ganga, Yamuna, people starve for water

Elections have come and gone, governments formed and reformed, but generations of people have passed away whole lives full of struggle to get a pail of water, here.

Women and kids line up at a hand-pump in Belhat village of Koraon. (HT)
Updated on May 23, 2024 05:20 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

‘Son-rise’ in Allahabad amid battle of legacies

The grand old party has won seven of the eight polls held here between 1952 and 1984. However, in recent years, the BJP has made it its citadel, emerging victorious in five of the last seven elections.

These are followed by 1 lakh Muslim voters, Brahmin bhumihars numbering 15,000, Thakur bhumihars accounting for 35,000, Srivastava/Kayastha numbering 70,000, Kols 1.5 lakh besides Musahar and Pasi voters numbering around 2 lakh, Banias 50,000 and others being around 45,000. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 21, 2024 09:43 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

As fresh poll promises pour in, old one for Kaushambi uplift still pending

An important stopover of the Buddhist Tourism Circuit, Kaushambi is revered by Buddhists across the world as a place which Lord Gautam Buddha visited many times to deliver his sermons.

A site of Buddhist tourism in Kaushambi. (HT)
Updated on May 18, 2024 05:58 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Tata Bhawans in Sangam city to offer new skill courses from July

Constructed at a cost of ₹4 crore each, these well-embellished centers will start offering training from July 2024.

The new building in which the Tata centre would start functioning in Katra, Prayagraj (HT Photo)
Published on May 11, 2024 10:22 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

2024 LS polls: Many Allahabad Univ alumni test poll waters, keep alma mater’s fame intact

Dharmendra Yadav, Neeraj Tripathi, Vinod Sonkar, Praveen Patel and Shubh Narayan Gautam are former students of the central university

Allahabad University has a rich history in Indian politics. (For Representation)
Published on May 03, 2024 10:52 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Kaushambi: Can the lotus rise anew amidst banana fields?

Currently, over 4,000 farmers and their families are cultivating bananas on 10,000 hectares of land in Kaushambi, especially in its Newada, Kaushambi, and Chail development blocks, which has doubled from 5,000 hectares in 2020.

A farmer standing in his banana farm in Kaushambi (HT photo)
Updated on May 02, 2024 10:10 PM IST

Health infra, farmers and youth will be my focus areas: Ujjwal Raman Singh

Battle royale in Prayagraj for the 2024 general elections as BJP's Neeraj Tripathi faces off against Congress-SP's Ujjwal Raman Singh to safeguard the city's legacy and address key issues.

Ujjwal Raman Singh, INDIA Bloc candidate from Allahabad seat (HT Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2024 08:36 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Now, kids at govt-run primary schools to study about great Indian scientists & scholars

Over 1.25 crore students in government-run primary schools in the state will now learn about Indian scientists and scholars in a new supplementary book.

Students at a government primary school in Prayagraj. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 05:06 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Prayagraj to fight groundwater depletion with rainwater harvesting in public parks

In the first phase, rainwater harvesting systems will be installed in 10 public parks, with additional parks following in a phased manner, said PMC officials.

A public park in Prayagraj (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 27, 2024 07:44 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Prayagraj prepares for Mahakumbh-2025: New luxury and heritage hotels on the horizon

According to officials from the tourism department, proposals have been received to convert two heritage buildings into heritage hotels, with in-principle approvals granted.

Shagun Nilayam in Mumfordganj (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 27, 2024 05:18 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

U.P. past under scanner: After 10 elections, count of candidates fell in 2019

In 2019, just 979 candidates were in the fray from 80 seats in UP, whereas in the previous 10 Lok Sabha elections held from 1980 to 2014, the number of candidates was over 1,000.

EVM Machine (For representation only) (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 25, 2024 06:22 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Candidates play development card to woo new urban voters

Political parties in Prayagraj are competing to win the support of voters from newly added villages in the city limits post delimitation, focusing on local development issues.

A view of the Habibpur area that has become part of Sangam city municipal limits. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 07:22 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Percentage of girls passing UP Board Class 10 exams on steady rise

Girls in Uttar Pradesh showing academic success with increasing pass percentage in high school exams over the past 5 years. 2024 sees highest pass rate in 101-year history of the board.

Students celebrating their U.P. Board results in Prayagraj. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 23, 2024 05:54 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Prayagraj region: In nine out of 17 LS polls, only winners, runners-up could save deposits

It emerges that only the winners and runners-up could save their deposits on the four parliamentary seats of the Prayagraj region: Allahabad, Phulpur, Pratapgarh and Kaushambi

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 22, 2024 08:00 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Election eccentrics: Candidates who keep coming back

Perennial 'Dharti Pakad' candidates in UP lose deposits in elections, with 80% failing to secure votes. ECI data shows trend persists post-Independence.

 (Pic for representation)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 08:06 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

UP Board Exam Results 2024: 89.55% pass class 10, 82.6% pass class 12 exams

Overall 89.55% of students passed the 10th board high school exam whereas, 82.60% of students cleared the 12th board Intermediate exam.

The pass percentage of high school has dropped marginally while the pass percentage of intermediate has increased.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 20, 2024 03:36 PM IST
By, , Prayagraj/lucknow

Has NOTA been altering influence of smaller parties, independents in Prayagraj?

The NOTA option, symbolising voter’s rejection of all running candidates & expressing disapproval of the available choices, was introduced during 2014 LS polls.

EVM machine (For representation only) (HT File)
Updated on Apr 20, 2024 01:35 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

UP Board Result 2024: Class 10th, 12th results to be declared today

Uttar Pradesh Board will declare the results of its High School and Intermediate Examination 2024 at 2.00 pm on April 20, 2024.

The results can be seen on the UP Board's official website— upmsp.edu.in and NIC's website upresults.nic.in(Handout)
Updated on Apr 20, 2024 05:42 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

School Chale Hum: Twin effort to educate kids and elders in U.P.

Officials of the UP Basic Education Department have instructed teachers and officials to run the Nav Bharat Literacy Program alongside the School Chalo Abhiyan in schools

Mission to spread literacy in focus (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 06:21 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Now, question banks to help students prepare for competitive exams

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi, along with the State Institute of Science Education (SISE) and subject experts from select universities, colleges and secondary schools, has jointly prepared these question banks for science and mathematics , according to officials of the state secondary education department.

Students studying in a government higher secondary school in Prayagraj (HT)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 06:40 AM IST

Young Saroj is here to avenge father’s 2019 defeat!

Pushpendra Saroj, 25, a Samajwadi Party candidate from Kaushambi, aims to avenge his father's defeat in 2019 polls. If elected, he could be one of the youngest MPs in India.

Pushpendra Saroj busy campaigning in Kaushambi. (HT)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 07:02 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Mahakumbh-2025: UPSTDC sprucing up facilities in Prayagraj

UPSTDC is revamping hotels in Prayagraj for Mahakumbh-2025 with a cost of ₹9.07cr. Facilities include a tent city and new rooms for 40cr visitors.

An artist’s view of how Hotel Rahi Triveni Darshan would look after revamp and new constructions. (Sourced)
Updated on Apr 15, 2024 06:09 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

UP DGP reiterates guidelines to prevent custodial deaths

UP DGP said that even if an individual is accused of a heinous crime, it’s the constitutional duty of the police to safely present the accused before the court.

UP DGP reiterates guidelines to prevent custodial deaths (Pic for representation)
Published on Apr 14, 2024 06:54 PM IST
By, Prayagraj
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