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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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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

U.P. DGP instructs physically, mentally unfit cops not to be on escort, guard detail

The order comes close on the heels of a schoolteacher being shot dead by an allegedly drunk head constable of UP Police on escort duty

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 12, 2024 06:11 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Battle royale between legacies on cards in Allahabad

BJP's Neeraj Tripathi vs. Congress' Ujjwal Raman Singh for Allahabad seat. Son of former UP Assembly speaker vs. son of eight-time MLA.

BJP has fielded Neeraj Tripathi against Congress’ Ujjwal Raman Singh. (Sourced)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 06:40 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Demand for distance education spikes in UP, reveal UPRTOU records

The data reveals that admissions for the academic year 2023-24 reached an all-time high, marking the most significant enrolment since the university’s establishment in 1999.

UPRTOU campus at Phahamau in Prayagraj (HT File)
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 08:00 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

With SP ex-MLA in its fold, Cong in reckoning from its old citadel

The Allahabad seat, which was won by Ujjwal Raman Singh’s father and senior SP leader Rewati Raman Singh twice in 2004 and 2009, comprises of five assembly segments - Allahabad South, Karchhana, Meja, Bara and Koraon

Former UP legislator Ujjwal Raman Singh comes from a political family having a strong base in the region. (Sourced)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 09:12 AM IST

U.P. govt primary schools: ‘Powerless’ till now, 8,107 institutions to finally get electricity

8,107 government schools in Uttar Pradesh to finally get electricity in the new academic session, as state releases ₹86.63 crore for electrification.

Students studying in a government primary school in Prayagraj (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 08:25 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

250 cr released for fees of 3.25 lakh poor kids studying in U.P.’s pvt schools under RTE

A budget of ₹450 per month has been released for each child of disadvantaged and weaker section who have taken admission in private schools under the RTE

The schools were putting pressure on the parents of these children for non-payment of their pending fees for the 2023-24 session. (For Representation)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 08:32 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Ramzan special: A date with Khajoor from round the globe

From the posh Civil Lines to the traditional favourite Chowk market, more than two dozen popular varieties of dates are available in the markets during the period.

Shopkeepers selling dates of different varieties in Prayagraj’s Chowk. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 06:31 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

PRSU’s e-book facility to benefit 5.25 lakh students

“The preliminary work for this has already been completed and new facility would be available from forthcoming academic session itself,” PRSU vice chancellor professor Akhilesh Kumar said.

PRSU’s e-book facility to benefit 5.25 lakh students (file)
Updated on Mar 31, 2024 08:16 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

48% voters in Prayagraj district below 40

As per the last voters’ list published on January 23, the district has 46,64,513 total voters out of whom 22,35,677 voters or about 48% are below the age of 40 years.

As per the last voters’ list published on January 23, the district has 46,64,513 total voters out of whom 22,35,677 voters or about 48% are below the age of 40 years. (For representation)
Updated on Mar 31, 2024 06:42 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Anatomy of Raju Pal’s murder: Two SUVs, dozen armed men and a volley of gunfire

By the time the sound of gun firing and screams faded away, the sitting MLA had been murdered in broad daylight. Pal had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Raju Pal (File)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 08:06 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Raju Pal murder: CBI dropped six names, including Guddu Muslim, Malli

Of the 17 people named as accused by the police in their chargesheet, only 10 were made accused by the CBI in its chargesheet. Names of six accused, including those of Guddu Muslim and Malli, were not included due to lack of evidence whereas one accused had died even before the chargesheet got filed.

The CBI did not include names of six accused due to lack of evidence. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 07:16 AM IST

MNNIT to resume Master of Social Work prog after 6 yrs

Master of Social Work (MSW) course is all set to restart at Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT)-Allahabad from the forthcoming academic session. Admissions to MSW course will be held once again after six years for academic session 2024-25, said officials.

MNNIT campus in Prayagraj. (File photo)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 07:04 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

My 19 years’ struggle has finally borne fruit: Pooja Pal

A special CBI court in Lucknow on Friday handed life term to six accused and four-year jail to another accused in the killing of her husband and former Bahujan Samaj Party MLA Raju Pal

Pooja Pal said she had to fight a long battle for justice but she fought it with determination. (HT file)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 06:12 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Platform ticket sale: Stations under NCR’s Prayagraj div earn 64 lakh in 3 months

From December 2023 to February 2024, over ₹15.87 lakh was earned at Prayagraj junction station alone

A platform ticket sale counter. (For Representation)
Published on Mar 28, 2024 07:56 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

After Akhilesh’s nod, Ujjawal Raman set to contest from Allahabad on Congress ticket

A senior Congress leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Ujjawal Raman Singh is likely to contest the 2024 polls from Allahabad on a Congress ticket.

Ujjawal Raman Singh (File)
Published on Mar 27, 2024 10:49 PM IST

U.P. Board’s High School: Math exam candidates to get two bonus marks

The teachers undertaking evaluation on behalf of the U.P. Board have been instructed to award equal marks to all candidates for these questions

UP Board headquarters in Prayagraj (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 27, 2024 08:12 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Single-window resolution to problems of 64k rail employees soon

The railway personnel department is all set to launch the facility simultaneously in all three divisions

 (For representation)
Updated on Mar 24, 2024 05:56 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Soon, AI-based attendance system at Prayagraj Municipal Corporation

Prayagraj Municipal Corporation is introducing a mobile app with facial recognition for staff attendance. It aims to increase efficiency and prevent fraud.

PMC office in Civil Lines, Prayagraj. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 22, 2024 08:30 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

U.P. govt-run primary schools register a fall of 24 lakh students in a year!

Director general, school education, U.P. Kanchan Verma has questioned senior basic education department officials over the decrease

A teacher busy teaching kids in a government-run primary school in Prayagraj. (HT file)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 10:58 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Different ideologies, common battleground shape electoral history of Prayagraj

Ram Manohar Lohia contested the 1962 elections from Phulpur, with the UP Committee of the Socialist Party fielding him against then prime minister Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru.

Despite knowing the uphill battle he faced against the popular Nehru, Lohia fearlessly campaigned with full vigour. (File)
Published on Mar 19, 2024 08:06 PM IST
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