Sudhir Kumar is Varanasi based senior staff correspondent.He covers all developments, politics, education--primary, secondary and higher -- crime, offbeat, tribes and human angle stories
Articles by Sudhir Kumar
Oscar-winning ‘Smile Pinki’ fame girl, now 20, struggles with poverty
Pinki was born with a cleft lip or a cleft palate, a condition that affects tens of thousands of children born in India every year.
Updated on May 26, 2023 08:47 AM IST
UP village on path to reviving its lost classical music legacy
Hariharpur, a village in Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh, is the birthplace of the Hariharpur Gharana of music, which has produced legendary vocalists, tabla and sarangi players. Neglect led to the decline of the genre, but efforts are underway to restore its glory. The Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development set up the Hariharpur Sangeet Academy a decade ago, and recently, the foundation stone for a music college was laid. The college is expected to be the epicentre of the Hariharpur Sangeet Gharana.
Updated on May 06, 2023 11:56 PM IST
Efforts to digitize 95,000 rare manuscripts in SSU gather pace
The union ministry of culture wanted that the manuscripts should be digitised in the shortest time possible. As per its instructions, the work would be done at a fast pace, said Prof Chand Kiran Saluja, director (academics) of Sanskrit Promotion Foundation.
Updated on May 05, 2023 10:58 PM IST
Idea of India is not at risk, dynasty politics is: Amit Shah targets Opposition
Shah began his speech in Kaushambi by asking the audience who they will elect in 2024, eliciting loud cries of “Modi” in response
Updated on Apr 08, 2023 06:11 AM IST
ByK Sandeep Kumar, Sudhir Kumar, Prayagraj/varanasi
Uttar Pradesh working tirelessly to defeat TB, says Yogi Adityanath
In the last five years, ₹422 crore has been made available to 16.90 lakh TB patients in Uttar Pradesh through DBT as nutritional assistance, Yogi Adityanath says
Published on Mar 24, 2023 11:21 PM IST
PM Modi says Uttar Pradesh has emerged from shadows of disappointment to tread path of aspirations
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches ₹1780 crore projects in Varanasi, Yogi Adityanath government on the eve of the first anniversary of its second term
Published on Mar 24, 2023 11:20 PM IST
BHU to study past link of PM Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency, birthplace
The new project – titled Relationship Bond between Kashi and Vadnagar Since Ancient Times – was conceptualised by the department of history of arts, BHU.
Updated on Feb 28, 2023 12:45 AM IST
NDRF rescuers return to Varanasi after Operation Dost in Turkey
On return to Varanasi headquarters, the NDRF team members recall their mission in earthquake-ravaged Turkey
Published on Feb 24, 2023 11:37 PM IST
Dharmendra Pradhan for developing world-class institutions to prepare 21st century students
Shiksha Samagam a step towards making India a knowledge-based superpower, says Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan in Varanasi
Published on Jul 09, 2022 11:07 PM IST
Development means empowerment of the poor, says PM Modi in Kashi
Modi gifts projects worth over ₹1,774 crore to Kashi, praises Yogi Adityanath government for widening roads
Published on Jul 08, 2022 01:01 AM IST
Modi: British education not part of Indian ethos
The PM was speaking at a three-day education summit in Varanasi, also attended by Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and governor Anandiben Patel.
Updated on Jul 08, 2022 12:29 AM IST
BySudhir Kumar and Fareeha Iftikhar, Varanasi/new Delhi
‘Local vs outsiders’ theme dominates Azamgarh Lok Sabha bypoll talk
Other key issues in the Azamgarh Lok Sabha bypoll scheduled for June 23 are development, establishment of a sugar mill, airstrip, post graduate medical institute and some other projects.
Published on Jun 18, 2022 12:05 AM IST
5 women who got together for their right to worship Shringar Gauri
Meet the women who have made headlines by filing a petition seeking permission for regular ‘darshan’ and ‘poojan’ at Maa Shringar Gauri Sthal in Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi complex.Four of them are housewives and had never seen a court before
Updated on Jun 01, 2022 12:48 AM IST
New plea seeks prayer at claimed Shivling site
The Varanasi district judge on Wednesday transferred a suit seeking permission for regular “darshan and poojan (worship)” of the Shivling, which was claimed to be found in the Gyanvapi mosque premises on May 16, to a fast track court to be heard on May 30.
Updated on May 26, 2022 06:38 AM IST
Court to hear Muslim plea first, survey later
A district court in Varanasi will examine on Thursday a plea by the Gyanvapi Masjid management committee seeking dismissal of the suit filed by Hindu petitioners asking for unhindered right to worship at Maa Shringar Gauri Sthal in Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi Complex, marking a crucial turn in the religious row that may determine the future of such disputes.
Updated on May 25, 2022 01:19 AM IST
Gyanvapi survey: Hindu idols, artefacts mentioned in report
The report mentioned the discovery of a “stone structure....which looks like a big Shivling” in the ceremonial ablution tank of the mosque, the people cited above added.
Updated on May 20, 2022 01:13 AM IST
Gyanvapi masjid case: Survey report to Varanasi court has 1,500 photos, videos
The decades-old dispute over the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Masjid was reignited last year by a petition by five Hindu women
Updated on May 19, 2022 12:53 PM IST
AIMPLB to back Gyanvapi panel in legal fight
The civil court in Varanasi will hear a clutch of petitions by Hindu petitioners, on May 19, calling for measuring of the “Shivling” which was ostensibly found in the ceremonial ablution tank of the mosque
Published on May 19, 2022 06:35 AM IST
Varanasi court removes Gyanvapi survey’s commissioner
A Varanasi local court on Tuesday removed advocate commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra, who was in charge of the survey of the Gyanvapi mosque complex, over allegations that he leaked details of the controversial process.
Published on May 18, 2022 01:02 AM IST
Court removes Gyanvapi survey’s commissioner
Civil judge (senior division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar ordered the removal of Mishra on an application by special advocate commissioner, Vishal Singh, who alleged that Mishra “deployed a personal cameraman who was giving wrong byte in the media on a regular basis”
Updated on May 18, 2022 02:19 AM IST
Gyanvapi: Hindu side claims ‘Shivling’ found
The court’s orders came hours after Hindu petitioners claimed that surveyors recovered a “Shivling” from the bottom of a tank while conducting a court-ordered survey inside the Gyanvapi Masjid compound.
Updated on May 17, 2022 01:14 AM IST
Gyanvapi case: Survey must be completed by May 17, says Varanasi court
“If anybody creates impediment in the exercise by the court commissioners, the district administration must register a first information report (FIR) and take strict action. In any condition, the court commissioner’s exercise shall not stop,” stated the court order.
Updated on May 13, 2022 03:19 AM IST
In expansion mode, Hindu Yuva Vahini starts daily ‘jan sunvai’ in Varanasi region
After keeping a low profile for about the last four years, Hindu Yuva Vahini is looking to strengthen its hold among the people.
Published on May 08, 2022 10:48 PM IST
Survey of Gyanvapi Complex begins amid protests
The survey, which involves videography and inspection, was conducted by court-appointed advocate commissioner Ajai Kumar and team. The process, which was ordered by a local Varanasi court on April 26, will take another 2-3 days, said Madan Mohan Yadav, who represented the Hindu petitioners in court.
Updated on May 07, 2022 04:34 AM IST
Religious leaders in Uttar Pradesh welcome Yogi directive on loudspeakers
Many places of worship lower the volume, some voluntarily remove loudspeakers after CM’s directive to ensure that the sound stays within the premises and does not cause inconvenience to people
Updated on Apr 21, 2022 02:14 AM IST
ByRajesh Kumar Singh, Oliver Fredrick, Hemendra Chaturvedi, Rohit K Singh, Pawan Dixit, Haidar Naqvi, S Raju and Sudhir Kumar, Lucknow/agra/prayagraj/kanpur/meerut/varanasi
War room gives new impetus to cleanliness mission in Varanasi
Varanasi first off the blocks, citizens dial their civic complaints. On April 4, the state government issued an order to all municipal corporations, municipal councils and town areas in UP to set up a war room each for cleanliness
Published on Apr 16, 2022 12:59 AM IST
Ambedkar a great national hero, thought about entire society: Union minister Smriti Irani
Smriti Irani says Prime Minister Narendra Modi is realising the dream of Babasaheb BR Ambedkar by serving the people constantly and ensuring that everyone gets equal rights
Published on Apr 14, 2022 08:59 PM IST
Lucknow: All LDA zones asked to buy or hire bulldozers
In consonance with the LDA vice-chairman’s directives, officials have prepared a list of over 100 buildings that were constructed illegally in Lucknow.
Published on Apr 08, 2022 10:55 PM IST
ByAnupam Srivastava, Haidar Naqvi, K Sandeep Kumar, Sudhir Kumar and Hemendra Chaturvedi, Lucknow/kanpur/ Varanasi/ Agra
Kashi emerges from Covid blues, draws foreign tourists again
Bookings and enquiries by overseas visitors pick up as Kashi plays host to travellers from across the world after a two-year lull induced by Covid
Updated on Apr 07, 2022 12:08 AM IST
Varanasi Nagar Nigam intensifies drive to make Kashi country’s cleanest city
Varanasi municipal commissioner Pranay Singh has instructed city heath officer Dr NP Singh to strictly monitor the ongoing sanitation drive daily
Published on Apr 05, 2022 11:22 PM IST