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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

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In 400 seats push, PM Modi sets 80/80 target for UP

The most impressive Lok Sabha performance in UP has been by the Bharatiya Lok Dal in 1977, when it swept all the 85 seats in the state at the time

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 01:21 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Sant Ravidas belongs to all, govt taking his ideals forward: PM Modi in Varanasi

Even when I was not in politics, I used to take guidance from the teachings of Sant Ravidas, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Guru Ravidas Janmasthan temple in Varanasi on Friday. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on Feb 23, 2024 09:26 PM IST
By, Varanasi

PM Modi says drum of development resonating in Kashi for last 10 years

New Kashi has emerged as an inspiration for new India, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a programme at Banaras Hindu University, in Varanasi on Friday. (ANI PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 08:56 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Rahul’s yatra enters U.P. without Priyanka

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra entered Uttar Pradesh, criticizing the red carpet welcome to VVIPs at the Ram Lalla consecration ceremony in Ayodhya. The yatra aims to address injustice to the poor, farmers, laborers, and unemployed youths. Gandhi will stay overnight in Chandauli and offer prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi on Saturday.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrives for the flag handover ceremony amid Congress' Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, at Ramgarh Village, in Buxar on Friday. (AICC)
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 06:32 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Gyanvapi panel asks Muslims to shut shops, businesses today

The Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Committee objected to the “misleading claim” that Hindu prayers were held in the southern cellar of the mosque complex until 1993

Security outside the Gyanvapi complex. (ANI)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 11:29 AM IST

Hindu prayers offered at southern cellar of Gyanvapi Masjid 1st time in decades

District magistrate S Rajalingam held a two-hour-long meeting with police commissioner Ashok Mutha Jain and divisional commissioner Kaushal Raj Sharma before the prayers

A local court gave the go-ahead for the prayers on Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 10:47 AM IST

Hindu prayers allowed in Gyanvapi basement

It is also a shot in the arm for other Hindu petitioners who argue that the mosque was built by Mughal emperors after demolishing a temple.

Police personnel stand guard near the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi on Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 03:29 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Varanasi court permits Hindu side to offer prayers in Gyanvapi mosque cellar

The court asked the district administration to make the necessary arrangements for the prayers to be performed by the plaintiff and a priest nominated by Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust in the next seven days

Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, UP (File Photo)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 05:30 PM IST

‘BJP’s 10K social media volunteers for Varanasi LS seat soon’

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plans to form a team of 10,000 volunteers for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat to drive their campaign through social media. The volunteers will help in organising campaigns and will utilise WhatsApp groups to spread messages about government schemes. The BJP aims to increase the voting percentage in Varanasi and win the seat by a record number of votes.

BJP national general secretary Sunil Bansal addressing a social media workshop and action plan meeting in Varanasi on Jan 27. (HT photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2024 05:26 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Muslim side says ASI’s report on Gyanvapi not final verdict

A survey by the ASI suggesting the existence of a Hindu temple before the Gyanvapi Masjid was built in Varanasi is only a report

The Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 08:52 AM IST

Temple existed at Gyanvapi: Hindu side cites ASI survey

The Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee, which manages the 15th century mosque, said it was yet to go through the report

Members of the Archaeological Survey of India's (ASI) team conduct a scientific survey at the Gyanvapi mosque complex, in Varanasi on August 8. (PTI/ FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 04:29 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Gyanvapi dispute: Hindu, Muslim sides to get copy of ASI report

The exercise, conducted by the ASI between August 4 and early November last year on orders by district court, could shape adjudication of raft of ongoing cases

The Gyanvapi dispute dates back decades but in August 2021.
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 02:53 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Kashi craftsman prepares Ram Temple replica in 108 days

A resident of Gai Ghat, Varanasi, Kunj Bihari claims that this is the first-ever replica of the Shri Ram Temple crafted using Gulabi Meenakari.

The replica of Ram Temple. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 10:26 PM IST
By, Varanasi

Chandauli police sponsor beautician course for 100 EWS girls

The initiative is the brainchild of Chandauli superintendent of police Anil Kumar. During a visit to Naugarh area for a meeting to enhance community policing in remote villages, he planned a two-month beautician training for the girls from EWS families. They are also learning sewing and embroidery.

The girls undergoing training. (HT)
Updated on Jan 11, 2024 07:10 AM IST

‘Divine art’ in high demand ahead of Ram temple opening

In the last 37 months, around 75,000 wooden replicas of the Ram temple have been sent to temple town Ayodhya, says master craftsman Rameshwar Singh

Master craftsman from Varanasi, Rameshwar Singh, with the wooden model. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 28, 2023 09:10 AM IST
By, Varanasi

‘Will seek legal advice to save WFI if talks with govt don’t work’: Sanjay Singh

Sanjay Singh said it was not correct to refer to him as the suspended president of WFI. “I have been elected and I am still the WFI president,” he said

Sanjay Singh, the newly elected president of WFI in Varanasi, (PTI)
Published on Dec 27, 2023 12:54 PM IST

Modi calls for reconstruction of cultural symbols hit by ‘tyrants’

Modi said that structures like the Swarved temple, located just outside Varanasi, would help the city emerge a major tourism centre.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and others visit the newly built Swarved Mahamandir, at Umaraha in Varanasi on Monday (ANI)
Updated on Dec 19, 2023 04:48 AM IST
By, Varanasi

ASI’s Gyanvapi report filed in a sealed cover

Akhlaque Ahmad, who appeared for the mosque committee, said the court had agreed to next hear the matter on December 21.

The district court is hearing a raft of petitions by Hindu groups and individuals who have demanded worshipping rights inside the Gyanvapi mosque (PTI)
Updated on Dec 19, 2023 12:45 AM IST
By, Varanasi

ASI submits Gyanvapi scientific survey report in sealed cover to Varanasi court

The Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee asked the court not to give the ASI report to any party without a personal undertaking that its contents won’t be leaked

The district court is hearing a raft of petitions by Hindu groups and individuals who have demanded worshipping rights inside the Gyanvapi mosque (PTI)
Updated on Dec 18, 2023 04:39 PM IST

Swarveda Mahamandir in Varanasi: Marvel in marble, mega meditation centre awaits premier visitor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the Swarved Mahamandir temple in Varanasi, a seven-floor temple with a 20,000-seating capacity, on December 18. The temple is dedicated to spiritual text Swarved and is the world's largest meditation centre.

The seven-floor Swarved Mahamandir in Varanasi. (Rajesh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Dec 16, 2023 05:28 AM IST
By, Varanasi

SSU strives to take Sanskrit to US, Lankan shores

Varsity gets in-principle approval from Missouri State University; Buddhist and Pali University, Sri Lanka, shows interest

Sampurnanand Sanskrit University vice-chancellor Prof Bihari Lal Sharma (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 08:43 PM IST
By, Varanasi

Nitish to hold rally in Modi’s Varanasi on December 24

Bihar minister and Janata Dal (United) secretary (organisation) Shravan Kumar confirmed the move in a brief interaction with reporters in Varanasi on Saturday.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to hold rally in PM Modi’s constituency Varanasi on December 24 (HT file)
Published on Dec 09, 2023 08:53 PM IST
By, Varanasi

21 pundits from Kashi to be part of Pran Pratishtha ceremony in Ayodhya

Additionally, the team will incorporate five members from the Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust who are eager to witness the Ayodhya ceremony, according to Malviya.

Leaders of various maths from Kashi will also be present at the ceremony. (Artists’ impression)
Published on Dec 04, 2023 07:58 PM IST

Foreign guests, envoys to attend Dev Deepawali in Varanasi

S Rajalingam, district magistrate, Varanasi, confirmed it and added that the delegation will watch Ganga Arti on board a cruise ship

Final touches being given to Dev Deepawali preparations in Varanasi on Friday (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 24, 2023 08:28 PM IST
By, Varanasi

Varanasi company to launch mini-cruise service in Saryu

Two solar-powered ‘mini-cruise’ ships will operate in the Saryu River in Ayodhya before the inauguration of the Ram Temple in January. The vessels will offer a tour of Ayodhya's ghats and aim to spread knowledge of Lord Ram's life. The ships will be fully air-conditioned and operated by solar power. The cruise service is expected to boost tourism in Ayodhya and create job opportunities.

A mini-cruise vessel operated by Alaknanda Cruise in Varanasi (Sourced)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 06:44 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Purvanchal’s marigold makes its mark in international market; first batch exported to UAE

The Purvanchal region has seen a surge in demand for its perishable products, leading to a 248% increase in agricultural product exports in Q1 2022-23 compared to the same period last year.

Purvanchal’s marigold gets international market (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 05:08 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Muslim scholar from Varanasi completes PhD on PM Modi from BHU

Najma Parveen said that initially some people opposed her decision, but she was firm on her idea and went ahead with the research

Najma Parveen shows her PhD certificate. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 08, 2023 09:45 AM IST

U.P. looks to improve mulberry cultivation as silk exports grow by leaps and bounds

At present, the state is only able to fulfil a little more than one-tenth of its annual demand of 3,000 metric tons. To meet the rest, it depends on silk supplied by other states and countries.

While mulberry silk is produced mainly in Saharanpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Etawah, Auraiya and Unnao, tussar silk (also made from silkworms) is produced in Sonbhadra, Jhansi and Lalitpur districts (Sourced)
Updated on Oct 29, 2023 07:06 AM IST
By, Varanasi

Mukhtar Ansari gets 10 yrs’ RI in third Gangster Act case

The case was lodged after the murder of one Kapil Dev Singh under Karanda police station limits of Ghazipur district in 2009 and the 2010 attempt o n the life of one Mir Hasan in which Ansari was accused as a key conspirator.

So far the state police have confiscated properties over worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>600 crore owned by Ansari and his gang members under the provisions of the Gangster Act since 2017. (HT FILE)
Published on Oct 27, 2023 06:01 PM IST

Mukhtar Ansari convicted for sixth time in 13 months

The Ghazipur MP/MLA court on Thursday convicted him in a 13-year-old gangster case. The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment on Friday.

Mukhtar Ansari convicted for sixth time in 13 months (File photo)
Updated on Oct 27, 2023 07:18 AM IST
ByRohit Kumar Singh/ Sudhir Kumar, Lucknow/varanasi
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