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Umesh Raghuvanshi

Umesh Raghuvanshi is a journalist with over three decade experience. He covers politics, finance, environment and social issues. He has covered all assembly and parliament elections in Uttar Pradesh since 1984.

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All await verdict on BSP MLAs with bated breath

A sense of curiosity prevails among the people as they await the Allahabad High Court verdict on the BSP?s petition seeking disqualification of its 40 MLAs. The verdict is likely to be pronounced on February 28, 2006.

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Published on Feb 23, 2006 01:40 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

CM?s pain: His own men

THE developments of the past few days are viewed in the backdrop of controversies surrounding them, the list of ministers causing problems to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and his government, is getting longer every day. A close look at the acts of commission and omission of the ministers who got stuck in the mire of controversy indicates that at least a dozen ministers have caused a great trouble to the Mulayam-led government.

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Published on Feb 19, 2006 01:12 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

BUDGETRAVAILS

?WE ALL have to hang our heads in shame if Uttar Pradesh is called economically weak, illiterate and a ?bimaru? (sick) State despite giving a long list of prime ministers. We commit ourselves to wash off this black spot. We have been able to do so to some extent in the last three years,? said Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, while summing up his address on the Budget for 2006-2007, on Wednesday. The Chief Minister?s observations were not out of tune. If observations made after the recent sting operation exposing three MLAs, including Minister for Backward Classes Welfare Mehboob Ali give any indication, Uttar Pradesh finds itself on an equal footing with Bihar etc, if not below them on the list of bimaru (Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh) states.

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Published on Feb 19, 2006 12:21 AM IST

Doles for the jobless, addl DA for UP staff

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav today presented an election budget making populist announcements, including payment of unemployment allowance for graduate and postgraduate youths, additional installment of dearness allowance to government employees w. e. f. April 1, 2006, allocation to extend metro rail project to NOIDA and sops to dalits and minorities etc.

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Published on Feb 16, 2006 01:44 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

Of school dress and discrimination

WHAT HAPPENS to students when only girls are provided with free uniform in primary schools of Uttar Pradesh? Besides facilitating participation of more girls in the schools, the decision is also leading to a sense of discrimination among boys. A sense of discrimination among boys may not be as disturbing to social scientists as is the discrimination reflected in parents who choose to invest more in education of boys than girls.

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Published on Feb 14, 2006 01:30 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

THE BILL OF CONTENTION

IF THE response to the Bill from various state governments, legal luminaries and other social organisations was any indication, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government would find it difficult to get the requisite support of state governments to enact the new law. As the Bill proposing to give more teeth to Centre comes under public scrutiny, there appear sharp differences over its provisions. Besides apprehensions that the Bill would have an adverse impact on the federal structure of the country, there is also a growing feeling that the Centre would get unrestrained powers, sans safeguards to check misuse of its provisions.

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Published on Feb 12, 2006 12:47 AM IST

Cong trainees demand more

CONGRESSMEN WANT to reap the harvest ? a ?right? that they feel has been denied to them even though the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government reigns at the Centre.

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Published on Feb 05, 2006 01:20 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

RS, Parishad polls: Another round of muscle flexing now

NOTWITHSTANDING THE persisting political uncertainty in the backdrop of speculations of an early Vidhan Sabha election, the Samajwadi Party-led coalition is bracing itself up for yet another round of muscle flexing to win maximum out of 10 Rajya Sabha and 12 Vidhan Parishad seats going to fall vacant on April 2 and May 5, 2006 respectively.

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Published on Feb 02, 2006 01:10 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

Parties favour delay

GO SLOW with the delimitation of constituencies appears to be the buzzword doing rounds in the corridors of power with leaders of major political parties out to ensure that the prevailing geographical areas and the caste combinations are not disturbed till the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh. This became evident at the Delimitation Commission?s meeting held on January 24 in New Delhi, where cutting across political spectrum, the representatives of nearly all political parties favoured the delay.

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Published on Jan 28, 2006 01:09 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

IAS Assn on warpath yet again

THE UTTAR Pradesh IAS Association appears to be on a warpath yet again. Besides demanding withdrawal of state government?s powers to place all-India services officers under suspension, the association today condemned it for the ill-treatment being meted out to its (association) president Ravi Mathur.

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Updated on Jan 22, 2006 01:24 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

DELIMITATION DILEMMA and the consequent turf trouble

THE POLITICAL map of Uttar Pradesh is set to change in the days to come. As the debate on the preliminary draft report concerning delimitation of constituencies generates heat, all eyes are set on the proposed meeting of Delimitation Commission to take place in New Delhi on January 24. If major political parties ? the Congress, the Samajwadi Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party ? were to be believed, the delimitation exercise may well be a ticking time bomb.

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Published on Jan 22, 2006 12:58 AM IST

Just for gag: ?Babu samjho ishare?

IF MURG masala, bhuna gosht and fish in lemon butter sauce formed a sumptuous feast along with cocktails, popular Hindi numbers proved to be apt titles for senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers who assembled at the Mohammad Bagh Club Lawns for the Civil Service Dinner in Lucknow on Friday evening.

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Published on Jan 21, 2006 01:47 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

State govt-Centre heading towards confrontation?

AFTER GIVING signals of its confrontationist posture by asking the STF to probe the phone tapping issue, the State Government is again inching closer to enter into confrontation with the Centre yet again by expressing serious reservations against some of the provisions in the Communal Violence (Prevention Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill 2005 that vests more powers with the Centre to deal with communal violence.

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Published on Jan 18, 2006 01:45 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

AICC: Rahul keeps everyone guessing

RAHUL GANDHI keeps everybody guessing over his induction in the All India Congress Committee (AICC) as general secretary even as he moved in an open jeep reminding people of his father Rajiv Gandhi?s visits to the constituency. ?Let us see,? said Rahul when confronted with reporters that he may follow footsteps of his father, who also took the AICC route before taking over as the Prime Minister. ?I will continue to be an MP, still. I will keep on coming as MP,? he said without elaborating.

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Published on Jan 18, 2006 01:35 AM IST
None | By, Amethi

SP, Cong raise pitch to warm up cadres

NOTWITHSTANDING THE minimal impact that Samajwadi Party?s support may have on United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government?s fate and Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav?s assertions that prevailing situation did not warrant withdrawal of support, the blow-hot, blow-cold relationship and ongoing war of words between Samajwadi Party and Congress leaders would attain greater dimensions in the days to come.

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Published on Jan 13, 2006 01:27 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

Mahona, Sarojininagar may no more be constituencies

IF THE preliminary draft report of the Delimitation Commission were implemented without any amendment, Ayodhya and Hastinapur would no longer be on the electoral map of UP.

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Published on Jan 11, 2006 12:47 AM IST
None | By, Lucknow

What were Cong leaders doing, asks Mulayam

IF POLL preparedness of political parties for Vidhan Sabha elections were to be assessed now the Congress? poor show in the Zila Panchayat chairmen?s elections should come as an eye- opener for the party leaders in Uttar Pradesh.

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Published on Jan 08, 2006 01:30 AM IST
PTI | By, Lucknow

Fail, with ?distinction?!

IT IS all in all a poor report card. Senior IAS officers, who went to stay at villages in 70 districts on December 13-14 last year, have given a big thumbs down to various government schemes? implementation and quality of governance in the rural areas.

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Published on Jan 07, 2006 01:26 AM IST
PTI | By, Lucknow

CM to meet babus; lashing on cards

THE AXE may fall on officers who have been found lax or have indulged in irregularities in implementing government schemes as Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav reviews on Friday the reports that senior IAS officers have submitted about their experiences during their night halts in villages in different districts on December 13 and 14, 2005.

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Published on Jan 06, 2006 01:00 AM IST
PTI | By, Lucknow

IAS meet may skip transfer issue

NOTWITHSTANDING THE assertions of the UP IAS Association?s office-bearers to the contrary, the annual general meeting (AGM) of the association scheduled to take place on January 21, 2005 may turn out to be a lackluster exercise as the association may not be able to take up major issues concerning officers posted in Uttar Pradesh.

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Published on Jan 05, 2006 01:08 AM IST
PTI | By, Lucknow

Officials blame it on labour dispute

NOTWITHSTANDING THE accusations and counter accusations being leveled by CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat and Baba Ramdev, authorities in Uttaranchal have indicated that an ongoing labour dispute in his pharmacy in Hardwar may well be the point of discord between the Left MP and the yoga guru.

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Published on Jan 04, 2006 01:52 AM IST
PTI | By, Lucknow

SP plays its PM song

SP has begun telling the voters in Mainpuri that by electing Mulayam as an MP they would be sending the next PM of the country.

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Updated on May 02, 2004 04:06 PM IST
PTI | By, Mainpuri

Samajwadi Party plays its Prime Minister song in Mainpuri

The SP has raised aspirations of voters by telling them that by electing Mulayam they would be sending the next PM of the country.

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Updated on May 02, 2004 01:37 AM IST
PTI | By, Mainpuri

Oppn has no ammo against Akhilesh Yadav

With barely a week left for the second phase of polling, Opposition parties are yet to identify any major election issue with which to take on Akhilesh Yadav, son of CM Mulayam Singh Yadav.

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Updated on May 01, 2004 02:01 PM IST
PTI | By, Kannauj

Mother's recipe for being an Indian

Rahul Gandhi has said he learnt being an Indian from his mother Sonia Gandhi and that it was his "fundamental right to help India" by joining politics.

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Published on Apr 19, 2004 01:12 PM IST
PTI | By, Amethi

Prime Minister denies being a British informer

Prime Minister Vajpayee on Monday denied Congress allegations that he was a British informer during the 1942 Quit India Movement.

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Updated on Apr 05, 2004 11:30 PM IST
PTI | By, Lucknow

I learnt to be an Indian from mother: Rahul

Rahul Gandhi has said he learnt being an Indian from his mother Sonia Gandhi and that it was his "fundamental right to help India" by joining politics.

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Updated on Apr 30, 2004 11:59 AM IST
PTI | By, Amethi

Advani cleared in Babri case

Charges will be framed against Joshi, Bharti, Katiyar, Singhal, G Kishore, Dalmiya and Ritambhara.

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Updated on Sep 20, 2003 10:34 AM IST
PTI | By, Rae Bareli
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