Thousands take holy dip in Sangam as Maagh Mela begins

Thousands take holy dip in Sangam as Maagh Mela begins

Allahabad, Jan 5 (IANS) Braving the winter chill, thousands of Hindu devotees Monday took the holy dip at the Sangam (the confluence of the three rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) on the first day of the 44-day long Maagh Mela.The crowd count is expected to reach more than 25 lakh pilgrims over the course of the […]

Agra records coldest day in 22 years

Agra records coldest day in 22 years

Agra, Dec 31 (IANS) Agra recorded its coldest day in 22 years Tuesday as the maximum temperature hovered around 10 degrees Celsius, an official said Wednesday.The weatherman said the day temperature in this Uttar Pradesh city was the lowest since 1992.Visibility was also reduced due to dense fog, delaying a number of trains, while many others […]

14-day Saifai Mahotsava begins in Uttar Pradesh

14-day Saifai Mahotsava begins in Uttar Pradesh

  Lucknow, Dec 27 (IANS) The 14-day Saifai Mahotsava started off late Friday at the native village of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the presence of his father and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and state ministers.The festival, which courted a lot of controversy last year because of its extravagance in the light […]

All schools closed in Lucknow due to weather

Winter chill continues unabated, all schools closed in Lucknow

Lucknow, Dec 22 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh continued to shiver as the cold wave further intensified Monday, a development which led to the closure of all schools up to standard 12 in the state capital.The district administration ordered their closure after parents complained that the weather was too harsh for children to go up to their schools […]

Bird flu alert in UP: import of poultry products banned

Bird flu alert in UP: import of poultry products banned

Lucknow, Dec 22 (IANS) Following reports of a bird flu case in Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh banned the import of chicken, eggs and all forms of poultry from other states, an official said Monday.The state government has also ordered thorough inspection of all poultry units across the state.Chief Veterinary Officer Vipin Kumar Agarwal while confirming the alert […]

70 Hindus allegedly converted to Christianity in UP

70 Hindus allegedly converted to Christianity in UP

Lucknow, Dec 18 (IANS) Over 70 Hindus have been allegedly converted to Christianity in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich district. While district officials are probing the matter, a suspect from an outfit called India Hope Center has been arrested, police said.A district official said office bearers of the outfit are active in the Kamalpuri village and that they […]

VHP to organise ‘ghar wapasi’ in Sonia Gandhi’s constituency

VHP to organise 'ghar wapasi' in Sonia Gandhi's constituency

Lucknow, Dec 15 (IANS) The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Monday announced its plan to organise a ‘Ghar Wapasi’ (home coming) programme in Rae Bareli, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency. VHP’s Rae Bareli district unit chief Harish Chandra Sharma said the saffron group has identified 60 families who were ready for ‘home coming’. There was […]

Agra region observes partial shut-down

Agra region observes partial shut-down

Agra/Mathura, Dec 11 (IANS) Markets in Agra remained closed Thursday morning in response to the call for Uttar Pradesh shut-down to protest manhanding of Banwari Lal Kancchal, state business leader and former president of the Vyapar Mandal. Kancchal was allegedly beaten up by some lawyers in Lucknow a few days ago. Bazaars were closed in […]

Fog recedes but no relief from winter chill in UP

Fog recedes but no relief from winter chill in UP

Lucknow, Dec 11 (IANS) Even as the dense fog that blanketed the Uttar Pradesh capital and neighbouring regions for the last five days receded Thursday, there was no let up in the chilly winter conditions. Met officials have warned of dense fog accompanied by rains in the next few days. They also said cold wave […]

Akhilesh asks Irani to set up NAAC regional office in UP

Akhilesh asks Irani to set up NAAC regional office in UP

Lucknow, Dec 10 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Wednesday requested union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani to set up a regional office of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in the state without delay so that educational institutes can be evaluated and their quality standards improved. In the letter to Irani, […]