Kosi

  • Bihar Government to table Walia panel report on Kosi floods July 22, 2014

    The Bihar government on Tuesday said it will table the Walia Commission report on the causes of embankment breach in Kosi River that had resulted in massive inundation 6 years ago in which over 250 people lost their lives, during the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Assembly. The announcement was made...
  • Election Yatra: Determining the mood of voters in riot-hit Kosi Kalan April 18, 2014

    On the election special, we take a look at Kosi Kalan in Mathura, the site where one of the many communal riots took place soon after the SP government was sworn in leading to a loss of 9 lives. Here is a look at what is on the minds of...
  • Drunk priest axed to death by saint in Mathura January 16, 2014

    The priest of a temple in Shahpur village in Mathura was allegedly axed to death by a sadhu, police said on Thursday. The incident took place on Wednesday evening. "The accused, Baba Lal Giri, has been arrested and an axe along with a lathi (baton) used for the killing has been...
  • UP govt bans VHP's 'Sankalp Diwas' on Ram Temple issue October 14, 2013

    Lucknow: After clamping down on its yatra on the Ayodhya issue, the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday banned VHP's proposed 'Sankalp Diwas' stir on October 18 to press for a parliamentary legislation on building Ram Temple, fearing a communal flare-up. The decision was taken in view of security concerns, especially after...
  • VHP's 'panch kosi yatra' begins today amid tight security September 23, 2013

    The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) sponsored 'panch kosi yatra', a religious march, began on Monday amid tight security, police officials said. Security forces have been put on high alert around the temple town of Ayodhya and section 144, which prohibits unlawful assembly, is in place, said officials who added only seers...
  • Ayodhya: 75 arrested as VHP's 84-Kosi Parikrama yatra march concludes today September 13, 2013

    At least 75 people were arrested and four dozens detained on Friday in Uttar Pradesh as the VHP's Ayodhya march concluded, officials said. Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists said despite the state government's ban, the "84 kosi parikrama yatra" of the Hindu saints, launched on Aug 25, continued over the last...
  • Bihar floods: With devastated homes, lakhs worried about the future September 7, 2013

    Patna: The flood situation in Bihar has worsened with more than 180 people dead and over a lakh affected across 15 districts in the state. Lining up for food, fighting for every morsel and braving the sun with polythene sheets, it's a day by day struggle for more than 2...
  • 50 VHP activists arrested for trying to perform banned 84-Kosi parikrama August 30, 2013

    Faizabad district officials on Thursday arrested about 50 VHP activists in the Gosaiganj and Akbarpur police station areas of the neighbouring Ambedkarnagar district as they tried to perform the 84-Kosi parikrama. The arrests on Thursday came on the fifth day since the banned yatra was scheduled have kicked off. "We are alert and keeping a...
  • AMU academicians condemn UP govt's ban on VHP's yatra August 26, 2013

    An organisation of Muslim academicians of Aligarh Muslim University on Monday condemned the Samajwadi Party government's ban on VHP's 84 kosi yatra and demanded release of those arrested in its connection. Forum of Muslim Studies and Analysis (FMSA) passed a resolution to demand the release of the VHP leaders arrested on...
  • VHP yatra 'politically motivated': Ayodhya chief priest August 25, 2013

    Ayodhya: Acharya Satendra Das, the chief priest of the makeshift temple at the dispute site in Ayodhya, on Sunday alleged that VHP's yatra from Ayodhya was politically motivated and not religious and that saints were being used for "vested interests". Das also accused the VHP of going against established Hindu traditions while deciding...
  • VHP Yatra: 1,696 arrested, security measures to continue, says UP govt August 25, 2013

    As the VHP was adamant to complete its 84 Kosi Parikrama Yatra, the UP government on Sunday said security arrangements would continue to check those trying to attend the banned yatra even as 1,696 persons, including Ashok Singhal and Praveen Togadia, were arrested in a crackdown. "The tight security arrangements will...
  • VHP Ayodhya Yatra: BJP attacks UP government over arrests August 25, 2013

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government for arresting VHP leaders ahead of a religious event. BJP spokesman Bizay Sonkar Shastri said the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists and religious leaders wanted to carry out the "84 kosi parikrama yatra" and it was their fundamental right...
  • VHP Ayodhya yatra: Events through the day August 25, 2013

    Ayodhya: 11:50 am: Janata Dal United leader Sabir Ali says the BJP can go to any extent when it comes to politics. He saus, "It is the time of election and that is why the BJP and its wings are making this an issue. It is very clear that they...
  • Ayodhya yatra: VHP leader Ramvilas Vedanti, 350 activists arrested August 25, 2013

    Ayodhya: Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ramvilas Vedanti has been arrested from a temple near Ayodhya ahead of 84 Kosi yatra on Sunday. Around 350 VHP activists have also been arrested and police have warned of arresting those who will participate in the yatra. The stage is seemed to be set...
  • VHP yatra: Congress, SP playing with fire, says BJP August 24, 2013

    The BJP on Saturday termed the ban on VHP's proposed yatra in Ayodhya on Sunday as undemocratic and unconstitutional and alleged the Samajwadi Party along with the Congerss was playing with fire on the issue. "The SP along with the Congress is playing with fire. The unconstitutional and undemocratic ban on...
  • VHP Yatra: Ayodhya turns into fortress, over 200 activists arrested August 24, 2013

    Ayodhya/Faizabad: The twin towns of Ayodhya and Faizabad were on the edge on Saturday as tension escalated on the eve of VHP's yatra with the UP government cracking down on the saffron outfit arresting some of its leaders and over 200 activists. Security was beefed up as a defiant VHP declared...
  • Ayodhya yatra: Plea seeking lifting of ban dismissed by Allahabad HC August 24, 2013

    Lucknow: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad's proposed Ayodhya yatra is set for a showdown as the Allahabad High Court dismissed a PIL seeking to lift the Uttar Pradesh government's ban on the yatra. Slamming the Samajwadi party government of banning the yatra to garner support from the muslim community, former Uttar...
  • Police arrest 50 ascetics en route to Ayodhya August 24, 2013

    Fifty ascetics from Rajasthan headed, by bus, to Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh to undertake the 84-kosi parikrama were arrested around midnight at the Chauma Shahpur border and sent to jail temporarily. Senior Superintendent of Police Shalabh Mathur said the ascetics will be lodged for a while at the police lines in...
  • VHP's Ayodhya yatra a 'farce', says Shankaracharya August 23, 2013

    Terming VHP's proposed 84 Kosi Parikrama as detrimental to communal amity, Govardhanpeeth Puri Shankaracharya Swami Adhokchajanand on Friday demanded adequate steps before it disturbs peace. He said he had written to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav apprising him of the need for punitive measures against those conspiring to disrupt peace...
  • VHP yatra: UP govt issues warrants for 70 safforn leaders, seeks help from neighbouring states August 23, 2013

    In the face of VHP's determination to go ahead with its proposed yatra, the UP government on Friday sought help from neighbouring states in intelligence-sharing and issued arrest warrants for 70 top leaders of the saffron outfit. The list includes national leaders like Ashok Singhal, Pravin Togadia and Ram Vilas Vedanti,...
  • Lucknow: Rajnath, Amit Shah to address BJP trade cell August 23, 2013

    Lucknow: BJP President Rajnath Singh and UP in-charge Amit Shah will address the party's trade cell in Lucknow on Friday. The visit comes just two days before the VHP starts its 84 Kosi Yatra despite the state government's ban. Terming the ban on VHP's yatra from Ayodhya as "unjust", Rajnath Singh...
  • Plea filed in HC seeking direction to UP govt to allow Ayodhya yatra August 22, 2013

    A petition was filed on Thursday with the Allahabad High Court bench in Lucknow on behalf of VHP's proposed Chaurasi Kosi yatra seeking a direction to the Uttar Pradesh government to give its permission for the same. The petition, moved by one Pramod Pandey in the registry of HC, is likely to...
  • Five years on, Kosi flood probe commission yet to submit report August 22, 2013

    Five years after a one-man commission was set up in September 2008 to probe the cause of an embankment breach in the Kosi river that triggered the worst floods in Bihar in 50 years, killing at least 250 and rendering nearly three million people homeless, it is yet to submit...
  • Uttar Pradesh: Defiant VHP to go ahead with its Ayodhya yatra August 21, 2013

    New Delhi: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will go ahead with its proposed 20-day Ayodhya Yatra even though the Uttar Pradesh government has denied permission for the rally. The VHP leaders had met the ruling Samajwadi Party leaders last week to seek their support for the yatra. The VHP has...
  • Police hunt doctors who abandoned victims during Bihar floods March 5, 2013

    PATNA: Police in Bihar are searching for eight doctors charged with dereliction of duty following complaints they abandoned survivors who needed medical assistance during devastating floods more than four years ago, police said. Over three million lives were disrupted and around 500 people were killed in Bihar in August 2008, when...
  • Army Chief Gen Singh meets martyr Hemraj's family in Kosi January 16, 2013

    Kosi: Army Chief General Bikram Singh met slain Indian soldier Lance Naik Hemraj Singh's family in Kosi Kalan in Uttar Pradesh, two days after the martyr's wife broke her fast. He also paid respect to the martyr in the village. Hemraj was killed and beheaded on January 8 by Pakistani...
  • Mathura clashes: BJP wants judicial probe June 13, 2012

    Mathura: The BJP on Wednesday demanded a judicial probe into the recent clashes between two communities in Kosi Kalan town near Mathura, which claimed four lives and left 16 others injured. "Why is the government avoiding a judicial inquiry into the riots? One-sided action by the administration will not be tolerated,"...
  • Mathura riots: 2 senior officials transferred June 4, 2012

    Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has transferred two senior officials in Mathura following the communal riots that left four people dead, an official said. Mathura District Magistrate (DM) Sanjay Kumar and the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Dharamveer were transferred on June 3. According to a government spokesperson, Alok Tiwari has...
  • Mathura: 4 killed in a clash over use of water June 2, 2012

    Mathura: A fight over the usage of water kept in front of a religious place turned into a full-blown fight between two groups in the Kosi Kalan town near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. The resulting violence led to the death of four people and left 16 others injured. Over 100...
  • Bihar: Parties differ over naming Kosi bridge February 11, 2012

    Patna: Differences continued to dog the political parties in Bihar over naming of the newly-constructed Kosi bridge giving new lifeline to Mithilanchal region. State Youth Congress president Lalan Kumar and former MP Ranjit Ranjan on Saturday said they would petition Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Surface Transport Minister C P...