VARANASI

  • Rajnath Singh's relative shot dead in Varanasi April 8, 2015

    Lucknow: A relative of Home Minister Rajnath Singh was shot dead in a Varanasi district village, police said on Wednesday. According to information available, Arvind Singh, a petrol pump owner, was returning home after dropping his wife at the airport when three bike-riding youths intercepted him at Makhsudanpatti in Phoolpur late...
  • Monkeys hinder government's IT plans in Varanasi April 3, 2015

    Varanasi: As India launches an $18 billion plan to spread the information revolution to its provinces, the problems it faces are a holdover from the past - electricity shortages, badly planned, jam-packed cities, and monkeys. The clash between the old world and the new is sharply in focus in the crowded...
  • Solar-powered plane lands in Myanmar on third leg of journey March 19, 2015

    Yangon: A solar-powered plane landed in Myanmar on Thursday night, the third leg of a round-the-world trip aimed at highlighting clean energy. Dozens of trees had to be cleared ahead of the Solar Impulse 2's arrival at the Mandalay International Airport for its giant mobile hangar and exhibition tent, said Taik...
  • Solar Impulse-2 plane takes off after night stop in Varanasi March 19, 2015

    Varanasi: The world's only 'no-fuel' solar- powered aircraft 'Solar Impulse-2' on Thursday took off for Myanmar from Varanasi after overnight stopover, ending its week-long journey in India as part of the round-the-world trip. The aircraft took off at around 5:22 AM from Varanasi airport and is being flown by co-pilot as...
  • Solar Impulse-2 aircraft lands in Varanasi after 2-hour delay in immigration clearance in Ahmedabad March 18, 2015

    Varanasi: The world's only 'zero-fuel' aircraft 'Solar Impulse-2' on Wednesday landed in Varanasi for an overnight stopover after its pilot held the Ahmedababd 'administration' responsible for the delay in departure from the city for want of customs and immigration clearance. Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard, who had flown the airplane from Muscat...
  • Solar Impulse-2 pilot blames immigration clearance for delay in India March 18, 2015

    Solar Impulse-2, the world's first aircraft to be powered solely by solar energy is heading to Varanasi from Ahmedabad. While the aircraft's flight was delayed due to bad weather earlier, one of the pilots has now blamed slow immigration procedures for delaying the project. ...
  • World's first solar-powered aircraft to land in Varanasi March 18, 2015

    Ahmedabad: The world's only 'zero-fuel' aircraft 'Solar Impulse-2' on Wednesday took off from Ahmedabad for the holy city of Varanasi as a part of its round-the-world trip. Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg flew the aircraft from Ahmedabad at 7.18 am local time. The flight was delayed by about two hours from its...
  • Solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse-2 pilot blames immigration clearance for delay in India March 18, 2015

    Varanasi: Solar Impulse-2, the world's first aircraft to be powered solely by solar energy is heading to Varanasi from Ahmedabad. While the aircraft's flight was delayed due to bad weather earlier, one of the pilots has now blamed slow immigration procedures for delaying the project. The pilot Bertrand Piccard says he...
  • PM Modi's Varanasi Lok Sabha poll rival among marchers on Raisina Hill March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: A man who bagged 312 votes in Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday grabbed eyeballs during the march led by opposition parties up Raisina Hill in protest against the government's Land Bill. Wearing a banner inscribed with messages against the contentious...
  • Solar Impulse-2 aircraft extends stopover in city once again March 16, 2015

    Ahmedabad: Solar Impulse-2 (SI-2), the world's first aircraft to be powered solely by solar energy, which made a stopover in Ahmedabad en route its round-the-world trip, delayed its departure until Wednesday due to "fog concerns". The announcement was made by the SI-2 crew on their official Facebook page on Monday. "Flight3...
  • Solar-powered aircraft makes first stop at Ahmedabad, likely to stay for 3 days March 11, 2015

    Ahmedabad: The world's only solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2, which landed in Ahmedabad on Tuesday night is likely to stay in the city for two-three days before leaving for Varanasi. The aircraft is on an around-the-world journey and would fly without a drop of fuel as it is propelled solely by...
  • Sheetla and Dashvashmegh ghats of Varanasi get WiFi connectivity February 9, 2015

    Varanasi: The ancient ghats of Varanasi along the river Ganga - Sheetla and Dashvashmegh - were linked to WiFi Internet connectivity on Sunday. The first-of-its-kind initiative was inaugurated by the Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shanker Prasad, officials said while adding that the WiFi facility would be available to the people at...
  • Delhi elections: Why is Kejriwal misleading voters on water, power rates, asks BJP February 1, 2015

    New Delhi: The BJP on Sunday posed five more questions to Aam Aadmi Party (AAM) chief Arvind Kejriwal. The party asked: "Why is Kejriwal brazenly misleading voters about water rates, when in fact they are exactly same as last year? Why is Kejriwal misleading voters about electricity rates, by comparing domestic...
  • Michelle Obama to be gifted 100 Banarasi sarees January 23, 2015

    New Delhi: As the Obamas prepare to land in India on January 25, frenzied preparations grip not just the capital but even the weaving community of the temple town of Varanasi. According to reports, the weavers from Kashi will present US first lady Michelle Obama with over 100 Banarasi sarees....
  • No regrets for refusing to allow PM Modi's rally in Varanasi during LS polls: VS Sampath January 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Outgoing Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath has no regrets about the decision to go by the district authorities in the high-profile Varanasi constituency where a BJP rally of Narendra Modi was refused during the Lok Sabha polls last year. "The question of avoiding does not arise. Election is an...
  • Shocking defeat of BJP in Cantonment Board polls, loses all seats in Varanasi, Lucknow January 12, 2015

    Lucknow: In a major jolt to the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh, none of the candidates supported by it could ensure victory in the Cantonment Board polls in Varanasi and Lucknow, and managed to win just one seat in Agra. In Varanasi, the Lok Sabha seat of Prime Minister Narendra...
  • 'No bigger sin' that female foeticide, says PM Modi December 25, 2014

    Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday denounced the practice of female foeticide prevailing in the country, saying "there is no bigger sin" than this and sought the help of people in the field of art and culture in "shaking" the society so stop the menace. "In a country where...
  • Modi launches new teachers' training new scheme, aims to to export top-class faculty across the world December 25, 2014

    Varanasi: Aiming to to export top-class teachers across the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday mooted introducing a five-year training course after schooling for those aspiring to pursue a career in teaching. The Prime Minister said, "India has a tremendous responsibility towards the world in the 21st century, which...
  • Watch: PM Modi wields broom to take forward his 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan' December 25, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi wielded a broom and took forward 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan' in Varanasi. This is his second visit to his Lok Sabha constituency after becoming the prime minister and he has nominated nine people to forward his cleanliness drive. ...
  • PM Modi nominates Kapil Sharma, Saurav Ganguly, Kiran Bedi for 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan' December 25, 2014

    Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday nominated nine people including comedian Kapil Sharma, former captain of Indiam cricket team Sourav Ganguly, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi for taking forward his 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan'. Others nominated were Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Acharya, classical dancer Sonal Mansingh, Ramoji Rao of Eenadu group...
  • Railways not a means to travel, but the backbone of India's development, says Modi December 25, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi and he will attend a number of programmes on the occasion of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's 90th birthday. It is Modi's second visit to the city and he will conduct an inspection at Assi Ghat. ...
  • Modi wishes Vajpayee as government celebrates 'Good Governance Day' on the former PM's 90th birthday December 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence on Thursday to wish him on his 90th birthday. Marking his birthday as 'Good Governance Day', Modi said "There is no bigger tribute to Atal ji than celebrating his birthday as 'Good Governance Day' and...
  • Government committed to a transparent, accountable administration, says Modi on 'Good Governance Day' December 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government will celebrate the 90th birthday of Bharatiya Janata Party veteran and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as Good Governance Day on Thursday. PM Modi reiterated his commitment towards providing transparent, effective and accountable governance and also asked his ministers to follow it. Modi will...
  • Singer Kailash Kher wields broom, gets PM's praise December 23, 2014

    Varanasi: Bollywood singer Kailash Kher, who was nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to carry forward the Swachh Bharat campaign, wielded the broom at the Bhadaini ghat on the banks of river Ganga, drawing praise from Modi. "Bravo @kailashkher! I congratulate you for joining Swachh Bharat Mission in Varanasi. Admirable...
  • UP: 3 boys allegedly set 19-year-old girl on fire in Varanasi December 19, 2014

    Varanasi: Three youths allegedly set on fire a 19-year-old girl inside her house for opposing their teasing and harassment in Lallapura area under Sigra police station limits on Thursday, police said. Circle Officer of Chetganj Rahul Mishra said the girl's mother has alleged that three youths entered their house in the...
  • I hope PM Modi watches my film 'PK', says Aamir Khan December 8, 2014

    Bollywood actor Aamir Khan promoted his upcoming film 'PK' in Varanasi and hopes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will watch his film. "PM Modi is very busy with his work and I hope that he watches my film, says Khan. ...
  • Violence erupts again in Banaras Hindu University; 5 hostels evacuated November 22, 2014

    Varanasi: Five hostels were evacuated in Banaras Hindu University after students of two hostels clashed with each other on Saturday, the second day of the ongoing stalemate between varsity and students who want the earlier form of the students union to be brought back. A scuffle broke out again between a...
  • IB probe ordered into reports of security lapse during PM Modi's Varanasi visit November 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Concerned over reports that many CCTV cameras were not functioning during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Varanasi, the Union Home Ministry has ordered a probe into the alleged security lapse. Intelligence Bureau has been asked to conduct the probe and find out whether the reports of CCTV...
  • MHA probes reports of security lapses during PM Modi's visit to varanasi November 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The Home Ministry has taken cognisance of security lapses during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to his constituency of Varanasi. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked the Intelligence Bureau to investigate reports of some CCTV cameras and monitors not functioning during the Prime Minister's visit. Modi reached Varanasi...
  • PM Modi picks up spade, takes forward his 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' at Assi Ghat in Varanasi November 8, 2014

    Varanasi: On the second day of his visit to his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Assi Ghat, where he offered prayers and later joined a clean up drive. The PM reaffirmed his commitment to cleaning up the Ganga after taking up the initiative himself. He took...