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  • UP ATS to interrogate IM operative Yasin Bhatkal, say officials 29-08-2013 10:37 PM

    Uttar Pradesh ATS will interrogate Yasin Bhatkal, co-founder of banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, in connection with the blast at Sheetlaghat in Varanasi in 2010, officials have said. Sharing this on Thursday with reporters in Lucknow, IG (Law and Order) RK Vishwakarma said that Bhatkal's name had come up in...
  • NHRC issues notice to UP govt for refusing compensation to gangrape victim 28-08-2013 10:00 AM

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday asked Uttar Pradesh government as to why the victim of a gangrape in the state's Bijnore should not get compensation. "Findings in the case are very disturbing and shocking... the commission has issued a notice to the state chief secretary to show...
  • UP court issues warrants against Akhilesh Yadav, two others 27-08-2013 11:42 PM

    In an embarrassment to the ruling Samajwadi Party, a court in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad on Tuesday issued bailable warrants against Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, party legislator Tej Narain Pandey and IAS official Ajay Shukla to seek their appearance in a case. The additional district judge (V) of Faizabad issued the...
  • UP govt gets NHRC notice on compensation to gangrape victim 27-08-2013 06:50 PM

    National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to the Uttar Pradesh government regarding compensation to a gangrape victim. Terming the incident as "disturbing and shocking", the Commission has issued a notice to UP Chief Secretary asking why monetary relief should not be recommended to be...
  • Ashok Singhal released, protests by VHP over UP govt crackdown on yatra 26-08-2013 07:04 PM

    Lucknow/New Delhi: VHP leader Ashok Singhal was on Monday released along with 957 fellow cadres, a day after nearly 2,500 activists were arrested in a massive crackdown by Uttar Pradesh authorities to foil its yatra which also led to protests by its workers. Another arrested VHP leader Pravin Togadia, however,...
  • Release Ashok Singhal, PravinTogadia if detention flouts law: Allahabad HC 26-08-2013 05:09 PM

    The Allahabad High Court on Monday directed the UP government to release VHP leaders Ashok Singhal, Pravin Togadia and Jagatguru Rambhadracharya in case they have been detained beyond 24 hours on apprehension of breach of peace in violation of law. A division bench comprising justices Imtiyaz Murtaza and Devendra Kumar...
  • AMU academicians condemn UP govt's ban on VHP's yatra 26-08-2013 04:48 PM

    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...
  • Lawyers to lay siege to Taj Mahal today demanding new HC bench in Agra 26-08-2013 11:09 AM

    Lawyers demanding a bench of the Allahabad High Court in Agra will hold a protest march and lay siege to the Taj Mahal on Monday, an organiser said, adding that tourists inconvenienced by the stir would be presented roses and explained the reasons. After the daylong siege, the lawyers from...
  • Durga suspension: SC to hear plea seeking contempt action against govt 26-08-2013 08:52 AM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday will take up a plea filed by advocate ML Sharma seeking contempt action against the UP government and CM Akhilesh Yadav for suspending IAS officer Durga Nagpal. The plea contends that the officer was only acting on the Supreme Court's orders to preventing...
  • VHP yatra: Protest outside Samajwadi Party office in Delhi 25-08-2013 07:53 PM

    New Delhi: A band of Hindu sena workers staged a protest outside the Samajwadi Party office in Delhi and tore up of posters. This is being seen as a fallout of the Uttar Pradesh government's move to crackdown on VHP proposed yatra. The UP government on Sunday said security arrangements...
  • VHP Yatra: 1,696 arrested, security measures to continue, says UP govt 25-08-2013 07:17 PM

    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...
  • VHP Yatra: Ayodhya on the edge, over 350 activists arrested 24-08-2013 09:30 PM

    Ayodhya/Faizabad: The twin towns of Ayodhya and Faizabad were on the edge on Saturday as tension mounted on the eve of VHP's yatra with the UP government cracking down on the saffron outfit arresting some of its leaders and over 350 activists. Security was beefed up as a defiant VHP...
  • VHP Yatra: Ayodhya turns into fortress, over 200 activists arrested 24-08-2013 05:59 PM

    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...
  • Court dismisses PIL over UP govt's ban on VHP's Ayodhya yatra 24-08-2013 04:58 PM

    The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on Saturday dismissed a petition against the Uttar Pradesh government's ban on VHP's proposed Yatra from Ayodhya. A division bench comprising Justice Laxmi Kant Mahapatra and Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhaya dismissed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a local lawyer Mahesh Gupta....
  • VHP yatra: UP govt issues warrants for 70 safforn leaders, seeks help from neighbouring states 23-08-2013 06:57 PM

    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...
  • UP govt, VHP on collision course on Ayodhya yatra, stick to positions 22-08-2013 07:51 PM

    Lucknow/Mumbai: The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday stuck to its decision to ban VHP's proposed yatra from Ayodhya from Sunday while the saffron oufit warned of dire consequences if it was stopped, putting the two sides on a collision course. As the war of words involving the SP, BSP, Congress...
  • Allahabad HC seeks reply from govt on PIL challenging creation of Amethi district 22-08-2013 01:22 PM

    The Allahabad High Court on Thursday sought a reply from Uttar Pradesh government on a PIL challenging creation of Amethi district on the ground that no infrastructure has been provided. The order was passed here by the bench of Chief Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya on...
  • Beni Prasad Verma alleges match fixing over UP govt ban on VHP yatra 21-08-2013 08:54 PM

    In remarks that could stoke a controversy, senior Congress leader and Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma on Wednesday alleged "match-fixing" over Samajwadi party government's ban on VHP's yatra from Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. Verma's remarks came at a time when Congress was keen to take all parties on board for...
  • UP govt should allow VHP's yatra from Ayodhya: Venkaiah Naidu 21-08-2013 03:02 PM

    The Uttar Pradesh government should give permission to the VHP's proposed yatra from Ayodhya by taking certain precautionary measures, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said in Hyderabad on Wednesday. "Let's see what the VHP is going to do. It is a democratic country. Permission should be given and precautions...
  • Lawyers to lay siege to Taj Mahal over new HC court bench in West UP 20-08-2013 12:51 PM

    Agitating lawyers from Agra division, demanding a bench of the Allahabad High Court in western Uttar Pradesh, have said they would lay siege to Taj Mahal on Aug 26 to press their demand. After the daylong siege, the lawyers from Mathura, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etah and Aligarh districts, will also stop...
  • UP govt gets one month's time to fill vacancies in state Human Rights Commission 19-08-2013 03:15 PM

    The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Monday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to fill vacancies in the state Human Rights Commission within a month. A bench of Chief Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice DK Upadhyay gave the direction while hearing a public interest litigation filed by...
  • Allahabad HC delegation meets Kapil Sibal, CJI over West UP bench issue 19-08-2013 09:28 AM

    A delegation of lawyers of the Allahabad High Court, opposed to the creation of a separate bench in western Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday claimed to have met the Union Law Minister and the Chief Justice of India and received an assurance that their grievances will be taken care of. Advocates...
  • Now, robot that is a stand-up comedian 18-08-2013 04:40 PM

    London: Scientists have developed an interactive life-sized robot that acts as a stand-up comic and has already garnered many laughs from the audience during its unique performance here. RoboThespian, a robot designed by Engineered Arts of Cornwall in the UK, told jokes that were well received in a recent performance...
  • Journalist files plea in HC seeking proper rules for IAS officers' study leave 13-08-2013 03:46 PM

    A writ petition was on Tuesday filed in the Allahabad High Court seeking direction to the Centre to amend and frame proper rules for study leave granted to IAS officers, who go abroad to pursue different courses. The petition was filed by Sanjay Sharma, a journalist, in the registry of...
  • UP govt to ensure more Muslim representation at senior levels in local bodies 13-08-2013 12:02 PM

    The Uttar Pradesh government has decided on a head-count of Muslim employees in local bodies and municipal corporations to increase their participation at senior levels, an official said on Tuesday. This decision was being taken to ensure "more participation of minorities at senior and responsible positions in the government," an...
  • Terror threat ahead of Independence Day puts UP on high alert 13-08-2013 09:30 AM

    An alert has been sounded in Uttar Pradesh following intelligence reports that a terrorist group may try to sneak in from the Nepal border, police said. Following the tip-off, commandos have been stationed at Ayodhya, Mathura, Varanasi and other sensitive places. An official said the tip-off was specific and prior...
  • Dalit scholar who was arrested for FB post against UP govt claims threat to life 11-08-2013 05:48 PM

    New Delhi: Dalit scholar Kanwal Bharti who was arrested for his Facebook post against Samajwadi Party claimed he was receiving threat from Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan. "I am still being threatened by Azam Khan's men. I believe they are waiting for a chance to attack me," claimed Bharti. On...
  • UP govt assures help to industrialists in setting up projects 09-08-2013 09:15 AM

    The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday assured that it would extend all kinds of help to industrialists in setting up projects in the state. In a function at his official residence, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav directed officers to ensure that industrialists face no problems in investing in the state and...
  • Regret posting Durga Nagpal to Noida, not her suspension: Akhilesh Yadav 08-08-2013 10:52 AM

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has said he regretted having posted suspended IAS official Durga Shakti Nagpal to a prime district like Noida, but he defended her suspension. In an interview to Wall Street Journal, Yadav said Wednesday that it was at the request of Durga Nagpal's husband, also...
  • Durga suspension row: PIL filed in Supreme Court 06-08-2013 03:03 PM

    The Supreme Court was Tuesday petitioned for a stay of the suspension and consequent action against Gautam Buddh Nagar sub-divisional magistrate Durga Shakti Nagpal by the UP government. In his public interest litigation, petitioner Manohar Lal Sharma cited the Sep 29, 2009 order of the apex court directing all collectors...