articles by Saurabh Sharma

India

Security beefed up in Ayodhya ahead of today's verdict: Caught unaware pilgrims leave temple town in haste; residents stock ration, cash

Barricades were put in post-midnight near the Hanumangarhi temple area which is situated very close to the disputed site and restrictions on the vehicular movements came into force.

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Policeman giving foot massage to pilgrim, relaxation of no-helmet rule: How Kanwariyas get special treatment in Yogi Adityanath's UP

Kanwariyas are pilgrims who offer the holy water from River Ganga to Lord Shiva by walking several miles in the Shraavana month of Hindu calendar.

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'Sakshi Mishra, Ajitesh weren't kidnapped, it was a Muslim couple,' confirms Allahabad Police; HC says marriage legitimate

Refuting claims of several news outlets, Prayagraj police said that reports claiming that the daughter of Bareilly BJP MLA Rajesh Misra, Sakshi, and her husband Ajitesh's abduction was not true and the couple was safe and present inside the Allahabad High Court premises.

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Ken-Betwa river link project boon or bane? Parched Bundelkhand residents hopeful but experts warn of ecological disaster

The budget earmarked for the project was Rs 18,000 crore; the aim was to divert water from the Ken river basin.

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Farmers in Uttar Pradesh's Banda change cropping patterns, restore ponds to make profits despite persistent drought

Ten years ago, the Union government had approved a special package of Rs 7,266 crore for implementing drought mitigation strategies in the Bundelkhand region.

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Severe water crisis in Uttar Pradesh's Gopipur leaves bachelors in Chitrakoot's parched village without brides

Gopipur village has seven hand pumps, installed by the government long ago, but not a single one of them works.

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UP's Kabrai battles year-long dry period due to illegal sand mining; parched residents turn on each other for water

The real culprit is illegal sand mining, which this area of the Bundelkhand region is infamous for.

Politics

Prashant Kanojia is a straight-shooter who questions people in power, say colleagues; journo's wife claims tweet was a joke

Kanojia's advocate is said to have advised him to return to Delhi immediately and not to speak to the media in Lucknow. "Prashant raises questions on the government and I think this is not being liked by the people in power," said Jagisha.

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Aligarh murder case: District administration struggles to maintain order in city, right-wing groups hold angry protests

Aligarh is communally charged after the horrific murder of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl.

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Aligarh toddler's murder: Police forms six-member Special Investigation Team, five cops suspended

The Aligarh police has formed a six-member special investigation team to probe the incident.

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IMT Ghaziabad land dispute comes back after 25 years to haunt institute; future of hostel hangs in balance

According to the IMT Ghaziabad Director Dr Ashish Bhattacharya, the land for this business school was allotted in 1976-77 by the then Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA)

Politics

Smriti Irani aide murdered in Amethi hours after holding 'Vijay Yatra'; son claims rally angered Congress supporters

Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh said the murder of Surendra Singh, considered a close aide of Amethi MP Smriti Irani, seemed to be a case of family or personal enmity prima facie.

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Muzaffarnagar's Muslims, haunted by memories of riots, rebuff notion of 'compromise' with Jats

The Lok Sabha polls, fortunately, saw no repeat of 2014 and polling here was completed peacefully in the first phase on 11 April. But a sense of safety and security still eludes the displaced Muslim families.

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Lok Sabha polls: In Azamgarh, Akhilesh Yadav hopes to hand 'embarrassing defeat' to BJP, says city has 'socialism in its soil'

The SP won the Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat for the first time in 1996, when Ramakant Yadav contested and triumphed.

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Lack of connectivity in UP's Atrauli, Parsawal means voters are unaware that Lok Sabha polls are underway

Atrauli and Parsawal villages are just over 80 kilometres from Lucknow, on a small island between two streams of the mighty Ghagra river.

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LS polls: UP's Awadh to see several high-pitched battles; fortunes of Rahul Gandhi, Rajnath Singh to be decided

The Awadh region, which has given India three prime ministers in the past, will be the most keenly-watched part of Uttar Pradesh.

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BJP's blatantly discriminatory policies have brought Unnao's leather industry to its knees, but no candidate acknowledges it

Forced to close down in November for the Kumbh Mela, ostensibly to prevent pollution in the Ganga from waste from the tanneries, the centres are still shut.

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Narendra Modi's roadshow in Varanasi dominates as suspense around Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's candidature fizzles

Speculation was rife that the Congress would field its general secretary for east Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, from the prestigious Varanasi constituency.

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Lok Sabha Election Phase 2: UP sees 61.94% turnout; boycott calls galore as disenchanted voters stay away at many places

District officials in parts of Uttar Pradesh had a tough time trying to calm agitating voters who had called for a boycott of the election.