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World Population Day: Yogi Adityanath unveils UP’s population policy for 2021-30

On the occasion of World Population Day, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday unveiled the new population policy for 2021-2030. The new policy aims to bring the birth rate to 2.1 by 2026 and to bring it further down to 1.9 by 2030. Notably, UP is the most populous state in India having...

UP’s draft Population Bill hinges on controversial 2-child policy

UP law commission has proposed a Population Bill that bars those with more than two children from holding government jobs or getting other benefits Lucknow: The first draft of the Population Bill is already generating a buzz, more for its controversial nature than anything else. Released by the Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission, the draft...

Veteran BJP leader Kalyan Singh admitted to ICU in a critical condition

BJP leader and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh has been admitted to Lucknow’s Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in a critical condition with a lower level of consciousness.  Notably, Singh, 89, is unwell for the past two weeks. The institute in a statement said that an expert multi-departmental panel had...

CBI files fresh case in UP’s Gomti riverfront project, raids 42 locations  

Ahead of the Assembly elections due next year in Uttar Pradesh, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday filed a fresh case in connection with the alleged irregularities in the Rs 1,500 crore Gomti riverfront development project in capital Lucknow. Notably, the project was carried out by the Akhilesh Yadav government, but Yadav has...

Bizarre: Bank of Baroda’s security guard opens fire at customer for not wearing a mask

Not wearing a mask proved to be a major trouble for a customer of Bank of Baroda who ended up in the hospital, not because of COVID-19, but because the bank’s security guard shot him in the leg for not wearing a mask and then arguing over it. The incident took place in one of...

UP: FIR against journos, Congress leaders & Twitter for provoking communal sentiments

Social media giant Twitter has been named in an FIR registered in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad along with journalists and Congress leaders for “provoking communal sentiments” after an elderly Muslim man alleged that he was assaulted on June 5. The development comes as the company lost its protection as a significant social media intermediary in India...

Yogi Adityanath meets PM Modi, JP Nadda as BJP gearing up for UP elections due in 2022

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi as murmurs against him grow louder in the party for his government’s poor handling of the COVID-19 crisis. The meeting lasted for over an hour. Notably, Assembly polls are due in Uttar Pradesh next year and party leaders are concerned that the...

UP women commission member Meena Kumari says girls should not be given mobile phones

A member of the Uttar Pradesh Women Commission raked up a controversy after she suggested that girls should not be given mobile phones as it leads to rapes. The member, Meena Kumari, made the remarks during a public hearing of cases related to women in the Aligarh district. What Meena Kumari said The member, while...

Uttar Pradesh: Video of COVID patient’s body being dumped in river goes viral

Days after the bodies of COVID patients were seen floating in Ganga, Uttar Pradesh is once again in news after a video showing a COVID patient’s body being dumped in a river went viral. In the video, a man wearing a PPE suit is seen throwing a body into the Rapti river from a bridge...

Uttar Pradesh: Minister Vijay Kashyap dies of COVID-19

Uttar Pradesh’s revenue and flood control minister Vijay Kashyap on Tuesday succumbed to COVID-19 at a private hospital in Gurgaon. He was 56. Kashyap, an MLA from Muzaffarnagar’s Charthawal Assembly constituency, is the third minister in UP who succumbed to the deadly virus. In 2020, two ministers—Kamal Rani Varun and Chetan Chauhan had died due...

Floating Corpses in Ganga: NHRC seeks Centre, UP & Bihar’s response on action taken

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday sought a reply from the Union government as well as from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar regarding dead bodies found floating in Ganga.  The commission issued notice to the Centre and the states directing them to file their action taken report on the issue within four weeks. The...

Bihar govt installs net in Ganga to prevent dead bodies floating in from UP

The Bihar government has installed a net in Ganga at Ranighat on the border with Uttar Pradesh and increased vigil along the river after several bloated and decomposed bodies of suspected COVID-19 patients washed up on the banks of the river in Buxar district’s Chausa. This was revealed by Bihar’s water resources development minister Sanjay...