‘Mehrunisa’ – where Nawabi Lucknow meets reality

A meeting with ‘Peepli Live’ actor Farrukh Jaffar in Lucknow, two years back, gave filmmaker Sandeep Kumar an idea for a film. This meeting gave birth to his fifth film, ‘Mehrunisa’, in which Jaffer plays the lead. A meeting with ‘Peepli Live’ actor Farrukh Jaffar in Lucknow, two years back, gave filmmaker Sandeep Kumar an idea for a film. This meeting gave birth to his fifth film, ‘Mehrunisa’, in which Jaffer plays the lead. “The story is a fiction but partly based on my lead actor’s life too. She started…

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The grant of ₹1 crore was a decision taken by the Delhi government : Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs on Wednesday asked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to exclude Delhi Police personnel from the government policy that gives ₹1 crore compensation to the families of martyrs. Several AAP MLAs signed the letter to the Chief Minister on a day he was in Haryana to hand over a ₹1 crore cheque to the family of Border Security Force jawan Narendra Singh, who was killed along the Pakistan border earlier this year. The MLAs said that since the Delhi Police had failed to protect the Chief Minister, who…

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Now, ‘water gateway’ to Chattar Manzil unearthed : Lucknow

The ongoing excavation work at Chattar Manzil reached another level on Monday as workers unearthed a ‘water gateway’ leading to this iconic structure. The UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (UPRNN), the construction agency engaged in the restoration of the structure, termed it one of the major discoveries so far. Officials said workers engaged in the excavation stumbled upon a ‘cylindrical structure’ that was lying buried for years. On clearing the debris, it was found that the structure made of lakhauri bricks was a tunnel, which connects the over 200-year-old Chattar Manzil…

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Monkey kills baby boy in Agra

A 12-day-old boy has died after he was snatched from his mother and bitten by a monkey in northern India. The infant’s mother was breastfeeding him at their home in the city of Agra when the animal entered the house and grabbed him, the family said. The monkey dropped the badly bitten child on a neighbour’s roof after locals gave chase to the animal. The baby died of his injuries in hospital. Locals say monkey attacks in the area are growing more frequent. The baby’s uncle, Dhirendra Kumar, told the…

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2 serious in Kanpur’s Ghatampur village, Leopard attacks

Seven people were injured when a leopard attacked them in Fatehpurva Ghasiari village, in Ghatampur sub-division of Kanpur on Sunday morning. According to locals, they informed police on Dial 100 who, along with a team of the forest department, had surrounded the area to trap the leopard till last reports came in. A team, led by senior veterinarian of the Kanpur Zoological Park Dr Mohammad Naseer, also reached the village to help in the operation to trap the animal. Dr Naseer said often wild animals reached villages after walking along…

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UP cabinet clears renaming Faizabad district as Ayodhya

The Uttar Pradesh government has today formally cleared the renaming of names of Allahabad and Faizabad divisions to Prayagraj and Ayodhya divisions. Allahabad district was renamed as Prayagraj last month and the renaming of Faizabad district as Ayodhya was announced on the eve of Diwali. “Yes, Allahabad is non-existent. We will seek the state cabinet’s approval to rename Allahabad division as Prayagraj division,” a senior UP government official had said on Monday. “We are completing the necessary formalities. The issue is likely to come up at the state cabinet meeting…

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Lucknow murder-robbery case: 12 days on, accused arrested in Faizabad

Police arrested a man on Saturday in the case of a 12-day-old murder-robbery, in which two bike-borne assailants shot dead a gas agency cashier in Lucknow and made away with Rs 10 lakh in cash. Police said the accused has been identified as Satvir, a man in his thirties who allegedly committed the crime along with three other absconding accused hailing from Rajasthan — Sundar, Sonu Singh and Anoop alias Annu. “Satvir said he was in Alwar, Rajasthan when his neighbour Sundar told him about this robbery to be executed in…

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48 injured as bus overturns in UP’s Etawah

A seven-month-old baby died and around 48 people sustained injuries when a bus they were travelling in overturned on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway in Etawah, police said on Wednesday. The bus was headed towards Bihar’s Madhubani from Delhi, they said. “On the intervening night of November 6 and 7, the driver lost control over the vehicle and it overturned near Khadaita village,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Etawah, Ashok Kumar Tripathi said. Seven-month-old Meenakshi died on the spot, he said. The injured are admitted to the Uttar Pradesh University of Medical…

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A skeleton and a house of memories

Six years ago, a 12-year-old schoolgirl was abducted from her bedroom in the eastern Indian state of Bihar in the middle of the night. The unusual case prompted the country’s top court to order federal detectives to take over the probe, but they have drawn a blank. So why do her parents still believe she is alive? He sleepily shuffled to the verandah and looked outside. It was pitch black. Atulya Chakravarty had woken up in the middle of a rainy night to use the toilet. The two energy efficient…

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Asian Games gold medallist Sudha Singh refuses, then accepts award

Asian Games gold medallist and nine-time national champion in 3,000m steeplechase Sudha Singh refused to accept a cheque of Rs 30 lakh from Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath until she was promised a job with the state’s sports directorate at an event in Lucknow on Tuesday. Sudha’s was angry over the government’s refusal to offer her deputy director’s post in the Uttar Pradesh sports directorate despite her achievements that include a gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games (Guangzhou) and the 2018 Asian Games silver in Jakarta. Sudha left…

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