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Dust storm on Sunday night leaves 23 dead in Uttar Pradesh

Dust storms, hail and lightning have claimed as many as 23 lives in the last 12 hours in Uttar Pradesh, an official said on Monday.

A dust storm lashing Mathura in Uttar Pradesh on May 13, 2018.(Photo: IANS)
A dust storm lashing Mathura in Uttar Pradesh on May 13, 2018.(Photo: IANS)
Dust storms, hail and lightning have claimed as many as 23 lives in the last 12 hours in Uttar Pradesh, an official said on Monday.
 
The storm hit Etawah, Banda, Auriyya, Meerut, Kanpur rural, Kannauj, Farukkhabad and Orai districts.
 
Late on Sunday, gusty winds, followed by dust storm, had brought life to a standstill in many parts of the state. Many houses were razed to the ground, hoardings and trees uprooted and power outages reported from various cities and towns.
 
The relief commissioner's office, although, has confirmed only 18 deaths besides two dozen injuries in Sunday's dust storm. 
 
District officials have been asked by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to ensure prompt relief, a government spokesman said. 
 
Due to the uprooting of trees, vehicular traffic on the busy G.T. road near Orai was disrupted for more than four hours. 
 
A woman standing under a tree in Kannauj was killed as it fell on her while two persons have been reported dead from Barabanki. 
 
Three deaths, including a child have been reported from Bulandshahr due to a wall collapse.
 
Five persons have been reported dead in Kasganj and one in the temple town of Vrindavan. Two persons died in Saharanpur after being struck with lightning. 
 
One person died in Muzaffarnagar as he was hit by a tree branch when he was driving a bike. 
 
One person was killed in Ghaziabad's Lalkuan area after a tree fell on a car and a six-year-old died in Hapur after falling in a tube well tank due to the squall. 
 
A passerby was hit by a hoarding brought down by winds near the Stellar Jeevan Society in Noida and died while one woman was killed in Aligarh.
 
While one died in Sambhal, two persons were killed in Banjariya village when two minarets of a mosque were ripped off by high velocity winds and they fell on a house. One person was killed in Budayun.
 
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Modi says Defence Industrial Corridor will be set up in UP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that one of the two Defence Industrial Corridors announced in this year's Budget would be established in Uttar Pradesh with likely investments of up to Rs. 20,000 crore which would help in the development of the state, especially the Bundelkhand region.

 
Modi praises Yogi for bringing positivity in Uttar Pradesh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said one of the two Defence Industrial Corridors announced in this year's Budget would be established in Uttar Pradesh with likely investments of up to Rs. 20,000 crore which would help in the development of the state, especially the Bundelkhand region.
 
Delivering the inaugural address at the Uttar Pradesh Investors' Summit 2018 here, he said the corridor -- which will cover Agra, Aligarh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jhansi and Chitrakoot -- would provide jobs to nearly 2.5 lakh people.
 
Mr. Modi said that the organisation of such a major event in Uttar Pradesh, with the participation of so many investors, was indicative of the change that has come about in the state. He congratulated the State and its Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for establishing itself on the path of development and prosperity in such a short timeframe.
 
He said the State is blessed with an abundance of resources and capabilities. He noted its strengths in agriculture. He complimented Yogi Adityanath for changing the negative atmosphere in the State, to one of positivity and hope. He said the State is making appropriate policies for various sectors. He said the State Government is serious about fulfilling the promises made to farmers, women and youth.
 
He said the State is working on a “One District, One Product” scheme. He said the Union Government’s schemes such as Skill India Mission, Stand Up India, Start Up India and Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, will prove useful in implementing the “One District, One Product” scheme.
 
He said the Union Government’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Scheme would help reduce wastage in the agriculture sector. He said the State had immense potential in ethanol production, due to large sugarcane cultivation.
 
The Prime Minister said that the Kumbh Mela to be organized next year at Prayag, would be the largest such event of its kind in the world.
 
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Mr. Modi referred to the many strengths and attractions of Uttar Pradesh -- the chikan work of Lucknow, jari and zardosi of Varanasi, brassware of Moradabad, glassware of Firozabad, pethas of Agra and the perfumes of Kannauj; its places of tourist importance such as Agra, Ayodhya, Mathura; its mighty rivers Ganga and Yamuna; and its educational institutions like IIT Kanpur, IIM Lucknow and Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
 
He pointed out that it was the number one state in production of foodgrains, sugarcane, milk and potatoes; number two in vegetables and number three in fruits; and among the top states in the small scale industries sector.
 
He stressed the need for the state to develop a better work culture and a business culture and introduce investment-friendly policies to take full advantage of its enormous potential.
 
Mr. Modi referred to the many projects under implementation, including plans for two new international airports at Khushinagar and Jhevar in the state, new airports at Agra, Kanpur, Allahabad, Bareily, Jhansi, Chitrakoot, Moradabad, Aligarh and Azamgarh, and so on.
 
He said that when the Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors as well as the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and the Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial corridor, all of which will pass through Uttar Pradesh, are completed, they will give a major boost to the state's economy.
 
Similarly, work was on on the Haldia-Varanasi national waterway and for metro rail projects in Meerut, Kanpur and Varanasi, and all these projects would help create a world class transport infrastructure in the state, he said.
 
Stating that Gujarat was the first state to host investor summits, a trend that has now spread to all the states, he stressed the importance of setting up a monitoring mechanism to ensure that MoUs are translated into projects on the ground.
 
Finland, the Netherlands, Japan, Czech Republic, Thailand, Slovakia and Mauritius are the partner countries at the two-day summit.
 
President Ram Nath Kovind will address the valedictory session of the summit tomorrow.
 
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Why is government silent on Rafale price, asks Rahul

File photo of Rahul Gandhi
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Continuing his attack on the Rafale deal, Congress President on Tuesday questioned the government's silence on the demand for disclosing the price of the fighter jets being bought from France.
 
"We have asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Defence Minister what is the price of the aircraft. The Defence Minister says she will not let the youth of Hindustan know the price. The Defence Minister told us that there is a secret pact between India and France (not to disclose the price)," he told reporters on the second day of his visit to his constituency.
 
He said he took up the issue with visiting French President Emmanuel Macron and asked him if there was a secrecy pact between the two governments not to disclose the details.
 
"Again they (Indian government) tell us that we cannot reveal the price of the Rafale aircraft but Macron told me there is nothing as such. If the Indian government wants to reveal the price of the Rafale aircraft, they can," the Congress chief said.
 
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"First, the question is why did the Defence Minister lie? Then suddenly you get the price of the aircraft Rs 526 crore versus Rs 1,600 crore. Even other countries have bought Rafale aircraft but not for Rs 1,600 crore," he said.
 
Referring to the offset agreement between French manufacturer Dassault and an Indian private firm, Gandhi said for 70 years HAL has been making aircraft while the private firm had not made any aircraft.
 
Making a reference to the deal signed between the two governments headed by Modi and former French President Francois Hollande, he said (French) journalists had asked Hollande as to who gave the deal to the private firm -- whether it was Modi, the French government or Dassault.
 
"Hollande told them... No. The decision was taken by Prime Minister Modi. This is the truth," Gandhi said.
 
"He (Modi) always says that he wants to be the 'chowkidar' of the nation, not the Prime Minister. But he has given away the money belonging to the people of the country to a private firm." 
 
Gandhi said when he raised questions on these issues in the Lok Sabha, there was no answer from Modi. "This is the truth and ... more will come out on Rafale."
 
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Minor raped in UP, body dumped in school toilet

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The semi-naked body of a six-year-old girl was found dumped in a school toilet in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, police said.
 
Prima facie it appears to be rape, Gonda Superintendent of Police (SP) Lalla Singh told IANS.
 
The body was found in the primary school toilet in Basanatpur village. Forensic experts have taken samples from the crime scene and a probe is underway to nab those responsible, Singh said.
 
He said some youths in the area have been detained for interrogation. The dog squad has also been deployed to trace the culprits.
 
The victim had come with her grandparents to a relatives' house three days ago to attend a religious ceremony. She had gone missing since late on Thursday.
 
Her body was found on Saturday, when the school reopened after a day's holiday for Moharram. 
 
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UP issues 2,721 clearances to investors in six months

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The new single window clearance portal -- Nivesh Mitra, launched during the Uttar Pradesh investors meet in February this year, has so far issued 2,721 clearances to investors, an official said on Tuesday.
 
Special Secretary, Infrastructure and Industrial Development, Arun Kumar said that, as an important component of improving ease of doing business in the state, 2,721 clearances have been issued through the portal launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Investors Summit, within the specified timelines in only six months.
 
"Since the launch of new system, 78 per cent of the applications received have been cleared while 742 applications are under process within timelines," he told IANS. 
 
Kumar asked the nodal officers to ensure that applications for issuing clearances are accepted through the single-window portal exclusively and entrepreneurs should not be made to run around department offices under any circumstances.
 
Nodal officers were directed to assist applicants in filling the form through phone. 
 
He further said that the departments concerned could ask the entrepreneur for review or any query regarding submitted application within seven working days after submission of application.
 
The departments, which have issued clearances, include Labour, Stamp and Registration, Forest, Environment, Public Works, Food Safety and Drugs Administration, Energy, Urban Development, Housing, Revenue, Excise and Fire.
 
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Six killed in explosion in UP chemical factory

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Six persons were killed and several others injured in a chemical tank blast in Bijnore district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, police said.
 
The incident took place at the Mohit Chemical and Metro factory situated on the Dehat Marg in the morning.
 
Senior officials including the district magistrate Atal Rai and Superintendent of Police (SP) Umesh Kumar Singh rushed to the scene of the incident and are overseeing the rescue and relief operations, a home department officials told IANS. One labourer is missing.
 
Workers at the factory allege that the chemical tank had been leaking for past many days but despite their pleas the management turned a blind eye. The incident happened at a time when the labourers were working to plug the leakage by welding it.
 
Those who were killed were labourers and have been identified as Chetram, Vikrant, Lokendra, Kamalveer, Balgovind and Ravi. More details on the missing are awaited, an official said.
 
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Three killed in firing in UP's Shahjahanpur

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Three persons were shot dead in a firing between two groups in Shahjahanpur district of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday night, police said.
 
The incident happened at the Aawas Vikas Colony around 8:30 p.m., police said, adding the firing took place after an altercation between two groups near the Kallu Miyan's Dargah. 
 
As the firing stopped, four people were seen bleeding profusely. Two brothers identified as Israr and Imran died on the spot while another youth, Musheer, died later, police added.
 
Another youth Rahul aka Sonu was critically injured. He is being treated at a local medical facility. 
 
Musheer is relative of the district Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Tanveer Khan. 
 
Superintendent of Police (SP) S Chenappa said additional police force has been deployed at the spot and a probe is under way to find the reason behind the killings.
 
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Ganga floods Varanasi ghats, 20 dead in UP rains

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A swelling Ganga river has inundated the temples on Varanasi ghats and forced cremations at the Manikarnika to be shifted to upper platforms, a Uttar Pradesh official said on Thursday.
 
The river rose by over two metres in the last 24 hours. The famous Ganga aarti from the boats has also been banned.
 
It is flowing just two metres below the danger mark at 69.91m. The Sheetla temple and Ratneshwar Mahadev temple were submerged. 
 
The water level of Varuna river here has also increased. It has flooded the old bridge area, Konia, Kazzakpur and many other low-lying areas. 
 
Three teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been pressed into service to keep a tab on the rising waters and brace for any eventuality.
 
An NDRF team consisting of 20-25 personnel has been posted on the Assi Ghat, Dashvashmedh Ghat and Rajghat. 
 
Waters of the Varuna river increased due to increased monsoon activity and release of five lakh cusecs of water from the Matateela dam in Lalitpur a few days back, a district official said as rains continued to wreak havoc in many parts of Uttar Pradesh. 
 
In the last 24 hours, 20 persons have been killed in rain-related incidents, including wall collapses, house cave-ins and lightning.
 
According to the office of the Relief Commissioner, three persons have died in Gonda, two in Mirzapur, one each in Meerut, Sitapur and Bahraich while three persons have died in Kushinagar, one in Unnao, two in Bijnore, one in Auraiyya, one in Jaunpur and one in Etah.
 
Sports Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Chetan Chauhan would be visiting Farukkhabad later in the day to distribute relief and other material in the district. 
 
He told IANS that he will be taking a boat ride to meet the marooned villagers and give them relief material, food items and medicines. 
 
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is also scheduled to undertake an aerial survey of flood-hit districts of Barabanki, Basti, Sitapur and Gonda.
 
Heavy rains have been battering most parts of the state for the last 10 days, leading to flooding of many regions and water logging in major cities and towns. 
 
There was, however, a clear sky in Lucknow on Thursday, though the Met forecast two more days of heavy rains in the city and areas around it.
 
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Five killed as buses collide in Aligarh district of UP

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Five persons were killed and two dozen injured when two buses rammed into each other in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh district on Tuesday, police said.
 
The accident occurred when a bus carrying a marriage party from Firozabad en route to Ramgarh collided with another bus plying at high speed on the Agra road.
 
Ten of the injured are in critical condition, an official told IANS.
 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased while Rs 50,000 each has been sanctioned for those who have sustained serious injuries, a government spokesperson said.
 
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Passengers of Chennai-Patna Ganga-Kaveri express robbed in UP

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Many passengers on board a Chennai-Patna express train were robbed off their jewellery and cash by armed dacoits in Uttar Pradesh's Chitrakoot district early on Monday, police said.
 
The dacoits barged into the coaches of the Ganga-Kaveri Express around 1.30 a.m. as the train was enroute to Patna in Bihar. Over a dozen passengers were also injured in the attack.
 
Dacoits blocked the rail tracks and stopped the train as it left the Manikpur railway station and was headed for Allahabad, a police officer said. 
 
"The dacoits raised the signal near the Panhai railway station and barged into two coaches, attacked and threatened clueless sleeping passengers," he added. 
 
According to the accounts given by the passengers to the police, there were a dozen armed men. They smashed glass panes of the two sleeper-class bogies and bashed up the people inside. 
 
The dacoits took more than an hour to carry out the attack. Police arrived after someone dialed the 100 emergency service.
 
District Magistrate and other senior officials including Deputy Inspector General Chitrakoot rushed to the site. A search operation is on.
 
"Teams led by the Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Jha, additional SP Balwant Chowdhary are combing the area," an official told IANS.
 
After almost two hours of the incident the train was allowed to proceed to Allahabad on its onward journey. 
 
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Heavy showers lash Lucknow

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Heavy showers early on Friday brought the Uttar Pradesh capital to a standstill. Hundreds of school children were left stranded at various places due to water logging.
 
Setting off from home the school going population was stuck on roads and intersections, taking shelter under flyovers that dot the city.
 
Water logging was reported from many low-lying areas of the old city, Chowk, Shamiana road, Naka Hindola, Aminabad, Hazratganj, Indiranagar, Hariharnagar, Jankipuram, Aliganj, Narahi, Sapru Marg and Gomtinagar. 
 
Civic woes doubled as people in many localities who were already living in knee-deep water for the past 24 hours were further distressed.
 
"Sad to see the city inundated, specially because Lucknow has a smart city tag now," said an angry Ana Mahendra, who lives in Rajajipuram. 
 
She rued the fact that the water logged park she walks in has left her nowhere to go for her morning walk.
 
Civic authorities have said they were trying their best to flush out water. Drains have been overflowing in most parts of the cities and the sewers remained clogged. 
 
Power outages have been reported from a few places and traffic snarls were seen on the busy Lohia Path and near Cathedral school.
 
It has been raining for the past 12 hours here and in neighbouring areas but the intensity increased since morning. The Regional Met office has predicted more rains through the day.
 
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One killed, six injured after being hit by train in UP

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A man was killed and six others were critically injured early on Tuesday in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura district after being hit by a train, police said.
 
The incident occurred at the Kosi Kalan railway station when the speeding Chhattisgarh Sampark Kranti express hit them.
 
"The passengers were trying to board the train from the off-side, when they were hit by Chhattisgarh Sampark Kranti Express," Railway Ministry Media Director Rajesh Dutt Bajpai said. 
 
All injured are men between the age group of 20-25 years. One belongs to Rithora, two are from Surwari and four from Nagariya in Mathura district.
 
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Vajpayee leaves behind a foodie trail in Lucknow

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Lucknow, Aug 17 (IANS) Former Prime Minister and five-time MP from Lucknow Atal Bihari Vajpayee leaves behind memories of the foodie in him.

"Before his health deteriorated after a paralytic stroke about a decade back, Lakhnavi food always topped his list," recalls an old-timer of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. He says not only did the three-time prime minister have a sweet tooth, he also liked 'chatpata' (spicy).

A close aide told IANS that Vajpayee loved 'dudhiya barfi' from a shop in Raja Bazaar, 'malai paan' from Ram Asrey and Babulal's bada-makkhan or 'thandai.' At times he would pass through narrow lanes of old Lucknow for his favourite 'gol-gappas' and 'chaat papdi'.

"I remember how his staff would order his favourite sweets in advance much before his arrival. Most of the times it was on personal request of Vajpayee Ji," says a staff member at the famous sweets shop Ram Asrey.

Vishal Khanna, a BJP worker of Lucknow, says there were occasions when Vajpayee would randomly walk into shops to have 'chaat' and have impromptu dinners for party workers. Sometimes he cooked himself.

Raj Kumar Tripathi of the famous Raja Thandai credits much of the popularity of his shop to Vajpayee. "There would be endless 'chakallas' (gossip) sessions of Atal Ji and his poet friends. There would also be some political chit-chat involving him and his close friends at our shop, run at that time by my father, Vinod Kumar Tripathi," says Tripathi.

"He was a very simple man, uninhibited...he looked so much like us," says Tripathi.

A party functionary says that despite being a diabetic, he was so fond of special milk pudding (dudhiya barfi) made at Trivedi Mishthan Bhandar in Raja Bazaar that at times it was sent by air from Lucknow to Vajpayee's 7, Race Course Road residence in New Delhi.

Tiwari Chaat of Latoosh Road and steaming hot 'poories' from Bajpayi Poori Bhandar at Hazratganj were also his favourites, residents say.

Virendra Nath Chaturvedi, an octogenarian who has followed the political career of Vajpayee, says he came across as a commoner to most people. "That made him stand apart from other politicians. Can you think of any politician today who could stop by for 'chaat' or sweets at a shop and have a bit," wondered Chaturvedi, his wrinkled face hardly hiding his emotions, as he watched the last rites of the former Lucknow MP.

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MSMEs are engines of inclusive development: Kovind

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Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) are “the backbone of our economy” and “engines of inclusive development,” President Ram Nath Kovind said today.
 
Inaugurating the ‘One District One Product’ Summit here, the President said that, after the agricultural sector, most people find employment in this sector. It generates more employment opportunities at a lower cost of capital, especially in rural and backward areas.
 
Mr Kovind noted that Uttar Pradesh contributes around 44% of the total handicraft exports of the country. Handicrafts, food processing, engineering goods, carpets, readymade clothes and leather goods earn foreign exchange as well as provide employment.
 
He expressed confidence that the ‘One District One Product’ scheme will enhance the skills of local people as well as increase the reach of products. It will result in the economic progress of artisans of the state.
 
Mr Kovind noted that under the ‘One District One Product’ scheme, the state government has set a goal of providing employment to 25 lakh people in five years through the financial assistance of Rs 25,000 crore. 
 
He expressed the hope that this scheme will create huge employment opportunities for the youth and strengthen the inclusive and sustainable development of Uttar Pradesh.
 
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Rains continue in UP, mercury dips

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Intermittent rains in most parts of Uttar Pradesh continued on Tuesday bringing the temperature down, the Met said as it forecast heavy showers in the eastern and central parts of the state in the next 24 hours till Wednesday.
 
There would be off and on rains here on Tuesday, leading to further drop in the mercury, Regional Met Director J.P. Gupta said. 
 
The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 32 degrees Celsius while the minimum was recorded at 20 degrees.
 
Gorakhpur recorded a minimum of 21, Varanasi 20.1, Allahabad 24, and Jhansi 24.6 degrees Celsius. 
 
A part of the historical Chota Imambara roof here caved in late on Monday and many houses in the PGI area have also caved in, an official informed. There were also reports of several wall collapses of old buildings from other parts.
 
Lucknow (Central) Legislator and Law Minister Brajesh Pathak said he has directed government agencies to ensure that weak and dilapidated houses were vacated at the earliest. 
 
Rains have pounded the state over the past 10 days, leaving more than 115 persons dead either due to electrocution or house and wall collapses.
 
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Four labourers buried alive in Bareilly district of UP

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Four labourers working on laying 4G cables for a private telecom company were buried alive in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly district late on Monday, police said on Tuesday.
 
They had slipped into a six-feet-deep pit and a mound of mud collapsed on them, an officer said.
 
Eight labourers were trapped in the incident but three were pulled out later in the rescue operation conducted by the district authorities. Four, however, could not be saved, an official informed IANS, adding that one person was still trapped in the debris.
 
The rains had made the surface slippery. The labourers slipped into it and the mud mound accumulated on the sides gave way burying them alive.
 
District Magistrate Virendra Kumar Singh and Special Superintendent of Police Muniraj G. have visited the site.
 
Of the deceased, three have been identified as Nazimul, Mehrul and Nazim from West Bengal. The condition of one of the injured is said to be critical.
 
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Heavy rains lash parts of UP, normal life affected

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Heavy rains disrupted normal life in various parts of Uttar Pradesh on Monday, leading to waterlogging and traffic snarl-ups in several cities including the state capital.
 
While overnight drizzling was reported from some parts, the skies opened up on Monday morning, a little after 8.30 a.m, and the downpour continued for well over three hours, inundating most parts of Lucknow, including areas like Gomtinagar, Indiranagar, Hazratganj and Mahanagar.
 
Flooding has also been reported from many parts of the city where senior ministers and bureaucrats live. Civic officials told IANS that water pumps have been pressed into service to flush out water from areas like Vikramaditya Marg, Dalibagh and Kalidas Marg, where the Chief Minister resides. Residences of many ministers have also been flooded with rain water.
 
Houses of Urban Development Minister Suresh Khanna and Health Minister Siddharthnath Singh have also been flooded with rain water. Power outages and disruptions in the internet connectivity have also been reported from many parts of the state.
 
The Met Office has issued a warning of very heavy rains in the next 48 hours in eastern and central parts of Uttar Pradesh.
 
Met Director J.P. Gupta has said that there would be intermittent rains across the state in the next two days. The monsoon is in the state and the rains are likely to continue for over 10 days, according to him.
 
Since morning, road, rail and air traffic have been affected. Many flights have been diverted or are running much behind schedule. 
 
Damage to property has been reported from Mainpuri, Agra, Etawah, Utah and Farrukhabad districts from where there are reports of house collapses and walls caving in. The state government has issued fresh guidelines to authorities in the districts for rescue and relief as the monsoon advances over the state.
 
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Industrialists play pivotal role, not afraid of being seen with them : Modi

 
Happy that UP is leading manufacturing revolution: Modi
 
 
Hitting back for the first time at critics who questioned his perceived friendly relations with corporates, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that unlike "some people" he was "not afraid of" publicly standing beside industrialists and business magnates because his intentions were "noble".
 
He said industrialists too contribute to nation building and it was not right to label them all as thieves but those who do wrong "will have to leave the country" or live in jail.
 
"We are not the people who will be afraid of standing beside industrialists. You would be knowing some people (who are such) that you would not find a single photo of them with an industrialist/businessman. But there is not a single businessman in this country who would not have gone to these people's places and bowed to them in reverence," Modi told a government-industry interface here as he inaugurated several development projects for Uttar Pradesh. 
 
"If your intentions are noble, you won't be tainted no matter with whom you are standing," Modi said, adding that Mahatma Gandhi never had any qualms about living in the Birla household. 
 
The opposition has been targeting Modi over his picture at Davos economic forum in January this year with fugitive diamantaire  Nirav Modi who is at the centre of the multi-thousand crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam besides the Prime Minister's perceived closeness with another fugitive, Mehul Choksi, whom he once publicly addressed as "Mehulbhai".
 
The opposition has also been critical of Modi government's inaction while persons like Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Choksi, Jatin Mehta and Lalit Modi easily flew out of the country after being accused of committing huge financial frauds.
 
The Congress has, of late, also been targeting Modi for allegedly giving the offset contract in the Rafale jet deal with France to "one of his corporate friends" at the expense of state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
 
"Mahatma Gandhi never hesitated standing beside (Ghanshyam Das) Birlaji because his intentions were right. But those who do things behind the curtain and wish not to be seen publicly (with corporates), they are afraid," Modi said.
 
"Just as much as the labour of a farmer, an artisan, a banker, a government employee or a labourer goes into the making of the nation, the efforts of industrialists too have a role in nation building. Should we insult them, call them thieves and robbers? Is this the way?
 
"But yes, whoever (among corporates) does the wrong, he will either have to leave the country or live in jail. This would not happen earlier because a lot happened behind the curtains then." 
 
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Pointing at former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, who was in the audience, Modi said that Singh can give details of many such deals of "those people". 
 
"Do people not know who is flying in whose plane?" Modi said with a sarcastic smile.
 
Also laying foundation stones - by signing a brick and placing it in symbolic brick foundation - of 81 projects worth some Rs 60,000 crore whose MoUs were signed at the UP Investors summit, he lauded Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for making this happen in a period of less than five months. 
 
State Industry Minister Satish Mahana thanked investors for partnering in the initiatives of the state for development and prosperity.
 
Kumarmangalam Birla, Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, assured UP of full support as his company expands its footprint in the state, while Gautam Adani, the founder and chairman of the Adani group, said the 2,000 MW Ghatampur power station which will supply Kanpur, Hapur, Agra and Greater Noida will be completed much before the 2021 deadline.
 
Chairman Emeritus of the Essel Group Subhash Chandra spoke about the big investment of his company in e-rickshaws, while Yusuf Ali, chairman of the Lulu group which owns the largest chain of malls in the UAE, said that 35 per cent work on the Rs 2,000 crore mall he was constructing in Lucknow - and would be the largest in north India - was complete and similar malls would also come up in Varanasi and Noida. 
 
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Era of honesty ushered in, participatory development on a roll: Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that an era of honesty has been ushered in the country in the past few years, and people are paying more taxes and foregoing subsidies as they are sure that every bit of their money will be used rightly.
 
Addressing an event to mark the third anniversary of launch of the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Prime Minister's Aawas Yojna-Urban (PMAY-U) and the Smart City Mission, Modi said it is heartening to see that people join hands with the government in ensuring that the economy and development are fast-paced.
 
"People are ready to join the 'vikas yatra' as they are sure that the money they give as taxes will not be used to deck up private bungalows but will go for betterment of their living standards," the Prime Minister said in an oblique reference to money splurge by former chief ministers Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav on their bungalows.
 
He also mocked at Congress President Rahul Gandhi's recent remark in Parliament that the Prime Minister instead of being a self-proclaimed "chowkidar" (watchdog) of the country is a "bhaagidaar" (partner) in the wrongs. 
 
"You must have heard a recent allegation on me that I am a 'bhaagidaar'. Yes I am -- a partner to the pains and troubles of the poor people who don't have a roof over their head, to a worried mother who has damaged her eyes cooking on earthen 'chulhas' (stoves), farmers who are worried about their crops...," he said, earning a round of applause from the gathering.
 
"Poverty has taught me life, I have suffered that, I have seen poverty from close quarters... Jisne bhoga hai, wahi takleef jaanta hai (Sufferers know the pain)," he said while pointing out how his opponents used to earlier taunt him for being a tea seller and question how he can occupy the chair of Prime Minister.
 
Before coming here, he interacted with a group of women -- beneficiaries of the PMAY-U -- from all over the country. "The glow on their faces reflected their dreams of a bright future", Modi said.
 
He added that the fact that work have been completed on smart city projects worth Rs 7,000 crore and works worth Rs 52,000 crore are underway reflects that his government is marching ahead to change the fortunes of the cities and the people who live in them.
 
"The lower-middle class and middle class will benefit out of these initiatives," Modi said.
 
He credited former Prime Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the idea of urban development that the present National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is pursuing.
 
"These flyovers, convention centres, roads to link 1000 villages around Lucknow ... all this was the brain child of Vajpayeeji. He had made Lucknow an experimental lab of urban development," the Prime Minister said.
 
"By 2022, we propose to ensure that every Indian family has a roof over their head. In the past three years, 55 lakh houses have been sanctioned in the urban areas while one crore houses have already been given to the poor in countryside."
 
Batting for more power to women, the Prime Minister said he was happy to note that in the past some time, 87 lakh registries of homes have been done in the name of women.
 
He also patted the back of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for expediting pro-poor and development projects in the state since he took over. 
 
"India will grow much faster than the 7.5 per cent growth rate," the Prime Minister assured, while adding that the cities, which give 65 per cent of the revenues to the government kitty, "cannot be allowed to stay in the mess they have been for past many years". 
 
Modi also told officials, bureaucrats and mayors of various cities to ensure implementation of five Es -- ease of living, ease of education, employment, economy and entertainment. 
 
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Lauding the people for their participatory role in the development of the nation, the Prime Minister said that on his request from the Red Fort on Independence Day to people to forfeit their LPG subsidies, 1.25 crore families have done so and 40 lakh senior citizens, who are well to do, have done away with the subsidies they got in rail reservation.
 
In Uttar Pradesh, he said, 46,000 persons in villages have decided to give their houses to the other needy as they have moved up the social ladder.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of State for Urban Development Hardeep Puri said the government is planning urban development with an eye on accommodating 600 million in cities by 2030. 
 
Union Home Minister and Lok Sabha MP from Lucknow Rajnath Singh said the vision of PM Modi has given a tremendous boost to many projects, which are transforming the lives of millions across the country.
 
Adityanath said to improve living conditions of people in the cities, the state government has banned 15-20 microns plastic bags and is mulling to completely ban disposable plastic by October 2. 
 
"We are promoting electric vehicles, free house mission has been minimized, of the total 9.65 lakh street lights in the state, 6.35 lakh have been changed to LEDs, saving Rs 115 crore by way of power bills," he noted.
 
Earlier, the Prime Minister gave away awards to performing cities. The "Smart Move Best Project" went to Pune, "Best Innovative Idea Award" to Ahmedabad and Bhopal, and Surat lapped up the "Best Performing City" award.
 
Through a remote control, Modi also transferred online Rs 606.58 crore as funds for building houses to 60,426 beneficiaries.
 
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Uniformed policeman triggers controversy after bowing to UP CM, garlanding him

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A controversy has erupted over a uniformed police officer bowing before Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur, applying 'tika' on his forehead and garlanding him.
 
However, an official posted at the Chief Minister's office made light of the issue on Saturday.
 
The pictures, which found their way to the social media, kicked off a debate on the "unprofessional" conduct of Circle Officer (CO) Praveen Kumar Singh of Gorakhnath area on 'Guru Purnima' that fell on Friday.
 
Adityanath still is the chief priest of the Gorakshnath Peeth and has represented Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat five times.
 
In two pictures, which Praveen Kumar posted on the social media, he is seen applying vermillion on the Chief Minister's forehead and also garlanding Adityanath. 
 
"There is no issue involved. Where is the question of right or wrong?" he asked while maintaining that the pictures only showed a disciple offering respect to a 'guru', who is also the Chief Minister," the official at the CMO said. 
 
He, however, refused to comment when asked if it should have been down by a uniformed police officer.
 
In the past, police officials picking up footwear of ruling party politician or carrying a purse of a former Chief Minister have come to the fore.
 
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37 killed in UP rains in two days

 
Heavy rains claim 37 lives in UP in two days
 
 
At least 37 people have been killed in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh in the past 48 hours since Thursday, an official said on Saturday.
 
Rains continued to batter many parts of the state for the third consecutive day on Saturday, the Met said. 
 
District authorities have been asked to brace for any eventuality as the Met predicted more rains in the coming days. 
 
According to the State Disaster Management Authority, six persons have been killed in Agra, three each in Muzaffarnagar and Kasganj, four each in Meerut and Mainpuri, two in Bareily and one each in Kanpur rural, Mathura, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Rae Bareli, Jalaun, Jaunpur, Pratapgarh, Bulandshahr, Firozabad and Amethi.
 
Four deaths were reported late on Friday from Saharanpur amid rescue and relief operations. 
 
Over two dozen people have been injured in the incidents like house collapses, wall cave-ins, lightning and storm. 
 
Ten cattle deaths were also reported from Kanpur rural, Muzaffarnagar, Lalitpur and Pratapgarh. 
 
Heavy rains continued to pound major regions in the state, leading to swelling of many rivers.
 
It has been raining overnight in the state capital where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive later on Saturday. 
 
The city has been turned into an island of sorts with waterlogging in most parts of the city. 
 
Power outages have been reported from Hariharnagar, Indiranagar, Gomtinagar, Sapru Marg, Aliganj, Sitapur road and Aminabad due to bursting of cables and transformers.
 
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to the family of those killed.
 
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Modi to visit Lucknow on July 28-29

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a two-day visit to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, on July 28-29, during which he will attend an event on "Transforming Urban Landscape" tomorrow.
 
The event will mark the third anniversary of three key Government initiatives related to Urban Development -- Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban); Atal Mission for Rejuvenation of Urban Transfornation (AMRUT); and the Smart Cities Mission.
 
An official pres srelease said Mr. Modi would also visit an exhibition on Flagship Missions of Urban Development and interact with 35 beneficiaries of PMAY (U) - one from each State/UT. He will receive feedback from PMAY beneficiaries, via video link, from different cities of Uttar Pradesh.
 
He will lay the foundation stone for various projects under Flagship Missions in Uttar Pradesh. He will also address the gathering.
 
On July 29, Mr. Modi will attend the ground breaking ceremony for 81 projects with an investment of about Rs. 60,000 crore. Investment proposals for these projects had been received during the UP Investors Summit hosted by the state government in February 2018 and  tehse projects have now materialised for implementation.
 
In all, investment intent of projects worth more than Rs. 4.29 lakh crore had been generated across sectors such as Renewable Energy, Infrastructure, Power, IT & Electronic Manufacturing, Tourism, and so during the summit that was aimed at attracting investment and promoting industrialisation.
 
 
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Several dead as rains continue in UP

 
Road caves in after heavy rainfall in Ghaziabad on Thursday
 
 
Heavy rains battered Uttar Pradesh over the last 24 hours and claimed several lives, an official said on Friday.
 
The rains will continue for the next 48 hours but with a lower intensity, the Met said. 
 
According to the government official, nine persons, including four children, died in the Brij region, comprising Mainpuri, Mathura and Agra. 
 
One person was electrocuted in Shipra Suncity of Indirapuram in Ghaziabad at a water-logged site. 
 
Owing to the incessant rains in many parts of the state, there have been incidents of house collapse, caving in of walls and sinking of roads, leading to disruption of normal life. 
 
A house collapsed in Mubarakpur village while a wall of a junior high school collapsed in Dayanatpur village. A wall of a house in sector 71 of Noida also collapsed. 
 
A wall collapse in Hapur district claimed the life of a three-year-old while an elderly woman died after a house collapsed in Kharkhauda village in Meerut.
 
Two youngsters were also electrocuted in Muzaffarnagar and one woman was killed after an electricity pole fell on her here during rains. 
 
Five persons have been injured in Shamli district due to rain-related accidents. Train traffic has been affected in Baghpat due to a minor landslide at an underpass in Baghpat.
 
Rains have brought down the mercury in Lucknow, Kanpur, Kannauj and Farukkhabad. 
 
However, they have also given rise to problems and civic woes as many places have been inundated and the choked sewers and drains have made life miserable for people in towns and cities, including the state capital.
 
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Traffic has been affected in Allahabad due to caving in of some arterial roads and also due to the massive construction work which is underway for the Kumbh 2019. 
 
Many villages have been cut off from the cities in the central and eastern regions of the state. 
 
Several trains are running behind schedule and flights have also been affected due to the inclement weather, an official told IANS.
 
Trains like Bhopal Shatabdi, Taj Express, Gatiman Express, Lucknow Mail, Swarna Shatabdi are running behind schedule as the rains have inundated the rail tracks at some places.
 
Due to water logging on the runway, the Agra-Jaipur flight was cancelled on Thursday. 
 
More than 500 persons were trapped in the flood waters in the Meera Vihar colony on Urkhara road in Agra. They were only rescued after the police pressed steamers to take them to safety.
 
In the western part of the state, reports of house collapses have been received from Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut and Amroha. 
 
Cracks have developed in flats at Super Village society and Charles Castle apartments after a major section of the road outside the apartments in Ghaziabad caved in due to heavy rains on Thursday, an official said. 
 
In Vasundhara area of trans-Hindon in Ghaziabad, a major chunk of the road outside the Varta Lok and Pragya Kunj societies caved in as a large pit had been dug in a neighbouring plot for construction of a basement. 
 
The rain water took with it lot of silt leading to major damage to the road.
 
The Ghaghra river is flowing 13 cm above the danger mark at Elgin bridge in Bahraich while a large part of agricultural land sunk into the river at Golaganj's Kothar. 
 
The administration conceded that there was a major flood threat on 65 villages of the region. Over 2.15 lakh cusec water has been released from the Sharda, Saryu and Girijapur barrages.
 
Ghaghra and Sharda rivers are in spate in Sitapur and the Ghaghra was flowing a little over the danger mark in Azamgarh, Barabanki.
 
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Two hours of heavy rains bring Lucknow to its knees

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Two hours of downpour on Thursday evening brought the Uttar Pradesh capital to its knees, with most areas inundated with water and traffic snarls bringing the movement of vehicles in the city to a grinding halt.
 
It started raining at around 6 p.m. and the heavy rains continued till 8.15 p.m., leaving hundreds of people stranded under bridges, trees and bus shelters.
 
Power outages have been reported from many places while the deluge, submerged most city roads with knee-deep water, even across posh areas in Gomtinagar, Indiranagar, Narahi, Hazratganj, Aliganj, Mahanagar, leaving residents angry.
 
A miffed Satish Mishra, owner of a medical shop outside a hospital, wading through water on the road, vented his anger on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), blaming it for the mess. 
 
"They are in power in the state, at the centre and also in the municipal corporations... now what excuse they have for this mess," he asked.
 
There were many people airing similar sentiments who said that the civic authorities and the state BJP government were to be blamed squarely for the water-logging and poor cleaning of drains. Many areas and localities in old Lucknow were badly affected by the rains as water entered many areas around Nakkhas.
 
The situation comes even as in a day from now, the city will host Mayors of all Smart Cities of the country and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in in town for two days. 
 
Officials at the Lucknow Nagar Nigam, while admitting to the problems, however said that, in the limited resources they have, they are doing the best to ensure that there is no water-logging.
 
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Two traders killed in Pratapgarh town of UP, situation tense

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Two traders were killed by unidentified assailants late on Wednesday at their shop in Pratapgarh town of Uttar Pradesh, police said on Thursday.
 
The situation has been tense after the brothers were murdered in Kaudhaur market. 
 
All through the night, family members and fellow traders were up in arms against the allegedly bad law and order situation in the state.
 
They were squatting on the road on Thursday disrupting traffic in the area. Additional forces have been deployed, a police officer said.
 
Senior district officials including District Magistrate Shambhu Kumar faced a hostile crowd on Thursday when they went to talk to the two widows of the deceased traders and the family. They were forced to retreat as people raised anti-government slogans.
 
The District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) are camping in the market, where the agitation is still on.
 
They are trying to pacify the irate mob, a state home department official said.
 
The agitated family members are demanding immediate arrest of the killers of the two brothers -- Shyam Sunder and Shyam Murat.
 
They also wanted Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to visit the crime scene. 
 
Senior police officers including Inspector General Ramit Sharma and legislator of the area Sangam Lal Gupta have failed to pacify the agitators who are causing a huge congestion on the arterial roads leading up to the market.
 
The traffic has been diverted to prevent any kind of untoward situation around the sit-in. 
 
The bodies of the slain brothers have been sent for post-mortem. They would be handed over to the family later in the day. 
 
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