SP spokesperson alleges Allahabad police of tapping her phone, writes to home minister

ALLAHABAD: Samjawadi Party spokesperson Richa Singh has written to the Union home minister Rajnath Singh alleging that her phone is being tapped by Allahabad police without her knowledge which is violation of Article 20 and 21 of the Indian Constitution. In her letter, Richa, who is presently pursuing her PhD from Allahabad University and was the first women president of the AU student union, has written that on December 16, when she went to Colonelganj police station to meet her party workers, she was told by the Station Officer (SO)…

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After cabinet nod, Allahabad is now officially Prayagraj

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday finalised the renaming of Allahabad as Prayagraj and of Allahabad Municipal Corporation as Prayagraj Municipal Corporation. It also cleared a supplementary budget of about Rs 11,000 crore which will be presented in the ongoing winter session of the Assembly on Wednesday. The cabinet also cleared the UP Mining (Prevention of Illegal Mining, Transport and Storage) Rules, 2018, to discourage illegal mining from riverbeds. As per the rules, no permission will be given for storage of minerals, sand etc., in a radius of 10 km…

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Allahabad high court turns down bail plea of Yadav Singh’s wife

ALLAHABAD: The Allahabad high court on Tuesday rejected the bail application of Kusum Lata, wife of former Noida chief engineer Yadav Singh, in a case of possessing assets disproportionate to known source of income and Prevention of Corruption Act. Yadav Singh is an accused in multi-crore land scam in Noida. Rejecting the bail application of Kusum Lata, a division bench comprising Justice Ramesh Sinha and Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh-I, however, directed that taking into account the order of the apex court, applicant Kusum Lata will not be arrested till January…

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Government working to ensure clean, flowing Ganga, says PM Narendra Modi

ALLAHABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated on Sunday that the Union government is working hard to ensure ‘aviral’ and ‘nirmal’ Ganga. He also said that devotees coming to Kumbh would be able to visit the sacred tree ‘Akshayvat’ in Allahabad Fort. For the past many generations, Akshayvat was not accessible but during Kumbh devotees would be able to offer prayers at Akshayvat and Saraswati Koop. Terming Prayagraj as the land of ‘tap, tapasya, and sanskar’, PM Modi said that this Kumbh would see a blend of devotion and technology. “The…

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Delegates from 71 nations visit Kumbh area to see preparations

ALLAHABAD: The heads of missions from over 71 nations arrived in the city on Saturday and got to know about the grand sale of preparations being made for the forthcoming Kumbh-2019 in Allahabad. Accompanied by the Minister of state, Gen (retired) VK Singh, the diplomats started their day-long visit to the city by attending a programme where flags of different nations were unfurled near Arial Ghat.

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Now, a cloud platform to fetch you Lord Ram’s blessings

ALLAHABAD: After simplifying human lives for years, technological advances are on their way to fetch you your share of blessings. The Ram Naam Bank will now enable devotees to write Lord Ram’s name on cloud-based platform Google drive and then submit it to Ram Naam Seva Sansthan—the organisation running the bank—online. Earlier, the Ram Naam Seva Sansthan used to provide booklets to devotees. Devotees used to write the deity’s name a minimum of 108 times on the booklets and then submit it at the bank. It is believed that the…

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