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Kejriwal reaches Varanasi, faces noisy protest

Arvind-KejriwalVaranasi, March 25 : AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal arrived here Tuesday to a hostile reception from apparent supporters of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Eggs were thrown at his car outside the Kashi Vishwanath temple, with the protestors steadily raising anti-Kejriwal slogans and asking him to leave the Hindu holy city.

Calling him a "traitor", hundreds of slogan-shouting people blocked his cavalcade while raising slogans of "Modi, Modi".


One family is responsible for the poverty in India, says Narendra Modi

Narendra-ModiVaranasi , Dec 20, : Addressing a rally here today, Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said that despite having been in power for the past 60 years, the Gandhi family had failed to get people rid of poverty.

"Only one family is responsible for the poverty in the country. Despite having been in power for the last 60 years, the people are still suffering from the poverty," he said.


Voters will fight 2014 polls: Modi

Narendra-ModiVaranasi, Dec 20 : Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said here Friday that the 2014 parliamentary polls will be fought by the people of India and every voter will fight.

"The 2014 polls will not be fought between two parties, no individual will lead these polls. This election will be fought by the people of India and every voter will fight," he said.

"There has never been such an atmosphere before the elections... people are eager to pull down the Congress government," Modi said at a rally here.(IANS)


HISTORICAL:: FIR against High Decibel Firecrackers on DIWALI NIGHT in Varanasi

HISTORICAL:: FIR against High Decibel Firecrackers on DIWALI NIGHT in VaranasiIn a historical step (PROBABLY FIRST OF ITS KIND IN WHOLE OF UTTAR PRADESH), the Varanasi Police lodged FIR against an 'over-enthusiastic' 37 year old youth for using high-decibel firecracker (Chatai bomb), on the premises of Viraat Villa Apartment on the night of Diwali. The case was registered on written complaint from Dr. Adinath Upadhyaya, a visiting faculty with the Department of Musicology, Banaras Hindu University. The case has been registered under I. P. C.


Prashant Bhushan criticises Manmohan Singh over 2G scam

 Prashant Bhushan criticises Manmohan Singh over 2G scamVaranasi, Sep 26 : Social activist and lawyer Prashant Bhushan has criticized Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for turning a blind eye to the multi-billion 2 G spectrum scam.

Talking to reporters here, Bhushan said Dr. Singh had let key ally, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), run riot in the context of distributing 2G spectrum licenses to a favoured few.


Police registers case against Baratis for disrupting traffic

IN FIRST of its kind, the Varanasi Police (Sigra Police Station) on the orders from DIG Police (Varanasi) Shri Lalji Shukla & on the inititative of Satya Foundation, has registered case against MARRIAGE PROCESSIONISTS (Baratis) in Mahmoorganj area of Varanasi (India) for causing long traffic jam.


Father Slits Throats Of Minor Daughters In Uttar Pardesh

Father Slits Throats Of Minor Daughters In Uttar PardeshUnable to cope with his impoverishment, a father cuts the throats of his three minor daughters, aged between 6-14 years, in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi district early Tuesday.

According to police officials, the 40-year-old Ahmad murdered his three daughters in his house at Kamauli village, about 300 km from here.

Ahmad has confessed to his offense.

Suspecting the participation of his wife Sitara in the slaughters, police have also detained her.


India to renew attempts to clean up River Ganga: Jairam Ramesh

India to renew attempts to clean up River Ganga: Jairam RameshVaranasi, Dec 31 : The lack of success of the ''Ganga Action Plan'' in over two decades, has prompted Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh to announce the novel ''Mission Clean Ganga'' project here on Wednesday.

Ramesh said that under the new plan the government would ensure that no pollutants are released into the river without treatment.

It has been decided that by 2020 any municipal sewage or the industry effluent won''t be released in Ganga without proper treatment, he added.


Two arrested in Varanasi for noise pollution

Two arrested in Varanasi for noise pollutionVaranasi (Uttar Pradesh), Nov 26 - In the first such case in this ancient city, two people have been arrested for causing noise pollution. This come four years after the Supreme Court imposed strict norms on noise levels. Police admit they have been indifferent to the problem so far.

Anil Kumar, the police officer at Chet Ganj police station who filed the case, told IANS Thursday: "We received a complaint Tuesday from people in the Ram Katora area at around 11.30 p. m. through SMS and a phone call about DJs.


Students clash with police in Varanasi

Students clash with police in Varanasi Varanasi, Nov 21 : Agitated over the death of a student, several groups of college students fought a battle with the police here. They targeted public property and damaged a number of vehicles, officials said Saturday.

Sanjeet Singh, a second year undergraduate student of Udai Pratap College went missing two days ago. His body was recovered Friday night from Cholapur area of this city in Uttar Pradesh, about 250 km from state capital Lucknow.


Families earning a living from a cremation ground in Varanasi

Families earning a living from a cremation ground in VaranasiVaranasi, Nov. 14 : Apart from functioning round the clock as a cremation ground, the ''Manikarnika Ghat'' is also a source of income for many families.

Everyday, at least four hundred funerals take place at the Manikarnika Ghat, which stands out for its mythological importance.

"Souls of the people cremated here attain salvation as soon as their remains are immersed in holy Ganges," claimed Saidvagish Dutt Mishra, a priest practicing on the ghat.


Students organize Ganga cleaning drive in Varanasi

Students organize Ganga cleaning drive in VaranasiVaranasi, Nov. 10 : Hundreds of college students in Varanasi participated in a cleaning drive aimed to keep the holy Ganges river pollution-free.

Many volunteers cleaned the Ghats of the river with brooms, and also distributed pamphlets among public to spread awareness about keeping the river pollution free.


Beirut bound judoka Ram Asre wrestling to make history

Wrestling ChampionshipShobha Yadav is a middle-aged milkman in Bharathara in Varanasi, living in a hut with his three sons and two daughters. Yadav once used to wrestle in akhadas abounding this village but it’s now the turn of the new generations. But he doesn’t have a clue what sport his youngest son Ram Asre is involved in, nor has he any idea where in the world he will be off to soon.

His village buddies told Yadav that his son is a judoka and was 'videsh' bound but they too had idea just where this teenager was bound to.


Nation celebrates Chhath Puja

Nation celebrates Chhath PujaVaranasi/Patna /Guwahati, Oct 24 : The Chhath Puja, a festival to thank the Sun God for bestowing the bounties of life on the earth and prosperity was celebrated on Saturday with religious fervors and gaiety.

Standing in knee-deep water on the banks of rivers, ponds and water reservoirs, devotees paid oblations to the setting sun this evening and rising sun on Sunday morning.

The worshippers also keep fasting for 36 hours.

In Varanasi, lakhs of devotees offered Puja to Sun God after taking holy dip in the River Ganga for Kharna Puja.


Varanasi boy prerhaps the youngest trickster of India

Inspired by Hindi flicks, Hera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri, a boy, 14, here has turned perhaps the youngest trickster of India, coning job-seekers to net over Rs 2 lakh, before landing in police net.

Ram Lakhan Benwanshi, a Class VII dropout from Sarainandan locality of the city, was nabbed by cops of Lanka Police Station for allegedly running a fake-government recruitment racket for more than 10 months and earning over Rs 2 lakh.

Cash totalling Rs 9,800, a khukhri (Nepali dagger), pen drive containing government department logos, army and police dresses, besides badges of men in khakhi as also fake government recruitment forms and appointment letters have been seized from the boy's home.


Varanasi witnesses high demand for flowers on the occasion of Diwali

Varanasi witnesses high demand for flowers on the occasion of DiwaliVaranasi, Oct. 15 : Ahead of Diwali, the festival of lights, flowers are in high demand in the holy city Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

The wholesale flower market of Varanasi is popular in north India. Every year in comparison to other Hindu festivals, sale of flowers is very high particularly during the festival of Diwali and Dhanteras, when people decorate their houses and also buy utensils or jewellery.


Rooted to the soil

Banarasi sareeFor Imran Matin (32) and many other weavers in Varanasi, last month’s Eid was special.

Three days before the festival, the Banarasi saree was given a geographical indication (GI) certificate, meaning no saree or brocade made outside the six districts of Varanasi, Azamgarh, Chandauli, Jaunpur, Mirzapur and Sant Ravi Dass Nagar of Uttar Pradesh can be legally sold as a Banarasi saree.

The certificate is granted under norms of the World Trade Organisation to goods that have a specific geographical origin and have qualities or a reputation unique to that place.


Police baton-charge protesting Samajwadi Party workers in Varanasi

Police baton-charge protesting Samajwadi Party workers in VaranasiVaranasi, Sep. 16 : Police on Wednesday resorted to a baton charge angry Samajwadi Party workers who were protesting against the Mayawati Government''s policies.

The incident took place when Samajwadi Party activists went to hand over a memorandum to the district magistrate.

Several protestors were injured, while some others were arrested.


Ramlila participants protest against land mafia

Ramlila participants protest against land mafiaVaranasi, Sep 15 : The members of a Ramlila committee protested against the land mafias in front of the Varanasi District Office on Tuesday for illegally capturing their land.

The protestors were dressed as characters from the Ramlila and alleged that their land was illegally taken over by the mafias.


Four students arrested for ragging in Varanasi

Four students arrested for ragging in VaranasiVaranasi, Sep 15 : Four engineering students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) were arrested on Tuesday in alleged connection in ragging of a junior student in Varanasi.

According to reports, the arrested engineering students sexually assaulted a student on Monday night. The incident took place inside the university hostel as a part of ragging session despite institute’s stringent measures against students indulging in such practice.

Following the incident, a complaint was made to authorities by an engineering fresher of BHU.


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