Union Bank of India expects total business to grow by 12 percent this fiscal

Union Bank of IndiaVaranasi: State-run Union Bank of India (UBI) has said it expects the total business to grow by around 12 per cent in the current fiscal over the Rs 5.32 lakh crore turnover achieved in FY 2013-14.

The bank's rising bad assets or NPAs (non-performing assets) is a major concern, UBI Chairman and Managing Director Arun Tiwari told reporters here yesterday, adding that with an improvement in the Indian economy, the NPAs may come down.

Joshi's 'handy' defence of Varanasi's Congress candidate

murli-manohar-joshiVaranasi, May 12 : Beleaguered Congress candidate from Varanasi, Ajay Rai, Monday received surprise support from veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.

Terming the pinning of a "hand" symbol by Rai while going to cast his vote as a "small issue," the former union HRD minister said not much should be made out of such incidents.

When told his party, the BJP, had lodged a formal complaint against Rai with the Election Commission, Joshi, the incumbent MP from Varanasi and now contesting from Kanpur, said in such a scenario should the hands of people be chopped off while going to polls.

People eager to get rid of Congress-led UPA: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath-SinghVaranasi, May 10 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that since the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has failed on all fronts, the people are eager to get rid of this government.

Rahul Gandhi storms Varanasi, holds roadshow, rally

Rahul-Gandhi-RoadshowVaranasi, May 10 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday stormed Varanasi to campaign against BJP's Lok Sabha candidate Narendra Modi, holding a roadshow and addressing a huge rally where he promised the right to health if the Congress is voted back to power.

Two days after Modi held a mammoth roadshow and a day after AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal attracted thousands, Gandhi rode on an open vehicle through the heart of Varanasi, surrounded by slogan-shouting Congress activists.

It was the biggest show of strength by the Congress since the election campaign got underway in Varanasi.

Kejriwal attacks Modi during Varanasi roadshow

Arvind-KejriwalVaranasi, May 9 : Surrounded by thousands of supporters, AAP candidate Arvind Kejriwal put up a show of strength here Friday, attacking his rival and BJP's prime ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi.

Dubbing Modi's display of strength a day earlier as a "drama", Kejriwal claimed that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was determined to create history in the Lok Sabha election in this Hindu holy city.

Kejriwal's roadshow also began from where Modi started out Thursday: the Banaras Hindu University's (BHU) main gate.

Modi government will put India back on track: Jaitley

Arun-JaitleyVaranasi, May 6 : Only a stable government led by BJP leader Narendra Modi will put the Indian economy back on track, party leader Arun Jaitley said Tuesday.

"Only the BJP and NDA can provide a stable government which is required to put the country's economy back on track," Jaitley told the media while releasing the BJP's Vision Document for Varanasi where Modi is the party candidate.

"The people of Varanasi have got a historic opportunity of not just voting for an MP but the country's prime minister," he added, referring to the party's prime ministerial candidate.

Modi arrives in Varanasi, pays tributes to Madan Mohan Malviya

Narendra ModiVaranasi, (Uttar Pradesh), Apr 24  : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi arrived in Varanasi on Thursday to file his nomination for contesting electionsand paid tribute to Madan Mohan Malviya.

Media reports indicated that a retired judge, a boatman, a weaver and a singer would be proposing Modi's nomination in Varanasi.

Among those who will propose his name are retired Allahabad High Court judge Justice Giridhar Malaviya, the grandson of Madan Mohan Malaviya, who was a noted educationist and a four-time president of the Indian National Congress.

Kejriwal to file nomination in Varanasi Wednesday

Arvind-KejriwalVaranasi, April 22 : AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal will file his nomination for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat Wednesday, party leader Manish Sisodia said.

Kejriwal's nomination will come a day before BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi - who the former Delhi chief minister has challenged in the Hindu holy city - files his papers.

"He will file his nomination on Wednesday. He will go to DM's office in an open jeep. His supporters will go along," Sisodia said here.

Varanasi will go to polls May 12 in the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls 2014.

Admitting Delhi 'mistake', Kejriwal has dialogue with voters

Arvind-KejriwalVaranasi, April 17 : AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who admitted he should have consulted the people before he decided to quit as Delhi chief minister and resign his government, has launched a major dialogue with voters here while calling for the defeat of BJP icon Narendra Modi.

The former Delhi chief minister sprung a surprise on the very day he reached this Hindu holy city to take on Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate, in the Lok Sabha election.

On Tuesday, shortly after arriving here after an overnight train ride from Delhi, Kejriwal held a two-hour question-answer meeting with voters.

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.

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