Amita Verma

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UP Chief Minister slams BSP for ‘rehearsed’ criticism

UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was in his elements on Tuesday when he took on the Bahujan Samaj Party for its “recorded and rehearsed” criticism of his government.

Vrindavan widows shun white, play with colours

Sulabh International chairman Bindeshwar Pathak plays Holi with the widows of Vrindavan during a function—Pritam Bandyopadhyay

Over a 1000 widows, dressed in white saris, reclaimed colour in their lives on Tuesday when they played Holi and marked a return to the social mainstream in the holy town of Vrindavan.

Samajwadi Party camaraderie upsets UP BJP workers

Camaraderie in Delhi and antagonism in Lucknow.

‘Mumtaz was mummified 6 months’

In what could take away some of the romance and glamour of the Taj Mahal, a book released in Agra on Sunday evening claims that the body of Mumtaz Mahal, in whose memory the monument of love was built

Uttar Pradesh to set up ‘bird circuit’ to promote tourism

To give a further boost to tourism in Uttar Pradesh, the Akhilesh government is planning to set up a “bird circuit” for bird watchers and ornithologists.

Software to help croon like singer

A mellifluous piece of news to all green-horn singers. A retired professor of physics from the Allahabad University, Prof M.C.

Three gunned down outside ATM

In a daring daylight dacoity in Lucknow on Friday, three persons were shot dead by two motorcycle-borne assailants who decamped with a cash trunk being transferred to an ATM.

DNA test to decide buffalo owner?

A buffalo has, once again, sent the UP police into a tizzy and, this time, it does not even belong to UP minister Mohammed Azam Khan.

Films’ tax exemption cost UP Rs 6.85 crore

UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s generosity in announcing tax exemption for Hindi films has cost the state exchequer a sum of Rs 6.85 crores in the current financial year.

VHP gives PM Modi time till May 2015 for temple

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has given Prime Minister Narendra Modi time till May 2015 to resolve the Ram temple issue in Ayodhya, failing which the VHP will launch a mass agitation.

The “Budgetometer” and its elsewhere equivalent played the real hero — caught in between the ecstatic urge to give a 10-plus and the understandably unreasonable rush in search of a negative score, it

Listening to Suresh Prabhu presenting the Railway Budget, I wondered whether he was really promising to bring back the halcyon days of luxury on the rails. But no, he can’t and won’t.