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A Lucknow teenager is a force of nature on Instagram. Meethika Dwivedi packs UP pride, gaalis

Meethika's street-smart delivery style is replete with raw, unadulterated wisecracks. She is the voice of ‘boomers’, millennials and Gen-Z rolled into one.

Muslim driver harassed in UP didn’t paint Pakistan flag on rickshaw, it’s an Islamic symbol

A viral video shows an unidentified man harassing Noor Alam, a tanga driver, and making him chant 'Hindustan Zindabad and 'Jai Hind' because of a crescent moon and star painted on his rickshaw.
A screenshot from the Lucknow assault video. | Photo: Twitter/@MeghUpdates

FIR registered against Lucknow woman seen ‘assaulting’ cab driver in viral video

A young woman can be seen assaulting a cab driver at a traffic signal in Lucknow in a viral video that has sparked outrage on Twitter.

‘Two terrorists of al Qaeda-linked group’ arrested in Lucknow, explosives seized, says UP ATS

Police say Minhaz Ahmed and Maseeruddin, both residents of the city, were planning to 'unleash terror activities on Independence Day in the state'.
IAS officer Roshan Jacob at the Integrated Command and Control Center in Lucknow | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

This IAS officer stepped into Lucknow’s Covid mess & brought it under control in one month

In over a month, IAS officer Roshan Jacob managed to contain Lucknow’s spread, earning praise from not only Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath but also her peers.  
(From left) Mishi Yadav, Anupama Yadav, Seema Singh and Kusma Yadav, who lost eight members of their family | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

8 deaths, a cremation every 3rd day: This UP family is testimony to Covid devastation in state

Between 22 April and 15 May, the family of Yadavs in Imaliya village, on the outskirts of Lucknow, lost eight family members to Covid-19.
RSS general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale | File photo: ANI

After meeting Modi, top RSS leader spends 4 days in UP assessing Yogi govt’s dented image

Dattatreya Hosabale was in Lucknow from Monday to Thursday, after Sunday’s meeting with Modi & Shah on how to undo damage caused by Yogi govt’s Covid management.

Thai ‘call girl’ dies of Covid in Lucknow, BJP MP denies son’s ‘link’ to her, demands probe

The Thai woman, who was in India on 'tourist visa', died of Covid in a Lucknow hospital and was cremated by Lucknow police, with no one coming forward to claim her body.
Covid testing in Lucknow on 25 April 2021 | Representational image | Photo: Nand Kumar | PTI

In UP’s two worst-hit districts, the fight is just to get tested

According to UP government, it is conducting 2.25 lakh-2.35 lakh tests every day, but state’s testing/million rate lags below the national average.  
Funeral pyres at Mukti Dham crematorium in Lucknow | Photo: Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

Reality of Lucknow’s Covid funerals stands in stark contrast to UP govt’s claims

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

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Double vaccination halves risk of developing long-lasting Covid symptoms

One of the best ways to reduce your risk of getting long Covid is to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.
Sugarcane farmers wait with their bullock carts to unload their crop outside the Modi Sugar Mills in Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh | Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Yogi announces hike in sugarcane MSP by Rs 25 per quintal, months before UP polls

UP CM Yogi Adityanath said Sunday that the new price will enable sugarcane growers to increase incomes by 8%, and will transform lives of 45 lakh farmers.

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks during the induction of a medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MRSAM), in Jaisalmer on 9 September 2021| PTI

Rajnath Singh talks ‘lessons’ from Taliban takeover, hits out at ‘irresponsible states’

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says turmoil in Afghanistan and the region is a result of 'aggressive designs and active support to non-state players'.

Does India matter? Yes, Kamala Harris’s ‘sermon’ to Modi reminds him why

Democracy is the most important of the 3 Ds Modi keeps listing. If that is damaged, India’s most powerful PM in five decades also gets publicly admonished, if gently, by US V-P.
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