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People sit outside shuttered shops on an empty street in Rampur district, UP | Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

UP’s Rampur villages show signs of Covid impact: Milk sales down, shops selling on credit

The lockdown has been particularly harsh on the farming and local traders community who say they have been reduced to figuring out their daily survival.
People stand in a queue to take free essential commodities during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Prayagraj on 8 April | ANI

UP orders sealing of coronavirus ‘hotspots’ in 15 districts including Noida, closes markets

The sealing will come into effect from Wednesday midnight and see the administration in 15 UP districts arrange home delivery of essential goods to people.
Thakurdwara is dotted with UPSC coaching centres in every nook and corner, with large boards and negligible results. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

In this sleepy UP town, lakhs are sold an IAS-IPS dream but no one gets selected

Thakurdwara is home to dozens of UPSC coaching institutes that teach youth to pursue the IAS-IPS dream, without caring for the reality of a lack of jobs.

Delhi’s migrant voters from south prefer AAP but UP & Bihar could decide election outcome

Migrants from UP and Bihar dominate Delhi’s population. Two out of every three migrants in Delhi were born in either state.
File photo | BJP supporters walk past paper cut outs of PM Modi during a rally in Muzaffarpur, Bihar | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

The BJP’s real membership target is 130 crore

Eighteen crore members and counting, the BJP wants everyone to join the party.

Adityanath, Khattar want NRC in UP and Haryana: Is India looking at another ‘Partition’?

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced Sunday that his government will “implement the NRC”.
The Unnao woman, who had accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar of raping her, was critically injured after the car she was travelling in collided with a truck near Rae Bareli. | PTI

UP govt seeks CBI probe into Unnao rape survivor’s road accident

The Yogi Adityanath government sent a formal request to the Centre for a CBI investigation into the accident that has left the Unnao rape survivor critically injured.
Gangster-turned-politician from Uttar Pradesh Mukhtar Ansari

Enmity between Krishnanand Rai & Ansari brothers not grave enough motive for murder: Court

Acquitting Mukhtar Ansari and MP Afzal Ansari of 2005 murder of BJP’s Krishnanand Rai, CBI court also said case suffered as witnesses turned hostile.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath

UP CM Yogi Adityanath calls for district level police teams to ‘instil fear in criminals’

The CM also advised the police department to form anti-Romeo squads under every police station before schools and colleges are scheduled to reopen.
Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Rs 13 crore GST fraud busted after UP cops & sales tax dept’s joint raid in Lucknow & Noida

In a first of its kind operation in Uttar Pradesh, the UP Special Task Force and sales tax department together probed the fraud.

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Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.
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After luring Google & Facebook, Mukesh Ambani plans to build a global digital company

Mukesh Ambani unveiled a slew of services from Jio, including a 5G network as early as next year and a mega video-streaming platform.

Defence

The new SiG 716 G2 rifles in use with the Indian Army | By special arrangement

Rifles, missiles, ammunition, drones — armed forces on shopping spree amid LAC tensions

Unprecedented emergency powers given to armed forces under the capital budget, for purchases of new equipment and systems, are likely to ease bottlenecks.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.