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Lokendra Singh Kalvi, founder of Karni Sena, Wednesday at Hotel Diplomat in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Mihira Bhoja was a Rajput, word Gurjar didn’t exist at the time, Karni Sena founder says

Karni Sena founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi's comment comes after row over caste of 9th century king Mihira Bhoja as UP CM Yogi Adityanath unveiled his statue, which was seen as a move to court Gurjar votes.
Two boys suffering from dengue at their home in Firozabad's Nagla Amaan village | Shubhangi Misra | ThePrint

In Firozabad, people flee or send kids away as 5 diseases are identified as ‘mystery illness’

Dengue, malaria, viral fever, scrub typhus and leptospirosis make up ‘mystery fever’ wreaking havoc in Firozabad for over a month. Official figures peg toll at 62, most are children.
File image of Mahant Narendra Giri | ANI

Mahant Giri ordered sulphas before hanging self, recorded video suicide note, UP police say

Narendra Giri’s preliminary autopsy report is believed to have concluded that he died of ‘asphyxia’ between 3 pm and 3.30 pm and had no external injuries except a lesion on neck.
File photo of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. | Photo: ANI

After university in a Jat reformer’s name, Yogi to unveil ‘Gurjar’ icon Mihira Bhoja’s statue

The UP CM will unveil a 15-foot statue of the 9th century king on the campus of Mihir Bhoj PG College in Dadri, in what is being seen as a political move ahead of polls.
At the Baghambari Mutt in Prayagraj Tuesday | Photo: Ananya Bhardwaj/ThePrint

‘Feared morphed photos with woman will be leaked’: What Mahant Giri wrote in ‘suicide note’

According to the suicide note, Mahant Narendra Giri feared his disciple Anand Giri, who has now been detained, would release the photos.
File image of Mahant Narendra Giri | ANI

Noted Hindu seer Narendra Giri found dead in suspected suicide, ‘sacked disciple’ under lens

PM Modi was among those who condoled Mahant Narendra Giri’s death. UP CM Yogi Adityanath said it is an ‘irreparable loss to spiritual world’. 
UP assembly speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit | Twitter | @Speaker_UPLA

UP speaker says ‘quoted out of context’ as his Mahatma Gandhi-Rakhi Sawant remark sparks row

At a BJP event Saturday, speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit said if people could become great just by shedding clothes, Rakhi Sawant would have been a taller personality than Gandhi.
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UP Congress leader Lalitesh Tripathi updates Twitter bio, ‘precursor’ to his exit, say leaders

Several UP Congress leaders say Lalitesh Pati Tripathi has already sent his resignation to the Congress, is likely to join Samajwadi Party.
A mother takes care of her child as he receives a treatment during the ongoing fever outbreak, in UP on 8 September 2021| ANI

Over 250 patients admitted in Kanpur, in past month, following viral fever outbreak in city

Patients have been diagnosed with dengue and malaria. However, no deaths have been reported due to these diseases and most patients have recovered, the hospital authorities said.
BJP workers with party flags at a rally (representational image) | PTI file

‘Kitty party’ clubs in cities, chaupals in villages — how BJP plans to woo UP’s ‘silent voters’

Kamal Saheli Clubs will have 500 women in every urban constituency. It will organise activities and announce winners. Gram Sabha Chaupals will sort out women’s issues in rural areas.

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File photo of Subhash Chandra | Twitter /@SubhashZEE

How media mogul Subhash Chandra managed to beat a US activist fund & hold on to Zee

Sony is merging with Zee. It will control the larger empire & infuse an additional $1.4 bn of cash into it. But the combined entity will be presided over by Punit Goenka, Chandra’s son.
File photo of CCI Chairman Ashok Kumar Gupta | Twitter/@CCI_India

Data hegemony by digital companies may lead to attention economy: CCI chief Ashok Gupta

Gupta noted that in an 'attention economy', big tech players work to capture users’ attention, build profiles of their choices and habits, then sell those profiles to advertisers.


Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat attends the conference of the Chiefs of General Staff of the SCO member states in Russia's Orenburg, on 23 September 2021 | ANI photo

CDS Bipin Rawat attends SCO military exercise in Russia’s Orenburg

The exercise has provided an opportunity to the armed forces of the SCO nations to train in counter-terrorism operations in a multinational and joint environment, officials said.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.