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Shops, selling Banarasi silk saris, closed in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, in the wake of the lockdown | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Banarasi silk industry has a Covid fear: Indian festivals may never be the same again

Varanasi textile traders say the industry was already affected due to demonetisation and GST, and the Covid-19 lockdown was a ‘double whammy’. 
A locality in Varanasi | By special arrangement

Varanasi shuts down as infected pharmacist causes surge in Covid cases

Varanasi district sees spike in cases over the past 3 days with its total now rising to 60, including nine personnel from one police station.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Mahabharata war won in 18 days, but fight against coronavirus will take 21 days, says Modi

In his interaction with the people of his parliamentary constituency Varanasi through video conference, Modi urged people to strictly follow the rules of the lockdown.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi | File photo | Kamal Kishore | PTI

PM Narendra Modi lays foundation of 50 projects worth Rs 1,254 crore in Varanasi

PM Modi also flagged off the IRCTC's 'Maha Kaal Express', the first overnight private train to connect three Jyotirling pilgrim centres of Varanasi, Ujjain and Omkareshwar.
The river Ganga in Varanasi

Varanasi to help Amritsar to ensure all-round development under Smart Cities Mission

The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has paired up 20 best performing cities with the 20 bottom cities and they will work as 'sister cities' under the mission.
Mohammed Vakil, father of 8-year-old boy Sageer, with his other sons

Week after death of Varanasi boy during CAA protest, family yet to get post-mortem report

Mohammad Sageer was killed in a stampede during CAA protests. Varanasi DM questions the need for a post-mortem report when ‘everyone saw he died in stampede’.
14-month-old Champak is being taken care of by her aunt, in Varanasi

Varanasi toddler hasn’t been breastfed for days as parents were arrested during CAA protest

Family of 14-month-old Champak write to PM Modi, urging him to take note. They say Champak’s parents were sitting at a peaceful protest when they were arrested.
Stubble burning

Take a leaf out of Kejriwal’s strategies in Delhi, AAP tells CPCB on tackling pollution

AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha said it was "distressing" that PM Modi's Varanasi constituency had recorded the highest levels of pollution.
AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visits BHU Trauma Centre to check on the victims of the firing over a land dispute in Sonbhadra | ANI Photo

Sonbhadra massacre: Priyanka Gandhi detained on her way to meet victims of UP shootout

At least 10 people were killed Thursday in a shootout that ensued after a row over a land dispute in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh.

On Camera

A man watches a television news report on the confrontation between Indian and Pakistani fighter jets in an electronics store in New Delhi

Don’t go looking for fire in TV news anchors’ belly. It’s China, not Pakistan

Be it Aaj Tak, ABP News, Zee News, or Republic TV, there was no fire and brimstone, no grand claims of India destroying enemy China, all of which is reserved for Pakistan.

Stray trains: Poor planning by Indian Railways or overwhelming load on some routes?

The Indian Railways reacted to the controversy over ‘stray trains’ by calling it “route rationalisation” of Shramik Specials, which are meant to ferry migrant workers back home.

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Representational image of Chinese soldiers

India waits for China’s diplomatic words to ‘translate into action on ground’ at LAC in Ladakh

Chinese diplomats said Wednesday situation at the border with India is ‘overall stable and controllable’, and that the countries must ‘enhance mutual trust’.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

PM, CM, DM: India’s 3 big power centres have been exposed by one disaster

The prime minister, chief minister and district magistrate are the three engines of India’s governance, but their handling of the coronavirus pandemic is going awry.