Monday, 17 January, 2022

Topic: Varanasi

‘Har Har Modi’ in Kashi – TV channels gave Modi a mythical status & aura none can challenge

PM Narendra Modi has achieved virtual canonisation – on TV news – in his lifetime, a feat unparalleled for the political leader of a democracy.

Modi tells BJP CMs to go for data-driven governance model based on tech, end licence raj

In an over four-hour-long meeting in Varanasi during his two-day trip to his constituency, PM Modi urged the 12 BJP CMs to ease compliance burden in every sector.

PM Modi meets BJP CMs on Varanasi visit, seeks showcase of ‘best governance’ before polls

BJP chief ministers gathered in UP have a packed itinerary, including a visit with their spouses to Ayodhya for a darshan of Ram Lalla on 15 December.

PM Modi, CM Yogi visit Kashi Vishwanath Dham, Banaras railway station shortly after midnight

In a tweet posted around 1 am, Modi said he inspected 'key development works' in the temple town of Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency since 2014.

SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav claims Kashi Vishwanath corridor approved during his term

A day before PM Narendra Modi's visit to Varanasi, Yadav claimed that he had documentary evidence to prove the project was approved during his term.

Jobs or moksha? Modi’s Kashi corridor in Varanasi comes at a price

Ghats of India’s holiest city look cleaner than when we last visited, but the rest of the city remains filthy as ever.

Kashi Vishwanath has become a construction site. Varanasi’s piousness is the cost

Many see the redevelopment of Kashi Vishwanath temple as befitting the ancient Hindu faith. But it's destroying what made Varanasi a special city.

PM Modi to inaugurate Kashi Vishwanath temple corridor in Varanasi on 13 December

A pet project of the PM, the much larger Kashi Vishwanath complex can now hold nearly 75,000 people. It’s also a key project for the Yogi Adityanath govt ahead of UP elections. 

‘Marry any man before 3rd wave’ — Big fat weddings in small towns go on Covid crash diet

Band baja weddings are back. But with decorated lawns instead of hotel venues, slimmer guest lists in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

Tracing history, significance of stolen idol of Annapurna that Yogi installed in Varanasi today

Statue was smuggled out of India by Norman MacKenzie, a Canadian lawyer and arts patron, in 1913. It was handed to Indian envoy to Canada last year but pandemic delayed its return.

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Army chief Gen M.M. Naravane addressing the annual press conference on 12 January | ANI

Many good reasons to demilitarise Siachen. But India-Pakistan ties too torn to allow it

After 10 years, India has spoken about Siachen. Army chief General Naravane said that the country wasn’t opposed to demilitarisation of the glacier.

Why domestic consumers may not be enough to power India’s economy

The Covid pandemic has hollowed out India’s middle class by destroying 10 million manufacturing jobs. For the second time in history, self-reliance might prove to be a costly mistake.


File photo of Indian and Chinese troops disengaging from the banks of the Pangong lake area in eastern Ladakh | ANI

These Chinese fears about India ‘choking’ key road are holding up Hot Springs disengagement

A 13-hour meeting of Indian and Chinese military commanders held last week ended without an agreement, and further talks are expected to be held.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.