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A medic sorts samples for Covid-19 rapid antigen testing in New Delhi in July 2020 | Kamal Kishore Nath | PTI

Covid testing in UP rises nearly nine times since June, govt now targets 1.5 lakh tests a day

On Sunday, UP reported the largest share in national testing at 1,30,445 tests. This is a nine-fold increase from 23 June when 14,676 tests were conducted.
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Uttar Pradesh now among India’s 5 worst Covid-hit states, cases double in 3 weeks

UP — just behind Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka — has recorded 1.63 lakh cases so far, with active cases at 50,242.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrives to attend the Winter session of State Assembly in Lucknow | PTI

UP MLAs attending monsoon session to undergo Covid tests after 20 staffers test positive

The positive tests have cast a shadow on the assembly session set to begin Friday, with the opposition questioning the Yogi govt on preparedness.
File photo | PM Narendra Modi being presented with a memento by Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath during the Ayodhya Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan | PTI

Not Modi, not Yogi, it is Ram versus the rest for the BJP in UP 2022 election

Modi-Shah’s BJP knows the politics of George Bush-esque's binaries is clever and pushes opponents into a corner. That’s exactly what happened with the Ayodhya bhoomi pujan.
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath | ANI

Yogi Adityanath is the ‘best chief minister in India,’ only not in Uttar Pradesh

India Today’s ‘Mood of the Nation’ survey overplays Yogi Adityanath’s ratings in an all-India survey, and downplays the lacklustre ratings he gets within Uttar Pradesh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath waters Parijaat sapling ahead of the inception of Bhoomi Pujan for the construction of Ram Temple. | PTI

PM Modi’s foresight paved way for peaceful resolution of Ram temple issue, says Adityanath

Speaking on the occasion of the bhoomi pujan at Ayodhya, the UP Chief Minister said people have struggled for 500 years for the construction of Ram temple.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a cabinet meeting Monday | Photo: ANI

‘Do gaz doori’ at Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan as trust prunes invite list amid Covid scare

The trust is now inviting 162 people to the event, which will follow social distancing guidelines. Only four people will accompany PM Modi on stage, including CM Yogi.
Wall paintings featuring Lord Ram in Ayodhya. | Photo: Prashant Srivastava/ThePrint

Loudspeakers, LED screens, 3D rangolis — ‘limited entry’ plan for Ram temple event in Ayodhya

Ram Mandir trust general secretary Champat Rai says Covid guidelines will be fully complied with during bhoomi pujan ceremony, and only invitees will be allowed.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath | Photo: ANI

Yogi govt says will pay salary dues to ‘women helpline’ staffers soon, service to continue

Women employees of the helpline had threatened to launch hungerstrike if their demands were not met. '181' will now be merged with ‘112’ police helpline.
Women employees of the 181 helpline in Uttar Pradesh protesting outside the CM's residence in Lucknow. | Photo: Special arrangement

Over 350 employees of UP ‘women helpline’ not paid salary for a year, threaten hunger strike

361 employees of the women counselling helpline ‘181’ have not been paid since June 2019. One worker died by suicide this month. Yogi govt says will resolve the issue soon.

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File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.