Uttar Pradesh

India: Fire erupts at tannery in Chakeri area

Kanpur: Sudden eruption of fire flares in a tannery of Chakeri area created panic among the labourers working there on Tuesday morning. 

According to the available reports, a tannery situated at Shivgodavri area of Chakeri caught fire suddenly. The labourers started running out in panic. The rising flares also caused fear. 

The police and the Fire Brigade were immediately informed of the fire. The fire tender doused the erupting fire. 

The tannery owner said that the damage worth Rs one lakh has been effected. The timely dousing of the fire saved heavy losses. 

India: Woman raped by occultist in UP

Shahjahanpur, May 21 (PTI) A 25-year-old woman has alleged that she was raped by an occultist in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur district, police said on Tuesday.

The incident took place in Samastipur village under Madnapur police station area on Sunday, they said.

On the pretext of curing the woman of some ailment, the occultist, identified as Pramod, took her into the jungle after sending her husband away. He allegedly raped her there, Madnapur police station in-charge Mohd Kasim said.

India: Welcome decision to sack me: Rajbhar

Lucknow, May 20 (PTI) A disgruntled Om Prakash Rajbhar on Monday welcomed the decision by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to sack him as an Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister.

Asked about the possibility of going with the BSP-SP-RLD alliance, Rajbhar said he would tell about it later.

"We welcome the decision (to sack me). The decision taken by the chief minister was a delayed one," Rajbhar said. "Had the decision been taken around 20 days ago, it would have been much better."

India: Five child delinquents run away from reformatory

Kanpur: Five juvenile delinquents succeeded in running away from the child reformatory at Naubasta area here on Monday. They cut the upper storey window grills and descended with the help of rope prepared with various clothes. This sudden fact came to be known when the caretaker started counting the number of child delinquents. The police was immediately informed about the matter. 

India: Woman arrested for killing husband with lover's help

Muzaffarnagar, May 20 (PTI) Shamli police have arrested a woman, her lover and two others for allegedly beating her husband to death in the district's Khedi Kemru village, officials said on Monday.

The body of the deceased, Harish alias Sonu (31), was found in a drain on May 15, they said.

Earlier, based on a complaint lodged by Harish's mother, police had arrested his brother-in-law, Shivam, and another relative, Mohit, for the murder.

Indian Polls: How the BJP crafted its campaign in prized Varanasi

Varanasi, May 17 (PTI) Voters may complain that the competitive zing was missing in the prime minister's constituency but the BJP had a clear-cut strategy to keep the campaign ship sailing -- entrusting senior leaders and celebrities to canvass for votes while a handful of carefully chosen lieutenants managed the back end.

A string of senior leaders such as Sushma Swaraj and Yogi Adityanath visited the town to address meetings and Bhojpuri showbiz stars Manoj Tiwari and Nirahua added a dash of glamour in the campaigning for the BJP's most prestigious seat.

India: Naidu meets Akhilesh, will call on Mayawati next

Lucknow, May 18 (PTI) TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu Saturday met Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav here and was set to call on Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati later, continuing his efforts to put together a coalition to form the next government at the Centre.

He reached the state capital after meetings in New Delhi with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, CPI leaders G Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and LJD leader Sharad Yadav.

How long will persist tanneries' closure, rue owners?

Kanpur: Anguished with closure of the tanneries the owners appear  extremely disappointed. Some of them even are trying to find other occupation for the livelihood. They are concerned at the longevity of the leather business which had been started by their ancestors in Jajmau area of the city. 

As regards the flow of tanneries' discharge into the river Ganga they in a very clear tone maintain that they are not the culprits. They pay the user charge for sending the discharge into the plant. 

Indian Polls: Outsiders threatening voters in Varanasi: Mayawati

Lucknow, May 17 (PTI) BSP chief Mayawati Friday alleged that outsiders are being used to lure and threaten voters in Varanasi to ensure a win for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked why the EC was not focusing on the constituency.

Slamming the Election Commission, she asked why the poll body was not keeping a watch on Varanasi like it was doing in West Bengal.

India: First landline connection began in city on Aug 27, 1947

Kanpur: Today is World Communication Day and we have now been experiencing the famous line of Duniya mutthi mein. Let us know about the first landline connection released in the name of the Nagar Nigam's chief health officer Radha Raman Srivastava in the district on August 27, 1947.

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