Ratan Lal, an assistant professor at Delhi University (DU), was arrested on May 20, over his Facebook post regarding the ongoing Gyanvapi Mosque row. Lal was arrested on the grounds that his post "promoted enmity" between communal groups, and allegedly aimed at disturbing peace and harmony. Following his arrest, DU's left-wing student groups like AISA and SFI staged protest outside Maurice Nagar police station.
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AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed the BJP led central government and stated that they have taken the country back to 90s, the "era of riots". The statement has come amid the ongoing Gyanvapi Mosque row in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi. After a Shivling was allegedly found inside the mosque, the court ordered the area to be sealed. Owaisi said that the court order was "wrong".
A plea has been filed in Varanasi Court on May 18, seeking permission to demolish the wall beside the Wazukhana where the Shivling is claimed to have been found. Advocate for the petitioner Vishnu Shankar Jain said that the demolition of the said wall will help them "enter further" into the matter. Furthermore, court has removed Advocate Commissioner Ajay Mishra for leaking the contents of the survey.
Wazukhana in Gyanvapi mosque has been sealed by order of the Varanasi civil court, on May 17, after a big Shivling was found. Reportedly, a well like structure was found in the Wazukhana. After the water level was reduced, a big Shivling was found. The Shivling has a diameter of 4 metres and a height of around 3 feet. "The area has been sealed," reported ANI.
India and United Arab Emirates committed to expedite skills development between the youth of the two countries. On May 10, India and UAE signed MoU, decided to develop a Skill India International Centre in Varanasi to enable Indian youth in pursuing foreign employment opportunities. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan mentioned that India is a valuable partner to the UAE and other countries, it will drive economic success of India, the world… read-more
In a tragic incident, four persons were killed due to a massive fire that broke out at a saree factory in Varanasi, on April 14. While the workers were cooking food, synthetic materials kept nearby caught fire. The fire was doused and the bodies have been sent for post mortem, reported PTI. UP CM Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 4 lakh to the family of deceased.
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The Election Commission ordered action against ADM of Varanasi NK Singh over allegations of transferring EVM machines, ahead of UP 2022 Poll results. The orders came on March 9, a day after the SP President Akhilesh Yadav's allegations on Varanasi ADM for transferring EVMs, without informing locals. As per sources, the EC asked UP Chief Election Officer to take strict actions against Singh for violating rules.… read-more
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In Uttar Pradesh, teachers of varanasi took out "pink rallies" to create voting awareness amongst voters, on February 24. Ahead of the fifth- phase of UP elections, teachers wearing pink outfits, riding pink scooters launched the rallies, asking voters, especially women to perform their franchise and vote. They started from police cross line, Varanasi and will end at the same point, covering 10 km. Fifth-phase election are on February 25.
PM Narendra Modi addressed 10,000 BJP workers in Varanasi, on January 18. Meeting, scheduled ahead of the UP Assembly elections was to discuss poll strategies. PM Modi asked karyakartas to inform people about the BJP's achievement, government schemes and importance of voting. PM Modi also emphasized on educating farmers of the State to use fertilizer and agriculture schemes. Notably, this is the first interaction between Modi and Karyakartas… read-more
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Ahead of the UP elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually interact with BJP workers in Varanasi, on January 18 at 11 am. After the announcement of the election, this will be the PM's first political interaction. Meanwhile, all the physical rallies have been suspended till January 22, due to Covid-19. The PM will give victory mantra to workers and ask them to inform people about welfare schemes, sources said.