Under construction flyover collapses in Varanasi, 18 dead

A portion of an under construction flyover, near the railway station here, collapsed on Tuesday killing at least 18 persons while more were feared trapped under the debris.

Eighteen bodies have been recovered from the Varanasi flyover collapse  site, UP Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar told PTI in Lucknow. The incident occurred post-noon, and some vehicles, including a bus, were crushed in the collapse, he said. At least three persons had been rescued, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) official said.

UP ATS arrests 10 for terror funding

The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh police has arrested 10 persons, who it claimed were linked with Lashker-e-Taiba and allegedly involved in terror-funding activities.

Jaitley files nomination; contest imminent with 14 nominees for 10 seats

With 14 candidates, from Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and other bigwigs to an independent, entering the fray for ten vacant Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh, a contest to the Parliament's Upper House became imminent today.

"As many as 11 BJP candidates and an independent filed their nomination papers today. This takes the total number of candidates in the fray to 14, with SP's Jaya Bachchan and BSP's Bhimrao Ambedkar having already filed nominations earlier," returning officer Poonam Saxena told PTI.

Kasganj clashes: Prime accused in murder of youth arrested

The prime accused in the murder of Chandan Gupta in Kasganj was arrested on Wednesday as the strife-torn western Uttar Pradesh town, which saw communal clashes last week, moved towards normalcy despite tension in some pockets, officials said.

BJP stirs Kasganj cauldron as Centre seeks report from state

The Centre has sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government on the communal clashes in Kasganj, where one person was killed and two others were injured in the clashes that followed stone-pelting by a mob on a motorcycle rally taken out to celebrate the Republic Day. At least three shops, two buses and a car were torched in the violence.

16 dead, 100 scorched in NTPC boiler blast in Rae Bareli

A massive explosion ripped a boiler in the state-run power giant NTPC’s Unchahar plant in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district on Wednesday, killing at least 16 persons while 90 to 100 suffered severe burn injuries, officials said. The NTPC initiated a probe to ascertain the reasons behind the blast while Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 for the grievously injured besides Rs 25,000 for other injured workers, they added.

Swiss couple attack: 3 held as govt goes into damage control mode

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons have both written to the UP government seeking strict action in the attack on Swiss tourist couple at Agra’s Fatehpur Sikri.

The couple was attacked by four youths  leaving them battered and bruised after which three of them were arrested on Thursday. The incident came to light a day after the conclusion of the ‘Paryatan Parv’, India’s biggest tourism festival which is aimed at increasing the tourist footfall in the country.

Yogi govt proposes Lord Ram statue in Ayodhya

The Yogi Adityanath government plans to install a statue of Lord Rama on banks of the River Saryu and organise a grand Diwali this time in Ayodhya by illuminating the town and lighting 1.71 lakh earthen diyas. The statue will be installed only after clearance from the National Green Tribunal, Principal Secretary Tourism Awanish Awasthi said.

A series of programmes have been scheduled for October 18 to celebrate Diwali in the town. A “Deepotsav” will be organised on Ram Ki Paidi where 1.71 lakh diyas will be lit, he said while giving a presentation to Governor Ram Naik on Monday.