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Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in India.  It covers about 7 per cent of the total area of India.  In area, it ranks fourth. 

Uttar Pradesh is bounded by Uttaranchal and Nepal in north, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in south, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi in west and Bihar and Jharkhand in east.  The main rivers of the state from west to east are the Yamuna, the Ganga, the Ramganga, the Gomati, emerge from the Himalayas.  The Yamuna and the Ganga flow from north-east to south-west in their upper mountainous courses, from north to the south in western parts of the state and thereafter from north-west to south-east, joining at Allahabad.


U.P. is the largest producer of food grains and oilseeds in the country.  It leads all the states in India in the production of wheat, maize, barley, gram, sugarcane and potatoes.  The state (‘India’s Sugar Bowl’) produces about one-half of the total sugarcane output in the country.

Agra (World famous Taj Mahal, Sikandara, Agra Fort, Fathepur Sikri) and Allahabad (pilgrimage centre) are important cities.  Vindhyachal, Ayodhya, Chitrakoot, Prayag, Jogeshwar, Naimisharanya, Vrindhavan, Deva Sharief Pearanklar, Sharvasti, Kuhsinagar, Sankisa, Kampil, Piprahva and Kaushambi are important places of pilgrimage.  Sangam in Allahabad, Hindon (Ghaziabad) and Tanda waterfalls in Faizabad, Kasauni and Dudhwa Sanctuary are places with great scenic beauty.  In January 2004, 8 million pilgrims are estimated to have taken a holy dip at Kumbh Nagar, Allahabad.
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In a quick reaction to allegations that her Ministerial colleague Anand Sen Yadav was involved in the kidnapping of a Dalit girl, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Tuesday recommended a CBI inquiry and simultaneously asked him . . . . . (Minister Quits; Mayawati For Cbi Probe Into Kidnap Case, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Indian-American Menu Khator has become the first person of Indian origin to be appointed as the head of the prestigious University of Houston (UH), which has more than 56,000 students on its rolls. (Indian-American Elected To Lead Houston Varsity, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

WORK for every hand, bread for every stomach, land for the landless, protection for small farmers and traders, change in the present economic policies.” (Rallying Forces For Land, Frontline, Purnima S. Tripathi, Nov 07, 2007)

IN western India, from the 2nd century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D., there was a prolific creation of art in caves hewn out of rock. (Mind Over Matter, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

The report of the third National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3), released in the second week of October, has immense significance for policymakers in health, nutrition, education and gender issues. (Plight Of Women And Children, Frontline, T.K. RAJALAKSHMI, Nov 07, 2007)

IN October, Karnataka was mired in political shenanigans and uncertainties. With the transfer of power from the Janata Dal (Secular) to its coalition partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), not taking off, hell broke loose as the political . . . . ("The Ideology Is Only In Speeches": , Frontline, Ravi Sharma , Nov 07, 2007)

Last week UP Chief Minister Mayawati introduced in the state Assembly the long-awaited Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Bill, 2007, with a view to eliminating organised crime root and branch. Modelled on the law enacted in Maharashtra . . . . (Crime Syndicates, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 06, 2007)

Muslim clerics and the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board have now a new cause to pursue - opposition to the mandatory registration of marriages as directed by the Supreme Court. (Undoing Idea Of Secular India, Pioneer, A Surya Prakash, Nov 06, 2007)

The Bahujan Samaj Party will contest all 182 Assembly seats in Gujarat to offer a “third alternative” in the State. (Bsp To Contest All Seats In Gujarat, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

No soon do elections come around that the political parties start looking for the voters they had discarded for the previous five years. (Clueless Congress, Asian Age, Seema Mustafa, Nov 05, 2007)

The Andhra Pradesh police has re-opened a 31-year-old case that symbolised a defining moment in the blood-soaked Naxalite history. A senior Maoist leader was arrested and produced before a local court yesterday. (Andhra Reopens 31-Yr-Old Naxalite Case , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

The Punjab government’s decision to implement police reforms in the state is welcome. (Reforming The Police, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 05, 2007)

Even as the state police department has come across links of some big business houses of Maharashtra with some militant groups of the state, the local police today busted an inter-state gang involved in providing financial support . . . . . (Gang Supplying Money To Militants Busted , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday sought permission of the Supreme Court to initiate criminal prosecution against Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, party general secretary Amar Singh and others in illegal allotment of plots . . . . . . (Up Govt Moves Sc To Prosecute Mulayam In Land Scam Case , The Economic Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

Mayawati’s call for trifurcation of Uttar Pradesh may have evoked no political reaction and very little media attention but it certainly comes as a surprise. (Special Article, Statesman, Sumer Kaul, Nov 03, 2007)

THE ghost of an outspoken judge is haunting the Indian establishment. A pronouncement by Justice Anand Narain Mulla of the Allahabad High Court nearly half a century ago is often quoted even today. (A Criminal Force?, Tribune, PUNYAPRIYA DASGUPTA, Nov 03, 2007)

The most defining incident for the Naxalites was re-opened today when senior most Maoist leader from West Bengal Tusharkant Bhattacharya was produced in Luxxadipet Court in Adilabad district for his involvement in two murder cases thirty one years ago. (Historic Naxalite Case Re-Opened, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

In introducing a Bill to check organised crime in her state -- when passed, it will be called the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act (UPCOCA) -- Chief Minister Mayawati has taken a step towards fulfilling a key election promise. (Maya Versus Mafia, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

After Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi challenged heir-apparent Rahul Gandhi to 'convince' Gujarat, the Congress threw an open challenge back at Modi -- "have a debate on any developmental issue". (Congress Dares Modi On 'Development Debate', Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

Former CM and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday expressed his doubt over UP CM Mayawati’s intention behind introducing the proposed Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act (UPCOCA) and challenged her to use the . . . . (‘Proposed Law Aimed At Intimidating Sp’, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)


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