Unnao rape: BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar chargesheeted by CBI

The CBI on Monday chargesheeted Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar for the alleged rape of a minor girl in Unnao at his residence on June 4 last year.

In the charge sheet filed in special CBI court here, Sengar and his associate Shashi Singh have been charged with criminal conspiracy and other offences under IPC and section 3 and 4 of the The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) which relates to rape of minors.

Lucknow varsity shut after attack on teachers

Lucknow University was closed on Wednesday till further orders after a group of students protesting over admission to the new academic session attacked teachers, injuring over a dozen of them. LU vice chancellor SP Singh said the youths claimed they were from the Samajwadi Party.

Ram Temple: VHP itching to restart stir, Yogi urges patience

With the Vishwa Hindu Parishad indicating that it may restart its movement for Ram Temple in Ayodhya, saying the organisation will consult saints on the “future course of action” if the Supreme Court does not give its verdict on the issue in next three to four months, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday urged the Hindu seers to show patience on the issue since the government was bound by democratic norms.

‘EVM snags dangerous trend for democracy’

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday termed as a “dangerous trend for democracy” EVMs developing snags in “areas having SP and RLD influence” and demanded that all future elections be conducted through paper ballots.

Modi to kick off poll campaign from Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off his campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from his constituency Varanasi. The prime minister, according to party sources, is likely to visit Varanasi in mid-June and he will be accompanied by BJP president Amit Shah. With the rally in Varanasi, the prime minister has an eye on Bihar, which is an adjoining state.

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.