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Lucknow: Vice-chairpersons of all development authorities in UP have been directed to assist people by providing an online facility to address within a time limit.

Aiming to improve authorities’ existing image, Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan advised authorities to develop their land banks and ensure necessary action for providing maximum residential facilities to the public at reasonable rates.

Alok Ranjan is a 1978 batch IAS officer who assumed office in 2014, replacing former chief secretary Javed Usmani. Usmani  currently serves as the Chief Information Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh who was the Chief Secretary to the Government of Uttar Pradesh from March 2012 to May 2014.

He said that review meetings would not be held on the basis of dates anymore, but rather on-the-spot physical inspection would be undertaken. Immediately after the review meeting, he undertook a surprise on-the-spot inspection of the under-construction Lucknow Haat Avadh Shilp Gram project and issued directions to complete it latest by April 2016.

Instructions have also been issued to senior officials of the housing development department that monthly progress of disposal of cases in Samadhan Diwas held on every Thursday by development authorities should be reviewed and apprised to senior officials.(IANS)

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Shia Board to Gift 10 Silver Arrows for Proposed Lord Ram’s Statue in Ayodhya

As a token of honour, Shia Board commits to gift 10 silver arrows for Lord Ram Temple in Ayodhya proposed under Uttar Pradesh Government

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Lucknow, October 17: As a token of honor, Shia Board commits to gift 10 silver arrows for Lord Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The statue of Lord Ram is proposed under UP Government that is expected to cost Rs 330 Crores.

After embracing Yogi Adityanath government’s step in building a 100-meter high statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya on the banks of Saryu river, the Uttar Pradesh Shia Board has announced to gift 10 silver arrows as a mark of respect.

“UP government’s decision to erect a statue of Lord Ram is commendable. In keeping with the Ganga-Jamuni tehezeeb of Awadh, these silver arrows would be just a token of admiration and esteem in which Shias hold Lord Ram,” he said in a letter to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Chairman of the Shia Central Waqf Board, Waseem Rizvi put forth that it would be a stance of pride for Indians for the high budgeted statue would mark Uttar Pradesh on the world map.

The Lord Ram’s statue has been proposed by the state government under Navya Ayodhya plan which would cost about Rs 330 crores. This Ayodhya redevelopment proposal aims to establish schemes for the welfare of the local community and to create a tourist friendly city.

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The response comes back few days after the All India Muslim Personal Law Board members Zafaryab Jilani and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi criticised the UP government’s plan.

Both had stated the Ram Temple as an unlawful construction, appending it to be a violation of secular principles for the government to comprehend in such state projects.

Adding to it, he spoke on a historical aspect that the Nawabs of the region had shown high respect towards the temples in Ayodhya in 1739.

Chairman Waseem Rizvi had stressed on the construction of the Lord Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya in the past while being adjoining the Samajwadi Party leader and former UP minister Azam Khan.

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SC asks UP govt to encourage electric cremation at the burning ground near Taj Mahal

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to encourage the people to opt for electric cremation instead of going for the traditional method to cremate their dead ones at a cremation ground in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal.

Asking the Uttar Pradesh government to make electric cremation free from January 1, a bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice C. Nagappan said that people should be made aware of the importance of opting for the electric crematorium in order to save the Taj Mahal from the smoke emitting from the traditional method of cremation.

Its suggestion came as the state government expressed its difficulty in stopping the traditional method of cremation at the cremation ground near Taj Mahal as it involved the beliefs and sentiments of the people.

The court said that the Central Pollution Control Board would suggest the methods that could be adopted so that the emission of smoke from burning pyres could be minimized.

Asking the Uttar Pradesh government to make a comprehensive plan for the development and beautification of the entire area, including the cremation ground, the court said that people needed to be made aware of the hazards that smokes from traditional methods of cremation is causing to historic monuments.

The court order came in the course of the hearing in the wake of a letter from Justice Kurian Joseph – a sitting judge of the apex court – pointing out the danger to the Taj Mahal from the smoke and ash flying from the cremation ground located about 500 meters from the historic monument.

Justice Joseph noticed this during his recent visit to Taj Mahal. (IANS)

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Akhilesh seeks Parrikar’s ‘working permission’ on pending projects in Lucknow

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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has sought Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s help in getting “working permission” from the army to complete various pending projects in Lucknow, an official said on Thursday.

In a letter to Parrikar, Yadav also expressed hope that the projects, including construction of roads and a flyover, would be completed at the earliest with the defence ministry’s cooperation.

He pointed out that the state government has time and again been making requests to the defence ministry but to no avail.

In case prompt approval is given by the defence ministry, work on the road and bridge can be expedited and completed for the benefit of the people, Yadav said. (IANS)

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