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Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday sounded a high alert across the state after the terror attack in Punjab, officials said.

Officials said the Intelligence Bureau had tipped of Uttar Pradesh Police on “certain threat perceptions” which were “attended to immediately”.

“We are in a state of high alert. Uttar Pradesh has been on terror hit list and there have been many incidents in the past and all precautions are being taken,” a police officer told IANS.

State capital Lucknow and other sensitive places like Agra, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Mathura, Bareilly and Aligarh were put on high alert, while ani-terror squad (ATS) commandoes were deployed in Noida and Ghaziabad.

Additional Director General of Police Daljit Singh told IANS that the local intelligence units has also been sensitised about the possible threats.

Police were keeping an eye on railway stations, bus stations and all public places, he said.

Special vigil was also being maintained along India-Nepal border.

(IANS)

 

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a "Selfie with Green UP"

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day
9.26 cr saplings planted in UP on Independence Day. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, soon after the record was breached, congratulated officials over the feat.

Briefing reporters on the success, Minister of Forests and Environment, Dara Singh Chauhan said at the last count, 9.26 crore saplings had been planted across the state and the number was likely to go up when a final headcount will be done within a day.

Adityanath planted saplings at Kusmahi forest in Gorakhpur while Governor Ram Naik planted a sapling at the Gomti riverfront in the state capital.

Sapling Plantation
A plantation drive in Ghaziabad.

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a “Selfie with Green UP”, a campaign which was an instant hit, with many social organisations, schools and even bureaucrats clicking selfie pictures with plants.

MPs, legislators, women, youth, public representatives and NCC cadets also participated in the plantation drive that went on through out the day, officials told IANS.

Also Read: Van Mahotsav: The Festival of Plantation Drive in India

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) S.K. Upadhyaya said that the last date of the ‘selfie with green UP’ campaign would go on till August 20, after which the best selfies would be selected and awarded at district level. (IANS)

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