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Journalist’s killing: Case registered against two people


Lucknow: A case was registered against two people for allegedly trying to arm-twist the family of a journalist who was burnt to death in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Monday.
Shahjahanpur-based journalist Jagendra Singh’s family said some people close to Uttar Pradesh Minister Ram Moorti Verma, who has been accused of ordering Singh’s killing, were forcing them to withdraw the case and go in for a settlement.

The family lodged a complaint with Deputy Inspector General (Bareilly) R.K.S. Rathore, who ordered that the people named by Singh’s family should be arrested at the earliest.

The journalist was allegedly set on fire during a police raid at his house in Sadar Bazar area on June 1. His family alleged that police officials set him on fire. Singh died from the injuries on June 8.


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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"

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.

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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)