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Sandhya Sahani, a 15-year-old student who rows a boat everyday to reach school.

Sandhya Sahani, a fifteen-year-old girl from Gorakhpur, rows a boat to reach school everyday. She is in 11th standard, and the name of her school is Ayodhya Das Girls Inter College which is situated in the Brahmapur region of Gorakhpur.

The reason why Sahani has to row a boat to reach school is because recently an enormous flood hit Gorakhpur, a city in Uttar Pradesh. Therefore, because of water-logging, she had to take this extreme step.

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The survey was conducted in the five states that will go to the polls next year -- Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.

A total of 43.8 per cent respondents in the ABP-CVOTER-IANS BATTLE FOR THE STATES - WAVE 1 survey feel that their 'life and the country both are in a poor state'. The survey was conducted in the five states that will go to the polls next year -- Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.

The survey found that overall, 13.3 per cent said the 'country is moving forward but not my life', 29.3 per cent said the 'country is moving forward and my life too', while 5 per cent said that 'life is improving but the country is in poor state'. In the 'country is moving forward but not my life' category, 23.3 per cent respondents are from Manipur, followed by 11.2 per cent from UP, 11.1 per cent from Uttarakhand, 7 per cent from Goa and 2.8 per cent from Punjab.

person holding 500 rupees The survey found that overall, 13.3 per cent said the 'country is moving forward but not my life' Photo by Ayaneshu Bhardwaj on Unsplash

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The worlds tallest flying bird has been getting a new lease of life in the Indian state where it enjoys the status of official state bird - Uttar Pradesh

The worlds tallest flying bird has been getting a new lease of life in the Indian state where it enjoys the status of official state bird - Uttar Pradesh (UP). Uttar Pradesh is known as a stronghold of the sarus crane, Indias only resident breeding crane.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has included this bird in its red list of threatened species (also known as the IUCN Red List or Red Data Book). As per bird count data of 2018, there were only around 25,000 Sarus Cranes in the entire world, and significantly the birds in Uttar Pradesh make up more than half the global population at around 14000.

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While scientists are "puzzled" how the species is thriving in the most populous state and is living in harmony with people. The farmers and villagers say that the bird Saras is entwined in the culture and mythology of the state. "They have been here for more than thousands of years. Sage Valmiki has references in his epic Ramayana. In Buddhism, it's said that in Lumbini, Prince Sidharth Gautam of the kingdom of Kapilvastu, is supposed to have rescued a wounded crane and saved it from his cousin Devdatta. Driven by this spiritual link, Lumbini has taken strides in protecting critical species and their farm habitats.

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In modern-day, Sarus Cranes hold a special relationship with the farmers of Lumbini as their presence in the paddy fields is believed to be indicative of healthy wetlands, a harbinger of good monsoon and good crops. Today the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) with the help of the forest department successfully runs a Sarus Crane Breeding Centre in Lumbini near Gorakhpur.

Around 70% of the population of Sarus is found in UP, the rest are distributed in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, West Bengal and the northeastern states.

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While around 70% of the population of Sarus is found in UP, the rest are distributed in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, West Bengal and the northeastern states.

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In UP, Sarus cranes are mainly found in south-west and central regions, in Mainpuri, Etawah, Aligarh, Etah, Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur, Shahjahanpur Barabanki and Hardoi districts. The Sarus Crane Conservation Project, run across 10 districts of the state by the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), in collaboration with Tata Trusts and with support from the UP Forest Department. The project works through local volunteers known as "Sarus Mitra" or Friends of the Sarus. Their efforts have led to the rise in Sarus numbers in the state.

Last Sunday, on a rainy and cloudy morning we were looking for monsoon birds in the wetlands and cultivated lands near Sultanpur, in Gurugram when we heard the "call", followed by another, then another. We followed the calls and saw two pairs of Sarus cranes in the paddy lands running, hopping and jumping. Surroundings were filled with their calls.

"It's their (Sarus) mating calls," said the birder and photographer Kamal Sahansi. Sarus cranes often make vocal calls together, known as a "unison call", the male starts the call while the female finishes.

When courting a mate, the male Sarus engages in elaborate "dances" interlaced with loud trumpeting calls. He hops, skips, and jumps to get their would-be mate's attention.

The male is about 6 ft tall, his wings spread over 8-10 feet and dancing in front of the female who is slightly shorter than the male. The bare red skin of the adult's head and neck are brighter during the breeding monsoon season.

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The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath.

The Chief Minister's helpline in Uttar Pradesh has proved to be a boon for the needy during the corona pandemic. The helpline has resolved complaints of more than 54.5 lakh people. During the second wave of the corona, a total of 26,96,832 infected people, living in home isolation or hospital isolation, have been assisted by the helpline, giving information about health and other problems.

According to the government spokesman, the Chief Minister's helpline call center was started two years ago. The helpline receives 35,000 calls daily, mainly about departmental schemes, the status of complaints. Around 5,000 complaints are registered daily and about 50,000 outgoing calls are made by the helpline workers.

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