Uttar Pradesh proposes international airport at Kushinagar in a bid to boost ‘Buddhist circuit’ news
New Delhi/Lucknow: The state government of the
north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has floated the idea of an
international airport at Kushinagar in order to boost tourism and
regional development on the ‘Buddhist circuit’. The ‘circuit’ would
cover Sarnath, Kushinagar, Sankisa, Kaushambi, Shravasti and Kapilvastu.
these small cities are historical sites associated with the life of
Gautam Buddha, from whom the religion draws its name. These
destinations are expected to attract pilgrims and backpackers from all
over the world, especially Japan and south-east Asian countries, where
Buddhism is the dominant religion.
The state government says
that the immense potential of the circuit still remains to be unlocked
due to lack of infrastructure facilities and general government apathy.
state government has invited bids from reputed consultancy firms for
preparing a comprehensive project report for an integrated development
of the Buddhist circuit in the public-private partnership (PPP) mode on
a design-build-finance-operate-transfer (DBFOT) basis. They will also
prepare bid documents and a concession agreement for the development of
an international airport at Kushinagar. The last date for submitting
bids is 22 August. The winning firm will also officiate as project
The state tourism department will hold a pre-bid
discussion on 18 August for interested parties to seek clarification or
information regarding the bid.
The Uttar Pradesh government has proposed amending the law to
enable girls get equal rights of inheritance in their parents’
agriculture land, an official said Wednesday.
The government Tuesday proposed amendment in the UP Zamindari
Abolition and Land Reform (ZALR) Act 1950 to give girls equal rights in
their parents’ agriculture land.
The act would be amended during the monsoon session of the state assembly, starting August 18.
Women social activists have hailed the government’s decision and said the move was long overdue.
“In a way, the move is revolutionary. It is really heartening that
now the daughters will get equal rights in landed properties of their
father,” Roop Rekha Verma, former Lucknow University vice-chancellor
and a social activist, told IANS.
Another social activist Shalini Mathur said: “Women have always been
neglected in areas of ’satta’ (power), ’shiksha’ (education) and
Lucknow (PTI): Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Mayawati today accused the Centre of not supporting her
government and said despite lack of help, the BSP regime in the state
had ensured all round development through its own resources.
“Though the state did not get support
of Centre, the government succeded in ensuring development of
Bundelkhand and other regions by using its own resources,” Mayawati
said in her address after unfurling the national flag at Vidhan Bhawan
“Political freedom was not the ultimate
objectives of the freedom fighters. We should think how much we have
moved forward in ensuring social and economic freedom for the people,”
Mayawati said hailing the contribution of freedom fighters who laid
down their lives for the country.
“Our objective is to make an
egalitarian society and our government is working for “Sarv Jan Hitay
Sarvjan Sukhai” by ending jungleraj in the state”, Mayawati said while
praising policemen for their contribution in maintaining law and order
in the state.
“Rule of law has been established in the state and priority is being given to give justice to poor and needy”, she said.
Claiming that a number of initiatives
had been taken by her government for rural, health and infrastructure
development in the state, Mayawati said the state was moving forward
with its own resources.
ISI agent, terrorist nabbed from Bahraich, Ghaziabad
LUCKNOW: The Anti-Terrorist Squad
(ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday nabbed a Pakistani spy from
Bahraich and a militant of Jamait-Ul-Mujahideen (JuM) from Ghaziabad in
simultaneous raids that continued well past mid-night. Both the accused were
Pakistani citizens and were sent by the ISI to trigger off terror strikes in
Though the investigators were yet to pick up any specific clue
which could establish that they had some plans for the near future, senior
officers have not ruled out possibilities of the module wrecking havoc during
the Independence Day celebrations.
Inspector General (IG) ATS, AK
Jain told TOI that the ISI agent, Mohd Masroor alias Manzoor Ansari had already
established himself at Lucknow and was working at a business house in Lalbagh
area under the alias of Ramesh Chaudhary of Rajasthan. A native of Abdul Jabbar
compound in West Garden area near Nazeer Hotel in Karachi, Masroor completed his
primary education from Ibrahim Ali Bhai Government School in Lasbela area
(Jamaatkhana), Karachi but could not pursue his studies for long, Jain
A local resident, Aqeel introduced him to some officers of ISI
at Shahraah Faisal Airport in Malir Cantonment after which he was sent for a 6
month training. During his training he was given crash courses in reading and
writing Hindi, conducting reconnaissance, reading army tag numbers and rank
structures, mapping and identifying gods and goddesses of Hindu faith. He was
also trained to perform ‘arti’ and ‘puja’.
In 2005, the
ISI provided him with a passport and a visa in his original name and an Indian
driving license in the name of Ramesh Chaudhary, coupled with a fake marksheet
of High School following which he was flown from Karachi to Bangladesh from
where he reached Kathamandu and subsequently entered India through Jogbani
border. In November 2005, he reached Lucknow and started working as a helper at
a business house in Lalbagh Area.
While working at the business
house, he sent a series of e-mails and fax messages to his handlers apart from
phoning them, with the call details showing that he had talked to people in
Pakistan for more than 50 hours in a month (both incoming and outgoing calls
included). “During interrogation Masroor revealed that he had carried out recces
at Jaipur, Agra, Kolkata and Moradabad and sent details to his bosses in
Pakistan. He also revealed that he not only got his ration card made but was
also pursuing his name to be entered in the voters list,” said Deputy IG ATS,
Rajiv Krishna who supervised the operation.
grilling, Masroor revealed that he was presently arranging logistics for some
“visitors” who were to reach UP one by one. He said that one of the guests had
already reached Ghaziabad and was known by the code name, Jaanbaaz. “We
immediately sent the details of this person to our ATS West Zone unit in
Ghaziabad and he was rounded up around mid-night,” Rajiv Krishna
The second accused had identified himself as Faiyyaz Ahmad Mir
alias Jaanbaaz of Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Sleuths seized
around 2 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and RDX, a Chinese pistol and 30
cartridges from his possession. A Pakistani passport, an identity card, a
citizenship card, as well as boarding passes of a Karachi to Kathmandu flight
and that of an Islamabad to Karachi of Pakistan International Airlines
(PIA) were also seized from his possession. An E-ticket issued by one Flyer
International Travel Agency was also recovered from his bag.
his background, Faiyyaz said that he is a native of Listiyar locality under Kala
Arush police station of Kupwara district in Kashmir and had crossed the Line of
Control (LoC) in 2001 with some other youths of his village. In Pakistan he
joined Al-Umar-Mujahideen (AUM) and was trained in use of explosives and
firearms. A couple of years later, he entered into a dispute with his assoc
Lucknow, Aug 14 (IANS) An activist of the banned
Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) was arrested Thursday with
counterfeit currency with nominal value of Rs.6,500 in Allahabad
district of Uttar Pradesh, the police said.
‘Mohammad Amir Mehfooz was arrested near Iradatganj
railway crossing of the district,’ Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar
Mehfooz, who is being interrogated, has been associated with SIMI for the last 10 years, he added.
In 2001, Mehfooz was arrested in Gujarat for delivering a provocative speech in Surat city, the police said.
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