Even as major rivers in the state continued to rise on Friday, 13 more people reportedly died in rain-related incidents during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 63 since June 15.

A team of scientists from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) will carry out a comprehensive study of the status of the groundwater table in the area between Gomti and Sai rivers across six districts of

The scheme will now cover rickshaw pullers, rag-pickers, mine workers, sanitation workers, autorickshaw drivers and taxi drivers. It would have Rs 210-crore financial implication for 2013-14 and Rs 419.89 crore from next financial year onwards, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said at a briefing after the Cabinet meeting. Around 3.4 crore smart cards had been issued for the Rs 30,000 per annum cashless health insurance cover for BPL families under the scheme launched in 2008.

At least 13 people were killed in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh as heavy showers lashed North India on Monday.

Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 31.5 degrees Celsius, three less than normal, while the minimum was recorded at 26.5 degrees Celsius. The city received 2.2 mm of rainfall. In Uttar Pradesh, three people died after being struck by lightning in Azamgarh, two each died in Firozabad, Barabanki, Ambedkarnagar and Lakhimpur and one each in Bhadohi and Sultanpur in other rain-related incidents, including house collapse.

LUCKNOW: In a landmark decision on Monday, Uttar Pradesh government cleared the decks for setting up the state's first Mega Food Processing Park at Jagdishpur in Sultanpur district.

Azadirachta indica A. Juss. (Meliaceae), popularly known as neem, is a wellrecognized tree. Despite its insecticidal properties, neem in the Indian subcontinent is known to be infested by insect pests. In November 2009, mature neem trees in the village of Bhauli, Bakshi ka Talab, Lucknow, started defoliating and soon consumed the entire leaves. This attracted the attention of researchers, as it had hitherto not been observed. Observations revealed a lepidopteran to be the cause of this.

One more case of dengue has been reported from Sultanpur area near Laksar here. With this, the total number of dengue cases in the district has risen to 26.

Corruption in implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in UP may be another point of tussle between the state and Central governments, already at loggerheads over various issues.

After getting no exact response from the state government over repeated queries regarding the action taken against officials, responsible for financial irregularities co

Lucknow: The VVIP district of Sultanpur comes under the scanner of Union ministry of rural development after a three-member team visiting the area last month confirmed that a chunk of NREGS grant was spent on buying tricycles, plastic balls and assorted toys to keep children of labourers engaged on work sites.

Biomass estimation and productivity studies were conducted in 3, 6 and 9 years old plantations of Dalbergia sissoo in sodic lands of Sultanpur District in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, India. A set of regression equations for biomass production per unit area was also developed to be applied on regional basis.

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