Uttar Pradesh

India, U.S. sign three MoUs on smart cities

India and United States (US) have signed three Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) on smart cities.

These MoUs were signed by the representatives of United States Trade and Development Agency (USTAD) and the respective Chief Secretaries of State Governments of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh in the presence of Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.

These MoU’s seeks to give a boost to Union governments flagship smart cities scheme, by building smart cities in

  • Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Ajmer in Rajasthan.
  • Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.

US will help each respective state to conduct feasibility studies, finding investors, ways to use the best technology and formulating the plan for building three smart cities.

While, respective state Governments will provide resources like technical information and data related to smart cities planning; staff, logistical and travel support and budgetary resources.

India funds Nepal’s Pancheshwar project to counter Kheri floods

India will provide fund of Rs 1500 crore to Nepal’s Pancheshwar multi-purpose project on Mahakali river for countering the Kheri floods in Uttar Pradesh.

This move of Union government comes after a delegation of MPs visited Nepal and had submitted their report to government.

Pancheshwar multi-purpose project

  • It is located at Narayan Ghat of Dharchula on Mahakali River( also known as Kali Ganga in Uttarakhand ) in Nepal. The height of dam is the 315 meters.
  • After completion dam will be the second largest dam in the world with a capacity of 6720 Mega Watt (MW) power production.
  • In case of power sharing, India has reached into an agreement with Nepal to procure additional electricity produced by project.
  • This project will regulate and control the free flow of Karnali and Mohana rivers which cause floods in Kheri, Pilibhit of Uttar Pradesh and other Terai districts of northern India.

UP government renames Sant Ravidas Nagar district to ‘Bhadohi’

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to rename Sant Ravidas Nagar district in the state as ‘Bhadohi’. This decision was taken during a meeting of the state Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at Lucknow.  Earlier District Magistrate had recommended renaming the district.


Sant Ravidas Nagar District was created on June 30, 1994 as the 65th district of Uttar Pradesh.  It is the smallest district by area of Uttar Pradesh. Sant Ravidas Nagar’s old name was Bhadohi. Earlier, Mayawati government had changed this district’s name from Bhadohi to Sant Ravidas Nagar. It was part of Varanasi district prior to its creation on June 30, 1994.