Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh Minister Chitranjan Swarup passes away

Uttar Pradesh Minister of State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs Chitranjan Swarup passed away in Delhi. He was 70 and died after a prolonged illness.

He was a sitting MLA of Uttar Pradesh state assembly from Muzaffarnagar constituency, belonging to ruling Samajwadi Party.

In the current UP government led by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, he was holding various portfolios including Urban Development, Urban Employment & Poverty Alleviation, Water Supply, Muslim Waqf and Overall Urban Development and Minority Welfare and Haj.

For first time, he was elected as MLA on a Congress ticket in 1974 and later on a Bhaujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket in 2002 and 2012.


Demarcation of ESZ around Okhla Bird Sanctuary completed

Union Government has completed the demarcation of eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) around the Okhla Bird Sanctuary in the national capital region (NCR) of Delhi.

It was announced by Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar mentioning that notification in this regard will be issued soon.

Earlier, National Green Tribunal (NGT) had passed an order barring any infrastructure development within 10 kilometre radius from the sanctuary’s boundary. This order did not allow the people to get occupancy certificates who had booked flats in this protected area.

In order solve this problem NGT had directed the Union Ministry of Environment to issue the final notification on ESZ demarcation around the sanctuary.

Once the final demarcation notification is issued by the government, the home buyers outside the ESZ will be allowed to get occupancy certificates of their flats which were pending due to NGT’s order.

About Okhla Bird Sanctuary

  • Okhla Bird Sanctuary is situated in Noida Gautam Buddh Nagar district on Delhi-Uttar Pradesh state border.
  • Location: Okhla barrage over Yamuna River at the point where the river enters Uttar Pradesh.
  • It was designated a bird sanctuary in 1990 with an area of 3.5 square kilometres by the Uttar Pradesh Government of under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
  • Okhla Bird Sanctuary is known as a haven for over 300 bird species, especially waterbirds.


Hindi litterateur Kashinath Singh chosen for Bharat Bharti literary award 2014

Noted Hindi litterateur Kashinath Singh has been chosen for the Bharat Bharti literary award for year 2014.

Singh has penned many short stories and novels. His most famous novel is Kashi ka Assi (2004) which captures the vibrant hues of Varanasi (famously known as Banaras). This novel has been adapted into upcoming movie ‘Mohalla Assi’.

Apart from him some other prominent writers were also chosen to the award in various categories. They are Vinod Kumar Shukla (Hindi Gaurav), Mridula Garg (Lohia Sahitya), Krishna Bihari Mishra (Mahatama Gandhi Sahitya Samman), Ramkrishna Rajput (Avantibai Sahitya Samman) and Abhiraj Rajendra Mishra (Deendayal Upadhaya Sahitya Samman).

Bharat Bharti literary award: It is Uttar Pradesh state’s highest literary award. Annually given by UP Hindi Sansthan. It carries a cash prize of 5 lakh rupees.