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Uttar Pradesh -Current Affairs for December 2019

Pankaj Vishwakarma, Updated On:10-Dec-2019


Uttar Pradesh- Current Affairs for December 2019 




1. Saghan Mission Indradhanush 2.0 :



  • Saghan Mission Indradhanush 2.0 is an improvised & intensive form of immunization drive in UP started from 2nd Dec’2019 .
  • This will be a week long intensive immunization drive from the first Monday of every month & continue upto seven days.
  • For the month of Dec’2019 it is started from 02nd Dec & for the month of Feb’2019 to be started from 06th Jan’2020 & so on.
  • This mission will be conducted in 73 districts & 425 development blocks across the state.  
  • This mission promotes minimum seven vaccines to be provided upto 5 years age of the child.


Source : The Indian Express, Lucknow edition, 2nd Dec’2019





2. 23rd National Youth Festival 2020 at Lucknow :



  • 23rd National Youth Festival will be held at Lucknow from the 12th to the 16th Jan’2020 .
  • Chief Secretary of UP, Rajendra Kumar Tiwari has directed the stakeholders for ground preparation.
  • National Youth Festival is organised every year by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.
  • This event is organised to celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda from the 12th to the 16th January.
  • Swami Vivekananda was born on 12th Jan’1863 in Kolkata.


Source : The Hindustan Times, Lucknow edition, 2nd Dec’2019




3. 88 trees over 100 years age will be granted ‘Heritage Trees’ tags :



  • UP Government has ordered to give tags of ‘Heritage Trees’ to trees which are more than 100 years old .
  • 88 trees are identified in Prayagraj to get this tag.
  • The indestructible ‘Akshayvat’ a sacred banyan tree located inside the Akbar’s fort will be opened for devotees from 2nd Dec’2019.


Source : The Hindustan Times, Lucknow edition, 2nd Dec’2019



4. 16th Indian Census 2021 in UP :


  • Around 5,00,000 supervisors & enumerators will be deployed in UP for the census 2021.
  • 1st phase will be carried out from 16th May to 30th June 2020. 
  • 1st phase will include listing of houses, housing census and updation of National Population Register (NPR).
  • 2nd phase will be carried out from 9th Feb to 28th Feb’2021 where counting of people will be done.
  • The current population of UP is 23.2 crore & having almost 16% of the total country’s population.


Source : The Hindustan Times, East UP edition, 3rd Dec’2019




5. Renaming history of major cities of UP :



  • United Province (state) to Uttar Pradesh (state)  , 24 Jan’1950 
  • Cawnpore to Kanpur  , 1948
  • Banaras to Varanasi , 1956
  • Farah Town station to Deen Dayal Dham June 2018
  • Mughalsarai Jn. to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Jn. ,  2018
  • Faizabad District to Ayodhya District  , Nov’2018
  • Allahabad to Prayagraj ,  Jan’2019


Source : The Hindustan Times, Lucknow edition, 3rd Dec’2019



6. Magh Mela to be organised in January 2020 :



  • Magh Mela is held annually at Triveni sangam of Prayag .
  • Magh Mela for 2020 will be held from 22nd Jan-25th Jan’2020.
  • Traditionally, Kumbh mela are organised every 12 years on rotation basis at these four locations, namely- Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain & Nashik. 
  • At any given place, Kumbh Mela will be held once in 12 years . Or we can say that this Kumbh Mela is organised every three year on rotation basis i.e. Haridwar, Prayag, Nashik, Ujjain.
  • Maha Kumbh held after 12 purna Kumbh Mela i.e. after 144 years.
  • Ardh kumbh mela (Mini Kumbh) occurs at every 6 years in Prayag & Haridwar. 
  • UNESCO Intangible cultural heritage tag is awarded to Kumbh mela in 2017. 
  • Prayag - At the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati river.
  • Haridwar - Along the Ganga river.
  • Nashik-Trimbakeshwar - Along Godavari river.
  • Ujjain-  Along Shipra river.

Source : The Hindustan Times, East UP edition, 3rd Dec’2019




7. Clean Campus Ranking 2019 :


  • Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University- Lucknow is ranked No. 1 in Clean Campus Ranking 2019 of Higher Educational Institutions in India.
  • Abdul Kalam Technical University was jointly inspected by Govt. Of India, Ministry of HRD & AICTE for Clean Campus Ranking 2019.


Source : The Hindustan Times, Lucknow edition, 3rd Dec’2019



8. 7th Smart Cities Conclave at Port Blair :



  • 7th Smart Cities Conclave was held at Port Blair on 29th Nov’2019 . Awards received by the UP .
  • Best Digital Initiative - Aligarh Municipal Corporation for implementing Paytm App for Aligarh Nagar Nigam tax payment.
  • Best eGovernance initiative by any Development Authority - New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) for digitalisation of citizen services.
  • Best safety & security initiative - Agra Smart City ltd






9. UP Cabinet approves extension of Greater Noida West Metro :



  • UP Cabinet on 3rd Dec’2019 approved a 14.95 km extension of Noida Metro Aqua line from Sector-51, Noida to Knowledge V, Greater Noida West.
  • Noida Metro likely to start its process for construction work on the first phase project by this Dec’2019 end & likely to be completed by 2022.
  • This project will be funded by the Central Govt, UP Govt , Noida & Greater Noida Authorities.
  • This project will benefit around ongoing constructions of 3.5 Lacs residential flats in Greater Noida West area. 


Source : The Hindustan Times, Lucknow edition, 4th Dec’2019



10. ‘State fair’ status to ‘Deepotsava Mela’ :


  • The state Government of UP has given status of ‘State Fair’ to Depotsava Mela which is celebrated during Diwali in Ayodhya.
  • In this fair, around 5.5 Lacs lamps were lit this year.
  • With the change in status, Mela organisation will be planned by District Magistrate of the Ayodhya district , while earlier it was organised by UP Tourism Department.
  • Fairs which are already got the status of state fair in UP are :
  • Ramnavami & Kartik Purnima fair of Ayodhya.
  • Ramayan Mela of Chitrakoot.
  • Naimisharanya fair in Sitapur on the bank of Gomti river.
  • Fair held at Vindhyachal during Navratri.
  • Garhmukteshwar of Hapur.
  • Tigri fair of Amroha.
  • Bateshwar of Agra.

Source :



11. Expressways of UP :



  • Constructed by ‘UP Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) .
  • Agra-Lucknow Expressway (existing) - Inaugurated in Nov’2016.
  • Purvanchal Expressway (Under construction) : 341 km. Lucknow to Haidaria (Ghazipur) Via . Barabanki, Amethi, Faizabad, Sultanpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau, Ghazipur.
  • Ganga Expressway (Upcoming) : Prayagraj to Meerut via. Pratapgarh, Rai Bareilly, Unnao, Hardoi, Shahjahanpur, Farrukhabad, Badaun, Sambhal, Hapur, Jyotibaphule Nagar.
  • Bundelkhand Expressway (Upcoming) 296 km  : Chitrakoot to Etawah via. Banda, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Jalaun, Auraiya. Length - 296.07 km
  • Gorakhpur Link Expressway (Upcoming) : 91 km. Azamgarh to Gorakhpur
  • Prayagraj Link Expressway (Upcoming) : 193 km . Lucknow to Prayagraj


Source : Website of UP Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA)



12. Khadi Mart :



  • Khadi Mart will be opened up at Lucknow, Varanasi & Agra to display the product of Khadi made in UP.
  • Khadi Utsav was celebrated in Lucknow from 2nd Oct to 12th Oct’2019.


Source : 


13. International conference on ‘Information and Communication Technology’ at IIIT- Allahabad : 


  • Three-day international conference on ‘Information and Communication Technology’ will be organized at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (IIIT-A).
  • This conference will be organised from 6th Dec’2019 at its Jhalwa campus .
  • This conference is jointly organized by all the five IIITs of Allahabad, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Kancheepuram and Kurnool.
  • The purpose is to provide a platform for researchers, industry professionals, and academicians in the latest technological advancements and innovations in the field of ICT. 


Source : The Hindustan Times, Lucknow edition, 6th Dec’2019


14. ‘Happy Fridges’ in Varanasi :



  • An NGO Feeding India, has installed six ‘Happy Fridge’ across the city of Varanasi where people can store fresh food & later on can be be taken by those people in need.
  • This will be extremely helpful for beggars & poor people who are not able to afford their food.


Source : The Hindustan Times, Lucknow edition, 6th Dec’2019


15. Naugarh railway station name changed to SiddharthNagar railway station :



  • Naugarh is the headquarter of SiddharthNagar district of UP. 
  • Govt. of UP has changed the name of Naugarh railway station to SiddharthNagar railway station.
  • In ancient history, Siddharthanagar is supposed to be the ancient city of Kapilvastu ,the capital of Shakya province, where Siddharth Gautam supposed to spent his early life of 29 years.


Source :


16. Annual chrysanthemum and coleus flower show at Lucknow:


  • Annual chrysanthemum and coleus flower show was held at Lucknow on 6th Dec’2019.
  • 120+ people participated on the first day of the Annual Chrysanthemum and Coleus show.
  • This show was held at National Botanical Research Institute. 

Source :


17.  25ft Vajpayee’s statue in Lok Bhawan :


  • A bronze statue of 25ft of former PM late Atal Bihari Vajpayee was erected at Lok Bhawan building on 9th Dec’2019.
  • This statue is expected to be unveiled on 25th Dec’2019 on the occasion of Vajpayee’s birth anniversary.
  • This 25-ft Vajpayee’s statue will be the tallest statue in UP as on date.


Source : The Hindustan Times, Lucknow edition, 10th Dec’2019

18. Municipal limits of Ayodhya, Gorakhpur and Firozabad expanded :




  • Municipal limits of Ayodhya, Gorakhpur and Firozabad municipal corporations has been expanded .
  • In Ayodhya Municipal Corporation, 41 villages have been included.
  • In Gorakhpur,  municipal limits has been increased by adding 31 villages.
  • In Firozabad district, one locality i.e. Shri Ram colony has been added.


Source : The Hindustan Times, Lucknow edition, 10th Dec’2019


19. Cow Safari in Barabanki :




  • Cow Safari is planned in Barabanki to cater 15000 to 25000 stray cattles.
  • This cow safari is also act as a centre for producing and marketing of all cow-related projects.
  • This safari also act as a pilgrimage point for Hindus where they can have ‘darshan’ of various milch cows at single place.


Source : The Hindustan Times, Lucknow edition, 10th Dec’2019





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