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International flights from Kushinagar airport before Diwali announced CM Yogi Aditya nath.

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Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has announced the start of international flights from the Kushinagar airport by Deepawali.

The airport is located about 52 kilometres east of Gorakhpur, the home district of the Chief Minister.

Talking about the strategic importance of the Kushinagar airport, located close to the International Border, the Chief Minister said in a statement, that this entire region is part of the ‘Buddha Circuit’ and this facility will increase the inflow of foreign tourists.

He said there is an immense potential of tourism in the eastern Uttar Pradesh region and officials have been directed to prepare an action plan in consultation with the public representatives to showcase it as an international tourist hub.

With a growing number of youths from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh flying to various Gulf countries for employment, this airport would also become handy for them in reaching their destinations.

It may be recalled that the union cabinet in June this year, had decided to recognize Kushinagar as an international airport — the 29th in the country and fourth in Uttar Pradesh, including the upcoming Jewar airport.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also announced that his government would celebrate the upcoming centenary of the 1922 Chauri Chaura movement with much fanfare.

The incident involving freedom struggle had taken place at Chauri Chaura in Gorakhpur district on 4 February 1922, when a large group of protesters, participating in the non-cooperation movement, had clashed with police, which had opened fire on them, killing three civilians.

The demonstrators, in retaliation, attacked and set afire the Chauri Chaura police station, killing all its 22 occupants.

Following the violence in Chauri Chaura, Mahatma Gandhi had halted his nationwide non-cooperation movement.

The Chief Minister has also made two crucial announcements while reviewing the developmental projects of the Gorakhpur division, comprising eastern districts of Gorakhpur, Deoria, Kushinagar and Maharajganj.

Yogi Adityanath also directed officials to make an integrated action plan to devise a permanent solution to the nagging flood menace in the eastern part of the state. He asked officials to undertake dredging of rivers in the region to extract dual benefit — relief from floods and availability of sand which will fetch revenue for the district administration.

He said his government has controlled the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Respiratory Syndrome (AES) to a great extent. He also said pure water is the key to effective control over JE and other communicable diseases. “Make a project for house-to-house water supply in every JE-affected village,” he said.

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Review of ‘Mirzapur S2’: Divyendu Sharma shines in a Dreaded Mirzapur.

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The highly-anticipated season 2 of web series ‘Mirzapur’ will be streamed on Amazon Prime Video on October 23, 2020. To keep the momentum going, the makers have for now released the brand new trailer of ‘Mirzapur 2’. The dark, gritty narrative of ‘Mirzapur Season 2’ features Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Divyenndu, Shweta Tripathi Sharma, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Shekhar Gaur, Amit Sial, Anjum Sharma, Sheeba Chaddha, Manu Rishi Chadha and Rajesh Tailang.

Pankaj Tripathi that had dominated the first season of Mirzapur that had stormed the OTT medium back in 2018. The man is in very good form all over again in the second season as well, the first couple of episodes of which were made exclusively available to this writer. Whether it is sarcastically asking his wayward son [Divyendu Sharma] whether he has any business plan in mind to him admonishing a senior politician in his own bungalow to go quiet or dealing with the cops, he is up there.

It’s just that this time around, the series seems to be built on isolated moments rather than a seamlessly exciting narrative, something that was the hallmark of the first season. The screen lights up each time when Divyendu is there. He is a villain, of course, but then there is such childlike enthusiasm in him, coupled with inherent humor that he brings in most crass of the situations, that you can’t help but actually wait for him to keep coming back. Watch out for the way in which he gears up to re-establish his business empire and you would know.

In the first season, it was the battle that was fought between the heirs of all things illegal, Divyendu Sharma, and the ‘bhai bhai jodi’ of commoners Ali Fazal and Vikrant Massey. With a neat six minute long recap of the first season that kick-starts the second season, you are reintroduced to the battle that ensued, something that resulted in the death of Vikrant Massey and Ali’s wife Shriya Pilgaonkar. The story moves ahead with Ali Fazal, his sister [Harshita Gaur] and Shriya’s sister [Shweta Tripathi] on the run.

Thankfully, there is a new angle introduced by makers [Puneet Krishna and Gurmmeet Singh] which promise a lot of excitement ahead in eight episodes that would follow. In the first season, there was just a glimpse of a rival gang in motion at Jaunpur. This time around the set up is promising a full throttle battle ahead as the next generation has arrived on the scene, the ones who want to play it with brains instead of bullets, and hence draw up a deep rooted plan. Entry of Vijay Verma on the scene, albeit briefly, further makes it all promising.

One truly hopes though that soon enough there is good character development for Ali Fazal as well because he was truly the ‘jaan’ of the show. In the first season, his character was pretty much inspired from Sanjay Dutt in Mahesh Bhatt’s Naam, what with even the dialogue of ‘crime is a one way street’ being mouthed. Here, he unfortunately goes through a severely clichéd scene featuring his parents (Sheeba Chaddha really hamming it out with Rajesh Tailang just being a little behind). For the sake of the audiences, hope that was just an aberration.

After all, there isn’t much of fun to see the family patriarch [Kulbhushan Kharbanda] continuing to solicit his daughter-in-law [Rasika Dugal] at very given moment. While that has lived its life in the first season, what would be interesting to watch is the plan ahead with the honest cop [Amit Sial] confessing (after witnessing a bloody shootout) that he is now worried only about his family.

So what if that means picking up a bribe up to 10 lakhs from ‘Kaaleen bhaiyaa’ despite not being offered to eat from the same plate as the Tripathi family. It’s the money that counts after all, and this time around the battle lines are drawn between Mirzapur and Jaunpur territories.

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