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City poor to get about 1,000 affordable flats under new centre scheme



Lucknow: On the directions of district administration, UP Housing Board with the help of Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) will soon open the online registration process of the lighthouse project to be constructed at Awadh Vihar Yojna at Sultanpur Road.

District magistrate and acting vice chairman of LDA Abhishek Prakash had recently wrote a letter to senior officials of development authority to provide technical assistance to Housing Board. As per LDA officials, Abhishek Prakash has asked both LDA and Housing Board officials to use the same software which was used during the online registrations of 4,500 flats under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna. The letter also states to start the online registration process by end of March.

On January 1, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone for the lighthouse project via video conferencing. A total of six cities including Lucknow, Indore, Rajkot, Chennai, Ranchi and Agartala have been chosen for the implementation of project.

As per Housing Board officials, construction cost of each LIG flat will be around Rs 12.59 lakhs, of that Rs 4 lakh will be given by Union government and Rs 1.39 lakh by State government as subsidy. While, rest of the amount is to be paid by the beneficiary that too in instalments.

Houses being built under this project will take less time to complete and will be resilient, affordable and comfortable, and modern construction practices from countries like France, Germany and Canada will be put into use. A total of 1040 flats are proposed to be constructed at a cost of Rs 131 crores in Avadh Vihar Yojana measuring 415 sq ft area.


‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’ star Helen McCory dies due to cancer



British film, television and stage actress Helen McCrory has died aged 52 from cancer, her husband and fellow actor Damian Lewis said on Thursday. McCrory “died peacefully at home surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family”, Lewis wrote on Twitter, calling his late wife “beautiful and mighty”.

“We love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly,” the actor added, explaining she had died “after a heroic battle with cancer”.McCrory was best known as a star of the hit BBC crime drama ‘Peaky Blinders’ and for the role of Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” films, as the mother of the boy wizard’s school-aged rival.

She played Cherie Blair, the wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, twice in both the “The Queen” (2006) and “The Special Relationship” (2010), and played fictional British interior minister Clair Dowar in the James Bond film “Skyfall” (2012).

Born in Paddington in west London in 1968 to a Welsh mother and Scottish-born father, McCrory was the eldest of three children. She attended school in southeast England and spent a year living in Italy before studying acting at London’s Drama Centre.

A lengthy acting career followed, which saw her play a multitude of roles on the small and big screen, as well as on stage. McCrory and Lewis, who starred in the US TV series Homeland, married in 2007. The pair met performing in the Shakespeare play “Much Ado About Nothing” as comedic protagonists Beatrice and Benedick.


In 2011, she told the Independent newspaper she had eschewed celebrity but was honoured to have played such interesting roles. An actor’s job, she said, was to “reassure the audience that life, as muddled and as wonderful as it is, is worth living”.

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