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Uttar Pradesh(Hindi: उत्तर प्रदेश, Urdu: اتر پردیش‎, IPA: About this sound [ʊt̪ːər prəd̪eːʃ] , translation: Northern Province), [often referred to as U.P.], located in central-south Asia and northern India, is the most populous and fifth largest state in the Republic of India. With a population exceeding that of France, Germany, and the Netherlands combined, it is the most populous sub-national division in the world. U.P. is also possibly the state with the largest number of million-plus cities.

Uttar Pradesh covers a large part of the highly fertile and densely populated upper Gangetic Plain. It shares an international border with Nepal and is bounded by the Indian states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar. The administrative and legislative capital of Uttar Pradesh is Lucknow, and the financial and industrial capital is Kanpur. The state's high court is based at Allahabad. Other notable cities in Uttar Pradesh include Bijnor, Jhansi, Lakhimpur Kheri, Agra, Varanasi (Banaras), Allahabad, Faizabad, Azamgarh, Bareilly, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Moradabad, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Gorakhpur, Saharanpur, Mathura and Noida.

The area now known collquially and officially as UP has undergone several different definitions and demarcations since the early 19th century. In 1833 the then Bengal Presidency was divided into two parts, one of wihich became Presidency of Agra. In 1836 the Agra area was named North-Western Provinces and placed under a Lieutenant-Governor. In 1877 the two provinces of Agra and Oudh were placed under one administrator, who was called Lieutenant-Governor of the North-Western Provinces and Chief Commissioner of Oudh. In 1902 the name was changed to United Provinces of Agra and Oudh with Lieutenant-Governor of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh as administrator, in 1921 Lieutenant Governorship was elevated to Governorship when once again the province was renamed as United Provinces of British India. In 1937 the name was shortened to United Provinces. On independence in 1947, the states of Rampur, Benares and Tehri-Garwal were merged into the United Provinces. In 1950 the name of United Provinces was changed to Uttar Pradesh. In 1999 the separate state of Uttaranchal (now Uttarakhand) was carved out of Uttar Pradesh.

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  • Nepali poacher arrested with leopard skins - A Nepali poacher has been arrested with two leopard skins in this Uttar Pradesh town. Veer Bahadur, 48 years, was held with the leopard skins near the bus station in Kotwali Shehar area Monday night following a joint operation by Uttar Pradesh Police's Special Operation Group (SOG) and local police. According to police, Bahadur is a native of Dang in Nepal. (sify) 2011-01-11
  • Fire in Noida's Ambedkar park, no injuries - A fire broke out Tuesday in the controversial Ambedkar Park being developed in this suburb of the national capital. The blaze was doused within two hours and no one was injured. The fire broke out in the afternoon in the dome of the central building being constructed at the Rs.650 crore park, a pet project of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati. It was doused by five fire tenders within two hours. Around 100 workers were present in the park but nobody injured in the incident. The exact cause of the incident has not yet been ascertained. (sify) 2011-01-11
  • Join us for trifurcation of UP: Amar to Ajit Singh - Lokmanch president Amar Singh has called on Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh to join hands and press for the demands of separate statehood to Harit Pradesh and Poorvanchal. He stressed on formation of smaller states out of Uttar Pradesh, saying that it would provide better governance and would help in the development of the regions. (msn) 2011-01-11

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