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Prayagraj

Prayagraj, formerly Allahabad (ălˌəhəbădˈ, –bädˈ), city (1991 pop. 844,546), Uttar Pradesh state, N central India. It is a district administrative headquarters and trading center and has an airport and a university. Prayagraj is located at the junction of two sacred rivers, the Yamuna and the Ganges, on the site of Prayag, an ancient Indo-Aryan holy city. The confluence is known as Sangam and is visited by thousands of Hindu pilgrims every 12 years. The oldest monument is a pillar (c.242 B.C.) with inscriptions from the reign of Aśoka. The Mughal emperor Akbar founded (late 16th cent.) the fortress and city of Ilahabas or Ilahabad there, which was later renamed Allahbad. The city was the scene of much fighting in the Indian Mutiny (1857). Allahabad was the capital of the United Provinces from 1901 to 1949 and the center of the Indian independence movement. Allahabad was renamed Prayagraj by the state government in 2018, and the change was formally approved by the national government in 2019. There is a museum on the estate of the Nehru family.
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"Prayagraj or Ayodhya sounds more cultural than Allahabad or Faizabad respectively," he said.
The state cabinet announced yesterday that it had approved the renaming of Allahabad as Prayagraj, which harks back to the city's ancient appellation, Prayag, before it was changed by Mughal-era rulers in the late 16th century.
Allahabad to be called Prayagraj from today: Uttar Pradesh Minister Siddharth Nath Singh in Lucknow pic.twitter.com/lo021n8rKP
On Tuesday, the saffron-clad chief minister (CM) of Uttar Pradesh (UP) held a Cabinet meeting at 'Kumbh Mela' in Prayagraj, formerly Allahabad.
We are searching for them and they will be arrested soon," said Brijesh Srivastava, Superintendent of Police City, Prayagraj.
According to the Indian newspaper The Times of India , the UP cabinet confirmed the decision in a meeting, where government spokesperson and Member of Parliament (MP), Sidharth Nath Singh announced that "Prayagraj" would be the new name of the city.
Meanwhile, people in Prayagraj are also facing a lot of problems ever since the water burst into the villages.
The incident happened outside a private school in George Town area of Prayagraj.
Summary: Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) [India], July 28 (ANI): A vehicle carrying Kanwar pilgrims on Sunday got overturned while journeying from Jaunpur to Prayagraj in which two pilgrims lost their lives and around six got seriously injured.
Summary: Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], July 22 (ANI): A criminal defamation case filed by IPS officer Amitabh Thakur against ex-minister and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has been transferred to special MP-MLA Court, Prayagraj according to Nutan Thakur, an RTI activist.