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Abhinav Rajput was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. He no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

Articles by Abhinav Rajput

Bend it like Vikanksha: This 12-year-old Delhi girl is a yoga teacher

At the age of four when other children wouldn’t have even known what yoga is, Vikanksha Pandita had mastered some of the most difficult asanas.

Updated on Jun 21, 2015 06:45 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Munak canal: A bone of contention between Delhi and Haryana

Even children in the area around Munak in Haryana know what the canal water means to Delhi.

Updated on Jun 18, 2015 02:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Movie star Mammootty wants to buy country’s first Maruti 800

Malayalam movie superstar Mammootty has expressed the desire to buy the first Maruti car, keys of which were handed over to the owner Harpal Singh of Delhi by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on December 14, 1983.

Updated on Apr 28, 2015 11:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

First Maruti 800 rusting, India steps up to restore the grand old car

People across India have offered to restore the first Maruti car after Hindustan Times reported that the vehicle, now a piece of history, is dying a slow death after its owner Harpal Singh and his wife Gulshanbeer Kaur passed away. Many showed an interest in buying the car built in 1983.

Updated on Apr 18, 2015 05:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

First Maruti 800 owner drove the car all his life, never upgraded

A little white car covered with garlands came out from a factory in Gurgaon on December 14, 1983, and at the wheel of India’s first Maruti 800 was Indian Airline employee Harpal Singh heading towards his Green Park residence.

Updated on Apr 17, 2015 04:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

The very first Maruti 800 is now an abandoned, rusting car

India’s first Maruti 800 car, which gave its owner Harpal Singh and his wife Gulshanbeer Kaur a celebrity status, is dying a slow death outside the couple’s Green Park residence in Delhi with nobody to take care of it after they passed away.

Updated on Apr 17, 2015 07:50 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Drones with high-definition cameras: The new-age wedding photographers

Besides the finery, decked up venues and amazing fireworks, there is something else that is being talked about at weddings these days — the drones.

Updated on Mar 27, 2015 07:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Swimming towards the medal against all odds

Till a couple of years back, the culture of taking up swimming professionally was slowly fading away in south Delhi because at that time, professional swimmers couldn’t bring home many medals, but things are gradually changing since Sandeep Sejwal won the medal.

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Updated on Mar 23, 2015 09:36 PM IST | By, New Delhi

When silent protest against plastic speaks the loudest

At a time when protests and campaigns are usually accompanied by loud agitations and sloganeering, a group of women from Sarvodaya Enclave has adopted an innovative way to protest against the use of plastic bags.

Updated on Mar 20, 2015 09:25 PM IST
None | By, New Delhi

Jamia Nagar residents wield the broom, inspire others to follow suit

The residents of Abul Fazal Enclave in Jamia Nagar didn’t wait for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch a cleanliness drive to keep their area clean. When the civic body didn’t pay any heed to their demands to clean the area on regular basis, the residents picked up the broom.

Updated on Mar 19, 2015 08:44 PM IST
None | By, New Delhi

Metro leaves Begampur shaken and stirred

Yellow line makes the residents of Begampur village near Malviya Nagar jittery. Cracks have appeared in nearly 50 houses which have been giving nightmares to the occupants.

Updated on Mar 19, 2015 07:38 PM IST | ByAbhinav Rajput & Arun Changrani, New Delhi

High turnout in repolling at Cantt, Rohtas Nagar

Despite confusion and complaints about delay in announcement, two polling stations, one each at Delhi Cantonment and Rohtas Nagar constituencies, saw an impressive turnout during repolling on Monday.

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Updated on Feb 10, 2015 12:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVibha Sharma/Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi

In prestige battle, Kiran Bedi enters Kejriwal’s lair

Daring Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal in his home turf, the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi held a roadshow in the New Delhi constituency, where the party’s candidate Nupur Sharma is pitted against the AAP heavyweight.

Updated on Feb 03, 2015 05:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

PM promises to bring back black money but wears Rs. 10-lakh designer suit: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul holds poll rally in Shastri Park; attacks Modi, Kejri

Updated on Jan 30, 2015 03:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

MS Dhoni inspired small town India to dream big

In 2004, a player debuted for Team India, whose state team Jharkhand was not even represented regularly in Ranji Trophy. That player, MS Dhoni, went on to become, and is still, one of the biggest names in Indian cricket.

Updated on Dec 31, 2014 12:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Suffering inspires students' inventions

For Uttarakhand girl Akansha Guha, 16, her father, an army man, had always been a hero and an inspiration. But then, a year ago, when he suffered an accident causing a severe spinal injury, Akansha felt helpless.

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Updated on Nov 15, 2014 05:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Despite crowdsourcing, MP youth misses ticket to Chile

Sohan Durave, who hails from a financially constrained family of Chhindwara, was selected to represent India in Homeless World Cup also known as Slum Football to be played in Chile from October 19. However, destiny had something else in store for him.

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Updated on Oct 17, 2014 09:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Jharkhand: 16-year-old girl worked in brick kiln to arrange money for football boots

After the boots, the next big hurdle for Guddu was to arrange jersey and kits. Since the Subroto cup management provides, jerseys and kit after the quarter final level, she had to hire jersey on rent from a local football club in Hazaribagh.

Updated on Oct 03, 2014 09:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Fighting all odds to make Manipur proud

Two states in India are known for producing women hockey players of repute — Punjab and Manipur, besides Jharkhand and Odisha. But the comparison of the sporting infrastructure and hockey facilities in these states are a study in contrast.

Updated on Sep 17, 2014 11:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Haridwar to Incheon: A small town girl’s journey to fame

It is not easy to make it to the national hockey team, especially when you are born in a town which lacks proper infrastructure for the sport's training. But Hockey player, Vandana Kataria, has always had an uncanny knack of turning odds into opportunity.

Updated on Sep 12, 2014 01:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

From Dance India Dance stage to Mascot of a Kabaddi league

The raiders of Tigers, which eventually won the match, were star at the event. But there was another star too, Mangesh Mondal, the man inside the mascot attire. For Mangesh, who was among the top 10 contestants of Dance India Dance, it is a tough job.

Updated on Sep 03, 2014 06:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

We want to see our villages in India: Pakistani kabaddi players

Amid the growing tension over incidents of cross-border firing, a Pakistani contingent crossed the Wagah border to play kabaddi matches scheduled in New Delhi on Sunday.

Updated on Aug 25, 2014 08:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Bharat Ratna recommended for Dhyan Chand, mixed emotions for kin

It was a mixed bag of emotions for hockey player Dhyan Chand's family on Tuesday after the home ministry recommended his name for the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in the country.

Updated on Aug 12, 2014 06:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Rajput and Shruti Tomar, New Delhi/bhopal
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