Gulam Jeelani writes on politics, national affairs and socio-economic issues for Hindustan Times. A journalist for seven years, he worked in Lucknow and Srinagar, before moving to New Delhi.
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As against Rs 1 lakh — the average amount the party received from donors daily till some time ago — the AAP received only Rs 2,500 from eight donors till 4pm on Tuesday or 2.5% of Rs 1 lakh, a party leader said. On Monday, he said, 25 people had donated Rs 25,000.
Updated on Feb 28, 2018 12:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGulam Jeelani, New Delhi
The police refused to disclose their identities saying the probe was still in progress.
Published on Feb 26, 2018 11:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByKarn Pratap Singh and Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
At present, DDA allows a floor area ratio of 180, which means only three floors can be used for commercial purposes. The authority has proposed to increase the ratio to an uniform 300 that would allow commercial use upto four floors.
Updated on Feb 24, 2018 08:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGulam Jeelani and Parvez Sultan, New Delhi
For Rakesh Mehta, who was chief secretary of Delhi for three-and-half years between 2007 and 2011, Arvind Kejriwal government has not been able to take the bureaucracy in confidence for some ‘strange’ reasons
His ‘homecoming’ is expected to give a boost to the Congress ahead of a likely mini-election to 20 seats vacated due to the disqualification of ruling AAP lawmakers.
Every Saturday afternoon, a group of doctors, scientists and engineers of Delhi put their stethoscopes and lab coats aside to take up brooms, shovels and pickaxes. They then go to the Yamuna and get down and dirty to clean the litter lying along its banks. This initiative, they say, will not make the water of the river, bearing the burden of Delhi’s sewage, drinkable. The idea, instead, is to send a message about the need for conserving Delhi’s lifeline.
Updated on Feb 18, 2018 08:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGulam Jeelani, New Delhi
Arvinder Singh ‘Lovely’ had left the Congress and joined BJP in May 2017. He rejoined the Congress on Saturday after a meeting with party president Rahul Gandhi.
The six-day Urdu Heritage Festival that began on Thursday has been drawing huge crowds, officials said. The festival has been held in Delhi since 2010, many people did not know about it because it was usually held at the Red Fort lawns.
Successive plans excluded Delhi’s urban villages from civic control and virtually turned them into islands. Haphazard construction and unchecked commercialisation only added to the civic mess in these 135 localities spread across Delhi.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his council of ministers had gathered at the NDMC auditorium on Jai Singh Road for an outreach session by taking questions and feedback through phone calls, social media and email.
Updated on Feb 14, 2018 11:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGulam Jeelani and Ashish Mishra, New Delhi
The EC had disqualified 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit. After the legislators approached the Delhi High Court, it restrained the poll panel from announcing bypolls till the matter is pending with the court.
Updated on Feb 14, 2018 11:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySweta Goswami and Gulam Jeelani
As Aam Aadmi Party completes three years, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and other cabinet ministers highlighted their government’s achievements and answered questions from the public.
Updated on Feb 14, 2018 10:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySweta Goswami, Ashish Mishra and Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
Delhi’s planners are yet to find a workable formula for slum redevelopment and regularisation of colonies. While the city is bursting at the seams with increasing population, successive plans have failed to resolve problems of its existing habitants.
In a five-part series starting tomorrow, HT will look into specific problems hampering the progress of Delhi’s master plans and analyse issues responsible for their failure
Updated on Feb 12, 2018 03:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByParvez Sultan/ Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi
The DDA had on February 2 proposed three amendments to the master plan — a uniform floor area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residential complexes, reduced penalties and regularising agricultural godowns.
The DDA on Friday approved three proposals — uniform floor area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residential complexes, reduced penalties and regularising agricultural godowns — to amend Master Plan 2021
The Rajouri Garden branch of Punjab National Bank is one of the many banks whose lockers, located in the basement, were sealed by the civic bodies as part of the ongoing sealing drive against misuse of residential premises for commercial purposes.
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said that the state’s share in central taxes had remained stagnant since Rs 325 crore since 2001.
Updated on Feb 02, 2018 12:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGulam Jeelani and Ashish Mishra
AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj claimed that protesting party leaders — including Ashutosh, Richa Pandey, Dilip Pandey — were thrashed and detained by the Delhi Police.
AAP lawmakers in their recent report in Delhi assembly, alleged sale of a portion of dargah to a property dealer by the dargah caretakers in connivance with board officials. BJP cried foul
In all, 23 tableaux, including those representing 13 states and one Union Territory, showcasing the historical, art and cultural heritage of the country, were displayed on the Rajpath
Last year, the AAP government highlighted its strides in the field of education in its Republic Day tableau. In 2017, Delhi was participating in the parade after three years.
Hindustan Times asked people in different parts of central Delhi if they knew what a republic was and understood the significance of the celebrations. Here’s what they had to say
Updated on Jan 26, 2018 05:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByA Mariyam Alavi and Gulam Jeelani, New Delhi:
No party wants to alienate the trading community, which forms a major vote bank in the city, at a time when Delhi is staring at bypolls after disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmakers.
Delhi is staring at another round of bypolls in six months after 20 AAP legislators were disqualified for holding office of profit. The seats that fall vacant include Dwarka, Chandni Chowk, Najafgarh, Jangpura, Rajender Nagar, Janakpuri
The elections in these 20 assembly seats will have to be held within six months.
Updated on Jan 21, 2018 11:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByGulam Jeelani and Moushumi Das Gupta
Prashant Patel Umrao, the lawyer who filed the office of profit petition against the Aam Aadmi Party, had previously filed an FIR against actor Aamir Khan and director Rajkumar Hirani for allegedly portraying gods in poor light in the film PK.
From internal rifts, to friction with the (L-G) and expulsion of party’s veteran leaders to corruption charges against its ministers, the AAP has constantly been embroiled in crisis since its inception in 2012.
Several Delhi markets are facing action for violations of civic and building bylaws. Traders, however allege that authorities have failed to come up with lasting solutions for their changing needs
Updated on Jan 17, 2018 11:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGulam Jeelani and Vibha Sharma
The agency has written to CISF, BSF, SSB, CRPF to take the flats rejected in previous two schemes. Allottees had rejected these flats due to lack of amenities and small size.