Jeevan Prakash Sharma is assistant editor, Special Assignment. He has spent nearly 20 years in journalism with focus on education, real estate, crime and legal . He specialises in RTI-based information and open source data.
Articles by Jeevan Prakash Sharma
Will ask Centre to ‘make an exception’ and allow foreign aid: Alphons on Kerala
Union minister KJ Alphons urged the central government on Thursday to “make an exception” for Kerala after the Centre refused to accept Rs 700 crore in relief offered by UAE
Updated on Aug 23, 2018 11:31 PM IST
Draft data protection bill may affect provisions of RTI Act
The draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 seeks to amend the RTI Act’s Section 8(1)(j), which states that personal information that doesn’t serve “public activity or interest” cannot be disclosed unless it is deemed to be of public interest.
Updated on Jul 28, 2018 08:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNakul Sridhar and Jeevan Prakash Sharma
Amid Congress opposition, NMML decides to go ahead with museum for all prime ministers
The new museum for Prime Ministers will be constructed within the precincts of the Teen Murti Estate where Nehru Memorial Museum and Library is located.
Updated on Jul 26, 2018 09:43 PM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | ByJeevan Prakash Sharma and Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Tourism, Shipping ministries moot GST exemption to revive cruise tourism
In 2017-18, the number of passengers went down to 1,75,636 with only 137 ships visiting Indian ports
Published on Jun 23, 2018 11:28 PM IST
Alphons writes to culture ministry to expedite heritage adoption scheme
Union minister of state for tourism KJ Alphons has written to culture minister Mahesh Sharma asking him to expedite the process of allowing private companies to adopt historical monuments for maintaining amenities for tourists under the government’s much-touted ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme.
Published on Jun 22, 2018 03:20 PM IST
Plan to increase Chinese tourists hits roadblock with only few Mandarin-speaking guides
The Indian Tour Operators Association, Tourist Guide Federation of India, and senior ministry officials agree that India’s supply of Mandarin guides falls short of the required strength.
Updated on Jun 03, 2018 07:22 AM IST
ASI removes over 2 million kg of dirt from Red Fort ramparts, prevents collapse
The dust and other air pollutants had accumulated on the Mughal-era monument over an estimated period of over 100 years and had formed a layer that was almost two meters thick.
Updated on May 31, 2018 02:29 PM IST
Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh back Centre’s move to relax permits for foreign tourists
Foreign tourists need to obtain Protected Area Permit (PAP) and Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to visit Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim due to security reasons.
Published on May 28, 2018 02:45 PM IST
ASI to resume restoration of Bateshwar temple complex in Chambal
ASI officials say that Nirbhay Gujjar and his gang provided much help for the restoration work until the dacoit was killed in 2005 in an encounter with the police.
Updated on May 21, 2018 02:20 PM IST
Indo-China ties may get a leg up with tourism and cultural initiatives
Modi and Xi met in late April for the informal summit aimed at resetting bilateral relations marred by a 73-day military standoff at the India-China-Bhutan trijunction in Doklam
Updated on May 20, 2018 11:11 PM IST
Centre plans to open up restricted Northeast areas for foreign tourists
Arunachal Pradesh and some parts of Sikkim have restrictions on access and free movement of foreign tourists by way of permits such as Protected Areas Permit and Restricted Areas Permit.
Updated on May 20, 2018 07:52 AM IST
I-T department tells Chennai court Chidambarams didn’t disclose foreign assets
Nalini Chidambaram, Karti and Srinidhi have been charged for allegedly not disclosing, either partly or fully, immovable assets like the one at Cambridge in the UK worth ₹5.37 crore, property worth ₹80 lakh in the same country and asset worth ₹3.28 crore in the US.
Updated on May 11, 2018 11:14 PM IST
Aadhaar must for informers of benami property, tax evasions to claim rewards from IT dept
Income tax department says the move will remove the hurdle in establishing the identity of an informant at the time of disbursing the final award money which often takes several years.
Updated on May 08, 2018 07:24 PM IST
After Red Fort row, Punjab govt wants Jallianwala Bagh in ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme
In a letter dated February 20, 2018, Captain Amarinder Singh’s government asked for seven monuments to be included in the Central government’s ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme.
Updated on May 06, 2018 10:43 AM IST
Red Fort upkeep sparks battle between right wing and Marxist historians
Historians with right wing ideologies say Marxist historians are simply spreading rumours about the hand over of the Red Fort to a corporate for maintaining tourist amenities.
Updated on May 03, 2018 10:50 AM IST
Income Tax dept raises rewards for informers of benami property, tax evasions
The Union finance ministry has for the first time come out with a scheme to reward informants of benami transactions and has also amended the existing income tax informant reward scheme of 2007.
Updated on May 01, 2018 05:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByJeevan Prakash Sharma
Minister Alphons defends handing over Red Fort to private company, says it will help tourism
Tourism minister KJ Alphons said ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme will help fulfill his dream to get 100 million tourists in the country in a few years.
Updated on May 03, 2018 11:21 AM IST
Congress and Centre lock horns over upkeep of Red Fort by a private firm
The Congress party said Modi government is “bartering away the symbol of freedom movement” with its decision to hand over Red Fort to a leading corporate group for its upkeep.
Updated on Apr 30, 2018 06:55 PM IST
11th-century bodies near Meerut give new archaeological twist to history
Excavation unearths 13 bodies that roughly date back to 11th century AD; discovery leads to calls for a deeper examination because people of the region in that period were known to cremate the dead.
Updated on Apr 26, 2018 01:41 PM IST
Non-NDA states allege bias in shortlist of iconic tourist sites to be developed
Odisha, Punjab, West Bengal, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have demanded that the Centre choose an iconic spot from every state in the country.
Updated on Apr 25, 2018 02:19 PM IST
Archaeologists find artefacts in UP village that point to Mahabharata link
The artifacts found bear strong cultural resemblance to those found at sites such as Hastinapur, Indraprastha, Kurukshetra and Mathura, places that find mention in Mahabharata.
Updated on Apr 08, 2018 08:40 AM IST
Income Tax dept to increase reward money for informers, widen network
Under current guidelines, an informer gets ₹1 lakh as an instant reward if the tip-off leads to tax recovery. The rest of the reward money – 10% of the total tax liability with a maximum cap of ₹15 lakh – is subject to the final settlement of the case.
Updated on Apr 06, 2018 06:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJeevan Prakash Sharma and P Suchetna Ray
Jumbo threat to VIPs: No elephants in Red Fort play for audience safety
Titled, Raja Shiv Chatrapati, the play, originally in Marathi, has been staged several hundred times since it was first staged in 1985, and its appeal includes the use of elaborate sets and props including live camels, horses, even an elephant.
Updated on Apr 06, 2018 07:46 AM IST
Taj Mahal up for ‘adoption’, GMR and ITC in the race
The ‘Adopt a heritage’ scheme envisages the adoption of historical sites and monuments by private and state-owned companies. The companies are expected to pay for the upkeep of the monument or site from their CSR (corporate social responsibility) budget.
Updated on Mar 23, 2018 08:13 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJeevan Prakash Sharma
Two years on, skill training yet to take off in many states
The data on the states’ performance available with the MSDE shows that NSDC has approved proposals from 35 states and assigned a target to skill 600,000 candidates in the first phase but only five states have commenced training.
Updated on Feb 16, 2018 11:38 PM IST
ICAO pulls up DGCA for not introducing licensing system for ATCOs
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had recommended to the DGCA that air traffic controllers be issued licences. But the government feels there is already a sufficient security mechanism in place.
Published on Jan 09, 2018 12:03 PM IST
Government to notify guidelines for assessment of new disabilities soon
The ministry of social justice and empowerment will soon instruct hospitals to issue certificates to those who come under the new category of disability,
Updated on Jan 03, 2018 04:53 PM IST
Kudankulam nuclear plant caused Rs 10,000-crore loss to NPCIL, finds CAG
A CAG audit found that NPCIL incurred expenditure of Rs 1,012.37 crore towards erection and commissioning of Nuclear Steam Supply System and Turbo Generator, as against the Rs 305.50 crore previously estimated.
Updated on Dec 28, 2017 01:31 PM IST
Jet Airways, Air India received most passenger complaints in 3 years: Govt data
Data from the civil aviation ministry shows that 22 passengers lodged complaints against all airlines every day in 2017, and national carrier Air India and Jet Airways lead the pack of offenders.
Updated on Dec 27, 2017 11:14 PM IST
HRD panel begins probing financial irregularities in IIM-Lucknow
IIM Lucknow director Dr Ajit Prasad allegedly took arbitrary decisions that resulted in negative the institute’s financial performance.
Published on Dec 13, 2017 10:44 PM IST