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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.

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Soon, passengers can track trains in real time with GPS

It will be available first on the Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes by February-end, and cover the entire country in phases later.

The new system will be called real-time punctuality monitoring and analysis (RPMA).(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Nov 30, 2017 02:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

No conviction in 150 sexual harassment complaints against Delhi Police staff

Rights activists say reporting crimes to police can sometimes be daunting, and complainants can face more harassment, from being asked for bribes to sexual favours in the case of women.

Of the 150 policemen accused of sexual harassment, 122 are facing trial while 28 have been acquitted, according to replies Hindustan Times received from 38 of Delhi Police’s 45 departments under Right to Information.(Sanchit Khanna/ HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2017 07:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Medical colleges: 352 vacant super speciality seats cost exchequer Rs 200 crore

Senior doctors say that the cost of infrastructure, faculty, equipment, among others, makes super speciality teaching very expensive.

Cardiovascular and thoracic surgery has the highest vacancy at 23.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2017 12:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Is govt giving the cold shoulder to aviation accident bureau?

A downgrade could hit Indian airlines hard, preventing them from launching more flights to some countries, including the US.

Passengers wait at the entrance of the T3 terminal of the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 14, 2017 06:14 PM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

Indian-origin businessman duped by Indians threatens to go on hunger strike

A 60-year-old Swedish national of Indian origin has threatened to go on a hunger strike, saying authorities in India have failed to act on his complaints after two Indians cheated him of his life savings

Upadhyaya said he has travelled from Sweden to India for a half a dozen times and approached the Union home minister Rajnath Singh and Swaraj through the Swedish embassy in New Delhi.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 14, 2017 05:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

US, UK, Canada, UAE among most preferred nations for Indian fugitives

Extradition requests from the govt for 121 wanted people are pending with 24 countries, of which the US, UK, UAE and Canada have become safe havens for 83

Force India co-owner, Vijay Mallya, talks outside Westminster Magistrates, in central London, Britain June 13, 2017.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Nov 14, 2017 08:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Railway orders enquiry in rivalry leading to train delays

HT reported on Sunday that due to rivalry between the two railway zones to maintain a better punctuality record, half a dozen express trains were kept waiting for the green signal on the outer circle of Palwal, 85km from New Delhi, on the Nizamuddin-Agra route from 4:15pm to 5: 30pm.

Two organisations — All India Train Controllers’ Associations and Indian Railway Loco Running Men Organisation — confirmed that trains are halted at interchanging points between two zones due to such rivalries.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Nov 12, 2017 11:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

‘Zonal rivalries’ derail Indian Railways bid to improve punctuality of trains

Earlier this week, the North Central Railway allegedly kept several express trains waiting for green signal at the outer circle of Palwal to dent on-time performance of rival zones

Zonal ‘rivalries’ in Indian Railways are allegedly leading to delay in services as various zones deliberately halt trains plying under other zones to record best on-time performance.(HT photo)
Updated on Nov 11, 2017 12:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

IGNOU promoted teachers despite HRD ministry’s objections

The ministry sent a fax saying IGNOU’s ordinance did not have its consent.

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar outside the Parliament in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Nov 05, 2017 10:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Physical disability won’t prevent deserving candidate from becoming doctor

The Medical Council of India will open up admissions to 21 categories of even severely disabled candidates for graduate and post-graduate medical courses.

Students taking the entrance exams for MBBS courses at the post-graduation institute of medical science in Rohtak.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 05, 2017 05:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Now, health ministry to penalise students who block medical seats for kicks

The health ministry will penalise candidates who indulge in such tactics for three degree courses: MBBS, post-graduate and super-specialty streams.

Private colleges collude with highly ranked candidates to block MBBS seats, which are then offered to low-rank holders for huge donations during the mop-up round of counselling.(HT File Photo)
Published on Oct 25, 2017 08:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Aircraft engine failures spike to highest in 6 yrs, question on aviation safety

Civil aviation regulator’s data shows as many as 15 passenger jets of Indian airliners suffered midflight engine damage till August this year.

An Air India Airbus A310 is seen after it made an emergency landing in New Delhi April 9, 2007.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2017 02:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Health ministry to move SC again for permission to fill vacant medical seats

The apex court had declined ministry’s similar request on September 22 because the medical education regulator, Medical Council of India had opposed it.

The health ministry will again approach the Supreme Court to hold counselling to fill up over 500 vacant medical seats in super speciality courses across the country.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 10, 2017 02:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Under NDA, railways laid tracks 11.5% faster in first three years than UPA

The Railways has laid 7,666km of tracks during 2014-17 (NDA’s rule), which is 794km more than the UPA-II’s between 2009 and 2012, an RTI response revealed.

Labourers use iron bars to stack railway tracks at a railway station in Agartala.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Oct 08, 2017 07:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Delhi Police officer accused of molestation let off with mild warning

From 2012 to 2016, four station house officers of Delhi Police were charged with molesting women, but only one was booked and is still facing trial.

A Delhi Police official accused of molestation has been let off.(HT file photo / Representational)
Updated on Oct 03, 2017 07:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

UP: Judge ‘corrects’ his bench order to allow medical college to admit students

On Sept 4, justice Narayan Shukla made a correction by hand in the order. He signed the corrections with the remark, “corrected suo moto”, to mean he did it on his own initiative.

A view of the main building of the Allahabad High Court illuminated with LED lighting.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Sep 29, 2017 08:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

How NEET high scorers, pvt institutes colluded to make a quick buck | HT Special

HT found that the high-scoring candidates blocked the seats in the initial counselling rounds and withdrew in the last minute so that privates colleges, at least in Bihar, Karnataka and Puducherry, could trade the vacancies for money.

An all-India examination for admission to medical and dental colleges, NEET replaced a clutch of separate entrance exams in 2016.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 28, 2017 05:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

MBBS admissions: MCI waits for info on 12,000 students from 97 colleges

The Medical Council of India is still waiting for details on 12,000 students from 97 colleges across the country.

The medical education regulator recently cancelled admission of 778 MBBS students in various private colleges in Puducherry.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Sep 28, 2017 09:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Blind student’s suicide threat: MCI asks Karnataka college to provide counselling

19-year-old Suresh, who can’t see beyond a distance of 8cm, threatened to kill himself after the Medical Council of India cancelled his admission for violation of disability norms.

Suresh’s admission was cancelled after he completed first year of the MBBS course.(HT photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2017 05:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Air scare: Birds, wild animals hit two planes every day in India

More than 4,000 aircraft suffered wildlife strikes — hit by birds or animals — in nearly 80 airports over the past five years.

The airports in New Delhi and Mumbai, the busiest in the country, report the maximum number of bird hits.(File Photo)
Updated on Sep 25, 2017 09:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Medical aspirants forfeit seats as colleges demand high fee

Medical education director general said there was little he could do in light of a government norm specifying that students must forfeit their deposits if they don’t accept seats allotted to them.

A Directorate of Medical Education official said the colleges took advantage of a loophole to fix higher fees.(File)
Updated on Sep 23, 2017 11:58 PM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

Rights body, pension dept flay aviation ministry for withholding employees’ retirement benefits

There are 1,600 more people working in this government sector, unsure for the past 31 years if they will ever get a pension when they retire.

The NHRC held that the process of deciding modalities is time consuming and employees should not be left waiting in such circumstances.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Sep 19, 2017 07:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Puducherry MBBS Scam: Kiran Bedi asked CBI to investigate 778 illegal admissions

The L-G said failure to hold colleges and staff accountable for lapses meant the malaise continued in PG Admissions in 2017-18.

Kiran Bedi(File Photo)
Published on Sep 18, 2017 11:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Medical college seat cancelled, blind student says will commit suicide

The Medical Council of India cancelled a 19-year-old student’s admission to college since his disability is regarded too severe for someone taking the MBBS course.

19-year-old medical student Suresh, whose admission was cancelled by the medical regulator.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 18, 2017 10:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

778 medical students’ admission cancelled: Blame game begins

Lieutenant governor Kiran Bedi blames CM V Narayanasamy for the crisis while the latter points finger at the MCI

The MCI cancelled more than 70% admissions made last year in seven private medical colleges in Puducherry.(Representational photo)
Updated on Sep 16, 2017 01:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Medical Council of India throws out 778 private college students in Puducherry

The Medical Council said seven private medical colleges in the Union territory “haven’t demonstrated any evidence of fairness and transparency in the admission process.”

People alleged that in 2016, 778 admissions were made fraudulently. (Representational Photo)
Updated on Sep 13, 2017 01:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

NEET irregularities: Rules twisted to favour some for medical seats

This defeats the purpose of the Supreme Court-mandated single entrance examination — NEET — for more than 60,000 MBBS seats in nearly 500 private and government colleges in India.

Allegations have surfaced that officials and touts connived to deny meritorious students seats and these were then sold on the sly.(HT File Photo/For representation only)
Updated on Sep 13, 2017 02:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Jaypee case: SC order exposes lacuna in insolvency code, necessitates amendment

The code doesn’t recognise homebuyers’ as creditors nor has it any provision to represent them in resolution proceedings.

Jaypee Infratech home buyers protest with placards in Noida.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 12, 2017 04:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

‘Disclosing details of Indians jailed in Pakistan for spying will harm national integrity’

Disclosing details of Indians languishing in Pakistani jails on false spying charges would jeopardise nation’s integrity and its ties with the neighbour

Pakistani paramilitary soldiers stand guard as Indian fishermen, who were released from a Pakistani jail(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2017 11:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJeevan Prakash Sharma

Kiran Bedi takes power tussle with Narayanasamy to MedicaI Council of India

The Puducherry LG in a letter to MCI denies receiving file from UT government seeking action against erring medical colleges violating admission rules

Kiran Bedi Bedi, who assumed office of lieutenant governor in May last year, has been involved in tussles with the V Narayanasamy-led Congress government on a host of issues. The issue of irregularities in admission to the medical colleges is among the major causes of the flashpoint(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2017 06:16 PM IST
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