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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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Railways seek security for India’s first solar train

Merely a month ago, Railway minister Suresh Prabhu launched India’s first solar-powered train, which runs from Sarai Rohilla in Delhi to Farukh Nagar in Haryana. The railways has asked for additional security forces to protect the solar panels installed on six of its coaches.

The first solar train was flagged off by then rail minister Suresh Prabhu at Safdarjung Railway station. Now, the railways has sought security for the solar panels.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 07, 2017 12:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Train drivers scuffle over driving Antyodaya Express, put passengers at risk

The WCR drivers beat up drivers of NCR division, but the Railway Police Force (RPF) remained mute spectators.

The incident occurred due to overlapping schedule made by the two divisions — Kota (WCR) and Agra (NCR).(Source: Youtube)
Updated on Sep 06, 2017 03:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Woman dies on Jodhpur-Howrah train; son alleges negligence, says TTE was drunk

Denying allegations of negligence on its part, Agra’s divisional railway manager, Ranjan Yadav said they had made all medical arrangements at Agra Fort station, but she died before the train reached there.

Passengers staged a protest at Agra Fort station, demanding the arrest of the TTE and delaying the train for more than an hour.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 05, 2017 05:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

At a snail’s pace? In five decades, DDA flats almost match people Delhi adds in a year

The DDA defends its performance saying that it’s unfair to look at the its role as a developer alone.

A view of an upcoming DDA project in Jasola Vihar in south Delhi.(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 03, 2017 12:02 AM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

India’s fastest train Gatimaan Express has run late 3 out of every 10 trips

Flagged off by railway minister Suresh Prabhu on April 5, 2016, Gatimaan is supposed to cover a distance of 188 km between Delhi’s Nizamuddin Railway Station and Agra Cantonment in 1.40 hours with no halts.

Gatimaan is supposed to cover a distance of 188 km between Delhi’s Nizamuddin Railway Station and Agra Cantonment in 1.40 hours with no halts.(Arun Sharma/ HT File)
Updated on Aug 28, 2017 09:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Utkal Express tragedy: Blame game begins as inspection team alleges negligence

A sketch drawn out by experts with the team showed that while the engine and five coaches managed to cross the damaged portion of the track, the 12 compartments in tow were dragged for up to 495 metres before finally coming to a halt.

Railway coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express, which were derailed in Khatauli near Muzaffarnagar on Saturday evening. (Chahatram / HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2017 12:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Delhi airport scare: 3 years on, DGCA yet to frame guidelines for drones

Flight operations at Delhi airport were halted twice for around two hours on Sunday after pilots of two airlines spotted a drone-like object in the area even as security agencies went into a tizzy. The aviation regulator is yet to frame a policy to regulate flying, sale and purchase of UAVs.

The aviation regulator, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), is yet to come out with a formal policy to regulate flying, sale and purchase of sub-conventional aerial platforms such as microlight aircrafts, para motors, multi-copters, para gliders, hang gliders and drones.(HT Photo)
Published on Aug 21, 2017 11:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByJeevan Prakash Sharma/Rajesh Ahuja, New Delhi

Not liable for faulty products: Amazon on consumer disputes

The National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission is adjudicating this issue which will fix the liability of e-commerce players.

Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 21, 2017 12:20 AM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

‘Mistake’ realised, Airports Authority of India staff still wait for pension

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.

Employees say the government is deliberately delaying the process since it cannot guarantee the retirement benefits despite deducting their share of the pension from the salary.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2017 11:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Prosecution of tax offenders doubles in first three years of Modi govt

Vowing to continue the crackdown on black money, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Rs 1.75 lakh crore deposits in banks post demonetisation as well as 18 lakh people with income beyond known means are under scrutiny.

In a country where prosecution of tax crimes is low and conviction rare, the number of cases filed against tax evaders was 2,473 between 2014-15 and 2016-17.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 16, 2017 12:01 AM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | BySuchetana Ray and Jeevan Prakash Sharma

Once a profit making giant, BHEL is an NPA now, shows CAG report

The company suffered a huge loss in all areas due to its failure to match the price of its competitors in getting work orders.

BHEL’s annual turnover declined over 53% from Rs 49,510 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 26,587 crore in 2015-16.(PTI FIle Photo)
Published on Aug 08, 2017 10:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Paying touts for MBBS admissions? It will be cancelled, warns Medical Council

NEET rules make counselling for MBBS admissions mandatory, but touts are making offers to candidates to join private colleges directly after paying hefty sums

Text messages from touts ‘guaranteeing’ NEET-qualified candidates admission to medical colleges for Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1.25 crore.(Sourced)
Updated on Jul 18, 2017 07:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

NEET 2017: Domicile rules leave MBBS, BDS aspirants confused, give them limited college choice

Lack of a uniform domicile policy could put an end to dreams of NEET-qualified candidates to pursue fulfilling careers in medicine or dentistry.

While some states like Maharashtra, and Punjab have barred candidates from other states from participating in counselling for admission to medical colleges (both private and government), Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka have no such restrictions.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jul 17, 2017 12:27 PM IST

DDA flouted rules to help private builders profit from housing for poor

The Delhi Development Authority , which regulates building rules in the city, fabricated public feedback to increase the floor area ratio (FAR), or the built-up area, of these projects from 2 to 2.30.

DDA flats in Sector 34 in Rohini area in New Delhi.(Sushil Kumar/HT File PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 11, 2017 09:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New DElhi | By

Govt bans 32 private medical colleges from admitting students for two years

Over the years, undergrad medical studies in India have been mired in controversy, and a mushrooming of private colleges to meet growing demand has led to widespread corruption and a fall in the quality of medical education in the country.

Representative Image | In May 2016, the Supreme Court appointed a three-member Oversight Committee (OC), headed by former chief justice ML Lodha, to check alleged corruption at the Medical Council of India.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 17, 2017 08:50 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Supreme Court oversight panel legalises ‘rejected’ medical colleges

The top court set up the panel, called the Oversight Committee, in 2016 to suggest measures to improve medical education in India and review decisions of the regulator, Medical Council of India.

The Supreme Court set up the Oversight Committee in 2016 to suggest measures to improve medical education in India.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 04, 2017 11:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Layoffs and shrinking job market: Is this the end of India’s engineering dream?

Even as the government targets the social sciences, it is encouraging the growth of engineering colleges – despite the fact that engineering jobs (particularly in IT) are shrinking, in India and abroad.

A wall in the Radha Krishna temple in Kota has prayers of students scribbled on them, in hopes that it will be answered. One recurring prayers is for an admission to the IIT, as seen in this photograph.(Raj K Raj/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 13, 2017 01:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByFurquan Ameen Siddiqui and Jeevan Prakash Sharma

Rs 246 cr spent on training scheme for Kashmiris, only 10% get jobs

Six years after the launch of Udaan, only 10% candidates getting hired, and the nodal agency has been unable to keep track.

Students at a function held for distributing appointment letters under a project launched to provide skill development training to the unemployed youth of Jammu and Kashmir.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2017 07:42 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Flight risk: 2016 most unsafe year for Indian aviation, 40% spike in near-miss cases

Experts say that recent initiatives to boost the aviation sector will only weaken air safety standards, beset at present by a shortage of manpower, training and airspace for civilian traffic.

There have been 32 cases of ‘near miss’ in 2016, highest for any year in the history of the country’s civil aviation.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on May 01, 2017 01:56 PM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

Train drivers caught drunk, four-fold rise in alcohol test failure in railways

About 15% of loco-pilots failed alcohol test at the end of their journey, which means they probably risked the lives of hundreds of passengers.

Experts said that about 15% of loco-pilots – at an annualized average – failed the alcohol test at the end of their journey.(AFP File)
Updated on Apr 04, 2017 04:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

MBBS shocker: Medical students thrown out of college not eating, drinking, say parents

150 MBBS students thrown out of college by MCI for violating SC orders on counselling before admissions protested outside minister J P Nadda’s residence on Wednesday

150 students studying MBBS in various colleges around Delhi protested outside health minister JP Nadda’s residence in New Delhi demanding justice.(Handout)
Updated on Mar 27, 2017 04:51 PM IST

MCI agrees to remove restrictions of age ceiling and number of attempts for NEET

Taking note of a suggestion given by the Supreme Court-appointed oversight committee, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has done away with all restrictions placed on candidates appearing for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).

NEET is an all-India examinations that qualifies candidates for entry into undergraduate medical schools.(Arvind Yadav /HT file)
Updated on Mar 17, 2017 07:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Supreme Court panel says can’t cap age or number of NEET attempts

The panel, headed by former chief justice RM Lodha, said it was in favour of striking down the government’s eligibility criteria because there is a “dearth of doctors in the country”.

Parents and students staged a protest march against Education division's decision of conducting the NEET, in this file from May 2016.(Pratham Gokhale/ Hindustan Timess)
Updated on Mar 17, 2017 07:13 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

MBBS students thrown out of colleges are ‘depressed, don’t have strength to write NEET again’

519 students who qualified the tough NEET but found their admissions cancelled by MCI want to continue their studies

List of colleges in which MBBS students’ admissions have been cancelled. It has been provided by MCI under an RTI application.(Handhout)
Updated on Mar 27, 2017 04:51 PM IST

Govt’s Skill India programme off to a dodgy start; possible fraud enrolment

The government says it trained about two million youth under the flagship Skill India programme but an HT investigation has found inconsistencies in the quality of training centers and possible fraudulent enrolment.

PM Modi with Rajiv Pratap Rudy, MoS for skill development and entrepreneurship, at the launch of the National Skill Development Mission in New Delhi.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 02, 2017 07:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Medical Council notice shatters NEET-qualified MBBS students’ dreams

Are medical colleges to blame for taking NEET-qualified students directly into MBBS programme without counselling despite a Supreme Court order?

Medical colleges have taken in 500-plus students around the country without counselling, violating Supreme Court rules.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Mar 27, 2017 04:51 PM IST

Medical shocker: 500 MBBS students lose seats in 17 colleges

Medical Council of India cancels admission of 519 NEET-qualified students for getting directly admitted to medical colleges without counselling

Despite qualifying the tough National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), the admission of over 500 students has been cancelled.(Sunil Ghosh/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 27, 2017 04:51 PM IST

Rs 2,000 notes printed when Rajan was RBI governor but bear Patel’s signature

The newly launched 2,000-rupee banknotes carry the signature of present central bank chief Urjit Patel but the process to print those bills began when his predecessor Raghuram Rajan was still in office, a Hindustan Times investigation has found.

A man takes out Rs 2,000 banknotes from an ATM in November 2016. The government’s decision to replace 1,000 and 500 rupee banknotes with new 2,000 rupee notes has upset the country’s cash flow.(Shankar Mourya/HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 23, 2017 07:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Medical entrance: NEET 2017 to be counted as first attempt, clarifies CBSE

Aspiring doctors who failed in pre-medical entrance examination thrice may still hope to realise their dreams. They will get three more—and possibly more- attempts to clear National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the common medical entrance test.

NEET aspirants rally and demonstration in Kota on Thursday night in protest of the NEET notification to put cap on number of attempts in NEET and also age bar.(AH Zaidi/HT photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2017 08:50 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeelam Pandey and Jeevan Prakash Sharma

Cancel AAP’s party status for filing false audits, I-T dept tells poll panel

The Income Tax department has asked the Election Commission to cancel the Aam Aadmi Party’s status as a political party for allegedly filing “false and fabricated” audit reports on donations amounting to Rs 27 crore, highly-placed sources told HT.

The Income Tax department’s report to the poll panel came two days before assembly elections in Punjab and Goa, where the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP is making a serious bid to capture power.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 03, 2017 09:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By
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