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Salik covers education in Rajasthan; occasionally does videos.

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Demand for meat fuels chinkara poaching in Rajasthan

On paper, the chinkara is supposed to have the highest protection under the Wildlife Protection Act . But in reality, the endangered animal is easy meat for poachers in western Rajasthan.

The chinkara continues to face threats by poachers in western Rajasthan.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 22, 2017 10:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bikaner/Jodhpur | By

For this Rajasthan village, green Diwali means shunning firecrackers, planting trees

The villagers of 12 TK in Raisinghnagar are also planting trees and screening films on environment

The villagers of 12 TK in Raisinghnagar will plant trees to celebrate green Diwali.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 17, 2017 09:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

No more skinning, burying dead cows, Rajasthan gaushala gets gas-fired crematorium

The gas-fired crematorium costs Rs15 lakh and cremating a dead cow will require two and half commercial cylinders of gas and will cost a little more than Rs 2,000.

The gas crematory being installed at the Shri Gopal Gaushala in Jhunjhunu.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2017 09:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jaipur

Rajasthan: Govt school alumnus sponsors principal, staffers’ holiday

In an unusual act of gratitude, a former student decided to bankroll holiday trips of hsi school’s principal and all other staff members.

Kamal Poddar, former student of the Seth Durgadutt Jatiya Government Senior Secondary School, Jhunjhunu, with Principal Kamlesh Tetarwal.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2017 03:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Rajasthan college students to get app aid for job tests

The app, Dishari, is likely to be launched in the first week of October.

Dishari has been developed by Imran Khan, a web developer from Alwar who was praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at Wembley Stadium in London in November 2015.(HT File Photo/Picture for representation only)
Updated on Sep 26, 2017 08:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jaipur

Battling all odds, girl from tribal Rajasthan journeys to Minnesota

Launched in 2010-11 by the Ashok Gehlot government, the scheme sponsors foreign education of three girl toppers of Class 10 from government school every year with the annual cap of ₹10 lakh (now ₹25 lakh). Only two girls have availed the scheme in the past six years, an official of the government’s Balika Shiksha Foundation said.

Sujita Shah.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 11, 2017 09:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jaipur

1 dead as protests erupt in Jaipur, curfew imposed after police ‘assault’ woman

According to locals, Friday’s clash erupted after a Muslim woman was allegedly hit by a cop with a baton while evicting illegal street vendors around 8 pm.

Curfew has been imposed in Manak Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Galta Gate and Ramganj police station areas of Jaipur.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 09, 2017 12:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByDeep Mukherjee & Salik Ahmad, Jaipur

Jaipur: Dogs found dead with limbs, mouth tied up

Two stray dogs with their feet and mouth tied up with a rope, were found dead at the Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur

The incident allegations from animal lovers that the institute authorities got the canines killed, a charge denied by the MNIT. The dogs died on Sunday, but the incident was not reported.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2017 11:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | BySalik Ahmad

Student election: AAP wins president post in 12 colleges

The performance has given a boost to the image of AAP leader Kumar Vishwas who took over the reins of the state unit four months ago as a trade-off for not quitting the party.

AAP, a new entrant to Rajasthan politics, has sprung a surprise on its rivals after winning the president post in twelve colleges.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 05, 2017 09:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByManoj Ahuja and Salik Ahmad

Driven out of house, woman with newborn recovers at Jaipur hospital

Had life not been so cruel to 21-year-old Soniya Bano, she would have been busy with festivities on Eid-ul-Adha, the Muslim festival that was celebrated on Saturday

Soniya Bano, who was abandoned by her husband on Tuesday, a day after she gave birth to a baby girl.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 02, 2017 08:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jaipur

Thief on run arrested after 23 years

Spurred by the new superintendent’s drive to nab fugitives in old cases, the Ajmer police arrested Hamid recently

Updated on Aug 29, 2017 07:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jaipur

Rebels set up big fight for RU Student Union election for presidential post

The students’ election for the presidential post at University of Rajasthan, the state’s largest in terms of enrolment, is set be a keen contest this year

ABVP faces challenge from a rebel while NSUI dissident candidate banks on his Jat identity to emerge a dark horse.(HT Photo)
Published on Aug 24, 2017 08:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jaipur

End to cruelty: Triple talaq victims hail Supreme Court verdict

The Supreme Court struck down the practice of saying “talaq”, or divorce, three times in one go - a controversial Islamic instant divorce law - as arbitrary and unconstitutional, and said it violated women’s right to equality and was against the tenets of Islam.

Muslim women have welcomed the verdict by the Supreme Court. (HT File Photo / Representational)
Updated on Aug 22, 2017 05:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad/ Jaipur | ByPeeyush Khandelwal and Salik Ahmad

Maharana Pratap turned battle to hills: How Rajasthan Class 12 texbook describes Battle of Haldighati

The controversy around Maharana Pratap began in March when Rajasthan education minister Vasudev Devnani said the king won the battle of Haldighati against Mughal emperor Akbar

A statue of Maharana Pratap of Mewar, commemorating the Battle of Haldighati, at City Palace in Udaipur.(Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Aug 18, 2017 11:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Propped by Rajasthan government scheme, Bhilwara girl gets into US varsity, eyes civil services

Aafreen’s US dreams took wings in April 2016 when she got a letter informing her about the chief minister’s sponsorship scheme for three girl toppers from the state wishing to go abroad for higher studies, with a scholarship of Rs 25 lakh a year.

Aafreen Chhipa with her parents. Her mother is a schoolteacher and father owns a cloth shop in Bhilwara.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 11, 2017 08:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jaipur

No Gandhi Jayanti holiday in Rajasthan universities this year

In October, there are holidays only for Moharram (October 1) and Diwali (October 13-21), according to the new holiday calendar for the academic year 2017-18.

There will be no holiday in Rajasthan’s universities for Gandhi Jayanti on October 2.(Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 11, 2017 07:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By, Jaipur

‘Orphaned’ hockey turf used as doormats, carpets in Rajasthan village

The turf in Dausa village now serves as doormats outside classrooms after lying for a year in a cleared ground where it was meant to be laid.

Pieces of the turf serve as doormats outside rooms in a private school in Jatwara, a village in Rajasthan’s Dausa.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 09, 2017 08:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

All-woman sanitary pad unit in Rajasthan an entrepreneurial hit

Within less than a year of starting production, Anandi -- a sanitary pad brand – has become a household name among women of Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan.

A worker engaged in making sanitary pads at a all-woman unit in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan.(DD Saini)
Updated on Aug 03, 2017 03:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Government school doubles enrolment in 2 years, ropes in alumni for funds

The enrolment has gone up from about 360 to over 800.

The Seth Durgadutt Jatiya Government Senior Secondary School at Bissau has carried out construction work worth Rs 15 lakh.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 28, 2017 08:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jaipur

Heavy rain kills 700 cows in Rajasthan’s Jalore

Over 700 cows died in Jalore district after it rained for 3-4 days because of which the cows became extremely weak and sat down on the ground.

Some of the cows at the shelter in Rajasthan's Jalore. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2017 11:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

New universities, girls’ colleges, vocational courses, in Rajasthan government’s higher education plan

The Rajasthan higher education department has drawn up a detailed plan for introducing reforms in higher education institutes to make colleges future-ready

Repensentative picture.(HT FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on Jul 27, 2017 07:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jaipur

After school, Rajasthan varsity to teach Akbar’s Haldighati ‘defeat’ by Maharana Pratap

A book highlighting Akbar’s ‘failure’ in capturing or killing Maharana Pratap is likely to be included in the recommended reading list of Rajasthan University’s MA history course

People pay tributes to 15th century Rajput king of Mear, Maharana Pratap on his birth anniversary, in Bhopal.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 18, 2017 10:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, Japiur

Who is Anandpal Singh and why Rajputs in Rajasthan erupted in anger at his killing?

Since he was killed, Rajput bodies across the state have blocked roads and vandalised public property in demand for an inquiry into what they allege was a staged encounter.

Anandpal Singh was killed on June 24 in a police encounter that Rajput groups claim was staged.(Facebook)
Updated on Jul 13, 2017 04:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | BySalik Ahmad and Deep Mukherjee

Student suicides only a minor hiccup as coaching hub Kota marches on

Nearly 1.25 lakh students prepare for NEET, IIT­JEE in Rajasthan’s Kota. Reports of suicides have failed to diminish the rush to the town.

Kota’s Radha Krishan Temple has messages written all over its walls by students seeking divine help.(Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2017 04:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kota

Why Rajputs in Rajasthan have erupted in anger over gangster Anandpal’s encounter killing

Rajput bodies across the state have blocked roads, vandalised public property and demonstrated against police to press for an inquiry into what they allege was a staged encounter to kill Anandpal Singh.

Anandpal Singh was a wanted criminal with six murder charges against him.
Updated on Jul 13, 2017 10:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Man secures 10,000 acres of grazing land for cows

The initiative is led by a retired electricity department employee and other like-minded citizens secured the land. He says pastures and not cow shelters will save the bovines.

Cows graze at Sarah Nathaniya Gauchar Bhoomi in Bikaner city.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 30, 2017 08:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jaipur

People now say there is contractor raj or company raj, not our raj: Activist Aruna Roy

Civil servant-turned-rights activist Aruna Roy says now we have propaganda, jargon, tweets and Mann Ki Baat. But Mann Ki Baat is one person telling us his mann ki baat. There are 1.2 billion mann ki baats in India, and they need to be heard.

Social activist Aruna Roy(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2017 07:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Sanskrit professor accused of awarding PhD in 10 days is now registrar at the university

The panel probing the PhD fiasco had recommended that the professor not be given any administrative charge in future.

The Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Rajasthan Sanskrit University at Madau.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2017 08:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Jaipur

Rajasthan man lynched: Locals resent govt policy of naming, shaming open defecators; say they don’t have choice

In Pithoragarh district of Rajasthan, a man was lynched allegedly by sanitation officials for protesting against photography of women defecating in the open

The community toilet at Jagwas Kachchi Basti of Pratapgarh district. None of the toilets here are functional.(Salik Ahmad)
Updated on Jun 18, 2017 11:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Pratapgarh

Rajasthan man lynched for objecting to officials clicking photos of women defecating was a ‘pillar of support’

Zafar Hussain, who was brutally thrashed by civic officials for objecting to photography of defecating women, was the only pillar of support for many in Pithoragarh’s Jagwas Kachchi Basti

The Peerbagh graveyard where Zafar Hussain was laid to rest.(Salik Ahmad/HT)
Updated on Jun 18, 2017 09:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By
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