Abhinav Rajput

Abhinav Rajput

Abhinav Rajput was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. He no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

Articles by Abhinav Rajput
New DUSU president Rocky Tuseed (third from right) and vice-president Kumal Sehrawat (third from left) with NSUI supporters after the election results on Wednesday.(Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)
New DUSU president Rocky Tuseed (third from right) and vice-president Kumal Sehrawat (third from left) with NSUI supporters after the election results on Wednesday.(Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)

DUSU election 2017: NSUI deals ABVP a blow, wins top posts

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhinav Rajput
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2017 09:12 AM IST
The NSUI had last swept DUSU polls in 2007, and has been on a slide since then, except in 2012 when it won three seats.
Students queue up to cast their vote for DUSU election at Miranda House college in North Campus in New Delhi.(Sushil Kumar / HT Photo)
Students queue up to cast their vote for DUSU election at Miranda House college in North Campus in New Delhi.(Sushil Kumar / HT Photo)

DUSU 2017: Clash of ideologies on campus as Delhi University goes to polls

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput and A Mariyam Alavi
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2017 10:33 AM IST
Morning students will vote from 8.30am to 1pm while evening students will vote from 3pm to 7.30pm. This year in Delhi University elections, ABVP and AISA are set for a face-off over campus violence, which, many say, could benefit NSUI.
United Left won all four seats in the JNU students union (JNUSU) elections, results of which were announced on early Sunday morning. The RSS-backed ABVP was the runners up on all four seats while candidates of BAPSA stood third.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
United Left won all four seats in the JNU students union (JNUSU) elections, results of which were announced on early Sunday morning. The RSS-backed ABVP was the runners up on all four seats while candidates of BAPSA stood third.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

JNUSU polls result: NOTA gets more than double of NSUI votes

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2017 11:23 AM IST
Compared to 728 votes, that the four candidates of NSUI bagged, NOTA was chosen by 1,512 — more than double the number of students. Congress-backed student outfit’s presidential candidate — Vrishinika — got only 82 votes of the total 4,369 polled.
Ram Chandra, AAP candidate who won Bawana assembly bypoll, celebrates with supporters in New Delhi on Monday.(Sonu Mehta / HTPhoto)
Ram Chandra, AAP candidate who won Bawana assembly bypoll, celebrates with supporters in New Delhi on Monday.(Sonu Mehta / HTPhoto)

Bawana election result 2017 Highlights: Kejriwal thanks Delhi for ‘stamp of approval’ after big win

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2017 04:05 PM IST
AAP retained its seat in Bawana defeating BJP by almost 24,000 votes while Congress had to settle for third position despite getting early leads.
Massive construction work is on at NH-24 from Sarai Kale Khan up to UP Gate for the Delhi-Meerut .(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Massive construction work is on at NH-24 from Sarai Kale Khan up to UP Gate for the Delhi-Meerut .(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Delhi: Dug-up roads, ongoing construction turns NH-24 into a deadly stretch

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2017 12:09 AM IST
Massive construction work is on from Sarai Kale Khan to UP Gate as the road is being expanded as part of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway project. .
Bawana went to polls on Wednesday after the area MLA Ved Parkash switched sides to the BJP earlier this year.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Bawana went to polls on Wednesday after the area MLA Ved Parkash switched sides to the BJP earlier this year.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Bawana votes to eradicate drug menace again

Hindustan Times | By Joydeep Thakur / Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2017 10:49 PM IST
Bawana went to polls on Wednesday after the area MLA Ved Parkash switched sides to the BJP earlier this year.
Women show their ink-marked fingers after casting votes for Bawana assembly seat byelection on Wednesday.(PTI)
Women show their ink-marked fingers after casting votes for Bawana assembly seat byelection on Wednesday.(PTI)

In Delhi but not really part of Delhi, say Bawana voters

HIndustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput and Joydeep Thakur, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2017 12:29 PM IST
In most of the areas, people demanded better infrastructure for schools and more hospitals and educational institutes.
DDA had earlier extended the last date of application to September 1, as it had received only 8,000 applications for its 2017 housing scheme.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
DDA had earlier extended the last date of application to September 1, as it had received only 8,000 applications for its 2017 housing scheme.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

No more extension in application date for DDA 2017 housing scheme

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 20, 2017 11:47 PM IST
With around 16,000 forms being received by Delhi Development Authority till Friday for its latest housing scheme, the land owning agency is unlikely to extend its last date, sources in DDA said. DDA had earlier extended the last date to September 11 as it had just received 8,000 forms.
A securityman at the Delhi airport talks on walkie-talkie even as passengers look on. The airport saw a brief pause in operations on Sunday after a pilot raised an alarm about a drone-like object.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)
A securityman at the Delhi airport talks on walkie-talkie even as passengers look on. The airport saw a brief pause in operations on Sunday after a pilot raised an alarm about a drone-like object.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)

Delhi airport flight operations halted for nearly an hour over drone scare

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhinav Rajput
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2017 07:38 AM IST
A team of the Central Industrial Security Force, the Delhi Police and the aviation security was rushed to the spot.
Family says they did not want to buy a bike for Himanshu Bansal (in pic). But it was only when he insisted that they gave in. He bought the bike in November 2016 for Rs 7.25 lakh.(Facebook)
Family says they did not want to buy a bike for Himanshu Bansal (in pic). But it was only when he insisted that they gave in. He bought the bike in November 2016 for Rs 7.25 lakh.(Facebook)

Ban super bikes in Delhi, families shouldn’t suffer: Benelli crash victim’s kin

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2017 11:44 PM IST
Father of Himanshu Bansal, who was killed while riding Benelli TNT 600i in central Delhi, said he was fond of bikes but not speeding. They wanted him to buy a car instead but he insisted
DDA had launched the scheme on June 30 with 12,069 flats under which 87 are high-income group (HIG) flats, 404 are two-room middle income group (MIG) flats.(HT FILE)
DDA had launched the scheme on June 30 with 12,069 flats under which 87 are high-income group (HIG) flats, 404 are two-room middle income group (MIG) flats.(HT FILE)

Only 8,000 applications received for 12,000 flats, DDA extends last date till Sept 11

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2017 11:11 AM IST
DDA had launched the scheme on June 30 with 12,069 flats under which 87 are high-income group (HIG) flats, 404 are two-room middle income group (MIG) flats.
A North Corporation official said the mayor has floated the proposal and the school authorities will have to see whether it will be part of the social studies subject, which is taught in Class 4 and Class 5 or extracurricular activities.(HT FILE)
A North Corporation official said the mayor has floated the proposal and the school authorities will have to see whether it will be part of the social studies subject, which is taught in Class 4 and Class 5 or extracurricular activities.(HT FILE)

Plant a tree, score up to 5 marks: Delhi civic body’s incentive to students

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2017 11:14 AM IST
A North Corporation official said the mayor has floated the proposal and the school authorities will have to see whether it will be part of the social studies subject, which is taught in Class 4 and Class 5 or extracurricular activities.
The civic body will give a particular colour to the markets in South Delhi which are popular for selling technological goods such as Nehru Place (above) and Bhikaji Cama Place(HT FILE)
The civic body will give a particular colour to the markets in South Delhi which are popular for selling technological goods such as Nehru Place (above) and Bhikaji Cama Place(HT FILE)

Colour coding, uniform signages to jazz up markets in south Delhi

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2017 12:56 PM IST
The signage will be of uniform size, similar to those used by shops under the jurisdiction of New Delhi Municipal Council. Though, uniform in appearance, the boards will vary from market to market based on its character.
One of the most worrying trends seen in the last five years is decreasing enrolment. The number of students studying in these schools has gone down by 10-20% since 2012.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
One of the most worrying trends seen in the last five years is decreasing enrolment. The number of students studying in these schools has gone down by 10-20% since 2012.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Delhi: Extra coaching classes, computer education and street plays to control school dropout

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2017 11:06 PM IST
One of the most worrying trends seen in the last five years is decreasing enrolment. The number of students studying in these schools has gone down by 10-20% since 2012.
There are more than 20,000 cattle in Delhi’s cow shelters and dairies. They generate more than 400 metric tonnes of waste which can be used to generate electricity.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
There are more than 20,000 cattle in Delhi’s cow shelters and dairies. They generate more than 400 metric tonnes of waste which can be used to generate electricity.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Cow dung to generate electricity: SDMC ropes in BARC to set up plant in Delhi

UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2017 04:50 PM IST
The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre will help the South Delhi Municipal Corporation establish a biogas plant. Around one tonne of waste can be used to produce electricity to light 200 streetlights for 8 hours
Constructed wetlands are an example of phytoremediation and rely on natural processes such as microbes, filtration, absorption and uptake of nutrients into wetland plants, to purify water.
Constructed wetlands are an example of phytoremediation and rely on natural processes such as microbes, filtration, absorption and uptake of nutrients into wetland plants, to purify water.

Dying Hauz Khas lake to get a new lease of life

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2017 11:59 PM IST
Constructed wetlands are an example of phytoremediation and rely on natural processes such as microbes, filtration, absorption and uptake of nutrients into wetland plants, to purify water.
DDA had launched the scheme on June 30 with 12,069 flats on offer under which 87 are high-income group (HIG) flats, 404 are two-room middle income group (MIG) flats.(Sonu Mehta/HTFILE)
DDA had launched the scheme on June 30 with 12,069 flats on offer under which 87 are high-income group (HIG) flats, 404 are two-room middle income group (MIG) flats.(Sonu Mehta/HTFILE)

DDA housing scheme 2017: Last date may be extended by 15 days, few takers so far

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2017 09:58 AM IST
With the number of applicants less than the number of flats so far, the DDA is planning to extend the scheme and rope in four banks to offer loan against registration money.
The New sub-cities will be much like DDA’s housing project but with added facilities.(S Barmaula/ HT Photo)
The New sub-cities will be much like DDA’s housing project but with added facilities.(S Barmaula/ HT Photo)

Delhi: Centre’s push for three DDA sub-cities in Rohini, Dwarka, Narela

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput
PUBLISHED ON JUL 21, 2017 11:56 PM IST
The Union urban development ministry has asked Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to expedite the process of building three-sub cities, which has been in the pipeline for a year. The DDA is planning three new sub-cities on 677 hectares of land in Rohini, Dwarka and Narela. A total of 259 hectares of land has been identified in Rohini, 218 hectares in Narela and 200 hectare in Dwarka for the purpose.
The Town Hall was the headquarters of Municipal Corporation of Delhi once. It has been lying vacant since 2010.(Sonu Mehta / HT FILE)
The Town Hall was the headquarters of Municipal Corporation of Delhi once. It has been lying vacant since 2010.(Sonu Mehta / HT FILE)

NDMC revives plan to turn 150-yr-old Town Hall in Chandni Chowk into a cultural hub

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2017 10:52 AM IST
Though the plan was earlier proposed in 2012, it did not see the light of the day due to lack of coordination. The NDMC mayor, however, said the plan has been finalised and this time it will be implemented through PPP model.
BJP MP Manoj Tiwari had adopted Kadipur, a village on the northwestern outskirts of Delhi, in 2014. The village has round the clock free WiFi connectivity but lack basic civic amenities.(Abhinav Rajput/HT Photo)
BJP MP Manoj Tiwari had adopted Kadipur, a village on the northwestern outskirts of Delhi, in 2014. The village has round the clock free WiFi connectivity but lack basic civic amenities.(Abhinav Rajput/HT Photo)

Delhi village adopted by Manoj Tiwari has free WiFi but no regular water supply

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2017 10:17 AM IST
Kadipur, a small village in northwest Delhi, has free WiFi facility with 25 servers providing 24-hour internet connectivity. But it is battling broken roads, inconsistent water supply and choked drains. BJP MP Manoj Tiwari had adopted the village in 2014 under a scheme launched by PM Narendra Modi
Survivor children of the farmers who have committed suicide take part in a protest against the issue during 'Kisan Mukti Sansad' at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
Survivor children of the farmers who have committed suicide take part in a protest against the issue during 'Kisan Mukti Sansad' at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

Delhi mall refuses entry to children of farmers who committed suicide

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2017 11:51 PM IST
Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav said a manager with DLF Place, Saket, told them that the children would require “special permission” to enter its premises.
A boy holds the mortal remains of his father, who committed suicide, as he takes part in a joint protest of farmers at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on July 19, 2017. Farmers from Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh have joined those from Tamil Nadu for a more forceful agitation.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
A boy holds the mortal remains of his father, who committed suicide, as he takes part in a joint protest of farmers at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on July 19, 2017. Farmers from Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh have joined those from Tamil Nadu for a more forceful agitation.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

Children of farmers who committed suicide join protest at Jantar Mantar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhinav Rajput
PUBLISHED ON JUL 20, 2017 12:05 AM IST
For children of farmers who committed suicide, the fight with the government is twice as rough.
In the Swachh Bharat reckoning of 434 cities for 2016-17, the rankings of the three municipal corporations were East Corporation 196, South Corporation 202 and North Corporation 279.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
In the Swachh Bharat reckoning of 434 cities for 2016-17, the rankings of the three municipal corporations were East Corporation 196, South Corporation 202 and North Corporation 279.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Swachh ranking: WhatsApp groups to interact with RWAs, market bodies in south Delhi

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2017 11:56 PM IST
In the Swachh Bharat reckoning of 434 cities for 2016-17, the rankings of the three municipal corporations were East Corporation 196, South Corporation 202 and North Corporation 279.
Sarojini Nagar (above) and Basant Lok are old markets of south Delhi.
Sarojini Nagar (above) and Basant Lok are old markets of south Delhi.

DDA clears upgrade plan of once-popular hangout Basant Lok, work to start in three months

HIndustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2017 11:31 PM IST
Basant Lok was built in the 1970s and till the early 2000s was one of the most prominent markets of Delhi. Even big international brands opened their flagship stores at the market.
The authority is constructing 215 higher income group (HIG) flats in south east Delhi’s Jasola Vihar -- earthquake-resistant green buildings built with fly-ash bricks.(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
The authority is constructing 215 higher income group (HIG) flats in south east Delhi’s Jasola Vihar -- earthquake-resistant green buildings built with fly-ash bricks.(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)

In pics: DDA’s high-end flats to take on pvt builders with more space, comfort

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2017 11:00 AM IST
DDA officials say the new apartments will be a benchmark for all its future projects. Buyers returned at least 8,000 flats in the 2014 scheme because of lack of basic amenities.
The authority is constructing 215 higher income group (HIG) flats in south east Delhi’s Jasola Vihar -- earthquake-resistant green buildings built with fly-ash bricks.(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
The authority is constructing 215 higher income group (HIG) flats in south east Delhi’s Jasola Vihar -- earthquake-resistant green buildings built with fly-ash bricks.(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)

In pics: DDA flats for 2018 to take on private builders with more space, comfort

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2017 11:09 AM IST
DDA officials say the new apartments will be a benchmark for all its future projects. Buyers returned at least 8,000 flats in the 2014 scheme because of lack of basic amenities.
Artwork to be used at Delhi metro stations.(HT photos)
Artwork to be used at Delhi metro stations.(HT photos)

Peacocks to tech: Theme-based artwork to decorate walls of Metro’s upcoming Magenta line

HIndustan TImes | By Abhinav Rajput
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2017 07:40 AM IST
The Magenta line will connect education hubs such as Jamia Milia Islamia and IIT-Delhi. The line is likely to be operational by September. Battling land acquisition issues, the project had missed its December 2016 deadline.
Utsav Bhasin, who was driving his BMW car, had hit two men — Anuj Chauhan and Mrigank Shrivastava — near Moolchand flyover in south Delhi in 2008.(HT File Photo)
Utsav Bhasin, who was driving his BMW car, had hit two men — Anuj Chauhan and Mrigank Shrivastava — near Moolchand flyover in south Delhi in 2008.(HT File Photo)

14 years in jail if you kill cow, 2 if you kill people: Judge in BMW case

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhinav Rajput
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2017 11:00 AM IST
The judge said present-day laws provide more stringent punishment to perpetrators of cattle-related crimes than errant drivers who take human lives.
A Delhi court on Saturday sentenced 30-year-old Utsav Bhasin, to two years in prison for the 2008 BMW hit-and-run case. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh for the family of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh for the injured.
A Delhi court on Saturday sentenced 30-year-old Utsav Bhasin, to two years in prison for the 2008 BMW hit-and-run case. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh for the family of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh for the injured.

2008 BMW hit-and-run: Survivor remembers dead friend’s wish to make a film like Rock On

Hindustan Times | By Abhinav Rajput, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2019 05:38 PM IST
A Delhi court on Saturday sentenced 30-year-old Utsav Bhasin, to two years in prison for the 2008 BMW hit-and-run case. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh for the family of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh for the injured.
Utsav Bhasin, who was driving his BMW car, had hit two men — Anuj Chauhan and Mrigank Shrivastava — near Moolchand flyover in south Delhi in 2008.(HT FILE)
Utsav Bhasin, who was driving his BMW car, had hit two men — Anuj Chauhan and Mrigank Shrivastava — near Moolchand flyover in south Delhi in 2008.(HT FILE)

2008 BMW hit-and-run case: Utsav Bhasin gets 2 yrs in prison, survivor unhappy

Hindustan Times | By Snehal Tripathi and Abhinav Rajput
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2017 09:41 PM IST
Utsav Bhasin was 21 years old when he hit two men who were on a motorcycle. Bhasin was caught when he was trying to flee to Chandigarh. The court had held Bhasin guilty and passed the verdict in May this year.
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