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Aloke Tikku has covered internal security, transparency and politics for Hindustan Times. He has a keen interest in legal affairs and dabbles in data journalism.

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No winter session of Parliament due to Covid, says govt to Cong demand to discuss farm agitation

Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary had asked for a short winter session to discuss issues such as the farmers’ agitation, preparation of Covid-19 vaccine, economic slowdown and the stand-off along the India-China border.

The government said floor leaders of political parties were in favour of skipping the winter session due to Covid-19 during informal consultations.(HT Photo/Arvind Yadav)
Updated on Dec 15, 2020 01:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

‘Won’t apologise’: Kunal Kamra tweets to Supreme Court judges on contempt complaint

Kunal Kamra said the tweets, which have been found to be in bad taste by the attorney general, reflected his view on the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arnab Goswami’s bail request.

Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra(Mint photo)
Updated on Nov 13, 2020 01:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

In twist to Bihar vote count, RJD issues list of 119 seats, says it has won them

The RJD also issued its list of 119 candidates of the alliance who it insisted had won the election. But the election officials weren’t handing over the certificates to the winning candidates in some cases, it alleged.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav addresses the gathering during an election rally at Digha in Patna, Bihar, India, on Sunday, Nov 01, 2020.(Photo: Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 10, 2020 10:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

‘Shouldn’t try to play victim’: India roasts Pakistan for objecting to Indo-US statement

New Delhi’s sharp comeback came after Islamabad called out the Indo-US joint statement issued this week after the 2+2 strategic dialogue that had referred to Pakistan.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan(File photo)
Updated on Oct 29, 2020 08:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Re-opening guidelines out: MHA lets states reopen schools from 15 October. Conditions apply

A decision on opening colleges would be taken later. Institutions that have doctoral and postgraduate researchers in science and technology streams that require laboratory work can also open.

The home ministry guidelines require state governments to reopen schools in a graded manner in consultation with managements of schools and based on their assessment of the situation.
Updated on Sep 30, 2020 09:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Rhea Chakraborty, Accused No 10 in drug case, arrested. Bihar DGP takes a swipe

Sushant Singh Rajput case: Rhea Chakraborty, who was arrested by the NCB on Tuesday, has been the focus on investigations by three central agencies into the death of the late Bollywood actor.

Rhea Chakraborty was summoned to the NCB office on Tuesday for the third consecutive day(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 08, 2020 05:25 PM IST
Hindustn Times, Mumbai | ByManish K Pathak | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Do you have to wear a mask when driving alone? Health Ministry answers

The Union Home Ministry’s Covid-19 directives require people to wear masks when they step out. Police personnel have invoked this provision to impose fines on motorists not wearing masks evenn if alone in the car.

PMasks to prevent Covid-19: Health ministry said it has not issued directives that require people to wear masks if alone in a car(AP Dube/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 03, 2020 09:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Lt Gen Bajwa will explain, says Imran Khan’s minister after corruption scandal hits home

The corruption scandal has come as a huge embarrassment to Prime Minister Imran Khan who appointed Lt Gen Bajwa to oversee implementation of the CPEC project as well as the PM’s special assistant on media

Information minister in PM Imran Khan’s cabinet Shibli Faraz has announced that Asim Bajwa would come out with an explanation on his family business.(Agencies/Facebook)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 09:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Golden chapter, says PM Modi after laying foundation stone for Ram temple

The groundbreaking ceremony marks the formal launch of the temple’s construction promised by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party nearly three decades earlier.

Ayodhya, India – August 5, 2020: Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the foundation laying of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India on Wednesdya, August 5, 2020. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 05, 2020 05:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

‘Read the Constitution’: Nitish Kumar faces pushback for CBI probe in Sushant case

The Congress hit out at the Bihar government for trying to interfere in the Mumbai police probe into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, asking Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to read the Constitution again.

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput during an interview with HT on May 25, 2018 in New Delhi, India.(Photo by Sarang Gupta/HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 04, 2020 07:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh dies at 64

Amar Singh had tweeted a tribute to freedom fighter and educationist Bal Gangadhar Tilak on his death anniversary and also wished Eid Al Adha to all his followers.

Amar Singh’s Twitter profile indicates he was very active on social media despite his illness.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT File)
Updated on Aug 01, 2020 10:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Aloke Tikku

Congrats for Rafale, tweets Rahul Gandhi to IAF; fires 3 questions at Centre

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took aim at the BJP-led government and fired three questions at the Centre to revive his campaign pitch that alleged irregularities in the deal to buy the 36 jets from French company Dassault Aviation.

The Congress claimed that the deal that was struck by the Manmohan Singh government was in power would have ensured that the Indian Air Force receives 126 fighter jets instead of 36 aircraft.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 29, 2020 09:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Mayawati’s BSP springs a surprise, heads to Rajasthan court to reclaim her 6 MLAs from Congress

The BSP said on Sunday evening that the six MLAs - counted as Congress MLAs by the assembly - had been directed to vote against the Gehlot government in a no-confidence vote.

Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, or BSP, party said that the party would move the Rajasthan high court against the speaker’s order.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2020 11:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Team Ashok Gehlot claims 109 MLAs on its side, asks Guv to call assembly ASAP

Ashok Gehlot, who has been fighting off a rebellion led by his former deputy Sachin Pilot for weeks, wants to clear the floor test before Pilot’s camp or the rival Bharatiya Janata Party is able to deplete the ruling party’s numbers.

Rajasthan governor Kalraj Mishra (extreme right) meet CM Ashok Gehlot and the MLAs supporting him, at Raj Bhawan, July 24, 2020.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 24, 2020 04:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySachin Saini | Edited by Aloke Tikku

‘Emperors in Delhi’: Congress jabs PM Modi after raids on Gehlot’s brother

Rajasthan political crisis: Congress has accused the BJP-led central government of using central agencies to pressure its MLAs

Rajasthan political crisis: The Congress’ counteroffensive targeting the BJP came after ED carried out searches at premises linked to chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s brother Agrasen(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 22, 2020 05:44 PM IST
Hindustan Tmes, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Govt asks 59 Chinese apps to ensure strict compliance to ban order

A government source said that the IT Ministry has now written to all these companies, warning that continued availability and operation of these banned apps, directly or indirectly, is not only illegal but also an offence under the Information Technology Act and other applicable Acts

ByteDance Ltd.'s TikTok app was among the 59 Chinese apps banned by India in June.(Bloomberg File Photo)
Updated on Jul 21, 2020 07:58 PM IST
New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

‘Obstructive and insincere’: India roasts Pak after meeting Kulbhushan Jadhav

Pakistan officials “with an intimidating demeanour” were present in close proximity of Kulbhushan Jadhav and Indian consular officers despite the protests, said an external affairs ministry statement

File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who is on death row in Pakistan on charges of 'espionage'.(PTI File)
Updated on Jul 16, 2020 09:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

‘Presumptuous’: What Sachin Pilot’s petition in court says about Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan political crisis: Sachin Pilot and 18 MLAs have approached the high court against the speaker’s disqualification notice, signalling that he intended to take his battle with Ashok Gehlot to its logical conclusion

Sachin Pilot versus Ashok Gehlot playing out in Rajasthan reached the high court on Thursday(HT Photo/Prabhakar Sharma)
Updated on Jul 16, 2020 06:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRakesh Goswami | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Congress ready for a ‘face saver’ for Pilot, he keeps them on the edge

Rajasthan political crisis: The Congress left a window open for Sachin Pilot to come back to the party but made it clear that it believed that he had conspired to topple the Ashok Gehlot government

Rajasthan political crisis: Sachin Pilot needs to make some hard choices about his next step(Ht Photo)
Updated on Jul 16, 2020 01:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Congress gives Sachin Pilot a to-do list, asks him to prove his intentions

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala’s call for evidence came in a video message put out by the party that started with declaring that the BJP conspiracy to topple the Gehlot government had failed.

Former Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot looks on during a press conference on at AICC headquarters in New Delhi on October 22, 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 16, 2020 09:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by Aloke Tikku

PM Oli roasted in Nepal and India for shocking ‘real Ayodhya’ claim

PM Oli’s comment did appear to have achieved the rare feat of bringing two Congress and BJP leaders on the same.

File Photo: Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli speaks at the parliament where he announced his resignation in Kathmandu, Nepal, July 24, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
Updated on Jul 14, 2020 07:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Rajasthan political turmoil: Congress sacks Sachin Pilot, 2 ministers from Gehlot cabinet

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the Congress regrets that Sachin Pilot, and some of his supporting MLAs, fell trap to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s designs to destabilise the Gehlot government in Rajasthan.

File photo: Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 14, 2020 04:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySachin Saini | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Sachin Pilot hardens stand after setback in Jaipur, preps for Round 2

Pilot and a group of lawmakers loyal to him kept away from Monday’s meeting. But Congress leaders underlined that Gehlot still had the majority support in the Rajasthan Assembly after accounting for the support from other parties and Independents.

Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot will skip the Congress legislature party meeting called for Tuesday morning.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 14, 2020 01:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Ashok Gehlot aces 1st test, sequesters MLAs in luxury resort to prep for more

Rajasthan political crisis: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is preparing for the next round of attacks that could come from the rival Bharatiya Janata Party

Rajasthan political crisis: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot moved Congress lawmakers to a Fairmont resort on the Delhi-Jaipur highway(Photo courtesy/Fairmont)
Updated on Jul 13, 2020 06:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by Aloke Tikku

In advice to China and India, Dalai Lama says both should live side-by-side

India and China, countries with billion-plus population, are powerful and cannot destroy each other, the Dalai Lama said

India China stand-off: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said big nations tend to have a unreasonable sort of attitude.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 10, 2020 02:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Congress tweets video, says it shows Vikas Dubey’s arrest is scripted

Dubey, 48, is reported to have been spotted by the temple’s private security guard who called the police. He was arrested by Ujjain police and the Uttar Pradesh police informed.

Vikas Dubey, the Kanpur gangster on the run after he killed eight Uttar Pradesh policemen trying to arrest him on July 3, turned up at Ujjain’s Mahakal temple in Madhya Pradesh early on Thursday morning.(Screengrab)
Updated on Jul 09, 2020 07:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

PM Modi hits delete on his Weibo account after banning it in India. It isn’t easy

New Delhi had initially tried to delete PM Modi’s account but it turned out that the Chinese social media platform had a “complex procedure” for VIP accounts, people familiar with the development said.

In this June 30, 2020, frame grab from video, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a televised address to the nation in New Delhi, India.(AP)
Updated on Jul 01, 2020 07:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Never claimed Patanjali’s Coronil cures Covid, says Acharya Balkrishna

Acharya Balkrishna, the chief executive officer of Patanjali that was seen to claim a cure for Covid just last week, on Tuesday claimed that the company had never claimed that its newly-tested medicines would treat coronavirus.

Acharya Balkrishna, the chief executive officer of Patanjali(HT photo)
Updated on Jun 30, 2020 10:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Gunmen storm into stock exchange in Pakistan’s Karachi, six dead

At least four people have been reported injured in the attack, some of them seen on video being wheeled out of the complex into waiting ambulances.

Security personnel guard the main entrance of the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in Karachi on June 29, 2020. - Gunmen attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi on June 29, with four of the assailants killed, police said(AFP)
Updated on Jun 29, 2020 12:47 PM IST
Karachi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by: Aloke Tikku

Jammu’s Doda is militancy free, say cops after Hizbul terrorist Masood killed in encounter

Hizbul’s Masood had joined the terror group when he was on the run in a rape case registered against him in Doda, police said.

Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Masood was killed in an encounter in Anantnag’s Khull Chohar area. Two other terrorists were also eliminated in the gunfight
Updated on Jun 29, 2020 12:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku
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