Hemendra Chaturvedi

Hemendra Chaturvedi

Hemendra Chaturvedi is based in Agra serving as a Principal Correspondent, covering districts of Agra and Aligarh division of western Uttar Pradesh. He has been with HT since 1992 and has completed 25 year of association with HT.

Articles by Hemendra Chaturvedi
Akhilesh Sharma, co-pilot of the Air India Express plane that crashed in Kerala’s Kozhikode on Friday evening. Neither of the two pilots survived the crash.(HT Photo)
Akhilesh Sharma, co-pilot of the Air India Express plane that crashed in Kerala’s Kozhikode on Friday evening. Neither of the two pilots survived the crash.(HT Photo)

Kozhikode crash: Co-pilot Akhilesh Sharma’s wife is expecting a child

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 05:59 AM IST
“Initially, we got the news that bhaiyya (Akhilesh) was critical and hospitalizsd after the plane crash but we were later informed about his death on Friday night. My brother, Bhuvnesh, and (brother-in-law) Sanjeev Sharma have left for Kozhikode via Delhi,” said Lokesh Sharma (24), who lives in Mathura and aims to become a commercial pilot.
Co-pilot Akhilesh Sharma of the Air India Express flight which crash landed at Kozhikode on Friday evening. Neither of the two pilots survived the horrific crash.(HT PHOTO.)
Co-pilot Akhilesh Sharma of the Air India Express flight which crash landed at Kozhikode on Friday evening. Neither of the two pilots survived the horrific crash.(HT PHOTO.)

Co-pilot’s wife unaware of his death in Kerala crash. Is expecting a baby in 15 days

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 05:28 PM IST
Bhuvnesh, his younger brother, who has gone to Kozhikode, works in an IT firm in Gurugram. The family is now waiting for the mortal remains of Akhilesh to reach Mathura where the funeral will soon be held.
Meenakshi Kishore of Agra quit a career in finance and marketing to convert her family farm into a nutrition-packed food forest.(HT Photo)
Meenakshi Kishore of Agra quit a career in finance and marketing to convert her family farm into a nutrition-packed food forest.(HT Photo)

Meet the corporate professional who found her calling in organic farming

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 25, 2020 10:57 PM IST
Kishore, who holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Symbiosis Institute of Management in Pune, took to organic farming in Agra in 2016.
File photo: Contract workers in PPE equipment seen sanitizing the ambulance after transporting the body of a coronavirus victim at a crematorium in Pune, Maharashtra.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
File photo: Contract workers in PPE equipment seen sanitizing the ambulance after transporting the body of a coronavirus victim at a crematorium in Pune, Maharashtra.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Agra’s Kshetra Bajaja Committee is providing dignity in death to deceased Covid-19 patients

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2020 04:55 PM IST
For three years, urns containing the ashes of the unknown are preserved with the organisation before they are immersed in the Ganga at Soron, near Kasganj. Even for Covid-19 fatalities, Kshetra Bajaja retains the ashes of the dead.
A man feasts on sweets at a sweet shop in Agra.(HT photos)
A man feasts on sweets at a sweet shop in Agra.(HT photos)

Why is Agra not descending from the Covid-19 peak?

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2020 02:01 PM IST
Doctors and social workers blame it on carelessness and unmindfulness of a large percentage of people.
The bus on the side of Agra-Lucknow Expressway after the accident, on Monday.(HT Photo)
The bus on the side of Agra-Lucknow Expressway after the accident, on Monday.(HT Photo)

1 killed, more than dozen injured after bus collides with truck near Agra

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 12:49 PM IST
Since the lockdown relaxations have come into force, traffic has increased on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway and this was the third accident in three consecutive days on 302 kilometre long road.
GC Gupta with the team of doctors who treated him at Nayati Hospital in Agra.(Photo by arrangement)
GC Gupta with the team of doctors who treated him at Nayati Hospital in Agra.(Photo by arrangement)

With composure, determination, 97-year-old from Agra beats Covid-19

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 01:55 AM IST
Covid-19 cases in Agra crossed the 1,000 mark on Wednesday night when the city had recorded an overall of 1,008 positive cases till date, which is highest in state of Uttar Pradesh.
Part of the railings of the Taj Mahal were dislodged in Friday’s thunderstorm.(HT PHOTO)
Part of the railings of the Taj Mahal were dislodged in Friday’s thunderstorm.(HT PHOTO)

Taj Mahal’s marble railings damaged as thunderstorm lashes Agra

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi| Edited by Sabir Hussain
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2020 11:30 PM IST
The storm which left three people dead also toppled trees in the Taj Mahal complex and damaged monument’s main gate.
Agra’s tryst with the coronavirus began on March 2 when five positive cases were reported.(HT Photo)
Agra’s tryst with the coronavirus began on March 2 when five positive cases were reported.(HT Photo)

Agra’s 36 hotspots pose hurdles on road to normality

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi, Agra:
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2020 12:40 PM IST
The district has reported the maximum of 851 Covid-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh and a death toll of 31.
Supporters of Uttar Pradesh Congress chief, Ajay Kumar Lallu, try to block the way after the former was arrested by a team of Lucknow police.(PTI Photo)
Supporters of Uttar Pradesh Congress chief, Ajay Kumar Lallu, try to block the way after the former was arrested by a team of Lucknow police.(PTI Photo)

Buses for migrants: UP Congress chief gets bail in one case, taken into custody in another

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 10:32 PM IST
Uttar Pradesh has witnessed hectic politics over the migrants issue.

Agra attains cure rate of 61 %, 96 Covid-19 patients discharged in 24 hrs

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi, Agra
PUBLISHED ON MAY 16, 2020 10:53 PM IST
Agra attained cure rate of 61 % with discharge of 96 Covid-19 cured patients in the last 24 hours, bringing some respite for Agra administration.
So far number of patients discharged after recovery stands at 431
So far number of patients discharged after recovery stands at 431

Good news: 42 more Covid patients recover, discharged in Agra

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi, Agra
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2020 09:43 PM IST
The number of corona patients discharged after recovery stood at 431 in the district while the number of active cases was 328. Four new Covid-19 positive cases were reported on Thursday night, taking total number of cases to 789. So far, Agra had seen 27 deaths due to coronavirus.
With cases of COVID-19 on the rise, the state government had taken serious view of the situation in Agra.With cases of COVID-19 on the rise, the state government had taken serious view of the situation in Agra.
With cases of COVID-19 on the rise, the state government had taken serious view of the situation in Agra.With cases of COVID-19 on the rise, the state government had taken serious view of the situation in Agra.

13 more cases take Agra tally to 765

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi, Agra
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2020 10:58 PM IST
With 13 more positive cases found, the total number of COVID-19 patients rose to 765 in Agra on Tuesday.
A deserted road in Agra during the nationwide lockdown. The city has reported 500 cases so far(HT Photo)
A deserted road in Agra during the nationwide lockdown. The city has reported 500 cases so far(HT Photo)

In shadow of Covid-19 crisis, Agra stares at long road to recovery

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 03:55 AM IST
Agra is now in the red zone. It has reported over 500 Covid-19 cases so far and ranks 11th nationwide.
Sandeep was working as a labourer in Ghaziabad and was going to his home at Ambedkar Nagar.(Representative image)
Sandeep was working as a labourer in Ghaziabad and was going to his home at Ambedkar Nagar.(Representative image)

Labourer dies while walking to Ambedkar Nagar from Ghaziabad

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi, Agra
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2020 12:28 AM IST
A 26-year-old migrant labourer travelling to his village in Ambedkar Nagar from Ghaziabad was found dead alongside Expressway in Etmadpur area of Agra district on Sunday. The post mortem report confirmed that the deceased died of tuberculosis.
Central Reserve Police (CRPF) personnel stationed near the coronavirus containment zone in Hindpirhi, Ranchi, Jharkhand.(Diwakar Prasad/HT Photo)
Central Reserve Police (CRPF) personnel stationed near the coronavirus containment zone in Hindpirhi, Ranchi, Jharkhand.(Diwakar Prasad/HT Photo)

Covid-19: Tension, impatience stretch in containment zones across states

Hindustan Times, Mumbai/Agra/Bhopal | By Rupsa Chakraborty, Hemendra Chaturvedi and Ranjan
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 06:46 AM IST
Everyday essentials are home-delivered in the containment zones so that residents don’t need to step out and the heavily barricaded localities are sanitised everyday.
The current tally of Covid-19 in Agra includes 369 active cases, 130 fully recovered and discharged patients and 15 deaths during the treatment.(REUTERS Photo)
The current tally of Covid-19 in Agra includes 369 active cases, 130 fully recovered and discharged patients and 15 deaths during the treatment.(REUTERS Photo)

Agra tally crosses 500 mark, 39 hotspots identified

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi, Agra
PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2020 11:34 PM IST
With 30 more positive cases of Covid-19, the tally grew to 526 in Agra, said health officials on Saturday. The city has been sealed after being declared in the red zone and 39 hotspots or containment zones have been identified in the district and rural Agra.
Team of Dial 112 at residence of Sangeeta Singh in Mathura with gifts for her one-year-old daughter.(HT Photo)
Team of Dial 112 at residence of Sangeeta Singh in Mathura with gifts for her one-year-old daughter.(HT Photo)

One-year-old girl gets surprise b’day gifts from cops in Mathura

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi, Agra
PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2020 12:40 AM IST
A mother desperate to celebrate the first birthday of her daughter amid lockdown was in for a surprise when a team of cops deployed with Dial-112 (emergency number for ambulance, fire and rescue, police) reached her place in Govind Nagar area of the city with a cake and gifts.
Agra is ranked 11th among most affected districts nationally.(ANI Photo)
Agra is ranked 11th among most affected districts nationally.(ANI Photo)

Agra records above 400 cases in a month’s time

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi, Agra:
PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2020 12:24 AM IST
The Taj city has registered an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases in about a month’s time. The city which had only 12 positive tested COVID-19 cases by March end, had reported 425 cases till Wednesday.
SSP Agra Babloo Kumar stopping a vehicle during lockdown at Hari Parvat crossing in Agra.(HT Photo)
SSP Agra Babloo Kumar stopping a vehicle during lockdown at Hari Parvat crossing in Agra.(HT Photo)

Agra lockdown to continue as corona positive cases increase

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi, Agra:
PUBLISHED ON APR 25, 2020 11:50 PM IST
Agra lockdown to continue as corona positive cases increase.
Police says it is waiting for the postmortem report before arriving at any conclusion.(Shutterstock)
Police says it is waiting for the postmortem report before arriving at any conclusion.(Shutterstock)

Bottle of Sulphas, slashed wrist offer clues to mysterious deaths of five family members in UP

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 05:39 PM IST
The family’s house was found locked from inside and the police had to use gas cutters to get inside.
Now, Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Agra SP Singh Baghel has called for finding ‘leakage’ in the Agra Model.(Reuters Photo)
Now, Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Agra SP Singh Baghel has called for finding ‘leakage’ in the Agra Model.(Reuters Photo)

Experts need to find leakage in Agra Model: MP

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi, Agra
PUBLISHED ON APR 23, 2020 12:18 AM IST
The local administration’s proactive approach in identifying cases, a door-to-door survey, the number of samples sent for testing, adequate quarantine measures and recovery of infected people made the “Agra Model” special in the fight against the coronavirus.
The pregnant woman being taken home on a rickshaw in Agra on Monday.(HT Photo)
The pregnant woman being taken home on a rickshaw in Agra on Monday.(HT Photo)

Agra: Govt hospital refuses admission to pregnant woman

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi/Yogesh Dubey, Agra
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2020 10:37 PM IST
A full-term pregnant patient was denied admittance into Agra’s Lady Lyall (district women’s) Hospital on Monday, after the hospital’s demand for two packets of blood was not met.
Both the women were admitted at a hospital near Bhagwan Talkies crossing, one of the hotspots with over 20 infected staff and contacts.(Representative image)
Both the women were admitted at a hospital near Bhagwan Talkies crossing, one of the hotspots with over 20 infected staff and contacts.(Representative image)

Agra toll 3; sole reason for death in all cases not Covid-19

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi, Agra
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2020 11:12 PM IST
Two more women who had tested positive for COVID-19 died in Agra, taking the toll to three.
The Agra Model kicked in early in the Covid-19 outbreak cycle when six patients tested positive on March 3. At the time, the entire country had only 30-odd cases.(PTI file photo)
The Agra Model kicked in early in the Covid-19 outbreak cycle when six patients tested positive on March 3. At the time, the entire country had only 30-odd cases.(PTI file photo)

Agra registers its biggest 24-hr spike with 35 new cases

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2020 06:45 AM IST
Officials said the 35 new cases include eight that are linked to the congregation at the headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi that last month emerged as a Covid-19 hotspot.
A man feeds birds on the banks of River Yamuna, during a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, near the historic Taj Mahal in Agra.(PTI)
A man feeds birds on the banks of River Yamuna, during a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, near the historic Taj Mahal in Agra.(PTI)

Coronavirus lockdown: Centre directs all states to follow ‘Agra model’

Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2020 02:12 AM IST
Coronavirus in India: The “Agra model” kicked in early in the Covid-19 outbreak cycle when six patients tested positive on March 3. At the time, the whole country had only 30-odd cases.
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