Hitender Rao

Hitender Rao

Hitender Rao is in the Haryana bureau, based in Chandigarh.

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Only the chief minister is authorised to take a call on a director general of police’s posting, say officials. (HT Photo)
Only the chief minister is authorised to take a call on a director general of police’s posting, say officials. (HT Photo)

CM Khattar unlikely to accede to Vij’s demand for change of DGP

By Hitender Rao, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 01:19 AM IST
Home department explains legal position on minimum tenure of two years, apex court’s rejection of Haryana’s amended law on tenure
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Anil Vij, home minister Haryana. HT Photo
Anil Vij, home minister Haryana. HT Photo

Vij seeks new DGP, stokes controversy

By Hitender Rao, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 10:15 PM IST
Writes to ACS (home) to send a panel of officers to the UPSC for the next DGP’s selection despite the incumbent already given extension by the govt on Jan 7
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A sample being collected for the Covid-19 test. Health officials said the limited increase in the number of infections is not a cause of worry yet. (HT file photo)
A sample being collected for the Covid-19 test. Health officials said the limited increase in the number of infections is not a cause of worry yet. (HT file photo)

Slight increase in Covid infections in Haryana for second week

PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 10:39 AM IST
The state registered 684 infections between February 15 and 21 as compared to 615 reported the week from February 8 to 14
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The ED mandated to treat money laundering as a standalone offence, not dependent on what CBI does. (Getty Images)
The ED mandated to treat money laundering as a standalone offence, not dependent on what CBI does. (Getty Images)

Panchkula plot allotment case: ED springs surprise by filing chargesheet before CBI could

By Hitender Rao, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 10:16 PM IST
Attachment of industrial plots would have become invalid after 365 days of confirmation by adjudicating authority
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The petitioner also challenged that the vires of the explanations to Section 3 and 44 of the PMLA, amended in terms of Section 193 of the Finance Act, 2019. (HT FILE)
The petitioner also challenged that the vires of the explanations to Section 3 and 44 of the PMLA, amended in terms of Section 193 of the Finance Act, 2019. (HT FILE)

Manesar land case: HC puts on hold framing of charges for real estate developer

By Hitender Rao, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 09:35 PM IST
Provisions of money laundering law cannot be applied retrospectively, thus, special judge’s order of taking cognisance of the supplementary prosecution complaint is liable to be quashed, says petitioner
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According to the state health department, 1.29 lakh people were tested across Haryana last week as compared to 1.52 lakh the week before. (HT file photo)
According to the state health department, 1.29 lakh people were tested across Haryana last week as compared to 1.52 lakh the week before. (HT file photo)

Haryana’s Covid positivity rate drops below 5%

PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 10:42 AM IST
Slender increase in weekly infections but the virus curve continued to flatten; Jhajjar joins two others to get into desirable positivity rate bracket
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Hindi proficient candidates appearing for the Haryana Civil Services (judicial branch) exams are at a disadvantage as they will not be able to write their exams in the national language. (Representative photo)
Hindi proficient candidates appearing for the Haryana Civil Services (judicial branch) exams are at a disadvantage as they will not be able to write their exams in the national language. (Representative photo)

Haryana enacts law on Hindi, but fails to implement it

UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2021 12:42 PM IST
This has put candidates proficient in Hindi appearing for the judicial services exam at a disadvantage
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As many as 30,000 individuals, including 26,000 frontline workers, were vaccinated against Covid-19 in Haryana on Monday. (HT Photo)
As many as 30,000 individuals, including 26,000 frontline workers, were vaccinated against Covid-19 in Haryana on Monday. (HT Photo)

Haryana’s coronavirus cases on steady decline for 11th week

PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 03:04 PM IST
More than 1.7 lakh healthcare and frontline workers have been inoculated with the Covid vaccine in the state so far
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 (HT file photo)
(HT file photo)

Allotment of land to Flipkart in Haryana’s Manesar hits a hurdle

UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2021 08:42 AM IST
Deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala, who holds the industries and commerce portfolio, has sought a clarification on the allotment price of 3.09 crore
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Ex-HPSC chief appointed as power regulator at hurriedly convened ceremony

By Hitender Rao, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 09:51 PM IST
Legal experts say the move is violative of the spirit of Constitution; the Khattar government has trampled the Constitution, particularly Article 319, which prohibits such appointments, adds Surjewala
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The gathering of farmers at the mahapanchayat at Jind’s Kandela village in Haryana on Wednesday. Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait, who addressed the meet, will hold a mahapanchayat at Dadri on Sunday. (Manoj Dhaka/HT)
The gathering of farmers at the mahapanchayat at Jind’s Kandela village in Haryana on Wednesday. Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait, who addressed the meet, will hold a mahapanchayat at Dadri on Sunday. (Manoj Dhaka/HT)

Farmers’ agitation gathers momentum in Haryana, khaps back Tikait

By Hitender Rao and Sunil Rahar
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2021 07:57 AM IST
115 khaps lent support at Jind’s Kandela mahapanchayat, while BKU leader from UP will hold another meet at Dadri on Sunday
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Khattar govt bent on appointing former HPSC chief as power regulator

PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 10:52 PM IST
Chandigarh The Haryana government is contemplating to appoint a former chairman of Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) RK Pachnanda as the chairman of Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC)
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Up to January 29, as many as 1,16,481 doses of coronavirus vaccination were administered against the actual dose consumption of 1,28,660. This also meant that more than 90% of the doses were successfully utilised for inoculation. (Representative image)
Up to January 29, as many as 1,16,481 doses of coronavirus vaccination were administered against the actual dose consumption of 1,28,660. This also meant that more than 90% of the doses were successfully utilised for inoculation. (Representative image)

Haryana’s vaccine wastage below permissible limit of 10%

UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 10:24 AM IST
More than three weeks after the roll out of coronavirus vaccination, Haryana has reported an average vaccine wastage of 9
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Kalka Congress MLA Pardeep Chaudhary.
Kalka Congress MLA Pardeep Chaudhary.

Kalka Congress MLA faces disqualification from assembly

PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 03:05 PM IST
A Himachal Pradesh court convicted and sentenced Pardeep Chaudhary to three years in jail in a 2011 case of rioting; legal experts says membership can be restored if HC stays conviction
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Haryana BKU leader Gurnam Singh Charuni addressing farmers protesting the new farm laws. (HT file photo)
Haryana BKU leader Gurnam Singh Charuni addressing farmers protesting the new farm laws. (HT file photo)

Political ambition fuels Charuni’s rise as Haryana farmer leader

PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 04:51 PM IST
He contested the 2019 assembly elections from Ladwa as an independent candidate but finished a poor eighth and forfeited his security deposit, getting less than 1% of the 1.37 lakh votes polled
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Additional chief secretary (ACS, health) Rajeev Arora said that 33,215 healthcare workers (HCWs) were inoculated on January 25, a day designated as Covid-19 Vaccination Day by the state health department. (Reuters)
Additional chief secretary (ACS, health) Rajeev Arora said that 33,215 healthcare workers (HCWs) were inoculated on January 25, a day designated as Covid-19 Vaccination Day by the state health department. (Reuters)

Covid vaccination crosses lakh mark in Haryana

PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 03:46 PM IST
Only four districts in the state now have a critical positivity rate of more than 6%. Panipat is the latest to exit from the critical category, while Jhajjar with a positivity rate of 2.1% for a second consecutive week remained on the brink of entering the desirable positivity rate category of less that 2%.
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Haryana DGP Manoj Yadava (HT Photo)
Haryana DGP Manoj Yadava (HT Photo)

Dealing with protesting farmers tightrope walk : Haryana DGP

PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 03:30 PM IST
State police chief Manoj Yadava says managing farmers’ protest on Delhi borders through dialogue, better intelligence and preventive steps.
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Dhirendra Brahmachari was the yoga mentor of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He ran ashrams at Bhondsi in Gurugram, Jammu, Katra and Mantalai. Known as the Flying Swami, he died in an air crash in 1994.
Dhirendra Brahmachari was the yoga mentor of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He ran ashrams at Bhondsi in Gurugram, Jammu, Katra and Mantalai. Known as the Flying Swami, he died in an air crash in 1994.

Controversy over sale of Dhirendra Brahmachari’s ashram land in Haryana’s Gurugram

By Hitender Rao, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 09:52 AM IST
Twenty-four acres of prime land in Gurugram, owned by yoga guru Dhirendra Brahmachari’s Aparna Ashram Society, is at the centre of a controversy following the sale of the plot at throwaway price to three private companies
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A health worker collecting samples for testing. Haryana reported 1,354 cases from January 11 to 17 as compared to 1,887 cases the week before. (HT file photo)
A health worker collecting samples for testing. Haryana reported 1,354 cases from January 11 to 17 as compared to 1,887 cases the week before. (HT file photo)

Covid curve stays flattened for eighth week in Haryana

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 01:33 PM IST
Sample positivity rate in the state is also down to 5.4% even as the first phase of vaccination drive covering healthcare workers is underway.
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Kumari Selja said JJP and the BJP will have to pay a heavy political price in Haryana for supporting the farm laws(HT FILE)
Kumari Selja said JJP and the BJP will have to pay a heavy political price in Haryana for supporting the farm laws(HT FILE)

‘We are not in the game of greed for power’: Kumari Selja

By Hitender Rao, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 07:43 AM IST
  • Haryana Congress chief Kumari Selja said that she hoped that Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) MLAs and Independents would vote against the Khattar government in Haryana assembly.
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Haryana governor Satyadeo Narain Arya with chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. (HT file photo)
Haryana governor Satyadeo Narain Arya with chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. (HT file photo)

Raj Bhawan versus state govt: Haryana governor finds own govt opposing him

UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 09:10 AM IST
Arya’s orders to extend term of Red Cross Society general secretary termed illegal by advocate general
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Gurugram land release case: Contempt petition filed by appellant in apex court, TCP official asked to respond

By Hitender Rao, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 03:20 AM IST
In tune with SC directions, Jai Naryana had filed a representation seeking release of his land
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A health worker collects a nasal sample from a woman for Covid-19 test in Gurugram(ANI)
A health worker collects a nasal sample from a woman for Covid-19 test in Gurugram(ANI)
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It was improper for Jagdeep not to recuse himself from grading his own son, said former principal secretary, sports and youth affairs, Ashok Khemka, in a letter written to the Haryana Public Service Commission(PTI)
It was improper for Jagdeep not to recuse himself from grading his own son, said former principal secretary, sports and youth affairs, Ashok Khemka, in a letter written to the Haryana Public Service Commission(PTI)

Sports gradation row: Vigilance probe ordered into issuance of grade-A certificate to IAS officer’s shooter son

By Hitender Rao, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 04:47 AM IST
Was selected in state civil services on the strength of sports gradation certificate
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Venod, as the president of Chandigarh unit of the Congress, had suffered a big political setback after his son was arrested for killing Jessica Lal.(HT Photo)
Venod, as the president of Chandigarh unit of the Congress, had suffered a big political setback after his son was arrested for killing Jessica Lal.(HT Photo)
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Representational image.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Representational image.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Haryana records 3,263 new Covid cases last week, lowest in over 6 months

By Hitender Rao | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 09:28 AM IST
Health officials said Haryana’s sample positivity rate which was stuck in the critical category for the past several weeks also came down to 5.9% last week
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A medical worker in PPE coveralls collects a swab sample from a woman in Gurugram.(Parveen Kumar/HT)
A medical worker in PPE coveralls collects a swab sample from a woman in Gurugram.(Parveen Kumar/HT)

Virus on the wane in Haryana for a fourth week in a row

By Hitender Rao | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 02:16 AM IST
5, 252 cases reported last week; it is for the first time since mid-Aug that the prevalence of infections has remained this low in the state
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Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar(HT PHOTO)
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar(HT PHOTO)

Khattar’s relative eyewitness in forest official’s assault case

By Hitender Rao and Bhavey Nagpal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh/Ambala, Chandigarh/ambala
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 12:36 AM IST
Says he was accompanying his friend to the complainant’s office for an unrelated issue
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The three-week drop in number of new infections is significant in view of enormous amount of sampling, particularly the RT-PCR tests, being done lately(HT File Photo)
The three-week drop in number of new infections is significant in view of enormous amount of sampling, particularly the RT-PCR tests, being done lately(HT File Photo)

Virus spread in Haryana continues to dip for third week in row

By Hitender Rao, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 01:11 AM IST
Seven districts have critical positivity rate of more than 6% with Karnal dropping out of critical category
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(Representative image)
(Representative image)

VIPs recommended for priority Covid-19 vaccine shot in Haryana

By Hitender Rao | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 12:23 AM IST
A December 10 communication to the Union health ministry recommending inclusion of MPs and MLAs in the priority list said the public representatives are at the risk of getting exposed to the virus since they frequently meet people to hear their grievances.
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