Hitender Rao

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

Articles by Hitender Rao

Gurugram land deal: Probe at snail’s pace as cops ‘fail’ to get full official record

Investigations in FIR by Gurugram police four years ago against former Haryana CM Bhupinder Hooda and Robert Vadra pertaining to suspected irregularities in a land deal, is crawling at a snail’s pace
While many police officials did not want to comment on the progress of the probe in the Gurugram land deal, some cited non-availability of the complete official record to justify the tardy progress. (HT File Photo)
While many police officials did not want to comment on the progress of the probe in the Gurugram land deal, some cited non-availability of the complete official record to justify the tardy progress. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2022 09:56 PM IST
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Former Haryana CM Chautala convicted in disproportionate assets case

A special CBI court held former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, 87, guilty of amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income in a 16-year-old case
The court will pronounce the sentence against former Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala on May 26.
The court will pronounce the sentence against former Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala on May 26.
Published on May 22, 2022 01:54 AM IST
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Gurugram land deal: Haryana govt cancels license granted to Robert Vadra’s firm

Seven years after it took over the reins of the state, the BJP-led Haryana government has cancelled the real estate development license granted to Robert Vadra’s Sky Light Hospitality Private Limited in Gurugram during the Congress reign in 2008
“We hold the title to the land, the conclusion that license is cancelled since we failed to complete development works in 12 years is unsustainable in the eyes of law,” DLF stated in its appeal before ACS, town and country planning. (HT FIle)
“We hold the title to the land, the conclusion that license is cancelled since we failed to complete development works in 12 years is unsustainable in the eyes of law,” DLF stated in its appeal before ACS, town and country planning. (HT FIle)
Updated on May 18, 2022 09:55 AM IST
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Haryana grants relaxation to allow defaulting contractors to resume mining

Mining contractors in Haryana owe 553 crore to the state government and have failed to pay despite the introduction of a one-time settlement scheme.
Government data show that of the 48 operational mines in the state, 38 mining contractors have defaulted in making payment of government dues and the operations of 13 have been suspended. (HT file photo)
Government data show that of the 48 operational mines in the state, 38 mining contractors have defaulted in making payment of government dues and the operations of 13 have been suspended. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 14, 2022 03:17 PM IST
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Controversial IPS officer, Kalson recommended for premature retirement

The recommendation for prematurely retiring him from the service is awaiting the nod of Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar
Haryana IPS officer Hemant Kalson (HT File)
Haryana IPS officer Hemant Kalson (HT File)
Published on May 10, 2022 12:52 AM IST
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Banger’s appointment as climate change advisor raises eyebrows

The appointment of former Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) chairman KC Banger as adviser, climate change in the department of environment and climate change by the BJP-JJP government has raised eyebrows
Climate change advisor KC Banger (HT File)
Climate change advisor KC Banger (HT File)
Published on May 06, 2022 09:58 PM IST
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Power pangs: Haryana, Adani Power to sign supplementary PPA to get 1,050MW power generated from domestic coal

Following negotiations, the Haryana government will sign a supplementary power purchase agreement (PPA) with Adani Power Ltd (APL) for supply of about 1,050MW power generated from domestic coal at the agreed tariff of 2
As per the existing PPA, the profit even on the 70% contracted power from domestic coal sold by APL in the open market would be shared with the Haryana government. (AFP)
As per the existing PPA, the profit even on the 70% contracted power from domestic coal sold by APL in the open market would be shared with the Haryana government. (AFP)
Published on May 03, 2022 12:58 AM IST
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Haryana’s plan to buy 500MW power hits a roadblock

Haryana’s bid to buy 500MW power on short-term basis for three years to tide over the power shortage in state has hit a roadblock
To justify its order to approve purchase of 500MW for a limited period, the regulator said regarding disposal of the proposed power between the months of November to March, the learned HPPC counsel said the surplus power during winter months will be banked. (HT File)
To justify its order to approve purchase of 500MW for a limited period, the regulator said regarding disposal of the proposed power between the months of November to March, the learned HPPC counsel said the surplus power during winter months will be banked. (HT File)
Published on Apr 30, 2022 12:33 AM IST
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New Haryana Congress chief Udai Bhan: A mass leader, but has the turncoat tag

Known for his soft spoken and calm mannerism, Bhan has been regarded as mass leader who has his ears to the ground
Newly-appointed Haryana Congress president Udai Bhan (right) with former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Newly-appointed Haryana Congress president Udai Bhan (right) with former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 28, 2022 12:27 AM IST
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Adani Power representatives meet Khattar over Haryana power pangs

About 1,050MW power generated from domestic coal can be supplied by APL at the agreed tariff of 2.94 per unit
Haryana is short of about 2,400MW power every day. This included 1,424MW of Adani Power, 380MW of Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd (CGPL) and 600MW of power from Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant in Hisar. (HT File)
Haryana is short of about 2,400MW power every day. This included 1,424MW of Adani Power, 380MW of Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd (CGPL) and 600MW of power from Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant in Hisar. (HT File)
Published on Apr 26, 2022 12:41 AM IST
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HT Explainer: Why is Haryana facing power pangs this summer

An early onset of summer coupled with deficient electricity supply has led to Haryana experiencing power shortage for the last couple of weeks
Haryana is short of about 2,400MW power every day. This includes 1,424MW of Adani Power, 380MW of CGPL and 600MW of Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant in Hisar. (HT File)
Haryana is short of about 2,400MW power every day. This includes 1,424MW of Adani Power, 380MW of CGPL and 600MW of Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant in Hisar. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 23, 2022 12:33 AM IST
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SC ruling on village common land: Haryana sets timelines for restoration of illegally-sold panchayat land

Following the recent Supreme Court orders that village common land (‘shamilat deh’) can neither be repartitioned among the proprietors nor sold, the Haryana government has started the process of restoring illegally-sold land chunks back to the gram panchayats
All pending cases under Section 13(a) regarding adjudication of title of ‘shamilat deh’ will be decided by the district collector within six months (by October 31). (iStock)
All pending cases under Section 13(a) regarding adjudication of title of ‘shamilat deh’ will be decided by the district collector within six months (by October 31). (iStock)
Updated on Apr 22, 2022 12:40 AM IST
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SYL canal row: Haryana likely to file contempt petition against Punjab, says Supreme Court orders not being implemented

Haryana says Punjab is not keen on resolving the SYL canal row. The state has asked for immediate steps to get the Supreme Court decree and orders implemented at the earliest
The Haryana government is considering filing a contempt of court petition against neighbouring Punjab for not implementing the orders of the Supreme Court to complete the remaining portion of the SYL canal. (HT photo)
The Haryana government is considering filing a contempt of court petition against neighbouring Punjab for not implementing the orders of the Supreme Court to complete the remaining portion of the SYL canal. (HT photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 02:11 AM IST
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Haryana blames Adani Power, Gujarat plant for adding to power woes

The Adani Power Ltd (APL) and Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd (CGPL) have not been supplying power to Haryana for the last six months, thus contributing to the ongoing power shortage amid rising temperatures, show documents submitted by the state government to the power regulator
HPCC says both players have not been supplying power for past 6 months, the APL & CGPL, on their part, maintain that price of imported coal has made generation at the power purchase agreement tariff uneconomical.
HPCC says both players have not been supplying power for past 6 months, the APL & CGPL, on their part, maintain that price of imported coal has made generation at the power purchase agreement tariff uneconomical.
Published on Apr 15, 2022 12:35 AM IST
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IREO’s Lalit Goyal gets regular bail in money laundering case

The vice-chairman and managing director of realty giant IREO Group, Lalit Goyal, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) last November in a ‘multi-crore real estate scam’, was on Friday granted regular bail by the Punjab and Haryana high court
The vice-chairman and managing director of realty giant IREO Group, Lalit Goyal, is a sick person requiring urgent medical treatment, says HC. (Shutterstock)
The vice-chairman and managing director of realty giant IREO Group, Lalit Goyal, is a sick person requiring urgent medical treatment, says HC. (Shutterstock)
Published on Apr 10, 2022 01:00 AM IST
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Village common land cannot be sold: Supreme Court

No part of the village common land can be re-partitioned amongst the proprietors and such land would not be available for sale, the Supreme Court ruled
Village common land cannot be sold: Supreme Court (HT File)
Village common land cannot be sold: Supreme Court (HT File)
Published on Apr 08, 2022 12:01 AM IST
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Battle of resolutions: Haryana, Punjab inter-state disputes come to the fore again

Punjab’s recent move to ask the central government to hand it over the union territory of Chandigarh, and Tuesday’s riposte by Haryana to stall it till inter-state disputes including Ravi-Beas water share between the two states are settled, have rekindled a range of contentious issues plaguing the two neighbouring states for decades
The Punjab government had on April 1 brought a resolution in the assembly seeking transfer of Chandigarh to the state. (HT File)
The Punjab government had on April 1 brought a resolution in the assembly seeking transfer of Chandigarh to the state. (HT File)
Published on Apr 06, 2022 12:43 AM IST
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Subsidy: Haryana farmers to pay 10 paise per unit for power costing 6.67 per unit

The highly-subsidised electricity supplied to Haryana’s farm sector to run agriculture tubewells will cost the state government 6
The power tariff approved by the HERC for 2022-23 said agriculture tubewell supply tariff will be <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>6.67 per unit for the metered supply.
The power tariff approved by the HERC for 2022-23 said agriculture tubewell supply tariff will be 6.67 per unit for the metered supply.
Published on Apr 02, 2022 01:06 AM IST
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CAG findings: ‘Haryana cited non-availability from Adani to buy costly power from private producers’

Assuming we did not go for the purchase of this power, we would have to purchase from the power exchange at much higher rates; people got an assured supply because of these contracts, says PK Das, ACS, power
A single-day shortage of coal at plants was taken as basis for entering into the PPA of three years’ duration, the auditors said in a report. (HT File)
A single-day shortage of coal at plants was taken as basis for entering into the PPA of three years’ duration, the auditors said in a report. (HT File)
Published on Mar 30, 2022 12:52 AM IST
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Haryana passes anti-conversion bill, Cong walks out

Congress MLAs led by the leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Tosham MLA, Kiran Choudhry questioned the need of an anti-conversion law
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar at a press conference in the state Assambly on Tuesday (PTI)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar at a press conference in the state Assambly on Tuesday (PTI)
Updated on Mar 23, 2022 01:17 AM IST
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Haryana assembly passes anti-conversion law

Haryana’s anti-conversion bill, a controversial piece of legislation, was passed by the state assembly with a voice vote on Tuesday despite the Opposition Congress citing valid grounds to hold it back and refer it to a select committee of the assembly for wider deliberations
Justifying the need of the legislation, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said it is aimed at curbing forced conversions only by instilling fear in minds of the perpetrators. (PTI)
Justifying the need of the legislation, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said it is aimed at curbing forced conversions only by instilling fear in minds of the perpetrators. (PTI)
Published on Mar 22, 2022 10:12 PM IST
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Panchkula industrial plots allotment: SC order to have a bearing on money laundering trial

The apex court had in 2021 stayed the PMLA court’s trial against former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and 21 others
The SC had on August 19, 2021, granted a stay on the PMLA court’s trial against Hooda and 21 others in the Panchkula industrial plots allotment case. (Image for representational purpose)
The SC had on August 19, 2021, granted a stay on the PMLA court’s trial against Hooda and 21 others in the Panchkula industrial plots allotment case. (Image for representational purpose)
Updated on Mar 22, 2022 08:33 AM IST
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AAP’s stunning rise to impact Haryana’s political landscape

Kejriwal’s party got a mere 0.48% vote share in the 2019 Haryana assembly polls but may see a resurgence
Arvind Kejriwal’s outfit had come a cropper in the 2019 Haryana assembly elections securing less than 60,000 votes in 46 assembly seats it contested. (ANI)
Arvind Kejriwal’s outfit had come a cropper in the 2019 Haryana assembly elections securing less than 60,000 votes in 46 assembly seats it contested. (ANI)
Published on Mar 12, 2022 01:44 AM IST
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Haryana budget: Legislator panels not empowered to move cut motion

Cut motion is moved to reduce amounts of demands for grants to draw attention of the House to the matter specified therein
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar (HT File)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar (HT File)
Published on Mar 10, 2022 01:22 AM IST
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Haryana budget 2022-23: Khattar pushes for more earnings to create assets

Presenting his third successive budget, Haryana chief minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar, who holds the charge of finance portfolio, looked contended at achieving a downward trend in revenue deficit. Revenue deficit in upcoming FY to dip to 0.98% from 1.40% in 2021-22
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar before budget presentation in the Vidhan Sabha, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (KESHAV SINGH/HT)
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar before budget presentation in the Vidhan Sabha, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (KESHAV SINGH/HT)
Updated on Mar 09, 2022 05:56 AM IST
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Experts pick holes in Haryana’s anti-conversion bill

Say the inclusion of divine pleasure or promise in the definition of allurement makes the proposed law capricious and irrational
While legal experts have pointed out chinks in the proposed law, leaders of the opposition parties said the sole intent behind enacting this legislation was to polarise society. (Picture for representational purpose (HT file))
While legal experts have pointed out chinks in the proposed law, leaders of the opposition parties said the sole intent behind enacting this legislation was to polarise society. (Picture for representational purpose (HT file))
Published on Mar 07, 2022 12:52 AM IST
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Alleged snooping: Inquiry underway into ‘surveillance’ of IPS officer’s mobile phone

Following a complaint by Haryana IPS officer Y Puran Kumar, a preliminary inquiry into the alleged illegal surveillance and accessing of his mobile phone’s internet protocol detail records (IPDR) and call details is underway
Some agencies are authorised to undertake lawful interception of mobile phones as per the procedure laid down in the Indian Telegraph Act and the Information Technology Act. (iStock)
Some agencies are authorised to undertake lawful interception of mobile phones as per the procedure laid down in the Indian Telegraph Act and the Information Technology Act. (iStock)
Published on Mar 05, 2022 12:46 AM IST
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Ram Rahim not a hardcore prisoner: Haryana govt

The legal opinion on whether the Dera chief would fall into the category of hardcore prisoners was sought at the insistence of the jail authorities.
The head of Sirsa-based sect Dera Sacha Sauda, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is convicted in three different cases – raping his disciples, murdering a journalist Ram Chander Chattarpati and his disciple, Ranjit Singh – was on Monday granted a three-week furlough after the Haryana government concluded that he does not fall in the category of hardcore prisoners. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
The head of Sirsa-based sect Dera Sacha Sauda, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is convicted in three different cases – raping his disciples, murdering a journalist Ram Chander Chattarpati and his disciple, Ranjit Singh – was on Monday granted a three-week furlough after the Haryana government concluded that he does not fall in the category of hardcore prisoners. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
Updated on Feb 08, 2022 04:20 AM IST
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Private sector job quota law: SC to hear Haryana plea on Monday

After high court’s stay order, solicitor general Tushar Mehta appeared before the apex court seeking urgent hearing
The matter was mentioned by solicitor general Tushar Mehta on behalf of the state government before an apex court bench headed by chief justice NV Ramana. (PTI file photo)
The matter was mentioned by solicitor general Tushar Mehta on behalf of the state government before an apex court bench headed by chief justice NV Ramana. (PTI file photo)
Updated on Feb 04, 2022 08:49 PM IST
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Private sector job quota law: Haryana to move SC against high court’s stay order

The Haryana government has decided to file a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court challenging the stay granted by the Punjab and Haryana high court on implementation of 75% private sector job quota law
Deputy chief minister and JJP leader Dushyant Chautala, who piloted the quota law, said he is committed to ensuring that Haryana youth have access to jobs in state and a struggle will be waged at every level to achieve this goal. (HT File)
Deputy chief minister and JJP leader Dushyant Chautala, who piloted the quota law, said he is committed to ensuring that Haryana youth have access to jobs in state and a struggle will be waged at every level to achieve this goal. (HT File)
Published on Feb 04, 2022 12:34 AM IST
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