Ipsita Pati

Ipsita Pati

Ipsita Pati is a senior correspondent with the Hindustan Times, covering Gurgaon. She has written on pollution, wildlife, forest cover, Maoists problems and illegal mining while working in different states of India including Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi and Haryana.

Articles by Ipsita Pati
According to the State of the Forest 2017 report, Haryana increased its forest cover by 0.01%.(HT Photo)
According to the State of the Forest 2017 report, Haryana increased its forest cover by 0.01%.(HT Photo)

Gurgaon: Green cover takes a hit as Haryana yet to define ‘forests’

By Ipsita Pati | hindustan times, Gurgaon
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2018 10:56 PM IST
More than half of the Aravallis in Gurgaon and Faridabad notified under Section 4 and/or 5 of the PLPA and these are the only Aravalli areas with a ‘forest’ tag. The rest of the Aravallis is not recognised as forest by the state government, experts said.
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The most recently confirmed cases of swine flu include a 24-year-old man from Rewari and a 60-year-old man from Faridabad.(Hindustan Times)
The most recently confirmed cases of swine flu include a 24-year-old man from Rewari and a 60-year-old man from Faridabad.(Hindustan Times)

6 confirmed, 8 suspected cases of H1N1 reported in Gurgaon

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2018 11:52 PM IST
Though the health department is on an alert and has directed all private and government hospitals to inform the Civil Hospital immediately about any case of the H1N1 virus, no health advisory has been issued as yet
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Brijesh Kumar (38), the son of Tej Ram, the patient, said that as directed by doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital, he took his father to Sector 10 government hospital for blood transfusion around 5pm on Saturday.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Brijesh Kumar (38), the son of Tej Ram, the patient, said that as directed by doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital, he took his father to Sector 10 government hospital for blood transfusion around 5pm on Saturday.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Gurgaon: Sector 10 govt hospital vandalised after patient denied treatment

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2018 05:12 PM IST
The health department said it it aware of the incident and will verify facts before taking action
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According to official data, 145 peafowls were sick and 28 died in Haryana in the period between July and September 2012.(Parveen Kumar/HT File)
According to official data, 145 peafowls were sick and 28 died in Haryana in the period between July and September 2012.(Parveen Kumar/HT File)

20 tagged peacocks to be released in the wild for long-term study

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2018 10:43 PM IST
The exercise will help monitor the movement, habits and health of the birds, and is the result of a captive breeding programme of the state government
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According to the complaint filed with the police, the doctors at Gurgaon’s Civil Hospital (in pic) had diagnosed Deepak with having fluid in his lungs and he was advised to seek specialised medical treatment for his condition(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE)
According to the complaint filed with the police, the doctors at Gurgaon’s Civil Hospital (in pic) had diagnosed Deepak with having fluid in his lungs and he was advised to seek specialised medical treatment for his condition(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE)

Medical negligence? Youth’s kin block highway, demand justice

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2018 10:34 PM IST
The hospital put out a statement denying the negligence claim and saying that the youth was accorded the best treatment
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NHM workers protested outside the Civil Hospital in Gurgaon on Tuesday.
NHM workers protested outside the Civil Hospital in Gurgaon on Tuesday.

Gurgaon: Cancel suspension of Civil Hospital staff, NHM workers say threatening indefinite strike

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2018 11:15 PM IST
650 National Health Mission workers participated in a day-long strike at the Civil Hospital on Tuesday demanding cancellation of the suspension of a doctor, nurse and technician, who are facing inquiry for denying admission to a pregnant woman.
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The group used to trick people using the Doppler ultrasound machine. The machine is used to estimate the blood flow in blood vessels and it cannot provide details of the sex of a foetus.(HT Photo)
The group used to trick people using the Doppler ultrasound machine. The machine is used to estimate the blood flow in blood vessels and it cannot provide details of the sex of a foetus.(HT Photo)

Gurgaon: Woman, two accomplices held for illegal sex determination in Kaithal

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2018 10:30 PM IST
Officials said the three used to trick people by providing them false information about the sex of the foetus using the machine, which is not used for sex determination tests.
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Panchayat told the CM that the government should try to manage the toll plaza at its existing location and expand the toll plaza by a few more lanes for smooth movement of traffic.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Panchayat told the CM that the government should try to manage the toll plaza at its existing location and expand the toll plaza by a few more lanes for smooth movement of traffic.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Manesar panchayat writes to Haryana CM, opposes Kherki Daula toll plaza shift to Sehrawan

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2018 10:28 PM IST
Of the 65 acres, which the NHAI requires for the toll plaza, 59 acres come under the Manesar gram sabha. The members of panchayat are against giving away forest land as the area is part of the Aravalli forests.
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Players of UP Strikers (red) and Delhi Sultans (yellow) take part in the Indian Wheelchair Cricket League, organised by the Para Sports Foundation in Gurgaon, on Friday.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Players of UP Strikers (red) and Delhi Sultans (yellow) take part in the Indian Wheelchair Cricket League, organised by the Para Sports Foundation in Gurgaon, on Friday.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Gurgaon: Love for the game of cricket pushes wheelchair heroes

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2018 10:26 PM IST
As many as 50 cricketers with disabilities took to the field to enjoy the game. Some known faces who were playing on the first day were Gulshan Kumar and Vinod Thakur.
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Four of the underground water storage tanks are already under construction at Beriwala Bagh, Anaj Mandi near Shivaji Park, Gaushala Ground near Mahavir Chowk and the Sector 7 extension.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Four of the underground water storage tanks are already under construction at Beriwala Bagh, Anaj Mandi near Shivaji Park, Gaushala Ground near Mahavir Chowk and the Sector 7 extension.(HT FILE PHOTO)

State’s forest cover up by 8 sqkm in 2 years: Survey

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2018 10:54 PM IST
ccording to the data collated during the FSI survey, over the last two years, the forest cover in Gurgaon has increased by 1 square kilometre
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Munni, holding her newborn baby girl, whom she had to deliver without medical support outside the emergency ward.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Munni, holding her newborn baby girl, whom she had to deliver without medical support outside the emergency ward.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Denied ultrasound test for not carrying Aadhaar card, Gurgaon woman delivers baby in the open

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2018 08:17 AM IST
Munni was standing in pain for two hours and had to deliver the baby at the gate of the emergency ward
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Migratory birds at the Sultanpur National Park, in Gurgaon, on Thursday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Migratory birds at the Sultanpur National Park, in Gurgaon, on Thursday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Gurgaon: Fewer migratory birds spotted in Sultanpur this year

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2018 10:51 PM IST
81 migratory species of birds were spotted at the national park against last year’s 98, but total number of winged visitors was almost double
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The leopard skin rug is 73 inches long and 36 inches broad, officials said.(wildlife department)
The leopard skin rug is 73 inches long and 36 inches broad, officials said.(wildlife department)

Gurgaon: Man arrested for illegal wildlife trade in Faridabad

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2018 10:17 PM IST
On a tip-off, officials of the wildlife department conducted a raid at the resident of Ramdas, a temple priest in Fatehpur Billoch of Faridabad district.
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Villagers said a half-acre plot close to Mangar Bani is being fenced off by pitching poles and around 15 trees have been chopped.(HT PHOTO)
Villagers said a half-acre plot close to Mangar Bani is being fenced off by pitching poles and around 15 trees have been chopped.(HT PHOTO)

Tree felling going on unchecked in Mangar: Villagers

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2018 11:40 PM IST
Villagers said that the forest guard is often away on weekends making it possible for violators to carry out non forest activities in Mangar Bani forest
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Artistes from Egypt perform at the Surajkund fair in Faridabad.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Artistes from Egypt perform at the Surajkund fair in Faridabad.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Art, music, food spell magic at 32nd Surajkund fair in Faridabad

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Faridabad
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2018 11:05 PM IST
The 17-day-long fair will draw people from diverse cultures and encourage a free exchange of ideas
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The chief minister has approved more requisite staff for the newly declared police district .(HT File)
The chief minister has approved more requisite staff for the newly declared police district .(HT File)

Manesar to be new police district of Gurgaon

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2018 10:30 PM IST
The move will help in keeping a tab on the incidents of crime and road accidents in the area.
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Birders say the waste plant site is located near a wetland which is the habitat for over 200 species of birds.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Birders say the waste plant site is located near a wetland which is the habitat for over 200 species of birds.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Gurgaon: NGT asks civic body to not construct C&D waste plant without approval

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2018 10:26 PM IST
Green court disposes of miscellaneous applications; it has forced MCG to mandatorily get an approval before starting work
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Of the 1,800 migratory bird species in the world, nearly 370 species migrate to India. Among these, over 250 species of birds have been sighted at the Sultanpur lake which is inside the national park.(HT File Photo)
Of the 1,800 migratory bird species in the world, nearly 370 species migrate to India. Among these, over 250 species of birds have been sighted at the Sultanpur lake which is inside the national park.(HT File Photo)

Gurgaon: Wildlife dept maps Sultanpur park with drones for ‘scientific upkeep’

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2018 11:27 PM IST
Map will be used to check the status of Sultanpur lake, its catchment area and the park’s tree cover, among other things
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The tribunal is holding hearings on a petition claiming that deemed forest areas in the Aravallis are being encroached upon.(HT File)
The tribunal is holding hearings on a petition claiming that deemed forest areas in the Aravallis are being encroached upon.(HT File)

Gurgaon: State promises probe report to NGT in two months

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2018 11:25 PM IST
The petitioner, Sonya Ghosh, had sought the tribunal’s intervention demanding that all construction activities be banned in the deemed forest areas of the state.
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Around 40 horses in and around Delhi tested positive for glanders disease.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Around 40 horses in and around Delhi tested positive for glanders disease.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Gurgaon: Horses infected, Delhi polo spring season shifted to Jaipur

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2018 11:38 PM IST
The Delhi government issued a notification banning movement of horses out of west Delhi on January 15.
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A couple was blessed with a daughter at the Sohna Civil Hospital but lost their son as the doctors were clueless that the pregnant woman was carrying twins. (Representative Photo)
A couple was blessed with a daughter at the Sohna Civil Hospital but lost their son as the doctors were clueless that the pregnant woman was carrying twins. (Representative Photo)

Doctors clueless woman carrying twins, baby dies in Sohna hospital

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2018 02:39 PM IST
Doctors at Sohna Civil Hospital examined the report of the ultrasound test conducted by a private diagnostic clinic that didn’t mention that the woman was carrying twins.
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Gurgaon, India - Jan. 30, 2018: Unitech Vista home buyers protest outside the Unitech House office at Sector 45, in Gurgaon, India, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Gurgaon, India - Jan. 30, 2018: Unitech Vista home buyers protest outside the Unitech House office at Sector 45, in Gurgaon, India, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Gurgaon: Buyers of Unitech Vistas hold protest over delay in construction

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2018 11:08 PM IST
The project was delayed by four years owing to fund crunch and the realtor, six months ago, had promised to deliver the project at the earliest
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Birders have appealed to the Haryana government to notify Basai as a wetland. They say thousands of birds will lose their habitat if the C&D plant is made there.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Birders have appealed to the Haryana government to notify Basai as a wetland. They say thousands of birds will lose their habitat if the C&D plant is made there.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Basai marshland, a paradise for birds near Gurgaon, may dry out soon

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2018 05:01 PM IST
Municipal Corporation of Gurugram wants to build a construction and demolition (C&D) waste treatment plant at Basai. But Delhi Bird Foundation has filed a petition in NGT stating that thousands of birds will lose habitat
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Greylag geese, which are migratory in nature, in Gurgaon’s Sultanpur National Park.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Greylag geese, which are migratory in nature, in Gurgaon’s Sultanpur National Park.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Gurgaon: Basai draws more winged wonders than Sultanpur, says bird experts

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2018 10:58 PM IST
The Basai swamp, which is spread over 700 acres and is not a protected site for exotic fowls, attracts around 280 species of birds every year
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Gurgaon, India - Dec. 19, 2017: Water bodies at Sector-47, in Gurgaon, India, on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Gurgaon, India - Dec. 19, 2017: Water bodies at Sector-47, in Gurgaon, India, on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Gurgaon: Report on water bodies lists anomalies in data

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2018 10:48 PM IST
The report was prepared on the basis of satellite imagery of 2011-’12, revenue records of 1956 and Survey of India maps in 1976, which mention varying numbers of water bodies in Gurgaon
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The move to open a Whatsapp helpline assumes significance at a time when residents and wildlife experts have flagged concerns over poaching and man-animal conflict(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE)
The move to open a Whatsapp helpline assumes significance at a time when residents and wildlife experts have flagged concerns over poaching and man-animal conflict(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE)

Gurgaon: WhatsApp number soon to report animals in danger

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2018 10:37 PM IST
The move will enable residents to send and share pictures, videos and locations of animals in distress
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The nine-foot-long India rock python which was rescued on Thursday from the Raisina forest from the wildlife department team.(HT PHOTO)
The nine-foot-long India rock python which was rescued on Thursday from the Raisina forest from the wildlife department team.(HT PHOTO)

Indian rock python rescued from Raisina forest near Sohna

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2018 10:30 PM IST
Wildlife dept asked villagers in Raisina not to panic and hurt the reptile. It was released into its habitat in an hour
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Areas confirmed as forest under the Punjab Land Preservation Act will help check rampant illegal construction going on in the Aravallis in south Haryana.
Areas confirmed as forest under the Punjab Land Preservation Act will help check rampant illegal construction going on in the Aravallis in south Haryana.

Ground truthing to identify forest areas to start from Rewari district

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2018 11:06 PM IST
The state government will use satellite images from 2011, revenue and forest records for evaluating forest areas as defined under the Punjab Land Preservation Act in Haryana
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Arun Singla (36), the victim, was a resident of Delhi’s Lajwanti Garden, Mayapuri and was returning home after completing his night duty.(Parveen Kumar/HT)
Arun Singla (36), the victim, was a resident of Delhi’s Lajwanti Garden, Mayapuri and was returning home after completing his night duty.(Parveen Kumar/HT)

IT engineer killed in hit and run on Delhi-Gurgaon expressway, driver arrested

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2018 11:38 PM IST
An IT engineer working in a company in Gurgaon, was killed after a truck-trailer hit his car near Ambience Mall on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway when he was on his way home from work on Saturday early morning
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It is important to note that the state has less than 3.7 % forest cover, mostly in Aravallis. How the state chooses to define forests on Monday may further reduce this area, environmentalists said.
It is important to note that the state has less than 3.7 % forest cover, mostly in Aravallis. How the state chooses to define forests on Monday may further reduce this area, environmentalists said.

Haryana to ignore 1981 satellite images while examining land status under PLPA

By Ipsita Pati | Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2018 11:34 PM IST
Environmentalists have raised concern that the criterion set for defining area under PLPA, i.e, relying only on government land record and not satellite imagery, goes against the SC’s judgment on definition of ‘deemed forest’.
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