Jeevan Prakash Sharma

Jeevan Prakash Sharma

Jeevan Prakash Sharma is assistant editor, Special Assignment. He has spent nearly 20 years in journalism with focus on education, real estate, crime and legal . He specialises in RTI-based information and open source data.

Articles by Jeevan Prakash Sharma
Trees are submerged in floodwater in this aerial photograph taken in Kainakary village in the district of Alappuzha, Kerala, India, on Thursday.(Bloomberg)
Trees are submerged in floodwater in this aerial photograph taken in Kainakary village in the district of Alappuzha, Kerala, India, on Thursday.(Bloomberg)

Will ask Centre to ‘make an exception’ and allow foreign aid: Alphons on Kerala

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 11:31 PM IST
Union minister KJ Alphons urged the central government on Thursday to “make an exception” for Kerala after the Centre refused to accept Rs 700 crore in relief offered by UAE
Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accepts a report on 'Data Protection Framework' from Justice BN Srikrishna, in New Delhi on July 27.(PTI Photo)
Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accepts a report on 'Data Protection Framework' from Justice BN Srikrishna, in New Delhi on July 27.(PTI Photo)

Draft data protection bill may affect provisions of RTI Act

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Nakul Sridhar and Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 08:26 AM IST
The draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 seeks to amend the RTI Act’s Section 8(1)(j), which states that personal information that doesn’t serve “public activity or interest” cannot be disclosed unless it is deemed to be of public interest.
Children walk past a photograph of Jawaharlal Nehru at the Nehru Memorial Museum in Delhi.(HT file photo)
Children walk past a photograph of Jawaharlal Nehru at the Nehru Memorial Museum in Delhi.(HT file photo)

Amid Congress opposition, NMML decides to go ahead with museum for all prime ministers

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma and Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 09:43 PM IST
The new museum for Prime Ministers will be constructed within the precincts of the Teen Murti Estate where Nehru Memorial Museum and Library is located.
The Cunard Cruise Liner MS Queen Victoria leaves after a port call at the "Grand port Atlantique" harbour in La Rochelle on April 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / XL / XAVIER LEOTY(AFP File Photo)
The Cunard Cruise Liner MS Queen Victoria leaves after a port call at the "Grand port Atlantique" harbour in La Rochelle on April 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / XL / XAVIER LEOTY(AFP File Photo)

Tourism, Shipping ministries moot GST exemption to revive cruise tourism

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2018 11:28 PM IST
In 2017-18, the number of passengers went down to 1,75,636 with only 137 ships visiting Indian ports
Sources in the tourism ministry said Union minister of state for tourism KJ Alphons is of the view that lack of co-operation from lower rank officials of the Archaeological Survey of India is defeating the purpose of the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme,(PTI/File Photo)
Sources in the tourism ministry said Union minister of state for tourism KJ Alphons is of the view that lack of co-operation from lower rank officials of the Archaeological Survey of India is defeating the purpose of the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme,(PTI/File Photo)

Alphons writes to culture ministry to expedite heritage adoption scheme

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JUN 22, 2018 03:20 PM IST
Union minister of state for tourism KJ Alphons has written to culture minister Mahesh Sharma asking him to expedite the process of allowing private companies to adopt historical monuments for maintaining amenities for tourists under the government’s much-touted ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme.
Chinese Cultural show, "Bowl Dance", to celebrate Chinese New Year 2017 performance by Xinjiang Art Theatre song and Dance troupe, in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)
Chinese Cultural show, "Bowl Dance", to celebrate Chinese New Year 2017 performance by Xinjiang Art Theatre song and Dance troupe, in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)

Plan to increase Chinese tourists hits roadblock with only few Mandarin-speaking guides

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2018 07:22 AM IST
The Indian Tour Operators Association, Tourist Guide Federation of India, and senior ministry officials agree that India’s supply of Mandarin guides falls short of the required strength.
A view of the Red Fort in New Delhi .(HT File Photo)
A view of the Red Fort in New Delhi .(HT File Photo)

ASI removes over 2 million kg of dirt from Red Fort ramparts, prevents collapse

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 02:29 PM IST
The dust and other air pollutants had accumulated on the Mughal-era monument over an estimated period of over 100 years and had formed a layer that was almost two meters thick.
Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim are out of bounds for foreign tourist without a special permit.(File Photo)
Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim are out of bounds for foreign tourist without a special permit.(File Photo)

Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh back Centre’s move to relax permits for foreign tourists

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2018 02:45 PM IST
Foreign tourists need to obtain Protected Area Permit (PAP) and Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to visit Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim due to security reasons.
In an unusual turn of events, a former ASI official roped in dreaded dacoit Nirbhay Singh Gujjar in 2004 for the first time to start the restoration work.(HT Photo/Representative image)
In an unusual turn of events, a former ASI official roped in dreaded dacoit Nirbhay Singh Gujjar in 2004 for the first time to start the restoration work.(HT Photo/Representative image)

ASI to resume restoration of Bateshwar temple complex in Chambal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2018 02:20 PM IST
ASI officials say that Nirbhay Gujjar and his gang provided much help for the restoration work until the dacoit was killed in 2005 in an encounter with the police.
An Indian paramilitary officer is framed by an Indian (L) and Chinese (R) flags as he stands guard near the presidential palace in New Delhi, 12 January 2002.(AFP File Photo)
An Indian paramilitary officer is framed by an Indian (L) and Chinese (R) flags as he stands guard near the presidential palace in New Delhi, 12 January 2002.(AFP File Photo)

Indo-China ties may get a leg up with tourism and cultural initiatives

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2018 11:11 PM IST
Modi and Xi met in late April for the informal summit aimed at resetting bilateral relations marred by a 73-day military standoff at the India-China-Bhutan trijunction in Doklam
Arunachal Pradesh and some parts of Sikkim have restrictions on access and free movement of foreign tourists by way of permits.(Rajib Jyoti Sarma/HT File Photo)
Arunachal Pradesh and some parts of Sikkim have restrictions on access and free movement of foreign tourists by way of permits.(Rajib Jyoti Sarma/HT File Photo)

Centre plans to open up restricted Northeast areas for foreign tourists

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2018 07:52 AM IST
Arunachal Pradesh and some parts of Sikkim have restrictions on access and free movement of foreign tourists by way of permits such as Protected Areas Permit and Restricted Areas Permit.
Former finance minister P Chidambaram coming out of Patiala House Court in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)
Former finance minister P Chidambaram coming out of Patiala House Court in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)

I-T department tells Chennai court Chidambarams didn’t disclose foreign assets

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2018 11:14 PM IST
Nalini Chidambaram, Karti and Srinidhi have been charged for allegedly not disclosing, either partly or fully, immovable assets like the one at Cambridge in the UK worth Rs 5.37 crore, property worth Rs 80 lakh in the same country and asset worth Rs 3.28 crore in the US.
An informant is expected to furnish the Aadhaar number and other information in the prescribed format to the prescribed authorities only if he/she desires to receive an award.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint File)
An informant is expected to furnish the Aadhaar number and other information in the prescribed format to the prescribed authorities only if he/she desires to receive an award.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint File)

Aadhaar must for informers of benami property, tax evasions to claim rewards from IT dept

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2018 07:24 PM IST
Income tax department says the move will remove the hurdle in establishing the identity of an informant at the time of disbursing the final award money which often takes several years.
Visitors walk at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial in Amritsar.(PTI File Photo)
Visitors walk at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial in Amritsar.(PTI File Photo)

After Red Fort row, Punjab govt wants Jallianwala Bagh in ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2018 10:43 AM IST
In a letter dated February 20, 2018, Captain Amarinder Singh’s government asked for seven monuments to be included in the Central government’s ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme.
The government decision to hand over the Red Fort to the Dalmia Bharat Group to maintain tourist amenities has triggered a war of words between historians of opposing ideologies.(HT PHOTO)
The government decision to hand over the Red Fort to the Dalmia Bharat Group to maintain tourist amenities has triggered a war of words between historians of opposing ideologies.(HT PHOTO)

Red Fort upkeep sparks battle between right wing and Marxist historians

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2018 10:50 AM IST
Historians with right wing ideologies say Marxist historians are simply spreading rumours about the hand over of the Red Fort to a corporate for maintaining tourist amenities.
09 July, 2014, New Delhi : Income tax office near ITO. Photo By Pradeep Gaur/ Mint(Pradeep Gaur/ Mint)
09 July, 2014, New Delhi : Income tax office near ITO. Photo By Pradeep Gaur/ Mint(Pradeep Gaur/ Mint)

Income Tax dept raises rewards for informers of benami property, tax evasions

Hindustan Times | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2018 05:03 PM IST
The Union finance ministry has for the first time come out with a scheme to reward informants of benami transactions and has also amended the existing income tax informant reward scheme of 2007.
The Union tourism ministry handed over the iconic Red Fort to a leading corporate group, Dalmia Bharat, under its ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme.(HT Archive)
The Union tourism ministry handed over the iconic Red Fort to a leading corporate group, Dalmia Bharat, under its ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme.(HT Archive)

Minister Alphons defends handing over Red Fort to private company, says it will help tourism

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2018 11:21 AM IST
Tourism minister KJ Alphons said ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme will help fulfill his dream to get 100 million tourists in the country in a few years.
The Dalmia Bharat Group will maintain the Red Fort and build basic infrastructure around it. It has committed a sum of Rs 25 crore for the purpose over a period spanning five years.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)
The Dalmia Bharat Group will maintain the Red Fort and build basic infrastructure around it. It has committed a sum of Rs 25 crore for the purpose over a period spanning five years.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT File Photo)

Congress and Centre lock horns over upkeep of Red Fort by a private firm

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2018 06:55 PM IST
The Congress party said Modi government is “bartering away the symbol of freedom movement” with its decision to hand over Red Fort to a leading corporate group for its upkeep.

11th-century bodies near Meerut give new archaeological twist to history

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2018 01:41 PM IST
Excavation unearths 13 bodies that roughly date back to 11th century AD; discovery leads to calls for a deeper examination because people of the region in that period were known to cremate the dead.
The Golden Temple at Amritsar is among the monuments not included in the list.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
The Golden Temple at Amritsar is among the monuments not included in the list.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Non-NDA states allege bias in shortlist of iconic tourist sites to be developed

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2018 02:19 PM IST
Odisha, Punjab, West Bengal, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have demanded that the Centre choose an iconic spot from every state in the country.
The Lakshagriha Excavation Project of the ASI is located in Barnava village in Uttar Pradesh.(HT Photo)
The Lakshagriha Excavation Project of the ASI is located in Barnava village in Uttar Pradesh.(HT Photo)

Archaeologists find artefacts in UP village that point to Mahabharata link

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2018 08:40 AM IST
The artifacts found bear strong cultural resemblance to those found at sites such as Hastinapur, Indraprastha, Kurukshetra and Mathura, places that find mention in Mahabharata.
Income Tax officials believe that a strong network of informers could help uncover more benami transactions.(AFP File)
Income Tax officials believe that a strong network of informers could help uncover more benami transactions.(AFP File)

Income Tax dept to increase reward money for informers, widen network

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma and P Suchetna Ray
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 06:05 PM IST
Under current guidelines, an informer gets Rs 1 lakh as an instant reward if the tip-off leads to tax recovery. The rest of the reward money – 10% of the total tax liability with a maximum cap of Rs 15 lakh – is subject to the final settlement of the case.
Workers dismantle elephant sculptures placed outside Red fort after BJP's Rashtriya Raksha Yagna event to secure victory in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Workers dismantle elephant sculptures placed outside Red fort after BJP's Rashtriya Raksha Yagna event to secure victory in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Jumbo threat to VIPs: No elephants in Red Fort play for audience safety

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 07:46 AM IST
Titled, Raja Shiv Chatrapati, the play, originally in Marathi, has been staged several hundred times since it was first staged in 1985, and its appeal includes the use of elaborate sets and props including live camels, horses, even an elephant.
The idea behind the scheme is to ensure that tourists get an ‘awesome’ experience while visiting the Taj Mahal.(AFP Photo)
The idea behind the scheme is to ensure that tourists get an ‘awesome’ experience while visiting the Taj Mahal.(AFP Photo)

Taj Mahal up for ‘adoption’, GMR and ITC in the race

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2018 08:13 AM IST
The ‘Adopt a heritage’ scheme envisages the adoption of historical sites and monuments by private and state-owned companies. The companies are expected to pay for the upkeep of the monument or site from their CSR (corporate social responsibility) budget.
Students take participate in skill development training courses organised by Delhi Police in New Delhi in December 2017.(HT File Photo)
Students take participate in skill development training courses organised by Delhi Police in New Delhi in December 2017.(HT File Photo)

Two years on, skill training yet to take off in many states

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2018 11:38 PM IST
The data on the states’ performance available with the MSDE shows that NSDC has approved proposals from 35 states and assigned a target to skill 600,000 candidates in the first phase but only five states have commenced training.
File photo of an ATC tower at IGI Airport in New Delhi .(HT PHOTO)
File photo of an ATC tower at IGI Airport in New Delhi .(HT PHOTO)

ICAO pulls up DGCA for not introducing licensing system for ATCOs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2018 12:03 PM IST
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had recommended to the DGCA that air traffic controllers be issued licences. But the government feels there is already a sufficient security mechanism in place.
The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 added 14 new categories of disabilities.(Shutterstock)
The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 added 14 new categories of disabilities.(Shutterstock)

Government to notify guidelines for assessment of new disabilities soon

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2018 04:53 PM IST
The ministry of social justice and empowerment will soon instruct hospitals to issue certificates to those who come under the new category of disability,
A policeman walks on a beach near Kudankulam nuclear power project in Tamil Nadu.(Reuters File Photo)
A policeman walks on a beach near Kudankulam nuclear power project in Tamil Nadu.(Reuters File Photo)

Kudankulam nuclear plant caused Rs 10,000-crore loss to NPCIL, finds CAG

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2017 01:31 PM IST
A CAG audit found that NPCIL incurred expenditure of Rs 1,012.37 crore towards erection and commissioning of Nuclear Steam Supply System and Turbo Generator, as against the Rs 305.50 crore previously estimated.
A Jet Airways aircraft takes off from the Ahmedabad airport. Jet Airways and Air India face the maximum complaints from passengers, according to government data.(REUTERS)
A Jet Airways aircraft takes off from the Ahmedabad airport. Jet Airways and Air India face the maximum complaints from passengers, according to government data.(REUTERS)

Jet Airways, Air India received most passenger complaints in 3 years: Govt data

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2017 11:14 PM IST
Data from the civil aviation ministry shows that 22 passengers lodged complaints against all airlines every day in 2017, and national carrier Air India and Jet Airways lead the pack of offenders.
Students on the campus of Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.(HT Photo)
Students on the campus of Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.(HT Photo)

HRD panel begins probing financial irregularities in IIM-Lucknow

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2017 10:44 PM IST
IIM Lucknow director Dr Ajit Prasad allegedly took arbitrary decisions that resulted in negative the institute’s financial performance.
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