Kainat Sarfaraz

Kainat Sarfaraz

Kainat Sarfaraz covers education for Hindustan Times in Delhi. She also takes keen interest in reading and writing on the intersections of gender and other identities.

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Draped in PPE suits, farmers carry out fumigation drives at Singhu

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 09:55 AM IST
Karanpreet Singh, 22, a resident of Chaklan village in Rupnagar district of Punjab, was scheduled to get married on January 1
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Jyoti Arora, principal of Mount Abu Public School in Rohini, said they had to hold sessions with parents to convince them that all safety norms would be followed. (Representative Image)
Jyoti Arora, principal of Mount Abu Public School in Rohini, said they had to hold sessions with parents to convince them that all safety norms would be followed. (Representative Image)

A contactless Republic Day parade in store for students

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 04:52 AM IST
As in previous years, three groups of students will perform at Rajpath this year — Delhi Tamil Education Association (DTEA) Senior Secondary schools, Mount Abu Public School and Vidya Bharti School from Rohini, and Government Girls Senior Secondary School B-2 Yamuna Vihar.
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A view of a crowded highway as farmers protest against new farm laws at a state border in Shahjahanpur, in the desert state of Rajasthan, near New Delhi.(REUTERS)
A view of a crowded highway as farmers protest against new farm laws at a state border in Shahjahanpur, in the desert state of Rajasthan, near New Delhi.(REUTERS)

Singhu farmers put up new signage, rename protest areas

By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi:
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 07:57 AM IST
The over ten kilometre-long protest spot has been divided into seven areas and has been named after freedom fighters like Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru, Chandrashekhar Azad, Kartar Singh Sarabha, along with Sikh warrior Banda Singh Bahadur.
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A day after another farmer suicide during stir, protesters set focus on mental health

UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 06:36 PM IST
A day after another farmer died by suicide at Singhu border, several internal committee members of an umbrella body of farmers’ union on Sunday said they have planned to rope in mental health experts along with celebrities, religious leaders, and motivational speakers to spread messages of hope among farmers and steer them away from depression
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Delhi University(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Delhi University(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

DU working on SOPs for phased re-entry of final year students, next semester likely to be offline

By Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:34 AM IST
Delhi University is working on framing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the phased return of final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students with officials also hinting that the next semester may be taught offline.
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Shards of glass near a gate of the Sabarmati hostel at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) after a mob attacked students, teachers and damaged property on January 5 last year.(Vipin Kumar/HT archive)
Shards of glass near a gate of the Sabarmati hostel at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) after a mob attacked students, teachers and damaged property on January 5 last year.(Vipin Kumar/HT archive)

One year since violence in JNU, no arrests yet

By Fareeha Iftikhar and Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 02:21 AM IST
On January 5, a group of students and teachers had organised a march at the T-point near Sabarmati hostel when a mob, armed with hammers, sticks, and rods and wearing face masks, allegedly attacked them. The mob broke into several hostels, including Periyar and Sabarmati, and beat up the students.
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On Thursday, the board announced that it would conduct exams between May and June and practicals from March 1.
On Thursday, the board announced that it would conduct exams between May and June and practicals from March 1.

CBSE Board exams schedule: Schools, parents concerned over practicals

By Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 10:05 AM IST
Several principals are worried as many parents are not eager to send their children to school before the Covid-19 vaccine is rolled out. School authorities have also planned to discuss the issue with parents once schools reopen after winter vacation.
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Farmers raise slogans during the ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at Singhu (Delhi-Haryana border) near New Delhi, India.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Farmers raise slogans during the ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at Singhu (Delhi-Haryana border) near New Delhi, India.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Many skip celebrations to join farmers in protest to ring in the New Year

By Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 01:06 AM IST
On December 26, farmers had invited residents of Delhi-NCR to join them to welcome the New Year.
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Paramjit Kaur(HT photo)

Farmers’ protest: With three daughters and son, Paramjit Kaur look out for anti-social elements at Singhu border

By Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 08:15 AM IST
Paramjit Kaur keeps vigil during the night. “We stay up talking to one another and look out for mischievous elements which may want to disrupt the protest in some manner,” she said.
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As talks dragged on with the government, the protesters at Singhu border realised they needed a system to coordinate with families back home for grain and other resources.(PTI)
As talks dragged on with the government, the protesters at Singhu border realised they needed a system to coordinate with families back home for grain and other resources.(PTI)

A month on, farmers have made highway their home

By Kainat Sarfaraz and Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 05:10 AM IST
Protests began in Punjab and Haryana shortly after the government pushed the three laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020.
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That site is situated close to Parker Mall in Kundli, Haryana.(PTI)
That site is situated close to Parker Mall in Kundli, Haryana.(PTI)

At Kundli end of Singhu stir, quieter nooks and cleaner spaces

By Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 01:39 AM IST
Here, the crowds are thinner, fewer garbage mounds and there are a lot of unoccupied spaces with quiet nooks. Here too, one can find colourful tents and tractor-trolleys that bear a striking resemblance to the ones closer to the Singhu Singhu border.
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Rotis being prepared in a community kitchen at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana) protest site during the ongoing protest against new farm laws, near New Delhi, India.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Rotis being prepared in a community kitchen at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana) protest site during the ongoing protest against new farm laws, near New Delhi, India.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

A surprising outcome at Singhu: Farmers pick up cooking skills

By Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 12:16 AM IST
The cooks’ day begins at 6 am when the air is still very chilly. The morning meal is usually various Indian breads with chickpea curry; for lunch they’ll have rice with dal and seasonal vegetables; dinner will likely see rotis accompanied by what was made for lunch with yet another batch of freshly-cooked curries.
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JNU TL/OSL lab in a dilapidated condition.(sourced)
JNU TL/OSL lab in a dilapidated condition.(sourced)

Delhi scholars return to decrepit labs, ruined samples

By Kainat Sarfaraz and Fareeha Iftikhar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 06:18 PM IST
Science research scholars and postgraduate students in the Capital, who have started to return to their institutions for the first time since March, have come back to find laboratories in disarray, equipment damaged, samples ruined, and their work severely set back — with financial losses possibly running into lakhs.
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While many churches have switched to digital options, a few churches across the capital are allowing services in smaller numbers following all Covid-19 safety guidelines.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file photo)
While many churches have switched to digital options, a few churches across the capital are allowing services in smaller numbers following all Covid-19 safety guidelines.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file photo)

Virtual carols, mass: Tied down by curbs, Christmas spirit in Delhi goes online

By Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 08:36 AM IST
Christmas celebrations across the world revolve around the traditions of the Christmas tree, the guiding star, nativity scenes, songs, and skits on the birth of Jesus along with the rendering of Christmas carols and gift-giving among other revelries.
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JNU to reopen for PwD category PhD scholars from Monday

By Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 10:26 PM IST
As part of its phase-wise reopening, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Saturday allowed PhD scholars from People with Disabilities category of Science schools and centres to return from December 21.
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A person holds an old photograph of the Tomb of Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan also known as Rahim's Tomb, to draw comparison after the completion of its restoration work, near Nizamuddin, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A person holds an old photograph of the Tomb of Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan also known as Rahim's Tomb, to draw comparison after the completion of its restoration work, near Nizamuddin, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Delhi: A restored Rahim’s Tomb opens to public today after six years

By Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 06:37 AM IST
Built in 1598 by Rahim for his wife Mah Banu, historians say the building was the first Mughal monument built for a woman and the architectural innovation developed there “informed the designs of Taj Mahal”. Following his death in 1627, Rahim’s body was also placed there.
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A volunteer involves street children in an activity at Sahitya Chaupal on Singhu border.(Kainat Sarfaraz/ HT photo)
A volunteer involves street children in an activity at Sahitya Chaupal on Singhu border.(Kainat Sarfaraz/ HT photo)

Farmers’ protest: Now, a library-cultural centre comes up at Singhu border

By Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 01:56 PM IST
Sahitya Chaupal set up to give street children a place to engage in constructive activity; allow the elders to rest and hold discussions
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The effect of the biting cold was quite visible at the protest site in Singhu on Tuesday. Out came blankets, plastic sheets, and empty fertilizer bags, stitched together to form makeshift curtains that covered the tractor-trolleys, which have been converted into temporary farmer homes.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
The effect of the biting cold was quite visible at the protest site in Singhu on Tuesday. Out came blankets, plastic sheets, and empty fertilizer bags, stitched together to form makeshift curtains that covered the tractor-trolleys, which have been converted into temporary farmer homes.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
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Farmers rest in their tractor trolleys while camped at Singhu border.(Sanchit Khanna /HT photo)
Farmers rest in their tractor trolleys while camped at Singhu border.(Sanchit Khanna /HT photo)
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Security personnel outside Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi on Monday.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Security personnel outside Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi on Monday.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

A year after Jamia violence: Lives upended, campus stays on edge

By Kainat Sarfaraz and Fareeha Iftikhar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 05:58 AM IST
Following the events of December 15, the university strengthened security, regulating the entry of outsiders more strictly, repairing the damaged Central library and old library, and erasing protest graffiti on the campus.
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Protesting farmers at Singhu border were on Friday introduced to free ten-minute massage sessions(Sanchit Khanna / Hindustan Times)
Protesting farmers at Singhu border were on Friday introduced to free ten-minute massage sessions(Sanchit Khanna / Hindustan Times)

NGO starts free electric foot massages at Singhu protest site

By Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 10:39 AM IST
The 25 massagers that were set up at the protest site was introduced by Khalsa Aid, a non-government organisation. The facility is free for all protesters, and all they need to do is get a token number and then wait their turn.
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Farmers resting in the back of tractor trolleys while camped at Singhu Border against the new farm laws, near New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna /HT PHOTO)
Farmers resting in the back of tractor trolleys while camped at Singhu Border against the new farm laws, near New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna /HT PHOTO)

Tarpaulin sheets, waterproof tents: Protesters brace for rain and chill

By Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 12:54 PM IST
While tractors and trolleys converted into temporary homes have become a symbol of the farmers’ protest blockade which began on November 27, many protesters have no option but to sleep in the open.
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Farmer viewing a video playing on a large screen while camped at Singhu Border against the new farm laws, near New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna / Hindustan Times)
Farmer viewing a video playing on a large screen while camped at Singhu Border against the new farm laws, near New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna / Hindustan Times)

Singhu border: Farmers protest by day, watch religious films by night

By Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 01:53 AM IST
On Wednesday, an 8x12-feet LED screen was set up near a langar spot a few hundred metres away from the green United Farmers Front stage set up at the Singhu border.
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File photo of Jamia Millia Islamia University
File photo of Jamia Millia Islamia University

Students in quandary as Jamia insists they must have own laptop/PC, internet to take semester exams

By Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 09:34 AM IST
The new notification has distressed students, who said the proctored mode of examination would be “discriminatory” to marginalised students and those with limited digital access.
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Covid-19: Students want board, JEE, NEET exams postponed

By Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 12:04 PM IST
Ahead of Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’s online interactive session with class 10 and 12 students and aspirants of different competitive exams on Thursday, various stakeholders have demanded postponement of all exams in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
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A sofa-cum-bed attached to a truck.(Shiv Sunny/HT Photo)
A sofa-cum-bed attached to a truck.(Shiv Sunny/HT Photo)

Bed attached to truck, desi geyser that runs on wood fire: farmers find ways to cope at protest sites

By Shiv Sunny and Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 03:46 PM IST
The most visible of these comforts at the Singhu Border were the sofa-cum-beds jutting out of trucks, padded with mattresses. Up to four farmers sat on each on them
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Nihangs (Sikh warriors) inside a makeshift gurdwara at Singhu Border during farmers' protest against new farm laws, in New Delhi,on Tuesday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Nihangs (Sikh warriors) inside a makeshift gurdwara at Singhu Border during farmers' protest against new farm laws, in New Delhi,on Tuesday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Farmers set up gurdwara at protest site to derive ‘strength’

By Kainat Sarfaraz and Shiv Sunny, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 03:51 PM IST
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Farmers shout slogans at a protest site during a nationwide strike against the newly enacted farm laws on a foggy morning at Singhu border near Delhi on December 8, 2020.(Reuters File Photo)
Farmers shout slogans at a protest site during a nationwide strike against the newly enacted farm laws on a foggy morning at Singhu border near Delhi on December 8, 2020.(Reuters File Photo)

200 more trucks of farmers to arrive at Singhu border. How police are prepping

By Shiv Sunny and Kainat Sarfaraz | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 01:14 PM IST
A much larger gathering could be seen at the Singhu border than previous days, with the protesting farmers saying more of them have arrived since Monday night.
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Farmers warm themselves around a bonfire during their protest over the Center's farm reform laws, at Delhi-Noida border near Ghazipur, in New Delhi, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.(PTI photo)
Farmers warm themselves around a bonfire during their protest over the Center's farm reform laws, at Delhi-Noida border near Ghazipur, in New Delhi, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.(PTI photo)

Chilla border completely shut as farmers block Delhi to Noida carriageway as well

By Anvit Srivastava and Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 02:17 AM IST
Chila border (Delhi-Noida Link Road) was completely blocked by farmers on Saturday morning, bringing traffic to a standstill and forcing the police to increase the deployment in the area.
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