Mukesh Rawat

Mukesh Rawat is based in Dehradun and reports on a range of issues including health, crime, education, environment, civic issues and state politics. He was earlier in Chandigarh and used to edit stories for the Punjab, J&K and Himachal Pradesh news desks of the paper.

Articles by Mukesh Rawat

Farmers swinging between hope and despair over sugarcane dues

Despite not being a major sugarcane-producing state, Uttarakhand has a high pendency when it comes to paying sugarcane farmers their dues

Uttarakhand produced 2.72 lakh metric tonne sugarcane in 2017-18 and has pending arrears of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>530 crore. States having greater production have lower arrears.(HT Photo)
Uttarakhand produced 2.72 lakh metric tonne sugarcane in 2017-18 and has pending arrears of 530 crore. States having greater production have lower arrears.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 29, 2018 09:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Vehicles of top officials blatantly violate HC order on crash guards

Vehicles of top administrative officials and legislators in Uttarakhand continue to sport bull bars

Official vehicle of an officer with crash guards.(HT)
Official vehicle of an officer with crash guards.(HT)
Updated on Mar 28, 2018 09:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

No Uttarakhand varsity in UGC’s 60 institutes granted autonomy

None of the 26 universities in Uttarakhand have been able to make it to the list of 60 institutes of higher education that were granted autonomy by the UGC on Tuesday

There is one central university, nine state universities, 11 private universities, four deemed to be universities, and one agriculture university in Uttarakhand.(HT File)
There is one central university, nine state universities, 11 private universities, four deemed to be universities, and one agriculture university in Uttarakhand.(HT File)
Updated on Mar 26, 2018 10:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Child sex ratio improves in rural Uttarakhand, Bageshwar tops the list

Uttarakhand has achieved a child sex ratio of 934 in the 0-6 year category in rural areas, revealed a latest survey conducted by the health department

Bageshwar has recorded the highest child sex ratio of 1,036, followed by 978 in Nainital and 958 in Rudraprayag. Meanwhile, Haridwar is at bottom with a child sex ratio of 912.(HT File)
Bageshwar has recorded the highest child sex ratio of 1,036, followed by 978 in Nainital and 958 in Rudraprayag. Meanwhile, Haridwar is at bottom with a child sex ratio of 912.(HT File)
Published on Mar 25, 2018 09:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Uttarakhand glaciers more sensitive to climate change, says study

According to scientists , Uttarakhand has 809 supra-glacial lakes compared to 228 in Himachal Pradesh, a state that has twice as many glaciers than its neighbour

Sikh pilgrims passing through the glaciers to reach the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara in Uttarakhand.(HT File Photo)
Sikh pilgrims passing through the glaciers to reach the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara in Uttarakhand.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 25, 2018 06:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

It was like my child, says man whose cow was stolen, slaughtered in Doon

A day after four people, including a woman, were booked for stealing and slaughtering the cow of a man in Sahaspur area of Dehradun, the victim says all he wants is to see the culprit behind bars

It was the second case of cow slaughter in less than a month in Dehradun.(HT File)
It was the second case of cow slaughter in less than a month in Dehradun.(HT File)
Published on Mar 24, 2018 09:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

World TB Day: 43 TB cases reported every day from Uttarakhand

Malnutrition, high tobacco consumption and poor ventilation in buildings, coupled with low socio-economic status, have resulted in 43 people being diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) every day in the state

The Uttarakhand government has set an ambitious task of eradicating tuberculosis by 2024.(HT File)
The Uttarakhand government has set an ambitious task of eradicating tuberculosis by 2024.(HT File)
Published on Mar 23, 2018 09:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Garhwal emerging as hub of land disputes, 900 arrested for fraud since 2014

The number of land dispute cases being reported in the Garhwal range is increasing every year

Data accessed from the police reveals that a total of 909 people have been arrested in the last three and a half years in land dispute cases.(HT)
Data accessed from the police reveals that a total of 909 people have been arrested in the last three and a half years in land dispute cases.(HT)
Updated on Mar 19, 2018 10:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

In 3 years, Uttarakhand sees 13% decrease in sterilisation cases

At a time when concerted efforts are being made to curb population growth, Uttarakhand has registered an overall decrease in the use of family planning methods

Between 2014 and 2017, the number of sterilisation cases (vasectomy and tubectomy) decreased by 13%(HT)
Between 2014 and 2017, the number of sterilisation cases (vasectomy and tubectomy) decreased by 13%(HT)
Updated on Mar 19, 2018 10:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Equipped to replace revenue police, says DGP; experts say it’s uphill task

The Uttarakhand Police is ready to replace the revenue police with regular police in the hill districts of the state, says DGP Anil K Raturi

Only 39% geographical area of Uttarakhand is under regular police at present. The high court has asked the state government to extend it across the state within six months.(HT File)
Only 39% geographical area of Uttarakhand is under regular police at present. The high court has asked the state government to extend it across the state within six months.(HT File)
Updated on Mar 19, 2018 10:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

2 held for forging Aadhaar, PAN to finance 30 two-wheelers in Doon

Two people were arrested on Sunday for allegedly buying 30 two-wheelers on loan from five finance companies by using forged Aadhaar and PAN cards in Dehradun

The accused allegedly purchased 30 two-wheelers on loan from five finance companies by using forged Aadhaar and PAN cards.(HT Photo)
The accused allegedly purchased 30 two-wheelers on loan from five finance companies by using forged Aadhaar and PAN cards.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 18, 2018 07:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Man booked for forging Aadhaar, PAN to finance 30 two-wheelers in Doon

A man has been booked for purchasing 30 two-wheelers on loan from five finance companies by using forged Aadhaar and PAN cards in Dehradun, police said on Saturday

The fraud was unearthed when the finance companies realised that the EMIs were not being paid against these vehicles.(HT File)
The fraud was unearthed when the finance companies realised that the EMIs were not being paid against these vehicles.(HT File)
Published on Mar 17, 2018 08:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

In the ICU, public health sector in Uttarakhand waiting for booster shots

A NITI Aayog report on the quality of healthcare services said 20% posts of nurses are yet to be filled in Uttarakhand while none of the 13 districts have a functional cardiac centre.(HT Photo)
A NITI Aayog report on the quality of healthcare services said 20% posts of nurses are yet to be filled in Uttarakhand while none of the 13 districts have a functional cardiac centre.(HT Photo)
Published on Mar 15, 2018 10:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

‘Dearth of specialists pan India, Uttarakhand not an exception’

Public health sector may have remained in the limelight for all the wrong reasons in the recent past, but Navin Baluni, the chief minister’s health advisor, presents a rosy picture of the future — more medical professionals being appointed and new medical college to be functional soon

Navin Baluni, the chief minister’s health advisor.(HT Photo)
Navin Baluni, the chief minister’s health advisor.(HT Photo)
Published on Mar 15, 2018 10:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Post immunisation: Uttarakhand safest for kids, records least casualties

The state had achieved 99.30% immunisation as of 2015-16, says NITI Aayog in a report.(HT File)
The state had achieved 99.30% immunisation as of 2015-16, says NITI Aayog in a report.(HT File)
Published on Mar 14, 2018 09:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

In swayamwar for goats, a message on migration from Uttarakhand hills

nto its second edition this year, the ‘Bakri Swayamwar’ in Pantwari was organised by Green People, a volunteer driven organisation that works on checking migration from the hills

The bride and groom during 'swayamvar' on Sunday.(HT Photo)
The bride and groom during 'swayamvar' on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 11, 2018 10:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By, Dehradun

Uttarakhand departments mark their presence on social media, but fail to engage

Though the departments have created their Facebook pages (in few cases Twitter handles, too), their rate of engagement suggests that not much has been achieved on making dissemination of information easy

A majority of the departments hardly have any social media following.(Facebook)
A majority of the departments hardly have any social media following.(Facebook)
Updated on Mar 11, 2018 10:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Uttarakhand generates 1,406 tonne solid waste daily, but processing is zero

Uttarakhand is the worst-performing state in the country in terms of processing solid waste. Everyday it generates 1,406 tonne solid waste and processes 0% of it

Only 3% wards in Uttarakhand have facility of 100% waste segregation at source. (Above) A dumping ground along the Haridwar Bypass in Dehradun.(Vinay S Kumar/HT Photo)
Only 3% wards in Uttarakhand have facility of 100% waste segregation at source. (Above) A dumping ground along the Haridwar Bypass in Dehradun.(Vinay S Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 10, 2018 10:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Nothing to suggest that farmers in Uttarakhand committed suicide, says minister

As Trivendra Singh Rawat government completes a year in office, agriculture minister Subodh Unial talks of doubling farmers’ income. Excerpts from an interview

Subodh Uniyal(HT File)
Subodh Uniyal(HT File)
Updated on Mar 09, 2018 10:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

One year of Trivendra Rawat govt: Tall talk in agri sector, low on impact

The promises, including that of crop loan waiver, that the BJP had promised ahead of 2017 assembly elections, remain unfulfilled

The government has also failed to enthuse the industry to invest in agriculture and horticulture sector.(Vinay S Kumar/HT Photo)
The government has also failed to enthuse the industry to invest in agriculture and horticulture sector.(Vinay S Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 09, 2018 10:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Nuclear technology for recharging water sources in hills

Scientists have started using nuclear technology to help recharge water sources in Uttarakhand on trial basis

Governor KK Paul addresses inaugural session of 12th Uttarakhand Science Congress in Dehradun on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Governor KK Paul addresses inaugural session of 12th Uttarakhand Science Congress in Dehradun on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Published on Mar 07, 2018 09:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Doon on an ignominious high: 120% rise in drug abuse cases in three years

The number of people arrested in these cases also increased by 116% between 2015 and 2017

Owing to its proximity to Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh, illicit trade of drugs and banned liquor is high in Dehradun.(HT File)
Owing to its proximity to Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh, illicit trade of drugs and banned liquor is high in Dehradun.(HT File)
Updated on Mar 05, 2018 10:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Will sweep civic polls in Uttarakhand like we swept assembly polls in Tripura: BJP

Party’s state president Ajay Bhatt said the victories in the Northeast states ‘will have a direct impact’ on the upcoming urban local bodies elections in Uttarakhand

Ajay Bhatt(HT File)
Ajay Bhatt(HT File)
Updated on Mar 04, 2018 09:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

In Uttarakhand, doctors demand better infra, vacancies filled before being transferred to hills

The government wants doctors in the ambit of Transfer Act, that mandates government officials to be posted from normal to remote areas and vice-versa

The NITI Aayog in its recent report said 60% posts of specialists in the states are vacant.(HT File)
The NITI Aayog in its recent report said 60% posts of specialists in the states are vacant.(HT File)
Updated on Feb 26, 2018 10:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Man impersonates dead father in Uttarakhand, withdraws pension for 37 years

Not only did the accused, UK Sarkar, conceal his father’s death to get his pension, but also asked his wife to impersonate his mother to avail of four loans from the bank that disbursed the pension.

A forgery and cheating case has been filed in Dehradun against a man who impersonated his father and withdrew his pension for 37 years.(Photo For Representation)
A forgery and cheating case has been filed in Dehradun against a man who impersonated his father and withdrew his pension for 37 years.(Photo For Representation)
Updated on Feb 24, 2018 09:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Water sources in Uttarakhand depleting at alarming rate: Experts

Dr JS Rawat has been researching on Kosi river, that originates near Almora, since 1992.

Guests being felicitated at the two-day seminar on rejuvenation of water resources in Uttarakhand.(HT Photo)
Guests being felicitated at the two-day seminar on rejuvenation of water resources in Uttarakhand.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 23, 2018 09:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Clear air on boundary change plan: Congress

Chief minister talked about merging parts of two UP districts, Congress chief says this will hurt hill people’s feelings.

Uttarakhand Congress chief Pritam Singh.(HT PHOTO)
Uttarakhand Congress chief Pritam Singh.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 22, 2018 12:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Centre withdraws special security to rebel Congress MLAs who joined BJP in 2016

BSF personnel provide security cover to Rekha Arya, who was among the 10 Congress legislators who joined the BJP in 2016.(HT File Photo.)
BSF personnel provide security cover to Rekha Arya, who was among the 10 Congress legislators who joined the BJP in 2016.(HT File Photo.)
Updated on Feb 20, 2018 09:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By, Dehradun

DMC to levy service charges on six government bodies

The six institutes are Forest Research Institute, Geodetic and Research Wing of Survey of India, Archeological Survey of India, Central Public Works Department, residential area of audit Colony and Advance Training Institute Electronics and Process Instrumentation.

The cumulative figure estimated by the municipal corporation is Rs 4.08 crore.(HT PHOTO)
The cumulative figure estimated by the municipal corporation is Rs 4.08 crore.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 20, 2018 09:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Elephant death: Book forest department not driver, says Railway workers’ union

The Union has alleged that the driver is being made a scapegoat in the forest department’s attempt “to shield its own employees” for negligence of duty.

Three days after an elephant was killed after being hit by a train inside the Rajaji Tiger Reserve, members of the Northern Railway Men’s Union have opposed the forest department’s move to file a case against the train driver.(HT FILE)
Three days after an elephant was killed after being hit by a train inside the Rajaji Tiger Reserve, members of the Northern Railway Men’s Union have opposed the forest department’s move to file a case against the train driver.(HT FILE)
Updated on Feb 19, 2018 09:54 PM IST
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