Neha Pant

Neha Pant is a senior correspondent at Hindustan Times based in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. She writes on a range of topics including civic issues, urban development, politics, health, women and youth issues, culture and lifestyle.

Articles by Neha Pant

Coming up in Doon, a forensic lab to examine cyber crime evidence

Dehradun will house the laboratory -- the first such facility in the state

The cyber crime police station in Dehradun.(vinay S Kumar/ HT File)
The cyber crime police station in Dehradun.(vinay S Kumar/ HT File)
Updated on Feb 01, 2018 10:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Civic election: Poll panel doubles expenditure limit for candidates

The state election commission on Wednesday doubled the expenditure limit for campaigning for candidates who wish to contest the upcoming civic polls in Uttarakhand

There are 92 urban local bodies in the state, 86 of which are set to undergo polls in the month of April.(AFP File)
There are 92 urban local bodies in the state, 86 of which are set to undergo polls in the month of April.(AFP File)
Published on Jan 31, 2018 09:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Uttarakhand gets ‘in principle agreement’ for ADB loan

The Uttarakhand government has received “in principle agreement” for grant of loan from the Asian Development Bank for infrastructure development works in the hill state

A road that was dug up for laying sewerage line under ADB-assisted project awaits repair in Dehradun.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
A road that was dug up for laying sewerage line under ADB-assisted project awaits repair in Dehradun.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2018 08:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Bend it like Panwars: Uttarakhand brother-sister duo shine for FC Pune City

Sahil and Raksha Panwar, a brother-sister footballer duo from Dehradun are living the dream in the ongoing Indian Super League tournament, with both plying their trade for FC Pune City.

Sahil Panwar made his debut FC Pune City in the Indian Super League on January 13 while his elder sister Raksha also plays for Pune.(HT Photo)
Sahil Panwar made his debut FC Pune City in the Indian Super League on January 13 while his elder sister Raksha also plays for Pune.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 05, 2018 06:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

After a dramatic car chase, police nabs five cattle smugglers from UP in Doon

The men from Saharanapur were wanted in connection with the kidnapping of a Dehradun girl and sexual assault on another

The accused who were nabbed by the Dehradun police in Dehradun.(HT Photo)
The accused who were nabbed by the Dehradun police in Dehradun.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 30, 2018 09:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Traffic rules go for a toss in Cong bike rally in Dehradun

Cong workers give helmets a miss, indulge in triple riding in open violation of law

Participants flout traffic norms during the Congress' bike rally in Dehradun on Monday.(HT Photo)
Participants flout traffic norms during the Congress' bike rally in Dehradun on Monday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 29, 2018 10:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Congress turns to ‘octopus posters’ to fire salvo at BJP

Ahead of its mega bike rally here on January 29, the Congress has fired a fresh salvo at the ruling BJP through a series of caricature posters

The 'octopus poster' issued by the Uttarakhand Congress on the social media.(HT Photo)
The 'octopus poster' issued by the Uttarakhand Congress on the social media.(HT Photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2018 08:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

‘Drunk’ man vandalises idols at Dehradun temple, locals want culprit arrested

As the news spread in the state capital, a number of locals led by right wing activists rushed to the spot demanding immediate police action against the culprit.

Crowd gathered outside the temple in Raipur area in Dehradun.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Crowd gathered outside the temple in Raipur area in Dehradun.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 27, 2018 08:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Doctors ‘socially adopt’ Doon transgender who wants sex reassignment surgery

Hounded for being ‘queer’, a transgender has finally found some solace after doctors at one of Dehradun’s leading hospitals decided to fund his medical needs and even raise funds for a surgery to change his gender.

Updated on Jan 27, 2018 06:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

In the heart of Doon, a British-era well shrouded in oblivion

In the heart of the state capital, a British-era well - almost two centuries old - lies shrouded in oblivion and forgotten by most even though it is situated right next to the office of district collectorate.

Built in 1820s, the ‘Shore’s Well’ in Dehradun lies in a neglected state.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Built in 1820s, the ‘Shore’s Well’ in Dehradun lies in a neglected state.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2018 09:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Congress turns heat on BJP over ‘farmer suicide’ in Uttarakhand

After suicide by a debt-ridden Haldwani transporter, who’d blamed demonetization and GST for his losses earlier this month, the Congress now turned the heat on the ruling BJP over the latest in a series of alleged farmer suicides in the state

People outside Congress state headquarters in Dehradun.(HT Photo)
People outside Congress state headquarters in Dehradun.(HT Photo)
Published on Jan 24, 2018 09:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Uttarakhand pins hope on Centre for revival of ADB-funded works

The Uttarakhand government is pinning hope on the Centre for revival of Asian Development Bank funded works, the loan period for which came to an end on Tuesday

Works to lay water supply and sewerage lines are being conducted in Dehradun under the ADB-funded project.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Works to lay water supply and sewerage lines are being conducted in Dehradun under the ADB-funded project.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 23, 2018 09:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Congress lashes out at BJP for ‘saffronizing’ waste plant’s launch

The construction work of the plant started in October 2016 after a delay of about eight years since the project’s conceptualisation in 2008.

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurates waste processing plant at Shishambara on Dehradun's outskirts on Tuesday(HT Photo)
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurates waste processing plant at Shishambara on Dehradun's outskirts on Tuesday(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 23, 2018 09:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Harassed on Doon buses? Blow whistle to raise alarm

Around 1,800 whistles are being installed in city buses, with stickers urging women passengers to blow it if they are harassed on a moving bus.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Around 1,800 whistles are being installed in city buses, with stickers urging women passengers to blow it if they are harassed on a moving bus.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 22, 2018 10:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Delimitation of wards over, Congress steps in to woo new voters in Uttarakhand

With the process of delimitation of wards over for 86 urban local bodies, the state Congress has jumped in to join the race for adding ‘new voters’ ahead of the civic polls

Congress workers are working to identify youngsters who will be casting their vote for the first time in the upcoming civic polls.(HT Photo)
Congress workers are working to identify youngsters who will be casting their vote for the first time in the upcoming civic polls.(HT Photo)
Published on Jan 22, 2018 10:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Ahead of Doon waste plant launch, BJP takes steps to avert protests at CM function

The BJP has jumped into action to avert any “embarrassment” to it and its government when the chief minister inaugurates Uttarakhand’s first waste processing plant on Dehradun’s outskirts on January 23

Locals are protesting against the setting up of STP in their vicinity.(HT File)
Locals are protesting against the setting up of STP in their vicinity.(HT File)
Updated on Jan 21, 2018 09:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Nigerian, NE man arrested from Delhi for duping property dealer

Rodinpuia from Mizoram and Francis Austin from Nigeria were arrested by the Dehradun police from Delhi.(HT Photo)
Rodinpuia from Mizoram and Francis Austin from Nigeria were arrested by the Dehradun police from Delhi.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2018 10:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Former state Congress chief looks to find ways to ‘save Uttarakhand’

Many activists and intellectuals gathered to brainstorm on pertinent issues facing the state.

Former state Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay held 'Uttarakhand Vimarsh', a daylong consultation on issues centric to the hill state, in Dehradun on Friday.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)
Former state Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay held 'Uttarakhand Vimarsh', a daylong consultation on issues centric to the hill state, in Dehradun on Friday.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jan 19, 2018 08:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Activists want stringent rules to save village land from real estate agents

The activists urged chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to introduce rules on the lines of Himachal Pradesh Tenancy and Land Reforms Act.

Activists stage a protest near Clock Tower in Dehradun to demand measures to save village land.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)
Activists stage a protest near Clock Tower in Dehradun to demand measures to save village land.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jan 17, 2018 10:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

With no deterrent, parking spaces in complexes being used as party halls, shops, storage points in Doon

Despite dearth of parking spaces, parking lots in a number of commercial complexes in Dehradun are being used for other purposes

A basement parking in a commercial complex on Chakrata Road in Dehradun being used as a kitchen.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
A basement parking in a commercial complex on Chakrata Road in Dehradun being used as a kitchen.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 16, 2018 09:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Woman drug peddler arrested in Doon, second in two days

A woman drug peddler was caught in Dehradun’s Sahaspur area with over 1.6 kg of charas in her possession on Tuesday, making her the second woman drug dealer to be arrested in two days in the district

Charas worth ₹1.60 lakh in the international market was seized from her possession, police say.(HT File)
Charas worth ₹1.60 lakh in the international market was seized from her possession, police say.(HT File)
Published on Jan 16, 2018 09:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Congress to study note ban impact in Uttarakhand’s industrial belts

At Congress state headquarters in Doon. The announcement of the study comes ahead of the civic polls due in Uttarakhand in April.(HT Photo)
At Congress state headquarters in Doon. The announcement of the study comes ahead of the civic polls due in Uttarakhand in April.(HT Photo)
Published on Jan 15, 2018 09:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Dehradun police grills wanted gangster of Punjab

Harsimrandeep Singh was remanded to two-day police custody by a Dehradun court on Sunday.

The Dehradun police on Monday grilled Punjab’s wanted gangster Harsimrandeep Singh alias Simma, who was arrested along with his three accomplices from the state capital in a joint operation by the Punjab and Dehradun police.(HT PHOTO)
The Dehradun police on Monday grilled Punjab’s wanted gangster Harsimrandeep Singh alias Simma, who was arrested along with his three accomplices from the state capital in a joint operation by the Punjab and Dehradun police.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 15, 2018 09:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

From Nabha jailbreak aides to Punjab gangster: criminals chose Dehradun as a hideout

Punjab’s wanted gangster Harsimrandeep Singh alias Simma was arrested along with three accomplices by a joint team of the Punjab and Dehradun police in Dehradun on Saturday.(HT Photo.)
Punjab’s wanted gangster Harsimrandeep Singh alias Simma was arrested along with three accomplices by a joint team of the Punjab and Dehradun police in Dehradun on Saturday.(HT Photo.)
Updated on Jan 14, 2018 08:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Transporter’s death: Government’s credibility at stake, says Indira Hridayesh

Leader of the Opposition Indira Hridayesh on Saturday said the BJP government’s credibility was at stake for evading the responsibility of providing financial aid to the family of debt-ridden transporter Prakash Pandey

Uttarakhand Leader of Opposition Indira Hridayesh(HT Photo.)
Uttarakhand Leader of Opposition Indira Hridayesh(HT Photo.)
Updated on Jan 13, 2018 08:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Doon activist urges PM to ban plastic toys given with fast food

Activist Ajay Kumar had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November, urging him to ban plastic toys that are given as freebies with packaged snack items.

Activist Ajay Kumar says several companies selling children’s food items are providing plastic, rubber or spring toys to “allure” them.(AFP File Photo)
Activist Ajay Kumar says several companies selling children’s food items are providing plastic, rubber or spring toys to “allure” them.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jan 12, 2018 09:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Two interstate sex determination rackets busted in U’khand in 6 months, both with Haryana links

Two interstate sex determination rackets have been busted in Uttarakhand – both with links to Haryana which is notorious for its skewed sex ratio – within a span of six months

The discovery of the alleged sex determination rackets has put a spotlight on Uttarakhand.(HT File/Sakib Ali)
The discovery of the alleged sex determination rackets has put a spotlight on Uttarakhand.(HT File/Sakib Ali)
Updated on Jan 12, 2018 09:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

International cricket stadium in Dehradun awaits shot in arm

Dehradun’s Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, which was made at a cost of ₹237 crore, has been lying in a state of disuse in the absence of a private partner to maintain and run the facility

A panoramic view of the state-of-the-art sporting arena in Dehradun.(Vinay S Kumar/HT File Photo)
A panoramic view of the state-of-the-art sporting arena in Dehradun.(Vinay S Kumar/HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 10, 2018 06:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dehradun

Unused international cricket stadium in Dehradun awaits shot in the arm

Unable to run the Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium in Dehradun on its own due to the cost, the Uttarakhand government decided to hand it over to a private operator to maintain it. Three tenders have been floated so far inviting interested private players, but with slow movement of government machinery, final selection of a private operator is yet to be made.

(File photo) The Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium at Maharana Pratap Sports College in Dehradun (Doon), during its inaugural match in December 2016.(Vinay Santosh kumar/HT Photo)
(File photo) The Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium at Maharana Pratap Sports College in Dehradun (Doon), during its inaugural match in December 2016.(Vinay Santosh kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 10, 2018 12:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By

Meet the Martians: Doon students undertake three Mars simulation missions in 6 months

N Adhithiyan and Rohan Chandra, both third-year aerospace engineering students at Dehradun’s University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, represented India at the Poland Mars Analogue Simulation in the east European country last year. This was followed by two remote simulation missions for US-based projects.

Both N Adhithiyan and Rohan Chandra admit to a fascination for Mars as well as other cosmic bodies.(Getty Images)
Both N Adhithiyan and Rohan Chandra admit to a fascination for Mars as well as other cosmic bodies.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jan 09, 2018 11:57 AM IST
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