Neha Pushkarna

Neha Pushkarna

Neha Pushkarna deputises at Hindustan Times’ Delhi bureau, setting up the morning news cycle digitally before shifting gears later in the day to plan and rewrite stories for the newspaper. She writes on education.

Articles by Neha Pushkarna

Delhi women still feel unsafe, blame Uber: survey

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2014 11:17 AM IST
Exactly two years after the December 16, 2012, gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, an overwhelming majority of women still feel unsafe in the Capital, an HT survey has found.

Modi auto meters high on popularity

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2014 11:10 PM IST
The new GPS meters come with a screen flashing Modi’s picture while promoting his campaigns like Swachh Bharat and many autorickshaw drivers are lining up to get these meters installed in their vehicles.

Clicked in style: Capital catches up with trend of pre-wedding shoots

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2014 06:52 PM IST
The trend of pre-wedding shoots has become a must-do ritual in any upscale wedding. And with marriage season resuming this month, couples are lining up for these fancy shoots, at least half a lakh fee notwithstanding.
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BRT: Rapid, not anymore

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2014 11:31 PM IST
Stranded in the middle of Chirag Dilli crossing, the driver of a red Swift car couldn’t decide for five minutes which way he should head. With traffic honking from all around, he panicked and simply drove right when he had to actually go straight.
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Kids missing from city being sold as bonded farm labour

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2014 11:26 PM IST
Seventeen-year-old Aman has spent his teenage so far rearing cattle and toiling at a farm in Gurdaspur, Punjab. He would have joined college this year had he stayed home that morning six years ago.

Start with basics to clean up Capital, make it swanky and world class

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2014 10:48 AM IST
National Capital Delhi might harbour dreams of becoming a world class city, but the ground reality is the city’s streets smell of muck.

Locked in, Valmiki Colony misses action

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2014 01:00 AM IST
Fifteen-year-old Mansika Malanda was one of the two girls selected to put tilak on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s forehead when he arrived at Valmiki Temple on Thursday morning. It was a proud moment for Malandas.
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Little care, concern for lost and found children

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2014 01:20 AM IST
For children living in the outskirts of the capital, a walk to their favourite shop or a game of hide and seek near the colony park can mean the end of childhood. Children here are picked up like rabbits by falcons.
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Sita Ram’s auto shows the way

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2014 01:12 AM IST
Sita Ram’s auto-rickshaw is like no other. Passengers love it. Some drivers are even jealous of it. And for the traffic police, it surely is a dream-come-true.
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Delhi’s street performers on brink of oblivion

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2014 12:37 AM IST
For thousands who grew up in Delhi, street performers are an enduring memory of life in the 1980s and 1990s. Monkey shows, jugglers, acrobats, snake charmers and magicians were common on the city streets. But, today, they are just a distant memory.

Delhi: Tomatoes to stay pricey till month-end

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2014 03:23 AM IST
From Rs 10 per kilogram two months ago tomatoes have been selling at Rs 80 a kilo and above in the past few days, despite Delhi government insisting on July 20 that there’s no shortage and supply is better than last year. Traders say that the vegetable may become affordable again only after a month.
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Crop damage in Himachal sent tomato prices soaring in Delhi

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2014 11:57 PM IST
Tomatoes in the wholesale market were most expensive on July 31, priced between Rs. 2,000 and Rs 4,400 for every quintal that translated into Rs. 20 and Rs 44 per kilogram.

Bird watch: Endangered bustard spotted in Dadri

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2014 11:57 PM IST
It was a once-in-a-lifetime click for Greater Noida resident Rajeev Ranjan who recently managed to snap a photo of the endangered Lesser Florican at the Dadri Wetlands in Ghaziabad. It’s only the third time the bird has been spotted in the NCR area in the last 100 years.

FYUP jinx latest to hit India's 'guinea pig' batch

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2014 07:51 AM IST
They’ve seen it all. Their gardening skills have been graded, so have the social skills. Marks made way for grades and Class 10 board exams got dropped by the wayside.

CBSE awarding more marks, increasing pressure on students

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2014 01:06 AM IST
Laddoos were distributed at the Sharma household in Punjabi Bagh when their younger son Sanjeev Sharma passed his school leaving examination with 62%. The 18-year-old had made his parents very proud.
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CBSE’s 95% club growing at 780%

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2014 12:34 AM IST
The number of students scoring 95% marks or more in the CBSE XII exams nationwide has increased by nearly 800% in the last five years. From just 1,020 students in the 95% club in 2009, the number shot up to 8,971 this year.
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Scrapping FYUP has taken a toll on educational reforms

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2014 12:53 AM IST
The abolition of the four-year undergraduate programme may have brought cheer for many. But it had ushered in some academic reforms, which are now gone. Many teachers, in hushed tones, admit they are going to miss them.
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DU says no to change: Faculty’s fondness for old notes to blame?

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2014 12:20 AM IST
An old refrain is once again being heard in DU's corridors: Its teachers are averse to any change in curriculum as it would mean having to part with their notes — some several decades old — and work afresh on their lectures.

Sex education still to take off in schools

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2014 01:01 AM IST
Hardly any school imparts sex education as part of their curricula. Teachers do not talk about bodily changes and man-woman relationships in the class and even a mention of it still produces giggles and quick stares.
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UGC standoff triggers debate over DU’s autonomy

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2014 01:54 PM IST
Is Delhi University free to decide on academics or not? While some say it is the UGC’s responsibility to prevent any violation of nor ms, others find it over-stepping its mandate in DU.

The lost era: When Delhi dribbled and dodged

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2014 03:30 PM IST
Delhi was football crazy and local players were featured regularly in newspapers for their outstanding skills 50 years ago. Delhi of 2014 only has faint traces of that era.
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Delhi kids bond over baking, stories as parents arrange for non-romantic dates

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2014 09:14 AM IST
Usually, a parent would have cringed in disbelief to see their 12-year-old getting ready for a ‘date’. However, Neelu Kapur, an entrepreneur, instead organixed one for her daughter earlier this month.
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The moot point is this: Can New Delhi pull off Asian Games in 2019?

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2014 01:44 AM IST
The ghosts of Commonwealth Games 2010 haven’t been laid to rest yet. But the new government is keen on moving on. Its wish to host another edition of Asian Games in New Delhi in 2019 has sparked a debate between the optimists and sceptics.
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People hopeful that Smriti Irani will bring change

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2014 08:58 AM IST
The appointment of Smriti Irani as HRD minister may have raised some eyebrows, but she has also managed to raise many hopes too.People have been writing open letters to her since she took charge of the ministry.

Delhi's schoolchildren shop online to complete their homework

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2014 12:54 PM IST
Through the ongoing summer vacation, there are plenty of “holiday homework providers” willing to make projects, write articles or poems, prepare PowerPoint presentations and design working models for them at competitive prices.

Lal Dora restriction sends brides away in Ladpur

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2014 02:10 AM IST
Vimla Devi, who lives in a two-storey house in Ladpur village — about 16 kilometres northwest of Rohini, hasn’t been able to get her younger son married. Families of prospective brides come with an offer only to never return.
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Veteran candidates shun social media

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2014 12:07 AM IST
Social media may be the easiest way to reach out to the masses but several poll veterans in the city still swear by tradition. Much like Krishna Tirath, his counterpart from North West Delhi, South Delhi MP Ramesh Kumar also does not use Twitter or Facebook.
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Water a major poll issue in South Delhi constituency

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2014 11:41 PM IST
Among other issues, water will play a crucial role in the coming Lok Sabha elections in the parched South Delhi constituency. Many areas in the constituency –which is largely rural and has a large number of unauthorised colonies – do not even have pipelines for water supply.

Bidhuri goes vote-hunting in South Delhi, door to door

Hindustan Times | By Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2014 11:37 PM IST
The BJP’s South Delhi candidate, Ramesh Bidhuri, has learnt that reaching out to the public can be a poll winner. So besides going from door to door himself, he is meeting BJP workers and supporters across his constituency and urging them to form teams and meet each voter on his behalf.

Bullying at school: Who is to blame?

Hindustan Times | By Mallica Joshi and Neha Pushkarna
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2014 12:28 PM IST
A video showing students of a prominent south Delhi school hurling abuses and hitting each other has raised serious questions about the role of schools and parents in the upbringing of children.
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