Nihi Sharma

Nihi Sharma

Nihi Sharma is a Principal Correspondent based in Dehradun. She has been working with Hindustan Times since 2008. Her focus areas are wildlife and environment. Besides, she also covers politics, health and education.

Articles by Nihi Sharma
Corbett, which has the highest density of tigers in the country-- over 250 tigers according to wildlife officials -- may have reached saturation point.(PTI Photo)
Corbett, which has the highest density of tigers in the country-- over 250 tigers according to wildlife officials -- may have reached saturation point.(PTI Photo)

Highest tiger density makes Corbett too cramped for the big cat

By Nihi Sharma | Dehradun
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2019 12:43 AM IST
The focus now needs to be on using the surrounding areas to accommodate the rising number of big cats, said experts.
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BJP leader and former Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank won the Haridwar Lok Sabha seat.(PTI)
BJP leader and former Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank won the Haridwar Lok Sabha seat.(PTI)

Lok Sabha Elections Results 2019: BJP’s Pokhriyal retains Haridwar, Congress distant second

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON MAY 24, 2019 05:56 PM IST
Former Uttarakhand CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank defeated Congress’ Ambrish Kumar by over 2.5 lakh votes in the Haridwar Lok Sabha seat.
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Former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat lost the Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar Lok Sabha seat to BJP’s Ajay Bhatt.(ANI)
Former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat lost the Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar Lok Sabha seat to BJP’s Ajay Bhatt.(ANI)

Lok Sabha Elections Results 2019: Former CM Harish Rawat loses in Naintal by over 3 lakh votes

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON MAY 24, 2019 05:45 PM IST
Despite Rawat’s defeat in 2017 assembly polls from two seats Haridwar Rural and Kiccha, the central leadership gave him ticket to contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar seat.
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Lok Sabha Election 2019: The exit polls had projected on Sunday that the BJP would win four to five seats in the hill state with the Congress either getting zero or one of them.(Rajesh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Lok Sabha Election 2019: The exit polls had projected on Sunday that the BJP would win four to five seats in the hill state with the Congress either getting zero or one of them.(Rajesh Kumar / Hindustan Times)

Lok Sabha Election 2019: BJP leading with heavy margin in all five seats in Uttarakhand

By Nihi Sharma, Dehradun
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 05:55 PM IST
Lok Sabha Election 2019: The party swept the 2014 general election winning all five seats. The overall vote percentage of BJP was 34.1 followed by Congress with 21, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) at 2.9, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) 1.0 while others bagged 41.
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Poll analysts said, unlike the last polls, the vote share of the BJP will cross the 50% mark this year.(HT Photo)
Poll analysts said, unlike the last polls, the vote share of the BJP will cross the 50% mark this year.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha election results 2019: BJP wins one seat, leads with heavy margin in four others in Uttarakhand

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 10:03 PM IST
Poll analysts said, unlike the last polls, the vote share of the BJP will cross at least the 50% mark this year.
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Scientists and experts said on Tuesday there is no evidence to back the presence of the mythical Yeti after the Indian Army said it has sighted the footprints of the ape-like creature of folklores in eastern Nepal.
Scientists and experts said on Tuesday there is no evidence to back the presence of the mythical Yeti after the Indian Army said it has sighted the footprints of the ape-like creature of folklores in eastern Nepal.

No proof to back army’s Yeti footprints claim, say experts

By Nihi Sharma | Dehradun
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 06:11 PM IST
The army tweeted late on Monday to say that one of its mountaineering expedition had come across the footprints of the Yeti, or the abominable snowman as it is known in legends, near the Makalu Base Camp earlier in April.
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The toe nail of the 55-year-old elephant has been capped to avoid further infection.(HT Photo)
The toe nail of the 55-year-old elephant has been capped to avoid further infection.(HT Photo)

Uttarakhand’s ailing elephant with capped toe has experts, activists divided

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2019 05:46 PM IST
Veterinarians who treat the animal at the Ramnagar forest division say Lakshmi is under a lot of pain and distress, due to infection in one of her front toe nails, sustained after an injury.
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Pritam Singh is Congress candidate from the Tehri Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency.(HT Photo)
Pritam Singh is Congress candidate from the Tehri Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 | Congress’ Tehri Garhwal candidate Pritam Singh aims to restore road connectivity

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Tehri Garhwal
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2019 04:38 PM IST
Congress’ Tehri Garhwal candidate Pritam Singh says, not just in Tehri but the entire state is facing problem due to lack of doctors, staff, technicians and others.
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BJP’s Tehri Garhwal Lok Sabha candidate Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah.(HT Photo)
BJP’s Tehri Garhwal Lok Sabha candidate Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019| ‘People will witness change in few years’:BJP candidate Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Tehri Garhwal
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2019 04:20 PM IST
Sitting MP of Tehri Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency, Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah, will once again contest the election from here. The BJP leader spoke to HT.
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Locals are upset over suspension of the Lakhwar multipurpose project in the Upper Yamuna basin in Tehri Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency. The project aims at generating 300 megawatt power.(HT Photo)
Locals are upset over suspension of the Lakhwar multipurpose project in the Upper Yamuna basin in Tehri Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency. The project aims at generating 300 megawatt power.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Voters rue lack of toilets, poor healthcare in Tehri Garhwal constituency

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Tehri Garhwal, Tehri Garhwal
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2019 03:41 PM IST
In Uttarakhand’s Tehri Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency, suspension of Lakhwar multipurpose project in upper Yamuna basin has hit farming, adding to water woes of the local; while Mussoorie cries for parking facilities.
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Manish Khanduri, son of senior BJP leader BC Khanduri, joined Congress on March 16, 2019.(HT Photo)
Manish Khanduri, son of senior BJP leader BC Khanduri, joined Congress on March 16, 2019.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Joining Congress was not an easy decision, says Manish Khanduri

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON MAR 20, 2019 03:45 PM IST
Former Uttarakhand chief minister and senior BJP leader BC Khanduri’s son Manish joined the Congress in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi in Dehradun on March 16. Manish says it wasn’t an easy decision to make.
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The Election Commission on Saturday served a notice to a man in Uttarakhand who printed a message on his son’s wedding invitation card appealing to the guests to vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The Election Commission on Saturday served a notice to a man in Uttarakhand who printed a message on his son’s wedding invitation card appealing to the guests to vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

‘Vote for Modi’ message on wedding card invites EC notice for Uttarakhand man

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2019 09:52 AM IST
Jagdish Chandra Joshi, who runs a cow shelter in Joshikhola village in Garud block, had printed an appeal on the wedding invitation of his son seeking votes for Prime Minister Narendra Modi
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Union social justice and empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot (right) and BJP state president Ajay Bhatt (left) address a press conference in Dehradun on Wednesday.(Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)
Union social justice and empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot (right) and BJP state president Ajay Bhatt (left) address a press conference in Dehradun on Wednesday.(Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: BJP says winnability only criterion for LS poll nominations

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2019 03:57 PM IST
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Union minister and BJP Uttarakhand in-charge Thawar Chand Gehlot said the central election committee of the BJP would hold its first meet on March 16 followed by another on March 18.
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It’s been two months since Uttarakhand Congress had been claiming that BJP leaders would be joining the party, but none has joined so far.(HT File)
It’s been two months since Uttarakhand Congress had been claiming that BJP leaders would be joining the party, but none has joined so far.(HT File)

Uttarakhand Congress claims a BJP leader to soon join it ahead of Lok Sabha elections

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2019 05:19 PM IST
With Election Commission of India (ECI) announcing the dates of Lok Sabha election for Uttarakhand on April 11, the national parties have become active.
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The BSP won two and SP one out of Madhya Pradesh’s 231 seats as the Congress wrested power from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state in December last year. The SP bagged 1.30% while the BSP got about five percent votes.(File Photo)
The BSP won two and SP one out of Madhya Pradesh’s 231 seats as the Congress wrested power from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state in December last year. The SP bagged 1.30% while the BSP got about five percent votes.(File Photo)

SP, BSP to jointly fight Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand

By Pankaj Jaiswal, Ranjan and Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Bhopal/Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2019 12:08 AM IST
The SP will contest Balaghat, Tikamgarh and Khajuraho Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh. The BSP will contest the remaining 26 of the 29 seats. In Uttarakhand, SP will get Pauri Garhwal seat while BSP will contest Tehri Garhwal, Haridwar, Uddamsingh Nagar and Nainital seats.
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CRPF officials with the family members of CRPF jawan Mohan Lal Raturi at his residence in Dehradun on Friday, Feb 15, 2019.(HT Photo)
CRPF officials with the family members of CRPF jawan Mohan Lal Raturi at his residence in Dehradun on Friday, Feb 15, 2019.(HT Photo)

Pulwama terror attack: Lone bread winner leaves behind a family of six

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun, Dehradun
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2019 10:32 AM IST
At the time of the incident, Raturi was not in the bus that the suicide bomber plowed in to. He was near the blast spot, in the security team monitoring the convoy.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Lilabari Airport, in Assam.(ANI File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Lilabari Airport, in Assam.(ANI File Photo)

At Dehradun airport for 4 hrs due to rain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Corbett

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2019 04:03 PM IST
The Prime Minister was scheduled to reach Rudrapur in Uddham Singh Nagar district at 3 pm to launch country’s first Integrated Cooperative Development Project (ICDP) worth Rs 3,400 crore.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering during the launch of 'Swachh Shakti 2019 programme', in Kurukshetra on February 12.(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering during the launch of 'Swachh Shakti 2019 programme', in Kurukshetra on February 12.(PTI Photo)

PM Modi to launch schemes worth Rs 3,400 crores in Uttarakhand today

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2019 08:45 AM IST
According to party insiders, PM Modi will be officially launching the party's election campaign ahead of Lok Sabha election.
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BJP national president Amit Shah.(PTI file photo)
BJP national president Amit Shah.(PTI file photo)

‘Clarify stand on Ram Temple,’ Amit Shah dares Rahul Gandhi

By Nihi Sharma and S Raju | Hindustan Times, Dehradun/Lucknow
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2019 12:03 AM IST
Amit Shah accused the Congress os delaying the case in the court and insisted that the Ram Temple in Ayodhya will be built soon.
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The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has said its nationwide survey of tiger count is nearly 80% complete and the report, All India Tiger Estimation 2018-19, will likely be out in May.(PTI)
The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has said its nationwide survey of tiger count is nearly 80% complete and the report, All India Tiger Estimation 2018-19, will likely be out in May.(PTI)

Tiger count report likely in May

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2019 03:02 PM IST
The previous census, conducted in 2014, had reported 2,226 tigers in the country, up from 1,706 in 2010.
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Conservationist and freedom fighter Vishweshwar Dutt Saklani, who was fondly called ‘Vriksha Manav’ or the Tree Man, died in his village in Uttarakhand’s Tehri district on Friday morning.
Conservationist and freedom fighter Vishweshwar Dutt Saklani, who was fondly called ‘Vriksha Manav’ or the Tree Man, died in his village in Uttarakhand’s Tehri district on Friday morning.

Uttarakhand’s ‘Tree Man’ Vishweshwar Dutt Saklani dies at 96

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2019 11:59 AM IST
Vishweshwar Dutt Saklani single-handedly regenerated over a hundred-hectare area in his native Saklana village by planting rhododendron, guava and several other broad-leaved and fruiting trees during his lifetime. The land was barren when he started the initiative and now lush green forest stands tall today.
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A cow stuck along the River Alaknanda in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district was saved by the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) in an hour-long operation on Monday evening.(Uttarakhand SDRF)
A cow stuck along the River Alaknanda in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district was saved by the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) in an hour-long operation on Monday evening.(Uttarakhand SDRF)

Rescue team saves cow stuck on River Alaknanda’s bank in 1-hour operation

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2019 02:05 PM IST
The SDRF team managed to save the bovine, which had strayed along the river in Gauchar of Karanprayag tehsil, just with the help of ropes. Rescuers said the animal drifted in the river a few kilometres near the upstream in the incident reported at 4.30pm.
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The 2013 floods washed away 16 km trek from the Kedarnath shrine to Gaurikund. It affected 9 million people in five districts, mostly in Rudraprayag where Kedarnath is situated.(HT File Photo)
The 2013 floods washed away 16 km trek from the Kedarnath shrine to Gaurikund. It affected 9 million people in five districts, mostly in Rudraprayag where Kedarnath is situated.(HT File Photo)

Reconstruction of Kedarnath town, after 2013 floods, to be filmed

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2019 02:54 PM IST
On June 16, 2013, heavy rainfall coupled with fast melting of snow led to swelling of Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers resulting in an extensive damage in Kedarnath Valley in Rudraprayag district.
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The Merino sheep will be brought from Australia to Delhi first and then transported to Uttarakhnd where it will be kept in Government Sheep Breeding Farm in Ghansali, Tehri.(AP File / Photo used for representational purpose)
The Merino sheep will be brought from Australia to Delhi first and then transported to Uttarakhnd where it will be kept in Government Sheep Breeding Farm in Ghansali, Tehri.(AP File / Photo used for representational purpose)

In a first, Australian Merino sheep to breed in Uttarakhand

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun, Dehradun
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2019 02:42 PM IST
Under the National Livestock Mission, the central government approved funds to three states -- Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir -- for transporting Merino breed of sheep from Australia.
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Newly elected Dehradun mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ of the BJP is welcomed by his supporters at the party office in Dehradun on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Newly elected Dehradun mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ of the BJP is welcomed by his supporters at the party office in Dehradun on Wednesday.(HT Photo)

Uttarakhand civic polls: BJP loses ground, Congress redeems itself

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON NOV 22, 2018 12:52 PM IST
Both the Congress and the ruling BJP in Uttarakhand have received major blow from independent candidates in the just-concluded urban local bodies polls that could change political equation of 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
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People celebrate outside the counting centre in Dehradun on Tuesday as results for 84 ULBs and 1,064 wards began to trickle in.(HT Photo)
People celebrate outside the counting centre in Dehradun on Tuesday as results for 84 ULBs and 1,064 wards began to trickle in.(HT Photo)

Uttarakhand urban body polls: Independents spoil the day for BJP, Congress

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun, Dehradun
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2018 03:59 PM IST
As per the state election commission (SEC) data, results of 54 seats of mayor/chairman had been declared until 6pm, of which the BJP had won 25 and the Congress 15. The independents had won 17 seats.
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Dehradun Municipal Corporation office in Dehradun.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/ HT Photo)
Dehradun Municipal Corporation office in Dehradun.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/ HT Photo)

Uttarakhand civic polls 2018: Counting begins for 84 urban local bodies

By Nihi Sharma | Dehradun
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2018 02:46 PM IST
Uttarakhand civic polls 2018: Udham Singh Nagar has the highest number of counting tables at 226 and more than 1,000 personnel will count the votes. Dehradun follows with 166 tables and nearly 8.08 lakh voters, highest in the state.
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Uttarakhand will witness polling at 2,664 booths spread across 1,257 polling centres.(ANI/Twitter)
Uttarakhand will witness polling at 2,664 booths spread across 1,257 polling centres.(ANI/Twitter)

Polling begins in 84 urban local bodies in Uttarakhand, BJP and Congress fight it out

By Nihi Sharma | Dehradun
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2018 11:38 AM IST
Polling has begun in Uttarakhand for the 84 urban local bodies (ULB) across the state. A total of 23.53 lakh voters — 12.20 lakh male and 11.33 lakh female — will seal the fate of 4,978 candidates contesting the polls.
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BJP activists take a selfie with Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari during a campaign in Dehradun on Wednesday.(PTI)
BJP activists take a selfie with Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari during a campaign in Dehradun on Wednesday.(PTI)

BJP’s Manoj Tiwari slams Rahul Gandhi on Rafale criticism

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun, Dehradun
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2018 02:56 PM IST
BJP lawmaker Manoj Tiwari was in Uttarakhand capital Dehradun on Wednesday to campaign for the upcoming urban local body elections in the state.
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Congress workers took out protest rallies in all 13 districts of Uttarakhand on Thursday, November 8, 2018, saying it is not satisfied with the resignation of Sanjay Kumar, BJP’s state general secretary. Kumar has been accused of sexual harassment by a woman party worker.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)
Congress workers took out protest rallies in all 13 districts of Uttarakhand on Thursday, November 8, 2018, saying it is not satisfied with the resignation of Sanjay Kumar, BJP’s state general secretary. Kumar has been accused of sexual harassment by a woman party worker.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)

BJP accepts resignation of Uttarakhand general secretary accused of sexual harassment by party worker

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON NOV 09, 2018 03:35 PM IST
A BJP worker from Dehradun had accused Sanjay Kumar, general secretary of the party in Uttarakhand, of sexually harassing her for past several years. The party has accepted Kumar’s resignation.
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