Punya Priya Mitra

He is the bureau-in-charge in Indore looking after administration and crime

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Union minister Prahlad Singh Patel’s son, others arrested for rioting, attempted murder in Madhya Pradesh

Police said the clash took place in Gotegaon area of Narsinghpur, some 225km east of Bhopal, in which a home guard sustained bullet injuries after shots were fired during the incident.
Union minister Prahlad Patel’s son was among seven people arrested on charges of rioting and attempt to murder after a clash between two groups in Madhya Pradesh’s Narsinghpur, police said.(Twitter/Prahlad Patel)
Union minister Prahlad Patel’s son was among seven people arrested on charges of rioting and attempt to murder after a clash between two groups in Madhya Pradesh’s Narsinghpur, police said.(Twitter/Prahlad Patel)
Updated on Jun 19, 2019 10:14 AM IST
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EOW gives clean chit to Digvijaya Singh in admission irregularity case

Director General (EOW) K N Tiwari said the EOW has filed a closure report in the case as they could not find any evidence of wrong doing.
EOW officials said the case deals with alleged irregularities in giving admission to 12 students in 2000-01 and 2001-02 academic sessions by the RKDF college authorities, for which the technical education department had imposed a penalty of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>24 lakhs on the college.(HT Photo)
EOW officials said the case deals with alleged irregularities in giving admission to 12 students in 2000-01 and 2001-02 academic sessions by the RKDF college authorities, for which the technical education department had imposed a penalty of 24 lakhs on the college.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2019 05:14 PM IST
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Not satisfied with treatment, Indore man kills doctor’s wife

The accused was getting treatment from Dr Ramakrishna for itchy skin for the past six months, but without results
The locals took both mother and son to a nearby private hospital where the mother was declared dead.(FilePhoto)
The locals took both mother and son to a nearby private hospital where the mother was declared dead.(FilePhoto)
Updated on Jun 07, 2019 07:15 AM IST
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In Indore, patient kills doctor’s wife, injures son

Tukoganj city superintendent of police (CSP), BPS Parihar said, “The accused Rafiq Rasheed (45) was suffering from an itchy skin disease for which he was getting treatment from Dr Ramkrishna Verma for the past six months, but without any results.”
An Indore man stabbed to death his doctor’s wife and injured her son.(File Photo)
An Indore man stabbed to death his doctor’s wife and injured her son.(File Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2019 10:07 PM IST
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To regain lost ground, MP, Rajasthan govts plan a rights-based approach

The Kamal Nath-led MP government plans to introduce “right to water” to ensure water once a day to all households. Similarly, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has announced a “right to health” law that would provide medicines, diagnostics and treatment of some diseases free of cost to the people.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has announced a “right to health” law that would provide medicines, diagnostics and treatment of some diseases free of cost to the people.(PTI File Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has announced a “right to health” law that would provide medicines, diagnostics and treatment of some diseases free of cost to the people.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jun 05, 2019 07:25 AM IST
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After 4-year gap, STF to probe Vyapam scam again

The STF has also sought the Supreme Court’s guidance in this matter, according to senior STF officials.
The Vyapam scam, as it is known, surfaced in July 2013 when the police arrested 20 impersonators appearing for the medical entrance examination in Indore.(HT Photo)
The Vyapam scam, as it is known, surfaced in July 2013 when the police arrested 20 impersonators appearing for the medical entrance examination in Indore.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2019 08:41 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhopal | ByShruti Tomar and Punya Priya Mitra

Lok Sabha elections 2019: ‘Congress MLAs offered money, posts to defect,’ claims Kamal Nath

The chief minister was speaking to the media at the PCC office in Bhopal after a meeting of Congress MLAs and Lok Sabha candidates on Tuesday.
Chief minister Kamal Nath has claimed that his MLAs have received calls from the BJP offering money to switch sides.(ANI Photo)
Chief minister Kamal Nath has claimed that his MLAs have received calls from the BJP offering money to switch sides.(ANI Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2019 09:07 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP demands special session in Madhya Pradesh, may put pressure on Congress in House

The development comes a day after most exit polls predicted a big win for the BJP in the heartland state that has 29 Lok Sabha seats. The Congress-led coalition government has a majority of six in the 230-member assembly.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded a special session of the Madhya Pradesh assembly, saying that “burning issues” need to be discussed and stoking speculation that the party may push for a floor test.(PTI)
The Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded a special session of the Madhya Pradesh assembly, saying that “burning issues” need to be discussed and stoking speculation that the party may push for a floor test.(PTI)
Updated on May 20, 2019 11:43 PM IST
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Leopard beaten to death in Madhya Pradesh after attack on woman

Local villagers said that initially, an elderly woman who had gone to her field was attacked by the sub-adult leopard and her mother around 9 am.
A sub-adult leopard was beaten to death by villagers in Malhargarh tehsil of Mandsaur district on Monday after it attacked two villagers(ANI/Twitter)
A sub-adult leopard was beaten to death by villagers in Malhargarh tehsil of Mandsaur district on Monday after it attacked two villagers(ANI/Twitter)
Published on May 20, 2019 11:37 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress, BJP vie for tribal votes in Madhya Pradesh

The two constituencies in the state’s eastern and western parts are a world apart in terms of topography, dialects etc. But the problems tribals face across Madhya Pradesh remain the same.
Tribals participate in a fair at Veerpur village of Madhya Pradesh’s Sehre district.(ANI file)
Tribals participate in a fair at Veerpur village of Madhya Pradesh’s Sehre district.(ANI file)
Updated on May 18, 2019 09:14 AM IST
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BJP leader calls Mahatma Gandhi ‘Pakistan’s father of nation’, suspended

In a Facebook post Saumitra said, “He (Mahatma Gandhi) was the father of the nation of Pakistan.”
BJP leader Anil Saumitra suspended from primary membership of the party over his social media post calling Mahatma Gandhi father of Pakistan. The party asked him to reply in 7 days.(ANI)
BJP leader Anil Saumitra suspended from primary membership of the party over his social media post calling Mahatma Gandhi father of Pakistan. The party asked him to reply in 7 days.(ANI)
Updated on May 17, 2019 05:56 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Pragya calls Godse ‘patriot’, retracts after BJP steps in

Singh was reacting to Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan’s recent statement calling Godse the first Hindu terrorist of independent India.
Singh, the BJP candidate from Bhopal, while speaking to the media after a roadshow in Agar-Malwa near Bhopal on Thursday, said, “Nathuram Godse was a ‘deshbhakt’, is a deshbhakt and will remain a deshbhakt.(HT photo)
Singh, the BJP candidate from Bhopal, while speaking to the media after a roadshow in Agar-Malwa near Bhopal on Thursday, said, “Nathuram Godse was a ‘deshbhakt’, is a deshbhakt and will remain a deshbhakt.(HT photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2019 01:36 PM IST
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Outrage as BJP’s Pragya calls Mahatma killer Godse a patriot

BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur landed herself in a controversy once again by referring to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as a deshbhakt (patriot), provoking outrage from opposition parties.
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency.(ANI photo)
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, BJP candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency.(ANI photo)
Updated on May 16, 2019 11:42 PM IST
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After backlash on ‘Godse a patriot’ remark, Pragya Thakur apologises to BJP

Pragya Thakur, who provoked national outrage by calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot, has apologised for her comments.
Pragya Thakur, who provoked national outrage by calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot, has apologised for her comments, the BJP’s Madhya Pradesh unit said after a barrage of criticism from political parties across the board.(PTI)
Pragya Thakur, who provoked national outrage by calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot, has apologised for her comments, the BJP’s Madhya Pradesh unit said after a barrage of criticism from political parties across the board.(PTI)
Updated on May 13, 2020 08:32 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Farm crisis a key issue in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa

This Lok Sabha seat that goes to polls on May 19 is seen as a communally sensitive spot in Madhya Pradesh.
Khandwa Lok Sabha seat that goes to polls on May 19 is seen as a communally sensitive spot in Madhya Pradesh.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT File Photo)
Khandwa Lok Sabha seat that goes to polls on May 19 is seen as a communally sensitive spot in Madhya Pradesh.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT File Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2019 08:08 AM IST
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Modi attacks Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka calls PM anti-tribal

At Ratlam, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra exhorted the largely tribal audience to vote carefully and bring a party to power that gives them strength and attacked the BJP for “snatching tribal rights”.
Priyanka Gandhi acknowledging greetings of Congress workers and others at Ujjain on Monday.(HT PHOTO)
Priyanka Gandhi acknowledging greetings of Congress workers and others at Ujjain on Monday.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 13, 2019 11:56 PM IST
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4-year-old tribal girl raped, murdered in MP’s Indore; 1 arrested: Cops

Police have zeroed in on one suspect, Nandu(30), who threw girl into a well after raping her in fear that the minor might recognise him later.
The accused allegedly took the minor out in the middle of the night and threw her into a well after he raped her.(File Photo)
The accused allegedly took the minor out in the middle of the night and threw her into a well after he raped her.(File Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2019 10:20 AM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: CM’s, ex-CM’s sons to try their luck on 6 seats in MP

More than 10 million voters will decide the fate of 108 candidates in the parliamentary constituencies of Sidhi, Shahdol, Mandla, Jabalpur, Balaghat and Chhindwara.
More than 10 million voters will decide on APril 29 the fate of 108 candidates in the parliamentary constituencies of Sidhi, Shahdol, Mandla, Jabalpur, Balaghat and Chhindwara.(HT file photo)
More than 10 million voters will decide on APril 29 the fate of 108 candidates in the parliamentary constituencies of Sidhi, Shahdol, Mandla, Jabalpur, Balaghat and Chhindwara.(HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2019 10:18 PM IST
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BJP leader’s campaign condition for Pragya Thakur seat is an apology

Pragya Thakur had created a political furore with her remarks on Karkare, who died fighting terrorists during the attacks on Mumbai in 2008, saying that she had cursed him just a month before his death.
Pragya Thakur is contesting against Congress candidate and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh. Bhopal goes to polls in the sixth round of the seven-phased Lok Sabha election on May 12.(PTI)
Pragya Thakur is contesting against Congress candidate and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh. Bhopal goes to polls in the sixth round of the seven-phased Lok Sabha election on May 12.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 26, 2019 04:45 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Hemant Karkare’s junior files papers to take on Pragya from Bhopal

Pragya Thakur, the BJP candidate from Bhopal, received a EC notice for her remarks. The Indian Police Service Association wrote a tweet that condemned her statement on the Ashoka Chakra gallantry award winner.
A retired assistant commissioner of police, Riyazuddin Ghayasuddin Deshmukh (60), who worked as a subordinate of Mumbai former Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare has filed his nomination for the Bhopal.(Hindustan Times)
A retired assistant commissioner of police, Riyazuddin Ghayasuddin Deshmukh (60), who worked as a subordinate of Mumbai former Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare has filed his nomination for the Bhopal.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 25, 2019 11:24 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress rejigs LS formula, doesn’t field MLAs in MP

The reason appears to be the slim lead that the Congress has in the Assembly, as it fears that giving up MLAs to contest the Lok Sabha elections might cost it the state government, say political observers.
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress rejigs LS formula, doesn’t field MLAs in MP(Reuters)
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress rejigs LS formula, doesn’t field MLAs in MP(Reuters)
Published on Apr 24, 2019 11:24 PM IST
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After I-T raids, Madhya Pradesh steps up heat on previous BJP govt

On Thursday, the EOW arrested three suspects in connection with alleged irregularities in e-tendering to the tune of of 3,000 crore.
Income tax office near ITO.(Pradeep Gaur/ Mint file photo)
Income tax office near ITO.(Pradeep Gaur/ Mint file photo)
Published on Apr 13, 2019 08:01 AM IST
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Three arrested in Madhya Pradesh’s 3,000 crore e-tendering scam

EOW superintendent of police (Bhopal), Arun Mishra, said police have arrested the firm’s directors Vinay Choudhary and Varun Chaturvedi, and its marketing head Sunil Golwalkar.
Madhya Pradesh’s e-tendering scam relates to how some firms allegedly illegally managed to hack the e-procurement portal to see the e-tenders before the bid was to be opened and then make favourable changes in the bid.(PTI / Representative Photo)
Madhya Pradesh’s e-tendering scam relates to how some firms allegedly illegally managed to hack the e-procurement portal to see the e-tenders before the bid was to be opened and then make favourable changes in the bid.(PTI / Representative Photo)
Published on Apr 12, 2019 09:55 AM IST
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MP govt books ‘unnamed politicians’ in Rs 3,000 crore e-tendering scam

The Economic Offences Wing lodged an FIR against “unnamed politicians and bureaucrats”, employees of five government departments and owners of eight companies for their involvement in an alleged Rs 3000 cr e-tendering scam.
The scam relates to how some firms illegally managed to hack the e-procurement portal hosted by the Madhya Pradesh State Electronic Development Corporation (MPSEDC) to see the e-tenders before the bid was to be opened.(BLOOMBERG PHOTO)
The scam relates to how some firms illegally managed to hack the e-procurement portal hosted by the Madhya Pradesh State Electronic Development Corporation (MPSEDC) to see the e-tenders before the bid was to be opened.(BLOOMBERG PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 10, 2019 09:45 PM IST
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Kamal Nath, son file nomination, have assets over Rs 780 crore

Kamal Nath and Nakul Nath had earlier gone to the Shikarpur temple to offer prayers and then took out a rally that reached the collectorate to file their nominations.
In his affidavit, Kamal Nath showed that he and his wife Alka Nath had moveable property of Rs 40.5 crore and immovable property of Rs 84 crore.(ANI File)
In his affidavit, Kamal Nath showed that he and his wife Alka Nath had moveable property of Rs 40.5 crore and immovable property of Rs 84 crore.(ANI File)
Updated on Apr 10, 2019 01:00 PM IST
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Year after village is cleared of people, a tigress moves in with her cubs

Senior state forest officials, including principal chief conservator of forests U Prakasham and Ujjain chief conservator of forests Ajay Yadav, have confirmed the development, a first in the sanctuary.
A female tiger rests with newborn cubs at a zoo, in Indore, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Image for representation.(PTI file photo)
A female tiger rests with newborn cubs at a zoo, in Indore, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Image for representation.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Apr 04, 2019 11:58 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Ending liquor smuggling to Gujarat biggest challenge for poll officials

Officials say holding elections in Balaghat and Mandla, the two Naxal affected districts in the state, is also a challenge further compounded by communication dark spots in these districts.
According to the Election Commission of India figures, with the model code of conduct in place, Gujarat has reported the fifth highest seizure of liquor in the country. (HT file photo)
According to the Election Commission of India figures, with the model code of conduct in place, Gujarat has reported the fifth highest seizure of liquor in the country. (HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 02, 2019 10:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhopal | ByPunya Priya Mitra and Shruti Tomar

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Kamal Nath’s son Nakul Nath likely to take over dad’s mantle

The Congress leaders said that Nakul Nath has been assisting his father during the elections. However, his political ambition came into focus when he was seated right behind his father Kamal Nath when the latter took over as the Madhya Pradesh Congress chief in May last year.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath’s elder son Nakul Nath (44) has started campaigning for the Congress.(Photo by Zaheed Khan)
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath’s elder son Nakul Nath (44) has started campaigning for the Congress.(Photo by Zaheed Khan)
Updated on Mar 15, 2019 09:30 PM IST
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Six-year-old kidnapped, killed in Madhya Pradesh

A missing six-year-old boy, whose parents received a ransom call seeking 2 lakh for their son’s safe return, was found dead on Wednesday near a village drain in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district, police said, adding that two people including the boy’s uncle have been arrested.
The incident comes a month after the kidnapping and killing of the five-year-old twin sons of a businessman in the same region.(AFP/Picture for representation)
The incident comes a month after the kidnapping and killing of the five-year-old twin sons of a businessman in the same region.(AFP/Picture for representation)
Published on Mar 14, 2019 05:11 AM IST
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Madhya Pradesh governor passes ordinance to hike OBC quota

Madhya Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel has signed on ordinance to increase the quota for other backward classes (OBCs) in government jobs and university admission from 14% to 27%.
Madhya Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel(Hindustan Times file photo)
Madhya Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel(Hindustan Times file photo)
Updated on Mar 10, 2019 07:32 AM IST
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