Punya Priya Mitra

Punya Priya Mitra

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting for Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections campaign, in Vidisha, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting for Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections campaign, in Vidisha, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.(PTI)

Madhya Pradesh election 2018: Rahul Gandhi defending Congress leaders dragging in my parents’ names, says PM Modi

Hindusta Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2018 08:33 PM IST
Defending his attack on Rahul Gandhi’s family, Modi said that he was targeting them only because they were in public life and held the highest positions in the country and are accountable to the public.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi faced off on Saturday in separate rallies in Madhya Pradesh, where their parties are locked in a close contest for the November 28 assembly elections.(Representative Image/HT FIle Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi faced off on Saturday in separate rallies in Madhya Pradesh, where their parties are locked in a close contest for the November 28 assembly elections.(Representative Image/HT FIle Photo)

Madhya Pradesh assembly election 2018: PM Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi lock horns

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra and Agencies
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2018 11:18 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi blamed the Congress for an ongoing agricultural crisis and said if Vallabhbhai Patel, who was India’s first home minister, had become the nation’s first prime minister, farmers would have been prosperous.
Accusing Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath of seeking votes on religious grounds, the BJP Wednesday urged the Election Commission to take action against him and his party.(HT Photo)
Accusing Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath of seeking votes on religious grounds, the BJP Wednesday urged the Election Commission to take action against him and his party.(HT Photo)

BJP complains to EC over Kamal Nath video, alleges ‘communal politics’

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2018 11:40 PM IST
The party also accused him of hatching a “criminal conspiracy against free and fair polls” in the state, as it in its complaint to the EC referred to a purported video in which Kamal Nath is allegedly asking a group of Muslims to ensure that the Congress gets 90 per cent of votes in their booths.
Farmers from Madhya Pradesh rest at Parliament Street after a protest against the state government earlier in the day, in New Delhi on October 29.(PTI Photo)
Farmers from Madhya Pradesh rest at Parliament Street after a protest against the state government earlier in the day, in New Delhi on October 29.(PTI Photo)

In Madhya Pradesh’s opium hub, farm distress trumps all

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2018 12:00 AM IST
A farmer, Lokesh Carpenter (48) of Barkhedapanth in Mandsaur says the price farmers used to get earlier was much higher.
Hundreds of poor tribals are migrating to Gujarat every day from Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua and neighbouring Alirajpur districts.(HT File Photo)
Hundreds of poor tribals are migrating to Gujarat every day from Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua and neighbouring Alirajpur districts.(HT File Photo)

Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018: Migration in tribal belt upsets poll calculation

Hindustan Times, Jhabua (Madhya Pradesh) | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2018 06:17 PM IST
Hundreds of poor tribals are migrating to Gujarat every day from Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua and neighbouring Alirajpur districts, casting a shadow on the Assembly elections scheduled on November 28.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan addresses a rally during his 'Jan Arashirvad Yatra' in Jabalpur on October 25.(PTI Photo)
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan addresses a rally during his 'Jan Arashirvad Yatra' in Jabalpur on October 25.(PTI Photo)

Madhya Pradesh assembly polls 2018: Dacoits absent from poll scene in their bastions

Hindustan Times, Gwalior/Satna | By Shruti Tomar, Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2018 02:52 PM IST
Madhya Pradesh assembly polls 2018: The last former dacoit to win an election was Prem Singh, for the Congress party, in 2013, from the Chitrakoot constituency.
Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath along with campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh, Suresh Pachouri and Rajendra Singh release party election manifesto for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections at PCC headquarters in Bhopal on Saturday.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)
Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath along with campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh, Suresh Pachouri and Rajendra Singh release party election manifesto for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections at PCC headquarters in Bhopal on Saturday.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

Congress poll promise to check RSS shakhas running in Madhya Pradesh draws BJP ire

UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2018 05:10 PM IST
BJP spokesperson Rajneesh Agrawal said RSS is a disciplined social and cultural organisation and Congress is trying to project it as anti-minority.
The Congress unveiled a please-all manifesto on Saturday, promising to waive loans of up to Rs 2 lakh owed by farmers.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)
The Congress unveiled a please-all manifesto on Saturday, promising to waive loans of up to Rs 2 lakh owed by farmers.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018: Farm push, end to Vyapam body in Congress manifesto

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2018 07:23 PM IST
The Congress unveiled a please-all manifesto on Saturday, promising to waive loans of up to Rs 2 lakh owed by farmers, end corruption, build cow shelters and push ‘made in Madhya Pradesh’ goods as it seeks to end the 15-year Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule here in the upcoming assembly elections.
MP congress president Kamal Nath along with campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh, among others, releasing party election manifesto" Vachan Patra" at PCC office in Bhopal.(HT Photo)
MP congress president Kamal Nath along with campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh, among others, releasing party election manifesto" Vachan Patra" at PCC office in Bhopal.(HT Photo)

Gaushalas, push for ‘Made in Madhya Pradesh’ goods on Congress poll manifesto

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2018 01:37 PM IST
Cow shelters and push for ‘Made in Madhya Pradesh’ goods are among the promises made in the Congress manifesto released on Saturday in Bhopal for the upcoming assembly polls in the state.
Muslims have only one member in the present assembly even though they make up roughly 8-9% of MP’s 78 million population, say political analysts.(Picture for representation)
Muslims have only one member in the present assembly even though they make up roughly 8-9% of MP’s 78 million population, say political analysts.(Picture for representation)

Muslims find little space in BJP, Congress candidate lists for Madhya Pradesh assembly elections

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2018 07:55 AM IST
While BJP has fielded only one Muslim candidate, Congress has given tickets to three for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh assembly elections on November 28.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with state party leaders Kamal Nath, Ajay Singh Rahul, Suresh Pachouri (L), state Election Campaign Committee Chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia, AICC General Secretary Deepak Babria and State Media Incharge Shobha Oza in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Oct 30, 2018.(PTI File Photo)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with state party leaders Kamal Nath, Ajay Singh Rahul, Suresh Pachouri (L), state Election Campaign Committee Chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia, AICC General Secretary Deepak Babria and State Media Incharge Shobha Oza in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Oct 30, 2018.(PTI File Photo)

Balancing act by Congress in first list of 155 names for Madhya Pradesh elections

New Delhi | By Punya Priya Mitra and Shruti Tomar
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2018 09:16 AM IST
Congress has fielded former chief minister Digvijay Singh’s son Jaivardhan Singh and brother Lashman Singh from Raghogarh and Chachoura seats for the Madhya Pradesh polls to be held on November 28.
Sanjay Singh(ANI/Twitter)
Sanjay Singh(ANI/Twitter)

Sanjay Singh, brother-in-law of MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, joins Congress

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2018 04:17 PM IST
Sanjay Singh is the brother of Shivraj Chouhan’s wife Sadhna Singh.
Congress workers stage a demonstration at Professional Examination Board (Vyapam) headquarters over alleged scam in Public Services Examinations, in Bhopal on Aug 23.(PTI Photo)
Congress workers stage a demonstration at Professional Examination Board (Vyapam) headquarters over alleged scam in Public Services Examinations, in Bhopal on Aug 23.(PTI Photo)

5 years on, Vyapam scam returns to haunt Madhya Pradesh

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra and Shruti Tomar
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2018 08:32 PM IST
Investigations into India’s biggest examination bungling is back on centre stage as the state prepares for polls
The bodies of five children, all brothers aged between one and five years, were found floating in a well in a village of Madhya Pradesh’s Barwani district Wednesday while their parents were missing, police said.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The bodies of five children, all brothers aged between one and five years, were found floating in a well in a village of Madhya Pradesh’s Barwani district Wednesday while their parents were missing, police said.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Bodies of five brothers, aged 1-5 years, found floating in well in MP village: Police

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2018 08:50 PM IST
The incident came to light in the morning when some residents of Chikli village in Barwani district, some 350 km southwest of Bhopal, spotted the bodies in the well and informed the police.
Vyapam scam whistle blowers Dr Anand Rai and Ashish Chaturvedi.(HT Photo)
Vyapam scam whistle blowers Dr Anand Rai and Ashish Chaturvedi.(HT Photo)

Two Vyapam scam whistle blowers to contest Madhya Pradesh polls

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Shruti Tomar and Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2018 02:24 PM IST
The Vyapam scam refers to irregularities in exams held by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, also called Vyavasayik Pareeksha Mandal or Vyapam, for admission in professional courses and state services.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses Ekta Parishad’s ‘Janandolan’, in Morena on October 6.(PTI Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses Ekta Parishad’s ‘Janandolan’, in Morena on October 6.(PTI Photo)

Rahul Gandhi woos farmers, youth in Madhya Pradesh

Hindustan Times, Jabalpur\Bhopal | By Ranjan and Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2018 02:30 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi said the first priority of a Congress government, if and when it came to power at the Centre and in Madhya Pradesh, would be to offer jobs to the youth and waive farmers’ loans.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in New Delhi on August 28.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in New Delhi on August 28.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Aggressive Congress looks to breach Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s citadel in Madhya Pradesh

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2018 02:32 PM IST
BJP has been in power in the state since 2003.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday ordered an inquiry by an IG-rank police officer into the alleged suicide by a 32-year old farmer in Seoni district on September 29.(PTI Photo)
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday ordered an inquiry by an IG-rank police officer into the alleged suicide by a 32-year old farmer in Seoni district on September 29.(PTI Photo)

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan orders probe into MP farmer’s ‘suicide’ over unpaid dues

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2018 12:04 AM IST
Madhya Pradesh has the third highest farmers’ suicide rate in the country. According to a reply in the Lok Sabha, the number of suicides in MP increased by 21 percent between 2013 and 2016 and stood at 1,321.
Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath during the party's state management committee meeting, in Bhopal on July 11.(PTI File Photo)
Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath during the party's state management committee meeting, in Bhopal on July 11.(PTI File Photo)

BSP demand ‘unrealistic’, not tying up won’t hurt Congress prospects: Kamal Nath

Hindustan Times, Bhopla/New Delhi | By Punya Priya Mitra and Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2018 12:09 AM IST
Congress leader Kamal Nath said BSP is demanding seating which they had never won and had vote share of 1,000 to 4,000 votes in the last assembly elections.
The factory at Polo Ground, Indore where the drug was being manufactured. It has been sealed by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials.(HT Photo)
The factory at Polo Ground, Indore where the drug was being manufactured. It has been sealed by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials.(HT Photo)

Drugs smuggled out of country via postal route, say DRI officials

Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Indore | By Punya Priya Mitra
PUBLISHED ON OCT 02, 2018 09:14 PM IST
Seizure of the chemical has sent alarm bells ringing in the security agencies as it is ten times as potent as heroin and is used as a party drug in a number of countries as per a DRI official.
Rewa: Congress President Rahul Gandhi waves at his supporters during a corner meeting, at Chunari in Rewa, Friday, Sept 28, 2018.(PTI)
Rewa: Congress President Rahul Gandhi waves at his supporters during a corner meeting, at Chunari in Rewa, Friday, Sept 28, 2018.(PTI)

Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi on multiple fronts in Madhya Pradesh

UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2018 11:11 PM IST
At a public meeting, Rahul Gandhi also criticised Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and claimed he had made 21,000 promises without fulfilling any.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi along with Jyotiraditya Scindia and MPCC chief Kamalnath waves at his supporters during a road show in Rewa in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, Sept 27, 2018.(Mujeeb Faruqui / Hindustan Times))
Congress president Rahul Gandhi along with Jyotiraditya Scindia and MPCC chief Kamalnath waves at his supporters during a road show in Rewa in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, Sept 27, 2018.(Mujeeb Faruqui / Hindustan Times))

Those responsible for Rafale will be put behind bars: Rahul Gandhi

Hindustan Times, Satna | By Punya Priya Mitra
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2018 01:01 AM IST
Rahul Gandhi also promised that those behind the Vyapam and e-tendering scams in Madhya Pradesh would be caught by the next Congress government and put behind bars.
BSP chief had earlier said that she would be willing to tie up with a Congress in exchange for a “respectable” number of seats in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.(PTI File Photo)
BSP chief had earlier said that she would be willing to tie up with a Congress in exchange for a “respectable” number of seats in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.(PTI File Photo)

Is Congress, BSP tie-up still possible in Madhya Pradesh?

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2018 12:09 AM IST
Congress media cell in-charge for Madhya Pradesh, Shobha Oza, said, “Even though the Bahujan Samaj Party has declared its first list, talks are still on between Mayawatiji and our top leaders including (state Congress chief) Kamal Nath ji.”
The 18-year-old school bus conductor was arrested in Bhopal after the minor’s parents filed a complaint with the police.(Reuters File Photo)
The 18-year-old school bus conductor was arrested in Bhopal after the minor’s parents filed a complaint with the police.(Reuters File Photo)

3-year-old girl molested in school bus by conductor on way back home: Cops

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2018 04:40 PM IST
A police official said the minor told her parents about the incident which happened in Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal and the accused, the school bus conductor, was arrested.
HT Image
HT Image

5 arrested for human trafficking in MP

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2018 10:57 PM IST
The five arrested were selling children from Bihar under the garb of adoption.
(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Stalker stabs woman more than 38 times, kills her in Indore

Hindustan Times, Indore | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2018 11:14 PM IST
Kamlesh Sahu allegedly killed his former schoolmate because she refused to marry him.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the Dawoodi Bohra community during 'Ashura Mubarak' programme on Friday(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the Dawoodi Bohra community during 'Ashura Mubarak' programme on Friday(PTI Photo)

Dawoodi Bohras’ honesty in business an example to others, says PM Modi in Indore

Hindustan Times, Indore | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2018 08:57 PM IST
The prime minister was speaking at a function organised by the community at the Saifee Mosque where its religious head, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, was present.
There is anger among the youth over several issues and social media is fuelling it, says Congress leader Ajay Singh.(FIle Photo/ For representational purpose)
There is anger among the youth over several issues and social media is fuelling it, says Congress leader Ajay Singh.(FIle Photo/ For representational purpose)

Slippers, stones and black flags replace words in Madhya Pradesh poll season

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2018 11:17 AM IST
The campaigning in Madhya Pradesh for the state assembly elections has reached a new low with dissent being expressed through black flags, stones and slippers.
Scrap from ordnance factories in Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal was recrafted into sophisticated weapons such as AK-47 assault rifles, INSAS rifles and Webley & Scott revolvers, in Bihar’s Munger district, according to evidence unearthed in two major security operations in the past six months(Representational Photo)
Scrap from ordnance factories in Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal was recrafted into sophisticated weapons such as AK-47 assault rifles, INSAS rifles and Webley & Scott revolvers, in Bihar’s Munger district, according to evidence unearthed in two major security operations in the past six months(Representational Photo)

Police unearth gun-smuggling racket in three states; 4 held

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra and Tanmay Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON SEP 07, 2018 11:41 PM IST
The scrap or semi-assembled weapons that should have been smelted used to be smuggled out from the factories and refurbished to make guns, officials said.
Halku Adivasi’s 15-month-old son Anil died of severe malnutrition, following which his second son was given BCG and DPT vaccines together.(HT File Photo)
Halku Adivasi’s 15-month-old son Anil died of severe malnutrition, following which his second son was given BCG and DPT vaccines together.(HT File Photo)

Shoes given to Madhya Pradesh tribals cancerous: Report

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Shruti Tomar and Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2019 02:35 PM IST
The Madhya Pradesh Congress on Saturday accused the state BJP government of distributing footwear laced with carcinogenic material to tribals
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