Rajesh Kumar Singh

Rajesh Kumar Singh

Rajesh Kumar Singh is a special correspondent at HT Lucknow. He covers State Home Department, State Police, Central police agencies,BSP, Health Department, UP Chief Electoral Officer, Irrigation Department, Mining and, Lokayukta.

Articles by Rajesh Kumar Singh
BJP national president J.P Nadda and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath during Uttar Pradesh state ministers' council meeting in Lucknow on Thursday. ((ANI Photo))
BJP national president J.P Nadda and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath during Uttar Pradesh state ministers' council meeting in Lucknow on Thursday. ((ANI Photo))

BJP shifts focus to UP Assembly polls, stage set for rejig in party, cabinet

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 08:58 AM IST
  • BJP president JP Nadda is expected to discuss party's strategy for the upcoming panchayat polls and preparations for the assembly elections. Nadda will also discuss co-ordination between the organisation and the government, said a BJP leader.
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BJP has defended inclusion of Veer Savarkar’s portrait in the legislative council.(HT Photos/Representative use)
BJP has defended inclusion of Veer Savarkar’s portrait in the legislative council.(HT Photos/Representative use)

Row over Hindutva icon Veer Savarkar’s portrait in UP Legislative Council

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 09:07 AM IST
  • A Congress MLC objected to Savarkar's portrait and termed it's inclusion in the gallery to be an insult to other freedom fighters, who he said, did not bow to the atrocities of the British during the freedom struggle.
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File photo for representation

Savarkar’s portrait in Uttar Pradesh House triggers row

UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:33 AM IST
The portrait at the picture gallery was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday.
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An NGO distributed notebooks with Veer Savarkar’s photo and brief sketch on his life among students in the school in Malwasa in Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh.(HT Photos)
An NGO distributed notebooks with Veer Savarkar’s photo and brief sketch on his life among students in the school in Malwasa in Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh.(HT Photos)

Savarkar portrait in UP Legislative Council picture gallery sparks row

PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 11:50 PM IST
  • The Legislative Council chairman has asked the principal secretary to submit a report on the issue within seven days after a Congress member objected to the installation of Savarkar’s portrait in the Council picture gallery.
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In 98 cases, adverse events following immunization (AEFI) were reported out of the 22,643 health workers who received vaccine shots.(HT Photo )
In 98 cases, adverse events following immunization (AEFI) were reported out of the 22,643 health workers who received vaccine shots.(HT Photo )

Women health workers take lead over men in Covid vaccination in UP

UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:52 PM IST
According to the data of the first round Covid vaccination compiled by the health and family welfare department, 71% healthcare workers got Covid vaccination.
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Former IAS officer Arvind Kumar Sharma being greeted by UP BJP president Swatantra Dav Singh and deputy CM Dinesh Sharma.(PTI Photo)
Former IAS officer Arvind Kumar Sharma being greeted by UP BJP president Swatantra Dav Singh and deputy CM Dinesh Sharma.(PTI Photo)

Gujarat cadre IAS officer Arvind Kumar Sharma may be made minister in Yogi govt

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 01:00 PM IST
  • After the legislative council election, the UP Cabinet is likely to be expanded before the crucial 2022 Assembly election, said a BJP leader.
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The first lot of Covishield Covid-19 vaccines arrives at the vaccine store at MMG hospital in Ghaziabad on January 14. (Sakib Ali/HT photo)
The first lot of Covishield Covid-19 vaccines arrives at the vaccine store at MMG hospital in Ghaziabad on January 14. (Sakib Ali/HT photo)

31,700 health workers to be vaccinated across Uttar Pradesh on Saturday

By Pankaj Jaiswal, Rajesh Kumar Singh and Gaurav Saigal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 10:41 AM IST
The state has so far received over one million vaccine doses against 1.1 million sought for the first phase
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BSP supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference at the party office in Lucknow.(ANI FILE PHOTO)
BSP supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference at the party office in Lucknow.(ANI FILE PHOTO)

BSP chief Mayawati asks party workers to celebrate birthday by helping the poor

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 04:48 PM IST
  • The BSP used to celebrate the occasion in a grand manner when the party was in power in Uttar Pradesh. It began the practice of observing Jankalyankari Diwas after being voted out of power in the 2012 assembly elections.
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Arvind Kumar Sharma joined the BJP after taking voluntary retirement from All India Services.(Courtesy: Livehindustan)
Arvind Kumar Sharma joined the BJP after taking voluntary retirement from All India Services.(Courtesy: Livehindustan)

Gujarat IAS officer's voluntary retirement creates buzz over role in UP politics

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 02:35 PM IST
  • The quick acceptance of his application for voluntary retirement has started a buzz in the BJP circles that Sharma may be sent to the Legislative Council in Uttar Pradesh.
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Representational image. (AP)
Representational image. (AP)

Uttar Pradesh govt seeks 1.1 million Covid vaccine vials for first phase

PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 10:23 AM IST
Around 900,000 health workers will be vaccinated from January 16 at the 1,500 vaccination centres set up in all the 75 districts of the state
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Covid-19 vaccine being transported to various parts of the country from Pune on January 12. (ANI)
Covid-19 vaccine being transported to various parts of the country from Pune on January 12. (ANI)

Lucknow gets first batch of 160,000 vials of Covid-19 vaccine

By Anupam Srivastava & Rajesh Kumar Singh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 09:23 AM IST
The state government had made storage arrangements for the vaccine storage at two hospitals in the city; around 51,000 health workers would be vaccinated in the first phase
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AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi is expanding party in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh after gaining foothold in Bihar.(PTI Photo)
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi is expanding party in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh after gaining foothold in Bihar.(PTI Photo)

UP 2022 Assembly polls: AIMIM’s bid to expand starts turf war with Peace party

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 06:31 PM IST
AIMIM had fielded candidates on 38 seats in the 2017 Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh, however, it failed to open its account and polled just 0.24% votes.
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Feedback on the state of the cold chain network, warehouses and transportation facilities has been taken from district health departments in UP.(AFP Photo)
Feedback on the state of the cold chain network, warehouses and transportation facilities has been taken from district health departments in UP.(AFP Photo)

Cold chain in 53 districts gives UP advantage in Covid-19 vaccination: Minister

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 12:12 PM IST
UP’s health and family welfare department had been organising various vaccination programmes, including those for polio, Japanese encephalitis (JE) and routine immunisation round the year, says minister.
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A man being tested for Covid-19 , at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Gomti Nagar, in Lucknow.(HT file)
A man being tested for Covid-19 , at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Gomti Nagar, in Lucknow.(HT file)

Covid-19: UP sero survey reveals 1 in 5 people developed antibodies

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 01:18 PM IST
The districts from where samples were collected are Meerut, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Kaushambi, Prayagraj, Moradabad, Ghaziabad, Baghpat and Agra
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BSP supremo Mayawati has surprised many by removing Munkad Ali from the position of chief of party’s Uttar Pradesh unit.(HT PHOTO)
BSP supremo Mayawati has surprised many by removing Munkad Ali from the position of chief of party’s Uttar Pradesh unit.(HT PHOTO)

Mayawati names new UP BSP chief, signals strategy for 2022 polls

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 07:22 PM IST
In a bid to reclaim its traditional support base, the BSP could be sending feelers to the backward community that they will get a prominent place in the organisation.
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Uttar Pradesh: Biennial polls to 11 council seats on December 1

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 10:38 AM IST
The elections were due this summer but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic
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Polling officials carry EVMs and VVPATs as they leave for their station ahead of Uttar Pradesh bypolls, at Naugawan Sadat in Amroha district on Monday.(PTI Photo)
Polling officials carry EVMs and VVPATs as they leave for their station ahead of Uttar Pradesh bypolls, at Naugawan Sadat in Amroha district on Monday.(PTI Photo)

Uttar Pradesh bypolls today, multi-corner contests to decide fate of 88 candidates

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 12:09 AM IST
Polling will begin at 7 am and continue till 6 pm. The personnel on duty will be equipped with protective gear, thermal scanners, face shields, personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, gloves and sanitisers.
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BSP supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference in Lucknow.(ANI FILE)
BSP supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference in Lucknow.(ANI FILE)

Mayawati begins work to regain lost ground in UP

UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 10:06 AM IST
BSP chief Mayawati has started preparations for the elections by revamping the party’s organisation. She has also started looking for new candidates and is collecting feedback about the performance of the party’s 18 lawmakers
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Mayawati said her decision to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in an alliance with the SP was wrong.(ANI File Photo)
Mayawati said her decision to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in an alliance with the SP was wrong.(ANI File Photo)

Mayawati suspends 7 MLAs, says will back even BJP to defeat SP

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 30, 2020 02:48 AM IST
The BSP would also move an application to get the seven rebel MLAs disqualified from the legislative assembly under the anti-defection law, Mayawati said.
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Covid-19: Uttar Pradesh government prepares for vaccination drive

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 09:30 AM IST
District health department officers have been told to make arrangement of cold chain in all the districts for storing the vaccine by December 15
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BSP national president Mayawati paying tribute to party founder Kanshi Ram on his 14th death anniversary in a programme organised at Prerna Kendra, New Delhi, on Friday.(HT Photo)
BSP national president Mayawati paying tribute to party founder Kanshi Ram on his 14th death anniversary in a programme organised at Prerna Kendra, New Delhi, on Friday.(HT Photo)

BSP chief Mayawati asks Dalits to unite, win power

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 09, 2020 04:31 PM IST
Mayawati accused Congress and BJP of conspiring against the BSP to stop it from coming to power and dividing Dalits
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A meeting of the Brahmin community members held under the chairmanship of BSP national general secretary SC Mishra.(HT Photo)
A meeting of the Brahmin community members held under the chairmanship of BSP national general secretary SC Mishra.(HT Photo)

BSP revives 2007 Dalit-Brahmin formula, hopes to unseat Yogi in 2022 polls

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Posted by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 03:01 PM IST
BSP was credited with successful social engineering to forge a coalition of Brahmins and Dalits in 2007 assembly elections in UP.
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The filing of nomination papers for by-elections to seven assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh will begin on Friday with October 16 being the last date for them.(Sourced)
The filing of nomination papers for by-elections to seven assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh will begin on Friday with October 16 being the last date for them.(Sourced)

Nominations for Uttar Pradesh by-polls to begin today

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 09, 2020 09:25 AM IST
The papers will be scrutinised on October 17 while October 19 is the last date for the withdrawal of nominations
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Protests against the Hathras incident and crimes against women.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Protests against the Hathras incident and crimes against women.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Hathras fallout: Yogi Adityanath smells ‘international’ plot to destabilise UP govt

By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Chandan Kumar and Hemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Agra
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 06:14 AM IST
Sedition charges invoked in one of 19 FIRs lodged in seven districts; probe to focus on website that hosted information about date, time and location of protests.
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Policemen stand guard at the entrance to Hathras village in Uttar Pradesh on Friday.(HT Photos/Amal KS)
Policemen stand guard at the entrance to Hathras village in Uttar Pradesh on Friday.(HT Photos/Amal KS)

Hathras gangrape: Senior police officials suspended

By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Shiv Sunny and Hemendra Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 06:59 AM IST
The government, in an order on Friday evening, suspended Hathras superintendent of police Vikrant Vir, deputy superintendent of police Ram Shabd, police inspector in-charge Dinesh Kumar Verma, senior sub- inspector Jagveer Singh and head constable Mahesh Pal.
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The earlier two phases of the trials were held at two private medical hospitals in Gorakhpur and Kanpur.(Representational Image)
The earlier two phases of the trials were held at two private medical hospitals in Gorakhpur and Kanpur.(Representational Image)

UP: BRD Medical College to start Covaxin phase-3 trial in mid-October

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 09:38 AM IST
Phase three of drug trials involve efficacy and monitoring of adverse reactions. The college has constituted a three-member doctors’ team to prepare the standard operating procedure for the trials
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him Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan (sitting second from left) at the launch of the Progressive Democratic Alliance in Patna.(HT PHOTO)
him Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan (sitting second from left) at the launch of the Progressive Democratic Alliance in Patna.(HT PHOTO)

Bhim Army launches PDA with regional parties to contest Bihar assembly polls

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Hindustan Times, Luckow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 29, 2020 09:15 AM IST
Chandrashekhar Azad said the PDA will fight against the casteist and communal forces to provide a new alternative to the people of Bihar.
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Migrant workers are now being wooed back to cities by their former employers as business activities resume gradually.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
Migrant workers are now being wooed back to cities by their former employers as business activities resume gradually.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)

Migrants in UP pack their bags as former employers lay out red carpet for their return

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 10:23 AM IST
Several migrants who had returned home are now being offered flight tickets and better wages to return.
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The Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) has planned to construct the expressway, said to be the dream project of chief minister Yogi Adityanath, in 12 packages. (Photo @CMOfficeUP)
The Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) has planned to construct the expressway, said to be the dream project of chief minister Yogi Adityanath, in 12 packages. (Photo @CMOfficeUP)

Now, Uttar Pradesh set to launch 594-km Ganga Expressway

By Rajesh Kumar Singh | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 04:23 PM IST
Yogi Adityanath had announced construction of Ganga expressway -- connecting Meerut with Prayagraj -- during Kumbh-2019. The project was pending for the last 15 years
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Migrant workers and their families wait for transport to reach a railway station to board trains to their home state of northern Uttar Pradesh.(REUTERS)
Migrant workers and their families wait for transport to reach a railway station to board trains to their home state of northern Uttar Pradesh.(REUTERS)

Low testing and delay in results a concern in Uttar Pradesh

By Rajesh Kumar Singh and Jamie Mullick | Hindustan Times, Lucknow/ New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 08:58 AM IST
Delays in the delivery of test results amid an increase in the number of infections is adding to the anxiety of people of Uttar Pradesh.
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