Rajesh Moudgil

Rajesh Moudgil

Rajesh Moudgil is a Special Correspondent in Haryana bureau of Hindustan Times.

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Lok Sabha elections 2019: 33% nominees from main parties have only finished school(HT File)
Lok Sabha elections 2019: 33% nominees from main parties have only finished school(HT File)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: 33% nominees from main parties have only finished school

Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil
PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2019 01:10 AM IST
JJP candidate from Sonepat, Digvijay Chautala, son of former MP Ajay Chautala, and Nirmal Singh Malri, party candidate from Sirsa are also class 12 pass. Congress’ Avtar Bhadana (Faridabad), who is four-time MP, is under matric.
Since its formation in 1967, the Sirsa parliamentary seat has never gone to the BJP but the party has hopes on the Modi wave.(Ht Photo)
Since its formation in 1967, the Sirsa parliamentary seat has never gone to the BJP but the party has hopes on the Modi wave.(Ht Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: It’s battle of prestige for all on Chautalas’ home turf in Haryana

Hindustan Times, SIRSA | By Rajesh Moudgil
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2019 12:04 PM IST
Congress’ candidate Ashok Tanwar who finished second with about 3.9 lakh votes in 2014 polls, hopes to have more votes this time.
Dushyant Chautala(HT File)
Dushyant Chautala(HT File)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Dushyant Chautala to be AAP-JJP candidate from Hisar

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2019 11:42 AM IST
AAP had backed JJP candidate Digvijay, the younger brother of Dushyant in the recent Jind bypoll, in which they came second, ahead of the Congress and the INLD.
Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar at an event.(HT File)
Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar at an event.(HT File)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Faridabad MP Krishan Pal Gurjar banking on development work

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2019 04:55 PM IST
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Faridabad MP Krishan Pal Gurjar, who is minister of state for social justice and empowerment, faces criticism from within the party in his constituency. But he is quick to list the development works during his tenure including Delhi Metro, which was up to Ajronda has been made operational up to Ballabhgarh and completion KMP e-way.
Raj Kumar Saini(HT)
Raj Kumar Saini(HT)

MP’s report card Raj Kumar Saini, BJP, Kurukshetra: Rebel for caste cause with eye on state

Hindustan Times, Kurukshetra | By Rajesh Moudgil
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2019 10:40 AM IST
Like many of his BJP colleagues, Saini too rode the 2014 Narendra Modi wave to defeat two-time Congress MP Naveen Jindal by 1.3 lakh votes and win Kurukshetra.
Karnal MP Ashwini Kumar Chopra has said he will not contet the Lok Sabha election in 2019.(HT File Photo)
Karnal MP Ashwini Kumar Chopra has said he will not contet the Lok Sabha election in 2019.(HT File Photo)

Karnal Lok Sabha seat: Controversies marred BJP MP Ashwini Kumar Chopra’s tenure

Hindustan Times, Karnal | By Rajesh Moudgil and Neeraj Mohan, Karnal
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2019 04:13 PM IST
Despite being a constituency dominated by Brahmins, Karnal dumped three-time Congress MP Arvind Sharma, a Brahmin, and supported BJP candidate Chopra, who got 5.95 lakh votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
Senior INLD leader and general secretary Ajay Singh Chautala addressing workers in Rohtak on Thursday. November 15, 2018.(Manoj Dhaka / HT Photo)
Senior INLD leader and general secretary Ajay Singh Chautala addressing workers in Rohtak on Thursday. November 15, 2018.(Manoj Dhaka / HT Photo)

Split in INLD appears imminent after Ajay Chautala’s expulsion

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil
PUBLISHED ON NOV 16, 2018 04:25 PM IST
All doors of reconciliation between the two camps of INLD now appear to be closed with consistent aggressive posture of party president Om Prakash Chautala and defiant reaction by his son Ajay and his family, who are alleging that ‘some people are trying to hijack the party’
The INLD chief had initiated disciplinary action against Dushyant and Digvijay and served them a show-cause notice on October 11.(HT File)
The INLD chief had initiated disciplinary action against Dushyant and Digvijay and served them a show-cause notice on October 11.(HT File)

Chautala clan rift to escalate as Dushyant digs in heels

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2018 10:21 AM IST
The INLD chief got Dushyant and his younger brother Digvijay, who heads INLD’s students’ wing, suspended from the primary membership of the party for disrupting the party’s rally in Gohana.
Dushyant Chautala and Abhay Singh Chautala (left to right)(HT File)
Dushyant Chautala and Abhay Singh Chautala (left to right)(HT File)

Fissures surfaces in INLD as chacha-bhatija vie for power

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2018 11:01 AM IST
Party insiders say INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala may try and bring son Abhay Chautala and grandson Dushyant Chautala together in runup to Haryana assembly elections.
At 52, Naina is the first woman member of one of the state’s powerful political clans venturing out in a patriarchal society to prop up the party’s fortunes.(HT Photo)
At 52, Naina is the first woman member of one of the state’s powerful political clans venturing out in a patriarchal society to prop up the party’s fortunes.(HT Photo)

From homemaker to INLD leader, Naina Chautala galvanises woman power

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2018 10:42 AM IST
As the state heads for the assembly election next year, HT tracks her strategy to go pan-Haryana and focus on empowerment of women, a constituency untapped by her party that has roots in Haryana’s patriarchal heartland.
MP Rajkumar Saini(HT File)
MP Rajkumar Saini(HT File)

Raj Kumar Saini, rebel with a casteist cause

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2018 12:20 PM IST
Saini has been spitting venom against all the political parties — the Congress, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and his own BJP — for using the poor and backward classes merely as a vote bank and going all out to appease the Jats
Dera followers attacked an OB van on August 25, 2017 after Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted.(HT File Photo)
Dera followers attacked an OB van on August 25, 2017 after Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted.(HT File Photo)

A year after Dera Sacha Sauda verdict, rioting cases collapse as acquittals pile up

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Rajesh Moudgil and Yuvraj Kaushal
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2018 07:17 AM IST
Scores of people whose vehicles, buildings and other valuables were destroyed or damaged during the violence are running from pillar to post for compensation from the government.
The country’s oldest college under the fold of the Dayanand Anglo Vedic (DAV) institutions lies nestled on a road that suddenly forks right near the Jagadhri Gate on the usually bustling Ambala-Hisar road.(HT Photo)
The country’s oldest college under the fold of the Dayanand Anglo Vedic (DAV) institutions lies nestled on a road that suddenly forks right near the Jagadhri Gate on the usually bustling Ambala-Hisar road.(HT Photo)

From Lahore to Ambala, DAV College carries on Vedic legacy

Hindustan Times, Ambala | By Rajesh Moudgil
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2018 11:24 AM IST
With the well-maintained old campus and the majestic building, the college is considered to be the ‘Heritage College’ among all DAV educational institutes.
Started as an all-boys school, which admitted 1,200 students till a few years ago, the institution is co-educational today and admits 700 children.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)
Started as an all-boys school, which admitted 1,200 students till a few years ago, the institution is co-educational today and admits 700 children.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)

Hisar’s Chandulal Anglo-Vedic school: A century’s bond of philanthropy

Hindustan Times, Hisar | By Rajesh Moudgil, Hisar
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2018 02:09 PM IST
Freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai and Arya Samaji Chhaju Ram helped in setting up the school; Arya Samaj is carrying forward the tradition.
The facade of the Benarsi Dass High School in Ambala Cantonement. The institution has a strength of 550 students today.(HT Photo)
The facade of the Benarsi Dass High School in Ambala Cantonement. The institution has a strength of 550 students today.(HT Photo)

BD High School, Ambala Cantt, established in 1904, maintains its excellence even today

Hindustan Times, Ambala | By Rajesh Moudgil
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2018 04:15 PM IST
British-era testament: Hands-on training and emphasis on discipline makes the school, set up as a philanthropic venture in 1904, maintain its aura even today
BJP state chief Subhash Barala (right) welcoming party national president Amit Shah as Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar looks on, at Haryana Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday.(HT Photo)
BJP state chief Subhash Barala (right) welcoming party national president Amit Shah as Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar looks on, at Haryana Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday.(HT Photo)

Amit Shah asks Haryana leaders to bridge gap between workers and bureaucrats

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2018 12:42 PM IST
Out of 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana, the BJP has seven.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar(HT File)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar(HT File)

Khattar ex-OSD made Confed head, more aides likely to go

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2018 03:25 PM IST
Prior to him, two other OSDs — Jawahar Yadav and Raj Kumar Bhardwaj — who were also political appointees like Capt Bhupinder, had quit and were given new assignments.
From left: Haryanavi folk artist Somvir Kathurwal, Somesh Jangra and Shyam Lal Sharma during the shooting of Haryanavi folk song “Ganga Ji”.(HT PHoto)
From left: Haryanavi folk artist Somvir Kathurwal, Somesh Jangra and Shyam Lal Sharma during the shooting of Haryanavi folk song “Ganga Ji”.(HT PHoto)

This soul-stirring Haryanvi bhajan touches musical chord

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2018 08:34 PM IST
The song has been viewed over 21,000 times on Youtube within three days of launch.
The reason for the cancellation of tests is said to be the revised criteria notified by the state government.(Representative image)
The reason for the cancellation of tests is said to be the revised criteria notified by the state government.(Representative image)

Haryana not to hold tests for 8,000 posts; to advertise afresh

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2018 02:34 PM IST
The posts for which the tests were to be held included 2,000 in skill development and industrial training department, 600 in health, 1,000 in irrigation, 500 in panchayat, 600 in police and 2,000 in the public health engineering departments. The dates for the exams were not declared.
It would run a two-year NDA preparatory course for boys, along with 10 plus 2 course, and three-year preparatory course for IMA and OTA, along with graduation degree.(HT File/Representative image)
It would run a two-year NDA preparatory course for boys, along with 10 plus 2 course, and three-year preparatory course for IMA and OTA, along with graduation degree.(HT File/Representative image)

Plans afoot to set up Haryana’s first armed forces’ prep institute in Sonepat

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 01:55 PM IST
Institute to run 2-year NDA preparatory course, along with 10 plus 2 course; and 3-year course for IMA and OTA, along with graduation degree.
A latest report of the Niti Aayog mentioned that Haryana’s SRB had decreased from 866 females per 1,000 from the base year (2012-2014) to 831 in reference year (2013-2015)(Representative Image)
A latest report of the Niti Aayog mentioned that Haryana’s SRB had decreased from 866 females per 1,000 from the base year (2012-2014) to 831 in reference year (2013-2015)(Representative Image)

Haryana contests Niti Aayog report on drop in its sex ratio

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2018 06:36 PM IST
Haryana health minister Anil Vij said his department would write to Aayog in the context with correct data.
Acharya Vijay Gopal offers prayers under a tent put up in Mughalwali village.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)
Acharya Vijay Gopal offers prayers under a tent put up in Mughalwali village.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

Hunt for mythical Saraswati river a test of history and science

Mugalwali, Hindustan Times | By Rajesh Moudgil and Neeraj Mohan
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2018 01:07 PM IST
According to scientists, the Saraswati flowed from its origin at Adi Badri in Haryana to its meeting point with the Chautang river in the plains. This is said to be the course the river followed in the Vedic era.
The Haryana Board of School Education has formed a committee,roping in Rohtak-based Rakesh Bhatia, author of several books on Vedic math, as the main resource person. Another member of the panel is Narenderjeet Rawal of Bhiwani, also a subject expert who is head of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s education wing Vidya Bharati.(Getty Images)
The Haryana Board of School Education has formed a committee,roping in Rohtak-based Rakesh Bhatia, author of several books on Vedic math, as the main resource person. Another member of the panel is Narenderjeet Rawal of Bhiwani, also a subject expert who is head of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s education wing Vidya Bharati.(Getty Images)

Haryana goes on overdrive to promote Vedic math in schools, universities

By Rajesh Moudgil, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2018 03:42 PM IST
The BJP government in the state had asked the Haryana Board of School Education in 2016 to explore steps to promote Vedic math
Retired judge SK Kapoor, who attended an international conference on Vedic maths last week at Saint Stephen College, Delhi, said many research papers demonstrated values of the ancient discipline need be introduced at school and college level as it is of much advance value(HT File)
Retired judge SK Kapoor, who attended an international conference on Vedic maths last week at Saint Stephen College, Delhi, said many research papers demonstrated values of the ancient discipline need be introduced at school and college level as it is of much advance value(HT File)

Haryana goes on overdrive to promote Vedic maths in schools, varsities

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2018 01:43 PM IST
The BJP government in Haryana had asked the Haryana Board of School Education in 2016 to explore steps to promote the subject.
Vehicles torched at a Jhajjar police station during the Jat stir.(HT File)
Vehicles torched at a Jhajjar police station during the Jat stir.(HT File)

Jat stir puts Haryana on third spot in cases of offences against state

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2017 12:22 PM IST
Tamil Nadu, UP top list with 1827 and 1414 cases.
Image for representation only(Shutterstock)
Image for representation only(Shutterstock)

Crimes by juveniles on rise in Haryana: NCRB data

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2017 03:04 PM IST
Report also shows an increase in the number of crimes against children, cases of missing kids
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh with her wife Pratibha Singh and son and Congress candidate from Shimla rural Vikramaditya Singh after casting their vote at Rampur in Shimla district on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh with her wife Pratibha Singh and son and Congress candidate from Shimla rural Vikramaditya Singh after casting their vote at Rampur in Shimla district on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Himachal polls-2017: Hot seat Arki witnesses 74% turnout

Hindustan Times, Arki | By Rajesh Moudgil, Arki
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2017 01:01 PM IST
Constituency to decide fate of CM Virbhadra Singh who is contesting from here for the first time
INLD legislator Kehar Singh(HT Photo)
INLD legislator Kehar Singh(HT Photo)

Haryana assembly session: INLD MLA faces privilege motion for illegal collection remark

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2017 03:39 PM IST
Hathin legislator accuses BJP chief whip Gian Chand Gupta of collecting Rs 300 each from rehriwalas; treasury benches rubbish charges
Indian National Lok Dal leaders protesting outside the Haryana Vidhan Sabha after they walked out of the House on the second day of session in Chandigarh on Tuesday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Indian National Lok Dal leaders protesting outside the Haryana Vidhan Sabha after they walked out of the House on the second day of session in Chandigarh on Tuesday.(Keshav Singh/HT)

Dadupur-Nalvi canal issue: Amid uproar in Haryana assembly, INLD, Cong MLAs stage walkout

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2017 01:50 PM IST
Both opposition parties move adjournment motion; INLD dubs BJP government as anti-farmer, claims some people faking as farmers thanked CM for scrapping project.
Khattar has also ordered blacklisting of the accused company in order to debar it from bidding in any tenders in future.(HT File)
Khattar has also ordered blacklisting of the accused company in order to debar it from bidding in any tenders in future.(HT File)

Haryana CM Khattar orders probe into ‘Rs 50-cr scam’ in HAREDA

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2017 03:31 PM IST
A solar systems company has been accused of supplying inferior quality material to Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency in collusion with some officials
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