Rakesh Goswami

Rakesh Goswami

Rakesh Goswami leads Hindustan Times’ bureau in Rajasthan. He loves to write on social issues and has been a journalist for 20 years, including 8 years as a broadcast journalist.

Articles by Rakesh Goswami
ADG Nina Singh.(Sourced)
ADG Nina Singh.(Sourced)

Rajasthan’s first woman cop to get top award

By Rakesh Goswami | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 01:33 PM IST
Nina Singh is the first ADG-level officer from Rajasthan to receive the Ati Utkrisht Seva Medal by the Ministry of Home Affairs for professional excellence
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The Rajasthan Police was severely criticised for dragging its feet in the Alwar gang rape case.(Representative Photo/PTI)
The Rajasthan Police was severely criticised for dragging its feet in the Alwar gang rape case.(Representative Photo/PTI)

Alwar gang rape generated political heat and led to an important decision

By Rakesh Goswami | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 03:27 PM IST
The gang rape spurred th Rajasthan government to announce that a deputy superintendent of police (DySP) in every district would monitor cases related to violence against women and that FIRs could be lodged in the offices of superintendents of police (SP) if police stations did not register them.
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It was for the first time that S. Zebra had been seen more than 1,000km south of its natural habitat in Pakistan.(Sourced)
It was for the first time that S. Zebra had been seen more than 1,000km south of its natural habitat in Pakistan.(Sourced)

India’s 1328th species of butterfly seen in Rajasthan: Wildlife Institute

By Rakesh Goswami | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 12:50 PM IST
In 2015, the number came down to 1,318 and with 10 more species added since, the number is now 1,328, said senior scientist, Wildlife Institute of India
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File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiling the plaque of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.(ANI)
File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiling the plaque of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.(ANI)

Rajasthan govt to legalise mines supplying stone for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya

By Rakesh Goswami, Pawan Dixit | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Jaipur/Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 11:55 PM IST
Banshi Pahadpur forest block, which lies at north-east corner of the wildlife sanctuary, has been in news for its pink sandstone that is transported to Ayodhya for temple construction.
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Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) founder and MP Hanuman Beniwal says his Covid 19 test report returned a false positive report.(HT Photo)
Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) founder and MP Hanuman Beniwal says his Covid 19 test report returned a false positive report.(HT Photo)

Rajasthan MP questions Covid test at Parliament

By Rakesh Goswami | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 07:51 AM IST
RLP MP Hanuman Beniwal says a false negative test for a positive MP in Parliament will threaten healths of all the MPs.
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Conducting sero survey in Rajasthan was one of the suggestions by country’s top doctors in an open dialogue with state’s political and bureaucratic leadership on Tuesday.(Representational Image)
Conducting sero survey in Rajasthan was one of the suggestions by country’s top doctors in an open dialogue with state’s political and bureaucratic leadership on Tuesday.(Representational Image)

Covid-19: As numbers rise, Rajasthan to conduct sero survey

By Rakesh Goswami | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 04:07 PM IST
Serological survey helps the government in estimating the proportion of the population that might have been exposed to the virus
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Chief minister Ashok Gehlot ‘s relationship with Sachin Pilot went through the worst phase during the recent crisis in Rajasthan Congress.(PTI Photo)
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot ‘s relationship with Sachin Pilot went through the worst phase during the recent crisis in Rajasthan Congress.(PTI Photo)

Sachin Pilot writes to Ashok Gehlot raising Gujjar issues in Rajasthan

By Rakesh Goswami | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 02:55 PM IST
Sachin Pilot represents the Gujjar community in Rajasthan, well known for caste-based identity politics.
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The committee was yet to recommend a colour but the new uniform will become applicable from next academic session (2021-22).(Himanshu Vyas/ HT photo)
The committee was yet to recommend a colour but the new uniform will become applicable from next academic session (2021-22).(Himanshu Vyas/ HT photo)

Uniform in Rajasthan government schools to change again

By Rakesh Goswami | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 02:16 PM IST
Rajasthan is set to change its government school uniforms just three years after then BJP government introduced one that was identical to the RSS uniform introduced in 2016.
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Thousands of birds died in Rajasthan’s Sambhar lake last November due to animal botulism, a neuromuscular illness.(PTI File Photo)
Thousands of birds died in Rajasthan’s Sambhar lake last November due to animal botulism, a neuromuscular illness.(PTI File Photo)

NGT raps Rajasthan on the knuckles for inadequate measures in Sambhar lake

By Rakesh Goswami | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 11:41 AM IST
The NGT said in its order that the problem noted of management of waste and sewage, removal of encroachment and disposal of sodium sulphate waste/sludge generated from salt refining units still remain to be fully tackled .
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Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot(HT file)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot(HT file)

Covid-19: Over 40 staff test positive, Rajasthan CM cancels meetings for a month

By Rakesh Goswami | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2020 09:54 AM IST
During this time, Ashok Gehlot will only hold video conferences for governance. Among those testing positive are policement RAC jawans posted in the CM’s security
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The paediatrician from the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur said he would appeal to UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath to revoke his suspension. (Photo: Himanshu Vyas /HT)
The paediatrician from the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur said he would appeal to UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath to revoke his suspension. (Photo: Himanshu Vyas /HT)

Assured of safe stay by Priyanka Gandhi, Kafeel Khan arrives in Rajasthan

By Rakesh Goswami | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 09:09 AM IST
Dr Khan was released on Tuesday after the Allahabad high court set aside the NSA charges pressed against him for a speech on Citizenship Amendment Act in Aligarh Muslim University in January this year.
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Controversial godman Asaram’s trial was long and arduous and the team prosecuting him had to face several challenges.(Sourced Photo)
Controversial godman Asaram’s trial was long and arduous and the team prosecuting him had to face several challenges.(Sourced Photo)

Officer who arrested Asaram has written a book with an important message

By Rakesh Goswami | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2020 12:46 PM IST
Police officer who arrested the controversial godman reveals many incidents in a book to be released on September 5.
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Vehicles pass through a waterlogged street during the heavy rain in Jaipur.(PTI)
Vehicles pass through a waterlogged street during the heavy rain in Jaipur.(PTI)

Heavy rains in Jaipur bring city to standstill

By Rakesh Goswami | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 02:48 PM IST
The vehicular movement has come to a grinding halt in many parts of Jaipur, which is under up to three feet in water.
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Political analyst Narayan Bareth said the motion by the ruling side gets preference in such a situation.(ANI)
Political analyst Narayan Bareth said the motion by the ruling side gets preference in such a situation.(ANI)

Gehlot, Pilot meet; BJP, Congress talk floor test

By Sachin Saini, Rakesh Goswami and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, Jaipur/New Delhi, Jaipur/new Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 14, 2020 04:41 AM IST
Speaker CP Joshi can use his discretion to decide whether to allow the government or the BJP motion — both seeking a floor test, according to analysts.
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Vishvendra Singh says “we are part of the same family and we wanted to convey a unified picture to the party high command.”(HT Photo)
Vishvendra Singh says “we are part of the same family and we wanted to convey a unified picture to the party high command.”(HT Photo)

Gehlot is our leader, have never disputed his leadership: Vishvendra Singh

By Rakesh Goswami | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 01:53 PM IST
Vishvendra Singh, on of the rebel Rajasthan Congress leader, said “There’s a leader, and always only one leader. We went under the leadership of Mr. Pilot as the PCC (Pradesh Congress Committee) chief and deputy CM. We all along had maintained radio silence about our misgivings.
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At present, the assembly can house 270 people.(PTI file photo)
At present, the assembly can house 270 people.(PTI file photo)

Thermal scanning, social distancing in Rajasthan Assembly session beginning Friday

By Rakesh Goswami | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2020 12:35 PM IST
Gaurav Goyal, commissioner, Jaipur Development Authority (JDA), has been appointed as the nodal officer for the assembly session and entrusted with the responsibility to strictly enforce Covid-19 guidelines.
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The Gehlot camp has claimed the support of 101 legislators in the 200-member assembly.(Himanshu Vyas/HT file photo)
The Gehlot camp has claimed the support of 101 legislators in the 200-member assembly.(Himanshu Vyas/HT file photo)

Now, Rajasthan BJP moves its MLAs on fears of poaching

By Rakesh Goswami | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 03:00 AM IST
The shifting of the lawmakers began on Friday, when 12 of them were sent to Porbandar.
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Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot will likely face a floor test when assembly session starts on August 14. (HT Photo)(HT photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot will likely face a floor test when assembly session starts on August 14. (HT Photo)(HT photo)

Rajasthan tussle takes turn as BJP herds MLAs fearing poaching by crisis-hit Congress

By Rakesh Goswami | Posted by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 04:07 PM IST
Numbers in Rajasthan assembly are precariously poised at the moment and even a small shift can tilt the balance either way.
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Political observers say there’s some danger to Ashok Gehlot’s government because of a rebellion within the party and which may be a reason that he is more magnanimous in accepting requests of his MLAs for transfers of officials.(HT PHOTO)
Political observers say there’s some danger to Ashok Gehlot’s government because of a rebellion within the party and which may be a reason that he is more magnanimous in accepting requests of his MLAs for transfers of officials.(HT PHOTO)

As Rajasthan cabinet works from hotel, politics of transfers goes on unabated

By Rakesh Goswami| Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 05:36 PM IST
To keep his MLAs happy, Chief Minister Ashok has opted for large scale transfers of officials.
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Vasudev Devnani was the chairman of the sub-committee on no-detention policy deliberations for the preparation of NEP.(HT Photo)
Vasudev Devnani was the chairman of the sub-committee on no-detention policy deliberations for the preparation of NEP.(HT Photo)

‘Better emotional connect if mother tongue is used to teach’: NEP expert

By Rakesh Goswami | Posted by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 04:45 PM IST
Former Rajasthan education minister who was a member of a sub committee working on the new national education policy talks about some of its key aspects.
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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot meets Governor of Rajasthan Kalraj Mishra at Raj Bhavan in Jaipur on Wednesday.(ANI)
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot meets Governor of Rajasthan Kalraj Mishra at Raj Bhavan in Jaipur on Wednesday.(ANI)

PIL filed in Rajasthan HC against Guv’s decision to not convene Assembly session

By Rakesh Goswami | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 05:00 PM IST
​The petition stated that the Council of Ministers had requested Governor Mishra thrice to convene the assembly session, but the plea was turned down on one pretext or the other.
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BSP Supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference on the occasion of her 64th birthday at party office in Lucknow on Wednesday.(ANI)
BSP Supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference on the occasion of her 64th birthday at party office in Lucknow on Wednesday.(ANI)

Rajasthan HC rejects plea on BSP MLAs’ merger

By Rakesh Goswami and Jaykishan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Jaipur, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 06:56 AM IST
The decision came hours after the speaker upheld the merger while responding to the complaint by BJP leader Madan Dilawar filed in March, according to the lawmaker.
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RBSE 10th Result 2020 Date & Time: Rajasthan 10th result today at 4 pm(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
RBSE 10th Result 2020 Date & Time: Rajasthan 10th result today at 4 pm(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

RBSE 10th Result 2020 Date & Time: Rajasthan BSER class 10 results to be declared at 4 pm today

By Rakesh Goswami| Edited by Akhilesh Nagari | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 12:02 PM IST
RBSE Rajasthan Class 10th Result 2020: Once the results are declared, students who have appeared in the Rajasthan Board class 10 examination will be able to check their results on our HT Portal.
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A mask is placed on a statue of Mahatma Gandhi to spread awareness against coronavirus, during the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown, at Gandhi Circle in Jaipur.(PTI)
A mask is placed on a statue of Mahatma Gandhi to spread awareness against coronavirus, during the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown, at Gandhi Circle in Jaipur.(PTI)

Rajasthan banks on new testing guidelines, says test more if positivity rate high

By Rakesh Goswami | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2020 10:33 PM IST
Breaching the 36,000-mark on Sunday, Rajasthan reported 1,132 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the cumulative tally to 36,430, out of which 9,852 cases are active. There have been 621 deaths in the state so far, the state bulletin released on late Sunday evening stated.
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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot along with senior Congress leaders and MLAs arrives to address media outside Raj Bhawan, in Jaipur.(PTI)
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot along with senior Congress leaders and MLAs arrives to address media outside Raj Bhawan, in Jaipur.(PTI)

Gehlot wants floor test after HC defers verdict

By Rakesh Goswami, Sachin Saini and Murali Krishnan | Hindustan Times, Jaipur/New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 01:21 AM IST
Hours earlier, the Rajasthan high court, which was hearing a plea by Pilot and his loyalists against disqualification notices sent to them, ordered maintaining status quo on the matter.
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The court said that it would put off the judgement on the petition until the Supreme Court takes a call on it.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The court said that it would put off the judgement on the petition until the Supreme Court takes a call on it.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Relief to Sachin Pilot, 18 MLAs as Rajasthan HC orders status quo on disqualification notices

By Rakesh Goswami | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 07:38 PM IST
On Friday, HC also allowed the petition filed by the Pilot camp to add the Union of India as a respondent to the case in view of the challenge to the paragraph 2(1)(a) of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India, which deals with anti-defection.
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CM Ashok Gehlot said he wanted the assembly session to be convened in order to discuss issues - including coronavirus and the political situation.
CM Ashok Gehlot said he wanted the assembly session to be convened in order to discuss issues - including coronavirus and the political situation.

‘People may gherao Raj Bhavan’: Gehlot accuses Guv of delaying House session

By Rakesh Goswami | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 02:48 PM IST
The CM’s announcement came shortly after the Rajasthan high court ordered status quo to be maintained in the disqualification case against rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident MLAs.
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Sachin Pilot(HT File Photo)
Sachin Pilot(HT File Photo)

Rajasthan HC puts off verdict in Pilot vs Gehlot case, tells speaker to maintain status quo

By Rakesh Goswami | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 11:58 AM IST
With status quo order in Sachin Pilot and 18 rebel MLAs’ disqualification case, the court has barred Speaker CP Joshi from acting on the July 14 disqualification notices.
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File photo: Rajasthan Assembly Speaker Dr CP Joshi interacts with media persons during a press conference at his residence in Jaipur.(Himanshu Vyas/ Hindustan Times)
File photo: Rajasthan Assembly Speaker Dr CP Joshi interacts with media persons during a press conference at his residence in Jaipur.(Himanshu Vyas/ Hindustan Times)

Once running for CM’s post, ‘sidelined’ CP Joshi key to Cong govt in Rajasthan

By Rakesh Goswami | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 07:19 PM IST
Before the Rajasthan crisis, Joshi, who studied metallurgy, physics and psychology, had never held such an important Constitutional post.
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