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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.

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RLP demanded CBI probe in alleged suicide of Rajasthan cop, launches campaign

Vishnu Dutt Vishnoi, station house officer of Rajgarh police station, allegedly committed suicide on Saturday morning.

Rashtriya Loktantrik Party convenor and MP Hanuman Beniwal interacts with mediapersons in this file photo.(Prabhakar Sharma/HT Photo)
Published on May 28, 2020 07:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByRakesh Goswami | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh employ drones to kill locusts

According to global forecast by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), in addition to the current outbreak, locust swarms from new areas can also enter the Indian border from June 22.

The agriculture drones are being used to kill the pests and the Centre will provide additional drones to the states to control the spread of the locust in the coming days. (HT photo)
Updated on May 27, 2020 11:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Jaipur | ByRanjan and Rakesh Goswami | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi

Rajasthan high court grants bail to second accused in Rakbar lynching case

The trial in the lynching case of 2018 will resume in Alwar on June 1.

A four-member committee headed by the then additional director general of police (law and order) NRK Reddy had found lapses by police in handling the case.(HT file photo)
Published on May 27, 2020 03:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByRakesh Goswami | Edited by Sabir Hussain

How Rajasthan forest department created jobs in tendu leaf collection during Covid-19 lockdown

Tendu leaf is used to wrap bidis. Leaves of many other plants are also used to as bidis in different parts of the country but traders said the texture, flavour and workability of tendu leaves are unmatchable.

n Jhalawar forest areas, merchants from Tonk, Karauli, Madhya Pradesh, Maharasthra and Gujarat come for collection of leaves and bring specialised labour from their native places.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2020 03:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByRakesh Goswami | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

Locusts swarm in Rajasthan’s Jaipur, move towards Dausa

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s Desert Locust Information Service bulletin says that locusts can fly up to 150km in a day and a one-square-kilometre swarm can eat as much food as 35,000 people, in terms of weight, in a single day

Officials said the locusts swarm that flew over Jaipur city came from Nagaur.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2020 12:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByRakesh Goswami | Edited by Meenakshi Ray

Rajasthan govt identify migrant workers, distribute them free ration for 2 months

The Centre’s free five kg wheat sop is aimed at migrant workers, who are not beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act (NFSA).

Siddharth Mahajan, food secretary, in his order to the district collectors has defined migrants as people who have left their native places in search of livelihood.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2020 04:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Reach of locusts wider due to lack of crops

According to the officials, swarms were now reported from districts such as Bundi, Sikar, Pratapgarh and Chittorgarh, hundreds of kilometres from the border.

A view of locusts in mustard fields in a village in Fazilka district.(File photo)
Updated on May 21, 2020 04:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Rajasthan spent Rs 2.69 crore on sending migrants home

Fare for trains carrying students were paid by the respective state governments. Fourteen of the 16 trains with students went to Bihar and the remaining two to Jharkhand. Many students returned home by buses later.

Fourteen of the 16 trains with students went to Bihar and the remaining two to Jharkhand(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Published on May 20, 2020 08:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Rajasthan battles locust invasion in 16 of 33 districts

The Locust Warning Organization (LWO) of the Union ministry of agriculture and farmer welfare warned of another attack in May-June this year.

Locusts in Pratapgarh after control operation on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2020 05:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByRakesh Goswami | Edited by Sabir Hussain

Rajasthan records highest single-day spike of 242 Covid-19 cases

Health officials said the 242 cases reported on Sunday include 60 from Jaipur, 43 from Jodhpur, 18 from Dungarpur and 14 from Pali.

There was an outbreak in the jails on Saturday when 119 cases were reported from two prisons in Jaipur district. On Sunday too, until 2pm, 14 cases had been reported from the two jails.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 17, 2020 11:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Walking back home from Rajasthan, migrant workers find shelter in schools

All across India, thousands of migrant workers along with their families have been walking home from cities and urban centres during the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.

A migrant worker's family at a government school on the outskirts of Jaipur where they were put up by the Rajasthan government before being taken to the Rajasthan-UP border in buses, during lockdown, May 15 May 2020.(Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2020 10:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByRakesh Goswami |Edited by Anubha Rohatgi

Rajasthan students learning with SMILE during lockdown

The 37-year-old government schoolteacher posted secondary school reminds the parents the video has landed in mobile phone of parents and that they should show it to their children.

Children study with digital learning initiatives- SMILE.
Updated on May 15, 2020 06:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Rajasthan: Over 1.6 lakh job cards added under MGNREGA in the past two months

On Monday morning, deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, who holds the rural development portfolio, announced the state government’s unprecedented feat via a tweet amid the raging coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.

The Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government said that it would issue job cards to all migrant labourers and engage them under the MGNREGA. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 11, 2020 06:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

A third of Rajasthan districts report no or 1-2 active Covid-19 cases

Out of Rajasthan’s 33 districts, two have no coronavirus cases, five have one case each and two have two active Covid-19 cases.

On Sunday afternoon, the state’s Covid-19 recovery rate was 58% with 2,176 of total 3,753 patients having been cured.(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 10, 2020 05:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByRakesh Goswami | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

Contagious skin disease hits desert foxes in Rajasthan, ecologists raise alarm

Mange was first reported in the national park in 2006. After that, every year, the occurrence has increased.

According to the state forest department’s wildlife census of 2019, there are about 1,000 foxes in Jaisalmer.(Pic: Sourced)
Updated on May 08, 2020 12:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByRakesh Goswami | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

More than half of Covid-19 cases in Rajasthan have recovered: Govt data

The national recovery rate was 27.66%; but Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh had a better recovery rate, the data, as of Tuesday, showed.

Rajasthan has reported 3,317 Covid-19 positive cases, of whom 1,739 have recovered so far, and the recovery rate works out to an impressive 52.43%.(ANI file photo)
Updated on May 07, 2020 10:57 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Rajasthan cop readies for return to duty after recovering from Covid-19

Soran, who was the first policeman to contract the disease in Jaipur, was more worried about the 15 policemen he stayed with at a barrack, and luckily only one of them contracted the disease.

Police personnel on a flag march to announce lockdown and restrictions on movement in the walled city area of Jaipur, Rajasthan.(Himanshu Vyas/HT Photo)
Updated on May 05, 2020 06:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Will pay for fares of migrant workers taking trains from Rajasthan: Gehlot

“On directions of Sonia Gandhi, we have decided that the state government will pay the rail fare of migrant workers going from Rajasthan to other states,” chief minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted on Monday.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot .(HT file photo)
Updated on May 04, 2020 10:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRakesh Goswami and Aabshar H Quazi

More than 1,000 pilgrims stranded in Ajmer leave for West Bengal

This is the third train of the North Western Railway to be used for evacuation.

Officials in Ajmer see off stranded pilgrims who boarded a special train for their home in West Bengal.(Deepak Sharma/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 04, 2020 05:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByRakesh Goswami | Edited by Sabir Hussain

First cop to get infected in Jaipur’s Covid-19 hotspot tests negative, raring to get back to work

The police constable is posted in Manak Chowk police station, one of the first police stations in Jaipur to go under curfew on March 24.

Twenty-eight-year-old Ram Charan Soran was the first policeman in Rajasthan’s Jaipur to get infected with Sars-CoV-2 that causes the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).(HT Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2020 01:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByRakesh Goswami | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

‘Last Holi, he came unannounced. It turned out to be his last visit’: Col Sharma’s family

Four Army personnel and a police sub-inspector died in a gun battle in Handwara in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Sunday morning.

Col Sharma spoke to his family on May 1, the raising day of 21 Rashtriya Rifles.(FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on May 03, 2020 06:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByRakesh Goswami | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

Rajasthan has fewer red zone districts, 7th on nationwide list

Following the videoconference by the Cabinet secretary with chief secretaries of states on April 30, the list classifying districts as red, orange and green zones was sent to all states.

Rajasthan has eight districts in the red zone, 19 in the orange zone and six in the green zone.(PTI fiel photo)
Updated on May 01, 2020 03:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Rajasthan’s revenue fell by 70% in April

The state was expected to earn ₹6,800 crore through tax and GST compensation and ₹1,600 primarily through royalties from mining and petroleum activities.

The state has allocated around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,200 crore for the Covid-19 related expenses, including for providing free wheat among the beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2020 05:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

70% revenue shortfall in Rajasthan, finances in bad shape

The state targeted to earn Rs ,6800 crore through tax and GST compensation, and Rs 1,600 crore of non-tax revenue, which is primarily royalty from mining and petroleum activities.

Rajasthan has allocated around Rs 1,200 crore on Covid-19 related expenses, including that on providing free PDS wheat to beneficiaries of National Food Security Act (NFSA).(Himanshu Vyas/HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2020 10:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Jaipur surgeons question non-sterile PPE kits; administration points to cost factor, supple delay

The administration of the SMS Hospital, the premier institution in the state, has said on its part that procuring sterile kits will add to the cost and lead to a delay in supply so they were getting non-sterile kits that can be sterilised in OT sterilisation units before use.

Another surgeon, who also didn’t want to be identified, said he also noticed that the PPE kits were non-sterile. Image used for representational purpose only.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 28, 2020 03:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Rajasthan govt to track medical history of 60-plus population in Covid-19 containment zones

Authorities said that in Jaipur’s Covid-19 outbreak zone Ramganj, there are about 10,140 people above the age of 60.

A private security guard rests outside a shop, during Covid-19 lockdown in Jaipur, on Sunday.(Himanshu Vyas/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 27, 2020 09:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Rajasthan reports 102 new Covid-19 cases, tally rises to 2,185

Covid-19 has claimed 41 live so far in Rajasthan.

Police and health officials sanitize a congested lane after a resident tested positive for Covid-19, outside Ramganj locality in Jaipur on Sunday.(Himanshu Vyas/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 27, 2020 05:13 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

46 people discharged from Covid-19 hospitals in Jaipur, highest so far

According to the state health department’s medical bulletin on Sunday morning, 244 people had been discharged in Rajasthan even as the number of recovered cases was 513.

Police personnel on horseback during a flag march to announce lockdown and restrictions on movement in the walled city area of Jaipur, Rajasthan on Saturday.(Himanshu Vyas/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2020 12:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Rajasthan to organise passage for migrant workers: Gehlot

Ashok Gehlot said the state government wants to send all migrants workers to their homes safely and expected their support.

Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister of Rajasthan interacts with media at sahyadri guest house in Mumbai.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2020 08:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Covid-19: Rajasthan spends Rs 2,440 on each person in quarantine centres

Thee are more than 23,000 people in government quarantine facilities across Rajasthan.

Migrant workers lodged in a Rajasthan government at a shelter home , queue for lunch, in Bagru, Jaipur.(Himanshu Vyas/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 23, 2020 04:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By
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