Ranjan

Ranjan Srivastava leads HT’s coverage from Bhopal. He has spent more than two decades in journalism in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, covering political and other affairs. For the past 16 years, he has been working in Madhya Pradesh.

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Entire new Koilwar bridge thrown open, Gadkari promises more for Bihar

Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari on Saturday inaugurated the three-lane downstream lane of Koilwar bridge over Sone river in Bihar virtually from New Delhi and said the much-awaited four-lane road from Bhojpur to Buxar will be completed by October 2022
The downstream flank of the new Koilwar bridge over Sone river was inaugurated on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
The downstream flank of the new Koilwar bridge over Sone river was inaugurated on Saturday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on May 14, 2022 09:46 PM IST
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ByPrashant Ranjan, Ara

India-EU investment treaty: Remove hurdles

An India-EU investment treaty will not only bring benefits to both sides but also demonstrate the combined will towards strengthening a rules-based international order
Overall, India’s new investment treaty practice gives primacy to the State’s rights over the rights of the foreign investors, whereas the EU treaty practice is more balanced. This difference in perspective will be a bone of contention between the two sides. (HT PHOTO)
Overall, India’s new investment treaty practice gives primacy to the State’s rights over the rights of the foreign investors, whereas the EU treaty practice is more balanced. This difference in perspective will be a bone of contention between the two sides. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 09, 2022 07:54 PM IST
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5 bodies fished out of Ganges near Buxar

Five bodies were recovered from river Ganga in Bihar’s Buxar district on Thursday, a year after 70 bodies were fished out from the river in the same district, officials said.
Of the five bodies fished out of river Ganga, four were male while one was of a woman, Buxar SDO said. (Picture for representation)
Of the five bodies fished out of river Ganga, four were male while one was of a woman, Buxar SDO said. (Picture for representation)
Published on May 05, 2022 09:07 PM IST
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ByPrashant Ranjan, Buxar

Groom, kin assaulted, wedding called off

A bridegroom and his family members in a village in Bihar’s Bhojpur district were injured after they were assaulted by people from the bride’s side on Wednesday night, police said.
The groom’s father said that during a ritual at the wedding function, some people from the bride’s side passed some objectionable comments at female attendees from their side, to which they objected and a scuffle ensued. (Picture for representation)
The groom’s father said that during a ritual at the wedding function, some people from the bride’s side passed some objectionable comments at female attendees from their side, to which they objected and a scuffle ensued. (Picture for representation)
Published on Apr 28, 2022 09:32 PM IST
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Bihar groom among 3 hurt at wedding event. He was firing in air; arrest soon

Bihar: The groom, Ravi Shankar Kumar, also sustained pellet injuries and was taken to hospital in Bhojpur district’s Ara town where he and two relatives are under treatment.
Bhojpur SP Vinay Tiwary said (Getty Images)
Bhojpur SP Vinay Tiwary said (Getty Images)
Published on Apr 27, 2022 01:15 PM IST
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Travel: Sun break in the Himalayas

That sublime moment when the sun rises at Annapurna Base Camp makes the cold, grime and exhaustion of the trek worthwhile
A magnificent sunrise over Annapurna South is what awaits you at the end of your journey. All photos by Ashesh Ambasta
A magnificent sunrise over Annapurna South is what awaits you at the end of your journey. All photos by Ashesh Ambasta
Updated on May 12, 2022 11:17 AM IST
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To reach full potential of trade pacts, accept investment protection

Stung by several international claims under BITs, India is like a cat who, after sitting on a hot stove, refuses to sit even on a cold stove
India should come out of its shell and accept investment protection as part of its broader economic commitments under international law. This will enable India to realise the full potential of these CECAs. (AFP)
India should come out of its shell and accept investment protection as part of its broader economic commitments under international law. This will enable India to realise the full potential of these CECAs. (AFP)
Updated on Apr 04, 2022 08:09 PM IST
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A fundamental shift in electoral behaviour

Role of the intermediary in Indian politics stands fundamentally decimated with welfare delivery — and political attribution and power — centralised in party leaders. This was most pronounced in UP
What explains this shift of loyalties away from local intermediaries? Fundamentally, this is attributed to the nature of change in the Indian State, and its increasing focus on direct cash transfers to citizens (SUNIL GHOSH/HTPHOTO)
What explains this shift of loyalties away from local intermediaries? Fundamentally, this is attributed to the nature of change in the Indian State, and its increasing focus on direct cash transfers to citizens (SUNIL GHOSH/HTPHOTO)
Updated on Mar 10, 2022 10:34 PM IST
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ByBhanu Joshi, Ashish Ranjan, Neelanjan Sircar

The micro narratives that shaped the poll agenda in Uttar Pradesh

UP election: There is a significant dip in religious polarisation in Purvanchal as we move from western Uttar Pradesh. And eastern UP doesn’t have either an urban agglomeration or agricultural surplus like the NCR in western UP to boost the region’s economy.
UP election: People stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the last phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly election in Varanasi. (REUTERS)
UP election: People stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the last phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly election in Varanasi. (REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 07, 2022 05:09 PM IST
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ByBhanu Joshi, Ashish Ranjan and Neelanjan Sircar

In war-torn Ukraine, has international law failed us once again?

  • The so-called weakness of international law is a tale of the feebleness of global institutions and countries mandated to implement the law.
Several tools can be used to hold Russia accountable or inflict costs for its unlawful behaviour. (REUTERS)
Several tools can be used to hold Russia accountable or inflict costs for its unlawful behaviour. (REUTERS)
Published on Mar 02, 2022 07:28 PM IST
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A non-protectionist trade policy is what India needs

  • It should include pro-market reforms, not pro-business reforms that are reminiscent of India’s “stigmatised capitalism”
In the last few years, the official narrative on FTAs has been that they led to India’s de-industrialisation in some sectors. (Bloomberg file photo/Representative image)
In the last few years, the official narrative on FTAs has been that they led to India’s de-industrialisation in some sectors. (Bloomberg file photo/Representative image)
Published on Feb 25, 2022 06:47 PM IST
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As Ukraine comes under attack, a Buxar family prays for their son’s safety

A third-year medical student who hails from Buxar district, Amritanshu Kumar has been in touch with his family back home, but his parents and sister are anxious about working out his return to India
Amritanshu Kumar is a third-year medical student in Ukraine. He hails from Bihar’s Buxar district. (Supplied photo)
Amritanshu Kumar is a third-year medical student in Ukraine. He hails from Bihar’s Buxar district. (Supplied photo)
Updated on Feb 25, 2022 09:31 AM IST
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ByPrashant Ranjan

Party versus identity politics in Punjab polls

In Punjab, groups and interests have coalesced around parties: the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), originally an explicitly religious party representing the rural Sikh class, and the Congress, having roots across social groups, including the state’s Hindus
A polling official takes out an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) from the case at a distribution centre on the eve of Punjab Assembly elections, in Amritsar on Saturday. (Raminder Pal Singh)
A polling official takes out an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) from the case at a distribution centre on the eve of Punjab Assembly elections, in Amritsar on Saturday. (Raminder Pal Singh)
Updated on Feb 20, 2022 04:55 AM IST
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ByBhanu Joshi, Ashish Ranjan, Neelanjan Sircar

Hindus’ consolidation may shape Uttar Pradesh election results

As one moves east from Muzaffarnagar district to Bareilly district, there is a noticeable shift in the social context
Unlike the outright Hindu-Muslim polarisation that drove BJP’s support in Phase 1 ACs in 2017, the party relied on the popularity of PM Modi to mollify tensions between various caste groups and paper over local rivalries in Phase 2 ACs. (PTI)
Unlike the outright Hindu-Muslim polarisation that drove BJP’s support in Phase 1 ACs in 2017, the party relied on the popularity of PM Modi to mollify tensions between various caste groups and paper over local rivalries in Phase 2 ACs. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 17, 2022 02:41 AM IST
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ByBhanu Joshi, Ashish Ranjan and Neelanjan Sircar, Hindustan Times, Bareilly

New thematic funds, cap on LTCG surcharge bring cheer to startups, investors

To begin with, the budget has proposed to set up thematic funds emulating the Fund of Funds (FoF) set up under the Small Industries Development Bank of India (Sidbi) and the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) to invest in the agri-tech, climate action, and pharma.
India's Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds up a folder with the Government of India’s logo as she leaves her office to present the federal budget in the parliament in New Delhi, India, February 1, 2022. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis (REUTERS)
India's Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds up a folder with the Government of India’s logo as she leaves her office to present the federal budget in the parliament in New Delhi, India, February 1, 2022. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis (REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 02, 2022 01:46 AM IST
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Buxar hooch tragedy: SHO among three cops suspended

Three policemen, including station house officer (SHO) of a police station, have been suspended in Bihar’s Buxar district in connection with the suspected hooch tragedy on Wednesday that left six people dead, including a teacher, superintendent of police Niraj Kumar Singh said on Friday.
Police at a site where at least six people died after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Buxar. (ANI)
Police at a site where at least six people died after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Buxar. (ANI)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 09:59 PM IST
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ByAvinash Kumar and Prashant Ranjan, Patna/buxar

In Bihar, six killed in third suspected hooch tragedy in January

According to the villagers, over a dozen people consumed liquor in a hut at around 7.30 pm, on the outskirts of Amsari village, barely two-kilometres from the local police station.
Earlier, 13 people had died in a similar incident at Nalanda on January 13 and 18 others at Saran district on January 18 after consuming spurious liquor. (Image used for representation). (HT PHOTO.)
Earlier, 13 people had died in a similar incident at Nalanda on January 13 and 18 others at Saran district on January 18 after consuming spurious liquor. (Image used for representation). (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Jan 27, 2022 11:11 PM IST
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ByAvinash Kumar & Prashant Ranjan

6 dead in Buxar in 3rd suspected hooch tragedy in Bihar this year

In yet another suspected hooch tragedy in Bihar where total prohibition on liquor was imposed in April 2016, at least six people have died and three others are battling for life after allegedly consuming spurious liquor at Amasari village in Buxar district late Wednesday, police said.
Police at the site where at least six people died after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Buxar on Wednesday. (ANI)
Police at the site where at least six people died after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Buxar on Wednesday. (ANI)
Published on Jan 27, 2022 10:03 PM IST
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ByAvinash Kumar& Prashant Ranjan, Patna/buxar

Bihar: 10-year-old girl killed, four in family injured after house catches fire

ARA: A 10-year-old girl was killed and four others in her family were seriously injured after their house at Sonvarsha situated under Charpokhri police station of Bhojpur district caught fire from the spark of bonfire kept in a room on Sunday midnight, police said
The house caught fire from the spark of bonfire kept in a room on Sunday midnight. (Representational image)
The house caught fire from the spark of bonfire kept in a room on Sunday midnight. (Representational image)
Published on Jan 24, 2022 02:14 PM IST
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ByPrashant Ranjan

India’s poor compliance with investment awards

The decision of the Canadian court sullies India’s reputation globally as an attractive investment destination and spooks foreign investors
Since 2011, approximately 20 BIT arbitrations have been initiated against India before different investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) tribunals (Shutterstock)
Since 2011, approximately 20 BIT arbitrations have been initiated against India before different investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) tribunals (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 12, 2022 07:39 PM IST
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ByPrabhash Ranjan

Man sentenced in Bihar for torturing parents in inebriated condition

Special public prosecutor Rajesh Kumar in Bihar’s Ara said the mother, in her complaint, said in June this year that Aditya Raj assaulted her and her husband, locked them up in a room in a drunken state
A woman filed a complaint under Bihar’s prohibition law against her son, saying he assaulted her and locked her in a room with her husband (AFP File Photo)
A woman filed a complaint under Bihar’s prohibition law against her son, saying he assaulted her and locked her in a room with her husband (AFP File Photo)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 11:24 AM IST
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Bihar: Former RJD MLA arrested under SC/ST Act

Police lodged a case against the former RJD MLA based on a complaint filed by his bodyguard on Nov 17.
The MLA was sent to judicial custody on Tuesday evening. (Representational image)
The MLA was sent to judicial custody on Tuesday evening. (Representational image)
Updated on Dec 08, 2021 10:26 PM IST
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ByPrashant Ranjan, Ara

The crisis in SAU is a symbol of the crisis of SAARC

The future of SAARC and specialised bodies such as SAU is directly proportional to India’s political interest. Notwithstanding Pakistan’s recalcitrant attitude, SAARC serves India’s interests
The roots of this economic debacle lie in the political dysfunctionality of SAARC, especially in the last five years (Getty Images)
The roots of this economic debacle lie in the political dysfunctionality of SAARC, especially in the last five years (Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 10:19 PM IST
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ByPrabhash Ranjan

For vaccine equity, the TRIPS waiver is crucial

The EU’s effort to protect the IP standards of pharma corporations signals the triumph of corporate profits over the health of the poor
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at a community centre, Gurugram, October 2021 (Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at a community centre, Gurugram, October 2021 (Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 11, 2021 05:20 PM IST
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ByPrabhash Ranjan and Sakshi Ranjan

CRPF jawan from Bihar killed in Sukma fratricide

He told me he would come on November 14. He showed me a bag purchased by him for his mother and asked me what I wanted, said the deceased jawan’s wife.
Rajmani Kumar Yadav, 33, is survived by mother Ramrato Devi, wife Rinki Devi, three sons and two daughters. (HT Photo)
Rajmani Kumar Yadav, 33, is survived by mother Ramrato Devi, wife Rinki Devi, three sons and two daughters. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 08, 2021 09:32 PM IST
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ByPrashant Ranjan, Ara

4 women crushed to death near Ara

Police, quoting eyewitnesses, said the women were hit by a speeding Scorpio going towards Jagdishpur from Piro. The vehicle sped away after the accident.
The accident took place on Piro-Jagdishpur road near Devhanda bridge. (HT PHOTO)
The accident took place on Piro-Jagdishpur road near Devhanda bridge. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 29, 2021 10:04 PM IST
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Decoding the rising Islamist threat in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is known as a moderate Islamic country. There is a strong and committed secular section, but this is dwindling in numbers
The orchestrated communal violence seems to be a deep-rooted conspiracy (AFP)
The orchestrated communal violence seems to be a deep-rooted conspiracy (AFP)
Updated on Oct 26, 2021 08:44 PM IST
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ByPinak Ranjan Chakravarty

India should be open to the WTO investment facilitation pact

India would do well to actively take part in these negotiations and try to shape the investment facilitation agreement in a manner that reflects its concerns
India’s apprehensions stem from WTO’s checkered past on investment (AFP)
India’s apprehensions stem from WTO’s checkered past on investment (AFP)
Updated on Oct 22, 2021 05:44 PM IST
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ByPrabhash Ranjan

Juvenile kills self in Bihar correction home, 10 inmates escape: Police

Following the incident, at least 10 inmates managed to escape from the facility. The custodial death brought district officials on their toes and Bhojpur district magistrate Roshan Kushwaha ordered a probe into the matter.
The deceased is a resident of a village under the town police station of Buxar district. He was brought to the facility located at Dhanpura under the jurisdiction of the town police station on October 6.
The deceased is a resident of a village under the town police station of Buxar district. He was brought to the facility located at Dhanpura under the jurisdiction of the town police station on October 6.
Updated on Oct 17, 2021 01:58 AM IST
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By, Prashant Ranjan, Hindustan Times, Patna

Juvenile dies by suicide at Bhojpur’s correction home; family members allege murder

A 16-year-old boy, accused of abducting a girl, allegedly killed himself at a correction home in Bihar’s Bhojpur district late on Friday evening under mysterious circumstances, officials said
Image for representation. (File photo)
Image for representation. (File photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2021 02:44 PM IST
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ByAvinash Kumar, Prashant Ranjan
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