Sachin Saini

Sachin Saini

Sachin Saini is Principal Correspondent with HT Rajasthan edition. He covers politics, tourism, forest, home, panchayati raj and rural development, and development journalism.

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Each family will get health insurance cover of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>5 lakh per annum under the scheme. Gehlot said a separate agriculture budget will be presented from the next financial year.(PTI file photo)
Each family will get health insurance cover of 5 lakh per annum under the scheme. Gehlot said a separate agriculture budget will be presented from the next financial year.(PTI file photo)

Rajasthan to bring 3,500 crore health care scheme

By Sachin Saini, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 06:39 AM IST
“For the first time in the country, we are going to implement universal health coverage in the state from next year at the cost of 3,500 crore,” chief minister Ashok Gehlot said, adding, that a Bill on Right to Health will be introduced in the assembly.
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Tableaux of Uttar Pradesh portraying Hindu god Ram's temple on Republic Day. (AP)
Tableaux of Uttar Pradesh portraying Hindu god Ram's temple on Republic Day. (AP)

Congress’ balancing act in Rajasthan: Navigating Ram Temple and Hindutva

UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 02:17 PM IST
Earlier, this month, the student outfit of Congress, National Students’ Union of India launched a campaign, 1 Ram Ke Naam, to collect monetary contributions from students for the construction of the temple
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BJP’s Rajasthan unit president Satish Poonia(File photo)
BJP’s Rajasthan unit president Satish Poonia(File photo)

Vaundhara Raje’s loyalist MLAs complain of being sidelined in Rajasthan assembly

PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 06:14 PM IST
  • The disgruntled MLAs said their adjournment motions were not being taken up and alleged that they did not have the backing of the leader of opposition.
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Sachin Pilot addressing the kisan mahapanchayat in Kotkhawda area of Chaksu, Jaipur, on Friday. (Sourced)
Sachin Pilot addressing the kisan mahapanchayat in Kotkhawda area of Chaksu, Jaipur, on Friday. (Sourced)

Farmers don’t need sympathy, they need support: Sachin Pilot

UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 05:33 AM IST
In the mahapanchayat in Chaksu, attended by over a dozen Congress MLAs, a resolution was also passed which sought to ask the Centre to repeal the three new farm laws; a law for purchase on MSP; and reduction in fuel and LPG prices
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A petrol pump attendant waits for customers as national petrol and diesel prices rise at Bharat Petroleum Fuel Station, in New Delhi.(ANI)
A petrol pump attendant waits for customers as national petrol and diesel prices rise at Bharat Petroleum Fuel Station, in New Delhi.(ANI)

Petrol hits 100/L in Rajasthan's Sri Ganganagar, nears 90/L in Delhi

By Rajeev Jayaswal, Sachin Saini, New Delhi, Jaipur
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2021 07:51 AM IST
The government has urged the oil producers’ cartel – the Organisation of Petrol Exporting Countries (OPEC) – as well as allies such as Russia to ease production cuts as higher prices are hitting demand and adding to inflation.
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On February 14, the price of premium petrol reached <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>102.07 a litre in Sri Ganganagar following which the Rajasthan government reduced the value added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel.(Reuters)
On February 14, the price of premium petrol reached 102.07 a litre in Sri Ganganagar following which the Rajasthan government reduced the value added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel.(Reuters)

Rajasthan border district pays 100/L for petrol as prices surge

By Sachin Saini, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2021 02:51 AM IST
The price of petrol touched 100.33 on Wednesday in Sri Ganganagar. The corresponding price in Jaipur was 95.99.
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The second phase of vaccination drive has started today in Rajasthan(Bloomberg)
The second phase of vaccination drive has started today in Rajasthan(Bloomberg)

Rajasthan: Frontline workers will have to give reason for not getting vaccinated

By Sachin Saini | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 02:30 PM IST
  • Over 3.36 lakh medical healthcare personnel have been vaccinated against the target of 5.47 lakh in Rajasthan since January 16.
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A recommendation has been made to de-notify around 643ha of 2000-hectare land of Banshi Pahadpur wildlife sanctuary for mining.(Himanshu Vyas/ Hindustan Times)
A recommendation has been made to de-notify around 643ha of 2000-hectare land of Banshi Pahadpur wildlife sanctuary for mining.(Himanshu Vyas/ Hindustan Times)

Rajasthan panel wants forest area supplying stones for Ram Temple de-notified

By Sachin Saini | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2021 03:29 PM IST
  • A top Rajasthan government official said the mining, forest and revenue departments have studied Banshi Pahadpur area and found that there were no forest cover or animals in the area for the last three decades.
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The Pachpadra refinery is being jointly developed by HPCL Rajasthan Refinery Limited (HRRL) -- 74:26 joint venture between HPCL and the government of Rajasthan.(Bloomberg/Representational picture)
The Pachpadra refinery is being jointly developed by HPCL Rajasthan Refinery Limited (HRRL) -- 74:26 joint venture between HPCL and the government of Rajasthan.(Bloomberg/Representational picture)

Rajasthan’s Barmer oil refinery to start by 2022, investors assured

By Sachin Saini | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 12:31 PM IST
  • Rajasthan industries minister Parasadi Lal Meena says the state will grow into a major hub for petrochemicals products after the launch of the refinery.
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Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s comment comes amid ongoing protests being carried out by farmers in and around the borders of Delhi against the three farm laws that were implemented by the Centre in September.(PTI photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s comment comes amid ongoing protests being carried out by farmers in and around the borders of Delhi against the three farm laws that were implemented by the Centre in September.(PTI photo)

Rajasthan reduces 2% VAT on fuel after premium petrol price crossed 100-mark

By Sachin Saini | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 11:32 AM IST
  • Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot has also urged the Central government to reduce taxes on petrol an diesel.
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Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot.(PTI file)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot.(PTI file)

'Farmers’ movement arisen from distrust': Ashok Gehlot

By Sachin Saini, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2021 04:24 PM IST
  • Gehlot went on to say that such a situation has come in the country where there is pressure on all institutions such as the judiciary and the CBI.
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Shyam Sunder Paliwal shows the plantation done at the Pipalantri Model Based Pasture land Development at Gram Panchayat Tasol, at Rajsamand district, Rajasthan. (HT Archive)
Shyam Sunder Paliwal shows the plantation done at the Pipalantri Model Based Pasture land Development at Gram Panchayat Tasol, at Rajsamand district, Rajasthan. (HT Archive)

Padma awardee Shyam Sunder Paliwal turned Rajasthan village into oasis

PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 01:50 PM IST
Shyam Sunder Paliwal, a former Piplantri village council head in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand, said the focus has been the girl child, water and trees, their protection and conservation
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A group of farmers from Rajasthan will march to Delhi in their vehicles including tractors on the Republic Day, said a farmer leader.(Reuters/Representational picture)
A group of farmers from Rajasthan will march to Delhi in their vehicles including tractors on the Republic Day, said a farmer leader.(Reuters/Representational picture)

Republic Day tractor rally from Rajasthan to feature tableaus from states

By Sachin Saini | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 03:17 PM IST
  • A prominent farmer leader said they will display tableaus of around 14 states in the tractor parade and around 2000 vehicles, including tractors, will participate in the rally on the Republic Day.
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The case dated back to 2011, when a Congress government under Ashok Gehlot reversed a decision by the first Raje government in 2005 not to give a single deed to a private firm for three khasras of agricultural land in Jaipur’s Jagatpura area.(PTI file photo)
The case dated back to 2011, when a Congress government under Ashok Gehlot reversed a decision by the first Raje government in 2005 not to give a single deed to a private firm for three khasras of agricultural land in Jaipur’s Jagatpura area.(PTI file photo)

Rajasthan govt seeks withdrawal of land scam case against ex-IAS, 2 others

PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 05:22 AM IST
The three officials are retired IAS officer GS Sandhu, former Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) officer Nishkam Diwakar and Onkar Mal Saini, a serving RAS officer. Sandhu is now an advisor to Rajasthan Cricket Association president Vaibhav Gehlot, son of CM Ashok Gehlot.
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Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot.(PTI file)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot.(PTI file)

Rajasthan govt seeks withdrawal of ‘land scam’ case against GS Sandhu, others

By Sachin Saini | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 04:07 PM IST
  • The government claims that there's no proof either of any loss of revenue and of benefits accruing to department officials or of their involvement in any conspiracy.
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Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot.(PTI file)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot.(PTI file)

Rajasthan appeals to healthcare staff to come forward for Covid vaccination

By Sachin Saini | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 10:16 AM IST
  • Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot held the 'verbal exchange' between the two vaccine manufacturers as the reason behind the decline in participation in the vaccination drive
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Shaktawat was among the Congress leaders who had rebelled against Ashok Gehlot's leadership under Sachin Pilot. (Courtesy- Twitter)
Shaktawat was among the Congress leaders who had rebelled against Ashok Gehlot's leadership under Sachin Pilot. (Courtesy- Twitter)

Rajasthan Congress MLA Gajendra Singh Shaktawat dies after prolonged illness

By Sachin Saini | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 11:44 AM IST
  • Gajendra Singh was the son of former home minister and Congress stalwart from Rajasthan, Gulab Singh Shaktawat.
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Till Tuesday evening, about 429,500 people had been vaccinated across India, about 70% of the target. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Till Tuesday evening, about 429,500 people had been vaccinated across India, about 70% of the target. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Rajasthan, Bihar seek on-spot registration to bypass Co-WIN glitches, reluctance

By Sachin Saini | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Jaipur/patna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 08:48 AM IST
  • Glitches in the Co-WIN application, used for registering and communicating with the intended recipients of the vaccine, was reported from several states, leading to delays in the vaccination drive.
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India is administering two vaccines as part of the first phase of Covid-19 immunisation covering roughly 30 million health care and other frontline workers.(AFP)
India is administering two vaccines as part of the first phase of Covid-19 immunisation covering roughly 30 million health care and other frontline workers.(AFP)

Rajasthan seeks spot registration for beneficiaries due to glitches in CoWIN app

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:13 PM IST
The glitches in the CoWIN application have affected the vaccination drive in Rajasthan. The second day of the inoculation program saw 11,288 health workers of the 68.7% of targeted beneficiaries, which works out to 5 percentage points less than the first day.
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File photo(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
File photo(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Bird flu: Samples from 5 more districts found positive in Rajasthan, over 2100 birds dead

By Sachin Saini | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:07 PM IST
The samples from districts such as Jhalawar, Kota, Baran, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur and Chittorgarh have already been confirmed with bird flu.
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Chief minister Ashok Gehlot has directed officials to maintain special vigilance in wetlands, bird sanctuaries and lakes.(PTI)
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot has directed officials to maintain special vigilance in wetlands, bird sanctuaries and lakes.(PTI)

Bird Flu spreads to six districts in Rajasthan, Centre takes stock

By Sachin Saini | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 01:04 PM IST
Currently there is no confirmation of bird flu disease among the chicken population in the state, said an official.
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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted his best wishes to the newly formed executive committee.(PTI PHOTO.)
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted his best wishes to the newly formed executive committee.(PTI PHOTO.)

Congress announces new executive body with 39-members for Rajasthan

By Sachin Saini | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 01:27 AM IST
On expected lines, the executives have a mixture of both senior and junior leaders. The party leadership has tried to maintain a balance between supporters of CM Ashok Gehlot, former deputy CM Sachin Pilot, state Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasara and some recommended by other state leaders.
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Only 50% students will be allowed to attend classes on each day after reopening of the schools.(HT Photo)
Only 50% students will be allowed to attend classes on each day after reopening of the schools.(HT Photo)

Rajasthan schools, colleges, coaching centres to reopen from January 18

By Sachin Saini | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 03:10 PM IST
The chief minister asked officials to ensure all coronavirus containment and prevention protocols are followed in all institutions post reopening.
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File photo: Workers spray to sanitize the area in front of bird enclosure.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
File photo: Workers spray to sanitize the area in front of bird enclosure.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Nearly 25,000 birds die of 2 strains of bird flu, states on alert

By Sachin Saini, Shruti Tomar, Naresh Thakur, Ramesh Babu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Jaipur/Bhopal/Shimla/Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 09:03 PM IST
Forest department officials said the source of bird flu was migratory birds which probably came from Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries and have spread to native species.
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File photo: Veterinarians check chickens at a poultry farm.(ASSOCIATED PRESS)
File photo: Veterinarians check chickens at a poultry farm.(ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Bird flu samples from Rajasthan’s Kota, Baran found positive; over 600 birds dead

By Sachin Saini | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 07:21 PM IST
Test report identifies Avian Influenza subtype H5N8 in the birds.
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In Rajasthan, expert teams have been rushed and surveillance enhanced.(HR Archive/Representational Image)
In Rajasthan, expert teams have been rushed and surveillance enhanced.(HR Archive/Representational Image)

Mass bird deaths in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh prompt remedial measures

By Sachin Saini & Shruti Tomar | Hindustan Times, Jaipur/Bhopal
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 09:54 AM IST
Officials said 175 crows and other birds were reported dead across Rajasthan on Monday alone. In neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, over 500 crows have died over the last week
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Death of crows in Rajasthan’s Jhalawar has been confirmed the presence of the Bird Flu virus.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Death of crows in Rajasthan’s Jhalawar has been confirmed the presence of the Bird Flu virus.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Bird Flu in Rajasthan: 7 crow deaths in Jaipur, teams sent to districts

By Sachin Saini | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 02:27 PM IST
The first-ever incident of bird flu in Rajasthan is a serious concern for the government and for the people, who are already struggling with Covid-19.
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File photo: A health worker collects a swab sample from a woman for Covid-19 testing.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
File photo: A health worker collects a swab sample from a woman for Covid-19 testing.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

Rajasthan issues fresh Covid-19 guidelines, night curfew in 13 districts to continue

By Sachin Saini | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 12:10 AM IST
The government issued guidelines for surveillance, containment, and caution for the period between January 1 and 15.
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Illegal sand mining menace has been a big worry for Rajasthan.(Hindustan Times Photo)
Illegal sand mining menace has been a big worry for Rajasthan.(Hindustan Times Photo)

SC panel recommends Rs 10 lakh per vehicle fine to curb illegal bajri mining in Rajasthan

By Sachin Saini | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 04:33 PM IST
In February, the SC had constituted the committee to look into illegal sand mining in the state and submit a report suggesting measures to deal with it.
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Representational photo.(PTI)
Representational photo.(PTI)

Churu shivers at -1.3 degrees Celsius, coldest December in over four decades

By Sachin Saini | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 11:01 AM IST
The India Meteorological Department said the cold wave will continue in Bhilwara, Jhunjhunu, Churu, and Hanumangarh on Thursday
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