Sanjeev K Ahuja

Sanjeev K Ahuja writes on infrastructure, real-estate, government and civic issues. He has been a journalist for more than two decades, and headed HT’s Gurgaon bureau before moving to New Delhi.

Articles by Sanjeev K Ahuja

Centre may rope in Richard Gere, Julia Roberts or Angelina Jolie for Incredible India 2 campaign

The tourism ministry plans to increase foreign tourist footfall from present 14.4 million to 40 million in the next five years and generate 100 million jobs in the sector.

A foreign tourist clicks a selfie with a Rajasthani artiste with long moustache in Rajasthan’s Bikaner.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
A foreign tourist clicks a selfie with a Rajasthani artiste with long moustache in Rajasthan’s Bikaner.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 13, 2018 10:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

India retrieves 12th-century Brahma-Brahmani idol from London, others to follow soon

India has retrieved a 12th-century priceless marble idol of Brahma and his consort Brahmani, which was stolen from Gujarat’s Patan in 2001, from London after a wait of over 16 years

The Brahma-Brahmani idol was found to be in the possession of an individual in London who had advertised it to sell it.(AP File Photo)
The Brahma-Brahmani idol was found to be in the possession of an individual in London who had advertised it to sell it.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Jan 09, 2018 10:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Centre lifts 100-metre cap on construction near ASI protected monuments

The proposed amendment allows construction of public infrastructure such as highways, bridges and airports within 100 metres of monuments protected by the ASI. The original Act prohibited any construction around 100 metres of a historical building or place.

The India Trade Promotion Organisation realigned its 1.1km Mathura Road-Ring Road underpass cutting through Pragati Maidan as the project was too close to Purana Qila and Sher Shah Suri’s fort.(HT FILE)
The India Trade Promotion Organisation realigned its 1.1km Mathura Road-Ring Road underpass cutting through Pragati Maidan as the project was too close to Purana Qila and Sher Shah Suri’s fort.(HT FILE)
Updated on Jan 03, 2018 04:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Culture ministry orders probe into ‘manuscript thefts’ in Rajasthan institute for over two decades

It is alleged that manuscripts were being stolen from RORI since 1989 and nothing was done by the authorities to stop thefts.

Culture minister Mahesh Sharma. The ministry has asked the National Mission for Manuscripts to examine the matter at the earliest.(PTI File Photo)
Culture minister Mahesh Sharma. The ministry has asked the National Mission for Manuscripts to examine the matter at the earliest.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jan 02, 2018 10:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

100 gurukulas to conduct research on manuscripts

The gurus heading them would be retired professors or historians, and be assisted by scholars or research officers.

A sacred text in the hands of monk.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A sacred text in the hands of monk.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Dec 24, 2017 10:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Study proposal on Ram Setu hangs fire for a year

The study, proposed by the Centre for Archaeology and Museology, Assam University, Silchar — a central university — did not get permission from the Indian Council of Historical Research.

A satellite image of where the Ram Setu is believed to be located – in the shallow straits between India and Sri Lanka where the Sethusamudram shipping canal project is being proposed.(HT File Photo)
A satellite image of where the Ram Setu is believed to be located – in the shallow straits between India and Sri Lanka where the Sethusamudram shipping canal project is being proposed.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 23, 2017 10:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

NMML to host joint exhibition on Atal Bihari Vajpayee, PV Narasimha Rao

The event, showcasing snapshots from the lives of the two political personalities, will be held as a test-run of the NMML’s plans to set up a high-tech museum on all Indian prime ministers at Teen Murti Estate by the end of 2018.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee interacts with PV Narasimha Rao in an undated photograph.(HT File)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee interacts with PV Narasimha Rao in an undated photograph.(HT File)
Updated on Dec 23, 2017 08:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Asking foreigners for selfies is intrusion of their privacy: Tourism minister

Tourism minister KJ Alphons said Indians should not be obsessed with white skin and leave the foreign tourists alone.

Girls take a selfie at an event in Punjab’s Ludhiana. Tourism minister KJ Alphons has asked people not to force foreigners for selfies. (HT File Photo)
Girls take a selfie at an event in Punjab’s Ludhiana. Tourism minister KJ Alphons has asked people not to force foreigners for selfies. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 15, 2017 01:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Delhi leg of Meerut expressway to be ready next month, says Gadkari

The minister also announced that the Eastern Peripheral Expressway, connecting MG Road with NH-8 in Gurgaon, will be opened by January 26.

The first package of NH-24 project, stretching from Akshardham Temple to Delhi-UP border will be ready by December this year(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The first package of NH-24 project, stretching from Akshardham Temple to Delhi-UP border will be ready by December this year(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 15, 2017 12:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySanjeev K Ahuja, New Delhi

Rare ayurveda and yoga manuscripts pit Patanjali against culture ministry

Patanjali has accused the National Mission for Manuscripts of spending crores of rupees of public money for collecting manuscripts but not making any use of it in public interest.

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Divya Yog Mandir Trust Patanjali Yogpeeth says it has repeatedly sought access to rare ayurveda and yoga manuscripts for research purposes and not commercial use.(Reuters File Photo)
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Divya Yog Mandir Trust Patanjali Yogpeeth says it has repeatedly sought access to rare ayurveda and yoga manuscripts for research purposes and not commercial use.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Nov 11, 2017 09:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Govt targets 40 million foreign tourist inflow, 100 million jobs by 2022

The Union tourism ministry has ambitious plans to almost triple foreign tourist footfalls in India over the next five years.

Union minister for tourism KJ Alphons talking with an artist at Paryatan Parv in New Delhi on Monday.(HT Photo)
Union minister for tourism KJ Alphons talking with an artist at Paryatan Parv in New Delhi on Monday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 24, 2017 09:33 AM IST
BySanjeev K Ahuja

North Korea, Pakistan not invited for consumer protection conference in India

India is holding the Regional Conference on Consumer Protection at the request of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Patna, Bihar on October 14, 2017.(PTI File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Patna, Bihar on October 14, 2017.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Oct 20, 2017 10:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanjeev K Ahuja

ASI to spruce up Taj Mahal, other world heritage sites

The ASI is working on mobile app and other technologies that can help tourists locate spots, narrate the significance and history of the monuments and perform other functions of a guide.

The Archaeological Survey of India has zeroed in on 27 monuments, including Taj Mahal and Hampi, to improve visitors’ delight.(PTI)
The Archaeological Survey of India has zeroed in on 27 monuments, including Taj Mahal and Hampi, to improve visitors’ delight.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 17, 2017 05:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Facing webspace crunch, govt’s digitised manuscripts languish in almirahs, boxes

About eighty thousand DVDs on which documents have been stored remain stashed in corrugated cartons boxes and steel almirahs dumped in the corridors of the IGNCA.

The National Mission for Manuscripts is India’s ambitious mission that aims at documenting, digitizing and preserving about 5 lakh decaying manuscripts.(HT Photo)
The National Mission for Manuscripts is India’s ambitious mission that aims at documenting, digitizing and preserving about 5 lakh decaying manuscripts.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2017 12:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

ASI stops Taj Mahal restoration work, to seek IIT help

The ASI is of the view that iron pipe scaffolding could damage the dome of the 17th century marble mausoleum

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has put on hold restoration of the Taj Mahal using mud packs to take expert advice.(HT File Photo)
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has put on hold restoration of the Taj Mahal using mud packs to take expert advice.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2017 09:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Researchers to revisit Harappan tech for modern use

The researchers claim that the Harappans had perfected most of the technologies of their time which are still being used.

The researchers will relook at the science, technology and innovations that happened in ancient India in 3,000–4,500 BC or 5,000-6,000 years ago.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT FILE PHOTO)
The researchers will relook at the science, technology and innovations that happened in ancient India in 3,000–4,500 BC or 5,000-6,000 years ago.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 07, 2017 07:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanjeev K Ahuja, New Delhi

Centre to revive indigenous Goan culture to counter Portuguese influence

It has set up a regional chapter of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in the coastal state to promote ‘original’ cultural heritage of the erstwhile Portuguese colony.

The Centre has decided to revive indigenous culture of Goa to counter Portuguese influence on the coastal state, a popular tourist destination.(Shutterstock)
The Centre has decided to revive indigenous culture of Goa to counter Portuguese influence on the coastal state, a popular tourist destination.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 06, 2017 03:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Maharashtra tops list of complaints of traders overcharging customers post-GST

Most of the complaints are about traders adding goods and services tax to MRP for packaged foods.

A BJP supporter holds a placard during a rally in favour of the goods and services tax.(Reuters file photo)
A BJP supporter holds a placard during a rally in favour of the goods and services tax.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Oct 04, 2017 01:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Underwater exploration study on Ram Setu to take off in December

In 2008, the UPA government told the Supreme Court that there was no historical and scientific evidence to establish the existence of Lord Ram or the other characters of the Hindu epic Ramayana.

A satellite image of where the Ram Setu is believed to be located – in the shallow straits between India and Sri Lanka where the Sethusamudram shipping canal project is being proposed.(File Photo)
A satellite image of where the Ram Setu is believed to be located – in the shallow straits between India and Sri Lanka where the Sethusamudram shipping canal project is being proposed.(File Photo)
Updated on Oct 01, 2017 08:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanjeev K Ahuja

Govt considers new taxes for hotels and restaurants that demand ‘service charges’

Both officers of the consumer affairs department and members of civil society will be looking for establishments not abiding by new guidelines.

New rules announced in April forbid restaurants from requiring tips.(AP)
New rules announced in April forbid restaurants from requiring tips.(AP)
Updated on Sep 13, 2017 06:47 PM IST

Govt to check hoarding of sugar, onion ahead of festivals

The consumption of sugar and onions is at an all-time high during the two months that are witness to festivals.

Indian labourers unload sacks of onion from a truck at a wholesale market in Chennai on June 1, 2016.(AFP/Getty Images Files)
Indian labourers unload sacks of onion from a truck at a wholesale market in Chennai on June 1, 2016.(AFP/Getty Images Files)
Updated on Aug 30, 2017 08:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanjeev K Ahuja

SMART portal fails to provide answers

According to training centres, SMART (Skill Management Accreditation of Training Centers) – which digitally manages over 13,000 centres across India – was loaded with insufficient data and unclear information on saturation index of targets.

The NSDC had recently wrested control of the portal from Quality Council of India (QCI) following a series of complaints related to ‘inept’ quality inspection of centres.
The NSDC had recently wrested control of the portal from Quality Council of India (QCI) following a series of complaints related to ‘inept’ quality inspection of centres.
Updated on Aug 15, 2017 11:18 PM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

Govt to celebrate 75 years of Quit India Movement, Azad Hind Fauj launch

An exhibition, named Karenge Ya Marenge 75 Chalo Dilli, will be held from August 9 to September 1 at the National Archives of India, which will have on display thousands of declassified files and documents related to the two events.

Mahatma Gandhi using a spinning wheel during a demonstration in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh on June 9, 1925.(Getty Images)
Mahatma Gandhi using a spinning wheel during a demonstration in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh on June 9, 1925.(Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 07, 2017 11:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanjeev K Ahuja

Museums and galleries to display Hindutva-­themed artifacts

800 small and big museums across the country will display Hindutva-based artifacts, paintings and other exhibits of heritage importance.

A visitor at one of the galleries at the National Museum in New Delhi.(HT Photo/Sanjeev Verma)
A visitor at one of the galleries at the National Museum in New Delhi.(HT Photo/Sanjeev Verma)
Published on Aug 07, 2017 07:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanjeev K Ahuja

Skill corporation dumps quality watchdog after complaints of inept inspection

The NSDC has, instead, decided to rope in private agencies of global repute to do the job for it.

Students at a multi-skill development centre in Ludhiana.(HT)
Students at a multi-skill development centre in Ludhiana.(HT)
Updated on Aug 06, 2017 11:22 PM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | BySanjeev K Ahuja

Smartphone cost a barrier for rural women accessing internet: Google study

On an average, 25% women continue to use the internet after learning techniques, it said after a study in five states.

Almost 90% of women who attended the training have a better understanding of internet, according to Google.(REUTERS)
Almost 90% of women who attended the training have a better understanding of internet, according to Google.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 05, 2017 07:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanjeev K Ahuja, New Delhi

Delhi’s Nehru Museum to showcase letters, microfilms on 1962 India-China war

The Nehru Memorial Museum & Library will put on display the letters written by the then PM Jawaharlal Nehru to his Chinese counterpart in 1962.

Children walk past a photograph of Jawaharlal Nehru at the Nehru Memorial Museum in Delhi.(Abhishek Saha/HT File Photo)
Children walk past a photograph of Jawaharlal Nehru at the Nehru Memorial Museum in Delhi.(Abhishek Saha/HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 01, 2017 11:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanjeev K Ahuja

1000-year-old temple, Buddhist ruins among 24 historical monuments lost to encroachment: Govt

Conservationists say that urbanisation has made it very difficult to trace such monuments and often buildings come up around them and eventually parts of the historical site are “swallowed up”.

Culture minister Mahesh Sharma speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi.(PTI)
Culture minister Mahesh Sharma speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 25, 2017 04:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanjeev K Ahuja

Sanjay Kothari appointed secy to new President, Ashok Malik press in-charge

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has cleared these appointments for an initial period of two years.

Sanjay Kothari has been appointed secretary to President-elect Ram Nath Kovind.(PTI Photo)
Sanjay Kothari has been appointed secretary to President-elect Ram Nath Kovind.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 23, 2017 09:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanjeev K Ahuja

Consumer is and will be the king, says telecom minister Manoj Sinha

Telecom sector in India has been a success story and the government will ensure that it remains so, he says.

Union telecom minister Manoj Sinha in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Union telecom minister Manoj Sinha in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 14, 2017 05:22 PM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By
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