Sunetra Choudhury

Sunetra Choudhury

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Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal held a meeting in favour of the farm laws in Patna.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal held a meeting in favour of the farm laws in Patna.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Notice served under new IT rules in Manipur, withdrawn

By Utpal Parashar, Sunetra Choudhury, Guwahati, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 09:14 AM IST
  • The notice under the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 notified on February 25, was issued on March 1 and served on Tuesday morning to the publisher/intermediary of Khanasi Neinasi, which means Let’s Talk in Manipuri.
A BMC medical staffer administering a Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at JJ Hospital in Mumbai, India, on Monday, March 1, 2021.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
A BMC medical staffer administering a Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at JJ Hospital in Mumbai, India, on Monday, March 1, 2021.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

'Will be able to scale up Covid vaccinations to 2.7 million a day’: RS Sharma

By Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 04:34 AM IST
"It’s a positive and powerful message to everybody, especially those who were doubting the Covid-19 vaccine and fearing side effects," National Health Authority chairperson RS Sharma said.
Since October, the need for medical oxygen has been steadily declining.(Bloomberg Photo. Representative image)
Since October, the need for medical oxygen has been steadily declining.(Bloomberg Photo. Representative image)

How India ensured steady supply of medical oxygen during Covid pandemic

By Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 05:06 AM IST
“What if 1 crore people fall sick across the country and need oxygen? How are we prepared? That’s one of the first things the government asked us,’’ recalls Saket Tikoo a member of the oxygen monitoring committee that was set up by the ministry of commerce’s Department of Promotion of industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).
Celeste goes on to add how, in a meeting with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif shortly after this, Clinton asked him to “withdraw troops” from Kargil.(ANI file photo. Representative image)
Celeste goes on to add how, in a meeting with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif shortly after this, Clinton asked him to “withdraw troops” from Kargil.(ANI file photo. Representative image)

When Pakistan failed to get support during Kargil

By Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 12:54 AM IST
In a new book, Life in American Politics & Diplomatic Years in India published by Har-Anand Publications, Richard Celeste, the US ambassador to India between 1997 and 2001, reports a visit he received from Pakistan’s Ambassador to India, Ashraf Qazi.
Cyber security firms collect information from all web platforms, including Dark Web forums, to prevent real-time attacks on leaked data, actionable intelligence on illegal drug and medication trades and insider-threat monitoring.(Shutterstock)
Cyber security firms collect information from all web platforms, including Dark Web forums, to prevent real-time attacks on leaked data, actionable intelligence on illegal drug and medication trades and insider-threat monitoring.(Shutterstock)

Cyber security brass steps in as experts flag delay in fixing lapses

By Binayak Dasgupta, Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 03:07 AM IST
Late on Saturday, Jackson published a blog with an overview of the vulnerabilities that, without citing specifics, mentioned the discovery of 35 instances of credentials pairs, 3 instances of sensitive files, over 13,000 personally identifiable information instances, dozens of police FIRs.
SY Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner and author, The Population Myth: Islam, Family Planning and Politics in India. (Courtesy HarperCollins)
SY Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner and author, The Population Myth: Islam, Family Planning and Politics in India. (Courtesy HarperCollins)

Interview: SY Quraishi, author, The Population Myth: Islam, Family Planning and Politics in India

By Sunetra Choudhury
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 07:05 PM IST
Former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi’s new book uses census and National Family Health Survey data to debunk widely-held misconceptions
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting during his election campaign ahead of Puducherry polls in Puducherry.(PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting during his election campaign ahead of Puducherry polls in Puducherry.(PTI)

Rahul, BSP MP raise LAC situation at defence standing committee meet

By Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 03:59 AM IST
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Kunwar Danish Ali also asked General Rawat questions about whether India was at a disadvantage due to having ordered fewer Rafale jets than what the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government planned, the people said.
It took more than 2 years for Priya Ramani to clear the tag of being an accused.
It took more than 2 years for Priya Ramani to clear the tag of being an accused.

Priya Ramani vs MJ Akbar case: 5 takeaways from the order

By Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2021 10:09 AM IST
  • Hindustan Times' National Political Editor Sunetra Choudhury explains 5 key takeaways from the verdict in the MJ Akbar's defamation case against former journalist Priya Ramani, who had accused him of sexual harassment.
Dinesh Trivedi said Prashant Kishor's team, which was given access to his social media accounts, used words against PM Modi and the governor that he would never use(HT Photo)
Dinesh Trivedi said Prashant Kishor's team, which was given access to his social media accounts, used words against PM Modi and the governor that he would never use(HT Photo)

Dinesh Trivedi explains why Trinamool leaders don’t want Prashant Kishor around

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2021 01:56 PM IST
  • Dinesh Trivedi, who quit his Rajya Sabha seat last week, spoke out against Prashant Kishor's team that had brought in by party chief Mamata Banerjee.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad(PTI Photo )
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad(PTI Photo )

The 2006 bus attack at center of PM’s emotional speech for Ghulam Nabi Azad

By Sunetra Choudhury, Saubhadra Chatterji | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2021 09:39 AM IST
Talking about his relationship with Modi, Azad said they have known each other since the ‘90s when they were both general secretaries and represented different views on television debates
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.(PTI)
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.(PTI)

‘I will join the BJP when we have black snow in Kashmir’: Ghulam Nabi Azad

By Sunetra Choudhury, Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2021 09:41 AM IST
Ghulam Nabi Azad talks about his relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his farewell, speculation that he may join the BJP.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Ghulam Nabi Azad, A K Antony, Manmohan Singh.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Ghulam Nabi Azad, A K Antony, Manmohan Singh.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Election or nomination? Congress divided over CEC

By Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2021 04:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times has spoken to several delegates who attended the meeting, including signatories to the letter written in August to interim chief Sonia Gandhi in which they demanded a “full-time and effective” leadership that is “visible” and “active.”
HT Image
HT Image

Election or nomination? Cong divided over CEC

By Sunetra Choudhury
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 11:39 PM IST
NEW DELHI: As more details of Friday’s Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting emerged, it is now clear that the new bone of contention between party leaders who in August called for an overhaul of the organisation and staunch loyalists of the leadership is a demand that members of the Central Election Committee (CEC) be elected, not nominated
Parameswaran Iyer. (PTI File)
Parameswaran Iyer. (PTI File)

Former bureaucrat’s book reveals behind-the-scenes of Covid-19 management

By Sunetra Choudhury
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 05:12 PM IST
Parameswaran Iyer was the drinking water and sanitation secretary till last year and headed the Covid group for logistics management set up in April
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses the post-budget press conference at National Media Centre in New Delhi, (PTI)
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses the post-budget press conference at National Media Centre in New Delhi, (PTI)

Budget 2021: Sitharaman quotes Tagore, talks of cricket to drive her point home

By Sunetra Choudhury | Edited by Sparshita Saxena, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2021 10:30 PM IST
  • While ancient Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar seems to be a personal favourite with Sitharaman, she quoted Tagore while referring to India emerging from the pandemic.
"When the estimates of the first quarter were released, we mentioned that there will be a V-shaped recovery. None of us is an astrologer. We track 58 indicators to make our estimation. The 11% projection is certainly achievable," the CEA said.(PTI)
"When the estimates of the first quarter were released, we mentioned that there will be a V-shaped recovery. None of us is an astrologer. We track 58 indicators to make our estimation. The 11% projection is certainly achievable," the CEA said.(PTI)

‘Bare necessities delivered in 2018 significantly better than 2012 level’: CEA

By Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 05:22 AM IST
Chief economic adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian spoke at length about the finer points of his assessment of the economy, India’s response to the Covid pandemic and the farm protests.
Open communication between the government and the Opposition is the prerequisite of parliamentary democracy, Ansari said. (PTI File)
Open communication between the government and the Opposition is the prerequisite of parliamentary democracy, Ansari said. (PTI File)

‘Hostility between govt, Opposition hampers House’: Ex-vice president Ansari

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 04:09 AM IST
  • In his soon-to-be-released memoir, By Many a Happy Accident, Ansari said he never allowed the passage of a bill in the event of a commotion in the House.
The education ministry has already announced that the joint entrance examination for admission to engineering colleges will be held online four times a year from this year.(iStock/HT Archive)
The education ministry has already announced that the joint entrance examination for admission to engineering colleges will be held online four times a year from this year.(iStock/HT Archive)

Ministries at odds over NEET exam

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 05:53 AM IST
  • Education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal’s proposal raised the hopes of thousands of students who were hoping to get two options.
“The design {of the tableau} is a celebration of workers’ well- being and security,’’ minister for labour and employment Santosh Gangwar said.
“The design {of the tableau} is a celebration of workers’ well- being and security,’’ minister for labour and employment Santosh Gangwar said.

Republic Day tableau to honour Indian worker

By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 08:18 AM IST
The theme of the tableau, which features workers in hard hats and safety gear, is encapsulated in the slogan: “Mehnat ko samman, Adhikar ek samaan’’ (Respect for hard work, Equal rights for all).
The people, who requested anonymity, confirmed that the schedule for elections to the post of president and CWC members was accepted, but a spat ensued when the demand was voiced for CEC members to be elected.(HT PHOTO.)
The people, who requested anonymity, confirmed that the schedule for elections to the post of president and CWC members was accepted, but a spat ensued when the demand was voiced for CEC members to be elected.(HT PHOTO.)

Discontent at CWC meet over polls for Congress election panel

By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 04:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times has spoken to several delegates who attended the meeting, including signatories to the letter written in August to chief Sonia Gandhi in which they demanded a “full-time and effective” leadership that is “visible” and “active”.
On Friday, Modi will interact with people who have been vaccinated and vaccinators in Varanasi at 1:15pm via video conferencing.(PTI)
On Friday, Modi will interact with people who have been vaccinated and vaccinators in Varanasi at 1:15pm via video conferencing.(PTI)

Covid-19: PM Modi likely to take vaccine in second phase of drive

By Sunetra Choudhury
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:04 AM IST
India is currently administering vaccines to 30 million health care and frontline workers. The second phase of the programme will involve 270 million people over 50 and those with compromised immunity or underlying medical conditions that make them vulnerable to Covid-19.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)

Covid-19: PM Modi likely to get vaccinated in 2nd phase of inoculation drive

By Sunetra Choudhury
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 11:29 AM IST
India is currently administering vaccines to 30 million healthcare and frontline workers. The second phase of the programme will involve 270 million people
The armed forces see adultery — “stealing the affections of a brother officer’s wife” — as an offence that is just a notch below the worst offence enlisted personnel can be accused of, cowardice. (Representative Image)(Representational photo/PTI)
The armed forces see adultery — “stealing the affections of a brother officer’s wife” — as an offence that is just a notch below the worst offence enlisted personnel can be accused of, cowardice. (Representative Image)(Representational photo/PTI)

Even woman officers want adultery law in army

By Sunetra Choudhury
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 02:36 AM IST
The provision to deal with this, drawn from section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, exists in all three services, and the punishment is usually dismissal. Section 45 (conduct unbecoming) or section 63 (violation of good order and discipline) are both offences that are gender-neutral.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi .(PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi .(PTI)

Rahul Gandhi reluctant to return as Cong chief; Plan B on cards

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 01:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times spoke to several Congress leaders, some of them part of his core group, about the party’s plans to appoint a permanent president.
The book,(PTI)
The book,(PTI)

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to release book on Mahatma on January 1

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 10:58 AM IST
The office of Union culture minister Prahlad Patel has confirmed that he will be present at the release along with the minister of state for external affairs, V Muraleedharan.
Congress leaders Pawan Bansal, Prithviraj Chavan and Harish Rawat after a meeting with party’s Interim President Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi.(PTI photo)
Congress leaders Pawan Bansal, Prithviraj Chavan and Harish Rawat after a meeting with party’s Interim President Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi.(PTI photo)

Amid rumblings in Congress, dissenters stress on need for hands-on chief

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 04:53 AM IST
Termed an icebreaker, this was the first in-person interaction amid the Covid-19 pandemic between representatives of the group of dissenters and Sonia Gandhi and other party leaders.
Gandhi , according to people familiar with the proceedings, expressed an opinion that such matters were best left for the forces to discuss and suggested that the panel focus on more substantive issues.(PTI File Photo)
Gandhi , according to people familiar with the proceedings, expressed an opinion that such matters were best left for the forces to discuss and suggested that the panel focus on more substantive issues.(PTI File Photo)

Discussion on uniforms and ranks: Rahul Gandhi walks out of House panel meeting

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 04:10 AM IST
Rahul Gandhi had been asking for a discussion on the border standoff with China for some time now and was disappointed that the committee, instead of taking that up as an agenda was discussing something else.
HT Image
HT Image

Pranab’s son, daughter at odds over his new memoir

By Sunetra Choudhury
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 11:56 PM IST
Minister of parliamentary affairs Pralhad Joshi during a media briefing on January 8, 2020.(Sonu Mehta/HT Archive)
Minister of parliamentary affairs Pralhad Joshi during a media briefing on January 8, 2020.(Sonu Mehta/HT Archive)

Only Congress has an issue with no Winter Session: Pralhad Joshi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 02:37 AM IST
Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi said many people have suggested not to go for session as there is a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases. The government because, of the extraordinary situation, are calling it (next session) in January, he said.
The book, due for publication early next year, is part four of Mukherjee’s memoirs, the first of which was published in 2014, when he was still at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. (HT Photo)
The book, due for publication early next year, is part four of Mukherjee’s memoirs, the first of which was published in 2014, when he was still at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. (HT Photo)

Pranab Mukherjee’s son does not want his book published. Daughter disagrees

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:58 PM IST
Referring to the excerpts of the book that were released on Friday, Abhijit Mukherjee said they were “motivated” and the former President would not have approved of them. Daughter Sharmishta however ashed her brother not to create any unnecessary hurdles.
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