Sunetra Choudhury

Sunetra Choudhury

Articles by Sunetra Choudhury
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.
File photo of Pranab Mukherjee with Rupa’s Kapish Mehra.
File photo of Pranab Mukherjee with Rupa’s Kapish Mehra.

‘Stop the memoir’: Pranab Mukherjee’s son to publishers of father’s book

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 04:24 PM IST
In a series of tweets, Mukherjee said that the excerpts that were released were “motivated” and that the former President would not have approved.
BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya.(File photo)
BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya.(File photo)

Don’t think people of Bengal will forgive Mamata Banerjee: BJP’s Kailash Vijayvargiya

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 04:36 PM IST
This is the communist culture to crush the Opposition which we don’t see anywhere else in the country, alleges the Bengal in-charge of the party
The IAF official did not rule out taking legal action against AK vs AK as well.Hours later, Anil Kapoor, 63, tweeted an apology in a video statement.(Netflix/YouTube)
The IAF official did not rule out taking legal action against AK vs AK as well.Hours later, Anil Kapoor, 63, tweeted an apology in a video statement.(Netflix/YouTube)

IAF raises objections to Netflix trailer

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 07:03 AM IST
This is the second time in recent months that the IAF has expressed displeasure over Netflix content.
Bhupinder Singh Hooda(File photo)
Bhupinder Singh Hooda(File photo)

‘Will bring a no-trust motion against govt for failing farmers’, says Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 04:06 AM IST
Former Haryana chief minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda spoke to Hindustan Times about the ongoing farm agitation and his demand of bringing a no-confidence motion against the state government in the assembly.
The new posts are of DCOAS (Strategy) and Director General (Information Warfare).(File photo for representation)
The new posts are of DCOAS (Strategy) and Director General (Information Warfare).(File photo for representation)

Govt announces 2 new army posts with focus on reforms

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 04:35 AM IST
The government on Thursday announced the post of a Deputy Chief of the Army Staff, or DCOAS, (Strategy) with an aim to bring about structural reforms in the army, about two years after the plan was envisaged.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.(File photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.(File photo)

Rahul Gandhi presides over meetings to discuss Assam, Tamil Nadu polls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Guwahati | By Sunetra Choudhury & Utpal Parashar
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 09:42 AM IST
Speculation about Rahul Gandhi’s return as the Congress chief has renewed since Sonia Gandhi left for Goa on the advice of her doctors for health reasons because of growing pollution in Delhi
Shekhar Kapur, an internationally acclaimed director, took over as the FTII chief in September.
Shekhar Kapur, an internationally acclaimed director, took over as the FTII chief in September.

Paper argues against censorship

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2020 01:21 AM IST
Currently, there is no direct body or mechanism for online content regulation. The authors clarified that their paper had nothing to do with the government but aimed to provide an understanding of the OTT space.
Pawan
Pawan

Cong names Pawan Bansal as interim treasurer after Ahmed Patel’s death

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 12:49 AM IST
According to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms earlier this year, the Congress reported Rs 918 crore of income in 2018-19, which is 361% more than its income in the previous financial year.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Ahmed Patel.(PTI File)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Ahmed Patel.(PTI File)

Ahmed Patel, Congress’ crisis manager: Five instances of how he was a problem solver

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury | Edited by Zara Khan
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 10:21 AM IST
Patel had cordial ties with leaders from other parties; even younger leaders from the Congress found him approachable
Officers Pavithra Gunaratne and Rangana Weerawardhana were commissioned as military pilots in Sri Lanka this week.(SLAF)
Officers Pavithra Gunaratne and Rangana Weerawardhana were commissioned as military pilots in Sri Lanka this week.(SLAF)

IAF helps Sri Lankan women pilots break glass ceiling

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh and Sunetra Choudhury
PUBLISHED ON NOV 21, 2020 06:42 AM IST
The two pilot officers were commissioned as military pilots in Sri Lanka earlier this week, a year after they completed a crucial part of their flying training at the Dundigal-based Air Force Academy near Hyderabad in 2018-19.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav addresses the gathering during an election rally in Hajipur, Bihar on Wednesday.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav addresses the gathering during an election rally in Hajipur, Bihar on Wednesday.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

Generational shift in Bihar’s political arena?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 04:40 PM IST
For the record, in Wednesday’s polling, 52% of the candidates were less than 40 years old, according to an analysis done by the Association for Democratic Reforms. The absence of three veteran leaders who have dominated Bihar politics for the last three decades reaffirms this perception.
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan welcomed his latest recruit Rajendra Singh(ANI photo)
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan welcomed his latest recruit Rajendra Singh(ANI photo)

In or out of sync? Political circles buzzing with BJP, LJP question

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 07:01 AM IST
When Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan welcomed his latest recruit Rajendra Singh into the party on Tuesday, he set off a fresh round of speculation about the reality of his split with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar.
The death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14 has become a political issue with the Bihar Government playing a significant role in the transfer of the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation, one that the Maharashtra government criticised.(Pratham Gokhale / HT PHOTO)
The death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14 has become a political issue with the Bihar Government playing a significant role in the transfer of the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation, one that the Maharashtra government criticised.(Pratham Gokhale / HT PHOTO)

NIA may join actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death probe

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury and Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 07:09 AM IST
This section allows the government to give any officer ``the powers of a police station for the investigation of the offences under this Act’’
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