Sunetra Choudhury

Sunetra Choudhury

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Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Sonia ‘on board’ but Pawar may ‘wait’ for more clarity before NCP approaches Raj Bhavan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 02:16 AM IST
It is also learnt that the senior Congress delegation, led by party strategist and Sonia loyalist Ahmed Patel, has put off its trip to Mumbai.
As the bench dismissed the decades-old claim of the Muslim side on the disputed site and ordered the setting up of a trust to build a temple, the BJP’s “Mandir wahin banega” slogan seems to be coming true.(PTI)
As the bench dismissed the decades-old claim of the Muslim side on the disputed site and ordered the setting up of a trust to build a temple, the BJP’s “Mandir wahin banega” slogan seems to be coming true.(PTI)

Ayodhya verdict: What it means for BJP, govt and Congress

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 08:35 AM IST
Perhaps the biggest windfall for the government and the BJP is that the Opposition’s voice now sounds faint.
One of the main allegations against Ratul Puri is that he received a total of $150,000 from a charge-sheeted entity called Intersteller that, the Enforcement Directorate claims, received in kickbacks from IDS Tunisia, which in turn received it from AgustaWestland.(PTI)
One of the main allegations against Ratul Puri is that he received a total of $150,000 from a charge-sheeted entity called Intersteller that, the Enforcement Directorate claims, received in kickbacks from IDS Tunisia, which in turn received it from AgustaWestland.(PTI)

MP CM Kamal Nath’s nephew asked friend to destroy evidence: ED charge sheet

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2019 06:03 AM IST
In the 93-page supplementary charge sheet against Puri filed in court on Saturday, the ED gives details about how the anti-money laundering agency received a tip-off to that effect which led it to raid the residence of his friend Niamat Singh, a lawyer by profession, on September 7, 2019.
Reference to Kamal Nath’s son in the charge sheet is in the mention of a booking of tickets for a year-end trip to Phuket, Thailand.(ANI photo)
Reference to Kamal Nath’s son in the charge sheet is in the mention of a booking of tickets for a year-end trip to Phuket, Thailand.(ANI photo)

ED links emails in Agusta money trail to Kamal Nath’s nephew

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2019 05:31 AM IST
The AgustaWestland case centres on allegations that bribes were paid to middlemen, perhaps even politicians, when India agreed to buy 12 AgustaWestland helicopters built by Italian defence manufacturing giant Finmeccanica.
BJP and Sena have been locked in a tussle over a power-sharing pact since the results of the Assembly elections were announced on October 24.(Bachchan Kumar/HT File Photo)
BJP and Sena have been locked in a tussle over a power-sharing pact since the results of the Assembly elections were announced on October 24.(Bachchan Kumar/HT File Photo)

BJP to meet Maharashtra Guv today but Uddhav Thackeray has the deciding vote

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2020 01:14 AM IST
Till now the BJP has put up a brave face and termed it as posturing and bargaining tactics in an ongoing negotiation for better portfolios, even the Deputy Chief Minister-ship.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray spoke to Nationalist Congress leader Sharad Pawar to explore government formation in Maharashtra .(PTI file photo)
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray spoke to Nationalist Congress leader Sharad Pawar to explore government formation in Maharashtra .(PTI file photo)

Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar talk over phone; explore govt formation in Maharashtra

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra choudhury
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2019 05:16 PM IST
The conversation between Thackeray and Pawar took place when the former called on party leader Sanjay Raut’s phone while he was at Sharad Pawar’s residence.
The software in question is developed by NSO Group and is known mostly as Pegasus, though it has also been sold as Q Suite.(REUTERS)
The software in question is developed by NSO Group and is known mostly as Pegasus, though it has also been sold as Q Suite.(REUTERS)

Praful Patel, 40 others among WhatsApp users snooped on

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury and Amrita Madhukalya
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2020 04:54 PM IST
The people, whose WhatsApp accounts are safe for now, the company representative said, were contacted either by Toronto-based research group Citizen Lab or WhatsApp to be informed of the spying.
Long before Dushyant Chautala hit the headlines as the potential kingmaker in Haryana after a hung assembly emerged from the October 21 assembly elections, he was known as an ideal lawmaker.(PTI)
Long before Dushyant Chautala hit the headlines as the potential kingmaker in Haryana after a hung assembly emerged from the October 21 assembly elections, he was known as an ideal lawmaker.(PTI)

Splinter group founder to key man: Rise and rise of Dushyant Chautala

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2019 08:35 AM IST
Dushyant was busy carving out a different career path.Having reached Parliament after defeating another Haryana political heavyweight, Kuldeep Bishnoi, the youngest MP had notched up in just a few months a record of taking part in 22 debates, posing 152 questions and an attendance of 89%.
Monica Devi (left) and her mother-in-law Phoolo, residents of Kheri village in Jhajjhar, who work as farm labourers.(Sunetra Choudhury/HT)
Monica Devi (left) and her mother-in-law Phoolo, residents of Kheri village in Jhajjhar, who work as farm labourers.(Sunetra Choudhury/HT)

In Haryana, women’s issues at forefront, but few candidates

Jhajjhar/ Rohtak/Hisar | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2019 03:38 AM IST
The gender divide is so stark that even those women who are running for election acknowledge just how unfair the system is.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

‘BJP bringing up Article 370 to divert attention from real issues’: Sharad Pawar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2019 08:10 AM IST
“The prime minister is saying, ‘Mr Pawar should make his position clear about it in the manifesto.’ Firstly, our manifesto has been released. And when [Article] 370 has been removed, what can we say now?”, Sharad Pawar said.
Sharad Pawar defended the role of politicians in sports bodies such as the BCCI - he was the BCCI chairman between 2005 and 2008(HT Photo)
Sharad Pawar defended the role of politicians in sports bodies such as the BCCI - he was the BCCI chairman between 2005 and 2008(HT Photo)

On barbs over Jay Shah’s BCCI move, Sharad Pawar springs a surprise

Hindustan Times, Shirdi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2020 01:57 AM IST
Jay Shah’s nomination to be BCCI secretary and minister Anurag Thakur’s brother Arun Dhumal pitch to take over as the board’s treasurer had triggered some buzz on social media, mostly over family members of politicians trying to control a sports body.
Dera Sacha Sauda sect members overturned an OB van on the streets of Panchkula on Aug. 25, 2017. Deadly riots had broken out in the north Indian town after a court convicted their guru, who calls himself Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insaan, of raping two of his followers. Mobs had also attacked journalists and set fire to government buildings and railway stations.(AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Dera Sacha Sauda sect members overturned an OB van on the streets of Panchkula on Aug. 25, 2017. Deadly riots had broken out in the north Indian town after a court convicted their guru, who calls himself Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insaan, of raping two of his followers. Mobs had also attacked journalists and set fire to government buildings and railway stations.(AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

In jail for rape, Dera chief still a key factor in Haryana elections

Hindustan Times, Sirsa | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2019 03:09 AM IST
Prakash Singh Sarwara, the editor of the Dera mouthpiece Sach Kaho, said that they have a political wing and a proper process to endorse “the right party and the candidates”.
The school was promised an upgrade in May 2017 after intervention by education minister Ram Bilas Sharma. But it seems the change has been only on paper.(HT Photo)
The school was promised an upgrade in May 2017 after intervention by education minister Ram Bilas Sharma. But it seems the change has been only on paper.(HT Photo)

Rewari girls who went on strike for school, left with empty promises

Hindustan Times, Rewari | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2019 07:08 AM IST
Girl students of classes 9 and 10 at a government-run secondary coeducational school in Gothra Tappa Dahina village hogged the media limelight in the summer of 2017, demanding that their institute be upgraded to Class 12.
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar (left) has curbed the influence of the Jat community and its leaders such as former CM and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda.(PTI Photo)
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar (left) has curbed the influence of the Jat community and its leaders such as former CM and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda.(PTI Photo)

BJP banks on CM’s clean record, nationalism to counter Congress in Haryana | Analysis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2019 05:57 AM IST
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hoping that the issues remain broadly the same. Nationalism spurred on by the Balakot air strikes played a major role in the party’s clean sweep of all 10 Lok Sabha seats.
A commuter walks past the parked taxis during a strike call by United Front of Transport Associations against the hefty penalities for road traffic violations under the amended Motor Vehicles Act, at Nizamuddin Railway Station, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, September 19, 2019.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
A commuter walks past the parked taxis during a strike call by United Front of Transport Associations against the hefty penalities for road traffic violations under the amended Motor Vehicles Act, at Nizamuddin Railway Station, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, September 19, 2019.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Several states supported high fines in new Motor Vehicles Act before it was passed

New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2019 06:51 AM IST
The Transport Development Committee, comprising state transport ministers, held five meetings since 2016 to discuss amendments to the Act, and federal transport ministry officials say that no dissent notes were submitted by any state.
A file photo of IndiGo Airlines A320 aircraft parked at Bengaluru International Airport. India’s aviation regulator has suspended for not reporting incidents of engine vibrations in Airbus A320s fitted with Pratt & Whitney’s Neo engines, officials said.(Reuters File Photo)
A file photo of IndiGo Airlines A320 aircraft parked at Bengaluru International Airport. India’s aviation regulator has suspended for not reporting incidents of engine vibrations in Airbus A320s fitted with Pratt & Whitney’s Neo engines, officials said.(Reuters File Photo)

3 IndiGo pilots did not report A320neo problems, grounded

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2019 06:33 AM IST
DGCA has been worried about the Airbus aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney engines after issues surfaced with both the main gear box as well as the turbines of the engines. These manifest themselves as vibrations and could potentially result in engine failure.
The Motor Vehicles Act 2019 is set to play a role in the upcoming electoral battle in three states.(HT Photo)
The Motor Vehicles Act 2019 is set to play a role in the upcoming electoral battle in three states.(HT Photo)

Congress to use MV Act fines as key poll plank

New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2019 05:26 AM IST
Newly appointed Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief Kumari Selja said the MV Act will definitely be one of the issues, not the only one, the party will raise in the campaign.
PK Mishra took over as the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.(ANI Photo)
PK Mishra took over as the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.(ANI Photo)

PK Mishra: Five things to know about India’s top bureaucrat

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2019 10:35 AM IST
PK Mishra was the additional principal secretary in the first Modi government and continued in that post after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s return to power.
Sabi Giri earlier served with the marine engineering wing at the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam.(HT Photo)
Sabi Giri earlier served with the marine engineering wing at the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam.(HT Photo)

Two years after dismissal, transwoman may get Navy job back

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2019 05:47 AM IST
The 27-year-old transwoman, who was a sailor, said the Navy has agreed to take her back on a lower division clerk level starting November – if she clears an exam. An official at the Navy confirmed the development.
About 2% of the Rs. 3.5 lakh crore promised for the water mission has been set aside for maintaining water quality(HT FILE)
About 2% of the Rs. 3.5 lakh crore promised for the water mission has been set aside for maintaining water quality(HT FILE)

Women to be at forefront of Centre’s water mission

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 01:41 AM IST
As part of the scheme, women in panchayats, and other anganwadi and grassroots workers, are being trained to carry out water quality monitoring and surveillance (WQMS) in 256 water-stressed districts that have been identified for the mission’s first phase
Thakur said at a condolence meeting in Bhopal on Monday that “black magic” practised by the Opposition may have been behind deaths of top leaders of the BJP, including former Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Babulal Gaur.(HT FILE)
Thakur said at a condolence meeting in Bhopal on Monday that “black magic” practised by the Opposition may have been behind deaths of top leaders of the BJP, including former Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Babulal Gaur.(HT FILE)

BJP issues gag order on Pragya Thakur

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 09:24 PM IST
BJP’s Madhya Pradesh head Rakesh Singh conveyed the warning to Thakur, 49, that the next verbal indiscretion would be followed by “serious” action against her.
Tim Ho Wan is one of the cheapest restaurants to get a Michelin star(Shutterstock)
Tim Ho Wan is one of the cheapest restaurants to get a Michelin star(Shutterstock)

Travel: Hungry in Hong Kong

Hindustan Times | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2019 11:30 PM IST
If the best holidays are about food, this island city is a treat for your taste buds
Former Finance Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley passes away at the age of 66 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Former Finance Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley passes away at the age of 66 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

Arun Jaitley’s death marks end of an era of a reporter’s politician

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2020 11:42 PM IST
Former finance minister Arun Jaitley, of course, had many friends in the media but his passing signifies something much larger than that.
His phone pinging with Janmashtami greetings all day, the Allahabad High Court Chief Justice Govind Mathur on Friday ordered judicial officers in Uttar Pradesh to stop sending him such messages.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
His phone pinging with Janmashtami greetings all day, the Allahabad High Court Chief Justice Govind Mathur on Friday ordered judicial officers in Uttar Pradesh to stop sending him such messages.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

No more messages, orders Allahabad high court judge spammed on Janmashtami

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2019 11:21 PM IST
The instruction was conveyed by the high court’s registrar general to the judges in an urgent communication that made Chief Justice Govind Mathur’s annoyance clear.
Union minister Hardeep Puri accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of stalling projects (File photo)(PTI)
Union minister Hardeep Puri accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of stalling projects (File photo)(PTI)

‘It’s rest of the world vs Arvind Kejriwal’: Minister Hardeep Puri stings Delhi CM

New Delhi, HT Correspondent | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2020 07:56 AM IST
On unauthorized colonies, union minister Hardeep Puri said, it was the Delhi government that had sought more time.
Congress MP from the Wayanad constituency Rahul Gandhi visited a relief camp at St. Jude’s Shrine in Chundale on August 13.(ANI File Photo)
Congress MP from the Wayanad constituency Rahul Gandhi visited a relief camp at St. Jude’s Shrine in Chundale on August 13.(ANI File Photo)

In Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi charts out a new political journey

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2019 09:24 AM IST
The setting up of the new establishments marks a new phase in the political career of Rahul Gandhi, who resigned as party president on May 25, taking responsibility for the Congress’s rout in the Lok Sabha elections and paving the way for his mother’s selection as interim president on August 10.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi features on Man vs Wild. (Photo Courtesy: Discovery channel)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi features on Man vs Wild. (Photo Courtesy: Discovery channel)

What went into PM Modi’s wild adventure with Bear Grylls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury and Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2019 12:03 AM IST
Proceeds from the Man vs Wild show with Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, shot in Corbett in February, and aired on Monday night on Discovery channel, will be donated for a national cause, according to officials from the Prime Minister’s Office and the broadcaster.
Pralhad Joshi said floor coordination became crucial in pushing through the crucial provisions related to Jammu and Kashmir on the last two days of the session that ended on(ANI Photo)
Pralhad Joshi said floor coordination became crucial in pushing through the crucial provisions related to Jammu and Kashmir on the last two days of the session that ended on(ANI Photo)

‘For Article 370 move, personal calls to senior opposition leaders helped clinch majority vote’: Pralhad Joshi

New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2019 11:40 AM IST
Pralhad Joshi said, “This bill was brought on {August} 5th and 6th. There were so many bills like MV {motor vehicle} bill which was passed in the extended time... it was not just because of 370... Because of huge pendency, we were forced to extend.”
The Trinamool Congress had boycotted voting in the Rajya Sabha yesterday to protest what its senior leader Derek O’ Brien called was “procedural hara-kiri” and “constitutional immorality”(Samir Jana/HTFile Photo)
The Trinamool Congress had boycotted voting in the Rajya Sabha yesterday to protest what its senior leader Derek O’ Brien called was “procedural hara-kiri” and “constitutional immorality”(Samir Jana/HTFile Photo)

‘Comedy of errors rectified’: TMC leader on Art 370 move his party opposes

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 03:21 PM IST
In a cryptic tweet, Ray seemed to describe the NDA government’s Kashmir initiative as a thunderbolt and wondered if more were on the way. “Change is the wheel of our national life.
Jitendra Singh outside the Parliament.(PTI Photo)
Jitendra Singh outside the Parliament.(PTI Photo)

‘Sentiment to scrap Art 370 always there, common man is celebrating’: Jitendra Singh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2019 12:26 AM IST
Jitendra Singh believes August 5, 2019, will be known as the day of redemption and rejuvenation.
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