Toufiq Rashid

Toufiq Rashid

Chief of bureau of HT at Srinagar, Toufiq has been covering the volatile state of Kashmir for the past seven years. Was working as special correspondent in Indian Express in New Delhi, covering health and wellness. Has done human interest stories from across the country for almost a decade.

Articles by Toufiq Rashid
Officials said absence of dam safety regulations is a major concern as states are generally unwilling to share safety data and at times go for alterations in structures, which can be dangerous.(PTI/Photo for representation)
Officials said absence of dam safety regulations is a major concern as states are generally unwilling to share safety data and at times go for alterations in structures, which can be dangerous.(PTI/Photo for representation)

Centre to table Dam Safety Bill during Parliament’s monsoon session amid Tamil Nadu’s opposition

By Toufiq Rashid | HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 13, 2018 11:23 PM IST
The Dam Safety Bill will be introduced during Parliament’s monsoon session beginning July 18 amid Tamil Nadu’s opposition to the Centre’s proposal to oversee the safety of dams in shared territories between states.
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National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah evaded questions about the BJP’s reported attempt to put in place a Hindu CM from the state’s Jammu region with deputies from the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley.(HT/File Photo)
National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah evaded questions about the BJP’s reported attempt to put in place a Hindu CM from the state’s Jammu region with deputies from the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley.(HT/File Photo)

Omar warns of ‘threat to democracy’ from horse trading amid reports of PDP split

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2018 07:45 AM IST
Over a dozen PDP lawmakers are reported to be planning to quit the party to form a government with the BJP. At least four legislators, including former minister Imran Ansari, have revolted against the party since it lost power following the BJP’s withdrawal of support last month.
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Ghulam Nabi Azad (middle) with other Congress leaders during a party meeting in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Ghulam Nabi Azad (middle) with other Congress leaders during a party meeting in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

Congress to project Ghulam Nabi Azad as next Jammu and Kashmir CM

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi and Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2018 03:43 PM IST
The Jammu and Kashmir Congress also unanimously passed a resolution to project Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, as the party’s CM candidate for the next elections.
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Cauvery river flowing through Mettur Dam in Tamil Nadu.(PTI File Photo)
Cauvery river flowing through Mettur Dam in Tamil Nadu.(PTI File Photo)

Cauvery water management authority tells Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2018 10:58 PM IST
According to a Supreme Court order on February 16, Karnataka needs to release 177.25 TMC to TN. The court had reduced the latter’s share from 192 TMC as ordained by the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal.
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In a meeting headed by Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy on Monday, the state government had consulted legal and water resources experts on the issue of composition of the Cauvery water management authority.(PTI)
In a meeting headed by Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy on Monday, the state government had consulted legal and water resources experts on the issue of composition of the Cauvery water management authority.(PTI)

Cauvery panel to meet on July 2 despite Karnataka’s dissent on composition

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2018 09:42 AM IST
Despite objections raised by the Karnataka government about the composition of the Cauvery water management authority, the Centre has summoned all member states for a meeting in New Delhi on July 2.
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File photo of senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz.
File photo of senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz.

Sardar Patel had offered Kashmir Valley to Pakistan, says Congress leader Saifuddin Soz

By Toufiq Rashid | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2018 11:15 PM IST
Congress leader Saifuddin Soz claims that Sardar Patel had said Pakistan could take Kashmir and let go of Hyderabad Deccan, which had a majority Hindu population and was nowhere near Pakistan by sea or land.
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The scheme will soon be launched in the water-scarce states of Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.(HT/File Photo)
The scheme will soon be launched in the water-scarce states of Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.(HT/File Photo)

Now panchayats to manage water usage, monitor levels, devise plans for recharge

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2018 11:18 PM IST
Under Atal Bhujal Yojana, which aims to decentralise water management, panchayats in 8,350 villages in seven states of the country facing severe water crisis will soon manage water usage in their areas, monitor water levels and devise plans for its use and recharge.
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A security personals has been deployed with the water tankers to avoid any incidents happen during water distribution during the water crisis in Shimla city.(HT File Photo)
A security personals has been deployed with the water tankers to avoid any incidents happen during water distribution during the water crisis in Shimla city.(HT File Photo)

Himachal Pradesh wants water project fast-tracked

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2018 10:40 PM IST
The project has been touted as a long term solution for Shimla’s water crisis and is likely to bring 10 to 15 million litres per day (MLD ) of water to the city
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Experts have also warned that activities along the river beds in these areas should be controlled as the “sudden water increase can drown men and materials”.(AP File Photo)
Experts have also warned that activities along the river beds in these areas should be controlled as the “sudden water increase can drown men and materials”.(AP File Photo)

Warning: Rains could cause flooding in rivers in south-western states

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2018 03:36 PM IST
As the meteorological department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Konkan areas and Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, Coastal Karnataka and some places in Kerala from June 7–12, the ministry of water resources has said there is likelihood of rise in water levels in various river basins.
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Dirty sewerage water flowing into the Ganga in Bihar.(HT File Photo)
Dirty sewerage water flowing into the Ganga in Bihar.(HT File Photo)

A motley crew of 427 volunteers are on ‘clean Ganga’ mission

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2018 07:51 AM IST
A group of 427 volunteers called Ganga Praharis were trained for a few days by the officials of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to help the government in its mission for a “clean and vibrant” Ganga.
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Dolphin at Ganga in Rajmahal, Jharkhand.(HT File Photo)
Dolphin at Ganga in Rajmahal, Jharkhand.(HT File Photo)

At least 10 species in the Ganga face extinction: Ministry reports

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2018 09:59 PM IST
While the dolphin is listed as an endangered species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN ) Red list, the Gharial is critically endangered in the same list
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Major Leetul Gogoi had tied a local resident to the bonnet of his jeep as a human shield in Badgam district during a stone pelting incident in 2017.((Screengrab))
Major Leetul Gogoi had tied a local resident to the bonnet of his jeep as a human shield in Badgam district during a stone pelting incident in 2017.((Screengrab))

Woman who was held for meeting Major Gogoi at Kashmir hotel came on her own: Police

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2018 03:44 PM IST
Major Leetul Gogoi had booked a room in a Srinagar hotel, where a woman and a resident had come to meet him.
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A man moves on a boat near submerged houses near Kaziranga national park in Assam.(AP File Photo)
A man moves on a boat near submerged houses near Kaziranga national park in Assam.(AP File Photo)

China begins sharing crucial Brahmaputra data

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2018 11:30 PM IST
China started sharing data of the Brahmaputra from May 15 and will give out data on the Sutlej from next month. The data is important for predicting floods in basins of the rivers. China had stopped sharing the data with India last year soon after the Doklam stand-off.
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Villagers carry the body of deceased Mohammad Rafi Bhat, a Kashmir university professor, during his funeral procession at his home district of Ganderbal in Kashmir.(Waseem Andrabi / HT File Photo)
Villagers carry the body of deceased Mohammad Rafi Bhat, a Kashmir university professor, during his funeral procession at his home district of Ganderbal in Kashmir.(Waseem Andrabi / HT File Photo)

Local militancy sees a surge; April had most since Burhan Wani encounter

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2018 11:47 PM IST
A total of 28 locals joined a terror group in April- the highest in a month since resurgence of local militancy after the rise Burhan Wani. However, DGP SP Vaid underplayed the numbers claiming the trend is the same as last year.
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A man walks over truck tire tracks on Ken’s rich river bed in Madhya Pradesh.(HT File Photo)
A man walks over truck tire tracks on Ken’s rich river bed in Madhya Pradesh.(HT File Photo)

India’s first river inter-linking project Ken-Betwa hits roadblock

By Toufiq Rashid | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2018 11:08 PM IST
The two Bharatiya Janata Party-run states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have failed to agree on water sharing in the pre-monsoon and monsoon months.
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The decline in rainfall over the last few years has affected the country’s water storage capacity, with the north and the south being worst hit.(AFP/Photo for representation)
The decline in rainfall over the last few years has affected the country’s water storage capacity, with the north and the south being worst hit.(AFP/Photo for representation)

Water levels of country’s major reservoirs drop

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2018 12:03 AM IST
Water levels of the country’s 91 major reservoirs have dropped to 20% of their storage capacity, well below the 10-year average, government data shows.
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The security forces, in particular, have conveyed their opposition to a unilateral ceasefire with terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir and along the border with Pakistan during the holy month of Ramzan.(AFP photo)
The security forces, in particular, have conveyed their opposition to a unilateral ceasefire with terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir and along the border with Pakistan during the holy month of Ramzan.(AFP photo)

Government unlikely to accept Jammu and Kashmir ceasefire for Ramzan

By Toufiq Rashid, Rajesh Ahuja and Rahul Singh | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2018 11:28 PM IST
Officials in the home ministry, army, and Jammu and Kashmir police said an internal ceasefire is laden with risks, while the enforcement of a ceasefire with Pakistan is contingent on the latter’s behaviour.
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Cauvery river flowing through Mettur Dam in Tamil Nadu.(PTI file photo)
Cauvery river flowing through Mettur Dam in Tamil Nadu.(PTI file photo)

Centre to submit Cauvery report in Supreme Court on May 14

UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2018 09:56 PM IST
Water resources minister Nitin Gadkari said there was no need to get Cabinet approval for the Cauvery water sharing scheme before presenting it to the Supreme Court.
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Long-term exposure to arsenic in drinking water can cause cancer in the skin, lungs, bladder and kidney.(HT File Photo)
Long-term exposure to arsenic in drinking water can cause cancer in the skin, lungs, bladder and kidney.(HT File Photo)

1.47 crore Indians drink arsenic contaminated water

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2018 04:08 PM IST
Ministry’s data reveals that 1.47 crore (14.7 million) people are at risk due to arsenic contaminated drinking water across 16,889 areas.
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Officials involved in the mapping project will use the digital elevation model technology, an important tool for river basin management planning, to ensure accurate data collection. Sources of pollution will be identified using the geographic information system, which is designed to capture, store, analyse, manage and present spatial or geographic data.(Manoj Yadav/ HT File)
Officials involved in the mapping project will use the digital elevation model technology, an important tool for river basin management planning, to ensure accurate data collection. Sources of pollution will be identified using the geographic information system, which is designed to capture, store, analyse, manage and present spatial or geographic data.(Manoj Yadav/ HT File)

Govt plans hi-tech mapping of Ganga to identify pollution sources

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2018 04:12 PM IST
Aerial photography and field surveys will be conducted as part of the project, which will be completed in 15 months.
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Cauvery river flowing through Mettur Dam in Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court has increased Karnataka's share of water and directed the state to release 177.25 tmc to Tamil Nadu.(PTI File Photo)
Cauvery river flowing through Mettur Dam in Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court has increased Karnataka's share of water and directed the state to release 177.25 tmc to Tamil Nadu.(PTI File Photo)

Centre to ask SC for more time to prepare scheme for Cauvery water distribution

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2018 11:44 PM IST
The SC had asked the Centre to present the draft of the Cauvery Management Scheme before May 3. This was after the Centre had asked for three months to formulate the Scheme
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Ten cities discharge 2,953 MLD of sewage daily into the Ganga.(AFP file photo)
Ten cities discharge 2,953 MLD of sewage daily into the Ganga.(AFP file photo)

Govt to double sewage treatment capacity in 10 cities for Clean Ganga

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2018 04:43 PM IST
Ten cities discharge 2,953 MLD of sewage daily into the Ganga.
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A view of the Himalayas from Darjeeling. The government’s move to revive dying Himalayan springs is crucial as mountain springs are the primary source of water for rural households in the region.(Mint file)
A view of the Himalayas from Darjeeling. The government’s move to revive dying Himalayan springs is crucial as mountain springs are the primary source of water for rural households in the region.(Mint file)

Govt to revive drying springs in Himalayan region, pilot study begins in Dehradun

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2018 05:51 PM IST
The government plans to hold a national workshop involving 12 states in the Indian Himalayan region to discuss issues related to the sustainable development of springs and strategies for their renovation, rejuvenation and augmentation.
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People with their belongings from flooded areas near Patna, leaving for a safer place.(HT File Photo)
People with their belongings from flooded areas near Patna, leaving for a safer place.(HT File Photo)

Bihar wary of flood threat from Ganga siltation, turns to Centre for help

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2018 10:45 PM IST
According to representatives from the Bihar government at the conference, siltation is being reported in the Ganga along its entire length of 445 km in Bihar
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Kashmiri protesters wave an ISIS flag and throw stones towards security forces during clashes in Srinagar on February 17, 2017.(AFP File Photo)
Kashmiri protesters wave an ISIS flag and throw stones towards security forces during clashes in Srinagar on February 17, 2017.(AFP File Photo)

Peace remains elusive in Kashmir as Valley remains on edge

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2018 10:04 AM IST
Kashmir is the biggest internal security challenge that successive state governments and the Centre have had to grapple with. Modi promised to take Vajpayee’s formula of Kashmiriyat, insaniyat and jamhooriyat forward, but peace remains a serious casualty.
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The proposed site for Pancheshwar dam project. Pancheswar, a multi-purpose project conceived under 1996 Mahakali treaty between India and Nepal, got a fillip when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Nepal in 2014.(HT File Photo)
The proposed site for Pancheshwar dam project. Pancheswar, a multi-purpose project conceived under 1996 Mahakali treaty between India and Nepal, got a fillip when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Nepal in 2014.(HT File Photo)

India, Nepal to resume talks on Pancheshwar hydro project this month

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2018 02:34 PM IST
The project is expected to submerge 11,600 hectares of mountain area out of which 7,600 hectares are in three districts of Uttarakhand.
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The Jammu High Court Bar Association called for a shutdown on Wednesday against what it calls an attempt to target the “minority Dogras”. (HT Photo)
The Jammu High Court Bar Association called for a shutdown on Wednesday against what it calls an attempt to target the “minority Dogras”. (HT Photo)

Rape has no religion, says Kashmiri Pandit lawyer fighting for Kathua girl

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2018 03:33 PM IST
Deepika Thusoo Singh is waging the legal battle for an eight-year-old girl who was gang raped and murdered in Kathua district in January. The girl belonged to the nomadic Muslim Bakarwal community.
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DMK leader MK Stalin rides a bullock cart during a rally, which covers the Cauvery basin region of Tamil Nadu, seeking immediate constitution of a Cauvery Management Board, in Thiruvarur on Tuesday.(PTI)
DMK leader MK Stalin rides a bullock cart during a rally, which covers the Cauvery basin region of Tamil Nadu, seeking immediate constitution of a Cauvery Management Board, in Thiruvarur on Tuesday.(PTI)

Cauvery board likely to be on lines of Bhakra Beas model

By Toufiq Rashid | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2018 07:08 AM IST
It will take the form of an “authority with a mix of both administrators as well as technocrats”, said an official, as opposed to the recommendations by the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal which had proposed a board run by technocrats.
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Army soldiers after a gun battle between militants and security forces in Shopian, South Kashmir, on Sunday.(File photo)
Army soldiers after a gun battle between militants and security forces in Shopian, South Kashmir, on Sunday.(File photo)

Additional forces, new posts restricted movement of militants, resulted in Shopian success

By Toufiq Rashid | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2018 10:09 PM IST
Police say getting shelter in the villages is also becoming difficult for militants due to an increased network of informers.
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As per the Indus Water Treaty of 1960, the eastern rivers of Beas, Sutlej and Ravi are under India’s control, while Pakistan controls the western rivers of Indus, Chenab and Jhelum.(AP file photo)
As per the Indus Water Treaty of 1960, the eastern rivers of Beas, Sutlej and Ravi are under India’s control, while Pakistan controls the western rivers of Indus, Chenab and Jhelum.(AP file photo)

Pakistan objects to hydro projects in Jammu and Kashmir

By Toufiq Rashid | Srinagar, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2018 11:02 PM IST
Pakistan has asked India to share details of the designs of the two dams -- the Pakal Dul dam on the Marusadar river in Kishtwar; and the Lower Kalnai dam on another tributary of the river in Doda -- to verify that the 1960 water treaty was not being violated.
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