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
Centre to table Dam Safety Bill during Parliament’s monsoon session amid Tamil Nadu’s opposition
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.
Published on Jul 13, 2018 11:23 PM IST
HT Correspondent, New Delhi | ByToufiq Rashid
Omar warns of ‘threat to democracy’ from horse trading amid reports of PDP split
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.
Updated on Jul 07, 2018 07:45 AM IST
Congress to project Ghulam Nabi Azad as next Jammu and Kashmir CM
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.
Updated on Jul 05, 2018 03:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Toufiq Rashid
Cauvery water management authority tells Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu
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.
Updated on Jul 02, 2018 10:58 PM IST
Cauvery panel to meet on July 2 despite Karnataka’s dissent on composition
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.
Published on Jun 27, 2018 09:42 AM IST
Sardar Patel had offered Kashmir Valley to Pakistan, says Congress leader Saifuddin Soz
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.
Updated on Jun 25, 2018 11:15 PM IST
Now panchayats to manage water usage, monitor levels, devise plans for recharge
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.
Updated on Jun 15, 2018 11:18 PM IST
Himachal Pradesh wants water project fast-tracked
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
Updated on Jun 10, 2018 10:40 PM IST
Warning: Rains could cause flooding in rivers in south-western states
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.
Updated on Jun 07, 2018 03:36 PM IST
A motley crew of 427 volunteers are on ‘clean Ganga’ mission
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.
Updated on Jun 05, 2018 07:51 AM IST
At least 10 species in the Ganga face extinction: Ministry reports
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
Updated on May 27, 2018 09:59 PM IST
Woman who was held for meeting Major Gogoi at Kashmir hotel came on her own: Police
Major Leetul Gogoi had booked a room in a Srinagar hotel, where a woman and a resident had come to meet him.
Updated on May 25, 2018 03:44 PM IST
China begins sharing crucial Brahmaputra data
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.
Updated on May 17, 2018 11:30 PM IST
Local militancy sees a surge; April had most since Burhan Wani encounter
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.
Updated on May 11, 2018 11:47 PM IST
India’s first river inter-linking project Ken-Betwa hits roadblock
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.
Updated on May 11, 2018 11:08 PM IST
Water levels of country’s major reservoirs drop
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.
Published on May 11, 2018 12:03 AM IST
Government unlikely to accept Jammu and Kashmir ceasefire for Ramzan
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.
Updated on May 10, 2018 11:28 PM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | ByToufiq Rashid, Rajesh Ahuja and Rahul Singh
Centre to submit Cauvery report in Supreme Court on May 14
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.
Updated on May 10, 2018 09:56 PM IST
1.47 crore Indians drink arsenic contaminated water
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.
Updated on May 10, 2018 04:08 PM IST
Govt plans hi-tech mapping of Ganga to identify pollution sources
Aerial photography and field surveys will be conducted as part of the project, which will be completed in 15 months.
Updated on May 05, 2018 04:12 PM IST
Centre to ask SC for more time to prepare scheme for Cauvery water distribution
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
Updated on May 01, 2018 11:44 PM IST
Govt to double sewage treatment capacity in 10 cities for Clean Ganga
Ten cities discharge 2,953 MLD of sewage daily into the Ganga.
Updated on May 01, 2018 04:43 PM IST
Govt to revive drying springs in Himalayan region, pilot study begins in Dehradun
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.
Updated on Apr 25, 2018 05:51 PM IST
Bihar wary of flood threat from Ganga siltation, turns to Centre for help
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
Updated on Apr 21, 2018 10:45 PM IST
Peace remains elusive in Kashmir as Valley remains on edge
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.
Updated on Apr 18, 2018 10:04 AM IST
India, Nepal to resume talks on Pancheshwar hydro project this month
The project is expected to submerge 11,600 hectares of mountain area out of which 7,600 hectares are in three districts of Uttarakhand.
Updated on Apr 17, 2018 02:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | ByToufiq Rashid
Rape has no religion, says Kashmiri Pandit lawyer fighting for Kathua girl
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.
Updated on Apr 13, 2018 03:33 PM IST
Cauvery board likely to be on lines of Bhakra Beas model
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.
Updated on Apr 11, 2018 07:08 AM IST
Additional forces, new posts restricted movement of militants, resulted in Shopian success
Police say getting shelter in the villages is also becoming difficult for militants due to an increased network of informers.
Updated on Apr 02, 2018 10:09 PM IST
Pakistan objects to hydro projects in Jammu and Kashmir
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.
Updated on Mar 30, 2018 11:02 PM IST
Srinagar, Hindustan Times | ByToufiq Rashid