Urvashi Dev Rawal

Urvashi Dev Rawal is assistant editor with Hindustan Times Rajasthan edition and is based in Jaipur. She reports on politics, development journalism and women’s issues. She has reported from Delhi and Gujarat previously.

Articles by Urvashi Dev Rawal

BJP eyeing 138 SC/ST seats in Rajasthan, launches special campaign

The Dalits and tribals together account for about 31% of Rajasthan’s population and wield considerable political influence.

The BJP has launched a month-long special drive to connect with voters in those reserved seats (Representative Photo)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 03:39 PM IST

BJP to undertake statewide ‘parivartan yatras’ ahead of polls in Rajasthan

BJP leader Vasudev Devnani said the yatras will begin at three religious spots–Ganesh Temple in Sawai Madhopur, Banswada’s Beneshwar Dham, and Gogamedi in Hanumangarh

The BJP hopes to return to power in Rajasthan. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 11, 2023 03:33 PM IST

SC orders release of four men acquitted in Jaipur blast case

The SC ordered the release of four people who were acquitted by the Rajasthan high court earlier this year in connection with the 2008 Jaipur serial blasts.

The bench said the accused will have to appear at their respective police stations daily between 10am and 12pm. (HT)
Updated on May 18, 2023 03:18 AM IST
By, Jaipur

Rajasthan to amend notification for return of govt’s contributions to NPS

The state government is considering approaching the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority, which regulates the NPS, for the return of its contribution of about ₹14,000 crore

Chief minister Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government was the first to restore OPS in April 2022. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 04:41 PM IST

Social service in India precedes the arrival of missionaries: Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was speaking at the inaugural session of the three-day Rashtriya Sewa Sangam event in Jaipur.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 08, 2023 12:20 AM IST
By, Jaipur

Raj public health experts hail RTH bill, call protest ‘unjustified’

Reacting to the protests, Chhaya Pachauli, state coordinator of the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, said: “The state government has agreed to the demands of private doctors and they have no justification to continue the agitation.”

Patients await treatments in Bikaner (PTI)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 07:02 PM IST
ByUrvashi Dev Rawal I Edited by Shilpa Ambardar, Jaipur

Rajasthan BJP asks leaders to take party’s permission before organising protests

The decision comes after the BJP’s infighting surfaced during a protest on Saturday as supporters of member of Parliament Kirori Lal Meena chanted slogans against state BJP president Satish Poonia

Rajasthan BJP asks leaders to take party’s permission before organising protests
Published on Mar 14, 2023 12:56 PM IST

Jats to gather in Jaipur on Mar 5 to demand greater political representation

The gathering is seen as part of the community’s show of strength ahead of the elections that are due in Rajasthan later this year

Rajasthan Jat Mahasabha chief Rajaram Meel said community members from across the country were expected to attend the gathering. (HT PHOTO (Representative))
Published on Feb 27, 2023 04:33 PM IST

Congress, regional parties reduced to dynastic organisations: Nadda

Addressing BJP leaders and party workers at the state executive meeting in Jaipur, Nadda further attacked parties and political leaders who participated in Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra, saying they have ‘conspired against India’

Bharatiya Janata Party national president JP Nadda. (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 04:26 PM IST

Residents of state paying for discord in Congress, says Vasundhara Raje

Raje, a two-time chief minister, has remained at her residence in Dholpur and until Saturday maintained silence over the ongoing political turmoil that has led to much speculation.

BJP leader and former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje addresses the 'Rajasthan Jan Samvad' rally via video conferencing, in Jaipur.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 19, 2020 12:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Ex-CM Vasundhara Raje breaks silence on Rajasthan political crisis, targets Cong

The ex-CM has been ensconced at her personal residence in Dholpur and her silence since the political turmoil erupted had triggered all kinds of speculations.

File photo of former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje(HT File)
Updated on Jul 18, 2020 06:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

BJP MLA files FIR against Surjewala, Dotasra for allegations against Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

On Friday, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala at a press conference had alleged that three audiotapes, which had surfaced the previous evening and quickly went viral on social media, had unmasked the BJP’s bid to unseat the democratically elected government.

Senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala with Rajasthan Congress President Govind Singh Dotasra addresses a press conference in Jaipur on July 17, 2020.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 18, 2020 01:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Vasundhara Raje helping Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, says BJP ally Beniwal

BJP ally Hanuman Beniwal said “relatives close to the MLAs [members of legislative assembly] told us that they were initially with Pilot but Raje called them and asked them to distance themselves from Pilot,” he said.

A BJP leader said there was no basis for Hanuman Beniwal’s statement on Vasundhara Raje.(Himanshu Vyas/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 17, 2020 01:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Rajasthan introduces exams for college faculty, teachers up in arms

An order issued by the higher education department on June 22 states that question papers will be sent for teachers comprising 22 questions which will be culled from question papers for Civil Services, Rajasthan Administrative Services, NET, SLET and other such competitive exams.

Representational image. (HT file)
Published on Jun 27, 2020 05:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

‘Anyone found selling Ramdev’s Covid-19 medicine will face action’: Rajasthan minister

He said that Rajasthan government is complying with the guidelines of the Union health ministry, the Ayush ministry and ICMR in treatment of Covid-19 patients.

Baba Ramdev launching a medicine kit for Covid-19, in Haridwar on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 25, 2020 01:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByUrvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

Rajasthan reports 182 new Covid-19 positive cases, total tally surges to 15,809

Dholpur district reported the maximum number of fresh Covid-19 positive cases at 63 and its total tally stands at 464.

Jaipur district recorded 53 new Covid-19 positive cases, and the total count is at 2,988.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2020 07:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Rajasthan textbooks give opposing versions on Haldighati battle

Rajput leaders, royals oppose insult to Maharana Pratap, RBSE removes the book from the website

A statue of Maharana Pratap of Mewar, commemorating the Battle of Haldighati, at City Palace in Udaipur.(Wikicommons)
Published on Jun 24, 2020 06:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Private hospitals in Rajasthan oppose fixing of Covid-19 treatment costs, govt warns of action

The state government on Saturday fixed the amount chargeable by private labs and hospitals for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.

File photo: Family members of a person who tested positive for Covid-19 being taken to a quarantine facility in Jaipur, Rajasthan.(Himanshu Vyas / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 23, 2020 06:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByUrvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

Gadget addiction among children during lockdown a cause of concern: Study

The study, which was conducted online across 30 Indian cities, has concluded that the children’s addiction to electronic devices during the lockdown increased up to three times, as they spent between two and five hours a day on their favourite gadgets.

The survey revealed that 65% of the children became addicted to electronic devices, while 50% of them couldn’t stay away from their gadgets for even half an hour.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jun 16, 2020 03:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

In Rajasthan, Unlock 1 sees surge in Covid-19 cases, over 2,600 cases added in 10 days

Health minister Raghu Sharma said the health department is studying the causes for this unprecedented rise in coronavirus cases.

Between June 1, when Unlock 1.0 came into force and restrictions were eased on travel, malls, hotels, offices and restaurants, and June 10, Covid-19 positive cases in the state have risen by 2,620.(HIMANSHU VYAS/HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Jun 11, 2020 05:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByUrvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

Rajasthan’s Rajsamand takes up water audit to fix drinking water woes

The district collector felt the need for the water audit after receiving conflicting accounts of water facilities and problems.

Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district had faced water shortages last year in summer.(Pramod Thakur/HT Photo/Representative use)
Updated on Jun 11, 2020 04:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByUrvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay

Firms make efforts to bring back migrants, restart work

As companies across states face shortage of labourers to restart industrial activity, many are stepping up efforts to bring back migrant workers who retuned to their home states owing to the lockdown triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Migrants who arrived from Ghaziabad on a Shramik special train, exit Danapur station, in Patna, Bihar on June 3, 2020.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2020 04:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad/Lucknow | BySrinivasa Rao Apparasu/Urvashi Dev Rawal/Aneesha Sareen Kumar

From air tickets, free train travel to higher wages, employers try to bring back migrant workers

As the industries and realty sector resumed operations in full swing from May 17, the employers tried to bring back workers, especially the skilled ones, who were needed to start work.

Migrants head to board Haryana Roadways buses that will ferry them to the railway station to board a Shramik Special train to Bihar’s Darbanga.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 10, 2020 08:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad/Lucknow | BySrinivasa Rao Apparasu/Urvashi Dev Rawal/Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

Rajasthan industries offer better wages, conditions to lure migrants back

The resumption of industrial activity has struggled after the easing of lockdown imposed due to coronavirus outbreak in absence of the workforce that fled cities for their home towns.

An acute shortage of workers has left industries struggling to pick up pace after government allowed resumption of business.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2020 04:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByUrvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay

Amid lockdown, job seeker registrations hit a high of 87,421 for May in Rajasthan

The number of people seeking jobs under the MGNREGS has also gone up dramatically in Rajasthan

Several migrants labourers have fled cities and returned home after loss of jobs during the lockdown.(HT Photo/Representative)
Updated on Jun 04, 2020 07:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Covid-19: Rajasthan labour dept captures data of 45.98 lakh workers

So far, an estimated 12 migrant workers have returned to the desert state since the easing of lockdown restrictions.

The official pointed out there are 45.98 lakh labourers and 7.5 lakh businesses that are registered with the department and have all the relevant details such as their addresses, phone numbers and Aadhaar card numbers.(Reuters)
Updated on May 27, 2020 08:00 PM IST

Migrants drive the Covid-19 spiral in Rajasthan with 1,100 cases in 14 days

Several rural districts in the state have now registered coronavirus positive cases largely due to infection among returning migrant workers.

The state government says it is completely focussed on ensuring compulsory quarantine for all returning migrant workers.(Ht Photo/Representative use)
Updated on May 21, 2020 04:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByUrvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay

Rajasthan reports 107 new Covid-19 cases, total tally now at 5,952

At least 946 migrant workers, who have returned from other states amid the easing of lockdown restrictions, have tested Covid-19 positive.

People carrying luggage pass barricades placed at the Ramganj coronavirus hotspot in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India on Monday, May 18, 2020.(Himanshu Vyas/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 20, 2020 05:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By

Shops reopen in Rajasthan; business revival unlikely before 2021, say industry leaders

Most shops in Jaipur have put notices outside their entrances that read ‘No entry without masks’ and sanitisers have been kept outside for the customers.

People looking to enter the walled city containment zone have parked their cars opposite Sanganeri Gate, in Jaipur, Rajasthan.(Himanshu Vyas/HT Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2020 09:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByUrvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar

Rajasthan reports 173 new Covid-19 cases, overall tally now at 5,375

There were reports of two fresh deaths, as the Covid-19 related toll climbed to 133.

Ramganj Bazar wears a deserted look during the nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, in Jaipur, Friday, May 1, 2020.(PTI)
Updated on May 18, 2020 07:22 PM IST
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