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

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)
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
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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)
File photo of former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje(HT File)
Updated on Jul 18, 2020 06:20 PM IST
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
Representational image. (HT file)
Published on Jun 27, 2020 05:56 PM IST
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‘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)
Baba Ramdev launching a medicine kit for Covid-19, in Haridwar on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 25, 2020 01:25 PM IST
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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.)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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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Rajasthan records 268 new Covid-19 positive cases in 12 hours

Rajasthan’s Covid-19 related death toll stands at 122, including 62 in Jaipur alone.
On May 14, 2020 till 9am, 66 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported from the state.(Sakib Ali/HT file photo)
On May 14, 2020 till 9am, 66 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported from the state.(Sakib Ali/HT file photo)
Updated on May 14, 2020 02:41 PM IST
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Migrant influx pushes up Covid-19 cases in Rajasthan, govt fears spread in rural areas

To deal with the rush of migrants, the state government has sealed the state’s borders to regulate entry and made 14-day quarantine mandatory.
Around 13 lakh migrants have registered to return to Rajasthan.(ANI Photo)
Around 13 lakh migrants have registered to return to Rajasthan.(ANI Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2020 11:51 AM IST
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Rajasthan reports 151 new Covid-19 cases, total state tally now at 4277

Jaipur and Jalore reported the maximum number of Covid-19 positive cases at 49 and 28, respectively, followed by Pali (24) and Udaipur (22).
tThree fresh deaths were reported from Alwar, Pali, and Jaipur districts.(Samir Jana / HT file photo)
tThree fresh deaths were reported from Alwar, Pali, and Jaipur districts.(Samir Jana / HT file photo)
Updated on May 13, 2020 07:21 PM IST
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Rajasthan’s recovery rate of Covid-19 patients above 58%: Health minister

The state’s tally of Covid-19 as of Tuesday stood at 4,035 and 2,362 people or 58.53% have recovered from the deadly disease, according to its health department. The number of deaths related to the coronavirus disease in the state is 115.
The national recovery rate is 31.15%, that for Delhi is 32%, for Tamil Nadu is 28%, Gujarat is 33% and Maharashtra is 19%. Photo by Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times
The national recovery rate is 31.15%, that for Delhi is 32%, for Tamil Nadu is 28%, Gujarat is 33% and Maharashtra is 19%. Photo by Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times
Published on May 12, 2020 02:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByUrvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by Meenakshi Ray

Drop in number of fatalities as civic bodies struggle to update data due to Covid-19 lockdown

Municipal officials in many other cities Hindustan Times reporters got in touch with did not provide any data on the deaths citing lockdown restrictions.
Officials of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) visit Dharavi slums during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, in Mumbai, on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
Officials of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) visit Dharavi slums during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, in Mumbai, on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2020 10:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai/Chandigarh/Bhopal/Jaipur | ByEeshanpriya M S, Vivek Gupta, Ranjan, Urvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

Covid-19 deaths touch 100 in Rajasthan, Jaipur district records most fatalities

Till April 16, there were 15 Covid-related deaths in the state. Since then there have been another 85 deaths in 21 days, or an average of 4 deaths per day.
A health worker sanitises a barricade in Ramganj, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 6, 2020.(Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)
A health worker sanitises a barricade in Ramganj, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 6, 2020.(Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2020 09:36 PM IST
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Two Covid-19 patients given plasma therapy in Jaipur, condition stable

Rajasthan has started the clinical trials for plasma therapy after it obtained permission from ICMR
Plasma therapy’s efficacy in coronavirus cases is being assessed through clinical trials in India.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO/Representative)
Plasma therapy’s efficacy in coronavirus cases is being assessed through clinical trials in India.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO/Representative)
Updated on May 06, 2020 06:31 PM IST
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Chittorgarh emerging as new Covid-19 hotspot in Rajasthan

Chief minister Ashok Gehlot has expressed concern over the rising number of cases and asked that the ruthless containment model of Bhilwara be replicated in Nimbaheda.
A queue outside a liquor store during lockdown in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Tuesday.(Himanshu Vyas/HT Photo)
A queue outside a liquor store during lockdown in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Tuesday.(Himanshu Vyas/HT Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2020 10:42 AM IST
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66 new Covid-19 cases take Rajasthan tally to 3,127

Rohit Kumar Singh, additional chief secretary, state health department, said 19 and 23 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported from Jaipur and Jodhpur, respectively.
Jaisalmer: Indian nationals evacuated from Iran undergo a disinfectant process before being quarantined in Indian Army Wellness Facility Centre at Jaisalmer Military Station.(PTI)
Jaisalmer: Indian nationals evacuated from Iran undergo a disinfectant process before being quarantined in Indian Army Wellness Facility Centre at Jaisalmer Military Station.(PTI)
Updated on May 06, 2020 10:42 AM IST
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