Urvashi Dev Rawal

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 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)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2020 12:33 AM IST
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.
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File photo of former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje(HT File)
File photo of former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje(HT File)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2020 06:20 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2020 01:10 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2020 01:47 AM IST
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.
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Representational image. (HT file)
Representational image. (HT file)

Rajasthan introduces exams for college faculty, teachers up in arms

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2020 05:56 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 01:25 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 07:04 PM IST
Dholpur district reported the maximum number of fresh Covid-19 positive cases at 63 and its total tally stands at 464.
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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)

Rajasthan textbooks give opposing versions on Haldighati battle

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2020 06:25 PM IST
Rajput leaders, royals oppose insult to Maharana Pratap, RBSE removes the book from the website
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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)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 06:04 PM IST
The state government on Saturday fixed the amount chargeable by private labs and hospitals for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
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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)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2020 03:22 PM IST
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.
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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.)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 05:45 PM IST
Health minister Raghu Sharma said the health department is studying the causes for this unprecedented rise in coronavirus cases.
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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)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 04:31 PM IST
The district collector felt the need for the water audit after receiving conflicting accounts of water facilities and problems.
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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)

Firms make efforts to bring back migrants, restart work

By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu/Urvashi Dev Rawal/Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Hyderabad/Lucknow
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 04:55 AM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu/Urvashi Dev Rawal/Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Hyderabad/Lucknow
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2020 08:03 AM IST
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.
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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)

Rajasthan industries offer better wages, conditions to lure migrants back

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 04:42 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 07:44 PM IST
The number of people seeking jobs under the MGNREGS has also gone up dramatically in Rajasthan
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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)

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

UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 08:00 PM IST
So far, an estimated 12 migrant workers have returned to the desert state since the easing of lockdown restrictions.
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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)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 04:16 PM IST
Several rural districts in the state have now registered coronavirus positive cases largely due to infection among returning migrant workers.
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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)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 05:32 PM IST
At least 946 migrant workers, who have returned from other states amid the easing of lockdown restrictions, have tested Covid-19 positive.
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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)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2020 09:28 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2020 07:22 PM IST
There were reports of two fresh deaths, as the Covid-19 related toll climbed to 133.
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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)

Rajasthan records 268 new Covid-19 positive cases in 12 hours

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2020 02:41 PM IST
Rajasthan’s Covid-19 related death toll stands at 122, including 62 in Jaipur alone.
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Around 13 lakh migrants have registered to return to Rajasthan.(ANI Photo)
Around 13 lakh migrants have registered to return to Rajasthan.(ANI Photo)

Migrant influx pushes up Covid-19 cases in Rajasthan, govt fears spread in rural areas

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2020 11:51 AM IST
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.
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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)

Rajasthan reports 151 new Covid-19 cases, total state tally now at 4277

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2020 07:21 PM IST
Jaipur and Jalore reported the maximum number of Covid-19 positive cases at 49 and 28, respectively, followed by Pali (24) and Udaipur (22).
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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

Rajasthan’s recovery rate of Covid-19 patients above 58%: Health minister

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2020 02:00 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Eeshanpriya M S, Vivek Gupta, Ranjan, Urvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai/Chandigarh/Bhopal/Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2020 10:48 AM IST
Municipal officials in many other cities Hindustan Times reporters got in touch with did not provide any data on the deaths citing lockdown restrictions.
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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)

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

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 09:36 PM IST
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.
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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)

Two Covid-19 patients given plasma therapy in Jaipur, condition stable

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 06:31 PM IST
Rajasthan has started the clinical trials for plasma therapy after it obtained permission from ICMR
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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)

Chittorgarh emerging as new Covid-19 hotspot in Rajasthan

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 10:42 AM IST
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.
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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)

66 new Covid-19 cases take Rajasthan tally to 3,127

By Urvashi Dev Rawal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 10:42 AM IST
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.
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