Yojana Yadav

Yojana Yadav

Yojana Yadav is senior news editor at Hindustan Times, Chandigarh. She oversees the production of HT editions for states north of Delhi. She’s been with HT since 2003. During her two-decade-long career, she’s worked at The Tribune, Chandigarh; PTI, Delhi; and TOI, Ahmedabad.

Articles by Yojana Yadav
Residents of neighbouring Sectors 2 and 12 kept their gates locked through the day and watched the action unfold on the flyover on the highway from the rooftops.(HT Photo)
Residents of neighbouring Sectors 2 and 12 kept their gates locked through the day and watched the action unfold on the flyover on the highway from the rooftops.(HT Photo)

Dera violence: When panicky Panchkula residents hired bouncers

Hindustan TImes, Panchkula | By Yojana Yadav
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2017 10:58 AM IST
Armed with baseball bats, the bouncers looked intimidating in their tight-fitting black outfit and black glasses
The influx of the nearly three lakh dera followers (according to intelligence inputs) has left the estimated two lakh residents of Panchkula outnumbered and on the edge.(HT Photo)
The influx of the nearly three lakh dera followers (according to intelligence inputs) has left the estimated two lakh residents of Panchkula outnumbered and on the edge.(HT Photo)

Ram Rahim rape verdict: Edgy Panchkula held hostage at home

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2017 07:07 PM IST
Residents stock up on supplies, stay home, watch situation unfold on TV, social media.
The Sohana gurdwara crossing in Mohali turned into a giant pool.(Yojana Yadav)
The Sohana gurdwara crossing in Mohali turned into a giant pool.(Yojana Yadav)

Chandigarh rain: In waist-deep water on the way to office | First person account

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2017 11:04 PM IST
The feet felt wet and I saw water seeping in from the engine. The driver brought the Ertiga to a halt but didn’t switch off the engine till smoke started filling the vehicle
Ravinder K Bansal will take off in his single-engine Cessna 400 from Buffalo Niagara International Airport in the US to raise ₹4.83 crore for a hospital in his hometown of Ambala.(HT Photo)
Ravinder K Bansal will take off in his single-engine Cessna 400 from Buffalo Niagara International Airport in the US to raise ₹4.83 crore for a hospital in his hometown of Ambala.(HT Photo)

Ambala-origin NRI to fly solo across world to raise funds for MRI machine

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2017 09:40 AM IST
Ravinder K Bansal with the Cessna 400 plane in which he will fly solo around the world. He plans to leave Clarence town near Buffalo, US, on July 4 and reach Ambala by July 27.
Avtar Singh Dhindsa, a farmer at Gabrian village in Patiala on Friday.(Bharat Bhushan /HT)
Avtar Singh Dhindsa, a farmer at Gabrian village in Patiala on Friday.(Bharat Bhushan /HT)

VIDEO | Blooming business, but for a few: The state of floriculture in Punjab

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2017 12:57 AM IST
Patiala grows a secret in its backyard. Tucked away a few metres from the highway to Malerkotla and Samana are farms of three national-award winning floriculturists that offer a breathtaking view of acres and acres of flowers in all hues, shapes and sizes. As spring makes way for summer, Hindustan Times tracks three success stories to understand why blooms haven’t become many farmers’ business despite the potential
HT Conclave in progress at Government College for Girls in Ludhiana on Friday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
HT Conclave in progress at Government College for Girls in Ludhiana on Friday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

HT Conclave: Safety, dignity election issues for women voters in Punjab

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2017 11:28 AM IST
Cutting across generations and professions, 80 women, many of them first-time voters, who gathered at Government College for Girls in Ludhiana at the HT Conclave on ‘What Women Voters Want’, on a sunny Friday afternoon , spoke in one voice on safety and dignity being their prime concern as voters.
Punjab Congress Chief Captain Amarinder Singh at the launch of "Captain Smart Connect scheme" in Chandigrah. The scheme, which was aimed at 50-lakh applicants and got 30 lakh interested after a 10-day extension.(PTI)
Punjab Congress Chief Captain Amarinder Singh at the launch of "Captain Smart Connect scheme" in Chandigrah. The scheme, which was aimed at 50-lakh applicants and got 30 lakh interested after a 10-day extension.(PTI)

Give Punjab’s youth jobs not sops

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2016 12:52 PM IST
All the three major political parties political are on sop announcement overdrive. But none of them has offered an action plan to generate jobs
Neighbours bonding over yoga in Sector 12, Panchkula, during a session on Monday.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)
Neighbours bonding over yoga in Sector 12, Panchkula, during a session on Monday.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

The Modi effect: New dawn for yoga in tricity

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav, Shailee Dogra, Aneesha Bedi
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2016 01:36 PM IST
It’s 5.25am and the sun is yet to wake up. But that doesn’t deter the 50-odd yogis of Panchkula’s Sector 12 from heading to the neighbourhood park for their daily yoga routine.
The soldier holding up his medals: Naik Sarup Singh fought the Japanese in Burma as part of the British army in World War II. That was duty. He fought Pakistanis in Jammu and Kashmir in 1947-48. That was for the nation.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)
The soldier holding up his medals: Naik Sarup Singh fought the Japanese in Burma as part of the British army in World War II. That was duty. He fought Pakistanis in Jammu and Kashmir in 1947-48. That was for the nation.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

HT Special: Celebrating life @ 100

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2016 09:58 AM IST
They were born during World War I. They stepped into adulthood as India won its third hockey gold at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. In their prime, they saw World War II. They bore the pangs of Partition as India and Pakistan became two nations in 1947.
Manya said the delay in the announcement of CBSE results has made her all the more nervous.(Sheeraz Rizvi/HT photo)
Manya said the delay in the announcement of CBSE results has made her all the more nervous.(Sheeraz Rizvi/HT photo)

CBSE Class 10: Students’ reactions ahead of results from across India

Hindustan Times, Allahabad/Lucknow/Ranchi/Chandigarh | By Kenneth John/Rajeev Mullick/Saumya Mishra/Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2016 08:48 PM IST
Thousands of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) students swayed between anxiety, curiosity and nervousness hours before their Class 10 board examinations results were declared on Saturday.
We had been childless for 35 years, so it wasn’t easy for us but it was our last chance,” says Darbara Singh.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
We had been childless for 35 years, so it wasn’t easy for us but it was our last chance,” says Darbara Singh.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

When science plays God: Meet the grand old new parents in the age of IVF

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2016 10:13 AM IST
A slow and silent social change is unfolding in the homes of elderly childless couples in rural Haryana and Punjab. To save their property, farmers are turning to a gynaecological procedure, becoming parents in their late seventies and early eighties. HT news editor Yojana Yadav profiles some couples who took the shot and now face the challenge of raising children amid failing health. Their longing for an heir also lays a fertile ground for in-vitro fertilisation clinics to thrive
ACP Purnima Singh describes herself as “essentially a Chandigarh girl who understands the urban crowd.(Karun Sharma/HT photo)
ACP Purnima Singh describes herself as “essentially a Chandigarh girl who understands the urban crowd.(Karun Sharma/HT photo)

International women’s day: Breaking barriers and changing mindsets

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2016 11:47 AM IST
‘Break the silence, report crime against women. Call 1091,’ reads the poster, drawn by a school student, just above the corridor that leads to the three lockups guarded by woman cops in Panchkula district’s Mahila Police Station.

Jab we met secret Santa in office

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2015 11:03 AM IST
Santa was at the Hindustan Times, Mohali, office this Christmas. No, he didn’t land his sleigh on our roof straight from North Pole, though the office is on the flight path. Neither did he roll down unseen from the chimney because there couldn’t be a bigger turn off than the grimy exhaust in the office canteen. Yet the HT office was teeming with secret Santas thanks to the initiative of two angels (junior colleagues) who gave us the chance to live our childhood fantasy and receive a gift on Christmas, straight from our secret Santa.
Social activist and BJP’s Delhi chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi during HT Youth Forum in Chandigarh on Monday.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT Photo)
Social activist and BJP’s Delhi chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi during HT Youth Forum in Chandigarh on Monday.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT Photo)

Will take decades to clean up politics: Kiran Bedi

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2015 02:08 PM IST
Social activist and BJP’s Delhi chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi admits politics is a dirty game that will take decades to clean up in India.
Representative photo.
Representative photo.

Guest Column: Celebrating daughters

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2015 10:17 AM IST
The last Sunday of September is celebrated as Daughter’s Day. Today also happens to be World Heart Day. What a lovely coincidence because a daughter is someone you love with all your heart. Ask parents and they will admit that in the heart of hearts their daughter is the love and light of their lives.

Spice of life: Maggi memories

UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2015 11:55 AM IST
My first Maggi was in Pune in 1983. I remember riding the bicycle to a neighbourhood store with six empty packets of the instant noodles firmly latched on to the carrier to claim a lemon yellow Maggi T-shirt.

Memorial to Sukhna geese! No thanks

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2015 12:07 PM IST
This morning, I overheard two two-legged friends at Sukhna Lake talking about the Chandigarh administration’s recent decision to set up a memorial to my feathered friends who were mercilessly culled on December 18 last year after reports of a bird flu scare.

The kite that flew free

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2015 11:44 AM IST
The kite struggled to break free. Caught in the wires, it tugged hard as its long tail flapped in the wind. Hours later, when the wind gave way to rain, it fluttered on despite being soaked, hoping against hope that it would be free to fly once again.

Reliving sweet memories

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2015 08:21 AM IST
"I don't look sweet, do I?" my 14-year-old son asked as we were racing against time to catch the school bus at 7am. Caught off guard, I answered with a question, "Why? What happened?" "Nothing, someone told me that a girl in our maths tuition thinks so," he continued matter-of-factly.

Heading for a happy ending

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2015 01:00 PM IST
It’s somewhere in the middle that one realises the ending matters more than the beginning. Whether it’s a story, a movie, a season, a race, a relationship or life in general, it’s the ending that matters. It’s to this end that we should strive for a life that matters.
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Surviving the bird flu scare

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2014 09:34 AM IST
They called me a rebel without a cause, or was it one without a pause? I guess they were right either way. Today, if I live to tell you the story of my kind, it’s only because I’m one of a kind. I’m a goose. Yes, one of those domesticated geese at Sukhna Lake, who escaped the clutches of the men in white that cold December 18 night. Writes Yojana Yadav.

Terror, then and now

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2014 11:46 AM IST
Three decades back, the closest a child got to Terror was when he was caught doing mischief by an elder or stuck in a dark cinema hall watching a film where the villain seemed all powerful. The way out of the crisis was to say a silent prayer, and it usually worked. Writes Yojana Yadav.
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Bringing generations together this Oct 1

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2014 02:34 PM IST
Not so long ago, the tricity of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali was labelled a safe haven for retirees. Youngsters would lament the lack of nightlife and “happening” joints, while senior citizens enjoyed top quality of life with all amenities, particularly healthcare, within reach. Writes Yojana Yadav.
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Sweeping statements

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2014 10:44 AM IST
Reaching Mars is easier than ensuring a toilet in every home in India! This world, or should we say the universe, is full of ironies. On Wednesday morning, while half of the nation of a billion plus waited with bated breath as MOM (Mars Orbiter Mission) delivered. Writes Yojana Yadav.
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Reinvent yourself to stay relevant

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2014 10:24 AM IST
“Hey, what happened? You look like Santa Claus,” she blurted out as she ran into an old friend (pun unintended) at the school parent-teacher meeting. Suddenly conscious about her coloured hair, she bit her lip and hoped she hadn’t offended him in jest. Writes Yojana Yadav.
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City needs new mindset more than a makeover

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2014 01:56 PM IST
What’s so beautiful about Chandigarh? That’s what many commuters seem to wonder as they patiently negotiate potholes and bumpy stretches while crawling through haphazard traffic on entering the city via Zirakpur. Writes Yojana Yadav.
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Love reflects inner beauty

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2014 08:12 AM IST
The acacia tree (kikar) in the neighbourhood is in full bloom. It stands bent, perhaps to watch its yellow, sweet-scented tufts lying strewn on the rain-swept road. The drizzle subsides and morning walkers hit the stretch. Writes Yojna Yadav.
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Politics overshadows development

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav and Rajesh Moudgil
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2014 11:26 PM IST
Two-time Ambala Congress MP Kumari Selja, 51, has left her constituency disappointed. Several development projects, including ones that she had initiated in her earlier Lok Sabha term, remain in limbo due to her political differences with Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Despite a Congress-led government at the Centre and her party in power in the state, Selja could not realise her dream projects mainly due to the non-cooperation of the Haryana government.
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Lone fighter, she wages on

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav and Harpreet Kaur
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2014 11:04 AM IST
When Congress MP Santosh Chowdhary, 69, was inducted as the union minister of state for health in the Manmohan Singh cabinet last summer, many believed her candidature for the Hoshiarpur seat was certain. But in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections this summer, the veteran Dalit leader knows that she has a fierce battle at hand, with a number of contenders competing with her for the Congress ticket.
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On the line of control

Hindustan Times | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2013 10:22 AM IST
It's been a week since an Indian soldier was beheaded and another murdered by Pakistani perpetrators. Rumbles of revenge in a disciplined force such as the army, cries of the humiliated family, voices of angry citizens, shouts of right-wingers and the cacophony of politicians have failed to rouse the head of the Indian state to act. Yojana Yadav writes
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