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Ajit Singh: Face of Jat politics in UP and champion of farmers’ rights

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2021 04:14 AM IST
  • Son of north India’s tallest farm leader Charan Singh, Ajit was pushed into abruptly swapping a 15-year-long career as a computer scientist in Silicon Valley to the dusty fields of Western Uttar Pradesh in 1987.
Former Union minister Ajit Singh.(ANI)
Former Union minister Ajit Singh.(ANI)

Ajit Singh: From IIT grad to India’s beloved farm leader

By Brajendra K Parashar, Lucknow
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2021 01:57 AM IST
Ajit Singh, the son of former prime minister Charan Singh who was known as north India’s tallest farmer leader, was diagnosed with Covid-19 on April 20.
PM Modi condoled the death of Ajit Singh and remembered him as a leader who was also devoted to farmers' interests.(Screengrab)
PM Modi condoled the death of Ajit Singh and remembered him as a leader who was also devoted to farmers' interests.(Screengrab)

PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi among leaders who condole Ajit Singh's death

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 10:22 AM IST
Former Union minister Chaudhary Ajit Singh died at the age of 82 on Thursday. He was Covid-19 positive.
Former Union minister and RLD chief Chaudhary Ajit Singh. (File Photo / HT)
Former Union minister and RLD chief Chaudhary Ajit Singh. (File Photo / HT)

Chaudhary Ajit Singh, former Union minister, dies of Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 09:16 AM IST
Chaudhary Ajit Singh, the founder and chief of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), was the son of the late Chaudhary Charan Singh, former Prime Minister of India. Ajit Singh passed away of Covid-19 at the age of 82, news agencies reported on Thursday.
RLD president Ajit Singh(Sunil Saxena/HT Photos)
RLD president Ajit Singh(Sunil Saxena/HT Photos)

Govt making it an issue of bloated ego, says RLD president Ajit Singh

By Brajendra K Parashar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi/chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2021 04:00 AM IST
  • Singh said that farmers have risen against the Modi government and are convinced that the intention behind the three farm laws is to benefit corporates.
General view of a stadium during match.(BCCI)
General view of a stadium during match.(BCCI)

IPL player reports corrupt approach, ACU starts investigations

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 10:57 AM IST
IPL 2020: BCCI ACU chief Ajit Singh confirmed the development to PTI. “Yes (a player has reported aproach),” Singh, the former DGP of Rajasthan Police confirmed the news.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 24, 2019, Chennai Super Kings cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Royal Challengers Bangalore cricket captain Virat Kohli (R) gesture beside IPL trophy(AFP)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 24, 2019, Chennai Super Kings cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Royal Challengers Bangalore cricket captain Virat Kohli (R) gesture beside IPL trophy(AFP)

IPL 2020: Bio-bubble to keep corrupt bookies at bay, says integrity chief

New Delhi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 01:32 PM IST
IPL 2020: Players’ movements will be limited and monitored as part of strict Covid-19 protocols around the eight-team tournament, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates from Sept. 19.
Mumbai Indians (MI) player Jasprit Bumrah with his teammates celebrate the wicket of CSK player Ambati Rayudu during the IPL 2019 (representational image).(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Mumbai Indians (MI) player Jasprit Bumrah with his teammates celebrate the wicket of CSK player Ambati Rayudu during the IPL 2019 (representational image).(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

IPL 2020: Watchdog body on alert as tournament moves out

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Rasesh Mandani
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2020 08:49 AM IST
IPL 2020: Ajit Singh’s team of eight will be handling IPL’s anti-corruption protocols along with local liaison officers hired by BCCI. There will no team integrity officers (TIO) this time just security liaison officers (SLO), one with each of the eight franchises. “It’s because teams will be in a bubble throughout. So the SLO’s will be joining the bubble and doing the same job as TIO,” said Singh.
Rohit Sharma captain of the Mumbai Indians and Virat Kohli captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore during the toss of the match fourteen of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on the 17th April 2018. Photo by:
Rohit Sharma captain of the Mumbai Indians and Virat Kohli captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore during the toss of the match fourteen of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on the 17th April 2018. Photo by:

Managing IPL’s ACU operations at 3 venues in UAE will be slightly easier: Ajit Singh

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 05:27 PM IST
“In the UAE, it will be slightly easier doing (monitoring ACU activity) as there are only three grounds compared to eight venues in India. That’s not an issue at all. Once the schedule comes, we will decided the workforce,” said BCCI ACU chief Ajit Singh.
A policeman walks past a logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).(REUTERS)
A policeman walks past a logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).(REUTERS)

Top fixing suspect nabbed, BCCI to quiz

Mohali | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2020 09:01 PM IST
The arrest comes three days after two bookies, Rajesh Garg and Pankaj Arora, were nabbed in connection with a competition in Punjab from June 29 to July 5. A local court remanded the three to police custody for five days
Indian cricket fans cheer. File photo.(PTI)
Indian cricket fans cheer. File photo.(PTI)

Fixers use deceptive logos, target various leagues: BCCI anti-corruption official

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Rasesh Mandani
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2020 08:33 AM IST
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) anti-corruption head, Ajit Singh, said as Dandiwal is a ‘person of interest’ they “would keep an eye out, if he is contacting any Indian player”.
New Delhi, India - Feb. 13, 2020: Sanjeev Chawla is seen in police custody after he was extradited from London and brought to New Delhi for his involvement in a match-fixing racket, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, February 13, 2020. (Photo by Amal KS / Hindustan Times)(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
New Delhi, India - Feb. 13, 2020: Sanjeev Chawla is seen in police custody after he was extradited from London and brought to New Delhi for his involvement in a match-fixing racket, in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, February 13, 2020. (Photo by Amal KS / Hindustan Times)(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Will request Delhi Police for access to Sanjeev Chawla: BCCI ACU Chief

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2020 04:41 PM IST
Chawla, who was extradited from the United Kingdom on Thursday, has been sent to 12-day police custody by a trial court, which he has challenged in the High Court.
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HC notice to Punjab chief secy on contempt plea

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2020 10:10 PM IST
A Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus that skidded on the snow-covered road at Narkanda, 60 km from Shimla, on Thursday. (Right) Passengers had a narrow escape as the bus rammed into a roadside parapet.(ANI PHOTOS)
A Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus that skidded on the snow-covered road at Narkanda, 60 km from Shimla, on Thursday. (Right) Passengers had a narrow escape as the bus rammed into a roadside parapet.(ANI PHOTOS)

Kufri, Narkanda and Manali get season’s first snowfall, tourists head to the hills

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Shimla
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2019 04:38 PM IST
Belagavi Panthers.(Twui)
Belagavi Panthers.(Twui)

Ownership module in state-run T20 leagues need to be examined: ACU chief Ajit Singh

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2019 05:57 PM IST
The latest is the arrest of two first-class players in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) match-fixing scandal, which, he says, will act as a “deterrent” for mischievous elements.
The BJP also plans to tell the people that not just in western UP, but in eastern part of the state too, the government’s initiatives were transforming the fate of sugarcane farmers.(HT Photo)
The BJP also plans to tell the people that not just in western UP, but in eastern part of the state too, the government’s initiatives were transforming the fate of sugarcane farmers.(HT Photo)

BJP looks to connect with cane farmers in western UP

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2019 05:49 AM IST
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath is expected in Baghpat on Monday for the launch of the new crushing season of the Ramala sugar mill there as the BJP looks to connect with sugarcane farmers in western UP.
A security personnel, second from left, tries to stop a fan of India's captain Virat Kohli after he ran towards the pitch during the second T20 international match between India and South Africa, in Mohali(AP)
A security personnel, second from left, tries to stop a fan of India's captain Virat Kohli after he ran towards the pitch during the second T20 international match between India and South Africa, in Mohali(AP)

India vs South Africa: Team India’s security paramount, ACU chief sends out warning

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2019 09:08 AM IST
The first episode of invasion in the second T20I took place when the South Africans were batting. The invader was chased down by the security guards and taken away.
India's Virat Kohli (R) and MS Dhoni in action.(Action Images via Reuters)
India's Virat Kohli (R) and MS Dhoni in action.(Action Images via Reuters)

An MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli would never fall prey to bookies: BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit chief

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2019 08:20 AM IST
BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Ajit Singh feels that the bookies or fixers would never waste their time in trying to approach top stars like a Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni.
To facilitate the move, 200,000 electric charging stations will be set up across the state by 2024 and a million electric vehicles, including 1,000 buses, will be on the road by then.(HT image)
To facilitate the move, 200,000 electric charging stations will be set up across the state by 2024 and a million electric vehicles, including 1,000 buses, will be on the road by then.(HT image)

By 2030, 70% of Prayagraj public transport to be electricity-driven

PRAYAGRAJ | By Kenneth John
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 07:06 AM IST
The shift in focus on electric vehicles in state will not only cut down on air pollution drastically but also reduce dependency on fossil fuels.
The assembly bypolls are important for the RLD as it has no representation in the UP legislative assembly.
The assembly bypolls are important for the RLD as it has no representation in the UP legislative assembly.

Third gathbandhan partner RLD may also contest UP assembly bypolls

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pankaj Jaiswal
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 09:51 PM IST
The assembly bypolls are important for the RLD as it has no representation in the UP legislative assembly.
A physical education teacher was on the run after he was on Tuesday booked for allegedly sexually harassing a 13-year-old visually-impaired girl in a classroom of a special school.(AP File Photo)
A physical education teacher was on the run after he was on Tuesday booked for allegedly sexually harassing a 13-year-old visually-impaired girl in a classroom of a special school.(AP File Photo)

Ludhiana teacher caught on camera molesting visually challenged teen: Cops

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2019 08:07 AM IST
The accused had kept his chair near the girl’s desk. The girl initially ignored the teacher, but when he touched her inappropriately again on April 23 and 24, she informed her parents. The parents took up the matter with the school management.
Another seat currently in the eye of the storm is Rampur, where friends turned foes Azam Khan (of SP) and Jaya Prada will slug it out.(HT Photo)
Another seat currently in the eye of the storm is Rampur, where friends turned foes Azam Khan (of SP) and Jaya Prada will slug it out.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Litmus test for Samajwadi Party in traditional bastion

Hindustan Times, Agra/Bareilly | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2019 07:09 AM IST
The alliance between SP, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party and Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal poses a challenge to BJP, which won 71 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state in 2014.
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav(PTI photo)
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav(PTI photo)

‘Biggest betrayer party’: Akhilesh Yadav’s sharp comeback to Rahul Gandhi’s public barb

Hindustan Times, | By Pankaj Jaiswal
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 10:00 PM IST
Samajwadi Party boss Akhilesh Yadav, who had once counted the Congress as part of the grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh, on Friday delivered a stinging comeback to the Congress chief for running down his alliance with Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party and Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav filed his nomination papers from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat on Thursday.(ANI)
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav filed his nomination papers from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat on Thursday.(ANI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Akhilesh Yadav files nomination from Azamgarh seat held by Mulayam Singh

Hindustan Times, Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2019 03:06 PM IST
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav filed his nomination papers from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat currently held by Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Addressing a joint rally with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav at Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, she urged the people not to fall for the false promises made by the BJP and the Congress in the electoral campaign.(PTI)
Addressing a joint rally with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav at Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, she urged the people not to fall for the false promises made by the BJP and the Congress in the electoral campaign.(PTI)

On Yogi Adityanath’s Ali-Bajrang Bali remark, Mayawati has a response

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2019 11:28 PM IST
Mayawati’s BSP is contesting the Lok Sabha election in alliance with the SP and Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). Uttar Pradesh goes to polls in all seven phases of the currently underway election exercise.
The alliance between Samajwadi Party-BSP-RLD has fielded Ajit Singh, who vowed on his 80th birthday last year to strengthen communal harmony in the area.(PTI)
The alliance between Samajwadi Party-BSP-RLD has fielded Ajit Singh, who vowed on his 80th birthday last year to strengthen communal harmony in the area.(PTI)

A high-stakes battle for RLD’s Ajit Singh

Hindustan Times, Meerut | By S Raju
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2019 11:52 PM IST
From Muzaffarnagar in UP to Nizamabad in Telangana and Arunachal West in Northeast, a look at high-profile contests
Sanjeev Balyan, the BJP candidate for Muzaffarnagar Lok Sabha seat in western Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday demanded that the faces of burqa-clad women voters should be checked at the polling booths.(ANI)
Sanjeev Balyan, the BJP candidate for Muzaffarnagar Lok Sabha seat in western Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday demanded that the faces of burqa-clad women voters should be checked at the polling booths.(ANI)

Baseless complaint, says EC on Sanjeev Balyan’s allegation of ‘fake voting’ by ‘burqa clad’ voters

Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2019 05:26 PM IST
BJP leader Sanjeev Balyan has alleged fake voting by “burqa-clad” voters in Muzaffarnagar Lok Sabha constituency and demanded that their faces being checked.
Nitin Gadkari, Kiren Rijiju and VK Singh are among several Union ministers in fray in the first phase of polling.
Nitin Gadkari, Kiren Rijiju and VK Singh are among several Union ministers in fray in the first phase of polling.

General elections kick off today, 91 Lok Sabha seats vote in phase 1

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2019 07:10 AM IST
Voting for 543 Lok Sabha seats will be held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. Counting will be done on May 23.
What was as striking was Ms Mayawati’s sharp attack against the Congress — she is understood to have been the most resistant to a wider alliance with the Congress.(AFP)
What was as striking was Ms Mayawati’s sharp attack against the Congress — she is understood to have been the most resistant to a wider alliance with the Congress.(AFP)

Identity politics shouldn’t overshadow real issues

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2019 07:03 PM IST
In this election, all parties must stay away from both shallow secularism, which seeks to treat minorities as a homogeneous votebank to be mobilised, and majoritarianism, which seeks to blur all the diversity within the Hindu fold
“The staff shooed away the dog and informed the doctors,” said Chohtan block chief medical and health officer (BCMHO) Dr. Ritesh Sankhla.(HT file photo)
“The staff shooed away the dog and informed the doctors,” said Chohtan block chief medical and health officer (BCMHO) Dr. Ritesh Sankhla.(HT file photo)

Dog tries to take away stillborn baby from hospital in Rajasthan

Hindustan Times, Barmer | By Mukesh Mathrani
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2019 08:45 PM IST
A stray dog tried to take away the body of a stillborn baby whose mother was being treated at a government hospital in Rajasthan’s Barmer district, doctors said on Friday.
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