Ankita Dwivedi Johri

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On November 7, Moradabad recorded highest levels on pollution scale, but few were looking
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

Last week, as Delhi’s polluted air made international headlines, less than 200 km away, the lone automatic air monitoring station in this city in western Uttar Pradesh recorded an AQI of 500 — the highest on the scale.

Smoke and mirrors: Punjab, Haryana farmers say why they burn stubble
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Rising air pollution in Delhi has once again turned the heat on paddy farmers in Punjab and Haryana, who burn stubble in their fields around this time to ready it for the next wheat crop. The Indian Express tells their side of the story

Tourist numbers down, Fatehpur Sikri worried over ‘lapkas’
Sun, Nov 05, 2017

Are they touts harassing tourists or young boys desperate to earn a living? The attack on a Swiss couple has raised several uncomfortable questions.

In Uttar Pradesh, a Dalit woman, her unborn child killed for ‘defiling’ bucket
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Of the 3,313 residents of Khetalpur Bhansoli village (2011 Census), locals say, at least 30 per cent are Dalits. Mahesh Kumar (45), a Dalit, admits to frequent fights with upper castes in the village

Where we belong: The fight of Parsi women in interfaith marriages
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Why Parsi women in inter-faith marriages are fighting for their rightful place in the community.

500 Notes and a Wedding: Why the north Indian groom wears a garland of money
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

A customary part of the groom’s trousseau in several communities in north India, the money garlands this year have been tucked away in the back out of “fear”, say the shopkeepers.

Bandar se Raavan tak: A day in the life of Budhana’s Ramleela
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

An angry ‘sage’, demons tripping over wires, a showstopper frog and in the midst of it all, over 50 people putting together a 13-day Ramleela. In Budhana, a UP tehsil where a row erupted last year over Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing a part, the show goes on.

Inside the dera
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s conviction in two rape cases has hit at the heart of his 1,000-acre Sirsa dera, now largely emptied of its followers. What’s left though is an unshakable faith in their Baba.

Nagina Online
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

The tension in this Mewat village unfolded like a now familiar story. A video on Facebook led to a public beating, then another on WhatsApp made the assault viral. The Indian Express goes to find out what happens to a village, one of India’s most backward, when social media comes in — and discovers it back on its phones

It’s time to talk. Period
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

As per the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4), 2015-16, rural Madhya Pradesh fares the worst in the country in menstrual health management, with only 26.4 per cent of women between the ages of 15 and 24 using hygienic methods.

A day in the life of a TTE on the Mahakoshal Express: Ticket hai?
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Last month, a TTE was fined Rs 25,000 as a reserved seat was taken by force. For Narayan, almost every negotiation on a train is about seats, including own. A day in the life of Ram Narayan, 27, a Travelling Ticket Examiner on the Mahakoshal Express

Adil, Lashkar man in Valley, is Sandeep Sharma from UP
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Police arrested Sandip Kumar, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, in connection with the case. He was also allegedly part of the LeT group that ambushed a police patrol and killed six security personnel, including SHO Firoz Dar.

Stunt gone wrong, teen made 26 phone calls from pit before death
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

At Khati’s two-room, rundown home in Kurar, his mother Poonam, 45, and father Mam Chand, 44, a daily wager, are struggling to come to terms with their son’s death. Khati was the eldest of Chand’s three children, including another 14-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter.

The Motorcycle Diaries
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

As the sun goes down and neon lights come on, in melas across country, a small community of men and women take their lives into their hands. As the death of one of them in Odisha makes it to the Internet, and leads to arrests, The Indian Express goes looking for a Maut ka Kuan

A Fairy Tale for Rebel Girls
Sun, May 28, 2017

For the girls of Haryana’s Gothra village, whose protest forced the state government to upgrade their school, ambitions aren’t curtailed by lack of opportunities alone.

Rohtak rape victim in child care institute
Tue, May 23, 2017

“Since the victim’s mother is not willing to take care of the child, so in the interest of the child, the CWC decided to send her to a CCI,” said Dr Raj Singh Sangwan, Chairman, CWC, Rohtak.

Rohtak rape case: 10-yr-old rape victim undergoes abortion, doctors say stable
Fri, May 19, 2017

The victim was administered the abortion medicine on Wednesday and her condition is being closely monitored by the doctors at the hospital.

Rohtak: Abortion cleared for child rape victim, her mother has a worry
Wed, May 17, 2017

Stepfather is accused; Rohtak mother asks: If he goes to jail, who will take care of my children, I need to think about their future too.

A day in the life of women of Madaura, told not to use phones
Sun, May 14, 2017

Men are agreed: “Our women don’t need phones”. Women are confused: “When did we ever have one?”

Harvard Club Of India Polls: New India team wants to work with govt on policymaking
Tue, May 02, 2017

The new president of the club, Anirudh Suri, 34, who won uncontested, says the role of the new team is to reach out to a “broader community” and be of value to the government.

PFA’s Haryana chief says he trained Delhi suspects, had worked under Maneka Gandhi
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

“I was asked by Mrs Maneka Gandhi to conduct the training then. I remember during the exercise we had caught a truck carrying brushes made of mongoose hair," Kadyan told The Indian Express.

‘Don’t tweak fans, provide a family-like environment’
Sun, Apr 16, 2017

The Kota Hostel Association has decided to install sensors and springs in ceiling fans in hostel rooms, to check the rising number of suicides in the city.

‘What love jihad? Have been targeted as I am a Muslim’
Thu, Apr 13, 2017

The Hindu Yuva Vahini, meanwhile, had a different version.

What’s India drinking
Sun, Apr 09, 2017

The Supreme Court ban on liquor vends within 500 m of highways comes amid a growing clamour for prohibition. But from toddy to whiskey, country liquor to IMFL and beer to, more recently, wine — we are knocking it all down.

Branded: Firms pulling Youtube advertising after ads appear next to extremist videos
Sun, Apr 02, 2017

More firms are pulling the plug on YouTube advertising, after their ads appeared next to extremist content. But given how it sources ads, and how many ads it sources, is Google doing enough?

Kota: To check suicides, hostels plan to tweak ceiling fans
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

The initiative has received a mixed response from hostel owners, students and the district administration.

Haryana: Villagers sent for DNA tests in gangrape story with no victim or witness
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

The list for Hasanpur village, accessed by The Indian Express, is a handwritten note with no official stamp or signature.

Uttarakhand ‘Death in custody’: 16-year-old cried for two days, says family; died hours after FIR against him
Mon, Mar 06, 2017

An FIR was registered naming him in a case of elopement. Hours later, the 16-year-old was found dead.

Occupy DUSU
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

In this season of protest marches, DU’s Students’ Union office serves as a space for strategising, venting anger against “anti-nationals” and, above all, as a shelter from the heat outside

A meal’s journey
Mon, Feb 27, 2017

This is not the first time that the Delhi mid-day meal programme has come under scrutiny.

Kalkaji temple row: Sisters agree to out of court settlement, to get Rs 6 lakh each
Sat, Feb 11, 2017

As far as the right to offer ‘puja’ and ‘sewa’ is concerned, Kumari said “they will think about the issue later”. “The matter has been sorted.

In Mirchpur, a race leads to clashes, many caste narratives
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

The 17-year-old was the first Dalit from the village to win the race, which had 35 participants, mostly upper castes from 10-15 villages nearby.

Wedding entertainment industry: Behind the gloss, risks of a dancer
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

ANKITA DWIVEDI JOHRI travels with a dance orchestra to a village in the interiors of Allahabad, the heart of the wedding entertainment industry.

Back on Mewat roadside, biryani vendors run into cash crunch
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Nearly 50 families of the Qureshi community cooked biryani at home and sold it from thelas in Doha, Mewat.

How a small outlet may recharge Delhi’s iconic grocery retail chain
Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Safal lessons from Pitampura: new look, approach

Mewat gangrape: After rape, the long, lonely battle
Sun, Dec 04, 2016

Mewat victim has had to leave home, her husband has lost his job. Their only hope is justice will be swift