Pragya Kaushika

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Special Correspondent

The Indian Express

Covering Delhi government and BJP Delhi. Working with The Express since 2008. covered Western UP and Corporations for the paper in the past.

Delhi govt lifts ban on issuing new liquor licences
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

Sources said the decision was made as the government was convinced that barring restaurants from serving liquor would serve no purpose, as people would drink at other places and cause problems.

Govt wants missions abroad to be medical tourism centres
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

The Tourism Ministry is in the process of finalising its wellness tourism policy to promote alternative therapies and yoga, and medical tourism for accredited hospitals.

Gave us wrong facts on students’ success: Education department to Manish Sisodia
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

Sources said Sisodia’s office wanted the advertisement to mention how results of those studying in government schools were much better than those studying in private schools. But keeping in mind the Supreme Court regulation on content verification by respective departments, the education department tweaked and amended a few words in the script

Vigilance dept wants details of companies with ‘hawala deals’
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra had alleged hawala transactions and donations to the AAP through two of the five companies that have been named in the communication. He had also written to the Lt Governor and demanded an inquiry into the matter.

BJP teams to go door to door in Delhi with Deendayal message
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

Senior leaders said many volunteers have come forward to spend 15 days to six months in various parts of the city as part of the programme. But they are yet to finalise those who would undertake the ‘one-year prawas’ in the capital.

National Museum Institute to get own campus in Noida
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

The National Museum Institute of the History of Art, Conservation and Museology is set to get its own campus in Noida after operating from the premises of National Museum for 28 years. The institute, known to be one of the leading centres for training and research in art and heritage and a deemed university, will […]

MHA asks states to implement Student Police Cadet programme to counter extremism
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

The communication notes that discussions on such a programme had recorded that the top-down traditional show of force by police is not a comprehensive response to such issues.

‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’: BJP culture ministers meet, focus on cultural assimilation
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

The meeting was attended by artistes, cultural experts and ministers, and BJP and RSS leaders.

Circle rates of agricultural land to be based on location
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

Government's 2016 notification had hit roadblock with L-G, court.

Samples from Haryana excavation site to be sent for carbon dating
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

Mani said that a comparison could be drawn between Bhirrana and Mehrgarh on the basis of area covered and artefacts and pottery samples collected.

BJP plans to promote languages, unsung heroes
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

The sources said the ministers would work on a framework of promoting languages of other states as part of the education system. 

Delhi to get 12 new IAS officers
Wed, May 31, 2017

Others who would join the GNCTD are Arti Lal, a 2010-batch IAS officer, who was the special secretary, Agriculture, in the Mizoram government and Shinde Deepak Arjun, a 2012-batch officer.

Delhi BJP resolves to file criminal case against CM Arvind Kejriwal
Sun, May 28, 2017

The party has decided to approach L-G Anil Baijal to lodge criminal cases against the CM.

Delhi: Govt sets deadline for drain desilting
Sat, May 27, 2017

Earlier this month, L-G Anil Baijal had constituted a committee to look after desilting of drains and open manholes.

Delhi: As trouble brews in BJP, slums are at the centre
Sat, May 27, 2017

“The differences between the two leaders — prompted by Goel’s decisions to announce programmes for Delhi and Tiwari’s response — have not gone unseen by the central leadership."

More IAS officers to be posted to Delhi
Thu, May 25, 2017

Union Territory cadre officials are expected to get placed in the Delhi government as many in the Delhi administration have been handling more than two departments.

Delhi: At BJP meet, focus on ignored slums, poor law-and-order
Wed, May 24, 2017

Executive committee members reiterated the fact that they have been raising issues of basic amenities at such meetings for a long time, but no action has been taken.

‘Party does not belong to one man’: BJP top leadership tells Goel, Tiwari to keep House in order
Tue, May 23, 2017

Vijay Goel elaborately discussed the slum adoption plan, which had been the bone of contention between him and Manoj Tiwari.

Rename Babar Road after Lt Ummer Fayaz: Tajinder Pal Bagga
Sat, May 20, 2017

Bagga said it will help keep Fayaz’s memory alive and serve as a reminder to people that a young man had laid down his life for the nation.

Strengthening ties: Govt to organise national cultural festival in Ladakh
Sat, May 20, 2017

Sources in the ministry said the choice of Ladakh, located on the India-China border, as the venue is aimed at providing the people of the region a sense of belonging to the country.

Three Indira Gandhi National centre for Arts to be opened soon
Wed, May 17, 2017

Three centres would be opened in the current year in Ranchi, Puducherry and Goa. Realising that there is a lack of data and work in tribal belts, the centre has decided to open one of its centre in Ranchi.

New councillors in a fix: Goel invites, Tiwari ‘disposes’
Wed, May 17, 2017

Sources in the party claimed that Delhi unit chief Tiwari asked the councillors to give the event a miss

RSS outfit wants Manusmriti reworked
Sun, May 14, 2017

According to Chand, fresh research should be commissioned on Manusmriti.

Neglected for over two decades, 35-km ring rail network to see revival
Sat, May 13, 2017

As part of the measures to decongest the capital and reduce air pollution, officials from the Centre and state government are trying to revive the line.

Country’s biggest performing arts centre to come up in city at Rs 350 crore
Sat, May 13, 2017

Delhi’s NCPA will be constructed across an area of 10 to 11 acres and will be bigger than the centre in Mumbai which is spread over seven acres.

Buddha set to be included in NCERT curriculum
Thu, May 11, 2017

Javadekar said attempts were being made to make it relevant for today’s requirements to make the education system “complete”.

Triple talaq be treated as court’s contempt: Arif Mohammad Khan
Wed, May 10, 2017

Arif Mohammad Khan also spoke against triple talaq in the 1980s.

Tanker scam, proximity to Vishwas cited as reasons: Water Minister Kapil Mishra out of Kejriwal’s cabinet
Sun, May 07, 2017

Another reason being cited for Mishra’s removal was complaints from MLAs about dirty water and erratic water supply during the MCD polls, which may have hurt the party's prospects.

Centre launches e-guide for visitors at historical monuments
Sun, May 07, 2017

NK Sinha, secretary, culture and tourism, said visitors can connect their phones to the Intranet and scan the QR code beside each artefact.

Spiritual circuits: Tourism ministry to ask states to speed up work
Sat, May 06, 2017

This comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the ministry to expedite development of the 13 proposed theme-based circuits so that they can be completed during the tenure of the current government, sources have said.

Suspended from AAP, Amanatullah Khan on six House panels
Sat, May 06, 2017

Sources in the party said those MLAs who came out in support of Vishwas did not get many spots on the committees

Delhi LG Anil Baijal wants improved dengue fight
Sat, May 06, 2017

Sources said Baijal’s order comes after the CAG report, released last month, pulled up the Delhi government for not doing enough to contain the outbreak of dengue and chikungunya

Which name for theatre: Meghdoot or Alkazi?
Tue, May 02, 2017

The Sangeet Natak Akademi is holding a function on Wednesday to mark the renaming with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan as the chief guest.

CAG auditing appointments in law department
Sun, Apr 30, 2017

The Delhi government’s law department is now being audited for alleged irregularities in appointment of senior public prosecutors and special counsels.

AAP MLAs a threat to their own party: Manoj Tiwari
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari talks about winning the MCD polls, and the way forward

Ramayana Museum project: Centre, state hold talks, eye on 18-month deadline
Fri, Apr 28, 2017

The new dispensation under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is learnt to have assured the Centre of speeding up acquisition and transfer of land for these projects.