Pragya Kaushika

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.

Articles By Pragya Kaushika

Delhi govt lifts ban on issuing new liquor licences

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

Samples from Haryana excavation site to be sent for carbon dating

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

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

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

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

Delhi: Govt sets deadline for drain desilting

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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.