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In Rajasthan, a cradle which saved over 100 female infants (Human Interest Feature)

By Gaurav Sharma, Udaipur, Nov 23 : Nearly three years ago, Radha, an infant then, was found lying in thorny bushes in Rajasthan's Pratapgarh district. The palm-sized girl child was badly bruised and almost dead. Today, Radha is a chirpy curly-haired girl with big eyes. She could have been another case of female infanticide in Rajasthan which, as per independent statistics, reports 2,000 such cases every day - startling as the figure may sound.

Over 65 percent turnout in Rajasthan civic polls

Jaipur, Nov 22 : Over 65 percent of 63.29 lakh voters cast their votes in Saturday's elections for 46 civic bodies in Rajasthan including the Jaipur Municipal Corporation, officials said.

Civic polls to be held in Rajasthan Saturday

Jaipur, Nov 21 : All arrangements are in place across Rajasthan where voting for 46 civic bodies, including the Jaipur Municipal Corporation, will be held Saturday, officials here said.

Boy commits suicide after school beating

Jaipur, Nov 13 : A 12-year-old boy has committed suicide in a Rajasthan school, leaving behind a suicide note in which he accused three teachers of beating him for not doing his homework.

No ID at night can land you in police custody

Jaipur, Nov 13 : Roaming late in the night without proof of identification can land you in a police station in Rajasthan's Dausa district.

Reliance Power commissions 100-MW solar unit in Rajasthan

New Delhi, Nov 12 : Reliance Power, a part of the Anil Ambani-led group, has commissioned a 100-MW solar project in Rajasthan at a cost of Rs.2,100 crore, and synchronised the supplies to the grid.

30 arrested for allegedly parading woman half naked over murder

Rajsamand, (Rajasthan), Nov. 11 : Thirty people were arrested by the police for allegedly parading a woman half naked in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan.

Woman stripped naked in Rajasthan village

Jaipur, Nov 10 : In a shocking incident, a woman was stripped naked, her face blackened and she was forced to ride a donkey on the order of a panchayat in Thurval village in Rajsamand district, 350 km from here.

Pushkar fair comes to end

Pushkar, Nov.7 : Pushkar Fair, which is one of the most colourful and popular fairs in India, came to an end on Thursday.

Jayapur is adopting me, says PM Modi

Jayapur (Varanasi), Nov. 7 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has chosen Jayapur as part of the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana introduced for lawmakers, on Friday said the village is adopting him and not the other way round.

Hot air balloon makes emergency landing in Ajmer jail

Ajmer (Rajasthan), Nov. 5 : A hot air balloon with pilot and two westerners on board made an emergency landing in a prison complex on Tuesday evening, prompting the alarmed authorities to launch an immediate inquiry.

Row over resignation: Rajasthan health minister says VC seeking cheap publicity

Jaipur, Nov. 4 : Following the resignation of Rajasthan University Vice Chancellor Dev Swarup citing lack of co-operation from the state government, state Health Minister Rajendra Rathore said Tuesday that the former was indulging in cheap publicity .

Caparisoned camels, folk dance attract tourists at Pushkar fair

Pushkar (Rajasthan), Nov. 2 : Tourists from across the world flocked the annual Pushkar fair in Rajasthan on Saturday.

Rajasthan inks five deals for infrastructure development

Jaipur, Oct 28 : To boost the development of basic infrastructure in Rajasthan, the state government Tuesday signed five agreements with private firms working in various fields.

Dates announced for 46 civic body polls in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Oct. 28 : The Rajasthan State Election Commission on Tuesday declared dates for election to 46 civic bodies.

46 Rajasthan civic bodies go to polls Nov 22

Jaipur, Oct 28 : Elections for 46 civic bodies in Rajasthan including the Jaipur Municipal Corporation will be held Nov 22, the state poll panel announced Tuesday.

Hindustan Zinc constructs 10,000 toilets in Rajasthan

New Delhi, Oct 28 : Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group company, Tuesday said it has constructed 10,000 toilets in Rajasthan as part of its Maryaadaa (dignity) campaign that will build 30,000 such units and free some 80 villages in the state from open defection.

15 new ministers inducted in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Oct 27 : Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Monday expanded her cabinet by inducting 15 new ministers, including four of cabinet rank.

Saint-Gobain's glass manufacturing unit opened in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Oct 27 : French multinational Saint-Gobain Monday inaugurated its $185 million glass manufacturing unit in Rajasthan.

14 new ministers inducted in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Oct 27 : Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Monday expanded her cabinet by inducting 14 new ministers, including four of cabinet rank.

Seven killed in firecracker shop fire

Jaipur, Oct 23 : At least seven people were killed early Thursday in a fire at a firecracker shop in Rajasthan's Barmer district, police said.

Rajasthan pays compensation after rats nibble at body, patient

New Delhi, Oct 22 : The Rajasthan government has paid Rs.1 lakh as compensation to the next of kin of a dead woman whose body was bitten by rats due to the carelessness of the staff at a state-run hospital, officials said Wednesday.

Rajasthan seeks CBI probe into ambulance scam

Jaipur, Oct 21 : The Rajasthan government Tuesday sent an official letter to the Centre seeking a CBI probe into the alleged ambulance scam in which senior Congress leaders, including former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and state party chief Sachin Pilot, have been named.

Rajasthan youth to be trained for employment

New Delhi, Oct 17 : The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Rajasthan Skill and Livelihoods Development Corporation (RSLDC) Friday joined hands to train the youth in Rajasthan and make them fit for employment.

Children cross a pond to attend a school in Rajasthan

By Anil Sharma, Pali (Rajasthan), Oct 17 : This one's difficult to believe: risking their lives, children in a Rajasthan village have to cross a pond every day to attend a government school.

Hydrocarbons transform Rajasthan desert town

By Anil Sharma, Barmer, Oct 16 : Once known as "kala pani" where government employees were sent on punishment postings, Rajasthan's Barmer district situated along the India-Pakistan border and part of Thar desert is today witnessing transformational changes.

Rajasthan signs agreement on technical training with Singapore

Jaipur, Oct 15 : The Rajasthan government and Singapore's Institute of Technical Educational (ITE) Tuesday signed an agreement on technical training during Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's ongoing visit to the city-state, a statement said here.

Massive fire breaks out at scrap shop in Jaipur

Jaipur, Oct. 14 : A short circuit led to a massive fire inside a scrap shop in Jaipur on Tuesday, engulfing the entire shop and reducing goods to rubble. However, no one was reported hurt in the mishap.

Drought forcing villagers to migrate from Rajathan border district

By Anil Sharma, Barmer, Oct 14 : Drought-like conditions are forcing villagers residing along the India-Pakistan border in the desert state of Rajasthan to migrate in search of greener pastures. If local NGOs are to be believed, over 100 villages situated in Barmer district are facing a severe water and fodder crisis.

Drought forcing villagers to migrate from Rajasthan border district

By Anil Sharma, Barmer, Oct 14 : Drought-like conditions are forcing villagers residing along the India-Pakistan border in the desert state of Rajasthan to migrate in search of greener pastures. If local NGOs are to be believed, over 100 villages situated in Barmer district are facing a severe water and fodder crisis.

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg visits Rajasthan village

Jaipur, Oct 10 : Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg Friday visited a "cyber village" in Rajasthan's Alwar district, an official said.

Bonanza for gold lovers as prices dips ahead of Diwali

Jaipur, Oct.7 : Delighted gold lovers are in for a bonanza as decline in the price of the yellow metal this festive season inspired jewellers in Rajasthan to come up with various attractive offers.

Jodhpur fest: Giving space to folk music

New Delhi, Oct 5 : Over the years, rustic folk music has often found space within Bollywood space, but the organisers of Jodhpur's Rajasthan International Folk Festival(RIFF) aim to go a step beyond by nurturing a platform that creates a demand for bucolic music by retaining traditional ethos and flavours.

Rajasthan Kabaddi coach proud of team's win at Asian Games

Japiur, Oct.3 : Overwhelmed by the gold medal win of the women's kabaddi team at the 17th Asian Games, Rajasthan's national kabaddi coach Raj Narayan Sharma said here on Friday that he is very happy with the victory of the players, as many of them were from his academy.

Media must wear crown of responsibility with care, use power for positive changes: Shabnam Asthana

Mt. Abu (Rajasthan), Sept.30 : Media must wear the crown of responsibility with care and use its power for positive changes to keep the people's trust, said Shabnam Asthana, a public relations and media expert.

Rajasthan sessions court sentences 65-year-old to life imprisonment for raping minor

Hanumangarh (Rajasthan), Sept.28 : A session's court in Rajasthan has sentenced a 65-year-old man to life imprisonment for raping a year-and-half old girl on Wednesday. Terming the case as the rarest of the rare, Sessions Court Judge Rakesh Parikh pronounced the verdict 28 days after the case was filed. Gurmail Singh committed the gruesome act at his residence on the night of August 26. The accused was arrested the next day and a detailed chargesheet was also filed on August 29. Police recorded the statements of all 19 witnesses in the case in just three days, thereby playing a vital role in speeding up the trial. The police has been lauded for their swift action in arresting the culprit and filing a water tight chargesheet.

Rajasthan's BJP government in dock over alleged malnutrition deaths

By Anil Sharma, Jaipur, Sep 27 : The death of two children this month in the Sahariya-dominated areas of the northeastern Baran district, allegedly due to malnutrition, has kicked up a political furore in the desert state of Rajasthan. The Sahariyas are an indigenous people numbering around 125,000 and live in primitive conditions with little access to modern healthcare.

Udaipur to be plastic free

Jaipur, Sep 23 : To keep its lakes clean, the district administration of Udaipur, also known as the city of lakes, has decided to make the city plastic free.

Beating cerebral palsy, this gritty girl studies medicine

By Anil Sharma, Jodhpur, Sep 23 : A Jodhpur based girl diagnosed with from cerebral palsy has proven that the key to all things is determination. Not only has Siddhi Mathur beaten the affliction, but she is now studying medicine.

Rajasthan minister's missing dog found

Jaipur, Sep 22 : A dog that went missing from a Rajasthan minister's bungalow was found Monday, officials said.

Rajasthan Police hunt for minister's dog

Jaipur, Sep 22 : A hunt is on in full swing to trace a Rajasthan minister's missing dog.

Gurgaon woman says gang-raped in Rajasthan

Gurgaon, Sep 21 : A 25-year-old woman has claimed she was kidnapped from here and gang-raped in a Rajasthan town, police said Sunday.

Mobile app to help sterilisation, vaccination of stray dogs (Technology Feature)

By Rupesh Dutta, Jaipur, Sep 21 : Imagine an android application that can help in successfully carrying out the sterilisation and vaccination process of stray dogs!

Sachin Pilot silences detractors with Rajasthan victories (News Analysis)

By Anil Sharma, Jaipur, Sep 20 : With the Congress winning three of the four assembly seats in the recently held byelections in Rajasthan, state party president Sachin Pilot has silenced his detractors and proven his political acumen - and is now eyeing the civic and panchayat polls later this year or early next year.

Sachin Pilot thanks party workers after Congress wins two seats in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Sept. 16 : After the Congress Party won two out of four seats in Rajasthan in the Assembly bypolls, state Congress President Sachin Pilot said here on Tuesday that the credit for the phenomenal success of the Congress party must be given to the party workers.

Rajasthan records over 65 percent voter turnout

Jaipur, Sep 13 : The bypoll to Rajasthan's four assembly constituencies Saturday recorded over 65 percent voter turnout, an official said.

Polling picks up in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Sep 13 : Voting picked up by Saturday afternoon in the by-polls for four Rajasthan assembly constituencies.

Slow start to voting in Rajasthan bypolls

Jaipur, Sep 13 : The voter turnout was lukewarm during the morning hours in the bypolls for four assembly constituencies in Rajasthan.

Polling begins for four Rajasthan assembly seats

Jaipur, Sep 13 : Polling began Saturday in four Rajasthan assembly constituencies.

Won't marry our girls in homes without toilets: Rajasthan community

Jaipur, Sep 11 : A community in Rajasthan has pledged not to marry their daughters in houses without toilets.

Siddarth Nath Singh condemns BJP-TMC clash in Kolkata

Kolkata, Sept. 11 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Siddharth Nath Singh today condemned the clash between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and BJP workers in Kolkata, which allegedly left a BJP worker injured.

Rajasthan by-polls: Close fight between Congress, BJP

Jaipur, Sep 11 : The four assembly constituencies in Rajasthan will Saturday see closely-fought poll battles between the ruling BJP and the Congress as both parties are confident of winning.

Rajasthan by-polls on Sep 13

Jaipur, Sep 10 : By-polls in four Rajasthan assembly constituencies - Nasirabad, Weir, Surajgarh and Kota South - will be held Sep 13. The counting of votes will take place Sep 16.

V.S. Naipaul, Eleanor Catton to attend Jaipur lit fest

Jaipur, Sep 10 : Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul, 2013 Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton, novelist Hanif Kureishi and current Man Booker Prize nominee Neel Mukherjee are some of the authors scheduled to attend the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 here early next year, a statement said Wednesday.

Kashmiri students in Jaipur have no contact with family, pray for their safety

Jaipur, Sep 9, : The Kashmiri students here may be living far away from home, but are nevertheless affected by the flash floods which have hit their state.

In Rajasthan, scourge of silicosis in land of widows

By Gaurav Sharma, Karauli (Rajasthan), Sep 6 : Anguri, 50, is worried about Danny's future. She does not want her one-and-a-half-year-old grandson to meet the same fate as that of his father and grandfather. Both died of silicosis that is caused by stone quarrying.

Kalyan Singh sworn-in as Rajasthan Governor

Jaipur, Sept. 4 : Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh was on Thursday sworn-in as the Governor of Rajasthan.

Kalyan Singh sworn-in as Rajasthan governor

Jaipur, Sep 4 : Veteran BJP leader Kalyan Singh was Thursday sworn-in as the governor of Rajasthan.

In Rajasthan, these women are still doing manual scavenging

By Gaurav Sharma, Karauli (Rajasthan), Sep 4 : Every day at 6 am, Reena stealthily heads out from her house with the veil of her saree pulled down till her nose to avoid being seen when leaving to do the job she hates the most -- removing human excrement with her bare hands.

Tomatoes worth Rs.1.25 lakh stolen in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Aug 30 : Thieves in Rajasthan have stolen 77 crates of tomatoes estimated at around Rs.1.25 lakh, police said Saturday.

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