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A principal correspondent, Aneesha Sareen Kumar is the bureau chief at Ludhiana. She covers district administration, politics and crime.

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Chandigarh: Truckers turn blind eye to vision blues, 40% found with weak sight

As many as 150 truck drivers, in the age-group of 25 to 65, turned up at the camp. Many of them, who drive heavy commercial vehicles for hours at stretch, sometimes without adequate sleep, also suffer from cataract.

A trucker being tested at a special eye camp organised at the transport area in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 09:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Raka Ghirra conviction: How DSP’s reader-turned- approver tilted the scales

The former reader was arrested along with the DSP, but later turned approver before the CBI in 2012. After the court accepted his plea to become approver, his name was dropped from the FIR and not included in the chargesheet filed in the case.

With the court of special judge (CBI Court) Jagjit Singh sentencing former Punjab DSP Raka Ghirra to six years of rigorous imprisonment this week, a perusal of the 123-page judgment reveals how the statements of Prosecution Witness 6, Manmohan Singh, the DSP’s reader and initially an accused in the case, were crucial, leading to the senior officer’s conviction. (HT File)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 09:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh school stabbing: Out of hospital, victim stabs neighbour in revenge attack

A Class-12 student in India, who was stabbed outside his school, has now been arrested for injuring his neighbor in a revenge attack. The student had misled police about the incident, claiming it was a robbery attempt. It has since been revealed that he had an ongoing feud with his attackers.

In a revenge attack, the Class-12 student who was stabbed outside Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, on Wednesday, injured his neighbour, a suspect in the stabbing incident, with a sharp-edged weapon on Friday evening. (HT File)
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 09:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

The rise and fall of Raka Ghirra

She was the first woman SHO of the Punjab Police and went on to become a deputy superintendent of police in the year 2007

She spent seven years with the Mohali police and was seen as close to senior officers due to her husband. (HT File)
Updated on Feb 08, 2024 09:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

15 shops gutted in blaze at Chandigarh’s Sector-53 furniture market

Notably, of the three water bowsers available with the Chandigarh fire brigade, only one is operational

Firemen were seen calling out to each other in the din in absence of wireless communication. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2024 11:33 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

In Chandigarh, Maruti 800 vehicle lifters’ most favourite pick

Out of the total 644 different kinds of four-wheelers stolen in Chandigarh between 2018 and 2023, a whopping 293 were different cars of Maruti brand

Honda City was the second most-preferred choice of crooks, with 86 cars of this model getting stolen during between 2018 and 2023 in Chandigarh. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jan 24, 2024 05:35 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Fake number plates on Chandigarh Police’s radar

As many as 13 such cases were registered in 2023, more than double than six in the preceding year; even in 2021, 11 such cases were discovered

Figures collected from the Police Command and Control Centre (PCCC) in Sector 17, Chandigarh, reveal that out of the total 9.2 lakh challans issued in 2023, a significant 85% (7.9 lakh) were through CCTV cameras. (iStock)
Updated on Jan 08, 2024 08:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Road fatalities in Chandigarh down by 19% in a year

67 people killed in 64 accidents in 2023 compared to 83 deaths in 79 accidents in 2022, data by Chandigarh Police reveals

Deputy superintendent of police (Road Safety) Jaswinder Singh attributed the reduction in fatal road accidents to strict enforcement and engineering changes in city, among other factors. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2024 08:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

9.2 lakh traffic violations caught in Chandigarh this year, 85% through CCTVs

The number of challans issued in 2023 is 3.68 lakh more than the last year thus recording a jump of 66.2%; Last year, 5.5 lakh challans were issued for various offences

Chandigarh’s total collections in the form of traffic violation challans stand at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10.6 crore. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 07:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh saw 80 house break-ins this year, just over 50% cases solved

Police data reveals that the maximum number of burglaries were reported in the months of February, March and May when most families go for vacations in wake of school holidays.

Burglars had a field day this year as a total 80 break-ins were reported in Chandigarh in 2023, till date, even as police were able to crack only a little over 50% of these cases. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 25, 2023 08:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Bizman booked for duping Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher of 8 crore

Chaitanya Aggarwal, a resident of Shivalik Vihar, NAC, Manimajra, was booked under Sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector 26 police station in Chandigarh

In her complaint, Kirron Kher stated she was a resident of Sector 7-A, serving Chandigarh as member of Parliament for the last 10 years. “I am an old lady, keeping ill health. Chaitanya Aggarwal cheated me and despite my several requests misappropriated the funds,” she alleged. (Getty image)
Updated on Dec 19, 2023 08:52 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

In 4 years, cyber frauds in Chandigarh jumped by 56%

Employing new schemes, cyber criminals have targeted 7,512 Chandigarh residents this year, up from 4,793 in 2019

While online fraudsters continue to devise new ways to make quick money, Chandigarh Police also attribute the rise in complaints to increased awareness among residents, who are promptly reporting these crimes. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 18, 2023 07:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Cheating, forgery top crimes against elderly in UT: NCRB report

Among the 74 senior citizens who became the crime targets in 2022, a total of 55 were victims of forgery, cheating and cyber-crimes

Cheating, forgery top crimes against elderly (ht)
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 07:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

In Chandigarh, people in 20s behind most crimes: NCRB report

A significant 53.8% of the total 2,400 people arrested in Chandigarh in 2022 were from the 18 to 30 age group, as per NCRB report

Those in the age range of 30 to 45 were the next largest group, with 640 (26.6%) arrests. Most of them were in the 30s, as per Chandigarh Police. (Getty image)
Updated on Dec 06, 2023 09:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Crime graph rose by 22% in Chandigarh; three-fold rise in cases against elderly: NCRB report

As per the latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 3,254 cases were registered across police stations in the city in 2020. The figure dipped by 8% to 2,995 in 2021. The following year, in 2022, the figure rose by 22% at 3,658 cases. In 2022, Chandigarh witnessed registration of 3,658 cases under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Special and Local Laws (SLLs)- the highest in three years.

In 2022, the union territory of Chandigarh witnessed registration of 3,658 cases under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Special and Local Laws (SLLs)- the highest in three years. (Representational image)
Updated on Dec 05, 2023 08:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Ludhiana: Departments directed to reduce pendency

Kharbanda directed officials of various departments like labour, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), SGST, industries to adhere to the timeline and reduce pendency to avoid delays

Punjab director industries and commerce DPS Kharbanda directed the officials to reduce pendency of projects. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 19, 2023 05:12 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

CM Bhagwant Mann blames predecessors for all ills plaguing Punjab, Oppn skips debate

Defeat in elections of these parties (Shiromani Akali Dal, Congress, BJP) who previously ruled Punjab doesn’t absolve them of their of acts of commission and omission on the state’s interests, says Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann

CM Bhagwant Mann addressing the debate at PAU in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 05:40 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

CM blames predecessors for Punjab’s ills, Oppn skips debate

Addressing the much-anticipated Main Punjab Bolda Haan open debate at PAU, Ludhiana, chief minister Bhagwant Mann accuses previous leaders of looting the state for generations through corruption and compromising on state’s interest, particularly on SYL issue

Chief minister Bhagwant Mann sits alone on stage addressing the Main Punjab Bolda Haan event in Ludhiana on Wednesday. The chairs meant for opposition leaders remained empty as they gave the open debate a miss. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 01, 2023 04:38 PM IST

Ludhiana gas leak: Citing gross anomalies, NGT orders fresh probe

The fresh probe to be conducted by a committee comprising an IIT professor, joint secretary, ministry of environment

NGT trashed findings of the magisterial probe that household detergent in municipal waste systems would have been a source of hydrogen sulphide. (HT File)
Updated on Oct 18, 2023 09:00 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Zira liquor factory: Groundwater contaminated, NGT directs state to ensure safe drinking water to villagers

The distillery and ethanol plant at the Mansoorwal Kalan village in Zira was ordered shut by Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann, in January this year. The unit had been lying shut since July 2022 due to a sit-in protest at the factory gates

The NGT was hearing a Public Action Committee vs. State of Punjab case when it passed the order. (File)
Updated on Oct 01, 2023 11:01 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Visa suspension: Canadian NRIs in limbo as travel plans to Punjab go for a toss

Kapurthala-based immigration consultant Inderpal Singh, who also owns a hotel in Jalandhar, said he has received over a dozen calls from Canadian NRIs, regarding their reservations and planned itinerary

High Commission of Canada in India at Shantipath in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 01:24 AM IST
By, , Vishal Joshi, , Jalandhar/amritsar/ludhiana/bathinda/patiala

Foodgrain transportation scam: Court declares accused commission agent PO

Earlier, in August, Rakesh Kumar Singla, ex-deputy director, food and civil supplies department, was declared a PO in the case

Dhotiwala is the second accused in the scam to be declared as a proclaimed offender.
Published on Sep 20, 2023 12:53 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana: Shut since June 2020, Atlas Cycles resumes operations

Atlas Cycles’ director CM Dhall confirmed that operations and cycle dispatches have been restarted from the company’s Sahibabad unit

Atlas Cycles has resumed operations at its unit in Sahibabad, Uttar Pradesh. (HT FILE)
Published on Sep 12, 2023 11:27 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Sanatana Dharma row: AAP doesn’t endorse Udhayanidhi’s statement, says Sanjay Singh

The DMK leader Udhayanidhi Stalin, who is the son of Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin, sparked a controversy last week by comparing Sanatana Dharma with “dengue, malaria” and said it needed to be “eradicated”

AAP national spokesperson Sanjay Singh. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2023 01:03 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

City on the edge: Over half of calls at PCR related to brawls

As per figures, the Ludhiana police control room received a total of 15,503 calls pertaining to brawls since January this year till end of July

The police control room receives as many as 70 calls daily and over 2,000 in a month pertaining to fights. (Ht file)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 12:17 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

High time Bhagwant Mann takes responsibility and works for state, says Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jakhar

Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Sunil Jakhar was here to attend a meeting with party workers in Sunder Nagar, Ludhiana and said the youth needs employment but in the absence of any expansion of the industry, there are no job avenues.

Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Sunil Jakhar along with other leaders in Ludhiana. (HT photo)
Updated on Aug 09, 2023 01:01 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

With toxic waste aplenty, Ludhiana stuck circling the drain

Shortfall of treatments plants, overburdened machinery and spurt in illegal industrial units have pushed the state’s industrial hub to the brink

Ludhiana is home to about 95,000 micro, small and medium industrial units (SMEs) and approximately 250 large scale units. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on May 27, 2023 04:40 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Buddha Nullah project: MP Bittu walks out fuming over poor representation in meeting

The meeting started at around 10.30 am when municipal commissioner Shena Aggarwal was amongst the senior officials present

MIP Bittu during the meeting. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2023 12:04 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Punjab cops take VRS route to settle abroad

In 5 years, six deputy superintendents of police and four superintendents of police have opted for VRS to go abroad

According to data sourced from the Punjab Police headquarters, on an average, 40 personnel opt for early retirement in a year. This trend is not restricted to junior officers. In five years, six deputy superintendents of police and four superintendents of police have opted for VRS to go abroad. (Illustration: Biswajit Debnath/ht)
Updated on May 18, 2023 01:43 PM IST

Industry condemns hike in power tariff in Punjab

The hike in power tariff announced on Monday evoked strong reactions from the state industry, which condemned the move and called these detrimental to the growth of the industry

Several industry associations said that the power charges for the industry in Punjab are higher than those in Haryana or Rajasthan. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2023 10:36 PM IST
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