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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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Air Dining: Lofty culinary adventure becomes Punjab’s latest getaway

Ludhiana has become the seventh city in India to offer air dining at a height of over 30 meters. A hosiery manufacturer introduced the concept, which includes a deck and 22 chairs lifted by a crane. The 50-minute experience offers a bird's eye view of the city and nearby canal, with a buffet dinner served by waiters. The deck slowly rotates five times for a 360-degree view. Prices range from INR1,000 to INR2,500 ($14 to $35) per ride, and the restaurant operates on weekends with bookings required in advance. Pregnant women and children under four feet tall are not allowed.

The concept, first started in Belgium, includes a deck with a huge dining table in the middle and 22 chairs that is lifted with a crane at a height of 100 feet. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2023 12:19 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

UP’s policy more industry-friendly, says Hero Group

Pankaj Munjal says firm has set up a forging unit with an investment of ₹ 150 crore in Ghaziabad recently

Pankaj Munjal, managing director of Hero Cycles, addressing the media in Ludhiana on Thursday. (Manish/HT)
Updated on May 05, 2023 12:27 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Giaspura tragedy: PPCB, MC officials conduct door-to-door checks to sniff out gas leak cause

Chief environmental engineer, PPCB Ludhiana, Sandeep Bahl said that the inspection was conducted door-to-door and the units functioning in an unauthorised manner have been served notices

Joint teams of Punjab Pollution Control Board and Municipal Corporation conducting inspection at industrial units near the spot of Giaspura gas tragedy in Ludhiana on Wednesday. (Manish/Ht)
Updated on May 04, 2023 12:00 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Ludhiana gas leak: NGT orders 20 lakh to kin of those killed, forms probe panel

Ludhiana gas leak: The Punjab government had announced ₹2 lakh compensation for the family of the deceased and ₹50,000 for injured.

NDRF, police and medical teams at Giaspura area in Ludhiana. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2023 03:20 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Ludhiana gas leak: SIT set up, blame game on

A 5-member Punjab Police SIT will probe the Giaspura locality gas leak incident here in which 11 people died after allegedly inhaling toxic gas.

Police officials collecting the information from the kin of the deceased gas tragedy cremation after cremation in Giaspura area in Ludhiana on Monday. (HT Photo/Gurpreet Singh)
Updated on May 01, 2023 11:44 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

11 dead in Ludhiana gas leak tragedy, 4 fall ill; area sealed

Eleven people, including three children, died after a gas leak in a densely populated area in Punjab's Ludhiana. Four other people are in critical condition. An NDRF team detected high levels of hydrogen sulphide in the area. Preliminary investigations suggest sudden dumping of some chemical from an industrial unit into the civic sewage line set off a reaction. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident, and a case under section 304 has been registered against unidentified persons. The area has been sealed, and all residents have been evacuated.

NDRF teams during a rescue operation in Giaspura, Ludhiana, on Sunday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)
Updated on May 01, 2023 12:00 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

10% of crop loss compensation will go to farm labourers: Bhagwant Mann

Chairing the maiden cabinet meeting held outside Chandigarh, chief minister Bhagwant Mann announced a slew of measures including earmarking 10% compensation for crop loss due to any sort of natural calamity for the farm labourers, which he said was a gift to them on Labour Day falling on May 1.

Mann said that now not only the farmers but the labourers will also be compensated for the loss of their work due to natural calamities. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2023 12:42 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Crawling projects to be completed by year end: Ludhiana MP Bittu

The MP took note of the worsening traffic situation in Ludhiana, owing to the delay in the completion of these projects, including the construction of elevated road

MP Ravneet Bittu holding a meeting with civic body officials at Zone D MC office in Ludhiana on Monday. (Manish/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 11:23 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Frequent stirs keeping investors away from Punjab: Industry to MP Sanjeev Arora

The stirs cause disruption of traffic on the state and national highways thus hampering the smooth transportation of goods, industrialists added.

Rahul Ahuja, ex-chairperson, CII, Punjab, stated that investors are shying away from coming to the state due to increasing protests. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 01:19 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Trader’s murder: Ludhiana police probing hawala angle

“The two assailants had snatched a bag containing cash before murdering Manjit Singh brutally. It is still being probed as to how much was the cash and whether it was foreign currency but it clear that the money was illegal,” said a police officer, requesting anonymity

Police investigations have revealed that some issues related to hawala money dealings had resulted in the murder. Police also said that the accused were known to the victim and the murder was well planned. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Apr 13, 2023 11:40 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Ukraine war: Tharoor praises Modi govt for deft handling of ties with US, Russia

Amidst an ongoing standoff between the ruling BJP and Congress, MP Shashi Tharoor praised the BJP government for a fine job of balancing relations with both the US and Russia in face of the ongoing Ukraine war

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor at an event in Ludhiana. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Apr 07, 2023 11:31 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Rape and murder of 7-yr-old: Cousin among two convicts handed death sentence

The convicts include 25-year-old Vinod Shah and 23-year-old Rohit Kumar Sharma, both residents of Doraha and hailing from district Damriya in Uttar Pradesh.

he court, while passing the order, stated that the ‘convicts be hanged by neck till they are dead’. Both the convicts have also been ordered to pay a fine of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2 lakh each.
Published on Mar 30, 2023 01:37 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Units in mixed land use areas to get 5-yr extension: Ludhiana MLA Sidhu

The issue of the extension of deadline was raised during a meeting of the executive committee of the Chamber of Commercial and Industrial Undertaking (CICU)

Sewing machine factory workers at work in a manufacturing unit at Gill road in Ludhiana on Tuesday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT photo)
Published on Mar 28, 2023 11:38 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

PSPCL suspends 3 officials for 4-crore fraud in Raikot

Besides the AAE Chhinder Pal Singh, junior engineer Daljit Singh and a lineman Ajit Pal Singh have also been suspended by the Central Zone of the PSPCL

Investigations into the case revealed that a temporary connection of 10 KW was running in the name of Varun Bansal for an under-construction cinema hall in Raikot sub division. (Getty images)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 11:06 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

DA probe: Three floors of Ex-MLA Vaid’s building illegal: Punjab Vigilance

A day after raiding a multi-storey complex that houses a high-end restaurant ‘Upper House’ belonging to former MLA and ex-IAS officer Kuldeep Vaid on Pakhowal road in Ludhiana, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau has found that three floors of the building have been constructed in violation of bylaws.

Ludhiana Vigilance officials raid Kuldeep Vaid Ex IAS officer and former Congress MLA restaurant Upper House located in Pakhowal area in Ludhiana. (( Photo by Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times))
Published on Mar 15, 2023 10:08 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar

Airport seizure: Customs dept nabs street vendor with 18 gold bars in Mohali

The Customs officials have arrested a street vendor, based in Khanna, and recovered 18 gold bars (bricks) weighing 1 kilogram each and valuing ₹ 10.28 crore, on his arrival from Dubai, at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport in Mohali, Customs officials said on Saturday.

Officials of the Ludhiana Customs Commissionerate raided the house of the street vendor in Khanna on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 04, 2023 10:45 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Ludhiana MC vehicles now under the radar with GPS trackers to check misuse

The MC vehicles are being tracked at the command-and-control centre at Zone D office of the MC where designated staff is involved in making a report on fuel consumption viz-a-viz kilometres travelled by the vehicle

While most vehicles come with GPS technology, the trackers were non-functional earlier and have now been integrated into the system. (HT file photo)
Published on Mar 02, 2023 11:08 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Elevated road project: NHAI baffled as re-carpeted road gets dug up overnight in Ludhiana

The NHAI is currently constructing the elevated road stretch near the point in Ludhiana and as per rules, permission has to be granted by the NHAI for any work related to any work on the particular road

Traffic congestion at the slip road adjoining the Bhai Bala intersection in Ludhiana after the newly re-carpeted road was dug up overnight in the early hours of Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 01, 2023 11:54 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar & Gurjot Singh, Ludhiana

Destination abroad, close-knit weddings in vogue this marriage season

Smaller but with more number of events, limited guest lists, destinations abroad – as big fat weddings in Ludhiana are back with a vengeance post Covid-19, it’s the size of gatherings that have shrunk with the elite preferring close-knit and more luxurious weddings.

The restrictions on the number of guests that used to be imposed during the pandemic are no longer there but the number of guests continues to be lesser than what it was in pre Covid times. (File photo)
Updated on Feb 18, 2023 10:01 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Elevated road project: NHAI expedites work, begins night shift for staff, workers

The construction work of elevated road project is now being executed during night also with the strength of entire staff, with skilled and unskilled labour being doubled

NHAI officials during inspection at the construction site of the elevated road project. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 08, 2023 10:46 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Firing at Ludhiana court complex create panic, chaos; point to lax security

This is the second such incident in little over a year, a bomb blast rocked the Ludhiana district court complex in December 2021 following which security was revamped

Security has been beefed up after the incident at the Ludhiana court complex. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Published on Feb 07, 2023 11:11 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Run up to Invest Punjab Summit: Showcase ‘brand Punjab’ before global head honchos, Bhagwant Mann tells industry

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Monday, called upon industrialists of the state to showcase ‘Brand Punjab’ before head honchos from across the world, who will be attending the ‘Invest Punjab Summit’.

Mann said the main objective of organising industry interactions, was to ensure maximum participation of the local industry in the summit. (HT photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2023 11:10 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Spice of Life: Of women’s cricketing dreams that came true

Being a fast bowler, my father loved to bowl and taught me the importance of footwork and technique while batting. Our cricket became popular and we found scooterists stopping by our house to watch my shots in admiration

The outstanding display of cricketing talent by the Shafali Verma-led Indian women’s cricket team that won the first ever ICC Under-19 World Cup has left the world spellbound. (HT File)
Updated on Feb 05, 2023 02:32 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar

Punjab industry gives thumbs up to budget

Calling the Union Budget 2023 as growth oriented, the state industry gave a thumbs up to the announcements made by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

The Union government has proposed to spend a record <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>22,138 crore on allocations aimed at MSMEs in the budget, giving a boost to employment in the country. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 01, 2023 10:53 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar

At WEF, ‘made in Ludhiana scarves’ become dignitaries’ ethnic takeaway

Ludhiana hosiery industry scored big with 500 woolen scarves manufactured by a local firm presented to dignitaries at the WEF by the central government

Dignitaries at the recently concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) at Devos in Switzerland. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 12:39 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Reflectors on cycles: After BJP leaders intervene,cycle component makers suspend hunger strike for 3 days

A high-voltage drama was witnessed at the office of United Cycle and Parts Manufactures Association (UCPMA) on Monday in which their key functionaries went on a strike protesting the government’s order for making Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certified reflectors compulsory on bicycles.

The representatives including the association’s president sat on a hunger strike and later suspended the same for three days after assurance from BJP leaders of resolving the matter. (HT photo by Harvinder Singh)
Published on Jan 17, 2023 12:44 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana

Congress MP Santokh Chaudhary cremated with full state honours

Congress MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary, who died following a cardiac arrest during the Bharat Jodo Yatra on Saturday in Phillaur, was cremated at his native Dhaliwal Qadian village in Jalandhar district on Sunday with full state honours.

Jalandhar: Punjab Congress President Amarinder Singh Raja Warring during funeral of party leader Santokh Singh Chaudhary, in Jalandhar on Sunday. Chaudhary died on Saturday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest during the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra. (PTI)
Published on Jan 15, 2023 11:03 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar and Harpreet Kaur

In Santokh Chaudhary’s demise, Punjab Cong loses its key Dalit face

The veteran Congress leader, Santokh Singh Chaudhary, who belonged to a family having rich political legacy, was a three-time MLA and two-time MP

A rich political career spanning over four decades came to a sudden end with the passing away of Santokh Singh Chaudhary, 76, a key Dalit leader of the Doaba region, during the Bharat Jodo Yatra on Saturday.
Published on Jan 15, 2023 12:20 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar

Punjab: Congress MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary dies during Bharat Jodo Yatra

Rahul Gandhi-led yatra suspended for the day, condolences pour in for Jalandhar Lok Sabha member; last rites on Sunday

Santokh Singh Chaudhary, 76, the Congress member of Parliament (MP) from Jalandhar (second from left), died after a cardiac arrest while taking part in party leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra between Phillaur and Goraya towns on Saturday morning. (Twitter)
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 02:01 PM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar

Bharat Jodo Yatra: Ludhiana industry can compete with China with right support, says Rahul Gandhi

Walking a distance of 25 kilometres from Khanna to Samrala Chowk, Rahul met farmers, industrialists and common people along the way. Concluding the day’s yatra at Samrala Chowk where a public rally was held, Gandhi said that Ludhiana is rightly called the ‘Manchester of India’ but it is unfortunate that neither the current Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Punjab nor the Centre has worked for the benefit of the industry.

Former AICC president Rahul Gandhi in Ludhiana during Bharat Jodo Yatra. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Jan 13, 2023 12:52 AM IST
ByAneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana
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