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Avtar Singh is a staff correspondent who covers politics, agriculture, crime and rural areas in Sangrur, Barnala and Malerkotla districts of Punjab.

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Canada dream shattered: NRI woman booked for abetment 2 months after husband ends life

Two months after a 23-year-old man, Lovepreet Singh, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Dhanaula town, the Barnala police have added Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code in the earlier FIR against his wife Beant Kaur, 21, who is in Canada on a study visa since August 2019, and was booked for cheating on the complaint of her in-laws last month

Canada dream shattered: NRI woman booked for abetment 2 months after husband ends life
Published on Sep 01, 2021 01:22 AM IST

Longowal death anniversary: Farmers oppose leaders’ presence, Sukhbir skips SAD’s religious event

Protesters forced former MP and senior SAD leader Prem Singh Chandumajra to return from the gate of the Kambowal gurdwara, Longowal.

Scores of farmers under the Kirti Kisan Union opposed Congress ministers and leaders, across the political spectrum. (HT phot)
Updated on Aug 20, 2021 11:22 PM IST

SAD cancels political conference on Longowal death anniversary fearing backlash by farmers

Keeping in view the farmer unions’ call to oppose political rallies amid the agitation against the Centre’s three agriculture laws, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has decided to cancel its conference on the 36th death anniversary of former party president Harchand Singh Longowal on August 20

Bharatiya Kisan Union members hold a protest against the central government over agri laws in Patiala district. (PTI)
Published on Aug 17, 2021 01:12 AM IST
By, Sangrur

No let-up likely in farm stir as women collect 6-month ration for Delhi borders

Over 100 women, aged between 40 and 70, with saffron dupattas on their heads are going door-to-door across the district’s villages, collecting ration for their brethren.

Women of farming households are eager to contribute to the stir as much as they can; again, all they want is the revocation of the three farm laws and are preparing for the long haul. (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 06:52 PM IST

Farmers continue siege of toll plazas, Reliance fuel stations in Punjab

Farmers under the banner of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) and Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) continued the siege of toll plaza and Reliance filling stations in Punjab, particularly Sangrur and Barnala districts, to oppose the corporate houses over the three agriculture laws

Farmers protesting at a toll plaza in Punjab.
Published on Aug 03, 2021 01:24 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Will ask Centre to bring Udham Singh’s belongings back from England: Capt

Inaugurates Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial in Sunam on the occasion of 82nd martyrdom day of the freedom fighter

CM Capt Amarinder Singh after inaugurating Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial in Sunam on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 01, 2021 12:47 AM IST

Rainwater floods fields in Sangrur villages, Ghaggar flowing near danger mark

The level of Ghaggar river reached 747 feet, just four feet below the danger mark on Friday, giving anxious moments to farmers

A farmer uses a boat in his submerged fields in Moonak on Friday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jul 31, 2021 12:53 AM IST

Canada dream shattered: Woman booked for cheating husband’s family of 25 lakh in Punjab

Beant Kaur, 21, left for Canada a fortnight after getting married to Lovepreet Singh, 23, in August 2019 but stopped communicating with him; an upset Lovepreet was found dead in his village in June

Lovepreet Singh Sidhu’s parents and sister seeking justice after his death on June 23 and (right) the youngster with bride Beant Kaur at their wedding in August 2019. (HT file photos)
Published on Jul 28, 2021 02:57 PM IST

NGT forms panel seeking report on Sangrur tubewell spewing coloured water

Asks to suggest short- and long-term measures considering agronomy, public health and remediation plan

The tubewell in Sangrur district’s Aloarakh village.
Published on Jul 23, 2021 01:11 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Rising water level in Ghaggar worries farmers in Moonak

The water level in Ghaggar is continuously rising in Sangrur district, leaving farmers in the Moonak area worried

Rising water level in Ghaggar worries farmers in Moonak
Published on Jul 22, 2021 12:45 AM IST

How PM Nehru mishandled China

By keeping up false appearances of friendship and then taking a rigid stand on the border without evidence, Nehru’s China policy was a failure. India is still paying the price

Despite clear negative signals from China, Jawaharlal Nehru remained anxious to protect the illusion of a bhai bhai relationship, hiding the contradictions from citizens. In contrast, on the border, where accommodation of each other’s points of view was essential, China showed flexibility and Nehru remained rigid (Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 11, 2021 09:06 PM IST
ByAvtar Singh Bhasin

Sangrur tubewell spews out polluted water; PPCB blames dismantled factory

Farmers and owners of the land where the tubewell is located, claimed that they had been raising the issue for over ten years, but no one listened to their pleas

A tubewell spewing out polluted water at Aloarakh village in Sangrur. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 08, 2021 09:54 PM IST
ByAvtar Singh

PGIMER’s satellite centre in Sangrur got fire NOC before construction was complete

As per the report, the building construction was 95 to 96% complete. “The building has a fire hydrant and an alarm system but as the construction is yet to be completed, the fire systems have not been activated. In such a scenario, the system cannot be checked,” the probe report stated.

Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research’s satellite centre at Ghabdan in Sangrur district. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 03, 2021 01:29 AM IST
ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Sangrur village without drinking water; 6,000 residents using canal

Tubewells are not a viable option as the concentration of Total Dissolved Solids in ground water is much higher than the safe limit. Every day, a crowd of men and women gather around the canal with utensils in hand.

Successive state governments have failed to resolve the issue and villagers are forced to get water for drinking from the Bhakra Canal passing through the village. (HT photo)
Updated on Jul 01, 2021 12:47 AM IST
ByAvtar Singh

HIV +ve drug addicts struggling to get help in Sangrur

The members of NGO Youth Power Group claimed that they, along with the four addicts, met deputy commissioner Ramvir who directed them to the de-addiction centre. However, the authorities of the centre refused to admit them citing the illnesses

Red Cross De-Addiction Centre in Sangrur. (HT photo)
Updated on Jun 30, 2021 01:21 AM IST
ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

11 Punjabi women stuck in Iraq seek help to reach India

Complain of exploitation and appeal to Sangrur AAP MP Bhagwant Mann, who contacted the Baghdad embassy that has rescued them

A still from the video of the women appealing for help in Erbil town of Iraq. Sangrur Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann shared the video on social media.
Published on Jun 25, 2021 05:44 PM IST
ByAvtar Singh

Stir against farm laws: Now, farmers mobilising migrant workers against Centre’s agri laws

The BJP made anti-farmer laws. These laws, however, are equally dangerous for migrant workers who are dependent on the agriculture sector, farmers are telling labourers.

Farmers at a meeting with migrant workers at Bhullerheri village of Sangrur on Thursday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 25, 2021 12:48 AM IST
ByAvtar Singh

A royal mistake that deprives 60 Malerkotla villages of canal water

A little digging into history reveals that in the 1880s when canal irrigation was being developed in Punjab, the then Nawab of the princely state had “refused to provide land” for the project, the ripple effects of which are being felt now in these villages.

Already in the dark zone due to over-exploitation of groundwater, these villages continue to depend on tubewells for irrigation. Adding to their woes is the fact that the government has stopped issuing new tubewell connections here due to the dark zone tag. (HT FILE)
Published on Jun 17, 2021 11:48 PM IST
ByAvtar Singh, Malerkotla

A year on, Galwan braveheart’s kin wait for govt to keep its word

Sangrur A year after sepoy Gurbinder Singh, 22, of Tolawal village near Sunam was killed in a clash with Chinese troops in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on June 16, 2020, the grieving family is waiting for the state government to honour its promises

Gurbinder Singh’s family with his photo at their home in Tolowal village near Sunam in Sangrur. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 16, 2021 09:38 PM IST
ByAvtar Singh

Farm agitation, faith spur 20 Sangrur villages to shun drugs

Sarpanches and farm union leaders claim that Punjabis had been defamed as drug addicts, however, they were fighting for their rights and the farm agitation had led to drastic changes in their lifestyle

Residents of Sakraudi village in the district with a board that proclaims the village as drug free. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 12, 2021 08:57 PM IST
ByAvtar Singh

Sikh family donates ancestral land to build mosque in Malerkotla village

Until now, around a dozen Muslim families residing at Jitwal Kalan had to go to neighbouring villages to offer prayers during Eid and other occasions

Muslims and Sikhs assembled at the spot where the mosque will come up at Jitwal Kalan in Malerkotla’s Ahmedgarh subdivision. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2021 10:56 PM IST
ByAvtar Singh, Jitwal Kalan (malerkotla)

Women at the helm in Punjab’s new district Malerkotla

Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh will formally inaugurate Malerkotla as Punjab’s 23rd district in a virtual event

Deputy commissioner Amrit Kaur Gill (L) and senior superintendent of police Kanwardeep Kaur.
Published on Jun 06, 2021 09:31 PM IST
ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

No drug case for years in at least 10 Sangrur villages

At Santpur village in Sangrur district’s Dirba block, no resident was booked in a drug case in the past 10 years

Villagers coordinate with police officers to check the drug menace. (ht photo)
Published on Jun 04, 2021 01:52 AM IST
ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Under debt, three women of family end life in Sangrur village

Driven by poverty, three women members of a family committed suicide by consuming poison at Kuthala village near Malerkotla on Saturday, police said

Police recovered the bodies of a 42-year-old widow, her elderly mother and 19-year-old daughter from their house on Saturday morning. The woman’s husband, who was a soldier, died a few years after his retirement. (Representative photo)
Published on May 29, 2021 11:46 AM IST
ByAvtar Singh

Farm laws: Fearing arrest in Red Fort case, Lakha Sidhana cancels rallies for 10 days

Sidhana, who is wanted by Delhi Police in the Red Fort violence case, kicked off his campaign on Thursday from Sangrur district

Farm laws: Fearing arrest in Red Fort case, Lakha Sidhana cancels rallies for 10 days
Published on May 29, 2021 01:14 AM IST
ByAvtar Singh

Fugitive Lakha Sidhana kicks off campaign to mobilise support for farm stir in Punjab

Fearing arrest, the gangster-turned-activist leaves protest site and appears after his supporters staged a protest in front of a police station

Gangster-turned-activist Lakha Sidhana addressing a gathering at Mehlan Chowk village of Sangrur district on Thursday.
Updated on May 28, 2021 01:47 AM IST
ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

In poll year, Punjab CM declares Malerkotla as state’s 23rd district

Dream come true, says Malerkotla MLA Razia Sultana on Eid-ul-Fitr as Capt Amarinder Singh announces medical college, women police station and ₹6 crore for urban development

Punjab minister and Malerkotla MLA Razia Sultana during the virtual interaction with chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday. (HT Photo)
Published on May 14, 2021 12:46 PM IST
ByAvtar Singh

Punjab has no dedicated wards for children infected with virus

Paediatricians, epidemiologists have sought exclusive facilities for kids as experts warn of a threat of attack on youngsters in third wave

Punjab has no dedicated wards for children infected with virus
Updated on May 14, 2021 01:36 AM IST
ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Doctors on Covid duty seek vaccine for children on priority

They claimed that as they are working with infected patients, going home to their family, especially children, is fraught with risk of the latter contracting the virus

Punjab saw record 198 fatalities on Monday. (Representational photo)
Published on May 11, 2021 01:13 AM IST
ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Ex-sarpanch, two sons and daughter die of Covid in Punjab

Situated 30 kilometres from Sangrur town, Takipur village is in shock and panic after hearing about the tragedy

(From left) Jaspal Singh (54), Harpal Singh (46) and their father and ex-sarpanch of Takipur village Tarlok Singh (83). (HT Photo)
Published on May 09, 2021 06:55 PM IST
ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur
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