Chitleen K Sethi

Chitleen K Seth was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. She no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

Articles by Chitleen K Sethi

Note ban backfiring in poll-bound Punjab: It seems advantage AAP, Congress

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move to demonetise Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes is apparently backfiring in the poll-bound Punjab a month after the surprise decision, it seems advantage Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress. Other than the inconvenience for the common man, which has only multiplied since the beginning of this month with no end to the serpentine queues outside banks and ATMs, the small merchants, arhtiyas (commission agents) and shopkeepers are beginning to feel the pinch of the slowdown caused by demonetisation.

People in a queue outside an ATM in Patiala on December 8.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 12, 2016 07:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Nabha jailbreak: hunt for fugitive gangsters on in five states

Besides raiding various places in the state, the Punjab Police have alerted their counterparts in Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Himachal Pradesh. The roads leading to Nepal are also under the vigil.

Updated on Nov 29, 2016 01:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Online behind the bars, escaped Punjab gangsters go offline from Facebook too

Behind bars, Facebook was the gangsters’ favourite toy, their favoured weapon to inspire terror and awe among rivals as well as fans.

The Facebook cover picture of ‘Shera Khuban Grp’, a group created by sympathisers of Gurshahid Singh alias Shera Khuban, a Ferozepur-based gangster who was gunned down by police in 2012.(Facebook/Shera Khuban Grp)
Updated on Nov 28, 2016 03:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Khalistani militants find common cause with Punjab gangsters

The sensational jailbreak at Nabha prison has forced the state intelligence agencies to wake up to a new reality: Khalistani militants are finding common cause with Punjab’s dreaded gangsters.

A police personnel and onlookers stand near the gate of the Nabha maximum-security jail in Nabha in Punjab.(AFP)
Published on Nov 28, 2016 11:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Nabha jailbreak: Chaos, corruption rule Punjab jails

The unprecedented audacious act at the high-security Nabha jail on Sunday has once again brought under glare the chaos and corruption ruling Punjab prisons.

In Punjab there are 26 jails which house over 23,000 inmates.(Representative Image)
Updated on Nov 28, 2016 07:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Kejriwal’s war room for Punjab assembly polls: Men who matter

For this rookie party to enter a brand new arena, set up a team and support base, and then end up as hot favourites, at least till recently, is no mean task. The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party’s political future will be carved out in Punjab.

Arvind Kejriwal(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 11, 2016 07:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Akali war room ahead of Punjab assembly polls

As Punjab gets into a high gear of electioneering, Assitant Editor Chitleen K Sethi takes a sneak peek at backroom strategists spearheading the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal’s gameplan to retain the power for third term.

Updated on Nov 24, 2016 10:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

On backfoot? AAP dumps no-alliance stand in Punjab

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has in the past proudly held to a principled stand of “no alliance” in elections, exuding confidence of winning on its own. However, its move to share five of the 117 assembly seats with an “under construction” party shows a shakiness among its leaders barely two months before Punjab goes to high-stake polls.

AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2016 11:57 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

The politics of populism: It’s dole time in Punjab

Loan waivers, smart phones with free data and calling, free bus facility for school students, more free power, free medical care and what not – it’s raining freebies in Punjab ahead of the assembly polls due early next year.

(From left) Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2016 11:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySukhdeep Kaur, Chitleen K Sethi and Pawan Sharma, Chandigarh

Via Leh and liquor: Cash ban leads to new ways to park black money

Necessity is the mother of invention, so goes the adage. But for those trying to park their black money at safe places, it seems excess is the mother of invention.

While panic drove many to do the obvious and getting easily and quickly caught, others devised rather innovative ways to park their black moolah.(HT Representative Image)
Updated on Nov 20, 2016 10:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Caught in a bind, Kejriwal mum on Punjab-Haryana water dispute

The silence of the otherwise vitriolic national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the contentious issue of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal is deafening.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 11, 2016 08:55 PM IST
Hindustan times | By, Chandigarh

Kejriwal issues audio message in chaste Punjabi

In a brand new avtar , the national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal speaks chaste Punjabi. He seems to have undergone a rather successful crash course in Punjabi and his first audio message in chaste Punjabi was issued by the party on Facebook and his Twitter account, on Wednesday.

Updated on Nov 09, 2016 11:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

‘Embezzling’ scholarships: CBI points finger at Sekhri’s college, VB begins probe

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has initiated investigations into alleged misappropriation of central government post-matric scholarships for scheduled caste (SC) students by officials of the department of technical education in connivance with private college managements.

The VB inquiry follows an anonymous complaint against VMS College, Batala, to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).(HT File)
Updated on Nov 03, 2016 10:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Punjab recruitment scam side-effect: Retests prove costly for aspirants

Cancellation and re-conduct of several recruitment examinations following selective leak of question papers has put a financial burden on lakhs of government job aspirants in Punjab.

Since the Punjab Vigilance Bureau’s inquiry revealing selective leak of question papers of recruitment tests in March this year, several exams have come under the scanner.(Representative image)
Updated on Oct 29, 2016 11:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Sidhu back in game as Cong, AAP renew offers to woo him

At a time when political pundits had almost written off cricketerturned-politician Navjot Sidhu as a game-changer in the Punjab polls, the former test opener is back in the reckoning with both the Congress and AAP trying to seal a deal with him. And Sidhu is learnt to be bargaining hard for the best offer for himself and his outfit Awaaz-e-Punjab.

Navjot Singh Sidhu(Ht File Photo)
Updated on Oct 28, 2016 10:45 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChitleen K Sethi and Vishal Rambani, Chandigarh, Patiala

Sukhbir banks on Golden Temple jazz-up to revamp Akalis’ fortune in elections

The inauguration of Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal’s pet project of revamping the precincts of the Golden Temple, Amritsar, just three months before polls could be a perception changer that the beleaguered Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has been banking on.

Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal addressing the gathering at the inauguration of heritage street near Golden Temple in Amritsar on Tuesday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Oct 27, 2016 10:13 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Govt job question papers leak: This well-knit gang nearly beat the NEET

The Bihar-based gang involved in selectively leaking question papers of examinations for government jobs across the country had even tried to leak the question papers of the all-India premedical examination — NEET (National Eligibility Entrance Test) — conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Updated on Oct 18, 2016 10:13 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Punjab VB busts gang selling govt job test papers, 4 nabbed

In a major breakthrough, Punjab vigilance bureau has busted a Bihar-based gang that was leaking question papers of entrance tests for various government jobs across the country.

Four members of the gang were arrested by VB sleuths from a house in New Delhi on Saturday where they had brought together 17 candidates due to appear in the Sunday’s entrance test for the posts of sub-divisional engineer (SDE) in Punjab irrigation department.(Representative image)
Updated on Oct 17, 2016 09:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Amritsar land scam: VB files cancellation report in case against Capt, 17 others

In a complete volte face in a politically significant case against former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, the Punjab vigilance bureau (VB) has filed a cancellation report in the infamous Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) land scam.

Updated on Oct 09, 2016 10:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

On October 1, Chhotepur to launch APP to counter AAP

Sacked Punjab convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Sucha Singh Chhotepur will launch his new political outfit on October 1. The party — Apna Punjab Party — will be registered as a state party with the election commission and will either filed or support candidates on all 117 seats in the forthcoming assembly polls in the state.

Sucha Singh Chhotepur’s Apna Punjab Party (APP) will either filed or support candidates on all 117 seats in the forthcoming assembly polls in the state.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 28, 2016 07:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Discontent in Sangh Parivar over attacks on Hindu leaders

The death of senior Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader Brig Jagdish Gagneja (retd) on Thursday, 45 days after he was shot at by two bike-borne assailants in Jalandhar, is a grim reminder of the failure of investigating agencies to nab his killers.

People throng the funeral procession of Jagdish Gagneja in Jalandhar on Thursday.(Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 23, 2016 03:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Safe school vahan scheme hit by implementation hurdles

Despite a series of orders issued by the Punjab and Haryana high court to the state government for implementation of the ‘safe school vahan scheme’, private schools continue to violate the rules laid down under it.

The buses of the school had never been inspected by the district transport officer’s team as the school is “out of the way” near the border.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2016 09:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

As Punjabi versus outsider debate takes centre stage, AAP hunts for CM face

With just four months to go for Punjab assembly polls, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is struggling to project its CM face amid shrinking choices.

Bhagwant Mann and HS Phoolka(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 20, 2016 09:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

‘Punjabi vs outsider’: AAP struggles to find CM face for assembly polls

With a little over four months to go for the Punjab assembly polls, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is struggling to project a chief ministerial face amid shrinking choices.

Delhi chief minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal with party’s Punjab convener Gurpreet Ghuggi and Bhagwant Mann at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.(Gurpreet Singh/HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 20, 2016 09:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

On back foot, Punjab govt gets away with umpire’s aid

It was the last assembly session of the current government and the treasury benches managed to wriggle out of two difficult situations, with a big help from speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal.

Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal and CM Parkash Singh Badal entering the assembly in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Sep 15, 2016 10:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Deadlock over no-trust vote continues: Social media fails Punjab govt strategy

The Punjab Vidhan Sabha secretariat sealed the assembly complex on Tuesday morning, barring the entry of the media, among others, inside. The authorities had expected that the absence of the media would force the protesting Congress MLAs to come out of the building to interact with the press. The plan, say sources, was to have the central hall empty, even for a few minutes, and lock it immediately, taking it out of the MLA’s “occupation”.

Congress leaders during a protest outside the Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Ravi Kumar/HT(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Sep 14, 2016 09:50 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Protest or publicity stunt? Congress MLAs’ night out in Punjab assembly

In the last session of the assembly before Punjab goes to polls early next year, the Congress did the unprecedented. After a no-confidence motion that the party brought against the Akali-BJP government was defeated amid unruly scenes, Congress MLAs refused to leave the House after the day’s session was adjourned at 6pm on Monday. The House will meet on Wednesday after Tuesday’s Eid holiday.

Updated on Sep 13, 2016 09:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySukhdeep Kaur and Chitleen K Sethi, Chandigarh

Farmers’ manifesto release: Make-or-break rally for Kejriwal in Moga today

As Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal rolls out farmers’ manifesto at Baghapurana in Moga on Sunday, it could be a “make-or-break” moment for the party, which is going through internal crisis in Punjab following sacking of Sucha Singh Chhotepur as the party’s state convener.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal(HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 11, 2016 11:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Last session of SAD-BJP: Bains brothers evicted from House, steal show

Independent legislators from Ludhiana Balwinder Singh Bains and his brother Simarjeet Singh Bains were removed from the Punjab Assembly for defying Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal’s orders on Friday afternoon.

Independent MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains being removed by marshals from the Punjab assembly on Friday.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 10, 2016 06:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChitleen K Sethi and Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Chandigarh

I will take charge of Punjab unit in my hands: Kejriwal

Stepping in to set the party’s Punjab house in order, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal will station himself in the state till the assembly polls early next year.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal(Photo: PTI)
Updated on Sep 05, 2016 06:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh
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