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A staff correspondent, based in Jalandhar covers Doaba Region of Punjab. Reports about Punjab Police, Enforcement Directorate, politics, corruption, legal, rural areas, socio-economic issues and technical education besides having specialisation in the investigative stories.

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Punjab polls: Just 57% young first-time voters got inked

Only 57% newly registered voters, aged 18 and 19, exercised their franchise during the Punjab assembly elections held on February 20, according to data sourced from the chief electoral office

The turnout of young first-time voters turns out to be 15% lower than the overall voting in Punjab, which stood at 72%. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 06, 2022 01:28 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Punjabis stuck in Ukraine: Banks, ATMs shut, stranded students in dire straits

Students from Punjab, who are stranded in Ukraine, especially on the eastern side and the Polish border, said the situation has been turning worse as they had run out of money as ATMs and banks are shut

Member of Parliament Gurjeet Singh Aujla (R) with family members of students from Punjab who are stranded in Ukraine, in Amritsar on Monday. (Sameer Sehgal /HT)
Updated on Mar 01, 2022 01:55 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal & Vishal Joshi, Jalandhar/bathinda

Nearly 490 students from Punjab stranded in Ukraine

Jalandhar has 47, the highest number of stranded students from Punjab; to provide details about the stranded students or seek assistance, call 1100 (from Punjab) and +91-172-4111905 (from outside India)

People fleeing Ukraine walk toward the Shehyni border crossing to Poland. (REUTERS)
Published on Feb 27, 2022 11:10 PM IST
By, Jalandhar

Ukraine-Russia crisis: As students take refuge in bunkers, parents back home in Punjab have sleepless night

Parents of Punjabi natives stuck in Ukraine. amid Russian military offensive, appeal to the Indian government to bring their children home.

(From left) Mothers of Ambuj Soni, Saumy Hasija and Kaynaat Mahajan show their photographers as they appeal to the Centre for their speedy evacuation, in Amritsar of Punjab on Friday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Feb 26, 2022 01:04 AM IST
BySurjit Singh, Avtar Singh & Gagandeep Jassowal, Amritsar/ Sangrur/barnala/ Jalandhar

ED arrests another accused in 2015 Bank of Baroda loan fraud case

The enforcement directorate (ED) has arrested another accused, Suresh Seth of Phagwara, in the ₹24-crore Bank of Baroda loan fraud case registered in 2015 in Chandigarh

In the <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>24-crore Bank of Baroda loan fraud case registered in 2015 in Chandigarh, the enforcement directorate (ED) has arrested another accused. (Getty Images/ Representational image)
Published on Feb 23, 2022 01:59 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Punjab assembly polls: In Doaba, women come out in droves, outnumber men

Women voters outnumbered men in the Doaba region in the Punjab assembly polls held on Sunday with around 70.8% women turning up to exercise their franchise against 66.74% men

As per the data of the Election Commission of India (ECI), the Balachaur segment of SBS Nagar recorded the highest number of women voter turnout with 77.28% for the Punjab assembly polls. There are 23 assembly constituencies in four districts of the Doaba region, including eight reserved seats. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 22, 2022 02:06 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Punjab polls: Doaba, hub of Dalit politics, sees 6% drop in turnout

Sandwiched between Beas and Sutlej, Doaba region comprises four districts — Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and SBS Nagar — with a total of 23 seats in the Punjab assembly

Voters waiting to cast their votes for the Punjab assembly elections, at a polling booth in Jalandhar on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Feb 21, 2022 01:57 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Sultanpur Lodhi: SAD, AAP eye electoral gains amid rift in Congress

Sultanpur Lodhi, a historical town and Sikh pilgrimage where Guru Nanak spent 14 years, is today witnessing allegations and counter-allegations over drug trade and corruption

In Sultanpur Lodhi, sitting Congress MLA Navtej Singh Cheema is facing challenge from SAD, AAP and cabinet minister Rana Gurjit Singh’s son.
Published on Feb 19, 2022 10:42 PM IST
By, Jalandhar

Punjab elections: Kejriwal a coward who carries apology in his pocket: BJP

Union minister Gajendra Shekhawat cites AAP leader’s unconditional apology to Akali leader Bikram Majithia after accusing him of being hand in glove with drug mafia

Union minister and BJP in-charge for Punjab affairs Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was in Jalandhar on Friday when he tore into the Aam Aadmi Party’s claims of finishing the drug mafia in the state. (HT file photo)
Published on Feb 18, 2022 02:45 PM IST

Punjab polls: Four-cornered contest in Phagwara as AAP, BSP challenge Congress & BJP

The BJP chose its former state president and chairperson of National Commission for Schedule Caste Vijay Sampla, while the Congress retained its sitting MLA and former IAS officer Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal

The BSP gave ticket to its state president Jasvir Singh Garhi and the Aam Aadmi Party trusted former minister Joginder Singh Mann with Phagwara. (Image for representational purpose)
Updated on Feb 17, 2022 03:35 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

New India possible only with new Punjab: Modi

Punjab assembly polls: Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to rid the state of corruption, the drug menace, and the mafia rule, and coined the slogan “Nawan Punjab Bhajpa de naal (New Punjab with BJP)”.

PM Modi speaks during a rally ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections, in Jalandhar.(PTI)
Published on Feb 15, 2022 01:44 AM IST
By, Haidar Naqvi, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar/kanpur

Punjab polls: BJP promises 75% quota to youth in govt jobs in manifesto

Punjab elections: Apart from 75% job quota to Punjab youth, BJP manifesto also promises 35% reservation for women in all government jobs, including contractual ones.

Punjab elections: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and others release BJP manifesto promising 75% job quota to Punjab youth and other sops in Jalandhar on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 13, 2022 03:04 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Punjab elections: Congress put humanity to shame in ’84, Modi ensured justice: Nadda

BJP president was addressing maiden rally at Balachaur in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district in favour of BJP candidates Ashok Bath from Balachaur, Poonam Manik from Nawanshahr and Mohan Lal Banga from Banga constituency

BJP president JP Nadda campaigning for party candidates Ashok Bath, Poonam Manik and Mohan Lal Banga at a rally in Balachaur constituency of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Saturday in the run-up to the February 20 Punjab assembly elections. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 12, 2022 04:11 PM IST

Kapurthala court awards death penalty to youth for raping 7-year-old

The Kapurthala additional district and sessions judge also awarded ₹8 lakh compensation to the victim and her family

The 7-year-old girl was treated at various hospitals and underwent multiple surgeries.
Published on Feb 11, 2022 12:36 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Punjab STF busts ‘international drug racket’, ex-DSP, NRI kabaddi player held

Key accused, an NRI kabaddi player, running the drug racket in connivance with police officials and politicians, says the special task force

The contraband seized from the key accused.
Published on Feb 11, 2022 12:24 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Congress ‘anti-Dalit’, Channi as CM face ploy for votes: Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati addressed a well-attended rally at Nawanshahr, her first in Punjab this poll season, where she came down heavily on Congress, saying the party was anti-Dalit

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said the policies of the successive Congress governments at the Centre and in Punjab had been anti-Dalit and that declaring Charanjit Channi as CM face was a ploy to gather Dalit votes.
Published on Feb 09, 2022 01:16 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

In Bholath constituency, arch-rivals Sukhpal Khaira, Jagir Kaur set for direct contest for 5th time

Since 1997, the seat has been revolving between Sukhpal Khaira and jagir Kaur, a former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president

Shiromani Akali Dal’s Bholath candidateJagir Kaur.
Published on Feb 08, 2022 02:17 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Congress infighting: Sukhpal Khaira’s fresh salvo at Punjab minister Rana Gurjeet

Sukhpal Khaira’s claims have again left the Congress red-faced ahead of the Punjab polls, with no end to infighting between the two party leaders

Congress leader Sukhpal Khaira alleged Punjab minister Rana Gurjeet secured the cabinet berth in Punjab government using his money power. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2022 12:37 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Punjab polls: At Dasuya rally, Rajnath slams Rahul for China-Pakistan remarks

Speaking while campaigning for the BJP’s candidate in Dasuya constituency of Punjab, Singh said that Indian soldiers had made the supreme sacrifice in the Galwan Valley and thwarted the designs of the Chinese army

Defence minister Rajnath Singh mounted another attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday accusing him of misreporting the death toll from the Galwan valley clash.
Published on Feb 05, 2022 01:03 AM IST

Rajnath Singh attacks Rahul over remarks on Galwan clash

His jibes came in response to Gandhi’s speech in Parliament earlier this week suggesting that the BJP-led government had brought all-weather allies China and Pakistan together against India.

Singh hit out at Gandhi saying illegal occupations took place during tenures of his great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru and grandmother Indira Gandhi.(ANI file photo)
Updated on Feb 05, 2022 05:49 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar

Rajnath slams Rahul Gandhi over China-Pakistan remarks

Says Congress leader distorted facts and wrongly accused BJP-led central govt’s foreign policies for bringing all-weather allies together

Defence minister Rajnath Singh was in Punjab to campaign for BJP’s Dasuya candidate Raghunath Singh Rana on Friday. (HT file photo)
Published on Feb 04, 2022 04:30 PM IST

ED arrests Punjab CM Channi’s nephew in illegal sand mining case

The agency on January 18 conducted raids at the premises of Bhupinder Singh, his business partners, and six miners in Mohali, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Rupnagar, and Pathankot

Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi last month accused the Centre of misusing central agencies to intimidate him. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 04, 2022 08:53 AM IST

Service sector in Punjab badly hit during pandemic: Economic Survey

Punjab is among three states which recorded worse growth in the service sector during the pandemic, revealed the Economic Survey - 2022 tabled in Parliament by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Economic Survey 2021-22 tabled by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on the first day of the Budget session of the Parliament, in New Delhi on Monday. The survey stated that Punjab is among three states which recorded worse growth in the service sector during the pandemic. (ANI)
Published on Feb 01, 2022 01:33 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Need law to curb forceful conversion but its misusemust be checked: Kejriwal

Religion is a private matter, the Delhi chief minister said in an interaction with traders and industrialists in Jalandhar ahead of Punjab assembly elections scheduled on February 20. The results of the 117-seat assembly will be declared on March 10.

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections, in Jalandhar. (PTI)
Published on Jan 29, 2022 11:56 PM IST

Need law against forcible conversions, but no one should be harassed: Kejriwal

While stating that religion is a private matter and everyone has the right to worship, Kejriwal said conversions done by scaring or offering any aid are totally wrong

Delhi chief minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal was addressing a session with businessmen in Jalandhar. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 29, 2022 06:29 PM IST
By, Jalandhar

Law needs to be framed against wrongful religious conversions, says Kejriwal

Kejriwal said that that everybody has a right to worship as per their choice but conversions done by scaring or through any offering is totally wrong. A law should definitely be made against religious conversions but nobody should be wrongly harassed after the passage of the law.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP and chief ministerial candidate for Punjab Assembly elections, Bhagwant Mann during a press conference in Jalandhar on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO.)
Published on Jan 29, 2022 06:28 PM IST

Kejriwal declares 10 guarantees for Punjab’s urban areas, no new taxes if voted to power

To woo traders and businessmen, Kejriwal announced that the AAP government will not impose any tax or not enhance any existing taxes in the coming five years, if voted to power.

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal with Punjab AAP president Bhagwant Maan at a press conference ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections, in Jalandhar on Saturday. (PTI PHOTO.)
Published on Jan 29, 2022 05:28 PM IST

Punjab elections: Need an honest CM for state, says Kejriwal

Days ahead of the elections, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that Punjab needs an honest and a dedicated CM, and not a leader who has been accused of selling “sand” or “drugs”.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a public rally at Town Hall, Phillaur, Jalandhar in Punjab on Friday. He said that the state needs an honest and a dedicated CM, and not a leader who has been accused of selling ‘sand’ or ‘drugs’. (ANI)
Published on Jan 29, 2022 12:53 AM IST
By, Phillaur

Punjab elections: Congress will soon name CM candidate, says Rahul Gandhi

The Congress will soon declare a CM candidate for Punjab elections and the decision will be made after feedback from party workers and the public, senior leader Rahul Gandhi announced on Thursday.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and party state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu pays obeisance at the Golden Temple, in Amritsar on Thursday. Gandhi said he will soon declared the CM candidate in the state for the upcoming elections. (ANI)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 12:33 AM IST
By, , Jalandhar/amritsar

Punjab polls: To woo Dalit voters, Channi spends night at Dera Ballan

Describing his stay at the Dera, Channi said it gave him great pleasure to spend the night in the room where the head of Dera, Sant Niranjan Dass stayed and also listened to the Sant’s religious preachings

Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi spent a night at Dera Sachkhand Ballan, a prominent Ravidassia community sect in the Doaba region of Punjab before heading out on Wednesday morning to Jalandhar to attend a Republic Day event.
Published on Jan 27, 2022 10:42 PM IST
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