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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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Charanjit Singh Channi’s Dalit outreach with overnight stay at Dera Sachkhand Ballan

After his Dalit outreach in Dera Ballan, Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi accused the BSP in Punjab of selling out to the Akali Dal, saying the BSP did not get seats proportionate to the Dalit population in Punjab

Punjb chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi spoke about his overnight stay at Dera Sachkhand Ballan at an election event in Phagwara. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 26, 2022 08:51 PM IST

Navjot Sidhu’s ‘Punjab Model’ to be part of Congress manifesto: Partap Singh Bajwa

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu’s 13-point ‘Punjab Model’ will be part of Congress manifesto, said Rajya Sabha member Partap Singh Bajwa

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu addressing reporters, in Jalandhar on Tuesday. Rajya Sabha member Partap Singh Bajwa, who is the head of the manifesto committee of the Congress for the 2022 polls, said Sidhu’s 13-point ‘Punjab Model’ will be part of the Congress manifesto. (ANI)
Published on Jan 26, 2022 02:16 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Illegal sand mining: Punjab CM’s nephew fails to appear before ED

Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s nephew Bhupinder Singh Honey’s role is being probed in an illegal sand mining case

The ED recovered <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10 crores from Punjab CM’s nephew Bhupinder Singh Honey and his business partner Sandeep Kumar during raids conducted last week. (ANI)
Published on Jan 25, 2022 12:49 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Punjab polls: Ex-Indian hockey team captain Ajit Pal Singh also in the fray

Singh, a Padma Shri awardee who was centre half of Indian team that won the 1975 Hockey World Cup, is contesting from Nakodar constituency in Jalandhar district

Former Indian hockey team captain Ajit Pal Singh
Published on Jan 24, 2022 01:29 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Audit report: Firm owned by Punjab CM Channi’s nephew, aides had 18. 37 lakh revenue in 2019-20

The firm was a key link between Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi’s nephew and a raid conducted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in an illegal sand mining case

Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi
Published on Jan 24, 2022 01:06 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

ED recovers 10 crore from Punjab CM Channi’s nephew, his partner

Illegal sand mining case: Raids at 10 locations in Punjab conclude with recoveries; ED probing money-laundering charges as it suspects proceeds from illegal sand mining were further transferred

The cash seized from during the Enforcement Directorate raid on the premises of Bhupinder Singh, the nephew of chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, in Ludhiana on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 19, 2022 04:46 PM IST

Illegal sand mining: ED raids Punjab CM’s nephew among six contractors

Enforcement Directorate probing money laundering charges as it suspects proceeds from illegal sand mining in 2018 further transferred

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided the apartment of Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s nephew Bhupinder Singh in the Homeland Heights complex (above) in Mohali on Tuesday morning. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 02:00 PM IST

Terror job: IYSF lures Hindu boys with money, foreign dreams

Of the six IYSF operatives arrested by the Punjab Police for last year’s November 21 grenade attack at an army camp in Pathankot, three are Hindus and all of them come from a poor family background

The IYSF is a banned outfit being run by wanted terrorist Lakhbir Singh Rode, who reportedly operates from Pakistan. The terror outfit is recruiting Hindu youths to carry out its nefarious activities. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 01:59 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Punjab polls: Damdami Taksal spokesperson, two former MLAs join BJP

Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal’s spokesperson-cum-media adviser Sarchand Singh Bhangu joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in Jalandhar

Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat addressing the media after after inducting Damdami Taksal’s spokesperson Sarchand Singh Bhangu and former MLAs Didar Singh Bhatti and Satwant Singh Mohi into the BJP, in Jalandhar on Wednesday. (ANI)
Published on Jan 13, 2022 01:49 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

To check smuggling, 3 Punjab central jails to have full body scanners by July

After getting the government nod, the department has sent a requisition to the Punjab Police Housing Corporation (PPHC) for the procurement of body scanners

To curb smuggling of drugs and mobile phones into state jails, the Punjab prisons department will install full body scanners in central jails by July this year.
Published on Jan 10, 2022 01:06 AM IST

Punjab polls: AAP Punjab co-incharge faces protest over ticket distribution in Jalandhar

The brewing discontent among the AAP cadre of Jalandhar unit took an ugly turn after party’s Punjab affairs co-incharge Raghav Chadha was shown black flags at an event

AAP Punjab affairs co-incharge Raghav Chadha had arrived at the Press Club in Jalandhar to induct Congress leader Dinesh Dhall and others into the party. (FILE PHOTO: PTI)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 10:24 PM IST
By, Jalandhar

SBS Nagar constituency watch: All parties stand nearly equal in Bhagat Singh country

SBS Nagar district has only three assembly constituencies. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Congress, both, have a strong support base. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also has a respectable presence here

Traditionally, the Nawanshahr seat has remained with a single family, that of sitting MLA Angad Singh Saini (in pic); the Sainis form a sizeable proportion of the voters on the seat. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 03, 2022 09:20 PM IST

Congress gave SC CM to Punjab after 72 years: Sidhu in Phagwara

Sidhu was addressing a rally that Phagwara MLA Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal had addressed; he added that if voted to power, they will implement a new Punjab model, which also takes care of the expectations of NRIs

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu claimed that Punjab was the first party to have given a CM from the Scheduled Cates, adding Punjabis were writing a new script. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 02, 2022 10:43 PM IST

No decision yet on BJP’s CM face in Punjab: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

BJP seems to be dragging its feet on the announcement of Dalit CM face for Punjab. BJP poll campaign in-charge Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said no decision has been taken yet on CM face

In the BJP, the parliamentary board decides upon the CM. Let the parliamentary board sit and decide the matter, said BJP poll campaign in-charge Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. He claimed that the party will form the next government in Punjab. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 02, 2022 02:01 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Don’t bend under political pressure: Punjab CM to police

Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday asked state police personnel not to bend under political pressure while registering cases and ensure transparency to build trust among the masses

(From left) Punjab Armed Police (PAP) DGP Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, Punjab DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyay, chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Amritsar MLA Raj Kumar Verka at the PAP headquarters in Jalandhar on Friday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 01, 2022 01:57 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

PTU to start ‘Connect to Roots’ course for next-gen NRIs from Jan

The Punjab tourism department has launched this programme for NRIs and titled it Connect with Roots; major modules of the year-long certificate course will Punjabi language, culture and literature

The Connect to Roots course will be offered online in two semesters; though designed especially for NRIs, it will be open for all. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 11:24 PM IST

Kapurthala case not of sacrilege: Channi

Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi said the investigation has revealed the story behind the case was different from what was being propagated earlier.

“We did not find any sacrilege attempt or any evidence to back it,” Charanjit Singh Channi said. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 01:46 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Kapurthala

CBI arrests 11 in Pearls Group Ponzi scheme case

A Ponzi scheme lures gullible investors by promising exorbitant returns; it has no regulatory approval and the CBI has said that a new scheme was floated to pay the dues of previous investors; over 5.5 crore investors across the country were duped this way

The CBI had booked Pearls Group chairman and managing director Nirmal Singh Bhangoo in a Ponzi scam in February 2014; he was arrested in 2016. (HT FILE PHOTO )
Published on Dec 24, 2021 12:37 AM IST

Day after incident, another man lynched over alleged sacrilege

Police, however, said there was “no visible sign” of sacrilege and it appeared as though the man had the intention of committing theft at the gurdwara.

Police at Golden Temple ahead of Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi's visit, in Amritsar, on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 02:26 AM IST
By, Kapurthala

Another unidentified youth lynched in Punjab village over suspected attempt to sacrilege

Earlier, there was a standoff between police and Sikh organisation over the custody of the youth who was kept in a room inside Gurdwara since morning

Kapurthala police and Sikhs groups protesting over the incident in Kapurthala. (File photo)
Updated on Dec 19, 2021 03:42 PM IST

Sidhu challenges Kejriwal for debate; dubs him a political tourist

Punjab Congress chief also categorically backed Sultanpur Lodhi MLA Navtej Singh Cheema as the party candidate from the seat; on Kejriwal, Sidhu added that the Delhi CM has to answer a lot of tough questions

Sidhu added that if the Congress was voted to power in the assembly polls in Punjab, he would ensure that his new Punjab model was implemented and benefitted the common man. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 01:06 AM IST

Kejriwal promises sports university, international airport for Jalandhar

Punjab AAP president Bhagwant Mann said they, along with Kejriwal, would be holding another rally in Lambi (Muktsar) on Thursday

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal speaks to the media in Amritsar on Wednesday. He was in Punjab for his Tiranha Yatra in memory of freedom fighters and martyrs. (AFP)
Updated on Dec 16, 2021 12:55 AM IST

Chargesheet filed against Sukhbir Badal, others in Zira court in 2017 road blockade case

Besides Harike bridge, Akalis also blocked roads at Beas, Phillaur, Mohali, Sirhind, Sangrur, Mansa, Ludhiana, Rampura Phul, and Pathankot in Punjab

A case was registered against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal at the Makhu police station in Ferozepur district.
Published on Dec 15, 2021 01:44 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Punjab govt issues order to drown out protest slogans with DJs during CM’s visits

The order issued by Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi’s special protection unit to all deputy commissioners and district police heads withdrawn later, saying its was a clerical error

Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi at Payal in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 02:15 AM IST
ByHarpreet Kaur and Gagandeep Jassowal, Hoshiarpur/jalandhar

Punjab revenue officials’ strike: Students, job seekers worst hit

Deadlock since VB arrested Hoshiarpur naib tehsildar in corruption case on November 22; revenue staff want impartial inquiry, cancellation of FIR

Punjab revenue officials holding a dharna in Mohali in support of their demands for an impartial inquiry and cancellation of FIR against Hoshiarpur naib tehsildar Sandeep Kumar, who has been arrested in a corruption case. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 03:39 PM IST

Kejriwal starts registering Punjab women for 1,000 transfer scheme

Counters criticism of freebies by declaring if voted to power, he will divert money of illegal sand mining to accounts of women in Punjab

Aam Aadmi Party national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at the launch of the registration of Punjab women beneficiaries of the <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,000 transfer scheme at Sarai Khas village of Jalandhar district on Tuesday. Punjab AAP chief Bhagwant Mann is also seen. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 07, 2021 03:43 PM IST

Punjab deputy CM forms high-level panel to probe delay in investigation into drug cases

Investigation into drug cases has been slow with STF reportedly citing the presence of sealed cover reports with the HC as a reason; Punjab deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has asked for a report to clarify all such issues that the affecting the probe

Punjab deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has said that he wanted to ensure that the state’s drug menace was effectively tackled and for that officers need to get to the root and investigate professionally. (HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 01:21 AM IST

ED raids Punjab’s Fastway Cable network owner Gurdeep Singh

Enforcement Directorate officials say probing Gurdeep’s links with Surinder Pal Singh, a former chief engineer of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), in money laundering case

The Enforcement Directorate team raided the properties of Gurdeep Singh, the owner of Fastway Cable network and Jujhar Bus Service, in Ludhiana on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 25, 2021 12:30 PM IST

Capt Amarinder connived with Akalis, BJP to harm Punjab’s interests, says CM Channi

Punjab CM accuses Akalis of ignoring SCs, saying they deliberately allotted BSP weak seats to help BJP win from there

Capt Amarinder connived with Akalis, BJP to harm Punjab’s interests, says CM Channi
Published on Nov 23, 2021 10:23 PM IST
By, Jalandhar

Veteran Akali leader Wadala’s portrait to be installed at Central Sikh Museum on Nov 25

The portrait of Akali leader Wadala will grace the Central Sikh museum in Golden Temple, the SGPC has said, adding that the Sikh Panth recognised the sacrifices that Wadala made towards its common cause

The Akali leader Wadala contributed by holding monthly prayer for 18 years with the faith that the Kartarpur Corridor will be built for Sikhs to visit Darbar Kartarpur Sahib. (HT file)
Published on Nov 23, 2021 12:59 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal
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