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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.

Articles by Gagandeep Jassowal

PM’s move to repeal farm laws beginning of new chapter: Sidhu

After paying obeisance at Sultanpur Lodhi, says real challenge has just begun for Punjab as a roadmap to increase farm income and boost land productivity is needed

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu said in Sultanpur Lodhi on Friday that two major demands of Punjab were met this week. First, the Kartarpur Corridor was reopened and second, the PM has announced the repeal of the farm laws. (HT file photo)
Published on Nov 19, 2021 03:35 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

2 years on, Guru Nanak museum, Smart City works fail to take shape in Sultanpur Lodhi

Punjab government had set up a committee for conceptualising the project to build the museum, Pind Babe Nanak Da, a replica of Rai Bhoi Di Talwandi where Guru Nanak was born

An illuminated Golden Temple on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in Amritsar on Thursday.
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 01:50 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Rajputs to be accorded back general status, as per demand, says Punjab CM Channi

The news the Rajputs were to be given general status was made in Jalandhar, where the Punjab CM Channi had gone to launch development projects; the Rajput community had welcomed the decision

The Rajput community had wanted the status, as they did not like being classified a backward class, as the previous SAD-BJP regime had done, said Punjab CM Channi, while making the announcement (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 10:16 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Only extent of jurisdiction has changed, not laws: BSF Punjab frontier IG

Border Security Force is here to complement, strengthen police, says IG Sonali Mishra two days after Punjab assembly resolution against the Centre

Border Security Force Punjab frontier inspector general of police Sonali Mishra addressing a press conference in Jalandhar on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 04:32 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Grenade hurled at CIA office in SBS Nagar, no one hurt

JALANDHAR A low-intensity grenade exploded on the premises of Punjab Police’s Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) office in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday

People familiar with the development said it was probably a China-made low-intensity grenade and thrown from the periphery of the CIA office building in SBS Nagar (Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 01:12 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Channi govt trying hard to implicate Badals in sacrilege cases: Sukhbir

Addressing the media in Phagwara on Sunday, Sukhbir said chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi and deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who holds home portfolio, have been pressuring interim general of police Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota to implicate the Badal family in Bargari sacrilege and police firing cases

SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the new Congress government in Punjab led by Charanjit Singh Channi wants to implicate the Badal family in sacrilege cases.
Published on Nov 08, 2021 01:50 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Excess paddy arrival in Kapurthala suspected; 10 verification teams formed

The verifications teams will check the excess paddy arrival and ascertain if any action needs to be taken to check such suspicious coming in of harvested paddy.

The Punjab food and civil supplies department has alerted Kapurthala authorities about such suspicious arrival of paddy in seven of the district’s grain markets. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 01, 2021 12:31 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

SAD constitution forgery: Hoshiarpur court summons former CM Badal

Badal files special leave petition in the Supreme Court against the Punjab and Haryana high court order passed on August 27

SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal was on Thursday asked to appear before the court on November 28.
Published on Oct 29, 2021 11:59 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

SAD constitution forgery: Punjab court summons ex-CM Parkash Singh Badal

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema have already got bail from a Hoshiarpur court in the case

Former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has been summoned by a Hoshiarpur court on November 28 in connection with the Shiromani Akali Dal constitution forgery case. (HT file photo)
Updated on Oct 29, 2021 11:19 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

3 Jalandhar cops suspended for laxity on Punjab deputy CM’s orders

Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who also holds the home portfolio, conducted surprise check only to find the three missing from Phillaur checkpoint on GT Road

Punjab deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who holds the home portfolio, conducted a surprise check at Phillaur on Thursday to ascertain the ground situation on security at nakas (checkpoints) on GT Road and traffic management on the highway. (HT file photo)
Published on Oct 28, 2021 12:49 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Former Punjab militant Barapind, 8 others get life term in 2015 murder case

In November 2015, Shingara Chand, 55, was shot dead by Barapind over a property dispute at Salaspur village in Jalandhar district, while three others were declared proclaimed offenders

Convicted SGPC member and former militant Kulbir Singh Barapind (centre) in police custody in Jalandhar on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 28, 2021 11:57 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

{Divya Gram panchayat Nurmahal}/Plea on status/ Panchayat has no revenue estate, only 27 houses: Sessions judge in report to HC

According a petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court, the Divya Gram Panchayat in Nurmahal is fake and formed only to siphon off funds development funds

The Divya Gram Panchayat in Nurmahal falls within the revenue estates of Uppal Jagir and Uppal Khalsa villages, the fact-finding inquiry notes. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 26, 2021 09:01 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Punjab Cong MLA gets one-year jail for obstructing train in 2015

Beri had sat in the middle of the railway tracks, with the Punjab Congress MLA out on bail, which will continue; he has said that he will appeal against the verdict before a district and sessions court

The sentence of jail for obstructing train has been handed out to the Punjab Congress MLA from Jalandhar Central, Rajinder Beri, two years after the RPF filed a complaint. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 25, 2021 10:32 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Capt Amarinder should explain why he stalled Maur blast probe: Randhawa

Punjab deputy CM keeps up attack on former CM after presiding over function at Punjab Armed Police HQ in Jalandhar on Police Commemoration Day

Deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa flanked by Punjab Police chief Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota (right) and inspector general of police SK Kalia paying homage to police personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty, at the Punjab Armed Police headquarters in Jalandhar on Police Commemoration Day on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 21, 2021 12:51 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Capt colluded with BJP even as Cong CM: Harsimrat

Harsimrat claimed that Capt and the other disgruntled Akali factions might join hands, but they would only end up serving as the B-team of the BJP.

Bathinda SAD MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal alleged that Capt had been colluding with the BJP for five years; and even had a secret pact with it on farm laws. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 20, 2021 10:38 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

NRI adopts school for special children in SBS Nagar

NRI Barjinder Singh has signed an agreement with the Red Cross Society to bear the expenses of the operations of school for special children for two years

NRI Barjinder Singh, a US citizen, will bear the entire operation cost of the school for special children, estimated to be around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>25 lakh per year.
Published on Oct 15, 2021 01:56 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Sbs Nagar

Kejriwal promises 24-hour power supply, steps to boost industry if AAP voted to power

Besides promising round-the-clock power supply, Kejriwal pledged to end red-tapism and ‘inspector raj’ in Punjab if AAP forms the government in 2022

Kejriwal, as pert of his two-day visit to Punjab, attended an interactive session with the Jalandhar-based industrialists at a private resort where he promised 24-hour power supply if AAP is voted to power.
Published on Oct 14, 2021 01:27 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

AAP promises 24-hour power supply, industries in Punjab

Kejriwal also promised the formation of a trade and industry body and its decisions will have to be implemented by the state government

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the power scarcity in Punjab was man-made and once the transmission system is upgraded, half the problem will be solved. (ANI)
Updated on Oct 14, 2021 03:18 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar

Akali Dal-BSP alliance reaches out to OBCs, promises 27% reservation in government sector

Punjab BSP chief says though 35% population of the state belongs to OBC category, they get only 10% reservation in government sector

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal with BSP leaders and others during a rally in Jalandhar.
Updated on Oct 10, 2021 01:42 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Heroin haul: ED seizes 79 lakh during searches in Amritsar

ED conducted searches at nine locations in Amritsar, including properties of former Akali Dal leader Anwar Masih, who is an accused in 194-kg heroin haul dating back to January 2020

The ED searches coincided with NIA raid at Anwar Masih’s house in connection with 3,000-kg heroin haul at the Mundra port in Gujarat.
Updated on Oct 10, 2021 01:09 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

BJP, Amarinder conspired to delay paddy procurement, alleges Pargat Singh

Punjab sports and education minister Pargat Singh questioned the timing of the announcement to delay procurement, which came a day after Amarinder met Union home minister Amit Shah

A file photo of Punjab sports and education minister Pargat Singh with Captain Amarinder Singh. (PTI)
Published on Oct 02, 2021 06:49 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Punjab CM says actions will be guided by Bhagat Singh’s ideals

Accompanied by Speaker Rana KP Singh and Doaba MLAs, Channi pays tributes to freedom fighter at his ancestral village of Khatkar Kalan on his 114th birth anniversary

Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi paying tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh at his memorial at the freedom fighter’s ancestral village of Khatkar Kalan on his 114th birth anniversary on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 28, 2021 05:10 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Three of four Doaba districts represented in new Punjab cabinet

The four Doaba districts send 23 of 117 MLAs to the Punjab assembly. In the state cabinet it has three now, namely Pargat Singh, Gilzian and Rana Gurjit Singh.

Doaba now has three districts in the cabinet; Pargat Singh (taking oath) is from Jalandhar. (Twitter)
Published on Sep 26, 2021 10:38 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Punjab Cabinet: 6 MLA oppose Rana Gurjit Singh’s proposed elevation as minister

An MLA, who didn’t wish to be named, said the group will meet Sidhu over the matter on Sunday afternoon in Patiala. The oath ceremony for the new Punjab cabinet is to take place on Sunday evening in Chandigarh

A group of Congress MLAs have demanded that Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjit singh is not made a minister in the Punjab government (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2021 12:49 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

2015 Bank of Baroda loan fraud case: ED files charge sheet against 14 people

The ED charge sheet of 2015 Bank of Baroda loan fraud case says the accused invested the loan amount to purchase new properties and repay their previous loans

The enforcement directorate (ED) has named prime accused Vikram Seth and seven members of his family in the charge sheet related to 2015 Bank of Baroda loan fraud case. (HT FIle)
Updated on Sep 23, 2021 09:51 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Punjab govt to set up Guru Ravidass Chair in Jalandhar

Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi announced setting up of the chair over 101 acres in Jalandhar to perpetuate the philosophy and teachings of Guru Ravidass

(L to R) Punjab deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, MP Santokh Singh, Dera Sachkhand Ballan chief Sant Baba Niranjan Dass and chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi in Jalandhar on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 22, 2021 09:09 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar/sbs Nagar

2009 riots over Vienna attack: Jalandhar court turns down plea to withdraw prosecution in violence case

Punjab government pleaded to withdraw prosecution against all accused facing trial in a case of attempt to murder and arson after riots in Jalandhar in the wake of Vienna attack

Riots took place in Jalandhar after the assassination of Ravidassia sect preacher Sant Rama Nand in Austrian city of Vienna.
Published on Sep 21, 2021 02:07 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Confidant questioned in 2019 liquor smuggling case, Congress MLA has face-off with SBS Nagar SSP

Congress MLA Angad Singh says his aide was falsely implicated in the liquor smuggling case and a report was prepared on back date

Congress MLA Angad Singh (in blue t-shirt) protesting against the SBS Nagar SSP in the district administration complex.
Updated on Sep 17, 2021 02:21 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Punjab vigilance launches probe into 5-crore Sultanpur Lodhi wheat scam

Over 24,000 quintal grain is missing in his wheat scam in Sultanpur Lodhi; the Punjab vigilance is expected to shed more light on the case through its investigation

In the Sultanpur Lodhi wheat scam, Punjab vigilance is likely to have an investigation that relooks at all previous probe points. (HT PHOTO FOR REPRESENTATIVE PURPOSES ONLY)
Published on Sep 14, 2021 10:16 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Protests hurting our economy, lift dharnas in Punjab: Amarinder appeals to farmers

Capt Amarinder Singh says when entire Punjab stood in their favour, farmers should not hold protests in state as it went against its interests

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh handing over a loan waiver certificate to a farmer in SBS Nagar on Monday. (HT photo)
Published on Sep 14, 2021 01:51 AM IST
ByHarpreet Kaur/Gagandeep Jassowal, Hoshiarpur
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