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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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Don’t disturb Punjab... move to Delhi: Amarinder to farmers

Amarinder said while the state stood with the farmers, cultivators should not hold protests in Punjab as it went against the interest of the state.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh.
Updated on Sep 14, 2021 04:56 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Hindustan Times, Hoshiarpur

Punjab CM says Badals playing double game on farm laws

Sounding bugle for 2022 elections, Capt Amarinder Singh says SAD backed farm ordinances but took U-turn under pressure from farmers

Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of the first college of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) at Ballowal village in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 13, 2021 02:30 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

PTU skill institute work back on track as govt remits 11-crore map clearance fee

In August this year, the executive officer of Chamkaur Sahib gram panchayat asked the PTU executive engineer to deposit nearly ₹11 crore as map clearance fee and three sets of the buildings plan with the local bodies department for approval

The Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government had announced the setting up of the Guru Gobind Singh Skill Institute at Chamkaur Sahib in Rupnagar district in 2017. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 07, 2021 08:52 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Ludhiana court allows ED to inspect files of I-T cases of CM, son Raninder

The CM and his son had challenged the lower court order on the grounds that no opportunity of hearing had been given to them before allowing the ED’s petition

The ED had filed three applications after learning that the I-T department had placed fresh documents in their case files in August 2020. (HT file photo)
Published on Sep 02, 2021 10:38 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Punjab vigilance writes to DGP for taking over 2.5-crore Phagwara wheat scam

12,000 quintal wheat was found to be missing from PUNSUP godowns in Phagwara and Bholath areas of Kapurthala district in July 2020

The Kapurthala vigilance has already indicted five officials for the scam. (HT FILE )
Updated on Sep 01, 2021 10:07 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Jalandhar sub inspector booked for abetting gaushala manager’s suicide

Police yet to act against Kartarpur Congress MLA Surinder Singh, who was also named by victim on FB Live

Dharamvir Bakshi, 40,who managed the gaushala at Lambra village in Jalandhar district, consumed poison on Monday. (Representational photo)
Published on Sep 01, 2021 04:56 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Punjab Police recover 20kg of heroin being smuggled from Kashmir in truck

Busting a drug syndicate suspected of being operated by gangsters in jails, 

Kapurthala senior superintendent of police Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh (centre) addressing a press conference after heroin seizure, on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 31, 2021 03:55 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

{First rally | Post-alliance} SAD-BSP step up poll drive, woo Doaba’s Dalit votebank

Sukhbir promises 33% reservation in govt jobs to students who pass out from state-run schools; BSP state unit chief Jasvir Singh Garhi named as candidate from Phagwara (reserved) seat

SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal with BSP Punjab unit chief Jasvir Singh Garhi at their rally in Phagwara on Sunday. (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 29, 2021 09:54 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

To check land acquisition fraud, NHAI asks districts not to allow CLUs till it finishes surveys

As soon as news filters out that a new road is to be built, rates of land in and around the area increase and private owners get undue compensation, earning a windfall. The NHAI wants to curb any fraud is such big-ticket projects

In the latest instance, the NHAI has written to the Hoshiarpur deputy commissioner to pass stay order on change in land use or sale or registries till it completes its survey on four-laning the Hoshiarpur-Phagwara road. (HT FILE PHOTO FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY)
Published on Aug 26, 2021 12:33 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Rail, road blockade in Jalandhar: Farmer unions, agri experts differ on cane SAP; CM to take call today

Officials say state government fully committed to the welfare of cane growers and their genuine concerns were heard patiently

Farmers protesting on the national highway in Jalandhar on Monday. (PTI)
Published on Aug 24, 2021 01:22 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Punjab cane farmers continue rail, road blockade as talks with govt remain inconclusive

The deadlock between the Punjab government and sugarcane growers protesting for hike in crop prices continued on Sunday after the farmer representatives’ meeting with cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and officials in Chandigarh remained inconclusive

Farmers during a protest at Dhanowali village in Jalandhar district on Sunday.
Published on Aug 23, 2021 01:18 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Mobile science van developed in SBS Nagar for students to explore concepts

Three major challenges before the project were arranging the remaining budget, operational cost and execution. In December 2020, the education department approved the operational expense of the van, including salaries to the staff, fuel and other costs

SBS Nagar deputy commissioner Sheena Aggarwal will flag off the new AC bus with 12 computers, printers, LED screen and science models, including of the human body, on August 23 (Monday). (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 18, 2021 09:46 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Punjab elections: Jagbir Singh Brar is SAD candidate from Jalandhar Cantt

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal announced that the former Congress leader will fight the assembly elections from Jalandhar Cantt soon after inducting him into the party fold

Jagbir Singh Brar being inducted into the Shiromani Akali Dal in the presence of SAD leaders Sukhbir Singh Badal and Bikram Singh Majithia in Jalandhar on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2021 03:00 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

5 food supply officials booked for siphoning off 24K quintals wheat

Charges of criminal breach of trust by a public servant, and criminal conspiracy figure in the FIR registered against five food and civil supply department officials, including four inspectors, for allegedly siphoning off 24,000 quintals of wheat meant for Atta Dal scheme beneficiaries in Sultanpur Lodhi

The accused officials were posted in Sultanpur Lodhi and allegedly didn’t distribute the grain to the beneficiaries of Atta-Dal scheme. (HT FIle)
Published on Aug 12, 2021 01:10 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Mohali shamlat land scam: ED raids 14 properties of revenue officials, property dealers

The enforcement directorate (ED raided 14 properties belonging to Punjab revenue officials and property dealers in Chandigarh, Mohali, Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana in connection with the Mohali shamlat land scam

Mohali shamlat land scam: ED raids 14 properties of revenue officials, property dealers
Published on Aug 11, 2021 01:31 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Illegal sale of Pearls Group assets: New SIT formed , IG Aulakh named head

Besides Aulakh, Ranjit Singh, commandant 36th battalion, Bahadurgarh, Ratan Singh Brar, Ferozepur superintendent of police (investigation), and Gurmeet Singh, Ferozepur deputy SP (headquarters), are its other members

Ferozepur range inspector general (IG) of police Jatinder Singh Aulakh.
Published on Aug 09, 2021 12:39 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Pearls Group illegally disposed of properties worth 1,200 crore

Punjab Police SIT submits chargesheet against Bhangu’s relatives and employees for sale of assets despite Supreme Court ban

Nirmal Singh Bhangu.
Published on Aug 07, 2021 12:41 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Sultanpur Lodhi wheat scam: FIR recommended against two food supply inspectors

A senior functionary of district administration was aware of the matter but opted to remain silent, say officials

The siphoned off wheat was meant for distribution under the Punjab government’s Atta Dal scheme.
Published on Aug 04, 2021 01:13 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Sidhu meets Jalandhar leaders; welcomes CM’s move on PPAs

Sidhu, who was in Jalandhar on Thursday, to hold one-on-one meetings with groups of workers from every assembly constituency said the PPA move signalled positive intent towards implementation of the 18-point agenda of the Cong high command

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu addressing party workers in Jalandhar on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jul 30, 2021 12:48 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

ED attaches multi-crore Punjab irrigation scam kingpin’s assets

The central agency is also looking into the role of government officials and politicians in the case

The Enforcement Directorate office.
Updated on Jul 29, 2021 01:51 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

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

The enforcement directorate (ED) on Monday arrested Vikram Seth, the prime accused in the 2015 Bank of Baroda loan fraud case registered in Chandigarh, from Phagwara, a top official of the agency said

The case was registered in 2015. (Representational image)
Published on Jul 27, 2021 01:24 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Absconding Bhola drug case accused surrenders in Mohali court, sent to judicial custody

Harmesh Gaba was on the run for more than 7 months after the trial court cancelled his bail in December last year

The district courts in Mohali.
Published on Jul 23, 2021 01:17 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Navjot Sidhu given a warm welcome in Amritsar

“I have come here to seek guidance and to awaken the spirit of truth and rights among every Punjabi and Congress worker,” Sidhu told reporters after paying his tributes at a memorial.

Newly appointed Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Navjot Singh Sidhu being welcomed by his supporters during his visit to Amritsar, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 21, 2021 06:12 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Will give back power to people of Punjab: Navjot Singh Sidhu

Accompanied by one of the four working presidents and Fatehgarh Sahib MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra and Nawanshahr MLA Angad Singh Saini, Sidhu paid tributes to the freedom fighter at the museum in his village

The rain was no deterrent as newly appointed Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and Kuljit Singh Nagra, one of the four working presidents, hold up a portrait of Dalit leader Dr BR Ambedkar after visiting the museum at Bhagat Singh’s native village of Khatkar Kalan on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 20, 2021 04:03 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Kapurthala: 130-yr-old Durbar Hall to be restored by Sept-end

Funded by Asian Development Bank, the ₹8.5-crore project at Kapurthala is being carried out by Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board

A specimen of Indo-Saracenic architecture, the Durbar Hall was built by Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala in late 19th century. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 16, 2021 12:25 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Illegal sale of assets: Pearls group owner Bhangoo’s daughter held from Delhi airport

The Punjab Police’s special investigation team (SIT) on Wednesday arrested Barinder Kaur, an accused in a case involving alleged illegal sale of properties of PACL India Limited, also known as Pearls Group, despite a Supreme Court stricture

Pearls Group (HT File)
Published on Jul 08, 2021 01:57 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Bhola drug case: 2 revenue dept officials among three booked for selling attached properties

Those booked include booked Harmesh Kumar Gaba, accused in the Bhola drug case, Phagwara tehsildar Pardeep Kumar Chabbra and a patwari

Bhola drug case: 2 revenue dept officials among three booked for selling attached properties
Published on Jul 01, 2021 01:36 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Four months after polls, newly elected Banga councillors await swearing in

In the 15-member Banga council, the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party have won five seats each, while the SAD won seats. The BJP and the Independent have one seat each.

Till the time, the sub-divisional magistrate swears them in, the councillors cannot start any work in their wards; so, the public vote is not counting for much at the moment. (HT FILE PHOTO (FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY))
Published on Jun 29, 2021 12:23 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

4 food inspectors suspended for siphoning off 24,000 quintal wheat

The order came a day after HT reported that over 24,000 quintal wheat grain, meant for distribution to the poor under the Atta Dal scheme, had been siphoned off from stock at Sultanpur Lodhi, according to an inquiry report.

Further inquiry into the matter has been assigned to Patiala division, deputy director, who has been asked to submit a report within 15 days. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jun 25, 2021 09:18 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

24,000 quintal wheat grain siphoned off in Sultanpur Lodhi

The Sultanpur Lodhi centre of the department didn’t provide record of wheat distribution to the inspection teams despite repeated orders in May; later the DFSC received many other complaints following which a special inspection team was formed on June 9.

The names of four food inspectors of Sultanpur Lodhi have surfaced as key accused in the scam. (HT FILE )
Published on Jun 25, 2021 12:32 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal
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