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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

‘Green fungus’ diagnosed in Jalandhar covid survivor

62-year-old was discharged from a Ludhiana hospital over two months ago after being treated for three weeks; had reported to a private hospital in Jalandhar with acute cough on June 12

Among the symptoms of allergic Aspergillus sinusitis are stuffiness, runny nose, headache and reduced ability to smell. (HT PHOTO )
Published on Jun 20, 2021 12:58 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

ED officer Niranjan Singh ‘chargesheeted’ over Diljit Dosanjh show at daughter’s wedding

The deputy director, who retired on Monday, says action taken against him since he had approached the high court against the agency in several cases

ED officer Niranjan Singh ‘chargesheeted’ over Diljit Dosanjh show at daughter’s wedding
Published on Jun 01, 2021 01:26 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Illegal sale of assets: Pearls Group owner Bhangu’s son-in-law held

The accused arrested from Mohali with property-related documents; will be produced in a court in Ferozepur district on Saturday

A file photo of Pearls Group owner Nirmal Singh Bhangu who is in jail in connection with <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>48,000 crore ponzi scam.
Updated on May 29, 2021 01:47 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Despite SC stricture, Pearls group properties worth crores sold illegally

Despite a ban from the Supreme Court, properties of PACL India Limited, also known as Pearls Group, worth hundreds of crores were fraudulently sold by company representatives and family members of main accused Nirmal Singh Bhangu, including his son-in-law Har Satinder Singh Hayer, police investigations have revealed

Ponzi scam (ht file)
Published on May 20, 2021 01:10 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Shamlat land illegal occupation: Govt losing 20 cr yearly as 9,500 acres encroached in Doaba, Majha, says report

The government seems to have turned a blind eye towards illegal occupation of 9,500 acres of shamlat land (village common land) in eight districts of Doaba and Majha regions, which fall under the Jalandhar division

In Punjab, there is around 1.70 lakh acres of shamlat land. (Representational image/HT)
Published on May 14, 2021 01:04 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Centre okays museum dedicated to Guru Nanak in Sultanpur Lodhi

The Centre has granted ‘in principle’ approval to Punjab government for setting up a museum named ‘Pind Babe Nanak Da’ at Sultanpur Lodhi

Devotees lighting diyas on the occasion of 400th birth anniversary of Guru Teg Bahadur at Golden Temple in Amritsar on May 1. (sameer sehgal/ht)
Published on May 06, 2021 01:37 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

SC notice to Sodhi family over Punjab’s plea for land compensation

In 2014, the Sodhi family received a compensation of ₹1.8 crore against land acquired by the state government for a road project, after they had moved court. In March 2020, a Punjab government panel found that the Sodhi family had got double compensation

On May 3, the SC bench of justice Uday Umesh Lalit and justice Dinesh Maheshwari heard the review petition and issued the notice. (HT file)
Published on May 06, 2021 01:08 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Teachers prefer govt over private schools for their kids in Punjab

More than 2,000 teachers and education dept officials opted for government schools in the enrolment drive that ended on April 30

A poster that was part of the enrolment drive during which teachers and education department officials got their children admitted to government schools in Punjab.
Published on May 01, 2021 05:08 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

In 2nd covid wave, 25% of deaths reported from Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur

The two Doaba districts have reported around 25% of Punjab’s 2,716 deaths due to covid-19 from February 26 to April 26, data with the state health department shows

Over 80% of samples of Covid positive people sent for genome sequencing to the Pune laboratory in March were found having the UK strain. (HT FILE )
Updated on Apr 28, 2021 01:30 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Multi-crore graft case: ED books ex-GMADA chief engineer for money laundering

The ED has registered the case nearly four years after the VB shared the documents with the central agency in August 2017

Surinderpal Singh, alias Pehalwan, former GMADA chief engineer. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 26, 2021 01:23 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

International drug cartel: ED books ex-Ludhiana village sarpanch, 7 others for money laundering

Central agency files an ECIR on the basis of probe details shared by Punjab Police’s special task force and other documents

The Punjab Police’s special task force had arrested Gurdeep Singh Rano in November last year and seized eight cars, including a Jaguar, a Q7 Audi and a BMW, from his house. (HT FILE)
Published on Apr 23, 2021 02:19 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Punjab VB raids senior excise official’s house in Jalandhar

Divisional excise and taxation commissioner VK Virdi is a prime accused in the multi-crore GST evasion racket

According to the Vigilance Bureau, the excise officials accused were taking monthly bribes from businessmen and transporters to ferry goods in and out of the state without paying the goods and services tax (GST). (Representative photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2021 12:40 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

SGPC chargesheets its Jalandhar college principal, supdt for financial irregularities

Action after probe into complaint by former assistant professor’s husband of ₹10 lakh that was withdrawn using her forged signature

 (Representative photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2021 03:02 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Lockdown fears, panchayat polls drive migrant workers back to home from Jalandhar

Industrialists are terming it a routine process and say that labourers return to their homes during this period every year

Migrants inside a bus bound for Uttar Pradesh, in Jalandhar on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 21, 2021 01:43 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Punjab drive to end fancy number culture hits hurdle

Last December, the transport department asked to issue alternative number to owners of vehicles with VIP culture numbers, already banned in neighbouring Haryana and Himachal Pradesh

In December last year, chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh had ordered the discontinuation of the old registration numbers that were in use even after the enforcement of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The aim was to end the VIP culture and curb illegal activities. (Representative photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2021 04:47 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Centre flags worsening Covid situation in 8 Punjab districts

In a letter to state government, Union health ministry says these are among the country’s 50 worst-hit districts

Low pace of testing was reported from Patiala, the home district of Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, the central teams say. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 12, 2021 02:03 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Tarn Taran panchayat land dispute: Harvest wheat, but deposit sale proceeds with govt, HC to 7 private cultivators

In case of emergency, these private respondents shall be at liberty to approach the divisional deputy director for release of funds against proper security, the court added

The panchayat filed a case for cancellation of two leases of 196 acre of panchayat land executed in 2015 and 2017 (HT file)
Updated on Apr 09, 2021 11:51 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Jalandhar MC’s new statue of Bhagat Singh kicks up row

The new statue, that cost ₹5 lakh, was installed on March 22, the eve of the 90th death anniversary of Bhagat Singh. After the BJP and the SAD raised the issue, Jalandhar mayor Jagdish Raja told HT over phone that he agreed that there was little resemblance of the bust to the hero, and the statue would be replaced.

The new statue at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk shows the martyr raising his left hand, instead of right. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 25, 2021 01:43 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Bhagat Singh death anniversary: Farmers, Sikh leaders call for united fight against Centre’s agri laws

The leaders paid tributes to the martyrs and urged the people, especially the youth, to keep faith in the “Sanyukt Kisan Morcha” leadership as it would not let them down.

Farm leaders during a “kisan mahasabha” in Banga,Shaheed Bhagat Singh district , on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 24, 2021 01:53 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

National Green Tribunal disbands its committee monitoring pollution in Ghaggar river

Tribunal directs administrative heads of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh to take over the task, says oversight by its panel ‘cannot be a permanent feature’

National Green Tribunal disbands its committee monitoring pollution in Ghaggar river
Published on Mar 18, 2021 01:24 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Sainik schools go co-ed: All-male bastion turns a liberal leaf

authorities of the four sainik schools in the region — Kapurthala (Punjab), Kunjpura (Haryana), Sujanpur Tira (Himachal Pradesh) and Nagrota (J&K) — are ready to roll out the red carpet for girl students, who can now join these elite institutions

Sainik School Kapurthala is housed in Jagatjit Palace of the erstwhile Kapurthala maharaja. It was inaugurated on July 8, 1961. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 17, 2021 03:58 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Neeraj Mohan, Naresh Thakur and Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

HC stays PCS exam process, asks Punjab for reply on reservation for differently abled

The court was hearing a plea from Jalandhar-based lawyer Vivek Joshi 40, who had stated that the state had not reserved any seats for the differently abled in the 75 seats it advertised in 2020

Punjab and Haryana high court (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 17, 2021 01:01 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal, Jalandhar

Farm stir: PSPCL asks staff to switch to Jio, draws flak

Company had emerged lowest bidder in tender; March 8 letter from Jalandhar PSPCL office asked those under it to supply details; after social media outrage on the letter that went viral on Facebook, the power utility claims no final decision yet

Punjab’s farmers have also targeted malls and petrol pumps belonging to Reliance, and have not allowed these to function. (HT File)
Published on Mar 10, 2021 10:21 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Night curfew in Jalandhar, SBS Nagar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur to check Covid-19 spread

Curfew imposed in four districts of Punjab’s NRI belt of Doaba from 11pm to 5am; relaxation for night shift factory workers, medical emergency cases and traffic on highways

A traffic policeman ensuring a youngster masks up as the district administrations have directed strict compliance of the Covid-19 safety protocol. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 06, 2021 06:48 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

ED arrests key accused in Nature Heights Infra scam

ED sources said during the probe, several illegal properties of the firms involved in the scam were found to be registered in the name of accused Rajiv Rattan Dhingra

 (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Mar 05, 2021 01:03 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

Rising air pollution led to 41,090 deaths in Punjab in 2019: Report

The report, which was released on Saturday, stated that 1.67 million Indians died due to air pollution in 2019 as per the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019 on health and economic impact of air pollution in the states of India.

A doctor checking a patient with chest congestion in Patiala. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 01, 2021 03:51 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

AAP to hold kisan mahasammelan at Baghapurana on March 21

The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday announced it will hold a kisan mahasammelan in Baghapurana town of Moga district on March 21 in support of the farmers’ agitation on Delhi’s borders against the Centre’s three farm laws

(From left) Aam Aadmi Party Delhi legislators and Punjab affairs in-charge Jarnail Singh and co-incharge Raghav Chadha, state unit chief Bhagwant Mann and state leader of opposition Harpal Singh Cheema in Jalandhar on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 22, 2021 03:44 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal

BJP slips in bastions in Doaba; Congress wins both corporations

Of 360 wards, the Congress won 219, the SAD got 20, AAP (11). Three seats went to Bahujan Samaj Party and 8 seats to (BJP) and 101 to Independents.

Congress candidates  celebrating the party’s victory in municipal corporation elections in Punjab on Wednesday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Published on Feb 18, 2021 05:56 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal and Harpreet Kaur, Jalandhar

Civic polls: 71% turnout in Doaba, 15 booked for violence in Sultanpur Lodhi

Seventy one per cent voters cast ballot on Sunday in 23 urban local bodies of the Doaba region comprising Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar districts

HT Image
Published on Feb 15, 2021 01:17 AM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal/Harpreet Kaur, Jalandhar/hoshiarpur

HC stays redetermined relief to Punjab minister Sodhi’s family

The redetermined compensation to the family of Punjab minister Gurmeet Singh Rana Sodhi pertains to a land acquisition in 2012

HC stays redetermined relief to Punjab minister Sodhi’s family
Published on Feb 12, 2021 03:54 PM IST
ByGagandeep Jassowal
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