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Harmandeep Singh

Harmandeep Singh is staff Correspondent and have specialisation in investigative reporting. He covers Punjab politics, mining, crime, school education, health, medical education, administration, labour department, brain-drain and rural areas besides burning issues of Sangrur and Barnala districts.

Articles by Harmandeep Singh

Farm fires: 32 FIRs registered in Sangrur, Barnala

The total number of stubble burning cases has reached 4,305 in Sangrur and 913 in Barnala district in this kharif season. Last year on the same day, Sangrur district witnessed 149 and Barnala 138 cases.Sangrur district on Thursday recorded the highest number of farm fire cases (135) in the state while Barnala witnessed 14 incidents.

Sangrur district on Thursday recorded the highest number of farm fire cases (135) in the state while Barnala witnessed 14 incidents. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 10, 2023 08:20 AM IST
By, Sangrur/ Barnala:

Farm fires record uptick across Punjab

A day after the SC directions, HT reporters found stubble on fire across Punjab. Govt data showed that 21 dists witnessed a spike in farm fire incidents

Smoke billows out as stubble burned by the farmers after harvest at Village Jodhan near Ludhiana on Wednesday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Nov 09, 2023 09:18 AM IST
ByVishal Joshi,

No let-up, Sangrur again logs most farm fires

Sangrur has been witnessing the highest number of farm fires in the state for the last 8 years since the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre started mapping farm fires through satellite. Officials have termed the highest area under paddy in the district and influence of farm unions as the reasons behind the maximum number of farm fires.

Sangrur district has again topped the state for having the highest number of farm fires. The district has seen 3,604 cases of farm fires this year so far. (File Photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 09:00 AM IST
By, Sangrur

At 81 quintals per hectare, Sangrur witnesses record paddy yield

As per the crop-cutting experiments conducted by agriculture department officials, the district is recording an average of 81 quintals per hectare yield in this district. Last year, the paddy yield was 76 quintals per hectare.

A worker segregates paddy rice at an open grain market on the outskirts of Jalandhar . (AFP)
Updated on Oct 30, 2023 07:00 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Last heir of Malerkotla’s Nawab Begum Nisa passes away at 103

Punjab vidhan sabha speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Begum. Besides, Amargarh MLA Jaswant Singh Gajjanmajra and Malerkotla MLA Dr Jamil Ur Rehman also condoled the death of Begum

Begum Munawwar-ul-Nisa, last heir of Malerkotla’s Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan
Updated on Oct 28, 2023 08:02 AM IST
By, Malerkotla

Punjab’s first open varsity to get permanent home in Sangrur’s Lehra

Punjab edu dept has finalised a proposal to move the university to Baba Hira Singh Bhattal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lehra, campus which has been lying vacant for the past three years

Education department has finalised a proposal to move the university to Baba Hira Singh Bhattal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lehra, campus which has been lying vacant for the past three years. (HT File)
Updated on Oct 25, 2023 07:00 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Punjab: 8 kabbadi players thrash constable to death in Barnala

Policeman collapsed after he was beaten up when he intervened to resolve the dispute between eight kabaddi players, all of who are now absconding, and restaurant staff over settling the bill

Constable Darshan Singh, 50, who was thrashed by kabbadi players when he intervened to end a scuffle they were having with staff at a restaurant in Barnala on Sunday night. (HT file photo)
Updated on Oct 23, 2023 04:03 PM IST

Punjab: Sangrur farmers relying on manual paddy harvest due to rain

Manual harvesting to cost more as combine harvesters can’t be used due to damp ground conditions after heavy rain; potato sowing delayed, too

A paddy farmer showing the paddy that got soaked after rain at the Bathinda grain market on Monday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Published on Oct 16, 2023 03:34 PM IST

Farmers at receiving end, paddy procurement stalled in Sangrur

Demanding a rollback of the decision and implementation of the old commission system, commission agents said earlier they got 2.5% of the notified MSP of the crop, but now their commission had been fixed lower at ₹46 per quintal, which is 2% of the MSP.

Heaps of paddy lying in the open at the Sangrur grain market as procurement came to a standstill due to the strike by commission agents on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 11, 2023 03:04 PM IST

Technical edu dept to end services of staff at Lehra engineering college

Employees have received notice of ending their services from October 31. The employees have been seeking their pending salaries since December 2019

Representational image.
Updated on Oct 04, 2023 09:36 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Women SHGs to stitch school uniforms, Sangrur model to be replicated across Punjab, says CM Bhagwant Mann

Chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday announced plans to implement this initiative across Punjab in schools and the police department to make rural women financially independent.

Local women stitching school uniforms at Akalgarh Pehal Hosiery centre set up by the district administration. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 08:10 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Won’t spare even those involved in old drug cases, says Punjab CM Mann

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann said on Friday that anyone found involved in a drug-related cases will not be spared

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann interacts with students after dedicating libraries to people, at Ghanauri Kalan village in Dhuri assembly constituency on Friday.
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 07:02 AM IST

Sangrur admn begins process to take possession of land given to Jind Maharaja

According to an order of the Patiala divisional commissioner dated February 2, 1987, Maharaja Satbir Singh is in possession of the land by way of grant only and is not the complete owner of the land. He can only enjoy the fruits of the land until his death, following which the entire land will vest with the Punjab government.

Maharaja Satbir Singh (File)
Published on Sep 21, 2023 12:55 AM IST
By, Sangrur

‘Misuse’ of funds: Sangrur administration begins probe

The municipal council had floated a tender for laying interlock tiles on roads of a private colony while in the complaint it was alleged that the roads were already in a good condition and just need repair and patch work

The Sangrur municipal council had floated the tender worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>96.36 lakh for providing and laying interlock tiles in street number 9, 10, 11 and branch streets of a private colony. (HT photo)
Updated on Sep 13, 2023 12:46 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Power outage sparks fear of blood stock damage at Sangrur civil hospital

Samples sent for getting the viability of 100 units of blood checked; for emergency use, 70 units of blood from Patiala blood bank have been brought. The samples were collected by the local health department

Experts said a blood bank needs continuous-uninterrupted power supply to maintain the required temperature for storing blood.
Updated on Sep 12, 2023 01:13 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Sangrur: Audio clips of patwari ‘seeking’ bribe go viral, probe initiated

In the audios, the patwari can be heard seeking ₹3 lakh for registration of an agricultural land in the clips of 3.15 minutes and 1.20 minutes duration

A vigilance probe is already pending against him.
Published on Sep 11, 2023 12:49 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Sangrur admn to demolish British-era hospital to construct new facility

The district administration plans to demolish a 122-year-old hospital building in Sangrur and construct a new facility with modern infrastructure and facilities in its place while keeping the same façade. The new building will have a capacity of over 250 beds and underground parking. The old building is in poor condition and cannot accommodate more beds. The health department has been assigned the task of upgrading the hospital's building.

The new upgraded Sangrur civil hospital will have the same facade as the British-era building. (HT File)
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 12:20 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Punjab: Medicine shortage hits drug-resistant TB patients

Government hospitals have been facing a shortage of medicines for MDR-TB for the past three months and now for the past one month, hospitals have run out of seven out of nine medicines required to treat MDR-TB patients. Doctors said hospitals are facing a shortage of pyrazinamide 750mg, levofioxacin, rifampicin 150mg, cycloserine, clofazimine, isoniazid and linezolid. Only a few hospitals that have these medicines in their stock are treating patients.

Already witnessing a shortage of medicines for hepatitis-c patients, government hospitals in the state have now run out of medicines for the treatment of patients diagnosed with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). (Shutterstock/ Representational image)
Published on Sep 10, 2023 12:19 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Punjab human rights panel seeks DSP’s explanation for lathicharge on teachers

The incident had taken place in December 2021, a month-and-a-half before the Punjab assembly elections, when the then CM Charanjit Channi was addressing a rally in Mansa. Videos had emerged from the spot, in which the DSP was seen ruthlessly cane-charging unemployed teachers.

The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has given the DSP an opportunity to give his explanation before recommending disciplinary action against him. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 01:02 AM IST
By, Sangrur

War against drugs: Sangrur village installs nakas to stop narcotics’ sale and use

At least five ‘nakas’ have been installed by the ‘Nasha Roko Committee’ at all entry/exit points to stop sale and use of drugs. They have been keeping 24x7 vigil in the village against the anti-social elements

Sherpur village residents install a naka in the village. (HT photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 01:15 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Medicine shortage hits hepatitis C patients hard in Punjab

In 2016, Punjab was the first state to start providing free medicines, but for the past few months the hospitals have been grappling with the short supply of medicines

Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect the liver and cause significant and potentially fatal liver damage over time if treatment is not received.
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 12:47 AM IST

Punjab: Longowal SHO sent to lines for ‘torturing’ farmer in custody

Punjab Police on Thursday transferred station house officer (SHO) of the Longowal police station for allegedly torturing a 35-year-old farmer in police custody

Baljinder Singh, a farmer who was arrested by the police in Longowal.
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 12:41 AM IST

Punjab: A day after Sangrur clash, 53 farmers booked for murder bid

Sangrur’s senior police superintendent Surendra Lamba said meeting with farmers ended on a positive note and we have agreed to most of their demands

Farmers block a toll plaza in Amritsar on Tuesday. (HT photo)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 12:17 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Elderly farmer mowed down during protest in Punjab’s Sangrur

5 cops injured in clash with farmers protesting against ‘detention’ of their leaders ahead of mega protest in Chandigarh

Five cops also injured in clashes with the farmers, who were agitating against ‘detention’ of leaders, a day ahead of Chandigarh protest. (Videgrab)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 01:05 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Schools of Eminence: Parents object to 240 fee for transportation facility

Schools will pay ₹1,200 to the transporter and of the total amount, 80% funds will be borne by the government while the rest of the amount will be contributed by parents of students

Officials said unavailability of transportation facilities was the major reason behind unoccupied seats in meritorious schools. (HT file Photo)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 11:20 PM IST
By, Sangrur

Punjab bandh: Complete shutdown in Doaba region

In the Doaba region, which includes Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar districts, most commercial establishments remained shut and market areas wore a deserted look

Protestors blocked Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road near Rama Mandi on Wednesday. (HT photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2023 12:33 AM IST
By, , Vishal Joshi, , Jalandhar/amritsar/ Bathinda/sangrur

Punjab bandh: Shops across Doaba region shut, lukewarm response seen in other parts of state

In the Doaba region, which includes Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar districts, most commercial establishments remained shut and market areas wore a deserted look. The transportation facilities, however, saw no impact.

Protestors blocking the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road near Rama Mandi on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 09, 2023 02:21 PM IST
By, , Vishal Joshi, , Jalandhar/amritsar/ Bathinda/sangrur

Punjab: ASI drives off with bribe money but getaway car gets stuck in pothole

₹10,000, opium recovered from vehicle, accused cop manages to flee on a scooter; a spokesperson of the VB said the ASI had accepted a bribe of ₹10,000 from Jagtar Singh of Himtana village for removing the name of his son from an FIR

A spokesperson said a case under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against ASI Malwinder Singh.
Updated on Aug 09, 2023 12:27 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Newly regularised teachers in Punjab warn of stir, say not getting paid enough

The union termed the hike and entire process of regularisation a ‘joke’ and said despite their protests, the state government has denied the benefits of the pay scale, dearness allowance, medical allowance, mobile allowance, GPF, CPF

Newly regularised teachers holding a protest in Sangrur. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 31, 2023 12:29 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Punjab: Edu dept files police complaint after irregularities in govt school’s expenditure

The education department has found irregularities in expenditure of ₹1.59 crore at Mata Raj Kaur Government Senior Secondary School, Badrukhan

The irregularities came to fore after a departmental inquiry was conducted into the matter. (Representational Photo)
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 10:15 PM IST
By, Sangrur
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