Hillary Victor

Hillary Victor is a Principal Correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Chandigarh administration, municipal corporation and all political parties.

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Collector rates in Mohali hiked by up to 76%

New collector rates of residential, commercial and industrial properties in Mohali district to come into effect from July 4
The new collector rates, applicable from July 4, are set to multiply the already hefty stamp duty on properties by lakhs. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The new collector rates, applicable from July 4, are set to multiply the already hefty stamp duty on properties by lakhs. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jul 04, 2022 02:49 AM IST
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29 acres freed in Abhipur: Court summons Punjab minister over allegations of illegal action

Land owner Capt Bikramjit Singh (retd) moves court, alleging that the Punjab govt freed the land from his possession illegally
Punjab rural development and panchayat minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal and other department officials have been summoned in court with documents supporting their action. (HT)
Punjab rural development and panchayat minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal and other department officials have been summoned in court with documents supporting their action. (HT)
Published on Jun 13, 2022 04:30 AM IST
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Punjab govt shortlists three sites to relocate Mohali medical college

Three-member committee of principal secretaries constituted to finalise ‘better’ site for Mohali medical college, where classes for the first MBBS batch have already begun
Initially started with 100 MBBS seats, the medical college will eventually be upgraded to 220 seats. (HT)
Initially started with 100 MBBS seats, the medical college will eventually be upgraded to 220 seats. (HT)
Published on Jun 13, 2022 04:24 AM IST
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Monsoon at doorstep, but 30% road gullies in Mohali yet to be cleaned

Reports of roads getting inundated after minimal rain are common in Mohali during monsoon, despite 1 crore being allocated for cleaning road gullies every year
A blocked road gully in Sector 78 in Mohali. (Ravi Kumat/HT)
A blocked road gully in Sector 78 in Mohali. (Ravi Kumat/HT)
Updated on Jun 11, 2022 02:45 AM IST
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Corruption case: Former Punjab minister Dharamsot’s police remand extended

While producing the Congress leader in court after his three-day remand ended on Friday, the vigilance bureau sought more time to question him, alleging that he was not cooperating
A Mohali court on Friday extended the police remand of former Punjab forest minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot till June 13. (HT File Photo)
A Mohali court on Friday extended the police remand of former Punjab forest minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot till June 13. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jun 11, 2022 01:39 AM IST
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Commercial vehicle tax scam in Mohali: Arrested duo embezzled nearly 70 lakh in a year

Hired on contract, the accused hold BCA degrees; but dissatisfied with their salaries, both started embezzling the commercial vehicle tax through a fake vehicle entry software, reveals vigilance probe
The accused, Harpal Singh (centre) and Salinder Singh (left), being produced in court in Mohali on Thursday. (HT Photo)
The accused, Harpal Singh (centre) and Salinder Singh (left), being produced in court in Mohali on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 10, 2022 02:35 AM IST
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Punjab consumer commission fines builder 1 lakh for forum shopping

Zirakpur-based builder had approached both the Punjab and Haryana high court and the Mohali District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission for a stay on recovery of external development charges, and got relief from the latter
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Punjab, penalised the firm, Chandigarh Royale City Promoters Limited, Zirakpur, for forum shopping. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Punjab, penalised the firm, Chandigarh Royale City Promoters Limited, Zirakpur, for forum shopping. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jun 09, 2022 03:46 AM IST
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Congress councillors decide to stand by BJP mayor in Mohali MC House

Mohali mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu, who quit the grand old party 4 days ago, claims he has support of 40 councillors, including those from Congress & Azad group
Mohali mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu, who quit the Congress four days ago to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), seems to have dodged a no-trust motion with Congress councillors deciding to support him in Mohali MC House. (HT File)
Mohali mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu, who quit the Congress four days ago to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), seems to have dodged a no-trust motion with Congress councillors deciding to support him in Mohali MC House. (HT File)
Published on Jun 08, 2022 01:45 AM IST
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Mohali Congress divided over support to mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu

Some councillors are still willing to support mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu as mayor in the Mohali MC House even as the Congress prepares to move a no-trust motion against him
Mohali mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu had quit the Congress to join the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday. (HT File)
Mohali mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu had quit the Congress to join the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday. (HT File)
Updated on Jun 07, 2022 02:11 AM IST
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Shamlat land eviction: Majri block panchayats lament ‘arbitrary’ government order

Panchayat sarpanches said the financial commissioner revenue, under the Consolidation Act, used his power to cancel the consolidation done in 1991 without giving them an opportunity to be heard.
Majri block panchayats lament ‘arbitrary’ government order in relation to the shamlat land eviction. (Bloomberg)
Majri block panchayats lament ‘arbitrary’ government order in relation to the shamlat land eviction. (Bloomberg)
Published on Jun 07, 2022 01:59 AM IST
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Mohali mayor set to face no-trust motion in MC house

For admittance of the no-trust motion, a minimum of five councillors will have to file objections against Mohali mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu, after which a date will be set to vote for it
Mohali mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu had left the Congress and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Mohali mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu had left the Congress and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2022 01:54 AM IST
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Congress-ruled Mohali MC in turmoil as mayor jumps to BJP

Congress staring at losing mayor’s seat to BJP if party councillors also follow Amarjit Singh Sidhu; district unit president maintains it’s not that easy
Mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu’s decision to desert the Congress has left the party staring at the tough task of keeping its flock together. (HT Photo)
Mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu’s decision to desert the Congress has left the party staring at the tough task of keeping its flock together. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 05, 2022 03:24 AM IST
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Fund crunch hits Ayushman Bharat: Patients suffer as Mohali govt hospitals discontinue elective surgeries

With state failing to clear 1.5 cr worth of funds for three civil hospitals in Mohali, authorities are unable to afford resources needed for elective surgeries
Mohali government hospitals discontinued elective surgeries under the Ayushman Bharat scheme due to state’s failure to clear funds. (HT File)
Mohali government hospitals discontinued elective surgeries under the Ayushman Bharat scheme due to state’s failure to clear funds. (HT File)
Updated on Jun 05, 2022 02:05 AM IST
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7 months on, Chandigarh airport’s cargo facility fails to take off

Though the approval from security clearances is in, that from customs is still awaited, said Rakesh Dembla, chief executive officer, Chandigarh International Airport Limited
The cargo facility was launched at the Chandigarh airport in November 2021, six years after it got the international tag. (HT File Photo)
The cargo facility was launched at the Chandigarh airport in November 2021, six years after it got the international tag. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jun 04, 2022 06:35 PM IST
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New industrial area in Mohali: GMADA finalises land acquisition compensation

Land owners to be awarded 2.85 crore to 3.25 crore per acre; 498 acres to be acquired in Durali and Manauli villages for the new industrial area in Mohali
GMADA plans to acquire around 498 acres in Durali and Manauli villages for the new industrial area. (HT)
GMADA plans to acquire around 498 acres in Durali and Manauli villages for the new industrial area. (HT)
Published on Jun 01, 2022 03:34 AM IST
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Mohali | 8 months on, NHAI finally starts work on greenfield project

The 32-km road, which leads from IT Chowk near Chandigarh International Airport to the Kurali-Chandigarh Road, will serve as an alternative route for those heading from Delhi towards Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir and also decongest Airport Road.
The firm, Ashoka Buildcon Limited, which was awarded the contract, has started levelling land in Rurki, Pukhta, Sahauran and Nagiara villages. (HT Photo)
The firm, Ashoka Buildcon Limited, which was awarded the contract, has started levelling land in Rurki, Pukhta, Sahauran and Nagiara villages. (HT Photo)
Published on May 30, 2022 02:52 AM IST
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Sacked Punjab health minister Singla sent to 14-day judicial custody

Mohali: A Mohali court on Friday sent sacked Punjab health minister Dr Vijay Singla to 14-day judicial custody on graft charges
On May 25, Dr Singla, along with his OSD Pardeep Kumar, were arrested on corruption charges after chief minister Bhagwant Mann sacked him as he was accused of demanding a 1% commission in tenders and purchases by his department.
On May 25, Dr Singla, along with his OSD Pardeep Kumar, were arrested on corruption charges after chief minister Bhagwant Mann sacked him as he was accused of demanding a 1% commission in tenders and purchases by his department.
Updated on May 28, 2022 12:57 AM IST
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Recovered AK-47 magazine is of Nishan Singh’s gun: Mohali police

Canada-based, Punjab-origin gangster Lakhbir Singh, alias Landa, was identified as the key conspirator in the May 9 attack, while his associate, Nishan, had arranged the RPG and AK-47 gun for the attackers.
On Wednesday, the crime investigative agency had arrested Lovejeet Singh, alias Love, 20, Akashdeep Singh, 21, Paramvir Singh, 19, Sunil Kumar, alias Bacchi, 22, and Gurjant Singh, 20, all associates of Landa. (Image for representational purpose)
On Wednesday, the crime investigative agency had arrested Lovejeet Singh, alias Love, 20, Akashdeep Singh, 21, Paramvir Singh, 19, Sunil Kumar, alias Bacchi, 22, and Gurjant Singh, 20, all associates of Landa. (Image for representational purpose)
Published on May 27, 2022 03:19 AM IST
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YPS roundabout in Mohali becomes epicentre of protests

86 protests have been held at the roundabout, located near the Chandigarh-Mohali border, in past one year
The frequent protests near YPS Roundabout repeatedly cause harassment to commuters and students of schools nearby. (HT File Photo)
The frequent protests near YPS Roundabout repeatedly cause harassment to commuters and students of schools nearby. (HT File Photo)
Published on May 26, 2022 02:35 AM IST
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Zirakpur-Panchkula Bypass project back on track

NHAI kicks off process to acquire 120 acres for the 17-km project aimed at decongesting Zirakpur; project expected to be completed by March 23
The road will allow Shimla-bound traffic to bypass the bottleneck at Zirakpur and join the Kalka highway at Panchkula end. (Sant Arora/HT)
The road will allow Shimla-bound traffic to bypass the bottleneck at Zirakpur and join the Kalka highway at Panchkula end. (Sant Arora/HT)
Published on May 25, 2022 01:18 AM IST
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Shortage of stamp papers leaves Mohali residents at wits’ end

For more than a month now, there has been an acute shortage of low-denomination stamp papers in the three sub-divisions of Mohali district – Mohali, Dera Bassi and Kharar
Applicants queuing up in the heat to buy stamp papers of the <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>50, <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>100 and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,000 denominations have had to return empty handed since mid-April, further pushing back the processing of their applications. (Stock image)
Applicants queuing up in the heat to buy stamp papers of the 50, 100 and 1,000 denominations have had to return empty handed since mid-April, further pushing back the processing of their applications. (Stock image)
Published on May 24, 2022 03:44 AM IST
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Shamlat land eviction: Mohali sarpanches object to notice

Sarpanches of five villages alleged that the Mohali panchayat collector issued the public notice for eviction while overriding their powers
According to the sarpanches of five villages in Majri block of Mohali, the land is owned by the villagers since before the Independence and had been further resold several times. (Representative image)
According to the sarpanches of five villages in Majri block of Mohali, the land is owned by the villagers since before the Independence and had been further resold several times. (Representative image)
Published on May 23, 2022 12:51 AM IST
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Come June 1, non-registration of pet dogs in Mohali to invite 1,000 fine

While there are an estimated 20,000 pet dogs in Mohali, only 78 people have gotten them registered since the process began on November 16, 2021.
The one-time pet registration fee in Mohali is <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>100 and an annual fee of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>100 has also to be paid thereafter. (HT Photo)
The one-time pet registration fee in Mohali is 100 and an annual fee of 100 has also to be paid thereafter. (HT Photo)
Published on May 22, 2022 01:54 AM IST
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Dera Bassi pharma firm fined 5 lakh for violating Water Act

During an inspection, a PPCB team had found multiple violations of the Water Act at the plant of Nectar Life Sciences in Saidpura, Dera Bassi
A PPCB team found various violations in respect of effluent management and discharge at the plant of Nectar Life Sciences in Saidpura, Dera Bassi, in March. (HT Photo)
A PPCB team found various violations in respect of effluent management and discharge at the plant of Nectar Life Sciences in Saidpura, Dera Bassi, in March. (HT Photo)
Published on May 20, 2022 03:28 AM IST
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25-crore cut imposed in Mohali MC budget

Against Mohali MC’s proposed 161-crore budget for financial year 2022-23, the Punjab local bodies department has approved only 136 crore, while imposing a cut of 25 crore
Even for 2021-22, the local bodies department had slashed Mohali MC’s budget by <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>31 crore. Against the proposed <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>148 crore, it had approved only <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>117 crore. (HT Photo)
Even for 2021-22, the local bodies department had slashed Mohali MC’s budget by 31 crore. Against the proposed 148 crore, it had approved only 117 crore. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2022 02:35 AM IST
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Farmer leaders meet Punjab CM over new paddy sowing schedule

Security tightened on Mohali-Chandigarh border to prevent farmer unions from marching into state capital to oppose Punjab govt’s decision delaying sowing amid power and water shortage
Punjab farmers want to carry out paddy transplantation from June 10 instead of June 18. They also want the fee charged for increasing the power load to be decreased by the Bhagwant Mann-led AAP government. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Punjab farmers want to carry out paddy transplantation from June 10 instead of June 18. They also want the fee charged for increasing the power load to be decreased by the Bhagwant Mann-led AAP government. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Published on May 17, 2022 11:53 AM IST
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Punjab revenue officials threaten protest over ambiguity on NOC issuance

Six days after the naib tehsildar-cum-joint sub-registrar of Zirakpur was suspended and an inquiry started against two sub registrars of Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur, Punjab revenue officers association came out against the state government and threatened protest, citing ambiguity in instructions on issuing no-objection certificates (NOCs) for land registration
In a representation to the Punjab government on Monday, the association stated that there are a lot of contradictory instructions, which create hassles for the revenue officers as well as the common man (HT File)
In a representation to the Punjab government on Monday, the association stated that there are a lot of contradictory instructions, which create hassles for the revenue officers as well as the common man (HT File)
Published on May 17, 2022 01:35 AM IST
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GMADA starts widening 6km stretch on Airport Road

At present, the stretch from Chatt village to Sector 82 railway bridge on Airport Road has two 33-ft wide carriageways, which will be increased to a width of 44-ft each. GMADA has given the contract of the project to AK Builders at a cost 26 crore.
The stretch from Chatt village to Sector 82 railway bridge will be widened to 44-ft from the existing 33-ft. (HT Photo)
The stretch from Chatt village to Sector 82 railway bridge will be widened to 44-ft from the existing 33-ft. (HT Photo)
Published on May 16, 2022 02:03 AM IST
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Mohali real estate sector bounces back from pandemic slump

With virus abating and home loan interests at lowest in nearly two decades, the demand for both commercial and residential properties in Mohali is going up
Peripheral areas of Mohali such as Zirakpur, Kharar, and New Chandigarh have emerged as the tricity’s new property hub. (HT Photo)
Peripheral areas of Mohali such as Zirakpur, Kharar, and New Chandigarh have emerged as the tricity’s new property hub. (HT Photo)
Published on May 16, 2022 01:49 AM IST
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72 hours later, Punjab police still clueless about Mohali blast attackers’ identity

Punjab Police is working in close coordination with teams of the Army Intelligence and NIA experts, who have already visited the site of the Mohali blast
72 hours later, Punjab police still clueless about Mohali blast attackers’ identity (ANI)
72 hours later, Punjab police still clueless about Mohali blast attackers’ identity (ANI)
Updated on May 13, 2022 12:48 AM IST
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