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Karam Prakash is a Patiala-based senior correspondent covering several districts of Malwa region of Punjab. He writes on various domains, including health, agriculture, power and education.

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Patiala GMC student commits suicide, health minister to form probe panel

According to superintendent of police Sarfraz Alam, friends of the deceased informed that she had some stress-related issues owing to her study. No suicide note was found.

Hailing from Chennai in Tamil Nadu, the deceased was pursuing a postgraduation programme in the anaesthesia department.
Updated on Jul 21, 2024 07:44 AM IST
By, Patiala

Removal of barricades at Shambhu border: Haryana govt not following HC orders, liable of contempt: Farmers

The high court, in its July 10 order, had directed the Haryana government to open the Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border within a week on an ‘experimental basis.’

The border between Punjab and Haryana has been heavily barricaded and closed since February 13 when various farmer organisations from Punjab began moving towards Delhi in support of various demands, including a legal guarantee to minimum support price for crops.
Updated on Jul 20, 2024 09:32 AM IST
By, Shambhu

Water samples from Patiala’s Jhill area fail lab test

The Jhill area reported the diarrhoea outbreak last week when 34 persons fell ill and a migrant worker died.

Health staff distribute ORS packets and chlorine tablets among residents in Jhill area of Patiala city. (HT photo)
Updated on Jul 19, 2024 06:54 AM IST
By, Patiala

{Diarrhoea outbreak} All water samples in Patran ward fail test

High bacteria content in water samples from Patran renders it unfit for human consumption, causing diarrhoea outbreak. Authorities taking steps to address the issue.

{Diarrhoea outbreak} All water samples in Patran ward fail test
Updated on Jul 17, 2024 10:02 PM IST

31 diarrhoea cases in Patiala, 1 dead

In Patran that saw such an outbreak on Sunday, 18 fresh cases have surfaced, taking the number of diarrhoea cases to 50.

Health staff during a door-to-door screening in Jhill area of Patiala district on Monday. (HT photo)
Updated on Jul 16, 2024 07:26 AM IST
By, Patiala

Diarrhoea outbreak at Patiala’s Patran block, 32 taken ill

Patiala civil surgeon Dr Sanjay Goyal says health teams have already started door-to-door surveys in the affected area to identify cases and immediately shift them to the nearest medical facility.

A patient under treatment in the community health centre of Patran, Patiala, on Sunday. (HT photo)
Published on Jul 14, 2024 10:36 PM IST
By, Patiala

After 3 rounds of counselling, 40% seats in Punjab’s Schools of Eminence vacant

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Punjab, last year, had launched the Schools of Eminence programme whereby certain government schools were upgraded with better infrastructure to provide holistic education to students of Class 9 to 12, especially those coming from humble backgrounds

Schools of Eminence were made to prepare students from humble backgrounds for competitive exams, apart from Class 10 & 12 boards. (HT File)
Updated on Jul 14, 2024 05:50 AM IST
By, Patiala

No plans to hold PCS exam as of now: Punjab Public Service Commission

Appointments for Group A posts, including sub-divisional magistrate, deputy superintendent of police, tehsildar, food supply and consumer affairs officer, block development and panchayat officer, deputy superintendent of jails etc, are made through this exam.

The last PCS exam was conducted in 2020 for 75 posts. (HT File)
Updated on Jul 13, 2024 06:36 AM IST
By, Patiala

Paper leak allegations baseless: PPSC

An internal inquiry has been conducted. The commission is also ready for any other independent probe, says PPSC chairman Jatinder Aulakh.

Punjab Public Service Commission’s ) chairman Jatinder Aulakh addresses mediapersons in Patiala on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 12, 2024 08:50 AM IST
By, Patiala

Protesters at Shambhu border welcome Punjab and Haryana HC order, to resume ‘Delhi Chalo’ march

Punjab and Haryana High Court directs Haryana Police to lift barricade at Shambhu border, debunking BJP narrative. Farmers to continue march to Delhi for demands.

The barricaded Haryana border at Shambhu.
Updated on Jul 11, 2024 08:24 AM IST
By, Patiala

State logs 22% deficit in monsoon

Punjab had received 46% less rainfall than normal in June which happened to be the first month of the monsoon season.

Commuters making their way through the monsoon rain in Amritsar, India, on Wednesday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Jul 11, 2024 08:22 AM IST
By, Patiala

Farmers at Shambhu welcome HC order to Haryana, will resume Delhi Chalo march

Say ruling debunks narrative that farmers had been blocking highway when it was Haryana Police that put up barricades to prevent them from proceeding on Delhi Chalo march in February.

Members of the Punjab farmer unions, who have been sitting at the Shambhu and Khanauri borders with Haryana, since February 13 announced that they will now continue with their march to Delhi to press for their demands. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 03:09 PM IST

Punjab may have to wait till ’26 for new government medical college

Work to upgrade Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala civil hospitals pending, govt won’t be able to apply for new colleges for next session

Doctors said some of the causes are changes in a working woman’s lifestyle, stress, high blood pressure and diabetes. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 09, 2024 08:54 AM IST
By, Patiala

Fearing floods, Patiala farmers sow extra paddy seeds

Patiala farmers sow extra paddy seeds to grow saplings in case of floods, remembering last year's struggles. Transplantation nearing completion for higher yield.

Farmers work in a field in Patiala district.
Updated on Jul 07, 2024 10:42 PM IST
By, Patiala

Patiala:Memories of ’23 floods fresh, residents seek high ground

Residents in many areas have moved their valuables and furniture to rooftops, while some have constructed walls to keep flood water at bay

Wrapped under tarpaulin, belongings placed on the roof of a house in Patiala on Saturday. (HT)
Updated on Jul 07, 2024 07:00 AM IST
By, Patiala

Rajindra hospital gets new medical superintendent

Dr Girish Sahni appointed as new head of Government Rajindra Hospital amid controversy over medicine shortages. Director principal resigns citing health issues.

The Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala.
Updated on Jul 05, 2024 08:32 AM IST
By, Patiala

Sangrur farmers up in arms against plan to set up cement plant

The case is sub judice in the Supreme Court. Villagers have highlight “anomalies” in the issuance of ‘change of land use’ certificate to the company.

The site in Deh Kalan village of Sangrur where the cement plant has to come up.
Updated on Jul 05, 2024 07:32 AM IST
By, Sangrur:

Monsoon arrives but Patiala drains, rivulets await desilting

Despite the entire state being covered by the southwest monsoon, desilting of rain rivulets and drains in Patiala district remains incomplete, posing a risk of flooding.

Rajinder Ghai, superintending engineer (drainage), says the weed from the Badi Nadi will be removed in a day or two.
Updated on Jul 04, 2024 09:20 AM IST
By, Patiala

Documents seized from Sangrur civil surgeon’s office as PMJAY scam probe starts

Knee replacement beneficiaries are being verified in Sangrur. It is also being ascertained if they were made to pay for it.

Punjab Vigilance Bureau members at the civil surgeon’s office in Sangrur on Monday.
Updated on Jul 02, 2024 05:42 AM IST
By, Sangrur

Mandaviya reviews NIS infra, takes stock of Olympic preparations

Talking to athletes enrolled in the National Centre of Excellence here and some prominent coaches, the Union sports minister seeks suggestions on reducing the drop-out rates from competitive sports.

Union sports minister Mansukh Mandaviya interacts with players at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala on Saturday.
Published on Jun 29, 2024 10:05 PM IST
By, Patiala

No minimum wage revision in Punjab since 2012

Punjab labor dept. delays minimum wage revision since 2012, causing financial losses to workers. Board recommends raising monthly wages to ₹26,000.

The minimum monthly wage amounts to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10,736 for an unskilled worker in Punjab.
Updated on Jun 29, 2024 06:00 AM IST
By, Patiala

Man, son among 3 dead as land dispute triggers clash in Patiala

The incident occurred around 7.30 am on Wednesday when Dilbagh and Jaswinder raised objection to the ploughing of two acres of land by Satwinder Singh.

Police officials at the crime scene at Chattar Nagar village in Patiala district on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 27, 2024 09:02 AM IST
By, Patiala

Sambhu stir: Ready for talks with Centre if invited, say farm leaders

Farmers protesting at Shambhu border in Patiala district of Punjab on Tuesday said they are ready to restart talks with the Union government over various demands, even though they are yet to get any fresh formal invitation from officials concerned to resolve the ongoing deadlock

Farmers protesting at Shambhu border in Patiala district of Punjab on Tuesday said they are ready to restart talks with the Union government over various demands, even though they are yet to get any fresh formal invitation from officials concerned to resolve the ongoing deadlock.
Updated on Jun 26, 2024 07:44 AM IST

Farmers say ready to restart talks with Centre

Farmers protesting at Shambhu border in Patiala district of Punjab on Tuesday said they are ready to restart talks with the Union government over various demands, even though they are yet to get any fresh formal invitation from concerned officials to resolve the ongoing deadlock.

Farmers say ready to restart talks with Centre
Updated on Jun 26, 2024 06:32 AM IST
By, Patiala

A day after ruckus at Shambhu, farmers raise vigil at protest site

Fearing that unscrupulous elements would try to disrupt their stir, farmer unions have requested the Patiala police to enhance security at the protest site.

Unruly scenes were witnessed at the Shambhu border on Sunday when some traders from Ambala, led by Wholesale Cloth Merchants’ Association chief Vishal Batra, reached the protest site asking farmer unions to vacate the highway, following which both the groups entered into heated arguments.
Updated on Jun 25, 2024 05:02 AM IST

Farmers accuse BJP supporters of trying to disrupt stir, creating ruckus at Shambhu site

Ambala Wholesale Cloth Merchants’ Association chief Vishal Batra said they had accompanied some locals living and working around Shambhu to the protest site to meet the unions and resolve the matter. However, an argument took place and association members left immediately, he added.

Commotion witnessed at the Shambhu protest site on Sunday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2024 05:28 AM IST
By, , Patiala/ambala

Patiala woman dies after delivery in nursing home, probe ordered

Dr Hatinder Kaur, director, Punjab health department, says the Patiala civil surgeon has been asked to submit a preliminary report within 48 hours.

The deceased’s family has blamed the nursing home in Patiala for “negligence”.
Updated on Jun 23, 2024 08:22 AM IST
By, Patiala

Punjab: Relief from sizzling heat, day temp dips by 6 notches

Sporadic rainfall at many places in Punjab on Wednesday brought respite from searing heat as the average maximum temperature on Thursday dropped by 6 notches at many places

Sporadic rainfall at many places in Punjab on Wednesday brought respite from searing heat as the average maximum temperature on Thursday dropped by 6 notches at many places.
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 08:36 AM IST

At 16,078 MW, power demand goes past capacity, a unit of Talwandi Sabo plant shuts

Punjab faces power crisis as heatwave and paddy transplantation drive demand beyond capacity, leading to power cuts and increased purchases from exchanges.

The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has a capacity of 16,000 megawatts.
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 06:46 AM IST
By, Patiala

Facing inconvenience, villagers ask farmers to vacate highway at Shambhu barrier

Residents near Shambhu barrier request protesting farmer unions to clear highway for daily activities dependent on Ambala city, citing upcoming monsoon concerns.

Farmers have been staging a sit-in at the Shambhu barrier since February 13 this year as they are not being allowed to move to Delhi for protest in support of their several demands, including minimum support price for crops.
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 05:08 AM IST
By, Patiala
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