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Navrajdeep Singh is a senior staff correspondent. He covers agriculture, crime, local bodies, health and education in the Patiala district of Punjab.

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Punjab LS polls: Former Congress MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee joins SAD

Minutes after the joining, Sukhbir announced that Kaypee, a former PPCC chief, would be the SAD candidate from the Jalandhar reserved Lok Sabha constituency.

Former Congress MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee with Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal in Jalandhar on Monday. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 22, 2024 05:11 PM IST

Punjab LS polls: SAD names Kaypee from Jalandhar, Harsimrat from Bathinda

Nardev Singh Bobby Mann to contest from Ferozepur, Ranjit Singh Dhillon from Ludhiana, Sohan Singh Thandal from Hoshiarpur and Hardeep Singh Saini from Chandigarh; Khadoor Sahib candidate to be announced soon

Former Congress MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee (wearing siropa) after being welcomed into the Shiromani Akali Dal by its president Sukhbir Singh Badal in Jalandhar on Monday. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 22, 2024 04:37 PM IST

Jolt to Congress in Punjab: Karamjit Kaur, wife of late MP Santokh Chaudhary, joins BJP

Tajinder Singh Bittu, the AICC secretary in-charge of Himachal Pradesh and aide of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi, also inducted into BJP

Karamjit Kaur Chaudhary, the wife of two-time Congress MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary, being welcomed into the BJP in New Delhi on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 20, 2024 02:16 PM IST

Bank fraud case: ED attaches shares worth 81cr owned by Ludhiana textile firm

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday provisionally attached moveable assets in the form of shares worth ₹81.03 crore owned by Ludhiana-based SEL Textiles Limited in a bank fraud case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday provisionally attached moveable assets in the form of shares worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>81.03 crore owned by Ludhiana-based SEL Textiles Limited in a bank fraud case.
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 08:24 AM IST

1.37-cr paddy embezzlement: Kapurthala police yet to register FIR against rice mill owner

During physical verification of stock at Shiv Shakti Rice Mills in Kapurthala, Punsup found 14, 706 bags of paddy missing

Even as Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (PUNSUP) submitted a report pertaining to embezzlement of paddy worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.37 crore, Kapurthala police are yet to register a first information report (FIR) against a Kapurthala-based rice miller, who was accused of misappropriating 5,514 quintals of paddy.
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 07:58 AM IST

PCS officer Gurleen bags AIR 30 in UPSC 2023

Gurleen, however, reveals that achieving the feat wasn’t a cakewalk. While she had cleared the UPSC mains in 2019, she failed to make it through the interview round. But not one to give up, she appeared for the Punjab Civil Services (PCS) exam in 2021 and secured the 9th position in the state.

Gurleen is currently posted as the chief minister’s field officer in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 08:16 AM IST
By, Nawashahar

Ticket to ex-CM Channi from Jalandhar: Miffed Phillaur Congress MLA says will clear stance soon

MLA Vikramjit SIngh Chaudhary had also resigned from the post of party’s chief whip in Punjab Vidhan Sabha last week and was lobbying intensely for a ticket from Jalandhar

Vikramjit said he will speak only after discussing it with his family in the coming days. (HT file)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 08:52 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Ex-Akali MLA Pawan Tinu joins AAP, likely to be fielded from Jalandhar

Two-time MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu said he decided to join AAP unconditionally only after looking at its performance in the past two years in Punjab

Pawan Kumar Tinu being welcomed by chief minister Bhagwant Mann after joining AAP in Chandigarh on Sunday. (HT)
Updated on Apr 15, 2024 08:04 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Not right to comment when I have no knowledge of the case: Seechewal on Kejriwal’s arrest

“It is not right to say or comment anything when I have no knowledge of the case in which Kejriwal has been arrested,” said Seechewal, adding that he would go and meet Kejriwal’s wife once his health improves.

A day after three Rajya Sabha members from Punjab met Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s family, another Rajya Sabha MP and noted environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal said he was to accompany his colleagues for meeting Kejriwal’s wife Sunita Kejriwal on Thursday but due to ill-health he postponed his visit. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 07:30 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Charanjit Channi, Vikramjit Chaudhary locked in tug of war for Congress’ Jalandhar ticket

The Congress is yet to name nominees for any of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab; on Thursday, Channi, who is being considered the top contenders for the ticket, visited a local mosque in Jalandhar and offered Eid prayers with the Muslim community.

While Charanjit Channi (left) is trying to generate goodwill on the ground, Vikramjit Chaudhary is camping in New Delhi in the hope of meeting senior leaders and securing the Jalandhar Congress ticket. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 06:44 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Week on, no headway in former Khalistani militant’s murder case

A week after former chief of militant outfit Bhindranwale Tiger Force of Khalistan (BTFK) Rattandeep Singh (49) was shot dead, the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar police have failed to make any arrest in the case

A week after former chief of militant outfit Bhindranwale Tiger Force of Khalistan (BTFK) Rattandeep Singh (49) was shot dead, the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar police have failed to make any arrest in the case.
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 08:26 AM IST

Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat: ‘Ignored’ by Congress, Phillaur MLA Vikramjit quits as party’s chief whip

Former CM Channi is among the top contenders for the Congress ticket from the Dalit-dominant Jalandhar Parliamentary segment. Channi has been camping in the city for the past few weeks attending various social events

Phillaur MLA Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary has resigned as the chief whip of the party in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 07:30 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Punjab: Former Khalistani militant Rattandeep Singh shot dead in Balachaur

Two motorcycle-borne assailants open fire on former chief of Bhindranwale Tiger Force of Khalistan at Balachaur in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar

Rattandeep Singh, 49, a former chief of militant outfit Bhindranwale Tiger Force of Khalistan (BTFK), was shot dead at Balachaur in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar early on Thursday. (HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 03:43 PM IST

Minister Balkar Singh among frontrunners for AAP ticket from Jalandhar

On March 14, AAP announced the name of sitting MP Sushil Kumar Rinku as its candidate from Jalandhar. However, Rinku quit the party on March 27 and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has also fielded him from the same constituency.

Local bodies minister Balkar Singh, who is an MLA from Kartarpur Sahib.
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 08:52 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Former CM Charanjit Channi’s presence in Jalandhar constituency upsets Chaudhary family

Two-time MP late Santokh Singh Chaudhary’s son and Phillaur MLA Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary dubs Channi, who has been camping in Jalandhar, an ‘outsider’

Phillaur MLA Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 09:00 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Lok Sabha polls: Jolt to AAP as its lone Lok Sabha MP in Punjab switches to BJP

AAP suffered a setback as its MP Sushil Kumar Rinku and MLA Sheetal Angural from Jalandhar quit and joined BJP, citing development issues and dissatisfaction.

Sushil Kumar Rinku (second from right) and Sheetal Angural (second from left) joined the BJP on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 03:01 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

ED raids Punjab excise commissioner, Ferozepur DC in 137-cr guava scam

ED took cognisance of May 2023 Punjab Vigilance Bureau FIR pertaining to embezzlement of ₹137 crore released as compensation for guava orchards on land acquired by the GMADA

ED officials picking up torn documents outside Punjab excise and taxation commissioner Varun Roojam's residence in Sector 20 Chandigarh on Wednesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 05:24 AM IST
By, , Jalandhar/mohali

Sitting AAP MP Sushil Kumar Rinku, Jalandhar MLA Sheetal Angural join BJP

Rinku was upset with the AAP leadership for not fulfilling promises made during the Jalandhar by-election which he won by 58,691 votes

Rinku is the lone AAP MP in Lok Sabha. (ANI screengrab)
Published on Mar 27, 2024 05:10 PM IST

ED raids Punjab excise commissioner, Ferozepur DC in 137-cr guava orchard scam

Raids underway at residences of Punjab excise commissioner Varun Roojam and Ferozepur DC Rajesh Dhiman; ED took cognizance of May 2023 Punjab Vigilance Bureau FIR pertaining to embezzlement of ₹137 crore released as compensation for guava orchards on land acquired by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority

Photo journalists outside the house of Punjab excise and taxation commissioner Varun Roojam while the Enforcement Directorate raid was on in Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 02:27 PM IST

I stand by my views, AAP-Cong alliance beneficial for both parties: MP Rinku

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s lone Member of Parliament Sushil Kumar Rinku said that if an alliance between both parties could happen in other parts of the country, why can’t it be materialised in Punjab.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s lone Member of Parliament Sushil Kumar Rinku, who is under fire for his statements pertaining to AAP-Congress alliance, on Thursday maintained that he still believes and is in favour of the tie-up for the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 22, 2024 08:56 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Bhagwant Mann meets party leaders in Jalandhar, gathers ground-level feedback

Bhagwant Mann held a closed-door meeting with sitting AAP MP Sushil Kumar Rinku, who will contest from Jalandhar again

Bhagwant Mann camped in Jalandhar for two days. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 09:34 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

ED attaches properties worth 4.58 cr of former Punjab forest minister Dharamsot

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has provisionally attached properties to the tune of ₹4.58 crore of former minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, one of the accused in the forest scam during Congress regime from 2017-2022 under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act

Former Punjab forest minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot.
Updated on Mar 15, 2024 06:54 AM IST

5 Punjab youths stuck in Russia; kin ask govt to ensure their safety

Stuck youths alleged in a video that they were forced by the police to join the Russian army or face 10-year imprisonment

The seven Indians have been identified as Gurpreet Singh, 23, Gagandeep Singh, 24, Lovepreet Singh, 24, Narain Singh, 22, Gurpreet Singh, 21, Harsh Kumar, 20, and Abhishek Kumar, 21. While five workers are said to be from Punjab, the other two are from Haryana. (Sourced)
Updated on Mar 07, 2024 06:36 AM IST
ByNavrajdeep Singh/Surjit Singh, Jalandhar/amritsar

Row erupts over cabinet minister Balkar’s son’s appointment at Punjab Technical University

The Punjab Technical University appointed Shishobitveer, 27, as a manager on a contract basis for six months on a consolidated salary of ₹50,000 on October 10 last year.

Punjab Technical University. (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 03, 2024 07:16 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

Adampur airport launch delayed, flights to stay grounded on March 2

Resumption of flights from Adampur airport was one of the key promises made by all the political parties, including the victorious Aam Aadmi Party in Jalandhar lok Sabha by-elections as it caters to the needs of international students and NRIs in the region.

The much awaited relaunch of flight operations from the Adampur Civil Airport, which was to take place on March 2, has been postponed “for a few days.” (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 11:40 PM IST
By, Jalandhar

CBI FIR reveals nexus between Jalandhar passport officers, agents

CBI FIR also brings to fore shoddy corrupt practices being adopted by top officials to siphon money from gullible applicants

CBI conducted a raid at the passport office and arrested regional passport officer and two assistant passport officers. (HT File)
Published on Feb 28, 2024 12:57 PM IST
By, Jalandhar

Day after driverless train run, railways suspends six employees

Divisional railway manager, Ferozepur, Sanjay Sahoo says high-level committee set up by rail board in Kathua to probe incident

The freight train, which rolled out of Kathua on Sunday afternoon, was brought to a stop near Uchchi Basti in Mukerian on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 03:44 PM IST

Sultanpur Lodhi gurdwara clash: 3 months on, slain home guard’s kin still await ex-gratia

After the death of the constable – Jaspal Singh, 50, of Kapurthala’s Maniala village – the Punjab chief minister had announced ₹2 crore financial assistance for his family, of which ₹1 crore was to be given as ex-gratia by the government and the remainder would be paid by the insurance company.

Three months after a home guard was killed in a violent clash between the Punjab Police and Nihang Sikhs over control of Gurdwara Akal Bunga in Kapurthala’s Sultanpur Lodhi, his family are yet to receive the ex-gratia amount. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 08:58 AM IST
By, Kapurthala

CBI arrests Jalandhar regional passport officer, 2 APOs for graft

The accused have been identified as RPO Anup Singh and two APOs Hari Om and Sanjay Srivastav. During the raids, the CBI recovered ₹20 lakh.

Officials said the accused were working in connivance with the travel agents allegedly involved in human trafficking. (HT photo)
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 07:58 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

BKU (Ugrahan), SKM rally behind protesters after police action at Punjab and Haryana border

Prominent farmer organizations in Haryana, including Bharti Kisan Union (Ugrahan) and Samyukta Kisan Morcha, are holding protests against police action on farmers. They aim to mount pressure on the BJP government ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The organizations are condemning the use of tear gas shells and rubber bullets by Haryana security personnel on protesting farmers. They plan to hold protests on rail tracks and toll plazas in the state.

A protester throw the tear gas shell back during the protest at the Shambu Border of Punjab and Haryana border on Wednesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 08:06 AM IST
By, , Chandigarh/jalandhar
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