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Nikhil Sharma is a staff reporter who covers Faridkot district in the Mansa region of Punjab.

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4,500 votes deleted in Mohali: 2023 survey

Mohali district falls under both Anandpur Sahib and Patiala parliamentary constituencies. The voters from Mohali and Kharar will vote for the next Anandpur Sahib MP, while those from Dera Bassi, including Zirakpur, will choose the next MP from Patiala

In the 2024 Lok Sabha election, the number of voters in Mohali has already scaled up to 7.93 lakh till March 31. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 05:40 AM IST
By, Mohali

Mullanpur PCA expands parking, takes 18 acre on lease

A senior PCA official, on the condition of anonymity, said that the parking area has been increased to almost 40 % by taking nearly 18 acre of land on lease from the farmers; now the parking area is spread over 40 acre of land

Punjab Kings will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second IPL match to be played at the Mullanpur stadium on Tuesday. (HT)
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 05:38 AM IST
ByNikhil Sharma/Shalini Gupta, Mohali

Kharar shocker: Murder motive unclear, couple started dating two years ago, say police

Sources said that both of them recently developed a few disagreements in their relationship which suspectedly provoked the accused who murdered his lover in a fit of rage

Identified as Anas Qureshi, a native of Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, the accused remains critical at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh. (HT)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 09:00 AM IST
By, Mohali

Mohali court orders FIR against woman inspector for seeking graft

Palak Dev, 34, of Panchkula, filed a petition against the Punjab DGP and inspector Amanjot Kaur, accusing her of seeking graft and sought directions to register an FIR against the cop under the Prevention of Corruption Act

“The copy of order is being sent to DGP as the complainant had failed to get justice despite filing a complaint before the vigilance authorities and also on the CM’s helpline,” the Mohali court observed. (Stock photo)
Updated on Apr 07, 2024 05:08 AM IST
By, Mohali

Amid rising fatalities, Mohali’s traffic cop crunch pushes road safety to back seat

Mohali’s woefully low number of traffic cops translated into just 461 drunk driving challans in 2023, compared to the mammoth 3,143 challans in Chandigarh in the same year, despite the traffic violation’s role in contributing to numerous road mishaps and fatalities

Drunk drivers go unchecked in Mohali with just 120 traffic cops managing a district spread across 1,098 square km. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 09:32 AM IST
By, Mohali

Nakas at 9 critical points in Mohali to be web streamed: Admn

Mohali deputy commissioner (DC) Aashika Jain said out of all nakas to be laid in the district, nine critical points had been identified where special nakas, with cameras, will be laid to keep an eye on inter-state smuggling of liquor, cash and freebies

In all, Mohali police have laid 48 nakas, including 26 jointly with the excise department. (HT file photo for representation)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 09:04 AM IST
By, Mohali

Two more inter-state arms smugglers land in Mohali police net

As per Mohali police, the accused were identified as Lovepreet Singh, 30, alias Love, and Jaswant Singh, 35, both residents of Lehra village in Ludhiana; they were arrested on Sunday

Both the accused were nabbed from their village in Ludhiana following the disclosure of the four accused arrested previously on Saturday. (Getty image)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 09:30 AM IST
By, Mohali

Mohali cops booked for assaulting warrant officer

The case has been registered against multiple cops, including a sub-inspector, deployed at the station at the time of the incident; officials familiar with the case said two cops had also been suspended

Acting on an e-mail received by one Dharmender Singh on March 8, alleging illegal detention of his six family members by Punjab Police, the high court had appointed Manoj Kashyap as warrant officer on March 20. (Getty image)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 09:32 AM IST
By, Mohali

Mohali: Interstate arms smuggling racket busted, four nabbed

The accused were identified as Gurmanjot Singh of Chakkar, Kuldeep Singh alias Manak of Lehra village, Sukhchain Singh of Moom village in Barnala and Sandeep Singh of Bhaini Gujran village, all in Ludhiana

The accused who were returning to Punjab from MP, after collecting the weapons, in a white Swift Dzire car, were nabbed by the SSOC team. (Stock photo)
Updated on Apr 01, 2024 07:14 AM IST
By, Mohali

Ex-SP gets 10-year RI for abduction, disappearance

Victim’s wife claimed that her husband, who was picked by cops in 1992, was killed in custody and his body was cremated as unclaimed

Ex-SP gets 10-year RI for abduction, disappearance
Updated on Mar 31, 2024 08:18 AM IST

Chandigarh loss is Mohali’s gain:All 299 booze vends sold in one go

While Chandigarh’s liquor vends are still awaiting takers three days before FY 2024-25 kicks in, Mohali’s excise dept is toasting to success with 12.5% higher revenue pour

Despite two rounds of auctions in March, the Chandigarh excise and taxation department has been able to allot only 60 of the total 97 vends under its 2024-25 Excise Policy. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 09:36 AM IST
By, Mohali

Babbar Khalsa International terrorist Khanpuria among four awarded life imprisonment in 2019 case by NIA court

The court has imposed a fine of ₹3.75 lakh on Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist Kulwinderjit Singh alias Khanpuria and ₹3 lakh on Harcharan. Ravinderpal and Jagdev have been fined ₹3.10 lakh each.

The court has imposed a fine of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3.75 lakh on Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist Kulwinderjit Singh alias Khanpuria and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3 lakh on Harcharan. Ravinderpal and Jagdev have been fined <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3.10 lakh each.
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 06:44 AM IST
By, Mohali

Punjab: 3 FCI officials, mill owner get 3-year RI for supplying substandard rice

Special CBI court in Mohali on Wednesday sent the three Food Corporation of India (FCI) officials from Bathinda and a mill owner to three years’ rigorous imprisonment besides fine of ₹1 lakh each for accepting and supplying poor quality rice

A special CBI court in Mohali on Wednesday sent three Food Corporation of India (FCI) officials from Bathinda and a mill owner to three years’ rigorous imprisonment and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 lakh fine each for accepting and supplying poor quality rice. (Representational photo)
Published on Mar 28, 2024 03:16 PM IST

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

Eyeing BJP ticket from Patiala, Preneet kicks off campaign in Dera Bassi

The voters from Mohali and Kharar will vote for the next Anandpur Sahib MP, while those from Dera Bassi, including Zirakpur, will choose the next MP from Patiala

BJP leader Preneet Kaur during a meeting with party leaders and workers in Dera Bassi on Sunday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 25, 2024 07:40 AM IST
By, Mohali

Tasked with targeted killings, 2 sons of Punjab cops held by SSOC, Mohali

Had sustained bullet injury in an encounter on March 10; arrested on Friday after hospital discharge; were operating at behest of foreign-based handler, says SSOC, Mohali

The accused were presented in court on Saturday and sent to four-day police custody. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 24, 2024 07:54 AM IST
By, Mohali

Transgender state icon to help drive voter participation in Mohali

Talking to HT, Sumedha said, “Around 100 people have transgender certificates in Mohali, but only 36 have registered as voters.”

A software engineer and former student of Panjab University, Sumedha will work with the local administration to motivate people of the transgender community to exercise their franchise. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 22, 2024 09:26 AM IST
By, Mohali

PMLA court summons Jaswant Gajjanmajra in 40-cr bank fraud case

ED had on November 6, 2023, arrested Jaswant Gajjanmajra for alleged money laundering. Booked under section 19 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act

A PMLA court summoned AAP MLA Jaswant Gajjanmajra in the <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>40-cr bank fraud case. (HT Fitle)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 09:36 AM IST
By, Mohali

Mohali admn banks on inaugural IPL match at Mullanpur stadium to bowl over voters

Mohali administration has also roped in Bollywood actor and Punjab Kings co-owner Preity Zinta and India cricketer Shikhar Dhawan for video messages, appealing to the voters for exercising their franchise

Punjab Kings will take on Delhi Capitals in the second match of IPL 2024 on March 23 at the Mullanpur Stadium in Mohali. (HT File)
Published on Mar 20, 2024 06:20 AM IST
By, Mohali

152 vulnerable polling stations identified in Mohali

Mohali district, which falls under both Anandpur Sahib and Patiala parliamentary constituencies, has 7,90,499 voters, including 3,76,6187 females

The Mohali administration is also working on setting up one pink booth in each assembly constituency in the district to encourage women voters. (HT)
Published on Mar 20, 2024 06:20 AM IST
By, Mohali

With over 7.9 L registered so far, Mohali sees uptick in voters

The number of voters in 2014 Lok Sabha elections stood at 6.9 lakh; for 2024 polls, the voters include 4,14,379 males, 3,76,298 females and 36 from the transgender community

While 2,74,085 voters in Kharar and 2,28,025 in Mohali city will vote to choose Sri Anandpur Sahib MP, 2,88,603 voters in Dera Bassi will contribute to seal the fate of Patiala MP. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 19, 2024 07:48 AM IST
By, Mohali

Hit by losses, Mohali MC calls advertisement tenders for fifth time

After four failed attempts to draw bidders for the ₹ 31-crore advertisement tender in the past one year, MC in its fifth attempt has now divided the city in four zones and has invited separate tenders for each zone

Mohali MC commissioner Navjot Kaur said MC floated advertisement tender four times, but did not get any bidders. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 18, 2024 06:38 AM IST
By, Mohali

Ahead of inaugural IPL match, VIP route to Mullanpur stadium dolled up, but other access roads in tatters

With the state government keeping a close eye on the development in and around the stadium and work still in progress on the crucial PR4 road in the periphery, Mohali administration is racing against time to ready the infrastructure as the high-voltage match between Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals at the newly built stadium is just a week away.

While GMADA has readied the 1,500-metre stretch from Togan village till the cricket stadium in Mullanpur for smooth movement of VVIPs and players, other roads are lying neglected. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Published on Mar 17, 2024 05:55 AM IST
By, Mohali

Money Laundering Act: Mohali court issues arrest warrants against former minister Dharamsot

A special court in Mohali on Friday issued arrest warrants against former Punjab minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act for March 28

Money Laundering Act: Mohali court issues arrest warrants against former minister Dharamsot
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 09:02 AM IST

Mohali: GMADA largest property tax defaulter

Notably, property tax is one of the key sources of income for MC which is struggling with a major financial crunch at present

According to the officials, GMADA cleared an outstanding tax of over <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>6 crore last year. (HT)
Updated on Mar 11, 2024 08:10 AM IST
By, Mohali

3 behind Dera Bassi woman’s killing held after encounter

The woman had been shot dead on February 12 when she was sitting outside her house; the accused, Naresh Kumar, 46, of Jind, Akshay, 25, of Balmiki Mohalla, Shastri Nagar, Hisar, and Sunil Kumar, 27, of Azad Nagar, Hisar, have been hospitalised.

DSP Gursher Singh Sandhu and Inspector Shiv Kumar at the encounter spot in Majri, Mohali. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 10, 2024 08:32 AM IST
By, Mohali

SHG weaves its own destiny, one phulkari at a time

It is said when the going gets tough, the tough get going. It was this indomitable will that transformed a struggling Jaswinder Kaur into an inspirational woman, one who has managed not only to haul herself by her own bootstraps, but has also empowered other women around her.

Their business was further bolstered after they got an opportunity to install stalls at Mohali and Amritsar airports for 15 days last year. The group earned around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>8 lakh by selling Phulkaris ranging from <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>500 to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4,000. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 08, 2024 09:38 AM IST
By, Mohali

Luxury car racket: Kharar SDM’s clerk lands in police net

Handesra police are pursuing a thorough probe into the potential involvement of other government officials, besides banks and insurance companies, for causing loss to government exchequer

Sarabjit Singh is the fifth accused to be arrested in the case, said Handesra police. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Mar 07, 2024 09:08 AM IST
By, Mohali

Jammu gangster gunned down outside Mohali mall stayed in Kharar hotel for two days

Police investigation revealed that gangster Rajesh Dogra had reached the city with one of his associates, Rajiv alias Bunty, on Friday and stayed in a Kharar hotel

Police said Dogra’s murder appears to be the fallout of a gang war. (CCTV grab)
Updated on Mar 06, 2024 08:58 AM IST
By, Mohali

Third shooter involved in Mohali Sector-79 firing arrested

Mohali police are yet to arrest the fourth Sector-79 firing accused, who has been identified as Rana

Mohali police nabbed the third shooter involved in Sector-79 firing. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 10:02 AM IST
By, Mohali
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