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Pawan Sharma, based in Chandigarh, is Assistant Editor in HT and presently writes on Haryana's politics and governance. During different stints over the past two decades, he covered Punjab extensively for 10 years and before that judiciary and Himachal Pradesh with focus on high-impact news breaking and investigative journalism.

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Haryana suspends official for jammed barrage gates at Delhi’s ITO

All the 32 gates of Delhi’s ITO barrage are under the administrative control of the Haryana government

A waterlogged ITO after the rise in water level of the Yamuna in New Delhi on July 15. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 09, 2023 11:56 PM IST

Didn’t know of Nuh clash till 3pm, says Haryana home minister Anil Vij

Vij also said that the state’s CID chief Alok Mittal had not shared any intelligence input with the home department, even though “he reports to the CM”.

Haryana home minister Anil Vij. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 08:53 AM IST

Didn’t know about Nuh clashes till 3pm: Haryana home minister Anil Vij

Haryana home minister Anil Vij says top police and government functionaries were clueless, he was first informed about the clashes by a private individual

Haryana home minister Anil Vij said no one had even informed him about the religious yatra which was attacked by the rioters. (HT File)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 11:52 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Probe suggests cyber criminals of Mewat linked to Nuh violence: Haryana govt

The Haryana government on Thursday said initial probe into Nuh violence indicated that one of the prime conspirators of the “pre-planned attack” on religious procession that sparked communal hostilities were the cyber-criminal gangs which were raring to retaliate after the state police raided cyber thugs of Mewat and busted pan-India cyber frauds.

Paramilitary personnel stand guard in Haryana's Nuh as curfew is imposed following clashes between two groups, in Nuh on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 12:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

1,000 IRB personnel to be stationed in Nuh: Khattar

While widening the scope of Police Enforcement Bureau, Khattar said it has been decided to entrust the bureau with the responsibility of cow protection in Nuh.

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar addresses a press conference regarding the violence that recently occurred between two groups in Nuh, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 01:57 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana violence: Rajasthan free to act against Monu Manesar, says CM Khattar

Monu Manesar has been on the run after his alleged involvement in the killing of two Muslim cattle traders in February

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar addresses a press conference regarding the violence that recently occurred between two groups in Nuh, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 11:51 PM IST

Larger conspiracy at play to disrupt peace: Haryana CM on Nuh violence

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that it is clear that there was a well thought out conspiracy behind the attack as the anti-social elements didn’t just target members of the procession but also the cops, thereby managing to disrupt the yatra

A day after violence broke out in Haryana’s Nuh district, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the prevailing situation. (HT File)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 04:10 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Nuh violence aftermath: Haryana CM Khattar convenes high-level meeting

Haryana home minister Anil Vij, who on Tuesday ordered probe into the Nuh violence, will also be present in the meeting to be held in Chandigarh.

Clashes had broken out in Haryana’s Nuh on Monday afternoon after a religious procession passing through the district was attacked. (HT File)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 02:07 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana WCD dept calls for proactive steps to check worsening sex ratio

The January to June cumulative SRB of Haryana has come down to 906 female births per 1,000 males from 917 in December 2022

The January to June cumulative SRB of Haryana has come down to 906 female births per 1,000 males from 917 in December 2022 (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 23, 2023 12:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana swings into action as sex ratio begins to dip again alarmingly

After HT highlighted slide in sex ratio at birth, woman and child development department held a virtual meeting on July 21 with all deputy commissioners and chief medical officers asking them to combat the heinous menace of female foeticide

The January to June cumulative SRB of Haryana has come down to 906 female births per 1,000 males from 917 in December 2022. (HT File)
Updated on Jul 22, 2023 07:49 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

January to June: Sex ratio at birth in Haryana slips to six-year low

According to official data, the 906 sex ratio at birth recorded till June has registered 10 points fall in comparison to the same period in 2022 when it stood at 916 in Haryana. This dip in the SRB numbers is contrary to previous years trends when it had steadily improved during the same period from 870 in 2015 to 891 in 2016, 910 in 2017, 916 in 2018, 918 in 2019, 917 in 2020, and 911 in 2021.

Haryana government’s showpiece programme to stop female foeticide has suffered a major blow with the January to June cumulative sex ratio at birth (SRB) sliding to 906 female births per 1,000 males, a development that is being seen as a wake-up call for the Manohar Lal Khattar government. (Representational image)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 12:43 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

After showing steady improvement, sex ratio begins to worsen again in Haryana

The state, notorious for its skewed gender ratio in the past, showed significant improvement since 2015.

According to the civil registration system data up to June 2023, of 22 districts, the SRB of eight districts, including seven districts of the National Capital Region (NCR) were below 900. (Representational Image)(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 12:43 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

IAS, IPS officers accepting awards from private bodies violates norms: Centre

Centre says awards given by private institutions may be accepted only with approval of competent authority in exceptional circumstances and without monetary component .Reiterating that it is inappropriate if members of AIS accept awards from private bodies, the Union government has said that IAS-IPS officers can accept awards from private bodies only after prior approval of the competent authority.

The Centre has informed the state governments that members of All India Services (AIS) are violating instructions about accepting awards from private institutions and directed the chief secretaries to ensure that IAS-IPS officers stick to the guidelines. (Representational image)
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 12:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Admission to Haryana technical colleges: Parivar Pehchan Patra a ‘roadblock’ for Kashmiri migrants seeking quota

When the Kashmiri migrant students apply using their PPP, or the Aadhaar which is also linked to the PPP, the site doesn’t show them to option of applying under the seats reserved for the displaced community.

At least 5% seats of the sanctioned intake in each course (BE/B Tech) are reserved for the KM students and filled on the basis of All India Rank of JEE Mains 2023. (HTC)
Updated on Jul 17, 2023 09:10 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

3 days after Sirsa rally, Amit Shah holds meeting with top Haryana BJP leaders

The Wednesday’s meeting assumes significance as it was held in the backdrop of Sirsa rally of Amit Shah on June 18 and earlier Haryana BJP in-charge Biplab Kumar Deb holding meetings with Independent MLAs which had triggered a fresh debate over the fate of the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP-JJP coalition government.

Amid rumblings between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) over the fate of their alliance and three days after Sirsa rally, Union home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday held a lengthy meeting with top Haryana BJP leaders in Delhi. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2023 12:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Sunflower seed slugfest: Haryana committed to pay promised price difference: Agri minister

JP Dalal says govt will pay the difference between MSP and market price on lines of release of ₹29cr as interim payment earlier

Haryana agriculture minister Jai Prakash Dalal (File photo)
Updated on Jun 15, 2023 12:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HT Interview: BJP-JJP alliance important to keep Congress out of power in Haryana, says Ajay Singh Chautala

Just four months before completing four years in power, BJP-JJP alliance has hit a rough patch in Haryana. JJP national president Ajay Singh Chautala, however, tells HT that the BJP is their natural ally

Ajay Singh Chautala, JJP national president (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 13, 2023 09:12 PM IST

Haryana farmers surpass government target on direct seeded rice

This year, Manohar Lal Khattar govt set aside ₹81 crore to promote paddy cultivation using direct seeded rice (DSR) technique in 2 lakh acres in Haryana, but till Friday, 36,317 farmers had already registered for growing paddy in over 2.64 lakh acres using the DSR method in place of the water-guzzling manual transplantation technique

Last year when 16,641 verified cultivators in Haryana grew paddy in 72,900 acres using the direct seeded rice (DSR) technique that saves water, the Manohar Lal Khattar government released over <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>29 crore as incentive directly to bank accounts of farmers after field inspections. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2023 09:56 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Rattan Lal Kataria: Unassuming BJP leader who turned odds into opportunity

Ambala BJP MP breathed his last at Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, at 3.30am on Thursday after a brief illness

Three-time Ambala Lok Sabha MP and veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rattan Lal Kataria passed away at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, on Thursday after a brief illness. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 18, 2023 07:52 PM IST

Haryana Police officers violating rules on filing property returns: Lokayukta

Lokayukta justice Hari Pal Verma (retd) says proposals to state officials to appoint staff and provide space for his office functioning have been ignored

In a three-point recommendation, lokayukta justice Hari Pal Verma (retd) said that to ensure strict compliance of rules about the acquisition or disposal of movable or immovable property by police officers and filing of declarations within a time-frame, a monitoring cell should be set up immediately in the office of the Haryana DGP in Panchkula. (Representaional photo)
Updated on May 17, 2023 04:29 PM IST

Haryana lokayukta apprises governor of ‘casual approach’ by bureaucrats in handling corruption complaints

Lokayukta report says action-taken reports are not submitted despite reminders; at times even communication regarding appointment of inquiry officer is not received from departments concerned

Haryana governor Bandaru Dattatraya interacting with state lokayukta justice Hari Pal Verma (retd) at Raj Bhawan on Tuesday. (HT)
Updated on May 17, 2023 12:51 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

‘Mentor institutes’ to ensure quality work at 3 upcoming medical colleges, assist in recruitment

Medical education dept selects three existing medical colleges to act as ‘mentor institutes’ for upcoming govt medical colleges

PGIMS Rohtak will act as a mentor institute for the upcoming Pandit Neki Ram Sharma Govt Medical College in Bhiwani. Two new medical colleges are also coming up at Jind and Mahendragarh. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 12, 2023 11:15 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana rolls out Ayush medical policy for govt employees, pensioners

Haryana government employees, pensioners and their dependents will be eligible for medical reimbursement of indoor treatment availed at all government hospitals located within and outside the state

Haryana government employees, pensioners and their dependents opting for treatment under the Ayush system of medicine will be eligible for reimbursement with the Haryana government implementing the Ayush Medical Reimbursement Policy. The decision was taken at the recent cabinet meeting in Chandigarh. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 04, 2023 02:41 PM IST

Mann Ki Baat’ 100th episode: Haryana BJP eyes participation of 9 lakh people, 9k locations ready

Under the plan, chalked out by Haryana BJP chief Om Prakash Dhankar, the party has printed 13 lakh invitation cards and will roll out a red carpet for the attendees at 100 different locations in each assembly segment. The 4.50-lakh foot soldiers of the BJP are busy mobilising the people for Mann Ki Baat’ 100th episode

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 100th broadcast of the flagship ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on April 30, the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has gone all out to launch a promotional blitzkrieg and is eying participation of at least 9 lakh people at over 9,000 locations across the state. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2023 12:43 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

For every kilometre, Haryana Roadways suffers a loss 34

Over the years, there has been a sharp fall in the daily operations of roadways buses, also in terms of kilometres covered and the number of passengers ferried daily by the Haryana roadways. The daily operated kilometres has come down from 13 lakh in 2014-15 to 8.88 lakh per day now.

In 2021-22, the daily gross distance the Haryana roadways buses operated was 6 lakh km and the daily passengers carried daily was over 4 lakh, according to statistical abstract of Haryana. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 01:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Facing problems related to family ID in Haryana? ‘Tau Se Poochho’

But who is this digitally-driven ‘Tau’? “Mein Hun naa!,” said Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, on his own and with a twinkle in his eyes, while launching ‘Tau Se Poochho’, a WhatsApp bot and a web-based chatbot solution designed to give quick responses to complex queries of people related to Parivar Pehchan Patra .

Haryana government led by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has launched a Tau Se Poochho chatbot for resolving problems related to family ID Parivar Pehchan Patra. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 02:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Fully prepared to counter any false narrative, says Haryana BJP chief Dhankar

Haryana BJP chief Om Prakash Dhankar, who is credited for expanding the party base, on Monday said the BJP-JJP coalition government should settle issues related to digitally driven policy matters at the earliest and asked the Lok Sabha MPs to remain firmly plugged with the voters.

In an interview with HT, Haryana BJP chief Om Prakash Dhankar, 62, who hails from the powerful Jat community, says the party is preparing for the Lok Sabha polls and that the public mood is “positive.” (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 12:51 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Using ‘offensive language’: Abhay-speaker tussle rocks Haryana assembly again

Lone INLD MLA Abhay Singh Chautala was named by speaker Gian Chand Gupta and barred from attending Monday’s proceedings

The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) lone MLA Abhay Singh Chautala (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 01:17 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana Speaker debars INLD MLA Abhay Chautala from Monday’s assembly session

Action after MLA used ‘unparliamentary language’ against Gian Chand Gupta during question hour despite being cautioned

Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) legislator Abhay Singh Chautala (in black jacket) attending the proceedings of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Friday. Speaker Gian Chand Gupta asked him to leave the House on Monday after he got into an argument with him yet again. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 01:53 PM IST

Ruckus as Cong MLAs protest Sandeep’s presence in House

Led by leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Cong legislators raise slogans, stage walk out

Opposition leaders during the question hour in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Friday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Published on Mar 18, 2023 01:01 AM IST
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