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Sachin Sharma is a senior staff correspondent, who covers crime, politics, rural civic issues and health in the Malwa region of Punjab.

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AAP rebels, Sikh radicals seek Badals’ arrest within 15 days

The protestors demanded ouster of the Badal family from the SGPC and action against those responsible for sacrilege and police firing incidents.

Aam Aadmi Party rebel Sukhpal Singh Khera, Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) MLA Simarjit Singh Bains, Baljit Singh Daduwal during the protest rally at Kotakpura in Punjab.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Oct 08, 2018 11:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bargari/Kotkapura | BySachin Sharma and Gagandeep Jassowal

NGOs team up to fight stubble burning in Punjab

Groups such as the Association of Active NGOs (AAN) in Bathinda district have domain experience as they played a proactive role in managing stubble without burning it last year, too.

NGO volunteers accompanied by then SDM and now additional deputy commissioner, Sakshi Sawhney, clearing paddy stubble at a village in Bathinda last year.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 14, 2018 10:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | BySachin Sharma and Surjit Singh

Show courage to prosecute us, Badal dares Amarinder

Terms Akali Dal as saviour of Panth, says can sacrifice millions like him and even more Sukhbirs to safeguard the honour, dignity and glory of Guru Granth Sahib.

Former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal addressing a rally at Abohar in Fazilka district on Sunday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Sep 10, 2018 09:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Abohar (Fazilka) | BySachin Sharma and Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar, Abohar (fazilka)

Belying Harsimrat’s claim, green clearance for AIIMS in Bathinda came before ground-breaking ceremony

The project is a bone of contention between Harsimrat and her estranged brother-in-law and Bathinda rural MLA Manpreet Singh Badal, who is the state finance minister

Harsimrat Kaur Badal(HT File)
Updated on Aug 30, 2018 07:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Harsimrat, Manpreet spar over NOCs for AIIMS at Bathinda

PM had laid the foundation stone in 2016. It includes a 750-bed medical institute with 10 specialty and 11 super-specialty departments.

Union food processing industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal.(HT File)
Updated on Aug 12, 2018 01:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By

At Bathinda meet, Khaira declares Punjab AAP unit ‘autonomous’

Only 7 of 20 MLAs attend convention, no action against ‘rebels’ for now: AAP bosses

Dissident Punjab AAP MLAs, including former leader of opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira, at a convention in Bathinda on Thursday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Aug 04, 2018 09:50 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | ByVishal Rambani, Sachin Sharma

Will seek autonomy for AAP Punjab unit at Bathinda meet: Sukhpal Singh Khaira

Talking to mediapersons here, Khaira said 95% of party workers are opposing the Delhi leadership’s decision and the convention will give a new direction to the party.

Sukhpal Singh Khaira(HT File)
Updated on Jul 30, 2018 11:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By

New Bathinda SSP to work with DSP he indicted in probe last year

New SSP Nanak Singh had last year indicted Gurjit Singh Romana, shifted as DSP (city), for cancelling a FIR lodged against a man for having an illegal stock of 1,500 habit-forming tablets.

SSP Nanak Singh and DSP Gurjit Singh Romana find themselves in a peculiar situation.
Updated on Jul 13, 2018 02:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

PM Modi addresses farmers in Malout rally

Malout as venue is being seen as well-thought-out move due to speculation that Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal may change her constituency in 2019 LS elections

PM Narender Modi , former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar at Malout in Muktsar on Wednesday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jul 11, 2018 03:07 PM IST
BySachin Sharma and Sarbmeet Singh, Bathinda

Villagers in Bathinda bring addicts to de-addiction centres

Many addicts and their relatives rue that the charges at the de-addiction centres are too high and the government should either waive these off or charge nominally.

The state government is charging Rs 250 per day per patient at five model drug de-addiction centres in Amritsar, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Faridkot and Patiala.(HT File)
Updated on Jul 09, 2018 12:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Farmers defy govt notification, to start paddy sowing from today

In April, the state government issued a notification under the Punjab Preservation of Sub-Soil Water Act, 2009, fixing the date of sowing paddy nursery for May 20.

While the government has set June 20 as deadline for paddy sowing, some farmers have already started transplanting the crop in the state.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 10, 2018 03:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Nitin Gadkari to inaugurate two road projects in Punjab, CM Amarinder to preside

The Union road transport and highways minister will inaugurate two road projects -- (NH-7, Bathinda-Zirakpur(NH 7) and Bathinda-Amritsar (NH54).

Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari(PTI File)
Updated on May 13, 2018 11:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By

Congress govt has no control over anything, says Sukhbir Badal

“Nothing like a government exists right now in the state,” says the SAD president.

SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal with SAD general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra at Takht Shri Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo on the occasion of Baisakhi on Saturday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 14, 2018 08:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda) | By, Talwandi Sabo (bathinda)

58 farm suicide victim kin meet Bathinda MLAs; women rue life of suffering

“My daughter had to be removed from school. Soon, even we may have to commit suicide,” Jaspal Kaur, 40, wife of late farm labourer, Jasvir Singh says.

Each farm suicide leaves behind a trail of broken families with women, in most cases, bearing the brunt.(HT File/Representative image)
Updated on Apr 01, 2018 11:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By

Law run over as liquor sold on wheels in Talwandi Sabo, with a loudspeaker!

Pick-up vehicle with loudspeaker makes rounds of the religious town near Bathinda where liquor sale is anyway not permitted; police struggle to trace vehicle caught on video.

The vehicle with loudspeaker making announcement of “heavy discount” on liquor, in Talwandi Sabo, 30km from Bathinda, on Friday.(Photo: Grab from video by local resident who sought anonymity)
Updated on Mar 31, 2018 09:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Police take 4 months to lodge FIR in mobile seizures in Bathinda jail

12 inmates of Bathinda central jail booked; last seizure notified in Jan; SSP says will act against those behind the delay

Representative Image
Updated on Mar 01, 2018 10:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Symbol or symptom? No stop to VIP culture as Manpreet Badal’s wife launches traffic drive in Bathinda

The police department in its invitation to the media had made a special mention that the press conference about the event will be addressed by Veenu Badal.

Veenu Badal, wife of local MLA and finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal, helping a woman wear a helmet at the launch of a traffic safety programme by the police in Bathinda on Friday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Feb 24, 2018 11:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Row over name of Punjab village with high population of Dera Sacha Sauda followers

The village’s name was changed from Kotli Khurd to Prem Kotli in August 2016 following the demand by dera followers who are called “Premis”.

A section of villagers has been carrying a campaign to get the village changed back to Kotli Khurd.(HT File)
Updated on Feb 23, 2018 10:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By

AAP’s Talwandi Sabo MLA indicted over dual vote

The controversy had erupted in August 2014 when Baljinder contested the assembly bypoll.

Baljinder Kaur(HT File)
Updated on Feb 15, 2018 02:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By

13-yr-old victim’s family shocked as fellow Dera Sacha Sauda ‘premis’ booked for Maur blasts

Ankush (13) had died during treatment at a Ludhiana hospital two months after the blasts on January 31, 2017 that left seven dead, including five children, and 12 injured.

Officials examining the spot where the blasts took place in Maur Mandi.(HT File)
Updated on Feb 11, 2018 09:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By

A year after, victims relive trauma of twin Maur blasts; demand CBI probe

No political leader — neither from the Congress nor from the Akali Dal — was present at the remembrance ceremony

Hardeep Kaur, mother of Japsimran Singh, 14, who was killed in the bomb blasts in Maur on Wednesday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Feb 01, 2018 10:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Maur (Bathinda) | By, Maur (bathinda)

Noose tightens: Eight gangsters killed, 26 held in a year by Punjab Police

The region has become the epicentre of activities of these gangs, reflected in the fact that all the gangsters killed or arrested, barring two — one each from Ludhiana and Jalandhar, are from the districts in the region, including Bathinda, Muktsar, Fazilka, Faridkot, Ferozepur and Moga.

Punjab DGP Suresh Arora(HT File)
Updated on Jan 28, 2018 10:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By

Maur bomb blast: Year on, victims’ kin await justice, cops still clueless

Perturbed over the police “inaction”, the Maur Bomb Blast Virodhi Sangharsh Committee and family members of victims have decided to hold a protest march at Maur on January 26.

The blasts left seven dead and 12 injured.(HT File)
Updated on Jan 15, 2018 01:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By

Minibuses gather dust in Bathinda as PRTC cites losses

PRTC Bathinda depot general manager Surinder Singh said most of the private minibuses in the city don’t have route permits or are not following their routes, thereby causing losses to the PRTC.

The minibuses bought under the central scheme parked in Bathinda.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 27, 2017 01:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By

Two gangsters killed, 3 held after encounter in Bathinda

Gangsters fired at police from stolen Fortuner when chased; incident comes two days after arrest of most wanted gangster Vicky Gounder’s accomplice.

An injured accomplice of Vicky Gounder being admitted in a hospital on Friday.(
Updated on Dec 15, 2017 10:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Stubble burning cases double over a week in Punjab

Overall figure is less than that of last year when there were 50,000 incidents of stubble burning till November 5, this year, it is 37,163 as on November 6

Efforts of the state government to check stubble burning have not been received well by the farmers. They are demanding an aid of Rs 300 per quintal or Rs 6,000 per acre to manage the paddy stubble.(HT file photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2017 11:58 AM IST
By, Bathinda

Smog engulfs Punjab with rise in stubble burning incidents

The 10 worst-affected districts in Punjab have reported around 5,700 incidents in past three days only.

The ban on practice of burning paddy straw has had little effect.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 31, 2017 09:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Attack on Kolianwali’s son and what it means for Shiromani Akali Dal

Known as party’s strongman, Kolianwali has remained a controversial figure and is always on the target of opposition parties, which accused the previous SAD government of harassing and victimising political opponents in Muktsar district.

Former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal meeting Parminder Singh Kolianwali, son of SAD Muktsar district president and SGPC member Dyal Singh Kolianwali . Parminder was attacked in Malout.(HT File)
Updated on Oct 25, 2017 02:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Demoralised officials not acting against Congress workers committing crime: Parkash Singh Badal

The former CM calls on Parmidner Singh Kolianwali, son of SAD Muktsar district chief, who was attacked on Sunday and is now admitted to a Bathinda hospital,

Former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal meeting Parminder Singh Kolianwali, son of SAD Muktsar district president and SGPC member Dyal Singh Kolianwali in Bathinda on Monday. Parminder was attacked in Malout on Sunday evening.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 23, 2017 09:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda

Haryana cops search Bathinda house where Honeypreet hid for a week

 Village sarpanch Nirmal Singh was also present during the search.

The house at Bathinda’s Jangi Rana village where Panchkula police brought Honeypreet and her aide Sukhdeep.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Oct 12, 2017 12:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By, Bathinda
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