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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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Punjab polls: Manpreet Badal steps up polls activity; Jassi’s supporters in a fix

With Congress candidate from the Bathinda (urban) assembly segment, Manpreet Singh Badal, gradually stepping up his campaign, supporters of former MLA Harminder Singh Jassi, who was also a ticket claimant, are in a fix. 

Manpreet Singh Badal, who is yet to start his formal campaign, has stepped up activity across the city.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 18, 2016 04:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Selection of candidate: Problems galore for SAD in Bathinda (rural) segment

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is facing problems in Bathinda (rural) assembly segment where the party either seems to have been gripped by factionalism or is not finding a suitable face to field as a candidate for the 2017 assembly polls.

Bathinda (rural) halqa in-charge Gurbinder Singh Banwala addressing a gathering in Bathinda on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 04, 2016 04:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Minister Maluka, his men ‘manhandle, abuse’ cop on duty at Modi’s Bathinda rally

Kanwaljeet Singh said, “I was at the gate along with other cops. As Maluka arrived , the driver brought his car right in front of the gate. I told them that they need to park the car at the parking place and will have to walk from there. The driver didn’t stop the vehicle and almost tried to run me over. I had to jump aside to save myself.”

Constable Kanwaljeet Singh who deputed at the gate of the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Bathinda on Friday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Nov 26, 2016 10:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Bathinda: Note ban leaves Central Co-op Bank, account holders in lurch

With the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) banning the district central cooperative banks (DCCBs) from exchanging and accepting the demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes, the Bathinda Central Cooperative Bank Limited is also feeling the heat.

Bathinda Central Cooperative Bank employees protesting in Bathinda on Friday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Nov 19, 2016 05:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

MLA report card: Prem Mittal and Janmeja Singh Sekhon

Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:

Updated on Nov 16, 2016 09:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMohammad Ghazali and Sachin Sharma;

MLA report cards: Ajit Inder Singh Mofar and Chitan Singh Samao

Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:

Updated on Nov 15, 2016 06:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMohammad Ghazali and Sachin Sharma;

MLA report cards: Darshan Singh Kotfatta and Jeetmohinder Singh Sidhu

Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:

Updated on Nov 14, 2016 10:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNavrajdeep Singh, Sachin Sharma;

MLA report cards: Sarup Chand Singla and Ajaib Singh Bhatti

Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:

Updated on Nov 14, 2016 10:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNavrajdeep Singh, Sachin Sharma;

MLA report cards:Amrinder Singh ‘Raja’ Warring and Parkash Singh Badal

Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:

Updated on Nov 15, 2016 09:32 AM IST
Hindustan times | ByGaurav Sagar Bhaskar and Sachin Sharma;

MLA report cards:Parminder Singh Pinki and Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi

Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:

Updated on Nov 15, 2016 09:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGaurav Sagar Bhaskar and Sachin Sharma;

Sikh radicals call off ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ over Punjab govt’s refusal of permission

Instead call a meeting at Ganganagar gurdwara in Rajasthan to discuss further action

Baljit Singh Daduwal, who was appointed the parallel jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib duing the last year’s ‘Sarbat Khalsa’, made the announcement.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2016 10:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Cong’s Punjab poll manifesto is ready: Manpreet

Amid murmurs of opposition by Congress leaders in Bathinda after Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh said that he would recommend former finance minister Surinder Singla’s name as party candidate from Bathinda (urban) seat, senior party leader Manpreet Singh Badal has reiterated that he will contest the election from whatever segment the party will ask him to contest.

Manpreet, who was here to meet the protesting employees of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) here on Tuesday, said that he hadn’t applied for party ticket from any assembly segment and would go wherever the party would ask him.(HT File)
Updated on Oct 26, 2016 10:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Congress veteran Singla starts ‘campaigning’ in Bathinda

With Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh having announced to recommend his name as party candidate from Bathinda (urban) assembly segment for the 2017 assembly polls, former finance minister Surinder Singla virtually started his ‘campaigning’ in the city on Monday. However, murmurs of opposition have started emerging among Congress leaders against Singla’s probable candidature with a section of Congress leaders questioning his long absence from the city.

Congress leader Surinder Singla during a press conference in Bathinda on Monday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 25, 2016 03:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Amarinder had Sonia’s consent in opposing CBI probe into drug case: Kejriwal

Assures employees of Bathinda thermal power plant that no public sector unit will be shut if AAP comes to power in Punjab

Delhi CM and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal addressing a gathering of traders, transporters and industrialists in Bathinda on Monday. The meeting was held after Kejriwal released party's manifesto for these sections in Ludhiana on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 24, 2016 06:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPrabhjit Singh and Sachin Sharma, Bathinda

Amarinder bats for Surinder Singla’s candidature from Bathinda Urban assembly

Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said he will be recommending former state finance minister Surinder Singla’s name for candidature from the Bathinda Urban assembly segment.

Punjab Congress chief captain Amarinder Singh.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 19, 2016 09:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

MCB demolishes illegal structure at disputed site near Qila Mubarak

The city municipal corporation on Thursday demolished the construction on a disputed site near Qila Mubarak, a day after HT reported that official order has been violated after a roof was laid in an overnight construction.

JCB machine demolishing an illegal structure near Qila Mubarak in Bathinda on Thursday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Sep 23, 2016 01:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Under-construction building near Qila Mubarak caught in encroachment row

The construction of a new building in place of the old one, that once housed the office of revenue patwaris for years, close to historic Qila Mubarak here, has become a bone a contention with revenue patwaris up in arms against the alleged attempt to encroach upon a part of the prime land, that, they said. belonged to the Punjab government.

The under-construction building near Qila Mubarak in Bathinda.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Sep 15, 2016 03:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Punjab polls: Capt Amarinder dares Arvind Kejriwal to contest against him

In a race between the political parties to woo farmers, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Captain Amarinder Singh allayed apprehensions about feasibility of farm debt waiver in view of Punjab’s uncertain financial situation on Thursday.

PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh with other party leaders during ‘Kisan Chetna Dharna’ at Bathinda on Thursday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Sep 09, 2016 04:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

SAD men, blue-card holders burn Mann’s effigy in Muktsar

The blue-card holders of Model Town raised slogans against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann during a protest on the Kotkapura road here on Thursday.

People burning effigy of AAP MP Bhagwant Mann in Muktsar on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 02, 2016 10:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Muktsar

Waterlogging in Bathinda: SAD, Congress leaders indulge in blame game

The inundation of the city caused by heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday throwing normal life out of gear is becoming a political issue here, a few months before the 2017 Punjab assembly polls.

The inundated Red Cross Bhawan area in Bathinda on Monday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 31, 2016 03:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

In inundated Bathinda, SAD talks about development

As Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) held a camp to train workers highlighting the developmental works on Sunday, the city ironically presented a different picture with the struggling authorities clearing water after Saturday’s heavy rain.

MLA Sarup Chand Singla, (third from right) Mayor Balwant Rai Nath (second from right) during SAD meeting at Jeet Palace in Bathinda on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 29, 2016 03:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Police crackdown: ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ organisers put off office opening

With the police allegedly not allowing radical leaders to reach Talwandi Sabo on Thursday, the organisers of ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ (congregation of Sikhs) had to postpone the programme of setting up a control room-cum-office for the November 10 congregation.

Updated on Jun 24, 2016 11:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Delay in getting power connections irks farmers in Bathinda

Despite having deposited service connection charges with Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), thousands of farmers are still waiting for power connections for tubewells as the department is unable to cope with the number of applications that are pouring in.

Updated on Jun 23, 2016 02:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Congress workers clash as Capt takes on SAD in Badal’s backyard

Tempers ran high at a Congress protest rally in chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s assembly constituency on Saturday when two groups of party workers clashed while state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh was present on the stage to address a gathering.

Congress workers coming to blows during a rally at Lambi village in Muktsar on Saturday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jun 19, 2016 09:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Lambi (muktsar)

Freezers of Bathinda mortuary non-functional, building cries for maintenance

Two of the four freezers at the Bathinda civil hospital mortuary are non-functional, while the building too needs maintenance. The capacity for now is six. There is no place for kin or attendants to sit, except two benches under trees nearby. Water leakage from the roof makes it vulnerable in the rains. Cleanliness is a casualty, as a garbage dump has developed there. Toilets are a nightmare.

A proposal for a new mortuary was sent in December 2014 to the Punjab Health Systems Corporation.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 13, 2016 06:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Investors charge at Pearls Group chairman outside Bathinda court

Police fear similar trouble on Monday when accused in Rs 45,000-cr Ponzi scam have another hearing in an HC-ordered cheating case

Investors in a scuffle with police while charging at Pearls Group chairman Nirmal SIngh Bhangoo after a court hearing in Bathinda on Friday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 10, 2016 11:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Farmers in three districts of Punjab still favouring paddy cultivation

The allotment of new tube well connections coupled with fall in area under cotton cultivation this season is going to hit the Punjab government’s efforts of crop diversification and to reduce the area under paddy cultivation in this region of state.

Labourers were seen planting paddy at Kotshamir village near Bathinda on Tuesday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2016 04:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Armed men kill policeman in Goniana town of Bathinda

Gurwinder Singh, 30, a resident of Baba Deep Singh Nagar here, was posted at Nehianwala police station. His body was found on a road near the Mehma Sarja village. As per police, the victim had a bullet injury on his neck.

Car of the murdered cop parked in the local police station in Goniana on Saturday.(Sanjeev KumarHT Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2016 11:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda

Encounter death: Faridkot SSP blissfully ignorant about police lapses

Conflicting statements of Jaitu SHO and Faridkot SSP with regard to an ‘encounter’ on Jeeda-Dabrikhana road on Wednesday night, in which one Ajmer Singh ‘Jimmy’, 24, was shot dead, may aggravate the problems for the police.

Victim Ajmer SIngh(HT Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2016 10:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Faridkot

Man killed in encounter near Bathinda; mistaken identity, says family

Police on Wednesday killed an alleged liquor smuggler in an encounter on the Jeeda-Dabrikhana road in Faridkot district, though his family claims he was a victim of mistaken identity.

Mandeep Singh (in yellow T-shirt), who was with victim Ajmer Singh in the car at the time of encounter, at Jeeda village in Bathinda district on Thursday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 27, 2016 10:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bathinda/faridkot
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