Usmeet Kaur is a staff correspondent in Amritsar. She covers district administration, education and civic issues, besides writing for HT City.
Articles by Usmeet Kaur
Golden chapter in the history of 36 Sikh Platoon to be unfolded
Special gallery for Saragarhi martyrs to give tribute to 21 Sikh martyrs.
Updated on Sep 10, 2017 03:51 PM IST
Golden Temple will have high-tech lighting by October 7
The illumination by digitally-controlled, multi-coloured LED lights would bedazzle visitors this Diwali
Updated on Sep 08, 2017 10:55 AM IST
Hoisted at 170 ft, national flag ‘disappears’ 14th time in 2 years in Amritsar
The flag is hoisted with great pomp and show, but is either damaged or just flies away very so often; strong winds, fabric quality, even pollution are cited as possible reasons. Amritsar Improvement Trust has spent around Rs 10 lakh on the flags since 2015.
Updated on Aug 31, 2017 12:44 AM IST
India’s flag of pride on Pakistan border becomes flag of embarrassment
The 360-ft high flag near Indo-Pak border at Attari, repeatedly damaged due to wind, was taken off by Amritsar admn in April and has not been hoisted again ever since.
Updated on Jul 31, 2017 10:05 PM IST
UK’s first turbaned Sikh MP motivates Punjab youth to serve mankind
Ouoting a Sikh prayer, he said, “Live by the ideology Sarbat da bhala (welfare ,peace and prosperity for all).
Published on Jul 29, 2017 02:22 PM IST
2 years on, Punjab’s first drug rehab centre struggles for patients
Experts running the centre said patients who get detoxified in the OPD are reluctant to stay in the rehab for the longer period as their livelihood gets affected due to being confined.
Updated on Jul 13, 2017 09:59 AM IST
Langar consumption doubles at Golden Temple as pilgrim count goes up in vacation time
“It’s been over 400 years that this langar tradition is on. This being among the world’s biggest community kitchens, we now have plans to expand it.”
Updated on Jul 05, 2017 07:46 PM IST
After Centre’s aid, restoration work on colonial-era Amritsar building takes off
Renovation work on the building, which once housed the office of the Amritsar deputy commissioner, has been started. The state government is planning to convert it into a museum or a heritage restaurant.
Updated on Jun 12, 2017 08:15 AM IST
Op Bluestar anniversary: Amritsar witnesses complete shutdown after ‘bandh’ call by Dal Khalsa
Updated on Jun 06, 2017 09:09 PM IST
134 academicians in race for GNDU’s V-C post, 90 meet criteria
Updated on Jun 04, 2017 12:33 AM IST
Daggers drawn: Amritsar’s kirpan industry losing its cutting edge to China
Cheaper machine-made Chinese daggers have flooded the market, rendering local units out of business. Though the quality of the Amritsari kirpan is arguably better, the impact can be seen as the city that once housed hundreds of manufacturing units can today boast of only 30 to 40.
Updated on Jun 03, 2017 09:00 PM IST
UPSC results: Amritsar’s Anmol Sher Singh bags second spot, wants to join IFS
Anmol said he will go for the Indian Foreign Services. ”India is growing by leaps and bounds. I want to play a pivotal role in it,” he added.
Updated on Jun 01, 2017 09:58 AM IST
PSEB Class 10 results 2017: Majha region records highest pass percentage, Gurdaspur leads with 89.97%
The Majha region of Punjab recorded the highest pass percentage in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class 10 board examinations, the results of which were declared on Monday, even though the state toppers do not belong to the 4 districts in the area.
Updated on Jul 11, 2017 05:29 PM IST
Amritsar Class 12 girl hangs herself with dupatta in classroom
Updated on May 19, 2017 11:59 PM IST
Work on permanent campus of IIM-Amritsar takes off
Even though construction has taken off, but deadlock between the government and IIM committee continues over campus land
Updated on May 19, 2017 10:44 AM IST
Gurdaspur girl bags third state rank in PSEB Class 12 board exams, wants to be an IAS officer
A student of non-medical stream, Riya scored 441 marks out of 450.
Updated on May 13, 2017 03:30 PM IST
Give peace a chance, say Amritsar theatre artistes
Appealing in favour of maintaining bilateral cultural ties between India and Pakistan, theatre activist Jatinder Brar, theatre personality Kewal Dhaliwal and actor Anita Devgan said “Cinema and theatre are the only channels left which can revive amicable relations between the two countries.
Updated on May 08, 2017 07:11 PM IST
Punjab CM Amarinder seeks ‘more time’ to eradicate drug menace
The CM also reiterated his government’s commitment to waiving off farmers’ debts, saying the State Farmers’ Commission would work out the modalities and give viable recommendations on the issue within two months.
Updated on May 08, 2017 08:44 AM IST
A first: Govt seeks applications for GNDU V-C’s post
The move was necessitated after Prof AS Brar resigned after the formation of the Congress government in the state. Prof Brar, who joined the GNDU as the vice-chancellor in 2009, had two extensions during his tenure.
Updated on May 06, 2017 09:47 AM IST
Hindustant Times, Amritsar | ByUsmeet Kaur, Amritsar
Amritsar BRTS comes to halt, new regime to review viability
15 buses operational since December pulled out of road last week; Sidhu says project not shelved
Updated on May 06, 2017 09:08 AM IST
Khalsa College suicide row: Majithia cries political conspiracy, appeals to Punjab govt
“The students must realise that people who are backing them are doing that for their political and personal interests.”
Updated on May 01, 2017 08:08 PM IST
Student suicide: Exams postponed as protests continue at Amritsar’s Khalsa College
KCC president Satyajit Singh Majithia reached Amritsar on Monday and declared the postponement of examinations “until normalcy returns”.
Updated on May 01, 2017 08:08 PM IST
Land allocated 3 years ago, not a brick laid for IIM Amritsar
The deadlock is due to the approach road to the proposed campus. Currently the approach road is from NH-1 (Amritsar-Delhi highway) side, but the IIM authorities want another one from the NH-15 side.
Updated on Apr 27, 2017 09:24 AM IST
Don’t be great like me, be great like yourself : Sajjan to Pingalwara inmates
After paying obeisance at the Golden temple on Thursday morning, Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan reached Pingalwara at Manawala, Amritsar, where he spent time with inmates, encouraging them to be “goal-oriented”.
Updated on Apr 20, 2017 02:27 PM IST
Khalsa University mgmt looking for legal options to save it
Updated on Apr 20, 2017 10:11 AM IST
ByUsmeet Kaur, Amritsar
Security beefed up in Amritsar ahead of Canadian minister Sajjan’s visit
As high profile visit of the Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan starts today (on Wednesday) evening, the Amritsar police have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure safety of the dignitary during his visit to the holy city.
Updated on Apr 19, 2017 04:34 PM IST
Rs 44-crore ‘Saragarhi Sarai’ opens near Golden Temple
The much-awaited ‘Saragarhi Sarai’, a luxurious inn for pilgrims, was inaugurated along the Heritage Street near Golden Temple on Tuesday. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had laid the foundation stone of the Rs 44-crore project in December 2011 to provide better facilities to devotees.
Updated on Apr 19, 2017 10:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | ByUsmeet Kaur and Surjit Singh, Amritsar
Tallest Tricolour still out of sight in Amritsar, admn awaits response from govt
Bamboozled by the regular damage to the tallest national flags hoisted in Amritsar, the district administration wrote to the state home department seeking expert advise on how to tackle the problem. But more than a week later, the department is yet to respond.
Updated on Apr 16, 2017 03:06 PM IST
Upsetting that Pakistan misjudged Begum Jaan, says Mahesh Bhatt
He said that Pakistan was not a market for him. “It is a ladder that can connect the cultures. I would make it very clear that the ban on one movie cannot jeopardise the long efforts made to bring peace between two nations,” he added.
Updated on Apr 15, 2017 10:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar | ByAseem Bassi and Usmeet Kaur, Amritsar
Amritsar revisits Partition with Begum Jaan team
Time has not healed this Partition. Seven decades on, India still hasn’t come to terms with the trauma ordinary people go through after the extraordinary divide of 1947 that created Pakistan but united the two Punjabs in grief.
Updated on Apr 14, 2017 06:41 PM IST