A special correspondent, Vishal Rambani is the bureau chief at Patiala. He covers politics, crime, power sector, environment and socio-economic issues, with several investigative stories to his credit.
Articles by Vishal Rambani
Punjab and haryana court judge Surya Kant today inaugurated the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) centre at judicial complex in Patiala.
Warrant officer appointed by Punjab and Haryana high court found Patiala police personnel had illegally detained a person in Tripuri police station. However, police claimed they were trapped by detained person Tarlochan Singh.
Farmer union leaders have warned the Punjab government not to succumb to pressure from commission agents (arhtiyas) on the issue of direct payments to farmers by procurement agencies.
Six people were killed and one person was critically injured in an accident when a car collided with a passenger train at an unmanned railway crossing in Punjab's Benra village yesterday evening.
Common man and Premis (Dera Sacha Sauda followers) are coming out in large number to punish the SAD-BJP corrupt and vindictive regime, thus voting is high, said Amarinder Singh.
Unmindful of the sudden rain and chilly winter winds, the royal bahus are stepping out in the muddy, narrow village roads in the state's Patiala district to campaign for Captain Amarinder Singh and his son Raninder.
The royal bahus of Patiala are at work in the rain-drenched constituency of Saamna. Vishal Rambani reports.
Shiromani Akali Dal candidate Tejinder Singh Sandhu faces a tough rival in MLA and former minister Lal Singh. The latter has represented the flood-prone area for more than three decades. Clueless on a permament way to tame Ghaggar, both are focusing on development.
If Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate Surjit Singh Kohli — who is up against the Punjab Congress’ biggest name in the assembly elections — is nervous, he is not showing it.
While the SAD and the Congress are facing large-scale dissidence over allotment of tickets, the BJP has succeeded in warding it off despite the fact that one-thirds of its candidates have been changed. Vishal Rambani reports.
The Congress is facing a siege within following rebellion over ticket allotment for the January 30 elections, but the BJP is sitting pretty even after changing 33% candidates.
Updated on Jan 10, 2012 01:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPawan Sharma and Vishal Rambani, Chandigarh/patiala
The slogan “Guru bhai ji zindabad, Guru bhai ji zindabad…” rented the air as the SAD candidate from Bhadaur and former principal secretary to the chief minister, Darbara Singh Guru, stepped into Dhaula village, 3 km from Khudian Khurd, his native village.
Malwinder goes soft on brother Amarinder, says won't contest against him; ire directed at sister-in-law. Gurpreet Singh Nibber and Vishal Rambani report. Party time
Updated on Jan 08, 2012 01:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByGurpreet Singh Nibber and Vishal Rambani, Chandigarh/patiala
The PPCC President and Maharaja of erstwhile Patiala Royality Captain Amarinder Singh, who recently was taking digs at Shiromani Akali DAL over rebelism, has a point to worry as ticket allocation in congress has divided his own family.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has released three lists of candidates so far, but it is yet to announce the nominee who will take on Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh from the Patiala-1 assembly constituency. In the past, the party has often declared the candidate from this seat in the first list itself.
Ignored for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ticket from the Fatehgarh Sahib seat, sitting Sirhind MLA Didar Singh Bhatti resigned from the party today.
Updated on Jan 02, 2012 02:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVishal Rambani and Gurpreet Mehak, Fatehgarh Sahib
Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh has won twice from the Patiala-1 assembly seat and is all set to do a hat-trick. Reason: the development works carried out by the former CM in his constituency in particular and Patiala district in general. Vishal Rambani reports.
Punjab has been lagging, but it will slip further if the political class fails to set a positive agenda for the state. Political parties can continue to differ on ideologies and indulge in mudslinging if they wish to, but they should at least evolve a consensus on major issues in the larger interest of the state otherwise the coming generations will never forgive them.
Updated on Dec 27, 2011 11:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVishal Rambani & Ravinder Vasudeva, Patiala
Ask them to list the development projects initiated by Surjit Singh Barnala in his home constituency as chief minister, and most Barnala residents draw a blank.
Ideological differences apart, politicians should act maturely by evolving consensus on issues that matter. There is no stopping Punjab if they show the right intentions. Vishal Rambani & Ravinder Vasudeva report.
Updated on Dec 26, 2011 10:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVishal Rambani & Ravinder Vasudeva, Patiala
Punjab Police constable Mohan Singh, 38, is feared to have died trying to save a girl from drowning on November 22. His impoverished family is dealing with the pain, but an almost daily search for his body is adding to the trauma.
In recognition of services rendered in nation’s security, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Force, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today awarded Presidential Standards to five Armoured Regiments of Black Elephant Division in an impressive ceremony at Patiala Cantonment.
Blaming the United States for scuttling the Indo-Iran gas pipeline project, senior Iran official and former oil minister Mohammad Aliabadi on Tuesday said his country was still willing to revive the plan.
An unidentified gunman today shot Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, vice chancellor of newly-formed SGPC's Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, leaving him crtically injured. The bullet reportedly pierced through the temple and got lodged in his jaw line. Vishal Rambani & Gurpreet Singh Mehak report.
Updated on Aug 02, 2011 12:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVishal Rambani & Gurpreet Singh Mehak, Fatehgarh Sahib
Following the media expose, that the drugs banned in sports by World Anti Doping Agency are easily available in chemist shops near National Institute of Sports ( NIS ), a team of Health Department today swooped down on chemist shops near National Institute of Sports ( NIS ) Patiala.
Salman Khan failed to battle the urge to take a drag even on the eve of World Anti-tobacco Day, and has had to pay a fine for it. Vishal Rambani reports.
He saved nearly 500 lives by air-lifting critically ailing people in India and foreign countries. However, his job of saving people’s lives could not save Captain Harpreet Singh Sekhon, 28, pilot of the air ambulance, which crashed in Faridabad on Wednesday night.
The Central Excise and Taxation Department, has finalised its case against Harbhajan Singh and the off-spinner will have to pay service tax amounting to Rs 1.15 crore.
Cross-border terror has acquired a new meaning in Punjab. The state health authorities are afraid that visitors from Pakistan would bring in the polio virus, so they have decided to set up immunisation centres at the entry points.
Updated on Apr 28, 2011 08:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNidhi Bhanot and Vishal Rambani, Ludhiana
Sixty-three years after partition, farmers will get compensation for the 300 acres along the international border with Pakistan in Punjab, on which the Border Security Force (BSF) built a road to patrol the area.