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Vishal Rambani

Vishal Rambani is an assistant editor covering Punjab. A journalist with over a decade of experience, he writes on politics, crime, power sector, environment and socio-economic issues. He has several investigative stories to his credit.

Articles by Vishal Rambani

Another blow to royals: Dhillon set to join SAD

In yet another jolt to the royal family of Patiala, one of its former loyalists, Deepinder Singh Dhillon, is all set to join the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). Dhillon admitted to Hindustan Times that he had made up his mind to say quits to the Congress and the royal family.

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Updated on Jul 09, 2012 04:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

'Fake encounter': Four cops arrested

Four police personnel were suspended and arrested after they tried to pass off a truck driver's killing as an 'encounter'. The driver, Kuldeep Singh, was shot dead allegedly by cops after he jumped a check post.

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Updated on Jul 06, 2012 04:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVishal Rambani and Navrajdeep Singh, Nabha (patiala)

African student in coma for three months, father appeals for govt help

Arriving in India with a dream to become a computer engineer, a bright African student is fighting for life for the last three months after some assailants assaulted him in Jalandhar, where he was pursuing a Bachelor's degree in computer science at Lovely Professional University.

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Updated on Jul 05, 2012 11:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Unable to meet demand, PSPCL for restrictions on use of ACs

Blaming the delay in monsoon and Power Grid Corporation for the power pangs in the state, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has now appealed for restrictions on the use of air- conditioners. Punjab power demand has touched an all-time high of 2,244 lakh units, almost 300 lakh units short.

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Updated on Jul 03, 2012 08:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Delayed rain, power shortage affect paddy

Is it drought? Forget bumper crop, paddy production likely to take a hit as only 54% area in major paddy-producing districts has been covered so far. Vishal Rambani reports.

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Updated on Jul 03, 2012 06:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Inflated bills: Firm told to correct software

Facing criticism over the wrong and inflated electricity bills, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has asked the IT solution provider company SPANCO to make changes in the software to rectify the errors.

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Updated on Jun 30, 2012 05:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

PSPCL gives electric shock to Patiala industrialists

It's a double whammy for industrialists in the royal city. As if the unscheduled and long power cuts this summer were not enough, the electricity bills were also giving them sleepless nights

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Updated on Jun 29, 2012 04:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Pbi varsity VC appoints Khaira as new dean, academic

Ending all speculations, Punjabi University vice chancellor Jaspal Singh today appointed senior faculty member Sukhdarshan Singh Khaira as new dean, academic affairs. Khaira will replace SS Tiwana, whose tenure is set to end on June 30.

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Updated on Jun 28, 2012 11:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

14 years in limbo, revenue officers await PCS entry

After 13 years of the file starting its journey, the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) sat down to decide on choosing district revenue officers and tehsildars for nomination to the cadre of Punjab Civil Services (Executive).

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Updated on Jun 27, 2012 01:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

PSPCL blames northern grid

Failing to keep its promise of a power-cut free summer this year, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has blamed the northern grid for the present power crisis in the state.

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Updated on Jun 24, 2012 09:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Power cuts: PSPCL lays blame at northern grid doorsteps

Facing public criticism for its failure to fulfill the promise of an uninterrupted power supply during summer months, Punjab State Power Coropration Limited (PSPCL) has laid the blame at the doorsteps of the Northern Grid for power outages in the Punjab.

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Updated on Jun 24, 2012 09:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

24 villagers, 8 cops injured in clash over 'shamlat' land in Patiala village

In what could spell trouble for the Punjab government during the ongoing assembly session, nearly two dozen villagers and at least eight policemen were injured in an exchange of fire and stone- pelting in Balberah village in Patiala district today.

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Updated on Jun 19, 2012 11:07 PM IST
None | By, Balberah (patiala)

Low water level in dams hits power generation

The absence of pre-monsoon rains and slow pace of melting of ice in the mountains has hit the power generation capacity of hydel projects, affecting the power supply situation in north India.

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Updated on Jun 18, 2012 04:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Successful exam restores battered image of PPSC

After spending a sleepless night to finalise the results of Punjab State Civil Services Combined Competitive Examination (2009), the entire team of Punjab Public Service Commission is an elated lot.

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Updated on Jun 15, 2012 12:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Hansi-Butana canal siphon choked with silt

As the monsoon nears, the controversy over the Hansi-Butana canal has been raked up again. Finding the siphon on the Hansi-Butana canal choked with silt, deputy commissioner GK Singh has written a missive to the Punjab government to take up the matter at the earliest with the Haryana government.

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Updated on Jun 14, 2012 05:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dharmheri (patiala)

Loss puts Capt on sticky wicket

The dismal performance by the Congress party in the civic body elections has put the Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh's future on a sticky wicket.

Updated on Jun 12, 2012 12:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Capt, son escape assault by SAD workers as violence marks MC polls

In a repeat of 2007 polls for the local body, violence and hooliganism of SAD-BJP workers with active support of police personnel marred voting for the Patiala municipal corporation elections today. Akali workers tries to manhandle Punjab congress president Capt Amarinder Singh at Ablowal in ward number 49, where he went to support party candidate who was mercilessly beaten up by rivals and police.

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Updated on Jun 10, 2012 08:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Bittu flays Badal, Sukhbir over memorial issue

Congress' Anandpur Sahib MP Ravneet Singh Bittu today flayed Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Badal over the Operation Bluestar memorial and honouring of Balwant Singh Rajoana with 'living martyr' title by the Akal Takht.

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Updated on Jun 08, 2012 09:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Anandpur Sahib

Nabha murder case reveals more murky deals

Almost two years after the brutal murders of four family members in Nabha, the dirty deals between the investigation officer and the accused are unfolding layer by layer.

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Updated on Jun 07, 2012 10:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Delay trips BBMB renovation plans

Delay in modernisation plans of Bhakra Beas Management Board, which aimed at increasing power generation of left bank units, is going to make matters worse on the power front in the near future. Combined with delayed monsoon and power crunch faced by generation companies does not augur well for the common man.

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Updated on Jun 05, 2012 12:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Ex-DSP booked for shoddy investigation in Nabha murders case

In an exemplary action, the police have booked retired deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Harbhajan Singh, the investigating officer in the Nabha family murder case, for conducting a shoddy investigation which led to the acquittal of the accused.

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Updated on May 26, 2012 10:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Power bodies struggle to fill technical posts

For a state that has about 150 engineering colleges with nearly 40,000 seats, Punjab's two power corporations are finding it hard to recruit 700-odd engineers due to lack of quality candidates.

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Updated on May 18, 2012 01:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Former VB SSP, others indicted for frame-up

Giving the clean chit to a patwari accused of corruption, an inquiry conducted by Kahan Singh Pannu, special principal secretary to the Punjab chief minister, has indicted six serving and former officers of the state Vigilance Bureau for abuse of power, and recommended the registration of an FIR against them.

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Updated on May 15, 2012 11:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVishal Rambani and Navrajdeep Singh, Patiala

Patiala land scam: Badal orders suspension of IAS officer, 5 others

Punjab government today ordered the suspension of IAS officer Vikas Garg, the then deputy commissioner of Patiala, in the land scam, highlighted by HT in an exclusive report on April 20. The government also ordered a vigilance probe apart from departmental action against the accused officers.

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Updated on May 08, 2012 09:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh/patiala

As CM sits on file, central bureau to begin probe

Even as chief minister Parkash Singh Badal is yet to clear the file for a vigilance probe into the alleged illegal sale of government land as private property in Patiala, the Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB) has started an investigation into the scam

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Updated on May 07, 2012 01:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Ground reality presents a rather grim picture

A national-level study has pointed out that Punjab draws the maximum groundwater in the country for irrigation in terms of geographical area. The state occupies 1.54% of the country's total area.

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Updated on May 05, 2012 01:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Bluestar: SGPC okays memorial to 'martyrs'

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to build a memorial to those who were killed in Operation Bluestar in 1984. Militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale's name tops the list of "martyrs" who had lost their lives in the military operation.

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Updated on May 04, 2012 01:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

5-member SIT formed in Nabha murders case

Listing major chinks in investigations carried out in Nabha family murder case, deputy inspector general of police LK Yadav has formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the case afresh and collect evidence against the prime suspect, Amritbir Singh, who was acquitted by a Patiala court on April 28.

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Updated on May 02, 2012 11:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala

Cops bungle as accused walks free

In a setback to the Punjab Police that raises serious questions over the force's investigating skills, a Patiala court has acquitted a 26-year-old man accused of killing four members of his family in the district's Nabha town in August 2010.

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Updated on May 02, 2012 11:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVishal Rambani and Navrajdeep Singh, Patiala

Patiala land scam: Inquiry officer stands by report

Divisional commissioner SR Ladhar, whose inquiry report indicted former Patiala deputy commissioner Vikas Garg and other officials in the Rs 250-crore land scam, has reiterated that the land in question was government property.

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Updated on Apr 26, 2012 01:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patiala
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