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Punjab invokes ESMA as revenue staff threaten indefinite strike from Sept 1

Updated on Aug 31, 2023 12:36 AM IST

Over 2,000 employees in Punjab, under the banner of the Revenue Patwar Union and the Revenue Kanungo Association, have called for an indefinite pen-down strike from September 1, over a corruption case registered against a ‘patwari’ and a ‘kanungo’ (both revenue officials) in Sangrur district a week ago.

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann had fired a warning at the revenue officials planning the strike earlier in the day. (ANI)
By, Chandigarh

Day after killing Amritsar minor, stalker shoots self, hospitalised

The alleged stalker was rushed to the Ajnala civil hospital and later referred to Guru Nanak Dev hospital in Amritsar in view of his critical condition. He had shot himself in the stomach, sources said.

The girl was sitting in the verandah of her aunt’s house with another relative in Amritsar on Tuesday when the stalker barged into the house, shot the girl with a pistol and fled the spot. (HT File)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 12:43 AM IST
By, Amritsar

Now, video of gangster Bori thrashing unarmed man emerges

The clip, seemingly edited to add two parts, shows Bori brandishing a pistol and then brutally beating an unarmed man, restrained by three persons and lying on the floor of a closed room, with a stick. The victim can also be heard begging to be let go of.

Gangster Kamal Kumar faces 18 criminal cases. (HT File)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 01:03 AM IST
ByAnil Sharma, Amritsar

Haryana: Khaps raise pitch against ‘same gotra, same village’ marriages

Leaders of around 55 Khap panchayats and representatives of farmer unions held a panchayat at Kurukshetra on Wednesday and they threatened to boycott MPs and MLAs if they fail to clear their stand on their demands, including amendment in the Hindu Marriage Act

Representatives of Khap panchayats have given a one-month ultimatum to the government, MPs and MLAs to support their demand of an amendment in the Hindu Marriage Act to prohibit same gotra (clan) marriages in the state and urged the youths to take a pledge against “love marriages” in same gotra and same village. (Representational image)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 12:17 AM IST
By, Karnal

Maintain decorum of House while airing views: Haryana speaker to MLAs

Addressing a press conference, speaker Gian Chand Gupta said Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Haryana Vidhan Sabha prohibits any discussion in the House on an issue which is sub judice. Asked about deputy CM Dushyant Chautala’s stand that Vidhan Sabha secretariat violated rules by unilaterally converting short duration discussion notices into calling attention notices, the speaker said no rules were violated.

Defending his decision of not letting the lawmakers discuss Nuh communal violence during the monsoon session of the House, Haryana Vidhan Sabha speaker Gian Chand Gupta on Wednesday said the proceedings of the three-day session were conducted strictly as per rules and conventions. (HT File)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 12:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Additional assembly land in Chandigarh: Amid eco-sensitive zone concerns, Haryana writes to green ministry

After offering to provide a different chunk of land to the Chandigarh administration as part of the land exchange for an additional Haryana assembly building in its capital, the state government has now written to the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) to de-notify the 12 acres of land in Saketri, Panchkula, originally identified for the deal.

Haryana seeks de-notification of 12 acres in Panchkula’s Saketri village for land exchange with Chandigarh administration. The Haryana government plans to allot the 12-acre land in Saketri to the Chandigarh administration in exchange for 10 acres in Chandigarh near the IT Park road where it will construct an additional assembly premises. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 12:05 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

SAD trying to associate with INDIA to stay relevant: Warring

Warring’s statement came a on a day when SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal told reporters that his party “has many options” while replying to a query on speculations of SAD joining hands with INDIA.

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring on Wednesday hit out at the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for trying to associate with the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) to maintain its existence in the state. (HT Photos)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 12:58 AM IST
By, Chandigarh/sangrur

Punjab: 4 days after fire, Mohali factory owner booked for woman worker’s death

Victim’s husband says there had been a fire incident at the unit a few days ago too, but it was controlled in time. However, the factory owner did not address concerns of the workers and did not take any preventive step.

Four days after a massive fire broke out at a chemical factory in Kurali industrial area of Mohali district, police booked the factory owner for the death of a woman worker. (Representational photo)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 02:50 PM IST
ByMohit Khanna

Himachal: Snowfall in Lahaul-Spiti district, Manali-Leh highway closed

Manali got 7mm of rainfall and Bhunter 0.7mm, while the skies remained overcast; the snow and rain have brought down the mercury in the state.

Demul village received the season’s first snowfall in Spiti valley on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 02:45 PM IST

Punjab farmers’ rail blockade enters third day, commuters at receiving end

The farmers have been blocking rail tracks in Faridkot, Samrala, Moga, Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Tarn Taran, Sangrur, Patiala, Ferozepur, Bathinda and Amritsar since Thursday demanding compensation for crop damage, MSP guarantee and sweeping debt waiver

A family returning from the Amritsar railway station as trains were cancelled after farmers blocked rail tracks in the district. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 12:32 PM IST
ByPress Trust of India

PGIMER bags honour at India Research Excellence-Citation Awards 2023

Nine researchers and 11 institutions received this year’s awards for their outstanding contribution to research

The awards are based on the analysis of publication output during 2017 to 2022. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 09:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

CHB notices contradict court’s orders, say Sector 41 residents

Members of the LIG (U) Duplex Complex Welfare Society stated that the CHB had issued a public notice on September 27, asking the residents to remove violations within 10 days or face demolition

Since 1985 to 2022, additional constructions were made by the allottees but CHB took no action on the need-based changes constructions as per bylaws. (HT)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 09:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Mulligans ease past Soaring Eagles on Day 4 of Chandigarh Golf League

Punjab Aces and Partee Panthers also recorded identical 5.5-1.5 wins over Tee Birds and Moksha Royals respectively at the event being held at the Chandigarh Golf Club

A player in action on Day 4 of team tournament at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 09:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: PGIMER nurses’ protest enters Day 4

The association members protest outside Kairon Block for two hours, 2 pm to 4 pm, every day. The protest which started on September 26, will last till September 30

PGIMER administration has sought 24 hours to respond to the nurses’ demands. (HT FILE)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 09:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Mobile shop owner, taxi driver caught with 94 gm heroin

The mobile shop owner, Puspinder, alias Pushi, 35, was nabbed by the district crime cell, Sector 24, from a check post in Sector 20, Chandigarh

Police recovered 53.94 gm heroin and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>20,300 in cash. (HT FILE)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 09:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh : Drug addict arrested for snatching chef’s phone in Sector 22

The accused, Sandeep, resident of Sector 44, Chandigarh, was nabbed by the crime branch from near the Sector-52 petrol pump

Police have arrested a drug addict for snatching a chef’s mobile phone near Piccadilly Hotel, Chandigarh. (HT)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 09:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Audit to check working of Samagra Shiksha Scheme at UT schools

All 112 government schools of the city will be covered under the scheme in a five year period with 22 government schools audited every year for the first four years and 24 schools audited in the final year

MGSIPA to conduct social audit of Samagra Shiksha Scheme in Chandigarh’s government schools. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 09:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: 19 lakh cleared for Chrysanthemum Show in December

The decision came taken during the finance and contract committee (F&CC) meeting held at MC office, Sector 17, under the chairmanship of Chandigarh mayor Anup Gupta

Chandigarh will host the annual Chrysanthemum Show at Terraced Garden, Sector 33, in December. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 09:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Farmers’ protest hits traffic on Chandigarh-Ambala highway

Farmers owing allegiance to Bharti Kisan Union Ekta (Sidhupur) squatted on the highway and parked their tractors along the road to push for financial package for losses incurred in recent floods, legal guarantee to MSP and relief from agricultural debt

Farmers blocked the busy Chandigarh-Ambala national highway on Friday, throwing traffic out of gear. (HT Photo/ for representation)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 09:34 AM IST
By, Mohali

Selling sub-standard cake leaves baker with burnt fingers

Consumer commission awards Panchkula resident ₹20,000 compensation for cake worth ₹3,000 that left her son sick in July

Panchkula resident filed a complaint against Nik Bakers for delivering sub-standard cake. (Getty Images/Purestock)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 09:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Man molests 2 minor sisters, burns them with cigarette

As they tried to run away after objecting to the bad touch, the man pressed a lighted cigarette against their shoulders, inflicting burns

The siblings underwent medical examination at GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, and recorded their statements before a magistrate. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 09:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh drug controller officer in dock for seeking 80,000 bribe from chemist

The officer sought bribe from Dhanas-based chemist to issue drugs licence “despite violations”; conduit nabbed while accepting ₹25,000 instalment

A drug control officer has been booked for demanding <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>80,000 bribe from a Dhanas-based chemist. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 09:28 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Man who posed as Haryana chief secretary behind 35-cr immigration fraud: Mohali police

The accused, Sarabjit Singh Sandhu, is estimated to have defrauded nearly 300 visa aspirants from across Punjab by promising them life abroad

Mohali senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sandeep Garg while addressing the media about the accused’s modus operandi. (ht photo)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 09:26 AM IST
ByMohit Khanna, Mohali

Chandigarh: Law officer held guilty of demanding 7,000 bribe from murder convict

Munish Mittal was arrested in August 2015 on the complaint of Amrik Singh, a farmer from Patiala, who was convicted in a murder case from November 1996

The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on Saturday. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 09:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Sukhbir slams AAP govt for non-release for flood aid in Fazilka

Sukhbir, who led the party protest in Fazilka, said, the AAP government in Punjab was also suppressing social activists and whistleblowers to conceal financial mismanagement

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir S Badal (PTI File)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 08:58 AM IST
By, Ferozepur

Farmers protest, Day 2: Passengers bear the brunt as 104 trains affected

Farm leaders on Friday said they will be expanding their protest by adding three more sites, including one each in Samrala, Malout, and Ambala, Haryana.

Stranded railway passengers walk away from the railway station in Amritsar on Friday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 08:52 AM IST
By, Ambala/bathinda/amritsar/chandigarh

Jalandhar: SHO transferred after girl uploads video sitting on bonnet of his official vehicle

On Thursday, a video of Jalandhar-based influencer Payal Param went viral on several social media platforms in which she was seen dancing to the tunes of Punjabi songs while sitting on the official vehicle of SHO. A few police personnel, in their uniforms, were also seen in the video assisting her

Deputy commissioner of police Jagmohan Singh said they have initiated an inquiry into the matter and sent the video to the cyber cell to gather information about when and where the video was shot.
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 08:40 AM IST
By, Jalandhar

NCB cop’s brother caught with 1.4 lakh bribe in Yamunanagar

He was identified as Islam, a resident of Karnal and the brother of assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Mehboob Ali, who is posted with HSNCB in Yamunanagar. The other cop, on whose behalf the accused was taking the bribe, is Ali’s colleague ASI Pawan.

The Yamunanagar unit of the anti-corruption bureau on Friday arrested a middleman for allegedly taking a bribe of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.4 lakh from a Saharanpur resident on behalf of two cops posted with the Haryana State Narcotics Control Bureau (HSNCB). (HT File)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 08:32 AM IST
By, Ambala

Guest Column: Politics of freebies cost heavy in long run, hit poorest most

The culture of freebies is emblematic of a deeper malaise. No doubt, it is addictive and is at the cost of worthier causes like empowering the disadvantaged with better education, skills, healthcare and nutrition. But at a deeper level, it leads to the degeneration of the constitutional democracy into an electoral democracy and fundamentally alters the social contract between the citizens and the state.

Some political formations have elevated such handouts to the level of guarantees and, in the event of their winning the election, the first priority is accorded to the implementation of such guarantees. (HT File)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 08:22 AM IST
ByKR Lakhanpal

For mediclaim, PGIMER rates applicable only if facility is provided by institute: HC to Haryana

Petitioner had approached the high court in 2017 after the government did not reimburse the money he had spent on liver transplant surgery at a Bengaluru hospital in 2016. After he filed the petition, a reimbursement of ₹10 lakh was made.

The Punjab and Haryana high court has ruled that the Haryana government can make reimbursement of mediclaim of an employee or a pensioner on PGIMER rates where the said facility is available in the hospital. (HT File)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 08:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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