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Ramesh Vinayak
Ramesh Vinayak
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A journalist with 30 years standing, Ramesh is a Senior Resident Editor at Chandigarh. He specialises in covering the north Indian states including Punjab and J & K,besides the Punjabi diaspora.

  • Feb 02, 2017 07:59
    The Maur bomb blasts, barely four days before the high-stakes Punjab polls, have not only injected the fear of the unknown into the electoral landscape, but its tremors have also dramatically altered the dynamics of a bitterly-fought contest for power... read more
  • Jan 12, 2017 15:59
    Although it is a momentous election for all three contestants, the Congress has the highest stakes. The outcome of the Punjab assembly polls will have a bearing beyond the state and on political fortunes of those at the helm read more
  • Dec 21, 2016 06:58
    Tuesday’s unprecedented win of the BJP-Shiromani Akali Dal combine in the Chandigarh municipal corporation elections has, for once, debunked the potency of the demonetisation issue as an electoral trump card. read more
  • Nov 11, 2016 12:07
    Water has an uncanny history of inflaming passions in Punjab. Thursday’s verdict by a five-member constitutional bench of the Supreme Court rejecting the validity of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act, 2004, is yet another watershed in the protracted... read more
  • Nov 11, 2016 01:05
    Supreme Court rejecting the validity of the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act has stirred up turbulence in political waters of Punjab that is set to resonate during the poll campaign read more
  • Nov 01, 2016 12:48
    On November 1, 1966, Haryana was carved out of Punjab on the basis of language. As Haryana turns 50, we take a look at the sibling states and assess them on parameters of agriculture, industry, power, economy. read more
  • Oct 29, 2016 09:21
    Nineteen years after the catastrophic partition of Punjab between India and Pakistan at the altar of religion, the border state’s map was redrawn again on November 1, 1966 — this time, on the basis of language. Out of the second split emerged a new state... read more
  • Sep 03, 2016 07:37
    On Friday, a troika of political renegades, Navjot Sidhu, Pargat Singh and the Bains brothers, dramatically unveiled themselves as a rallying pivot for a fourth front in electoral slugfest that has so far been taking the shape of a three-horse race among... read more
  • Jul 13, 2016 10:15
    In Punjab, the monsoon has brought with it a cloudburst of political controversies. That, for a change, means a frisson of relief for the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, which has long been facing intense heat over sacrilege, scandals, law and order, and... read more
  • Apr 16, 2016 17:27
    Congress leader calls drug addiction in Punjab a “deep and debilitating” problem. read more
  • Mar 24, 2016 11:28
    Poised to take over as the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti is expected to chart out a new course of governance different from father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s legacy — more in style than in substance. read more
  • Jan 15, 2016 08:13
    Party sets the stage for three-horse race in 2017 as Kejriwal sounds poll bugle in Muktsar read more
  • Jan 14, 2016 22:59
    In the heat and dust of the historic Maghi mela at Muktsar, the unmistakable key takeaway is this: Punjab is set for a three-horse race in the 2017 assembly polls. read more
  • Jan 02, 2016 16:54
    Security agencies have traced the involvement of the shadowy terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad in the Indian Air Force base attack in Pathankot after intercepting mobile calls made by four terrorists to their handlers in Pakistan. read more
  • Jan 02, 2016 13:47
    The terrorist strike on the frontline Indian Air Force base at Pathankot early on Saturday is the second major ‘made-in-Pakistan’ attack to take place in Punjab’s Gurdaspur-Pathankot belt in the last six months. read more
  • Jan 02, 2016 10:11
    Just hours before terrorists struck at the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in the wee hour on Saturday, security agencies had swung into action and rushed a crack team of National Security Guards, who acted on advance intelligence to thwart the terror... read more
  • Dec 29, 2015 00:22
    It’s a year that Sukhbir Singh Badal would like to forget like a bad dream. For, it was under his watch as deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president that Punjab, in 2015, was racked by crisis after crisis: from the Moga mishap involving... read more
  • Dec 15, 2015 00:17
    For the Congress, Capt Amarinder Singh is the man of the moment. Entrusted with the onerous task of spearheading the party’s campaign to wrest power in Punjab even after he presided over two successive defeats in the 2007 and 2012 assembly polls read more
  • Nov 08, 2015 00:22
    Even chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed made all the right noises in the run up to much-hyped visit. He lavishly praised Modi as “tolerant and exclusive” in the backdrop of a nation-wide clamour against growing intolerance. read more
  • Nov 07, 2015 12:01
    Pitching development and employment as the most potent antidote to the problems of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narenda Modi on Saturday announced a Rs 80,000-crore economic package for the strife-torn state. read more
  • Nov 07, 2015 09:46
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address a public rally at heavily-secured Sher-e-Kashmir stadium in the heart of Srinagar, where he is expected to announce a big economic package for rehabilitation of flood victims and rebuilding infrastructure... read more
  • Nov 07, 2015 09:31
    A massive, multi-layered security has been put in place in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kashmir on Saturday. read more
  • Nov 06, 2015 19:37
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday where he is expected to announce a much-awaited economic package for the state. read more
  • Nov 05, 2015 00:14
    Beleaguered and bruised by Sikh protests over a spate of desecrations of Guru Granth Sahib, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has been in a fire-fighting mode for the past five weeks. read more
  • Oct 20, 2015 00:29
    The political gamble of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal by orchestrating an Akal Takht-stamped pardon for the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in the 2007 blasphemy case has boomeranged in the worst possible ways. read more
  • Sep 29, 2015 19:36
    Decision by Sikh clergy to let off Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for alleged blasphemy has radicals crying foul. read more
  • Sep 26, 2015 09:46
    Call it a leap of faith or a politically-managed religious edict. The dramatic decision by the five Sikh high priests on pardoning Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and revoking an eight-year-long “social boycott” edict of the Akal Takht... read more
  • Aug 22, 2015 00:47
    India and Pakistan are locked in an intense war-of-words over Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Sartaz Aziz’s invite to the Hurriyat leaders for a meeting before the proposed high-level engagement with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval on Monday. read more
  • Jun 26, 2015 21:21
    Punjab chief secretary and Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA) director general Sarvesh Kaushal on Friday exhorted civil servants to dedicate themselves to citizens. read more
  • Jun 24, 2015 12:25
    Inclusiveness, implementation and investment– these three Is will form the top priorities for the Group of twenty (G-20) summit to be hosted and chaired by Turkey in November in the shadow of a global economic slowdown. read more
  • Jun 10, 2015 00:05
    That Punjab’s entreaties for a special financial package have surprisingly found no receptive ear in New Delhi even a year after the BJP came to power is an open secret that the Parkash Singh Badal government has been fighting shy of accepting publi... read more
  • May 02, 2015 15:51
    For the Parkash Singh Badal government in Punjab, the timing of the Moga bus horror could hardly have been worse. read more
  • Mar 14, 2015 10:21
    Before the 2012 assembly elections swung in favour of the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance, giving it a historic second coming, it made a raft of promises, describing them as \"a stunning range of initiatives to revolutionise infrastructure, health, education,... read more
  • Jan 06, 2015 23:56
    The drug issue has taken centre stage in Punjab like never before. It has sharpened the political debate and also triggered a no-holds-barred war of words. A shrill blame game is raging between the Parkash Singh Badal government and Opposition; it has... read more
  • Dec 31, 2014 08:21
    Call it the year of drugs in Punjab. Nothing has dominated and impacted the border state’s political and social discourse in 2014 more profoundly than the drug menace. If one were to conduct an opinion poll in the state today to figure out what concern... read more
  • Oct 31, 2014 09:47
    Three decades after the Indian Army stormed into the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine for the Sikhs, the wounds and the hurt caused by that attack and its bloody aftermath are yet to heal even though the dream of Khalistan has faded away. read more
  • Oct 19, 2014 19:37
    In scripting a historic victory in Haryana that catapulted the BJP to power for the first time in the state, the party rode on the Modi momentum of the general election and consolidated non-Jat voters to its advantage. read more
  • Oct 09, 2014 22:04
    Harsimrat Badal knows the art of combining her combatively argumentative streak with a soft, disarming charisma. These qualities are on test as being a minister in the Modi-led cabinet, she has taken it upon herself to lobby with the Centre on issues... read more
  • Jul 26, 2014 00:09
    One of the most exciting rewards of being a journalist is the ringside view you get of history being made. The year 1999 packed in more than the usual share of history when I found myself on the craggy heights of Kargil, ducking shelling from across... read more
  • Jul 25, 2014 08:55
    Sticking to their guns on the contentious formation of the Haryana gurdwara panel, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Haryana counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday blamed each other for exploiting the issue for political gain... read more
  • Jul 24, 2014 08:04
    For long locked in intractable legal disputes over sharing of river waters and territorial claims, Punjab and Haryana are now sparring on politico-religious turf. read more
  • Jul 24, 2014 07:49
    For long locked in intractable legal disputes over sharing of river waters and territorial claims, Punjab and Haryana are now sparring on politico-religious turf. And, the slugfest is only getting vicious and complicated by the day, raising the fears... read more
  • Jul 23, 2014 23:31
    Sticking to their guns on the contentious formation of the Haryana gurdwara panel, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Haryana counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday blamed each other for exploiting the issue for political gain... read more
  • Jun 07, 2014 08:04
    Image makeover and course correction: These words are the centre-piece of Sukhbir Badal’s post-poll strategy to stem a groundswell of public ire dogging the ruling SAD-BJP alliance. With the drug issue becoming hot political fodder and the seven-year-old... read more
  • May 16, 2014 07:52
    Punjab governor and UT administrator Shivraj Patil urged the media to follow the Indian philosophy of taking the “middle path” by maintaining balance and not criticising only for the sake of criticism. “There is a section of the media which has its views... read more
  • Apr 05, 2014 22:06
    Amritsar is all set for the ultimate electoral thriller the likes of which Punjab has never seen before. Pitted in the high-stake slugfest are the two unlikeliest of contestants: BJP’s Arun Jaitley, 61, and Congress’s Capt Amarinder Singh, 72. While... read more
  • Apr 05, 2014 07:49
    The Lok Sabha polls has turned into a referendum on BJP\'s PM candidate Narendra Modi, says Arun Jaitley, the BJP chief strategist and leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha. \"It’s now Modi versus the others,\" Jaitley told Hindustan Times on Friday in... read more
  • Apr 04, 2014 22:38
    BJP’s chief strategist and leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley told HT in Amritsar on Friday that this election has turned into a referendum on the party’s PM candidate Narendra Modi. read more
  • Mar 23, 2014 11:03
    Until a few days ago, Punjab was emblematic of all that was seemingly going wrong for the Congress at the national pollscape: battle-shy senior leaders, desertions to the rivals’ fold and a creeping sense of defeat among party workers even before the... read more
  • Mar 23, 2014 00:59
    Until a few days ago, Punjab was emblematic of all that was seemingly going wrong for the Congress at the national pollscape: battle-shy senior leaders, desertions and a creeping sense of defeat before the fight had actually begun. But on Friday, the... read more
  • Mar 15, 2014 18:21
    ‘We call this a blueprint of Punjab’s destiny. For convenience, the newspapers can call it a manifesto”, said Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal at Ludhiana on January 22 in 2012 while releasing his party’s manifesto for the assembly elections.... read more
  • Mar 12, 2014 10:41
    Politics makes strange bed fellows. More so, in an election season when parties go scouting, or even shopping, for allies. But, Tuesday\'s formality of the Manpreet Singh Badal-led People\'s Party of Punjab and the Congress announcing their tie-up for... read more
  • Mar 04, 2014 01:01
    In Punjab, the parliamentary elections have typically been a two-horse race — between the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance and the Congress. And, electoral sweepstakes, as the past trends show, always swing against the ruling party in this border state... read more
  • Mar 03, 2014 20:52
    In Punjab, the parliamentary elections have typically been a two-horse race — between the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance and the Congress. And, electoral sweepstakes, as the past trends show, always swing against the ruling party in this border state... read more
  • Feb 10, 2014 10:40
    Elections to the 16th Lok Sabha are yet to be notified, but political parties are already into a frenetic poll mode for all intents and purposes. And so is Hindustan Times, having formally launched its election coverage My India My Vote - on Republic... read more
  • Dec 13, 2013 17:02
    Hindustan times today organised Women safety event in Sector 38, Chandigarh. Retired police officer Kiran Bedi, Rainuka Dagar, Theatre artist Neelam Mansingh and SK Sharma, Punjab ADGD were among the panelist. read more
  • Dec 08, 2013 00:36
    Ageing but agile, Badal, who turns 86 today, doesn’t show signs of fatigue. Known for his penchant for subtlety and holding back more than revealing, Badal was, for a change, direct and reflective while answering a range of political and personal questions... read more
  • Nov 26, 2013 00:07
    Readers react: Strong opinions, support to the cause, and spur read more
  • Nov 22, 2013 01:16
    An unprecedented tsunami of outrage provoked by the searing gangrape cases - first in New Delhi last year, and then, in Mumbai, in August - has long ebbed away from public memory and discourse. Yet, both episodes have evidently engendered a new index... read more
  • Sep 29, 2013 19:31
    Glowing tributes were paid to principal correspondent of Hindustan Times Jasdeep Singh Malhotra by people from all walks of life during his bhog and antim ardas ceremony here on Sunday. The bhog ceremony was held at Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Model Town... read more
  • Sep 26, 2013 18:15
    By making the sensational claim that the army has, as a matter of standard procedure since Independence, been paying off ministers in Jammu and Kashmir to ensure peace and stability, Gen Singh has opened up a Pandora’s Box. The politicking over Gen VK... read more
  • Sep 23, 2013 23:37
    Principal correspondent of Hindustan Times, Jasdeep Singh Malhotra (41), who died on Sunday in a fatal road accident near Mukerian, was cremated here today where people from all walks of life paid tribute to the departed soul. read more
  • Sep 22, 2013 23:16
    In the untimely demise of Jasdeep Malhotra, principal correspondent of Hindustan Times, the journalist fraternity has lost a bold voice of public spirited journalism. Jasdeep, 41, epitomised Hindustan Times\' core values of reporting without fear or favour.... read more
  • Aug 13, 2013 20:29
    Ashok Khemka is making headlines again. In his recent 100-page report, the 1991-batch Haryana IAS officer not only stood his ground on his charges of \"sham transactions\" against Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in the Vadra-DLF... read more
  • Aug 13, 2013 20:13
    With the Robert Vadra land deals causing an uproar in Parliament, Ashok Khemka, the IAS officer who cancelled the mutation of the 3.5 acres of land in question, is currently the man of the hour. HT talked to a cautious and combative Khemka who has kicked... read more
  • Aug 04, 2013 10:32
    How is the present generation different from their parents\'? Well, a straight answer is that today\'s youth are more self-aware and aspirational. Ramesh Vinayak, Senior Resident Editor, writes read more
  • Jun 08, 2013 00:54
    This Sunday, we bear a happy news for our readers as we roll out our very own Brunch Punjab with a sharp focus and flavour of the region. A lifestyle-loaded Brunch Punjab shall zing up your Sunday morning like never before. read more
  • May 04, 2013 00:27
    The tragic end of Sarabjit Singh in Lahore jail unplugged long-frozen memories of my journalistic encounters with the surreal and secretive world of cross-border spies. All former Indian spies share the same chilling tale of being left out in the cold.... read more
  • May 03, 2013 09:32
    The tragic end of Sarabjit Singh in the Lahore jail unplugged long-frozen memories of my journalistic encounters with the surreal and secretive world of cross-border spies. Documenting tales of these real-life spies who had survived years of torture... read more
  • Apr 26, 2013 10:53
    At 48, Ashok Khemka is arguably India’s most well-known bureaucrat. For, the 1991-batch Haryana-cadre IAS officer has been riding the storms he routinely kicks up by putting his foot down against the wrongs of powers-that-be. A fiercely argumentative... read more
  • Mar 21, 2013 09:35
    In these digitally networked times, the social media can be an instant barometer of netizens\' opinions on any hot-button topic. That\'s precisely the case in response to Hindustan Times\' report on Monday that made public the name and photograph of Vidisha... read more
  • Mar 07, 2013 09:15
    Desperate situations call for desperate measures. That\'s the message in the appointment of Gurdaspur member of Parliament Partap Singh Bajwa as Punjab Congress chief in place of Capt Amarinder Singh. Hindustan Times Resident Editor Ramesh Vinayak wr... read more
  • Mar 07, 2013 00:59
    Desperate situations call for desperate measures. That’s the message in the appointment of Gurdaspur member of Parliament Partap Singh Bajwa as Punjab Congress chief in place of Capt Amarinder Singh. read more
  • Dec 04, 2012 00:50
    The undercurrents of sectarian tensions are like a dormant volcano. They, in the case of Punjab, have an uncanny way to erupt episodically and strike a jarring note to its peaceful moorings. HT Resident Editor Ramesh Vinayak writes read more
  • Oct 09, 2012 23:55
    Interview Lt Gen KS Brar: Getting candid Army generals never retire; they just fade away. But, the past has uncannily denied that comfort to Lt Gen Kuldip Singh Brar even two decades after he hung up his uniform. As the lone surviving frontline commander... read more
  • Oct 08, 2012 23:43
    Lieutenant General (retd) Kuldip Singh Brar, the only surviving commander of Operation Bluestar, fears that the upcoming memorial to the army action in Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar may not only become a rallying point for radicals but also reopen the... read more
  • Sep 24, 2012 11:27
    \"Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable,\" said John Kenneth Galbraith, America\'s best-known economist. This precept befittingly explains Prime Minister Manmohan Singh\'s latest political gambit on big-ticket economic... read more
  • Sep 16, 2012 23:06
    On September 14, the SAD-BJP government completed six months of its second consecutive term in Punjab. Normally, such days afford the ruling dispensation an opportunity to tom-tom about the first rush of its achievements. Instead, the occasion has left... read more
  • Sep 09, 2012 23:36
    Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah fielded a wide range of questions in an interview with Ramesh Vinayak, HT\'s Resident Editor in Chandigarh and Toufiq Rashid, HT\'s Kashmir bureau chief. read more
  • Sep 06, 2012 22:16
    No one perhaps knows the potential pitfalls of this mercurial matrix of violence-weary Jammu and Kashmir better than its chief minister Omar Abdullah – a lesson that he learnt the hard way by the bloody summer of 2010 in which 110 people were killed. read more
  • Aug 26, 2012 17:00
    Celebrities and politicians share dias at the felicitation of HT’s first Youth Forum, Top 30 Under 30, in Chandigarh read more
  • Aug 20, 2012 21:32
    In the roller coaster narrative of the India growth story, what stands out as a constant high? Inarguably, it\'s the formidable phalanx of Gen X that the nation is uniquely endowed with. Home to one of the youngest populations in the world, India has... read more
  • Jul 26, 2012 19:06
    Kanchan Bahl (70), mother-in-law of Hindustan Times Resident Editor Ramesh Vinayak, breathed her last late on Wednesday night. She had been admitted to a SAS Nagar private hospital last week after suffering a heart attack. She is survived by her husband,... read more
  • Jun 22, 2012 23:23
    “Continuity with speed”. That’s how Sukhbir Singh Badal had flagged his challenges soon after the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party’s stunning comeback to power in March. Ramesh Vinayak reports. read more
  • Jun 22, 2012 11:47
    \"Continuity with speed\". That\'s how Sukhbir Singh Badal had flagged his challenges soon after the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party\'s stunning comeback to power in March. Three months on, the deputy chief minister, who fancies himself as the... read more
  • Jun 09, 2012 21:56
    The Akali Dal’s tacit support to the radical fringe’s agenda could prove to be costly. The door to a violent past which had firmly been shut is now being prised open in Punjab as the foundation stone has been laid in the Golden Temple in memory of those... read more
  • Apr 21, 2012 20:56
    While Pakistanis debate the end of militarisation of the Saichen Glacier, it may be time for India to also consider the cost of fighting at the world’s highest battlefield. All you needed to know about the Siachen dispute read more
  • Mar 07, 2012 00:27
    Into the fourth year of his government\'s rule, Sukhbir Singh Badal led busloads of journalists and Akali-BJP MLAs to the site of an upcoming R19,000-crore oil refinery in Bathinda\'s back of the beyond. read more
  • Mar 06, 2012 23:32
    The Akali-BJP juggernaut was powered by its doggedly positive campaign wrapped around its development credentials and a raft of populist promises, including such out-of-the-box ideas as free laptops for senior school students. read more
  • Jan 30, 2012 09:02
    It\'s an unusually tough contest between the SAD-BJP alliance and Congress. Adding to the intrigue are the Manpreet and dera factors. Ramesh Vinayak reports. read more
  • Dec 27, 2011 11:34
    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... read more
  • Dec 27, 2011 11:19
    Not happy with the poor representation of youth in political parties, youngsters in Patiala district are feeling marginalised. The winds of change, they feel, will blow only if they have a greater say in the political system. To begin with, they want... read more
  • Dec 26, 2011 21:52
    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. read more
  • Dec 02, 2011 00:24
    The math is stark: Six hundred million versus five million. The farming population outnumbers the traders by 120 times. read more
  • Oct 19, 2011 23:07
    Acknowledging that the Anna Hazare movement has served its purpose, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today that the recent debate over corruption has awakened the country to the harmful consequences of corruption. Ramesh Vinayak reports. read more
  • Oct 18, 2011 23:40
    The 5th India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) summit, which started on Tuesday, made a strong pitch for global governance reforms in multilateral international bodies including the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and International Monetary Fund (I... read more
  • Oct 18, 2011 01:34
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived at this picturesque capital of South Africa on Monday to attend the 5th India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) summit, which is expected to reflect the three countries’ common positions on a range of hot-button global... read more
  • Oct 18, 2011 00:01
    Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh arrived at the picturesque capital of South Africa on Monday to attend the three-day 5th IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa) Summit, which is expected to reflect the common position of the three countries on a range... read more
  • Nov 08, 2010 23:20
    As US President Barack Obama’s four-day maiden trip to India draws to a close, it’s time to relive and savour my “Obama moment” that dazzled me more now than it did six years ago when it actually occurred. read more
  • Feb 11, 2010 01:15
    Dismissing allegations that he refused to allow the prosecution of a Punjab High Court judge in the cash-for-judge scam, Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan on Wednesday clarified he wasn’t even asked. read more
  • Jan 18, 2010 00:45
    It was no coincidence that three independent inquiries conducted by the police, the CBI and an in-house judges’ panel into the cash-at-judge’s doorstep case had a common conclusion: Justice Nirmal Yadav of the Punjab and Haryana High Court had received... read more
  • Jan 17, 2010 01:01
    Two weeks after the ‘cash-at-judge’s door’ scandal rocked the Punjab and Haryana High Court in mid-2008, Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator Gen SF Rodrigues (retd) had concluded that Justice Nirmal Yadav, sitting High Court judge, had been... read more
  • Oct 20, 2009 12:42
    The Chandigarh Mega projects row : Punjab Governor questions the Home Ministry\'s authority to put his land acquisition under the scanner. \" I am guilty of not allowing people to do something wrong\" Gen Rodrigues tells Hindustan Times Resident Editor... read more
  • Jun 08, 2009 00:30
    The Union government is not allowing the prosecution of a High Court judge suspected of receiving bribes — including whiskey bottles and a mobile phone — and fixing illegal land deals. But it now emerges that an in-house inquiry committee constituted... read more
  • Jun 05, 2009 01:33
    In Punjab’s bureaucratic and public spheres, Sumedh Singh Saini, evokes strong — and often extreme — reactions. read more
  • Jun 04, 2009 00:49
    In an unusual report by a state government on its judiciary, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau says it has found leads to a slew of malpractices in the Punjab and Haryana HC that could, if investigated, incriminate two of its senior judges. The claims, made... read more
  • Jun 04, 2009 00:27
    Time for those reforms back in 1993, a public-spirited advocate, Anupam Gupta, hit the headlines for raising the issue of nepotism and corruption in the judiciary. read more
  • May 17, 2009 02:42
    The Congress romped home in eight of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab but its tally fell short of expectations in the face of a stiff fight from the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine, which bagged five seats, reports Ramesh Vinayak. read more
  • Apr 20, 2009 01:11
    Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh on Sunday offered to submit a fresh apology to Akal Takht for appearing in public dressed like Guru Gobind Singh. read more
  • Apr 09, 2009 17:15
    Journalist Jarnail Singh’s size-9 Reebok shoe may have missed P. Chidambaram on Tuesday, but two days later, it brought down two Delhi political heavyweights, Congress MPs and candidates Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi and Ramesh... read more
  • Apr 06, 2009 23:02
    The decision to field Tytler and Sajjan Kumar as its Lok Sabha candidates has provoked an avalanche of outrage and opprobrium from the Sikhs, most notably in Delhi and Punjab, writes Ramesh Vinayak. read more