Aneesha Sareen

Aneesha Sareen

A principal correspondent, Aneesha Sareen Kumar is the bureau chief at Ludhiana. She covers district administration, politics and crime.

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Voters lined up to cast their votes outside a polling station at Khanna in Ludhiana district on Sunday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Voters lined up to cast their votes outside a polling station at Khanna in Ludhiana district on Sunday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Ludhiana municipal polls: 73.9% voters turn up to seal fate of 112

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2021 01:37 AM IST
A whopping 73
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Rajni Bector, 80, is an alumna of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Rajni Bector, 80, is an alumna of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

My phone hasn’t stopped ringing, says Rajni Bector after winning Padma Shri

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 10:52 PM IST
Ever since the news of her being honoured with the Padma Shri broke, Rajni Bector’s phone hasn’t stopped ringing
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Farmers on a sit-in protest against new farm laws, at Lehra Bega toll plaza in Bathinda, Punjab. (Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Farmers on a sit-in protest against new farm laws, at Lehra Bega toll plaza in Bathinda, Punjab. (Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Farmers voice disappointment, anger in Punjab and Haryana

By Aneesha Sareen, Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times, Amritsar/ludhiana/ Karnal/ Rohtak
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 04:09 AM IST
  • Even farmers, who were earlier excited about the tractor rally and spent the day glued to their phones and television sets, said the violence on the streets of Delhi and outside the Red Fort weakened the movement.
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Gurmeet Singh Kular, Ludhiana based-entrepreneur and president of Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organization (FICO) at his cycle parts unit in Ludhiana (Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times)
Gurmeet Singh Kular, Ludhiana based-entrepreneur and president of Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organization (FICO) at his cycle parts unit in Ludhiana (Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times)

‘Centre should simplify taxes, support MSMEs’: FICO Prez

By Aneesha Sareen, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 01:14 AM IST
  • In pre-Covid times, I worked with 240 workers. 140 of these left and didn't return. I am managing with only 100 workers, says Kular
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While most industries were facing loses, the cycle industry got a shot in the arm as more and more people started opting for bicycles as their mode of transport amid a rising fitness consciousness(HT File)
While most industries were facing loses, the cycle industry got a shot in the arm as more and more people started opting for bicycles as their mode of transport amid a rising fitness consciousness(HT File)

Ludhiana’s booming economy descends into gloom

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 11:53 PM IST
The pandemic had an adverse affect on all sorts of businesses and industries this year, and the road to recovery seems to a long and difficult one
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Despite pandemic, runaway couples knock court doors for protection from kin in Ludhiana

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 01:35 AM IST
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As per a police survey, maximum number of beggars were found at Dandi Swami Chowk, Mata Rani Chowk, bus stand, Kipps Market, Clock Tower and railway station among others.(HT FILE)
As per a police survey, maximum number of beggars were found at Dandi Swami Chowk, Mata Rani Chowk, bus stand, Kipps Market, Clock Tower and railway station among others.(HT FILE)

Number of beggars in Ludhiana brought down from 250 to 74 in a month: Survey

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 11:15 PM IST
Make Ludhiana beggar-free by Dec 31, says police commissioner; thrust on anti-beggar drive and their rehabilitation
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The 12.9-km elevated road is being constructed from the erstwhile octroi post on the Ferozepur Road (NH-95) to the Samrala Chowk at a cost of ₹756.2 crore.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
The 12.9-km elevated road is being constructed from the erstwhile octroi post on the Ferozepur Road (NH-95) to the Samrala Chowk at a cost of ₹756.2 crore.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Ludhiana elevated road project: 8-hr power cuts for 3 days for shifting of power lines

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 12:25 AM IST
The power supply will be snapped from 9 am to 5 pm, outage planned for Dec 13 as well
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Farm-grown honey is available at a price of ₹145 per kg at this time while last year it was available at ₹95 (unbranded)(Representative Image/ HT File Photo)
Farm-grown honey is available at a price of ₹145 per kg at this time while last year it was available at ₹95 (unbranded)(Representative Image/ HT File Photo)

Punjab’s honey farmers rubbish adulteration claims, say profits have only increased in Covid times

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times/Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 12:48 AM IST
The prices of honey have recorded an increase of 50 from what it was at this time last year
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Goods containers lying at a dry port in Sahnewal port area in Ludhiana.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Goods containers lying at a dry port in Sahnewal port area in Ludhiana.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

15-day window fine, but clearing backlog will take months: Punjab industry

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times/Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 04:49 PM IST
Dry Ports in Ludhiana’s Dhandari Kalan, Sahnewal, Focal Point and Kila Raipur account for 95% of logistics business in the region
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The number of active cases had been steadily rising in the months of August and September as well when the number had even crossed 2,000-mark on several days.(HINDUSTAN TIMES)
The number of active cases had been steadily rising in the months of August and September as well when the number had even crossed 2,000-mark on several days.(HINDUSTAN TIMES)

Active cases in Ludhiana cross 500-mark for first time in 26 days

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 01:21 AM IST
The number of active cases had last touched 500 on October 9 when 587 active cases were reported. Following this day, there had been a steady decline in every day cases, with active cases falling to even 207 on October 26, which was the lowest figure since July.
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Before the curfew restrictions were lifted on June 8, 11 people had died due to Covid-19 since March 29 (70 days). This number burgeoned to 88 by the end of July (53 days) – an eightfold rise. (Representational image)(HT Photo)
Before the curfew restrictions were lifted on June 8, 11 people had died due to Covid-19 since March 29 (70 days). This number burgeoned to 88 by the end of July (53 days) – an eightfold rise. (Representational image)(HT Photo)

Daily update: Zero Covid death in Ludhiana, a first since July

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 12:59 AM IST
Till July 31 this year, as many as 88 deaths were reported in the district with 67 of these being reported in July alone. The number of deaths was a whopping 323 in August followed by another 330 deaths reported in the month of September.
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Covid monitors to check compliance of guidelines during Dussehra celebrations in Punjab

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 11:41 PM IST
As per the guidelines, gatherings for Dussehra festivities can be permitted beyond the limit of 100 persons outside containment zones subject to certain conditions.
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Farmers’ rail roko stir bleeds Ludhiana’s industrial sector

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 02:14 AM IST
The industrial sector in Ludhiana continues to face hardships due to farmers’ stir at a time when businessmen are already reeling under losses due to shortage of labour amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
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The district now has 587 active patients while the cumulative tally stands at 19,040.(REUTERS)
The district now has 587 active patients while the cumulative tally stands at 19,040.(REUTERS)

Covid cases cross 19k-mark in Ludhiana even as virus spread slows down; 1 dead

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 12:33 AM IST
The district now has 587 active patients while the cumulative tally stands at 19,040. Till date, a total of 3.15 lakh samples have been collected for testing in the district, health officials said.
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The district still has 594 active cases of coronavirus disease.(HT FIle Photo)
The district still has 594 active cases of coronavirus disease.(HT FIle Photo)

Ludhiana records two Covid deaths for the first time in 68 days

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 01:24 AM IST
In another breather, the number of fresh cases in Ludhiana remained below 100 twice in the past three days, with 89 people testing positive till 5pm on Thursday
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A total of 3.02 lakh samples have been tested in Ludhiana till now.(Keshav Singh/HT)
A total of 3.02 lakh samples have been tested in Ludhiana till now.(Keshav Singh/HT)

With steady decline, active Covid cases in Ludhiana drop to less than half in two weeks

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 01:45 AM IST
From 9% active cases on September 23, the number has reduced to 3% with just 618 patients out of 18,853 cases remaining infected
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Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and other party leaders during the ‘kisan bachao yatra’ in Moga district on Sunday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and other party leaders during the ‘kisan bachao yatra’ in Moga district on Sunday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

Rahul Gandhi vows to scrap contentious farm laws once Congress returns to power at Centre

By Vishal Joshi and Aneesha Sareen Kumar, Moga/ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 12:58 AM IST
Former party president along with CM Amarinder kicks off three-day ‘kheti bachao yatra’ in Punjab; says corporate houses setting agenda for BJP-led NDA regime
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There were 1,746 active cases in Ludhiana on September 1, which came down to 1,051 by the end of the month, and further to 886 on October 2.(Reuters File Photo)
There were 1,746 active cases in Ludhiana on September 1, which came down to 1,051 by the end of the month, and further to 886 on October 2.(Reuters File Photo)

September saw 44% of all Covid-19 deaths in Ludhiana

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 11:17 PM IST
September’s 330 deaths are slightly more than the 323 casualties recorded in August.
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A health worker in PPE coveralls collecting swab sample of a Ludhiana Improvement Trust employee.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
A health worker in PPE coveralls collecting swab sample of a Ludhiana Improvement Trust employee.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Covid pandemic in Ludhiana: From 19 days in mid-August, doubling rate improves to 27 in September

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 12:18 AM IST
After highest spike of 462 cases within a day on August 21, the cases remained 304 or fewer, till the second-highest spike of 435 cases was recorded on September 12.
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Workers at a bicycle manufacturing unit in Ludhiana.(HT file photo)
Workers at a bicycle manufacturing unit in Ludhiana.(HT file photo)

Wait for high-end cycles to get longer amid surge in global demand

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 11:31 AM IST
Bicycle manufacturers in Punjab’s Ludhiana city will not be able to order select gear parts used in high-end cycles as Japanese companies that manufacture these are clearing their backlog and not taking new orders till February 2021
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From 1,158 samples on August 1, the district went on to collect 4, 711 samples on September 9. So far, a total of 1.79 lakh samples have been tested in Ludhiana.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
From 1,158 samples on August 1, the district went on to collect 4, 711 samples on September 9. So far, a total of 1.79 lakh samples have been tested in Ludhiana.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Ludhiana fatality rate is almost double of Punjab’s

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 12:44 AM IST
What’s more, the state has seen a five-fold increase in the deaths in just five weeks, with the toll going from 103 on August 2 to over 500 in the first week of September.
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Health teams in field to hold camps in Ludhiana

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 12:16 AM IST
Ludhiana has so far recorded 11,477 cases and 486 deaths.
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Movement is heavily restricted in containment zones, with permission to venture out only for essential supplies.(HT File Photo)
Movement is heavily restricted in containment zones, with permission to venture out only for essential supplies.(HT File Photo)

Swelling Covid-19 cases in Ludhiana cage thousands in 39 restricted zones

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2020 11:00 PM IST
With tally crossing 9,000, admn has demarcated five containment zones, 34 micro-containment zones.
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Police barricading Shahpur Road near the Jama Masjid in Ludhiana after it was declared a containment zone. The district tops the state’s tally of case count at 6,500.(HT File)
Police barricading Shahpur Road near the Jama Masjid in Ludhiana after it was declared a containment zone. The district tops the state’s tally of case count at 6,500.(HT File)

Ludhiana turns Punjab’s Covid capital as cases, deaths explode

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times/Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 01:04 PM IST
HEALTH INFRA TUMBLES DOWN: Nearly half of infected patients being treated at home; 95% of 226 fatalities in district occurred post-lockdown relaxations
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Demand to bring workers back grows as industrial production takes a hit in Ludhiana

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON AUG 02, 2020 12:08 AM IST
Owners of all large, medium and small-scale manufacturing units in Ludhiana are currently working with 40 to 50% labour capacity or even less
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Workers in a cycle manufacturing unit in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)
Workers in a cycle manufacturing unit in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)

Cycle trade booms in Ludhiana as demand burgeons post-lockdown

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 11:58 PM IST
Manufacturers will have nationally produced over 11 lakh cycles by the end of July.
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Pankaj Munjal
Pankaj Munjal

New technologies, localising components will pave way for boycotting Chinese products: Hero Cycles chairman

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2020 11:37 PM IST
Talking about the impact of the cancellation of deal with China on the price of cycle parts, Munjal says negotiations with European parts suppliers are underway for this
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(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Oswal family feud: Apex court sets aside NCLT’s order in favour of petitioner

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 10:05 PM IST
Pankaj Oswal should have waited for decision of high court, says SC
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Hero Cycles (in picture) is going to localise the manufacture of cycle parts and components in a phased manner in Ludhiana.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)
Hero Cycles (in picture) is going to localise the manufacture of cycle parts and components in a phased manner in Ludhiana.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)

Cycle traders propose ‘restriction’ on parts imported from China

By Aneesha Sareen Kumar | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2020 10:34 PM IST
Hero nixing 900-crore deal pushes more Ludhiana traders to cut reliance on China
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