Arjun Sharma

Arjun Sharma

Arjun Sharma is a staff reporter in Ludhiana. He writes on politics, agriculture and health.

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Vinod Thapar, chairman of Knitwear Club, said Punjab’s knitwear industry should also be given tax exemption.(HT File)
Vinod Thapar, chairman of Knitwear Club, said Punjab’s knitwear industry should also be given tax exemption.(HT File)

GST regime: Tax holiday to hilly states will ruin us, say Ludhiana industrialists

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2017 01:00 PM IST
Many industrial associations believe that the GST exemption to hilly states till 2027 will ruin the industry in Punjab.
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Police on security duty as memorial service of pastor Sultan Masih, who was shot dead outside a church recently, took place at a church in Salem Tabri, Ludhiana, on Monday, July 24.(HT Photo)
Police on security duty as memorial service of pastor Sultan Masih, who was shot dead outside a church recently, took place at a church in Salem Tabri, Ludhiana, on Monday, July 24.(HT Photo)

Pastor’s murder in Punjab: Police team to patrol areas around Ludhiana churches

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2017 09:59 AM IST
There are at least 300 churches in Ludhiana district, while 215 in the city area that come under the police commissionerate
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Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Panjab Agricultural University bars 4-wheelers on campus

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2017 09:49 PM IST
A notice was circulated in all departments stating that no student will be allowed to bring four-wheelers from the upcoming semester, which will start in a week’s time.
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Health officials from Community Health Centre, Sudhar, interacting with residents; and water pipes running through the sewage water, at Saholi village in Sudhar near Ludhiana on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Health officials from Community Health Centre, Sudhar, interacting with residents; and water pipes running through the sewage water, at Saholi village in Sudhar near Ludhiana on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Now, diarrhoea outbreak hits Saholi village in Sudhar; claims two lives

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2017 11:22 AM IST
65­-year-­old man, nonagenarian woman die of diarrhoea symptoms; Health dept springs into action, surveys village
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A grab from a video clip showing the boy working at a canteen on the GADVASU campus in Ludhiana.
A grab from a video clip showing the boy working at a canteen on the GADVASU campus in Ludhiana.

Ludhiana: GADVASU under lens over child working in canteen

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2017 02:59 PM IST
The complaint has been filed with vice-chancellor Dr AS Nanda through an e-mail by a city-based resident, Kuldeep Singh Khaira.
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Illegal sex determination in Ludhiana: 1 month on, police fail to identify culprits

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2017 08:36 PM IST
This comes over a month after first of the three illegal ultrasound machines used for sex determination was recovered in the city.
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Patients from Haryana lured to Ludhiana for illegal sex determination test: Police

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2017 11:27 AM IST
Two scan centres were unearthed in Ludhiana - one on June 1 in Jammu colony and other on June 7 in Daad village.
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Experts say police action against illegal mining and overloading has increased the price of sand.(HT File Photo)
Experts say police action against illegal mining and overloading has increased the price of sand.(HT File Photo)

Tough stand on illegal mining sends sand prices soaring in Ludhiana

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2017 12:32 AM IST
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Member of Parliament from Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu with his official vehicle in Ludhiana on Thursday.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Member of Parliament from Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu with his official vehicle in Ludhiana on Thursday.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

Ludhiana MP Ravneet Bittu gets bullet-proof SUV after threat from radicals

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2017 08:14 PM IST
On Wednesday evening, a bullet-proof Mitshubishi Montero reached Bittu’s residence here at civil lines. The vehicle was sent by the chief minister’s office as part of the upgraded security apparatus for the MP in the wake of “threat perception” to the leader.
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(HT File Photo, for representation)

Jagraon DSP’s office fined 1.5 lakh for stealing power

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2017 07:44 PM IST
This came to light when local PSPCL officials after receiving orders from the head office inspected 260 government offices during a week-long drive to find discrepancies in use of electricity.
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(Third from left)Additional deputy commissioner Neeru Katyal Neeru presenting flowers on the statue of Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar at his ancestral in Naughara Mohalla, Ludhiana, on Monday.(Jagtinder Singh Frewal/HT Photo)
(Third from left)Additional deputy commissioner Neeru Katyal Neeru presenting flowers on the statue of Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar at his ancestral in Naughara Mohalla, Ludhiana, on Monday.(Jagtinder Singh Frewal/HT Photo)

Sukhdev’s 110th birth anniversary: Two groups spar over claim of being freedom fighter’s kin

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2017 07:22 PM IST
Sukhdev was 23 years old when he was hanged by the British along with Bhagat Singh and Rajguru on March 23, 1931.
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Shivam Arora(HT Photo)
Shivam Arora(HT Photo)
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Policemen wearing low-waist pants with a tighter fit in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Policemen wearing low-waist pants with a tighter fit in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Day after Ludhiana’s Dabangg cops get dressing down, they make a beeline for tailors

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2017 01:37 PM IST
FITTING IN Served notice by DCP, cops head to get khaki low-waist pants, tight shirts altered
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A mini truck carrying goods stuck in a narrow street in Subhash Nagar area in Ludhiana.(Gurminder Singh/Hindustan Times)
A mini truck carrying goods stuck in a narrow street in Subhash Nagar area in Ludhiana.(Gurminder Singh/Hindustan Times)

Ludhiana: Clogged lanes perfect recipe for disaster

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2017 03:07 PM IST
These incidents have brought into focus the rampant violations of fire safety norms in factories and godowns, and the poor condition of fire wing.
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Firefighters trying to douse the flames at DG Kapoor Spinning Mill near Basti Jodhewal Chowk. The textile factory caught fire due to a short circuit on Saturday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Firefighters trying to douse the flames at DG Kapoor Spinning Mill near Basti Jodhewal Chowk. The textile factory caught fire due to a short circuit on Saturday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

5 years in waiting, Ludhiana fire wing yet to get modern equipment

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2017 10:07 AM IST
Report sent to government in 2012 had sought equipment worth Rs 90.6 crore, including 23 gadgets such as water tenders, generators and fireproof suits.
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Four of the eight embryos developed in the surrogates giving way to the birth of three calves..(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
Four of the eight embryos developed in the surrogates giving way to the birth of three calves..(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

Three desi Sahiwal calves born to ‘foreign’ cows at Ludhiana vet varsity

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2017 07:29 PM IST
Success rate of procedure was 50%; scientists implanted embryos from Sahiwal cow in 8 abandoned Holstein Friesian cows, of which three calves were born while another cow is pregnant
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A study was conducted along with Punjab Agricultural University after which impact of insecticides and pesticides on soil and resultantly on plants were brought out through scientific means.(HT File)
A study was conducted along with Punjab Agricultural University after which impact of insecticides and pesticides on soil and resultantly on plants were brought out through scientific means.(HT File)

GADVASU recommends special mineral diet for Punjab’s dairy animals

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2017 02:13 PM IST
After conducting a study on minerals in soil and plants across the state, the veterinary varsity here has submitted recommendations with the state government and has come out with special feed for cattle and other dairy animals in three zones of the state. 
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The water in these schools contains E. coli that can cause diarrhoea and gastroenteritis.(HT Photo)
The water in these schools contains E. coli that can cause diarrhoea and gastroenteritis.(HT Photo)

Ludhiana: High risk of waterborne illnesses in 32 govt schools

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2017 01:33 PM IST
The students and staff of 32 government schools are at high risk of falling ill as they are consuming water that has failed the purity test. The water in these schools contains E. coli that can cause diarrhoea and gastroenteritis. Areas where samples failed the test include Payal, Machhiwara, Malaudh, Sudhar, Hathoor and Sahnewal. These schools draw their supply from the municipal council or the water supply department.
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The health department team of the Haryana government conducted at least 22 raids during the past two years in different districts of Punjab where illegal scan centres were detected.(HT File Photo)
The health department team of the Haryana government conducted at least 22 raids during the past two years in different districts of Punjab where illegal scan centres were detected.(HT File Photo)

Punjab is ‘safe haven’ for sex determination tests for Haryana

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2017 11:26 AM IST
Eschewed sex ratio and a spate of female foeticide cases may have forced the Haryana government to crack the whip against illegal sex determination centres, but it has made several cities of Punjab a ‘safe haven’ for illegal prenatal scanning for the neighbouring state.
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Family members of deceased police cop Suresh Kumar at Indira colony in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Family members of deceased police cop Suresh Kumar at Indira colony in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Ludhiana: Head constable dies after suffering heart attack during argument over traffic violation

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2017 09:18 PM IST
Family demands compensation and job for family member; cop suffered cardiac arrest during an argument with an ACP who was towing his car from outside police chief’s office on Tuesday
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Dr Abhed Pandey showing pearls developed inside mussels through surgery in GADVASU on Tuesday.(JS Grewal /HT)
Dr Abhed Pandey showing pearls developed inside mussels through surgery in GADVASU on Tuesday.(JS Grewal /HT)

Made in Ludhiana: Vet varsity succeeds in creating freshwater pearls

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2017 02:42 PM IST
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Political interference and lobbying have been major deterrents in the functioning of the MC.(HT File)
Political interference and lobbying have been major deterrents in the functioning of the MC.(HT File)

New Ludhiana MC commissioner faces herculean task of making city ‘smart’

By Arjun Sharma | Hinduatan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2017 02:46 PM IST
A far cry from the ‘smart city’ dream project, Ludhiana will prove to be a daunting challenge for incoming municipal corporation commissioner Jaskiran Singh who will assume office next week. A host of unresolved civic issues are crying for attention for far too long now. Outgoing MC commissioner Kanwalpreet Kaur Brar relieved office on Friday and will now take over as the deputy commissioner of Fatehgarh Sahib.
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Asha Kumari(HT Photo)
Asha Kumari(HT Photo)

Who’s the boss of Congress and Captain in Punjab? Asha Kumari says she is

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2017 08:52 PM IST
He is being hailed as the man who not only won Punjab but also has given the Congress a face-saver at the national level. And he will become the chief minister again Thursday. But Capt Amarinder Singh is not the boss. At least, that’s what Asha Kumari believes.
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The golden retriever with its owners while being treated at GADVASU in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT Photo)
The golden retriever with its owners while being treated at GADVASU in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT Photo)

Vet tourism: Mixie from Philippines will run again, thanks to GADVASU

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2017 09:23 PM IST
Veterinary tourism seems to have finally arrived in the district, offering a ray of hope to suffering canines and their distressed NRI owners.
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Claiming to be unaware of the pregnancy, the victim’s family is now not ready to accept the newborn and their daughter.(Representative Image)
Claiming to be unaware of the pregnancy, the victim’s family is now not ready to accept the newborn and their daughter.(Representative Image)

13-year-old delivers baby in Ludhiana; man booked for rape

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2017 03:22 PM IST
In a shocking incident, a 13-year-old on Sunday delivered a girl child in the restroom of a private hospital where she was allegedly taken by her family for treating stomach ache. Claiming to be unaware of the pregnancy, the victim’s family is now not ready to accept the newborn and their daughter.
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Smoking in public is rampant in Ludhiana with many people not adhering to the norms.(JS Grewal/HT)
Smoking in public is rampant in Ludhiana with many people not adhering to the norms.(JS Grewal/HT)

Smoking in public to invite a fine between Rs 50 and Rs 100 in Ludhiana

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2017 03:04 PM IST
The district health department has planned to crack down on those violating the norms pertaining to the sale of tobacco in Ludhiana after principal secretary for health and family welfare department, Vini Mahajan, asked the health authorities to put a clamp on violators.
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The police have registered a case against Dr Rosy Jain under Section 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on Friday.(HT Representative Image)
The police have registered a case against Dr Rosy Jain under Section 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on Friday.(HT Representative Image)

Death of Ludhiana woman, newborn: Doctor booked, probe ordered

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2017 10:15 PM IST
A doctor has been booked and an inquiry ordered into the post-delivery death of a woman and her newborn child allegedly due to the negligence of a Khanna-based private hospital, which has triggered protests by relatives of the deceased.
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Beetal, popularly called Amritsari, is the native goat breed of Punjab which is good for both milk and meat products.(HT File Photo)
Beetal, popularly called Amritsari, is the native goat breed of Punjab which is good for both milk and meat products.(HT File Photo)

Vet varsity to help boost goat farming in Punjab

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2017 04:00 PM IST
After the success of its pilot project under which 12 beetle goats were sent to Ladakh, the veterinary varsity has decided to give further push to goat farming and improving the quality of breeds in Punjab.
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Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu along with party leaders addressing a rally at Galib Kalan, Jagraon, in Ludhiana on Friday .(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu along with party leaders addressing a rally at Galib Kalan, Jagraon, in Ludhiana on Friday .(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

AAP a marriage procession without ‘dulha’: Sidhu

By Arjun Sharma | Hindustan Times, Jagroan, Jagraon
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2017 12:17 PM IST
Targeting AAP for not having announced its chief ministerial candidate, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday described the party as a marriage procession without a bridegroom.
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