Arjun Sharma

Arjun Sharma

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

Articles by Arjun Sharma
(HT File Photo)
(HT File Photo)

Congress pitch ex-SAD leader and a former NRI to fight Bains brothers in Ludhiana

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2017 03:32 PM IST
Congress has chosen a former SAD leader and a former NRI to contest against Bains brothers from Atam Nagar and Ludhiana (South) constituencies.
Members of Medical Laboratory Technician Association protestingt at Civil Surgeon office in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
Members of Medical Laboratory Technician Association protestingt at Civil Surgeon office in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

Medical services crippled in Ludhiana, as lab technician continue indefinite strike

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2016 09:43 AM IST
The ongoing strike of laboratory technicians has crippled the medical testing services at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, where the number of medical tests conducted has reduced to only 200 from the earlier 1,200-1,500 daily. People from the city and remote areas were left in a tizzy after they were told that their medical tests would not be conducted.
A hoarding on a unipole in Ludhiana.(HT File Photo)
A hoarding on a unipole in Ludhiana.(HT File Photo)

Punjab govt didn’t pay Ludhiana MC for unipole hoardings: AAP’s RTI wing

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2016 01:21 PM IST
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s government has been hit with a right to information (RTI) ‘bomb’ launched by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) revealing the details that no money was paid to the municipal corporation (MC) as monthly rent for installing 80 hoardings in Ludhiana, highlighting the achievements of the government.
Beetal goats found in the Punjab region in India and Pakistan can yield 1.5 to 2 litres of milk a day.(HT Photo)
Beetal goats found in the Punjab region in India and Pakistan can yield 1.5 to 2 litres of milk a day.(HT Photo)

Punjab’s goats go to Kargil to boost Ladakh’s milk yield

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2016 11:40 AM IST
Twelve goats of Punjab’s Beetal breed have landed in the arid, cold desert of the Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir for a first-of-its-kind experiment to cross-breed with the local Purgi breed to produce a hybrid with high milk yield.
As city industrialists and manufacturers face problem in paying salaries to their workers in cash, they fear the workers may flee to their home towns in case they are not paid their salaries in the next 10 days.(Representative Photo)
As city industrialists and manufacturers face problem in paying salaries to their workers in cash, they fear the workers may flee to their home towns in case they are not paid their salaries in the next 10 days.(Representative Photo)

15 lakh migrant labourers affected by demonetisation in Ludhiana

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2016 02:16 PM IST
Post demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, nearly 15 lakh migrant labourers working in different industries of Ludhiana are the worst hit.

MLA report cards: Shiv Ram Kaler and Gurcharan Singh Boparai

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2016 11:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:

MLA report cards: Darshan Singh Shivalik and Manpreet Singh Ayali

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2016 12:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:
A banner near the martyrs’ statues on the Jagraon Bridge in Ludhiana on Saturday.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
A banner near the martyrs’ statues on the Jagraon Bridge in Ludhiana on Saturday.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

Poll-campaigning overdrive? Defacement of martyrs’ statues upsets Sukhdev’s kin

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2016 03:23 PM IST
In this season of elections, posters of leaders across the city are a common sight. But at Jagraon Bridge, under the statues of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, political banner has been pasted.
The girls’ hostel at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana on Sunday.(JS Grewal/HT)
The girls’ hostel at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana on Sunday.(JS Grewal/HT)

PAU hostel students told to stay inside during PM Narendra Modi’s visit

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2016 03:19 PM IST
While the news of Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus for an industry seminar has brought cheers to traders, students on campus are not too happy as they have been asked to remain inside their hostels on Monday and Tuesday due to the visit.
At least two cases of metal-piece consumption by cows and buffaloes are reported at the varsity hospital every day, say officials. The metal pieces damage internal organs and lead to loss of milk yield and also death.(HT File Photo)
At least two cases of metal-piece consumption by cows and buffaloes are reported at the varsity hospital every day, say officials. The metal pieces damage internal organs and lead to loss of milk yield and also death.(HT File Photo)

To ‘nail’ old problem, magnet in stomach of cows, buffaloes!

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2016 08:30 PM IST
To counter the problem of cows and buffaloes swallowing nails and suffering health problems — and not giving enough milk — the veterinary university here has come up with a technique to put a magnet in the animal’s stomach. This will attract the nails and other such objects that the animals swallow when accidentally mixed in fodder or otherwise, which will be removed periodically, say experts at the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).
Ravjot Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar, displaying his electricity bills.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
Ravjot Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar, displaying his electricity bills.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

Inflated electricity bill of Rs 1.95 lakh shocks Ludhiana resident

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2016 01:13 PM IST
A year after a BRS Nagar resident received an electricity bill of Rs 2.80 lakh, he was in for another shock after he was served a bill of Rs 1.95 lakh this month.
Capt Amarinder and Parkash Singh Badal(HT Photo)
Capt Amarinder and Parkash Singh Badal(HT Photo)

2017 Punjab polls: Chhapar Mela turns into political battleground

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2016 12:26 PM IST
The historic mela at Chhapar village in Mandi Ahmadgarh turned into a political battleground with the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders trading charges against each other on Friday.
Dogs sterilisation is being done at GADVASU in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)
Dogs sterilisation is being done at GADVASU in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)

Ludhiana MC sterilises 17,500 stray dogs, still long way to go

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2016 03:40 PM IST
With stray dogs ruling the roost even in the posh areas of the city and injuring residents in some of the cases, municipal corporation (MC) has sterilised nearly 17,500 in a project launched one-and-a-half year ago (February 2015).
People wearing badges bearing Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh’s picture during a rally in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)
People wearing badges bearing Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh’s picture during a rally in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)

Punjab assembly polls: Accessory war rages on among parties

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2016 02:01 PM IST
While verbal battle continues among the leaders of different political parties in the state, on the sidelines, an accessory war is underway here in the wake of upcoming assembly elections.
Genetic upgrade has increased milk production of a cow from 3,000 kg to 3,733 kg a year.(HT Photo)
Genetic upgrade has increased milk production of a cow from 3,000 kg to 3,733 kg a year.(HT Photo)

Genetically upgraded cows a boon for dairy farmers

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2016 02:17 PM IST
In a national project that started two decades ago, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) has produced 58,454 calves through artificial insemination among cows in 112 villages (operational area) of Ludhiana district.
(From left) AAP Payal candidate Gurpreet Singh Lapran, Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, Sahnewal candidate Harjot Singh Bains and Ropar candidate Amarjit Singh in Ludhiana on Saturday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
(From left) AAP Payal candidate Gurpreet Singh Lapran, Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, Sahnewal candidate Harjot Singh Bains and Ropar candidate Amarjit Singh in Ludhiana on Saturday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

AAP’s Harjot Bains kicks off campaign in style

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2016 04:51 PM IST
More than 500 AAP volunteers and residents of villages in Sahnewal constituency gathered at Katana Sahib Gurdwara early on Saturday morning as one of the party’s youngest candidates kicked off his election campaign after paying his respects at the holy site.
The four companies named in the audit report are located at Focal Point division in the city.(HT FIle Photo)
The four companies named in the audit report are located at Focal Point division in the city.(HT FIle Photo)

Failure to recover Rs 2.2 cr from 4 Ludhiana companies puts PSPCL under scanner

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2016 03:22 PM IST
The audit report of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has nailed the organisation for not recovering power dues running into Rs 2.2 crore of four city-based companies. Though the corporation has won cases against defaulters, they were not able to recover dues so far. Corporation officials are also under the scanner.
Delhi CM and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal at Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(JS Grewal /HT Photo)
Delhi CM and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal at Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(JS Grewal /HT Photo)

VAT refund in five months if AAP wins, says Kejriwal

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2016 10:31 AM IST
Promising to clear the value-added-tax (VAT) refund backlog in five months if his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was voted to power in the state, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked industrialists and traders to suggest other issues to include in the manifesto.
Congress leaders Manpreet Singh Badal (left) and Rajinder Kaur Bhattal in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
Congress leaders Manpreet Singh Badal (left) and Rajinder Kaur Bhattal in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)

Clean Capt Amarinder party’s face in state, says Manpreet Badal

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2016 11:35 AM IST
Congress leader and chief of party’s manifesto committee on finance Manpreet Singh Badal on Tuesday said he was fine with in the appointment of Asha Kumari as party’s state affairs in-charge.
Majority of the 2,120-odd grievances received by Captain related to water supply, roads, sewerage, health infrastructure, education and unemployment, said the organisers.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Majority of the 2,120-odd grievances received by Captain related to water supply, roads, sewerage, health infrastructure, education and unemployment, said the organisers.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

‘Halke Vich Captain’: Jagraon residents rue lack of basic amenities

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2016 10:25 PM IST
Lack of basic amenities remained the main concern of residents during Jagraon residents chief Amarinder Singh’s Halke Vich Captain campaign at Jagraon on Wednesday.
Inconsolable wife of Sharwan Kumar Sahu, who was crushed to death by a Jujhar company private bus near Bhanora Village on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana Wednesday.(JS Grewal/HT)
Inconsolable wife of Sharwan Kumar Sahu, who was crushed to death by a Jujhar company private bus near Bhanora Village on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana Wednesday.(JS Grewal/HT)

Jujhar buses continue killer run: Fruit-seller crushed to death

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2016 11:26 PM IST
Two days after a Jujhar company private bus mowed down two minor sisters at Jagraon in this district, another crushed to death a fruit-seller on Wednesday.
Azolla planted at the fisheries department of the GADVASU in Ludhiana on Monday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Azolla planted at the fisheries department of the GADVASU in Ludhiana on Monday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Ludhiana vet varsity comes up with plan to check mosquito breeding

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2016 02:29 PM IST
Ahead of the monsoon, the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) has come up with a unique solution to stop mosquito breeding during the dengue season – planting Azolla (aquatic fern) that covers the water surface and doesn’t allow mosquito breeding.
Under the project, which was initiated through techniques, provided by the PAU, rat menace will now be dealt with at six more railway stations.(Illustration by Daljeet Kaur Sandhu)
Under the project, which was initiated through techniques, provided by the PAU, rat menace will now be dealt with at six more railway stations.(Illustration by Daljeet Kaur Sandhu)

Efforts to get rid of rats at railway stations pay off, 10,000 killed

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2016 01:53 PM IST
The railway authorities, with the help of Punjab Agricultural University, have killed more than 10,000 rodents from Ludhiana and Jalandhar railway stations within a month.
Genetically modified cows FC 1363 and FC 1319 have broken the national record of milk production.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Genetically modified cows FC 1363 and FC 1319 have broken the national record of milk production.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Two Ludhiana super cows smash milk-yield record

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2016 10:08 AM IST
Two indigenous crossbred cows in Ludhiana have set a national record by producing 54.3 and 53.6 litres of milk, respectively, in a day, smashing the previous record of 53 litres set in 2010.
Senior Congress leader Sunil Jakhar addressing media in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)
Senior Congress leader Sunil Jakhar addressing media in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)

Jakhar comes calling, Cong warms up to Bains bros

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2016 07:47 PM IST
Warming up to Akali Dal rebels Bains brothers, senior Congress leader Sunil Jakhar was in the city on Tuesday to express solidarity, a day after police resorted to cane charge on protesters led by them. One of the two brothers, Simarjit Bains, is still in police custody.
Police pushing the Team Insaaf members during a protest in Ludhiana on Monday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Police pushing the Team Insaaf members during a protest in Ludhiana on Monday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Protests, arrests: Ludhiana’s Bains brothers back with bang

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2016 01:50 PM IST
Independent members of legislative assembly (MLA) Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains have been known for their arrests over protests on different issues.
Some new units have come up in the city only to manufacture jeans and trousers due to the downward trend in the industry.(HT File Photo)
Some new units have come up in the city only to manufacture jeans and trousers due to the downward trend in the industry.(HT File Photo)

Ludhiana woollen industry witnesses change in trend

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2016 03:20 PM IST
Manufacturing of woollens in the industrial city of Ludhiana is witnessing a change in trend as most of the new garment units are producing trousers and shirts.
Shortage of anti- rabies vaccine at the hospital has forced the patients to go to private hospitals.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Shortage of anti- rabies vaccine at the hospital has forced the patients to go to private hospitals.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Civil hospital ill equipped to deal with dog-bite cases

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2016 10:48 PM IST
With 700 dog bite cases reported last year, the Ludhiana civil hospital is proving inadequate to deal with the situation. Time and again, shortage of anti- rabies vaccine at the hospital has forced the patients to go to private hospitals where they have to shell out exorbitant amounts.

Ldh health dept has no record of surprise checks at eateries

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2016 07:42 PM IST
Putting the lives of thousands of residents at risk, the local health department has severely failed to follow the guidelines during checks or inspections of eateries and sweetmeat shops in the district.

Cong to take special care of Dalit kids if it comes to power: Capt

Hindustan Times | By Arjun Sharma
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2016 10:08 PM IST
Holding the SAD-BJP government responsible for the “deplorable” condition of Dalits in the state, Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday said in case of the party coming to power, it would take special care of education of the community’s children.
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