Arvind Chhabra

Arvind Chhabra is city editor of Hindustan Times at Chandigarh.

Articles by Arvind Chhabra

What tricity is talking about | Lake no more and eight years of Walmart in Zirakpur

Chandigarh has never attracted tourists, except those who want to study architecture. But still the residents have been very proud of their limited attractions—Sukhna Lake and the Rock Garden.

This time with no water in lake, locals have fewer options to take their relatives to.(HT File Photo)
This time with no water in lake, locals have fewer options to take their relatives to.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 03, 2017 12:23 PM IST

CBSE Class 12 result: How Chandigarh cracked the code

DAV School student Bhoomi Sawant, a science student, scored 99.4% marks to emerge as the all-India second topper. Bhavan Vidyalaya students Mannat Luthra and Aditya Jain jointly bagged the third rank, scoring 99.2% in commerce. The school hasn’t just stopped there.

(From left) Mehar Virk (overall 3rd in tricity), Pragati Sharma (6th), Sanat Goel (3rd), Neha Goyal (4th), Saurabh Gupta (3rd), Tanya Goyal (5th), Prabhmaan Singh Thapar (6th) and Prachi Jaiswal (5th) celebrating their success at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Sunday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
(From left) Mehar Virk (overall 3rd in tricity), Pragati Sharma (6th), Sanat Goel (3rd), Neha Goyal (4th), Saurabh Gupta (3rd), Tanya Goyal (5th), Prabhmaan Singh Thapar (6th) and Prachi Jaiswal (5th) celebrating their success at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Sunday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2017 09:35 AM IST

Selection of late applicants raises questions on nominated councillors in Chandigarh

Four out of the nine councillors this time were picked from among persons who had applied after the “last date” for the tenure starting 2017, reveal documents accessed under Right to Information Act by activist RK Garg.

It is possible that lack of transparency is a factor why people are losing interest in seeking nomination.(HT Representative Image)
It is possible that lack of transparency is a factor why people are losing interest in seeking nomination.(HT Representative Image)
Updated on May 28, 2017 09:47 AM IST

What tricity is talking about | The Uber way and cocktails or mocktails

Uber: “As the route taken was much different than the GPS (global positioning system) suggested one, the upfront price of your trip was changed.”

The fare spiked from Rs 49 to Rs 99 even as the distance exceeded by just 0.1 km.(HT representative Image)
The fare spiked from Rs 49 to Rs 99 even as the distance exceeded by just 0.1 km.(HT representative Image)
Updated on May 27, 2017 12:59 PM IST

What tricity is talking about | No fans under Ujala and Verka restaurant shut for now

A stall selling LED bulbs outside a Sampark centre in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Friday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
A stall selling LED bulbs outside a Sampark centre in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Friday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2017 01:54 PM IST

Courts aren’t only option for justice, says Supreme Court judge

Justice Lokur, who also heads the Juvenile Justice Committee, said crimes against children are far more than the crimes committed by them.

Justice Madan B Lokur during lighting of the lamp on the occasion of Global Pound Conference at Judicial Academy in Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Friday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
Justice Madan B Lokur during lighting of the lamp on the occasion of Global Pound Conference at Judicial Academy in Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Friday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2017 09:41 AM IST

What tricity is talking about | Winds of change at lake club and babu’s fancy

Now the authorities want to change the existing system and have offered club’s bar and restaurant on lease. The lessee can throw it open to the public like it’s in any other restaurant — of course at a price.

Lake club in Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)
Lake club in Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)
Published on May 13, 2017 01:50 PM IST

Fall of the malls in Chandigarh and why Elante still stands tall

Barring Elante Mall in Chandigarh’s Industrial Area Phase 1 that has been a roaring success -- and to some extent the North Country Mall in Mohali -- most other malls in the tricity are struggling.

Set up by Larsen & Toubro four years ago with an investment of over Rs 1,700 crore, Elante mall is home to 235 retail outlets and is a part of a 21.5-acre complex.(Hadif Nisar/HT)
Set up by Larsen & Toubro four years ago with an investment of over Rs 1,700 crore, Elante mall is home to 235 retail outlets and is a part of a 21.5-acre complex.(Hadif Nisar/HT)
Updated on May 06, 2017 02:57 PM IST

SC booze ban: Chandigarh admn rules out Haryana-type benefit to hoteliers

500-METRE PUZZLE! UT administration says aerial and not road distance will count

The worst-hit businesses in the city have been located on the Madhya Marg in Sector 26.(Karun Sharma/HT)
The worst-hit businesses in the city have been located on the Madhya Marg in Sector 26.(Karun Sharma/HT)
Updated on Apr 27, 2017 10:19 AM IST

‘Lal battis’ to rats in court: What tricity is talking about

From red beacons to rats creating a ruckus in city courts, here is a roundup of all the tricity has been talking about:

Some officers have promptly removed beacons atop their cars while some others want to relish their last few moments with their prized possession.(HT photo)
Some officers have promptly removed beacons atop their cars while some others want to relish their last few moments with their prized possession.(HT photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2017 11:38 AM IST

Cheers! Khattar govt’s new rules to benefit bar owners

The Haryana government has issued fresh instructions which will bring a major respite to the hotel and bar owners affected by the liquor ban in the state, including Gurgaon and Panchkula.

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.(HT File Photo)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2017 03:08 PM IST

Leprosy back in Chandigarh, officers blame it on migrants

Leprosy, which had been eliminated in Chandigarh years ago, is back with 128 new cases coming to the fore from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, in the UT. The union territory is getting a fresh case of leprosy every third day, says district leprosy officer Dr Simrat Kaur.

Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is a chronic infectious, but curable bacterial disease, that mainly affects the skin and the eyes. Leprosy is known to occur at all ages ranging from early infancy to very old age.(HT File)
Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is a chronic infectious, but curable bacterial disease, that mainly affects the skin and the eyes. Leprosy is known to occur at all ages ranging from early infancy to very old age.(HT File)
Updated on Apr 21, 2017 10:29 AM IST

Tell guards not to wear khaki uniform, Chandigarh police to PGI, Panjab University

The move comes days after students’ clash with police and private security guards in varsity

The guards at PU are not policemen, the perception that is usually held true due to their Khaki uniform.(Anil Dayal//HT)
The guards at PU are not policemen, the perception that is usually held true due to their Khaki uniform.(Anil Dayal//HT)
Updated on Apr 18, 2017 09:48 AM IST

HT Special | Sick state: Medicos left in the lurch as Gian Sagar medical college closes

With 1,500 students and an equal number of staffers, Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital in Banur, 35 km from Chandigarh’s bus stand, was a beehive of activity till about a year ago. Its hospital attracted 1,000-odd patients and their attendants from the adjoining areas every day.

Employees protesting at Gain Sagar Medical College and Hospital at Banur on Tuesday. The employees, including faculty have not received their salaries since October last year.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)
Employees protesting at Gain Sagar Medical College and Hospital at Banur on Tuesday. The employees, including faculty have not received their salaries since October last year.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 15, 2017 09:25 AM IST

How sedition charge was invoked against PU students, and then dropped to escape heat

Timely dropping of the sedition charge against protesting Panjab university students at the behest of Chandigarh’s director general of police Tajender Singh Luthra and some other officials after Tuesday’s violence saved not only the police but also the Narendra Modi-led central government from possible embarrassment.

A students running to escape detention by police on PU campus on Wednesday.(Anil Dayal/HT)
A students running to escape detention by police on PU campus on Wednesday.(Anil Dayal/HT)
Updated on Apr 15, 2017 10:13 AM IST

No sedition charge against PU students after university takes back complaint

As many as 52 students were taken into custody after Tuesday’s protest against fee hike turned violent.

Students protesting against fee hike at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Tuesday.(Karun Sharma / HT photo)
Students protesting against fee hike at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Tuesday.(Karun Sharma / HT photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2017 06:22 PM IST

What tricity is talking about

This is the time to pay fee for the new session in most tricity schools. One good thing is cashless transactions that many schools have resorted to. While most schools have this as an option, some have completely moved on to cashless transactions. This is definitely a sign of progress on the lines of what Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been insisting. But there’s a serious problem. For some, it means spending more. Payment by debit card mode online attracts over Rs 200 extra in some banks. Now, when parents are reeling under the massive fee hike, they surely can’t take any more burden.

Leaves blocking a stormwater drain in Chandigarh.(HT Photo)
Leaves blocking a stormwater drain in Chandigarh.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 08, 2017 01:04 PM IST

GST will reduce Chandigarh administrator’s power

The UT administrator will lose some of his powers with regards to levy of taxation with the goods and services tax (GST) that have been passed for the union territories including Chandigarh. The GST is expected to be introduced from July 1.

The UT administrator, who is also the governor of Punjab, has been given power only in respect of appointment of officers that too upon recommendation of the Centre.(HT File)
The UT administrator, who is also the governor of Punjab, has been given power only in respect of appointment of officers that too upon recommendation of the Centre.(HT File)
Updated on Apr 08, 2017 11:52 AM IST

Harman Sidhu: The man behind the liquor ban on highways loves his drink

Harman Sidhu filed a petition in Punjab and Haryana high court seeking a ban on sale of liquor along highways.

Harman Sidhu petitioned the HC for ban on sale of liquor along highways.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
Harman Sidhu petitioned the HC for ban on sale of liquor along highways.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2017 01:26 PM IST

Large number of bars, pubs in Chandigarh to close down as SC refuses to relax highway ban: Here’s a list

In a bodyblow to the hospitality and tourism industry in the city, a major part of the city, including five-star hotels, will go dry from Saturday. Inner markets of sectors are likely to be out of the barred zone, hence permitted to sell liquor.

In Chandigarh, the worst-hit business will be those located on the Madhya Marg and on the national highway passing through Sectors 35 and 43. Inner markets of sectors are likely to be out of the barred zone, hence permitted to sell liquor.(AFP/Representative image)
In Chandigarh, the worst-hit business will be those located on the Madhya Marg and on the national highway passing through Sectors 35 and 43. Inner markets of sectors are likely to be out of the barred zone, hence permitted to sell liquor.(AFP/Representative image)
Updated on Apr 06, 2017 01:27 PM IST

Sprucing up house to make Punjab CM feel at home is a challenge

The chief minister’s bungalow in Sector 2 here is being renovated these days for the new Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, who is expected to move in about a month’s time. Those involved in the maintenance of CM’s residence over the years say it’s always a challenge to live up to the expectations of the CM.

Capt Amarinder Singh(HT File)
Capt Amarinder Singh(HT File)
Updated on Mar 19, 2017 06:53 PM IST

What tricity is talking about | Former UT finance secy is Punjab CS

The news of Karan Avtar Singh taking over as the chief secretary of Punjab instantly became the talking point in the UT secretariat. The 1984batch Punjab-cadre officer had served as the UT finance secretary a few years ago, and now he’s back in favour with the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government after the ouster of Akalis .

Karan Avtar Singh(HT File Photo)
Karan Avtar Singh(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 18, 2017 11:59 AM IST

A house for Mr Badal: Five-time former CM goes house-hunting in Chandigarh

For the first time in decades, Punjab’s outgoing chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has been forced to look for a house on rent in the capital of the state of which he has been chief minister for five times. Sources say that his staff has been hunting for a house in and around Sector 8, Chandigarh.

Punjab’s outgoing chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.(HT File Photo)
Punjab’s outgoing chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 20, 2017 09:58 AM IST

Capt Amarinder’s oath-taking at Raj Bhawan to be a low-key affair

In contrast to the ex-Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s grand oath-taking ceremony in 2012, Captain Amarinder Singh will take oath as the next CM at the Punjab Raj Bhawan on Thursday in a low-key affair.

Captain Amarinder Singh exiting the Raj Bhawan, after meeting the governor, in Chandigarh on Sunday.(Anil Dayal/HT)
Captain Amarinder Singh exiting the Raj Bhawan, after meeting the governor, in Chandigarh on Sunday.(Anil Dayal/HT)
Updated on Mar 14, 2017 12:21 PM IST

Punjab assembly election 2017: Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Dr Gandhi fail to make impact

The Fourth Front didn’t have much to write home about in the Punjab polls, which remained a triangular contest. All candidates fielded by Sucha Singh Chhotepur’s Aapna Punjab Party (APP) and Patiala member parliament (MP) Dr Dharamvira Gandhi’s Punjab Front lost their deposits, not winning a single seat.

Sucha Singh Chhotepur(HT File Photo)
Sucha Singh Chhotepur(HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 12, 2017 07:08 PM IST

Chandigarh police against extending party hours beyond midnight

No party beyond midnight: DGP Luthra says safety of residents paramount; owners of clubs, discos, restaurants claim to have lost business to the ones in neighbouring SAS Nagar, Panchkula

Hoteliers say police should have an efficient enforcement instead of capping the closing time for bars, discos and eateries.(HT File Photo)
Hoteliers say police should have an efficient enforcement instead of capping the closing time for bars, discos and eateries.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 05, 2017 01:23 PM IST

After April 1, bars may survive; Chandigarh mulls way to save liquor shops

With the attorney general of India clarifying that the supreme court’s order on ban of sale of liquor within 500 metre of state highways applies only to liquor vends and shops, the city’s bars, clubs and hotels may escape the ban. However, the UT administration is considering ways to save its liquor vends, all of which face a shutdown from April 1.

The UT administration is considering ways to save its liquor vends, all of which face a shutdown from April 1.(Representative Image)
The UT administration is considering ways to save its liquor vends, all of which face a shutdown from April 1.(Representative Image)
Updated on Mar 03, 2017 02:29 PM IST

Party on in Gurgaon: Bars, restaurants along highways in Haryana can sell liquor

Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi told the Haryana government that the Supreme Court’s order banning sale of liquor within 500 meters of national and state highways across the country was only applicable to shops and vends and not to restaurants and bars.

Places such as the Gurgaon’s popular eating district of CyberHub where alcohol is served will continue to be in business.(Parveen Kumar/HT File Photo)
Places such as the Gurgaon’s popular eating district of CyberHub where alcohol is served will continue to be in business.(Parveen Kumar/HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 03, 2017 01:43 AM IST

Chandigarh stares at total liquor ban from April 1

Each liquor shop in the city — whether in a five-star hotel, a restaurant or a vend — is staring at closure from April 1, when the December judgment of the Supreme Court on closure of liquor shops on state highways and national highways takes effect.

A liquor shop in Sector 17.(HT Representative Image)
A liquor shop in Sector 17.(HT Representative Image)
Updated on Feb 27, 2017 07:24 PM IST

HT Special | Reviving Chandigarh Sector 17: Heart is there, but where’s the beat?

Once upon a time, it used to throb with life. People from the city and nearby towns would wear their party best and descend on the Sector 17 plaza in the evenings. Many would sit around on the benches and even stairs as the musical fountain swished back and forth.

A view of Sector 17 plaza in Chandigarh, on Wednesday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
A view of Sector 17 plaza in Chandigarh, on Wednesday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 27, 2017 01:04 PM IST
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