Aseem Bassi

Aseem Bassi

A principal correspondent, Aseem Bassi is the bureau chief at Amritsar. He covers politics, Indo-Pak border, gurdwara politics, crime, border trade and civic issues.

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Navjot Singh Sidhu Punjab addressing a rally near Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Navjot Singh Sidhu Punjab addressing a rally near Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Navjot Singh Sidhu slams Badals, Capt Amarinder fails to turn up

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Baba Bakala
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2017 11:07 AM IST
“It is ridiculous that Badals who did the maximum ‘jabar’ (repression) on the people of Punjab in past one decade are now complaining against ‘jabar’.”
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Devotees at the Baba Bakala gurdwara near Amritsar on the eve of Rakhar Punia.(Sameer Sehgal /HT)
Devotees at the Baba Bakala gurdwara near Amritsar on the eve of Rakhar Punia.(Sameer Sehgal /HT)

Punjab: AAP, SAD to corner Congress govt at Rakhar Punia mela today

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2017 09:04 AM IST
Both the opposition parties will take on the Congress government on farmer suicides, debt waiver and unfulfilled pre-poll promises
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A view of the under-construction visitors’ gallery at Attari border near Amritsar on Tuesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
A view of the under-construction visitors’ gallery at Attari border near Amritsar on Tuesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Attari gallery to miss August 15 deadline, work to be over by October

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2017 01:12 PM IST
The retreat ceremony at the Attari Border, in which BSF jawans and Pakistani Rangers indulge in aggressive posturing and foot stomping, has become an attraction for tourists worldwide.
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The ‘permanent morchas’ are being built to ensure that the Punjab police personnel stay alert regarding any movement near border villages or roads leading to the fence.(HT Photo)
The ‘permanent morchas’ are being built to ensure that the Punjab police personnel stay alert regarding any movement near border villages or roads leading to the fence.(HT Photo)

On Indo-Pak border, Punjab Police working in tandem with BSF

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2017 03:41 PM IST
Apart from being part of joint nakas at some places, cops also being trained in weapon-handling and tactical issues
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External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will hold talks with her Iraqi counterpart during which focus is expected to be on the missing Indians, mostly Punjabis, who were kidnapped by the ISIS June 2014 from Mosul city.(HT File Photo)
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will hold talks with her Iraqi counterpart during which focus is expected to be on the missing Indians, mostly Punjabis, who were kidnapped by the ISIS June 2014 from Mosul city.(HT File Photo)

Punjabis missing in Mosul: All eyes on Sushma, Iraqi minister meeting today

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2017 09:25 AM IST
As liberation of Mosul brightened chances of information about the kidnapped Indians, Swaraj, at a meeting with their relatives last week, had said that they might be languishing in a jail in Badush in northwest of Mosul where fighting was going on.
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An HT team that visited the region spotted hightened movement of police vehicles patrolling on roads leading to the border. At some places, newly acquired bullet-proof Scorpios and tractors are also stationed.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
An HT team that visited the region spotted hightened movement of police vehicles patrolling on roads leading to the border. At some places, newly acquired bullet-proof Scorpios and tractors are also stationed.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Punjab Police boost second line of defence along Indo-Pak border

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2017 09:29 AM IST
Heightened movement witnessed in border region with cops patrolling the area in LMG-mounted vehicles, and bullet-proof Scorpios and tractors deployed at various points
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External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj with family members of 39 Indian men, who went missing after being abducted by Islamic State terrorists in Iraq in New Delhi on Sunday. Union ministers VK Singh and MJ Akbar are also seen.(PTI)
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj with family members of 39 Indian men, who went missing after being abducted by Islamic State terrorists in Iraq in New Delhi on Sunday. Union ministers VK Singh and MJ Akbar are also seen.(PTI)

Kin disheartened as Swaraj says missing Punjabis are in ISIS-zone

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2017 09:13 AM IST
Talking to HT, Gurpinder Kaur, one of the family members said, “I met the Union minister today but I am disheartened. We all came with lot of hope but things are not moving forward and there is hardly any clue. Almost everyone is disheartened but we hope wherever all youth are they remain safe.”
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SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar has demanded that the purchase of all langar items be exempted from the GST.(HT File Photo)
SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar has demanded that the purchase of all langar items be exempted from the GST.(HT File Photo)

No relief on items used to prepare langar: SGPC writes another letter to Arun Jaitley

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2017 09:55 AM IST
Though the material used to prepare ‘parsad’ will be exempted from GST, there is no relief on items used to prepare langar at the Golden Temple,” said SGPC chief secretary Harcharan Singh while talking to HT.
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Indian fishermen arrive at a Red Cross House after being released by Pakistani authorities, in Amritsar on July 10.(AFP Photo)
Indian fishermen arrive at a Red Cross House after being released by Pakistani authorities, in Amritsar on July 10.(AFP Photo)

Pakistan sends home 78 Indians, mostly fishermen

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2017 10:54 PM IST
Most of the prisoners were fishermen from Gujarat and were lodged in Landi Jail in Karachi.
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A picture taken on July 9, 2017, shows smoke billowing following an airstrike by US-led international coalition forces targeting Islamic State (IS) group in Mosul.(AFP PHOTO)
A picture taken on July 9, 2017, shows smoke billowing following an airstrike by US-led international coalition forces targeting Islamic State (IS) group in Mosul.(AFP PHOTO)

Iraqi city freed from ISIS: Kin of Punjabis stuck in Mosul want Centre to evacuate them soon

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2017 08:42 PM IST
As most of the youths, who have not made any contact with their families ever since, belong to Punjab, their families here now want the Indian government to take urgent measures to bring them back.
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Pilgrims protesting at the Attari railway satiation in Amritsar on Wednesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Pilgrims protesting at the Attari railway satiation in Amritsar on Wednesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Sikh pilgrims to Pakistan stuck at Attari as Centre denies permission at eleventh hour

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Attari
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2017 06:07 PM IST
The pilgrims were going to Pakistan to observe the death anniversary Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the founder of the Sikh empire.
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The Golden Temple is illuminated especially on festivals. The new lighting will be a permanent feature.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
The Golden Temple is illuminated especially on festivals. The new lighting will be a permanent feature.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

New lights are on! Golden Temple hi-tech illumination project nears completion

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2017 12:46 PM IST
The illumination by digitally-controlled, multi-coloured LED lights is already complete on the top floor of the parikarma, Darshani Deodhi, entry gates, and the Ramgarhia bunga.
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This is the second Sikh jatha (group of pilgrims) to have been denied permission to visit the neighbouring country amid deteriorating Indo-Pak ties.(HT File Photo)
This is the second Sikh jatha (group of pilgrims) to have been denied permission to visit the neighbouring country amid deteriorating Indo-Pak ties.(HT File Photo)

No pilgrims’ progress: Sikh jathas to Pakistan in jeopardy

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2017 01:04 PM IST
The external affairs ministry told the SGPC recently to give an undertaking that the jatha is going to Pakistan at its own risk. The SGPC begs to differ.
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The SGPC had in the latest sent 251 passports to the Pakistani embassy in Delhi for visas.(HT File Photo)
The SGPC had in the latest sent 251 passports to the Pakistani embassy in Delhi for visas.(HT File Photo)

Sikh jatha can go to Pakistan ‘at own risk’ if SGPC gives undertaking to MEA

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2017 01:48 PM IST
The SGPC had in the latest sent 251 passports to the Pakistani embassy in Delhi for visas to a jatha that wants to visit the country for the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
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Police officials checking a vehicle ahead of Operation Bluestar anniversary in Amritsar on Tuesday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Police officials checking a vehicle ahead of Operation Bluestar anniversary in Amritsar on Tuesday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Operation Bluestar anniversary: 7 paramilitary companies to keep vigil in Amritsar

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2017 09:49 AM IST
Security has been enhanced for the anniversary since a couple of years ago a clash between SGPC Task Force and members of a radical body in 2014 had left around 8 persons injured during the Operation Bluestar anniversary.
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Uzma Ahmed at the Attari border on Thursday.(ANI Twitter)
Uzma Ahmed at the Attari border on Thursday.(ANI Twitter)

Indian national Uzma, forced to marry in Pakistan, returns home; welcome back, says Sushma Swaraj

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Attari
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2017 12:25 PM IST
Uzma Ahmed told a Pakistani court she was forced to marry Tahir Ali, a resident of Buner in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, at gun point after she agreed to go to Pakistan to meet him
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Former Akali minister and Majitha MLA Bikram Singh Majithia confronts ADGP Law & Order Rohit Chaudhary during a police public meeting in Majitha town on Saturday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Former Akali minister and Majitha MLA Bikram Singh Majithia confronts ADGP Law & Order Rohit Chaudhary during a police public meeting in Majitha town on Saturday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Majithia barges into ADGP’s public meet to ‘seek justice’; shoe hurled at ex-minister’s car

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2017 09:02 PM IST
Former Akali minister and Majitha MLA Bikram Singh Majithia confronts police official in his constituency, asks why he was not invited despite being local MLA
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The I-scan equipment, which has the ability to detect traces of explosives and narcotics.(Courtesy: Laser-detect.com)
The I-scan equipment, which has the ability to detect traces of explosives and narcotics.(Courtesy: Laser-detect.com)

Attari check post gets modern surveillance equipment

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2017 11:36 AM IST
Imported from Israel, one of the equipment called I-scan will be utilised to check the baggage of Samjhauta Express passengers as well as goods trains from Pakistan.
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Punjab chief minister being given ‘siropa’ inside the sanctum sanctorum of Golden Temple, Amritsar, on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Punjab chief minister being given ‘siropa’ inside the sanctum sanctorum of Golden Temple, Amritsar, on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Denied honour in 2002, Amarinder given ‘siropa’ inside Golden Temple

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2017 09:36 AM IST
Amarinder was earlier denied ‘siropa’ during his visit to the shrine after becoming the chief minister in 2002.
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Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh with the family of martyr Paramjit Singh at Vein Poin village in Tarn Taran on Sunday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh with the family of martyr Paramjit Singh at Vein Poin village in Tarn Taran on Sunday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Punjab won’t sell electricity to Pakistan until normalcy returns: Capt

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Vein poin (Tarn Taran), Vein Poin (tarn Taran)
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2017 10:28 AM IST
Amarinder calls on martyr Paramjit Singh’s family at his Tarn Taran village; announces jobs for his two children
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Repairs underway on a road in Vein Poin village in Tarn Taran district on Saturday, May 6.(Sameer Sehagl/HT)
Repairs underway on a road in Vein Poin village in Tarn Taran district on Saturday, May 6.(Sameer Sehagl/HT)

Ahead of Punjab CM’s visit to martyr’s village, road repaired for a smooth ride

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Vein Poin (tarn Taran)
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2017 09:14 AM IST
A helipad has already been made as the CM will land in the grounds outside the village school. 
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Khushdeep Kaur with Yunus Khan and his wife Anjum Ara in Vain Poin on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Khushdeep Kaur with Yunus Khan and his wife Anjum Ara in Vain Poin on Saturday.(HT Photo)

With promise to fulfil his daughter’s dreams, IAS-IPS couple meets martyr’s family in Tarn Taran village

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Vein Poin (tarn Taran)
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2017 07:59 PM IST
“Khushdeep will stay with her family in the village, but we will keep visiting her regularly,” he said, “We are soon going to decide how to take forward her education.”
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BSF is maintaining tight vigil in the Bamiyal sector in Pathankot.(HT File Photo)
BSF is maintaining tight vigil in the Bamiyal sector in Pathankot.(HT File Photo)

Vigil up in Punjab: BSF on alert as tension simmers at Indo-Pak border

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2017 10:08 AM IST
The security inside and around the integrated check post (ICP), where trade takes place between the two nations, has also been heightened. BSF sources have claimed that extra caution is maintained in the Bamiyal sector along Pathankot.
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Ex-servicemen (left) Joginder Singh showing a picture during service and (right) Daljit Singh showing picture of his father Kashmir Singh who was martyr in Kargil, at Pandori Sidhwan village on Wednesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Ex-servicemen (left) Joginder Singh showing a picture during service and (right) Daljit Singh showing picture of his father Kashmir Singh who was martyr in Kargil, at Pandori Sidhwan village on Wednesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

‘Faujian Da Pind’ angry over mutilation of soldiers’ bodies

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Pandori Sidhwan (tarn Taran)
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2017 09:47 AM IST
Pandori Sidhwan village in Tarn Taran, which has around 100 of its men serving in army and as many retired personnel, demands more freedom to army; residents burn effigy of Pakistan.
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Joginder Kaur , mother of Indian army soldier Paramjit Singh, cries over the coffin of her son in Vein Poin village, 45 km from Amritsar, in Tarn Taran district on Tuesday, May 2.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Joginder Kaur , mother of Indian army soldier Paramjit Singh, cries over the coffin of her son in Vein Poin village, 45 km from Amritsar, in Tarn Taran district on Tuesday, May 2.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Grief gives way to anger as J&K martyr Paramjit’s wife sees his headless body

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Vein Poin (tarn Taran)
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2017 08:57 AM IST
Family demands befitting reply to Pakistan; 12-year-old son lights pyre, vows to join army.
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Udham singh (centre), father of naib subedar Paramjit Singh, and other family members at their residence in Vein Poin village of Tarn Taran district on Monday, May 1.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Udham singh (centre), father of naib subedar Paramjit Singh, and other family members at their residence in Vein Poin village of Tarn Taran district on Monday, May 1.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Anger simmers in Tarn Taran village over death of its son in Pakistan’s LoC strike

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Vain Poin (Tarn Taran), Vein Poin (tarn Taran)
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2017 04:40 PM IST
Naib subedar Paramjit Singh was to reach his village, Vein Poin, around 22 km from the district headquarters, on holiday on May 10.
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Parliamentary standing committee on ministry of external affairs chairman Shashi Tharoor (centre), Amar Singh (extreme left) and other members at the Golden Temple on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Parliamentary standing committee on ministry of external affairs chairman Shashi Tharoor (centre), Amar Singh (extreme left) and other members at the Golden Temple on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Snap all ties with Pak, says Amar, Tharoor disagrees

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2017 09:29 AM IST
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Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu meeting farmers of village Othianto whose wheat crop was destroyed in fire, on Saturday.(Sameer Sehgal /HT)
Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu meeting farmers of village Othianto whose wheat crop was destroyed in fire, on Saturday.(Sameer Sehgal /HT)

Sidhu pays Rs 24 lakh from his pocket to Amritsar farmers who lost harvested crop to fire

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2017 11:08 AM IST
Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu announced to give Rs. 24 lakh as compensation, from his own pocket, to farmers whose crop was gutted in fire that broke in village of Rajasansi area of Amritsar district late on Friday night. The minister also assured the farmers of all support.
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Harjit Singh Sajjan being honoured by SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar in Amritsar on Thursday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Harjit Singh Sajjan being honoured by SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar in Amritsar on Thursday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

SGPC rolls out red carpet for Sajjan at Golden Temple, keeps radical Sikhs at bay

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2017 08:02 PM IST
Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan paid obeisance at the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikhs, amid tight security at 7.30am on Thursday.
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Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh making the Sangat aware of the decision taken by five Sikh high priest during the meeting at Akal Takth Sahib, Amritsar on Monday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)
Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh making the Sangat aware of the decision taken by five Sikh high priest during the meeting at Akal Takth Sahib, Amritsar on Monday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

Dera poll support row: Takht awards ‘punishment’ to 39 leaders for violating edict

By Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2017 11:27 PM IST
The Akal Takht on Monday handed out ‘tankha’ (religious punishment) to 39 Sikh political leaders of SAD, Congress and AAP for violating Takht’s ‘hukamnama’ (edict) by seeking political support from the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda in the recently held Punjab assembly elections.
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