Avtar Singh

Avtar Singh

Avtar Singh is a staff correspondent who covers politics, agriculture, crime and rural areas in Sangrur, Barnala and Malerkotla districts of Punjab.

Articles by Avtar Singh
Dalit women holding a protest march to seek implementation of the Land Ceiling Act in Punjab, at Sangrur on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Dalit women holding a protest march to seek implementation of the Land Ceiling Act in Punjab, at Sangrur on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

Dalit women seek implementation of Land Ceiling Act in Punjab

By Avtar Singh, Sangrur
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2021 09:23 PM IST
Protesting under the banner of Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Committee, Dalit women say excess land with upper-caste rich farmers should be redistributed under the land ceiling law in Punjab
Farmers stage a protest at the Barnala railway station on Monday. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha has been leading the agitation in Punjab and at the Delhi border. (HT photo)
Farmers stage a protest at the Barnala railway station on Monday. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha has been leading the agitation in Punjab and at the Delhi border. (HT photo)

Samyukt Kisan Morcha appeals to farmers to intensify agitation against agri laws

By Avtar Singh, Sangrur
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2021 02:03 AM IST
People of Punjab must not to shift their focus from the ongoing agitation against three agriculture laws, say Samyukt Kisan Morcha leaders
The Barnala sarpanch had joined the BJP in Chandigarh on Monday, sparking a farmers protest at the village gurdwara. (HT Photo)
The Barnala sarpanch had joined the BJP in Chandigarh on Monday, sparking a farmers protest at the village gurdwara. (HT Photo)

Farmers protest against Barnala sarpanch for joining BJP

PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2021 09:59 PM IST
Farmers protest at the village gurdwara in Barnala saw good participation; they condemned the sarpanch for going to the BJP, even as farmers were boycotting it
Congress MLA from Amargarh segment Surjit Singh Dhiman.
Congress MLA from Amargarh segment Surjit Singh Dhiman.

Punjab: Will not contest polls under Capt’s leadership, says Amargarh MLA Dhiman

By Avtar Singh, Sangrur
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2021 08:25 PM IST
Dhiman says state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu be declared as the party’s chief ministerial face for the upcoming Punjab polls
Punjab Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) president and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann. (HT Photo)
Punjab Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) president and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann. (HT Photo)

AAP should declare CM face early, based on ground realities, says Mann

UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2021 08:16 PM IST
Mann has said that the AAP not announcing its chief minister candidate for the Punjab assembly polls in 2022 was a big hurdle for party workers in their daily interactions with the public
Aspiring teachers holding a protest in Sangrur on Saturday, with police removing them from the roads. (HT Photo)
Aspiring teachers holding a protest in Sangrur on Saturday, with police removing them from the roads. (HT Photo)

Teachers’ Day: Bitter and disappointed aspiring govt job teachers to intensify stir

UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2021 08:03 PM IST
These teachers belong to specialised categories like BEd or Physical Training Instructors (PTIs) etc. Many of them are into their mid 30s, with some even postponing their marriages, in the hope of landing up a government job
Protesters trying to break through police cordon to reach the rally venue of Shiromani Akali Dal in Moga on Thursday.
Protesters trying to break through police cordon to reach the rally venue of Shiromani Akali Dal in Moga on Thursday.

Focus on BJP, don’t heckle leaders of other parties: Farm unions make fresh appeal to volunteers

By Avtar Singh, Sangrur
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2021 01:44 AM IST
Say activists may question non-saffron party representatives of but it must be done in a democratic way
Punjab AAP president Bhagwant Mann meeting party workers in Sangrur on Thursday.
Punjab AAP president Bhagwant Mann meeting party workers in Sangrur on Thursday.

Punjab polls: AAP faction holding meets pressing on Kejriwal to declare Mann as CM face

By Avtar Singh, Sangrur
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2021 10:59 AM IST
Move being seen as a pressure-building tactic on the party high command even as state party chief is not saying anything on the issue
Canada dream shattered: NRI woman booked for abetment 2 months after husband ends life
Canada dream shattered: NRI woman booked for abetment 2 months after husband ends life

Canada dream shattered: NRI woman booked for abetment 2 months after husband ends life

PUBLISHED ON SEP 01, 2021 01:22 AM IST
Two months after a 23-year-old man, Lovepreet Singh, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Dhanaula town, the Barnala police have added Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code in the earlier FIR against his wife Beant Kaur, 21, who is in Canada on a study visa since August 2019, and was booked for cheating on the complaint of her in-laws last month
Scores of farmers under the Kirti Kisan Union opposed Congress ministers and leaders, across the political spectrum. (HT phot)
Scores of farmers under the Kirti Kisan Union opposed Congress ministers and leaders, across the political spectrum. (HT phot)

Longowal death anniversary: Farmers oppose leaders’ presence, Sukhbir skips SAD’s religious event

UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2021 11:22 PM IST
Protesters forced former MP and senior SAD leader Prem Singh Chandumajra to return from the gate of the Kambowal gurdwara, Longowal.
Bharatiya Kisan Union members hold a protest against the central government over agri laws in Patiala district. (PTI)
Bharatiya Kisan Union members hold a protest against the central government over agri laws in Patiala district. (PTI)

SAD cancels political conference on Longowal death anniversary fearing backlash by farmers

By Avtar Singh, Sangrur
PUBLISHED ON AUG 17, 2021 01:12 AM IST
Keeping in view the farmer unions’ call to oppose political rallies amid the agitation against the Centre’s three agriculture laws, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has decided to cancel its conference on the 36th death anniversary of former party president Harchand Singh Longowal on August 20
Women of farming households are eager to contribute to the stir as much as they can; again, all they want is the revocation of the three farm laws and are preparing for the long haul. (HT Photo)
Women of farming households are eager to contribute to the stir as much as they can; again, all they want is the revocation of the three farm laws and are preparing for the long haul. (HT Photo)

No let-up likely in farm stir as women collect 6-month ration for Delhi borders

PUBLISHED ON AUG 07, 2021 06:52 PM IST
Over 100 women, aged between 40 and 70, with saffron dupattas on their heads are going door-to-door across the district’s villages, collecting ration for their brethren.
Farmers protesting at a toll plaza in Punjab.
Farmers protesting at a toll plaza in Punjab.

Farmers continue siege of toll plazas, Reliance fuel stations in Punjab

By Avtar Singh, Sangrur
PUBLISHED ON AUG 03, 2021 01:24 AM IST
Farmers under the banner of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) and Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) continued the siege of toll plaza and Reliance filling stations in Punjab, particularly Sangrur and Barnala districts, to oppose the corporate houses over the three agriculture laws
CM Capt Amarinder Singh after inaugurating Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial in Sunam on Saturday. (HT Photo)
CM Capt Amarinder Singh after inaugurating Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial in Sunam on Saturday. (HT Photo)

Will ask Centre to bring Udham Singh’s belongings back from England: Capt

PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2021 12:47 AM IST
Inaugurates Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial in Sunam on the occasion of 82nd martyrdom day of the freedom fighter
A farmer uses a boat in his submerged fields in Moonak on Friday. (HT Photo)
A farmer uses a boat in his submerged fields in Moonak on Friday. (HT Photo)

Rainwater floods fields in Sangrur villages, Ghaggar flowing near danger mark

PUBLISHED ON JUL 31, 2021 12:53 AM IST
The level of Ghaggar river reached 747 feet, just four feet below the danger mark on Friday, giving anxious moments to farmers
Lovepreet Singh Sidhu’s parents and sister seeking justice after his death on June 23 and (right) the youngster with bride Beant Kaur at their wedding in August 2019. (HT file photos)
Lovepreet Singh Sidhu’s parents and sister seeking justice after his death on June 23 and (right) the youngster with bride Beant Kaur at their wedding in August 2019. (HT file photos)

Canada dream shattered: Woman booked for cheating husband’s family of 25 lakh in Punjab

PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2021 02:57 PM IST
Beant Kaur, 21, left for Canada a fortnight after getting married to Lovepreet Singh, 23, in August 2019 but stopped communicating with him; an upset Lovepreet was found dead in his village in June
The tubewell in Sangrur district’s Aloarakh village.
The tubewell in Sangrur district’s Aloarakh village.

NGT forms panel seeking report on Sangrur tubewell spewing coloured water

By Avtar Singh, Sangrur
PUBLISHED ON JUL 23, 2021 01:11 AM IST
Asks to suggest short- and long-term measures considering agronomy, public health and remediation plan
Rising water level in Ghaggar worries farmers in Moonak
Rising water level in Ghaggar worries farmers in Moonak

Rising water level in Ghaggar worries farmers in Moonak

PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2021 12:45 AM IST
The water level in Ghaggar is continuously rising in Sangrur district, leaving farmers in the Moonak area worried
Despite clear negative signals from China, Jawaharlal Nehru remained anxious to protect the illusion of a bhai bhai relationship, hiding the contradictions from citizens. In contrast, on the border, where accommodation of each other’s points of view was essential, China showed flexibility and Nehru remained rigid (Getty Images)
Despite clear negative signals from China, Jawaharlal Nehru remained anxious to protect the illusion of a bhai bhai relationship, hiding the contradictions from citizens. In contrast, on the border, where accommodation of each other’s points of view was essential, China showed flexibility and Nehru remained rigid (Getty Images)

How PM Nehru mishandled China

By Avtar Singh Bhasin
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2021 09:06 PM IST
By keeping up false appearances of friendship and then taking a rigid stand on the border without evidence, Nehru’s China policy was a failure. India is still paying the price
A tubewell spewing out polluted water at Aloarakh village in Sangrur. (HT PHOTO)
A tubewell spewing out polluted water at Aloarakh village in Sangrur. (HT PHOTO)

Sangrur tubewell spews out polluted water; PPCB blames dismantled factory

By Avtar Singh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 08, 2021 09:54 PM IST
Farmers and owners of the land where the tubewell is located, claimed that they had been raising the issue for over ten years, but no one listened to their pleas
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research’s satellite centre at Ghabdan in Sangrur district. (HT PHOTO)
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research’s satellite centre at Ghabdan in Sangrur district. (HT PHOTO)

PGIMER’s satellite centre in Sangrur got fire NOC before construction was complete

By Avtar Singh, Sangrur
PUBLISHED ON JUL 03, 2021 01:29 AM IST
As per the report, the building construction was 95 to 96% complete. “The building has a fire hydrant and an alarm system but as the construction is yet to be completed, the fire systems have not been activated. In such a scenario, the system cannot be checked,” the probe report stated.
Successive state governments have failed to resolve the issue and villagers are forced to get water for drinking from the Bhakra Canal passing through the village. (HT photo)
Successive state governments have failed to resolve the issue and villagers are forced to get water for drinking from the Bhakra Canal passing through the village. (HT photo)

Sangrur village without drinking water; 6,000 residents using canal

By Avtar Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2021 12:47 AM IST
Tubewells are not a viable option as the concentration of Total Dissolved Solids in ground water is much higher than the safe limit. Every day, a crowd of men and women gather around the canal with utensils in hand.
Red Cross De-Addiction Centre in Sangrur. (HT photo)
Red Cross De-Addiction Centre in Sangrur. (HT photo)

HIV +ve drug addicts struggling to get help in Sangrur

By Avtar Singh, Sangrur
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2021 01:21 AM IST
The members of NGO Youth Power Group claimed that they, along with the four addicts, met deputy commissioner Ramvir who directed them to the de-addiction centre. However, the authorities of the centre refused to admit them citing the illnesses
A still from the video of the women appealing for help in Erbil town of Iraq. Sangrur Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann shared the video on social media.
A still from the video of the women appealing for help in Erbil town of Iraq. Sangrur Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann shared the video on social media.

11 Punjabi women stuck in Iraq seek help to reach India

By Avtar Singh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 25, 2021 05:44 PM IST
Complain of exploitation and appeal to Sangrur AAP MP Bhagwant Mann, who contacted the Baghdad embassy that has rescued them
Farmers at a meeting with migrant workers at Bhullerheri village of Sangrur on Thursday. (HT PHOTO)
Farmers at a meeting with migrant workers at Bhullerheri village of Sangrur on Thursday. (HT PHOTO)

Stir against farm laws: Now, farmers mobilising migrant workers against Centre’s agri laws

By Avtar Singh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 25, 2021 12:48 AM IST
The BJP made anti-farmer laws. These laws, however, are equally dangerous for migrant workers who are dependent on the agriculture sector, farmers are telling labourers.
Already in the dark zone due to over-exploitation of groundwater, these villages continue to depend on tubewells for irrigation. Adding to their woes is the fact that the government has stopped issuing new tubewell connections here due to the dark zone tag. (HT FILE)
Already in the dark zone due to over-exploitation of groundwater, these villages continue to depend on tubewells for irrigation. Adding to their woes is the fact that the government has stopped issuing new tubewell connections here due to the dark zone tag. (HT FILE)

A royal mistake that deprives 60 Malerkotla villages of canal water

By Avtar Singh, Malerkotla
PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2021 11:48 PM IST
A little digging into history reveals that in the 1880s when canal irrigation was being developed in Punjab, the then Nawab of the princely state had “refused to provide land” for the project, the ripple effects of which are being felt now in these villages.
Gurbinder Singh’s family with his photo at their home in Tolowal village near Sunam in Sangrur. (HT Photo)
Gurbinder Singh’s family with his photo at their home in Tolowal village near Sunam in Sangrur. (HT Photo)

A year on, Galwan braveheart’s kin wait for govt to keep its word

By Avtar Singh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2021 09:38 PM IST
Sangrur A year after sepoy Gurbinder Singh, 22, of Tolawal village near Sunam was killed in a clash with Chinese troops in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on June 16, 2020, the grieving family is waiting for the state government to honour its promises
Residents of Sakraudi village in the district with a board that proclaims the village as drug free. (HT PHOTO)
Residents of Sakraudi village in the district with a board that proclaims the village as drug free. (HT PHOTO)

Farm agitation, faith spur 20 Sangrur villages to shun drugs

By Avtar Singh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2021 08:57 PM IST
Sarpanches and farm union leaders claim that Punjabis had been defamed as drug addicts, however, they were fighting for their rights and the farm agitation had led to drastic changes in their lifestyle
Muslims and Sikhs assembled at the spot where the mosque will come up at Jitwal Kalan in Malerkotla’s Ahmedgarh subdivision. (HT Photo)
Muslims and Sikhs assembled at the spot where the mosque will come up at Jitwal Kalan in Malerkotla’s Ahmedgarh subdivision. (HT Photo)

Sikh family donates ancestral land to build mosque in Malerkotla village

By Avtar Singh, Jitwal Kalan (malerkotla)
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2021 10:56 PM IST
Until now, around a dozen Muslim families residing at Jitwal Kalan had to go to neighbouring villages to offer prayers during Eid and other occasions
Deputy commissioner Amrit Kaur Gill (L) and senior superintendent of police Kanwardeep Kaur.
Deputy commissioner Amrit Kaur Gill (L) and senior superintendent of police Kanwardeep Kaur.

Women at the helm in Punjab’s new district Malerkotla

By Avtar Singh, Sangrur
PUBLISHED ON JUN 06, 2021 09:31 PM IST
Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh will formally inaugurate Malerkotla as Punjab’s 23rd district in a virtual event
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