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

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

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
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)
Published on Jun 16, 2021 09:38 PM IST
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Farm agitation, faith spur 20 Sangrur villages to shun drugs

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
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)
Published on Jun 12, 2021 08:57 PM IST
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Sikh family donates ancestral land to build mosque in Malerkotla village

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
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)
Updated on Jun 08, 2021 10:56 PM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Jitwal Kalan (malerkotla)

Women at the helm in Punjab’s new district Malerkotla

Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh will formally inaugurate Malerkotla as Punjab’s 23rd district in a virtual event
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.
Published on Jun 06, 2021 09:31 PM IST
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No drug case for years in at least 10 Sangrur villages

At Santpur village in Sangrur district’s Dirba block, no resident was booked in a drug case in the past 10 years
Villagers coordinate with police officers to check the drug menace. (ht photo)
Villagers coordinate with police officers to check the drug menace. (ht photo)
Published on Jun 04, 2021 01:52 AM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

Under debt, three women of family end life in Sangrur village

Driven by poverty, three women members of a family committed suicide by consuming poison at Kuthala village near Malerkotla on Saturday, police said
Police recovered the bodies of a 42-year-old widow, her elderly mother and 19-year-old daughter from their house on Saturday morning. The woman’s husband, who was a soldier, died a few years after his retirement. (Representative photo)
Police recovered the bodies of a 42-year-old widow, her elderly mother and 19-year-old daughter from their house on Saturday morning. The woman’s husband, who was a soldier, died a few years after his retirement. (Representative photo)
Published on May 29, 2021 11:46 AM IST
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Farm laws: Fearing arrest in Red Fort case, Lakha Sidhana cancels rallies for 10 days

Sidhana, who is wanted by Delhi Police in the Red Fort violence case, kicked off his campaign on Thursday from Sangrur district
Farm laws: Fearing arrest in Red Fort case, Lakha Sidhana cancels rallies for 10 days
Farm laws: Fearing arrest in Red Fort case, Lakha Sidhana cancels rallies for 10 days
Published on May 29, 2021 01:14 AM IST
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Fugitive Lakha Sidhana kicks off campaign to mobilise support for farm stir in Punjab

Fearing arrest, the gangster-turned-activist leaves protest site and appears after his supporters staged a protest in front of a police station
Gangster-turned-activist Lakha Sidhana addressing a gathering at Mehlan Chowk village of Sangrur district on Thursday.
Gangster-turned-activist Lakha Sidhana addressing a gathering at Mehlan Chowk village of Sangrur district on Thursday.
Updated on May 28, 2021 01:47 AM IST
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In poll year, Punjab CM declares Malerkotla as state’s 23rd district

Dream come true, says Malerkotla MLA Razia Sultana on Eid-ul-Fitr as Capt Amarinder Singh announces medical college, women police station and 6 crore for urban development
Punjab minister and Malerkotla MLA Razia Sultana during the virtual interaction with chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday. (HT Photo)
Punjab minister and Malerkotla MLA Razia Sultana during the virtual interaction with chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday. (HT Photo)
Published on May 14, 2021 12:46 PM IST
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Punjab has no dedicated wards for children infected with virus

Paediatricians, epidemiologists have sought exclusive facilities for kids as experts warn of a threat of attack on youngsters in third wave
Punjab has no dedicated wards for children infected with virus
Punjab has no dedicated wards for children infected with virus
Updated on May 14, 2021 01:36 AM IST
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Doctors on Covid duty seek vaccine for children on priority

They claimed that as they are working with infected patients, going home to their family, especially children, is fraught with risk of the latter contracting the virus
Punjab saw record 198 fatalities on Monday. (Representational photo)
Punjab saw record 198 fatalities on Monday. (Representational photo)
Published on May 11, 2021 01:13 AM IST
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Ex-sarpanch, two sons and daughter die of Covid in Punjab

Situated 30 kilometres from Sangrur town, Takipur village is in shock and panic after hearing about the tragedy
(From left) Jaspal Singh (54), Harpal Singh (46) and their father and ex-sarpanch of Takipur village Tarlok Singh (83). (HT Photo)
(From left) Jaspal Singh (54), Harpal Singh (46) and their father and ex-sarpanch of Takipur village Tarlok Singh (83). (HT Photo)
Published on May 09, 2021 06:55 PM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

189 Punjab families who lost kin during farm protests given 5-lakh relief

The Punjab government has given 5 lakh compensation from the CM’s Relief Fund each to the families of 189 farmers who had died at protest sites during the ongoing agitation against the Centre’s three agri laws
Farmers have been camping at Delhi borders in protest against the Centre’s three farm laws. (ANI file)
Farmers have been camping at Delhi borders in protest against the Centre’s three farm laws. (ANI file)
Published on May 08, 2021 01:49 AM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Sangrur/amritsar/bathinda

Farmers, anganwadi workers holding large gatherings in Sangrur amid Covid surge

The district administration silent on violation of Covid-19 guidelines by protesters in the district
Members of the Punjab Anganwadi Mulazam Union during a protest in front of the Sangrur deputy commissioner’s office on Monday.
Members of the Punjab Anganwadi Mulazam Union during a protest in front of the Sangrur deputy commissioner’s office on Monday.
Updated on Apr 27, 2021 01:52 AM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

With only 4 cases so far, Punjab aims to be malaria-free by year-end

Officials say regular focal spray in affected areas, distribution of long-lasting insecticides, bed nets, release of Gambushia fishes in ponds helped in curbing the disease
Punjab health and family welfare department had launched a malaria elimination campaign 2017-2021. (Representational photo)
Punjab health and family welfare department had launched a malaria elimination campaign 2017-2021. (Representational photo)
Published on Apr 26, 2021 01:23 AM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

Demand for oximeter rises in Sangrur, so does price

Amid surge in Covid-19 cases, the demand for oximeters — an electronic device that measures oxygen saturation level in blood — and their price have increased manifold in Sangrur district
The country is facing shortage of oxygen in the wake of surge in demand amid second Covid wave. (PTI)
The country is facing shortage of oxygen in the wake of surge in demand amid second Covid wave. (PTI)
Published on Apr 25, 2021 11:21 PM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

Dhindsa’s media in-charge booked for violating Covid norms at son’s wedding

Acting on a tip-off, police landed up at function organised by Gurmeet Singh Johal, who claimed it was a “small gathering of relatives”
The wedding function being organised at the residence of Gurmeet Singh Johal, the media in-charge of Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, in Sangrur on Friday night. (HT Photo)
The wedding function being organised at the residence of Gurmeet Singh Johal, the media in-charge of Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, in Sangrur on Friday night. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 24, 2021 12:33 PM IST
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Covid care kits out of stock in Sangrur

The Covid care kit contains an oximeter, a digital thermometer, a hand sanitiser and vitamin tablets
daily item used against corona virus flat lay (Getty Images)
daily item used against corona virus flat lay (Getty Images)
Published on Apr 24, 2021 01:07 AM IST
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Sangrur, Barnala miss vax target, doctors blame stigma lack of awareness for low turnout

Sangrur had a target to inoculate 13,000 people while Barnala aimed to vaccinate 4,500 beneficiaries; sources say fear of vaccine’s side effects and wheat harvest season also adding to the low response
A man getting a vaccine shot in Sangrur on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
A man getting a vaccine shot in Sangrur on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 21, 2021 01:43 AM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

Sit-ins continue as stir against farm laws completes 200 days in Punjab

Women are participating in large numbers in local protests as men are holding an indefinite protest at Delhi border
Farmers staging a protest at the railway station parking in Barnala on Sunday.
Farmers staging a protest at the railway station parking in Barnala on Sunday.
Published on Apr 19, 2021 01:13 AM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Sangrur/barnala

Red Fort violence accused Lakha Sidhana leads march to Delhi border

Gangster-turned-activist says the farmers’ agitation against Centre’s three agri laws is a battle of survival for Punjab
Lakha Sidhana during a rally in Sangrur district on Friday.
Lakha Sidhana during a rally in Sangrur district on Friday.
Updated on Apr 10, 2021 02:10 AM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

AAP, Dhindsas hold talks to join hands for 2022 Punjab assembly elections

SAD (Democratic) chief Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, his son and former finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa say alliance in offing, but Punjab AAP leader Harpal Cheema insists merger on cards
Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) president Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and his son Parminder Singh Dhindsa met Aam Aadmi Party Punjab affairs co-incharge Raghav Chadha (right) in Chandigarh recently. Punjab AAP chief Bhagwant Mann and leader of the opposition Harpal Cheema are also seen. (HT file photo)
Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) president Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and his son Parminder Singh Dhindsa met Aam Aadmi Party Punjab affairs co-incharge Raghav Chadha (right) in Chandigarh recently. Punjab AAP chief Bhagwant Mann and leader of the opposition Harpal Cheema are also seen. (HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 08, 2021 04:20 PM IST
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By Navneet Sharma and Avtar Singh

Farmer unions say protests will continue, reject SC panel report

The Supreme Court committee submitted its report to the top court recently and the matter comes up for hearing on April 5
Members of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, comprising 32 farm unions, have been protesting at Singhu and Tikri borders of the national capital of Delhi since September-end last year. (HT file photo)
Members of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, comprising 32 farm unions, have been protesting at Singhu and Tikri borders of the national capital of Delhi since September-end last year. (HT file photo)
Published on Apr 01, 2021 04:59 PM IST
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Train cancelled, locals serve langar to passengers at Barnala’s Tapa rly station

Following the Bharat Bandh call, the railways cancelled an intercity train when it reached the Tapa railway station, 23km from the district headquarters, on Friday
Locals serving langar to train passengers at Tapa railway station.
Locals serving langar to train passengers at Tapa railway station.
Published on Mar 27, 2021 01:21 AM IST
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Sangrur admn asks panchayats to pay water supply power bills

Sarpanches oppose move, say the 14th Finance Commission grant is for development works, not for clearing pending bills
Sarpanches holding a protest outside the Sangrur BDPO’s office on Thursday.
Sarpanches holding a protest outside the Sangrur BDPO’s office on Thursday.
Published on Mar 26, 2021 01:32 AM IST
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Thrashing of juveniles: National SC Commission chief asks Sangrur police to submit report on arrest of accused in 2 days

National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) chairman Vijay Sampla on Wednesday met the juveniles, including Dalit boy, who were thrashed and forced to walk for kilometers with their hands tied behind their backs by the village sarpanch and others in Sangrur district for allegedly stealing 250 from a samadh (tomb)
National Commission for Scheduled Castes chairman Vijay Sampla with officials and the juveniles’ families in Sangrur district on Wednesday.
National Commission for Scheduled Castes chairman Vijay Sampla with officials and the juveniles’ families in Sangrur district on Wednesday.
Updated on Mar 25, 2021 01:44 AM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

At Sunam youth conference, BKU Ugrahan, labour union announce to lay siege to Adani’s dry port in Kila Raipur

The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) and the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union (PKMU) on Sunday said their activists will lay siege to the Adani Group-run dry port at Kila Raipur from March 27 to 31 in protest against the Centre’s three contentious agriculture reform laws
Protesters raising slogans during a rally in Sunam on Sunday.
Protesters raising slogans during a rally in Sunam on Sunday.
Published on Mar 22, 2021 01:12 AM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Sunam (sangrur)

AAP’s Mehrauli MLA Naresh Yadav acquitted in Quran desecration case; 2 others guilty

Narpal Singh Dhaliwal, the counsel for Yadav, said the court of additional chief judicial magistrate Prashant Verma acquitted Yadav as there was no evidence against him.
AAP MLA Naresh Yadav, along with Punjab’s leader of opposition Harpal Cheema and counsel Narpal Singh Dhaliwal, coming out of the Sangrur court on Tuesday. (HT PHOTO)
AAP MLA Naresh Yadav, along with Punjab’s leader of opposition Harpal Cheema and counsel Narpal Singh Dhaliwal, coming out of the Sangrur court on Tuesday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 17, 2021 12:53 AM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

Sarpanch among 4 booked for beating up, forcing 4 boys to walk 4km for stealing 300 in Sangrur

The boys, aged 11 to 13 years, were punished by the Bhasaur village panchayat on March 7 and their families were fined 5,000; matter came to light on Sunday when the families complained to the Sangrur SSP and state commission for protection of child rights
The incident took place on March 7, but came to light on Sunday when the family members of the boys submitted a complaint to Sangrur senior superintendent of police (SSP) and sent a letter to the state commission for protection of child rights. (Representative image)
The incident took place on March 7, but came to light on Sunday when the family members of the boys submitted a complaint to Sangrur senior superintendent of police (SSP) and sent a letter to the state commission for protection of child rights. (Representative image)
Published on Mar 15, 2021 04:28 PM IST
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Hundreds of Punjab women leave for Delhi’s Tikri border to mark International Women’s Day

Activists under the banner of Samyukt Kisan Morcha travel in buses, tractor-trailers and other vehicles via the Khanauri border in Sangrur district
Women protesters at a grain market in Barnala district before leaving for Delhi on Sunday. (HT PHOTO)
Women protesters at a grain market in Barnala district before leaving for Delhi on Sunday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 08, 2021 01:44 AM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Barnala
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