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.

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BKU Ugrahan appeals to Punjab farmers to reach Delhi border in large numbers for February 27 rally

Says the ongoing farmers’ agitation is not just against the Modi government at the Centre but also the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund
Farmers during a rally in Barnala on Sunday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Farmers during a rally in Barnala on Sunday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Feb 22, 2021 01:25 AM IST
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Punjab villages sombre after clash, still back stir

Across Punjab’s hinterlands — especially in the home villages of senior farm leaders — there was disappointment over the violence that farm protesters unleashed when they broke through barricades, clashed violently with police, ran riot on the Capital’s streets and stormed the Red Fort, hoisting the Nishan Sahib, the flag of the Sikhs, on its ramparts.
Farmers remove tents from a protest site at the Ghazipur border on Wednesday.(Sakib Ali/HT Photos)
Farmers remove tents from a protest site at the Ghazipur border on Wednesday.(Sakib Ali/HT Photos)
Updated on Jan 28, 2021 07:28 AM IST
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By Navrajdeep Singh, Avtar Singh, Mohit Khanna, Anil Sharma, Hindustan Times, Tarn Taran/patiala/sangrur/ludhiana

On eve of Lohri, inspiring daughters honoured in Dhuri

SANGRUR The festival of Lohri celebrates achievement and brings warmth as people bond around a bonfire
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Published on Jan 13, 2021 07:36 PM IST
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Sangrur jail superintendent, his deputy and warder booked for taking bribe to keep two inmates out of prison

Trio helped the prisoners by prolonging their stay outside the jail on the basis of false health reports despite them having completed their Covid-19 isolation period.
The Sangrur District Jail superintendent Balwinder Singh, his deputy Amar Singh and warder Gurpartap Singh were booked for giving facilities to prisoners after taking bribe.(HT file photo)
The Sangrur District Jail superintendent Balwinder Singh, his deputy Amar Singh and warder Gurpartap Singh were booked for giving facilities to prisoners after taking bribe.(HT file photo)
Published on Jan 08, 2021 10:39 AM IST
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Four farmers from Punjab, Haryana die at Singhu, Tikri

Police records showed that a total of nine people, including Sikh saint Baba Ram Singh, have died at the Kundli-Singhu border, while 10 have died at Tikri border so far.(REUTERS)
Police records showed that a total of nine people, including Sikh saint Baba Ram Singh, have died at the Kundli-Singhu border, while 10 have died at Tikri border so far.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 04, 2021 12:50 AM IST
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By Sunil Rahar, Vishal Joshi and Avtar Singh, Rohtak/sangrur/ Bathinda

60-year-old Jagraon farmer sets journey to Delhi on foot to join agitation against three contentious laws

Joginder Singh on his way to Delhi on Wednesday.
Joginder Singh on his way to Delhi on Wednesday.
Updated on Dec 16, 2020 09:45 PM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Barnala

Widows, kin of farm suicide victims in Punjab to join stir at Delhi’s Tikri border

Holding photographs of the deceased farmers, their kin will raise the issue of farm suicides and agrarian crisis in the state
Published on Dec 15, 2020 01:02 AM IST
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In farm stir that has unified, Udasi songs emerge as anthem

Udasi, a school teacher, who emerged as the people’s poet from Malwa village of Raisar, is the most popular with protesting farmers. His songs are being sung with zeal at the Singhu and Tikri borders of Delhi
The most sung poet of this resistance is the dalit-revolutionary poet Sant Ram Udasi (1939-1986).(HT Photo)
The most sung poet of this resistance is the dalit-revolutionary poet Sant Ram Udasi (1939-1986).(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2020 11:43 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Avtar Singh and Nirupama Dutt

In Punjab, women take charge of their farms as menfolk take part in protests at Delhi border

Women working in their field at Deon village in Bathinda district on Sunday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Women working in their field at Deon village in Bathinda district on Sunday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Dec 07, 2020 12:54 AM IST
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By Vishal Joshi and Avtar Singh, Bathinda/sangrur

MP Sukhdev Dhindsa returns Padma Bhushan, says award is worthless as farmers are ignored

The Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) chief said he was doing so in protest as farmers had been staging dharna for over two months but the Centre was not listening to them
Padma Bhushan being conferred on Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa by President Ram Nath Kovind in March 2019.(Photo: Parminder Singh Dhindsa’s FB)
Padma Bhushan being conferred on Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa by President Ram Nath Kovind in March 2019.(Photo: Parminder Singh Dhindsa’s FB)
Updated on Dec 03, 2020 02:40 PM IST
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Dalit labour unions joining farmers’ stir on Delhi border

Leaders and workers of these left-leaning dalit-labour unions joined the protest with red flags, raising slogans of farmers-labourers’ unity. Around 50 members of ZPSC had started for Delhi on Tuesday night, and over 100 members of KPMU have already joined the protests.
The organisations say that the Centre’s three farm laws will affect people from all walks of life.(HT Photo)
The organisations say that the Centre’s three farm laws will affect people from all walks of life.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 03, 2020 01:08 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Avtar Singh

Women artistes rally for farmers through street plays, songs

Prominent Punjabi singers Kanwar Grewal and Harf Cheema are performing songs and extending their support to farmers’ agitation.
Jagjit Kaur Nikki sings a song at the Kundli border in New Delhi on Sunday.(HT photo)
Jagjit Kaur Nikki sings a song at the Kundli border in New Delhi on Sunday.(HT photo)
Updated on Nov 30, 2020 05:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

Punjab farmers modify plan, to march to Delhi via alternative routes besides Haryana highways

While BKU Ekta-Ugrahan and Sidhupur factions are camping on the border at Khanauri and Moonak in Sangrur, Kirti Kisan Union, BKU Rajewal and Kadian are heading for entry points from neighbouring Patiala district.
After Haryana Police blocked their entry at Khanauri border in Sangrur district on Wednesday, Punjab’s farmers have decided to undertake the Delhi Chalo march through other routes besides trying to enter through the highway again on Thursday.(Avtar Singh/HT)
After Haryana Police blocked their entry at Khanauri border in Sangrur district on Wednesday, Punjab’s farmers have decided to undertake the Delhi Chalo march through other routes besides trying to enter through the highway again on Thursday.(Avtar Singh/HT)
Updated on Nov 26, 2020 04:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Avtar Singh

7 Sangrur pharmacy colleges indulged in mass copying, says probe report

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Updated on Nov 24, 2020 02:22 AM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

Punjab’s vaccination drive against foot-and-mouth disease hit as owners oppose ear tagging of cattle

Fear that this may lead to higher taxes for them, as the cattle will be linked to the owner’s Aadhar after vaccination
The department was to vaccinate around 60 lakh animals by November-end, but so far, it has only been able to cover around 10 lakh animals.(HT FILE)
The department was to vaccinate around 60 lakh animals by November-end, but so far, it has only been able to cover around 10 lakh animals.(HT FILE)
Updated on Nov 22, 2020 01:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

Rebuilding lives; Sangrur dalit family comes to terms with death

On November 16, 2019, Jagmail, a dalit construction worker, had died in a hospital in Chandigarh, nine days after being beaten up and forced to drink urine by upper caste men. Jagmail was accused of standing outside the doors of houses of upper caste families in an inebriated condition and mouthing obscenities
Victim Jagmail Singh’s wife Manjit Kaur along with her three children at her under construction house at Dhandiwal village of Sangrur.(HT Photo)
Victim Jagmail Singh’s wife Manjit Kaur along with her three children at her under construction house at Dhandiwal village of Sangrur.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 17, 2020 03:55 PM IST
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By Avtar Singh

Five men from Moga burnt alive as car catches fire after colliding with Canter in Sangrur

Victims were returning from wedding reception when oil tank of truck with which car collided started leaking and caught fire.
The charred remains of the car after it collided with a Canter and caught fire on Sunam road on the outskirts of Sangrur town on Monday night.(HT Photo)
The charred remains of the car after it collided with a Canter and caught fire on Sunam road on the outskirts of Sangrur town on Monday night.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 17, 2020 10:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Avtar Singh

Wedding procession gives fillip to farmers’ agitation in Sangrur

Holding flags of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) — one of the 30 farm bodies up in arms against central agricultural laws in Punjab — the procession marched through the village before proceeding to the bride’s town
Published on Nov 16, 2020 11:29 PM IST
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By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

Sangrur facing 80% urea shortage in wheat sowing season

The district cultivates wheat crop on 2.9 lakh hectares, which require about 1.1lakh metric tonne (MT) urea, but currently, only 25,000 MT is in stock.
Farmers initially need diammonium phosphate, but after 21 days of wheat sowing, the crop demands urea, said Sangrur chief agriculture officer Jaswinder Pal Singh Grewal. (Representational image)(HT FILE)
Farmers initially need diammonium phosphate, but after 21 days of wheat sowing, the crop demands urea, said Sangrur chief agriculture officer Jaswinder Pal Singh Grewal. (Representational image)(HT FILE)
Updated on Nov 02, 2020 09:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

Farmers leaders in Punjab invited by Central govt for talks

Jagmohan Singh, state general secretary (BKU Dakaunda), has confirmed the development
Farmers block railway tracks in protest against the farm reform laws passed by Parliament recently.(HT Photo)
Farmers block railway tracks in protest against the farm reform laws passed by Parliament recently.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 11, 2020 05:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

Farmers lay siege to corporate-owned fuel stations, stores in Sangrur, Barnala

They were protesting against the Centre’s new agriculture laws on the fourth consecutive day as part of their indefinite ‘rail roko’ agitation.
Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU Ekta-Ugrahan), including women, staged protests outside nearly 10 fuel stations.(HT Photo)
Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU Ekta-Ugrahan), including women, staged protests outside nearly 10 fuel stations.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 05, 2020 05:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times/Sangrur | By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

Modi weakening govt procurement system to benefit businessmen friends, Rahul Gandhi tells Punjab farmers

ON DAY 2 Addressing rally in Sangrur district, says Congress will join the fight of the farmers till the illogical, black laws are scrapped
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh during a farmers’ rally at Bhawanigarh near Sangrur on the second day of the party’s Kheti Bachao Yatra on Monday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh during a farmers’ rally at Bhawanigarh near Sangrur on the second day of the party’s Kheti Bachao Yatra on Monday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
Published on Oct 05, 2020 06:30 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Vishal Rambani and Avtar Singh

Commuters enjoy toll-free travel, courtesy farmers

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Published on Oct 04, 2020 12:12 AM IST
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Pullout won’t help SAD in state polls: Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa

SAD (Democratic) chief says the Akalis also did not expect Harsimrat Badal’s resignation to be accepted
Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa(HT photo)
Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa(HT photo)
Published on Sep 27, 2020 04:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

Farm agitation fertile ground for creative slogans

The ruling Congress party in Punjab has been attacking the Centre, while targeting the PM with the slogan ‘Kisan Virodhi Narendra Modi’
SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal has coined the slogan, ‘Ikko Naara Kisan Pyara’ assuring farmers that his party stands by them.(HT phot)
SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal has coined the slogan, ‘Ikko Naara Kisan Pyara’ assuring farmers that his party stands by them.(HT phot)
Updated on Sep 23, 2020 04:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Avtar Singh

Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann yet to adopt a village, says can’t do without funds

As per Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, each MP needs to adopt five villages during his or her tenure
MP Bhagwant Mann
MP Bhagwant Mann
Published on Sep 17, 2020 03:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Avtar Singh, Sangrur

Farm unions scale up efforts to get youth, women into their fold

The shift is part of a plan to oppose the three new agricultural ordinances that the Centre has passed. Other farmer outfits, mostly seen as armies of old men, are also working to ‘recruit’ youth and women into their organisations.
Women joining BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) in a Sangrur village.(HT File photo)
Women joining BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) in a Sangrur village.(HT File photo)
Updated on Sep 11, 2020 02:54 PM IST
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Running toy business in Punjab’s Dhanaula no child’s play after Covid-19

Demand is down as people don’t venture out for shopping in a market already hit by the invasion of imported products
A shopkeeper shows a young customer and his parents a wooden tralla or truck.(HT photo)
A shopkeeper shows a young customer and his parents a wooden tralla or truck.(HT photo)
Published on Aug 31, 2020 05:21 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Dhanaula (Barnala) | By Avtar Singh, Dhanaula (barnala)

35th death anniversary of Longowal: Govt, SAD and Dhindsa pay separate tributes

The SAD held an event at Gurdwara Kambowal Sahib where SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal, acting jathedar of the Akal Takht Giani Harpreet Singh and other SAD leaders paid their tributes
Punjab cabinet minister paying homage to former SAD chief Sant Harchand Singh Longowal on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Punjab cabinet minister paying homage to former SAD chief Sant Harchand Singh Longowal on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2020 11:02 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Avtar Singh

RMOs on covid duty, pharmacy officers’ strike hit healthcare services in rural Punjab

Pharmacy officers and Class-4 employees allege they have been seeking regularisation for 14 years are working on very low salary
A deserted dispensary at Dangarh village in Barnala(HT File)
A deserted dispensary at Dangarh village in Barnala(HT File)
Updated on Jul 31, 2020 06:10 PM IST
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