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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Mid Day Meal cooks cry out for salaries

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Updated on Jul 22, 2020 08:32 PM IST
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Malerkotla authorities not meeting Covid-19 test target of 80 a day

Over the past 55 days from May 21 to July 14, the testing target was achieved only six times, even as 2,220 total samples have been taken from block in the last 55 days
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Updated on Jul 17, 2020 01:11 AM IST
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Covid-19: Sangrur emerges as new hotspot with 16 deaths, fourfold jump in cases in a month

In the past one month, the district went on to attain 9.14% share of the state’s death tally
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Published on Jul 08, 2020 11:27 PM IST
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Sangrur women college management suspendedfor ‘fund misuse’, ADC appointed administrator

DPI colleges says the management neither responded to the clarification sought by the higher education department nor it followed the instructions
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Updated on Jul 08, 2020 01:40 AM IST
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Ghaggar fury: Patiala, Sangrur brace for monsoon

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Updated on Jun 25, 2020 09:27 PM IST
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ByNavrajdeep Singh and Avtar Singh, Patiala/sangrur

Barnala officer investigating Sidhu Moose Wala firing case changed, two SITs formed

Patiala Range IG says two special investigation teams have been formed to probe the cases registered under the Arms Act against the singer, who requested that the investigating officer be changed
A grab from a video shared on social media recently of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala learning to fire at a shooting range at Badbar village in Barnala district.(HT PHOTO)
A grab from a video shared on social media recently of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala learning to fire at a shooting range at Badbar village in Barnala district.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 23, 2020 11:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times/Sangrur | ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Congress leader Poonam Kangra’s Punjab SC commission membership suspended

The Congress leader, her husband and one of her sons were arrested on June 14 on charges of abetment to suicide
Youth Congress leader Poonam Kangra was appointed the non-official member of the SC Commission on July 4, 2019.(HT PHOTO)
Youth Congress leader Poonam Kangra was appointed the non-official member of the SC Commission on July 4, 2019.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 20, 2020 05:42 PM IST
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Sangrur: Congress leader, husband and son arrested for abetment to suicide

Earlier, the police had booked Kangra, her husband and three sons on June 4, when the resident, Sanjeev Kumar, (50) took his own life and died at the Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala.
Sanjeev Kumar allegedly committed suicide after Vikasdeep had eloped with his daughter the previous night.
Sanjeev Kumar allegedly committed suicide after Vikasdeep had eloped with his daughter the previous night.
Updated on Jun 15, 2020 10:04 AM IST
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22-year-old booked for firing in the air while shooting Tik Tok video in Sangrur

The accused allegedly fired shots from a .32 bore pistol and a .12 bore double barrel gun in an agricultural field on June 10; three others, including his father, booked
A still from the accused, Mandeep Singh’s, Tik Tok video where he is seen discharging two firearms.(HT PHOTO)
A still from the accused, Mandeep Singh’s, Tik Tok video where he is seen discharging two firearms.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 13, 2020 05:38 PM IST
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Malerkotla man succumbs to Covid-19 at Rajindra hospital

Three deaths have been reported in Sangrur district in four days
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Updated on Jun 13, 2020 01:22 PM IST
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52-year-old Malerkota woman succumbs to Covid-19 in Patiala hospital

The woman was also suffering from diabetes and hypertension; of 33 active cases in Sangrur district, 19 cases have been reported from Malerkotla
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Updated on Jun 12, 2020 11:59 AM IST
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AAP cries foul as Sangrur Women College stops BA admission

Leader of opposition Harpal Singh Cheema writes to chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh seeking the state government’s immediate intervention.
Akal Group of Colleges chairman Karanvir Singh Sibia said the degree college was facing huge losses, but would not be shut down.(College website)
Akal Group of Colleges chairman Karanvir Singh Sibia said the degree college was facing huge losses, but would not be shut down.(College website)
Updated on Jun 09, 2020 08:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Clear stance on jathedar’s remark on Khalistan: Mann to Badals, BJP

Mann said the Badals’ have been directly or indirectly appointing the Akal Takht jathedars and the SGPC heads for years but the issue of Khalistan is usually raised when the Akali Dal is out of power in Punjab
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Updated on Jun 08, 2020 10:18 PM IST
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ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Sangrur SSP to supervise both firing cases against Moose Wala

Cases of firing against the singer are lodged in Barnala and Sangrur; Barnala SP says Moose Wala has been summoned to his office on June 12
The two cases relate to firing from a police assault rifle at a shooting range at Badbar village of Barnala on May 4, and another instance of firing from a pistol/revolver at the Ladda Kothi shooting range of Sangrur on May 5.(HT Photo)
The two cases relate to firing from a police assault rifle at a shooting range at Badbar village of Barnala on May 4, and another instance of firing from a pistol/revolver at the Ladda Kothi shooting range of Sangrur on May 5.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 07, 2020 09:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByAvtar Singh

Six long-pending vacancies in Sangrur’s animal husbandry department

The vacant posts are that of deputy director, assistant director, senior veterinary officers of Sangrur, Malerkotla, Dhuri and Moonak
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Updated on Jun 03, 2020 05:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times/Sangrur | ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Fresh Covid-19 guidelines: Only arrested people with symptoms will be tested before being sent to jail

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Published on Jun 02, 2020 09:20 PM IST
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ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Sangrur tops in wheat procurement, production across Punjab

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Published on Jun 01, 2020 10:00 PM IST
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ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Covid-19 effect: No footfall in Malerkotla market ahead of Eid

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Updated on May 23, 2020 11:22 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Over 50% migrants from Sangrur refuse to return their hometowns

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Published on May 20, 2020 01:12 AM IST
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Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, policemen booked under Arms Act, arrest imminent

Police have added Sections 25, 29 and 30 of the Arms Act in both FIRs registered against Moosewala after videos showing him firing an official assault rifle and pistol were widely shared on social media recently
Earlier, the cases were registered under Section 188 of the IPC and Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act at Dhanauala police station of Barnala and Dhuri Sadar police station of Sangrur(HT PHOTO)
Earlier, the cases were registered under Section 188 of the IPC and Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act at Dhanauala police station of Barnala and Dhuri Sadar police station of Sangrur(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 18, 2020 04:41 PM IST
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Hindustan Times/Sangrur | ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

UP ‘migrant’ is policewoman for a day, asks workers not to leave Punjab

23-year-old Ashu Upadhyay from UP working in a bank in Sangrur approached the police offering to talk to other migrant labourers
23-year-old Ashu Upadhyay talking to migrants in Sangrur while donning a khaki.(HT PHOTO)
23-year-old Ashu Upadhyay talking to migrants in Sangrur while donning a khaki.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 17, 2020 03:55 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Migrant mill workers pelt stones during protest in Malerkotla, SDM, DSP injured

Staff allege exploitation, demand salary hike, transfer of officials
Malerkotla SDM Vikramjeet Singh Panthey being treated after the attack.(HT PHOTO)
Malerkotla SDM Vikramjeet Singh Panthey being treated after the attack.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 12, 2020 02:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times/Sangrur | ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

200 employees of Sangrur sewa kendras not paid during lockdown

Employees say they were just paid for 21 days in March and haven’t been paid since
The Punjab directorate of governance reforms hires private agencies to provide staff to run sewa kendras. These firms recruit employees on a contractual basis.(HT PHOTO)
The Punjab directorate of governance reforms hires private agencies to provide staff to run sewa kendras. These firms recruit employees on a contractual basis.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 08, 2020 03:23 PM IST
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Sangrur police book Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala for curfew violations

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Published on May 05, 2020 09:04 PM IST
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ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Cops let Moose Wala fire from assault rifle, 3 ASIs among 6 suspended as video goes viral

He is already facing criticism for glorifying violence and weapons in his songs
A screengrab of the video showing cops letting Moose Wala fire from assault rifle.(HT PHOTO)
A screengrab of the video showing cops letting Moose Wala fire from assault rifle.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 04, 2020 06:25 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Sangrur | ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

52 pilgrims back from Nanded test positive in Sangrur, take district corona count up to 63

The pilgrims are undergoing treatment at isolation centres in the district
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Published on May 04, 2020 03:03 PM IST
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#MainViManjeetSingh: AAP’s Punjab unit starts campaign, seeks Rs 50 lakh compensation for departed PRTC driver

The Punjab government had sanctioned a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for Manjeet’s family.
AAP Punjab chief and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann staging protest at his residence in Sangrur on Friday.(HT PHOTO)
AAP Punjab chief and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann staging protest at his residence in Sangrur on Friday.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 01, 2020 03:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times/Sangrur | ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Six Sangrur cops quarantined after woman held for drug possession tests positive in Ludhiana jail

Contact tracing is underway; woman’s children have been quarantined in their maternal home in Patiala
The affected personnel were posted at Bahadur Singh Wala Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) wing in Sangrur.(Representative Image/ Ravi Kumar/HT)
The affected personnel were posted at Bahadur Singh Wala Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) wing in Sangrur.(Representative Image/ Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on May 01, 2020 12:12 PM IST
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Hindustan Times/Sangrur | ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Punjab farmer unions want crop residue burning stopped due to Covid-19

Sangrur farmer arrested for disobeying government orders, released on bail
The farmer outfits reportedly took the decision on Thursday after consulting health experts even as a man was arrested in Kanakwal Bhanguan village for burning wheat residue in his fields on Wednesday(Representative Image)
The farmer outfits reportedly took the decision on Thursday after consulting health experts even as a man was arrested in Kanakwal Bhanguan village for burning wheat residue in his fields on Wednesday(Representative Image)
Updated on Apr 23, 2020 04:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

92 people found suffering from mild cough in Malerkotla, finds survey

The health department has so far covered 90% of the region while conducting a door-to-door survey
All cases are under surveillance of the health department.(Representative image/HT)
All cases are under surveillance of the health department.(Representative image/HT)
Updated on Apr 22, 2020 06:14 PM IST
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Hindustan Times/Sangrur | ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur
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