Bhartesh Singh Thakur

Bhartesh Singh Thakur

Bhartesh Singh Thakur is a senior correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Panjab University, local administration and defence.

Articles by Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Navy officers rehearsing for Republic Day parade in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.(Representative Image/HT Photo)
Navy officers rehearsing for Republic Day parade in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.(Representative Image/HT Photo)

AFT flays nepotism in Navy, finds vice-admiral for helping son-in-law in promotion

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2017 09:46 AM IST
Vice-admiral PK Chatterjee, now retired, imposed a cost of Rs 5 lakh for helping his son-in-law in getting favorable assessments and further promotion to Captain at the cost of others
The CAG report was submitted in Parliament on July 21.(HT File)
The CAG report was submitted in Parliament on July 21.(HT File)

CAG objects to construction of more houses for officers despite availability

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2017 10:21 AM IST
The CAG report says additional houses for 93 officers, costing Rs 17.17 crore, have been constructed at Bathinda, Pathankot and Amritsar military stations and are lying unutilised
Brigadier MPS Bajwa talking about the battle of Tiger Hill and the Kargil War at Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(Karun Sharma/HT)
Brigadier MPS Bajwa talking about the battle of Tiger Hill and the Kargil War at Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Battle of Tiger Hill: ‘Vajpayee announced victory in advance, would’ve been embarrassing if we failed’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2017 02:35 PM IST
“It would have been very embarrassing (if things happened otherwise). However, we won later,” said Brig MPS Bajwa (retd).
Actor Kunal Kapoor and Mohit Marwaha with school students after an interaction session at Panjab University in Chandigarh.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
Actor Kunal Kapoor and Mohit Marwaha with school students after an interaction session at Panjab University in Chandigarh.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)

Killing someone on street has become patriotism: Bollywood actor Kunal Kapoor

UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2017 10:37 PM IST
Kapoor was in Panjab University on Tuesday to promote his upcoming film ‘Raag Desh’ (song of the nation) which is based on trials of members of Indian National Army (INA) at Red Fort
At present, the Centre extends war injury benefits only to those injured in post-independence wars.(HT File/Representative image)
At present, the Centre extends war injury benefits only to those injured in post-independence wars.(HT File/Representative image)

In a first, Chandigarh tribunal awards war injury pension to World War-II veteran

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2017 09:58 AM IST
The petitioner had asked whether the government could deny war injury pension/benefits to personnel injured in the World War II on the pretext that they were fighting for the British and not for an Indian government.
The facilities and benefits of retired high court judges appointed as judicial members have been downgraded.(Representative image)
The facilities and benefits of retired high court judges appointed as judicial members have been downgraded.(Representative image)

Justice will be compromised with new AFT rules, says Bar association

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2017 04:14 PM IST
The defence secretary will now have a role in ordering inquiries against members of the tribunal and their removal, which was undertaken by a Supreme Court judge till now.
The circular dated June 29 says that extensions beyond 6 years can be granted by the dean of university instructions (DUI) on the recommendation of chairperson and supervisor(HT File Photo)
The circular dated June 29 says that extensions beyond 6 years can be granted by the dean of university instructions (DUI) on the recommendation of chairperson and supervisor(HT File Photo)

Panjab University: Pay another Rs 25,000 per year if you don’t finish PhD in 6 years

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2017 06:45 PM IST
In case men extend PhD beyond 8 years and women beyond 10 years, their registration will be automatically cancelled
The woman said she stood by her allegations and will move the high court against the cancellation of PhD enrolment. She alleged that there were discrepancies in the record of guest house.(HT File)
The woman said she stood by her allegations and will move the high court against the cancellation of PhD enrolment. She alleged that there were discrepancies in the record of guest house.(HT File)

Panjab University expels PhD scholar who accused DSW’s son of sexual harassment

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2017 11:17 AM IST
According to the complaint, on January 7 this year, when she and her friend’s relative were coming from the market, the DSW’s son verbally harassed them.
Members of Resident Welfare Association, Sector 47, Chandigarh, during a cleanup drive at the green belt in the sector earlier this week. The residents take great pride in keeping the public spaces clean.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Members of Resident Welfare Association, Sector 47, Chandigarh, during a cleanup drive at the green belt in the sector earlier this week. The residents take great pride in keeping the public spaces clean.(Keshav Singh/HT)

HT Clean My Chandigarh Campaign | Good riddance to bad rubbish

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Shailee Dogra, Tanbir Dhaliwal and Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2017 03:01 PM IST
Although the city has a robust rehabilitation policy, there appears to be no end in sight to the perennial problem of squatters. The three slums in the city not only lack sanitation but are also a potential breeding ground for diseases. What we need is a policy of prevention and education.
Students in a jubilant mood after Class 10 results.(Sikander Singh chopra/HT)
Students in a jubilant mood after Class 10 results.(Sikander Singh chopra/HT)

CBSE Class 10 result: Chandigarh bucks national trend; pass percentage up

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2017 10:54 AM IST
This year, a total of 18,160 students appeared from Chandigarh, of which 17,483 passed. It implies 677 (3.7%) students could not pass the exam.  
Bhavan Vidyalaya students Aditya Jain and (right) Mannat Luthra secured all-India third rank in CBSE Class 12 results with 99.2%.(HT Photos)
Bhavan Vidyalaya students Aditya Jain and (right) Mannat Luthra secured all-India third rank in CBSE Class 12 results with 99.2%.(HT Photos)

CBSE Class 12 results: How Chandigarh’s Bhavan Vidyalaya gets the toppers

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2017 09:17 AM IST
Entrance test to Class 11 ensures school gets best of humanities, commerce students, consistently makes a mark
In 2015, PU student elections, a majority of students had voted for not allowing students’ four-wheelers in academic zones in Sector-14 and Sector-25 campuses.(HT File Photo)
In 2015, PU student elections, a majority of students had voted for not allowing students’ four-wheelers in academic zones in Sector-14 and Sector-25 campuses.(HT File Photo)

After two years of deliberation, Panjab University to finally become no­-vehicle zone

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2017 08:09 PM IST
University to table blueprint on removing traffic congestion at syndicate meeting tomorrow, no outsider­ vehicle policy on the agenda
Leiden University Rankings: Panjab University ranks 9 in the top 10% most cited papers. It tops in research papers published through collaborations.(Anil Dayal/Hindustan Times)
Leiden University Rankings: Panjab University ranks 9 in the top 10% most cited papers. It tops in research papers published through collaborations.(Anil Dayal/Hindustan Times)

Panjab University slips from rank 4 to 9 in India in rankings based on research citations

UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2017 04:20 PM IST
Leiden University Rankings: PU ranks 9 in the top 10% most cited papers; It tops in research papers published through collaborations
Panjab University vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover(HT File Photo)
Panjab University vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover(HT File Photo)

V-C calls for rationality in fee structure at Panjab University, affiliated colleges

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2017 03:40 PM IST
Recently, the Panjab University had to roll back the tuition fee hike to 10% only for all the courses in PU departments under the pressure of senators. It is important to mention here that most of senators come from colleges.
PU health centre doctors say they got suspicious on finding a number of medical certificates from the same doctor.(Photo: ISTOCK)
PU health centre doctors say they got suspicious on finding a number of medical certificates from the same doctor.(Photo: ISTOCK)

9 medical certificates of 5 doctors under lens at Panjab University

Hindustan Times | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2017 12:49 PM IST
With 75% attendance mandatory in all the subjects to get exam roll number, around 50 medical certificates are being submitted every day, says PU health centre.
Students from Afghanistan at cricket ground of Panjab University, Chandigarh on Monday.(Anil Dayal//HT)
Students from Afghanistan at cricket ground of Panjab University, Chandigarh on Monday.(Anil Dayal//HT)

Afghans, Iranians, Canadians form bulk of foreign students at PU, its colleges

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2017 10:39 AM IST
In 2013-14, a total of 391 foreign students took admission at PU and affiliated colleges with 140 on campus and 251 in colleges. The number rose to 419 in 2014-15 with 146 on campus and 273 in affiliated colleges.
(HT File Photo)
(HT File Photo)

Panjab University crisis: Is the varsity converting into a central institute?

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2017 12:40 PM IST
Several senators said that converting PU into a central varsity was the only solution to address varsity’s financial crisis.
Panjab University in Chandigarh(HT File Photo)
Panjab University in Chandigarh(HT File Photo)

HT Explainer | Why is Panjab University facing financial crisis, and what now?

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2017 05:43 PM IST
What is the way forward for the institute to tackle the problem? HT’s Bhartesh Singh Thakur answers these questions and more.
The senate will decide the quantum of punishment. The major penalty includes either demotion to a lower rank or time scale or termination or dismissal.(HT File Photo)
The senate will decide the quantum of punishment. The major penalty includes either demotion to a lower rank or time scale or termination or dismissal.(HT File Photo)

PU panel for penalty against assistant prof for sexually harassing student

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2017 09:57 AM IST
An MA student had alleged on September 10, 2015, that Komal Singh indulged in “sexual talks” with her. During the proceedings before the PUCASH, the complainant produced three witnesses, who said Komal Singh used to make “sexually coloured remarks” towards the victim and was in the habit of calling almost all girl students in his office room.
The Bar council had written to Panjab University in November last year.(HT File Photo)
The Bar council had written to Panjab University in November last year.(HT File Photo)

Panjab University syndicate meeting: Now, evening law course from 1pm

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2017 10:00 AM IST
The evening shift used to run from 5:30 pm to 9:15pm (3 hours and 45 minutes), whereas the Bar Council of India (BCI) wanted it to be 30 hours per week (6 hours per day, with a 30-minute break). Senator Prof Navdeep Goyal said now there would be two shifts: one from 8am, and second from 1pm.
The complainant told PUCASH that he always made sexually-coloured remarks and threatened to spoil her career in case she complained.(HT Representative Image)
The complainant told PUCASH that he always made sexually-coloured remarks and threatened to spoil her career in case she complained.(HT Representative Image)
There will be a joint online counselling for admissions in LLB and master of laws (LLM) courses for 2017-18 in law department and regional centres.(Ht File)
There will be a joint online counselling for admissions in LLB and master of laws (LLM) courses for 2017-18 in law department and regional centres.(Ht File)

Panjab University 3-yr law entrance exam to have objective-type questions

Hindustan Times | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2017 04:04 PM IST
With marks up, the duration of test will also be increased to 1 hour 30 minutes instead of previous 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Panjab University, Chandigarh(HT File Photo)
Panjab University, Chandigarh(HT File Photo)

Evening studies dept faculty of PU revolts over students’ attendance record

Hindustan Times | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2017 05:33 PM IST
Teachers have asked the varsity authorities to cite reason for seeking the photocopy of attendance registers for the current semester
Roger D Kornberg addressing a gathering in Panjab University on Wednesday.(Karun Sharma/HT)
Roger D Kornberg addressing a gathering in Panjab University on Wednesday.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Invest in education, get 100-fold return, says Nobel winner Roger D Kornberg at PU

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2017 04:10 PM IST
Panjab University’s financial crisis is now global news with even a Nobel Prize winner expressing surprise at the fund crunch that has seen violent protests on campus over the past fortnight. Prof Roger D Kornberg, who won a Nobel in Chemistry in 2006, visited Panjab University (PU) on Tuesday to give oration on ‘Advances in Pharmaceutical Chemistry- The End of Disease?’.
Panjab University, Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)
Panjab University, Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)

Only 110 of 36,000 applied for PU fund-aid scholarship

Hindustan Times | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2017 08:48 PM IST
PU takes Rs 50 per annum from each student for maintaining the student-aid fund.
Panjab University, Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)
Panjab University, Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)

No takers for scholarships: Only 110 of 36,000 apply for Panjab University funding

Hindustan Times | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2017 09:08 AM IST
PU takes Rs 50 per annum from each student for maintaining the student-aid fund.
Panjab University, Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)
Panjab University, Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)

Evening law course at PU: Syndicate to take final decision

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
PUBLISHED ON APR 23, 2017 04:02 PM IST
A syndicate of Panjab University (PU) will be taking the decision on running of the evening law courses at varsity. The letter of Bar Council of India has also warned those passing out from evening law courses that they are not entitled to pursue any practices.
The female assistant professor, also the chairperson of a PU department, had complained on March 1 this year against a male assistant professor who works in another research centre of the university.(HT file Photo)
The female assistant professor, also the chairperson of a PU department, had complained on March 1 this year against a male assistant professor who works in another research centre of the university.(HT file Photo)

Mental harassment out of our purview: PU panel

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
PUBLISHED ON APR 23, 2017 03:29 PM IST
Panjab University Committee Against Sexual Harassment (PUCASH) has refused to consider the complaint of varsity’s female assistant professor against a male assistant professor claiming the complaint to be of mental harassment which doesn’t fall under its purview.
The primary duty of MC is to maintain roads, parks and sanitation in the city.(HT File Photo)
The primary duty of MC is to maintain roads, parks and sanitation in the city.(HT File Photo)

How Panchkula municipal corporation failed its people

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2017 11:00 AM IST
The Punjab and Haryana high court’s order where it has called for the winding up of the Panchkula MC and the state government to take over its reins has brought the focus on the working of the local body.
Pradeep Singh of Saketri village.(Sant Arora/HT Photo)
Pradeep Singh of Saketri village.(Sant Arora/HT Photo)

A gardener’s plea has Panchkula MC on brink of dissolution

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Bhartesh Singh Thakur
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2017 09:52 AM IST
It is a gardener, Pradeep Singh of Saketri village, on whose petition for closure of drain through his house led to the commencement of dissolution of Panchkula municipal corporation (MC).
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