Gagandeep Jassowal

A staff correspondent, based in Jalandhar covers Doaba Region of Punjab. Reports about Punjab Police, Enforcement Directorate, politics, corruption, legal, rural areas, socio-economic issues and technical education besides having specialisation in the investigative stories.

Articles by Gagandeep Jassowal

Mann defends Punjab officials’ meeting with Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal met top officials of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on April 11. A day later, Mann called on Kejriwal in Delhi to discuss the AAP’s pre-poll promise of 300 units of free electricity as demand peaks.
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 15, 2022 02:09 AM IST
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No ‘remote control’, Punjab CM says he sent officials to Kejriwal ‘for training’

Oppn criticism after Delhi CM met Punjab chief secretary, senior power department and PSPCL officials in Bhagwant Mann’s absence on Monday to discuss the AAP’s pre-poll promise of 300 units of free electricity as demand peaks
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann (in yellow turban) thanking people for their blessings at Takht Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo on Thursday. Later, he left for Jalandhar to take part in a function on Dr BR Ambedkar’s birth anniversary. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann (in yellow turban) thanking people for their blessings at Takht Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo on Thursday. Later, he left for Jalandhar to take part in a function on Dr BR Ambedkar’s birth anniversary. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 14, 2022 04:04 PM IST
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Former Punjab CM Channi questioned by ED in illegal sand mining case

Charanjit Singh Channi’s nephew Bhupinder Singh Honey was arrested in connection with the case on February 3 and is in judicial custody at present
Former Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi with his nephew, Bhupinder Singh Honey (right), who was arrested on February 3 and is in judicial custody after the ED recovered <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10 crore during raids in Ludhiana and Mohali in the illegal sand mining case. (HT file photo)
Former Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi with his nephew, Bhupinder Singh Honey (right), who was arrested on February 3 and is in judicial custody after the ED recovered 10 crore during raids in Ludhiana and Mohali in the illegal sand mining case. (HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 14, 2022 02:20 PM IST
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Hoshiarpur land scam: Vigilance bureau probe not in consonance with FIR allegations: Court

Ludhiana court observed that investigation conducted by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in the multi-crore Hoshiarpur land scam case and the allegations in the FIR are not in consonance with each other
The 20-page judgment of the special judge, Ajit Atri, was uploaded on a website on Friday while the court rejected the cancellation or closure report filed by the vigilance bureau on April 5 in the Hoshiarpur land scam. (HT Photo/ Representational image)
The 20-page judgment of the special judge, Ajit Atri, was uploaded on a website on Friday while the court rejected the cancellation or closure report filed by the vigilance bureau on April 5 in the Hoshiarpur land scam. (HT Photo/ Representational image)
Published on Apr 09, 2022 02:38 AM IST
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Probe into illegal regularisation, recruitment of employees in ZPs, panchayat samitis

Financial commissioner of the rural development and panchayat department (FCR) Rahul Bhandari on Wednesday formed a panel to verify the records of such employees
Role of as many as 14 senior officials, including the BDPOs in Jalandhar division, is under the scanner. (HT Photo)
Role of as many as 14 senior officials, including the BDPOs in Jalandhar division, is under the scanner. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 07, 2022 01:27 AM IST
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Hoshiarpur land scam: Setback for vigilance bureau as Ludhiana court rejects closure report

Ludhiana court on Tuesday rejected the closure or cancellation report filed by the Punjab vigilance bureau (VB) in the multi-crore Hoshiarpur land scam case of 2017
On June 14, 2019, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau had filed a closure report in the Hoshiarpur land scam case at the Ludhiana court almost eight days after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a chargesheet against six people who were accused in the matter with the special PMLA court in Jalandhar. (HT Photo/ Representational image)
On June 14, 2019, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau had filed a closure report in the Hoshiarpur land scam case at the Ludhiana court almost eight days after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a chargesheet against six people who were accused in the matter with the special PMLA court in Jalandhar. (HT Photo/ Representational image)
Updated on Apr 06, 2022 01:42 AM IST
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Sand mining case: ED files chargesheet against Punjab former CM Channi’s nephew, aide

ED filed a charge-sheet against Punjab former chief minister Charanjit Channi’s nephew, Bhupinder Singh, alias Honey, and his aide, Kudratdeep Singh in illegal sand mining case
The ED had arrested Punjab former chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s nephew Bhupinder Singh on February 3 ahead of the Punjab assembly elections and it has been mandatory to file a charge-sheet against the accused within 60 days after the arrest in the PMLA Act. (HT Photo)
The ED had arrested Punjab former chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s nephew Bhupinder Singh on February 3 ahead of the Punjab assembly elections and it has been mandatory to file a charge-sheet against the accused within 60 days after the arrest in the PMLA Act. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 03, 2022 01:45 AM IST
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More victims approach Punjab vigilance bureau against woman clerk arrested through anti-corruption helpline

The Punjab vigilance bureau arrested the woman clerk on March 24 for allegedly accepting a bribe of 4.80 lakh from a vegetable seller, the first arrest through the anti-corruption helpline launched by the Punjab government
More victims approach Punjab vigilance bureau against woman clerk arrested through anti-corruption helpline
More victims approach Punjab vigilance bureau against woman clerk arrested through anti-corruption helpline
Published on Mar 30, 2022 09:08 PM IST
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Punjab police busts ‘goonda tax’ racket; 14 arrested

Punjab Police said the 14 arrested were allegedly extorting money from truck drivers transporting sand as ‘goonda tax’
Punjab police busts ‘goonda tax’ racket; 14 arrested (HT)
Punjab police busts ‘goonda tax’ racket; 14 arrested (HT)
Published on Mar 30, 2022 12:08 AM IST
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Former Nawanshahr Congress MLA’s aide shot dead

Fortnight after kabaddi player’s murder, six assailants gun down Makhan Singh of Kanga village at Rahon fuel station in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district of Punjab and flee
Makhan Singh, the aide of former Nawanshahr Congress MLA Angad Singh Saini, who was shot dead at a fuel station at Kanga village on Rahon road in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district of Punjab on Monday. (HT file photo)
Makhan Singh, the aide of former Nawanshahr Congress MLA Angad Singh Saini, who was shot dead at a fuel station at Kanga village on Rahon road in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district of Punjab on Monday. (HT file photo)
Published on Mar 28, 2022 02:46 PM IST
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Navjot Singh Sidhu meets Congress leaders to reach consensus on leader of opposition post

Navjot Singh Sidhu held a meeting with 24 Congress leaders where a consensus on the name of Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira for the post of leader of opposition was reached
Navjot Singh Sidhu meets Congress leaders to reach consensus on leader of opposition post
Navjot Singh Sidhu meets Congress leaders to reach consensus on leader of opposition post
Published on Mar 27, 2022 01:06 AM IST
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Kabaddi player’s murder: Punjab Police to seek killers’ extradition

The Jalandhar rural police will begin the extradition process of the three accused, two in Canada and one in Malaysia, in international kabaddi player Sandeep Nangal Ambian’s murder case
International kabaddi player Sandeep Nangal Ambian was shot dead during a tournament at Jalandhar.
International kabaddi player Sandeep Nangal Ambian was shot dead during a tournament at Jalandhar.
Published on Mar 21, 2022 01:32 AM IST
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‘Rang De Basanti’ moment at Bhagwant Mann’s oath ceremony in Khatkar Kalan

Thousands of AAP volunteers wearing yellow (basanti) turbans and stoles, attended the oath-taking ceremony of Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann at Khatkar Kalan
Supporters attend the oath-taking ceremony of chief minister Bhagwant Mann at Khatkar Kalan in SBS Nagar on Wednesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Supporters attend the oath-taking ceremony of chief minister Bhagwant Mann at Khatkar Kalan in SBS Nagar on Wednesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Published on Mar 17, 2022 01:15 AM IST
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Nearly 75% newly elected MLAs in Punjab are crorepatis

As many as 87 newly elected MLAs in the 117-seat Punjab assembly had declared assets in excess of 1 crore while filing their nominations
AAP has 63 crorepati MLAs, including the richest Kulwant Singh who won from Mohali and had declared <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>238-crore assets.
AAP has 63 crorepati MLAs, including the richest Kulwant Singh who won from Mohali and had declared 238-crore assets.
Updated on Mar 15, 2022 01:34 AM IST
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Kabaddi player Sandeep Singh Sandhu shot dead in Jalandhar

In a video of the incident moments after the shooting targeting Kabaddi player Sandeep Singh Sandhu aka Sandeep Nangal started, more than a dozen shots are heard.
Four men fired multiple shots from their firearms at kabaddi player Sandeep Singh Sandhu in Malian Khurd village of Jalandhar before fleeing (Sourced)
Four men fired multiple shots from their firearms at kabaddi player Sandeep Singh Sandhu in Malian Khurd village of Jalandhar before fleeing (Sourced)
Updated on Mar 15, 2022 12:29 AM IST
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Dalit bastion Doaba swings the AAP way

AAP managed a gain in Doaba, the hub of Dalit politics, by clinching 10 of total 23 seats in the region comprising four districts, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, SBS Nagar and Kapurthala,
AAP candidate from Nakodar constituency Inderjit Kaur Mann with supporters celebrates her victory in the Punjab Assembly polls, in Jalandhar, on Thursday. Amid a landslide victory in the state, AAP managed a gain in Doaba, the hub of Dalit politics in the state. (PTI)
AAP candidate from Nakodar constituency Inderjit Kaur Mann with supporters celebrates her victory in the Punjab Assembly polls, in Jalandhar, on Thursday. Amid a landslide victory in the state, AAP managed a gain in Doaba, the hub of Dalit politics in the state. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 11, 2022 03:34 AM IST
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Punjab polls: Just 57% young first-time voters got inked

Only 57% newly registered voters, aged 18 and 19, exercised their franchise during the Punjab assembly elections held on February 20, according to data sourced from the chief electoral office
The turnout of young first-time voters turns out to be 15% lower than the overall voting in Punjab, which stood at 72%. (HT File Photo)
The turnout of young first-time voters turns out to be 15% lower than the overall voting in Punjab, which stood at 72%. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 06, 2022 01:28 AM IST
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Punjabis stuck in Ukraine: Banks, ATMs shut, stranded students in dire straits

Students from Punjab, who are stranded in Ukraine, especially on the eastern side and the Polish border, said the situation has been turning worse as they had run out of money as ATMs and banks are shut
Member of Parliament Gurjeet Singh Aujla (R) with family members of students from Punjab who are stranded in Ukraine, in Amritsar on Monday. (Sameer Sehgal /HT)
Member of Parliament Gurjeet Singh Aujla (R) with family members of students from Punjab who are stranded in Ukraine, in Amritsar on Monday. (Sameer Sehgal /HT)
Updated on Mar 01, 2022 01:55 AM IST
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ByGagandeep Jassowal & Vishal Joshi, Jalandhar/bathinda

Nearly 490 students from Punjab stranded in Ukraine

Jalandhar has 47, the highest number of stranded students from Punjab; to provide details about the stranded students or seek assistance, call 1100 (from Punjab) and +91-172-4111905 (from outside India)
People fleeing Ukraine walk toward the Shehyni border crossing to Poland. (REUTERS)
People fleeing Ukraine walk toward the Shehyni border crossing to Poland. (REUTERS)
Published on Feb 27, 2022 11:10 PM IST
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Ukraine-Russia crisis: As students take refuge in bunkers, parents back home in Punjab have sleepless night

Parents of Punjabi natives stuck in Ukraine. amid Russian military offensive, appeal to the Indian government to bring their children home.
(From left) Mothers of Ambuj Soni, Saumy Hasija and Kaynaat Mahajan show their photographers as they appeal to the Centre for their speedy evacuation, in Amritsar of Punjab on Friday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
(From left) Mothers of Ambuj Soni, Saumy Hasija and Kaynaat Mahajan show their photographers as they appeal to the Centre for their speedy evacuation, in Amritsar of Punjab on Friday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Feb 26, 2022 01:04 AM IST
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BySurjit Singh, Avtar Singh & Gagandeep Jassowal, Amritsar/ Sangrur/barnala/ Jalandhar

ED arrests another accused in 2015 Bank of Baroda loan fraud case

The enforcement directorate (ED) has arrested another accused, Suresh Seth of Phagwara, in the 24-crore Bank of Baroda loan fraud case registered in 2015 in Chandigarh
In the <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>24-crore Bank of Baroda loan fraud case registered in 2015 in Chandigarh, the enforcement directorate (ED) has arrested another accused. (Getty Images/ Representational image)
In the 24-crore Bank of Baroda loan fraud case registered in 2015 in Chandigarh, the enforcement directorate (ED) has arrested another accused. (Getty Images/ Representational image)
Published on Feb 23, 2022 01:59 AM IST
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Punjab assembly polls: In Doaba, women come out in droves, outnumber men

Women voters outnumbered men in the Doaba region in the Punjab assembly polls held on Sunday with around 70.8% women turning up to exercise their franchise against 66.74% men
As per the data of the Election Commission of India (ECI), the Balachaur segment of SBS Nagar recorded the highest number of women voter turnout with 77.28% for the Punjab assembly polls. There are 23 assembly constituencies in four districts of the Doaba region, including eight reserved seats. (HT File Photo)
As per the data of the Election Commission of India (ECI), the Balachaur segment of SBS Nagar recorded the highest number of women voter turnout with 77.28% for the Punjab assembly polls. There are 23 assembly constituencies in four districts of the Doaba region, including eight reserved seats. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 22, 2022 02:06 AM IST
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Punjab polls: Doaba, hub of Dalit politics, sees 6% drop in turnout

Sandwiched between Beas and Sutlej, Doaba region comprises four districts — Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and SBS Nagar — with a total of 23 seats in the Punjab assembly
Voters waiting to cast their votes for the Punjab assembly elections, at a polling booth in Jalandhar on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Voters waiting to cast their votes for the Punjab assembly elections, at a polling booth in Jalandhar on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Feb 21, 2022 01:57 AM IST
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Sultanpur Lodhi: SAD, AAP eye electoral gains amid rift in Congress

Sultanpur Lodhi, a historical town and Sikh pilgrimage where Guru Nanak spent 14 years, is today witnessing allegations and counter-allegations over drug trade and corruption
In Sultanpur Lodhi, sitting Congress MLA Navtej Singh Cheema is facing challenge from SAD, AAP and cabinet minister Rana Gurjit Singh’s son.
In Sultanpur Lodhi, sitting Congress MLA Navtej Singh Cheema is facing challenge from SAD, AAP and cabinet minister Rana Gurjit Singh’s son.
Published on Feb 19, 2022 10:42 PM IST
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Punjab elections: Kejriwal a coward who carries apology in his pocket: BJP

Union minister Gajendra Shekhawat cites AAP leader’s unconditional apology to Akali leader Bikram Majithia after accusing him of being hand in glove with drug mafia
Union minister and BJP in-charge for Punjab affairs Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was in Jalandhar on Friday when he tore into the Aam Aadmi Party’s claims of finishing the drug mafia in the state. (HT file photo)
Union minister and BJP in-charge for Punjab affairs Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was in Jalandhar on Friday when he tore into the Aam Aadmi Party’s claims of finishing the drug mafia in the state. (HT file photo)
Published on Feb 18, 2022 02:45 PM IST
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Punjab polls: Four-cornered contest in Phagwara as AAP, BSP challenge Congress & BJP

The BJP chose its former state president and chairperson of National Commission for Schedule Caste Vijay Sampla, while the Congress retained its sitting MLA and former IAS officer Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal
The BSP gave ticket to its state president Jasvir Singh Garhi and the Aam Aadmi Party trusted former minister Joginder Singh Mann with Phagwara. (Image for representational purpose)
The BSP gave ticket to its state president Jasvir Singh Garhi and the Aam Aadmi Party trusted former minister Joginder Singh Mann with Phagwara. (Image for representational purpose)
Updated on Feb 17, 2022 03:35 AM IST
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New India possible only with new Punjab: Modi

Punjab assembly polls: Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to rid the state of corruption, the drug menace, and the mafia rule, and coined the slogan “Nawan Punjab Bhajpa de naal (New Punjab with BJP)”.
PM Modi speaks during a rally ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections, in Jalandhar.(PTI)
PM Modi speaks during a rally ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections, in Jalandhar.(PTI)
Published on Feb 15, 2022 01:44 AM IST
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By, Haidar Naqvi, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar/kanpur

Punjab polls: BJP promises 75% quota to youth in govt jobs in manifesto

Punjab elections: Apart from 75% job quota to Punjab youth, BJP manifesto also promises 35% reservation for women in all government jobs, including contractual ones.
Punjab elections: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and others release BJP manifesto promising 75% job quota to Punjab youth and other sops in Jalandhar on Saturday. (PTI)
Punjab elections: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and others release BJP manifesto promising 75% job quota to Punjab youth and other sops in Jalandhar on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 13, 2022 03:04 AM IST
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Punjab elections: Congress put humanity to shame in ’84, Modi ensured justice: Nadda

BJP president was addressing maiden rally at Balachaur in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district in favour of BJP candidates Ashok Bath from Balachaur, Poonam Manik from Nawanshahr and Mohan Lal Banga from Banga constituency
BJP president JP Nadda campaigning for party candidates Ashok Bath, Poonam Manik and Mohan Lal Banga at a rally in Balachaur constituency of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Saturday in the run-up to the February 20 Punjab assembly elections. (HT Photo)
BJP president JP Nadda campaigning for party candidates Ashok Bath, Poonam Manik and Mohan Lal Banga at a rally in Balachaur constituency of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Saturday in the run-up to the February 20 Punjab assembly elections. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 12, 2022 04:11 PM IST
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Kapurthala court awards death penalty to youth for raping 7-year-old

The Kapurthala additional district and sessions judge also awarded 8 lakh compensation to the victim and her family
The 7-year-old girl was treated at various hospitals and underwent multiple surgeries.
The 7-year-old girl was treated at various hospitals and underwent multiple surgeries.
Published on Feb 11, 2022 12:36 AM IST
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