Harmandeep Singh

Harmandeep Singh is staff Correspondent and have specialisation in investigative reporting. He covers Punjab politics, mining, crime, school education, health, medical education, administration, labour department, brain-drain and rural areas besides burning issues of Sangrur and Barnala districts.

Articles by Harmandeep Singh

Labour welfare: Punjab labour dept’s 50,000 free cycle distribution violates central govt’s directive

The state labour department has decided to purchase 50,000 cycles for labourers from the welfare funds of the building and other construction workers’ (BOCW) welfare board, while the central government has clearly stopped usage of welfare funds to give benefits in form of in-kind.

The central government has allowed states to give benefits or assistance to workers only through direct benefit transfer (DBT). (Representational photo)
The central government has allowed states to give benefits or assistance to workers only through direct benefit transfer (DBT). (Representational photo)
Published on Dec 05, 2022 06:58 PM IST

Punjab primary games: Students all set, but where are the sports kits?

While around 7,000 students, aged 6 to 10, are set to participate in the games, which will be held at Anandpur Sahib from December 6 to 9, the Punjab education department has provided no funds to schools to arrange sports kits for them

Unlike previous editions of the primary games, the Punjab education department this year has released no funds for the tracksuits and sports shoes that teachers say are crucial for mobility, and protection from injuries and winter chill. (HT File Photo)
Unlike previous editions of the primary games, the Punjab education department this year has released no funds for the tracksuits and sports shoes that teachers say are crucial for mobility, and protection from injuries and winter chill. (HT File Photo)
Published on Dec 03, 2022 01:00 AM IST

Cops lathi-charge protesting farm labourers outside Mann’s house

The Punjab Police on Wednesday lathi-charged farm labourers protesting outside Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann’s house in Sangrur district over an increase in their minimum daily wage and other demands, members of labour union’s said.

Police lathi-charge farmers protesting outside Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann's residence, in Sangrur. (PTI)
Police lathi-charge farmers protesting outside Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann's residence, in Sangrur. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 01, 2022 01:33 AM IST

Prized profession: Teaching a way of life in this Sangrur village

A committee of government employees at Gularhi village in Sangrur also trains other villagers to ready them for teaching jobs

Gularhi village in Sangrur, with a population of 3,400, has 600 houses and over 200 government school teachers. (HT Photo)
Gularhi village in Sangrur, with a population of 3,400, has 600 houses and over 200 government school teachers. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 29, 2022 12:33 AM IST

Vacant agricultural officers’ posts affecting Punjab government’s pro-farmer schemes

Shortage of agricultural development officer, block agricultural officer and agricultural sub-inspectors in agriculture department is affecting working of the department

ADOs are the ones who directly remain in touch with farmers and the public in the field and take the government’s pro farmer scheme and initiative to them. (HT file photo)
ADOs are the ones who directly remain in touch with farmers and the public in the field and take the government’s pro farmer scheme and initiative to them. (HT file photo)
Published on Nov 27, 2022 07:43 PM IST

Educational tour demand fallout: Five Sangrur teachers transferred, booked for ‘unruly behaviour’

Punjab education department has transferred five teachers of Sangrur, for allegedly creating ruckus, while seeking permission for extracurricular activities for students.

The teachers had earlier protested at the District education officer (DEO) in Sangrur on November 3, seeking permission for extracurricular activities. (HT photo)
The teachers had earlier protested at the District education officer (DEO) in Sangrur on November 3, seeking permission for extracurricular activities. (HT photo)
Published on Nov 19, 2022 10:43 PM IST

Private diagnostic centres flourish in Punjab in absence of proper guidelines

Director, health services, says all diagnostic centres will be registered once Clinical Establishments Act is implemented in the state

Private laboratories have been mushrooming in Punjab in the absence of a comprehensive framework to regulate diagnostic centres in the state. (Image for representational purpose)
Private laboratories have been mushrooming in Punjab in the absence of a comprehensive framework to regulate diagnostic centres in the state. (Image for representational purpose)
Updated on Nov 19, 2022 12:23 AM IST

Punjab’s air quality improves as paddy harvest nears end

Punjab agriculture director Gurvinder Singh said wheat has been sown on more than 70% of the targeted area of 35 lakh hectares, while the paddy has been harvested in 97% of the total area under cultivation

Five out of eight continuous ambient air quality monitoring stations of Punjab calculated air quality as ‘satisfactory’ on Tuesday, indicating that the paddy stubble burning phase is inching towards its end. (PTI picture for representational purpose)
Five out of eight continuous ambient air quality monitoring stations of Punjab calculated air quality as ‘satisfactory’ on Tuesday, indicating that the paddy stubble burning phase is inching towards its end. (PTI picture for representational purpose)
Published on Nov 16, 2022 12:46 AM IST

Naib tehsildar recruitment: Five arrested in Patiala for helping candidates cheat in written exam

The recruitment had run into controversy after several leaders of opposition parties, including Sukhpal Singh Khaira, raised questions over the results of the written test

Patiala range IG Mukhwinder Singh Chhina, along with SSP Varun Sharma and other officials, addressing a press conference on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Patiala range IG Mukhwinder Singh Chhina, along with SSP Varun Sharma and other officials, addressing a press conference on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 16, 2022 12:22 AM IST

Stubble burning: Sangrur admin takes action, makes red entries in revenue records

Sangrur has had 2,721 cases of stubble burning during the kharif (monsoon crop) season, while the number of farm fires in the district stood at 8,006 in 2021

Dry paddy stubble burns in a field in Faridkot on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
Dry paddy stubble burns in a field in Faridkot on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Nov 03, 2022 07:29 PM IST

Stubble burning: 7 lakh fine imposed on farmers in Sangrur

The revenue department has marked red entries in revenue record of 285 farmers, while the Punjab Pollution Control Board has imposed a penalty of over ₹7.12 lakh on these farmers

Sangrur district has seen a total 2721 cases of stubble burning in the Kharif (monsoon crop) season. (ANI photo)
Sangrur district has seen a total 2721 cases of stubble burning in the Kharif (monsoon crop) season. (ANI photo)
Published on Nov 03, 2022 07:16 PM IST

2,131 farm fires push Punjab to hit season’s all-time high

Despite various initiatives by the Punjab government, cases of stubble burning continue to rise as the state on Monday witnessed this season’s highest figure with 2,131 farm fires

A farmer setting paddy stubble on fire in his filed near Nathana village in Bathinda on Monday. (Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times)
A farmer setting paddy stubble on fire in his filed near Nathana village in Bathinda on Monday. (Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 02, 2022 01:53 PM IST

Farmers call off 19-day protest outside Punjab CM’s Sangrur house

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Ekta-Ugrahan leaders meet Punjab agriculture minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal in Patiala, decide to end stir on Saturday after government gives written assurance on their demands

Punjab agriculture minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal and the state leadership of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Ekta-Ugrahan at a meeting in Patiala on Friday. (HT Photo)
Punjab agriculture minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal and the state leadership of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Ekta-Ugrahan at a meeting in Patiala on Friday. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 28, 2022 03:09 PM IST

Sangrur | It will be a fight for rights on Diwali night for these women farmers

This year, they will be at the doorsteps of chief minister Bhagwant Mann’s residence in Sangrur, where they have been sitting since October 9 seeking implementation of the “accepted” demands.

Singing songs and staging plays, the BKU Ugrahan supporters will be been seen sitting on protest outside chief minister Bhagwant Mann’s residence in Sangrur. (HT Photo)
Singing songs and staging plays, the BKU Ugrahan supporters will be been seen sitting on protest outside chief minister Bhagwant Mann’s residence in Sangrur. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 24, 2022 02:02 AM IST

Punjab | Workers welfare funds to be used to hire 30 new cars

Despite already having 27 cars for official purposes, the building and other construction workers’ (BOCW) welfare board is all set to hire 30 more vehicles, the rent for which will be paid from the funds meant for the betterment of poor and underprivileged workers

The existing sets of wheels with the building and other construction workers’ (BOCW) welfare board include, 24 Tata Sumos, an Indigo and two Innovas. The Indigo and Tata Sumo cars were purchased in 2010 while the Innova was added to the fleet in 2014. (HT Photo)
The existing sets of wheels with the building and other construction workers’ (BOCW) welfare board include, 24 Tata Sumos, an Indigo and two Innovas. The Indigo and Tata Sumo cars were purchased in 2010 while the Innova was added to the fleet in 2014. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 24, 2022 01:50 AM IST

Farmers ready for long haul, plan ‘Tikri-like’ protest in Punjab’s Sangrur

According to the farm leaders, the number of protesters remains between 3,000 and 6,000 but on October 15, it reached up to 15,000 during their ‘Lalkar Rally’; as per the authorities, efforts are on to resolve the matter at the earliest, but farmers say they are prepared for be in it for the long haul

Farmers have been camping on the three-kilometre stretch leading to Sangrur from the Patiala-Bathinda highway for the past nine days (HT Photo)
Farmers have been camping on the three-kilometre stretch leading to Sangrur from the Patiala-Bathinda highway for the past nine days (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 18, 2022 12:11 AM IST

Paddy stubble management: Farmers prefer super seeders, not keen on buying other machines

Only a lowly 41% purchased machinery after failing to secure subsidy for sought-after super seeders to help with paddy stubble management in draw of lots

Farmers in Punjab prefer subsidies on super seeders to help with paddy stubble management. (HT File)
Farmers in Punjab prefer subsidies on super seeders to help with paddy stubble management. (HT File)
Published on Oct 13, 2022 03:18 AM IST

Farmers’ protest near CM Bhagwant Mann’s Sangrur residence enters Day 2

Farmers’ protest site passes through a colony where CM Bhagwant Mann’s residence is located in Sangrur.Farmers had started a protest demanding implementation of demands that were accepted by state and Centre

From setting up makeshift houses and tents to making temporary toilets and kitchens and serving langar, the 3-km stretch is resembling the Tikri and Singu border farmers’ protest sites. Their protest site passes through a colony where CM Bhagwant Mann’s residence is located. (HT Photo)
From setting up makeshift houses and tents to making temporary toilets and kitchens and serving langar, the 3-km stretch is resembling the Tikri and Singu border farmers’ protest sites. Their protest site passes through a colony where CM Bhagwant Mann’s residence is located. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 11, 2022 02:22 AM IST

Newly recruited ETT teachers in Sangrur, Barnala await 3-month salary

The delay in salary is due to failure of school education department to create the teachers’ Permanent Retirement Account Number which is mandatory for the government employees

Teachers said that they have to borrow money from their friends and acquaintances. (AFP file photo)
Teachers said that they have to borrow money from their friends and acquaintances. (AFP file photo)
Published on Oct 03, 2022 09:26 PM IST

Vanishing Legacy: Ranbir College principal’s heritage residence in a shambles

Spread over one acre, the ramshackle building is one of the remaining monuments of the Jind dynasty, in Sangrur, the old royal capital of the Jind state

The College house was specially built for the residence of the principal of Ranbir College by Maharaja Ranbir Singh, the last ruler of the Jind dynasty, in 1938, a year before the college was established. (HT Photo)
The College house was specially built for the residence of the principal of Ranbir College by Maharaja Ranbir Singh, the last ruler of the Jind dynasty, in 1938, a year before the college was established. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 03, 2022 12:52 AM IST

Sangrur | How this entrepreneur is helping empower rural women through handicraft

Kirandeep Kaur, 56, wife of Ranbir Singh, who retired as a lieutenant commander from the navy, is providing material and resources to these women for weaving ‘durries’, ‘khes’, ‘manjees’, embroidered napkins, tea cosies and cushions. Later, she collects these pieces and sells them online or at exhibitions.

Kirandeep Kaur (left) provides material and resources to underprivileged women living near her ancestral village, Balwaar Khurd, to weave rugs, blankets etc, and then sells it online. (HT Photo)
Kirandeep Kaur (left) provides material and resources to underprivileged women living near her ancestral village, Balwaar Khurd, to weave rugs, blankets etc, and then sells it online. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 30, 2022 02:06 AM IST

Reinstatement demand: Cops cane-charge assistant profs marching towards minister’s house

Amid cane-charge, finger of a 30-year-old assistant professor Jodha Singh was fractured when cops were assaulting the APs. He is posted at botany department of Mohindra college

The protesting APs were seeking a meeting with chief minister Bhagwant Mann. (HT photo)
The protesting APs were seeking a meeting with chief minister Bhagwant Mann. (HT photo)
Published on Sep 19, 2022 08:44 PM IST

ASI suspended, 11 cops shifted in Sunam for going soft on drug peddlers

A departmental inquiry has also been marked against the ASI, identified as Balkar Singh. He was in-charge of the police post; it suspected that the ASI was leaking information about the police’s search and other operations to drug peddlers living in Indra Basti of Sunam, which had been declared a drug hotspot.

Police cordoned off Indra Basti in Sunam and seized intoxicating substances, 20 vehicles and drug money to the tune of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3 lakh. (HT File/Representational image)
Police cordoned off Indra Basti in Sunam and seized intoxicating substances, 20 vehicles and drug money to the tune of 3 lakh. (HT File/Representational image)
Published on Sep 18, 2022 02:27 AM IST

Shortage of doctors ails health services in rural Sangrur

Patients in rural areas at the receiving end as 12 rural dispensaries in Sangrur being operated without doctors. In the absence of doctors, patients are forced to visit private hospitals

According to the local health department, there are 23 rural dispensaries in Sangrur district and posts of doctors have been lying vacant at 12 dispensaries for a few months. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
According to the local health department, there are 23 rural dispensaries in Sangrur district and posts of doctors have been lying vacant at 12 dispensaries for a few months. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
Published on Sep 14, 2022 02:42 AM IST

Struggling to survive in Abohar sanctuary, blackbucks may soon gallop in a new home

Wildlife officials are scouting for suitable habitats for the blackbuck, the state animal, to revive their dwindling numbers in Punjab

There is a proposal to revamp Sohian Bir, which is spread over an area of 700 acres, to suit the blackbuck’s habitat, and develop the sanctuary as an eco-tourism centre. (HT File)
There is a proposal to revamp Sohian Bir, which is spread over an area of 700 acres, to suit the blackbuck’s habitat, and develop the sanctuary as an eco-tourism centre. (HT File)
Published on Sep 12, 2022 12:58 AM IST

Essay on Udham Singh in Punjab school textbook misleading: Historian

Terming the essay published in the Punjabi textbook of Class 5 under the title ‘Shaheed Udham’, fallacious and misleading, the manch has demanded to replace or revise it

The Gadri Shaheed Udham Singh Vichar Manch led by prominent historian Rakesh Kumar has flagged myths, misconceptions and mendacious facts pertaining to martyr Udham Singh being taught in government school in Punjab. They termed the essay published in the Punjabi textbook of Class 5 under the title ‘Shaheed Udham’, fallacious and misleading. (Shutterstock/ Representational image)
The Gadri Shaheed Udham Singh Vichar Manch led by prominent historian Rakesh Kumar has flagged myths, misconceptions and mendacious facts pertaining to martyr Udham Singh being taught in government school in Punjab. They termed the essay published in the Punjabi textbook of Class 5 under the title ‘Shaheed Udham’, fallacious and misleading. (Shutterstock/ Representational image)
Published on Sep 11, 2022 03:42 AM IST

Irked over lack of basic amenities, child development project officers in Punjab to go on strike from Sept 9

Child development project officers in Punjab have decided to go on pen-down strike from September 9 to protest against lack of toilet and drinking water facilities at offices and non-payment of salaries

Child development project officers in Punjab have decided to go on pen-down strike from September 9 to protest against lack of toilet and drinking water facilities at offices and non-payment of salaries. (HT photo)
Child development project officers in Punjab have decided to go on pen-down strike from September 9 to protest against lack of toilet and drinking water facilities at offices and non-payment of salaries. (HT photo)
Updated on Sep 04, 2022 01:24 AM IST

Amid protests, restrictions imposed near CM Bhagwant Mann’s Sangrur residence

The police allegedly dragged and whisked them away in police buses along with members of Punjab police 2016 waiting list and 2017 verification union and corona warriors near Fatehgarh Sahib gurdwara on Thursday midnight. The Sikh activists alleged that the Sangrur police also desecrated ‘pothian’ (sacred books to learn Gurbani) and ‘langar’ with their feet when they were trying to take them away.

The police allegedly dragged and whisked them away in police buses along with members of Punjab police 2016 waiting list and 2017 verification union and corona warriors near Fatehgarh Sahib gurdwara on Thursday midnight. (HT Photo)
The police allegedly dragged and whisked them away in police buses along with members of Punjab police 2016 waiting list and 2017 verification union and corona warriors near Fatehgarh Sahib gurdwara on Thursday midnight. (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 27, 2022 02:41 AM IST

Jhundan panel head seeks ‘accepted faces’ in SAD leadership

Former MLA Iqbal Singh Jhundan, who led a 13-member committee to suggest a course correction after the party faced a crushing defeat in the assembly polls, has sought to bring ‘accepted faces’ in the party leadership.

Former MLA Iqbal Singh Jhundan addressing a function organised to mark the 37th death anniversary of former SAD chief Sant Harchand Singh Longowal. (HT Photo)
Former MLA Iqbal Singh Jhundan addressing a function organised to mark the 37th death anniversary of former SAD chief Sant Harchand Singh Longowal. (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 21, 2022 02:39 AM IST

Punjab VB unearths vehicle fitness certificate scam at Sangrur RTA office

Sangrur regional transport authority Ravinder Singh Gill, who is the kingpin, and motor vehicle inspector Mahinder Pal are among those booked for taking bribes to issue the certificates

The Punjab vigilance bureau team at the regional transport authority (RTA) office in Sangrur on Friday. (HT Photo)
The Punjab vigilance bureau team at the regional transport authority (RTA) office in Sangrur on Friday. (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 19, 2022 03:31 PM IST
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