Harshraj Singh

Harshraj Singh

Harshraj Singh is a staff reporter in Ludhiana. He covers civic issues and politics.

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Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu addressing the Congress rally during the Chhapar fair near Ludhiana on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu addressing the Congress rally during the Chhapar fair near Ludhiana on Wednesday.(HT Photo)

Historical Chhapar Mela turns into political battleground: Political parties spar, allegations fly thick and fast

Hindustan Times, Chhapar (Ludhiana) | By Sumeer Singh, Amarpal Singh and Harshraj Singh, Chhapar (ludhiana)
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2017 11:33 AM IST
At the ruling Congress’ rally, blaming the SAD-BJP regime for bringing “economic terrorism” during its tenure in Punjab, local bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said, “The name of Badals’ family would be inscribed in black letters on the pages of history as it has indulged in loot of Punjab and its people.”
Illegal hoardings welcoming chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Illegal hoardings welcoming chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

Ludhiana: Law takes the backseat for CM Amarinder’s welcome on September 6

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2017 10:32 PM IST
In blatant disregard for the law, Congress leaders have splashed city roads with vinyl banners without MC approval
A senior MC official told HT that composition fee was charged by the civic body for some violations at the mall.(Google maps)
A senior MC official told HT that composition fee was charged by the civic body for some violations at the mall.(Google maps)

Now, Grand Walk Mall file goes missing from Ludhiana MC record

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2017 12:31 PM IST
Punjab and Haryana high court had on Thursday stayed demolition notice against illegal construction on sixth floor of the mall.
A screenshot of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority website, where the Aadhaar numbers were published. The Aadhaar act makes it illegal for the 12-digit numbers of the biometric details to be published publicly.
A screenshot of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority website, where the Aadhaar numbers were published. The Aadhaar act makes it illegal for the 12-digit numbers of the biometric details to be published publicly.

20,000 Aadhaar numbers leaked on Punjab govt website

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2017 11:29 PM IST
Ludhiana’s urban development website publishes list of those who applied for low-cost houses, displaying their names, their father’s name and their Aadhaar numbers. Links were removed later but PDF files remained online on Tuesday, a day after being pointed out.
On Thursday, Lok Insaaf Party MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains submitted a memorandum to the GST commissioner, Ludhiana, seeking action against Fastway for allegedly evading service tax.(HT Photo)
On Thursday, Lok Insaaf Party MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains submitted a memorandum to the GST commissioner, Ludhiana, seeking action against Fastway for allegedly evading service tax.(HT Photo)

‘Tax evasion’: GST commissionerate to issue show-cause notice to Fastway

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2017 10:30 AM IST
The Fastway management has written to the chief commissioner of central excise and service tax, Chandigarh zone, saying that the complaint filed by Bains was false and the figures were twisted.
Senior town planner says a building owner is required to submit structural safety certificate while seeking map approval for construction on 500 yards or above area.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Senior town planner says a building owner is required to submit structural safety certificate while seeking map approval for construction on 500 yards or above area.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

Earthquake-prone Ludhiana at risk from unauthorised constructions

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2017 03:49 PM IST
Forget patch work with bitumen, the municipal corporation (MC) has failed to even fill potholes with soil and gravel to provide some relief to the commuters this rainy season.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Forget patch work with bitumen, the municipal corporation (MC) has failed to even fill potholes with soil and gravel to provide some relief to the commuters this rainy season.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

Ludhiana: Rain brings along bumper crop of potholes

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2017 03:32 PM IST
A 30-year-old man sustained injuries on the leg and arm after he lost balance of his motorocycle on the potholed Sua Road from Phullanwal to Jawaddi on Monday morning.
As the skinners have been on a strike for the last six days, the Ludhiana municipal corporation has been lifting dead animals, including dairy complexes, from city areas.(HT Photo)
As the skinners have been on a strike for the last six days, the Ludhiana municipal corporation has been lifting dead animals, including dairy complexes, from city areas.(HT Photo)

5% GST on raw hide: Ludhiana skinners threaten to dump dead cattle outside govt offices

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2017 04:00 PM IST
On Tuesday, the staff of Shri Govind Gau Dham, one of the major gaushalas of the state, had also expressed displeasure against 5% GST on raw hide, asking the government to roll back its decision.
(HT Representative Image)
(HT Representative Image)

‘First gau rakshaks, now GST’: Animal skinners go on strike in Ludhiana

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2017 05:37 PM IST
According to a survey by the MC five years ago, there are 70,000 cattle in the dairy complexes. Of these, at least 50 cattle, mostly calves, die every day. Dead animals have reportedly not been lifted from some gaushalas (cow shelters) too, and the situation is bad in rural areas as well.
Doctors examining patients at a medical camp in Makkar Colony in Ludhiana on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Doctors examining patients at a medical camp in Makkar Colony in Ludhiana on Sunday.(HT Photo)

41 new diarrhoea cases surface at Giaspura, 18 hospitalised

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2017 12:36 PM IST
On Sunday, 90 patients, including 33 children of aged group 0-10 visited the medical camp until 4 pm. Of them, 41 patients were suffering from diarrhoea while remaining patients were reeling under the fever, acidity and other health problems.
Health department officials examining patients at medical camp after diarrhoea outbreak in Makkar Colony in Ludhiana on Friday.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal / HT Photo)
Health department officials examining patients at medical camp after diarrhoea outbreak in Makkar Colony in Ludhiana on Friday.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal / HT Photo)

Diarrhoea outbreak in Giaspura: 9 admitted, 56 children among 105 cases

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2017 08:41 PM IST
Nine-year-old and three teenagers among those hospitalised; Makkar Colony and Samrat Colony residents complain of contaminated water; health team collects water samples for testing, examines 86 patients
Medics administering first aid to firefighters with minor injuries which they sustained while trying to control a blaze at a textile factory near Cheema Chowk on Thursday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
Medics administering first aid to firefighters with minor injuries which they sustained while trying to control a blaze at a textile factory near Cheema Chowk on Thursday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
Local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu(HT File Photo)
Local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu(HT File Photo)

Promotion of 14 MC superintendents in Punjab revoked

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2017 08:48 AM IST
Earlier posted as superintendents in various civic bodies in state, they were made secretaries ahead of assembly polls.
Leader of the Opposition HS Phoolka (third from right) and other AAP leaders addressing a meeting at Circuit House in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
Leader of the Opposition HS Phoolka (third from right) and other AAP leaders addressing a meeting at Circuit House in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
(HT representative Image)
(HT representative Image)

Ludhiana MC unsealing illegal marriage halls, say residents; seek probe

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2017 12:27 PM IST
Unauthorised marriage palaces that were sealed last month on the directions of Punjab and Haryana high court have reportedly been unsealed, raising an eyebrow here and there.
When police cane-charged the protesters, they started pelting bricks and stones on police and MC officials.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT Photo)
When police cane-charged the protesters, they started pelting bricks and stones on police and MC officials.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT Photo)

Over 15 hurt as 500 slum dwellers clash with MC staff, cops in Ludhiana

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2017 11:46 AM IST
Tension gripped Rajiv Gandhi Colony on Friday morning after an infuriated mob started pelting stones on police and Ludhiana MC officials during an anti-encroachment drive in the city.
Gohalwaria said he wants to see early formation of vending zones across the city and a strict action against ‘rehri mafia.’(HT File Photo)
Gohalwaria said he wants to see early formation of vending zones across the city and a strict action against ‘rehri mafia.’(HT File Photo)

Ludhiana mayor, Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, admits to ‘rehri mafia’; promises action

Hindustan times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2017 01:59 PM IST
Validating the consistent claims of some street vendors that ‘rehri mafia’ is one of the main reasons behind the delay in setting-up of vending zones in the city, mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria admitted that such a mafia is indeed active in the city.
The ‘MLA at your doorstep’ service was launched at Chak Kalan village on Wednesday. Mobile office will address public grievances and assist with government services and schemes.(HT Photo)
The ‘MLA at your doorstep’ service was launched at Chak Kalan village on Wednesday. Mobile office will address public grievances and assist with government services and schemes.(HT Photo)

HS Phoolka launches mobile office van in Dakha

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2017 12:52 PM IST
In a first-of-its-kind initiative by an elected representative in the state, Dakha MLA and leader of the Opposition HS Phoolka introduced ‘MLA at your doorstep’. The mobile office was launched in Chak Kalan village and claims to redress public grievances and bring government services and schemes to the public at their doorstep.
Around two­and­a­half years ago, the government assigned Engineers India Limited to prepare a DPR to make Buddha Nullah pollution free. The project is yet to see light of day.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT Photo)
Around two­and­a­half years ago, the government assigned Engineers India Limited to prepare a DPR to make Buddha Nullah pollution free. The project is yet to see light of day.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT Photo)

Another year, another crore: Ludhiana MC to start cleaning Buddha Nullah soon

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2017 12:28 PM IST
Another year, another crore will go towards desilting the Buddha Nullah. The Ludhiana MC cleared a budget of Rs 1,316 crore for the financial year 2017-18 on Saturday, of which Rs 1 crore was allotted to cleaning the drain into which solid waste, untreated sewage and industrial waste are dumped daily.
Hoardings put up in the name of Ludhiana councillor Veeran Bedi (right) sans her picture. Her husband Harpreet Singh Bedi, an Akali leader, and son Gurpreet Singh Bedi, however, feature prominently on the hoardings.(HT File Photo)
Hoardings put up in the name of Ludhiana councillor Veeran Bedi (right) sans her picture. Her husband Harpreet Singh Bedi, an Akali leader, and son Gurpreet Singh Bedi, however, feature prominently on the hoardings.(HT File Photo)

Women councillors reduced to rubber stamps in Punjab civic bodies

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2017 08:37 AM IST
A reality check reveals that most of the existing women councillors in the state are either fielded as dummy candidates by their male relatives or made it to the House because of the latter’s political influence. This is despite the fact that women constitute 49% of the total number of voters, and even outperformed men when it came to exercising their franchise in the recently held assembly polls.
The PM’s security dog being taken away from the GADVASU hospital in Ludhiana on Friday, March 31.(HT Photo)
The PM’s security dog being taken away from the GADVASU hospital in Ludhiana on Friday, March 31.(HT Photo)

PM Modi’s security dog gets treatment at Ludhiana vet varsity

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2017 09:11 PM IST
The nine-year-old labrador, who has been trained to detect explosives and is generally taken to search various places before the PM’s visit, underwent a surgery. A team led by Dr Arun Anand, associate professor at the university, took one-and-a-half hours to remove a tumour.
Sarabha Nagar SHO arguing with lawyer Bhupinder Singh who was stopping Ludhiana Improvement Trust officials from sealing the community centre in BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, on Tuesday.(JS Grewal/HT)
Sarabha Nagar SHO arguing with lawyer Bhupinder Singh who was stopping Ludhiana Improvement Trust officials from sealing the community centre in BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, on Tuesday.(JS Grewal/HT)

After 4 years, Ludhiana Improvement Trust seals 2 disputed community centres

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2017 03:19 PM IST
Officials pushed and manhandled by members of welfare societies of Blocks C and H-1; Akali leader Harpreet Singh Bedi, lawyer Bhupinder Singh among those who tried disrupting procedure; work finished with help from police
An advertisement on a bus shelter near Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)
An advertisement on a bus shelter near Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)

Ludhiana civic body struggles to meet Rs 4 crore advertisement revenue target

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2017 02:18 PM IST
Just like previous years, it seems that in this financial year too municipal corporation (MC) will miss its budgetary target of generating income of Rs 4 crore from advertisements.
Satinder Singh , a bullock cart lover and jockey, got his arm tattooed with picture of bullock cart on the inaugural day of Kila Raipur Rural Sports Festival at village Kila Raipur in Ludhiana on Friday.(Gurminder Singh/Hindustan Times)
Satinder Singh , a bullock cart lover and jockey, got his arm tattooed with picture of bullock cart on the inaugural day of Kila Raipur Rural Sports Festival at village Kila Raipur in Ludhiana on Friday.(Gurminder Singh/Hindustan Times)

Kila Raipur games: ‘Fan’ gets bullock cart tattoo on arm

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2017 02:55 PM IST
A resident of Kila Raipur, Satinder Singh is a bullock cart jockey who owns four bulls and has won multiple medals in the races. He got inked, “Kitia bapu ne sab reejhan purian (My father has fulfilled all my wishes)” along with a bullock cart tattoo on his arm. 
Bullock cart race was last organised in the 78th edition of the Kila Raipur sports festival in 2014.(HT Photo)
Bullock cart race was last organised in the 78th edition of the Kila Raipur sports festival in 2014.(HT Photo)

Punjab: Kila Raipur games to start without bullock cart race

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2017 03:52 PM IST
Associate professor Dr Arun Anand and pet owner Sanjeev Kumar (right) with the dog, Eva, in Ludhiana on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Associate professor Dr Arun Anand and pet owner Sanjeev Kumar (right) with the dog, Eva, in Ludhiana on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Vet tourism: Dog flown in from France, treated for Rs 10,000 in Punjab

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2017 12:16 PM IST
Three-and-half-year-old Eva, a female Gull Terrier and a pet passport holder of France, was unable to keep her injured leg on the ground for the past three months as she suffered from anterior cruciate ligament rupture, a knee injury that is also common in football and hockey players.
Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Dakha constituency HS Phoolka campaigning with his supporters on a tractor at Khandoor village in Ludhiana on Friday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Dakha constituency HS Phoolka campaigning with his supporters on a tractor at Khandoor village in Ludhiana on Friday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

Farmers, NRIs take part in AAP’s jumbo tractor rally in Ludhiana district

Hindustan Times, Dakha | By Harshraj Singh, Baddowal
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2017 01:56 PM IST
As farmers and NRIs, dressed in colourful clothes, marched in a battery of over 100 tractors across various villages in Dakha on Friday, the residents, including a large number of women, came on the roads to witness the spectacle.
Ludhiana Improvement Trust office at Feroze Gandhi Market in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)
Ludhiana Improvement Trust office at Feroze Gandhi Market in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)

Controversy over Ludhiana Improvement Trust allotting 73 plots to its employees

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2016 01:26 PM IST
Ludhiana Improvement Trust’s (LIT) move to allot 73 plots to its employees, just before upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections, has triggered a controversy as some people have claimed that despite the orders of the Punjab and Haryana high court, LIT conducted a draw to allot plots to the employees in an illegal manner.
Residents passing by a manhole at Basant Nagar in Ludhiana on Monday.(HT Photo)
Residents passing by a manhole at Basant Nagar in Ludhiana on Monday.(HT Photo)

‘Repaired’ Basant Nagar road in Ludhiana has manholes wide open

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2016 05:11 PM IST
Due to lack of coordination between MC’s operations and maintenance (O&M) cell and buildings and road (B&R) wing, the road in Basant Nagar has been constructed without repairing the damaged manholes.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addressing a rally at Samrala in Ludhiana on Friday, November 25 , 2016.(JS Grewal /Hindustan Times.)
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addressing a rally at Samrala in Ludhiana on Friday, November 25 , 2016.(JS Grewal /Hindustan Times.)

Kejriwal attacks Modi govt, terms demonetisation a scam of Rs 8 lakh crore

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Samrala
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2016 03:23 PM IST
With just two months left for the state to go to polls, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, attacked the Modi government’s demonetisation move claiming it was a scam of Rs 8 lakh crore at a rally in Samrala on Friday.
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