Harshraj Singh

Harshraj Singh

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

Articles by Harshraj Singh
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Safe water still a far cry in govt schools

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2013 08:37 PM IST
Health takes a back seat in the dusty corridors of government schools in Ludhiana district. In a recent survey by the district health department, it was found that 91 water samples collected from various schools in the district were unfit for drinking, putting students at the risk of potentially fatal diseases such as diarrhoea, hepatitis and typhoid.
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Govt dispensary staff charging double for prescription slip

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2013 08:57 PM IST
The staff posted at government dispensary at Dholewal in Ludhiana are charging Rs 2 from patients for issuing them prescription/registration slip which should otherwise cost only Re 1. Harshraj Singh reports
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Living in vehras akin to hell, say residents

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2013 07:39 PM IST
Unsanitary living conditions at 'vehras' housing hundreds of migrant labourers across the city are posing a health risk to those living there even as owners and authorities seem to be oblivious to the imminent dangers.
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Rupnagar-Doraha four-laning: Over 14,000 trees to face the axe in district

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Neelon
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2013 11:50 PM IST
Clearing out green cover on the Doraha-Neelon-Rupnagar stretch seems to be the government's only way to improve traffic conditions on the road. The picturesque stretch is fast losing its rich cover to enable the work of road widening.
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Health department's transfer policy under scanner

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2013 12:25 AM IST
The transfer of a doctor two times in four months has brought under the scanner the transfer policy of the health department. Dr Jasvir Singh, who is the district health officer at the civil surgeon's office in Ludhiana, has now been transferred to ESI Hospital at Phagwara as senior medical officer.
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Hospital's apathy, discrimination haunts HIV+ pregnant woman

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2013 11:48 PM IST
The family of an HIV-positive woman from Ambala have accused the Ludhiana civil hospital of apathy and refusing to deliver her baby. The family members of the woman, who did not want to be named, said the Khanna Civil Hospital staff referred her to the Ludhiana Civil Hospital for a Caesarean section on Thursday after finding out that she was HIV positive.
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ESIC claims fair treatment, parents question tampering in Rahul death case

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2013 09:28 PM IST
The preliminary inquiry into the death of 7-year-old Rahul, while undergoing treatment at the Employees' State Insurance Corporation of India (ESIC) Model Hospital on November 20, 2012, revealed on Friday that a few from among the hospital staff had ampered with the medical reports of the deceased after his death.
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Shooting needs govt's patronage

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2012 12:03 AM IST
Padma Bhushan shooter Abhinav Bindra said that he would start preparing for the next Olympics only after going through the new rules. A winner of the gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in 10-metre air rifle event, Bindra said he would now prepare according to the new rules.
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8,000 visit railway station to see Red Ribbon Express

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2012 11:38 PM IST
More than 8,000 people visited the city railway station to see the 'Red Ribbon Express' that chugged into the city on Monday to create awareness about HIV/AIDS. Schoolchildren, health workers, teachers and city residents, took a tour of the eight-coach train that will be in the city till Wednesday.
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Seeking regular pay scales, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan teachers hold protest

None | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2012 05:05 PM IST
The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and teachers working under the Centre Sponsored Scheme (CSS) staged a protest and burnt an effigy of the state government at Bharat Nagar Chowk on Sunday.
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Doctors on VVIP duty, patients suffer

PTI | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2012 12:06 AM IST
Patients visiting the out patient department (OPD) of the civil hospital were a harried lot as many doctors were deputed on special duty during the President's visit to the city on Tuesday.
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Child's death: Ludhiana hospital accused of tampering with report

None | By Anshu Seth and Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2012 12:20 AM IST
Accusing the hospital of tampering with the medical record of a seven-year-old boy who died on November 20 while under treatment at Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Model Hospital near Bharat Nagar Chowk here, the council of RTI activists has demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident.
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'My son died due to hospital's negligence'

None | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2012 01:02 AM IST
Parents of seven-year-old Rahul, who died while undergoing treatment at ESIC Model Hospital in the city, alleged that the doctors at the hospital did not give proper and timely treatment to their son.
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'Burning paddy stubble can add to asthma patients' woes'

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2012 10:25 PM IST
Come festive season and with it comes a host of other problems as well. The burning of paddy straw coupled with Diwali festivities has resulted in rise in number of asthma and respiratory infection cases. Despite the ban, some farmers are still burning paddy stubble without thinking about its harmful effects.
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Sweetshop owners on health dept's radar

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2012 11:16 PM IST
With less then a fortnight for Diwali, the residents want that the health department should check sweets at every sweetmeat shop in the district. According to officials of the health department, they have already started the drive to check adulteration in sweets.
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No prompt treatment to girl with burn injuries

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2012 11:22 PM IST
The kin of a minor girl who received severe burns due to electrocution have alleged that prompt treatment was not given to her at the burns unit of Lord Mahavira civil hospital in Ludhiana, after which the minor was taken away.
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Young woman tries to help patient, fails

None | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2012 12:16 AM IST
In a world where most people would not even think twice before refusing to extend a helping hand to the needy, a young woman and her mother ran from pillar to post to arrange for platelets for a serious patient at the Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Hospital.
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Non-teaching staff union blocks NH

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2012 09:35 PM IST
Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan's non-teaching employees union blocked the national highway near Jalandhar bypass for more than one hour on Saturday. Non-teaching staff members, working under contract, were demanding implementation of regular pay scales and regularisation of their jobs.
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Health dept awaits disaster in slum areas

None | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2012 12:23 AM IST
Even as the threat of gastroenteritis and other seasonal diseases looms large over many areas, the health department has failed to reach the interiors of the slum areas of Focal Point, which is evident from the missing awareness campaigns and non-distribution of chlorine tablets.
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Despite govt order, Punjabi still optional subject in some schools

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2012 12:22 AM IST
In a clear contravention of the orders issued by the Punjab government for making Punjabi language a compulsory subject from Classes 1 to 10 in all schools across the state, some of the reputed private schools of city are still having Punjabi as an optional subject.
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Colony residents made to drink contaminated water from hand pumps

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2012 11:35 AM IST
Outbreak of a water-borne disease is a strong possibility in Rajiv Gandhi colony of Focal Point area as the residents here have no option but to consume contaminated water. The water being drawn from a hand pump is visibly contaminated as it is orange in colour.
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Police baton charge protesting teachers in Ludhiana

None | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2012 09:03 PM IST
The police resorted to mild baton charge to stop the protesting teachers of Sarv Siksha Abhyan, Rashtri Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyaan and CSS (central sponsored scheme) Teachers Union when they tried to move towards the Jalandhar bypass forcing their way through the police barricades here today.
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Ludhiana residents groan under acute power cuts, inadequate water supply

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2012 10:47 PM IST
Ludhiana residents continue to suffer due to regular power cuts and shortage of water supply, making a mockery of tall claims of the Punjab government on eight-hour power supply daily. Residents in different localities in the city said intermittent power cuts everyday ranged from two to as much as six hours.
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Increased school timings, lack of power backup invites ire of parents

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana:
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2012 01:58 PM IST
Change in the closing time of MGM Public School, Dugri, in April invited the ire of the parents of the students as the school authorities had changed the closing time from 1.45 to 2.10 pm. To add to students woes the lack of power back up in the school has now further added to discomfort of the students.
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City residents have wish lists ready for newly elected MC members

Hindustan Times | By Harshraj Singh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2012 10:09 PM IST
Residents of Ludhiana today expressed hapiness and satisfaction over election of councillors in their respective areas, and listed the issues they expected their representatives to take up on a priority basis.
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