Hillary Victor

Hillary Victor

Hillary Victor is a Principal Correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Chandigarh administration, municipal corporation and all political parties.

Articles by Hillary Victor
In January last year, MC had decided to implement the Act first in Phase 7, where as many as 139 vendors are registered. (HT File Photo)
In January last year, MC had decided to implement the Act first in Phase 7, where as many as 139 vendors are registered. (HT File Photo)

Street Vendors’ Act: 5 years on, GMADA approves eight vending sites in Mohali

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 12:33 AM IST
In the absence of implementation of the Act, illegal vendors have been thriving at several main markets of the city, especially in Phases 7, 3B1, 3B2, 9, 10 and 11
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The dividing road of Sectors 78 and 79 in Mohali in a dilapidated condition. (Keshav Singh/HT)
The dividing road of Sectors 78 and 79 in Mohali in a dilapidated condition. (Keshav Singh/HT)

Mohali MC to take over road maintenance from April 1

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 02:49 AM IST
The re-carpeting work of the roads in Sectors 76 to 80 hasn’t been carried out by GMADA for the last four years and their condition has gone from bad to worse
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2019 had witnessed two major fires at industrial units in Dera Bassi, which left 18 workers injured. (Representational picture)
2019 had witnessed two major fires at industrial units in Dera Bassi, which left 18 workers injured. (Representational picture)

Mohali fire dept gives 15-day ultimatum to 600 violators

By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 12:30 AM IST
Had in February last year issued notices to 693 fire-safety violators under the municipal corporation limits, but only 93 complied with its orders
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Fuel rates at all-time high in Mohali, dealers fume
Fuel rates at all-time high in Mohali, dealers fume

Fuel rates at all-time high in Mohali, dealers fume

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2021 11:33 PM IST
With fuel prices at a record high in Mohali district due to daily hike, filling station owners have been hit hard
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Amarjeet Singh Sidhu, the Congress mayoral candidate, with supporters after defeating Azad Group candidate Paramjeet Singh Kahlon in ward number 10 of the Mohali municipal corporation on Thursday. Amarjeet is Punjab minister Balbir Singh Sidhu’s brother. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Amarjeet Singh Sidhu, the Congress mayoral candidate, with supporters after defeating Azad Group candidate Paramjeet Singh Kahlon in ward number 10 of the Mohali municipal corporation on Thursday. Amarjeet is Punjab minister Balbir Singh Sidhu’s brother. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Municipal corporation elections: Mohali gives Congress a thumping victory

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 01:52 AM IST
Ruling party wins 37 of the 50 seats, while 10 seats go to Azad group-AAP alliance; independents bag three seats; former mayor Kulwant Singh loses
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Congress’ Shivani Chanda, the winning candidate from Kharar’s ward number 21, celebrating with her supporters on Wednesday. No party managed the magic figure of 14 even as Congress emerged as the single-largest party in the 27-member council. (HT Photo)
Congress’ Shivani Chanda, the winning candidate from Kharar’s ward number 21, celebrating with her supporters on Wednesday. No party managed the magic figure of 14 even as Congress emerged as the single-largest party in the 27-member council. (HT Photo)

Civic polls in Punjab: Congress wins hands down in Mohali

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2021 01:55 AM IST
Wins with clear majority in five of seven councils; snatches SAD bastions Zirakpur, Dera Bassi and Lalru; hung house in Kharar and Nayagaon with no party dominating the respective councils
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Greater Mohali development authority sells 45% sites in e-auction
Greater Mohali development authority sells 45% sites in e-auction

Greater Mohali development authority sells 45% sites in e-auction

By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2021 11:48 PM IST
Earns 544 crore against total reserve price of 794 crore after finding buyers for 31 out of 70 sites; all commercial sites sold at Aerocity
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Voters lined up outside a polling station in Mohali on Sunday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Voters lined up outside a polling station in Mohali on Sunday. (Keshav Singh/HT)

56% voters turn up to elect new Mohali MC House

By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 12:23 AM IST
Overall, district records 60% turnout for elections to Mohali corporation and seven municipal councils, with Banur leading at 78%
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Stolen cheques encashed: Axis Bank told to refund 5.5 lakh

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 09:39 PM IST
Bank also directed to pay 1 lakh as compensation to the complainant for carelessness, lack of duty and negligence on their part
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25% women contesting Mohali MC elections are postgraduate
25% women contesting Mohali MC elections are postgraduate

25% women contesting Mohali MC elections are postgraduate

By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 11:49 PM IST
With 50% seats reserved for them, at least 25 councillors in the 50-member House are set to be women
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Delimitation forces former Mohali councillors to field their wives
Delimitation forces former Mohali councillors to field their wives

Delimitation forces former Mohali councillors to field their wives

By Hillary Victor, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2021 12:26 AM IST
With 50% reservation for women in the municipal corporation (MC) elections scheduled for February 14, at least 15 former Mohali councillors and local leaders have fielded their wives or women kin
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Pan-India fake degree racket busted in Mohali
Pan-India fake degree racket busted in Mohali

Pan-India fake degree racket busted in Mohali

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 12:27 AM IST
Zirakpur police make breakthrough with arrest of two Mohali and three UP men, who were posing as educational consultants
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Chandigarh to have direct flights to Dehradun, Indore, Jodhpur, Jammu
Chandigarh to have direct flights to Dehradun, Indore, Jodhpur, Jammu

Chandigarh to have direct flights to Dehradun, Indore, Jodhpur, Jammu

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 07:11 PM IST
Chandigarh International Airport is set to have direct flights to Dehradun, Indore, Jodhpur and Jammu from March 28, when the summer schedule comes into force this year
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Kulwant Singh. (HT PHOTO)
Kulwant Singh. (HT PHOTO)

Former Mohali mayor has 248-crore assets, but no car

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 12:28 AM IST
Real-estate tycoon Kulwant Singh, who is heading the Azad group for the municipal corporation (MC) elections scheduled for February 14, has assets worth 248 crore in his name, but does not own a car
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Some candidates have also put up banners without the symbol and photographs of any senior party leaders. (HT Photo)
Some candidates have also put up banners without the symbol and photographs of any senior party leaders. (HT Photo)

Mohali MC polls: BJP candidates campaigning without party symbol

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2021 12:52 AM IST
BJP’s state executive member Sukhwinder Singh Goldy said the candidates will include the symbol and photographs of senior leaders on their banners after filing nominations.
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Mohali MC Elections: AAP ties up with Kulwant group

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 09:30 PM IST
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday decided to contest the Mohali municipal elections under the banner of Azad group, led by former mayor Kulwant Singh
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Mohali MC elections: AAP to have alliance with Kulwant group
Mohali MC elections: AAP to have alliance with Kulwant group

Mohali MC elections: AAP to have alliance with Kulwant group

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 10:49 PM IST
It is learnt that Azad group will be contesting on 29 seats while AAP will fight on 21 seats, though the formal announcement is expected on Friday
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Residents of sectors 76 to 80 in Mohali complain that city authorities have taken no initiative to keep stray cattle off roads. (HT Photo)
Residents of sectors 76 to 80 in Mohali complain that city authorities have taken no initiative to keep stray cattle off roads. (HT Photo)

MC polls: Development issues matter in Mohali’s ‘new’ sectors

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 11:59 PM IST
Schools, markets and community centres had been planned but no projects have been initiated, complain residents of sectors 76 to 80
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Residents of 12 villages, including Bhankharpur, Issapur, Pragpur, Bakerpur, Ibrahampur, Dhanounani and Bhora had moved the Punjab and Haryana High court (pictured here) alleging that chemically polluted water was being discharged in the Dera Bassi drain. (HT Photo)
Residents of 12 villages, including Bhankharpur, Issapur, Pragpur, Bakerpur, Ibrahampur, Dhanounani and Bhora had moved the Punjab and Haryana High court (pictured here) alleging that chemically polluted water was being discharged in the Dera Bassi drain. (HT Photo)

4 years on, project to treat effluents in Dera Bassi yet to take off

By Hillary Victor, Dera Bassi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 11:59 PM IST
The Dera Bassi municipal council had leased out four acres of land for the project, which was to be executed by Mohali Green Environment Private Limited, an association of around 10 pharmaceutical companies
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42% beneficiaries have skipped Covid vaccine shot in Chandigarh tricity area
42% beneficiaries have skipped Covid vaccine shot in Chandigarh tricity area

42% beneficiaries have skipped Covid vaccine shot in Chandigarh tricity area

By Hillary Victor, Tanbir Dhaliwal and Amanjeet Singh Salyal, Chandigarh/mohali/panchkula
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:31 PM IST
Mohali district lags behind at 43%, while Panchkula and Chandigarh have recorded 63% and 61% target achievement, respectively
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I did not leave SAD, they expelled me, says former Mohali mayor
I did not leave SAD, they expelled me, says former Mohali mayor

I did not leave SAD, they expelled me, says former Mohali mayor

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 10:46 PM IST
Now, Kulwant Singh will be leading the Azad group, comprising former Akali leaders who have resigned in his support, in the upcoming municipal elections
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28 ex-councillors, local leaders resign from SAD in former Mohali mayor Kulwant’s support
28 ex-councillors, local leaders resign from SAD in former Mohali mayor Kulwant’s support

28 ex-councillors, local leaders resign from SAD in former Mohali mayor Kulwant’s support

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 10:49 PM IST
A day after Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal expelled former Mohali mayor Kulwant Singh from the party, 28 local leaders, including office-bearers and former councillors, also tendered their resignation on Sunday and said they will be contesting the upcoming municipal elections under the banner of Azad group led by the former mayor
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Akali Dal expels former Mohali mayor Kulwant Singh

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 10:13 PM IST
Kulwant had raised the banner of revolt against the party by deciding to contest the municipal elections independently along with other former SAD councillors
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Led by Kulwant Singh, former Akali councillors have decided to contest the elections as Independents.
Led by Kulwant Singh, former Akali councillors have decided to contest the elections as Independents.

Akalis still hopeful of former Mohali mayor Kulwant’s return

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 10:58 PM IST
Three days after former Mohali mayor
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Big blow to Akali Dal as former Mohali mayor’s group decides to go independent in MC polls
Big blow to Akali Dal as former Mohali mayor’s group decides to go independent in MC polls

Big blow to Akali Dal as former Mohali mayor’s group decides to go independent in MC polls

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 11:48 PM IST
Led by Kulwant Singh, 25 former Akali councillors, including 22 who were named by the party as candidates just two days back, decide to part ways
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NGT slams brakes on former Mohali mayor’s housing project
NGT slams brakes on former Mohali mayor’s housing project

NGT slams brakes on former Mohali mayor’s housing project

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 12:18 AM IST
National Green Tribunal has ordered immediate stoppage of work at Falcon View, a housing project being developed by former Mohali mayor Kulwant Singh’s firm in Sectors 66, 82 and 83
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GMADA chalks out plan to develop Mohali’s Sector 90

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 12:31 AM IST
Initially, 144 acres of land will be developed, with residential plots measuring 100 to 500 square yards coming up over 29 acres
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A silent candle march was taken out in Chandigarh on February 24, 2020, to pay tributes to the victims of a fire at a paying guest facility in Sector 32.(HT File Photo)
A silent candle march was taken out in Chandigarh on February 24, 2020, to pay tributes to the victims of a fire at a paying guest facility in Sector 32.(HT File Photo)

Illegal paying guest units in Mohali: No action by GMADA

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 10:54 PM IST
Last year in February, the municipal corporation issued notices of 76 PG units in villages under its jurisdiction, but no followup action was taken.
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Airport Road saw around 200 fatal accidents in 2019-20, with 17 of them at this S-curve alone, which has been tagged as a black spot.
Airport Road saw around 200 fatal accidents in 2019-20, with 17 of them at this S-curve alone, which has been tagged as a black spot.

Mohali traffic SP submits report on making Airport Road’s killer S-curve safer

By Hillary Victor, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2021 10:06 PM IST
Installation of mirrors and reflectors and construction of speed breakers are some of the suggestions made in the report submitted to GMADA chief engineer
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Mohali saw 48% rise in Covid deaths in December

By Hillary Victor and Amanjeet Singh Salyal, Mohali/chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 11:51 PM IST
In Chandigarh, both cases and deaths were lowest in five months
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