Hillary Victor

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

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Punjab revenue officials threaten protest over ambiguity on NOC issuance

Six days after the naib tehsildar-cum-joint sub-registrar of Zirakpur was suspended and an inquiry started against two sub registrars of Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur, Punjab revenue officers association came out against the state government and threatened protest, citing ambiguity in instructions on issuing no-objection certificates (NOCs) for land registration
In a representation to the Punjab government on Monday, the association stated that there are a lot of contradictory instructions, which create hassles for the revenue officers as well as the common man (HT File)
In a representation to the Punjab government on Monday, the association stated that there are a lot of contradictory instructions, which create hassles for the revenue officers as well as the common man (HT File)
Published on May 17, 2022 01:35 AM IST
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GMADA starts widening 6km stretch on Airport Road

At present, the stretch from Chatt village to Sector 82 railway bridge on Airport Road has two 33-ft wide carriageways, which will be increased to a width of 44-ft each. GMADA has given the contract of the project to AK Builders at a cost 26 crore.
The stretch from Chatt village to Sector 82 railway bridge will be widened to 44-ft from the existing 33-ft. (HT Photo)
The stretch from Chatt village to Sector 82 railway bridge will be widened to 44-ft from the existing 33-ft. (HT Photo)
Published on May 16, 2022 02:03 AM IST
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Mohali real estate sector bounces back from pandemic slump

With virus abating and home loan interests at lowest in nearly two decades, the demand for both commercial and residential properties in Mohali is going up
Peripheral areas of Mohali such as Zirakpur, Kharar, and New Chandigarh have emerged as the tricity’s new property hub. (HT Photo)
Peripheral areas of Mohali such as Zirakpur, Kharar, and New Chandigarh have emerged as the tricity’s new property hub. (HT Photo)
Published on May 16, 2022 01:49 AM IST
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72 hours later, Punjab police still clueless about Mohali blast attackers’ identity

Punjab Police is working in close coordination with teams of the Army Intelligence and NIA experts, who have already visited the site of the Mohali blast
72 hours later, Punjab police still clueless about Mohali blast attackers’ identity (ANI)
72 hours later, Punjab police still clueless about Mohali blast attackers’ identity (ANI)
Updated on May 13, 2022 12:48 AM IST
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ByRavinder Vasudeva & Hillary Victor, Chandigarh

Even unregistered projects under Punjab RERA ambit, says appellate tribunal

The appellate tribunal set aside the orders passed by RERA Punjab that complaint by aggrieved allottees of unregistered projects would not be maintainable
Even unregistered projects under Punjab RERA ambit, says appellate tribunal (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Even unregistered projects under Punjab RERA ambit, says appellate tribunal (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on May 13, 2022 12:39 AM IST
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Days after RPG attack, gunshots trigger panic in Punjab’s Mohali town

Punjab Police register case after bouncer allegedly opened fire outside Falcon View, a posh apartment complex on Airport Road, in Sector 82, Mohali
The firing took place outside Falcon View, a high-rise residential building owned by real estate baron and Aam Aadmi Party Mohali MLA Kulwant Singh, on Thursday morning. (HT Photo)
The firing took place outside Falcon View, a high-rise residential building owned by real estate baron and Aam Aadmi Party Mohali MLA Kulwant Singh, on Thursday morning. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 12, 2022 01:07 PM IST
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WWICS MD booked for raising illegal farm houses in Mohali village

The FIR was registered under Section 4 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act against Col BS Sandhu, MD of WWICS, and his aide, Tarsem Singh
Col BS Sandhu, MD of WWICS, has been booked under Section 4 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act. (HT Photo)
Col BS Sandhu, MD of WWICS, has been booked under Section 4 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act. (HT Photo)
Published on May 11, 2022 02:37 AM IST
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Rinda hiring ‘small-time criminals’ to spread terror in state, say cops

Rinda, a notorious gangster-turned-terrorist believed to be in Pakistan is active in Punjab, Chandigarh, Maharashtra and Haryana and is a history-sheeter and wanted by the Punjab Police in heinous crimes, including murder, contract killing, robbery, extortion and snatching
As the initial probe into the first-of-its-kind rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack on the Punjab Police intelligence headquarters in Mohali hints towards the role of gangster-turned-Khalistani terrorist Harvinder Singh Rinda, who is emerging as the mastermind, the modus operandi adopted in the attack is identical to at least four recent modules busted by the state police.
As the initial probe into the first-of-its-kind rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack on the Punjab Police intelligence headquarters in Mohali hints towards the role of gangster-turned-Khalistani terrorist Harvinder Singh Rinda, who is emerging as the mastermind, the modus operandi adopted in the attack is identical to at least four recent modules busted by the state police.
Published on May 11, 2022 01:10 AM IST
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ByRavinder Vasudeva and Hillary Victor

Role of Khalistani terrorist in Mohali blast under scanner

Punjab Police have zeroed in on the role of a Khalistani terrorist as the possible mastermind behind the blast that rocked the headquarters of the force’s intelligence wing in Mohali on Monday, investigators said on Tuesday.
The explosion, believed to be the result of a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack, rocked Mohali at 7.45pm on Monday. (ANI)
The explosion, believed to be the result of a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack, rocked Mohali at 7.45pm on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on May 11, 2022 02:42 AM IST
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ByRavinder Vasudeva and Hillary Victor, Chandigarh/mohali

Punjab Police zero in on Pakistan-based terrorist Rinda’s role in intel HQ blast

Over 20 suspects detained day after rocket-propelled grenade hits Punjab Police’s intelligence headquarters in Mohali
Punjab Police personnel cordon off their intelligence headquarters in Sector 77, Mohali, after the rocket-propelled grenade attack on Monday night. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Punjab Police personnel cordon off their intelligence headquarters in Sector 77, Mohali, after the rocket-propelled grenade attack on Monday night. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on May 10, 2022 01:18 PM IST
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ByRavinder Vasudeva and Hillary Victor

Mohali blast: Suspected rocket attack at Punjab intelligence headquarters

No one was injured in the blast at Punjab police headquarters in Mohali; rocket attack took place around 7.45 pm, according to the cops. Police have cordoned off the area and an alert has been sounded
Punjab Police have sealed the area after the blast reported at the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Sector 77, Mohali. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Punjab Police have sealed the area after the blast reported at the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Sector 77, Mohali. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on May 10, 2022 02:22 AM IST
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ByRavinder Vasudeva and Hillary Victor, Mohali

Illegal sand mining goes unabated in Mohali, 11 cases in 3 weeks

The other 10 cases had come to fore from Dera Bassi, Kurali, Dhakoli, Majri block of Mullnapur, and Sohana (see box). Majri block in Mullanpur area has remained a hotbed of illegal mining in Mohali.
All cases have been registered under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 in different police stations across Mohali. (HT Photo)
All cases have been registered under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 in different police stations across Mohali. (HT Photo)
Published on May 09, 2022 02:06 AM IST
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Relief for BJP's Tajinder Bagga after midnight high court hearing

The move came a day after Bagga was arrested by the Punjab Police in connection with a case regarding provocative statements and criminal intimidation but was taken back to Capital by the Delhi Police after the Haryana Police stopped the Punjab Police team midway in Kurukshetra.
 Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga speaks to the media at his residence, Janakpuri, in New Delhi on May 8, 2022.(ANI photo)
 Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga speaks to the media at his residence, Janakpuri, in New Delhi on May 8, 2022.(ANI photo)
Updated on May 08, 2022 05:29 AM IST
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Stray dog bites on the rise, but Mohali MC in no hurry to check their population

Seven months after the contract of the previous agency handling the stray dog sterilisation project ended in September 2021, Mohali MC has failed to appoint a new firm to stem the rising dog population
With no agency available to continue the stray dog sterilisation project in Mohali, their population continues to grow and has translated into 3,787 more dog bite cases till April 30, 2022, with 2,287 being reported in just the past two months. (HT File Photo)
With no agency available to continue the stray dog sterilisation project in Mohali, their population continues to grow and has translated into 3,787 more dog bite cases till April 30, 2022, with 2,287 being reported in just the past two months. (HT File Photo)
Published on May 08, 2022 02:23 AM IST
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Mohali court issues warrant to arrest Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga

Mohali’s Judicial Magistrate Mohali Ravtesh Inderjit Singh told the State Cyber Crime Mohali to arrest Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga and produce him before the court. The next date of hearing in the case is May 23
BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, who was picked up from his Janakpuri house by Punjab Police on Friday morning, returned home past midnight (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, who was picked up from his Janakpuri house by Punjab Police on Friday morning, returned home past midnight (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on May 07, 2022 10:46 PM IST
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ByRavinder Vasudeva and Hillary Victor

How Punjab Police botched up on Tajinder Bagga’s arrest

According to experts, the Punjab Police bypassed set procedures. Before arresting any accused outside the state, it is necessary to register a report in the local police station and take the local police along, say experts
In a major embarrassment, the Punjab Police failed to bring Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Singh Bagga, booked on charges of making provocative statements, promoting enmity and criminal intimidation, to Mohali after arresting him from his house in Delhi.
In a major embarrassment, the Punjab Police failed to bring Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Singh Bagga, booked on charges of making provocative statements, promoting enmity and criminal intimidation, to Mohali after arresting him from his house in Delhi.
Published on May 07, 2022 01:18 AM IST
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Punjab RERA comes to aid of buyers left in lurch by GBP Group

Punjab RERA asks buyers to form project-wise associations that will be handed over completion of the projects under the RERA Act
Three directors of GBP Group had left the country in September 2021, dashing the hopes of around 2,500 allottees who have invested over <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,500 crore in the group’s 18 commercial and residential projects in Mohali. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Three directors of GBP Group had left the country in September 2021, dashing the hopes of around 2,500 allottees who have invested over 1,500 crore in the group’s 18 commercial and residential projects in Mohali. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on May 07, 2022 01:00 AM IST
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Mohali: Ordering needless tests costs Max Hospital 5 lakh

Mohali District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission fined for making a city resident undergo a slew of unnecessary heart tests to issue a medical fitness certificate for immigration to Canada
The Mohali District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission pulled up Max Hospital for causing harassment and mental agony to the complainant, Nishan Singh Kahlon, by ordering unnecessary tests. (HT)
The Mohali District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission pulled up Max Hospital for causing harassment and mental agony to the complainant, Nishan Singh Kahlon, by ordering unnecessary tests. (HT)
Updated on May 06, 2022 02:34 AM IST
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Mere 35% eligible people jabbed with booster dose in Mohali

While 91,000 Mohali residents have become eligible for the booster dose since the drive first started on January 10, only 31,546 have come forward for it
A school teachers getting the booster dose at the Sector 12 dispensary in Panchkula on Thursday. (Sant Arora/HT)
A school teachers getting the booster dose at the Sector 12 dispensary in Panchkula on Thursday. (Sant Arora/HT)
Published on May 06, 2022 02:34 AM IST
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Sharpshooters admit Vicky Middukhera was shot dead at behest of gangsters Dagar, Bhuppi Rana

On April 25, Mohali police had brought three sharpshooters -- Anil Kumar alias Latth, Sajjan Singh alias Bholu and Ajay Kumar alias Sunny members of Kaushal - Bambhia - Lucky Padial gang --on a production warrant from Delhi.
The 33-year-old YAD leader, Vicky Middukhera, was shot dead in Sector 71 on August 7 last year. (HT Photo)
The 33-year-old YAD leader, Vicky Middukhera, was shot dead in Sector 71 on August 7 last year. (HT Photo)
Published on May 04, 2022 02:12 AM IST
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Greenfield Project: NHAI approves four-fold increase in compensation for landowners

Landowners who were earlier being offered around 24 crore will now get around a crore; work on the project is expected to begin within a month
NHAI had come up with the Greenfield Project after scrapping the 40-km Kharar-Banur-Tepla road project in July 2019, owing to its high cost. (HT File)
NHAI had come up with the Greenfield Project after scrapping the 40-km Kharar-Banur-Tepla road project in July 2019, owing to its high cost. (HT File)
Published on May 04, 2022 01:35 AM IST
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Mohali’s Posh city residents left sweating as PSPCL cuts power after builder’s failure to pay bills

PSPCL disconnected power at the Posh city, Mohali, owned by builder Sushil Dhara, as 1.86 lakh of the 4.40 lakh bill was found pending which resulted in the power failure
Mohali’s Posh city residents are living amid power failure as colony developer failed to pay dues to PSPCL . (Bloomberg (Representative image))
Mohali’s Posh city residents are living amid power failure as colony developer failed to pay dues to PSPCL . (Bloomberg (Representative image))
Updated on May 02, 2022 01:51 AM IST
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GMADA drive to remove encroachments from 200-acre land in Mohali to commence May 2

GMADA will remove encroachments and between Chilla Khurd to Raipur Kalan, Mohali, and Eco-city acquired for the Dasmesh Link canal and metro train projects respectively
GMADA will commence a drive to remove encroachments from 200 acres of land in Mohali. (HT File)
GMADA will commence a drive to remove encroachments from 200 acres of land in Mohali. (HT File)
Updated on May 02, 2022 01:42 AM IST
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More trouble for Bajwa Developers: CLU of 3.23 acres of Mohali project revoked by Punjab chief town planner

The 3.23 acres land was shown as part of Bajwa Developers’ 139-acre project in the CLUapplication, even though the firm never owned it
In view of the anomalies, the entire project’s layout plan has been withdrawn and Bajwa Ddevelopers has been asked to send a revised plan after deducting the 3.23 acres for which the CLU has been revoked, said a GMADA official (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
In view of the anomalies, the entire project’s layout plan has been withdrawn and Bajwa Ddevelopers has been asked to send a revised plan after deducting the 3.23 acres for which the CLU has been revoked, said a GMADA official (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Apr 30, 2022 01:41 AM IST
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Mohali: Security concerns at Purab Premium Apartments deepen as woman gets assaulted

A day after a 28-year-old woman died by suicide after jumping off the 14th floor at Purab Premium Apartments in Sector 88, Mohali, after an argument with a male friend, three Zirakpur women assaulted a woman at the society late on Wednesday evening
This has triggered panic among residents of Purab Premium Apartments, Mohali, who say that the society, which was once considered a safe haven, is becoming an increasingly dangerous place to live in and incidents of drunken hooliganism, harassment, and now assault have become common, but the authorities have completely failed to tackle them. (HT File)
This has triggered panic among residents of Purab Premium Apartments, Mohali, who say that the society, which was once considered a safe haven, is becoming an increasingly dangerous place to live in and incidents of drunken hooliganism, harassment, and now assault have become common, but the authorities have completely failed to tackle them. (HT File)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 12:53 AM IST
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Mohali | GMADA’s urban forest project gasping for air

A first-of-its-kind project for Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), the planned urban forest in Sector 97 has run into rough weather as authorities said they are reviewing the project’s viability and mulling a change of site
GMADA’s urban forest project planned for Sector 97, Mohali, has run into rough weather. (HT File)
GMADA’s urban forest project planned for Sector 97, Mohali, has run into rough weather. (HT File)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 12:34 AM IST
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Mohali: Constable’s fake naka spree cut short by passer-by’s video

Passer-by filmed the Mohali police constable accepting a 200 bribe from a taxi driver whom he stopped at a fake naka in Kharar
The Mohali police constable was booked under Section 7 (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. (HT Photo/For representation only)
The Mohali police constable was booked under Section 7 (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. (HT Photo/For representation only)
Published on Apr 26, 2022 02:54 AM IST
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Mohali police working to extradite GBP Group’s three directors

Seven months after the management of the Gupta Builders and Promoters (GBP) Group fled the country, leaving over 2,500 investors in the lurch, the Mohali police have said they are now working to extradite its three directors, who are said to be hiding in Dubai
According to Mohali police, GBP Group has cheated around 2,500 allottees of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,500 crore invested in various projects in Mohali by failing to give possession. (Representative image)
According to Mohali police, GBP Group has cheated around 2,500 allottees of 1,500 crore invested in various projects in Mohali by failing to give possession. (Representative image)
Published on Apr 25, 2022 12:20 AM IST
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Mohali MC’s local bus service project runs into roadblock

The local bus service project of the Mohali MC has run into a roadblock, as even though the local bodies department has approved it, it has stated that it can only be run by state entities as per the transport department policy
In November last year, the Mohali MC approved the proposal to let a private company run the buses against advertising rights. A fare of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10 per passenger was also approved. (HT File)
In November last year, the Mohali MC approved the proposal to let a private company run the buses against advertising rights. A fare of 10 per passenger was also approved. (HT File)
Published on Apr 23, 2022 12:25 AM IST
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GMADA readies layout plan for straightening deadly curve on Airport Road

Tagged as a ‘black spot’, the curve, falling on the dividing road between Sectors 70 and 77 in Mohali, has seen 100 accidents since it was constructed in 2009, leading to 12 fatalities
Accidents on this curve form a major chunk of the overall mishaps on the 18-km Airport Road, according to Mohali police. (HT File Photo)
Accidents on this curve form a major chunk of the overall mishaps on the 18-km Airport Road, according to Mohali police. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 22, 2022 02:18 AM IST
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