Ifrah Mufti

Ifrah Mufti

She is a staff reporter in Chandigarh. She covers schools and higher education.

Articles by Ifrah Mufti

21 govt schools on way to become disabled-friendly in Chandigarh

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2018 01:33 PM IST
Only 54 of the 115 schools have ramps, 47 have special toilets for physically challenged
Piped gas at the Progressive Enclave in Sector 50 is much appreciated by the consumers.(HT photo)
Piped gas at the Progressive Enclave in Sector 50 is much appreciated by the consumers.(HT photo)

HT spotlight: Chandigarh’s alternative to LPG still in the pipeline

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2018 12:48 PM IST
The painfully slow progress in laying the underground pipes has been a major stumbling block in the completion of this project. In the last two years, the company has been able to cover barely a dozen sectors, that too in the city’s south.
Union railway minister Piyush Goyal at the Chandigarh railway station on Friday. He arrived here along with his wife on the evening Shatabdi to attend a wedding.(Karun Sharma/HT)
Union railway minister Piyush Goyal at the Chandigarh railway station on Friday. He arrived here along with his wife on the evening Shatabdi to attend a wedding.(Karun Sharma/HT)

No need of 3 Shatabdis on Chandigarh-Delhi route: Union railway minister

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 11:20 AM IST
The minister said looking at the occupancy, there was no need for three Shatabdis on the Chandigarh-Delhi route.
CNG vehicles queue up at the filling station in Sector 44, Chandigarh. More stations coming up in 2018-19 will mean easy availability of gas.(Sikander singh chopra/HT)
CNG vehicles queue up at the filling station in Sector 44, Chandigarh. More stations coming up in 2018-19 will mean easy availability of gas.(Sikander singh chopra/HT)

HT spotlight:Can CNG fuel change in Chandigarh tricity?

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2018 12:42 PM IST
CNG improves air quality and is lighter on the pocket than petrol or diesel. Though sales of CNG vehicles are low in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali more gas stations coming up here in 2018-19 could change the picture.
A garbage bin stationed at the Nek Chand Memorial is awaiting completion for long.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
A garbage bin stationed at the Nek Chand Memorial is awaiting completion for long.(Ravi Kumar/HT)

Heap of problems ailing the Rock Garden in Chandigarh

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2018 12:23 PM IST
Rock Garden earns around Rs 1.5 lakh daily through sale of tickets and has earnings of Rs 10 crore so far.
(Representative Image)
(Representative Image)

Supplied Tejas coaches not up to the mark: Northern Railways

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2018 10:58 PM IST
The railways has now sought rectification from the RCF, besides planning to reconsider if the Tejas will run on the original route or on a different route.

Four students against one BSc medical seat in Chandigarh colleges

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2018 04:32 PM IST
Sciences emerging as the best option; BCom second most sought after course
The air quality index (AQI) on Thursday went beyond the severe limit of 500 to 575.(HT Photo)
The air quality index (AQI) on Thursday went beyond the severe limit of 500 to 575.(HT Photo)

Chandigarh:Dusty haze grounds all 33 flights, expected to clear after rain today

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajanbir Singh, Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2018 09:28 AM IST
According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the air quality in the region deteriorated because of dust storms in western India, particularly Rajasthan.
Despite the rush of passengers, the station has only one washroom for general category passengers, no ATMs and no arrangement for meals.(HT Photo)
Despite the rush of passengers, the station has only one washroom for general category passengers, no ATMs and no arrangement for meals.(HT Photo)

Chandigarh railway station: Third class or world class?

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 11:54 AM IST
The redevelopment project of the Chandigarh railway station as a world class facility has been delayed, but why are passengers being denied even the most basic of conveniences?
Goa offers tourists splendid sites at its several beaches.(HT File)
Goa offers tourists splendid sites at its several beaches.(HT File)

Visit Goa, Bengaluru, Shirdi, Mysore for just Rs 1,000 a day

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2018 12:38 PM IST
The 12-day, 11-night package scheduled for July 17 to July 28 will cost Rs 1,000 per day person and a total of Rs 11,340. 
Students celebrate after declaration of the CBSE Class 10 result.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Students celebrate after declaration of the CBSE Class 10 result.(Keshav Singh/HT)

CBSE Class-10 results: 18 from Chandigarh get 98% and above

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2018 02:39 PM IST
High scorers: One student from the city was among the four who shared the top position.
Student of KB DAV School, Sector 7, Chandigarh, celebrating their achievement after the declaration of the result on Saturday.(Karun Sharma/HT)
Student of KB DAV School, Sector 7, Chandigarh, celebrating their achievement after the declaration of the result on Saturday.(Karun Sharma/HT)

CBSE Class 12 results: Three girls among five toppers in City Beautiful Chandigarh

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2018 03:08 PM IST
For the tiny Union Territory of Chandigarh, 2017 was a special year with Bhoomi Sawant, scoring 99.4% in science to emerge as the all-India second topper and Mannat Luthra and Aditya Jain jointly bagging the third rank with 99.2% in commerce. 
(For representation)
(For representation)

Regular assistant professor being paid less than contractual teachers

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2018 02:59 PM IST
PU affiliated colleges: Disparity is result of a 1992 notification where Chandigarh employees were to draw salary as per the Punjab govt pattern.
The price hike is because of the dynamic pricing system, under which base fares jump by 10% for every 10% of seats booked in Shatabdi, with a cap of 50% hike in the original fare.(HT File)
The price hike is because of the dynamic pricing system, under which base fares jump by 10% for every 10% of seats booked in Shatabdi, with a cap of 50% hike in the original fare.(HT File)

Chandigarh: Shatabdi ticket prices surge by 50% due to airport closure

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2018 11:39 PM IST
Officials of the Northern Railways’ Ambala division said surge pricing may continue till the end of this month. 
African students during a meet at Gian Jyoti Institute of Management Technology in Mohali on Thursday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
African students during a meet at Gian Jyoti Institute of Management Technology in Mohali on Thursday.(Keshav Singh/HT)

We are not drug dealers, we deserve love: African students in Chandigarh share their experiences

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Ifrah Mufti
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2018 11:14 AM IST
The students’ meet was attended by high commissioner of United Republic of Tanzania to India, Baraka H Luvanda, as the chief guest, and education liaison officer to India, Yahya A Mhata, as the guest of honour.
The trains will have 11 coaches.(HT File)
The trains will have 11 coaches.(HT File)

IRCTC offers visit from Chandigarh to south, 5 Jyotirlinga temples this summer

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2018 10:18 PM IST
The tours will approximately cost Rs 800 per day per person.
Students coming out of an examination centre in Chandigarh.(HT File)
Students coming out of an examination centre in Chandigarh.(HT File)

Class 12 toppers of Chandigarh skip city for other higher study destinations

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh:
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2018 03:50 PM IST
A report of the Chandigarh administration’s advisory council says that the students were not enrolling in Chandigarh colleges and moving out to other cities.
The UT higher education department decided to introduce the online system in colleges.(HT File)
The UT higher education department decided to introduce the online system in colleges.(HT File)

Admission at 11 Chandigarh colleges to go online

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2018 09:50 AM IST
No physical counselling required: Students can buy prospectus and submit admission forms online starting July this year.

IRCTC offers 12-day, 10 destinations religious tour package from Chandigarh at Rs 1,000 per day

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2018 10:44 AM IST
The package will cost Rs 11,340 per person. 
Though PU will remain within the ambit of UGC, it will have the freedom to start new courses, off-campus centres, research parks and enter into foreign tie-ups without seeking prior permission.(HT File)
Though PU will remain within the ambit of UGC, it will have the freedom to start new courses, off-campus centres, research parks and enter into foreign tie-ups without seeking prior permission.(HT File)

HT Explainer: What new autonomous status means for Panjab University

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2018 10:24 AM IST
Panjab University will have the liberty to hire foreign faculty, enroll foreign students, give incentive-based emoluments to faculty, enter into academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes.
PU vice-chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover
PU vice-chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover

Panjab University will turn into Pinjore HMT, warns V-C on financial restrictions

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2018 04:26 PM IST
UGC’s full autonomy: The vice-chancellor questions student bodies’ protests over hike in tuition fees, looks forward to possibilities of collaborations with foreign institutions, deciding new courses, off-campus initiatives.
Meanwhile, the sexual harassment complaint against the vice-chancellor by a varsity’s fellow remains a talking point till date.(HT File)
Meanwhile, the sexual harassment complaint against the vice-chancellor by a varsity’s fellow remains a talking point till date.(HT File)

PU dental student accuses associate professor of sexual harassment

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2018 03:18 PM IST
The associate professor, who has been on leave since the complaint was filed, said that there has been a misunderstanding in the case and they are trying to solve it.
For a better education experience: Students of the department of Indian theatre staging a protest at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Monday.(Anil Dayal/HT)
For a better education experience: Students of the department of Indian theatre staging a protest at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Monday.(Anil Dayal/HT)

Protests take centre stage at Panjab University’s theatre department

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2018 11:20 PM IST
Discontent rules: Varsity says 99% demands agreed to, but students say issues not resolved.
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu conferring Khel Rattan upon Olympian Milkha Singh during the varsity’s 67th annual convocation.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu conferring Khel Rattan upon Olympian Milkha Singh during the varsity’s 67th annual convocation.(Keshav Singh/HT)

Try to fund your own expenses, Venkaiah Naidu advises Panjab University

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2018 10:41 PM IST
Varsity’s 67th convocation: Naidu asks Panjab University to take care of its finances, tells senators freedom of expression has limitations.
Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju addressing a gathering during the inauguration function of Aviation Multi Skill Development Centre at old civil airport in Chandigarh on Tuesday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju addressing a gathering during the inauguration function of Aviation Multi Skill Development Centre at old civil airport in Chandigarh on Tuesday.(Keshav Singh/HT)

No controversy over naming Chandigarh international airport: Raju

Press Trust of India, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2018 11:55 AM IST
Minister, MPs differ: The aviation minister says naming it after Shaheed Bhagat Singh is not a controversy because he was the country’s hero; Chandigarh MP Kher says present name is fine; Chandumajra wants Mohali to be added to it.
(HT File/Representative image)
(HT File/Representative image)

Holy trip: IRCTC offers 7-day tour from Chandigarh to Maharashtra in just Rs 19k

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2018 12:21 PM IST
The travellers will be provided AC accommodation in a hotel with three-star facilities, vegetarian food three times a day, tour escort and security on train besides AC tourist buses for sightseeing
The students of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) have bagged the most number of offers this time.(HT File)
The students of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) have bagged the most number of offers this time.(HT File)

Rs 7 lakh highest package; Infosys selects 59 students from Chandigarh college

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2018 03:55 PM IST
Placement drive: Last year highest package was Rs 8 lakh, but average salary figure has gone up by Rs 30,000; more offers are expected this year
IRCTC is beginning with the Dakshin Bharat darshan tourist train ‘Dakshin Bharat Yatra’ offering a 12 days and 11 nights package.(HT File/Representative image)
IRCTC is beginning with the Dakshin Bharat darshan tourist train ‘Dakshin Bharat Yatra’ offering a 12 days and 11 nights package.(HT File/Representative image)

12 days, 7 destinations: Religious tour package from Chandigarh to cost Rs 11,000

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2018 03:22 PM IST
The package comprises of seven destinations such as Rameshwaram, Madurai, Kovalam, Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Tiruchirapalli and Tirupati. The Dakshin Bharat Yatra train will depart from Chandigarh railway station on March 17 at 7am on March 17. 
City’s member of Parliament and a PU alumna herself, Kirron Kher, was present in only two senate sessions.(HT)
City’s member of Parliament and a PU alumna herself, Kirron Kher, was present in only two senate sessions.(HT)

Poor attendance ails Panjab University senate

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2018 09:39 AM IST
Some of the senators have not turned up for even one of 10 meetings held so far. The maximum strength has varied between 60 and 70.
Panjab University vice chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover(HT File)
Panjab University vice chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover(HT File)

Sexual harassment case against PU V-C: Two years and a dozen meetings later, probe panel not set up

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ifrah Mufti, Chandigarh:
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2018 01:50 PM IST
The PU faculty member who had levelled the harassment charges against Grover had first complained to the then Chancellor, Hamid Ansari, alleging that the V-C had misbehaved with her when she had gone to his office to congratulate him on the extension of his tenure in April 2015.
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