Jatinder Mahal

Jatinder Mahal

Jatinder Mahal is a staff correspondent. He covers Jalandhar, Kapurthala and SBS Nagar district for Hindustan Times.

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Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal trading barbs.(HT file photo)
Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal trading barbs.(HT file photo)

Captain acting as BJP’s CM, attempting to weaken farmers’ protest: Sukhbir

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 04:32 PM IST
Shiromani Akali Dal chief accuses Capt Amarinder Singh of dancing to the Centre’s tunes ever since he came to power
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Jalandhar MC renames BMC Chowk as Samvidhan Chowk

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 12:00 AM IST
While the name Samvidhan Chowk is being seen as tribute to BR Ambedkar, the Dalit icon and father of the Indian constitution, the latter is in memory of Ravidassia leader and Dera Sach Khand deputy head Ramanand Dass, who was shot dead in Austria in 2009.
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Stubble burning cases would see a steep rise over the next two weeks, with only 60% of the crop harvested so far, official fear(HT file)
Stubble burning cases would see a steep rise over the next two weeks, with only 60% of the crop harvested so far, official fear(HT file)

Stubble burning cases on the rise in Jalandhar; officials fail to lodge FIRs

By Jatinder Mahal | HIndustan Times, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 03:54 PM IST
In Kapurthala, of 521 sites where stubble burning has been detected, officials have visited only 194 till October 23. Record shows 107 violators have been fined Rs 2.8 lakh.
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The UCO Bank branch at Kalra village near Adampur town of Jalandhar district where the robbery took place on Thursday.(HT Photo)
The UCO Bank branch at Kalra village near Adampur town of Jalandhar district where the robbery took place on Thursday.(HT Photo)

4 robbers strike at UCO Bank branch in Punjab’s Adampur, flee with Rs 7 lakh after killing guard

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 15, 2020 04:37 PM IST
The robbers entered the bank branch at Kalra village with faces covered and opened fire before fleeing with the cash
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Jalandhar is the only district in the state that has level-3 beds for critical patients, in the civil hospital(HT File)
Jalandhar is the only district in the state that has level-3 beds for critical patients, in the civil hospital(HT File)

40% of level-3 covid-19 patients died during treatment in Jalandar

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 11:15 PM IST
Level-1 beds are for asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients; level-2 beds for mild to moderately symptomatic cases and level-3 is for critical patients needing ICU, ventilator, including pregnant and aged patients
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The MC suffered Rs 20 crore revenue loss due to covid-19 pandemic, as there was no money coming in from advertisement, parking, taxes.(Photo: Jalandhar MC website)
The MC suffered Rs 20 crore revenue loss due to covid-19 pandemic, as there was no money coming in from advertisement, parking, taxes.(Photo: Jalandhar MC website)

Jalandhar MC collects highest property tax in state in Sept

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 11:47 PM IST
There has also been a 91% increase in the amount of money that the MC has collected from water and sewerage bills from September 1 to October 6 this year. This year, Rs 3.4 crore was collected against Rs 1.8 crore in the corresponding period in 2019
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Ujjwal Mehta celebrates with his family on Monday.(HT Photo)
Ujjwal Mehta celebrates with his family on Monday.(HT Photo)

Jalandhar’s Ujjwal Mehta secures AIR 68 in JEE advanced exam

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 08:06 PM IST
His All India Rank (AIR) was 68; he had scored a 99.99 percentile in both exams conducted by the NTA in January and September
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For daily sampling, 78 health department teams comprising four-five employees in each are enrolled in daily sampling.(HT File)
For daily sampling, 78 health department teams comprising four-five employees in each are enrolled in daily sampling.(HT File)

Covid-19 testing falls in Jalandhar, kiosks set up outside govt offices

UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 05:32 PM IST
The Jalandhar health department was taking, on average, 5,000 samples per day for two weeks before the farmers’ protests broke out
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Jalandhar is the second-worst district in the state with 381 deaths and 12,742 cases till Monday evening(HT file)
Jalandhar is the second-worst district in the state with 381 deaths and 12,742 cases till Monday evening(HT file)

Half of Jalandhar’s covid-19 deaths reported from private hospitals

PUBLISHED ON SEP 29, 2020 10:05 PM IST
The number of deaths at private hospitals has seen a spurt over the past month as previously, most such hospitals referred patients in acritical stage to the civil hospital
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Local administrations in the Doaba region are now taking assistance of panchayats to ensure testing of all village residents.(HT File)
Local administrations in the Doaba region are now taking assistance of panchayats to ensure testing of all village residents.(HT File)

Residents unwilling to go for voluntary covid testing in Doaba

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 06:42 PM IST
Jalandhar had identified 35,000 people and Kapurthala over 40,000 people with comorbidities such as fever, TB and non-communicable diseases in a survey in August. Most have not been tested.
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3 deaths a day, Kapurthala has Punjab’s worst Covid-19 fatality rate

By Jatinder Mahal, Kapurthala
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 06:06 AM IST
Authorities in the district, which recorded 1,570 positive cases in the past one month, are struggling to curb the spread of the disease
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Ujjwal Mehta of Jalandhar scored 99.99 percentile in both JEE Main conducted in January and September.(HT Photo)
Ujjwal Mehta of Jalandhar scored 99.99 percentile in both JEE Main conducted in January and September.(HT Photo)

Jalandhar’s Ujjwal and Avval shine bright as JEE Main top scorers in Punjab

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 12, 2020 07:26 PM IST
Focus on JEE Advanced that National Testing Agency is holding on September 27 for admission to IITs
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Kapurthala records 400% jump in infections in a month

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Kapurthala, Kapurthala
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 11:16 PM IST
The district had 388 positive cases and 12 deaths till August 5, which have now shot up to 1,541 infections and 67 fatalities.
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Kusum Kumari, 15, interacting with Jalandhar BJP leader Manoranjan Kalia while undergoing treatment at a local hospital. She took on two snatchers who tried to flee with her new smartphone that her father had bought on instalments for her to attend online classes.(HT Photo)
Kusum Kumari, 15, interacting with Jalandhar BJP leader Manoranjan Kalia while undergoing treatment at a local hospital. She took on two snatchers who tried to flee with her new smartphone that her father had bought on instalments for her to attend online classes.(HT Photo)

Gritty girl of Jalandhar who took on phone snatchers says her only fear was missing online classes

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 03:30 PM IST
Hospitalised with wrist injury, Kusum Kumari says her father, a daily-wager, bought the smartphone for her only two months ago and couldn’t afford another one
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Deputy commissioner Ghanshyam Thori, on August 6, had sent a report to the principal secretary (health) seeking action against the hospital(ANI)
Deputy commissioner Ghanshyam Thori, on August 6, had sent a report to the principal secretary (health) seeking action against the hospital(ANI)

No action against Jalandhar hospital found overcharging for covid-19 test

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2020 07:04 PM IST
In his inquiry report, assistant commissioner (grievances) Randeep Gill found that hospital had charged Rs 5,500 for the test on July 21; the government has fixed maximum charges for the test, including taxes, at Rs 2,400
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Only 89 samples were collected on Monday.(PTI FILE)
Only 89 samples were collected on Monday.(PTI FILE)

Jalandhar not meeting covid-19 testing target

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 07:13 PM IST
The district has just one testing lab that has a capacity of 100-150 tests a day. This has led to a delay in tracing and shifting positive cases and increases the risk of virus spread
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Residents have also violated quarantine norms and other mandatory rules.(HT File)
Residents have also violated quarantine norms and other mandatory rules.(HT File)

Jalandhar police fine 400 persons a day for not wearing mask

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 03:49 PM IST
Urban areas have more cases than the rural segments. The rural police have issued 23,142 challans to people roaming in public places without a mask and collected Rs 1.1 crore fine
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Covid-19: Only 4 Punjab districts have level-3 beds in govt-run hospitals

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 12:10 AM IST
Only three govt medical colleges and Jalandhar civil hospital have 350 such beds for treating patients with severe infection; besides, some private care providers have the facility
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The district health department has 100 beds in the isolation ward of the civil hospital and 100 in the PTU for level-1 and level-2 patients only.(Reuters File)
The district health department has 100 beds in the isolation ward of the civil hospital and 100 in the PTU for level-1 and level-2 patients only.(Reuters File)

Kapurthala without a single bed to treat critical covid-19 patients

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Kapurthala
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 06:21 PM IST
A critical patient needs attention on ventilators equipped with two high-flow nasal oxygen therapy machines, multi-para monitors, pulse oximeters, infusion pumps and suction machines.
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A video grab of the car which ran over the dog.(HT Photo)
A video grab of the car which ran over the dog.(HT Photo)

Breeder crushes dog under car, Maneka Gandhi pleads to CM for his arrest

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Kapurthala, Kapurthala
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 08:09 PM IST
Police has taken immediate action, said deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Sundeep Singh and registered a case under Sections 429 IPC, 11(1) of Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960
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The district has 10 OOAT centres and a de-addiction centre in the civil hospital(Shutterstock)
The district has 10 OOAT centres and a de-addiction centre in the civil hospital(Shutterstock)

Jalandhar OOATs see addicts drop out of treatment after lockdown relaxation

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2020 05:17 PM IST
The availability of drugs with the addicts or shortage of medicines in de-addiction centres
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Commuters making their way through a waterlogged street in Basti Sheikh locality of Jalandhar on Monday morning.(HT Photo)
Commuters making their way through a waterlogged street in Basti Sheikh locality of Jalandhar on Monday morning.(HT Photo)

Heavy rain leaves Punjab’s Jalandhar in deep waters

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON AUG 10, 2020 01:21 PM IST
Jalandhar was included in the smart city list in September 2016, but the MC has covered only 8% of the area with storm water drainage
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The private hospital wrongly charged Rs 3,100 towards the cost of the PPE kit for the safety of lab technicians and clinicians, ignoring Punjab government orders of July 18 that caps the Covid-19 test charges at Rs 2,400.(HT photo for representation purpose only)
The private hospital wrongly charged Rs 3,100 towards the cost of the PPE kit for the safety of lab technicians and clinicians, ignoring Punjab government orders of July 18 that caps the Covid-19 test charges at Rs 2,400.(HT photo for representation purpose only)

Probe finds Jalandhar private hospital overcharged for Covid-19 test

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 05:59 PM IST
Inquiry report handed over to health dept says government order capping expenses at Rs 2,400 is inclusive of all expenses, including taxes, so money charged by hospital for PPE kits holds no ground
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Ferozepur district has been put on the danger list, while Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Mansa, Moga and Tarn Taran districts are on the threat list of a locust attack.(HT file photo)
Ferozepur district has been put on the danger list, while Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Mansa, Moga and Tarn Taran districts are on the threat list of a locust attack.(HT file photo)

Punjab warned of locust attack; Ferozepur on high alert, Jalandhar among five districts on threat list

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON AUG 03, 2020 03:42 PM IST
Food and Agriculture Organisation says locust groups in neighbouring Pakistan and Rajasthan likely to fly towards the state owing to the wind direction
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No let-up in illicit liquor trade in Doaba

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2020 10:59 PM IST
As elsewhere in the state, lockdown has seen a spike in smuggling as well as recovery. Police have recovered over 30,000 litre illicit liquor in the region this year
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Police said the youngster had been playing the game for hours on Wednesday night.(HT file photo for representational purpose only)
Police said the youngster had been playing the game for hours on Wednesday night.(HT file photo for representational purpose only)

Scolded for playing PUBG, 20-year-old college student ends life in Jalandhar

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 30, 2020 05:32 PM IST
Pulls trigger with father’s licensed revolver after being pulled up for playing online game over phone for hours on Wednesday night
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The district has only 23 ambulances with an average of 50 persons testing positive a day for the past month.(ANI)
The district has only 23 ambulances with an average of 50 persons testing positive a day for the past month.(ANI)

Pvt ambulances fleecing covid-19 patients, Jalandhar admn fixes rates

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 04:18 PM IST
The new charges for private ambulances applicable in the district are a minimum of Rs 1,000 for the first 15km, after this, every additional km will cost between Rs 10 and Rs 15 depending on the type of the ambulance
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Work on strengthening embankments along the Sutlej River in progress in Phillaur sub-division on Wednesday. More funds are needed for effective flood control.(HT Photo)
Work on strengthening embankments along the Sutlej River in progress in Phillaur sub-division on Wednesday. More funds are needed for effective flood control.(HT Photo)

Jalandhar, Nawanshahr seek Rs 36 cr for flood control; state gives only Rs 3 cr

By Jatinder Mahal | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 05:58 PM IST
A senior administration officer said last year, floods had affected 1 lakh persons, of which around 60% were farmers. He added that the government had provided compensation worth Rs 33 crore
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