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Leena Dhankhar has worked with Hindustan Times for five years. She has covered crime, traffic and excise. She now reports on civic issues and grievances of residents.

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‘Can’t believe I am still alive’: Survivor of Nuh bus fire recounts horror

Nine dead, 15 injured after bus carrying pilgrims returning Ayodhya, Prayagraj, Varanasi and Mathura catches fire on KMP Expressway in Nuh

Firefighters fight the blaze in the sleeper bus on the KMP Expressway on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2024 05:50 AM IST

9 including minor girl charred to death on KMP expressway near Haryana's Nuh

Tragedy strikes as bus fire on KMP Expressway in Haryana kills 9, including an 11-year-old girl. 15 injured. Driver flees scene. Police investigating.

Some of the passengers broke the windows to escape and save themselves, according to eyewitnesses. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2024 01:21 AM IST
By, Nuh/tauru

New Haryana excise policy curbs multi-floor operation for Ahatas

The policy, which was passed by the Haryana Cabinet on May 15, states that an ahata can run only on one level and not on multiple floors

An ahata on National Highway-48 in Gurugram on Friday. For years, these ahatas operated across several floors, providing ample space for patrons to drink in a more private setting, with similar facilities that restaurants, bars or pubs offered. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 19, 2024 05:26 AM IST

At least 9 killed as bus carrying pilgrims catches fire in Haryana’s Nuh

Police said that the bus was carrying approximately 60 pilgrims from Punjab and Chandigarh, who had visited Mathura-Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh in the past week and were on their way to Chandigarh

The bus caught fire on the Kundali-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway (Twitter Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2024 02:37 PM IST

Hike in liquor licence fee for bars part of new Haryana excise policy

Haryana government increases liquor licence fee to ₹20 lakh per annum, restricts bars and pubs to operate only till midnight, impacting consumers and businesses.

If a pub wishes to operate till 2am, it must pay a licence fee of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>40 lakh, and if it plans to stay open till 4am, it must pay an additional <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10 lakh for a total payment of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>50 lakh. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2024 06:16 AM IST

Haryana’s new excise policy sets fixed prices to curb unfair competition among liquor vends

Starting June 12, the prices of liquor will be standardised across all outlets. MRP will be set for imported liquor to tackle unhealthy competition among liquor vends that enticed customers with discounts and other unfair means, officials said.

There are 432 liquor vends in Gurugram. (Representational photo/HT Archive)
Updated on May 17, 2024 05:58 AM IST

Alcohol prices set to rise under new Haryana excise policy

The new excise regime will bring the Haryana government an estimated increase in revenue of around ₹250 crore.

Under the new policy, the price of a case of beer (12 bottles with a volume of 650ml each, or 24 bottles with a volume of 330ml each) will increase by a maximum of 20%, which translates to around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>200-300 per case, depending on the brand. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2024 01:50 AM IST

Storm fury: 1 killed in roof collapse, 80 trees, poles uprooted across NCR

Gusty winds swept across Gurugram at a speed of 40-60 km/hour and were accompanied by thunderstorm. The aftermath of the storm resulted in prolonged power outages lasting over six to eight hours in various areas of the city, including Sushant Lok 1

At least 15 vehicles were damaged, 80 trees and 30 electric poles were uprooted in different areas in Gurugram after a thunderstorm wreaked havoc in the city leaving a trail of destruction on Friday night. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 12, 2024 05:02 AM IST
By, , , Ghaziabad/gurugram/noida

Gurugram, Faridabad admin work out discounts, offers with MNCs to attract voters

Gurugram deputy commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav said that they will share the list of brands and outlets once they finalise it two days before the elections

Gurugram goes to polls on May 25 in the sixth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha election. (Representational Image)
Updated on May 11, 2024 05:38 AM IST

Gurugram looks to memes to urge people to vote

Deputy commissioner said the memes are being circulated on social media platforms such as X, Instagram, and WhatsApp and are targeting first-time voters

Gurugram has 2.5 million voters (Sourced Photo)
Published on May 10, 2024 01:55 PM IST

Voters driving EVs will get priority at Gurugram polling booths

The administration said that those arriving in EVs will get special parking lots with charging stations free of cost

Gurugram deputy commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav said the administration is encouraging people to use EVs and trying to get more charging stations across the city. (Reuters)
Updated on May 09, 2024 06:20 AM IST

Wanted man, member of Bishnoi gang, held after gunfight in Nuh

Police identified the accused as Saurabh alias Sandu, of Charkhi Dadri, who was injured in the gunfight

The spot where the encounter took place on the Gurugram-Tauru road near Bar Gujjar village in Gurugram on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 09, 2024 05:26 AM IST

55K voters can now exercise their franchise from their housing society

Condominiums and plotted societies where polling stations will be set up include Heritage City, Vipul Greens, Sare Homes, Sahara Grace, Valley View Apartments, Essel Towers, Vatika City, Sushant Estate, Kendriya Vihar and Jalvayu Towers, among others, which are located along the Golf Course Road, Sohna Road, MG Road, Southern Peripheral Road and Dwarka Expressway

According to the district administration, Gurugram will have 16 such polling stations for 18,185 voters, Badshahpur will have 35 stations for 37,905 voters and Sohna will have one station for 1,451 voters. (File Photo)
Updated on May 09, 2024 05:22 AM IST

Wanted gangster held after gunfight with police in Gurugram: Officials

Sandu, 24, is a close associate of Lipin Nehra and a member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, said police, adding that he was involved in at least two dozen criminal cases registered in Gurugram

 (HT Photo/Sourced)
Updated on May 08, 2024 01:59 PM IST

‘It’s our time to demand change for gig workers’

Gurugram's gig worker Mohammad Rizwan battles heat, long hours, and disrespect. As a first-time voter, he demands fair wages, healthcare, and respect.

Mohammad Rizwan is a 19-year-old gig worker in Gurugram. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2024 06:28 AM IST
By, Gurugram

Traffic police take steps to ensure free left at junctions

Traffic inspectors have been instructed to identify more locations where arrangements need to be made to ensure free left movement

Gurugram Traffic Police to ease congestion and enhance traffic efficiency initiated a measure to streamline traffic flow by designating left lanes as free for vehicles at Iffco Chowk metro station traffic light near Sector-29 in Gurugram. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 08, 2024 05:18 AM IST

To ensure maximum voter turnout, awareness programme held for Faridabad voters

Industrial workers displayed the highest participation in the pledge program for achieving 100 percent voter turnout in the industrial hub of Faridabad

In the previous Lok Sabha elections, only 62% people had cast their votes in the Faridabad parliamentary constituency, with urban areas recording a mere 57% turnout, according to the administration. (Representational Image)
Updated on May 07, 2024 07:46 PM IST

16 held for duping Faridabad woman of 7.59 crore

Police teams seized 24 mobile phones, 556 SIM cards, 67 cheque books and 62 debit cards along with ₹15.17 lakh in cash

The suspects were arrested from Bengaluru, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Delhi, Faridabad, and Gurugram, police said. (Representational Image)
Updated on May 05, 2024 06:02 AM IST

Fire breaks out at slum cluster in Gurugram Sector 53, 300 shanties gutted

The fire department and police said preliminary investigation revealed that the incident had taken place due to a gas leak in one of the slums and that had led to cylinder blasts, intensifying the blaze

Firefighters trying to douse a fire that gutted 300 shanties in a slum at Saraswati Kunj near Sector-53 in Gurugram on Friday. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO.)
Updated on May 04, 2024 06:16 AM IST

3 Raj hospitals under lens for 184 illegal organ transplants last year

Three private hospitals in Jaipur has been under the scanner for conducting 184 organ transplant operations in 2023 on the basis of fake no-objection certificates (NOCs)

The police also suspect that the racket flourished since 2021, and till last month. (Getty Images)
Updated on May 03, 2024 07:18 AM IST

Ahead of polls, KMP e-way under scanner for illicit liquor smuggling

Gurugram goes to polls on May 25 in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections that began on April 19

Forty-seven checkpoints have been set up in Gurugram and special deployment has been done on the KMP route since it is the main route to smuggle liquor in the area. Liquor has also been seized from different areas of the city, including city borders with Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi, police said. (Representational Image)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 11:45 PM IST

Two Lawrence Bishnoi-Rohit Godara gang members held after gunfight in Nuh

Police said the incident took place near Tauru-Nuh Road, close to Palla Pahadi village, where the duo was confronted by the police

 (Representational image)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 11:44 PM IST

Delhi Police and Haryana STF arrest Bishnoi-Godara gang hitmen after encounter

The hitmen, identified as Vishal, alias Kala, and Ravi, alias Mota, were involved in the murder of Gurugram scrap dealer Sachin Munjal

Representational image.
Published on Apr 30, 2024 01:36 PM IST

Haryana chief secretary orders crackdown on smuggling of liquor, drugs

A meeting was held at the Gurugram deputy commissioner’s office to intensify efforts to curb the illegal liquor trade

Forty-seven checkpoints have been established in Gurugram, and more than 14,000 litres of liquor have been seized so far, according to the police. (HT PHOTO. (Representational Image))
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 05:38 AM IST

Three arrested in Gurugram for duping people by providing fake loans

The prime suspect, Praveen, operated the fake call centre from this house to lure people by pretending to provide easy loans

The suspects were running a small-time call centre to dupe people by claiming they could provide loans. Investigators said, 12 mobile phones were recovered from them, along with four ATM cards and nearly 1,000 fake loan pamphlets. (Representational Image)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 05:34 AM IST

‘Voter Park’ set up at mini secretariat in Gurugram

Gurugram goes to polls on May 25, in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections which began across the country on April 19

The objective of establishing the Voter Park was also to motivate eligible people to vote in the Lok Sabha election. “A ‘Selfie Point’ has also been set up in the park, where people can click selfies displaying the indelible ink mark on their finger after casting their vote. (Representational Image)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 05:36 AM IST

Three killed, 14 hurt after tempo collides with truck on KMP e-way

The people in the tempo were on their way to Jalandhar in Punjab from Mathura-Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh when the accident took place at 12.10am near Tauru

Police identified the deceased as Beena Devi (45), Riti Singh (8), both residents of Jalandhar in Punjab and a man who could not be identified. (Representational Image)
Updated on Apr 27, 2024 05:58 AM IST

Three, including a minor, killed after tempo rams into truck on KMP expressway

The victims in the tempo were on their way to Jalandhar in Punjab from Mathura-Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh when the accident took place around 12.10am

Visuals from the site of the accident in Nuh, Haryana. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 03:34 PM IST

Gurugram’s unrecognised schools ordered to shut operations

The education department released a list of 282 schools across the district that did not fulfil the recognition norms

The Punjab & Haryana high court has from time to time directed the state government in the last 10 years to close all unrecognised private schools, said officials. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 06:16 AM IST

To check waterlogging, drills to be held at 16 spots in Gurugram

Gurugram deputy commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav, said that the drills are crucial to testing preparedness ahead of the monsoons

The spot where heavy waterlogging occurs in the monsoon season on the National Highway-48 service road near Khandsa village in Gurugram on Wednesday. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 06:02 AM IST
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