Mohammad Ghazali

Mohammad Ghazali

Mohammad Ghazali is a multimedia correspondent with Hindustan Times based in Punjab. He was earlier associated with Media Network of India as a research associate with Paranjoy Guha Thakurta in New Delhi. Having a post graduate degree from Asian College of Journalism, his area of interest includes Indian politics and economy.

Articles by Mohammad Ghazali
Cracker-sellers protesting outside the deputy commissioner’s office in Ludhiana on Friday. They are demanding an increase in the limit of issuance of temporary licences.(HT Photo)
Cracker-sellers protesting outside the deputy commissioner’s office in Ludhiana on Friday. They are demanding an increase in the limit of issuance of temporary licences.(HT Photo)

SC’s green firecrackers order leaves Ludhiana’s local vendors in Catch-22 situation

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Mohammad Ghazali, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2018 11:08 AM IST
Sellers claim they are not even aware of this new variety of firecrackers; say the decision will lead to losses.
A student preparing a wall hanging from crop waste at PAU in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)
A student preparing a wall hanging from crop waste at PAU in Ludhiana.(HT Photo)

Punjab Agricultural University students turn stubble into jewellery

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Mohammad Ghazali, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 10:51 PM IST
The stall was the centre of attraction on the last day of the mela on Saturday as students displayed sehra (for grooms), ear rings, bracelets and embroidered work — all made from wheat stubble.
In a press briefing, the university vice-chancellor said the state produces around 20 million tonnes of paddy straw, of which only 2 million tonnes are utilised either by feeding animals or are used in fields(HT File)
In a press briefing, the university vice-chancellor said the state produces around 20 million tonnes of paddy straw, of which only 2 million tonnes are utilised either by feeding animals or are used in fields(HT File)

Ludhiana varsity to turn paddy straw into animal feed, Qatar firm to sell it in the Gulf

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Mohammad Ghazali
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2018 07:54 PM IST
The move is seen as a major step towards reducing air pollution caused by burning straw after paddy harvesting in November and subsequent months.
Under the Centre’s ‘Operation Clean Money’, launched after demonetisation, the department has detected unaccounted cash deposits to the tune of over Rs 500 crore.(Representative image)
Under the Centre’s ‘Operation Clean Money’, launched after demonetisation, the department has detected unaccounted cash deposits to the tune of over Rs 500 crore.(Representative image)

Unaccounted cash to the tune of over Rs 500-crore detected in Ludhiana: I-T dept

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Mohammad Ghazali, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2018 10:57 AM IST
The move comes in the wake of financial scams including the PNB fraud, where the investigating agencies are trying to get hold of main accused Nirav Modi who escaped after the allegations of financial irregularities against him surfaced.
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley presents the Union Budget at Parliament, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley presents the Union Budget at Parliament, in New Delhi.(PTI)

Punjab industry gives thumbs down to Arun Jaitley’s Union Budget

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Mohammad Ghazali
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2018 12:05 AM IST
The industry termed it a populist budget to reap electoral gains.
The business community in Ludhiana expects finance minister Arun Jaitley to ease the taxation policy.(File Photo)
The business community in Ludhiana expects finance minister Arun Jaitley to ease the taxation policy.(File Photo)

After demonetisation and GST, it’s payback time for govt: Ludhiana industry, traders on budget

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Mohammad Ghazali
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2018 09:30 PM IST
The traders felt that the BJP-led NDA government, in its last full budget of its five-year tenure, should announce business-friendly measures to win confidence of the community.
Dr Gurcharan Singh Kalkat(HT File)
Dr Gurcharan Singh Kalkat(HT File)

Dr GS Kalkat (1926-2018): Think-tank on agrarian issues and voice of farmers

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Mohammad Ghazali, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2018 11:00 PM IST
The eminent agricultural scientist Dr Gurcharan Singh Kalkat, 92, passed away at PGIMER, Chandigarh, on Saturday after a brief illness.
Labourers who have encroached upon the parks complain that due to meagre pay, they cannot afford accommodation outside the industrial area, which is why they have made the parks their home.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Labourers who have encroached upon the parks complain that due to meagre pay, they cannot afford accommodation outside the industrial area, which is why they have made the parks their home.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Ludhiana parks a safe haven for drug addicts

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Mohammad Ghazali
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2018 04:39 PM IST
Sorry state: Garbage littered all over, shanties set up by labourers; industrialists complain municipal corporation has failed to tackle long-standing menaces
Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Punjab’s minister for welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes(HT File)
Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Punjab’s minister for welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes(HT File)

Wooing Dalits a political compulsion due to large vote bank, says Punjab minister

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Mohammad Ghazali, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2018 09:03 PM IST
“It’s a compulsion of the Congress too,” said Dharamsot, who is the party’s MLA from Nabha that is reserved for SCs and is known as one of the few Dalit leaders of his party in Punjab.

Canal breach submerges 200 acres of Mansa wheat fields

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2017 09:18 PM IST
The water supply for irrigation was stopped till last month due to cleaning of canal.
Punjab police personnel with the injured Gurpreet Singh in civil hospital in Mansa.(HT Photo)
Punjab police personnel with the injured Gurpreet Singh in civil hospital in Mansa.(HT Photo)

3 drug addicts jump off moving train in Punjab fearing police action, 2 dead

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2017 05:38 PM IST
While the GRP claimed they jumped off the train after noticing the presence of police personnel on the train, the survivor said the cops forced them to jump off the train
Labourers at work at the mandi in Makha Chehlan village in Mansa district.(HT Photo)
Labourers at work at the mandi in Makha Chehlan village in Mansa district.(HT Photo)

Farmers in Mansa let down at rural procurement centres, forced to travel to cities to sell produce

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2017 11:38 AM IST
This HT reporter travelled to two villages, Makha Chehlan and Anoopgarh, to find 500 farmers here, complaining bitterly about the state government.
Under SAD-BJP regime, drainage department worked on scheme for motor pumps to drain out water from fields.(HT Photo)
Under SAD-BJP regime, drainage department worked on scheme for motor pumps to drain out water from fields.(HT Photo)

Mansa MLA bats for cattle pound in waterlogged fields

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2017 10:43 AM IST
However, the farmers have urged the district administration to first resolve the issue of waterlogging before investing in any cattle pound
Cotton is piling up at grain markets in Mansa.(HT File Photo)
Cotton is piling up at grain markets in Mansa.(HT File Photo)

Farmers stare at debt trap as cotton prices crash in Mansa

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2017 11:10 AM IST
Farmers claim that with yield (quintals per acre) dropping due to whitefly, they in fact need higher market prices to break-even.
The power transformers are dismantled for oil and copper, materials that are later sold in grey market; farmers claim cases 80% of thefts go unreported due to legal hassles.(HT File)
The power transformers are dismantled for oil and copper, materials that are later sold in grey market; farmers claim cases 80% of thefts go unreported due to legal hassles.(HT File)

Transformer thefts another worry for Mansa farmers

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2017 10:46 AM IST
The equipment is dismantled for oil and copper, materials that are later sold in local grey market; farmers claim cases 80% of such thefts go unreported due to legal hassles involved
Pipes fitted with pumps are damaged at several places.(HT Photo)
Pipes fitted with pumps are damaged at several places.(HT Photo)

Waterlogging damages cotton, paddy in Mansa; threat looms over wheat-sowing

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2017 10:52 AM IST
HT has also found that pipes fitted with pumps installed by the government were damaged and farmers had to arrange polythene bags to stop leakages. In the rest of Punjab, the problem is the opposite, as water level is too low.
Farmers negotiating wages with labourers at the Mansa railway station on Friday.(HT photo)
Farmers negotiating wages with labourers at the Mansa railway station on Friday.(HT photo)

Malwa farmers in a fix as labourers seek higher wages for cotton-picking

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2017 03:10 PM IST
Most of the labourers’ families are staying on the railway station premises and have food at the langar at a nearby temple.
Fearing a police crackdown, many dera followers who own businesses in the district have gone into hiding and their shops have been closed for the last week(HT File)
Fearing a police crackdown, many dera followers who own businesses in the district have gone into hiding and their shops have been closed for the last week(HT File)

Dera followers start crowd-funding for legal support to accused in Mansa

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2017 07:20 PM IST
Over the past week, the district police have booked around 145 people for damaging public property and other offences.
Karn Prasad, who studied in Class-8 at the government middle school in Uddat Bhagat Ram village, was given folic acid tablets on Thursday as part of school health programme of the state government.(HT photo)
Karn Prasad, who studied in Class-8 at the government middle school in Uddat Bhagat Ram village, was given folic acid tablets on Thursday as part of school health programme of the state government.(HT photo)

Death of student ‘due to iron pill’: Family refuses to cremate boy, demand action against teacher

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2017 12:24 AM IST
Backed by the members of CPI(ML) Liberation, the family has been protesting for the past two days at the civil hospital.
Cotton farmers in the district a situation similar to the one they faced in 2015 when their crop was damaged.(HT Photo)
Cotton farmers in the district a situation similar to the one they faced in 2015 when their crop was damaged.(HT Photo)

Mansa farmers stare at major crop loss due to heavy rain

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2017 09:03 AM IST
The district agriculture department said nearly 7,000 acres of cotton crop has been damaged due to waterlogging that occurred due to last month’s 20 mm rainfall.
Rehabilitation centre at Mansa.(HT PhotoR)
Rehabilitation centre at Mansa.(HT PhotoR)

Facing pressure to bring addicts to get salary: Mansa rehab centre staff

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2017 09:34 AM IST
In the absence of official phone, employees finding it tough to monitor addicts post-treatment
Mansa DC Dharam Pal Gupta had been approached by members of the local truck union, who had accused Chopra of seeking bribe to clear their bills.(HT File Photo)
Mansa DC Dharam Pal Gupta had been approached by members of the local truck union, who had accused Chopra of seeking bribe to clear their bills.(HT File Photo)
From 2.57 lakh hectares last year, cotton has been sown on 3.82 lakh hectares this year in Punjab.(HT File Photo)
From 2.57 lakh hectares last year, cotton has been sown on 3.82 lakh hectares this year in Punjab.(HT File Photo)

Cotton area up 50% in Punjab as farmers expect better returns

Hinustan Times, Mansa/Muktsar | By Mohammad Ghazali and Sarbmeet Singh, Mansa/muktsar
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2017 09:19 AM IST
The last year’s dip was attributed to farmers switching to paddy after the whitefly attack that destroyed over 60% of the cotton crop.
(HT Representative Image)
(HT Representative Image)

Fight against drugs: Senior police officials ‘trash’ Mansa cops’ suggestions to STF

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
PUBLISHED ON MAY 22, 2017 09:12 AM IST
Responding to the STF, the police sent some suggestions highlighting the problems faced while conducting raids in other states.
Actor Akshay Kumar launched the website www.bharatkeveer.gov. last month.(HT File Photo)
Actor Akshay Kumar launched the website www.bharatkeveer.gov. last month.(HT File Photo)

Inspired by Akshay Kumar, IAS officer plans website for kin of farmer suicide victims in Punjab’s Mansa

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2017 03:00 PM IST
“More than 400 cases of farmer suicide have been reported from the district (since July 2015). I want to launch a web portal wherein the details of tragedy-hit families will be uploaded and monetary donations can be extended. I am thinking of www.debtfreepunjab.com,” he said.
In last two years, 530 cases of farmer suicides have been reported from Mansa district.(HT Representative Image)
In last two years, 530 cases of farmer suicides have been reported from Mansa district.(HT Representative Image)
Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakounda) have been encouraging farmers to defy government orders by making announcements from gurdwaras.(HT Representative Image)
Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakounda) have been encouraging farmers to defy government orders by making announcements from gurdwaras.(HT Representative Image)

Mansa farmers making stubble-burning calls from gurdwaras

Hindustan Times | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2017 10:52 AM IST
Even after the district administration issued over 40 challans against farmers for stubble burning in the district, the practice continues to be followed across villages.
In last one month, more than 20 incidents of fire have been reported in the district, most of them from agricultural fields.(HT File Photo)
In last one month, more than 20 incidents of fire have been reported in the district, most of them from agricultural fields.(HT File Photo)

Not getting alerts on field fires, says Mansa DC

Hindustan Times | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2017 10:32 AM IST
The first de-addiction centre inaugurated by former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in 2012 at Khyala Kalan village has been closed.(HT Photo)
The first de-addiction centre inaugurated by former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in 2012 at Khyala Kalan village has been closed.(HT Photo)

Inaugurated by Badal, it’s shutters down for Mansa village de-addiction centre

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2017 11:59 PM IST
While the government has launched a crackdown on drug abuse, the first de-addiction centre inaugurated by former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in 2012 at Khyala Kalan village has been closed.
Sukhwinder Singh, the victim.(HT Photo)
Sukhwinder Singh, the victim.(HT Photo)

Ex-SAD sarpanch hurt, son killed in attack by Congress men in Mansa

Hindustan Times, Mansa | By Mohammad Ghazali, Mansa
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2017 09:01 AM IST
There seems to be no end to violence between political rivals since the change of government in the state. In yet another case , a former SAD sarpanch Prem Singh and his son Sukhwinder Singh were allegedly attacked by Congress workers over a dispute of a tender, leading to the death of Sukhwinder Singh here on Wednesday night.
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