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

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

Sellers claim they are not even aware of this new variety of firecrackers; say the decision will lead to losses.
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)
Updated on Oct 27, 2018 11:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By, Ludhiana

Punjab Agricultural University students turn stubble into jewellery

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.
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)
Updated on Sep 24, 2018 10:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By, Ludhiana

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

The move is seen as a major step towards reducing air pollution caused by burning straw after paddy harvesting in November and subsequent months.
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)
Updated on May 23, 2018 07:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By

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

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.
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)
Updated on Mar 17, 2018 10:57 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By, Ludhiana

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

The industry termed it a populist budget to reap electoral gains.
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)
Updated on Feb 02, 2018 12:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By

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

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.
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)
Updated on Jan 29, 2018 09:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By

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

The eminent agricultural scientist Dr Gurcharan Singh Kalkat, 92, passed away at PGIMER, Chandigarh, on Saturday after a brief illness.
Dr Gurcharan Singh Kalkat(HT File)
Dr Gurcharan Singh Kalkat(HT File)
Updated on Jan 27, 2018 11:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana parks a safe haven for drug addicts

Sorry state: Garbage littered all over, shanties set up by labourers; industrialists complain municipal corporation has failed to tackle long-standing menaces
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)
Updated on Jan 17, 2018 04:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By

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

“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.
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)
Updated on Jan 08, 2018 09:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By, Ludhiana

Canal breach submerges 200 acres of Mansa wheat fields

The water supply for irrigation was stopped till last month due to cleaning of canal.
Updated on Nov 22, 2017 09:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By, Mansa

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

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
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)
Updated on Nov 18, 2017 05:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By

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

This HT reporter travelled to two villages, Makha Chehlan and Anoopgarh, to find 500 farmers here, complaining bitterly about the state government.
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)
Updated on Oct 29, 2017 11:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By, Mansa

Mansa MLA bats for cattle pound in waterlogged fields

However, the farmers have urged the district administration to first resolve the issue of waterlogging before investing in any cattle pound
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)
Updated on Oct 21, 2017 10:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By, Mansa

Farmers stare at debt trap as cotton prices crash in Mansa

Farmers claim that with yield (quintals per acre) dropping due to whitefly, they in fact need higher market prices to break-even.
Cotton is piling up at grain markets in Mansa.(HT File Photo)
Cotton is piling up at grain markets in Mansa.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 02, 2017 11:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By

Transformer thefts another worry for Mansa farmers

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
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)
Updated on Oct 01, 2017 10:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By, Mansa

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

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.
Pipes fitted with pumps are damaged at several places.(HT Photo)
Pipes fitted with pumps are damaged at several places.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 22, 2017 10:52 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By, Mansa

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

Most of the labourers’ families are staying on the railway station premises and have food at the langar at a nearby temple.
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)
Updated on Sep 16, 2017 03:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By, Mansa

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

Over the past week, the district police have booked around 145 people for damaging public property and other offences.
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)
Updated on Sep 05, 2017 07:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By, Mansa

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

Backed by the members of CPI(ML) Liberation, the family has been protesting for the past two days at the civil hospital.
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)
Updated on Jul 15, 2017 12:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By, Mansa

Mansa farmers stare at major crop loss due to heavy rain

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.
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)
Updated on Jul 10, 2017 09:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By, Mansa

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

In the absence of official phone, employees finding it tough to monitor addicts post-treatment
Rehabilitation centre at Mansa.(HT PhotoR)
Rehabilitation centre at Mansa.(HT PhotoR)
Updated on Jul 07, 2017 09:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By, Mansa

Booked for graft, Mansa food controller accuses DC of false implication

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)
Updated on Jun 16, 2017 09:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

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

The last year’s dip was attributed to farmers switching to paddy after the whitefly attack that destroyed over 60% of the cotton crop.
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)
Updated on Jun 09, 2017 09:19 AM IST
Hinustan Times, Mansa/Muktsar | ByMohammad Ghazali and Sarbmeet Singh, Mansa/muktsar

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

Responding to the STF, the police sent some suggestions highlighting the problems faced while conducting raids in other states.
(HT Representative Image)
(HT Representative Image)
Published on May 22, 2017 09:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By, Mansa

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

“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.
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)
Updated on May 12, 2017 03:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By, Mansa

Farmer suicides in Mansa: Aid, counselling elude victims’ kin

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)
Updated on May 11, 2017 12:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Mansa farmers making stubble-burning calls from gurdwaras

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.
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)
Updated on May 04, 2017 10:52 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

Not getting alerts on field fires, says Mansa DC

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)
Updated on Apr 29, 2017 10:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mansa

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

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.
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)
Updated on Apr 22, 2017 11:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By, Mansa

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

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.
Sukhwinder Singh, the victim.(HT Photo)
Sukhwinder Singh, the victim.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2017 09:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mansa | By, Mansa
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