Monica Sharma

Monica Sharma is a principal correspondent at Chandigarh and covers the UT administration.

Articles by Monica Sharma

Irrigation scam: Punjab vigilance bureau files challan against contractor, five officials

Irrigation scam: Probe reveals main accused Gurinder Singh was favoured to the tune of Rs s1,000 crore in seven contracts.
Gurinder Singh, main accused
Gurinder Singh, main accused
Updated on Feb 10, 2018 10:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mohali | By, Mohali

Vision document for Mohali aims at holistic development of the district

The different aspects covered include  education, employment, safety of women, health and civic issues among others.
Deputy commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra.(HT File)
Deputy commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra.(HT File)
Published on Jan 31, 2018 02:18 PM IST
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A sanitary pad revolution that never took off in Punjab

Low-cost sanitary manufacturing units were set up at Faridkot, Ajnala and Amritsar. They also made adult diapers for elderly persons with medical problems.
Under the Amodini project, a Ludhiana-based Versatile Enterprises Limited company installed pad-dispensing machines and incinerators in 14 government schools in the city.(HT Photo)
Under the Amodini project, a Ludhiana-based Versatile Enterprises Limited company installed pad-dispensing machines and incinerators in 14 government schools in the city.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2018 07:33 PM IST
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My hands are tied, I am unable to deliver: Mohali mayor Kulwant Singh

“I am unable to perform for the last six months. The local government department is objecting to most of the agendas cleared by us.”
Mohali mayor Kulwant Singh(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Mohali mayor Kulwant Singh(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jan 20, 2018 10:35 PM IST
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Choked N-choe raises a stink in Mohali

Wild growth choking N-choe at Phase 10, Mohali. Experts also blame stone pitching (right) of its bed for slow drainage of sludge during rains.(Sikander Singh/HT)
Wild growth choking N-choe at Phase 10, Mohali. Experts also blame stone pitching (right) of its bed for slow drainage of sludge during rains.(Sikander Singh/HT)
Published on Jan 17, 2018 08:14 PM IST
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‘Suspension order’: Kulwant takes on Sidhu, Mohali House backs him

MC meet: 24 of 37 councillors vote in favour of resolution condemning ‘suspension’ order, mayor to file defamation suit against minister
Mayor Kulwant Singh at a MC house meeting in Mohali on Friday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Mayor Kulwant Singh at a MC house meeting in Mohali on Friday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Jan 06, 2018 02:08 PM IST
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Consumer first: Zirakpur retailer penalised for charging VAT on discounted clothes

Vaibhav Goyal of Panchkula and Shifali Mahajan of Chandigarh had sought action against Chawla Fashions, which has its store at a Zirakpur mall.
The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission in January 2017 had ruled that shops can’t charge extra VAT on items sold on discounted price.(HT File/Representaive image)
The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission in January 2017 had ruled that shops can’t charge extra VAT on items sold on discounted price.(HT File/Representaive image)
Updated on Dec 18, 2017 01:14 PM IST
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Chandigarh police go on verification drive, checks 2,000 autos

Owners register autos, but rent it out and transport dept has no records of drivers; also plying of autos of Mohali and Panchkula in UT and vice-versa and lack of coordination among the authorities adds to mismanagement
Mohali police checking records of autos and drivers at a naka in Phase 11 on Saturday. As many as 1,500 three-wheelers were checked in Mohali and 2,000 in Chandigarh, a day after a 21-year-old woman was gangraped in Sector 53.(Sushil Prajapati/HT)
Mohali police checking records of autos and drivers at a naka in Phase 11 on Saturday. As many as 1,500 three-wheelers were checked in Mohali and 2,000 in Chandigarh, a day after a 21-year-old woman was gangraped in Sector 53.(Sushil Prajapati/HT)
Updated on Nov 20, 2017 10:09 PM IST
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Lease of life to soldiers disabled in service: Mohali’s Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre wages war on disability

Fighting fit: This centre provides a new lease of life to soldiers disabled in service. From fighting the enemy at the border, they are now fighting crippling disabilities
At the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Phase 6, Mohali, soldiers battle disability to become self-reliant and find new ways to contribute to our world. They also enjoy playing basketball at the sports complex in the centre.(Sikander Singh/HT)
At the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Phase 6, Mohali, soldiers battle disability to become self-reliant and find new ways to contribute to our world. They also enjoy playing basketball at the sports complex in the centre.(Sikander Singh/HT)
Updated on Nov 12, 2017 03:50 PM IST
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Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute: Preparing women from Punjab’s hinterland

Best foot forward: This institute makes officers out of girls from the hinterland of Punjab. All it needs from its candidates is a raw passion for the armed forces
Cadets during a drill at Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute for Girls, Sector 66, in Mohali.(Karun Sharma/HT)
Cadets during a drill at Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute for Girls, Sector 66, in Mohali.(Karun Sharma/HT)
Updated on Nov 04, 2017 02:50 PM IST
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Harbinger of private health care in Mohali

Conceived in 1996, the Fortis is today a premium health care hospital in the private sector for those who can afford it; know the story behind its quality of care, its vision and the unique architecture
Fortis Hospital, situated in Mohali Sector 62, is a premier facility offering expertise in 40 major specialties.(HT Photo)
Fortis Hospital, situated in Mohali Sector 62, is a premier facility offering expertise in 40 major specialties.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2017 07:26 PM IST
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Ec(h)o-friendly Diwali Part 3: HC orders a blow to North India’s cracker epicentre, Kurali

Damp squib: Kurali, the epicentre of crackers in the north, is seeing its sales halve due to the GST, demonetisation, and eco-friendly Diwali campaigns coupled with the HC order
Though famous for its crackers at wholesale rates, the Kurali market has never been well regulated.(Anil Dayal/HT)
Though famous for its crackers at wholesale rates, the Kurali market has never been well regulated.(Anil Dayal/HT)
Updated on Oct 16, 2017 10:28 PM IST
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Rain check: Monsoon yet to strike but chikungunya knocks out 66 in Chandigarh

Last year, dengue became a household word in Chandigarh. We also got up, close and personal with chikungunya. This year, the anti-malaria warriors in the tricity claim they are ready to battle the sting even as a study in Delhi shows that controlling mosquitoes in the non-transmission season holds the key to a dengue-free monsoon.
The dengue cases in Chandigarh have been on the rise, going from 13 in 2014 to 856 in 2016.(HT Photo)
The dengue cases in Chandigarh have been on the rise, going from 13 in 2014 to 856 in 2016.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 01, 2017 04:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula | ByTanbir Dhaliwal, Vivek Gupta and Monica Sharma, Chandigarh, Mohali And Panchkula

Rain check: Chandigarh periphery in deep waters

Take out your gum boots and get a raincoat if you have to survive monsoons in the satellite townships. Haphazard construction, non­existent drainage & clogged choes are a recipe for chaos here
The Baltana intersection on the Zirakpur­Kalka highway gets flooded even after a slight shower.(Siddhant Sharma/HT)
The Baltana intersection on the Zirakpur­Kalka highway gets flooded even after a slight shower.(Siddhant Sharma/HT)
Updated on Jun 30, 2017 09:29 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByMonica Sharma, Shailee Dogra, and Surender Sharma

Rain check: Mohali set for monsoon blues

Too many agencies, inadequate drainage, poor cleaning and rising level of roads is setting up the township for monsoon blues this year as well. HT studies the trouble spots and solutions
The road dividing Sector 69­70 was inundated after heavy showers last week(HT Photo)
The road dividing Sector 69­70 was inundated after heavy showers last week(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 27, 2017 10:16 AM IST
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Tepid response: Waste segregation a non­-starter in Chandigarh

The municipal corporation had started the process of distributing free dustbins to residents in two colours - green for wet waste and blue for dry waste.
MC officials say the bins will be handed over to the residents by mid­-July.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)
MC officials say the bins will be handed over to the residents by mid­-July.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 14, 2017 11:40 AM IST
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HT Clean My Chandigarh Campaign | The dark spots

Although the city has a robust rehabilitation policy, there appears to be no end in sight to the perennial problem of squatters. The three slums in the city not only lack sanitation but are also a potential breeding ground for diseases. What we need is a policy of prevention and education.
Colony No 4 in Industrial Area, Phase I, is the largest of the three remaining slums in the city that await rehabilitation.(HT Photo)
Colony No 4 in Industrial Area, Phase I, is the largest of the three remaining slums in the city that await rehabilitation.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2017 03:00 PM IST
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HT Clean My Chandigarh Campaign | Mandis in a mess

It’s thumbs down for cleanliness in the fruit, vegetable and meat markets of the city where leftovers are left to rot, and flies have a feast. Shopkeepers blame it on inadequate manpower and lack of any mechanism to punish the litter bugs.
The sites of the weekly apni mandis continue to be in a messy state.(HT File Photo)
The sites of the weekly apni mandis continue to be in a messy state.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2017 02:00 PM IST
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Punjab board Class 10 results: Border districts bag all 5 top positions

Gurdaspur topped among the 22 districts with 86.97 pass percentage followed by Amritsar with 83.95 and Taran Taran with 80.62. The pass percentage of Pathankot is 76.42 and Ferozpur is 66.01.
Students of class 10th in jubilant mood after the declaration of the result in Patiala on Monday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
Students of class 10th in jubilant mood after the declaration of the result in Patiala on Monday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
Updated on May 22, 2017 06:19 PM IST
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Punjab board Class 10 results declared, Shruti Vohra of Ropar tops with 98.77% | check details

The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) declared the results of the secondary school or Class 10 board examination on Monday and the pass percentage this year dropped to 57.50 as compared to last year’s 72.25.
Punjab School Education Board chairman Balbir Singh Dhol declaring the Class 10 results on Monday.(HT photo)
Punjab School Education Board chairman Balbir Singh Dhol declaring the Class 10 results on Monday.(HT photo)
Updated on Jul 11, 2017 05:29 PM IST
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In Chandigarh, nominated councillors don saffron hues to welcome Amit Shah

Youngest nominated councillor greets party national president with a Bhangra; some attend functions as party office-bearers
BJP national president Amit Shah addressing the media during a press conference in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
BJP national president Amit Shah addressing the media during a press conference in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2017 11:10 AM IST
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Punjab board Class-12 results: Border district students perform better

Five of top six positions in terms of pass percentage have gone to schools in border districts.(HT File Photo)
Five of top six positions in terms of pass percentage have gone to schools in border districts.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2017 08:52 AM IST
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PSEB Class 12 exams, 2017: Girls bag top 3 positions, pass percentage lowest in 3 years at 62.36%

PSEB Class 12 exam, 2017: Overall pass percentage this year dipped to 62.36 % in comparison to 76.77 % in 2016 and 76.24 % in 2015.
Amisha Arora , who bagged the first position in the state by securing 98.44% marks in the Senior Secondary Examination (Class 12) conducted by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), celebrates with friends and family at RS Model Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
Amisha Arora , who bagged the first position in the state by securing 98.44% marks in the Senior Secondary Examination (Class 12) conducted by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), celebrates with friends and family at RS Model Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2017 10:12 PM IST
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Superstition, sheer love drive adoption of animals at Chhatbir zoo

Besides genuine animal lovers, there are others who are adopting deer, monkeys, snakes and other inmates to propitiate the stars.
A leopard drinking water from a pond at the zoo on Thursday.(HT Photo)
A leopard drinking water from a pond at the zoo on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 12, 2017 11:41 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Sas Nagar

Chandigarh babus get fancy vehicle registration numbers at throwaway price

The 0001 number which has been getting major revenue in the past years with bidding going in lakhs, this time was allotted against the reserve price of Rs 5,000.
Chandigarh transport secretary K K Jindal got the 0001 series number for his wife’s Toyota Innova for just Rs 5,000.(HT File Photo)
Chandigarh transport secretary K K Jindal got the 0001 series number for his wife’s Toyota Innova for just Rs 5,000.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2017 09:28 AM IST
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A dog-bite victim’s mother tells it like it is: ‘9 yrs on, the incident still haunts me’

Memories of my 9-year-old entering the house, limping with flesh separated from his thigh, sends shivers down my spine even nine years after the incident. It was just another day in June when my son Vishesh had gone out in the neighbourhood park to play
“With tears in my eyes, I sent my child to the emergency.”(HT File)
“With tears in my eyes, I sent my child to the emergency.”(HT File)
Updated on Apr 26, 2017 11:45 AM IST
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Mohali safai karamcharis to lift only segregated garbage from June 5: MC

The development is significant as all type of garbage is segregated later.
A garbage dump near Phase 11, SAS Nagar. All residential areas, offices, institutions will be covered under the project.(HT File Photo)
A garbage dump near Phase 11, SAS Nagar. All residential areas, offices, institutions will be covered under the project.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2017 11:36 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Sas Nagar

India’s tallest victory tower a picture of neglect: Punjab forgets Chappar Chiri memorial

Even as Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar visited  Fateh Burj at Chappar Chiri in SAS Nagar to take inspiration for a memorial at Lohgarh, capital of the first Sikh state under Banda Singh Bahadur, in Yamunanagar district, the Punjab government seems to be struggling to maintain the tallest victory tower in the country.
Fateh Burj, which commemorates the victory of Banda Singh Bahadur over Mughal governor Wazir Khan, was inaugurated with much fanfare by former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in 2011.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Fateh Burj, which commemorates the victory of Banda Singh Bahadur over Mughal governor Wazir Khan, was inaugurated with much fanfare by former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in 2011.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 22, 2017 10:59 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Sas Nagar

In three weeks, five women held for carrying drugs in Mohali

The city could just well be emerging as a haven for women drug peddlers to ferry small quantities of contraband for a short distance, analysis of arrest made for possession of drug shows. Starting March 25, five women have been arrested for drug peddling in different cases. The latest in the chain being a 21-year-old receptionist at Hotel JW Marriot, Harkanwal Kaur, on Thursday.
The large margin --- a gram of heroin is reportedly procured for Rs 1,300 and sold for Rs 4,000 a gram to the end-user ---- means creating a long trail of suppliers is not really a hindrance to the masterminds.(Shutterstock image)
The large margin --- a gram of heroin is reportedly procured for Rs 1,300 and sold for Rs 4,000 a gram to the end-user ---- means creating a long trail of suppliers is not really a hindrance to the masterminds.(Shutterstock image)
Updated on Apr 21, 2017 10:16 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

To cut travel time, 9 traffic lights on Chandigarh airport road to be synchronised

The SAS Nagar municipal corporation (MC) has decided to introduce automatic traffic light synchronisation system on airport road on a pilot-project basis to help commuters save their time while moving from one traffic light to another on the busy stretch.
Nine green lights from IISER, Sector 81, to Industrial Area, Phase 7, will be synchronised as part of the project. The stretch is highly accident prone.(HT File Photo)
Nine green lights from IISER, Sector 81, to Industrial Area, Phase 7, will be synchronised as part of the project. The stretch is highly accident prone.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2017 12:34 PM IST
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