Monica Sharma is a principal correspondent at Chandigarh and covers the UT administration.
Articles by Monica Sharma
Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Sas Nagar
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2017 11:51 AM IST
Giving yet another twist to the case involving the death of Ekam Singh Dhillon (40), whose body was found bundled in a suitcase in a BMW car in 3B1, SAS Nagar, on March 19, the victim’s wife and prime suspect Seerat Kaur Dhillon claimed on Monday that her husband committed suicide and she is being framed in the case.
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma, Sas Nagar
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2017 10:34 AM IST
Brought to the SAS Nagar district courts for a hearing in the Ekam murder case, the victim’s wife and prime accused Seerat Kaur Dhillon on Monday said her evenings are depressing and she often feels like escaping from the jail to meet her two children.
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma, Sas Nagar
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2017 03:37 PM IST
Potholes, dug-up trenches and uneven patches on the roads have become a common sight in SAS Nagar. Even though the municipal corporation in the last financial year earmarked Rs 4 crore for repairing old roads but nothing concrete is visible on the ground.
Hindustan Times, Chandiagrh | By Monica Sharma, Sas Nagar
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2017 10:53 AM IST
Lack of planning on the part of the district administration and, to an extent, by marriage palaces to deal with the fallout of the booze ban has meant that the residents with pre-bookings for the first week of April have been left in the lurch.
Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar | By Monica Sharma, Sas Nagar
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2017 12:01 PM IST
The Punjab excise department on Saturday said liquor will not be allowed at wedding functions and other occasions at marriage palaces and resorts falling within 500 metres of state and national highways for want of clarity on “marriage palaces” in the apex court order.
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2017 01:05 PM IST
The UT administration’s excise policy for 2017-18 is in its final stages of preparation and is expected to be released by the weekend. Apart from proposing the abolition of the quota system, the auction of vends might also be replaced by a lottery system.
Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2017 12:42 PM IST
Ekam Singh Dhillon and his wife Seerat Kaur Dhillon typified a couple who despite having discord in private would display love and warmth for each other in public, including on social media.
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2017 03:50 PM IST
“Dil ke armaan ansuon mein beh gaye”, “Humara jhadoo kharab ho gya, naya layenge” and “Ab hum jaa rahe kahin door” — these were some of the quotes echoing at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) office at Sector 16 here, as the trends of the counting for Punjab assembly polls emerged.
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2017 06:47 PM IST
The UT administration and municipal corporation have been coming up with a slew of plans to revive Sector 17 and restore its lost sheen, but the plans have largely remained on paper. Traders say as officers come and go, so do their plans. There has been no overarching master plan for its sustenance that has been followed over the years.
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2017 03:44 PM IST
Sector 17 or the city centre has architecturally controlled buildings, which cannot be changed much due to their unique structure, as per the UT Administration. Over the years, hardly any changes have been permitted in these buildings.
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2017 12:59 PM IST
The City Beautiful has been attracting visitors not only for its unique architecture but also for its clean and green image. But this image is beginning to get dirty, especially in its iconic Sector 17.
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2017 01:16 PM IST
The heart of the city is getting weaker by the day. This is how a trader described the journey of Sector 17, which has seen a rapid slide in its fortunes in the last decade or so. Not long back in 2009, the sector figured among the top 10 retail locations of Asia; it was ranked ninth, just one spot behind Mumbai’s Linking Road. Its rentals soared as big brands tried to gain a toehold in a space, called the gateway to the north.
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Hillary Victor and Monica Sharma
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2017 08:09 PM IST
The three day 45th Annual Rose Festival took off with a chopper ride in Chandigarh on Friday morning. For the first time the residents will be treated to an aerial view of the city during the three day festival at Rose Garden in sector 16, which is the most sought after event of the city.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2017 02:31 PM IST
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2017 05:15 PM IST
At an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) roadshow in Sector 80, SAS Nagar, it is the slogans that rule the roost. As volunteers and supporters ride on motorcycles, party’s candidate from the constituency Narinder Singh Shergill waves to the crowd from an open jeep.
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2017 03:28 PM IST
Five-time hike in allocation to the municipal corporation, 20% increase in allocation for rural and urban development, are the key takeaways for the city from the Union budget present in Parliament on Wednesday.
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2017 01:15 PM IST
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2017 07:32 PM IST
With an aim to encourage the use of battery-operated vehicles in the city, the administration has decided to abolish the road tax on them. A decision in this regard was taken during a high-level meeting held here on Monday and the notification in this regard is expected in a day.
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2017 03:14 PM IST
Even as Chandigarh is vying for the “clean city” title under the Swachh Survekshan - 2017, the Sector 17 Plaza, known as the heart of the City Beautiful, presents a dismal picture.
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2017 05:26 PM IST
The Chandigarh electricity department has sent a revised power tariff proposal for 2017-18 to the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), recommending a hike of up to Rs 1.20 per unit for domestic consumers.
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2017 11:35 AM IST
Siddharth Vashishtha, alias Manu Sharma, who is serving life imprisonment in the Jessica Lal murder case in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, got his marriage registered at UT registrar’s office in Sector 17 here. Out on parole, Sharma, 39, arrived at the registrar’s office at 2pm.
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh. | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2017 02:58 PM IST
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2017 12:13 PM IST
In line with the times, UT administration has found a novel way to promote cashless transactions. Encashing on the flick 'Dangal', UT will organise cashless dangal to promote use of plastic money.
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2017 02:20 PM IST
Chandigarh It’s 12.30pm. A group of ten women enter the kitchen set up at Karuna Sadan, Sector 11. They are there to prepare food for the newly launched scheme Annapurna Akshaypatra of the UT Indian Red Cross Society, which provides meals for just ₹10 to economically weaker sections.
Hindustan times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2016 01:24 PM IST
While Congress is pointing fingers at each other post the defeat in municipal corporation polls, it seems all is not well with the Bharatiya Janata Party also. Even after the spectacular performance of the party in the civic body polls, with BJP-SAD combine winning 21 seats out of 26 elected councillors, the party is not able to put up a united front.
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2016 12:41 PM IST
Two days after he raised a banner of revolt to make the city Congress unit “Pawan Bansal-free”, former councillor and a Manish Tewari group loyalist, Chandermukhi Sharma, was expelled for anti-party activities on Friday.
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2016 01:01 PM IST
After Congress' debacle in the Chandigarh municipal corporation polls, it’s time to point finger. Crisis within the party has deepened as a faction considered close to former union minister Manish Tewari has raised the demand for ‘Pawan Kumar Bansal mukt’ city unit. The demand for former MP and railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal’s expulsion was raised by former councillor Chander Mukhi Sharma. The Congress won only four seats in the MC polls, results of which were declared on Tuesday.
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2016 02:12 PM IST
Nine women made it to the municpal corporation (MC) house this time, one less than the previous . In all 40 women contested in the polls. In the 26 member elected house, the percentage of women councillors is 35% now. Among the women elected are homemakers, social workers, two advocates and an IT professional.
Chandigarh MC polls: Colonies live up to their reputation, once again leave sectors behind in polling
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2016 10:02 AM IST
As the city municipal corporation went to the polls on Sunday, colony dwellers once again lived up to their reputation and came out in large numbers to elect their respective candidates. At Dadumajra, Maloya, Ram Darbar and Sector 52, queues came up at as early as 8am and the rush remained till the afternoon. After a break for just an hour, the long queues could again be seen as the end of polling approached at 5pm.
By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2016 12:01 AM IST
Members of the Elementary Teacher Training and Teacher Eligibility Test Pass Union (or ETT-TET union), Rakesh from Gurdaspur district and Deepak from Fazilka had climbed the tower in the high-security zone of Sector 3, near the Punjab chief minister’s residence, on November 3.