Monica Sharma

Monica Sharma

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

Articles by Monica Sharma
An old Facebook photo of Seerat Kaur Dhillon and Ekam Singh Dhillon.(Facebook)
An old Facebook photo of Seerat Kaur Dhillon and Ekam Singh Dhillon.(Facebook)

Ekam shot self, I never packed his body in suitcase, claims Seerat

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.
Lodged in the high-security Nabha prison, Seerat said she shares a cell with 10 women, including an 80-year-old woman. She said this while speaking to mediapersons in the court complex.(HT File)
Lodged in the high-security Nabha prison, Seerat said she shares a cell with 10 women, including an 80-year-old woman. She said this while speaking to mediapersons in the court complex.(HT File)

Body in suitcase | Feel like escaping from jail to see my kids: Seerat

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.
A damaged road in Sector 68 in SAS Nagar.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
A damaged road in Sector 68 in SAS Nagar.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)

No respite from bumpy rides on SAS Nagar roads

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.
(HT Representative Image)
(HT Representative Image)

SAS Nagar: Those with pre-bookings for weddings left in the lurch after highway liquor ban

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.
A marriage palace in SAS Nagar.(HT Representative Image)
A marriage palace in SAS Nagar.(HT Representative Image)

Marriage palaces in Mohali not to serve liquor, as of now

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.
The new excise policy is also expected to increase revenue by 15-20 percent.(HT Representative Image)
The new excise policy is also expected to increase revenue by 15-20 percent.(HT Representative Image)

New excise policy could reduce beer, wine prices in Chandigarh

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
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.
The couple’s photograph on Ekam’s Facebook account.(HT Photo)
The couple’s photograph on Ekam’s Facebook account.(HT Photo)

Mohali man shot, body in suitcase: Had discord in private, displayed warmth in public

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.
Gloomy atmosphere at the AAP office in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Karun Singh/HT Photo)
Gloomy atmosphere at the AAP office in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Karun Singh/HT Photo)

Punjab poll results: AAP goes into ‘SAD’ mode

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
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.
A file photo of Sector 17 all decked-up for Diwali.(HT Photo)
A file photo of Sector 17 all decked-up for Diwali.(HT Photo)

HT Special | Reviving Chandigarh Sector 17: Long road to revival

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma
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.
Dirty grey: The concrete facade is in dire need of a clean-up and repair.(Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)
Dirty grey: The concrete facade is in dire need of a clean-up and repair.(Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)

HT Special | Reviving Chandigarh Sector 17: Cast in Concrete

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma
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.
The city centre is often littered with garbage left by visitors. It’s also ill maintained with broken tiles and pools of dirty water.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
The city centre is often littered with garbage left by visitors. It’s also ill maintained with broken tiles and pools of dirty water.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT)

HT Special | Reviving Chandigarh Sector 17: 94 safai workers, but no safai

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma
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.
APPETISING NO MORE: It’s curtains for Mehfil, one of the oldest restaurants in Sector 17, which used to chock-a-block with diners.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT photo)
APPETISING NO MORE: It’s curtains for Mehfil, one of the oldest restaurants in Sector 17, which used to chock-a-block with diners.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT photo)

HT Special | Reviving Chandigarh Sector 17: Flight of restaurants and shoppers

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
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.
The three day festival at Rose Garden in sector 16 is the most sought after event of the city.(HT Photo)
The three day festival at Rose Garden in sector 16 is the most sought after event of the city.(HT Photo)

Video | What is a helicopter doing at Chandigarh Rose Festival?

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.
Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officer Nishu Singal.(HT Photo)
Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officer Nishu Singal.(HT Photo)

Snehalaya row: HCS officer in eye of storm after lodging complaint against UT mayor

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2017 02:31 PM IST
Aam Aadmi Party candidate Narinder Singh Shergill interacting with people during a rally at Dussehra Ground, Phase 8, SAS Nagar, on Wednesday.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Aam Aadmi Party candidate Narinder Singh Shergill interacting with people during a rally at Dussehra Ground, Phase 8, SAS Nagar, on Wednesday.(Ravi Kumar/HT)

Punjab polls: AAP’s Shergill playing corruption card, riding on ‘change wave’ in SAS Nagar

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma
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.
Municipal corporation Chandigarh(HT File Photo)
Municipal corporation Chandigarh(HT File Photo)

Chandigarh MC gets five-fold budget; focus on smart city, water

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
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.
A filthy pond in Mullanpur that is a serious cause of concern for the residents.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
A filthy pond in Mullanpur that is a serious cause of concern for the residents.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)

Mullanpur, Punjab’s first ‘eco and smart city’: On the wrong side of contrast

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2017 01:15 PM IST
The administration is also going to promote the use of e-rickshaws in the city.(HT Photo)
The administration is also going to promote the use of e-rickshaws in the city.(HT Photo)

Now, no road tax on battery-operated vehicles in Chandigarh

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
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.
Dustbins at the Plaza are also overflowing with garbage.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)
Dustbins at the Plaza are also overflowing with garbage.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

Day after Badnore’s rebuke, filth thrives at Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
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.
In the domestic category, the department has recommended a hike of 20 paisa for using up to 150 units and Rs 1.20 per unit for consuming more than 150 units.(HT File Photo)
In the domestic category, the department has recommended a hike of 20 paisa for using up to 150 units and Rs 1.20 per unit for consuming more than 150 units.(HT File Photo)

Chandigarh electricity dept proposes tariff hike

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
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.
Jessica Lal murder convict manu Sharma at the UT registrar’s office.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)
Jessica Lal murder convict manu Sharma at the UT registrar’s office.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

Manu Sharma gets April 2015 marriage registered at UT registrar’s office

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
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.
Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann addressing a rally at Mullanpur in SAS Nagar on Saturday.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)
Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann addressing a rally at Mullanpur in SAS Nagar on Saturday.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

Puns, satire aplenty at Bhagwant Mann’s Mullanpur rally

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh. | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2017 02:58 PM IST
The sources in the administration said 14 wrestlers are participating and seven winners will be awarded by transferring the winning amount in their accounts.(Representative Image)
The sources in the administration said 14 wrestlers are participating and seven winners will be awarded by transferring the winning amount in their accounts.(Representative Image)

Now, dangal to promote cashless transactions in Chandigarh

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
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.
Workers engaged under the Annapurna Akshayapatra Yojana in the kitchen set up at Karuna Sadan, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.(Karun Sharma/HT)
Workers engaged under the Annapurna Akshayapatra Yojana in the kitchen set up at Karuna Sadan, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Meet the young team behind Chandigarh’s ambitious Annapurna kitchen

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Monica Sharma
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.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar speaking at BJP’s event in Chandigarh on Friday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar speaking at BJP’s event in Chandigarh on Friday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)

After thanksgiving lunch in Chandigarh, BJP fails to put up a united front

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.
Chandermukhi Sharma(HT File Photo)
Chandermukhi Sharma(HT File Photo)

Crisis deepens: Congress expels Chandermukhi Sharma for anti-party activities

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
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.
Former Congress councillor Chander Mukhi Sharma addressing the media in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
Former Congress councillor Chander Mukhi Sharma addressing the media in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)

Chandigarh MC poll debacle: Manish Tewari group wants city Congress unit ‘Bansal mukt’

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
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.
BJP women candidate in a jubilant mood after winning the MC election on Tuesday.(Keshav Singh/HT photo)
BJP women candidate in a jubilant mood after winning the MC election on Tuesday.(Keshav Singh/HT photo)

Chandigarh MC polls: 9 women elected, one less than last house

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
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.
Residents waiting in queues during the polling for the municipal corporation elections at the CTU workshop in Industrial Area, Phase 1, Chandigarh, on Sunday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
Residents waiting in queues during the polling for the municipal corporation elections at the CTU workshop in Industrial Area, Phase 1, Chandigarh, on Sunday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)

Chandigarh MC polls: Colonies live up to their reputation, once again leave sectors behind in polling

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
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.
Deepak Kumar and Rakesh Kumar atop a mobile tower that they climbed on November 3, in Chandigarh. Rakesh has now come down.(HT File Photo)
Deepak Kumar and Rakesh Kumar atop a mobile tower that they climbed on November 3, in Chandigarh. Rakesh has now come down.(HT File Photo)

Name finally on Punjab teacher job list, one of two protesters on tower climbs down

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.
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