Monica Sharma

Monica Sharma

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

Articles by Monica Sharma
Two-wheeler riders are the most vulnerable to fatal accidents in the city. There are more than 5 lakh two-wheelers registered with the Chandigarh registration and licensing authority, and this number is rising.(HT Representative Image)
Two-wheeler riders are the most vulnerable to fatal accidents in the city. There are more than 5 lakh two-wheelers registered with the Chandigarh registration and licensing authority, and this number is rising.(HT Representative Image)

HT Spotlight: Style first, safety later for bikers in tricity

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2016 02:12 PM IST
Fifty-five. That is the number of two-wheeler riders who were killed in accidents in the City Beautiful this year. The police said in most of these cases, the riders died immediately after the fall. According to traffic marshals, most of them had suffered injuries to their head or neck, and were not wearing helmets.
(From Right) BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan, city unit chief Sanjay Tondon, MP Kiron Kher and ex-MP Satya Pal jain releasing the BJP-SAD manifesto for MC polls in Chandigarh.(HT Photo)
(From Right) BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan, city unit chief Sanjay Tondon, MP Kiron Kher and ex-MP Satya Pal jain releasing the BJP-SAD manifesto for MC polls in Chandigarh.(HT Photo)

Chandigarh MC polls: BJP manifesto takes a leaf from MP Kirron Kher’s poll promises

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2016 01:06 PM IST
The manifesto released by the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiromani Akali Dal combine on Saturday, just a week before the city goes to municipal corporation (MC) polls, harps largely on the issues taken up by city MP Kirron Kher with the Centre and the UT administration in the past two-and-a-half years.
Municipal corporation office in Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)
Municipal corporation office in Chandigarh.(HT File Photo)

Chandigarh MC polls: Entrepreneurs, dhaba owner, social worker in the fray this time

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2016 04:20 PM IST
The upcoming MC polls is a battlefield with prominent candidates from major political parties competing against each other. But there are some residents out to try their luck as independent candidates by taking on party candidates. These independent candidates come from a pool of housewives, entrepreneurs, dhaba owners and social workers. This time, out of 122, 53 are fighting the elections as independent candidates.
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s house at the New mansa Devi Complex. Sector 4, Panchkula(Sant Arora/HT Photo)
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s house at the New mansa Devi Complex. Sector 4, Panchkula(Sant Arora/HT Photo)

Yuvi’s band, baaja & team of 15 bouncers

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2016 04:28 PM IST
Band, baaja and bouncers. Gate crashers beware! It will not be easy to gate-crash the most-awaited wedding of the season as 15 bouncers will guard the venue at The Lalit hotel in Zirakpur. At each entry point, these toughies will not only check the wedding invites of guests, but also require the production of the matching ID.
Singer Himesh Reshammiya performing during Chandigarh Carnival 2016 at Leisure valley on Sunday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Singer Himesh Reshammiya performing during Chandigarh Carnival 2016 at Leisure valley on Sunday.(Keshav Singh/HT)

Love is essence of my music: Himesh Reshammiya

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2016 08:40 PM IST
Bollywood music composer and singer Himesh Reshammiya, who was in the city to perform at Chandigarh Carnival on Sunday, said love is the essence of his music and dismissed the reports of having any rift with singer Sonu Nigam or the legendary Asha Bhosle.
All wedding celebrations of Yuvraj Sing and Hazel keech will begin on November 29 afternoon.(HT File Photo)
All wedding celebrations of Yuvraj Sing and Hazel keech will begin on November 29 afternoon.(HT File Photo)

Yuvi’s pre-wedding functions to see a rush of celebrities

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2017 11:14 AM IST
City is abuzz and awaiting the most high-profile wedding in the town, of cricketer Yuvraj and model-turned-actor Hazel Keech.
Yograj, who is a Punjabi film actor and former cricketer, said the November 29 ceremony is the only one that he will be attending and won’t go to other functions planned in Delhi and Goa early in December.(Keshav Singh/ HT Photo)
Yograj, who is a Punjabi film actor and former cricketer, said the November 29 ceremony is the only one that he will be attending and won’t go to other functions planned in Delhi and Goa early in December.(Keshav Singh/ HT Photo)

Why Yograj Singh won’t attend son Yuvraj Singh’s wedding

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2016 09:23 PM IST
Yograj Singh, cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s father, has said he will not attend his son’s wedding on November 30 at a dera in Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab.
Actor and former cricketer Yograj Singh, father of cricketer Yuvraj Singh, in Chandigarh on Friday, November 25.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)
Actor and former cricketer Yograj Singh, father of cricketer Yuvraj Singh, in Chandigarh on Friday, November 25.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

Yograj to give son Yuvraj Singh’s wedding a miss

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2016 10:58 PM IST
Punjabi actor and former cricketer Yograj Singh will not be attending the wedding of his elder son, cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who is tying the knot with model-turned-actress Hazel Keech at a Fatehgarh Sahib gurdwara on November 30.
Important projects will get approval of the UT administrator only after the code of conduct is lifted.(HT Photo)
Important projects will get approval of the UT administrator only after the code of conduct is lifted.(HT Photo)

Code of conduct brings five key MC, admn projects to standstill in Chandigarh

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2016 01:39 PM IST
With the model code of conduct already into effect for the municipal corporation elections scheduled to be held on December 18, development agendas have taken a backseat in the city.
Protestors climb mobile tower demanding jobs from Punjab Government in Sector 3,Chandigarh on Thursday.(Keshav Singh/Ht Photo)
Protestors climb mobile tower demanding jobs from Punjab Government in Sector 3,Chandigarh on Thursday.(Keshav Singh/Ht Photo)

High on protest, 3 more aspiring teachers get atop a tower for job in Chandigarh

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2016 05:34 PM IST
Three aspiring teachers, including two women, from Punjab sneaked into a private residence in Sector 3, a high-security zone, on Thursday morning by cutting the barbed wire put as fence from the rear side and climbed a 120-foot high mobile tower erected on its premises.
UT mandis will not be held in areas where the Punjab mandi board organises apni mandis. Grocery items such as grains and milk will also be sold at these markets.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)
UT mandis will not be held in areas where the Punjab mandi board organises apni mandis. Grocery items such as grains and milk will also be sold at these markets.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

Apni mandis to accept plastic money, banks to provide swiping machines: UT admn

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2016 03:00 PM IST
With an aim to overcome the cash crunch brought on by the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs1,000 notes, the UT administration has asked banks to provide card swiping machines for purchasing vegetables and grains at the Sector 26 grain market, apni mandis and kisan mandis.
The protesting youths in Sector 3, Chandigarh.(HT Photo)
The protesting youths in Sector 3, Chandigarh.(HT Photo)

Tower protest by jobless men: At 100 feet, 11 cold nights and counting

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2016 06:04 PM IST
It has been 11 days since they started their protest atop a 100-foot mobile tower in the heart of the city
Thoughtful: A guest gives the newly-married couple a cheque as gift at a function in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(Karun Sharma/HT photo)
Thoughtful: A guest gives the newly-married couple a cheque as gift at a function in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(Karun Sharma/HT photo)

Demonetisation effect: When wedding shagun came in a cheque!

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2016 09:36 PM IST
Recall of all Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes brought about a change in the wedding traditions too in the tricity. Some guests simply gifted the old notes and, with it, the hassle of exchange; others brought gifts other than cash; while there were those too who gave the shagun in cheque! 
From Left—Taxi drivers,Arshdeep Gill, Mandeep Singh Jasveer Singh and Rajinder Pal Singh in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times.)
From Left—Taxi drivers,Arshdeep Gill, Mandeep Singh Jasveer Singh and Rajinder Pal Singh in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times.)

App-based cabs bring back Punjab youths from abroad

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2016 09:34 PM IST
The introduction of the application-based cab services like Uber and Ola is having an ‘unintended, but welcome’ consequence. Punjabis who had gone abroad to drive cabs are finding that they can do the same here as technology acts as a facilitator. The fact that bookings are technology-enabled (App-based) and fares are more or less stable means that cab drivers are free to operate with location not a real constraint, anymore.
Perched precariously atop a steel tower in the posh sector 2 since the wee hours of Thursday, the protesting duo braved a cold night with 13 degree Celsius and continued to keep the police authorities on the ground on tenterhooks for the second day.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)
Perched precariously atop a steel tower in the posh sector 2 since the wee hours of Thursday, the protesting duo braved a cold night with 13 degree Celsius and continued to keep the police authorities on the ground on tenterhooks for the second day.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

Not coming down without jobs, say Punjab protesters on tower in Chandigarh

Hindustan Times | By Arvind Chhabra and Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2016 10:10 PM IST
More than 35 hours after the two unemployed youths climbed an 100-feet telecom tower close to Punjab chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s official residence in Chandigarh, they threatened not to come down unless they get job letters from the state government.
Protesters seeking teaching jobs from the Punjab government on a mobile signal tower in Sector 3, Chandigarh, on Thursday.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)
Protesters seeking teaching jobs from the Punjab government on a mobile signal tower in Sector 3, Chandigarh, on Thursday.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

Jobless teachers on mobile tower near Punjab CM house, get no govt signal

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2016 12:09 AM IST
Two teachers, demanding permanent jobs, climbed up a mobile tower near Punjab Bhawan in Chandigarh’s Sector 3 on Thursday.
The playground in ward 25.(Sant Arora/HT)
The playground in ward 25.(Sant Arora/HT)

Councillor’s report card: Spiritual healer Gurcharan Das Kala could not heal his ward

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2016 03:13 PM IST
A spiritual healer, he kept shifting base from one party to another and has changed three political parties in the last 20 years. The only independent councillor in the municipal corporation, Gurcharan Das Kala failed to solve parking and sanitation problems in his ward but was proactive in the House to get work done in his area.
During the office hours, serpentine queues can be seen, and commuters slug it out on the roads in Chandigarh.(HT Representative Image)
During the office hours, serpentine queues can be seen, and commuters slug it out on the roads in Chandigarh.(HT Representative Image)

Festive season rush: Road recarpeting by MC adds to chaos

Hindustan times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2016 12:04 PM IST
As the festive season brings chaos, the municipal corporation (MC) is adding to it by carrying out recarpeting of roads across the city. The carpeting is being carried on at Sectors 35, 37, 38, 41, 48 and Dhanas.
Encroachments by shopkeepers and vendors in the Sector 19 market.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Encroachments by shopkeepers and vendors in the Sector 19 market.(Keshav Singh/HT)

Councillor’s report card: A tongue-tied man, a job half-done

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2016 02:23 PM IST
A known face in the city’s business and social circles, Mukesh Bassi first contested the municipal corporation elections on Congress ticket from ward 24 in 2006, only to lose.

Video: Mehendi prices skyrocket in festive season

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2016 09:04 PM IST
With Karwa Chauth here as part of the festive season that leads up to and goes beyond Diwali, artists who apply mehendi have hiked prices, given the high demand. Here’s a video report that examines the trend and also captures the mood.
Refuse is an ever-present reality at Kajheri village.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Refuse is an ever-present reality at Kajheri village.(Keshav Singh/HT)

HT Spotlight: Quiet councillor not quite a performer

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2016 01:08 PM IST
Heaps of garbage, lack of public toilets, broken roads and non-functional streetlights ail the ward of the second-time councillor Sheela Phool Singh. No major change was the highlight of her tenure. Residents of Sector 52 tenement colony say the green belts are in bad shape and the councillor could not solve the issue of low water pressure.
A potholed road n Maloya, Chandigarh.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)
A potholed road n Maloya, Chandigarh.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

HT Spotlight | UT’s ward 7 councillor: Fiery councillor packed a punch

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2016 12:38 PM IST
The firebrand first-time councillor known to fight for women’s causes carried out late-night inspections and grappled with issues that impinged on residents’ lives.
Senior citizens having a stroll in a green belt in Sector 36.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)
Senior citizens having a stroll in a green belt in Sector 36.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

HT Spotlight | UT’s ward 4 councillor: An old hand, failed to speak up

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2016 09:45 AM IST
Married into a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) parivar, Asha Jaswal was never a stranger to politics. Hailing from Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, Asha’s father RD Ram was in Central government service, but followed the RSS ideology. Sangh meetings and hectic activity during elections at the house was the norm.
In July, the transport department had proposed to install CCTV cameras inside cabs.(HT File Photo)
In July, the transport department had proposed to install CCTV cameras inside cabs.(HT File Photo)

UT admn drops plan to have CCTVs in all cabs

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2016 11:16 AM IST
Following criticism from cab operators, the UT transport department has reworked its ‘Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules 2016’ and proposed not to install CCTV cameras in the cabs. The revised proposal will be sent to UT administrator VP Singh Badnore for approval.
A park in Sector 10 that has won Malik some praise.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)
A park in Sector 10 that has won Malik some praise.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

HT Spotlight | Chandigarh councillor’s report card: Raj Bala Malik

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2016 12:43 PM IST
She contested and won the municipal corporation (MC) elections on the Congress ticket in 2011 and also remained mayor for a one-year term. Three years later, she joined the Bharatiya Janata Party with the hope to contest assembly elections in her native state, Haryana. By 2016, first-time councillor Raj Bala Malik is known more for her sense of dressing and love for plants than for any significant work in her ward.
he majority of the women performers feel Ramlila gives them an instant connection with audience and direct feedback on their acting skills.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)
he majority of the women performers feel Ramlila gives them an instant connection with audience and direct feedback on their acting skills.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)

Changing perceptions attract women artistes to Ramlila

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2016 01:06 PM IST
With no retake, acting in Ramlila is fascinating women artistes, who earlier used to shy away from taking to the stage. The number of women artistes has gone up to 20 this year. In Chandigarh, Ramlila is performed in different sectors at 60 locations. Over 1,500 artistes take up various characters.
Sippy Sidhu’s mother Deepinder Kaur (sitting, centre) among the relatives and friends lighting a candle at the Sector-27 park where he was found murdered.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)
Sippy Sidhu’s mother Deepinder Kaur (sitting, centre) among the relatives and friends lighting a candle at the Sector-27 park where he was found murdered.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

Year after murder, justice eludes Sippy Sidhu’s family

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2016 07:30 PM IST
For the family of national-level shooter and advocate Sukhmanpreet Singh Sidhu, alias Sippy Sidhu, 32, who was found murdered at a Sector-27 park on September 20, last year, life has centered on a single theme since — getting the culprits behind bars.
Music composer Vishal Dadlani apologising to Jain monk Tarun Sagar in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(Karun Sharma/ HT Photo)
Music composer Vishal Dadlani apologising to Jain monk Tarun Sagar in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(Karun Sharma/ HT Photo)

Music director Vishal Dadlani visits monk he mocked, holds ears, says sorry

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2016 03:28 PM IST
Music composer Vishal Dadlani apologised to Jain monk Tarun Sagar in Chandigarh on Wednesday for his tweet on the leader’s address to the Haryana assembly that created controversy.
In the last one week, from September 10 to September 17, the average price of a one-way ticket for the Kalka Shatabdi (6.53am departure from Chandigarh) was between Rs 750 and Rs 850 and even went up to Rs 900.(HT File)
In the last one week, from September 10 to September 17, the average price of a one-way ticket for the Kalka Shatabdi (6.53am departure from Chandigarh) was between Rs 750 and Rs 850 and even went up to Rs 900.(HT File)

Heavy on the pocket: Last week, Shatabdi fares went as high as Rs 1,060

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2016 01:18 PM IST
Commuters are left with no choice but to book tickets at premium rates that even go past Rs 1,000 after the flexi-fare system for premier trains, including the Shatabdi Express, came into effect from September 9 onwards. The new pricing system is applicable only on chair car category seats in the Shatabdi.
The new pricing system is applicable only on chair car category seats in the Shatabdi.(HT File Photo, for representation only)
The new pricing system is applicable only on chair car category seats in the Shatabdi.(HT File Photo, for representation only)

Flexi fare: Seats available, yet Rs 900 for a Shatabdi Express ticket

Hindustan Times | By Monica Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2016 06:19 PM IST
With the flexi-fare system for premier trains, including the Shatabdi Express, coming into effect from September 9, residents are being forced to buy the ticket that is normally priced at Rs 620 at Rs 900 — a premium of around 45%. Significantly, this is even as there were empty seats in the train (evening Shatabdi on Friday) and the ticket was booked on Friday morning itself.
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