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