Navneet Sharma

A senior assistant editor, Navneet Sharma leads the Punjab bureau for Hindustan Times. He writes on politics, public affairs, civil services and the energy sector.

Articles by Navneet Sharma

Punjab govt to acquire 250 acres, hold demand survey for mega textile park

The state government has pitched a site in Kum Kalan tehsil of Ludhiana, which has one of the largest textile clusters in north India, for the textile parks project to be set up under the Prime Minister Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel (PM-MITRA) scheme
The Punjab government plans to acquire another 250 acres of land and undertake a demand survey for the proposed mega textile park in Ludhiana under the PM-MITRA scheme.
The Punjab government plans to acquire another 250 acres of land and undertake a demand survey for the proposed mega textile park in Ludhiana under the PM-MITRA scheme.
Published on May 23, 2022 12:22 AM IST
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Jakhar’s BJP gambit an attempt to resurrect his political career

Former Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar’s stint with the Congress had reached a dead end after the party leadership took disciplinary action against him
The BJP stands to gain from the induction of a prominent Hindu face who was the Punjab Congress chief till a few months back. (PTI)
The BJP stands to gain from the induction of a prominent Hindu face who was the Punjab Congress chief till a few months back. (PTI)
Updated on May 20, 2022 04:23 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Punjab: Two months in office, AAP grapples with security, revenue challenges

  • Punjab’s fiscal situation limits AAP’s room for welfare politics, while law and order flare-ups keep it on its toes
Punjab Police recovered an IED with RDX packed in a metallic black colour box in Tarn Taran. The incidents in Patiala and Mohali exposed intelligence shortfalls, besides providing ready ammunition to the opposition parties. (ANI)
Punjab Police recovered an IED with RDX packed in a metallic black colour box in Tarn Taran. The incidents in Patiala and Mohali exposed intelligence shortfalls, besides providing ready ammunition to the opposition parties. (ANI)
Published on May 18, 2022 08:32 PM IST
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‘Good luck, goodbye’, says Sunil Jakhar as he quits Congress

Former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Sunil Jakhar drops bombshell via FB live, trains guns on Congress leaders Ambika Soni, Harish Rawat, Harish Chaudhary and Tariq Anwar
Former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Sunil Jakhar on Saturday quit the party, wishing it “good luck and goodbye/ (PTI)
Former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Sunil Jakhar on Saturday quit the party, wishing it “good luck and goodbye/ (PTI)
Updated on May 15, 2022 08:03 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

‘Good luck and goodbye’: Congress’s Punjab ex-chief Jakhar quits party

Jakhar took to social media to make the announcement, which came at a time when the Congress’s top brass is huddled at a three-day Chintan Shivir (brainstorming session) in Rajasthan’s Udaipur to discuss the party’s revamp and its strategy for the 2024 parliamentary elections
Congress leader Sunil Jakhar said his aim was to show the mirror to the Congress (PTI)
Congress leader Sunil Jakhar said his aim was to show the mirror to the Congress (PTI)
Published on May 15, 2022 12:04 AM IST
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Jakhar drops Congress from Twitter handle before going live on FB

Congress leadership decided to remove the former Punjab unit chief from all party posts for two years a fortnight ago on the recommendation of the disciplinary action committee
Former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar has been upset with the Congress leadership ever since the party took action against him for alleged anti-party activities. (HT file photo)
Former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar has been upset with the Congress leadership ever since the party took action against him for alleged anti-party activities. (HT file photo)
Published on May 14, 2022 12:16 PM IST
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Union ministry of education moots 1,103-cr boost for Punjab under Samagra Shiksha scheme

The Union ministry of education (MoE) has proposed an outlay of 1,102.91 crore for Punjab for the financial year 2022-23 under the flagship Samagra Shiksha scheme for school education.
The fund allocation conveyed by the Union ministry of education under the Centrally sponsored integrated programme, Samagra Shiksha scheme, is a tentative estimate proposed in the current financial year for ensuring inclusive and quality education in Punjab. (HT File Photo/ Representational image)
The fund allocation conveyed by the Union ministry of education under the Centrally sponsored integrated programme, Samagra Shiksha scheme, is a tentative estimate proposed in the current financial year for ensuring inclusive and quality education in Punjab. (HT File Photo/ Representational image)
Published on May 07, 2022 03:42 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Now, Congress bosses mull action against Sidhu for ‘anti-party’ acts

Harish Chaudhary, party’s in-charge of Punjab affairs, has written a letter to Congress bosses seeking action against Sidhu for ‘anti-party’ acts in the run-up to the assembly elections and breach of party discipline in recent days
Harish Chaudhary has suggested disciplinary action against Sidhu in a letter sent to Congress bosses eight days ago, asserting that he cannot be allowed to portray himself above the party and to set an example for others to breach the party discipline.On Monday, Sidhu sent his best wishes to poll strategist Prashant Kishor after he hinted at floating his own party. (PTI)
Harish Chaudhary has suggested disciplinary action against Sidhu in a letter sent to Congress bosses eight days ago, asserting that he cannot be allowed to portray himself above the party and to set an example for others to breach the party discipline.On Monday, Sidhu sent his best wishes to poll strategist Prashant Kishor after he hinted at floating his own party. (PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2022 01:37 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Speaker orders probe into Punjab assembly staff recruitment during Congress rule

Before Punjab elections, AAP leader Harjot Singh Bains had alleged favouritism in the recruitment of staff in the assembly
Punjab Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan ordered the probe after receiving a complaint regarding alleged irregularities in the recruitment done during the previous assembly. (HT file photo)
Punjab Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan ordered the probe after receiving a complaint regarding alleged irregularities in the recruitment done during the previous assembly. (HT file photo)
Published on Apr 28, 2022 01:49 PM IST
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Congress panel recommends suspension of ex-Punjab unit chief Jakhar for two years

Jakhar was issued a show-cause notice by the Congress disciplinary action committee on April 11 for alleged anti-party statements during the Punjab elections, but he ignored it and chose not to reply
Disciplinary action against former Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, who headed the state unit till nine months ago, could escalate infighting in the unit that is already grappling with deep divisions. (HT file photo)
Disciplinary action against former Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, who headed the state unit till nine months ago, could escalate infighting in the unit that is already grappling with deep divisions. (HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2022 02:48 PM IST
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Warring takes charge, Jakhar stays away, Sidhu avoids dais

Faction-ridden state unit puts up semblance of unity with senior leaders, including Charanjit Singh Channi and Partap Singh Bajwa, in attendance though former PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar was conspicuous by his absence
Congress MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring taking charge as the Punjab Congress president as party leaders, including former chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi (extreme right) and newly appointed working president Bharat Bhushan Ashu (second from left), look on in Chandigarh on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Congress MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring taking charge as the Punjab Congress president as party leaders, including former chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi (extreme right) and newly appointed working president Bharat Bhushan Ashu (second from left), look on in Chandigarh on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 22, 2022 12:19 PM IST
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Sunil Jakhar skips giving reply to Congress disciplinary panel’s notice

The disciplinary action committee had put former Punjab Congress chief on notice for his “anti-party statements” and alleged “derogatory” remarks against former CM Channi
Former Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar. (HT PHOTO)
Former Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 12:15 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Interview | Solution to Punjab’s fiscal crunch lies at home, not in Delhi: Lakhanpal

Punjab Finance Commission chairman KR Lakhanpal says asking Delhi for a package is just to make a point and everybody knows that it is not going to come
KR Lakhanpal, Punjab Finance Commission chairman and former chief secretary. (HT File Photo)
KR Lakhanpal, Punjab Finance Commission chairman and former chief secretary. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 07, 2022 01:32 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Immediately transfer Chandigarh to Punjab: Bhagwant Mann to Centre

Chandigarh City was created as the capital of Punjab and whenever a state has been divided, the capital remained with the parent state, the resolution moved by the Punjab Assembly read.  
Chandigarh should be moved to Punjab for harmony, the resolution moved by the Punjab Assembly said. (ANI)
Chandigarh should be moved to Punjab for harmony, the resolution moved by the Punjab Assembly said. (ANI)
Published on Apr 01, 2022 11:14 AM IST
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By | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh

Punjab jumps to 8th place in export preparedness index

Punjab, which figured among the laggards with 18th position in the first edition of apex public policy think-tank’s EPI rankings in 2020, has jumped 10 spots to finish at number eight in the country this time. It got a composite index score of 50.99 out of 100 points on the basis of its export readiness and achievements, according to Niti Aayog report released two days ago
Punjab, a landlocked state, has been ranked at the eighth place in the export preparedness index (EPI), 2021, released by the Niti Aayog.
Punjab, a landlocked state, has been ranked at the eighth place in the export preparedness index (EPI), 2021, released by the Niti Aayog.
Updated on Mar 29, 2022 01:27 AM IST
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Mann govt scraps multiple pensions to former MLAs

Punjab govt to bring ordinance; decision to save 25 cr annually as around 300 ex-MLAs are availing the facility
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday announced a one-pension rule to prune hefty sums being drawn by former MLAs in the state for each term served by them.
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday announced a one-pension rule to prune hefty sums being drawn by former MLAs in the state for each term served by them.
Published on Mar 26, 2022 01:21 AM IST
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Kultar Singh Sandhwan unanimously elected Punjab assembly Speaker

Chief minister Bhagwant Mann says proceedings of Punjab assembly will be shown live and will be an example for rest of the country
Kultar Singh Sandhwan, 46, the Kotkapura Aam Aadmi Party MLA, who was unanimously elected Speaker of the Punjab assembly in Chandigarh on Monday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Kultar Singh Sandhwan, 46, the Kotkapura Aam Aadmi Party MLA, who was unanimously elected Speaker of the Punjab assembly in Chandigarh on Monday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Published on Mar 21, 2022 12:03 PM IST
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Perform or perish: Kejriwal to Punjab ministers

AAP convener asks them not to lobby for transfers, postings of deputy commissioners, superintendents of police or station house officers, which was a norm during tenure of previous governments
Kejriwal laid down the ground rules for governance during his first address to newly elected AAP MLAs in Punjab.
Kejriwal laid down the ground rules for governance during his first address to newly elected AAP MLAs in Punjab.
Updated on Mar 21, 2022 02:25 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

AAP govt in Punjab: 10 cabinet ministers take oath as Team Mann takes guard

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann inducted 10 AAP MLAs as ministers in his cabinet, showing a preference for first-time legislators. Barring Harpal Singh Cheema and Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, the other eight ministers have been elected to the assembly for the first time.
Punjab chief ministers Bhagwant Mann inducted 10 AAP MLAs as ministers in his cabinet, showing a preference for first-time legislators. All Mann cabinet ministers took oath at Punjab Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh on Saturday. (PTI)
Punjab chief ministers Bhagwant Mann inducted 10 AAP MLAs as ministers in his cabinet, showing a preference for first-time legislators. All Mann cabinet ministers took oath at Punjab Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 22, 2022 11:22 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Meet ministers in Bhagwant Mann’s cabinet

Chief minister Bhagwant Mann’s team is probably one of the youngest cabinets in recent years with an average age of about 47 years. All, except two, are first-time legislators, including the 48-year-old chief minister himself, who, though elected to Lok Sabha twice, also made his debut in the state assembly this time
Chief minister Bhagwant Mann’s team is probably one of the youngest cabinets in recent years with an average age of about 47 years. All, except two, are first-time legislators. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Chief minister Bhagwant Mann’s team is probably one of the youngest cabinets in recent years with an average age of about 47 years. All, except two, are first-time legislators. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Published on Mar 20, 2022 01:14 AM IST
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10 ministers take oath in Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab cabinet

Barring Harpal Singh Cheema and Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, the other ministers have been elected to the Punjab assembly for the first time
Dhuri AAP MLA Harpal Singh Cheema with family members before he was sworn in as a minister in the Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab cabinet on Saturday. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Dhuri AAP MLA Harpal Singh Cheema with family members before he was sworn in as a minister in the Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab cabinet on Saturday. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Updated on Mar 19, 2022 12:25 PM IST
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Will hit the ground running: Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia were present at the swearing-in ceremony, which was held days after the AAP trounced its political opponents to win 92 seats in the 117-member Punjab assembly.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Bhagwant Mann during the swearing-in ceremony as chief minister of Punjab at Khatkar Kalan village in Punjab, India on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. (Photo by Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Bhagwant Mann during the swearing-in ceremony as chief minister of Punjab at Khatkar Kalan village in Punjab, India on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. (Photo by Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 17, 2022 04:24 AM IST
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After assembly poll debacle, Sidhu sacked as Punjab Congress chief

Assembly poll debacle: Apart from sacking Sidhu, Congress high command also asks party chiefs of 4 states to quit from their posts
Congress high command on Tuesday asked Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu to resign from his post. The move follows Congress’ humiliating defeat in the recently concluded Punjab assembly polls. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Congress high command on Tuesday asked Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu to resign from his post. The move follows Congress’ humiliating defeat in the recently concluded Punjab assembly polls. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Published on Mar 16, 2022 02:16 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Squabbling, indiscipline led to Cong rout in Punjab, say party’s Malwa candidates

Called by Congress Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Chaudhary for feedback to introspect party’s defeat, candidates said Sidhu, Channi and Jakhar’s statements resulted in the poor showing
Punjab Congress affairs in-charge Harish Chaudhary interacting with party candidates from the Malwa belt, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (Twitter)
Punjab Congress affairs in-charge Harish Chaudhary interacting with party candidates from the Malwa belt, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (Twitter)
Published on Mar 16, 2022 01:01 AM IST
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Assembly poll debacle: Blame game spirals in Punjab Congress

Former Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar and Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu have blamed Channi and Sidhu for the party’s poor showing in assembly poll
Senior leaders are holding Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu and former CM Charanjit Singh Channi responsible for the assembly poll debacle. (HT File Photo)
Senior leaders are holding Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu and former CM Charanjit Singh Channi responsible for the assembly poll debacle. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 15, 2022 01:35 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Punjab polls results: Channi proved a liability, not an asset, says Jakhar

The Congress had also declared Channi as its chief ministerial face for the polls just days before polling.
Congress leader Sunil Jakhar. (File photo)
Congress leader Sunil Jakhar. (File photo)
Updated on Mar 15, 2022 07:58 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

2 cabinet ministers, ex-CM among 32 Cong candidates lost security deposit

The Congress had 117 candidates in the fray in Punjab polls and won 18 seats with 23% vote share. However, 27% of its candidates forfeited their deposits
Two cabinet ministers, a former chief minister and seven sitting legislators are among the 32 Congress contestants who lost their deposits in the assembly elections in Punjab.
Two cabinet ministers, a former chief minister and seven sitting legislators are among the 32 Congress contestants who lost their deposits in the assembly elections in Punjab.
Published on Mar 12, 2022 01:37 AM IST
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Day after AAP sweep, Channi steps down as Punjab CM

Outgoing chief minister hopes Bhagwant Mann-led Aam Aadmi Party government will continue with welfare measures, including power, fuel and sand rate cuts
Chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi coming out from Punjab Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh on Friday after handing over his resignation to governor Banwarilal Purohit. Channi also recommended the dissolution of the 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha to pave way for the formation of the new assembly. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi coming out from Punjab Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh on Friday after handing over his resignation to governor Banwarilal Purohit. Channi also recommended the dissolution of the 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha to pave way for the formation of the new assembly. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Mar 11, 2022 02:15 PM IST
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Punjab poll results: Squabbles spell doom for Congress

Not only did Congress seat tally nosedived to 18 from 77, the party’s vote share also slid to 24% from the last election’s 38.5%
The Congress has only itself to blame for the defeat as there was constant infighting and the election campaign never looked like finding rhythm. (PTI)
The Congress has only itself to blame for the defeat as there was constant infighting and the election campaign never looked like finding rhythm. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 11, 2022 02:26 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Punjab wanted change, listened to ‘Mann ki baat’

Chandigarh : A strong clamour for change, Bhagwant Mann-Kejriwal ki jodi and the party’s track record in Delhi propelled the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to power in Punjab
AAP supporters celebrating in Amritsar on Thursday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
AAP supporters celebrating in Amritsar on Thursday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Published on Mar 11, 2022 02:25 AM IST
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