Navneet Sharma

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 Congress chief Sunil Jakhar. (File photo)
Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar. (File photo)

No need for leadership experiment in Punjab: Sunil Jakhar

UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 02:12 PM IST
Says people want to be led by someone who understands nuances, especially the way Punjab is being treated by the Centre
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Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar.
Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar.

Jakhar’s ‘Captain for 2022’ triggers speculation over Sidhu’s rehabilitation

UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 02:03 PM IST
The declaration came amid the talk of attempts to appoint Sidhu as the state unit president or re-induct him into the Cabinet as the deputy chief minister
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Agriculture experts have been recommending maize as the best bet for crop diversification for a switch from paddy given its low-water consumption, but its prices saw a sharp drop last year, leaving the farmers disappointed. (Representational picture)
Agriculture experts have been recommending maize as the best bet for crop diversification for a switch from paddy given its low-water consumption, but its prices saw a sharp drop last year, leaving the farmers disappointed. (Representational picture)

Finance commission recommends 350 crore crop diversification grant for Punjab

By Navneet Sharma, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 01:32 AM IST
Punjab government has sought support for bringing down pollution levels through a shift from paddy to other crops, especially maize, says the panel.
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Capt Amarinder Singh and former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu met for nearly an hour at the Punjab chief minister ‘s farmhouse in Siswan near Chandigarh on Wednesday. It was a warm and cordial luncheon meeting.(HT file photo)
Capt Amarinder Singh and former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu met for nearly an hour at the Punjab chief minister ‘s farmhouse in Siswan near Chandigarh on Wednesday. It was a warm and cordial luncheon meeting.(HT file photo)

Punjab CM Capt Amarinder, Navjot Singh Sidhu break ice over lunch

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 05:44 PM IST
Though Amarinder and Sidhu have been seen together on party platforms twice in the past two months, the meeting was their first in the past one-and-a-half years amid talk of the cricketer-turned-politician’s re-induction into the state cabinet.
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AICC general secretary and Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat with Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa in Chandigarh.
AICC general secretary and Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat with Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa in Chandigarh.
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Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh.(HT photo)
Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh.(HT photo)

Punjab passes bills to block Centre’s farm laws

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 01:28 AM IST
After a five-and-a-half-hour discussion, the bills were unanimously passed by all members of the ruling Congress, the opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) who were present in the House.
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Protest against farm bill near Bharat Nagar Chowk Ludhiana.(HT file photo)
Protest against farm bill near Bharat Nagar Chowk Ludhiana.(HT file photo)

How the Punjab bills will negate new laws

By Chetan Chauhan and Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 04:03 AM IST
The Punjab version of bills is aimed at addressing the concerns of farmers and may be adopted by other non-National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-ruled states, including a provision to protect the Minimum Support Price (MSP) that government procurement agencies pay for farmers’ produce.
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As agriculture, APMCs and lands are state subjects under entries 14, 18 and 22 of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution, the state can frame laws on them.(AP File)
As agriculture, APMCs and lands are state subjects under entries 14, 18 and 22 of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution, the state can frame laws on them.(AP File)

Punjab negates legally debatable Central farm laws: What you need to know

By Chetan Chauhan and Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 20, 2020 04:46 PM IST
The Punjab government’s bills are aimed at protecting farmers’ interests and may be adopted by other non-National Democratic Alliance-ruled states
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On Friday, less than 3.7% of 943,480 active cases in India were on oxygen support, the ministry said(PTI photo)
On Friday, less than 3.7% of 943,480 active cases in India were on oxygen support, the ministry said(PTI photo)

Centre tells states not to restrict oxygen supplies

By Rhythma Kaul, Ranjan, Swapnil Rawal and Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi/bhopal/mumbai/chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 02:41 AM IST
According to senior officials in the health ministry, the letter was sent in response to a Maharashtra government order under the disaster management Act, that sought to prohibit movement of oxygen from outside the state.
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Patiala, India-September 10, 2020::: A medic collects a sample for COVID-19 test from a swab collection booth testing at CHC Model town in Patiala on Thursday, September 10, 2020.Photo by Bharat Bhushan Hindustan Times.
Patiala, India-September 10, 2020::: A medic collects a sample for COVID-19 test from a swab collection booth testing at CHC Model town in Patiala on Thursday, September 10, 2020.Photo by Bharat Bhushan Hindustan Times.
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The central ministry has tentatively scheduled the survey for classes 3, 5, 8, and 10 during the first week of October or second week of November 2021.(iStock)
The central ministry has tentatively scheduled the survey for classes 3, 5, 8, and 10 during the first week of October or second week of November 2021.(iStock)

Centre postpones National Achievement Survey by one year amid spike in Covid-19 cases

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2020 02:10 PM IST
The NAS, which was initially scheduled to be held in November 2020 to assess the learning levels of students, will now be held around the same time next year.
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A student ‘s temperature being checked before he enters his classroom at Government High School, Bazidpur, in Sonepat district on Monday. It was one of the two government schools in Haryana that reopened on September 7 for students of Classes 10 and 12 for the first time since March-end when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in the country.(Manoj Dhaka/HT)
A student ‘s temperature being checked before he enters his classroom at Government High School, Bazidpur, in Sonepat district on Monday. It was one of the two government schools in Haryana that reopened on September 7 for students of Classes 10 and 12 for the first time since March-end when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in the country.(Manoj Dhaka/HT)

National Achievement Survey put off by a year due to Covid pandemic

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2020 01:56 PM IST
The Union ministry has tentatively scheduled the survey for Classes 3, 5, 8, and 10 in the first week of October or second week of November 2021, asking the states and UTs to convey their preference by September 18
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Centre flags dropout, transition rates in govt schools; Punjab told to work for improvement

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 01:07 AM IST
In 14 of the 22 districts, the boys’ dropout rate is more than 12% at secondary level whereas it is “very high” in Ferozepur and Moga districts at 14% and 16%.
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Aam Aadmi Party workers protesting against CM Captain Amarinder Singh and social welfare minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot outside additional deputy commissioner’s office in Amritsar on Tuesday.(Sameer Sehgal/ HT)
Aam Aadmi Party workers protesting against CM Captain Amarinder Singh and social welfare minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot outside additional deputy commissioner’s office in Amritsar on Tuesday.(Sameer Sehgal/ HT)

HT Explainer: Why Punjab social welfare minister finds himself in a spot in SC scholarship scam

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 11:46 PM IST
CM Amarinder Singh asked the chief secretary to probe the matter amid demands from the opposition parties and some Congress leaders for the minister’s sacking and a CBI probe
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A farmer works near power lines passing through her field.(HT file)
A farmer works near power lines passing through her field.(HT file)

Capt says no withdrawal of free power, as Montek panel faces flak

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 10:57 PM IST
Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar has said it would have been more appropriate if the committee giving proposals on farm sector also included representatives from farm organisations or people with farming background.
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Excise dept imposes Rs 1.1 cr fine on Gurdaspur distillery

By Navneet Sharma | Hindusran Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2020 11:13 PM IST
During an inspection, it was reported that the distillery had manufactured beer and was trying to “evade duty by dispatching it without mandatory holograms and payment of fees and duties”.
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Hooch tragedy: Govt finds itself on back foot, Capt’s critics, opposition smell blood

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times/Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2020 12:53 AM IST
The stunning hooch disaster has not only dealt a blow to the Amarinder Singh government’s image, it has gifted political fodder to both opposition and his party detractors
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Punjab’s GST inflow in April-July 38% short of last year’s mop-up

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2020 01:05 AM IST
The state’s GST mop-up, including state GST (SGST) and integrated GST (IGST), for the April-July period was Rs 2,644 crore as against Rs 4,252 crore during the corresponding months of the previous year, according to the latest data shared by the taxation department.
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Parents for staggered reopening of schools for board classes, Punjab govt tells MHRD

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 11:31 PM IST
FEEDBACK State government made the assessment on the basis of opinion of the parents of schoolchildren, school heads and academic experts as sought by the ministry on July 17
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Covid effect: Govt to switch gears, double ‘Apni Gaddi’ scheme subsidy

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 29, 2020 12:01 AM IST
As per the scheme, the department of employment generation and training contributes 15% of the on-road price of the vehicle or Rs 75,000, whichever is less, for four-wheelers
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To cut salary bill, Punjab adopts central govt pay scales for new appointments

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2020 12:00 AM IST
The new appointees will be paid with the recommendations made by the 7th Central Pay Commission as the benchmark and will not get the benefit of the state pay scales
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PSEB to cut syllabus by 30% for classes 9 to 12 on CBSE pattern

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 13, 2020 11:30 PM IST
A committee comprising subject experts from the PSEB and State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) set up by the school education department has finalised its suggestions for a reduction in the course load
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Punjab to tap into MNREGS funds for infra upgrade in rural schools

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2020 12:45 AM IST
Pact signed with rural development and panchayats department to allow the school education department access to funds to the tune of Rs 150 crore
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Covid has played havoc with industry revenues and profits this year but Sandeep Goyal is getting in touch with BSE 100 companies across the country that have substantial CSR budgets, and a Punjab presence of some size, to get them to consider some of their CSR allocations to the state.(HT file photo)
Covid has played havoc with industry revenues and profits this year but Sandeep Goyal is getting in touch with BSE 100 companies across the country that have substantial CSR budgets, and a Punjab presence of some size, to get them to consider some of their CSR allocations to the state.(HT file photo)

Punjab has been a CSR-deficit state, it’s time it got its fair share

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 09, 2020 09:26 AM IST
FACE TO FACE The state received just Rs 234 crore of the total Rs 42,467 crore of corporate social responsibility spending by industry across states and UTs between 2015-16 and 2017-18, says Sandeep Goyal, the first CEO of the newly set up state CSR authority
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Punjab’s GST collection improves, registers 69% jump over May

By Navneet Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 10:59 PM IST
The state government has reported the collection of Rs 869.66 crore in June as against Rs 515 crore in May
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