Navrajdeep Singh

Navrajdeep Singh

Navrajdeep Singh is a senior staff correspondent. He covers agriculture, crime, local bodies, health and education in the Patiala district of Punjab.

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Farmers remove tents from a protest site at the Ghazipur border on Wednesday.(Sakib Ali/HT Photos)
Farmers remove tents from a protest site at the Ghazipur border on Wednesday.(Sakib Ali/HT Photos)

Punjab villages sombre after clash, still back stir

By Navrajdeep Singh, Avtar Singh, Mohit Khanna, Anil Sharma, Hindustan Times, Tarn Taran/patiala/sangrur/ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2021 07:28 AM IST
Across Punjab’s hinterlands — especially in the home villages of senior farm leaders — there was disappointment over the violence that farm protesters unleashed when they broke through barricades, clashed violently with police, ran riot on the Capital’s streets and stormed the Red Fort, hoisting the Nishan Sahib, the flag of the Sikhs, on its ramparts.
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Punjabi University’s liabilities piled up even as state grant doubled in five years

By Navrajdeep Singh, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 12:58 AM IST
The grant has gone up from 76.7 crore in 2014-15 to 152.97 crore in 2019-20
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Punjabi University in Patiala.
Punjabi University in Patiala.
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PRTC’s daily receipts cross 1 crore for first time post lockdown

By Navrajdeep Singh, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON NOV 16, 2020 11:32 PM IST
Before the lockdown was imposed due to the Covid pandemic, it earned around 1.4 crore daily
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The committee is mandated to thoroughly work upon improving the fiscal health of the university(HT file)
The committee is mandated to thoroughly work upon improving the fiscal health of the university(HT file)

Three-member panel on Punjabi University reform meets tomorrow

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Patiala
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 04:36 PM IST
The committee was mandated to submit its report within a month of its formation on August 11, but it missed the deadline due to covid-19 pandemic and the admission process at the varsity
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Farmers drying paddy crop.(HT FILES)
Farmers drying paddy crop.(HT FILES)

Crops not ready for harvesting in parts of Punjab as paddy procurement begins

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Patiala
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 05:30 PM IST
Agriculture director Sutantar Kumar Airi has said at present only around 1% of advance varieties of paddy, mainly basmati, are ready for harvesting and procurement in parts of Majha
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The finance department also observed that the grant of new pension scheme from July 2012, onwards must be reviewed as it is in violation of the government policy, while the grant of pay scale to some employees by the university at its own level in violation of the government norms must be reviewed.(HT File Photo)
The finance department also observed that the grant of new pension scheme from July 2012, onwards must be reviewed as it is in violation of the government policy, while the grant of pay scale to some employees by the university at its own level in violation of the government norms must be reviewed.(HT File Photo)

Finance dept unhappy at agenda of Punjabi varsity syndic meeting

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times/Patiala, Patiala
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 03:50 PM IST
The department observed that the services of contractual employees should not be regularised by the university in violation of government policy, without the approval of the administrative department
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Punjab police personnel conduct a flag march at Queens Road during the weekend lockdown in Amritsar on Saturday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Punjab police personnel conduct a flag march at Queens Road during the weekend lockdown in Amritsar on Saturday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

High caseload, fatality: Patiala authorities ask health staff to increase sampling or face music

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Patiala
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 11:50 PM IST
Direct teams to collect at least 3,000 samples a day against 1,500-1,800 being taken presently
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A medic collects a sample at a testing booth at CHC Model Town in Patiala on Tuesday.(File Photo)
A medic collects a sample at a testing booth at CHC Model Town in Patiala on Tuesday.(File Photo)

Punjab health dept faces public refusal to be being tested

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times/Patiala, Patiala
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2020 07:52 PM IST
A health official said that for past one week, the department has given each health sub-centre a target of collecting 100 samples a day.
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In the two-and-a-half hour digital meeting, syndicate members strongly pressed for restructuring and reassessing of workforce.(HT file)
In the two-and-a-half hour digital meeting, syndicate members strongly pressed for restructuring and reassessing of workforce.(HT file)

Punjabi University syndicate presses for staff rationalisation

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Patiala
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 10:04 PM IST
According to budgetary proposals for this fiscal, the varsity expects an income of 380 crore, with expenditure at 676 crore, leaving a massive 296-crore deficit
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The syndicate is the highest decision-making body of a varsity, and the meeting will be held online.(HT file)
The syndicate is the highest decision-making body of a varsity, and the meeting will be held online.(HT file)

After a year, Punjabi varsity syndicate meets today; to decide on inquiry reports

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Patiala
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 08:23 PM IST
The varsity has circulated a 250-odd page agenda for the meeting, prominently including discussions to decide key inquiry reports pending for the past two years
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Of the 300 buses under the PRTC km scheme, 15 are integral coaches (Volvo), 47 are HVAC, while 233 are ordinary buses that run through contracts with private transporters. These buses have not been plying since March 18 when restrictions were placed on public transport.(Bharat Bhushan/HT file photo)
Of the 300 buses under the PRTC km scheme, 15 are integral coaches (Volvo), 47 are HVAC, while 233 are ordinary buses that run through contracts with private transporters. These buses have not been plying since March 18 when restrictions were placed on public transport.(Bharat Bhushan/HT file photo)

300 buses plying under PRTC’s kilometre scheme yet to resume operations

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON AUG 14, 2020 12:57 PM IST
Under the scheme, the responsibility of operating the buses is of the private transporters and the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation has to give only the running cost
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The commission’s mandate is to work upon improving fiscal health of the university.(HT file)
The commission’s mandate is to work upon improving fiscal health of the university.(HT file)

3-member panel to study Punjabi varsity’s woes, give report in a month

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Patiala
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2020 07:37 PM IST
According to budgetary proposals for this fiscal, the varsity expects an income of 380 crore, with expenditure at 676 crore, leaving a massive 296-crore deficit
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The works include laying interlocking tiles roads worth Rs 17 crore and Rs 3 crore of bitumen roads in ward numbers 2-16 and 18-29.(HT file)
The works include laying interlocking tiles roads worth Rs 17 crore and Rs 3 crore of bitumen roads in ward numbers 2-16 and 18-29.(HT file)

Rs 20 cr work in Patiala on hold, as trust fails to open financial bid

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Patiala
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2020 09:04 PM IST
An official with the Patiala Improvement Trust (PIT) added that the department of local government had failed to materialise tenders, even as over 10 contractors had filled in the papers
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Bootleggers operating on Ghaggar banks got tip of raids beforehand, claim locals

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Patiala, Patiala
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2020 11:38 PM IST
Not a single arrest made even as lahan in large quantities seized in two Patiala villages notorious for illicit liquor business
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Illicit liquor flows freely in Patiala dist despite 1,823 FIRs in 2 years

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Tines, Patiala
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 11:03 PM IST
Patiala also has links with the state’s Majha hooch tragedy in Ghanour and Rajpura areas as at least four persons have been arrested
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Hooch tragedy: Four held in Patiala raids, 1,150 litre lahan seized

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Patiala, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2020 11:54 PM IST
The police recovered 200 litre lahan from Jhilmil Dhaba and 200 litre diesel-like liquid from Green Dhaba
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The varsity had appointed retired IAS officer Manjit Singh Narang to the post to help it tide over its acute financial crisis.(HT File)
The varsity had appointed retired IAS officer Manjit Singh Narang to the post to help it tide over its acute financial crisis.(HT File)

Punjabi University row: V-C’s adviser puts in papers over delay in joining

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Patiala, Patiala
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 12:21 AM IST
The recently appointed former bureaucrat alleged that the varsity administration failed to acknowledge his attendance report sent to the V-C through email on July 24.
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The garbage dump near Ghalori gate in Patiala on Sunday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
The garbage dump near Ghalori gate in Patiala on Sunday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Patiala’s 55-year-old garbage dump to finally go

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Patiala, Patiala
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 07:30 PM IST
Rs 6.8 cr project: MC has awarded tender to a Karnal-based company for scientific segregation of garbage at the site
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The university has been advised to take assistance of former IAS officer Manjit Singh Narang, who has been appointed as honourary advisor to vice-chancellor.(HT file)
The university has been advised to take assistance of former IAS officer Manjit Singh Narang, who has been appointed as honourary advisor to vice-chancellor.(HT file)

Punjabi University gets special state govt grant of Rs 20 crore

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Patiala
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 07:37 PM IST
As per budgetary proposals for this fiscal, the varsity expects an income of 380 crore, with expenditure at 676 crore, leaving a massive 296-crore deficit
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Punjabi varsity fiscal crisis deepens, finance minister to chair meet today

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Patiala, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2020 12:27 AM IST
University demands Rs 21 crore from the state finance department which has asked it to put its house in order after financial anomalies surfaced in its functioning
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The students across government schools in Punjab were provided online study material followed by bi-monthly exams that began from July 13. It has been found that most children are using unfair means to attempt the examination.
The students across government schools in Punjab were provided online study material followed by bi-monthly exams that began from July 13. It has been found that most children are using unfair means to attempt the examination.

Punjab govt school students resort to widespread cheating, make mockery of online exams

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 20, 2020 04:51 PM IST
Teachers concerned as students copy from textbooks and guides before uploading answer sheets, say some completed exam within 15 minutes of releasing question paper
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Punjabi University, Patiala, is presently reeling under acute financial crisis and is unable to meet even its committed expenditure.(Representational photo)
Punjabi University, Patiala, is presently reeling under acute financial crisis and is unable to meet even its committed expenditure.(Representational photo)

Higher edu dept seeks report from Punjabi University over financial ‘anomalies’

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Patiala, Patiala
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2020 08:16 PM IST
The department has also asked the varsity to submit its blueprint to increase its income from its own resources.
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OTS policy for unauthorised construction on hold, violations continue unchecked

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times, Patiala
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2020 10:04 PM IST
The regularisation policy was meant to ensure that existing unauthorised buildings were aligned with parking, fire and safety standards, as it was no longer feasible for the govt to demolish such buildings
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No syndicate meeting at Punjabi varsity for 11 months; action on inquiry reports delayed indefinitely

By Navrajdeep Singh | Hindustan Times/Patiala, Patiala
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2020 10:28 PM IST
The delay in holding the syndicate meeting has delayed action against officials and employees on the basis of the findings of inquiry reports related to allegations of corruption, nepotism and misuse of funds during 2007-2017
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