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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Punjab in talks with Delhi to resume bus service to IGI Airport

The development comes after the newly formed AAP government in Punjab sent a detailed proposal to its Delhi counterpart for resuming the bus service
In July 2018, the PRTC had started eight luxury buses from Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Hoshiarpur to and from the IGI Airport in Delhi, but these had to be discontinued due to permit issues. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
In July 2018, the PRTC had started eight luxury buses from Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Hoshiarpur to and from the IGI Airport in Delhi, but these had to be discontinued due to permit issues. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 12, 2022 09:44 PM IST
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Punjabi University to research, document farmers’ protest

The Punjabi University has roped in departments of history and Punjab historical studies and economics to conduct research on farmers’ protest
Punjabi University to research, document farmers’ protest
Punjabi University to research, document farmers’ protest
Published on Apr 08, 2022 12:23 AM IST
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Fake billing scam: Punjabi varsity hands list of 35 more suspects to SIT

In May last year, cash-strapped Punjabi University’s internal audit department and finance wing had red-flagged fake billing scam amounting to 10 crore.
Recently, after its syndicate meeting on March 29, Punjabi University management hinted at the involvement of 35 more persons, including the non-teaching employees and their contacts. (iStock)
Recently, after its syndicate meeting on March 29, Punjabi University management hinted at the involvement of 35 more persons, including the non-teaching employees and their contacts. (iStock)
Published on Apr 03, 2022 11:44 PM IST
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Unheeding plans to do away with ad hoc staff, transport dept goes ahead with outsourcing

On Thursday, transport minister Laljit Singh Bhullar handed over appointment letters to as many as 25 drivers and conductors recruited by Pepsu road transport corporation (PRTC), which is to recruit at least 300 offshore employees.
In 2014, as many as 625 employees were terminated from service by SAD-BJP government after they struck work. (HT Photo)
In 2014, as many as 625 employees were terminated from service by SAD-BJP government after they struck work. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 01, 2022 12:37 AM IST
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Sangrur college employee suicide: 3 officials charged with abetment

Not paid salary for three years, Devinder Verma, a clerk at an employee of the Baba Hira Singh Bhattal Institute of Engineering and Technology, ended his life in his office on Tuesday night
A case under IPC Sections 306 (abetment to suicide) and 34 (common intention) has been registered against college principal Satish Kansal, Sandeep Bajaj, registrar, and Madan Lal, an assistant registrar. (iStock)
A case under IPC Sections 306 (abetment to suicide) and 34 (common intention) has been registered against college principal Satish Kansal, Sandeep Bajaj, registrar, and Madan Lal, an assistant registrar. (iStock)
Published on Mar 31, 2022 11:45 PM IST
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Without salary for 3 years, Sangrur institute clerk ends life on campus

Devinder Verma, who was posted as a clerk in the college, which is facing severe financial crisis for past three years and is on the verge of closure, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his office on the college premises
Upset over not being paid salary for 36 months, an employee of the Baba Hira Singh Bhattal Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Punjab government establishment in Sangrur’s Lehragaga town, committed suicide on Tuesday night.
Upset over not being paid salary for 36 months, an employee of the Baba Hira Singh Bhattal Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Punjab government establishment in Sangrur’s Lehragaga town, committed suicide on Tuesday night.
Published on Mar 31, 2022 01:07 AM IST
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Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann’s visit to Punjabi university a bummer; no word on financial aid

CM Bhagwant Mann’s visit came on a day Punjabi university passed its 206 crore deficit annual budget
No financial aid was announced during Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann’s visit to Punjabi university (HT)
No financial aid was announced during Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann’s visit to Punjabi university (HT)
Published on Mar 29, 2022 08:33 PM IST
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Like Delhi, Punjab to get 16,000 mohalla clinics: Health minister Vijay Singla

Health minister Vijay Singla said the process of deciding modalities to start mohalla clinics on the lines of Delhi is already underway
Like Delhi, Punjab to get 16,000 mohalla clinics: Health minister Vijay Singla (HT)
Like Delhi, Punjab to get 16,000 mohalla clinics: Health minister Vijay Singla (HT)
Published on Mar 28, 2022 06:39 PM IST
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Fund-starved Punjabi varsity to pass 206 crore deficit budget

In the ongoing financial year, Punjabi University’s deficit is estimated at 129, while in 2020-21, it was 296 crore
The cash-strapped Punjabi university is going to pass <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>206 crore deficit annual budget for the next fiscal on March 29 amid worsening financial woes driven by a widening gap between its income and expenditure.
The cash-strapped Punjabi university is going to pass 206 crore deficit annual budget for the next fiscal on March 29 amid worsening financial woes driven by a widening gap between its income and expenditure.
Published on Mar 26, 2022 06:46 PM IST
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Diesel price hike for bulk users: PRTC snaps rebate pact with IOC, moves to retail market

The price of diesel sold to bulk users, including PRTC, has been hiked by about 25 per litre in line with a near 40% rise in international oil prices
With this, the state-run transport undertaking – PRTC – has moved to retail market for the purchase of diesel at market price to run its fleet of 1,113 buses across the state.
With this, the state-run transport undertaking – PRTC – has moved to retail market for the purchase of diesel at market price to run its fleet of 1,113 buses across the state.
Published on Mar 24, 2022 01:26 AM IST
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MBBS students evacuated from Ukraine to meet Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann

National Medical Commission, in a notification issued on March 4, had said that foreign medical graduates whose internships were pending due to compelling situations, like war, are eligible to complete the remaining part of their internship in India
At least 250 students and their parents have already sent representation to the Punjab chief minister’ office regarding their demands wherein they stated that their future is at stake as they had to leave their studies due to unavoidable circumstances. (ANI)
At least 250 students and their parents have already sent representation to the Punjab chief minister’ office regarding their demands wherein they stated that their future is at stake as they had to leave their studies due to unavoidable circumstances. (ANI)
Published on Mar 20, 2022 12:35 AM IST
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Punjab school teachers condemn ‘raids’ by new AAP MLAs

Government school teachers condemned random inspections at government schools by newly elected AAP MLAs across the state, terming it a futile exercise
Newly elected AAP MLAs have been inspecting schools and hospitals across Punjab. (HT Photo)
Newly elected AAP MLAs have been inspecting schools and hospitals across Punjab. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 17, 2022 01:27 AM IST
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Congress councillors make a beeline for AAP in Patiala

According to sources, at least 27 Congress councillors are in talks with Ajitpal Singh Kohli and Dr Balbir Singh, the newly elected AAP MLAs from Patiala urban and rural seats, respectively
Congress councillors in Patiala MC are already divided into two groups having loyalties towards Captain Amarinder Singh and Brahm Mohindra.
Congress councillors in Patiala MC are already divided into two groups having loyalties towards Captain Amarinder Singh and Brahm Mohindra.
Published on Mar 16, 2022 12:50 AM IST
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Punjab polls: Of 14 kin of politicians, only 4 romped home victorious

Rana Inder Partap Singh, son of cabinet minister Rana Gurjeet Singh, registered a convincing win with a margin of 11,731 votes from Sultanpur Lodhi constituency. He is the only independent candidate in the state to register victory
Rana Inder Partap Singh.
Rana Inder Partap Singh.
Published on Mar 11, 2022 02:40 AM IST
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Out of 295-crore grant, PRTC pays 291 crore road tax

The grant-in-aid of 295.13 crore by the state government to the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) went into repayment to state coffers in form of pending road tax worth 291 crore
The government sanctioned and released the grant on February 11 on the precondition that the PRTC should first clear its road tax which has not been paid for over a decade. (HT File Photo/ Representational image)
The government sanctioned and released the grant on February 11 on the precondition that the PRTC should first clear its road tax which has not been paid for over a decade. (HT File Photo/ Representational image)
Published on Mar 09, 2022 02:03 AM IST
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Punjab: Post evacuation, medical students from Ukraine stare at uncertain future

Though the National Medical Commission (NMC), in a notification issued on March 4, said that foreign medical graduates whose internships are pending due to compelling situations, like war, are eligible to complete the remaining part of their internship in India, there are no directions for those in the initial years of their course
An Indian student, evacuated from war-torn Ukraine, reunites with her family at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI)
An Indian student, evacuated from war-torn Ukraine, reunites with her family at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 06, 2022 01:00 AM IST
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Dairy shifting project: Patiala mayor moves green tribunal

Patiala mayor Sanjeev Sharma Bittu urges NGT to set aside verbal orders issued by the CM to halt the project
The dairy shifting project, which was to be implemented by September 30 last year, has already missed several deadlines as it became victim to the power politics and tussle between mayor Sanjeev Sharma Bittu and the state government.
The dairy shifting project, which was to be implemented by September 30 last year, has already missed several deadlines as it became victim to the power politics and tussle between mayor Sanjeev Sharma Bittu and the state government.
Published on Mar 04, 2022 01:05 AM IST
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Kindness of strangers helped us reach Poland border, says Patiala native caught in Ukraine crisis

Arjun Batish, an MBBS student who reached Poland with a group of 50 Indians stuck in Kyiv, said the assistance from local Ukrainians, who provided them food and warm clothes, turned out to be a boon for them.
Refugees line up at the border crossing in Medyka to get into Poland on Tuesday. 2022. (AFP)
Refugees line up at the border crossing in Medyka to get into Poland on Tuesday. 2022. (AFP)
Updated on Mar 02, 2022 01:11 AM IST
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Punjab transport dept tells RTAs to restore timetables favouring state-run buses

After assembly elections, RTAs starting withdrawing orders issued by Punjab transport department in December last year that had curtailed “illegal” route extensions and permits given to private operators
Permits issued to private operators during the Akali regime allowed integral coaches and luxury buses to run on highly lucrative routes in Punjab. (HT File Photo)
Permits issued to private operators during the Akali regime allowed integral coaches and luxury buses to run on highly lucrative routes in Punjab. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 28, 2022 11:24 PM IST
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Lost touch with Indian Embassy, say around 450 Punjab-origin students stranded in Ukraine

Even as an Air India plane from Mumbai landed in Ukraine’s neighbouring country, Romania, to evacuate students who had managed to make it across the border, those still stuck in parts of Ukraine said they have been left to fend for themselves
Arjun Batish, a fourth-year MBBS student at Kharkiv National Medical University, who is taking shelter at a local school in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. (HT Photo)
Arjun Batish, a fourth-year MBBS student at Kharkiv National Medical University, who is taking shelter at a local school in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 27, 2022 12:43 AM IST
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Political wrangle continues to plague Patiala municipal corporation, development works hit

Political slugfest continues to affect the working of the Patiala municipal corporation. Senior deputy mayor Yoginder Singh Yogi said as far as development works are concerned, tenders have been awarded
Due to the differences between the councillors and the mayor of the Patiala municipal corporation, development works are being carried out at a slow pace as most of the key meetings have either been cancelled or postponed. (HT File Photo)
Due to the differences between the councillors and the mayor of the Patiala municipal corporation, development works are being carried out at a slow pace as most of the key meetings have either been cancelled or postponed. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 24, 2022 01:32 AM IST
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Capt Amarinder’s political career to end with these elections, says Bhagwant Mann

Addressing gatherings in Patiala urban, Sanaur, Ghanaur, Samana, and Shutrana, before heading to Sangrur, the AAP chief ministerial face Bhagwant Mann targeted the former chief minister, stating that the latter’s political career would end with these elections.
AAP’s chief ministerial face Bhagwant Mann campaigning for Patiala urban candidate Ajitpal Singh Kohli in Patiala on Thursday. (HT Photo)
AAP’s chief ministerial face Bhagwant Mann campaigning for Patiala urban candidate Ajitpal Singh Kohli in Patiala on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 18, 2022 01:34 AM IST
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Hot seat: Malerkotla Muslim-majority segment heading for high-pitched battle

Traditionally, electors in Malerkotla have invariably reposed faith in the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), but this time, the Aam Aadmi Party’s presence in the assembly segment has set new political dimensions. In the last five elections, the Congress has won thrice, while SAD represented the segment twice
Congress’ Razia Sultana is the sitting MLA from the Muslim-dominated segment of Malerkotla in Punjab.
Congress’ Razia Sultana is the sitting MLA from the Muslim-dominated segment of Malerkotla in Punjab.
Updated on Feb 13, 2022 01:11 AM IST
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Punjab polls: Patiala’s Ghanaur segment set for triangular contest, strong anti-incumbency at play

With two-time sitting MLA Madan Lal Jalalpur of the ruling Congress facing strong opponents in veteran Akali leader Prem Singh Chandumajra and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Gurlal Singh Ghanaur amid a robust anti-incumbency, the Ghanaur assembly constituency in Patiala district is all set for a triangular fight in the assembly elections this time
Madan Lal Jalalpur was once a close associate of former chief minister Amarinder Singh who now has floated the Punjab Lok Congress.
Madan Lal Jalalpur was once a close associate of former chief minister Amarinder Singh who now has floated the Punjab Lok Congress.
Updated on Feb 11, 2022 12:45 AM IST
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Punjab polls: Only 38% of candidates in Patiala’s 8 segments are graduate or above

In Patiala Urban constituency, a political hot seat, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is banking on a law graduate, Harpal Juneja, against four-time MLA and former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who is an IMA pass-out
Of the 32 candidates contesting Punjab assembly polls in eight segments of Patiala district, only 38% are graduates or above and 6% are under-matric.
Of the 32 candidates contesting Punjab assembly polls in eight segments of Patiala district, only 38% are graduates or above and 6% are under-matric.
Updated on Feb 05, 2022 12:49 AM IST
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Punjab assembly polls: In Patiala Urban, Captain Amarinder Singh to face two ex-mayors

From Patiala Urban, former CM Captain Amarinder Singh is going to face two ex-mayors of Patiala city, Congress’ Vishnu Sharma and AAP’s Ajitpal Singh Kohli, in the Punjab assembly polls
Punjab Lok Congress (PLC) president Capt Amarinder Singh files his nomination from the Patiala Urban assembly constituency in presence of Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat ahead of the Punjab assembly polls, in Patiala on Monday. (ANI)
Punjab Lok Congress (PLC) president Capt Amarinder Singh files his nomination from the Patiala Urban assembly constituency in presence of Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat ahead of the Punjab assembly polls, in Patiala on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 01, 2022 01:15 AM IST
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Punjab CEO seeks home dept report after Cong plaint against Patiala IG

The Congress complaint says that Patiala IG has served as head of security of former Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh and there cannot be fair elections if he remains posted in Patiala, with Amarinder or family in poll pray
A report has been sought within four hours and additional chief secretary, home, is looking into the matter, the CEO has said. (HT FILE PHOTO)
A report has been sought within four hours and additional chief secretary, home, is looking into the matter, the CEO has said. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 11:27 PM IST
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Punjab polls: Projects initiated by Capt in Patiala remain in limbo

The projects include setting up of heritage street, multi-crore canal-based water supply project in Patiala district, rejuvenation of seasonal Chhoti Nadi and Badi Nadi, dairy shifting project and renovation of Rajindra Lake
Most of the developmental projects initiated by former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh since 2017 continue to remain in limbo.
Most of the developmental projects initiated by former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh since 2017 continue to remain in limbo.
Published on Jan 20, 2022 12:52 AM IST
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Turncoat, ex-mayor Kohli is AAP candidate from Patiala urban

Ajitpal Singh Kohli is a former mayor of Patiala from 2007 to 2012; his family had over seven decades of association with the Akali Dal.
A former Patiala mayor, Kohli, 43, had joined the party, last week, after snapping ties with the SAD. (HT Photo)
A former Patiala mayor, Kohli, 43, had joined the party, last week, after snapping ties with the SAD. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 01:08 AM IST
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Parties don’t go virtual route; take to door-to-door campaign

The door-to-door strategy has worked for parties, with most candidates that the virtual poll campaign is no substitute for real, physical contact with people.
The Election Commission of India has asked parties to stick to virtual campaigning till January 15. (HT Photo)
The Election Commission of India has asked parties to stick to virtual campaigning till January 15. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 13, 2022 10:35 PM IST
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