Nikhil Sharma

Nikhil Sharma

Nikhil Sharma is a staff reporter who covers Faridkot district in the Mansa region of Punjab.

Articles by Nikhil Sharma
The factory collapse in Ludhiana that resulted in 13 deaths has brought the focus back on firemen’s safety in Punjab.(HT File)
The factory collapse in Ludhiana that resulted in 13 deaths has brought the focus back on firemen’s safety in Punjab.(HT File)

Punjab government gives Rs 1 crore for fire safety gear

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2017 09:57 AM IST
The move came a day after Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, expressed his concern over the poor state of the fire department while chairing a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Having no life insurances done by the government despite repeated claims and promises by ministers, the tragedy in which at least 13 lives were lost, including those of firemen, has led to the insecurity.(HT Photo)
Having no life insurances done by the government despite repeated claims and promises by ministers, the tragedy in which at least 13 lives were lost, including those of firemen, has led to the insecurity.(HT Photo)

Fear among firemen: ‘Without insurance, what will our families do if we die?’

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2017 10:17 AM IST
During a reality check in Amritsar on Tuesday, it was learnt that the situation is grim here. Here, the fire staff say they have not even got salaries for the past three months. 
Saraj Sandhu, who is being chased by the state police, not only admitted to killing Hindu Sangharsh Sena leader Vipan Sharma, but even suggested that the “killing should not be linked to religion”.(Facebook)
Saraj Sandhu, who is being chased by the state police, not only admitted to killing Hindu Sangharsh Sena leader Vipan Sharma, but even suggested that the “killing should not be linked to religion”.(Facebook)

Murdered Hindu outfit leader in Amritsar, ‘confesses’ gangster Saraj in Facebook post

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2017 07:12 PM IST
For revenge: Saraj Sandhu, who has been on the run since the killing of Vipan Sharma on October 30, says ‘killing not linked to religion’

Amritsar Hindu leader’s murder: Accused using internet services to evade arrest

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2017 07:43 PM IST
The accused are only using social apps ensuring that they do not leave any hint of their location.
Shiv Sena state chairman Sudhir Kumar Suri (L) and chief Jai Gopal Lali with security personnel in Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Shiv Sena state chairman Sudhir Kumar Suri (L) and chief Jai Gopal Lali with security personnel in Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Week since Hindu leader’s murder in Amritsar, 17 Hindu activists given security

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2017 03:13 PM IST
Requests pour in: Leaders file requests with Amritsar police for security or even additional cover, citing threat from radicals; even as police ruled out this angle behind the murder
Special task force members along with other officials showing the recovered cash and over 90 kg contraband in Amritsar.(HT File)
Special task force members along with other officials showing the recovered cash and over 90 kg contraband in Amritsar.(HT File)

Heroin smuggling at the Indo-Pak border: On STF radar, Pakistani, Afghan smugglers

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2017 01:40 PM IST
The gang members revealed the names of two smugglers; Chacha Ahemdin of Pakistan and Pathan of Afghanistan. As per the STF report, Pathan supplied the heroin to Chacha in Pakistan, which he delivered to his accomplices in Punjab.
Special task force members along with other officials showing the recovered cash and heroin in Amritsar.(HT File)
Special task force members along with other officials showing the recovered cash and heroin in Amritsar.(HT File)

Gang smuggled 93kg heroin across Indo-Pak border, delivered consignments to Vicky Gounder gang

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2017 02:37 PM IST
The arrested gang recently delivered two consignments to Gounder gang, say police.
Navjot Singh Sidhu declared Congress MLA from Dera Baba Nanak, Sukhjinder Randhawa as ‘Majhe da Jarnail (commander) since Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar had won the election.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Navjot Singh Sidhu declared Congress MLA from Dera Baba Nanak, Sukhjinder Randhawa as ‘Majhe da Jarnail (commander) since Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar had won the election.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Navjot Singh Sidhu declares Randhawa as the new ‘Majhe da Jarnail’

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2017 03:02 PM IST
Following Congress victory in the Gurdaspur bypoll, Sidhu said Bikram Singh Majithia didn’t deserve the title anymore.
Sonu’s wife Seema (R) with mother-in-law Jeeto at Chawinda Devi village in Amritsar district on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Sonu’s wife Seema (R) with mother-in-law Jeeto at Chawinda Devi village in Amritsar district on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Want to see my son before I die, says mother of victim trapped in Iraq

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma and Surjit Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2017 12:31 PM IST
Missing youth in Iraq: One of the youths, Sonu’s mother has kept the hope of his return alive; uncertainty prevails over DNA tests
Rahul Gandhi and Navjot Singh Sidhu(HT Photos)
Rahul Gandhi and Navjot Singh Sidhu(HT Photos)

Rahul Gandhi as Congress chief will be game-changer in 2019: Navjot Singh Sidhu

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2017 03:52 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi best choice to become Congress president, calls him a ‘man of character’.
A queue at a polling station in the village Kala Afghana in Batala under the Gurdaspur LS segment on Wednesday, October 11.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
A queue at a polling station in the village Kala Afghana in Batala under the Gurdaspur LS segment on Wednesday, October 11.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

At 56%, Gurdaspur sees dismal turnout

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Nikhil Sharma and Vinay Dhingra
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2017 09:24 AM IST
The seat, which fell vacant following the death of actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna of the BJP in April, is witnessing a three-cornered race among Congress, BJP and AAP contestants.
Canadian House of Commons MP (Member Parliament) Jatinder Singh Sidhu paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Canadian House of Commons MP (Member Parliament) Jatinder Singh Sidhu paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Good to see a Sikh leading political party in Canada, says Jatinder Singh Sidhu

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2017 06:55 PM IST
Speaking of the achievement of Jagmeet Singh, who became the first Indian to be elected as the leader of New Democratic Party of Canada, Sidhu referred to it as a huge accomplishment.
CM Capt Amarinder Singh waves to the crowd at a roadshow for Congress’ Sunil Jakhar in Gurdaspur on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
CM Capt Amarinder Singh waves to the crowd at a roadshow for Congress’ Sunil Jakhar in Gurdaspur on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Congress puts up united face as Capt Amarinder leads roadshow on last day of campaigning

Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur | By Nikhil Sharma, Gurdaspur
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2017 11:49 AM IST
Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll: A total of 11 candidates are in the fray for the byelection on Wednesday, though the main fight is between the BJP candidate Swaran Salaria, Congress’ Sunil Jakhar, and Aam Aadmi Party’s Maj Gen Suresh Kumar Khajuria (retd).
Giani Gurbachan Singh addressing from Akal Takht Sahib in Amritsar on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Giani Gurbachan Singh addressing from Akal Takht Sahib in Amritsar on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Akal Takht excommunicates rape accused Akali leader Sucha Singh Langah

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2017 09:52 PM IST
Langah surrendered in a Gurdaspur court approximately five days after he was charged with rape.
Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Sing Sidhu giving compensation to the aggrieved farmers at Bachat Bhawan, in Amritsar on Wednesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Sing Sidhu giving compensation to the aggrieved farmers at Bachat Bhawan, in Amritsar on Wednesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Navjot Sidhu pays Rs 10 lakh from pocket to Amritsar farmers who lost crop in fire

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2017 10:34 PM IST
Administration officials said Navjot Singh Sidhu has compensated a total of 141 beneficiaries.
A video grab showing a constable consuming liquor near a petrol pump in Amritsar on Monday.(HT Photo)
A video grab showing a constable consuming liquor near a petrol pump in Amritsar on Monday.(HT Photo)

Reality check: Liquor vends in Amritsar flouting rules fearlessly; cop on duty found drinking in public

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2017 01:50 PM IST
Almost all the food joints especially dhabas and the liquor-vends in Amritsar remain functional, even after 11pm.
The police investigation had hit a roadblock when Garry, who had allegedly kidnapped Sukhpreet, committed suicide in a guesthouse at Amboli village in Maharashtra.(HT File)
The police investigation had hit a roadblock when Garry, who had allegedly kidnapped Sukhpreet, committed suicide in a guesthouse at Amboli village in Maharashtra.(HT File)

After drones, police now hire divers to trace kidnapped GNDU prof

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 30, 2017 01:54 PM IST
Search operations conducted by police teams in various towns of the state, including Subhanpur, Beas and Harike.
AAP candidate Maj Gen (retd) Suresh Khajuria paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Tuesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
AAP candidate Maj Gen (retd) Suresh Khajuria paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Tuesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Sunil Jakhar, Salaria can’t defeat me in Gurdaspur bypoll without money, muscle power: AAP’s Suresh Kumar Khajuria

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2017 12:59 PM IST
Khajuria declined that AAP’s Majha zone president, Kanwal Preet Singh Kaki, resigned after the party selected him as its candidate for the bypolls.
Sukhpreet Kaur(HT File)
Sukhpreet Kaur(HT File)

Search operation on: Police now using drones to trace kidnapped GNDU professor

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2017 09:13 AM IST
The police investigation had hit a roadblock when Kharar resident Jazzinder Singh Virk, alias Garry, 30, who had allegedly kidnapped Sukhpreet, committed suicide in a guesthouse at Amboli village in Maharashtra on Wednesday
Congress’ Sunil Jakhar filing nomination papers for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll, accompanied by Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, and state party affairs in-charge Asha Kumari .(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Congress’ Sunil Jakhar filing nomination papers for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll, accompanied by Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, and state party affairs in-charge Asha Kumari .(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

As Jakhar files papers, Partap Bajwa remains defiant: ‘CM betrayed me’

Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur | By Nikhil Sharma and Kamaljit Singh Kamal
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2017 09:39 PM IST
Commenting on his differences with Amarinder, who had backed Jakhar, Bajwa said that he had stepped down as state Congress chief after Amarinder “conspired” against him “then too”.
Accused Jazzinder Singh Virk (left) and victim Sukhpreet Kaur.(HT Photo)
Accused Jazzinder Singh Virk (left) and victim Sukhpreet Kaur.(HT Photo)

GNDU assistant prof kidnapping: After ‘suicide’ of main accused, tracing woman a tough task for cops

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2017 12:57 PM IST
Cops trying to find out why the victim left the restaurant with Garry, willingly, if she suspected life risk, and how well they knew each other.
Sources said police found the body of Jazzinder Singh Virk, alias Garry, 30, of Kharar in Mohali, next to his car.(Facebook)
Sources said police found the body of Jazzinder Singh Virk, alias Garry, 30, of Kharar in Mohali, next to his car.(Facebook)

Kidnap accused found dead in Maharashtra, but no trace of GNDU professor

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2017 10:32 PM IST
The case has seen several twists ever since the alleged kidnapping on September 11 evening, when the Hindi professor had gone to meet Garry at a restaurant near the campus over some money he owed her.
A file photo of Sukhpreet Kaur.
A file photo of Sukhpreet Kaur.

GNDU prof kidnapping mystery: Accused eludes police, crosses Vadodara toll plaza

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2017 02:43 PM IST
The accused crossed the toll plaza around 11pm on Monday in his Honda City (CH-03-K-0012) alone.
File photo of Jazzinder Singh Virk alias Garry, who is an accused in the kidnapping of an assistant professor from Guru Nanak Dev University.(Facebook)
File photo of Jazzinder Singh Virk alias Garry, who is an accused in the kidnapping of an assistant professor from Guru Nanak Dev University.(Facebook)

GNDU professor kidnap: Accused last seen at Delhi-Jaipur toll plaza

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Nikhil Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2017 09:37 PM IST
The kidnapping was reported by the family on Friday and they also received a ransom call for Rs 3 lakh from the kidnapper who used her phone, police have said.
Victim Sukhpreet Kaur(HT File Photo)
Victim Sukhpreet Kaur(HT File Photo)

GNDU professor kidnapping: Accused uses victim’s debit card, withdraws Rs 91,000 in two days

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Nikhil Sharma, Amritsar
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2017 09:28 AM IST
Was last tracked to Patel Nagar in Delhi from where he made the last withdrawal.
Despite making lists of these schools, the department failed to close them in the shadow of neighbourhood criteria.(HT Photo)
Despite making lists of these schools, the department failed to close them in the shadow of neighbourhood criteria.(HT Photo)

20 schools still functioning with less than 20 students in Faridkot

Hindustan Times, Faridkot | By Nikhil Sharma, Faridkot
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2017 04:25 PM IST
Education minister had directed the department to close such school and enrol their students in other government schools.
Police booked three men under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code in the case.(HT Photo)
Police booked three men under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code in the case.(HT Photo)

Can suicide fund your foreign dreams? This man had a plan, but was busted

Hindustan Times, Faridkot | By Nikhil Sharma, Faridkot
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2017 05:27 PM IST
The father of this man told the police that he had “jumped into a canal” on July 3.
Agreeing with the contentions, the apex court extended the deadline, but added that no other state should get the benefit of the extension.(HT File)
Agreeing with the contentions, the apex court extended the deadline, but added that no other state should get the benefit of the extension.(HT File)

NEET counselling: Deadline extended till Sept 7 for Punjab, Haryana

Hindustan Times, Faridkot | By Nikhil Sharma, Faridkot
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2017 09:56 AM IST
The deadline was missed as, owing to curfew and violence in the states after conviction of Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim in a rape case on August 25.
Victims narrated their feelings to Justice Ranjit Singh (retd), a former judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court, on Thursday as he visited the village to probe the police action that had led to two men’s death and injuries to several.(HT Photo)
Victims narrated their feelings to Justice Ranjit Singh (retd), a former judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court, on Thursday as he visited the village to probe the police action that had led to two men’s death and injuries to several.(HT Photo)

2015 Behbal Kalan firing: Victims want punishment for ‘monsters in khaki’

Hindustan Times, Faridkot | By Nikhil Sharma, Faridkot
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2017 09:39 AM IST
Victims even brought their burnt and the vandalised vehicles as evidence, accusing the police of having set these on fire. 
The fact that agents working for the colleges contacted students and influenced them to apply or book a seat with the colleges they worked for came to light after a few parents of BSc nursing candidates approached the university to confirm if colleges can book seats even before the varsity allots colleges.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The fact that agents working for the colleges contacted students and influenced them to apply or book a seat with the colleges they worked for came to light after a few parents of BSc nursing candidates approached the university to confirm if colleges can book seats even before the varsity allots colleges.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Fleecing nursing candidates: Punjab colleges warned against booking seats before allotment

PUBLISHED ON AUG 12, 2017 07:37 PM IST
Only the varsity is authorised to allot seats on the basis of the merit of the candidate during counselling and colleges themselves cannot do the same
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