Nikhil Sharma

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

Articles by Nikhil Sharma

Over 6,000 candidates make the cut for meritorious schools in Punjab

Counselling for the second day of enrolment in meritorious schools held on Saturday in Punjab; total of 101 students enrolled in Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala

Over 6,000 candidates make the cut for meritorious schools in Punjab
Over 6,000 candidates make the cut for meritorious schools in Punjab
Published on Aug 07, 2022 01:18 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana: CWG hero Vikas Thakur arrives in hometown to rousing reception

Commonwealth Games 2022 silver medal winning weightlifter Vikas Thakur was greeted with a floral welcome by hundreds of fans, neighbours and relatives; people garlanded him and were seen struggling hard to make their way through the crowd in an attempt to get a picture clicked with the star athlete

Commonwealth Games 2022 silver medallist Vikas Thakur surrounded by friends and family after his arrival in Ludhiana on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Commonwealth Games 2022 silver medallist Vikas Thakur surrounded by friends and family after his arrival in Ludhiana on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 07, 2022 12:41 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Vikas Thakur’s CWG triumph a dream birthday gift for his mother

Asha Thakur received the birthday gift of her dreams on Tuesday after her son, Ludhiana lad Vikas Thakur, 28, clinched his third Commonwealth Games medal in weightlifting

Vikas Thakur’s family and friends watching him compete in the Commonwealth Games 2022 at his home in Eldeco Estate, Ludhiana. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Vikas Thakur’s family and friends watching him compete in the Commonwealth Games 2022 at his home in Eldeco Estate, Ludhiana. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Published on Aug 04, 2022 12:54 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana | Students await text book but PSEB short on paper for printing

Meanwhile, with only six days left for the bimonthly exams of Class 6 to 12, students, awaiting textbooks, in many government schools in Ludhiana are struggling with their preparations. While the state education department allowed admissions to continue till July 31, PSEB announced bimonthly exams from August 5 to August 20.

According to sources in the education department, the vendor for the PSEB board refused to continue the services citing non-clearance of previous bills. According to teachers in Ludhiana, many students who took admission even two months before are awaiting their textbooks despite repeated requests to the department. (HT FILE)
According to sources in the education department, the vendor for the PSEB board refused to continue the services citing non-clearance of previous bills. According to teachers in Ludhiana, many students who took admission even two months before are awaiting their textbooks despite repeated requests to the department. (HT FILE)
Published on Aug 03, 2022 12:07 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana government schools fail to enrol students in higher classes despite upgrade

The alleged failure of the state government to provide adequate staff and infrastructure to the upgraded Ludhiana government schools has left the students and parents in lurch.

Ludhiana government schools have failed to enrol students in higher classes despite their recent upgrade. (PTI)
Ludhiana government schools have failed to enrol students in higher classes despite their recent upgrade. (PTI)
Published on Aug 01, 2022 03:04 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Deficiency in services: MakeMyTrip, Indigo Airlines in soup

For inconvenience caused by a rescheduled flight and not providing taxi service as included in the package, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed Indigo Airlines and MakeMyTrip India, respectively, to pay a total sum of ₹14,000 to six members of a Ludhiana-based family

The commission in its order observed that the brochure clearly mentioned that the car for intra/intercity transfers covering Port Blair and Havelock will be included in the trip. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The commission in its order observed that the brochure clearly mentioned that the car for intra/intercity transfers covering Port Blair and Havelock will be included in the trip. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jul 31, 2022 11:16 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Farmers’ agitation: Traffic on Ludhiana-Ferozepur Highway comes to halt

Serpentine queues of vehicles were witnessed as members of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) laid siege to the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Highway near Mullanpur from 11am to 3pm as part of the state-wide agitation against the Union government on Sunday

Farmers under the banner of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) protesting against the Union government on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Highway on Sunday. (HT Photo)
Farmers under the banner of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) protesting against the Union government on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Highway on Sunday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jul 31, 2022 10:49 PM IST
ByHarsimran Singh Batra and Nikhil Sharma, Ludhiana

Now, watch 3D films on Vande Bharat train to Katra

The recently launched Passenger Engagement and Entertainment Service (PEES) on Vande Bharat train, from New Delhi to Katra, has evoked a good response from passengers

Passengers on Vande Bharat train to Katra can opt to watch a 15-minute 3D 360 video reality (VR) movie on Mata Vaishno Devi, which gives a detailed overview of the holy shrine. (HT Photo)
Passengers on Vande Bharat train to Katra can opt to watch a 15-minute 3D 360 video reality (VR) movie on Mata Vaishno Devi, which gives a detailed overview of the holy shrine. (HT Photo)
Published on Jul 28, 2022 12:04 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

ISC Class 12 results: Farmer’s daughter tops Ludhiana district with 99%

Ekam Saran of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, topped Ludhiana district with 99% in the Indian School Certificate (ISC) Class 12 results which were declared on Sunday

Ekam Saran, who topped Ludhiana district in the ISC Class 12 exams, celebrating with her family on Sunday. (HT Photo)
Ekam Saran, who topped Ludhiana district in the ISC Class 12 exams, celebrating with her family on Sunday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jul 25, 2022 01:17 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana | Food contractors struggle to provide diet to players as inflation soars

According to the officials of the sports department, even when the state government directed the department to restore the food service for the players, the contractors refused to serve the meals at the current fixed rates, citing inflation; the Punjab government, at present, is paying ₹200 each per day for residential players or students, mostly staying in college hostels here in Ludhiana as the local sports’ department does not have any hostel to accommodate the players.

The sports department has hired contractors in each district to supply meals to players in lieu of the aforesaid funding, which according to the sources is not sufficient for the food contractors. When asked about the diet issue directly impacting the players, district sports officer, Ravinder Singh, Ludhiana, said director-sports is concerned about the welfare of players and thus, would soon come out with a solution for the same. (HT FILE)
The sports department has hired contractors in each district to supply meals to players in lieu of the aforesaid funding, which according to the sources is not sufficient for the food contractors. When asked about the diet issue directly impacting the players, district sports officer, Ravinder Singh, Ludhiana, said director-sports is concerned about the welfare of players and thus, would soon come out with a solution for the same. (HT FILE)
Published on Jul 24, 2022 12:37 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

CBSE Class 10 results: Pratham Jain tops Ludhiana district

Pratham Jain of MGM Public School, Dugri, topped Ludhiana district with 99.8% in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 10 results declared on Friday

Class 10 Ludhiana district topper Pratham Jain celebrating with his family in Ludhiana on Friday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Class 10 Ludhiana district topper Pratham Jain celebrating with his family in Ludhiana on Friday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Published on Jul 23, 2022 01:13 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

CBSE Class 12 results: Anshika Chaudhry, Makkar top Ludhiana with 99.4%

Anshika Chaudhry of Ryan International School, Jamalpur, and Anshika Makkar of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, jointly topped Ludhiana district with 99.4% in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 results declared on Friday

Students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, in a jubilant mood after the CBSE Class 12 results were announced on Friday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, in a jubilant mood after the CBSE Class 12 results were announced on Friday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Published on Jul 23, 2022 01:10 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Misplaced baggage: Indigo Airlines told to pay 20k to Ludhiana woman

The Ludhiana woman, Harpreet Kaur, had also stated in her complaint submitted to the court that the lost baggage contained jewellery worth ₹5 lakh and sought compensation of ₹ 10 lakh from Indigo Airlines

However, the Indigo Airlines’ counsel contended that all passengers were advised not to carry any valuables or perishable goods in their checked-in baggage. But, the Ludhiana woman chose to carry the jewellery in wilful non-adherence to the binding terms of the contract, the counsel said . (HT FILE)
However, the Indigo Airlines’ counsel contended that all passengers were advised not to carry any valuables or perishable goods in their checked-in baggage. But, the Ludhiana woman chose to carry the jewellery in wilful non-adherence to the binding terms of the contract, the counsel said . (HT FILE)
Updated on Jul 21, 2022 11:16 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana | State sports department seeks list of promising players

“The players identified by the coaches will be paid special attention and will be prepared for national and international arenas. This will help to enhance future prospects for medals for the country and the state,” Ravinder Singh, district sports officer, Ludhiana, said.

“Government announces numerous funds for sportspersons in the state from time-to-time. Special funds may be allocated to these players to prepare them well for their competitions,” a sports officer from Ludhiana said. (HT FILE)
“Government announces numerous funds for sportspersons in the state from time-to-time. Special funds may be allocated to these players to prepare them well for their competitions,” a sports officer from Ludhiana said. (HT FILE)
Published on Jul 20, 2022 11:15 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

ICSE Class 10 exams: Sat Paul Mittal students bag top positions in Ludhiana

Students of Sat Paul Mittal School brought laurels to the institution by bagging top positions in Ludhiana district in the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Class-10 examination results declared on Sunday

Students of Sat Paul Mittal School, Ludhiana, celebrating after the ICSE Class 10 examination results were announced on Sunday. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Students of Sat Paul Mittal School, Ludhiana, celebrating after the ICSE Class 10 examination results were announced on Sunday. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Published on Jul 17, 2022 11:46 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

NEET 2022: High drama over ‘reporting late’ at exam centre in Ludhiana

Two female NEET candidates reached BCM Arya School exam centre in Ludhiana late, but were eventually allowed to take the exam

Students leaving the examination centre after appearing in the NEET exam in Ludhiana. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Students leaving the examination centre after appearing in the NEET exam in Ludhiana. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Published on Jul 17, 2022 11:04 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

252 students appear for CUET-UG in Ludhiana

A total of 252 students took the Common University Entrance Test (CUET-UG), the country’s second largest undergraduate college qualifier exam, at two designated centres in Ludhiana on Saturday

Candidates outside the examination centre for CUET-UG at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College in Ludhiana on Saturday. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Candidates outside the examination centre for CUET-UG at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College in Ludhiana on Saturday. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Published on Jul 17, 2022 01:32 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Punjab: Distribution of sports kits during Congress regime under AAP govt’s lens

The Punjab sports minister has reportedly marked an inquiry into alleged irregularities in distribution of sports kits during the previous Congress government

The action came after a former Punjab Civil Services officer alleged embezzlement of funds allocated to distribute sports kits to over 85,000 players in the state during Congress regime. (HT File Photo/Representative)
The action came after a former Punjab Civil Services officer alleged embezzlement of funds allocated to distribute sports kits to over 85,000 players in the state during Congress regime. (HT File Photo/Representative)
Published on Jul 14, 2022 09:21 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

JEE Main results:11 students from Ludhiana score 99%ile

Eleven students from Ludhiana district, including 10 boys, scored above 99 percentile in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2022 Session 1 results which were announced by National Testing Agency (NTA) on Monday morning

Keshav Rai from Ludhiana, who scored 99.913 percentile in JEE Main, is now eyeing a seat in IIT Bombay in the computer science engineering (CSE) branch (HT Photo)
Keshav Rai from Ludhiana, who scored 99.913 percentile in JEE Main, is now eyeing a seat in IIT Bombay in the computer science engineering (CSE) branch (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 12, 2022 12:12 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Non-return on investment: Sahara Group’s retail wing in soup

City man invested ₹1 lakh in a FDR in Sahara Q Shop Unique Products in 2012, but it wasn’t returned to him on maturity in 2018

The opposition parties were directed to return <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 lakh invested by a Ludhiana man along with <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10,000 compensation. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The opposition parties were directed to return 1 lakh invested by a Ludhiana man along with 10,000 compensation. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jul 11, 2022 12:07 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Delayed reimbursement: Ludhiana GRP officials dip into their pocket to dispose of dead bodies

According to the GRP officials, Ludhiana tops the charts in the state pertaining to the maximum number of dead bodies found on tracks, increasing the financial burden on the respective investigating officers

The GRP Ludhiana staff gets <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>5,000 for disposing of each body after the bill is cleared from the head office in Ferozepur. To claim the reimbursement, the staff has to fill a form that is used to ascertain the real amount spent on disposing of the dead bodies. (HT FILE)
The GRP Ludhiana staff gets 5,000 for disposing of each body after the bill is cleared from the head office in Ferozepur. To claim the reimbursement, the staff has to fill a form that is used to ascertain the real amount spent on disposing of the dead bodies. (HT FILE)
Published on Jul 09, 2022 10:33 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana | AirAsia India Ltd penalised for changing flight schedule

Ludhiana complainant served a legal notice dated October 24, 2018, requesting the AirAsia India Ltd not to change their earlier flight schedule

Commission directed AirAsia India Ltd to pay a compensation of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10,000 to Ludhiana complainant for the inconvenience caused by the change in the flight schedule. (HT FILE)
Commission directed AirAsia India Ltd to pay a compensation of 10,000 to Ludhiana complainant for the inconvenience caused by the change in the flight schedule. (HT FILE)
Published on Jul 08, 2022 11:43 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana | GRP to summon ACP in cop’s suicide case

After recovering a suicide note from the spot, in which the cop, posted with the Ludhiana police , had accused four people, the GRP arrested Jagsir Karabar and Charanjit Kaur, while her son Sukhvir Singh managed to flee and has been on run since then

Earlier, the GRP had booked four people, including a woman, for abetment to suicide after the severed body of the deceased was found on the railway tracks near Lakkar bridge in Ludhiana on June 15. (HT FILE)
Earlier, the GRP had booked four people, including a woman, for abetment to suicide after the severed body of the deceased was found on the railway tracks near Lakkar bridge in Ludhiana on June 15. (HT FILE)
Published on Jul 08, 2022 12:55 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

ETT recruitment: Senior secondary schools in Ludhiana complain of neglect

According to sources, principals or officials from government school, PAU; Cemetery Road, Model Town and Dholewal in Ludhiana have submitted complaints with the DEO’s office stating that the ETT candidates have not applied for vacancies at their respective schools

A senior teacher of government school, PAU, Ludhiana, said the school didn’t get any ETT teachers, despite having 32 vacancies, following which the matter was brought to the notice of the DEO office. (HT FILE)
A senior teacher of government school, PAU, Ludhiana, said the school didn’t get any ETT teachers, despite having 32 vacancies, following which the matter was brought to the notice of the DEO office. (HT FILE)
Published on Jul 06, 2022 10:33 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana railway station revamp: Hotels flouting norms in vicinity to be razed

Officials said hotels have been built at higher-than-permissible 16-ft height and the land on which the hotels outside the Ludhiana railway station were constructed belonged to the railways

Hotels flouting norms in vicinity Ludhiana railway station to be razed amid revamp plans. (AP (Representative image))
Hotels flouting norms in vicinity Ludhiana railway station to be razed amid revamp plans. (AP (Representative image))
Published on Jun 27, 2022 11:42 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Punjab education department snubs teachers seeking leaves for foreign tours

The order, which was issued by the office of director education department, senior secondary, Punjab (Coordination branch), came after the department received a number of pleas from its employees seeking leaves for foreign tours in the coming months

Punjab education department snubs teachers seeking leaves for foreign tours (Representational Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Punjab education department snubs teachers seeking leaves for foreign tours (Representational Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 01:43 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Failing to provide refund for wrong order lands Ludhiana eatery in soup

For failing to provide a refund after delivering the wrong order, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed a Ludhiana-based restaurant to return the ₹266 paid for the meal along with ₹1,500 composite cost

The commission in its order stated that It can be safely held that the complainant ordered vegetarian items, but the restaurant inadvertently delivered non-vegetarian items. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The commission in its order stated that It can be safely held that the complainant ordered vegetarian items, but the restaurant inadvertently delivered non-vegetarian items. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jun 24, 2022 12:54 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Agneepath arson: 2 pvt academies involved in inciting violence in Ludhiana, say police

After interrogating the six men who were held for rioting and damaging public property at the Ludhiana Railway station last week while protesting against the Agneepath Scheme, the Government Railway Police (GRP) have found the involvement of two private academies in Kaithal, Haryana, and Jalalabad in Moga, which provide coaching to military aspirants

The Communist Party of India protesting against the Agneepath Recruitment Scheme in Ludhiana on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
The Communist Party of India protesting against the Agneepath Recruitment Scheme in Ludhiana on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 23, 2022 12:29 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Agnipath protests: Operations at Ludhiana railway station peaceful amid Bharat Bandh call

Ludhiana railway station turns into fortress with deployment of 200 cops in view of Bharat Bandh call given by army aspirants who are protesting against Agnipath scheme ; 18 more held for vandalising railway station

Paramilitary personnel deployed at the railway station in view of the Bharat Bandh Call given by army aspirants protesting against the Agnipath recruitment policy, in Ludhiana on Monday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Paramilitary personnel deployed at the railway station in view of the Bharat Bandh Call given by army aspirants protesting against the Agnipath recruitment policy, in Ludhiana on Monday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Published on Jun 21, 2022 01:20 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Agnipath protests | Bharat Bandh today, security beefed up at Ludhiana railway station

Police are also questioning the accused to zero in on the mastermind behind Saturday’s vandalism at Ludhiana railway station during protests against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme

Additional director general of police (ADGP) MF Farooqui, flanked by cops, inspecting the Ludhiana railway station a day after an angry mob vandalised it, during protests against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Additional director general of police (ADGP) MF Farooqui, flanked by cops, inspecting the Ludhiana railway station a day after an angry mob vandalised it, during protests against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Published on Jun 19, 2022 11:32 PM IST
By, Ludhiana
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