Nikhil Sharma

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

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Agnipath protests: Students, teenagers among detainees in Ludhiana, say cops

According to sources, the investigating teams have found a few messages related to the protest in Ludhiana on the phone of those detained.

Police constraining a member of the mob during a violent protest against Agnipath scheme in Ludhiana on Saturday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Police constraining a member of the mob during a violent protest against Agnipath scheme in Ludhiana on Saturday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Jun 19, 2022 03:04 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Body found on rly tracks in Ludhiana: ASI ends life, 3 booked for abetment

In a suicide note found from the spot, the deceased cop accused the 4 people of threatening to implicate him in a bribery case

Police conducting investigation at the spot where the body was found on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Police conducting investigation at the spot where the body was found on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 16, 2022 12:01 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana | Guest faculty of SCD College receives 4 months’ pending salaries

According to the officials, the guest teachers of SCD College, Ludhiana, were timely paid half of their salaries by the college till April, but the rest, supposed to be paid by the state finance department was pending

A senior officer in the education department said salaries of guest faculty of SCD College, Ludhiana, would have been deposited a day before, but were further delayed due to the government holiday on Tuesday (HT FILE)
A senior officer in the education department said salaries of guest faculty of SCD College, Ludhiana, would have been deposited a day before, but were further delayed due to the government holiday on Tuesday (HT FILE)
Published on Jun 15, 2022 11:32 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Drawing and disbursing powers: Finally, charge of DDOs given to 225 school officials

Giving a relief to teachers who failed to withdraw salaries for past two months in the absence of principals or drawing and disbursing officials (DDOs), Punjab government gave additional charge of DDOs to 225 school officials

The Punjab government on Monday gave additional charge of DDOs to 225 school officials. This will give a major relief to teachers in the state who failed to withdraw their salaries for the past two months in the absence of principals or drawing and disbursing officials. (HT File Photo/ Representational image)
The Punjab government on Monday gave additional charge of DDOs to 225 school officials. This will give a major relief to teachers in the state who failed to withdraw their salaries for the past two months in the absence of principals or drawing and disbursing officials. (HT File Photo/ Representational image)
Updated on Jun 14, 2022 01:38 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana: Bailiffs reach DEO’s office to attach assets

However, when the bailiffs got there, Ludhiana district education officer (elementary) Jaswinder Kaur was not present at the office and the officials said that she is on leave

Court officials who had reached the DEO’s office to attach assets, on Monday. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Court officials who had reached the DEO’s office to attach assets, on Monday. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Published on Jun 14, 2022 12:43 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana | SCD College’s guest faculty yet to receive six months’ salary

Most of the SCD college, Ludhiana, teachers have been forced to “borrow money from their colleagues or even from their students” to pay their monthly expenses due to their pending six months’ salary

However, director public instructions, colleges, Punjab, Rajiv Kumar Gupta, however, said, “It’s been over a week since the salary bills of these teachers were cleared by me, and were forwarded to the treasury department of the state. They must be on it, and the six months’ salary is hopeful of being deposited in SCD College, Ludhiana, account at the earliest.” (HT FILE)
However, director public instructions, colleges, Punjab, Rajiv Kumar Gupta, however, said, “It’s been over a week since the salary bills of these teachers were cleared by me, and were forwarded to the treasury department of the state. They must be on it, and the six months’ salary is hopeful of being deposited in SCD College, Ludhiana, account at the earliest.” (HT FILE)
Updated on Jun 14, 2022 12:39 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Voluntary Disclosure Scheme: PSPCL collects 47 lakh agriculture power connection fee

Agriculture power consumers can get their connections’ load increased by paying ₹2,500 per bhp to the PSPCL under the Voluntary Disclosure Scheme

The PSPCL collects <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>47 lakh in agriculture power connection fee under the Voluntary Disclosure Scheme. (AP)
The PSPCL collects 47 lakh in agriculture power connection fee under the Voluntary Disclosure Scheme. (AP)
Published on Jun 13, 2022 12:10 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana | Sham guarantors keep POs away from police net

Out of 427 POs registered with Ludhiana GRP earlier in January, local railway police have so far nabbed 17 POs this year, and two had died; a senior GRP officer on the condition of anonymity said, “The prevalent nexus of agents with a few advocates who get the bail bond signed by the guarantors in lieu of money is the key reason behind the increasing POs in the state

“Strict action will be taken against the fake agents now,” a GRP officer in Ludhiana said. Surprisingly, out of total723 POs registered with the GRP in the state, a total of 408 POs are registered with Ludhiana railway police. (HT FILE)
“Strict action will be taken against the fake agents now,” a GRP officer in Ludhiana said. Surprisingly, out of total723 POs registered with the GRP in the state, a total of 408 POs are registered with Ludhiana railway police. (HT FILE)
Published on Jun 11, 2022 11:13 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Punjab schools without drawing and disbursing officials fail to withdraw grants, salaries

Notably, these schools are functioning without heads as over 100 principals had moved the Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) in April against the dual charge of schools assigned to them. Some of them were being forced to travel over 100 kilometres thrice a week as the schools assigned to them were located far apart

A Punjab school teacher, on condition of anonymity, said that in the absence of any person with drawing and disbursing powers, schools are deprived of the uniform grants for students of Classes 6 and 8, grant for projectors, besides salaries. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A Punjab school teacher, on condition of anonymity, said that in the absence of any person with drawing and disbursing powers, schools are deprived of the uniform grants for students of Classes 6 and 8, grant for projectors, besides salaries. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jun 11, 2022 01:14 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana | Defunct coach guidance display boards disquiet passengers

Either these display boards remain defunct or the coach numbers are wrongly displayed by the Ludhiana railway staff due to which passengers are often seen running from pillar to post to look for their seat in sheer panic

Passengers at the Ludhiana Railway Station are often being resorted to harassment due to inoperative electronic display boards. (HT PHOTO)
Passengers at the Ludhiana Railway Station are often being resorted to harassment due to inoperative electronic display boards. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 10, 2022 12:37 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

UPSC prelims 2022: Less than 50% candidates take exam in Ludhiana

Of the 6,866 candidates who had registered to take the Civil Services preliminary examinations at 21 centres in Ludhiana on Sunday, about half of them chose to give it a miss

Students leaving a UPSC exam centre in Ludhiana on Sunday. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Students leaving a UPSC exam centre in Ludhiana on Sunday. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Published on Jun 06, 2022 12:27 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

UPSC prelims 2022: 6,866 candidates to take exam at 21 centres in Ludhiana

A Total of 6,866 candidates will take the Civil Services preliminary examinations at 21 centres in Ludhiana on Sunday

The UPSC Preliminary exam will be held in two shifts -- from 9.30 am to 11.30 am and 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm and all candidates will have to appear for both. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The UPSC Preliminary exam will be held in two shifts -- from 9.30 am to 11.30 am and 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm and all candidates will have to appear for both. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jun 04, 2022 10:40 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana railway station remains peaceful amid rail roko called by SFJ

Heavy security deployed; Ludhiana railway station director says no train was cancelled or delayed due to the rail roko called by banned outfit Sikhs for Justice

Police conducting checking at a platform of the Ludhiana railway station on Friday. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Police conducting checking at a platform of the Ludhiana railway station on Friday. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Updated on Jun 03, 2022 10:52 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

PSEB Class 8 results: Ludhiana district ranks 18th, 49 students in state merit list

The only districts which performed worse than Ludhiana in PSEB Class 8 results are Bathinda and SAS Nagar with pass percentage of 97.47%, Sri Muktsar Sahib with 97.42%, Malerkotla with 97.31% and Sangrur with 96.76% pass percentage.

Students in Ludhiana in a jubilant mood after the Class 8 results declared by the PSEB. (HT PHOTO)
Students in Ludhiana in a jubilant mood after the Class 8 results declared by the PSEB. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 03, 2022 10:35 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Operation Blustar anniversary: Glaring security concerns at Ludhiana Railway Station come to the fore

A day after police commissioner Kaustubh Sharma held a meeting with Government Railway Police (GRP) and other senior police officials amid the ongoing anniversary week of Operation Bluestar and concerns over the rail roko called by banned outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) on June 3 (Friday), a visit to the Ludhiana Railway Station on Thursday brought glaring security concerns to the fore

Railway police checking luggage at the Ludhiana railway station on Thursday. The sole baggage scanner is currently non-operational. (Harvinder SIngh/HT)
Railway police checking luggage at the Ludhiana railway station on Thursday. The sole baggage scanner is currently non-operational. (Harvinder SIngh/HT)
Updated on Jun 02, 2022 11:56 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Rail Roko Call on June 3 by SFJ: Ludhiana railway police to beef up security amid Operation Bluestar anniversary

In the wake of 38th anniversary week of Operation Bluestar , Government railway police GRP superintendent of police (SP, operations) Amandeep Kaur directed the officials to ensure that no one hoists Khalistani flag or writes any anti-national slogans on the walls of the government buildings under the jurisdiction of Ludhiana railways

GRP DSP Balram Rana chairing a meeting with railway police over security arrangements during the anniversary week of Operation Bluestar in Ludhiana. (HT PHOTO)
GRP DSP Balram Rana chairing a meeting with railway police over security arrangements during the anniversary week of Operation Bluestar in Ludhiana. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 01, 2022 11:59 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Civil Services Examinations: Ludhiana’s Umesh Goyal bags AIR 388

Ludhiana’s Umesh Goyal, 32, who is currently posted as a block development and panchayat officer (BDPO) in Jalandhar, bagged all India rank (AIR) of 388 in the Civil Services Exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), results of which were released on Monday

Umesh Goyal (centre) celebrating with family in Ludhiana on Monday. (HT Photo)
Umesh Goyal (centre) celebrating with family in Ludhiana on Monday. (HT Photo)
Published on May 31, 2022 01:12 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

53 private schools shut in last two years in Ludhiana

Notably, other than these schools, after the Union government’s decision to shut the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) schools from March 31,the 32 centres in Ludhiana— managed by non-governmental organisations— were also closed taking the tally of schools closed in the district in past two years to 85

In most of these shut schools in Ludhiana , according to the officials, the enrolment of students was already meagre. (HT FILE)
In most of these shut schools in Ludhiana , according to the officials, the enrolment of students was already meagre. (HT FILE)
Published on May 30, 2022 11:33 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

35-year-old’s murder in Ludhiana: Call made to Phillaur man from victim’s phone led to trio’s arrest

The trio who allegedly killed the 35-year-old man who was found dead on the railway tracks near Jassian village on May 17 was traced after one of them made a call to a Phillaur resident using the mobile they had snatched from the victim

Police investigation revealed that the three of them had pushed the victim onto the way of a moving train, which resulted in a severe head injury and ultimately, his death. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Police investigation revealed that the three of them had pushed the victim onto the way of a moving train, which resulted in a severe head injury and ultimately, his death. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 30, 2022 12:42 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Security beefed up at Ludhiana railway station ahead of Operation Bluestar’s anniversary week

The Government Railway Police (GRP) in Ludhiana have directed all personnel to not take leave and the CIA staff and sabotage squad have also been asked to remain present at the station throughout the week

Police conducting an inspection at the Ludhiana Railway Station on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Police conducting an inspection at the Ludhiana Railway Station on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2022 03:43 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

35-yr-old man’s murder in Ludhiana: Victim suffered head injury after being hit by train, reveals police probe

A day after three men were arrested for the murder of a 35-year-old man who was found dead on the railway tracks near Jassian village in Ludhiana on May 17, police investigation has revealed that the accused had pushed him onto the way of a moving train, which resulted in a severe head injury and ultimately, his death

Initially, police had ruled out the possibility of murder and initiated inquest proceedings, but after the autopsy revealed injuries to the head, a broken arm and injury marks on the back of the deceased, a murder case was registered.
Initially, police had ruled out the possibility of murder and initiated inquest proceedings, but after the autopsy revealed injuries to the head, a broken arm and injury marks on the back of the deceased, a murder case was registered.
Published on May 28, 2022 01:24 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

National Achievement Survey, 2021: Ludhiana’s Class 3 students bag 6th spot in Punjab

The Class 3-students from Ludhiana scored 74.5% across subjects in the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021, the sixth highest among 22 districts in Punjab; the overall average of the state is 71.4% and Barnala topped the charts with 82.3%

The National Achievement Survey report was released by the education ministry on Wednesday and Punjab had emerged as the top performer in the country with the highest mean score for subjects across Classes 3, 5, 8 and 10. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The National Achievement Survey report was released by the education ministry on Wednesday and Punjab had emerged as the top performer in the country with the highest mean score for subjects across Classes 3, 5, 8 and 10. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on May 28, 2022 01:13 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Punjab clinches top spot in National Achievement Survey

Ludhiana: Punjab has emerged as the top performer among states in the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021 report released by the education ministry on Wednesday

Students appearing in the National Achievement Survey exam at a government school in PAU, Ludhiana, on November 12, 2021.
Students appearing in the National Achievement Survey exam at a government school in PAU, Ludhiana, on November 12, 2021.
Published on May 27, 2022 01:06 AM IST

Body found on railway tracks in Ludhiana: 3 held for murder

Eight days after the body of a 35-year-old man was found on the railway tracks near Jassian village in Ludhiana, three men were arrested for his murder on Thursday

The victim’s father told police that the accused are habitual offenders and killed his son with the intention of looting him. (Representative image)
The victim’s father told police that the accused are habitual offenders and killed his son with the intention of looting him. (Representative image)
Published on May 26, 2022 05:26 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana | Poor infrastructure, dearth of resources starving mid-day meal scheme

Staff shortage, frequent power cuts and inadequate benches emerge as commonplace problems hampering implementation of the mid-day meals scheme at government schools

Cooks preparing mid-day meals at a government school in Gaispura, Ludhiana. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Cooks preparing mid-day meals at a government school in Gaispura, Ludhiana. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Published on May 26, 2022 01:36 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Lukewarm response to suggestions portal: DGSE woos school heads with revamp promises

DGSE Pradeep Aggarwal asked all DEO’s and BPEO’s to motivate the school heads/principles to offer their inputs throught the suggestions portal

The DGSE encouraged school heads to offer their inputs throught the suggestions portal. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The DGSE encouraged school heads to offer their inputs throught the suggestions portal. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on May 26, 2022 01:25 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Uprooted trees, rain cause power outages in Ludhiana

While rain and thunderstorm brought respite from the scorching heat, residents had to contend with long power outages across the district on Monday.

With the high-velocity winds uprooting trees and branches power cuts, extending up to 12 hours were, witnessed in Model Town, BRS Nagar, Anand Nagar, Dugri, Giaspura, Sarabha Nagar, Civil Lines, Jalandhar Bypass, Industrial Area, Basant Avenue, Dholewal, Chandigarh Road, and Gill Road among other areas. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
With the high-velocity winds uprooting trees and branches power cuts, extending up to 12 hours were, witnessed in Model Town, BRS Nagar, Anand Nagar, Dugri, Giaspura, Sarabha Nagar, Civil Lines, Jalandhar Bypass, Industrial Area, Basant Avenue, Dholewal, Chandigarh Road, and Gill Road among other areas. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Published on May 24, 2022 02:05 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Ludhiana Improvement Trust told to transfer Orient Cinema site to deceased allottee’s legal heirs

The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Ludhiana, has directed the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) to transfer the Orient Cinema site at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar to the legal heirs of deceased allottee Kamaljit Singh, who are the complainants in the case, after receiving requisite documents from them

Consumer panel ruled t is not in dispute that the site in was allotted to Kamaljit Singh and the entire outstanding amount has been paid off. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Consumer panel ruled t is not in dispute that the site in was allotted to Kamaljit Singh and the entire outstanding amount has been paid off. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on May 23, 2022 12:39 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Handover additional charge of schools to principals in their parent district: Punjab DGSE to DEOs

According to sources, the DEOs have submitted the lists of recommendations with the Punjab DGSE following which a principal might have to handle more than two schools in a district

Handover additional charge of schools to principals in their parent district: DGSE to DEOs (HT File)
Handover additional charge of schools to principals in their parent district: DGSE to DEOs (HT File)
Updated on May 22, 2022 12:45 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Video of teachers jostling for plates: Principals, school heads submit statements at DGSE office in Punjab

The DGSE summoned the district education officers, principals and school heads after video of them jostling for plates at Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann’s event went viral

Video of teachers jostling for plates: Principals, school heads submit statements at DGSE office in Punjab
Video of teachers jostling for plates: Principals, school heads submit statements at DGSE office in Punjab
Published on May 21, 2022 01:14 AM IST
By, Ludhiana
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