Parampreet Singh Narula

Parampreet Singh Narula is a staff correspondent with the Jalandhar bureau at Hindustan Times. He covers political, rural and agriculture issues in Punjab.

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Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat: This Congress citadel continues to be a daunting challenge for SAD

While Congress’ sitting MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary is confident of securing the party ticket and getting re-elected from Jalandhar reserved (SC) seat, the SAD is struggling to find a befitting match for the battle.
Seen in this file photo with Capt Amarinder Singh, Santokh Sinhg Chaudhary (right) is the Congress MP from Jalandhar Lok Sabha constituency.(HT File)
Seen in this file photo with Capt Amarinder Singh, Santokh Sinhg Chaudhary (right) is the Congress MP from Jalandhar Lok Sabha constituency.(HT File)
Updated on Feb 27, 2019 02:56 PM IST
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5 years on,’clinically dead’ Nurmahal dera head Ashutosh Maharaj’s body ‘lives’ in freezer

Every six months, a panel of three doctors, formed on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana high court, inspects the body to check for decomposition.
File photo of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan founder Ashutosh Maharaj. His followers claim the dera head is in ‘samadhi’ and continue to preserve his body at -22 degree celsius five years after he was declared ‘clinically dead’.(HTFile Photo)
File photo of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan founder Ashutosh Maharaj. His followers claim the dera head is in ‘samadhi’ and continue to preserve his body at -22 degree celsius five years after he was declared ‘clinically dead’.(HTFile Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2019 10:01 AM IST
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Kerala nun rape case: Autopsy report says no injuries found on Father Kuriakose, suggests natural death

Father Kuriakose was a key witness in the Kerala nun rape case; he testified against the accused Franco Mulakkal.
Father Kuriakose Kattuthara (Centre), who was found dead, in Jalandhar’s Dasuya. Father Kattuthara was a witness in the case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal.(PTI File Photo)
Father Kuriakose Kattuthara (Centre), who was found dead, in Jalandhar’s Dasuya. Father Kattuthara was a witness in the case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2018 09:50 AM IST
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Priest who testified against bishop in Kerala nun rape case died natural death, indicates autopsy report

Father Kuriakose Kattuthara was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his room on the Catholic Church premises in Dasuya. His family and supporters of the nun had said they suspected foul play.
Father Kuriakose Kattuthara’s funeral was held Thursday at St Mary’s Forane Church in Kerala’s Pallippuram.(PTI File Photo)
Father Kuriakose Kattuthara’s funeral was held Thursday at St Mary’s Forane Church in Kerala’s Pallippuram.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Oct 25, 2018 09:36 PM IST
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Kerala nun rape case: Day after, priest’s family says won’t go for second autopsy

Kuriakose’s brother Jose Kurian, cousin John Thomas and nephew Jojo Thomas had reached Dasuya to lodge formal complaint casting aspersions on the ‘natural death’ theory.
(HT File)
(HT File)
Updated on Oct 25, 2018 10:40 AM IST
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Bishop Franco Mulakkal harassed Father Kuriakose, alleges kin

The brother of Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, who was found dead in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur on Monday, has lodged a police complaint alleging the priest was being harassed by controversial former Jalandhar bishop, Franco Mulakkal, and his supporters . Kattuthara, 62, had testified against Mulakkal, who was arrested last month on allegations of raping a Kerala nun repeatedly over a period of two years.
Police sniffer dog tracking outside the residence of father Kuriakose Kattuthara, who was found dead in mysterious circumstances in Dasuya, Punjab, India on Monday, October 22, 2018.(HT Photo)
Police sniffer dog tracking outside the residence of father Kuriakose Kattuthara, who was found dead in mysterious circumstances in Dasuya, Punjab, India on Monday, October 22, 2018.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 25, 2018 08:13 AM IST
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Kerala nun rape case: New complaint claims Franco Mulakkal harassed priest who testified against him

The brother of Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, who was found dead in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur on Monday, has lodged a police complaint alleging the priest was being harassed by former Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal and his supporters.
Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, 62, had testified against Bishop Franco Mulakkal (pictured), who was arrested last month after allegations of raping the Kerala nun repeatedly over a period of two years.(Reuters/File Photo)
Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, 62, had testified against Bishop Franco Mulakkal (pictured), who was arrested last month after allegations of raping the Kerala nun repeatedly over a period of two years.(Reuters/File Photo)
Updated on Oct 24, 2018 01:11 PM IST
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Priest who testified in Kerala nun rape case against Bishop Franco found dead

Relatives say the priest was being threatened and allege foul play
Police sniffer dog tracking outside the residence of father Kuriakose Kattuthara, who was found dead in mysterious circumstances in Dasuya, Punjab, India on Monday, October 22, 2018.(Pardeep Pandit/ Hindustan Times)
Police sniffer dog tracking outside the residence of father Kuriakose Kattuthara, who was found dead in mysterious circumstances in Dasuya, Punjab, India on Monday, October 22, 2018.(Pardeep Pandit/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 23, 2018 08:14 AM IST
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Magisterial inquiry to also look into railways’ role in Amritsar train tragedy

Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani had also ruled out any statutory inquiry into the incident, saying it was a case of trespass on rail tracks.
Security on high alert as a train passes by after resumption of railway services since the train accident, in Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal /HT)
Security on high alert as a train passes by after resumption of railway services since the train accident, in Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal /HT)
Updated on Oct 22, 2018 10:34 AM IST
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Amritsar train accident: LED screen facing tracks drew many to death, suspect eyewitnesses

A speeding passenger train mowed down at least 61 people in Amritsar and left many injured when the crowd was watching the Ravan’s effigy going up in flames.
People gather at the scene of an accident along railroad tracks in Amritsar on October 20, 2018, after revelers who gathered on the tracks were killed by a moving train on October 19.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
People gather at the scene of an accident along railroad tracks in Amritsar on October 20, 2018, after revelers who gathered on the tracks were killed by a moving train on October 19.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 21, 2018 11:33 AM IST
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Man who played Ravan at Ramlila dies in Amritsar train tragedy

Dalbir had got married last year and has an eight-month old daughter.
Dalbir Singh(File picture)
Dalbir Singh(File picture)
Updated on Oct 20, 2018 12:48 PM IST
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Jalandhar terror module: Another Kashmiri student held

A terror module was busted on October 10 with the arrest of three Kashmiri students, while one was arrested later
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(Image for representation)
Updated on Oct 19, 2018 10:53 AM IST
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Kashmiri students' arrest in Jalandhar: Fourth accused helped in procuring weapons, police say

All four accused were schoolmates; had picked consignment from Amritsar on October 7.
Updated on Oct 14, 2018 12:33 PM IST
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Cops grill friends of Kashmiri students arrested in Jalandhar

Jalandhar police commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the police have just asked the four students to cooperate as part of investigation and they will be released later
(Left to right) Mohammed Idriss Shah alias Nadeem, Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt and Zahid Gulzar were arrested on Wednesday/(HT Photo)
(Left to right) Mohammed Idriss Shah alias Nadeem, Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt and Zahid Gulzar were arrested on Wednesday/(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2018 12:34 PM IST
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After arrest of three Kashmiri students in Jalandhar with ‘terror links’, another student rounded up

The accused has been identified as Sohail of Awantipura in Jammu and Kashmir, reportedly studying at a private institute in Dera Bassi. National Investigation Agency (NIA) intervened and took stock of the incident.
Security was tightened at the CT group of institutions at Shahpur near Jalandhar on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Security was tightened at the CT group of institutions at Shahpur near Jalandhar on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 12, 2018 10:33 AM IST
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Private agency refuses to evaluate PTU students’ credentials

The firm claims that the decision was taken due to increased instances of forged documents being submitted.
Inder Kumar Gujral Punjab Technical University (IKG-PTU), Kapurthala.(HT Photo)
Inder Kumar Gujral Punjab Technical University (IKG-PTU), Kapurthala.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 05, 2018 11:48 AM IST
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Congress manages to cash in on anti-Badal wave in Punjab’s Doaba region

Of the 418 seats, the Congress has secured 312 seats while Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) managed to win 58 seats only. The remaining 34 seats went to other parties and independents.
There are a total of 66 zila parishad zones in Doaba region, of which 39 results were declared.(HT Photo)
There are a total of 66 zila parishad zones in Doaba region, of which 39 results were declared.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 23, 2018 10:43 AM IST
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Cancer, thalassemia patients in Punjab to get free travel cards soon

The development came a month after Hindustan Times highlighted that cancer patients have to shell out money from their pockets on bus fare to visit hospitals for treatment.
The health department has given an order of about 12,000 such cards for printing, which will be distributed to all the civil hospitals across the state.(HT File)
The health department has given an order of about 12,000 such cards for printing, which will be distributed to all the civil hospitals across the state.(HT File)
Published on Aug 31, 2018 11:25 AM IST
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Jalandhar region sees 50% rise in passports issued in a year

According to the data, the Jalandhar RPO issued 4.48 lakh passports in 2017, of which 60% were fresh while the remaining 40% were cases of renewal or reissuance.
(Representative image)
(Representative image)
Updated on Aug 29, 2018 10:36 AM IST
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Travel agent booked for sending Punjab youth to US illegally

At present, at least 100 Indian youths, mostly Punjabis, are detained in federal detention centres in the southern US for entering the country by the illegal route.
(Representative image)
(Representative image)
Updated on Aug 26, 2018 01:30 PM IST
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No free travel coupons for cancer patients in Punjab for a year

The majority of civil hospitals in the state have run out of the free travel coupons to be disbursed among the beneficiaries
The previous Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) government had in 2011 supplied ₹1, ₹10 and ₹20 coupons in bulk to all the civil hospitals.(HT Photo)
The previous Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) government had in 2011 supplied ₹1, ₹10 and ₹20 coupons in bulk to all the civil hospitals.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 08:15 PM IST
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Harmanpreet can complete her graduation if govt gives her time, says father

Harmanpreet’s degree was found to be fake in a vigilance inquiry by Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU), Meerut.
Harmanpreet Kaur(Reuters)
Harmanpreet Kaur(Reuters)
Updated on Jul 12, 2018 01:53 PM IST
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Drug menace: African peddlers pose a key challenge for Punjab police

Police in Jalandhar and Kapurthala have arrested 10 foreign nationals with heroin since Congress came to power last year.
(Representative image)
(Representative image)
Updated on Jul 12, 2018 10:45 AM IST
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Illegal colonies: Sidhu’s orders go for a toss as ‘suspended’ officials stay on duty

All the suspended officials are continuing to mark their attendance at the civic body in the absence of any written orders of their suspension.
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 10:00 AM IST
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Navjot Sidhu orders suspension of Punjab civic body officials, but they still come to work

The Jalandhar municipal corporation officials, who were suspended by Navjot Singh Sidhu suspended during a surprise visit, have not received any written orders .
A file photo of Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.(Sushil Prajapati/HT)
A file photo of Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.(Sushil Prajapati/HT)
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 09:59 AM IST
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Kapurthala’s Sainik School may be shifted to a new building

The school could be shifted to an adjacent building for which the government will bear the expense
Sainik School, Kapurthala(HT Photo)
Sainik School, Kapurthala(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 25, 2018 12:23 PM IST
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Jalandhar’s Haripur village leads way in sewage treatment, rainwater harvesting

Rural minister directs officials in state to follow suit
The sewage treatment system set up at Haripur village in Jalandhar.(HT Photo)
The sewage treatment system set up at Haripur village in Jalandhar.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2018 02:33 PM IST
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‘Sikh Referendum’ row: Khaira clarifies, says his statement has been twisted

The statement came a day after Khaira faced flak from all political parties, including the Aam Aadmi Party.
Aam Aadmi Party leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira addressing a press conference in Jalandhar on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Aam Aadmi Party leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira addressing a press conference in Jalandhar on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 17, 2018 10:04 PM IST
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Capt Amarinder tries to mend fences with old guard via Shahkot

The rally was organised to convey gratitude to the public for choosing Congress candidate Hardev Singh Ladi Sherowalia in the Shahkot bypoll, which helped the Congress to secure a two/third majority in the Punjab assembly.
Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh flanked in the front row by former CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal (left) and Jalandhar MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary at Shahkot on Thursday.(Pradeep Pandit/HT)
Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh flanked in the front row by former CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal (left) and Jalandhar MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary at Shahkot on Thursday.(Pradeep Pandit/HT)
Updated on Jun 15, 2018 10:08 AM IST
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Expansion plan: Adampur airport to get more facilities

Upgrade: New terminal in an area of over 5,000 square metres will have all modern facilities. 
The first domestic flight from the airport, functioning from a temporary building in the premises of the Adampur Airforce base station, took off on Labour Day on May 1.(Pardeep Pandit/HT)
The first domestic flight from the airport, functioning from a temporary building in the premises of the Adampur Airforce base station, took off on Labour Day on May 1.(Pardeep Pandit/HT)
Updated on Jun 10, 2018 02:32 PM IST
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