Pawan Sharma

Pawan Sharma

Pawan Sharma, based in Chandigarh, is Punjab’s Chief-of-Bureau, Hindustan Times. In the past 16 years, stints in Delhi and Himachal Pradesh including, he has done high-impact stories on Tibetan affairs, judiciary, politics and corruption in governments.

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The Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) conducted the exam on January 9 and 10. (Representational image)
The Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) conducted the exam on January 9 and 10. (Representational image)

Haryana cancels exam to recruit gram sachiv after paper leak reports

PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 05:44 PM IST
18 people, including the owner of a private school and his son, have been arrested in Panipat for attempting to leak the question paper of the exam held on January 9, 10.
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Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who monitors the government’s flagship Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao programme, said Haryana registering 922 SRB was an outstanding achievement in view of the limitations Covid-19 had posed.(PTI Photo )
Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who monitors the government’s flagship Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao programme, said Haryana registering 922 SRB was an outstanding achievement in view of the limitations Covid-19 had posed.(PTI Photo )

Haryana meets 2020 sex-ratio target in pandemic year: Data

PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 07:09 AM IST
Data showed that SRB, a critical indicator of gender equality, stood at 922 female births per 1,000 males in 2020, only slightly lower than 923 registered in 2019, which was also the highest figure recorded in a decade.
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More than 31,000 girls have been saved in wombs ever since the campaign to fight female foeticide was launched in 2014. (Representational photo)
More than 31,000 girls have been saved in wombs ever since the campaign to fight female foeticide was launched in 2014. (Representational photo)

Haryana’s flagship Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao on track despite pandemic

PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 04:01 PM IST
State registers annual sex ratio at birth of 922 females per 1,000 males in 2020, a tad lower than the all-time high of 923 recorded in 2019.
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Haryana Police personnel helping women download the Durga Shakti app.(HT Photo)
Haryana Police personnel helping women download the Durga Shakti app.(HT Photo)

Haryana Police’s Durga Shakti app spreads wings in Punjab, HP, Delhi, Rajasthan and UP

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 05:09 PM IST
More than 2 lakh have downloaded app for women safety so far. Of the complaints received in 2020, preventive action was taken in 33 matters and over 1,100 issues were resolved amicably.
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Sanitisation underway at Chhatbir Zoo in Mohali district near Chandigarh.(Gurminder Singh/HT file photo)
Sanitisation underway at Chhatbir Zoo in Mohali district near Chandigarh.(Gurminder Singh/HT file photo)

Zoos on alert across the country after bird flu deaths in Himachal

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:50 AM IST
Central Zoo Authority rolls out advisory after large-scale death of migratory birds in Kangra’s Pong Dam wetland due to avian influenza and poultry in Panchkula’s Barwala belt.
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The BJP, which depends heavily on the support of the JJP to stay in power in Haryana, will hold the seat-sharing talks with its ally in next two days.(HT file photo)
The BJP, which depends heavily on the support of the JJP to stay in power in Haryana, will hold the seat-sharing talks with its ally in next two days.(HT file photo)
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As per the 2011 census, the child sex ratio (CSR) of Haryana (children below six years) was 834 females for every 1,000 males, while the national CSR was 918.(HT FILE)
As per the 2011 census, the child sex ratio (CSR) of Haryana (children below six years) was 834 females for every 1,000 males, while the national CSR was 918.(HT FILE)

Haryana’s efforts at saving girl child firmly on track

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 02:26 AM IST
As per the latest data of the ‘Beti Bachao, Beto Padhao’ programme, which chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar himself monitors, the cumulative sex ratio at birth (SRB) rose from 914 in July to 919 in October. This raised hopes about the state hitting last year’s annual SRB figure of 923, which is so far the highest.
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(Representative image)

Haryana’s power distribution companies incur Rs 37 crore loss due to windstorms

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2020 10:33 PM IST
The windstorms had damaged 31 towers (including seven in Mewat) and 8.75km power transmission line in nine districts causing 1.85 crore loss to Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited (HVPNL).
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Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda with party legislators during a protest march in support of farmers in Chandigarh on Friday.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda with party legislators during a protest march in support of farmers in Chandigarh on Friday.(Keshav Singh/HT)

Haryana assembly: Din in House over resolution to vote before debate on farm laws

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2020 12:20 AM IST
Ruckus prevailed in the House and the proceedings were stalled for about 140 minutes that included two adjournments of 75 minutes.
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The objective of this scheme is to encourage farmers to cultivate alternative crops in the area that was under paddy cultivation last year.(HT File)
The objective of this scheme is to encourage farmers to cultivate alternative crops in the area that was under paddy cultivation last year.(HT File)

Haryana’s crop diversification drive figures are as diversified

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 11:11 PM IST
According to agriculture department data, about 1.11 lakh farmers have opted for the scheme and registered 1.26 lakh acre agricultural land on the Mera Pani-Meri Virasat portal.
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(HT Photo)
(HT Photo)

Air quality in four Haryana cities worsens to ‘severe’ amid spurt in farm fires

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 12:00 AM IST
The cities are Jind, Charkhi Dadri, Bahadurgarh and Dharuhera.
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A haze covered view in Gurugram on Sunday.(Parveen Kumar/HT)
A haze covered view in Gurugram on Sunday.(Parveen Kumar/HT)

Air quality in 12 Haryana cities dips to ‘very poor’ as farm fires increase

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 08:39 PM IST
The residents of Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Dharuhera, Faridabad, Fatehabad, Gurugram, Hisar, Jind, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Panipat and Yamunanagar were exposed to ‘very poor’ air quality.
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Commuters drive under smog conditions in Sonepat on Friday.(AFP)
Commuters drive under smog conditions in Sonepat on Friday.(AFP)

Air quality in 10 Haryana cities turns ‘very poor’

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 10:36 PM IST
According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the quality of air in Bahadurgarh, Ballabgarh, Charkhi Dadri, Dharuhera, Faridabad, Fatehabad, Gurugram, Hisar, Kurukshetra, and Panipat was recorded as ‘very poor’.
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Punjab Bills pose new challenge for Khattar govt

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times/Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 10:19 PM IST
Political watchers in the region say the pressure will intensify on BJP’s coalition partner JJP, which banks on the support of the farming community
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(HT File)
(HT File)

Stubble burning: 252 challans, 6.50 lakh fine imposed on farmers in Haryana

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 11:41 PM IST
Other steps taken to stop crop residue burning include registration of 124 police complaints/first information reports (FIRs) in six districts till October 14, Haryana government informed the Supreme Court last Friday.
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Plot was hatched by inmates facing serious charges such as murder, rioting(HT File)
Plot was hatched by inmates facing serious charges such as murder, rioting(HT File)

Juveniles chalked out an ingenious plan to escape Hisar observation home

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 12:03 AM IST
In an audacious act, 17 juvenile undertrials had escaped from the Hisar observation home after overpowering three guards on duty.
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The air quality of cities falling under districts, such as Bhiwani and Rohtak, having very small areas under paddy cultivation, was better than the areas under paddy cultivation, clearly pointing that stubble burning was the main cause of pollution here.(HT PHOTO)
The air quality of cities falling under districts, such as Bhiwani and Rohtak, having very small areas under paddy cultivation, was better than the areas under paddy cultivation, clearly pointing that stubble burning was the main cause of pollution here.(HT PHOTO)

With AQI crossing 300, five Haryana cities fare worse than Delhi

By Pawan Sharma & Neeraj Mohan | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 01:59 AM IST
On Tuesday evening, the AQI of five cities-- Faridabad, Charkhi Dadari, Panipat, Kurukshetra, and Jind-- crossed 300 points and the air quality was put in the category of “Very Poor.” On the other hand, the average AQI of Delhi was 300 points.
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The DCs were asked to focus on dust control measures, solid waste management and prevention of biomass burning, controlling industrial pollution, regulating diesel generators and control of vehicular pollution.(HT PHOTO)
The DCs were asked to focus on dust control measures, solid waste management and prevention of biomass burning, controlling industrial pollution, regulating diesel generators and control of vehicular pollution.(HT PHOTO)

Choking NCR districts: Haryana gets into action after EPCA highlights violations leading to pollution

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 01:47 AM IST
A slew of activities are being undertaken by the deputy commissioners of Gurugram, Sonepat, Panipat, and Faridabad to rectify the problem areas
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Ambala City BJP MLA Aseem Goel said that farmers, labourers and traders were being harassed due to the delay in paddy procurement.(HT file photo)
Ambala City BJP MLA Aseem Goel said that farmers, labourers and traders were being harassed due to the delay in paddy procurement.(HT file photo)

Haryana BJP MLA stages dharna to highlight farmers’ plight during paddy procurement

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 07, 2020 11:29 PM IST
Ambala City legislator accuses senior official of mismanagement and working against interest of BJP-JJP government
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Haryana Roadways earned Rs 22 crore in four months from April to July, while during the same period last year, the total revenue receipt was Rs 348 crore.(HT file photo)
Haryana Roadways earned Rs 22 crore in four months from April to July, while during the same period last year, the total revenue receipt was Rs 348 crore.(HT file photo)

Haryana Roadways runs in loss as private vehicles ply illegally

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2020 01:19 AM IST
State transport minister asks RTAs to personally carry out checks on private vehicles thrice a week
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Haryana BJP chief Dhankar led a delegation of “farmers” along with state agriculture minister JP Dalal and three MPs to meet Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday.(HT photo)
Haryana BJP chief Dhankar led a delegation of “farmers” along with state agriculture minister JP Dalal and three MPs to meet Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday.(HT photo)

Stir against Centre’s agriculture ordinances: Haryana farmers’ unions to protest in Delhi today

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 11:49 PM IST
Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Gurnam Singh Charuni has refuted reports about cracks in 17 farmers’ unions protesting under the BKU umbrella in Haryana.
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Farmers from across Haryana being prevented from reaching Pipli grain market near Kurukshetra to hold a protest against the three farm ordinances last week. The administration eventually relented but not before the farmers were lathicharged in a bid to disperse them.(HT file photo)
Farmers from across Haryana being prevented from reaching Pipli grain market near Kurukshetra to hold a protest against the three farm ordinances last week. The administration eventually relented but not before the farmers were lathicharged in a bid to disperse them.(HT file photo)

Haryana farmers’ leader wants Centre’s undertaking on MSP for foodgrains

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 04:58 PM IST
Headed to meet Union agriculture minister in Delhi, state BKU chief Gurnam Singh Charuni terms BJP panel of MPs an eyewash, wants private players to buy foodgrains from farmers but not below MSP fixed by the Centre
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A major farmers’ movement has started gaining momentum in the state and protesters have announced to block all roads in Haryana on September 20, followed by a statewide yatra from September 27.(HT File)
A major farmers’ movement has started gaining momentum in the state and protesters have announced to block all roads in Haryana on September 20, followed by a statewide yatra from September 27.(HT File)

Farmers on warpath, Khattar govt on backfoot

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 11:52 PM IST
The BJP has been struggling to convince the protesting peasants that their apprehensions about the Centre’s three ordinances are unfounded.
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Dushyant Chautala
Dushyant Chautala

Haryana has investor-friendly image, will bounce back: Dushyant

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 02:31 AM IST
State’s ease of doing business index has slipped from third to 16th position. Deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala, who also holds the portfolio of industries, however, is unnerved. In an interview with Hindustan Times, he says this is an opportunity to take corrective steps. Excerpts:
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Government sources say the two-page letters written in Hindi were dispatched on Friday after the neighbouring governments — barring UT Chandigarh — didn’t respond to a similar request sent via e-mail on Monday.(HT FILE)
Government sources say the two-page letters written in Hindi were dispatched on Friday after the neighbouring governments — barring UT Chandigarh — didn’t respond to a similar request sent via e-mail on Monday.(HT FILE)

Haryana asks neighbouring states to allow interstate movement of roadways buses

By Pawan Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 12:46 AM IST
In its ‘Unlock 4’ guidelines, the Union ministry of home affairs had said that there will be no restriction on interstate and intrastate movement of persons and goods, and no separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movement.
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Maximum casualties were reported in the age group of 30-45 years followed by the 18-30 years bracket.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Maximum casualties were reported in the age group of 30-45 years followed by the 18-30 years bracket.(HT FILE PHOTO)

NCRB report: 11 people ended lives, 14 killed in road mishaps daily in Haryana last year

By Pawan Sharma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 10:40 PM IST
As per the National Crime Records Bureau data, the number of road accidents came down from 11,652 in 2018 to 10,937 in 2019 in the state wherein 9,247 people were injured and 5,269 (4,592 men, 677 women) died.
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Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala during the monsoon assembly session in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(HT PHOTO)
Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala during the monsoon assembly session in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(HT PHOTO)

Haryana assembly’s monsoon session lasts barely three hours

UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 02:12 AM IST
Corona Shadow: Congress stages two walkouts; INLD MLA Abhay Chautala indirectly attacks deputy chief minister Dushyant, raises liquor and land registration ‘scams’
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Gurugram, India - February 16: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar poses for a portrait during his visit to Museo Camera, at DLF Phase 4, in Gurugram, India, on February 16, 2020. (Photo by Yogendra Kumar / Hindustan Times) **To go with Archana Mishra’s story(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Gurugram, India - February 16: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar poses for a portrait during his visit to Museo Camera, at DLF Phase 4, in Gurugram, India, on February 16, 2020. (Photo by Yogendra Kumar / Hindustan Times) **To go with Archana Mishra’s story(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Haryana CM, speaker test Covid+ve ahead of session

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 12:19 AM IST
Both Khattar and Gupta tested positive for Covid-19 in a span of about seven hours, said officials. Khattar announced that he has tested positive for Covid-19 through a tweet in the evening, while Gupta’s test report was made public early in the afternoon.
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Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had gone into home isolation after Union water resources minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and certain officials posted at the CM’s residence in Chandigarh tested positive.(HT FILE)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had gone into home isolation after Union water resources minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and certain officials posted at the CM’s residence in Chandigarh tested positive.(HT FILE)

Haryana chief minister tests positive for Covid-19

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON AUG 24, 2020 10:27 PM IST
Vidhan Sabha speaker Gian Chand Gupta, Ratia MLA Lakshman Napa and Indri legislator Ram Kumar Kashyap also found infected
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