Pawan Sharma, based in Chandigarh, is Assistant Editor in HT and presently writes on Haryana's politics and governance. During different stints over the past two decades, he covered Punjab extensively for 10 years and before that judiciary and Himachal Pradesh with focus on high-impact news breaking and investigative journalism.
Articles by Pawan Sharma
In his budget estimates for the next financial year to be presented in the assembly, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar is likely to formally announce waiving the outstanding pending canal water charges
In 2023 Kharif farmers grew paddy using DSR technique in 1.78 lakh acre; a peasant opting for DSR scheme gets ₹4,000 per acre incentive and subsidy for buying a DSR machine
A committee headed by additional chief secretary (ACS, finance) and comprising ACS (town and country planning) and principal secretary (transport) in a meeting held on August 3, 2023, had allowed the state transport department to take a decision at own level keeping in view the ground requirements and feasibility to hire buses under the kilometre scheme
Cabinet clears draft of bill that proposes making demonstrations with dead bodies a non-bailable offence with a minimum imprisonment of six months, to be tabled in upcoming budget session
The ₹620-crore flagship e-Adhigam programme, under which e-tablets were distributed among over five lakh students of Classes 10 and 12 of Haryana’s government schools in 2022, had come under cloud last year as the clamour for withdrawal of the tablets grew across Haryana.
Health minister Anil Vij blames neighbouring states for not cracking down on touts and those involved in gender detection
Shah’s Karnal visit: Haryana Police Academy director flags security concern, says his team wasn’t kept in loop
“The HPA staff was “at the mercy of” juniors when “second prominent protected person of the country” was visiting the academy for a state-level function,” reads the letter (a copy with HT) written by HPA, Madhuban, director Dr CS Rao to DGP Shatrujeet Kapur
There can be individual lies but not a collective lie when 50-odd children are stating this fact... there appears to be a strong possibility of the staff being complacent and wilfully oblivious to misdeeds of the Principal
Stuck in this logjam are over 900 files of the health department, official records show. As per Vij’s own admission, he has not cleared a single file of the health department after October 5.
In another missive, Haryana home minister says police have submitted contradictory status reports about action taken in year old FIRs
Haryana urban local bodies directorate says development charges ‘should not have been charged at first instance’; govt says property owners ‘erroneously paid’ the charges
Top government sources say the mandarins of Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s secretariat were in a tizzy when it emerged that the affected property owners, who deposited development charges to get no dues certificate (NDC) needed to sell property, were owners of properties in areas where developmental charges at present are not applicable.
The state registered an overall 40% dip in the farm fires this year so far as compared to last year: Official data
Political analysts say electoral and caste calculations appear to have catapulted the Lok Sabha MP to the top post as the Haryana chief minister apparently wanted a leader of his camp to head the state unit
To be uploaded within a week; unsuccessful candidates had moved HC saying that HPSC was not revealing the subject-wise marks
In another strange turn of events, only 61 candidates out of over 1,200, who wrote the HCS main examination on August 12-13 to bag one of the 111 advertised posts, passed the main examination
Govt had stopped appointments on 1,518 advertised posts after finding that a large number of recommended candidates did not have valid sports gradation certificates, services of some already appointed were also terminated
At Northern Zonal Council meeting, state govt will give presentation on its sports policy, while the trial court in Kaithal awarding death sentence last week within 11 months in the rape and murder of a minor after police presented challan within six days will be cited as an example of effective policing.
The plan is to dispose of 43% stubble with in-situ management, 34% crop residue is likely to be used for fodder and 23% will be used in the industries via ex-situ management
Linked directly to the presence of Congress in Kaithal rally will be the possibilities of this bonhomie graduating into an electoral alliance with the INLD ahead of Lok Sabha and Haryana Assembly elections due next year
The committee has been tasked to identify possible drainage congestion in Delhi in case of high spate in the Yamuna.
The committee held its first meeting last week and will submit its report within six months, officials said
Haryana government is set to rope in final-year students of polytechnic colleges to examine tablets allotted to Class 10 & 12 students for e-learning
A large part of House proceedings, beginning from Zero Hour at 12 noon and till lunch break were marked by Congress pressing for discussion on Nuh episode.
About six minutes after the ruckus, the chief minister turned down the opposition’s demand and repeatedly said that the resignation will not be taken. The ruling BJP benches, including Sandeep Singh, responded with thumping of the benches. CM Khattar said the Opposition cannot compel anyone to take action.
Oppn Congress MLAs troop to well of House, demanding Sandeep Singh’s resignation on moral grounds
Two groups insisted that they will go ahead with procession on August 28, despite the district administration denying permission for any religious procession.
District administration imposes Section 144 of CrPC (prohibiting assembly of four or more people in an area) as a precautionary measure
Even though the Congress desisted from cornering the government on the issue of communal violence in Nuh during the opening sitting of the monsoon session of Haryana assembly, the principal opposition party pointedly launched a blistering attack on the ruling BJP-JJP coalition government, highlighting the inherent flaws in the PPP portal.
The trouble began soon after Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar read out a resolution congratulating ISRO scientists and Prime Minister Modi for Chandrayaan-3 mission’s success on the opening day of the monsoon session of the assembly in Chandigarh.