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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Covid vaccine hesitancy: 16% Haryana govt school teachers yet to get first jab

Sixteen percent Haryana government school teachers are yet to take first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine while 15
15.52% govt school teachers in state have taken only the first dose of the vaccine
15.52% govt school teachers in state have taken only the first dose of the vaccine
Published on Jan 20, 2022 12:57 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

16% Haryana teachers still not vaccinated against Covid: Data

Sixteen percent of teachers in Haryana’s government-run schools are yet to take their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while 15% teachers have received only the first dose, according to data seen by HT.
Employees and their family members at registration courter for vaccination at Bar room of Punjab and Haryana High Court in April last year. (HT file photo)
Employees and their family members at registration courter for vaccination at Bar room of Punjab and Haryana High Court in April last year. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 12:48 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Save girl child fight of Haryana suffers eight points dip in sex ratio at birth

The Haryana government’s flagship programme to stop female foeticide has registered an eight-point dip in sex ration at birth (SRB) in 2021, according to official data
914 female births per 1,000 males were recorded in 2021 against 922 in 2020
914 female births per 1,000 males were recorded in 2021 against 922 in 2020
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 12:31 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Amid third Covid wave, Haryana puts off Khelo India Games again

This is the second time the games have been put off due to the pandemic after the first postponement in November 2021
During the 10-day sports extravaganza that was to begin on February 5, various sports activities in the under-18 category were scheduled. The Haryana government was to hold the fourth edition of the games in Panchkula, Ambala, and Shahabad. (Representative image)
During the 10-day sports extravaganza that was to begin on February 5, various sports activities in the under-18 category were scheduled. The Haryana government was to hold the fourth edition of the games in Panchkula, Ambala, and Shahabad. (Representative image)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 12:09 PM IST
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Private vet colleges’ fee hike: Haryana ACS orders inquiry amid differing stances

In a latest spin, Ankur Gupta, when posted as ACS (animal husbandry), appointed retired IAS officer OP Langayan on December 23, 2021, to conduct preliminary inquiry against three officials of directorate of animal husbandry who had recommended fee hike
Preliminary has been ordered on two complaints of Dr Sandeep Kumar Gupta, a senior scientist of Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (LUVAS), Hisar. (Image for representational purpose (Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences website))
Preliminary has been ordered on two complaints of Dr Sandeep Kumar Gupta, a senior scientist of Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (LUVAS), Hisar. (Image for representational purpose (Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences website))
Published on Jan 10, 2022 05:16 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Now Covid grounds public programmes of BJP-JJP in Haryana

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his cabinet ministers have cancelled their scheduled political rallies and public meetings amid spectre of the third wave of coronavirus looming large and after the state government declared public places out of bounds for people not fully vaccinated
In this backdrop, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar has applied brakes on his January 8-9 Haryana Pragati rallies in Kaithal and Jind. (iStock)
In this backdrop, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar has applied brakes on his January 8-9 Haryana Pragati rallies in Kaithal and Jind. (iStock)
Published on Jan 04, 2022 12:59 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Farmers’ protest: Probe report into Karnal toll plaza violence to be submitted to CM

Justice SN Aggarwal commission of inquiry was set up to look into the August 28 violence and police lathicharge at Bastara toll plaza
Ahead of the BJP’s August 28 programme in Karnal against which the farmers were protesting, the then Karnal SDM, Ayush Sinha, was caught on camera allegedly instructing police personnel to hit the protesting farmers on the head if they breached the cordon. (HT file photo)
Ahead of the BJP’s August 28 programme in Karnal against which the farmers were protesting, the then Karnal SDM, Ayush Sinha, was caught on camera allegedly instructing police personnel to hit the protesting farmers on the head if they breached the cordon. (HT file photo)
Published on Dec 24, 2021 05:27 PM IST
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Haryana assembly session starts today: Congress set to raise storm over recruitment scam

Already the Congress has moved at least nine calling-attention notices and one adjournment motion on the issue of paper leak, setting the stage for a heated exchange as the Haryana assembly session gets underway on Friday
There are plenty of burning issues such as recruitment scandal, unemployment, law and order, and the problems farmers have been facing, says Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Congress Legislature Party leader. (PTI File Photo)
There are plenty of burning issues such as recruitment scandal, unemployment, law and order, and the problems farmers have been facing, says Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Congress Legislature Party leader. (PTI File Photo)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 01:16 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Fake birth, death certificates: Centre asks Haryana to hold inquiry, seeks action-taken report

PASSING THE BUCK The Registrar General of India writes to Haryana CS, says chief registrar of state is responsible for effective functioning of birth, death registration system India’s Registrar General and Census Commissioner has requested the Haryana government to “conduct a proper inquiry” into the red flags the state health department has raised over unauthorised people generating fake birth and death certificates by breaking into the Civil Registration System (CRS) portal
The registration of births and deaths in country is done under the provisions of the Registration of Births and Deaths (RBD) Act, 1969 and corresponding state rules. (HT File)
The registration of births and deaths in country is done under the provisions of the Registration of Births and Deaths (RBD) Act, 1969 and corresponding state rules. (HT File)
Published on Dec 11, 2021 01:11 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Haryana sounds alarm over fake birth, death certificates

In a series of letters, the state urges the Registrar General of India to act fast and plug the security breach in the Civil Registration portal which contains nationwide data
“Despite repeated requests and showing information about illegal use of the CRS portal, no action has been taken at your end and misuse of the portal is yet to be controlled,” reads an October 13 letter of the Haryana health department marked to the RGI. (HT File)
“Despite repeated requests and showing information about illegal use of the CRS portal, no action has been taken at your end and misuse of the portal is yet to be controlled,” reads an October 13 letter of the Haryana health department marked to the RGI. (HT File)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 01:42 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Repeal of farm laws: Much needed reprieve for Haryana govt

Repeal of the three farm laws has come as a political and administrative relief for the BJP-JJP coalition government in Haryana which has been fire-fighting the law and order fallout of an unrelenting farmer agitation for around a year
A string of confrontations in Ambala, Karnal and Jind had spiked tensions, even as the Khattar government claimed to have exercised “utmost restraint” while dealing with the delicate law and order crisis. (HT PHOTO)
A string of confrontations in Ambala, Karnal and Jind had spiked tensions, even as the Khattar government claimed to have exercised “utmost restraint” while dealing with the delicate law and order crisis. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 20, 2021 01:12 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

This year till September, rural Haryana witnessed more deaths than urban areas

Every district in state has recorded unusually more deaths (irrespective of their cause) than they would have been in a normal year, in what is a clear sign of the devastation the Covid-19 pandemic caused.
This year till September, rural Haryana witnessed more deaths than urban areas
This year till September, rural Haryana witnessed more deaths than urban areas
Updated on Nov 17, 2021 04:25 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh

Haryana’s sex ratio at birth touches 5-year low, shows data

Officials say 906 girls were born per 1,000 boys this year till September against 915 in the corresponding period in 2020; this is the first time that the sex ratio at birth has dropped by nine points after the launch of the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme in 2015
The first signs of touts outwitting the Haryana government machinery and carrying out gender determination had emerged when the cumulative sex ratio at birth till June 2021 had dipped to 911, from 920 in the corresponding period till June 2020. (Representative Image/HT File)
The first signs of touts outwitting the Haryana government machinery and carrying out gender determination had emerged when the cumulative sex ratio at birth till June 2021 had dipped to 911, from 920 in the corresponding period till June 2020. (Representative Image/HT File)
Updated on Oct 27, 2021 02:37 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Bajra procurement proving to be a double-edged sword for Haryana government

Short shelf-life, low demand in terms of consumption, a cause of concern for the Haryana, which is the only state in the region procuring bajra on MSP; from this season, Haryana has opted for ‘Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojana’ for bajra procurement
Last year, Haryana government paid <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,150 MSP per quintal for bajra procurement. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Last year, Haryana government paid 2,150 MSP per quintal for bajra procurement. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 01:43 AM IST
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ByPawan Sharma & Neeraj Mohan, Chandigarh

BJP announces nominee for Haryana’s Ellenabad by-poll

Ellenabad by-poll is significant in view of the ongoing farmer agitation against the three farm laws passed last year. Haryana is among the states where the agitation has drawn much support
Govind Kanda is the brother of Gopal Kanda, the lone lawmaker of the Haryana Lokhit Party, who joined the BJP last week.  (HT Photo/File Photo)
Govind Kanda is the brother of Gopal Kanda, the lone lawmaker of the Haryana Lokhit Party, who joined the BJP last week.  (HT Photo/File Photo)
Updated on Oct 07, 2021 10:31 AM IST
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Indomitable spirit takes Divyang trekkers to Siachen

Eight differently abled (Divyang) trekkers created a world record for the largest number of people with disabilities scaling the world’s highest battlefield, Siachen Glacier, up to Kumar Post at the altitude of 15,632 ft. Read on to find out how they achieved the feat
The Divyang trekkers at the Kumar Post, which is at an altitude of 15,632 ft. It took the team five days to reach Kumar Post from the Siachen base camp. (HT PHOTO)
The Divyang trekkers at the Kumar Post, which is at an altitude of 15,632 ft. It took the team five days to reach Kumar Post from the Siachen base camp. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 01, 2021 02:35 AM IST
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ByGaurav Bisht, Ravi Krishnan Khajuria and Pawan Sharma

Ellenabad bypoll: Joint nominee of BJP-JJP to be from saffron party

BJP poll panel to meet on October 3 in Chandigarh; Congress to discuss poll matters in Delhi on Friday
A high-powered 11-member election committee of the Haryana BJP, including CM Manohar Lal Khattar, will meet in Chandigarh on October 3 to either shortlist or select the candidate for the Ellenabad bypoll. (HT File)
A high-powered 11-member election committee of the Haryana BJP, including CM Manohar Lal Khattar, will meet in Chandigarh on October 3 to either shortlist or select the candidate for the Ellenabad bypoll. (HT File)
Published on Oct 01, 2021 12:51 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Haryana gears up to douse paddy stubble burning

Fatehabad, Kaithal, Jind, Karnal, Sirsa and Kurukshetra districts in Haryana are in the red zone of farm fires
Last year, farm fires in Haryana’s paddy fields dipped. There was an 11% reduction in stubble burning cases. (HT Photo)
Last year, farm fires in Haryana’s paddy fields dipped. There was an 11% reduction in stubble burning cases. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 18, 2021 03:32 PM IST
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NCRB data: At 39.7%, Haryana’s chargesheeting rate among worst in country

The chargesheet filing rate of the Haryana Police last year was third from the bottom in country after Meghalaya and Manipur, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report
NCRB data: At 39.7%, Haryana’s chargesheeting rate among worst in country
NCRB data: At 39.7%, Haryana’s chargesheeting rate among worst in country
Published on Sep 16, 2021 12:05 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Haryana’s unemployment rate is nearly 10%

Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala tells the assembly that the figure is much less as compared to the national average of 13.3%. He was replying to a question of Congress MLA from Nuh Aftab Ahmed during the monsoon session on Friday
More than 44,000 sanctioned posts are lying vacant in state’s education and health departments. (Manoj Dhaka/HT)
More than 44,000 sanctioned posts are lying vacant in state’s education and health departments. (Manoj Dhaka/HT)
Published on Aug 22, 2021 01:41 AM IST
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Haryana to launch ‘state song’ depicting glorious past, rich present

The Manohar Lal Khattar-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) coalition government in Haryana on Monday knocked the doors of prominent Haryanavi poets and writers to compose what will be called a ‘state song’ by August 15
A flyer put up on the Haryana art and cultural affairs department’s official website in this regard. (HT Photo)
A flyer put up on the Haryana art and cultural affairs department’s official website in this regard. (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 10, 2021 12:43 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Haryana records 911 sex ratio at birth in first six months of 2021

It’s a setback to ‘Beti Bachao’ programme as in the same period in 2020, the state had recorded 922 SRB
Karnal district is among six worse performing districts with 888 SRB in six months - 23 points lower than the total SRB of Haryana. (HT File)
Karnal district is among six worse performing districts with 888 SRB in six months - 23 points lower than the total SRB of Haryana. (HT File)
Published on Jul 17, 2021 11:57 PM IST
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Charuni gives ‘mission Punjab’ call, exhorts farmers to fight 2022 polls

Haryana Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Gurnam Singh Charuni on Wednesday called upon the farmers agitating against Centre’s three farm laws to launch ‘mission Punjab’ ahead of assembly elections to form a “kisaan-majdoor sarkaar” in the border state
Gurnam Singh Charuni (HT)
Gurnam Singh Charuni (HT)
Updated on Jul 08, 2021 01:51 AM IST
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Haryana sets 20 lakh limit to buy staff car for babus re-employed after retirement

Officials said issuing new instructions had become imperative as the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP-JJP government was often grappling with this issue of post-retirement entitlement of staff car for retired officers appointed as chairpersons or members.
All the officers given post-retirement assignments in these statutory, non-statutory, constitutional bodies, commissions, authorities etc are entitled for perks including staff car, bungalow and service of a battery of personal staff such as peon and clerk. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
All the officers given post-retirement assignments in these statutory, non-statutory, constitutional bodies, commissions, authorities etc are entitled for perks including staff car, bungalow and service of a battery of personal staff such as peon and clerk. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jul 06, 2021 01:30 AM IST
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Haryana unveils master plan for eco-friendly development around Sultanpur National Park in Gurugram

Twenty-two villages nestled in the salubrious environs of Sultanpur National Park have been included in the zonal master plan that the Haryana government rolled out for an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) where numerous activities will be either prohibited or regulated
Haryana unveils master plan for eco-friendly development around Sultanpur National Park in Gurugram
Haryana unveils master plan for eco-friendly development around Sultanpur National Park in Gurugram
Published on Jun 29, 2021 11:05 PM IST
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Paddy fields of 8 Haryana districts to demonstrate new technique to grow rice

Farmers of eight districts of Haryana under the watch of experts will grow paddy on 20,000 acre during the current paddy cultivation season, in what is the first-of-its-kind incentive-driven push to promote direct-seeded rice (DSR) technique
In eight districts, farmers will grow paddy on 20,000 acres using the cost-effective direct seeding of rice technique. (HT Photo)
In eight districts, farmers will grow paddy on 20,000 acres using the cost-effective direct seeding of rice technique. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 17, 2021 12:42 AM IST
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Haryana’s diversification push: Don’t grow any crop during paddy season and get 7,000 per acre

Yet another contour of the diversification drive this year is that the government will give 10,000 as incentive to farmers adopting agroforestry for three years. If a farmer opts for agroforestry and plants 400 trees on his land, he will be eligible for 10,000 (instead of 7,000) for three years.
At the heart of this policy is the objective to encourage farmers to choose alternative crops and reduce area under paddy as the cultivation of paddy leads to degradation of natural resources, such as water and soil. The ground water table of Haryana has been declining steadily. (HT FILE)
At the heart of this policy is the objective to encourage farmers to choose alternative crops and reduce area under paddy as the cultivation of paddy leads to degradation of natural resources, such as water and soil. The ground water table of Haryana has been declining steadily. (HT FILE)
Published on Jun 09, 2021 12:44 AM IST
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17 girls among 30 children orphaned due to Covid in Haryana

The Haryana government has so far identified 30 children orphaned during the Covid-19 pandemic
Of the 30 children orphaned due to Covid-19, as many as 23 are siblings and 16 live with their grandparents, while the rest stay with other relatives. (Representational photo)
Of the 30 children orphaned due to Covid-19, as many as 23 are siblings and 16 live with their grandparents, while the rest stay with other relatives. (Representational photo)
Published on Jun 04, 2021 06:30 PM IST
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Covid dip breathes new life into Haryana’s health infra

With the number of new cases on the decline, 80% of oxygen beds and nearly 60% ICU beds in state’s hospitals are available
A patient being wheeled into a government hospital in Chandigarh. With the caseload coming down, the availability of oxygen and ICU beds in the state has improved. (HT file photo)
A patient being wheeled into a government hospital in Chandigarh. With the caseload coming down, the availability of oxygen and ICU beds in the state has improved. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jun 03, 2021 01:44 AM IST
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May added half of total Covid deaths in Haryana

A month back when the skyrocketing medical oxygen demand had set the alarm bells ringing, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had described as “tsunami” the second Covid-19 wave which in May has left behind a trail of death and devastation
 (REUTERS/representational image)
(REUTERS/representational image)
Published on Jun 01, 2021 01:16 AM IST
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