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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G20 meet: India seeks global cooperation for economic stability & growth

As the two-day parleys on economic issues saw participation of nearly 100 delegates from G20 member countries, India said the presence of the delegations, invitees and international organisations in Chandigarh “demonstrated the strong commitment” of the global community to support India’s G20 Presidency.

(From left) Ministry of finance director Praveen Kumar and Anu P Mathai, adviser, MoF, interacting with the media during the concluding day of the 1st International Financial Architecture working group meeting in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (RAVI KUMAR/HT)
(From left) Ministry of finance director Praveen Kumar and Anu P Mathai, adviser, MoF, interacting with the media during the concluding day of the 1st International Financial Architecture working group meeting in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (RAVI KUMAR/HT)
Published on Feb 01, 2023 12:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Rising global debt to be in focus as G20 conclave kicks off in Chandigarh today

World economies to discuss ways to enhance stability and financial resilience at first meeting of G20 International Financial Architecture Working Group

Delegates arriving at the IRB complex in Sarangpur for the polo match on Sunday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Delegates arriving at the IRB complex in Sarangpur for the polo match on Sunday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Published on Jan 30, 2023 02:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Frontline world economies to discuss rising global debt at G-20 conclave

Leading economies of the world will discuss the global debt situation and explore possible solutions to handle the mounting debt in a better manner during the first G-20 international financial architecture working group conclave beginning on Monday in Chandigarh under the Indian Presidency

Anu P Mathai, Adviser (International Economic Relations), speaks at a Curtain Raiser press conference on the eve of G20 conclave’s first meeting of the International Financial Architecture Working Group, in Chandigarh on Sunday. Baldeo Purushartha, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance is also seen. (ANI)
Anu P Mathai, Adviser (International Economic Relations), speaks at a Curtain Raiser press conference on the eve of G20 conclave’s first meeting of the International Financial Architecture Working Group, in Chandigarh on Sunday. Baldeo Purushartha, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance is also seen. (ANI)
Published on Jan 30, 2023 12:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Investigating officer’s negligence can’t be a ground to acquit accused, says Haryana’s Panipat court

While sentencing two Jhajjar district men to 10 years imprisonment in a March 2019 robbery case, Panipat’s additional sessions judge Nishant Sharma has reprimanded the investigating officer (IO) for “negligence” and observed that the IO not performing his duty well cannot be a ground to acquit the accused

The case was lodged under Section 392 (robbery) and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code at police station Madlauda in Panipat
The case was lodged under Section 392 (robbery) and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code at police station Madlauda in Panipat
Published on Jan 25, 2023 12:28 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panipat court awards 20-year jail to three in gangrape case

The DNA of the two men Vikas and Mohit had matched with the DNA retrieved from the clothes and cotton swabs of the victim

A fast-track court in Panipat on Monday sentenced three men to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment.
A fast-track court in Panipat on Monday sentenced three men to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment.
Published on Jan 24, 2023 01:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Sex ratio at birth: Poor show by 5 districts sets off alarm bells across Haryana

What has set the alarm bells ringing in the Manohar Lal Khattar government is the “disturbing dip” in the 2022 SRB of Hisar (904), Karnal (903), Kurukshetra (893), Faridabad (892) and Rewari (883), all of which had recorded an SRB between 903 and 925 in 2021.

Experts involved in the ‘save the girl child’ programme say the practice of sex selection before birth has become prevalent despite near 1,100 successful raids conducted within and outside Haryana to bust sex determination rackets involving touts targeting pregnant women from Haryana in last seven years. (HT File/Representational image)
Experts involved in the ‘save the girl child’ programme say the practice of sex selection before birth has become prevalent despite near 1,100 successful raids conducted within and outside Haryana to bust sex determination rackets involving touts targeting pregnant women from Haryana in last seven years. (HT File/Representational image)
Updated on Jan 11, 2023 01:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana’s sex ratio at birth improves slightly in 2022

Five districts in Haryana ranked worst with their sex ratio at birth slipping below 900 females per 1,000 males

Haryana’s sex ratio at birth improves slightly in 2022 (Shutterstock)
Haryana’s sex ratio at birth improves slightly in 2022 (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 06, 2023 10:30 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Indian hockey’s ‘Soorma’ Sandeep Singh caught on wrong foot as Haryana minister

Can Haryana’s sports minister Sandeep Singh bounce back from setback of sexual misconduct allegations like he defied a life-threatening gunshot wound 16 years ago to achieve hockey glory or is it an abrupt end to a short-lived political career? An accidental gunshot had pierced through the lower abdomen of Sandeep Singh in August 2006 when he was a rising star of Indian hockey

Sixteen years after surviving the deadly gunshot and remaining the talking point in every rival camp for his fierce drag-flicks, Haryana minister Sandeep Singh is now battling a barrage of sexual misconduct charges that a junior woman coach has levelled.
Sixteen years after surviving the deadly gunshot and remaining the talking point in every rival camp for his fierce drag-flicks, Haryana minister Sandeep Singh is now battling a barrage of sexual misconduct charges that a junior woman coach has levelled.
Published on Jan 04, 2023 01:01 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

On last day of winter session, ruling MLAs turn the heat on govt over health, education

Speaker Gian Chand Gupta also expressed anguish when it emerged that in certain cases, the reply ministers were giving were incorrect

Last sitting: Ruling MLAs target govt over health, edu in dramatic winter session (HT Photo)
Last sitting: Ruling MLAs target govt over health, edu in dramatic winter session (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 28, 2022 10:17 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Coalition partner JJP MLAs question govt over curtailing financial powers of sarpanches

Development and panchayats minister Devender Singh Babli said the government has not reduced the powers of sarpanches and that the decision in question was taken to ensure transparency

Coalition partner JJP MLAs question govt over curtailing financial powers of sarpanches (ANI Photo) (DPR Haryana Twitter)
Coalition partner JJP MLAs question govt over curtailing financial powers of sarpanches (ANI Photo) (DPR Haryana Twitter)
Updated on Dec 27, 2022 09:45 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

United Congress hits out at Khattar government for neglecting development in opposition segments

The principal opposition party legislators hit out at the state government’s lofty ‘sabka saath-sabka vikas’ catch phrase, in what was a well-coordinated offensive, and blamed the government for willfully ignoring development in the assembly segments of Congress MLAs

United Congress hits out at Khattar government for neglecting development in opposition segments (PTI)
United Congress hits out at Khattar government for neglecting development in opposition segments (PTI)
Published on Dec 26, 2022 06:57 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana panel summons 3 ACS rank officers

The departments against which the eight-member assembly panel has launched proceedings are agriculture and farmers’ welfare, development and panchayats, office of the chief secretary, home, urban local bodies and health

Haryana panel summons 3 ACS rank officers (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Haryana panel summons 3 ACS rank officers (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Dec 15, 2022 12:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Nearly 50% of complaints filed with rights body in Haryana in last six years against police: HHRC data

The data of the Haryana Human Rights Commission (HHRC) revealed that at least 45% (8,367) cases of the total 18,659 received between January 1, 2016 and November 30, 2022 were against the police

Nearly 50% plaints filed with rights body against police (Getty Images)
Nearly 50% plaints filed with rights body against police (Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 13, 2022 01:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana issues guidelines to stop dismissing employees without inquiry

Article 311 empowers the competent authority to dismiss, remove or reduce in rank a government employee subject to various riders

Article 311 empowers the competent authority to dismiss, remove or reduce in rank a government employee subject to various riders. (HT Photo)
Article 311 empowers the competent authority to dismiss, remove or reduce in rank a government employee subject to various riders. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 07, 2022 09:16 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana speaker cracks whip as departments resist supplying info to MLAs

The departments in the dock are agriculture and farmers welfare, development and panchayats, office of the chief secretary, home, urban local bodies and health

Haryana speaker cracks whip as departments resist supplying info to MLAs
Haryana speaker cracks whip as departments resist supplying info to MLAs
Published on Nov 26, 2022 01:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana government plans big rejig to improve student-teacher ratio

Under the plan, teachers will be pulled out from different government schools in Haryana where their numbers are more than the workload and depute them in schools functioning without a teacher

The Haryana education department has rolled out a plan to pullout teachers of different subjects from government schools where their numbers are more than the workload and depute them on deputation in schools functioning without a teacher. (HT File Photo)
The Haryana education department has rolled out a plan to pullout teachers of different subjects from government schools where their numbers are more than the workload and depute them on deputation in schools functioning without a teacher. (HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 25, 2022 12:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Adampur win: BJP-Bishnois gamble pays off

In last three years, Adampur was the third by-election the BJP was facing after the party retained power with the support of the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) in the wake of fractured mandate in the October 2019 state elections

Adampur win: BJP-Bishnois gamble pays off (PTI)
Adampur win: BJP-Bishnois gamble pays off (PTI)
Updated on Nov 07, 2022 12:11 AM IST
ByPawan Sharma and Sunil Rahar, Chandigarh

Stubble fires in Haryana down 31% compared to last yr: Data

Haryana government’s target is to contain the crop residue burning cases up to 3,000 during the current paddy harvesting season

Stubble fires in Haryana down 31% compared to last yr: Data
Stubble fires in Haryana down 31% compared to last yr: Data
Updated on Nov 05, 2022 02:09 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana’s runaway couples find themselves in financial knot

Not only Tina, staying in a single-room safe house under police protection, a majority of the runaway couples taking refuge in such government-run houses across Haryana have to battle financial burden

Before landing in these shelter homes in Haryana, the runaway couples often reach the high court for protection fearing “honour killing” as their inter-caste or same gotra (clan) marriages trigger hostilities. (HT File Photo)
Before landing in these shelter homes in Haryana, the runaway couples often reach the high court for protection fearing “honour killing” as their inter-caste or same gotra (clan) marriages trigger hostilities. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2022 12:55 AM IST
ByPawan Sharma & Neeraj Mohan, Chandigarh

26 lakh fine slapped on Haryana farmers for stubble burning

: The Haryana government has issued 1,041 challans and slapped nearly ₹ 26 lakh as fine on farmers in different paddy sowing districts so far for burning crop residue, it has been learnt

 <span class='webrupee'>₹</span> 26 lakh fine slapped on Haryana farmers for stubble burning
26 lakh fine slapped on Haryana farmers for stubble burning
Published on Oct 28, 2022 12:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s 3 releases this year coincide with elections

Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, convicted in two separate cases of murder, and a charge of rape, was released from Sunaria prison in Rohtak on a 40-day parole on October 14.

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.
Updated on Oct 20, 2022 04:41 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Air quality commission asks Haryana to reduce farm fires by 50%

Sources say that under the radar of the commission for stubble burning were Ambala, Jind and Kurukshetra districts

Air quality commission asks Haryana to reduce farm fires by 50 per cent
Air quality commission asks Haryana to reduce farm fires by 50 per cent
Published on Oct 11, 2022 01:39 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

First phase of 3-tier PRI polls in Haryana on Oct 30, Nov 2

The Haryana State Election Commission on Friday announced the first phase of the polls to all the three tiers of panchayati raj institutions in 10 out of the 22 districts of the state, with the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections to be held on October 30 and panchayat poll to be conducted on November 2

State election commissioner Dhanpat Singh announcing the Haryana zila parishad and panchayat election schedule in Panchkula on Friday. (Sant Arora/HT)
State election commissioner Dhanpat Singh announcing the Haryana zila parishad and panchayat election schedule in Panchkula on Friday. (Sant Arora/HT)
Updated on Oct 08, 2022 12:49 AM IST

Gambia cough syrup deaths: Centre, Haryana team inspect Sonepat pharma firm, collect samples

WHO has issued a medical product alert over four cough syrups made by Haryana-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals, warning they could be linked to acute kidney injuries and deaths of 66 children in Gambia

Senior drug inspectors of the central and Haryana governments on Thursday inspected the Haryana-based pharmaceutical company for the third time in the past six days and collected samples after the World Health Organisation (WHO) raised an alert, linking 66 children’s death in The Gambia to supply of four syrups made by Maiden Pharmaceuticals. (HT Photo/ Representational image)
Senior drug inspectors of the central and Haryana governments on Thursday inspected the Haryana-based pharmaceutical company for the third time in the past six days and collected samples after the World Health Organisation (WHO) raised an alert, linking 66 children’s death in The Gambia to supply of four syrups made by Maiden Pharmaceuticals. (HT Photo/ Representational image)
Published on Oct 07, 2022 04:34 AM IST
ByPawan Sharma and Sunil Rahar, Chandigarh/ Sonepat:

WHO alert on Gambia deaths: Same fatal substances detected in WHO-banned cough syrups killed kids in India earlier

Two poisonous substances which WHO has blamed for the death of 66 children in Gambia has been at the centre of identical tragedies earlier in Gurugram and Jammu.

The two poisonous substances “diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol”, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has blamed for the death of 66 children in The Gambia after detecting the contamination in four syrups a Haryana-based pharmaceutical unit had exported to the West African nation, has been at the centre of identical tragedies earlier in Gurugram and Jammu. (HT Photo/ Representational image)
The two poisonous substances “diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol”, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has blamed for the death of 66 children in The Gambia after detecting the contamination in four syrups a Haryana-based pharmaceutical unit had exported to the West African nation, has been at the centre of identical tragedies earlier in Gurugram and Jammu. (HT Photo/ Representational image)
Published on Oct 07, 2022 04:11 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Years ago, chemical killed several kids in Gurugram, Jammu

A Haryana government official aware of the matter said the victims included at least 26 children from Gurugram, who were prescribed a cough syrup manufactured by a Gurugram-based company. The syrup was later found to have traces of DEG.

A health department team arrives at the Maiden Pharmaceuticals Ltd unit in Sonepat, Thursday. (PTI)
A health department team arrives at the Maiden Pharmaceuticals Ltd unit in Sonepat, Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 07, 2022 05:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Cough syrups probe: Haryana firm keeps shut as Centre takes steps to curb damage

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, the top drug regulatory authority of India, has launched an inquiry and alerted the Haryana government last week after learning about The Gambia tragedy.

Rakesh Dahiya, Sonepat-based senior drug inspector, said that five samples were collected in the last one week and sent to the Central Drugs Laboratory in Kolkata for examination. (REUTERS)
Rakesh Dahiya, Sonepat-based senior drug inspector, said that five samples were collected in the last one week and sent to the Central Drugs Laboratory in Kolkata for examination. (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 07, 2022 12:48 PM IST
By, Sunil Rahar, , Chandigarh/sonepat/new Delhi

Gambia cough syrup deaths: Samples from Haryana firm sent to Kolkata lab

Day after WHO issues alert over four cough syrups made by Maiden Pharmaceuticals, Sonepat, warning they could be linked to recent acute kidney injuries and deaths of 66 children in The Gambia, a west African nation, the Centre and Haryana joint team is inspecting the pharma firm today for the third time this month

According to reports quoting the WHO, the laboratory analysis of the samples of the four cough syrups confirmed that they contained unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol. (Representative image)
According to reports quoting the WHO, the laboratory analysis of the samples of the four cough syrups confirmed that they contained unacceptable amounts of diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol. (Representative image)
Published on Oct 06, 2022 12:16 PM IST

96% child marriage cases pending trial across India by 2021: Rights body

At the forefront of this nation- wide movement to be launched on October 16 will be 50,000 women of 10,000 villages who will take a vow to fight the menace of child marriage which, the KSCF said remains grossly underreported due to numerous reasons.

96% child marriage cases pending trial across India by 2021: Rights body (HT File)
96% child marriage cases pending trial across India by 2021: Rights body (HT File)
Updated on Oct 05, 2022 10:33 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana takes new approach to check stubble burning

The focus is on massive awareness campaign in the hinterland and educating farmers about ways to dispose of crop residue and stop stubble burning

Haryana takes new approach to check stubble burning
Haryana takes new approach to check stubble burning
Published on Sep 24, 2022 01:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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