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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.

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Haryana not to impose monthly minimum charge on domestic power consumers

Currently, ₹115 on per kilowatt load is charged per month; decision to come into force from next billing cycle and benefit domestic consumers in urban and rural areas

The electricity distribution companies levy the MMC on consumers where the electricity consumption per billing cycle is below a specified limit. (HT File)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 07:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana ex-CM Khattar begins new innings as Union minister

The 70-year-old and the Delhi University graduate had entered the electoral politics in Haryana in October 2014 when the BJP dethroned the Congress in assembly election

Karnal BJP MP Manohar Lal Khattar takes oath as minister during the swearing-in ceremony of new Union government, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 10, 2024 06:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

12% dip in BJP vote share in Haryana; Congress registers 15% rise

The BJP’s vote share in October 2019 assembly election was 36.49% when the party could not cross the halfway mark in the 90-member assembly and formed the government after stitching a post-poll alliance with the JJP.

Despite a drubbing at the hustings and its tally coming down to five seats from 10 in 2019, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) vote share in Haryana Lok Sabha elections stayed 3 % ahead of the principal Opposition party, the Congress. (Representational image)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 09:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Deepender, Selja, Khattar emerge biggest winners in Haryana

Deepender avenged his 2019 defeat at the hands of BJP’s Dr Arvind Kumar Sharma and trounced the BJP nominee by 3,45,298 votes, the highest victory margin in the state. In Sirsa (reserve seat), Kumari Selja put on the mat BJP’s Ashok Tanwar by 2,68,497 votes. Tanwar is a former Congressman who remained Haryana Congress president also.

When Congress fielded Rajya Sabha member Deepender Singh Hooda from the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat again and sent former Union minister Kumari Selja to contest Lok Sabha election from Sirsa, the faction-ridden Haryana Congress was unanimous about the bright prospects of the party in these two seats. (Representational image)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 09:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Summer break fun: Haryana rolls out home task to make primary kids NIPUN

After summer break tiny-tots to rattle off Aadhaar and phone numbers, names of MP, MLA, CM and governor; students advised to massage feet of dada-dadi, nana-nani and in return the grandparents to regale them with stories

When Class 3 to 5 students of Haryana government schools will return to their classrooms on July 1, a month after the summer break that began on Tuesday, they may rattle off not only their own 12-digit Aadhaar number but also of the members of their family. (Courtesy: Haryana Government)
Updated on May 29, 2024 07:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

State of parties: BJP banks on Modi to sail through in Haryana

Summer slugfest will set tone for assembly elections due by October. Despite organisational muscle and well-oiled cadre, state unit wrestles with anti-incumbency and accusation of disconnect from ground realities.

Notwithstanding the claims of former chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Karnal, that the party will retain its 2019 score of 10/10, the party is pulling out all stops to ensure it manages at least its 2014 tally of seven seats. (ANI File)
Updated on May 18, 2024 05:42 AM IST

Ambala | Congress challenger sets sight on BJP stronghold

The embattled BJP, facing a palpable anti-incumbency, has fielded Banto Devi Kataria, 59, the wife of late MP Rattan Lal Kataria who won from the seat thrice – in 1999, 2014, 2019.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is pulling out all stops to retain the seat, the Congress, with its united face, is giving it jitters. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2024 07:22 AM IST
By, Ambala

Haryana directs pvt schools to submit self certified affidavits about drivers, buses by today

Underscoring the urgency of “timely supervision” of the September 15, 2017 school safety instructions, the education department on Friday DEOs, DEEOs and all BEOs to obtain a self-certified undertaking from all schools in Haryana

HT Image
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 09:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Vigilant voters keeping EC on toes

The poll body has received nearly 1,400 complaints so far with 90% poll violation reports turning true. Drugs, cash etc worth ₹15 crore seized so far, even as during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls total quantity of drugs and cash seized was ₹18 crore

The mobile application--c-Vigil, acts as the third eye of the Election Commission (EC). (HT File)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 06:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Boxer Vijender Singh joins BJP

Beijing Olympics boxing bronze medallist Vijender Singh, who hails from Bhiwani in Haryana and took political plunge in April 2019 to contest Lok Sabha election unsuccessfully from South Delhi as Congress candidate, joined the BJP on Wednesday and described the decision to come under the saffron fold as “ghar wapasi.”

Boxer and former Congress leader Vijender Singh being greeted by BJP leader Ramvir Singh Bidhuri as he joins the party ahead of Lok Sabha elections, at BJP HQ in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 07:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Naveen Jindal, Ranjit Chautala join BJP, get ticket from Kurukshetra, Hisar

In yet another surprise, the BJP fielded Ranjit Singh Chautala, an Independent MLA from Rania segment and a cabinet minister in Haryana, from Hisar, also within hours of inducting him into the BJP fold in Sirsa on Sunday

Former Congress MP Naveen Jindal will contest the 2024 Lok Sabha election from Kurukshetra on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket, the party announced hours after the industrialist-turned-two-term MP joined the fold in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 25, 2024 06:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Wheat procurement : Haryana to set up round-the-clock nakas in border districts

Ahead of the massive wheat procurement season starting from April 1 across 417 purchase centres, Haryana’s food, civil supplies and consumer affairs department on Friday requested the DGP to set up round-the-clock nakas in all the border districts and instructed DCs “to closely monitor procurement operations” to ensure seamless arrival, purchase and lifting of foodgrains.

To deal with this problem, additional chief secretary (ACS-food, civil supplies and consumer affairs) Sumita Misra on Friday requested DGP Shatrujeet Kapur to direct all the superintendents of police to set up round-the-clock nakas in all the bordering districts so that traders may not bring the produce for sale in Haryana mandis. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 23, 2024 08:28 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana trust vote: CM Saini is a night watchman, says Congress

In a dramatic turn of events on Tuesday morning, the BJP first severed its ties with the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP).

Leader of Opposition in the Haryana Assembly Bhupinder Singh Hooda speaks during the special session of the state assembly in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 14, 2024 03:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana CM Nayab Saini wins floor test by voice vote

Speaker fixes two hours for debate on motion, former home minister Anil Vij present in House, while JJP MLAs heed to party whip, stay away from trust vote

Haryana chief minister Nayab Singh Saini after moving the vote of confidence in the assembly in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 02:23 PM IST

From Khattar’s aide to CM: The rise of Nayab Saini

Born in January 25, 1970, in Mirzapur Majra village in Ambala district, Nayab Saini, who has a BA degree from the BR Ambedkar Bihar University in Muzaffarpur and a law degree from Chaudhary Charan Singh University in Meerut, began his association with both the BJP and its ideological parent, the RSS in 1996.

Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatraya administers the oath to BJP leader Nayab Singh Saini as chief minister of Haryana, on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 08:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

From ML Khattar’s aide to Haryana CM: The rise of Nayab Saini

Nayab Saini, 54, to become Haryana's 11th chief minister. Rising through BJP ranks, from state president to CM, with close ties to predecessor Khattar.

Haryana chief minister Naib Singh Saini (Keshav Singh/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 07:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

The Haryana churn began with a BJP leader going over to Congress

Brijendra Singh recently joined the Congress. And then his nemesis, Dushyant Chautala broke ties with the BJP. What does this mean for the two political scions?

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Hisar Brijendra Singh with Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 01:23 AM IST

Nayab Singh Saini to be new Haryana chief minister

State BJP president Saini, who was unanimously elected legislature party leader, is a confidant of outgoing CM Manohar Lal Khattar

Haryana BJP president and Kurukshetra MP Nayab Singh Saini (centre) being felicitated by state party in-charge Biplab Kumar Deb, observers Arjun Munda and Tarun Chugh as outgoing chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar looks on in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 12, 2024 02:41 PM IST

Hisar MP Brijendra’s exit from BJP was on cards

His decision to join the Congress lacked the element of surprise and stealth. But Brijendra walked out of the BJP before the party could officially dump him by denying the ticket from Hisar, the seat which he had won by trouncing Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) nominee Dushyant Chautala (now deputy chief minister in BJP-led Haryana government) by over three lakh votes.

MP Brijendra Singh (PTI)
Updated on Mar 11, 2024 05:08 AM IST
By, Sunil Rahar, Chandigarh

RS ticket to outsider, Sukhu ignoring party MLAs led to revolt: Rajinder Rana

The 57-year-old three-term legislator, who is putting up at a private hotel in Chandigarh with the five other expelled Congress MLAs, said, “We voted in favour of the BJP candidate to uphold the honour and self-respect of Himachal and its people. Was there no leader of stature in the Himachal Congress who deserved a berth in the Rajya Sabha?”

Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, Karnataka deputy CM DK Shivakumar, senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and deputy CM Mukesh Agnihotri attend a consultation being held in Shimla on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 10:33 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Rajinder Rana, one of 6 expelled MLAs, explains why they rebelled in Himachal

The rebel Congress legislators say the party brushed their grievances and that backing BJP candidate was a conscious decision to uphold honour of Himachal

Expelled Congress MLA Rajinder Rana said (Facebook/rajinderranahamirpur)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 07:39 PM IST

Haryana to hand over INLD state chief Rathee’s murder probe to CBI: Vij

Haryana home minister Anil Vij announced that the CBI will probe the murder of INLD state president Nafe Singh Rathee, agreed upon after Congress demand.

People gather at the site after Haryana INLD chief Nafe Singh Rathee was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Bahadurgarh in Jhajjar district on Sunday evening. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 02:11 PM IST

In development push, Haryana shifts gaze towards housing in urban and rural areas

The Haryana government on Friday announced to launch an Urban-SVAMITVA scheme under which property ownership certificates will be issued to owners of properties in abadi areas of erstwhile villages that have now been included in Municipalities.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar during the budget session at Haryana Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Friday.The Haryana government on Friday announced to launch an Urban-SVAMITVA scheme under which property ownership certificates will be issued to owners of properties in abadi areas of erstwhile villages that have now been included in Municipalities. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 10:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana budget: Govt announces interest waiver on crop loans

While giving the top priority to the cultivators and describing them as “the backbone of the economy of the state”, Haryana CM Khattar also brought under the spotlight of his budgetary proposals sections such as poor, youth and women by coining a “GYAN framework”, a catch phrase.

Clearly, the vote-catching populist pitch was missing in the 48-page budget document of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who is also a finance minister, even as the government is bracing for the Lok Sabha and later assembly elections due in October this year. (Keshav Singh/ HT)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 09:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana mulls waiving farmers’ 125 cr pending canal water charges

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

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar (HT File)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 09:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

How direct seeding method is growing on Haryana farmers

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

Not only does a farmer opting for the DSR scheme get <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4,000 per acre incentive, but also there is a subsidy for buying a DSR machine. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 08, 2024 09:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana plans to hire electric, CNG buses under kilometre scheme

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

Haryana transport minister Mool Chand Sharma. (Twitter)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 06:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Protests with bodies set to invite jail in Haryana

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

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar chairing the cabinet meet on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 08:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Keeping tabs: Haryana upgrades e-learning devices to prevent misuse by govt school students

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.

The Haryana education department has upgraded 65% e-tablets allotted to Class 10 and 12 students of government-run schools with the latest operating system (OS) following disturbing reports about students breaching the security codes of the tablets and accessing objectionable websites, it is learnt. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 08:02 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Another setback: Hard-fought gains on sex ratio front at risk in Haryana

Health minister Anil Vij blames neighbouring states for not cracking down on touts and those involved in gender detection

Health minister Anil Vij (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 04, 2024 09:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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