Prabhjit Singh

A special correspondent, Prabhjit Singh is the bureau chief at Bathinda. He specialises in investigative stories, with rural reporting being his passion.

Articles by Prabhjit Singh

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Faridkot MP Sadhu Singh maintained low profile during his tenure

AAP’s Sadhu Singh, the first-time MP from Faridkot Lok Sabha constituency, is banking on development works carried out from the MPLAD funds in the constituency; says members of breakaway group will fade out gradually.

Faridkot MP Sadhu Singh is not articulate and has remained low-key throughout his five-year term.(HT FIle)
Faridkot MP Sadhu Singh is not articulate and has remained low-key throughout his five-year term.(HT FIle)
Updated on Mar 14, 2019 04:31 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In Ferozepur seat, Congress has a queue, SAD looks beyond Ghubaya

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In the Ferozepur parliamentary constituecny, the Akali Dal has a tough task at hand to replace its sitting MP Sher Singh Ghubaya with a formidable candidate, besides challenging the opposition Congress to defend its citadel.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Sher Singh Ghubaya is the sitting Member of Parliament from Ferozepur constituency in Punjab.(HT Photo)
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Sher Singh Ghubaya is the sitting Member of Parliament from Ferozepur constituency in Punjab.(HT Photo)
Published on Mar 04, 2019 01:11 PM IST

At Maghi mela, former Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal pitches for a second term for PM Modi

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal credited PM Modi with ensuring conviction of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and the Kartarpur corridor.

Former Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal (in blue turban) and other leaders at a rally of the Shiromani Akali Dal on the occasion of Maghi Mela on Monday, January 14, 2019.(Sanjeev Kumar / HT Photo)
Former Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal (in blue turban) and other leaders at a rally of the Shiromani Akali Dal on the occasion of Maghi Mela on Monday, January 14, 2019.(Sanjeev Kumar / HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2019 11:26 AM IST

Bhucho Congress MLA Pritam Singh Kotbhai booked in chit fund scam

The complainant Armana Beghum said the accused took money from her and more than 300 other people assuring them huge returns but never paid back.

Pritam Singh Kotbhai(HT File)
Pritam Singh Kotbhai(HT File)
Updated on Oct 16, 2018 09:40 AM IST

Capt Amarinder a coward, not acting against firing accused: Bargari morcha

A large crowd converged here to mark the third anniversary of alleged police firings which led to death of two Sikh youths during protests against desecration cases.

SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann and other Sikh radical leaders at an event to mark the third anniversary of Behbal Kalan firing, at Bargari in Faridkot on Sunday. AAP rebel Sukhpal Singh is also seen in the picture.(HT Photo)
SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann and other Sikh radical leaders at an event to mark the third anniversary of Behbal Kalan firing, at Bargari in Faridkot on Sunday. AAP rebel Sukhpal Singh is also seen in the picture.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 15, 2018 09:04 AM IST

Badals’ fate depends on SIT findings in sacrilege cases: Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh

“It was me who went to Bargari a day after the two youths were killed, and I saw blood on the road,” Amarinder said.

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar release ‘Mission 13’ poster at Killianwali in Lambi assembly segment on Sunday. The poster marks the launch of the party’s Lok Sabha campaign in the state.(HT Photo)
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar release ‘Mission 13’ poster at Killianwali in Lambi assembly segment on Sunday. The poster marks the launch of the party’s Lok Sabha campaign in the state.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 08, 2018 09:01 AM IST

Punjab’s readiness to tackle stubble burning will be put to test from October 10

30% of Punjab’s fields would be harvested in districts like Bathinda and Mansa from October 10; over 10 lakh tonne of stubble will have to be managed.

At this time, 30% of the state’s paddy fields will be harvested, delayed due to rain, all more or less in sync.(HT Photo)
At this time, 30% of the state’s paddy fields will be harvested, delayed due to rain, all more or less in sync.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 06, 2018 10:07 AM IST

Punjab cabinet to discuss status of 2,200 contractual school teachers today

On Tuesday, finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal gave a royal ignore to the teachers, who were demanding regular job as per the conditions notified during their appointment in November 2014.

Contractual school teachers holding a protest at Hanuman Chowk in Bathinda on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Contractual school teachers holding a protest at Hanuman Chowk in Bathinda on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 03, 2018 09:23 AM IST

Sikh radicals and AAP rebels brace for third Bargari anniversary

The radicals have also given a call to observe the third death anniversary of the two Sikh youths killed in Behbal Kalan police firing on October 14.

Parallel jathedars Baljit Singh Daduwal and Dhian Singh Mand with other Sikh activists during a protest at Bargari in Faridkot district on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Parallel jathedars Baljit Singh Daduwal and Dhian Singh Mand with other Sikh activists during a protest at Bargari in Faridkot district on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 28, 2018 09:27 AM IST

Akalis hold rally in ‘fortified’ Faridkot amid radicals’ protest

Beleaguered Badals try to blunt criticism following indictment by Ranjit panel and galvanise the party cadres

Former CM and SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal and party president Sukhbir Singh Badal at the ‘Pol Khol’ rally in Faridkot on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Former CM and SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal and party president Sukhbir Singh Badal at the ‘Pol Khol’ rally in Faridkot on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2018 09:11 AM IST

Rural polls on mind, Punjab Congress tries to encash Ranjit panel report

The state goes to zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections on September 19.

Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, flanked by ministers Balbir Singh Sidhu and Navjot Singh Sidhu, receives a memento carrying the photographs of the two victims of the Behbal Kalan police firing, at a rally in the village on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, flanked by ministers Balbir Singh Sidhu and Navjot Singh Sidhu, receives a memento carrying the photographs of the two victims of the Behbal Kalan police firing, at a rally in the village on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2018 09:56 AM IST

AAP dissidents will meet same fate as Akali stalwart Tohra: Bhagwant Mann

Hours after dissident MLA Sukhpal Khaira accused Bhagwant Mann of being “greedy for chief minister’s chair in the 2017 state polls” at a rally in Moga, the Sangrur MP raised his doubts over the political future of Khaira, without naming him.

Punjab leader of opposition Harpal Singh Cheema and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann during a rally in Bathinda on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Punjab leader of opposition Harpal Singh Cheema and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann during a rally in Bathinda on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 03, 2018 09:15 AM IST

A shot at blending modernity with tradition

The women’s college does not allow students to carry mobiles on campus; institute management is of the opinion that technology is dominating the minds of the youth.

Dev Samaj Postgraduate College for Women, Ferozepur. About 30 girls, six of them Muslims were in the first batch admitted to college in 1934.(HT Photo)
Dev Samaj Postgraduate College for Women, Ferozepur. About 30 girls, six of them Muslims were in the first batch admitted to college in 1934.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 16, 2018 11:56 AM IST

Slain orchestra girl’s family alleges threats to life in Bathinda

The incident had rocked the national media, with the video of the dancing girl collapsing on the stage and her bleeding body being dragged by some men out of the marriage palace had gone viral.

Victim Kulwinder Kaur(HT File)
Victim Kulwinder Kaur(HT File)
Updated on Jul 14, 2018 12:19 PM IST

Prime Minister’s Malout rally gives BJP cadres a boost

PM said NDA government is trying to restore respect of farmers and soldiers, and is committed to doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) and (from left) Punjab BJP president Shwait Malik, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar , former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal ,SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on stage at at the
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) and (from left) Punjab BJP president Shwait Malik, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar , former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal ,SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on stage at at the "Kisan Kalyan (farmer welfare) rally" at Malout in Muktsar district on Wednesday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jul 12, 2018 11:08 AM IST

DSP indicted for releasing drug accused posted back in Bathinda

IG Chhina kept sitting on the findings for nearly four months despite the fact that DIG Ashish Chaudhary had recommended departmental action against Romana.

DSP Gurjit Singh Romana​(HT File)
DSP Gurjit Singh Romana​(HT File)
Updated on Jul 09, 2018 12:15 PM IST

IPS officer pens harrowing tales of drug addicts in Punjab

The author also comes across a tormented woman hinting at committing suicide while narrating her husband’s drug addiction. A month later her body was found from a canal at a village near Harike in Tarn Taran district

(Representative image)
(Representative image)
Updated on Jul 03, 2018 11:09 PM IST

How is craze for English spawning a mini business boom in Bathinda?

As 10,000 students invade the city for coaching classes in English, Bathinda sees a spike in smaller enterprises

More than a 100 IELTS training centres as well as paying guest rooms have sprung up in Bathinda, in view of the increasing craze among youngsters to go abroad.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
More than a 100 IELTS training centres as well as paying guest rooms have sprung up in Bathinda, in view of the increasing craze among youngsters to go abroad.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jun 19, 2018 10:59 AM IST

Doctor hired for ultrasounds at Bathinda civil hospital lacks qualification

Patients at government health centres across Bathinda and Mansa districts are dependent on the Bathinda civil hospital for ultrasound diagnosis.

Patients and attendants await their turn for ultrasound scan tests at the civil hospital in Bathinda.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Patients and attendants await their turn for ultrasound scan tests at the civil hospital in Bathinda.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jun 12, 2018 10:58 AM IST

No govt ultrasound centre within 50km of Bathinda civil hospital

As a result, the Bathinda hospital does 40 ultrasounds a day with over 200 patients pouring in from Mansa, Muktsar and Faridkot districts. Mansa district hospital too has no ultrasound facility.

The emergency ward at the Bhagta Bhai Ka community health centre when it is functional.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
The emergency ward at the Bhagta Bhai Ka community health centre when it is functional.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on May 31, 2018 12:04 PM IST

A month on, Bathinda police dither on rape complaint against constable

The victim and her husband, of Buccho Mandi, had approached the SSP after cops at the local police station did not act on their complaint against the accused, constable Sandeep Singh.

(For representation)
(For representation)
Updated on May 12, 2018 11:27 AM IST

79-lakh loan recovery notice issued to Akali leader Kolianwali

Kolianwali, a member of the SGPC and a close confidant of ex-chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, was reportedly not available at home when the officials reached his premises for the recovery on Tuesday.

Akali leader Dyal Singh Kolianwali(Facebook)
Akali leader Dyal Singh Kolianwali(Facebook)
Updated on May 09, 2018 11:06 PM IST

‘Bonded’ labourers rescued in Bathinda: Week on, NGO seeks registration of case

The administration is also silent over a complaint from seeking the booking of the brick kiln owner under the Bonded Labour Act. Two families from Uttar Pradesh protested on Friday, accusing their employer of keeping them in inhuman condition at the site and not paying them wages.

Brick-kiln labourers and their families holding a dharna opposite the mini-secretariat in Bathinda on Friday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Brick-kiln labourers and their families holding a dharna opposite the mini-secretariat in Bathinda on Friday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 28, 2018 12:00 PM IST

The politics of loan waivers: Deep despair of Punjab’s excluded farmers

Lip service: Amarinder Singh sought votes on the promise of a waiver, but now faces heat as more than half the state’s farmers have been left out of the scheme.

Policemen stop farmers during a protest march in Bathinda. Faced with mounting criticism, chief minister Amarinder Singh recently announced in the assembly that the government will “waive farm loans amounting to ₹9,500 crore within the upcoming financial year 2018-19”.(HT File Photo)
Policemen stop farmers during a protest march in Bathinda. Faced with mounting criticism, chief minister Amarinder Singh recently announced in the assembly that the government will “waive farm loans amounting to ₹9,500 crore within the upcoming financial year 2018-19”.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2018 11:52 AM IST

Bathinda central varsity students seek action against prof for casting aspersion on girl’s character

The professor had said “Ye ladki kaunsi doodh ki dhuli hai, Punjab mein to ye sab hota hi rehta hai” after a girl student had filed a complaint of molestation against a canteen employee.

Students of Central University of Punjab, Bathinda against an associate professor for allegedly casting aspersions on the character of a girl student of the campus, on Tuesday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Students of Central University of Punjab, Bathinda against an associate professor for allegedly casting aspersions on the character of a girl student of the campus, on Tuesday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Mar 27, 2018 11:18 PM IST

Maur blast: Police name 3rd accused, also a Dera Sacha Sauda follower

No arrest yet; fresh arrest warrants issued for the three to be produced before court on March 22, the next date of hearing.

The blasts occurred during campaigning for assembly polls with Congress candidate Harminder Jassi, a relative of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, having a narrow escape.(HT File)
The blasts occurred during campaigning for assembly polls with Congress candidate Harminder Jassi, a relative of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, having a narrow escape.(HT File)
Updated on Mar 08, 2018 07:58 PM IST

Woman’s death in go-kart mishap: Mourners throng gurdwara where she prayed daily in Bathinda

“Kinni sohni jodi si, nazar hi lagg’ gi,” (such a good looking couple it was, the evil eye stuck them), said a woman’s sobbing voice, who was among a few hundred mourners

Puneet’s hair got caught in a wheel of the go-kart, tearing her scalp off the head at an amusement park adjoining Yadavindra Gardens in Pinjore on Wednesday afternoon.(HT photo)
Puneet’s hair got caught in a wheel of the go-kart, tearing her scalp off the head at an amusement park adjoining Yadavindra Gardens in Pinjore on Wednesday afternoon.(HT photo)
Updated on Feb 16, 2018 01:55 PM IST

‘SAD-BJP will form Punjab govt next year!’ Sukhbir bluffs on back of Modi’s push for parallel elections

The SAD-BJP alliance lost power to Congress last year after two consecutive terms of lasting a decade.

SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal addressing a rally at Bhai Rupa village near Bathinda on Friday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal addressing a rally at Bhai Rupa village near Bathinda on Friday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Feb 10, 2018 10:21 AM IST

Maur blast: SIT finally has 4 key witnesses, and ‘dera link’

Police say the men are painters who changed colour of car eventually used in crime at workshop on premises of Sirsa dera.

Officials examining the car in which a bomb was placed in Maur on February 1 last year, a day after the blast near Congress leader Harminder Singh Jassi’s election rally.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Officials examining the car in which a bomb was placed in Maur on February 1 last year, a day after the blast near Congress leader Harminder Singh Jassi’s election rally.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Feb 09, 2018 09:52 AM IST

Murky sand trade continues with impunity in Bathinda

Slipping through fingers: No police presence on road where collection point for ‘goonda tax’ has been set up; sand for project inside refinery being brought sans documents

A truck held up at a ‘goonda tax’ collection point (right) on the outskirts of Bathinda.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
A truck held up at a ‘goonda tax’ collection point (right) on the outskirts of Bathinda.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Feb 07, 2018 09:36 AM IST
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