Rameshinder Singh Sandhu

Rameshinder Singh Sandhu

Rameshinder Singh Sandhu is a staff reporter based in Ludhiana. He mainly covers administration, besides writing on agriculture, lifestyle trends, culture and travel.

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Green spaces are soothing for the mind and soul.(Getty Images)
Green spaces are soothing for the mind and soul.(Getty Images)

Guest Column: Adding years to life and life to years with gardening

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 10:23 PM IST
According to a National Geographic article, researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School in England analysed data from 10,000 city dwellers and found that those living near green spaces reported less mental distress
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A majority of traffic cops have poor ear health due to their long exposure to blaring horns.(HT Photo)
A majority of traffic cops have poor ear health due to their long exposure to blaring horns.(HT Photo)

DMCH to conduct study on hearing loss among traffic cops in Ludhiana

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2017 12:29 PM IST
The study will also aim to find out high level noise zones in the city and offer preventative measures to cops to save ears from excessive traffic noise
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Pressure horn installed on a bus in Ludhiana.(HT File Photo)
Pressure horn installed on a bus in Ludhiana.(HT File Photo)

Unchecked use of pressure horns may cause hearing loss among residents in Ludhiana

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2017 02:28 PM IST
There is also no check on roads surrounded by schools, hospitals, senior citizens’ homes and several residential areas, despite having sign boards stating ‘no horn zone’.
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Maharaj Duleep Singh Museum at Bassian Kothi, Raikot in Ludhiana(HT File Photo)
Maharaj Duleep Singh Museum at Bassian Kothi, Raikot in Ludhiana(HT File Photo)
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Prem Singh Bajaj, 86, repairing an old book at Punjabi Sahit Akademi’s library in Ludhiana on Monday.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal / Hindustan Times)
Prem Singh Bajaj, 86, repairing an old book at Punjabi Sahit Akademi’s library in Ludhiana on Monday.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal / Hindustan Times)

Ludhiana: 86-year-old is pillar of strength for Punjabi Sahit Akademi library

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2017 12:41 PM IST
“My love for books since childhood and passion for work encouraged me to be here. I never wanted to sit idle. So, after retirement, I approached then PSA president SS Johl who was kind enough to take me on board,” said Prem Singh Bajaj.
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A boy participates in a turban-tying competition held at the Sarabha Nagar gurdwara on the occasion of Baisakhi in Ludhiana on Thursday, April 13.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
A boy participates in a turban-tying competition held at the Sarabha Nagar gurdwara on the occasion of Baisakhi in Ludhiana on Thursday, April 13.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

Youngsters vie for top spot at turban-tying contest on Baisakhi in Ludhiana

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2017 06:48 PM IST
Turban is not an ordinary piece of cloth rather it is a symbol of one’s pride and religion. It is an article of faith symbolising self-respect, courage and tradition. And this Baisakhi, a large number of youngsters hailing from different pockets of the district got an opportunity to showcase their turban tying skills in two different contests organised at Kila Raipur village and Sarabha Nagar Gurdwara of the city on Thursday.
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The tourist office was inaugurated in December 2011.(HT Photo)
The tourist office was inaugurated in December 2011.(HT Photo)

Absence of toilet at tourist office in Ludhiana leaves visitors harried

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2017 02:30 PM IST
Ever since Punjab heritage and tourism promotion board (PHTPB) inaugurated its local tourist office in the historical clock tower building at Chaura bazaar, it has been lacking the basic facility of a toilet, much to the inconvenience of visitors who are forced to scout for the same in the overcrowded market around.
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Chairs have been dumped in the middle of the sitting area of Balraj Sahni Open Air Theatre at Punjabi Bhawan in Ludhiana.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Chairs have been dumped in the middle of the sitting area of Balraj Sahni Open Air Theatre at Punjabi Bhawan in Ludhiana.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

World Theatre Day: Ludhiana’s 51-year-old Balraj Sahni Theatre in a shambles

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2017 12:58 PM IST
Located at Punjabi Bhawan and a part of Punjabi Sahit Akademi (PSA), it was once a stage for renowned plays where noted actors of Punjabi film industry including Nirmal Rishi, who was conferred with Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2012, and Sardar Sohi began their acting careers.
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“Those who live in the present remain youthful and I am one of them. After all, besides waiting for destination, I always ensure to enjoy the journey as well and for being part of Pataudi family, I will call it a responsibility full of pleasure”, she says.(Gurminder Singh)
“Those who live in the present remain youthful and I am one of them. After all, besides waiting for destination, I always ensure to enjoy the journey as well and for being part of Pataudi family, I will call it a responsibility full of pleasure”, she says.(Gurminder Singh)

Women empowerment will make sense when all women get equal opportunities: Sharmila Tagore

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2017 03:17 PM IST
For veteran Bollywood actor Sharmila Tagore, celebration of ‘women empowerment’ or simply saying that today women are no less than men would make more sense when women from every echelon from our society will know what their rights are, what empowerment really means and most importantly getting opportunities like several empowered modern women of the country and the world. 
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Students exchange notes and clear doubts instantly as they feel it saves time and is convenient.(HT File Photo)
Students exchange notes and clear doubts instantly as they feel it saves time and is convenient.(HT File Photo)

Social media use for exam preparation a hit among students in Ludhiana

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2017 04:38 PM IST
Excess of everything is bad but a sensible use of anything can prove beneficial. With final examinations underway, social networking platforms that are generally considered a bane have turned into a boon for many students who prefer using them as a constructive tool for exchanging notes and clarifying doubts during final revision hours. Not only the students residing in urban areas prefer using social media tools like Facebook and WhatsApp for exam preparation but its popularity is also increasing among students coming from rural areas.
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Agamvir Singh with Gurdas Maan on the sets of Comedy Nights with Kapil. and (below) a scene from the latest music video.(HT Photo)
Agamvir Singh with Gurdas Maan on the sets of Comedy Nights with Kapil. and (below) a scene from the latest music video.(HT Photo)

Little ‘Bhagat Singh’ basks in new-found celeb status

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2017 07:21 PM IST
“I awoke one morning and found myself famous,” said Lord Byron, British poet and politician. This perfectly resonates with how 10-year-old Agamvir Singh (in turban) found instant fame after he appeared as little Bhagat Singh alongside singer Gurdas Maan in the video of his latest song ‘Punjab’.
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Devotees offering milk on the occasion of Shivratri at Krishna Temple in Ludhiana on Friday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
Devotees offering milk on the occasion of Shivratri at Krishna Temple in Ludhiana on Friday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

Punjab: Shivratri brings spurt in milk sales in as devotees appease the Lord

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2017 08:18 AM IST
Shivratri celebrations are deemed incomplete unless an offering of milk is made to Lord Shiva. The fervour on Friday brought cheer to dairy owners and milk sellers, and was reflected in sales made by milk plants across the state.
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The department of journalism at PAU(JS Grewal /HT)
The department of journalism at PAU(JS Grewal /HT)

Team to counsel Ludhiana farmers against lavish weddings

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2017 01:58 PM IST
The big fat Punjabi wedding no longer seems to be a matter of pride for the region as its famous ‘spendthrift’ culture is under the scanner for all the wrong reasons.
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A horse dancing to the beats of dhol.(JS Grewal/Hindustan Times)
A horse dancing to the beats of dhol.(JS Grewal/Hindustan Times)

Kila Raipur Games: Dance performance by horses and camel leave spectators enthralled

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Kila Raipur (ludhiana)
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2017 02:53 PM IST
Someone has rightly said, “Dance is a hidden language of the soul.” Interestingly, to prove this right; two 6-year-old horses, Toofan and Leeli Morni, and a 12-year-old camel named Raju, came all the way from Bathinda to give live dance performance on the beats of traditional Punjabi dhol on Sunday — the concluding day of 81st Kila Raipur Games.
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A CCTV camera at a house in Kila Raipur village.(HT Photo)
A CCTV camera at a house in Kila Raipur village.(HT Photo)

Surveillance gadgets gaining popularity in rural areas of Ludhiana

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2017 02:34 PM IST
Gone are the days when neighbours trusted each other to keep safe in rural parts of India. Surveillance gadgets are making their foray into rural pockets with a heavy demand for CCTV cameras among villagers. And so, orders and inquiries about these cameras are pouring in from the villages, claim owners of stores that sell these security gadgets. 
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Scheduled from February 17 to 19, this year too foreigners will make a beeline for the games, some on their own while others as special guests accompanying NRIs from the region.(JS Grewal / HT)
Scheduled from February 17 to 19, this year too foreigners will make a beeline for the games, some on their own while others as special guests accompanying NRIs from the region.(JS Grewal / HT)

Kila Raipur games, a spectacle for foreigners

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2017 03:39 PM IST
Come February 17 and all roads will lead to the quaint village of Kila Raipur, the host of Kila Raipur Sports Festival popularly known as ‘Rural Olympics’. Spectacular performances and daredevil stunts make this annual extravaganza the ‘destination to be’ for scores of sports enthusiasts from world over.
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Industrialist Raj Paul Oswal displaying his chocolate stamp.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
Industrialist Raj Paul Oswal displaying his chocolate stamp.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

Ludhiana man kept Swiss chocolate stamp refrigerated for 30 years

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2017 01:17 PM IST
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Prem Singh Bajaj teaching Urdu to his students at Punjabi Bhawan in Ludhiana.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Prem Singh Bajaj teaching Urdu to his students at Punjabi Bhawan in Ludhiana.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

A class apart: Learning Urdu an ‘experience’, both as hobby and new skill

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2017 12:30 PM IST
Language is the gateway to a new world, every language that you learn let’s you explore the cultural, social and literary nuances of myriad hues. The Urdu language classes conducted by the department of languages at Punjabi Bhawan of the city is one such place that lets the connoisseurs of this regal language continue with their learning pursuit albeit for different reasons.
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Rakesh Sachdev with his family outside a polling station in Ludhiana on Saturday.(Rameshinder Singh Sandhu/HT Photo)
Rakesh Sachdev with his family outside a polling station in Ludhiana on Saturday.(Rameshinder Singh Sandhu/HT Photo)

United by love, divided by choice: Kin vote for different parties in Punjab election

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2017 10:37 AM IST
United by love, divided by choice! A large number of families, especially in urban areas, flocked together to their respective polling booths on Saturday but interestingly, members of several such families voted for different parties.
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In Ludhiana West alone, there are three homes in Raj Guru Nagar who refuted the claims of this list.(HT Representative Image)
In Ludhiana West alone, there are three homes in Raj Guru Nagar who refuted the claims of this list.(HT Representative Image)

Will the dead rise to vote on February 4? Ludhiana DETO believes so

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2017 10:51 PM IST
If the ‘updated and latest’ list of voters by the election office is to be believed, Ludhiana district has 359 voters aged 100 and above, but the reality is that many of these ‘centenarians’ are dead in reality. In fact, some in the list have been dead for a decade now.
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Manpreet Ayali (left) and Bhupinder Singh Sidhu (right)(HT Photo)
Manpreet Ayali (left) and Bhupinder Singh Sidhu (right)(HT Photo)

Sartorially savvy: Politicians who defy tradition

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2017 05:55 PM IST
To walk through the power corridors of Indian politics, power dressing should not be far behind. It’s not just political ideologies after all. Sartorial choices also matter. A man or woman dressed in traditional garb such as kurta pyjama or sari pops into your head when you think of the quintessential Indian neta. However, times have changed and so has the Indian politician. There are many who defy the ‘dress code’ and have either never worn traditional clothes or rarely wear them.
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More women voters this time in Ludhiana, want govt to make safety top priority

UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2017 04:54 PM IST
Safety tops the wish list of female voters whose presence in the electoral roll has seen a considerable surge of 1, 31, 879 voters from the previous Vidhan Sabha polls. Women from both urban and rural areas of the district want that top priority of the new government to be formed on March 11, should be to ensure safety of women.
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Omkarjot Singh with his parents and Aamir Khan during shoot of Dangal movie at his home in Kila Raipur in Ludhiana on Thursday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Omkarjot Singh with his parents and Aamir Khan during shoot of Dangal movie at his home in Kila Raipur in Ludhiana on Thursday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Featured in Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’, Ludhiana localities become tourist spots

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2017 10:01 PM IST
A modest double-storey house, nestled in the narrow lanes of Janta Nagar in Ludhiana has become a ‘tourist spot’ these days and is attracting visitors from far and wide. Reason- the movie ‘Dangal’ was shot here for three days in January this year and 8-10 scenes in the second half of the film are shot in this house.
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A child selling a Santa mask at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Friday.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT Photo)
A child selling a Santa mask at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Friday.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT Photo)

Beggars encash Christmas spirit, sell merchandise at light points and local markets in Ludhiana

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2016 02:22 PM IST
As the spirit of Christmas catches on here, there has been a rise in the number of underprivileged people, especially kids, who are enchasing on the celebrations. They are leaving no stone unturned to sell ‘Santa caps’ and other Christmas merchandise at almost every traffic light and have even made their way to local markets.
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The latest survey underlines that out of the total 23, 72,931 voters, female voters lag behind their male counterparts by a difference of 1, 72,793 voters.(HT Representative Image)
The latest survey underlines that out of the total 23, 72,931 voters, female voters lag behind their male counterparts by a difference of 1, 72,793 voters.(HT Representative Image)

22 third gender voters in 14 constituencies; males outnumber females: DETO data

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2016 03:57 PM IST
With Vidhan Sabha polls around the corner and voters data being tabulated by District Elections Tehsildar Office (DETO), the emerging statistics highlight some interesting facts regarding the electoral pattern based on gender and age. The latest survey underlines that out of the total 23, 72,931 voters, female voters lag behind their male counterparts by a difference of 1, 72,793 voters, as total male voters in the district are 12, 72,851 while female voters are 11,00,058.
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Laxmi is actively campaigning with an NGO ‘Stop Acid Attacks’.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
Laxmi is actively campaigning with an NGO ‘Stop Acid Attacks’.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

Indomitable spirit: ‘Perpetrators of crime should cover their faces, not me’

UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2016 04:55 PM IST
In 2005, she had just turned 15 when a 32-year-old man threw acid on her face. Her only ‘fault’ was that she turned down his proposal for marriage for which she had to pay a heavy price! But that did not deter Laxmi’s indomitable spirit. Now 26, she chose to become a fighter and bounced back within a few years of the incident. She actively started campaigning with an NGO ‘Stop Acid Attacks’ and came up with a petition to curb acid sales that led the Supreme Court to order the Centre and state governments to regulate the sale of acid.
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This is according to the recently compiled data for the age groups 60-69, 70-79 and 80 years plus by the District Elections Tehsildar Office (DETO).(HT Representative Image)
This is according to the recently compiled data for the age groups 60-69, 70-79 and 80 years plus by the District Elections Tehsildar Office (DETO).(HT Representative Image)

Assembly polls: Surge in number of elderly voters in Ludhiana, election report

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2016 03:32 PM IST
In the upcoming Vidhan Sabha polls, there will be 4, 068 more senior citizen voters as compared to the figures in the same category during the Lok Sabha elections conducted in 2014. This is according to the recently compiled data for the age groups 60-69, 70-79 and 80 years plus by the District Elections Tehsildar Office (DETO), wherein the total number of voters stands as 3, 65, 486, whereas in 2014 this strength was 3, 61,418.
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A view of the Marriage Palace on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana on Monday.(HT Photo)
A view of the Marriage Palace on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana on Monday.(HT Photo)

Harbingers of change: Soon-to-be married youngsters of Ludhiana take initiative to curb ‘weapon culture’ at weddings

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2016 03:35 PM IST
Post the recent tragic death of 24-year-old dancer Kulwinder Kaur, who was shot by a drunk man at a wedding palace in Bathinda, youngsters in the region who are about to tie the nuptial knot in the coming days are making special endeavours to curb the horrific culture of flashing guns at weddings. They feel it is nothing more than an ostentatious display of power and wealth and term it as sheer ‘foolishness’.
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Punjab polls: Over 12,400 to cast vote for first time in Ludhiana

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2016 03:28 PM IST
In the impending Vidhan Sabha polls scheduled for early next year, a minimum of 12,459 youngsters from the district in the age group of 18-19 years will exercise their franchise for the first time to form a new state government. This data has been recently compiled by the officials of district elections tehsildar office, who believe that this figure is likely to go up, as the data on voters will be collected until December end.
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The club aims to distribute at least 10,000 blankets.(HT representative Image)
The club aims to distribute at least 10,000 blankets.(HT representative Image)

Spreading warmth: With NRI aid, Kila Raipur’s youth club to distribute 10,000 blankets for charity

By Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2016 04:37 PM IST
Kila Raipur’s ‘Youth Sports Club’ (YSC) is all set to spread a little warmth in the lives of destitute, by distributing nearly 10, 000 blankets to save them from the winter chill. The club members will realise this act of philanthropy with the help of financial aid from the village non-resident Indians (NRI).
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