Ravinder Vasudeva is a principal correspondent who writes for the Punjab bureau of Hindustan Times.
Articles by Ravinder Vasudeva
Expelled Indian diplomat, a 1997-batch Punjab cadre IPS officer, is a hardcore professional: Colleagues
Indian diplomat Pavan Kumar Rai, a 1997-batch IPS officer of Punjab cadre, who was expelled by the Canadian government amid escalating rift between the two nations over the killing of a Sikh separatist leader earlier this year, carries an impeccable track record during his service in Punjab Police
Eyeing the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all out to woo Sikhs, particularly Jat Sikhs, accounting for 21% of vote share
Even as Jakhar has tried to strike a balance between home-grown leaders and those who recently joined the party from the Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), on papers, the new BJP team is dominated by home-grown leaders coming from Hindu-dominated urban areas. In the 67-member state executive team, 22 are former Congress or SAD leaders
Punjab Police senior official said this has happened due to a change in strategy wherein the law enforcement agencies have decided to go after the big fish involved in the drug smuggling operations
In August, Jakhar had suggested his new team to the party high command after consultation with the new party affairs incharge and former Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani and state organisation secretary Manthri Srinivasullu
The action came after HT on August 31 highlighted how PWD’s internal probe had indicted officials. XEN and three junior engineers of PWD have been suspended, while four retired officials have been chargesheeted for giving undue advantage worth ₹11.5 crore to the contractor engaged by the department to construct a judicial complex in district headquarters at Nawanshahr
Punjab Police set to implement the Section 64 (A) of the NDPS Act that provides immunity from prosecution to addicts, who voluntarily seek treatment from a facility maintained or recognised by the government
A fresh tender worth ₹11 crore has been invited by the PWD department to complete the project as payments to the contractor were made showing the work complete
Punjab governor Banwarilal Purohit has been accusing Mann of defying his authority by not responding to the letters sent to him and not furnishing details asked for by the Raj Bhavan
The Bains brothers, who were the founders of the Lok Insaaf Party (LIP), had extended their unconditional support to the BJP during the Jalandhar Lok Sabha bypoll, held in May this year. As per BJP insiders, it was almost certain then that the duo would join the party after the elections.
Day after governor Banwarilal Purohit writes to chief minister Bhagwant Mann threatening to recommend President’s rule in border state, the CM says he is deliberately threatening Punjabis who had elected the AAP with an overwhelming majority
Reason: Such drones can fly long distances and make comparatively less noise, thus making it harder for security agencies to detect these as compared to the large-sized drones.
As per party insiders, several rounds of talks on the selection of a new team for the state BJP chief Sunil Jakhar have already been held
After encouraging results from trial runs in the Bathinda Central Jail, the Punjab prisons department is planning setting up of “dead zones” in Kapurthala and Amritsar jails
According to initial probe, smugglers might have crossed the International Border through the flooded Sutlej river; as per the information gathered from the police, the consignments are said to have been recovered by a counter intelligence team after the accused entered the Indian territory in Palla Megha area
According to the orders, the promoted officers have already started receiving the grade pay of the DSPs but are still working as Inspectors from the postings on which they were serving before their promotions
Excessive bleeding after childbirth reason behind maternal mortality spike in Punjab: heath minister
According to Punjab health minister Dr Balbir Singh, Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) has emerged as the major reason behind the deaths even as the department was still thoroughly studying the reports sent by civil surgeons.
Chief minister Bhagwant Mann says during Capt Amarinder Singh government’s tenure, the assembly was called twice without the permission of the governor as the session had not been prorogued
At a time when the newly appointed Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jhakar is touring all the 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab, ex-state head Ashwani Sharma is conspicuous by his absence
Punjab has witnessed a sudden spike in maternal mortality with 87 deaths being reported during pregnancy, childbirth and post-childbirth in three months between April and June
Former Union minister and senior Punjab BJP leader Vijay Sampla stepped down as National Commission for Scheduled Castes chairman on Tuesday.
The case of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Punjab minister Lal Chand Kataruchak, appears to be almost over with the complainant withdrawing his complaint from the National Commission for Scheduled Caste
BJP sources say Hoshiarpur ex-MP’s resignation comes after he met party chief JP Nadda over “important role in organisation” in view of 2024 Lok Sabha campaign in Punjab
Devastation by the incessant rains has completely paralysed the rural road infrastructure in Rupnagar, Mohali and Patiala district where nearly 600 rural roads have been damaged by the floods
Newly appointed Punjab BJP president Sunil Jakhar on Tuesday said his party must shed the “junior ally tag” and move ahead
The PWD assessment also added that there has not been any report of major damage to any private or government main buildings yet in the state.
With an aim to carry carpeting of roads during all seasons, public works department in Punjab is mulling to use cold mix of bitumen by replacing use of hot mix
Jakhar says the first and foremost priority is to strengthen the BJP across all 117 assembly segments in Punjab
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday appointed former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, 68, as its state unit president
Jakhar was the Punjab Congress president for four years till 2021 when he was succeeded by Navjot Singh Sidhu; he joined the BJP in May 2022, three months after the last assembly elections