Ravinder Vasudeva

Ravinder Vasudeva

Ravinder Vasudeva is a principal correspondent who writes for the Punjab bureau of Hindustan Times.

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Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal in the Punjab assembly. (HT file photo)
Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal in the Punjab assembly. (HT file photo)

Punjab assembly passes resolution for unconditional withdrawal of Centre’s farm laws

UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 02:44 PM IST
Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh moves resolution, while AAP demands he clarify if he was part of the Centre’s high-powered panel on the farm laws
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Shiromani Akali Dal MLAs protesting against the power tariff hike outside the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Shiromani Akali Dal MLAs protesting against the power tariff hike outside the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Akali MLAs suspended for budget session for disrupting Punjab CM’s speech

UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 02:13 PM IST
Speaker’s action after Akali members raised anti-government slogans when Capt Amarinder Singh criticised SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur for justifying the farm laws when the Centre was preparing to introduce them in Parliament
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Senior Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia along with the other SAD leaders entering the Punjab Vidhan Sabha building to attend the second day of the Budget session in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (Ravi kumar/ht)
Senior Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia along with the other SAD leaders entering the Punjab Vidhan Sabha building to attend the second day of the Budget session in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (Ravi kumar/ht)

Debate on guv’s address: Cong, SAD MLAs spar over farm laws

PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 01:51 AM IST
Accuse each other of doing little to help the farmers and playing into the hands of the Centre for personal interests
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Those aged above 60 can walk in at any government or private hospital registered under the vaccination drive with their identity proof to receive the shot. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Those aged above 60 can walk in at any government or private hospital registered under the vaccination drive with their identity proof to receive the shot. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Punjab likely to rope in 675 private hospitals to push vaccination drive

By Ravinder Vasudeva, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 01:29 AM IST
The next phase, which starts from March 1, will cover senior citizens and those aged above 45 with co-morbidities
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Lakha Sidhana, wanted by Delhi Police in the Republic Day violence case, speaking at a rally in Mehraj villageof Punjab’s Bathinda district on Tuesday. (Sanjeev Kumar /HT)
Lakha Sidhana, wanted by Delhi Police in the Republic Day violence case, speaking at a rally in Mehraj villageof Punjab’s Bathinda district on Tuesday. (Sanjeev Kumar /HT)

Mehraj rally: Delhi Police made no effort to arrest Lakha, says Punjab Police

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:50 AM IST
Punjab Police says neither there is written information about Lakha being a fugitive in the Republic Day violence case nor on presence of Delhi Police in Bathinda on Tuesday
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Health workers taking swab sample of a girl at a dispensary in Patiala. HT file
Health workers taking swab sample of a girl at a dispensary in Patiala. HT file

Testing down, Covid cases on the rise in Punjab

UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 02:17 AM IST
Chandigarh With the Centre advising Punjab and four other states to take preventive measures in view of the latest surge in Covid-19 cases, the government has asked all the district administration to double the testing
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A swab sample being taken from a student in a Ludhiana school. (HT file)
A swab sample being taken from a student in a Ludhiana school. (HT file)

Lowering of guard behind Covid surge in Punjab

By Ravinder Vasudeva, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 02:03 AM IST
As per the health department, focused sampling of teachers and students after reopening of schools has also added to the number of infections in the state
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A Punjab cop getting a jab in Bathinda on Monday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
A Punjab cop getting a jab in Bathinda on Monday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

Covaxin shots to be administered in Punjab

By Ravinder Vasudeva, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 01:40 AM IST
The state had received 1.3 lakh doses of the made-in-India vaccine last month, but a decision on its use was pending, after concerns over its efficacy (effectiveness). Bharat Biotech, a Hyderabad-based company, has produced this vaccine.
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Farmers in front of the Red Fort and hoist the Khalsa flag during the protest against the Centre’s farm laws on Republic Day. (Reuters file photo)
Farmers in front of the Red Fort and hoist the Khalsa flag during the protest against the Centre’s farm laws on Republic Day. (Reuters file photo)

Deep Sidhu surfaces on Facebook, objects to being called traitor

UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2021 10:45 AM IST
In live video at 2am on Thursday, Sidhu said farm leaders calling him 'gaddar' for derailing the agitation are doing govt’s bidding; rather, they should have backed Red Fort protesters
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The first lot of the Covishield vaccine being received by Punjab health department officials at the Chandigarh airport on Tuesday. (Gurminder Singh/HT)
The first lot of the Covishield vaccine being received by Punjab health department officials at the Chandigarh airport on Tuesday. (Gurminder Singh/HT)

Punjab receives first consignment of 2.04 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine

UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 02:37 PM IST
In the first phase, the government plans to vaccinate 1.5 lakh health workers and 3 lakh frontline workers, including police and security personnel and sanitation workers.
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Amarinder Singh said his government has not objected to or stopped peaceful protests in the state against the laws. He underlined damage to property and inconvenience to the citizens cannot be tolerated.(REUTERS FILE)
Amarinder Singh said his government has not objected to or stopped peaceful protests in the state against the laws. He underlined damage to property and inconvenience to the citizens cannot be tolerated.(REUTERS FILE)

Farmers’ protest: Mobile connectivity hit as power to 1,561 towers disrupted in Punjab

By Ravinder Vasudeva | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 01:32 PM IST
Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday warned against vandalisation of the towers and directed strict action against those involved in it
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Nijjar’s name appeared in the arm supply case registered in Sirhind police station of Fatehgarh Sahib in 2018 with the busting of a pro-Khalistan module.(ANI Photo Representational)
Nijjar’s name appeared in the arm supply case registered in Sirhind police station of Fatehgarh Sahib in 2018 with the busting of a pro-Khalistan module.(ANI Photo Representational)

Pro-Khalistan terrorist Nijjar is wanted in terror case in Punjab

By Ravinder Vasudeva | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 07:45 AM IST
Intelligence officials also claim to have strong leads signalling Nijjar’s closeness to Pakistan’s ISI officials handling Khalistan affairs.
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In ‘ground-level feedback’ to high command, BJP’s Punjab unit stresses need to resolve farm stir soon

By Ravinder Vasudeva, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 03:34 AM IST
Cites repercussions of the ongoing protests on the state’s communal harmony, claiming atmosphere is getting “vicious by the day”
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Punjab continues to fare worst in Covid-19 fatality rate in country

By Ravinder Vasudeva, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 03:05 AM IST
Union health ministry expresses concern, asks the state government to take steps to improve its rate by taking urgent steps
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But state has failed to improve its death ratio which continues to be the highest in India at 3.14%.
But state has failed to improve its death ratio which continues to be the highest in India at 3.14%.
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Punjab BJP general secretary Malwinder Kang resigns in protest against Centre’s new agriculture laws

By Ravinder Vasudeva, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 05:26 AM IST
Quits party’s primary membership, says cannot be a silent follower like other party leaders; likely to join SAD
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As per the state health department’s media bulletin, sample collection of 23,129 on September 28 was the lowest in the past one week.
As per the state health department’s media bulletin, sample collection of 23,129 on September 28 was the lowest in the past one week.

Farmer stir hits Punjab’s Covid-19 testing pace

By Ravinder Vasudeva, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 03:39 AM IST
Health department’s field staff says contact tracing in villages has virtually come to a halt with residents participating in protests
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Former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini
Former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini

Trouble mounts for ex-DGP Saini as SIT gets more time to arrest him

By Ravinder Vasudeva | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 09:43 PM IST
Teams sent to arrest him; Z-plus protectee has gone underground, shunning his security
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The two Congress MLAs who tested Covid-19 positive were Kulbir Singh Zira and Nirmal Singh Chuttrana. (Photo @CMOPb)
The two Congress MLAs who tested Covid-19 positive were Kulbir Singh Zira and Nirmal Singh Chuttrana. (Photo @CMOPb)

Amarinder Singh goes into quarantine after meeting 2 Covid +ve MLAs

By Ravinder Vasudeva | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 10:27 PM IST
In a picture that went viral, one of the MLAs is seen touching the feet of the chief minister during the proceedings with Amarinder patting his back.
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To contain Covid spike, Punjab to go for mass antigen tests on Delhi lines

By Ravinder Vasudeva | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 12:43 AM IST
NCR MODEL: Antigen testing worked wonders in Delhi to contain the virus; state decides to go for more rapid tests and early contact tracing
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Covid-19: Punjab adds 10,451 cases in July, positivity rate up

By Ravinder Vasudeva | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2020 02:09 AM IST
Patient recovery rate comes down to 64% from 70% in a month even as mortality rate decreases
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Serological survey begins in a week to measure immunity level in state

By Ravinder Vasudeva | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2020 11:31 PM IST
Serological survey helps in measuring the exposure of a community to a disease (Covid-19 in this case) and detecting how many individuals developed antibodies to fight the virus after getting infected
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High mortality rate has remained a big concern for Punjab during this pandemic.(PTI)
High mortality rate has remained a big concern for Punjab during this pandemic.(PTI)

Amid rising covid-19 cases, state sees dip in fatality rate

By Ravinder Vasudeva | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 11:31 PM IST
In what is a huge relief, the last 10 days from July 24 have seen the addition of 3,417 cases and 61 deaths, with the mortality rate dipping to 1.7%.
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Nadda gave the party workers a timeline of two months to hold these rallies.(PTI File)
Nadda gave the party workers a timeline of two months to hold these rallies.(PTI File)

Hold virtual rallies of youths, Sikhs and Dalits in every block, Nadda to Punjab BJP

By Ravinder Vasudeva | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 10:42 PM IST
Senior leaders added Nadda called for stronger committees and induction of more youth in the party, with focus on those nearing 20 years.
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Testing, contact tracing remain key focus of Punjab

By Ravinder Vasudeva | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 12:31 AM IST
GEARING UP FOR WORSE: State ramps up testing fivefold in 2 months; caseload also comes down relatively but fatality rate remains a concern
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A health worker with a Covid-19 rapid antigen testing kit in Gurugram on Tuesday.(Parveen Kumar/HT)
A health worker with a Covid-19 rapid antigen testing kit in Gurugram on Tuesday.(Parveen Kumar/HT)

Punjab pushes for testing, patient contact tracing

By Ravinder Vasudeva | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 12:24 PM IST
GEARING UP: State ramps up testing fivefold in 2 months, caseload also comes down relatively but fatality rate remains area of concern
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