Sumeer Singh

Sumeer Singh is a staff correspondent at Ludhiana. He covers industry, transport, district courts and sports.

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Ludhiana factory collapse: Owner’s errand man who had served in factory for 22 years among 13 dead

Bahadur, a native of Achham district in Nepal leaves behind three sons and two daughters (all below 11 years) and a wife. Hailing from a small village in Nepal where there is no electricity supply, Bahadur had come to Ludhiana to earn a livelihood at a young age.
Family members of Bahadur (top) in an inconsolable state. He was among the 13 who died in the tragedy.(HT Photo)
Family members of Bahadur (top) in an inconsolable state. He was among the 13 who died in the tragedy.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2017 03:58 PM IST
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Ludhiana factory collapse: Govt-run ambulances collapse; 12 out of 13 bodies ferried by private ones

Of the total 13 dead bodies, 12 were ferried by the ambulances run by Samvedna Trust, a city-based NGO. Only one body was transported by the government-run 108 ambulance service.
An 108 Ambulance near the factory site in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
An 108 Ambulance near the factory site in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Nov 23, 2017 02:59 PM IST
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Ludhiana disaster: When firefighters used wet sacks as ‘safety suits’

The situation was such that in the absence of fire safety kits, some firefighters used wet sacks on their bodies before entering the building.
Police, NDRF and Army personnel carrying out the rescue operation after a multi-storey building collapsed in Mushtaq Gunj area near Suffian Chowk, Ludhiana on Monday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Police, NDRF and Army personnel carrying out the rescue operation after a multi-storey building collapsed in Mushtaq Gunj area near Suffian Chowk, Ludhiana on Monday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Nov 21, 2017 10:11 PM IST
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HT Impact: Capt Amarinder seeks report on shortage of tyres for Punjab roadways buses

The HT article highlighted a shortage of tyres and spare parts in 18 depots across the state. It was also reported that hundreds of buses were plying on the roads with worn-out tyres and outdated spare parts. 
Citing Hindustan Times’ story, Capt Amarinder Singh tweeted, “I have taken note of this, asked concerned dept for a report. Won’t allow people to be put at risk will ensure action”.(HT File)
Citing Hindustan Times’ story, Capt Amarinder Singh tweeted, “I have taken note of this, asked concerned dept for a report. Won’t allow people to be put at risk will ensure action”.(HT File)
Updated on Oct 28, 2017 05:04 PM IST
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Punjab Roadways buses plying on worn-out tyres, old parts

According to Punjab Roadways employees, spare parts such as batteries, gear box, self alternator and engine oil, are among half a dozen other items that are in short supply for the past three months. 
The state transport department allocated merely 54 tyres in September for a fleet of 1,870 buses (including PUNBUS) plying from 18 depots.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
The state transport department allocated merely 54 tyres in September for a fleet of 1,870 buses (including PUNBUS) plying from 18 depots.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Oct 26, 2017 05:23 PM IST
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Historical Chhapar Mela turns into political battleground: Political parties spar, allegations fly thick and fast

At the ruling Congress’ rally, blaming the SAD-BJP regime for bringing “economic terrorism” during its tenure in Punjab, local bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said, “The name of Badals’ family would be inscribed in black letters on the pages of history as it has indulged in loot of Punjab and its people.”
Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu addressing the Congress rally during the Chhapar fair near Ludhiana on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu addressing the Congress rally during the Chhapar fair near Ludhiana on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2017 11:33 AM IST
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GST a heavier burden than demonetisation, say Ludhiana sweet shop owners

Even as they had barely recovered from losses after the note ban, the new tax regime has plucked away the customers visiting their shops during summer.
There are around 2,500 sweet manufacturers in the state of which 350 are in Ludhiana alone(HT File)
There are around 2,500 sweet manufacturers in the state of which 350 are in Ludhiana alone(HT File)
Updated on Aug 03, 2017 03:54 PM IST
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Draft industrial policy unveiled; Ludhiana traders demand subsidy, revamp of basic infrastructure

During the meeting, the industrialists also requested the government to incorporate their other demands in the industrial policy before chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh formally announces the policy on July 25. 
Joint secretary (industries) KS Brar, secretary, industries and commerce, Punjab, Rakesh Verma at a meeting of the state’s draft industrial policy in Ludhiana on Saturday.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Joint secretary (industries) KS Brar, secretary, industries and commerce, Punjab, Rakesh Verma at a meeting of the state’s draft industrial policy in Ludhiana on Saturday.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Updated on Jul 23, 2017 04:07 PM IST
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80 fuel stations in Ludhiana district run dry as transporters go on strike

Amid the chaos and panic, some commuters were seen filling the fuel tanks of their vehicles to full capacity to stock up.
The state had around 900 HPCL outlets. Amid the chaos, some commuters were seen rushing to other petrol pumps and filling the fuel tanks of their vehicles to full capacity to stock up.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
The state had around 900 HPCL outlets. Amid the chaos, some commuters were seen rushing to other petrol pumps and filling the fuel tanks of their vehicles to full capacity to stock up.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Updated on Jul 22, 2017 03:27 PM IST
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GST effect: Fate of Ludhiana plywood industry hangs in balance

Ever since the goods and services tax (GST) was brought to force, there has been a 60% fall in the demand for plywood, owing to the tax rate of 28% on furniture goods.
Workers at a plywood manufacturing unit at village Hambran in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Workers at a plywood manufacturing unit at village Hambran in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 20, 2017 12:06 AM IST
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Weddings get grander with GST

Cheaper affair: Those with planned celebratory events will save 7% on banqueting
The Indian wedding market is the second highest market in the world after the US and is growing at a rate of 20%.(HT File Photo)
The Indian wedding market is the second highest market in the world after the US and is growing at a rate of 20%.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 09, 2017 05:03 PM IST
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40,000 cloth artisans in Ludhiana stare at job loss as they fall out of GST chain

Rehman, who is in the embroidery business for more than 15 years, is one of thousands of artisans who are unable to get work as the did not register under GST, as is required now, and neither have textile firms that sent them cloth to work on.
Workers at an embroidery unit in Ludhiana on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Workers at an embroidery unit in Ludhiana on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 07, 2017 09:34 AM IST
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Layoffs by Hero Cycles spark protest, workers to gherao owners’ house

The number of protesters grew to more than 300 on the second day of the strike, including those from the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU). They raised slogans against the management and the state government, and demanded that all laid-off employees be reinstated immediately.
Laid off employees of Hero Cycles intensified their protest by removing their clothes in Ludhiana on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Laid off employees of Hero Cycles intensified their protest by removing their clothes in Ludhiana on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2017 07:34 PM IST
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Hero Cycles lays off 312 workers from Ludhiana plant ‘for not keeping pace with tech’

Around 80 retrenched employees with support from worker unions held a dharna on the road outside the company’s premises. Police were deployed even as the protest remained peaceful.
Hero Cycles employees along with workers unions protest outside Hero Cycle office at NH-1 in Ludhiana on Friday.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT Photo)
Hero Cycles employees along with workers unions protest outside Hero Cycle office at NH-1 in Ludhiana on Friday.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2017 09:43 AM IST
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World Environment Day: Ludhiana’s pollution level continues to soar

Green parks at Focal Point have turned into dumps of toxic waste; PPCB official says one instance can’t decide pollution level
Garbage dumped in Buddha Nullah near Haibowal Bridge in Ludhiana on Sunday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Garbage dumped in Buddha Nullah near Haibowal Bridge in Ludhiana on Sunday.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 05, 2017 01:09 PM IST
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CBSE Class 12 Boards: Stretch marks? Ludhiana ‘rubber man’ scores 91.2%

Yoga practitioner and a contortionist, 17-year-old Jaspreet Singh Kalra of Ludhiana cleared his Class 12 CBSE Boards, scoring 91.2% marks in the commerce stream
17-year-old Jaspreet Singh Kalra of Ludhiana(Handout)
17-year-old Jaspreet Singh Kalra of Ludhiana(Handout)
Updated on May 29, 2017 12:50 PM IST
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PSEB Class 12 results 2017: State topper aims to be a pioneering teacher, to create ‘future leaders’

Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) 2017 Class 12 state topper is Amisha Arora, a commerce student, who scored 98.44%
Ameesha Arora with friends.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Ameesha Arora with friends.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Updated on May 13, 2017 11:59 PM IST
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Wheat straw burning cases drop by 70% in Ludhiana district this year: Pollution control board

A total of 496 notices have been issued between April 10 and May 10 to farmers who were burning wheat straw.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
A total of 496 notices have been issued between April 10 and May 10 to farmers who were burning wheat straw.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)
Updated on May 11, 2017 01:07 PM IST
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4,200 employees of Punjab Roadways await regular jobs

Even statewide strikes by contractual employees and numerous memorandums to the transport department and government has done nothing to resolve the matter.
Satnam Singh, 35, has been working as a conductor with Punjab Roadways for nine years.(HT Photo)
Satnam Singh, 35, has been working as a conductor with Punjab Roadways for nine years.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 23, 2017 04:20 PM IST
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SC ban, delayed auctions trigger inter-district smuggling of liquor

The Supreme Court ban on the sale of liquor within 500m of national and state highways coupled with delay in liquor vend auctions have triggered a situation in which a majority of contractors are smuggling liquor from adjoining districts where the licence fee is comparatively lower.
Inter-district smuggling is rampant especially among small scale liquor contractors who are trying to compensate for losses incurred from the ban and sluggish tendering process.(HT File)
Inter-district smuggling is rampant especially among small scale liquor contractors who are trying to compensate for losses incurred from the ban and sluggish tendering process.(HT File)
Updated on Apr 21, 2017 12:43 PM IST
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Hero to replicate popular cycle brands of UK, says its chairman

Cycle connoisseurs, fitness freaks and those who cycle for recreation will have a whole lot of new range of premium and high-end bicycles to choose from as cycle-making giant, Hero Cycles after proving its supremacy in these segments in United Kingdom (UK) markets, will replicate the popular brands in the Indian market.
Pankaj Munjal, chairman cum managing director, Hero Cycles.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Pankaj Munjal, chairman cum managing director, Hero Cycles.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Updated on Apr 20, 2017 01:52 PM IST
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Congress govt picks PRTC revival man Manjit Narang as new managing director

The reinstatement of Manjit Singh Narang as the new managing director of Pepsu Road Transportation Corporation (PRTC) on the heels of assuming helm of affairs by the newly formed Congress government, has garnered reverential remarks from the trade unions’ fraternity.
After assuming power, the Congress announced to take around 7,400 private buses off the road to make public transport more efficient.(HT Photo)
After assuming power, the Congress announced to take around 7,400 private buses off the road to make public transport more efficient.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 03, 2017 05:50 PM IST
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Two-wheeler dealers run out of stocks in Ludhiana

The automotive dealers of two-wheelers are running out of stocks in Ludhiana, as in their bid to clear the BS-111 compliant vehicles, dealers are offering heavy discounts to the tune of 40 percent.
(HT Representative Image)
(HT Representative Image)
Updated on Mar 31, 2017 02:20 PM IST
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Sunil Jakhar’s appointment as Punjab Cong chief that wasn’t, ‘as of now’

In excitement, Congress workers not only distributed sweets but also stormed Facebook with posts and pictures congratulating the leader
Sunil Jakhar during a review meeting with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.(HT File Photo)
Sunil Jakhar during a review meeting with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 31, 2017 09:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | ByTarsem Deogan and Sumeer Singh, Ludhiana

Indo-Asian exhibition in Ludhiana: Border tension spooks traders from Pakistan

Escalating tension between India and Pakistan has taken a heavy toll on the bilateral trade, however, the business between the two countries should not suffer owing to the bitterness, said a textile trader from Lahore, Pakistan at the Indo-Asian wedding and lifestyle exhibition that kicked off on Saturday at a city hotel.
Visitors having a look at clothes during the Indo­Asian Wedding and Lifestyle Exhibition in Ludhiana on Saturday.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT Photo)
Visitors having a look at clothes during the Indo­Asian Wedding and Lifestyle Exhibition in Ludhiana on Saturday.(Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 26, 2017 12:23 PM IST
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Ludhiana: NPAs have grown, banks need to levy service charges, says RBI regional director Nirmal Chand

Ludhiana being the commercial hub of the region has tremendous export and import potential but often lack of awareness about various schemes and non-compliance of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) guidelines acts as a hindrance in facilitating external trade and payment, subsequently taking toll on the export figures, said Reserve Bank of India (RBI), regional director Nirmal Chand.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI), regional director Nirmal Chand.(HT Photo)
Reserve Bank of India (RBI), regional director Nirmal Chand.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 25, 2017 01:45 PM IST
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New airport announced, fate of existing Sahnewal airport hangs in balance

With the ministry of civil aviation having announced a greenfield airport at Machhiwara in Ludhiana on March 21, fate of the already existing Sahnewal Airport now hangs in balance. The airport, lying defunct since 2014, has literally turned into a white elephant and has been awaiting expansion for many years.
If the new airport is built at Macchiwara, 40 kilometres from Ludhiana, it is possible that operations from the Sahnewal airport, which is 15 kilometres away , will be shifted to the new facility.(HT File Photo)
If the new airport is built at Macchiwara, 40 kilometres from Ludhiana, it is possible that operations from the Sahnewal airport, which is 15 kilometres away , will be shifted to the new facility.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 24, 2017 12:17 PM IST
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Congress leaders in Ludhiana place bulk orders for ‘laddoos’

Owners of some sweetmeat shops in Ludhiana have their hands full as they are receiving orders in bulk for ‘motichoor laddoos’ and other sweets from leaders of different political parties.
Owners of some sweetmeat shops in the city have their hands full as they are receiving orders in bulk for ‘motichoor laddoos’ and other sweets from leaders of different political parties.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
Owners of some sweetmeat shops in the city have their hands full as they are receiving orders in bulk for ‘motichoor laddoos’ and other sweets from leaders of different political parties.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 12, 2017 07:18 PM IST
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Hero, TI cycles pull out of international cycle expo

Citing loss of profitability in the aftermath of demonetisation, cycling giant Hero Cycles pulled out of the coveted Cycle and Fitness Outdoor Sports Expo (CFOSE) cycle exhibition.
Owing to demonetisation and dip in sales by 30%, Hero Cycles has taken a decision to not take part in the expo.(HT File Photo)
Owing to demonetisation and dip in sales by 30%, Hero Cycles has taken a decision to not take part in the expo.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2017 05:43 PM IST
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Hit by note ban, vote of Ludhiana industry, migrant workers split between Congress, AAP

With 14 constituencies, Ludhiana district forms a large chunk of Malwa region’s 69 seats, out of the 117 in the Punjab assembly. In the industrial hub of the state, industrialists and migrant workers account for around 33% of total voters — 24 lakh — and have a dominant presence in five seats.
Migrant labourers in a queue to vote in Ludhiana on Saturday, February 4.(Representative image by Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT)
Migrant labourers in a queue to vote in Ludhiana on Saturday, February 4.(Representative image by Jagtinder Singh Grewal/HT)
Updated on Feb 07, 2017 08:30 PM IST
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