Sumeer Singh is a staff correspondent at Ludhiana. He covers industry, transport, district courts and sports.
Articles by Sumeer Singh
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.
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.
The situation was such that in the absence of fire safety kits, some firefighters used wet sacks on their bodies before entering the building.
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 It was also reported that hundreds of buses were plying on the roads with worn-out tyres and outdated spare parts.
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.
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.”
Hindustan Times, Chhapar (Ludhiana) | BySumeer Singh, Amarpal Singh and Harshraj Singh, Chhapar (ludhiana)
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.
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.
Amid the chaos and panic, some commuters were seen filling the fuel tanks of their vehicles to full capacity to stock up.
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.
Cheaper affair: Those with planned celebratory events will save 7% on banqueting
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.
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.
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.
Green parks at Focal Point have turned into dumps of toxic waste; PPCB official says one instance can’t decide pollution level
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
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%
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | BySumeer Singh and Amarpal Singh, Ludhiana
Even statewide strikes by contractual employees and numerous memorandums to the transport department and government has done nothing to resolve the matter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In excitement, Congress workers not only distributed sweets but also stormed Facebook with posts and pictures congratulating the leader
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | ByTarsem Deogan and Sumeer Singh, Ludhiana
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.