Surender Sharma is a principal correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Punjab and Haryana high court.
Articles by Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2013 12:16 AM IST
As parties stitched up alliances and the final list of candidates for the PU Campus Students' Council (PUCSC) came out on Saturday evening, there remained just one girl in fray for the president's post, that too from an inconsequential party on. Though girls have been off these lists for long - despite being 70% of the voters - there was some hope this time with three girls in fray till the filing of nominations.
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2013 01:11 AM IST
With student political groups resorting to all possible means to win voters for the Panjab University (PU) student council elections, the university administration is keeping a watch on mass bunking and has barred entry of buses on the campus.
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2013 12:40 AM IST
With democracy an alien word in their own countries, the handful students from Afghanistan and Iran studying in Panjab University are awed to see the hustle-bustle in the wake of the student council elections. Cavalcade of vehicles covered with posters, student leaders seeking votes with folded hands and girls raising slogans in favour of candidate of their choice - everything interests them.
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2013 10:45 AM IST
You may not remember the name of the PU student council president, but there are some people you associate immediately with campus politics in Chandigarh. They may not be able to contest elections, thanks to strict Lyngdoh Committee guidelines over criminal cases and attendance norms, but real power remains with these leaders even when the posts go mostly to 'dummy' candidates.
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2013 12:41 AM IST
With a day or two left for the formal announcement of the date of election to the Panjab University Student Council, the university authorities have stepped up security on the campus.
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2013 12:53 AM IST
After two years of embargo and finally a formal reconsideration, Panjab University student polls will still not have the open house debate. Officials told HT they were seriously looking into various parties' demand of reviving the open house debates.
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2013 01:08 AM IST
Panjab University, which has acted as a nursery for grooming political leaders projecting youths' voice and democratic values through the student council elections till the recent past, has steadily been witnessing trends like opportunism, use of power and political interference by mainstream parties.
Hindustan Times | By Navleen Lakhi and Surender Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2013 01:57 PM IST
Teams comprised exclusively of girls, open jeeps and SUVs for campaigning, and pepper spray to ward off any stalkers - parties contesting Panjab University student polls have a solid strategy involving girls this time. Little wonder, since over 70% of the voters are female.
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2013 09:36 AM IST
Former chief election commissioner and head of the committee on code of conduct for student elections, James Michael Lyngdoh on Tuesday said "nothing is for all times" and that his committee's guidelines for campus polls should be reviewed from time to time.
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2013 06:09 PM IST
If there are lesser rains in August and September, trouble could be in store for farmers of Haryana.Officials of the meteorological department said the state, so far, was almost 28% rain deficit this season.
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2013 08:23 PM IST
Hisar Congress MLA Savitri Jindal and her MP son Naveen Jindal have reaffirmed their clout in the city by installing Shakuntala Rajaliwala as mayor of the Hisar municipal corporation.
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2013 08:59 PM IST
The Haryana state information commission has reprimanded Hisar superintendent of police (SP) and state information officer for "concealing information" from an RTI activist who had sought video footage of five days of proceedings inside a police station here.
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2013 11:19 PM IST
Saudi Arabia's new labour law - Nitaqat system - that was implemented to provide employment to natives in the private sector, has rendered hundreds of emigrants jobless. Among them, 75 are from Haryana.
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2013 11:41 PM IST
Bollywood flicks like Sheela ki Jawani and Munni Badnam Hui would not be a part of any kind of festivities and celebrations of a Hisar village as the panchayat has banned DJs from its functions, especially during marriage processions.
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2013 11:29 PM IST
With two worn-out charpoys, a few utensils and dirty sacks of clothes - all lying in the open - a protest site here bear the sign of a struggle losing steam.
Hindustan Times | By Surender Sharma & Devendra Uppal
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2013 09:28 PM IST
A 38-year-old woman and her 12-year-old daughter died while her husband and two minor sons ended up in a critical condition after the Dalit family consumed poison in Bheri Akbarpur village of Uklana, 50km from district headquarters Hisar, allegedly tormented by the police over the whereabouts of her elder daughter who is missing after filing a report of rape.
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2013 12:53 AM IST
Cracks in Haryana Congress seemed to grow wider on Sunday as union minister and party leader Kumari Selja skipped a party meeting also attended by the chief minister at Hisar and again accused the state government of regional bias.