Usmeet Kaur

Usmeet Kaur

Usmeet Kaur is a staff correspondent in Amritsar. She covers district administration, education and civic issues, besides writing for HT City.

Articles by Usmeet Kaur
The gallery will have on display the paintings showing the Sikh warriors.(HT Photo)
The gallery will have on display the paintings showing the Sikh warriors.(HT Photo)

Golden chapter in the history of 36 Sikh Platoon to be unfolded

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2017 03:51 PM IST
Special gallery for Saragarhi martyrs to give tribute to 21 Sikh martyrs.
A section of Golden Temple complex already has the new LED lights operational.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
A section of Golden Temple complex already has the new LED lights operational.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Golden Temple will have high-tech lighting by October 7

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2017 10:55 AM IST
The illumination by digitally-controlled, multi-coloured LED lights would bedazzle visitors this Diwali
To date, the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) that is responsible for the hoisting and the maintenance of the flag at the location has spent around Rs 10 lakh.(HT File)
To date, the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) that is responsible for the hoisting and the maintenance of the flag at the location has spent around Rs 10 lakh.(HT File)

Hoisted at 170 ft, national flag ‘disappears’ 14th time in 2 years in Amritsar

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2017 12:44 AM IST
The flag is hoisted with great pomp and show, but is either damaged or just flies away very so often; strong winds, fabric quality, even pollution are cited as possible reasons. Amritsar Improvement Trust has spent around Rs 10 lakh on the flags since 2015.
The 360-ft flag pole near the India-Pakistan border at Attari has been damaged three times so far.(HT File)
The 360-ft flag pole near the India-Pakistan border at Attari has been damaged three times so far.(HT File)

India’s flag of pride on Pakistan border becomes flag of embarrassment

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2017 10:05 PM IST
The 360-ft high flag near Indo-Pak border at Attari, repeatedly damaged due to wind, was taken off by Amritsar admn in April and has not been hoisted again ever since.
Dhesi,38, at a young age has made Punjab proud by being the first turbaned Sikh member of the British Parliament.(Twitter)
Dhesi,38, at a young age has made Punjab proud by being the first turbaned Sikh member of the British Parliament.(Twitter)

UK’s first turbaned Sikh MP motivates Punjab youth to serve mankind

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
PUBLISHED ON JUL 29, 2017 02:22 PM IST
Ouoting a Sikh prayer, he said, “Live by the ideology Sarbat da bhala (welfare ,peace and prosperity for all).
Swami Vivekanada Drug De-addiction Centre (SVDDC) of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar on Wednesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Swami Vivekanada Drug De-addiction Centre (SVDDC) of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar on Wednesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

2 years on, Punjab’s first drug rehab centre struggles for patients

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2017 09:59 AM IST
Experts running the centre said patients who get detoxified in the OPD are reluctant to stay in the rehab for the longer period as their livelihood gets affected due to being confined.
Devotees partaking of langar at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Devotees partaking of langar at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Langar consumption doubles at Golden Temple as pilgrim count goes up in vacation time

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2017 07:46 PM IST
“It’s been over 400 years that this langar tradition is on. This being among the world’s biggest community kitchens, we now have plans to expand it.”
The DC’s chamber in the colonial­era structure had suffered extensive damage in the last year’s fire, while there’s no sign left of the main courtroom outside.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
The DC’s chamber in the colonial­era structure had suffered extensive damage in the last year’s fire, while there’s no sign left of the main courtroom outside.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

After Centre’s aid, restoration work on colonial­-era Amritsar building takes off

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2017 08:15 AM IST
Renovation work on the building, which once housed the office of the Amritsar deputy commissioner, has been started. The state government is planning to convert it into a museum or a heritage restaurant.
The market was completely shut down in Amritsar on Tuesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
The market was completely shut down in Amritsar on Tuesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
The V-C is expected to be appointed by the end of this month.(HT File Photo)
The V-C is expected to be appointed by the end of this month.(HT File Photo)
A boy at a shop shows the Chinese daggers in elaborately designed covers near Golden Temple, Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
A boy at a shop shows the Chinese daggers in elaborately designed covers near Golden Temple, Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Daggers drawn: Amritsar’s kirpan industry losing its cutting edge to China

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2017 09:00 PM IST
Cheaper machine-made Chinese daggers have flooded the market, rendering local units out of business. Though the quality of the Amritsari kirpan is arguably better, the impact can be seen as the city that once housed hundreds of manufacturing units can today boast of only 30 to 40.
Anmol Sher Singh celebrates with his family at his resident in Amritsar.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Anmol Sher Singh celebrates with his family at his resident in Amritsar.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

UPSC results: Amritsar’s Anmol Sher Singh bags second spot, wants to join IFS

UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2017 09:58 AM IST
Anmol said he will go for the Indian Foreign Services. ”India is growing by leaps and bounds. I want to play a pivotal role in it,” he added.
Girls celebrate after declaration of Class 10 results.(HT Photo)
Girls celebrate after declaration of Class 10 results.(HT Photo)

PSEB Class 10 results 2017: Majha region records highest pass percentage, Gurdaspur leads with 89.97%

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2017 05:29 PM IST
The Majha region of Punjab recorded the highest pass percentage in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class 10 board examinations, the results of which were declared on Monday, even though the state toppers do not belong to the 4 districts in the area.
The school caretaker giving details to the police in Amritsar on Friday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)
The school caretaker giving details to the police in Amritsar on Friday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)
The temporary building of the Indian Institute of Management in Amritsar.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
The temporary building of the Indian Institute of Management in Amritsar.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Work on permanent campus of IIM-Amritsar takes off

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2017 10:44 AM IST
Even though construction has taken off, but deadlock between the government and IIM committee continues over campus land
Riya from Gurdaspur scored 98% in PSEB 2017 exams and secured third rank in the state.(HT Photo)
Riya from Gurdaspur scored 98% in PSEB 2017 exams and secured third rank in the state.(HT Photo)

Gurdaspur girl bags third state rank in PSEB Class 12 board exams, wants to be an IAS officer

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2017 03:30 PM IST
A student of non-medical stream, Riya scored 441 marks out of 450.
(From left) Jatinder Brar, Anita Devgan and Kewal Dhaliwal.(HT Photos)
(From left) Jatinder Brar, Anita Devgan and Kewal Dhaliwal.(HT Photos)

Give peace a chance, say Amritsar theatre artistes

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2017 07:11 PM IST
Appealing in favour of maintaining bilateral cultural ties between India and Pakistan, theatre activist Jatinder Brar, theatre personality Kewal Dhaliwal and actor Anita Devgan said “Cinema and theatre are the only channels left which can revive amicable relations between the two countries.
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh(HT File Photo)
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh(HT File Photo)

Punjab CM Amarinder seeks ‘more time’ to eradicate drug menace

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2017 08:44 AM IST
The CM also reiterated his government’s commitment to waiving off farmers’ debts, saying the State Farmers’ Commission would work out the modalities and give viable recommendations on the issue within two months.
Guru Nanak Dev University
Guru Nanak Dev University

A first: Govt seeks applications for GNDU V-C’s post

Hindustant Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2017 09:47 AM IST
The move was necessitated after Prof AS Brar resigned after the formation of the Congress government in the state. Prof Brar, who joined the GNDU as the vice-chancellor in 2009, had two extensions during his tenure.
As part of the Rs 600 crore project, 93 low-floor AC buses were to be commissioned but only 15 were plying on the road even four months after the inauguration.(HT Photo)
As part of the Rs 600 crore project, 93 low-floor AC buses were to be commissioned but only 15 were plying on the road even four months after the inauguration.(HT Photo)

Amritsar BRTS comes to halt, new regime to review viability

Hindustan Times | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2017 09:08 AM IST
15 buses operational since December pulled out of road last week; Sidhu says project not shelved
KCGC president Satyajit Majithia addressing the media in Amritsar on Monday, May 1.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
KCGC president Satyajit Majithia addressing the media in Amritsar on Monday, May 1.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Khalsa College suicide row: Majithia cries political conspiracy, appeals to Punjab govt

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2017 08:08 PM IST
“The students must realise that people who are backing them are doing that for their political and personal interests.”
Victim Harpreet Singh’s father Yadvinder Singh (centre) with students and other protesters outside Khalsa College in Amritsar on Monday, May 1.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Victim Harpreet Singh’s father Yadvinder Singh (centre) with students and other protesters outside Khalsa College in Amritsar on Monday, May 1.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Student suicide: Exams postponed as protests continue at Amritsar’s Khalsa College

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2017 08:08 PM IST
KCC president Satyajit Singh Majithia reached Amritsar on Monday and declared the postponement of examinations “until normalcy returns”.
The site earmarked for IIM Amritsar.(Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)
The site earmarked for IIM Amritsar.(Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

Land allocated 3 years ago, not a brick laid for IIM Amritsar

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2017 09:24 AM IST
The deadlock is due to the approach road to the proposed campus. Currently the approach road is from NH-1 (Amritsar-Delhi highway) side, but the IIM authorities want another one from the NH-15 side.
Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan interacting with physically and mentally challenged inmates of Pingalwara in Amritsar on Thursday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan interacting with physically and mentally challenged inmates of Pingalwara in Amritsar on Thursday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Don’t be great like me, be great like yourself : Sajjan to Pingalwara inmates

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2017 02:27 PM IST
After paying obeisance at the Golden temple on Thursday morning, Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan reached Pingalwara at Manawala, Amritsar, where he spent time with inmates, encouraging them to be “goal-oriented”.
HT Image
HT Image
Sajjan will land in Amritsar on Wednesday at 5pm(HT Photo)
Sajjan will land in Amritsar on Wednesday at 5pm(HT Photo)

Security beefed up in Amritsar ahead of Canadian minister Sajjan’s visit

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2017 04:34 PM IST
As high profile visit of the Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan starts today (on Wednesday) evening, the Amritsar police have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure safety of the dignitary during his visit to the holy city.
‘Saragarhi Sarai’ along the Heritage Street near Golden Temple.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
‘Saragarhi Sarai’ along the Heritage Street near Golden Temple.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Rs 44-crore ‘Saragarhi Sarai’ opens near Golden Temple

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur and Surjit Singh
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2017 10:24 AM IST
The much-awaited ‘Saragarhi Sarai’, a luxurious inn for pilgrims, was inaugurated along the Heritage Street near Golden Temple on Tuesday. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had laid the foundation stone of the Rs 44-crore project in December 2011 to provide better facilities to devotees.
The Tricolour was hoisted on the country’s tallest flagpost (360 feet) at the Indo-Pak Attari border on March 5, 2017(HT Photo)
The Tricolour was hoisted on the country’s tallest flagpost (360 feet) at the Indo-Pak Attari border on March 5, 2017(HT Photo)

Tallest Tricolour still out of sight in Amritsar, admn awaits response from govt

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2017 03:06 PM IST
Bamboozled by the regular damage to the tallest national flags hoisted in Amritsar, the district administration wrote to the state home department seeking expert advise on how to tackle the problem. But more than a week later, the department is yet to respond.
Film producer Mahesh Bhatt interacting with the media in Amritsar on Friday, April 14.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Film producer Mahesh Bhatt interacting with the media in Amritsar on Friday, April 14.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Upsetting that Pakistan misjudged Begum Jaan, says Mahesh Bhatt

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Aseem Bassi and Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2017 10:59 AM IST
He said that Pakistan was not a market for him. “It is a ladder that can connect the cultures. I would make it very clear that the ban on one movie cannot jeopardise the long efforts made to bring peace between two nations,” he added.
Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu with producer Mahesh Bhatt, director Srijit Mukherji, and actor Gauhar Khan and others from the film’s team at Partition Museum, Amritsar, on Friday, April 14.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu with producer Mahesh Bhatt, director Srijit Mukherji, and actor Gauhar Khan and others from the film’s team at Partition Museum, Amritsar, on Friday, April 14.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Amritsar revisits Partition with Begum Jaan team

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Usmeet Kaur
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2017 06:41 PM IST
Time has not healed this Partition. Seven decades on, India still hasn’t come to terms with the trauma ordinary people go through after the extraordinary divide of 1947 that created Pakistan but united the two Punjabs in grief.
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