Vishal Rambani

Vishal Rambani

A principal correspondent, Vishal Rambani is the bureau chief at Patiala. He covers politics, crime, power sector, environment and socio-economic issues, with several investigative stories to his credit.

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GST scam: VB pegs annual loss at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>225cr from Mandi Gobindgarh
GST scam: VB pegs annual loss at 225cr from Mandi Gobindgarh

GST scam: VB pegs annual loss at 225cr from Mandi Gobindgarh

UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 09:14 AM IST
Mohali sessions court on Monday took up case for framing charges against 13 people; next hearing on March 5
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Civic polls: 9 hurt in stone-pelting in Rupnagar, booth capturing alleged in Samana

By Vishal Rambani, Patiala/ropar
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2021 01:25 AM IST
Polling passed off peacefully in Patiala, Ropar and Fatehgarh Sahib districts, except some skirmishes and an instance of stone pelting in which nine persons were injured
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Government officials at a liquor bottling unit that was unearthed in Patiala district’s Rajpura town on Tuesday night.(HT Photo)
Government officials at a liquor bottling unit that was unearthed in Patiala district’s Rajpura town on Tuesday night.(HT Photo)

SHO suspended after illegal liquor factory unearthed in Punjab’s Rajpura

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Patiala
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 07:50 PM IST
Show-cause notices to SP, two DSPs and CIA in-charge for laxity in checking spurious liquor trade
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Haryana Police using water cannons against farmers from Punjab trying to gain access into Ambala district from Patiala at Shambu barrier on Thursday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
Haryana Police using water cannons against farmers from Punjab trying to gain access into Ambala district from Patiala at Shambu barrier on Thursday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Haryana Police use tear gas, water cannons but fail to stop Punjab farmers from entering state

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Shambu (Patiala)
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 01:00 PM IST
Farmers break through multi-layer barricades at Shambu barrier on Punjab-Haryana border and head for Delhi
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Punjabi University V-C Ghuman resigns

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Patiala
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 09:44 PM IST
Ghuman was under pressure as his loyalists had turned foes and launched an indefinite protest against him over issues like timely payment of salaries and some of his administrative decisions
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Rail blockade: Coal stocks drying up, power crisis deepens in Punjab

By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2020 11:19 PM IST
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, which otherwise sells power at this time of the year, is forced to buy it from the national grid, that too at 20% hiked prices
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Punjab sees six-fold rise in incidents of stubble burning in first 20 days of harvesting

By Vishal Rambani and Mohit Khanna, Patiala/ Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 05:44 AM IST
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing a press conference in Patiala on Tuesday, the concluding day of his three-day Punjab visit.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing a press conference in Patiala on Tuesday, the concluding day of his three-day Punjab visit.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Prime Minister Modi gave away land to China to salvage his image, says Rahul Gandhi

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Patiala
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 03:42 PM IST
On concluding day of three-day Punjab visit, says the whole country is being assaulted, so no big deal if he was pushed recently on his way to Hathras in UP
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh during a farmers’ rally at Bhawanigarh near Sangrur on the second day of the party’s Kheti Bachao Yatra on Monday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh during a farmers’ rally at Bhawanigarh near Sangrur on the second day of the party’s Kheti Bachao Yatra on Monday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Modi weakening govt procurement system to benefit businessmen friends, Rahul Gandhi tells Punjab farmers

By Vishal Rambani and Avtar Singh | Hindustan Times, Sangrur
PUBLISHED ON OCT 05, 2020 06:30 AM IST
ON DAY 2 Addressing rally in Sangrur district, says Congress will join the fight of the farmers till the illogical, black laws are scrapped
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Smoke billows out of a field as a farmer burns paddy stubble near Jandiala Guru in Amritsar on September 28.((Sameer Sehgal/HT))
Smoke billows out of a field as a farmer burns paddy stubble near Jandiala Guru in Amritsar on September 28.((Sameer Sehgal/HT))

Punjab farmers resort to early stubble burning for sowing veggies

By Surjit Singh and Vishal Rambani, Amritsar/patiala
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 03:59 AM IST
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Straw stubble burning in a field after the paddy crop harvest, near Jandiala Guru in Amritsar, Punjab on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Straw stubble burning in a field after the paddy crop harvest, near Jandiala Guru in Amritsar, Punjab on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Rules go up in smoke as farm fires rage in Punjab

By Surjit Singh and Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Amritsar/Patiala
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 12:02 AM IST
Compared to 159 farm fires reported in the state till September 28 last year, as many as 520 incidents, most of them from Majha, have been witnessed during the corresponding period this time.
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Congress MLA and former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu emerged from a year-long political hiatus last week but the time out failed to dent his popularity. He remains a crowd puller as his protest in Amritsar last week against the farm legislation showed.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Congress MLA and former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu emerged from a year-long political hiatus last week but the time out failed to dent his popularity. He remains a crowd puller as his protest in Amritsar last week against the farm legislation showed.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Navjot Singh Sidhu is an asset for Congress, says party’s Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Patiala
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 04:45 PM IST
Rawat sees a bigger role for ‘charismatic’ Sidhu in the run-up to the 2022 assembly elections
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Stubble being burnt after harvesting of paddy in Jalandhar last year.(ANI/For representation only)
Stubble being burnt after harvesting of paddy in Jalandhar last year.(ANI/For representation only)

No option but to burn stubble, say farmers as doctors worry about Covid

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Patiala, Patiala
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 04:38 PM IST
Fear patient load will increase as virus impacts lungs and pollution from the burning fields can severely affect people’s health
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The farmer unions say they will not bow down under any pressure and will opt for the cheapest way to handle the crop residue until paid for its proper disposal.
The farmer unions say they will not bow down under any pressure and will opt for the cheapest way to handle the crop residue until paid for its proper disposal.

As paddy harvesting starts, Punjab farmer unions adamant on burning straw if not paid for disposal

By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 01:48 AM IST
43 incidents of farm fires detected in state, mostly in Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts, by Punjab Remote Sensing Centre
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As per vigilance officials, the racket has brought to the fore the rampant corruption in the excise department as it involves a number of officers who are allegedly taking monthly bribes from businessmen and transporters for ferrying goods in and out of the state without paying the goods and services tax (GST). (Representational image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
As per vigilance officials, the racket has brought to the fore the rampant corruption in the excise department as it involves a number of officers who are allegedly taking monthly bribes from businessmen and transporters for ferrying goods in and out of the state without paying the goods and services tax (GST). (Representational image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Senior excise officials among 7 more booked in GST scam

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Patiala, Patiala
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 12:32 AM IST
Vigilance probe reveals ‘rampant corruption’; FIR includes the name of a divisional excise and taxation commissioner
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The PSPCL office in Patiala.(HT File)
The PSPCL office in Patiala.(HT File)

PSPCL, cops slug it out over power

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Patiala
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 12:25 AM IST
After electricity of a police station was disconnected over pending bills, the police department set up a check-point right outside the PSPCL headquarters on the Mall Road on Thursday. Over four dozen employees, including a chief engineer, were challaned
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Rebel SAD leader Dhindsa set to float new party today

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Patiala
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2020 01:31 AM IST
IN THE MAKING: Says Punjabis need a platform to save the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and other institutions; outfit likely to be named ‘Shiromani Panthik Dal’
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Punjab Ex-servicemen Corporation under scanner, CM orders probe into allegations of irregularities

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times/Patiala, Patiala
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 04:38 PM IST
Objections raised over contractual employees above the age of 60 being allowed to continue service when as per rules the age of retirement is 58; it has been flagged that the financial controller of the organisation is not a qualified chartered accountant
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PSPCL in trouble as govt holds back subsidies for free power to farm sector

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times/Patiala
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 07:08 PM IST
Till June 15, out of the 3,923 crore subsidy it had to pay, the Punjab government gave 1,840 crore in cash to PSPCL
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IAS officers’ ACR taken out of mayors’ purview in Punjab civic bodies

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2020 10:42 PM IST
An ACR is a confidential report, accessing the performance, character, conduct and qualities of the member of service, and helps in their career advancement
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Illicit liquor trade probe: ED officer meets police, VB, excise officials

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2020 12:55 AM IST
The ED is conducting the probe under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and looking into at least 11 FIRs registered in various police stations in Patiala, Khanna and Ludhiana
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Punjab govt juggles improvement trust funds, Oppn cries foul

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Patiala, Patiala
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2020 11:30 PM IST
BAIL OUT: Local bodies dept okays plan to shift Rs 15 crore from Amritsar Improvement Trust to its Patiala counterpart
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Man running shell firms made 70 cr via forged GST bills, held

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2020 12:40 AM IST
MANDI GOBINDGARH SHOCKER: The 52-year-old kingpin’s two accomplices, in whose names he got registered several bogus companies, also arrested
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Illicit liquor trade in Punjab under ED lens

By Vishal Rambani & Gagandeep Jassowal | Hindustan Times/Patiala, Patiala/jalandhar
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2020 12:12 PM IST
The ED wing at Jalandhar has shot off letters to Punjab Police seeking records, including FIRs, investigation findings, bank details related to illicit liquor trade cases, it is learnt.
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Boparai leading race for PSPCL posts, CM may take decision today

By Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2020 11:23 PM IST
A panel of chief secretary Karan Avtar Singh, principal secretary (power) Anirudh Tiwari, and power finance corporation chairman RS Dhillon selected four names from among 72 engineers who had applied for the said posts.
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