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.

Articles by Vishal Rambani

Sidhu road rage case: Justice delayed but delivered, says victim’s family

Family of road rage victim Gurnam Singh says that justice has finally been delivered after 34 years and thanks God
The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu to one year in jail in a 1988 road rage case, in which he was let off in 2018 with a meagre fine of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,000. (HT file photo)
The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu to one year in jail in a 1988 road rage case, in which he was let off in 2018 with a meagre fine of 1,000. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 19, 2022 06:51 PM IST
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Navjot Sidhu and 1988 road rage case: A timeline

Hearing the review petition filed by Patiala resident Gurnam Singh’s family, the Supreme Court imposed the jail sentence on former Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu
New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): (File Picture) Supreme Court (SC) imposes one-year rigorous imprisonment on Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu in the 1988 Road Rage Case, on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): (File Picture) Supreme Court (SC) imposes one-year rigorous imprisonment on Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu in the 1988 Road Rage Case, on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Updated on May 19, 2022 04:29 PM IST
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Border sub-divisions burn 552-cr hole in PSPCL pocket

Account for around 50% of power theft in state; the power corporation loses 1,200 crore to pilferage
Bhikhiwind, Patti and Zira, the border sub-divisions of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), are the top defaulters when it comes to power theft that caused a loss of over <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,200 crore to Punjab in the 2021-22 fiscal.
Bhikhiwind, Patti and Zira, the border sub-divisions of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), are the top defaulters when it comes to power theft that caused a loss of over 1,200 crore to Punjab in the 2021-22 fiscal.
Published on May 17, 2022 12:50 AM IST
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Punjab records highest farm fires in last five years

The area of stubble burning has also increased and the number of farm fires is set to rise further as the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre collects data up to May 31, which would be highest in five years
Punjab records highest farm fires in last five years (HT)
Punjab records highest farm fires in last five years (HT)
Published on May 15, 2022 01:08 AM IST
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By, Patiala

BoI’s Sangrur SP on the run after being booked for graft

Sangrur: A Punjab Police superintendent of police (SP) is on the run after his aide was arrested on charges of accepting a 3 lakh bribe in a case handled by the officer, people aware of the matter said on Tuesday
Karanveer Singh is the 2012 batch Punjab Police Service officer and posted in Sangrur district’s Bureau of Investigation (BoI), a separate wing created to investigate crimes.
Karanveer Singh is the 2012 batch Punjab Police Service officer and posted in Sangrur district’s Bureau of Investigation (BoI), a separate wing created to investigate crimes.
Published on May 11, 2022 01:24 AM IST
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PSPCL floats tenders to buy 2000 MW solar power from Punjab and outside

The PSPCL will procure 1000 MW solar power from within Punjab, while another 1000 MW will be purchased from outside the state
PSPCL floats tenders to buy 2000 MW solar power from Punjab and outside (HT File)
PSPCL floats tenders to buy 2000 MW solar power from Punjab and outside (HT File)
Published on May 11, 2022 01:06 AM IST
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By, Patiala

Punjab Police SP on the run after aide arrested for bribe in CM Mann’s Sangrur

Sangrur SSP has set up a special investigation team (SIT) headed by superintendent of police (Headquater) to arrest SP Karanveer Singh who is wanted for accepting a bribe and to investigate the case.
Sangrur SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu said chief minister Bhagwant Mann has given clear instructions not to tolerate corruption and he had already warned everyone n the district that whoever indulged in corruption will not be spared.
Sangrur SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu said chief minister Bhagwant Mann has given clear instructions not to tolerate corruption and he had already warned everyone n the district that whoever indulged in corruption will not be spared.
Updated on May 10, 2022 10:21 AM IST
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PSPCL faces financial burden of 800 crore for importing coal

The PSPCL has been from the last one year urging the Centre to increase coal supplies and has already floated the tender for importing coal
PSPCL faces financial burden of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>800 crore for importing coal
PSPCL faces financial burden of 800 crore for importing coal
Published on May 08, 2022 12:56 AM IST
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By, Patiala

Adding lemon in ration bill proves costly for Kapurthala jail official

Minister orders suspension of jail superintendent after inspection finds a number of irregularities, including embezzlement and mismanagement
The jail official had shown purchase of 50 kilograms of lemon in April, when the prices were hovering above <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>200 per kilogram, even as the inmates claimed lemons were never used in the kitchen. (ANI)
The jail official had shown purchase of 50 kilograms of lemon in April, when the prices were hovering above 200 per kilogram, even as the inmates claimed lemons were never used in the kitchen. (ANI)
Published on May 06, 2022 01:57 AM IST
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By, Patiala

Anything can be planted in Punjab’s fertile land but not hate: Mann

Reiterates government decision will not spare anyone involved in nefarious attempts at weakening the strong social bonding among people of the state
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann addressing a gathering after offering prayers at the idgah in Malerkotla on the occasion of Eid-ul--Fitr on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann addressing a gathering after offering prayers at the idgah in Malerkotla on the occasion of Eid-ul--Fitr on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Published on May 03, 2022 04:38 PM IST
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Punjab Police chief takes U-turn on FIR against two former DIGs

One of the former deputy inspectors general (DIG) of police Lakhminder Singh Jakhar is related to Aam Aadmi Party MLA Kulwant Singh Sidhu
Punjab Police DGP VK Bhawra has withdrawn the orders to register a case under the NDPS Act and the Prevention of Corruption Act against two former deputy inspectors general of police (prisons). (HT file photo)
Punjab Police DGP VK Bhawra has withdrawn the orders to register a case under the NDPS Act and the Prevention of Corruption Act against two former deputy inspectors general of police (prisons). (HT file photo)
Published on May 02, 2022 05:43 PM IST
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Patiala clash: Key accused Parwana among six more held

A Patiala court has sent the Sikh preacher Barjinder Singh Parwana to four-day police remand; nine accused have been arrested in the case so far
Barjinder Singh Parwana, the main accused in the Patiala violence case, being taken to Mata Kaushalya Hospital for his medical test, in Patiala on Sunday. (PTI)
Barjinder Singh Parwana, the main accused in the Patiala violence case, being taken to Mata Kaushalya Hospital for his medical test, in Patiala on Sunday. (PTI)
Published on May 02, 2022 12:32 AM IST
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Key accused in Patiala clashes among 6 arrested

Inspector general of police (Patiala range) Mukhwinder Singh Chhina said 24 people were identified as accused in the clash.
Police personnel patrol the street following the arrest of Barjinder Singh Parwana, the main accused of the clash that took place between two groups near Kali Devi Temple on April 29, in Patiala on Sunday. (ANI)
Police personnel patrol the street following the arrest of Barjinder Singh Parwana, the main accused of the clash that took place between two groups near Kali Devi Temple on April 29, in Patiala on Sunday. (ANI)
Published on May 01, 2022 11:47 PM IST
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Patiala violence: Key conspirator Parwana not new to controversies

Barjinder Singh Parwana, a self-styled head of Damdami Taksal Rajpura and the “prime conspirator” of Patiala violence, is not new to controversies
Born in 1984, Barjinder Singh Parwana has a history of promoting Sikh militants on his social media profiles.
Born in 1984, Barjinder Singh Parwana has a history of promoting Sikh militants on his social media profiles.
Published on May 01, 2022 01:48 AM IST
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Day after violence, uneasy calm in Patiala

Patiala IG, SSP among 6 cops shunted out; 6 FIRs registered for violence; two more men held; Sikh radical leader Parwana identified as main conspirator
Police personnel stand guard near Kali Devi Temple to maintain law and order following the Friday clash, in Patiala on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Police personnel stand guard near Kali Devi Temple to maintain law and order following the Friday clash, in Patiala on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Published on May 01, 2022 01:39 AM IST
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3 Patiala cops shunted, 6 FIRs filed on violence

Meanwhile, mobile internet and SMS services, which were suspended from 9.30am by the state’s home affairs and justice department, were restored around 4pm.
DC Sakshi Sawhney along with SSP Nanak Singh outside Kali Mata temple, a day after clashes broke out between two groups, in Patiala, Punjab, on Saturday, April 30, 2022. (PTI Photo)
DC Sakshi Sawhney along with SSP Nanak Singh outside Kali Mata temple, a day after clashes broke out between two groups, in Patiala, Punjab, on Saturday, April 30, 2022. (PTI Photo)
Published on Apr 30, 2022 11:39 PM IST
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Patiala violence: How police, admn were caught napping

On April 17, Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) led by Harish Singla had announced to counter the ‘Khalistan march’, but cops failed to take any action
Despite the right-wing leaders and Sikh hardliners locking horns after US-based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) legal adviser Gurpatwant Singh Pannun gave a call to observe “the Khalistan foundation day” on April 29 a fortnight ago, the Patiala administration, particularly the police, were caught napping. (PTI)
Despite the right-wing leaders and Sikh hardliners locking horns after US-based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) legal adviser Gurpatwant Singh Pannun gave a call to observe “the Khalistan foundation day” on April 29 a fortnight ago, the Patiala administration, particularly the police, were caught napping. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 30, 2022 01:11 AM IST
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Four injured in Patiala clashes, curfew imposed

According to police, clashes erupted between members of a right-wing group and Sikh radicals during an anti-Khalistan rally.
A clash erupted between two groups near Kali Devi Temple, in Patiala on Friday. (ANI)
A clash erupted between two groups near Kali Devi Temple, in Patiala on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 29, 2022 11:45 PM IST
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Patiala violence: 2 hurt in clashes near Kali temple, curfew till 6 am Saturday

Patiala violence: Police said it was in talks with the chief of the local Shiv Sena, one of the two groups involved in clashes.
Police personnel patrol the street to maintain law and order after the clash that erupted between two groups near Kali Devi Temple in Patiala on Friday. (ANI Photo)(Harmeet Sodhi)
Police personnel patrol the street to maintain law and order after the clash that erupted between two groups near Kali Devi Temple in Patiala on Friday. (ANI Photo)(Harmeet Sodhi)
Updated on Apr 29, 2022 05:47 PM IST
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By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

PSPCL bleeds as power demand soars by 50% in scorching April

In the absence of timely support from the state government, the PSPCL had no other option but to go for a short-term loan of 500 crore for the purchase of power in April
Due to power shortage, it’s for the first time that the PSPCL has purchased <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>300 crore of extra power from the grid in the month of April. (HT File Photo)
Due to power shortage, it’s for the first time that the PSPCL has purchased 300 crore of extra power from the grid in the month of April. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2022 01:16 AM IST
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By, Patiala

Case against Alka Lamba: Congress leaders throng Rupnagar SSP office

Led by Warring and Bajwa, Congress workers reach Rupnagar SSP office along with Alka Lamba; police defer questioning the Delhi Congress leader
Congress leader Alka Lamba along with party leaders from Punjab at the Rupnagar SSP office on Wednesday. (ANI)
Congress leader Alka Lamba along with party leaders from Punjab at the Rupnagar SSP office on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 28, 2022 12:24 AM IST
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By, Rupnagar

Punjab is facing acute power crisis

Amid depleting coal supplies, Punjab has further slipped into an acute electricity crisis due to the outage of two more power-generating units -- one each of Talwandi Sabo and Ropar thermal plants
Talwandi Sabo thermal plant in Punjab is operating at one-third capacity after outage in two units.
Talwandi Sabo thermal plant in Punjab is operating at one-third capacity after outage in two units.
Updated on Apr 27, 2022 01:42 AM IST
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Centre hikes Punjab’s transmission capacity; will help meet peak electricity demand

Centre has given a major relief to the state by enhancing Punjab’s power transmission capacity from outside state to a record 9,000 MW. Punjab now can meet power demands of 15,500 MW during summers
For the last six months, A Venu Prasad, additional chief secretary to the chief minister and the chairman of Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL), has been taking up the matter with the power ministry and the Northern Grid for getting ATC and the total transmission capacity (TTC) limits increased. (HT File Photo)
For the last six months, A Venu Prasad, additional chief secretary to the chief minister and the chairman of Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL), has been taking up the matter with the power ministry and the Northern Grid for getting ATC and the total transmission capacity (TTC) limits increased. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 26, 2022 02:49 AM IST
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AAP’s power freebie in Punjab meaningless when there is no power: Sidhu

Accompanied by former party legislators, Sidhu said it was for the first time in Punjab that people were forced to brave power cuts even when paddy sowing season was yet to start.
Former Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu led a protest against power shortage in the state, near the Rajpura thermal plant in Patiala district on Monday. (ANI)
Former Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu led a protest against power shortage in the state, near the Rajpura thermal plant in Patiala district on Monday. (ANI)
Published on Apr 25, 2022 09:53 PM IST
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By, Rajpura (patiala)

Punjab govt suspends mining officer of Mohali, Rupnagar for laxity

Suspension of Vipan Kumar comes a day after state mining minister Harjot Singh Bains ordered strict action against illegal sand and gravel mining
The Punjab mining department has already suspended operations of the Mohali and Rupnagar clusters as the contractor, Rakesh Choudhary, failed to deposit <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>28 crore as fee for sand and gravel mining. (HT file photo)
The Punjab mining department has already suspended operations of the Mohali and Rupnagar clusters as the contractor, Rakesh Choudhary, failed to deposit 28 crore as fee for sand and gravel mining. (HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2022 12:25 PM IST
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Punjab Police book ex-AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Alka Lamba

Police teams serve notice on both leaders for promoting enmity by making “false statements” against AAP national convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s Khalistan links in run-up to recent Punjab elections
Former Aam Aadmi Party leader and poet Kumar Vishwas has been booked in Rupnagar town of Punjab for inciting violence against AAP workers and allegedly making false statements about AAP national convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s Khalistan links. (HT file photo)
Former Aam Aadmi Party leader and poet Kumar Vishwas has been booked in Rupnagar town of Punjab for inciting violence against AAP workers and allegedly making false statements about AAP national convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s Khalistan links. (HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2022 03:36 PM IST
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As prices of sand soar, Punjab government plans to take over mining

The move by the Punjab governement comes after it terminated the contracts of two sand mining clusters and suspended operations of two others in the state in February
As prices of sand soar, Punjab government plans to take over mining
As prices of sand soar, Punjab government plans to take over mining
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 01:12 AM IST
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ByVishal Rambani/Gurpreet Nibber, Rupnagar

Traffic on Ropar-Ambala route hit after goods train derails in Punjab

Sixteen wagons of the goods train got derailed when the driver applied power brakes to avoid hitting cattle that had strayed onto the track
Derailed wagons of the goods train that was returning to Ambala after unloading coal at the Ropar thermal power plant early on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Derailed wagons of the goods train that was returning to Ambala after unloading coal at the Ropar thermal power plant early on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 02:04 PM IST
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Ex-Patiala jail superintendent booked for extortion

Following a judicial inquiry that has unearthed another extortion, torture and drug racket in Patiala Central Jail, the police have booked a former jail superintendent, a former deputy superintendent and an ex-warder.
Those booked have been identified as suspended Patiala jail superintendent Rajan Kapur, deputy superintendent (retd) Teja Singh and head warder (retd) Paramjit Singh. (HT File Photo)
Those booked have been identified as suspended Patiala jail superintendent Rajan Kapur, deputy superintendent (retd) Teja Singh and head warder (retd) Paramjit Singh. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 01:28 AM IST
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By, Patiala

Punjab govt likely to announce 300 units of free electricity on April 16

At a press conference in Jalandhar on Thursday, chief minister Bhagwant Mann had said: “On the 16th April, we will give great good news to the people of Punjab”, indicating it could announce free power supply to households
The AAP government in Punjab, which completes one month in office on Saturday, is likely to announce 300 units of free electricity to households, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.
The AAP government in Punjab, which completes one month in office on Saturday, is likely to announce 300 units of free electricity to households, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.
Updated on Apr 16, 2022 01:17 AM IST
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