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.

Articles by Vishal Rambani
Workers piling up the procured wheat at the Patiala grain market on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Workers piling up the procured wheat at the Patiala grain market on Wednesday.(HT Photo)

Precautions in place, Punjab begins exercise to procure 130 lakh tonnes wheat

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2020 08:12 PM IST
Farmers being invited in batches through coupons to avoid crowding and ensure social distancing; Mandi Board sanitising grain markets with disinfectants; 1925 per quintal fixed as minimum support price.
Each day, a limited number of farmers will be sent coupons with holograms and more coupons will only be issued after the produce that is already in the market is lifted.(PTI file photo)
Each day, a limited number of farmers will be sent coupons with holograms and more coupons will only be issued after the produce that is already in the market is lifted.(PTI file photo)

Covid spread, curbs delay procurement

Hindustan Times, PATIALA/CHANDIGARH/LUCKNOW | By Vishal Rambani, Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Pawan Sharma and Brajendra K Parashar
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2020 02:47 AM IST
The Centre has announced an increase in the minimum support price ranging from 4.5% to 7.5% for rabi crops this season.
Doctors perform surgery of police personnel who were assaulted in the clash with Nihangs in Patiala, in Chandigarh, Sunday 12, 2020.(PTI)
Doctors perform surgery of police personnel who were assaulted in the clash with Nihangs in Patiala, in Chandigarh, Sunday 12, 2020.(PTI)

Punjab cop’s hand, chopped off by Nihangs, reattached after 7-hour surgery

Hindustan Times, Balbera (Patiala) | By Vishal Rambani
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2020 11:47 AM IST
Assistant sub-inspector Harjit Singh’s hand was later reattached after a plastic surgery lasting seven and a half hours at Chandigarh’s PGI hospital and 11 people were arrested from a village dera over their role in the incident.
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Facing Rs 450 cr loss, PSPCL defers paying full salary to 60% staff

By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2020 11:34 PM IST
With all collection stalling, balance salary likely to be paid by April 20; no salary cut for category C and D employees
Bag with picture of CM captain Amarinder Singh is used to distribute relief material for Covid -19. (HT photo)
Bag with picture of CM captain Amarinder Singh is used to distribute relief material for Covid -19. (HT photo)

Covid-19: Punjab CM’s pic on relief material bags stirs up row

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Vishal Rambani
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2020 12:06 AM IST
SAD leader Daljit Singh Cheema said there was no need to waste precious time and delay distribution of essential items by packaging them with the chief minister’s picture.
Hardly any vehicle was found to be plying on the otherwise busy Mall Road in Patiala on Saturday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
Hardly any vehicle was found to be plying on the otherwise busy Mall Road in Patiala on Saturday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Patiala gears up for three-day precautionary ‘Janata Curfew’

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2020 09:16 PM IST
Patiala has no Covid-19 positive cases, but administration has put 810 people with history of foreign travel or in contact with them, under home-quarantine as a precaution
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‘Ad hocism’ continues: Punjabi University V-C assigns additional charges to faculty

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2020 10:58 PM IST
Punjabi University now has no permanent appointees for the posts of dean academic affairs, registrar, director public relations, dean students’ welfare, and director cultural affairs

Big boost for Patiala in Punjab Budget

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2020 10:19 PM IST
Patiala, which is already known as an educational hub due to the presence of universities, medical colleges and engineering colleges, now has Jagat Guru Nanak Dev Punjab State Open University as well, which will be the first such university in the state.
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Mohindra took consent of Preneet before shifting devp works of Patiala from MC to PIT

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2020 10:34 PM IST
Punjab local bodies minister Brahm Mohindra had taken MP Preneet Kaur into confidence before shifting development works of Patiala (rural) from municipal corporation (MC) to the Patiala Improvement Trust
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Jharkhand demands 500cr from PSPCL for overexploiting Pachwara coal mine

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Vishal Rambani
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2020 11:26 PM IST
The amount sought is for the period before 2013, when the Supreme Court had cancelled the allocation of all mines.
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Won’t supply power from Feb 29 if rate not hiked: Tata Power notice to Punjab

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Vishal Rambani
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2020 11:56 PM IST
ata power is supplying 475MW power to Punjab from its 4,000MW plant in Gujarat
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‘Anomalies’ in working of Punjabi varsity: Inquiry reports to be discussed in next Syndicate meet

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 11:31 PM IST
In a Syndicate meeting in August last year, a three-member subcommittee was formed to look into the findings of the inquiry reports compiled by a two-member probe panel
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PCS, HCS RESULTS 70% posts in judicial service in Punjab, Haryana remain vacant

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2020 10:29 PM IST
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Mohindra holds meeting with MC councillors without Patiala mayor

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2020 10:47 PM IST
Mohindra, with his trusted aide and PIT chairman Sant Banga, announced that works worth 50 crore will be initiated within next two months and asked the councillors to submit plans for their areas
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Punjab BJP chief seeks review of power pacts with pvt firms

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2020 10:17 PM IST
Says issue of high power tariff should be taken up during budget session of Vidhan Sabha
Thermal plant at Goindwal Sahib in Tarn Taran.(ht photo)
Thermal plant at Goindwal Sahib in Tarn Taran.(ht photo)

Regulator reduces fixed cost of Goindwal project; PSPCL to pay 33% less

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2020 11:03 PM IST
State power utility will now pay a fixed cost of 1.5 per unit against 2.2 it had been paying since 2016-17; to also get a refund of 450 crore
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Probe indicts CBI judge in graft case, matter under HC’s consideration

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vishal Rambani
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2020 11:05 PM IST
80-page report Inquiry upholds charge against judge Hemant Gopal that he had taken a bribe of Rs 40 lakh to let-off an accused in FCI rice embezzlement scam in 2013
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L&T power plant resumes operations

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2020 11:35 PM IST
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Power shocker: PSPCL seeks 14% hike in tariff next fiscal

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2019 10:48 PM IST
Urges PSERC to reduce tariff of domestic consumers for first 100 units per month by 15%
(Bharat Bhushan HT)
(Bharat Bhushan HT)

Won’t take action against Dhindsa: Sukhbir

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2019 11:14 PM IST
Says the veteran leader’s rebellion has made no impact on SAD
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Youth Cong polls: CM’s son, OSD pitch for different candidates

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON DEC 04, 2019 11:23 PM IST
Barinder Dhillon, of Ropar, and Gurjot Dhindsa are the main contenders for the presidential post
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PSPCL owes power-generation companies 2,133 crore

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON DEC 03, 2019 11:13 PM IST
Govt to yet to pay Rs 5500-cr subsidy; employees who have not got their November salary go on ‘no pay, no work’ protest
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‘Rebel’ Cong MLAs got half of projects sanctioned for Patiala

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2019 10:58 PM IST
Of projects worth 1,420 crore sanctioned in the district, almost half of the amount was allocated to the areas represented by these legislators
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Defiant MLAs force Patiala admn to cancel Preneet meet

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2019 11:14 PM IST
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Dissenting voices against govt: One more Cong MLA ups ante, threatens sit-in outside CM’s house

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON NOV 25, 2019 11:13 PM IST
Says has no say in functioning of state government, all powers concentrated in CMO, Capt’s OSDs
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Minister orders probe in multi-crore land scam in Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab

Hindustan Times, Almoh | By Vishal Rambani, Amloh (fatehgarh Sahib)
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2019 11:30 PM IST
Move comes after ADC wrote a letter, pointing out that mafia usurped govt land worth several crores in collusion with officials
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