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
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Cong battles siege within, BJP at ease

Hindustan Times | By Pawan Sharma and Vishal Rambani, Chandigarh/patiala
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2012 01:46 AM IST
The Congress is facing a siege within following rebellion over ticket allotment for the January 30 elections, but the BJP is sitting pretty even after changing 33% candidates.
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‘Inaccessible’ Guru connecting naturally

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Bhadaur (barnala)
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2012 01:12 PM IST
The slogan “Guru bhai ji zindabad, Guru bhai ji zindabad…” rented the air as the SAD candidate from Bhadaur and former principal secretary to the chief minister, Darbara Singh Guru, stepped into Dhaula village, 3 km from Khudian Khurd, his native village.
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Capt's brother quits Cong, joins SAD

Hindustan Times | By Gurpreet Singh Nibber and Vishal Rambani, Chandigarh/patiala
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2012 01:21 AM IST
Malwinder goes soft on brother Amarinder, says won't contest against him; ire directed at sister-in-law. Gurpreet Singh Nibber and Vishal Rambani report. Party time

Royal family divided: Raja Malwinder to contest against Nephew Raninder

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2012 09:37 PM IST
The PPCC President and Maharaja of erstwhile Patiala Royality Captain Amarinder Singh, who recently was taking digs at Shiromani Akali DAL over rebelism, has a point to worry as ticket allocation in congress has divided his own family.

Suspense over Amarinder's rival continues

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2012 12:54 PM IST
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has released three lists of candidates so far, but it is yet to announce the nominee who will take on Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh from the Patiala-1 assembly constituency. In the past, the party has often declared the candidate from this seat in the first list itself.
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Denied ticket, Sirhind MLA Bhatti quits SAD

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani and Gurpreet Mehak, Fatehgarh Sahib
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2012 02:44 PM IST
Ignored for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ticket from the Fatehgarh Sahib seat, sitting Sirhind MLA Didar Singh Bhatti resigned from the party today.
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Riding on development, Capt set for a hat-trick

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2011 01:21 PM IST
Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh has won twice from the Patiala-1 assembly seat and is all set to do a hat-trick. Reason: the development works carried out by the former CM in his constituency in particular and Patiala district in general. Vishal Rambani reports.
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It all boils down to political will

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani & Ravinder Vasudeva, Patiala
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2011 11:39 AM IST
Punjab has been lagging, but it will slip further if the political class fails to set a positive agenda for the state. Political parties can continue to differ on ideologies and indulge in mudslinging if they wish to, but they should at least evolve a consensus on major issues in the larger interest of the state otherwise the coming generations will never forgive them.
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Out of favour, family stares at oblivion

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2011 11:31 AM IST
Ask them to list the development projects initiated by Surjit Singh Barnala in his home constituency as chief minister, and most Barnala residents draw a blank.
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It all boils down to political will

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani & Ravinder Vasudeva, Patiala
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2011 10:13 PM IST
Ideological differences apart, politicians should act maturely by evolving consensus on issues that matter. There is no stopping Punjab if they show the right intentions. Vishal Rambani & Ravinder Vasudeva report.
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‘A body is now needed to run our family’

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2011 12:09 AM IST
Punjab Police constable Mohan Singh, 38, is feared to have died trying to save a girl from drowning on November 22. His impoverished family is dealing with the pain, but an almost daily search for his body is adding to the trauma.
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Nation proud of Indian Armed Forces: President

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2011 09:21 PM IST
In recognition of services rendered in nation’s security, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Force, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today awarded Presidential Standards to five Armoured Regiments of Black Elephant Division in an impressive ceremony at Patiala Cantonment.
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US scuttled gas pipeline with India: Iran minister

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2011 12:04 AM IST
Blaming the United States for scuttling the Indo-Iran gas pipeline project, senior Iran official and former oil minister Mohammad Aliabadi on Tuesday said his country was still willing to revive the plan.
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Punjab varsity V-C shot at, critical

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani & Gurpreet Singh Mehak, Fatehgarh Sahib
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2011 12:35 AM IST
An unidentified gunman today shot Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, vice chancellor of newly-formed SGPC's Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, leaving him crtically injured. The bullet reportedly pierced through the temple and got lodged in his jaw line. Vishal Rambani & Gurpreet Singh Mehak report.
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Raid on chemist shops opposite NIS Patiala

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2011 09:50 PM IST
Following the media expose, that the drugs banned in sports by World Anti Doping Agency are easily available in chemist shops near National Institute of Sports ( NIS ), a team of Health Department today swooped down on chemist shops near National Institute of Sports ( NIS ) Patiala.
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Salman coughs up Rs 200 after public drag

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2011 02:25 AM IST
Salman Khan failed to battle the urge to take a drag even on the eve of World Anti-tobacco Day, and has had to pay a fine for it. Vishal Rambani reports.
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Pilot’s habit of never saying no took his life

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2011 11:49 PM IST
He saved nearly 500 lives by air-lifting critically ailing people in India and foreign countries. However, his job of saving people’s lives could not save Captain Harpreet Singh Sekhon, 28, pilot of the air ambulance, which crashed in Faridabad on Wednesday night.
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Bhajji, Yuvraj slapped with tax notice

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2011 12:05 AM IST
The Central Excise and Taxation Department, has finalised its case against Harbhajan Singh and the off-spinner will have to pay service tax amounting to Rs 1.15 crore.
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Polio, a cross-border terror?

Hindustan Times | By Nidhi Bhanot and Vishal Rambani, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2011 08:56 PM IST
Cross-border terror has acquired a new meaning in Punjab. The state health authorities are afraid that visitors from Pakistan would bring in the polio virus, so they have decided to set up immunisation centres at the entry points.
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63 yrs on, farmers to be paid for land

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2011 12:47 AM IST
Sixty-three years after partition, farmers will get compensation for the 300 acres along the international border with Pakistan in Punjab, on which the Border Security Force (BSF) built a road to patrol the area.
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Bhajji defaulted on `1 crore service tax

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2010 11:15 PM IST
Cricketer Harbhajan Singh, currently spinning misery on batsmen in South Africa, seems to have been caught by the central excise and service tax department for defaulting on service tax. Vishal Rambani reports.
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Harbhajan defaulted on Rs 1 crore service tax

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2010 10:40 AM IST
Cricketer Harbhajan Singh, currently spinning misery on the South African team, seems to have been caught by the central excise and service tax department for defaulting on service tax. Vishal Rambani reports.
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Punjab’s wheat crop may be hit

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2010 11:11 PM IST
The early rise in temperature this month has raised fears that Punjab might slip on the record wheat output it was expecting this season, reports Vishal Rambani.
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One dead, 15 injured in police firing

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2009 12:39 AM IST
One person died and 15 were injured when police opened fire and lobbed tear gas shells on Sikh protesters who tried to disrupt the satsang (religious discourse) of a sect leader in Ludhiana, reports Vishal Rambani.
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Curfew imposed in Ludhiana

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2009 08:37 PM IST
Following the violence, the district magistrate has imposed curfew in areas falling under nine police stations covering nearly 60 per cent area of industrial town.
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Wheat zone goes bananas

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2009 10:10 PM IST
A New leaf A 10-acre experiment in lucrative banana cultivation has kindled a new phase in Punjab’s agriculture. Vishal Rambani reports.
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Punjab is going nuts over its 'own' Bananas

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2009 03:43 PM IST
It's bananas are ‘king-sized’ and earn growers sweet profits – between Rs 1.10 lakh to Rs 1.50 lakh per acre -- in a state that now aims to cultivate half the bananas it gorges on in a year. Vishal Rambani reports.
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Ludhiana children richest in India in terms of pocket money

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2009 03:55 PM IST
Even though the Punjab is slipping in the nationwide list of per capita income, Ludhiana children have topped the chart for getting maximum pocket money in India, reports Vishal Rambani.
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JCT ride on Baljit, Balwant for 5-1 win

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2009 11:06 PM IST
Riding on a hattrick from Baljit Sahni, JCT registered a facile 5-1 victory over newly-promoted Lajong in the I-League match held at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Sunday, reports Vishal Rambani.
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Cops salute drug lords: CBI Director

Hindustan Times | By Vishal Rambani, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2009 12:53 AM IST
A deep nexus exists between the police and the drug mafia in India, Central Bureau of Investigation Director Ashwani Kumar (58) said on Saturday.
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