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The state on Monday recorded 132 new infections taking the state’s tally to 58,777 while the death toll reached 983 after one more patient succumbed to the contagion. (HT File)

Covid infections in Himachal see 168% increase in a week

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 01:18 AM IST
Coronavirus cases in Himachal, which had plateaued out in January, have registered a steep increase yet again with as many as 389 new infections being recorded in the last week of the February and on the first day of March, an increase of 168
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Mostly made of limestone and bricks, now surrounded by wild growth, remnants of these structures can be found near Dangri river in Ambala’s Bora Khera village on the Roorkee highway besides in Handesra and Sarangpur villages in Punjab. (HT Photo)
Mostly made of limestone and bricks, now surrounded by wild growth, remnants of these structures can be found near Dangri river in Ambala’s Bora Khera village on the Roorkee highway besides in Handesra and Sarangpur villages in Punjab. (HT Photo)

British-era water supply structures crumbling in Ambala Cantt

By Bhavey Nagpal, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 01:08 AM IST
Around 10-kilometre long, the duct water supply system, known as Handesra waterworks, ensured clean water supply to both troops and civilians
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The septuagenarian, who has been a farmer and an English teacher at a private college, is seen as the common man’s representative. (HT Photo)
The septuagenarian, who has been a farmer and an English teacher at a private college, is seen as the common man’s representative. (HT Photo)

Ahead of MC polls in Himachal, BJP attempts to mend fences with Dhumal

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 12:51 AM IST
In the run up to municipal corporation elections in Dharamshala, Solan, Mandi and Palampur, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has started reaching out to hitherto sidelined leaders, including former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and his supporters
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Maximum temperature had reached 32.7°C on February 26, highest for the month since 1954. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Maximum temperature had reached 32.7°C on February 26, highest for the month since 1954. (HT FILE PHOTO)

Chandigarh: February gone by was hottest in 7 years

By Rajanbir Singh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 12:46 AM IST
According to the IMD, average temperatures will remain higher than normal in the city from March to May as well
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Punjab governor and UT administrator VP Singh Badnore was the first to get the shot at the dispensary in Sector 7. (HT Photo)
Punjab governor and UT administrator VP Singh Badnore was the first to get the shot at the dispensary in Sector 7. (HT Photo)

Hope for safe future drives people to vaccination centres in Chandigarh

By Amanjeet Singh Salyal, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 12:44 AM IST
Commoners, couples, those with travel plans and VIPs were seen waiting for their turns as the vaccination drive for elderly kicked off in the city on Monday
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The teachers of Panjab University will also go on mass casual leave on March 4. (HT FILE PHOTO)
The teachers of Panjab University will also go on mass casual leave on March 4. (HT FILE PHOTO)

PU, college teachers to boycott exams, evaluation on March 4

By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 12:33 AM IST
Protesting against Punjab’s move to delink pay scales from those of UGC, the teachers are pressing for implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission
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In September last year, the administration had notified a hike in water tariff, ranging from 50% to 200%, depending on the category of users and consumption levels. (HT File Photo)
In September last year, the administration had notified a hike in water tariff, ranging from 50% to 200%, depending on the category of users and consumption levels. (HT File Photo)

Water tariff hike: Chandigarh MC to rationalise rates

By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 12:32 AM IST
Rather than asking the administration to shelve the entire notification, the MC will recommend specific amendments in the rates
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Punjab governor and UT administrator VP Singh Badnore was the first to get the jab at the dispensary in Sector 7, where only five people turned up. (HT Photo)
Punjab governor and UT administrator VP Singh Badnore was the first to get the jab at the dispensary in Sector 7, where only five people turned up. (HT Photo)

Third vaccination round: 556 jabbed in Chandigarh on Day 1

By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 12:51 AM IST
As many as 556 people were vaccinated against Covid-19 in Chandigarh as the nationwide drive entered the third phase on Monday
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Former medical superintendent of PGIMS, Rohtak, Dr Ashok Chauhan, getting a jab of the anti-Covid vaccine. (Manoj Dhaka/HT)
Former medical superintendent of PGIMS, Rohtak, Dr Ashok Chauhan, getting a jab of the anti-Covid vaccine. (Manoj Dhaka/HT)

Surge in Covid cases in Haryana continues even as positivity rate dips

By Hitender Rao, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 10:47 PM IST
For a third successive week, coronavirus infections in Haryana continued to surge, recording an increase of 370 more cases last week as compared to the week before
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State home minister Anil Vij had last week triggered controversy by writing to additional chief secretary (home) to send a panel of officers to the UPSC to be considered for the next DGP despite the fact that incumbent Manoj Yadava has over four years of service left. (HT PHOTO)
State home minister Anil Vij had last week triggered controversy by writing to additional chief secretary (home) to send a panel of officers to the UPSC to be considered for the next DGP despite the fact that incumbent Manoj Yadava has over four years of service left. (HT PHOTO)

Tenure row: No plans to replace DGP, can continue till he retires, says Khattar

By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 10:45 PM IST
Anil Vij, a straightforward man, speaks his mind; have known him since 90s and know about his temperament; we will clear the air over the matter when we sit together,” says the CM
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Customers outside the State Bank of India’s branch at Bazaar Number 4 in Abohar on Monday after the building was sealed on the local municipal corporation’s orders for default on paying rent. (HT Photo)
Customers outside the State Bank of India’s branch at Bazaar Number 4 in Abohar on Monday after the building was sealed on the local municipal corporation’s orders for default on paying rent. (HT Photo)

SBI’s oldest branch in Punjab shut for not paying rent to Abohar Municipal Corporation

By Vishal Joshi
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 04:41 PM IST
Municipal corporation seals bank branch for unauthorised occupation of its property since 1982, leaving customers, staff in a quandary
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Former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini and (right) suspended inspector general of police Paramraj Singh Umranangal. (HT Photo)
Former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini and (right) suspended inspector general of police Paramraj Singh Umranangal. (HT Photo)

HC grants anticipatory bail to former Punjab DGP Saini, ex-IG Umranangal

By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 03:13 PM IST
The two moved the high court after their bail pleas were dismissed by the sessions court in the 2015 Behbal Kalan firing case
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Rajkumar Gupta, the spokesperson of former Union minister Venod Sharma’s Haryana Janchetna Party, in Ambala. (HT file photo)
Rajkumar Gupta, the spokesperson of former Union minister Venod Sharma’s Haryana Janchetna Party, in Ambala. (HT file photo)

Haryana Janchetna Party spokesman held in drug case

By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 02:27 PM IST
Delhi Police team arrest Rajkumar Gupta in Ambala after an accused in opium smuggling case named him
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A health worker administers a dose of the Covishield Covid-19 vaccine to Deputy Commissioner Gurugram Dr. Yash Garg, in the presence of Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij in this file picture from February 4. (Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
A health worker administers a dose of the Covishield Covid-19 vaccine to Deputy Commissioner Gurugram Dr. Yash Garg, in the presence of Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij in this file picture from February 4. (Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Haryana minister Vij says don’t need vaccine now. Explains his reason

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 02:24 PM IST
  • The Haryana minister said that PM after taking the vaccine has proven himself to be a ‘true hero’ and thanked him for addressing the issues around vaccine scepticism.
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Aam Aadmi Party MLAs riding cycles as they head to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Monday to protest the fuel price hike. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Aam Aadmi Party MLAs riding cycles as they head to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Monday to protest the fuel price hike. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Punjab budget session begins on note of protest

UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 12:15 PM IST
SAD MLAs tear copies of governor’s address against the ruling Congress’s failure to keep its 2017 poll promises, while AAP members headed to the Vidhan Sabha on cycles to protest fuel price hike
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In one of the cases, the accused was a relative of the victim and had come to their house along with his family. (HT photo)
In one of the cases, the accused was a relative of the victim and had come to their house along with his family. (HT photo)

2 minors among 3 raped in Amritsar, Tarn Taran

By HT Correspondent, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 01:37 AM IST
Three incidents of rape, including two of minors, were reported in Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts on Sunday in which the accused are yet to be arrested
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The victims, in their early 20s, were on a bike. (HT Photo)
The victims, in their early 20s, were on a bike. (HT Photo)

Speeding SUV kills two Chandigarh University students

By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 12:22 AM IST
The two were going to Kharar when a Toyota Fortuner rammed into their bike near the Phase-7 traffic junction in Mohali
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Man held for posing as Punjab guv’s secretary, duping traders
Man held for posing as Punjab guv’s secretary, duping traders

Man held for posing as Punjab guv’s secretary, duping traders

By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 12:03 AM IST
A property dealer based in Mohali’s Mundi Kharar has been arrested for extorting imported liquor worth around 2 lakh from traders in Chandigarh after posing as the private secretary or assistant of the Punjab governor
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Chandigarh, India, June 04 : new Garbage collection vehicles at Sarangpur village Chandigarh, on Tuesday, June 04, 2019 Photo by Karun Sharma/Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, India, June 04 : new Garbage collection vehicles at Sarangpur village Chandigarh, on Tuesday, June 04, 2019 Photo by Karun Sharma/Hindustan Times

Chandigarh MC to extend garbage collection to 12 more sectors

By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 12:01 AM IST
Shelving its plan to start city-wide door-to-door garbage collection from March 1, the municipal corporation will, for now, extend it to just 12 southern sectors
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Vaccination will take place at more than 50 government and private hospitals in the region. (HT File Photo)
Vaccination will take place at more than 50 government and private hospitals in the region. (HT File Photo)

Health depts geared up for next vax phase in Chandigarh tricity

By HT Correspondents, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 12:00 AM IST
Only on-site registrations to take place on first day; Co-WIN portal for online registrations to go live too
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Vaccine coverage among Chandigarh cops increases to 31.5%
Vaccine coverage among Chandigarh cops increases to 31.5%

Vaccine coverage among Chandigarh cops increases to 31.5%

By Rajanbir Singh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 12:44 AM IST
After a slow start, more cops are coming forward to get a jab in the city
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Chandigarh captain Manan Vohra and Arslan Z Khan’s opening stand of 111 runs goes in vain. (HT File Photo)
Chandigarh captain Manan Vohra and Arslan Z Khan’s opening stand of 111 runs goes in vain. (HT File Photo)

Vijay Hazare trophy: Chandigarh lose to Saurashtra by 66 runs

By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 12:37 AM IST
Led by a superb 130-ball knock of 174 runs from Prerak Mankad, Saurashtra beat Chandigarh by 66 runs in the Elite Group E match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy tie at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday
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Those with vehicles in CH01BK and BL series are the first to be covered. (HT File Photo)
Those with vehicles in CH01BK and BL series are the first to be covered. (HT File Photo)

Chandigarh RLA extends deadline to get HSRPs to Sept 30

By Rajanbir Singh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 12:34 AM IST
The decision has been taken to avoid rush at the RLA office and other centres amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in the city
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Kargil War veteran among two held for drug peddling in Mohali
Kargil War veteran among two held for drug peddling in Mohali

Kargil War veteran among two held for drug peddling in Mohali

By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 12:31 AM IST
The crime investigating agency of Mohali police on Saturday arrested two drug smugglers, including a Kargil War veteran, from Zirakpur and recovered 500 grams of opium and 1,920 habit-forming tablets from their possession
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Chandigarh admn gears up for next phase of Covid vaccination
Chandigarh admn gears up for next phase of Covid vaccination

Chandigarh admn gears up for next phase of Covid vaccination

By HT Correspondents, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 12:29 AM IST
Limited on-site registrations planned for first day; drive to pick up pace on Tuesday after online registrations on Monday
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An FIR was registered against former cricketer Yuvraj Singh under Sections 153A and 153B of the IPC and under the SC/ST Act. (HT FILE)
An FIR was registered against former cricketer Yuvraj Singh under Sections 153A and 153B of the IPC and under the SC/ST Act. (HT FILE)

Celebs have greater responsibility of choosing their words in public: HC on Yuvraj’s plea

By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 11:57 PM IST
The Punjab and Haryana high court has said that celebrities have greater responsibility in using a term in public or social media platforms as the same can be misinterpreted
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Our life has a strong mooring in society. (Shutterstock)
Our life has a strong mooring in society. (Shutterstock)

Navigating loneliness in life’s twilight

By Wg Cdr DPS Bajwa
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 11:28 PM IST
It is man’s nature to be gregarious
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Councillor Mamta Ashu and MC joint commissioner Swati Tiwana with members of various NGOs during the expo in Ludhiana on Saturday. (Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)
Councillor Mamta Ashu and MC joint commissioner Swati Tiwana with members of various NGOs during the expo in Ludhiana on Saturday. (Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)

In a first, 60 NGOs come together at expo in Ludhiana

By HT Correspondent, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 11:24 PM IST
Gathered at Nehru Rose Garden, NGOs apprised visitors of the various causes they are pursuing like helping the disabled, underprivileged children and the elderly
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Poetry and paintings are born of the same seed of creativity: A painting by Chandigarh artist Madan Lal. (Photo: Madan Lal)
Poetry and paintings are born of the same seed of creativity: A painting by Chandigarh artist Madan Lal. (Photo: Madan Lal)

Roundabout: Poetics of protest - then and now

By Nirupama Dutt
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 11:20 PM IST
Let no one mock the mad man, the lover or the poet for it is such passion that is woven into words to make a change for the better
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