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Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and BJP state president VD Sharma celebrate the party's victory in Madhya Pradesh Assembly by-elections, at BJP State headquarters in Bhopal.(PTI)

BJP regains lost bastion in Gwalior-Chambal belt in MP bypolls

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Ranjan
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 06:33 PM IST
The bypoll results which were declared on Tuesday gave 19 of the 28 seats to the BJP and 9 to the Congress. Contrast it with the 2018 assembly elections, where the BJP could win just one of these seats.
Students attending a class at Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Bathinda on Monday, seven months since the Covid-19 lockdown.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Students attending a class at Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Bathinda on Monday, seven months since the Covid-19 lockdown.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

Thin attendance as government schools reopen in Punjab’s Malwa amid Covid-19 pandemic

Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By Vishal Joshi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 19, 2020 06:30 AM IST
Schools follow safety guidelines as few students of Classes 9 to 12 show up on Day 1 with most parents in wait and watch mode
Author Ranjit Powar.(Courtesy: Author’s own)
Author Ranjit Powar.(Courtesy: Author’s own)

Roundabout: Portrait of a village in Punjab before the sundown of Partition

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Nirupama Dutt
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 09:26 PM IST
Chandigarh-based writer, psychologist and activist Ranjit Powar’s debut novel Dusk over the Mustard Fields captures the composite culture of undivided Punjab, which, however, is not without its class, caste, communal and gender inequities
People queuing up to undergo the Covid-19 test in Patiala. Government Rajindra Hospital has seen a decline in the number of Covid-19 patients over the past few days.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
People queuing up to undergo the Covid-19 test in Patiala. Government Rajindra Hospital has seen a decline in the number of Covid-19 patients over the past few days.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

For first time since outbreak, no Covid death at Govt Rajindra Hospital in Patiala in over 24 hours

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Harmandeep Singh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 08, 2020 03:31 PM IST
At present, 88 Covid-19 patients are undergoing treatment at the hospital and 65 of them are on oxygen support.
Members of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee holding a protest on a rail track at Devi Dass Pura village, 20km from Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Members of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee holding a protest on a rail track at Devi Dass Pura village, 20km from Amritsar.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

As Punjab farmers extend rail roko till Sept 29, railways to decide on trains this evening

Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By Vishal Joshi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2020 06:30 AM IST
Buoyed by response in state’s Majha and Malwa belts, rail blockade rolled out in Doaba with farmers protesting on tracks near Jalandhar, Tanda and Mukerian junctions
Farmers agitating in Amritsar against the passage of the agriculture ordinances.(Sameer Sehgal/HT file photo)
Farmers agitating in Amritsar against the passage of the agriculture ordinances.(Sameer Sehgal/HT file photo)

From rail blockade to shutdown, Punjab’s farmers intensify agitation to mount pressure on Centre

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By Surjit Singh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2020 06:30 AM IST
PROTEST MODE Farmer groups to meet in Ludhiana on Saturday to chalk out protest plan for revocation of three agriculture bills passed by Parliament
Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal’s assembly constituency of Bathinda saw a sharp fall of 48 points this time as compared to last year. The city was at 31st position in 2019.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal’s assembly constituency of Bathinda saw a sharp fall of 48 points this time as compared to last year. The city was at 31st position in 2019.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

Bathinda cleanest city in state for 3rd year in a row; slips nationally

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 10:52 PM IST
According to Swachh Survekshan-2020, Bathinda is 79th, while Ferozepur is 96th in the category of cities with a population between 1 lakh and 10 lakh
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After Covid-19, yellow rust attack adds to Punjab farmers’ woes

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Mohit Khanna, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2020 03:02 PM IST
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After bumper season, Punjab targets increasing land under cotton cultivation by 25%

Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By Vishal Joshi
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2020 11:11 PM IST
This success comes in the backdrop of a bad 2015 season, when whitefly epidemic ravaged cotton crop in the state; almost 66% of the crop was hit
The Royal Malwa Thali served at a pop-up at Flea Bazaar Café was a feast of deliciously different kababs, curries, daals and parathas.(Photo courtesy Rushina Munshaw-Ghildiyal)
The Royal Malwa Thali served at a pop-up at Flea Bazaar Café was a feast of deliciously different kababs, curries, daals and parathas.(Photo courtesy Rushina Munshaw-Ghildiyal)

Have you ever eaten a halwa made of meat? Kunal Vijayakar did, and loved it

Hindustan Times | By Kunal Vijayakar
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2020 10:09 PM IST
At a recent Malwa cuisine pop-up, Anuradha Joshi Medhora served up rare treats from Madhya Pradesh. The crowning glory - an exquisite, delicate maas ka halwa.
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CCI makes direct payment of 430 cr in four months to cotton growers

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vishal Joshi, Bathinda
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2020 10:53 PM IST
Women are also actively adopting organic farming.(HT PHOTO)
Women are also actively adopting organic farming.(HT PHOTO)

NATIONAL FARMERS’ DAY: Malwa women show the way

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Sarbmeet Singh, Muktsar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2019 11:34 PM IST
Some of them are pursuing farming on their own while others are supporting their fathers or husbands
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3 rail projects in limbo, rlys blame Punjab govt for not providing land

Hindustan Times, Ferozepur | By HT Correspondent, Ferozepur
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2019 12:28 AM IST
The three projects are aimed at connecting Ferozepur-Patti, Anandpur Sahib-Mukerian and Rajpura-Mohali
Farmer burning paddy stubble on Sangrur Road in Patiala on Wednesday.(ht photo)
Farmer burning paddy stubble on Sangrur Road in Patiala on Wednesday.(ht photo)

State sees season’s highest farm fires in a day, AQI stays ‘poor’

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Mohit Khanna and Vishal Rambani, Ludhiana/patiala
PUBLISHED ON OCT 30, 2019 11:14 PM IST
With this, the total number of farm fires has reached 19,869 so far
Sudhir Kumar, a former sarpanch of Sureshwala Sainiyan village in Fazilka, shows untreated sewage flowing in a drain.(HT Photo)
Sudhir Kumar, a former sarpanch of Sureshwala Sainiyan village in Fazilka, shows untreated sewage flowing in a drain.(HT Photo)

In Fazilka, groundwater contamination worsens, farmers at receiving end

Hindustan Times, Pucca Chsiti (Fazilka) | By Vishal Joshi, Pucca Chisti (fazilka)
PUBLISHED ON AUG 05, 2019 02:38 PM IST
Punjab farmers blame failure of their crops on the untreated sewage of 21 municipalities of the Malwa belt flowing through various drains into the district, leading to a widespread contamination of groundwater here.
Residents of two villages in tribals dominated Alirajpur district in Malwa region are dependent on a well on the riverbed near their villages. The river goes dry during the summer season.(HT Photo)
Residents of two villages in tribals dominated Alirajpur district in Malwa region are dependent on a well on the riverbed near their villages. The river goes dry during the summer season.(HT Photo)

Water crisis Villagers find their own way to manage water

Hindustan Times, Sagar/Alirajpur | By Anupam Pateriya and CB Singh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 14, 2019 10:04 PM IST
With water bodies drying up due to intense heat across the state at least three villages- one in Bundelkhand and two in Malwa region in Madhya Pradesh show how villagers can sustain their life by managing water on their own with no government help coming their way
SAD candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is seeking to get re-elected for the third time in a row from the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat, is facing a tough challenge from Amarinder Singh Raja Warring of Congress.(Anil Dayal / HT Photo)
SAD candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is seeking to get re-elected for the third time in a row from the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat, is facing a tough challenge from Amarinder Singh Raja Warring of Congress.(Anil Dayal / HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Not a cakewalk for 3 sitting MPs in Punjab’s Malwa, all eyes on Bathinda seat

Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By Vishal Joshi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2019 10:02 AM IST
The three sitting MPs in Punjab’s Malwa region are Union minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal in Bathinda, Congress candidate Sher Singh Ghubaya in Ferozepur and AAP candidate Sadhu Singh in Faridkot (SC). Polling for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state is being held in a single phase on May 19.
A farmer burns stubble in his field on the outskirts of Sangrur district, Punjab, Wednesday, May 08, 2019.(Bharat Bhushan / HT Photo)
A farmer burns stubble in his field on the outskirts of Sangrur district, Punjab, Wednesday, May 08, 2019.(Bharat Bhushan / HT Photo)

In poll season, officials fail to act against farmers burning stubble in Punjab

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 11:55 AM IST
As per figures given by the Punjab state remote-sensing department, 150 cases of stubble burning have been reported in Malwa region. Most of these cases were reported in the current week. No case has been registered against the defaulters so far.
Followers of Dera Sacha Sauda at a recently-held congregation in Patiala.(HT Photo)
Followers of Dera Sacha Sauda at a recently-held congregation in Patiala.(HT Photo)

After Ram Rahim’s imprisonment, Dera Sacha Sauda now ‘untouchable’ for political parties in Punjab

UPDATED ON APR 26, 2019 08:06 AM IST
Politicians, who used to make a beeline to Dera Sacha Sauda considering its clout in the politically significant Malwa region, are now wary of even mentioning it publically for a number of reasons.
The district welfare officer Sangrur, said the department has received 29 applications in the past two years, for financial assistance from couples who have married inter-caste, as the government gives Rs 30,000 assistance to such couples.(HT PHOTO)
The district welfare officer Sangrur, said the department has received 29 applications in the past two years, for financial assistance from couples who have married inter-caste, as the government gives Rs 30,000 assistance to such couples.(HT PHOTO)

To wipe out taboos in Malwa, young activists choose to marry inter-caste

Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Avtar Singh
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2019 12:07 PM IST
President of a Dalit rights’ group, Zameen Prapti Sangarsh Committee (ZPCS), Malaudh encouraged friends and even helped many couples to marry inter-caste.
This file photo taken on April 11, 2017 shows Afghan farmers harvesting opium sap from a poppy field in the Gereshk district of Helmand.(AFP/Representative)
This file photo taken on April 11, 2017 shows Afghan farmers harvesting opium sap from a poppy field in the Gereshk district of Helmand.(AFP/Representative)

Madhya Pradesh Election 2018: Religion isn’t the opium in Malwa’s distressed poppy belt

Ratlam/Mandsaur | By Vinod Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2018 06:16 PM IST
Malwa’s people have depth and sobriety; their land is flush with food and water: Malwa maati gahan gambhir, pag pag roti, dag dag neer.
Though there was no official announcement from the BJP, one of the organisers of the yatra said it was terminated because just one was month left for November 28 polls and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was leading the yatra, was finding it difficult to find time for important meetings to decide candidates, manifesto and strategy.(HT Photo)
Though there was no official announcement from the BJP, one of the organisers of the yatra said it was terminated because just one was month left for November 28 polls and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was leading the yatra, was finding it difficult to find time for important meetings to decide candidates, manifesto and strategy.(HT Photo)

BJP’s ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ in Madhya Pradesh ends abruptly without meeting target

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Ranjan
PUBLISHED ON OCT 26, 2018 11:24 PM IST
The yatra was flagged off by party chief Amit Shah in Ujjain on July 14 and was supposed to cover all constituencies by September 25. But it failed to cover areas in the Gwalior-Chambal and Malwa regions.
Farmers plucking cotton from a field in Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda.(HT Photo)
Farmers plucking cotton from a field in Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda.(HT Photo)

Cotton selling below MSP in Punjab’s Malwa

Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By HT Correspondent, Bathinda
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2018 10:43 AM IST
Farmers fear that banks would deduct the loan instalment, leaving them with nothing. They also fear that arhtiyas would not finance them the next season, if they did not sell at lower rates.
From top left: Laddi Gehri, Sidharath Rinwa, Bikram Mofar; from bottom left: Congress team Mansa, Arshdeep Gagowal and Babbaljeet Khiala.(HT Photo)
From top left: Laddi Gehri, Sidharath Rinwa, Bikram Mofar; from bottom left: Congress team Mansa, Arshdeep Gagowal and Babbaljeet Khiala.(HT Photo)

Kin of former, serving MLAs, ministers debut with victory

Hindustan Times, Mukstar | By Sabarmeet Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 09:57 AM IST
The zila parishad and block samiti elections proved to be a boon for the relatives, including sons, grandsons and spouses, of some MLAs and former ministers.
At Indore’s open prison, there is a two-room home, where a convicted prisoner lives with his family and can step outside the premises to work.(File Photo/Representative Image)
At Indore’s open prison, there is a two-room home, where a convicted prisoner lives with his family and can step outside the premises to work.(File Photo/Representative Image)

A prison where inmates can live with family, step outside to work

Press Trust of India, Indore | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2018 07:50 PM IST
At an open prison in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh, this stereotype of a prison withers away.
Noted lyricist and poet Sahir Ludhianvi began his affair with the pen at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College, Ludhiana.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Noted lyricist and poet Sahir Ludhianvi began his affair with the pen at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College, Ludhiana.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Ludhiana college named after alumnus strikes a nostalgic note

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2018 11:02 AM IST
Region’s older schools of learning: From leading space scientist Satish Dhawan to lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi, Satish Chander Dhawan Government College is replete with examples to emulate.
(HT file photo)
(HT file photo)

Turmoil in Congress in Malwa region ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s visit

Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Neemuch | By Mustafa Husain
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2018 10:05 PM IST
The resignation has caused a flutter in the state Congress as Congress president Rahul Gandhi is to visit Mandsaur on June 6 to blow the party bugle for assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh later this year. Congress is out of power in Madhya Pradesh for the past 15 years
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and President of Indian National Congress, Rahul Gandhi, during the All India Congress Committee is organizing a Ceremony of Remembrance to mark the 27th Anniversary of the Martydom of Shri Rajiv Gandhi, at Vir Bhumi, in New Delhi.(HT File PPhoto)
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and President of Indian National Congress, Rahul Gandhi, during the All India Congress Committee is organizing a Ceremony of Remembrance to mark the 27th Anniversary of the Martydom of Shri Rajiv Gandhi, at Vir Bhumi, in New Delhi.(HT File PPhoto)

Congress faces rift as leaders quit in Madhya Pradesh’s Malwa

Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Neemuch | By Mustafa Husain
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2018 06:41 PM IST
The resignations have caused a flutter in the state unit as Congress president Rahul Gandhi is set to visit Mandsaur on June 6 to blow the bugle for the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh later this year.
Herd of Nilgais on a hot summer day at Chappar Chiri in SAS nagar.(HT File Photo)
Herd of Nilgais on a hot summer day at Chappar Chiri in SAS nagar.(HT File Photo)

Madhya Pradesh forest department’s plan to catch, castrate Nilgai flops

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2018 03:19 PM IST
The menace of wild Neelgais damaging crops in vast tracts on Malwa region had prompted the forest department to opt for castrating bluebulls.
The Malwa region witnessed a violent protest by farmers in June last year demanding higher prices for their produce.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT file)
The Malwa region witnessed a violent protest by farmers in June last year demanding higher prices for their produce.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT file)

Farmer unrest surfaces in MP again as garlic prices plunge

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Punya Priya Mitra, Shruti Tomar and Mustafa Hussain
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2018 10:23 PM IST
Glut of the produce in Rajasthan makes prices decline in wholesale markets.
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