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A flock of migratory birds take flight at Harike Pattan wetlands on the border of Ferozepur and Tarn Taran districts of Punjab.(Photo courtesy Ferozepur divisional forest officer, wildlife, Nalin Yadav)

Punjab’s Harike Pattan wetland on alert after bird deaths at Pong Dam in Himachal

By Vishal Joshi | Hindustan Times, Bathinda
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 12:28 PM IST
Ferozepur divisional forest officer, wildlife, says an estimated 60,000 migratory birds are already at Harike on the border of Ferozepur and Tarn Taran districts, where the Sutlej and Beas rivers merge, though no avian casualty has been reported yet.
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Gurinder Singh Kairon releasing the book, Partap Singh Kairon: A Visionary, in Chandigarh in August last year. He co-authored the book with Panjab University historian M Rajivlochan and his civil servant wife Meeta.(Keshav Singh/HT file)
Gurinder Singh Kairon releasing the book, Partap Singh Kairon: A Visionary, in Chandigarh in August last year. He co-authored the book with Panjab University historian M Rajivlochan and his civil servant wife Meeta.(Keshav Singh/HT file)

Gurinder Singh Kairon passes away after cardiac arrest at 86

By HT Corrrespondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 03:31 PM IST
The younger son of Partap Singh Kairon had co-authored a book on the former Punjab chief minister last year
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A man collects kites on railways tracks of Vile Parle station in Mumbai.(Shashi S Kashyap/ HT PHOTO)
A man collects kites on railways tracks of Vile Parle station in Mumbai.(Shashi S Kashyap/ HT PHOTO)

Western Railway diverts, short terminates trains due to farmers’ protest in Punjab

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 11:26 PM IST
The farmers stir near Delhi has entered its 25th day with protesters asking the Centre to repeal the farm laws passed by Parliament in the monsoon session.
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Then President Pratibha Patil conferring social worker Baba Sewa Singh with the Padma Shri for his contribution to environment conservation in 2010.(HT file photo)
Then President Pratibha Patil conferring social worker Baba Sewa Singh with the Padma Shri for his contribution to environment conservation in 2010.(HT file photo)

Social worker Baba Sewa Singh returns Padma Shri in protest against Centre’s farm laws

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 04, 2020 04:28 PM IST
In letter to the President, environmentalist and religious leader terms government’s attitude towards farmers worrisome.
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A grain mandi in Amritsar.(PTI/For representation only)
A grain mandi in Amritsar.(PTI/For representation only)

Probe into sharp rise in paddy arrivals in Punjab mandis

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 06, 2020 04:58 PM IST
State authorities alerted after procurement almost equals volumes recorded in the entire season
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Balwinder Singh Sandhu had fought against terrorism in the state for years, facing scores of terror attacks during the height of Khalistani militancy.(Netdakiya.com)
Balwinder Singh Sandhu had fought against terrorism in the state for years, facing scores of terror attacks during the height of Khalistani militancy.(Netdakiya.com)

Shaurya chakra awardee killed months after security withdrawn

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 10:29 PM IST
Balwinder Singh Sandhu had fought against terrorism in the state for years, facing scores of terror attacks during the height of Khalistani militancy.
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Left leader Balwinder Singh, 55, who was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne men, at Bhikhiwind in Tarn Taran district on Friday morning. (Right) Tarn Taran senior superintendent of police Dhruman H Nimbale at the crime spot.(HT Photo)
Left leader Balwinder Singh, 55, who was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne men, at Bhikhiwind in Tarn Taran district on Friday morning. (Right) Tarn Taran senior superintendent of police Dhruman H Nimbale at the crime spot.(HT Photo)

Shaurya Chakra awardee and Left leader Balwinder Singh shot dead in Punjab’s Tarn Taran

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 09:00 PM IST
Balwinder was on the hit list of terrorist outfits yet his security was withdrawn last month, family suspects it’s a terror attack
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Straw stubble burning in a field after the paddy crop harvest, near Jandiala Guru in Amritsar, Punjab on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)
Straw stubble burning in a field after the paddy crop harvest, near Jandiala Guru in Amritsar, Punjab on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Rules go up in smoke as farm fires rage in Punjab

By Surjit Singh and Vishal Rambani | Hindustan Times, Amritsar/Patiala
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 12:02 AM IST
Compared to 159 farm fires reported in the state till September 28 last year, as many as 520 incidents, most of them from Majha, have been witnessed during the corresponding period this time.
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Farmers holding a protest on a rail track in Punjab’s Sangrur district on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Farmers holding a protest on a rail track in Punjab’s Sangrur district on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Farmers in Punjab, Haryana intensify protests against farm bills; Oppn parties take to streets, too

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, Amritsar/Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2020 11:46 AM IST
Railways take steam out of farmers’ rail blockade plan in Punjab by cancelling 28 trains from Amritsar and Ferozepur stations from 6am on Thursday
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Five to seven fires were spotted in Amritsar district through satellite monitoring between September 13 and 16.
Five to seven fires were spotted in Amritsar district through satellite monitoring between September 13 and 16.

First stubble fires start to show up on Nasa map

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 12:14 AM IST
Data from Nasa’s (national aeronautics and space administration) fire information for resource management system (FIRMS) shows a progressive increase in detection of fire in areas that typically have farmlands.
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In September first week, the Jalandhar zonal office of the ED had filed an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in 13 cases.(HT Photo)
In September first week, the Jalandhar zonal office of the ED had filed an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in 13 cases.(HT Photo)

Illegal liquor scam: ED transfers case to New Delhi from Jalandhar

By Gagandeep Jassowal | Hindustan Times/Jalandhar, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 04:57 PM IST
After the zonal office transfers the case files to the headquarters, a special task force of the ED may probe the case further
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The BSF personnel from 103rd battalion have also recovered an AK-series rifle and a pistol from the site where these intruders were killed(HT Photo)
The BSF personnel from 103rd battalion have also recovered an AK-series rifle and a pistol from the site where these intruders were killed(HT Photo)

BSF shoots down 5 intruders at Indo-Pak border: How it all happened

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 01:01 PM IST
BSF personnel from the 103rd battalion also recovered an AK-series rifle and a pistol from the site where these intruders were killed near Dall village, officials said.
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Covid patient jumps to death from Amritsar hospital’s second floor, DC marks probe

By Mandeep Kaur Narula | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 17, 2020 07:48 PM IST
46-year-old man from Tarn Taran succumbed to head injuries
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Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh addressing over deaths by illicit alcohol that Police & Excise Depts tasked to nab all responsible, irrespective of their affiliations & position, in Chandigarh on Tuesday.(ANI)
Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh addressing over deaths by illicit alcohol that Police & Excise Depts tasked to nab all responsible, irrespective of their affiliations & position, in Chandigarh on Tuesday.(ANI)

‘Unpardonable act, none will be spared’: CM Amarinder to hooch victims’ families

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai | Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON AUG 07, 2020 05:13 PM IST
The chief minister said properties of those responsible for the “unpardonable act” will also be confiscated.
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A family member next to a patient who is undergoing treatment after allegedly drinking spurious alcohol, at Civil hospital in Tarn Taran, Punjab. (Photo by Sameer Sehgal/ Hindustan Times)
A family member next to a patient who is undergoing treatment after allegedly drinking spurious alcohol, at Civil hospital in Tarn Taran, Punjab. (Photo by Sameer Sehgal/ Hindustan Times)

Six more die due to spurious liquor in Punjab; death toll 110

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai | Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON AUG 03, 2020 09:53 PM IST
So far, the maximum 83 deaths have taken place in Tarn Taran district, followed by 14 in Batala and 13 in Amritsar. The tragedy has been unfolding since Wednesday evening in the three districts.
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File photo of the anti smuggling wing of the police destroying illicit country made liquor near Sutlej river in Ludhiana in June this year.(HT Photo)
File photo of the anti smuggling wing of the police destroying illicit country made liquor near Sutlej river in Ludhiana in June this year.(HT Photo)

Ludhiana police recover 2 lakh litres of spurious liquor, 2 held

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 10:41 PM IST
Police conducted a raid at a spot near the Sutlej riverbank following a tip-off and found the liquor hidden there and made the two arrests
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A senior police official said they have been persuading them to report the death of their family members.(Hindustan Times)
A senior police official said they have been persuading them to report the death of their family members.(Hindustan Times)

Death toll in Punjab spurious liquor tragedy rises to 98

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON AUG 02, 2020 03:31 PM IST
Meanwhile, the Opposition AAP held protests at several places, including Patiala, Barnala, Pathankot and Moga, against the Punjab government.
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Relatives reacts during the cremation of Kirpal Singh, who died after allegedly drinking spurious alcohol, at Muchhal village, Punjab, on August 1, 2020.(AFP)
Relatives reacts during the cremation of Kirpal Singh, who died after allegedly drinking spurious alcohol, at Muchhal village, Punjab, on August 1, 2020.(AFP)

Death toll in Punjab hooch tragedy rises to 86; 7 excise officials, six cops suspended

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2020 10:13 PM IST
Tarn Taran alone accounted for 63 deaths, followed by 12 in Amritsar and 11 in Gurdaspur’s Batala. Till Friday night, the state had reported 39 deaths in the tragedy unfolding since Wednesday night.
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The youngest of the victims was believed to be in his early twenties and the oldest 80 years old(PTI)
The youngest of the victims was believed to be in his early twenties and the oldest 80 years old(PTI)

Spurious liquor kills 41 in Punjab

By HTC and Agencies | Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2020 03:18 AM IST
The deaths took place in Punjab’s Amritsar, Batala and Tarn Taran districts since Wednesday night, according to a statement by the government.
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Amritsar’s rural areas and Tarn Taran’s Mand areas, situated near the river beds of Sutlej and Beas, are major locations where illicit liquor is made.(HT Archive/For Representative Purposes Only)
Amritsar’s rural areas and Tarn Taran’s Mand areas, situated near the river beds of Sutlej and Beas, are major locations where illicit liquor is made.(HT Archive/For Representative Purposes Only)

Illicit liquor trade booms in Majha despite crackdown

By Anil Sharma | Hindustan Times, Amritsar
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2020 12:29 PM IST
The spurt in illicit liquor trade resulted with the liquor in shops getting dearer and increase in unemployment due to the lockdown
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With this, 23 persons have succumbed to Covid-19 in the state so far.(PTI)
With this, 23 persons have succumbed to Covid-19 in the state so far.(PTI)

Covid-19: 3 dead, 109 Nanded returnees among 172 test +ve in Punjab

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 03:11 AM IST
Of the 172 newly detected patients, 109 are those who returned from Takht Hazur Sahib in Nanded, Maharashtra.
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Some of the stranded pilgrims evacuated by Punjab government from Nanded’s Hazur Sahib shrine, in Bathinda on Sunday
Some of the stranded pilgrims evacuated by Punjab government from Nanded’s Hazur Sahib shrine, in Bathinda on Sunday

Punjab to test over 4,000 Nanded pilgrims for virus

By Ravinder Vasudeva and Swapnil Rawal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, Chandigarh/mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2020 01:12 AM IST
On Saturday, people who returned from the Nanded gurudwara made up roughly 52% of Punjab’s 955 Covid-19 cases.
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The HC bench of justice Anil Kshetarpal observed that the cop at the time of the alleged incident was a member of a disciplined force.(REUTERS)
The HC bench of justice Anil Kshetarpal observed that the cop at the time of the alleged incident was a member of a disciplined force.(REUTERS)

HC dismisses plea of Punjab cop accused of demanding bribe

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2020 04:13 AM IST
The HC bench of justice Anil Kshetarpal observed that the cop at the time of the alleged incident was a member of a disciplined force
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Police officials check a marriage palace in wake of Covid-19 in Jalandhar on Saturday.(Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)
Police officials check a marriage palace in wake of Covid-19 in Jalandhar on Saturday.(Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Owners of 4 marriage palaces among six arrested for defying restrictions in Punjab

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times,TARN TARAN, Tarn Taran
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2020 10:16 PM IST
The ban order of the district magistrate prohibits gathering of more than 20 people
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ASI booked for threatening woman constable, her kin

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Tarn Taran, Tarn Taran
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2020 10:36 PM IST
Harpal Singh, who was already married and a father of two, was forcing her for marriage, say police
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Sarpanch’s father-in-law shot at by bike-borne men in Tarn Taran village

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Tarn Taran, Tarn Taran
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2020 09:31 PM IST
The incident took place at around 6 pm when victim Lakhwinder Singh (60) was on his way to home after supervising ongoing development works of the village.
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Illegal sand mining on Beas banks continues unabated in Tarn Taran

By Anil Sharma | Hindustan Times, Tarn Taran, Tarn Taran
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2020 10:25 PM IST
The residents of Gagrewal, Jalalabad and Bhalojala villages in Khadoor Sahib sub-division say they have been complaining to the mining department about the illegal practice for the last one year, but to no avail.
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Tarn Tarn blast: NIA files charge-sheet against 9 accused

By HT Correspondent | Hin dustan Times, Mohali, Mohali
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2020 10:17 PM IST
Vikram Singh, 22, of Kadgill village and Harpreet Singh, 19, of Bachre village were killed, while Gurjant Singh, 27, lost his eyesight in the blast on the outskirts of the Pandori Gola village in Tarn Taran district on September 4.
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Infighting plagues SAD over posts of halqa in-charges in Amritsar

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Amritsar, Amritsar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2020 09:54 PM IST
The infighting assumes added significance in the light of former MLA Amarpal Singh Bony’s recent rejoining of the party.
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Another Shiv Sena leader attacked in Ludhiana, car damaged

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2020 10:41 PM IST
The 45-year-old, Narinder Bhardwaj, said two bike-borne men, with the faces covered, came and hit his car’s windshield with an iron rod
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