Varinder Bhatia

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How Haryana lost a decades-long battle for prime land in NCR heart
Fri, Apr 20, 2018

What is the story of these 464.6 acres in the Gwal Pahari gram panchayat area, close to the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road?

Simply Put: What now in Gurgaon after SC restores acquisition?
Wed, Mar 14, 2018

Haryana announced land acquisition in 2004, withdrew it in 2007 after owners had already sold cheap to builders. It was fraud, apex court said on Monday.

Journalist who protested PM Modi visit to Canada part of Trudeau delegation
Fri, Feb 23, 2018

In April 2015, pictures of Saini holding banners that said, “Modi is a Terrorist”, “Modi you are not welcome in Canada” and “India out of Khalistan” with Air India One in the background had gone viral during Modi's state visit to Canada.

Manesar land scam: Bhupinder Singh Hooda dropped land takeover after request from Ghulam Nabi Azad, says CBI
Fri, Feb 23, 2018

Within four months of the request, the land was dropped from the acquisition process and Hooda approved the grant of licence to the developer on November 25, 2007. The licence, the CBI said, was issued to the developer on May 7, 2008.

Manesar land scam: Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s officer profited via property sale, says CBI
Wed, Feb 21, 2018

The CBI has called it a “suspect transaction” and alleged that this Rs 80 lakh loss borne by the couple was “nothing but a reward to Chhatar Singh”.

Padmaavat releases today, Haryana govt is silent, wary
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

Ahead of Padmaavat's release, the government issued prohibitory orders around cinemas/multiplexes across Haryana and deployed additional forces.

Haryana: Recent crimes against women raise questions about Khattar’s ‘Beti bachao, beti padhao’ efforts
Mon, Jan 22, 2018

The Khattar government's focus on increasing the piety index of the state, with all the focus on the Gita, Saraswati and cow protection, does not seem to have brought down the crime graph.

Beyond the news: Sweeping changes in always-happy Bhutan, what Surveys show
Mon, Jan 08, 2018

For, the country’s stunning growth rate is largely “jobless”. The working age population is estimated at 506,611, and the labour force participation is 61%.

Like Congress, like BJP: Nine prime acres for a song — this time for Gita Research Centre
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

In official government records, the land’s value is shown as Rs 50 lakh per acre. The current market price is estimated at around Rs 6 crore per acre.

On Dera Sacha Sauda’s periphery, two villages that shunned the baba
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Villagers say there was bitterness against Gurmeet Ram Rahim after they were ‘intimidated, forced’ to sell land

Dera head, son fell out over Honeypreet’s proposal to merge their businesses
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Officials investigating the Dera said that Honeypreet’s insistence that Ram Rahim’s son Jasmeet merge his Kings brand biscuits with the Dera’s MSG products led to a fall out between father and son.

WhatsApp used to gather stone pelters, many admins abroad: NIA
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Among WhatsApp groups under the scanner are the likes of “valley of tears”, “pulwama rebels”, “daftare surat auliyan sophiyan”, “FrEEdom FigHtErz”, “Tehreek E Azaadi123”, “Mugahideen-a-Islam”, “Al Jahad”, etc.

Dera empire under HC scanner after Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh sentence
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

Early estimates indicate dera assets could be worth Rs 1,100 crore in Haryana

Dera violence: Under all-round fire, Haryana CM lauds top officials for a ‘job well done’
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

Sources said it was only after Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted last evening and “strongly condemned” the violence in Haryana that Khattar left his residence and reached Panchkula.

High Court castigates Haryana Govt, says CM Manohar Lal Khattar is protecting Dera Sacha Sauda
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh convicted in rape case: On Friday, violence erupted in Panchkula, parts of Haryana, Punjab and even in Delhi after a CBI court convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of rape.

Seven days, swelling crowd, High Court warning: How Haryana’s Khattar govt ignored vital signs
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

Today’s violence, given its sudden flare-up and intensity, was startling — but hardly surprising. When Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar appealed for calm a few minutes before the verdict, it was clearly too little, too late.

Twice bitten, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar is not third-time shy
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

The Khattar government’s approach to the present crisis has been exactly the same. The Haryana government got its first warning on August 18, when hundreds of dera followers thronged the CBI court in Panchkula expecting that the verdict in the case would be pronounced on that day.

How a Punjabi billionaire saved many Indians from execution/ imprisonment in UAE
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

Thousands of Indians travel to the UAE in search of a better life. A tiny minority land up in prison, caught up in crime and debt. A Punjabi billionaire has saved 70-odd such men from execution or life imprisonment. Why SPS Oberoi is the best hope for their desperate families.

Chandigarh’s Elante Mall sale on the cards, US firm likely buyer
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Carnival Group are in talks with global investment major Blackstone which is a multinational firm founded in 1985 by US-based billionaire and current chairman and chief executive officer Stephen A Schwarzman, and Peter G. Peterson.

On Khattar’s Twitter timeline: No word on lynching
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

The Twitter handle @mlkhattar, belonging to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is silent on the alleged lynching of 15-year-old Hafiz Junaid, who was stabbed to death on board a Mathura-bound train in Faridabad on Friday evening.

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