Varinder Bhatia

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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.

Aravalli hills: Despite NGT notice, Haryana gives nod for tree-felling
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

On June 19, the NGT issued the notice on a petition filed by Lt Col (Retd) S S Oberoi against the Haryana government’s sanction for felling trees in the eco-sensitive Aravalli Hills. The next date of hearing is July 3.

S N Dhingra told Haryana to probe Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who says it’s an ‘afterthought’
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Justice Dhingra’s report, sources said, alleged abuse of power and illegal gratification in the grant of licences while citing examples of how approvals were granted or denied in violation of the law and laid-down procedures.

Haryana moves to recover prime Gurgaon land from Rajiv Trust
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

The land, measuring 19477.70 sq m (approximately 4.8 acres) in Khasra No. 71 in the revenue estate of village Ullawas in Gurgaon, was leased to the RGCT in 2009.

NIA probe: Zakir Naik made sister a director, firms routed money
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

From the statements of Nailah, Gazdar and two others, NIA investigators learnt that the main source of funding of Naik’s companies was through “donations” and “zakat money received from donors in India as well as abroad”

How a monk brought children out of slums to schools
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

“My first thought was these children are not going to live long by picking food from the streets. But I did not know how to help them. I did not know much about Indian culture and everyone I spoke to dismissed these children as rag-pickers and thieves," he says.

NIA moves to revoke Zakir Naik’s passport, probe his money trail
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

NIA sources told The Indian Express that it was in September 2012 that Zakir Naik obtained a status of Non-Resident Indian. He left India on May 13, 2016, and has not returned since.

Importance of being Tawang
Fri, Apr 14, 2017

The Dalai Lama’s visit has turned the spotlight on a region beset by the lack of basic amenities. The Indian Express explains the gaps in infrastructure, from poor connectivity, shoddy healthcare to power woes, and the way ahead

Dalai Lama to China: Desist from false propaganda
Sun, Apr 09, 2017

He called Tawang his first home in India as it was his first halt when he escaped from Tibet in 1959.

In Tawang, reincarnation talks on Dalai Lama table
Sat, Apr 08, 2017

China has always held that the next Dalai Lama should be selected with Beijing’s nod, which the current Dalai Lama is against.

Dalai lama reaches Tawang, receives warm welcome
Fri, Apr 07, 2017

Children dressed in traditional attire, holding Tibetan religious flags and prayer scarfs welcomed Dalai Lama on his way to Tawang Monastery.

Bad weather delays Dalai Lama’s Tawang visit
Wed, Apr 05, 2017

The Tibetan spiritual leader was supposed to arrive in Lumla Tuesday morning by helicopter from Guwahati.

Bad weather delays Dalai Lama’s Tawang visit, Lumla unlikely
Tue, Apr 04, 2017

China had objected to the Dalai Lama’s scheduled visit to Tawang and Lumla during his 12-day tour of the Northeast.

Dalai Lama to reach Arunachal Pradesh today, Tawang dresses up to ‘see our God’
Tue, Apr 04, 2017

Dalai Lama's visit has generated a lot of heat with China repeatedly warning India that it would hit bilateral ties significantly.

Bhopal-Ujjain train blast: NIA conducts raids in Kashmir, Hyderabad
Thu, Mar 30, 2017

Accused were in touch with handler in Valley: Investigators

Night before blast on Ujjain train, bid to bomb Pushpak Express failed, NIA was told
Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Official sources said Atif bought three tickets for the Pushpak Express but throughout the journey, they could not find a suitable spot or the right time to plant the bomb.

Wanted to attack UP dargah, Imambara and cleric before Ujjain blast, accused tells NIA
Mon, Mar 27, 2017

NIA sources said Husain, Danish, Atif and Saifullah reached visited the Barabanki dargah in the first week of February and took photographs of the mazar on the mobile phones of Atif and Danish.

Gwal Pahari Land Issue: Ex-FCR’s order puts Haryana govt in spot
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

Malik got charge of FC(R) in August, acted on a representation filed by the same developers and then decided in their favour in September, three days before he relinquished charge of FC(R).

Haryana: Gwal Pahari land issue to rock Assembly
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

Highly placed sources said the state government was likely to order a probe into the issue.

Gurugram ex-DC’s note to successor: High stakes, zero margin of error
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

The note is dated Jan 16, the day Satyaprakash relinquished charge as DC Gurugram, and is addressed to “DC (successor) Gurugram”.

DLF seeks fresh approval from Haryana for land licence still in Robert Vadra firm’s name
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

The BJP government in Haryana is now faced with two options: terminate the licence or to renew it in the name of Skylight.

Haryana steps in to stop loss of 464 acres in Gurgaon
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Sources have confirmed to The Indian Express that it was only over the weekend that the Chief Minister’s office learnt about the implications of the order.

Haryana steps in to stop loss of 464 acres in Gurgaon
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

The January 2 order cancelling the mutation of 464 acres in Gawal Pahari, which was in the name of the MCG, was passed by Satyaprakash T L, then district collector.

The Badals of Punjab
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

From being the country’s youngest ever chief minister in 1970 to its oldest in 2017, 89-year-old Parkash Singh Badal’s hold over Punjab has few parallels. So does the family’s.

Punjab Poll: For once, angry border village weighs options
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

Traditionally Akali, Mohawa now talks of accident that killed seven children, bungled compensation, lack of action against guilty.

Polltime in Patti: Drug rehab centre now a BSF poll camp
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

It can take in 65 patients at a time but, for the elections, it has been turned into a camp for the BSF who arrived Tuesday.