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Hina Rohtaki


Hina Rohtaki is a Principal Correspondent with The Indian Express, Chandigarh. She tweets @HinaRohtaki

Express impact: Families get a call from admn, and benefits
Fri, May 20, 2022

Rajni, whose case was reported by Express on Tuesday, was called for help to apply for the compensation of Rs 50,000 that she hadn’t been able to get for a year

Mother dons role of security guard, son takes tuitions to fund course fee
Fri, May 20, 2022

For two months after the death, Kusum and her children got free ration—sugar, tealeaves, atta and oil-- but it stopped soon.

A widow’s ordeal: 2 children, no help from administration
Thu, May 19, 2022

Jyoti lost her husband to Covid-19 on May 12, 2021, during the second wave. Ever since, it has been a lone journey in despair with little help from anyone, least of all the administration.

From Chandigarh to Haridwar, a family forced into penury
Wed, May 18, 2022

The city of her dreams has become unattainable with the rent of the tiny house in Sarangpur where the family used to live, shooting up from Rs 3000 to Rs 5000.

Denied Covid relief, family struggles for survival
Tue, May 17, 2022

Living on rent at Dhanas, Anmol and his mother Rajni did their best to procure the required documents such as death certificate, but could not get the promised compensation.

Mann shouldn’t interfere in city affairs: BJP
Fri, May 13, 2022

City BJP chief Arun Sood stated that the “AAP wanted to control Chandigarh from Punjab and the CM’s interference in the Chandigarh Administration will not be tolerated”.

Who’ll remove these VIP encroachments?
Wed, May 11, 2022

A visit to sectors 7 and 16 that have houses of bureaucrats and other government functionaries showed how the entire footpaths or pathways have been blocked by developing green belts by officers not only from Chandigarh but also from Punjab and Haryana.

Explained: What Chandigarh’s advertisement control Act says about posters, banners in city
Tue, May 10, 2022

Congress' Punjab president, Amrinder Warring, was the first member of a political party to be actually slapped with a fine by the Chandigarh civic corporation under the Advertisement Control Act last month. We take a closer look at the Act.

Manish Tewari bid to test Chandigarh waters sparks buzz on seat, AAP switch
Thu, May 05, 2022

In Parliament's recent sessions, Tewari has strongly raised issues pertaining to Chandigarh, whether it was to protest the demolition of Chandigarh’s largest slum colony or to oppose the proposal to privatise Chandigarh's electricity utility department.

Chandigarh defers move to restrict unvaccinated kids from attending physical classes
Wed, May 04, 2022

Parents in Chandigarh had expressed vaccine hesitation and had requested the administration to relook its directives. However, the review was done only after the Supreme Court’s orders Monday.

‘Vaccine can’t be forced on individual’: Post-SC vaccine order, UT may review move on unvaccinated kids
Tue, May 03, 2022

With the apex court on Monday stating that ‘vaccine cannot be forced on an individual’, the Chandigarh Administration may now be relooking at its orders of restricting unvaccinated children from attending physical classes from May 4. The Supreme Court on Monday observed that no individual in the country could be forced to get vaccinated and […]

Illegal colony grows, captures 65 acres in 40 years, gets power connection; UT admin says don’t know how
Tue, May 03, 2022

About 35 acres of the land belongs to the forest department and 30 acres to the Estate Office and engineering wing, UT Assistant Estate Officer, Harjeet Sandhu, said.

Chandigarh reclaims 65 acres of land as the oldest slum of city, Colony No. 4, razed to ground
Mon, May 02, 2022

The residents at the site said that the electricity and water supply connections were cut off in the wee hours, before the demolition, which is when they understood that they must quickly vacate their dwellings.

P’kula suffers power cuts for 8 hrs, Mohali sweats it out too
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

“The entire system from root to the top is a big mess. There is absolutely no contingency planning by the power department. Now we want the electricity department to be privatised,” said Goel.

Lack of political intrusion helps city retain its character envisioned by Le Corbusier
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

At present, for every little change, the administration has to refer to the Edict of Chandigarh, which was prescribed by Le Corbusier, the planner of Chandigarh.

Chandigarh to seek help of French experts in preserving its 12,000 heritage items
Wed, Apr 27, 2022

While speaking to The Indian Express, UT Adviser Dharam Pal said, “I was informed that an inventory was prepared for all heritage items and there are about 12,000 such items including chairs, heritage manhole covers, etc.”

Chandigarh allows delinking of violations from transfer of properties
Sat, Apr 23, 2022

With this move, 65,000 families would now benefit, and at present, around 2,000 applications are pending. It was stated that the transferee would now have to submit an affidavit in this regard.

New Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring fined Rs 29,000 for ‘illegal hoardings’
Sat, Apr 23, 2022

According to the municipal corporation, 13 posters and banners — including three big ones — were detected by them to have been put up illegally. They were removed by the anti-encroachment wing of the corporation.

Tale of mismanaged finances of Chandigarh civic body
Fri, Apr 22, 2022

Experts pointed out that without the grants being received from the Centre as grant-in-aid, it will become difficult for the UT civic body to even pay salaries of its employees.

Cost of Assembly: More taxes as central funds stop
Thu, Apr 21, 2022

A resolution to this effect was passed during a special House meeting of the Chandigarh civic body on April 7, during which 13 BJP councillors voted in favour.

Legislative Assembly in Chandigarh: Area too small for move, say experts
Tue, Apr 19, 2022

Chandigarh is one of the smallest Union Territories of the country, much smaller than Puducherry in terms of area. Hina Rohtaki talks to legal experts to find how having a legislative Assembly in Chandigarh seems like a impractical move.

Chandigarh policy in the works: Dedicated zones for cars, hefty fines for street parking
Sat, Apr 16, 2022

Officials estimated that at present, there are houses which have three cars per family on an average, sometimes even more, while having parking space for just one or two vehicles.

Chandigarh’s draft cycling policy The need for a policy, infrastructure, incentives
Thu, Apr 14, 2022

Special incentives like half-a-day earned leave credited for every seven days cycled, or half-a-day casual leave granted every week, commendation certificates, awards for using cycle to commute, are some of the incentives mentioned in the policy.

AAP stalling UT’s development: Mayor
Thu, Apr 14, 2022

BJP councillor and Chandigarh Mayor Sarabjit Kaur stated that AAP is stalling development works in Chandigarh, by not submitting the list of works she had sought from all councillors.

Swachh Survekshan: Chandigarh ranks 6 in citizen feedback
Wed, Apr 13, 2022

Under the citizens’ voices that are being submitted, Chandigarh is among the top five states and UTs where it was also found that maximum Swacch Survekshan conversations were taking place on the internet.