Varinder Bhatia

Articles By Varinder Bhatia

Soon, QR codes for Haryana buildings

The government has already begun a drone-based Geographic Information Survey (GIS) to analyse all residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and vacant properties in the state.

After Bhupinder Hooda assertion, Haryana Congress chief says none above party

Tanwar and Hooda have been at loggerheads for long, and at the heart of the latter’s unhappiness is the Congress high command’s reluctance to replace Tanwar with a person of his choice as the state unit chief.

Haryana poll campaign: Hooda says Congress has lost its way, backs govt move on Article 370

With Haryana set to go to polls in October, Bhupinder Singh Hooda's supporters have been putting pressure on the party high command to make him the state party chief, replacing incumbent Ashok Tanwar.

Explained: Why Bhupinder Hooda is in a rebellion mode

Infighting and lack of synergy within Congress in Haryana has always been its bugbear but it has only gotten worse in the last few years. There are at least five groups within the Haryana Congress, with Hooda-camp being the most powerful in terms of politics.

Marred by mass desertions, oppn parties may opt for grand alliance

The two main opposition parties in Haryana - Congress and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) - have suffered major blows in the last six months with more than 30 of their leaders, including sitting and former MPs and MLAs, deserting them to join the ruling BJP.

With Sonia Gandhi back as Congress chief, Haryana unit hopes to settle infighting

Haryana Assembly polls are due in October. Ever since Congress’ former president Rahul Gandhi stepped down after party’s humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, the chinks within the Haryana Congress, mainly between Bhupinder Singh Hooda and state president Ashok Tanwar factions, had started getting wider.

Explained: Why Haryana Assembly will be different this time?

A number of MLAs have switched sides over the last three months - the defections majorly affecting prime opposition party Indian National Lok Dal resulting in its leader Abhay Chautala losing the post of LoP. The Indian Express explains the uncertainty and reasons that led to this situation in the Vidhan Sabha

Haryana family ID scheme: Govt modifies July 22 order, says sharing family details ‘voluntary’

The government has now communicated to the employees that it is “voluntary” and “not mandatory” for them to disclose their family details under the PPP-family ID scheme.

To plug doctors’ shortage, Haryana govt plans separate cadre, better pay scales

Haryana’s Health Department is facing shortage of specialists due to lesser number of specialists joining HCMS and a large number of specialists leaving government sector due to postings/duties outside their specialised field.

Explained: Haryana govt’s new policy for opening a guest house in the state

The Haryana government has come out with a fresh policy for setting up "Guest/Boarding Houses" in residential zones across the state. Guesthouses or boarding houses can be opened on residential plots of at least 500 square yards (420 square metres or 1 kanal).

Facing disqualification, four MLAs tell Speaker: ‘Never left INLD’

The four MLAs are Dushyant’s mother Naina Chautala (representing Dabwali), Anoop Dhanak (Uklana), Pirthi Singh (Narwana) and Rajdeep Phogat (Dadri).

On table in Haryana: Creche in offices with 50 or more employees

Aiming to amend the Haryana Maternity Benefit Rules 1967, the draft states that the facility will accommodate children under the age of six years. It also says the move will cover regular, temporary, daily wage, contractual and consultant employees.

Haryana Congress convener lashes out at senior leaders: ‘I am ruthless, whoever comes in the way will be set aside’

The conflict comes at a time when the Haryana Congress is suffering from intense infighting in the run-up to Vidhan Sabha polls scheduled in October.

Rahul Gandhi’s resignation casts shadow on Congress in poll-bound Haryana

Haryana Congress leaders are now on their own with no organisational strategy for the upcoming Vidhan Sabha Polls in place. Three meeting held in the last one month between the party high-command and the state unit had yielded zero results.

In Dharamshala, a recovery centre for drug addicts, by drug addicts

Located in the foothills of picturesque Dhauladhar range in the middle of fields on Dharamshala’s Khanyara road, the multi-storey recovery centre is all set to be inaugurated this September.

Haryana revises minimum area norms for colony licences

As Haryana Cabinet Tuesday approved the proposed minimum area norms, senior officers of the Town and Country Planning department told The Indian Express that the decision to revise the area norms was taken because of the poor response received during the last five years.

Bid to attract developers: Khattar govt revises norms for licence to build colonies

The reduction in certain categories is one-fourth (from 100 acres to 25 acres).

Blood Lines

The feud began in April 2017 during the sarpanch elections. Balbir’s son Praveen and Krishan, who, according to villagers, has a reputation as a “hot head”, were supporting different candidates. The two got into an argument, followed by a scuffle.

In letter to Haryana CM Khattar, Ashok Khemka seeks High Court order’s compliance

The officer had sought to expunge the adverse remarks made by Khattar in his annual performance appraisal report (PAR) of the year 2016-2017 and restoration of the overall grade of 9.92 as was given by the Reviewing Authority.

Performance Appraisal Report: In letter to Khattar, Ashok Khemka seeks compliance of HC order

The officer had sought to expunge the remarks by Khattar in his annual performance appraisal report for 2016-17 and restoration of the overall grade of 9.92 as given by the Reviewing Authority.