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CCTV cameras fail to curb drugs trade in notorious Hoshiarpur village
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

The police recently installed six CCTV cameras in five streets of the village Denowal Khurd Sansian Basti, which falls under Garhshankar sub-division. These lanes are mainly home to Sansi community members, who are engaged in drug peddling, police said.

Saving paddy crop amid deficient rain hits groundwater table in Punjab
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

According to the Met department around 55 per cent of the total area of the state faced a ‘rain drought’ with scanty and deficient rainfall

‘Honey Bee Queen’ of Punjab Sangeeta Deol dies at 66
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Despite being a marginal farmer, Sangeeta Deol was the pioneer of diversified farming, from bee keeping to dairy farming to vermi-compost

Ahead of Tribunal hearing, Rajasthan activists collect water samples from Punjab
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

The team collected water samples from several drains, Buddha Nullah, a polluted drain in Ludhiana and Sutlej river and also took photographs. It will sumbit a report to the NGT on October 9.

Jalandhar village remembers ace soldier Arjan Singh for his benevolence
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Dalits in Chuharwali, barely 15 km from Jalandhar city on the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur Road, still remember the decorated warrior for his generosity

Amid ups and downs in ties, Chinese students’ Punjabi connect continues
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

“Many of my Punjabi friends offer me their home-made aloo parantha, makki di roti with sarson daa saag, lassi and so many other things. Even their breakfast is so sumptuous, with a lot of variety. I love it,” he said, adding in Hindi: “Balle-Balle Achha Hai (Balle Balle Dance is also my favourite).”

Gurdaspur bypoll: Kavita Khanna, Swaran Salaria on BJP shortlist
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

The second name is of senior BJP leader Swaran Salaria. The meeting was held Saturday evening in Jalandhar under state party president and MoS Vijay Sampla.

Farm pollution: The last straw
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

“The combine that I am using (manufactured by Gurdeep Engineering Works) has the Super-SMS fitment. And it works well,” says this farmer from Kalar Majri in Nabha tehsil of Patiala district.

Punjab to fix and use discarded machines to acquaint schoolkids with computers
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Punjab government had announced computer education at primary school level in the state in its maiden budget in June, and allocated Rs 24 crore for launching the programme.

No grant after May, Punjab schools serve midday meals on credit
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Teachers now claim that the scheme might be discontinued if the grant is not released soon as the ‘shopkeepers, who are providing items on credit, have given them an ultimatum’.

Went to dera to seek votes, will go again if needed: Sadhu Singh Dharamsot
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

The minister was in Phagwara on Sunday to attend a function organised by Sri Ram Naumi Utsav Committee and he also met few journalists at a place of a Congress leader in Jalandhar.

Fearing NCERT cut, Punjabi poet’s admirers set to take his ‘most dangerous’ work to youths
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

Three decades after Punjabi poet Pash wrote “Sabh Ton Khatarnaak (The most Dangerous),” his friends and admirers have decided to launch it as a stand-alone poster to counter efforts by an RSS ideologue to have it removed from the NCERT syllabus.

Pash fans’ counter to Dinanath Batra: A poster with ‘most dangerous’ poem
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

The poster is in the form of an undated calendar, with a photograph of Pash, and a print of the original handwritten copy of Sab Ton Khatarnak in Gurmukhi. The poem was written in 1987, at the height of Sikh militancy.

Loan waiver issue: Punjab farmers threaten to gherao CM’s residence from September 22-26
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

The Punjab government had announced a loan waiver of up to Rs 2 lakh for marginal and small farmers owning land of less than one hectare and up to two hectares, respectively.

Punjab government plans mobile app to curb stubble burning
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

Sources said the app will be on the lines of Ola cab app, using which farmers can get information on availability, use of such machinery across state

Monsoon report card: July not good but August worst for Punjab & Haryana
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

In Punjab, Ferozepur topped the chart with -94 per cent (it was -74 per cent in July) followed by Faridkot district with -88 per cent less rain. In Haryana, Faridabad tops with -84 per cent less rain followed by Palwal and Gurgaon districts with -83 per cent and -82 per cent less rain.

Truck unions disbanded, Punjab govt now wants tractor trailers to ferry paddy harvest
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

Writes to Centre for permission since the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, classifies only trucks in the ‘goods carriage’ category

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s jail sentence brings relief to Punjab Police
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

Several radical Sikh youths were in contact with extremist elements to target Ram Rahim, say police

After Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s fall, other deras in Doaba out to woo his followers
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

Dera Sach Khand Ballan, the biggest dera of Ravidassia community, draws some to begin with

Govt may find it tough to recover dues from rice mills
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

There are over 3000 rice mills in Punjab. Every paddy harvesting season, the state government’s procurement agencies supply paddy to these rice mills for milling (making rice from paddy).

After Ram Rahim sentence, security stepped up in Jalandhar
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Around 1,500 security personnel have been appointed to keep vigil ahead of renowned Sri Sidh Baba Sodal mela in the city, which is scheduled to be held on September 5.

Punjab govt orders identification of Dera assets for relief
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

The directive follows High Court orders that the losses should be compensated by selling the Dera’s properties. The victims have been asked to file claims for compensation within seven days.

Heavy police force deployed at Dera branches in Doaba, Guru Gobind Singh Stadium converted into temporary jail
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

In a bid to maintain law and order situation in the district in the wake of court order, the Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma has declared a holiday in all the educational institutions including government and private schools, colleges and universities of the district on Saturday.

Have to face double loss due to delay, says Punjab sugar mill officials
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Punjab has 16 Sugar Mills including seven private and nine under cooperative sector and all the nine mills have the capacity between 1200 to 1600 Tonnes Crushing Per Day (TCD) except the Bhohpur Cooperative Mill, which is smallest with 1016 TCD capacity.

To manage 197 lakh tonnes padddy stubble, ‘Super SMS’ or incentive to farmers is the best solution: Experts
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

In Punjab only 45 lakh tonnes of paddy straw including nearly 25 lakh tonnes of Basmati rice crop, which is used to make fodder, is being managed currently and remaining 152 Lakh tonnes paddy straw is being burnt in fields.

PSEB’s ‘meritorious students’ flunk Meritorious Schools’ entrance exam yet again
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Only students with 80 per cent marks eligible for test, still nine prestigious schools failed to fill over 900 seats.

School heads must teach too: Punjab Education department
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Similarly, lecturers who are supposed to take senior secondary classes - Class XI and XII - have been directed to take up the classes from VI to X also if they have been assigned lesser than prescribed periods by the government

Bhola drugs case: ED takes over two attached properties of key accused
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had attached a total of 11 companies worth Rs 85 crore belonging to Chuni Lal Gaba ands his three sons, who are also accused in this case. In this case, ED had already questioned Phillaur, his son and Avinash Chander.

Punjab Chief Secretary calls upon officials to do online courses available on World Bank website
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

A senior IAS said many mega government projects are plagued by delays and cost overruns, thereby burdening the exchequer. “Such courses will help officers develop a professional outlook towards the project management and procurement functions.”

Circle Education Offices in Punjab on verge of closure
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

THE CIRCLE Education Offices (CEOs) in the state seem to be on the verge of closure as the entire clerical staff is being transferred to District Education Offices (DEOs) and Block Primary Education Offices (BPEOs) on the pretext of staff shortage there. Also the department is of the opinion that there was no need for […]

70 years on, quest for India-Pakistan peace continues
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

The ‘Quest for Peace’ meeting backed by several organisations, also passed a resolution calling on both nations to ensure that all three main border links between East and West Punjab are opened for trade and travel.

‘Teachers will only teach, won’t handle dak’, says Punjab school education secretary
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

In the letter, DEOs have been asked to ensure that teachers in their respective districts should only teach.

Crop Residue Burning: Submit action plan within a week, NGT tells Punjab govt
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Advocate Kapila said the NGT, while hearing the case Friday, said it had never directed the state government about the compulsory attachment of the SMS but directed Punjab government counsel to ensure proper management of it and help the farmers to stop the burning of it in the fields.

Poor rate of Basmati reduces cultivating area to half
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Plunged from 8.61 L hectares in 2014 to 4.5 L hectares this year

Crop diversification: When farmers’ incentives clash with policymakers goals
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

The Punjab government has sought to bring 5 lh area in the state under maize, as part of the original plan of reducing paddy area by 12 lh between 2012-13 and 2017-18.

Punjab Education Department staffers to face action for delaying work
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

“All our services records including ACRs, ACP are with our respective DEO offices. Whenever we go there to get the records, which are required for our promotions, we are harassed by the office clerks and the superintendent badly,” said a teacher from Jalandhar.