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Mounting farm debt: Meet today to discuss measures
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

A meeting of agriculture department officials and Cabinet ministers will be held on July 25 to discuss whether a new/amended law in the Vidhan Sabha in connection with the mounting debt on farmers is needed.

Tomato prices go from Rs 60 to over Rs 90 a kg in days, supply from key states affected
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

The prices is unlikely to change for at least two more weeks till the crop is not received from key tomato growing places including Nashik in Maharashtra.

Admission to meritorious Punjab govt schools: 1,400 out of 4,100 seats still lying vacant as even toppers fail to crack entrance exam
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

The exam was based on their Class X results. The purpose of the test was to get meritorious students on the basis of merit in these schools as the number of seats was less compared to the number of students with 80 per cent and above marks.

Hoshiarpur central jail: Day after clash, 10 prisoners sent to separate cells
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

It is learnt that all the 10 gangsters who were earlier lodged in the block number 12 and 13 had made a plan to free a gangster, Gurpreet Singh alias Laddi, who was lodged in block number eight.

GST in, high demand for ‘qualified’ accountants
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

With GST in place, the number of firms have increased 9-10 times under the tax ambit. Now, any business with Rs 20 lakh turnover will fall under tax regime.

Hoshiarpur land scam: Vigilance Bureau summons senior BJP leader’s son
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

VB sources informed that money was allegedly transferred to the account of same firm by Parteek Gupta, a key accused in the scam who was arrested from the Delhi Airport recently. SS Engineering had received Rs 1.75 crore on May 2, 2016 and Rs 75 lakhs on May 5, 2016, just before the unearthing of this scam in June last year.

‘Punjab Forest dept to distribute 25 free saplings to institutes this fiscal’
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Around 40,000 trees have bene felled for Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar-Barnala four-lane projects, 25,000 along the Bist Doaba Canal, which starts from Ropar and ends in Doaba region, in the name of concreting its sides.

‘Underpaid, overworked’, 16 new JEs quit in 6 months from Punjab State Power Corporation Limited
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

A newly-appointed JE, who has already resigned, said that most of those who recently took up the job are highly qualified engineers, and very few are diploma holders.

Farmers in Punjab spend 30 per cent share of loans on domestic needs, health and education
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

It has come to light that though the farmers have incurred major debt for purchasing farm implements but domestic needs are the second major purpose of debt incurred by marginal farmers (having less than one hectare of land) and small farmers (up to two hectares).

Fading aroma: Basmati’s latest challenge
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

The AIREA workshops have been focusing on educating farmers about the EU decision and advising them to spray Tricyclazole just once before the ‘boot leaf’ stage, while the developing panicle is still to emerge from the stem.

Punjab: ‘Oldest’ convict passes away at 98
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

In January, Assa Singh, who was sentenced to jail at the age of 93, was acquitted by SC in 30-year-old robbery case

Days After HC Nod To Preserve ‘Godman’ Body: Cong, BJP leaders attend Nurmahal dera’s Guru Purnima event
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

A huge stage was set up with a poster of Ashutosh Maharaj, whose body has been kept at the dera premises in a deep freezer-like chamber, being placed on there. Several life-size portraits of DJJS founder were placed around the venue for the religious congregation.

Mechanised paddy sowing hits a new low in Punjab this year
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

While agriculture department officials say farmers find raising a paddy nursery for transplanters a cumbersome process, farmers express ignorance and lack of training about this method.  The technique saves a time, labour and cuts inputs costs by nearly Rs 2,500 per acre compared to the traditional method.

High land lease rates pushing Malwa farmers into debt trap
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

Malwa, which reports 90% farmer suicides in Punjab, has 25-30% higher lease rent on farm land

Storm hits power supply in 90 Punjab villages
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

The affected villages have also been reeling under a power outage due damage to local power stations, including a 66 KV sub-station.

Ashutosh Maharaj followers hail HC decision
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

The body of Ashutosh Maharaj aka Mahesh Kumar Jha has been preserved in a freezer-like chamber at the dera at Nurmahal ever since he was pronounced “clinically dead” on January 28, 2014

GST stumps sports goods industry in Jalandhar
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

Vijay Kumar, who is a manufacturer and trader of shuttles, footballs, and gym equipment said there is around 90 per cent dip in the demand as even big buyers are not placing orders at the moment. He added that goods were also not being sold right now due to confusion over the tax system.

Hoshiarpur land scam: Key accused arrested in Delhi
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

According to the vigilance department, Prateek had bought two plots measuring around 221 marla at Khawaspur village in Hoshiarpur just a day before the notification of the property to be acquired for the purpose of four-laning project by NHAI.

Farmer organisations from Punjab to join Mandsaur protest march
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

The protest march will reach ‘Jantar mantar’ in Delhi on July 18 and will focus on only two main issues — “total loan waiver for all farmers and providing one-and-half times more price of the total production cost of the crop”.

Day after GST rollout: Wholesale and retail traders struggle as confusion reigns in Jalandhar
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

GST rollout: Both retail and wholesale markets bore a near deserted look with buyers and sellers trying to comprehend the new tax system and its ramification on the prices and the accompanying procedure.

GST rollout: Tax on farm implements, fertilisers and pesticides spooks farmers, industry alike
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

Punjab accounts for 25 per cent of the country’s Rs 40,000-crore farm implements manufacturing industry, including the Rs 24,000-crore tractor manufacturing industry.

FIR filed for two AK-47s missing from police station where cop held in drugs case was posted
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

The two AK-47s of Kartarpur police station were found missing when records of weapons were checked after Inderjit’s arrest. The STF had arrested Inderjit on June 12 in a drugs case and subsequently recovered arms and ammunition from his residences.

Bhagwant Mann presents 20 youths he ‘brought back’ from Saudi, praises Sushma Swaraj
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

While Mann appreciated the efforts of External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj in the matter, he accused the Indian Embassy in Saudi of not listening to appeals for help from these boys. The youths were allegedly duped by travel agents with promise of jobs.

‘A dozen farmers have ended life in Punjab since loan waiver announcement on June 19’
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

A dozen farmers have committed suicide in Punjab from June 19 to June 27, according to data collected by farmer organisations. Farmers who committed suicides had debt ranging from Rs 3 to 15 lakh from both institutional and non-institutional creditors.

Livestock economics: No more cows to come home for these farmers
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Punjab’s unique cattle breeding-cum-milk sale dairying model is under threat from gau rakshak activism and the Centre’s new animal trading rules. Randhawa and Gill are amongst Punjab’s many dairy farmers who have made the state into a major supplier of not just milk, but also milch animals.

Jalandhar village celebrates Palbinder Kaur Shergill’s rise as Canada SC judge
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

The family’s house, which was constructed in early seventies and now needs some repair, is situated in a narrow lane from where they run a charitable computer training and a stitching centre for the small children and poor women, respectively.

Sikh woman from Jalandhar village picked as Canada Supreme Court judge
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Already, most of the the 19 Indian-origin members of the Canadian Parliament are Punjabis.

Waive our loans too: Agricultural labourers
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

The general secretary of Punjab Khet Mazdoor (PKM) union, said there were nearly 15 lakh agricultural labourer families across the Punjab and almost all are under an average debt of Rs 70,036.

Kapurthala: Youth poisons three sisters, brother before killing self
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Youngest sister who took a bite of burger laced with poison survives along with cousin while her siblings, including the eldest who gave the food, die

Five siblings poisoned in Punjab, brother’s role suspected
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

A purported suicide note recovered from Abhimanyu’s pocket cited the family’s poor financial situation as the reason behind the “inhumane act’’.

Punjab Budget 2017-18: Teachers in state deny passing grade to budget
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

During his speech Manpreet said that a ‘new educational policy’ would be brought out soon aimed at building a highly skilled society based upon providing equal opportunity in foundational education.

Punjab Budget 2017-18: Experts welcome ‘small’ first step, farmer bodies warn of ‘massive struggle’
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

The estimated collective debt of farmers in Punjab is around Rs 90,000 crore.

ED likely to probe money laundering angle
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

As STF has started collecting the details of the recovery of drug consignments from the police stations where Inderjit was posted over the past decade.

Badal’s home district of Mukatsar Sahib tops list of 7 districts in farmer suicides
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

Ironically, of the seven districts, the highest number of suicides (692) was reported from Mukatsar Sahib, the home district of Parkash Singh Badal who has been the CM for five terms.

Army jawan killed in Pak firing was to visit home June-end
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Bakhtawar was killed when Pakistan opened unprovoked firing on Indian Army Post at Nowshehra around 5:15 am on Friday.

Farmers meet expert panel over loan waiver demand
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

They also sought transparency while extending such loans and the documents of the farmers that are with the financiers/commission agents such as bank cheques, stamp papers, agreements etc.