Kanchan Vasdev


Pay Rs 1,000 crore to get CCL sanction, Centre tells Punjab
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

The government, on the other hand, is handling the situation arising out of the call given by several farmers organisations to gherao Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s Moti Bagh Palace in Patiala for five days beginning Friday.

Gurdaspur LS by-election: Congress picks Captain loyalist Sunil Jakhar
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Jakhar (63), a three-time MLA from Abohar and a former Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader, was pitted in the intra-party battle against Amarinder’s bête noire and former PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa, whose wife was a claimant for the same ticket

Sunil Jakhar is Congress candidate for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Jakhar, a loyalist of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, was being backed by the CM for his candidature. Although former Punjab Congress president and a protege of Rahul, Partap Singh Bajwa had staked the claim on the ticket for his ex-MLA wife Charanjit Kaur Bajwa.

Cancel auction of sand mines linked to Rana Gurjit: panel
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

The controversial mines included two in Saidpur and Mehadipur in Nawanshahr. Amit Bahadur, who bagged Saidpur mines for Rs 26.51 crore and Kulwinder Pal Singh, who bagged Mehadipur mines for Rs 9.31 crore, were alleged to be fronting for the minister

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh takes a stand against death penalty
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Punjab’s Home Department had put up a file to the Chief Minister Office proposing state’s stand favouring death sentence in “rarest of rare cases.” But the CM disposed of the proposal and has asked the Home department to re-examine the matter.

Punjab government to fund debt waiver with dues from rice mills
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, Finance Secretary Anirudh Tewari and Food Secretary KAP Sinha had marathon meetings throughout the day Tuesday along with other officials.

Farm loan waiver: Punjab looks to Centre, steps up bid to relax norms
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

With just two days left for the Cabinet meet and unrest among farmers organisations growing, state Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal met Arun Jaitley on Monday and pushed for easing the fiscal responsibility and budget management (FRBM) limit.

Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-election: Captain Amarinder Singh meets Sonia Gandhi to discuss contenders
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Sources said Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar had emerged the frontrunner for the seat after Amarinder and Sonia had a 25-minute discussion.

Six months on, Captain’s lieutenants are holding fort
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

A 1983-batch IAS officer, Suresh Kumar, who was pulled out of retirement by Amarinder, is his most trusted bureaucrat. Owing to his closeness to the CM, who has virtually given him a free hand to run the government, Kumar is often referred to as the most powerful man in Punjab today

Gurdaspur LS bypoll: Ticket tussle in Congress continues, Punjab CM likely to meet Sonia Gandhi today
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Sources said Amarinder and Kumari are likely to meet AICC president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Monday and discuss the issue

Partap Singh Bajwa lobbies for wife’s ticket in Delhi, Jakhar camp starts campaign
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

“Jakhar is the PPCC president. He is within all his rights to kick off party’s campaign,” said a party leader, saying his candidature was final and only an announcement was awaited.

Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll: Tug-of-war over ticket pits Bajwa camp against PPCC president Sunil Jakhar’s
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

While Jakhar’s name is largely acceptable to party leaders, his entry in Gurdapur, home turf of Bajwas’ may not be acceptable to the family.

Antiques smuggling in Punjab: State to identify articles missing from its museums
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Randhawa was Director of Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archaeology, Museums and Archives of Punjab till May this year, after which he was shifted to Defence Services Welfare Department.

GST fallout: Punjab government unable to pay salary to its employees
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

Having a fat salary bill of Rs 2,200 crore per month for its 3.5 lakh employees, Punjab has been paying salaries from VAT collections worth Rs 1,400 crore and from state’s share of Rs 700 crore in central taxes every month.

From Rs 5 crore to Rs 300 crore in 10 years: How Gurinder Singh made his fortune
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

He owns 30 properties worth Rs 100 crore in Chandigarh, Mohali, Ludhiana, Patiala and Noida

Antiques smuggling: After DRI letter, Navjot Singh Sidhu writes to CM, seeks inquiry against Randhawa
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

Randhawa, who was issued a show-cause notice by DRI on August 4, had admitted in his statement to the agency that he “assisted” Vijay Nanda, a businessman accused of smuggling antiques, “in procuring a few antiquities.”

After 40, 10 more Congress MLAs ready to sign up seeking action against Majithia
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

The legislators are now preparing a revised representation to include the signatures their interested colleagues. The first representation was submitted to the CM on August 23. On Tuesday, over two dozen met Punjab Congress chief Sunil Kumar Jakhar and urged him to impress upon the Chief Minister to take action against Majithia.

Congress MLAs seek action against Bikram Singh Majithia
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

A delegation of over two dozen Congress MLAs met Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar at Congress Bhavan here for over an hour and discussed the issue. The development is being viewed as building revolt against the government with about 40 MLAs out of a total of 77 seeking action.

Amid succession battle in Dera, all eyes on ex-Cong MLA and Ram Rahim’s relative
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Dera is often held instrumental in his victories. But he could not win Assembly election from Maur this time despite an attempt on his life in a bomb blast. The party was expecting sympathy votes to help him.

Punjab: Congress finds comfort in dera head’s fall
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

\Considering that the dera has its influence in at least 40 Assembly segments out of 117, and five parliamentary constituencies out of 13 in the state, political leaders have always vied for the dera’s support.

Punjab loan waiver: Cabinet considers Haque panel report, to take it up again on Sept 4
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

At the meeting Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa was the first to state that should have given total waiver. Other ministers then are learnt to have joined the chorus.

Justice Gill Commisssion report submitted to CM Amarinder Singh
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Justice Gill Commission was constituted to conduct an inquiry after several number of complaints of cases allegedly due to Akalis excesses.

‘Disappointed at closure of corruption cases’
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Bir Devinder, a former colleague of Amarinder, said Monday that it is shocking that “whistle-blowers like him put their bright political career at stake and yet the institutionalised and mega corruption reigned supreme”.

Gurdaspur LS bypoll: Congress mulls star power
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

THE RULING Congress is looking at a celebrity for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-election after the seat was vacated by the death of Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna. While sources said feelers have been sent to cricketers, including Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh, positive response has not been received from either. The leaders are now looking […]

Murmurs of dissent in Congress over govt move to mark Longowal’s death anniversary
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

While Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered the obervance of martyrdom day, many in the Congress are unhappy as Longowal was linked to the Akali Dal.

Pathankot strike: Punjab sacks errant cop SP Salwinder Singh
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Sources said the order did not make it clear if the state’s Home department would give the officer a notice of three months or salary of three months in case he was to be relieved with immediate effect, which is mandatory as per the rules.

Bypoll near, Gurdaspur gets Independence-Day attention
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat fell vacant on April 27, the day MP Vinod Khanna passed away. According to rules, the bypoll has to take place within six months of the seat falling vacant.

To fund farm loan waiver, Punjab wants its borrowing cap eased
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

The RBI representatives in Mumbai are learnt to have told a high-profile delegation of the Punjab government last Thursday that the “state would have to arrange funds from its own resources/borrowings  for the proposed debt relief scheme.”

Congress MLA Questions Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s Drug Drive
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Dhiman meets Captain, says he will speak out again if nothing changes

After loan waiver, Punjab government mulls waiving interest on loans of all farmers
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

It is yet to be decided whether government will waive Rs 2 lakh of every farmer, irrespective of number of loan accounts he held, or single account of farmer’s choice. In all likelihood, the government would be going ahead with waiver on single account.

Crop stubble burning: Punjab govt to offer $1 million for solution
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

The Punjab government will soon advertise the challenge internationally, offering $1 million to any university, agency, scientist or a private implement manufacturing firm that can come up with a viable solution for pollution-free management of stubble.

Congress can’t find food ‘scam’ it flagged as Opposition
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

During the last session of previous Vidhan Sabha, Jakhar had created a furore by reaching the Assembly on a motorbike, passed off as a truck used to transport grains in government records.

Govt asks Punjab co-op bank to borrow money to pay NABARD
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Agri bank faces poor recovery due to farm loan waiver, state says raise term loan, will pay installment.

Khaira ‘unanimously’ elected AAP’s leader in Punjab House
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Khaira (52), considered a firebrand and a known baiter of Akalis, was seen as “too independent-minded” by the Delhi-based leadership of AAP, which was often accused of virtually running the Punjab unit of AAP from Delhi and sidelining regional leaders.

Punjab coffers empty, Captain Amarinder Singh to meet Arun Jaitley today with bailout plan
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

The state, sources said, will handle the cooperative banks and societies that have lent about Rs 3600 crore to 6 lakh farmers. These banks fall under the purview of the state government.

Nine months after rejecting Prakash Singh Badal’s offer, war widows get same grant from Captain
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

The policy change will be applicable to dependents of martyred soldiers besides permanently disabled soldiers of 1962 Indo-China war, 1965 Indo-Pak war and widows of 1971 Indo-Pak war.