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Suresh Kumar rejoins office as Amarinder Singh’s chief principal secretary
Tue, Feb 20, 2018

The development comes five days after the Punjab and Haryana High Court had stayed its earlier orders setting aside Suresh Kumar's appointment.

11 months after nod from Cabinet, Punjab to notify transport policy
Tue, Feb 20, 2018

Punjab is all set to notify the transport policy by cancelling 7,000 permits and 2,000 destination extension permits identified by the government as 'illegal'.

Manpreet Singh Badal objects to sand mining department’s demand for ‘army of staff’
Fri, Feb 16, 2018

As Badal raised the objection stating that he found it difficult to understand why the department needed more than 10 times the existing staff when it was functioning with 36 employees.

Fund crunch: To break out of debt cycle, Punjab govt ropes in top public finance institute
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

Burdened by a huge debt of Rs 2.08 lakh crore,a fat salary bill of over Rs 20,000 crore, power subsidy that has crossed Rs 11,500 crore this fiscal and a loan against food grain scam worth Rs 31,000 crore, he state is struggling to get out of the debt cycle.

Maur Mandi bomb blast: Waiting for probe to be completed, says Congress
Sat, Feb 10, 2018

While the police is yet to go on record about the link of the car with Dera Sacha Sauda, it has confirmed that two accused arrested by the police were associated with the dera.

Punjab government borrows Rs 600 crore to pay pending salaries of employees
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

Talking about the pending bill of Rs 4,000 crore towards power subsidy, Manpreet said, “Out of this Rs 4,000 crore, Rs 3,000 crore has been inherited by us. Only Rs 1,000 crore is pending. We made sure during this fiscal that we keep bills cleared.”

Next AICC session likely in Punjab: Captain Amarinder Singh, Sunil Jakhar to meet Rahul Gandhi today
Wed, Feb 07, 2018

A Congress leader said the two-day session is usually held in a state-ruled by the party. It entails expenditure worth crores as besides the party function, boarding a lodging arrangements of delegates are also to be made by state unit of the party.

After Suresh Kumar’s ouster by HC, Punjab begins search for new CPS
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

Sources in the government told The Indian Express that Financial Commissioner (Revenue) Vini Mahajan was being considered for the post. 

Ready to meet Canadian PM, but not his ministers: Captain Amarinder Singh
Sun, Feb 04, 2018

"Trudeau is a nice man. Everybody likes him. He is most welcome to come to Punjab. I am ready to meet him. I have no issues with him. I have issues with some of his ministers," said Amarinder Singh.

Punjab: Land use curbs extended in 15 Mohali villages under lens
Sat, Feb 03, 2018

The 15 villages where the notification was extended for next 15 years include Nada, Karoran, Parachh, Maajrian, Soonk, Chhoti-Bari Naggal, Siswan, Pallanpur, Dulwan, Boorana, Tarapur Majri, Sultanpur, Majra, Paraul and Gochar, other than the delisted areas.

Union Budget 2018: Economists, farmers in Punjab fear MSP hike promise may be ‘jumla’
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Punjab’s Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said the promise did not mean much. “The devil is in the cost of production and how they calculate it. A member of Niti Ayog, Ramesh Chand, has suggested a formula. If they follow it, it will be fine. Otherwise we cannot say anything at this juncture.”

Curbs on land use to stay in Shivalik foothills where Punjab CM bought 6 acres
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

CM Amarinder Singh directs officials to re-issue PLPA notification

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh calls off Harvard visit
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh was among several eminent Indians invited to speak at the February 10-11 India Conference organised by students of Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.

Budget 2018 — Raise net borrowing limit for states by 1 per cent: Punjab Finance Minister
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

Budget 2018: Punjab Finance Minister speaks to The Indian Express on his wishlist from Centre ahead of the Union Budget

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh buys 6 acres near Sukhbir’s resort for Rs 3.5 crore
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

Official records show that Amarinder Singh bought the land in Palanpur village, measuring 28 bigha and 5 biswa, under his own name for Rs 3.5 crore on January 3.

Sand mining links: Over 30 Congres MLAs under CM Amarinder Singh’s lens
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

Sources said the MLAs whose names figured in the list were mainly from the Malwa and Majha regions.

‘Hurt’ Navjot Singh Sidhu attends Cabinet meeting, vents his ire again
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

Also, Sidhu’s meeting with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi earlier this year where the former BJP MP touched his feet had not gone down well with the Congress leaders

Went to meet Sidhu…was humiliated, says Cabinet minister Tript Bajwa
Wed, Jan 24, 2018

An upset Bajwa told The Indian Express, “I should be angry. I was humiliated. I went to Sidhu’s Amritsar residence at 8 am thinking I would seek his forgiveness if I had made a mistake. But I was not even let in. We are not enemies.”

Sand mine row: Amarinder meets Rahul, accepts Rana Gurjit’s resignation
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Amarinder would take charge of Rana’s portfolios, for the time being, said a state government statement. In his resignation letter, Rana Gurjit said, the controversy surrounding it in recent months left him with no option but to resign in the interest of his party.

Punjab CM accepts state Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh’s resignation
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Rana Gurjit was caught up in a controversy related to sand mine auction in May. His two ex employees had bagged sand mines in the first-ever auction done by the Congress-led government.

Punjab and Haryana HC scraps appointment of Punjab CM’s chief principal secretary
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

The court said records showed that “overriding powers” had been vested in the retired IAS officer to enable him to take decisions regarding important departments like Home, Vigilance, Personnel, Finance and other

Rahul Gandhi to take final call on Rana Gurjit’s resignation: Captain Amarinder Singh
Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Sources said Rana Gurjit had met the Chief Minister personally at the latter’s residence to put in his papers.

At centre of sand mine row, Punjab Minister Rana Gurjit Singh quits
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

A series of reports in The Indian Express had highlighted the alleged links of Rana Gurjit with firms involved in the sand mine auction.

Top cop who probed Amarinder Singh’s adviser booked in assets case after retirement
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

Chahal, who was the media adviser to CM during Amarinder’s last stint from 2002 to 2007, was booked in a disproportionate assets case in June 2007, during SAD-BJP regime.

Won on Rs 23-cr bid, sand mine linked to Rana Gurjit lies idle, no one knows why
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

Unlike two other mines, this one is not under probe

Punjab: Six months after Capt’s promise, govt yet to notify farm loan waiver for suicide victims
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

As several farmers and farm labourers, who committed suicide, were in debt from commission agents, the government is in a fix to address the issue.

Punjab CM to kick off debt waiver exercise at Mansa today
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

Though the total number of beneficiaries was pegged at 10.25 lakh by the government, only 5.63 lakh farmers have been identified so far for the purpose.

Punjab’s farm loan waiver: Disquiet in Congress over party leaders being ignored in selection of beneficiaries
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

The state government has decided to roll out its scheme from Mansa on January 7 under which loans worth Rs 170 crore would be waived off formally. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh would be handing over the certificate to the farmers.

CM Amarinder Singh, Rahul Gandhi meet on Cabinet expansion deferred
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

Sources said that the CM had developed fever and had to be flown back to Chandigarh. The discussion on Cabinet expansion would now be taken up some other time.

Did not know Gurinder Singh’s antecedents, did not probe further: Justice Narang
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

Justice Narang, however, claimed that he was not aware that money was returned on May 25, the day the alleged sand mine auction scam was first exposed. Meanwhile, neither CM Amarinder Singh nor PPCC president Sunil Jakhar have reacted on the issue.

Sand mining bids in Punjab: Minister asked for probe, his department continued to pay contractor under the scanner
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

The minister released the letter to the media following a report in The Indian Express that Gurinder Singh had partially funded a sand mine auction bid by Rajbir Enterprises, a company with which the minister has financial transactions, and whose directors and partner are all known to him

Two scams in Punjab linked by a Rs 5-crore money transfer
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

Rajbir Enterprises has two managing partners — Sahil Singla and Sanjeet Singh Randhawa, son of Rana Gurjit’s friend Capt J S Randhawa.

Punjab Cabinet to discuss rolling back backward status for Sikh Rajputs
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana Kanwarpal Singh is among the prominent persons to have objected to according BC status, stating Rajputs had a glorious past and they should not be considered backward.

Centre finally eases borrowing cap for Punjab
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

With the permission, the fund-crunched Punjab government would be able to borrow money to pay the farm loan waiver of Rs 9500 crore it had notified.

Thermal plant closure: Punjab mulls selling Bathinda thermal power plant land
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

The sub-committee’s report said units were unviable as the power was available for Rs 2.47 to 2.97 per unit in the open market while PSPCL was spending Rs 3.57 to Rs 4.43 on production of every unit of electricity in these units.

Punjab govt mobilises Congress cadre to make Anandpur Sahib function a success
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

Noted Punjabi singer Gurdass Mann has been engaged by the government to sing at the function so attract people