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Congress MLA from Zira opens front against govt
Wed, May 24, 2017

Zira is miffed at the posting of Sukhwinder Singh, principal of a government school in Mallanwala, as the District Education Officer, Ferozepore, after an education department reshuffle on Tuesday.

Punjab sand mines auction: Bidders shy away from depositing security in about 50 per cent of mines
Wed, May 24, 2017

Indications are that the government would be able to make only about Rs 400 crore in this auction and will have to re-auction the rest of the mines

In online auction, 31 sand mines get ‘unrealistic’ bids
Tue, May 23, 2017

A look into the bids recorded by the mining department during e-auction revealed that in at least seven mines, a tipper would cost more than Rs 5 lakh.

Punjab gets record bids in auction of sand mines
Sun, May 21, 2017

The government is anticipating that many unrealistic bidders may not actually turn up.

Gurdaspur LS by-poll may throw challenge to Captain Amarinder Singh
Sat, May 20, 2017

THE GURDASPUR Lok Sabha by-election, necessitated following the death of Bollywood actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna, has posed a challenge to Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to either please a loyalist or get a baiter on his side. While a long-time loyalist and Rural Development Minister Tripat Singh Bajwa’s son Ravi Bajwa, seeking the ticket for the […]

Punjab: ‘Lost’ files of IAS, PCS officers found during shifting of records
Sat, May 20, 2017

Surprisingly, the files had gone missing from the Department of Personnel housed in the Civil Secretariat, Sector 1, here.

‘Lost’ files found after ‘guilty’ official spends 16 months in jail
Fri, May 19, 2017

Sharma was booked for misplacing 35 files, of which six were located while the case was still in the district court.

Life after beacon: MLAs complain of long wait at toll booths, cops who don’t salute
Sun, May 14, 2017

A few MLAs, mostly first-timers, who resisted the removal of the red beacon, say the timing of the decision has been particularly harsh on them.

Gurdaspur LS bypoll: Bajwa, Captain Amarinder Singh hold closed-door meeting
Sat, May 13, 2017

The meeting holds significance ahead of by-election for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat which fell vacant after the death of BJP MP Vinod Khanna.

Punjab: Capt Amarinder Singh reiterates promise on deletion of kurki clause
Sat, May 13, 2017

The Chief Minister asserted that his government would not allow anything to come in the way of the implementation of its promise to waive farm loans and bring the kurki system to an end.

Punjab: PSERC chief resigns
Fri, May 12, 2017

Sources in the government said another retired IAS officer Kusumjit Kaur Sidhu, a close aide of the CM, is tipped to be the next chairperson of the regulator.

Punjab: Told to delete kurki clause, co-op department asks who will help recover farm loans
Fri, May 12, 2017

Finance, sources said, has written back saying that the cooperative department “should be self-sufficient and not look towards the finance department to come to their rescue”.

People have voted for change in style of governance, says Sunil Kumar Jakhar
Thu, May 11, 2017

Newly appointed Punjab Congress president Sunil Kumar Jakhar speaks to The Indian Express on the challenges he is set to face, promises made by his party, deliverance, his predecessor and Rahul Gandhi.

Sunil Kumar Jakhar takes over as state Congress chief, fires warning shots
Thu, May 11, 2017

Jakhar warned the police to shed “Akali thinking” and toe the party line otherwise “ungli tedhi karni humein bhi ati hai (we also know how to set the things straight.)”

Captain Amarinder Singh to clear proposal for monthly financial aid to acid attack victims
Tue, May 09, 2017

The decision will be tabled in the cabinet meeting scheduled on May 17 and would be notified thereafter. If cleared, the victims will get a financial assistance of Rs 8,000 per month.

Officials feel the heat as Sidhu warms to his new job
Sat, May 06, 2017

Officials should be prepared even to work on Sundays as the “engine propellers of the department”, said Sidhu

Sunil Jakhar is new Punjab Congress chief
Fri, May 05, 2017

Captain had quit the post on April 12 during a meeting with Rahul in Delhi. Jakhar has been raising issues of farmers in Punjab as the CLP leader and even after he was removed from the post.

Patiala’s plight: Captain Amarinder Singh’s town among the dirtiest in India
Fri, May 05, 2017

The city is incidentally the hometown of not only the incumbent CM, a four-time MLA from Patiala, but also Punjab Health Minister Brahm Mohindra and Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Punjab: Captain Amarinder Singh holds special sessions with MLAs seeking more power over officials
Thu, May 04, 2017

The tension between bureaucrats and Congress leaders have reached such a pass that a few MLAs are learnt to have complained to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who has held special sessions to hear their grievances.

Punjab govt pins hopes on PM Modi aide for farm loan waiver
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Dr Haque was chosen to head the core group of experts by Punjab owing to his closeness to PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

Punjab govt orders audit of Panchayat land, revenue in last five years
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

“I have reports that the land is usurped in many cases under the patronage of politicians. I have sought a report about the income in the next 10 days,” Bajwa

Cabinet Expansion: Lobbying picks up among Congress MLAs 
Fri, Apr 28, 2017

Amarinder’s loyalists, including Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, top the list of probables. They were ignored during the first induction

Lion’s share of pre-poll grants went to areas of Badals, kin: Report
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Panchayats falling in districts represented by Badal’s extended family received maximum grants.

MCD election results: AAP’s loss was expected, writing is on the wall, says Bhagwant Singh Mann
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Mann insisted he was with the party in its hour of crisis as he had “nurtured it with his sweat and blood”.

Navjot Singh Sidhu goes after officials handpicked by predecessor
Wed, Apr 26, 2017

Sources said a complaint was made to Sidhu that he had given a clean chit to many in Local Bodies Department and was very close to the ex-minister.

Punjab: Congress govt plans to transform Sewa Kendras
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Seen as remnants of the previous SAD-BJP government, 2,100 sewa kendras, painted in the Akali colours of blue and orange, may be presented in a new avatar by the government.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh orders IAS officer’s repatriation
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

The department of personnel recommended that the IAS officer should be sent back to his parent cadre as his stay was "unauthorised" as the Centre had disallowed his deputation with Punjab.

Parliamentary secretaries may not be appointed till Cabinet is expanded
Fri, Apr 21, 2017

The HC was moved by a local lawyer, HC Arora, who has again threatened to challenge the appointment of PSes by the Amarinder government. Sources also said that the Advocate-General of Punjab, Atul Nanda, tasked with preparing the bill would be doing so before the next session of the Assembly.

‘Pearls Group staff selling off properties’
Fri, Apr 14, 2017

Nirmal Singh Bhangu, owner of the Pearls Group of Companies, owes more than Rs 46,000 crore to at least 5.85 crore investors across the country

Punjab: Coffers empty, ministers keep house renovation to minimum
Thu, Apr 13, 2017

Sources said according to rough estimates, about Rs 25 lakh was required for the house allotted to Nanda and less than Rs 15 lakh for the CM’s house.

Talwandi Sabo: His left foot swollen, Captain Amarinder Singh to give today’s conference a miss
Thu, Apr 13, 2017

The Congress is organising the Baisakhi mela conference as a major show for Amarinder’s first public appearance after he took over as the CM.

Grain procurement PSU head ousted
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

Johal, a retired IAS officer, was an appointee of previous food minister and continued without sanction removed

Punjab: Make minimum education qualifications must for contesting panchayat polls, says minister
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Bajwa proposes that on the lines of a similar amendment by neighbouring Haryana, Punjab should make it mandatory for a panchayat election candidate, belonging to general category, to be a matriculate.

Bargadi desecration & Behbal Kalan Firing: Attorney General for fresh investigation
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

Justice Jora Singh had taken seven months to inquire into the desecration and firing. The then government had not made the commission report public.

Cash-strapped govt clears Rs 170 crore in salary bills
Fri, Apr 07, 2017

None of the ministers who took oath on March 16, officials, and about four lakh employees of the state government have been paid salaries

A day after ED action in Punjab: No support from Congress, Phillaur says will fight own battle
Wed, Apr 05, 2017

A Congress leader, preferring anonymity, said since they had not given party ticket to Phillaur, they were saved of the embarrassment.