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Inside Punjab’s biggest dera, it’s business as usual
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

The throng of devotees has reduced to a trickle over the past few days, but the sewadars have beem showing up without fail to carry out routine duties. Nearly 300 followers, mostly senior citizens, were spread out in the dera carrying out various duties. Of them, around 100 are on the dera’s rolls, while the rest are all sewadars.

Ram Rahim verdict: Sale of petrol in bottles, cans banned in parts of Punjab
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

There were reports of people in panic storing ration and vegetables for a week.

Ram Rahim verdict: Not storing petrol or weapons, say Dera followers
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

During the recent Punjab Assembly polls, nearly 60 SAD candidates had sought Dera’s support.

Shuttling for nectar: A rags-to-riches ‘Bee-School’ success story
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Kumar learnt about beekeeping initially from Buta Singh, a farmer from Badal. In 2002, he underwent formal training in apiculture from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Bathinda.

Verdict on Ram Rahim in rape case: 75 companies of central forces arrive in Punjab, DGP visits sensitive areas
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

A detailed intelligence briefing was given to officers on available inputs about the plans of Dera Sacha Sauda followers and other groups. Bathinda, Mansa and Muktsar districts share borders with Sirsa and have a large number of Dera followers.

Ahead of verdict, officials meet Dera representatives
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Meanwhile, Ram Singh, member of the political arm of the Dera Sacha Sauda, told The Indian Express, “We have got no instructions from the Dera and hence we are organising our regular satsangs at Nam Charcha ghars across the state."

Malerkotla: ‘Torn’ pages of Quran found, probe launched
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

A case was registered against unidentified persons for hurting religious sentiments, said Raj Kumar, Superintendent of Police, who added that CCTV footage of the area would be checked

Sangat darshans over, but ex-CM remains amid people through condolence meetings
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

Known for devising the sangat darshan to connect with people by visiting villages, holding meetings where he would both listen to grievances and hand out cash for pre-approved projects, Badal appears to have substituted sangat darshans with condolence visits.

Loan waiver issue: Massive protest rally on August 22, warn farmers
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

As per the records available with the farmer unions, after formation of the Congress government in the state, a total of 130 farmers committed suicide and thus the issue of farmer suicides will also be discussed on top priority.

Punjab farmers warn of huge protest rally on August 22
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

The outfits have said that as per information available with them, 130 farmers have committed suicide after the Congress formed the government in the state.

Inter-state cotton surveillance :Water shortage, late sowing discussed at meet
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Agriculture officials from the three states categorically maintained that the next 25 days were crucial for the cotton crop and special care needs to be taken. Nearly one-lakh hectare area under cotton was sown late and hence it needs to be monitored on a regular basis, said Dr Bains.

Punjab: Over 9 lakh trees chopped in past 5 years; ‘Translocating mature trees costly, not feasible’
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

It was a cost-intensive project in Bathinda as Rs 6,000 was the cost of shifting one tree. But if it is done in bulk and with sophisticated machines, the cost can be reduced, observed Ashwini Joshi, running an NGO, Green International, who had also filed a PIL in HC seeking relocation of trees .

Pesticide stores in cotton belt to be open today
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

“Police will be called only in case of any emergency,” said Dr Jasbir Singh director, agriculture department, Punjab. Bunty Goyal, a union leader of pesticide dealers from Muktsar, also confirmed that the shops would be open on Sunday.

A day after CM Amarinder Singh, Khaira visits Mansa villages
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

‘Nexus between pesticide manufacturers and ministers’

After 9 deaths, 58 positive cases, swine flu gives Punjab a summer scare
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Such is the situation that Patiala’s Rajindra Medical College has exhausted its stock of testing kits and the lab is now waiting for kits from the Centre.

Farmer ‘commits’ suicide, blames CM Amarinder Singh, commission agent for extreme step
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

“The commission agent filed a case in the court against the farmer. He had deposited a cheque in the bank without informing the farmer. The deceased remained stressed after the court case which eventually made him take this extreme step,” said Jasveer Singh of Bharti Kisan Union(Ugrahan).

Whitefly attack in Bathinda, Mansa: Panic forces farmers to switch from cotton to other crops
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

“He had a bad experience two years back and hence he decided to plough the fields. Moreover, he had no money to buy pesticides,” said Gora Singh Bhainibaga, a farmer of the same Khiyala Kalan village.

In 24 hours, 3 farmer suicides in Mansa
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

In Mansa’s Ramditewala village, farm labourer Narinder Pal Singh took his own life by jumping before a train Sunday evening.

‘Gangster’ owns up rice miller’s murder on Facebook, warns others
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Following the murder which was captured on CCTV, police have lodged an FIR against 15 persons in Muktsar, Faridkot, Bathinda and Moga mostly relatives of Behbal and his accomplices, for allegedly harbouring the offenders

Twenty-one-year-old drug addict ends life in Muktsar
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

When she refused, he hanged himself with a fan inside the room of their house when she and his two sisters, Charanjeet Kaur and Gagandeep Kaur, were away for work. Apart from being a drug addict, Sonu also used to sell drugs and faced NDPS cases.

Sewewala gang behind murder of mill owner: Police
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

The gang is allegedly run by Gurbaksh Singh of Faridkot and has Sema Behbal as its member. While Sema’s name is mentioned, Gurbaskh has not been named in the FIR. Sources added that the families of Sema and Gurbaksh are being questioned.

Contract farming in Punjab: Annual land lease rent up on high hopes
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

Gurmail Singh, a farmer from Lakhewali village in Muktsar district who has taken 50 acres of land on lease, says, “After the change of government, people hoped some good will come and hence annual lease rent increased.

Whitefly attack fears grow in Punjab’s cotton belt
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Six pests per leaf have been detected in some parts of Fazilka, Bathinda, Muktsar and Mansa, while the average growth is between 4-5 pests per leaf in most parts of the cotton belt. Dr Sukhdev Singh, Deputy Director for Cotton, Department of Agriculture, revealed that economic threshold level (ETL) of the pest is six per leaf and therefore there is no scope of taking chances.

Bishnoi community against state decision to kill nilgais to prevent crop damage
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

“This has hurt our religious feelings as well as our love for wildlife. This decision will allow hunters to kill other animals such as black bucks, wild boars etc,” President of Bishnoi, Samaj RD Bishnoi, said.

Pastor’s murder: Probe role of RSS, BJP, says Khaira
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

Addressing a press conference, Khaira said though he was not sure if Hindutva forces were involved in the pastor’s killing, the police must investigate the role of RSS and BJP as well.

For bicycle industry in Ludhiana, it’s business as usual with China
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

The bicycle industry in Ludhiana earlier imported only Chinese bicycle parts, but many players are now importing complete bicycles as well in hi-end segment, whose prices start from Rs 3,000 and go up in lakhs.

Police free to seek help from CBI, NIA: Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Sunil Jakhar said the Punjab Police were working in the “most de-politicised manner” after the Congress government came to power.

5 murders & 2 masked men on a bike: SIT probing pastor’s killing to dissect ‘similar pattern of crime’
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Apart from the pastor’s killing on Saturday, there have been four other murders over the past one year involving similar modus operandi. The incident has brought people of different religions on a common platform to appeal for peace.

Ludhiana Pastor’s Murder: Protesters block NH-1, demand arrest of culprits
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Protesters, who sat on a dharna along with the victim’s body, refused to relent for over four hours. The four-hour protest hit traffic on the busy highway, forcing diversions.

Ludhiana Pastor’s Murder: ‘He had no enemies… suspect no one,’ say Victim’s family
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Masih (50), who sustained three bullet injuries, was declared brought dead by the Dyanand Medical College hospital after he was rushed there by a neighbour. He is survived by two sons, two daughters and wife.

Punjab: Given folic acid tablet after mid-day meal, boy dies; kin get financial help
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

After consuming the folic acid tablet, given to 84 other students as well, Karan Prasad was taken ill and later died because of liver failure. The boy, who had reportedly suffered from jaundice in the past, was taken to a registered medical practitioner after he took il

On eve of Arun Jaitley’s visit to Ludhiana, city plywood traders observe day-long strike
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

Ahead of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s visit to the city on Saturday, the plywood industry in Punjab observed a daylong strike on Friday, while the sewing machine industry has threatened to gherao him during his visit.

SYL row: Will not allow Haryana a single drop of water, says Badal
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Parkash Singh Badal, who was on a visit to his Lambi constituency, said,”SAD’s stand on SYL remains the same. Water is life of Punjab. We will not allow Haryana to take even a drop of water from Punjab. We will continue to fight for the interests of Punjabis.”

GST confusion hits industrial production in Ludhiana
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

The effect of slow down was visible at the dry port where not less than 5000 containers used to be sent by exporters in ten days to be sent further ahead. However in July, not more than 500 containers have been sent till now.

Farmer Unions Speak Out: ‘SYL being used to divide farmers in Haryana, Punjab’
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Shingaara Singh Maan, president of BKU(Ugrahan) added, “At the moment talk is about 28 per cent canal water and not about 72 per cent of ground water as source of irrigation."

Crime against women: Husband, in-laws beat up woman for carrying girl child
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

The victim's father, Bhramdev, a farmer from Abohar’s Jandwala village, said his daughter was married four years back into a family in village Banwala, which falls in Ganganagar in Rajasthan. He has filed an FIR against Suman’s husband, mother-in-law and father-in-law for assaulting his daughter.