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Monday, July 26, 2021

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Punjab Horticulture department launches ‘seed ball’ drive
Mon, Jul 26, 2021

The aim of the drive, officials said, was to ensure that the state had enough fruit-bearing trees in the future and seasonal fruits — the consumption of which is often suggested by doctors in order to build up immunity — was available in abundance and at prices that could be afforded by everyone.

Punjab: Easing of Covid restrictions brings relief, but businesses are far from full financial recovery
Sun, Jul 25, 2021

The once lucrative business of IELTS (English language proficiency test) centres in Punjab, consultancies for education abroad, could not get back to even 50 per cent of their business. Hotels, gyms etc have the same story to tell.

Punjab: Students spend three times on tickets, seven days in transit to reach Canada
Sun, Jul 25, 2021

Canada had suspended direct flights from India on April 22. But despite the cost and the lengthy journey involved, several overseas students from Punjab are re-routing their travel to Canada via Moscow, Mexico, Serbia, Qatar, Dubai among other countries.

As Centre says no record, 220 deaths during ongoing farm protests, reveals Punjab govt data
Sat, Jul 24, 2021

Out of these 220, 203 (92%) farmers/farm labourers deceased were from Malwa region of the state, while 11 (5%) deaths were from Majha and six (2.7%) from Doaba.

124 years old and Covid-free, Jalandhar woman wows everyone with her miraculous immunity
Fri, Jul 23, 2021

Basant Kaur, who had turned 98-years-old on January 1, 1995, according to her voter I-card, is perhaps one of the oldest women living in Punjab, and the country.

In first outing as PCC chief, a welcome Sidhu wouldn’t have wanted: protest by farmers
Wed, Jul 21, 2021

Sohan Singh Athwal of the Kirti Kisan Union said they had no plans to ‘gherao’ the new chief of the Punjab Congress. He said the farmers only wanted to lodge their protest over the alleged failure of various political parties, including the Congress, to come to their rescue.

All the Captain (Rahul)’s men
Tue, Jul 20, 2021

While there seems to be no end in sight to the cold war between new Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu and Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, the four working presidents, appointed by the AICC, bat for ‘team work’ and say the party is like a family.

Sidhu announced new punjab congress chief: Hours before announcement, a meeting with Jalandhar MLAs
Mon, Jul 19, 2021

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s loyalists did not attend the meeting.

Punjab Farm Crisis: Despite diversification push, area under maize up by just 2,000 hectares
Sun, Jul 18, 2021

Maize sowing is almost over in the state except in some semi-hilly stretches of Pathankot and Hoshiarpur districts.

‘Mausam Da Doctor’ to fellow farmers, he delivers on-point weather info to over 1,000 for better yield
Sat, Jul 17, 2021

Talking to The Indian Express, Palwinder Singh said that he had completed his MA in History in 2000, after which he did a diploma in cooperative management. He added that after failing to get a job, he decided making agriculture his main occupation as his family was had five-acres of agricultural land.

Ghar-Ghar Rozgar Scheme of Punjab: 53 selected during ‘high-end’ employment drive in Hoshiarpur, most with handsome pay packages
Fri, Jul 16, 2021

At least 53 participating candidates were hired on the spot, while 16 more were shortlisted against a total of 110 vacancies that were on offer.

Chasing target of 75 oxygen plants by July-end, Punjab commissions only 20%
Thu, Jul 15, 2021

Out of 75 plants, 42 plants are being supplied by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which has developed a PSA technique, and 33 have been procured from private agencies/people.

In pulses’ stock limit order, govt admission that not all right with agri laws: farm unions
Sun, Jul 11, 2021

For more than seven months now, farmers have been protesting against the Centre’s three farm laws at the Delhi border. Their demand is complete repeal of these legislations.

Explained: Why the monsoon is playing spoilsport in Punjab and Haryana
Thu, Jul 15, 2021

While the monsoon usually hits the region in the fourth week of June, this year it came around June 13. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) considers the four months starting in June as the monsoon period in the region.

Punjab to miss crop diversification target again this year
Fri, Jul 09, 2021

Punjab has completed sowing of paddy and other Kharif crops including cotton on over 19 lakh hectares till date.

Security lapse: ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ slogans on the boundary wall of Deputy Commissioner office Nawanshahr
Fri, Jul 09, 2021

The slogans were written with red paint close to the main entry gate of the DC office and has put a spotlight on the security arrangements at the main office of the district.

Two soldiers arrested for ‘links to drug racket, ISI’
Wed, Jul 07, 2021

Harpreet Singh, a resident of Cheecha village in Amritsar, was posted in Anantnag; Gurbhej Singh, from Punian village in Tarn Taran, was posted in Kargil. Both have been charged with spying for Pakistan’s ISI, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Official Secrets Act.

Punjab BSP leaders meet in Hoshiarpur, form panel to take concerns to Mayawati
Sat, Jul 03, 2021

Prominent BSP leaders from Punjab Assembly segments with sizeable party presence met in Hoshiarpur on Friday and formed a five-member panel to convey their concerns to BSP chief Mayawati ahead of forthcoming polls in Punjab. The current state BSP chief Jasvir Singh Garhi was kept out of the meeting and was, in fact, criticised for […]

Despite an early monsoon, 24 districts in Punjab, Haryana record rain deficit
Sat, Jul 03, 2021

In both states, paddy transplanting is underway, where around 43 lakh hectares area is used for rice growing. A majority of these 43 lakh hectares is used for growing paddy (a water-guzzling crop).

Accused in Jagdish Bhola drugs case sells property that had been attached by ED, probe launched
Thu, Jul 01, 2021

Two pieces of land — which were provisionally attached by ED — measuring 7-kannal and 7-kannals and 13.75 marla (nearly two acres) located in Hadiabad area, which is adjacent to Phagwara city, was sold by the accused, Harmesh Kumar Gaba.

Will be forced to uproot paddy if power situation doesn’t improve: Farmers
Thu, Jul 01, 2021

The 40-year-old, who ploughs 20 paddy fields including 10 on rent, says that his village, Sansarpur in district Jalandhar, is only getting 5 hours power supply against 8 hours promised by PSPCL.

Decoding Punjab’s power crisis: ‘Practically no cables’; PSPCL insiders point out acute shortage of critical material, working hands
Tue, Jun 29, 2021

The record shows 900 km availability of 2-core cables against the average requirement of 7,000 km. The availability of 4-core cables of different sizes in the PSPCL stores is at one-fourth of its requirement.

Virender Sardana: ‘Ban on blending of mustard oil will benefit farmers, lead to more production of healthier alternative’
Mon, Jun 28, 2021

Experts see the FSSAI’s decision as a big opportunity for mustard growers in India and replacing traditional rapeseed-mustard oil varieties with Canola rapeseed-mustard to provide a healthy oil for human consumption and decrease India's dependence on oil import.

Post-alliance tremors in Punjab: Expelled, resigned; BSP loses 2 leaders critical of seat-sharing arrangement
Mon, Jun 28, 2021

On the contrary, all seats where the BSP has a strong base were given to the SAD. The workers have held several meetings, especially in the Doaba region which is a stronghold of the BSP, ever since the seat-sharing arrangement was declared.

Punjab seeks to bring 10 lakh hectares under direct seeding, one quarter of target achieved
Thu, Jun 24, 2021

Paddy (non-Basmati) sowing will continue till July first week as several short varieties with high yield potential are available to farmers now.