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Direct benefit transfer: Whose crop?
Thu, Feb 27, 2020

Making MSP or PM-Kisan payments into farmers’ accounts can be problematic when the tillers aren’t the landowners.

Protesting arhtiyas get 4 more days to meet PFMS condition and claim commission
Wed, Feb 26, 2020

There are 48,000 registered arhtiyas in Punjab, out of which only around 28,000 are active across 22 districts of the state in selling the crops of nearly 18.50 lakh farmers including 14. 28 lakh of paddy growers.

New UK visa rules all but shuts doors the Punjabi immigrants
Sun, Feb 23, 2020

While launching the new system, UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel said they want to attract the “brightest and the best” from the world, including from India, and to reduce the number of cheap and low-skilled workers coming to the country.

Explained: What is the role and relevance of NRI Sabha?
Sat, Feb 22, 2020

There are around 50-55 lakh NRIs settled abroad mainly in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Europe, and Middle East countries, but only members of the NRI Sabha can vote in the election.

Nawanshahr school first govt school in Punjab to get group handwashing station
Tue, Feb 18, 2020

The project was launched by Punjab State Food Commission, which has roped in industrial houses to arrange hand washing units in government schools.

Punjab: Happy Seeder wheat sowing falls by 48k acres, downward trend in 12 out of 22 districts
Mon, Feb 17, 2020

The data sourced from the PRSC, Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana, revealed that this year Happy Seeder sown wheat area was 5.30 lakh hectares (13.09 lakh acres) out of the total wheat area of 35.05 lakh hectares (86.82 lakh acres) in Punjab.

Explained: What makes pest-prone kinnow crop ‘pesticide-free’ in Punjab
Tue, Feb 18, 2020

The kinnow is a year-long crop, often attacked by pests including mites at various stages, requiring several sprays of insecticide. So how can such a fruit be declared “pesticide-free”?

Punjab govt equips disabled women to run e-rickshaws, support their families
Mon, Feb 17, 2020

Selects and trains 42 women to earn a livelihood; Hoshiarpur is the first district to launch the scheme.

Over 10 lakh teaching posts vacant in govt elementary schools across India
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

Data also revealed that out of total 28 states and eight Union Territories (UTs), there are only a dozen states and UTs that have less than 10 per cent vacancies.

Hoshiarpur: Six years after 20 died in road mishap, kin wait for aid promised by govt
Wed, Feb 12, 2020

The then Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal had announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased and Rs. 25,000 to the injured.

Why are Punjab women getting stuck in Arab countries they go to for work
Tue, Feb 11, 2020

"It is a racket in which unscrupulous agents are earning big bucks from Saudi people by selling these women,” said a senior officer in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), requesting anonymity.

Punjab PSEB slashes pass percentage for theory & practicals, keeps aggregate unchanged
Tue, Feb 11, 2020

In aggregate marks, the marks of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) will also be added to score 33 per cent marks. This move is also a step close to the CBSE passing marks criteria.

Explained: No state for landless farmers
Sun, Feb 09, 2020

Why they may not be able to avail budgetary allocation for debt waiver, and why the Punjab government has no idea how many of them exist.

Explained: Why, despite efforts, the chain of periodic locust invasions is yet to be broken in India
Thu, Feb 06, 2020

The pests have been appearing periodically after a gap of 2-3 or 5-7 years. Around 26 locust attacks have taken place in India in two major cycles. After independence (1947), 25 attacks were observed.

Punjab set to suffer Rs 900-crore loss due to Centre slashing fertiliser subsidy
Wed, Feb 05, 2020

State biggest consumer, it will burn another hole in our pockets, say farmers

Punjab loan waiver: Year later, the big Budget promise remains just that
Tue, Feb 04, 2020

The scheme, it said, will benefit the farm labourers and landless farmers of Primary Cooperative Agriculture Service Societies (PACS) to the tune of Rs 520.55 crore.

Education dept demands probe into allegations against Punjabi University controller of exams
Tue, Feb 04, 2020

The letter was sent to the university on January 31. With it is attached a copy of the complaint against the controller, jointly written by all teachers of the university to the secretary, higher education, in December last year.

Punjab sees higher CPI inflation in rural areas than overall higher urban inflation in country
Mon, Feb 03, 2020

In Punjab, rural inflation was indeed higher than urban inflation in April-December 2019.

Budget has totally ignored agriculture, farmers and rural labour: Experts & unions
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

Bhartiya Kisan Union, Ekta (Dakaunda) general secretary Jagmohan Singh said, “If the government was sensitive enough towards farmers and the rural economy it should have brought the C2 formula in practice to ensure public and private purchasing agencies so farmers get a guaranteed MSP of C2 + 50 per cent.”

Punjabi NRIs: Chinese facing backlash abroad due to coronavirus scare
Sat, Feb 01, 2020

Punjabis settled abroad say the Chinese are facing a tough time because people often assume they have just returned from their home country and hence interactions with them could be a risk.

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