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Mother to 80 abandoned girls, Punjab social worker is awarded Padma Shri
Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Speaking to The Indian Express on phone, Parkash Kaur confirmed that she had received a call from a Union ministry. The 63-year-old, who herself was abandoned by her biological parents, said the award had increased her responsibility towards society manifold.

The humble trolley dons a new role: now, transporter of tractors to Delhi ahead of R-Day
Sun, Jan 24, 2021

Gurpreet Singh Chhina, the president of Majha Kisan-Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Gurdaspur, said they are taking nearly 100 tractors like this to Delhi. The adaptation of the trolley’s role was a bid to save money on transportation, farmer leaders said.

Back in Punjab, farmers say unions cannot ignore their sentiments and retreat
Sun, Jan 24, 2021

Back in Punjab, farmers supporting the stir agreed, saying that unions will lose credibility if they return without repeal of controversial farm laws.

With nips, tucks and lots of jazz, old tractors get a makeover for farmers’ show of strength
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

As the tractor parade in Delhi approaches, farmers have been rushing to get their tractors services before embarking on the journey to the national capital. There are several who have been going ahead with new modifications to their respective tractors.

As parade day approaches, demand for tractor service and modification soars in Punjab
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

Vikramdeep Singh Sidhu and his brother Gagndeep Sidhu of Sangrur have got their 1994 model Ford tractor modified. Sidhu said that this tractor was in working condition but with modification now it has become all new and a unique piece.

Expressway project: Punjab farmers boycott public hearing for land acquisition
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

Punjab farmers also opposed the land acquisition for the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway because the government was not listening to the genuine grievances of the people protesting at Delhi borders.

Tractor parade: Emotions running high, farm outfits work overtime to keep youth in check
Thu, Jan 21, 2021

Not only farm activists, but a large number of youths having no connection with any farm organisation are going to participate in the R-Day parade.

Debts due to poor income, suicides, high interest loans — Punjab farmers don’t paint a rosy picture
Thu, Jan 21, 2021

Punjab farmers, who have been at the helm of the agitation at Delhi borders against the Centre’s farm laws, have been called a "pampered lot" and a "major beneficiary of the MSP regime". Is this true?

New book sets forth ‘folk management’ as model behind Delhi protest success
Thu, Jan 21, 2021

The book titled ‘Kisan Andolan’, A Folk Management Driven Behaviour, that was released Wednesday talks about how without any formal management training, farmers used rustic wisdom to run a successful movement in harsh conditions.

Farm outfit invites Hema to Punjab: ‘Explain the laws to us, will bear travel, stay cost’
Mon, Jan 18, 2021

The letter comes days after the actor-turned-politician said that the farmers “don’t know what they want” as they have “no agenda” and have been instigated by the “vested interests” in the Opposition.

Farmers Protests: Determined to fight on, farmers say easy to sustain momentum than rebuild it afresh
Sat, Jan 16, 2021

Another factor behind their determination is that despite Centre’s allegations of infiltration of the ‘Khalistanis’ in their movement, the agitation has not been affected. The other big factor is that a narrative has taken hold at the ground that their land is not safe under the new laws.

Samples from 2 Mohali farms test positive for bird flu at Jalandhar lab
Sat, Jan 16, 2021

According to the information, Alpha poultry farm has 20,000 chicks while Royal poultry farm has 50,000. Both the poultry farms supply around 40,000 eggs every day, most of which go to Barwala.

Punjab vaccine rollout: Health workers who survived Covid among those to be vaccinated first
Sat, Jan 16, 2021

As Punjab gets set to roll out the vaccination drive on Saturday at 59 sites across 22 districts, Shelly says she does not want to remember the difficult time and just focus on getting the vaccine.

Record govt purchases of cotton, paddy from Punjab
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

That’s a view also echoed by Nirmal Singh Tiwana, a farmer from the same village who sold 21 quintals of the crop, grown on two out of his four-acre holding, to the CCI at the Centre’s MSP.

Explained: Why experts aren’t buying Centre’s argument against MSP for crops
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

Along with cancellation of the three farm laws, making MSP legal for all crops is another major demand of the farmers protesting at the Delhi border.

Punjab schools reopen for Stds V to VIII
Fri, Jan 08, 2021

Excited faces return to class, teachers’ work cut out as some still want online lessons

Punjab yet to finish 85% of work under NREGA this financial year
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

The state has taken up 1.31 lakh works under the scheme in the past 9 months till December 31, 2020 including some spill over works of the last financial year out of which only 19,612 works (around 15 per cent of the total taken up works) could be completed till date.

As rate of farm suicides fell, protest claimed lives of many more farmers from Punjab
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

Since the last week of November, more farmer lives have been lost due to the protest than suicides.

Farmers stage 5-hr dharna, block traffic to demand cancellation of FIR
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

Hoshiarpur police, meanwhile, said that the attempt to murder section has already been withdrawn from the case and a four-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) has already been formed to probe the case.

‘Centre must make structural changes in farming policies, revise economic model,’ says experts
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

Most experts agree that MSP for all crops is a must so small farmers and farm labourers get an assured income to fulfil their basic needs.

Will shut malls, petrol pumps if Jan 4 talks fail, warn farmers
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

Addressing a press conference at the Singhu border protest site Friday, representatives of farmer unions said only five per cent of the issues raised by them have so far been discussed in meetings with the government.

How Delhi morcha was built on long legacy of farmers’ protests
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

“I remember that there two main Kisan Morchas were put up in Chandigarh in 1984 and in 1991 when the gherao of the Governor’s residence was done for 7 days in 1984 and for 15 days in 1991," said Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan, General Secretary of Bharti Kisan Union (Ugrahan).

Nawanshahr NRI hotspot: ‘It’s back to usual… We’re busy arranging langar now for farmers on the Delhi border’
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

On March 18, the country’s fourth coronavirus death had been reported from this village of 2,400 — that of a priest who had returned from abroad — setting off alarm bells among officials as Pathlawa is part of Nawanshahr’s NRI belt.

No scope of discussion if laws not repealed: AIKSCC
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

Unless the laws are repealed, there is no scope to discuss pro-farmer changes in mandis and farm processes, the AIKSCC said, adding that the government should not be rigid and indulge in semantics as all processes are in its hands.

Disquiet in Punjab govt over cell tower vandalism, police seek to control damage
Wed, Dec 30, 2020

On Tuesday, a day after he issued a stern warning to those vandalising mobile towers, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told The Indian Express, “I have directed police to take action against those vandalising the mobile towers. I will not allow anyone to take law in their hands. The situation is under control now.”

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