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Kanchan Vasdev


Kanchan is an Assistant Editor with the Punjab bureau and covers the CMO. She tweets @kanchan99

Sacrilege issue: Kunwar Pratap again asks for 10 minutes on sacrilege issue or session extension, gets neither
Thu, Jun 30, 2022

Speaking during the zero hour, AAP MLA Kunwar Vijay Pratap said he had moved call attention notice on the issue but it was not taken up for some reasons. Hence, he was raising this in the zero hour.

Punjab assembly passes resolutions against Agnipath scheme, centralisation of Panjab University
Thu, Jun 30, 2022

The resolution against the Agnipath scheme was moved by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. Opposition parties Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supported the resolution.

AAP, Cong spar over resuming luxury bus service
Thu, Jun 30, 2022

Laljit Singh Bhullar was responding to a supplementary question by Leader of Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa during the question hour

Kunwar Vijay puts own govt in dock over ‘VVIP’ status to gangster Bishnoi
Thu, Jun 30, 2022

The former IPS officer said some sections of the media have reported that police personnel have been deputed on "VVIP" duty in Amritsar where the gangster, brought on remand from Delhi's Tihar jail, was produced in a court, he said.

Mann: Will recover each paisa plundered by politicians, joining ‘powerful party’ won’t help
Thu, Jun 30, 2022

“On the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh today, I vow on the floor of the House that every paisa would be recovered and accounted for. There is a lot of money on that side,” Mann said pointing towards the Opposition

AAP, Congress spar over gangsters Mukhtar Ansari, Lawrence Bishnoi in Punjab Assembly
Tue, Jun 28, 2022

Jail Minister Harjot Singh Bains said gangster Mukhtar Ansari was given five-star treatment in a barrack meant for 25 inmates during the three months he spent in a Punjab jail. His wife also stayed with him inside the jail, the minister added.

Punjab Assembly to bring resolutions against Agnipath scheme, ban on Sidhu Moosewala song
Wed, Jun 29, 2022

Bhagwant Mann also announced that another resolution condemning the ban on Sidhu Moosewala’s controversial new song, SYL, on YouTube would also be brought in the House. A resolution condemning the centralisation of Panjab University would also be brought in the House, added Mann.

Punjab Budget: Record payment for power
Tue, Jun 28, 2022

While the government has estimated that it would end up paying Rs 15,846 crore for power subsidy during the current fiscal, an amount of Rs 7,117.86 crore is due from the previous fiscal.

No new taxes, 300 units of free power for Punjab in AAP’s ‘Janta budget’
Tue, Jun 28, 2022

The budget has a stamp of Delhi model of AAP, and Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia was a witness to the presentation as he sat in the visitor’s gallery of the Punjab assembly.

As AAP accepts defeat, Congress happy that people chose ‘kirpan’ over ‘jharu’
Mon, Jun 27, 2022

While winning margin was thin, it is rare for a ruling party, which won Assembly polls with an majority, to lose a bypoll.  In a tweet on Sunday, The CM said that he accepted the verdict of the people of Sangrur and that would continue to work hard for the betterment of the people.

AAP’s white paper in Budget session: Cong govt left behind liability of Rs 24,352 cr
Sun, Jun 26, 2022

Of this, Rs 13,759 crore is the liability towards non payment of arrears of sixth Pay Commission and Rs 7,117.86 crore is the liability towards the power utility of the state. The previous government could not discharge the unpaid pending liabilities of Rs 1747.57 crore (from 2016-17) under the atta-dal scheme.

AAP govt’s white paper on Punjab finances no different than Congress’
Sun, Jun 26, 2022

Out of the total amount, Rs 13,759 crore is towards non-payment of arrears of sixth pay commission.

National Achievement Survey says Punjab No. 1, Bhagwant Mann calls ranking fake
Sat, Jun 25, 2022

“You cannot just paint the schools from outside and claim them to be number one. The catch is in the education standards. When the schools are without staff and amenities they cannot be number 1," CM Bhagwant Mann said.

Uproar in Punjab Vidhan Sabha as Cong corners AAP govt on law and order, stages a walkout
Fri, Jun 24, 2022

Congress leaders seek clarification from chief minister Bhagwant Mann on his video statement that his life was in danger. Speaker says CM will address the House on the issue

Heatwave, paddy transplantation led to low voter turnout in Sangrur, says Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann
Fri, Jun 24, 2022

While it is generally perceived that a low turnout favours the ruling party and a high turnout indicates anti-incumbency, the opposition parties say that Sangrur is a peculiar case.

3 major Bills to be tabled in Vidhan Sabha session starting today
Fri, Jun 24, 2022

The previous Punjab government, led by Charanjit Singh Channi, had floated the Punjab Protection and Regularisation of Contractual Employees Bill-2021 on November 11, 2021, for 36,000 employees who were working on contract, ad-hoc, temporary and daily basis in different government departments.

Punjab e-auction of liquor vends: After tweaking excise policy, state yet to get desired response
Thu, Jun 23, 2022

A functionary of the government said that the policy was expected to fetch good revenue for the state exchequer, “The target is Rs 9,500 crore in this fiscal. Even if we are able to make Rs 9,000 crore, it is not bad at all.”

Sanjay Popli graft case: Complainant used pen camera to record handing over money
Wed, Jun 22, 2022

“Soon after, I received a call from assistant secretary Sandeep Wats, I immediately withdrew the money and we met him in a car,” the complainant said

Punjab: In Sangrur, AAP faces acid test of retaining ‘stronghold’
Tue, Jun 21, 2022

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann had left for Sangrur on June 15, the day Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was in Jalandhar to flag off state-run direct buses to Delhi international airport.

Premature termination of health insurance; 45.6 lakh beneficiaries sans cover in Punjab
Mon, Jun 20, 2022

The “immediate termination” order by Punjab government’s health department came in December 2021, leaving the beneficiaries, requiring medical attention, to fend for themselves or just leave the treatment midway.

Punjab: Bhagwant Mann set to review Channi’s decision to give extension to agri colleges
Sat, Jun 18, 2022

Channi had before elections allowed extension of another year to such colleges. However, before the file was down marked to agriculture department, code of conduct had come into place.

Under contractors’ pressure, Punjab may amend liquor policy
Sat, Jun 18, 2022

The government, it is learnt, has decided to agree to the contractors' demands. These demands are the bone of contention between the contractors and the government.

Pvt agriculture colleges flouting norms may face action, warns Punjab govt
Fri, Jun 17, 2022

As per details, out of 117 colleges, 33 had not complied with rules that mandated that such educational institutions have proper infrastructure to provide agriculture education to students in 2020.

21% groups in Ludhiana bid for e-auction of liquor
Fri, Jun 17, 2022

Of 64 groups put out on e-auction, only 14 groups had responded. The excise department has now extended the last date of bidding by five more days

Amid arrests, fear grips opposition leaders in Punjab
Thu, Jun 16, 2022

A Congress leader said that it was like a fear psychosis, “I have nothing to fear. But see how ED has ben questioning AICC leader Rahul Gandhi. It is a very fluid situation. One does not feel at ease at all.”