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Monday, May 16, 2022

Manraj Grewal Sharma


She is the Resident Editor

Explained: Why are forest fires in the hills intensifying this summer
Mon, May 16, 2022

The FSI data on forest fire points between March 1 and April 30 this year shows a clear spike in incidents coinciding with rising heatwave conditions.

Sukh Ram (1927-2022): The man who rang in telecom revolution, could never wash off scam taint
Thu, May 12, 2022

In 1996, Sukh Ram fell from grace when his houses at Mandi in Himachal Pradesh and New Delhi were raided by the CBI, leading to the recovery of huge amounts of cash.

Patiala clashes: First major test for Mann govt, Opp raises pitch on inexperienced jibe
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

The government appears to have been taken by surprise at the scale of the violence. Neither police nor the administration seemed prepared despite Harish Singla of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) announcing the “anti-Khalistan” procession a fortnight ago.

Explained: Who are the Hattis of Himachal Pradesh, and why do they want ST status?
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

Coming in the run-up to the Assembly elections in Himachal this year, the Centre's assurance to 'favourably consider' the Hatti community's inclusion among Scheduled Tribes has political significance. We explain the context and the implications of the move.

With tours across Punjab, Navjot Sidhu is back; with good reason, Congress keeps track
Sun, Apr 24, 2022

Navjot Sidhu, who was earlier speculated to have been making a play for the top post, is now making statewide trips that have made him the party's most visible leader on the ground.

Explained: Life and legend of Guru Tegh Bahadur, who stood up to the Mughals
Thu, Apr 21, 2022

Tegh Bahadur was born in Amritsar on April 21, 1621 to Mata Nanki and Guru Hargobind, the sixth Sikh guru, who raised an army against the Mughals and introduced the concept of warrior saints.

As it takes on Centre, AAP warms up to Akali icon Gurcharan Singh Tohra
Fri, Apr 01, 2022

According to political observers, the AAP is attempting to boost its image as a Punjabi party and appropriate the legacy of Akali agitations for the state.

‘Assembly of the defeated’ or attempts to end infighting? Sidhu at centre of Punjab Congress churn
Fri, Apr 08, 2022

Leaders who attended two recent meetings with Navjot Singh Sidhu claim he wants a second chance as the party’s state president

The Boy General who was Bhagat Singh’s hero
Sun, Mar 27, 2022

Kartar Singh Sarabha was 19 when he was hanged to death in Lahore in 1915. By then, the engineering student from University of California, Berkeley, was a writer, publisher, co-founder of the Ghadar movement and a freedom fighter.

If B for Bhagat Singh, why A is for Ambedkar for AAP
Wed, Mar 23, 2022

From a close aide and old links, to a large following and big Dalit numbers, Babasaheb has a long history in Punjab

Mann’s mascot, Punjab’s pride: Everyone loves Bhagat Singh
Tue, Mar 15, 2022

Wear basanti turbans and dupattas, CM-designate Bhagwant Singh Mann has requested — the colour is associated with the martyr — as he called upon people to join his government in making “Bhagat Singh’s dream” come true.

Explained: What do the 2022 Assembly election results mean for states, Centre?
Sat, Mar 12, 2022

The Aam Aadmi Party, which had first entered the Punjab poll arena in the 2012 Lok Sabha elections, went on to become the main opposition after the 2017 Assembly elections and has now swept the state with a record 92 seats.

Punjab Assembly Election Results 2022 Explained: Shift from the traditional parties
Sat, Mar 12, 2022

Punjab, which has been seeing a decline in its per capita income over the last two decades, largely voted for the Delhi model of development promised by AAP. The discerning voter now wants a party that can promise him quality education, health and employment, not mere freebies.

From tackling mafia and filling empty coffers to drug menace: Task cut out for the new govt
Fri, Mar 11, 2022

Illegal sand mining was the bane of the previous Congress government. Even though the Channi-led government slashed the rates, people on ground say the mafia continues to control the prices wherever it can.

After the win: Challenges facing the new Punjab govt
Thu, Mar 10, 2022

The new AAP government will have to work hard to fix the economy of Punjab, for it will not be in a position to fulfill most of its promises if it doesn’t have the funds.

The fall of the patriarch: Badal Sr, five-time CM, bows out, loses stronghold Lambi
Thu, Mar 10, 2022

PM Narendra Modi had once famously called him the Nelson Mandela of Indian politics for his 17 years in prison at various times of his political career, first during the freedom struggle and later during Emergency.

Journey of Bhagwant Mann: From stand up comedian to Punjab’s next CM
Thu, Mar 10, 2022

The party declared him its CM face on January 19, barely a month before the elections after a phone-in poll which it claimed received 2.15 million responses with over 93 percent voting for Mann.

Explained: Here are 5 reasons why the AAP swept Punjab
Sat, Mar 12, 2022

Punjab Assembly Election Results 2022: The message that reverberated across the state was that the voters have seen the two big parties rule for 70 years, but they haven't delivered results. So it is time to give a chance to another party.

Why did Punjab see a low voter turnout this time?
Tue, Feb 22, 2022

The political parties, however, claim they are happy with the turnout, and not much should be read into it. Be it AAP, Congress, Akali Dal or BJP, they have all thanked voters for turning up in large numbers to vote for them.

The A to Z of Punjab Polls
Sun, Feb 20, 2022

As you get ready to cast your ballot to form the next Assembly, here is a look at the Punjab poll lexicon-2022.

Punjab elections: Politics of fear knocks as poll day nears
Sat, Feb 19, 2022

The fear-mongering started earlier this week as it became clear that it would be a very close contest.

Punjab: Parties bank on religion, caste divides to see them through, but on the ground, lines blur
Sun, Feb 20, 2022

The situation on the ground, however, tells a different story – of people who seldom vote along religious or caste lines, and where turbans are not donned by the Sikh community members alone.

Behbal Kalan: In village that saw anti-sacrilege protests and two deaths, anger and no closure
Sat, Feb 19, 2022

Anger against sacrilege and Arabian horses that cost a fortune -- these are the two sides of Behbal Kalan, a prosperous village on the national highway in Jaito Assembly constituency of Faridkot that’s been in the thick of Punjab politics since October 2015.

As they try a comeback after five years in the cold, Akalis bank on panth, Panjabiyat
Wed, Feb 16, 2022

The oldest regional party of the country that celebrated its 100 years in 2020, the SAD — without its long-term partner BJP, its bridge to the urban, Hindu votes — is up against voters clamouring for change from traditional parties.

In Punjab, BJP attempts a makeover as it hopes to get a foot in the door
Tue, Feb 15, 2022

This election, BJP has fielded a number of Sikh candidates, many who joined from other parties.