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Kanchan Vasdev

At Amarinder granddaughter’s pre-wedding function: Politics, Sidhu’s absence, and lunch
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

The wedding will take place on February 28. While Sidhu was conspicuous by his absence, his another sworn rival, and Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa, participated in the function, accompanied by his wife and former MLA, Charanjeet Kaur Bajwa, and their son.

Political circles in Punjab abuzz over Capt Amarinder Singh’s grand daughter’s wedding
Thu, Feb 25, 2021

While the chief minister has invited his Cabinet colleagues, MLAs and opposition party leaders for lunch at his farmhouse ‘Mohinder Bagh -- in Parol village near here -- on Thursday, it remains to be seen who would be a part of the high profile wedding, set to take place at the CM’s residence.

Post clean sweep, Cong message for (Sidhu and) others: Captain for 2022
Fri, Feb 19, 2021

The announcement of mission ‘Captain for 2022’ is being seen as a loud and clear message to the rank and file in Punjab that Amarinder is in command and he would lead party’s show in 2022 also

Congress sweeps Punjab civic polls; farm law heat singes Akalis, BJP
Thu, Feb 18, 2021

The BJP’s hopes that a good performance in the urban areas would ease some pressure off it on the laws were dashed.

Punjab local body polls: Cong expects ‘reflection of good work’, Oppn seeks to turn tables
Wed, Feb 17, 2021

The civic body elections are politically important as they were held amid the ongoing farmers’ agitation and during the last year of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s government.

Contract Farming Act row: Act not in operation, will ask CM to repeal it, says Jakhar
Tue, Feb 16, 2021

Punjab Congress chief Sunil Kumar Jakhar said it was the SAD-BJP who had dared to introduce jail term for farmers under the Act in the Budget Session of 2013 after suspending 9 Congress MLAs to throttle their voice against these draconian measures.

Punjab For Cong, a battle of prestige, for others a taste of things to come
Sat, Feb 13, 2021

Campaign ends with all parties pushing for votes.

Amid farm stir, Congress finds issue in fuel price rise, hits the road
Fri, Feb 12, 2021

The Congress has been deferring rallies and political activity amid the farmers' protest. The leaders have been concerned that the farmer organisations would not like the political parties organising such activities as these divide the supporters at their dharnas at the Delhi borders.

Ahead of local body polls, FIR against Warring puts him, Congress in spot
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring’s brother-in-law, Dump Vinayak was booked by the Faridkot police Sunday after the suicide of a PSPCL contractor who shot himself on Saturday.

Punjab Govt expert panel urged reforms akin to farm laws but Captain rejected
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

In its report, under the title “Transforming Punjab’s Agriculture,” the expert panel suggested marketing reforms and opening up of agriculture marketing beyond the APMCs.

Punjab reaches out to Centre and farmers, proposes longer pause
Fri, Feb 05, 2021

Some top state officials have been camping in Delhi and are in constant touch with both the protesting farmers and the Centre.

Amarinder Singh cites Op Blue Star, threat from Pak to call for early resolution to farmers’ agitation
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Recalling how, soon after two-month negotiations on an earlier Punjab crisis, relating to a list of some 42 demands, Operation Blue Star had happened, the Chief Minister warned that “If anger builds here, it will be exploited”, the release said.

Capt says 70 lawyers appointed in Delhi for legal aid; Cong meets Shah in two groups
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

In a tweet, the Punjab CM said: “Punjab government has already arranged a team of 70 lawyers in Delhi to ensure quick legal recourse to farmers booked by the Delhi Police. I will personally take up the issue of missing farmers with MHA and ensure these persons reach home safely."

Excise Policy 2021-22: Liquor prices in Punjab unchanged, sale quota increased
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Punjab is looking at revenue collection of Rs 7,002 crore in the next fiscal against an expected collection of Rs 5,794 crore in the current fiscal. This is Rs 300 crore more than the estimates in the budget 2020-21 at Rs 5,578 crore.

Farmers agitation has revived, says BKU president Rajewal
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

Addressing the media in Chandigarh, Rajewal credited Rakesh Tikait, saying the Uttar Pradesh leader's emotional appeal to keep the agitation afloat had worked wonders.

CBI conducts surprise checks at FCI godowns
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

In its first reaction, the Punjab government said it is watching whether the raids were a part of “hidden agenda”.

CBI surprise checks at grain godowns in Punjab, Haryana
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

In its first reaction, the Punjab government said it is watching whether the raids were a part of “hidden agenda” or the central agency genuinely wanted to check the irregularities in quality of wheat and rice stocks.

Centre welcome to run quality checks, watching if it’s hidden agenda: Ashu
Fri, Jan 29, 2021

Punjab Food Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu said that the raids were nothing new for Punjab. “There were similar checks conducted in 2004 and 2010 too. If these raids are also like the earlier process, then we have no objection.”

In Punjab, Cong and AAP condemn cases against farm leaders, BJP defends move
Fri, Jan 29, 2021

The Delhi Police has issued lookout notices against farmer leaders who have been named in an FIR filed in connection with the violence that broke out during the farmers’ tractor parade in the national capital on R-Day.

‘My head hangs in shame’, says Capt Amarinder Singh
Thu, Jan 28, 2021

The CM said that Centre should also probe the involvement, if any, of any political party or nation. He, however, added that no farm leaders should be unnecessarily targeted or harassed by the police.

Disquiet in Congress over attack on Bittu at Singhu
Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Bittu, who had said that "goonda elements" had attacked him and that "it was a plot to murder him", Tuesday blamed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the incident and claimed that he saw “many persons holding yellow flags of Yogendra Yadav's outfit Swaraj India”.

Behind Punjab government’s nod to restore Malerkotla palace, ‘last wish’ of 97-yr-old Begum
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

The Punjab Cabinet had given its nod for the acquisition, conservation and use of the palace for tourism on Monday.

SC order on farm laws: Cong leaders wait and watch, mum on stay, speak on panel
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

“I have asked Advocate General Punjab to procure a copy of the order of the Supreme Court and examine it. Thereafter, the Council of Ministers shall meet on 14th Jan at 4 PM to consider its implications,” tweeted Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

SC hearing tomorrow: Punjab ready to challenge farm laws
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

The Consortium of Indian Farmers Associations (CIFA) approached the Supreme Court Saturday, seeking to be heard against the challenge to the new laws. It said “farm reforms are beneficial to enable increased income to farmers and growth of agriculture”.

Cow dung dumping case: Capt orders withdrawal of attempt to murder charge, shifts SHO; BJP fumes
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

In a statement, the Chief Minister said that the SHO had gone overboard in registering a case under Section 307 of the IPC. “There was no attempt to murder,” he said.