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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Kanchan Vasdev

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

Five things about Rajinder Singh, the man behind sting operation on sacked Punjab Health Minister Vijay Singla
Wed, May 25, 2022

Superintending engineer Rajinder Singh conducted a sting operation on Dr Vijay Singla and it led to his sacking and arrest.

Sack comes when Singla was overseeing creation of 75 Mohalla Clinics
Wed, May 25, 2022

Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had said a few days ago that he would dedicate 75 clinics on the occasion of 75th Independence Day.

Punjab CM sacks his Health Minister for ‘bribe’ after ‘sting’
Wed, May 25, 2022

Vijay Singla arrested; sent to 3-day Punjab Police remand

Farmers have power to overthrow govts, they should continue their agitation: KCR in Punjab
Mon, May 23, 2022

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann were also at the event at which Rao, on behalf of the Telangana government, handed out cheques of Rs 3 lakh to each of the families of the 712 farmers who lost their lives during the agitation against the farm laws.

Punjab: KCR hands out relief to kin of those who died in farm stir; says ‘fight on’
Mon, May 23, 2022

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann were also at the event at which Rao, on behalf of the Telangana government, handed out cheques of Rs 3 lakh to each of the families of the 712 farmers who lost their lives during the agitation against the farm laws.

Centre’s help welcome but state faces challenges in procuring record yield
Sun, May 22, 2022

The centre has put a rider that the state government would have to keep a revolving fund equivalent to at least 15% of procurement cost of sanctioned quantity and ensure that the payment is made directly into the bank accounts of the farmers within three days of procurement.

Jakhar, fall guy of Cong gets new political life
Sat, May 21, 2022

Sources indicate that Jakhar, who had announced ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections that he had retired from active politics, may be nominated to Rajya Sabha besides being given a role in state unit of BJP.

In symbolic protest, Sidhu took an elephant ride before he was convicted
Fri, May 20, 2022

Addressing the media, Sidhu said he was protesting against the price rise as 90 per cent Punjabis and Indians have a battle to earn for a survival. He said everything had gone up starting from transport, food items, construction or housing, healthcare facility.

Feel bad for Sherry today, sad he has to go through all this, says Bunny
Fri, May 20, 2022

Bunny was co-accused with Sidhu in the road rage case in which Sidhu has been sentenced. However, he was acquitted by Supreme Court in 2018.

Navjot Sidhu road rage case: ‘Justice delivered after 34 years, grateful to God’, says Gurnam Singh’s son
Fri, May 20, 2022

Narvedinder Singh Suyach, who is the only surviving son of the deceased, said, “Everybody has seen how we have fought for justice. We lost our father but justice was denied to us. Finally, it has been delivered.”

Punjab govt accepts 12 of 13 demands, farmers lift dharna at Chandigarh-Mohali border
Thu, May 19, 2022

Among the 13 demands, the two sides could not reach a consensus on the demand for a bonus of Rs 500 on every quintal of wheat on account of a drop in the yield due to shrivelling of grains.

‘Stage-managed show’: Chaos, protests outside Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann’s first public darbar
Tue, May 17, 2022

People were seen protesting outside the main gate of Punjab Bhawan as police personnel posted at the venue told them that their names were not on the list and hence they could not be allowed inside.

Relief for Punjab, Haryana: Centre relaxes shrivelling of wheat norms
Sat, May 14, 2022

The farmers from these states had complained that the early onset of summer this year resulted in wheat grains shrivelling by nearly 18 per cent, much more than the permissible limit of 6 per cent.

‘We will get every inch of encroached land vacated, nobody bigger than Punjab’: Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal
Sat, May 14, 2022

A mammoth challenge, however, lies ahead as hundreds of acres have been encroached by influential people. Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal speaks to The Indian Express on the issue:

Punjab: For his ‘moochh’, farmer pays Rs 33 lakh for agri land lease
Sat, May 14, 2022

A local farmer, Pargat Singh (25), bid Rs 33.10 lakh for the land at the village where other pieces of land were given on lease for Rs 50,000 per acre —four acres for about Rs 2 lakh — every year. The auction has fetched 17 times the current price of lease in the village.

Day after RPG attack, politics flares up in Punjab as Opp, AAP trade fireworks
Wed, May 11, 2022

Hitting back at the Opposition parties over the RPG incident row, the AAP has charged that they have not been able to reconcile with its “popularity” among the people of Punjab and were just venting their “political frustration”.

Receptive, no arrogance, Sidhu praises CM Mann
Tue, May 10, 2022

The meeting and the praise later came days after Sidhu called Mann a "rubber doll", alluding to the opposition charge that the state government was being run by the AAP leadership from Delhi.

Punjab, Haryana and Delhi police caught in Bagga row crossfire as AAP-BJP battle rages
Fri, May 06, 2022

Most of the AAP leaders maintained a silence over the Bagga episode, even as the BJP hit out at the AAP for allegedly using the Punjab police for its “political vendetta”.

With GST grant set to end, Punjab’s AAP regime stares at tough times ahead
Fri, May 06, 2022

The revenue shortfall comes at a time when the AAP is looking to come good on its pre-poll promises of different freebies to voters.

Punjab: Bhagwant Mann asks AAP MLAs to go out, champion DSR technique among masses to save water
Wed, May 04, 2022

“He told them to stop thinking that they were the rulers and rather serve the masses, who had voted for them. He asked them to get out of their houses and go out among the people,” a source said.

From free power to 26k jobs to anti-graft helpline: but for some bumps, Punjab CM Mann’s govt hits ground running
Wed, May 04, 2022

In its brief tenure, the Aam Aadmi Party government in Punjab has sought to fulfil several of its election promises like providing free electricity, jobs and ration at the doorstep. The party has also courted several controversies.

Knowledge-sharing MoU: Congress mulls moving HC, cites ‘conflict of interest’
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

Bajwa told The Indian Express, “In Punjab and Delhi coming together, there is a direct conflict of interest on sharing of waters. When Punjab is taking its case against sharing of waters to Supreme Court, why would it like to show its files to a state that is also seeking water?

Under attack, AAP takes to Twitter, pins blame on Opp
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

On Friday evening, the Punjab unit of AAP posted a video of Shiv Sena leader, Harish Singla, praising former Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, in which he is heard saying, “I am a fan of Channi’s style of functioning.”

Arvind Kejriwal, Bhagwant Mann discuss paddy stubble burning problem
Wed, Apr 27, 2022

After the meeting, the CM directed Punjab chief secretary Anirudh Tewari to prepare a detailed report on financial implications to compensate the farmers for not burning paddy stubble.

Punjab Opposition guns for CM Bhagwant Mann over Delhi deal, he returns fire
Wed, Apr 27, 2022

SAD chief Sukhbir Badal hit at Mann stating that he had sold off the interests of Punjab to Delhi in the garb of the KSA.