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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Kanchan Vasdev

Cash-starved Punjab govt to buy SUVs for 17 MLAs for Rs 2.8 crore
Tue, Jan 28, 2020

The functionary argued that the purchase of vehicles for MLAs was the need of the hour as many of them were complaining that their vehicles had outlived their fitness and would break down in the middle of the road, leaving them stranded.

CACP’s recommendation to review procurement policy has state up in arms
Tue, Jan 28, 2020

The recommendation, out of purview of the CACP, is set to evoke protests from Punjab, a state that depends largely on agriculture.

Punjab govt will take action against IAS officer accused of sexual harassment: Chief Secy
Tue, Jan 28, 2020

The IAS officer is a director of a department and the complainant is his subordinate in the same department.

Explained: What are the power deals troubling Punjab?
Tue, Jan 28, 2020

PPAs were signed with Rajpura Thermal Power Plant, Talwandi Sabo Power Project, and Goindwal Sahib Power Plant. Under the agreements, fixed charges are to be paid to these three plants even if the state does not require power.

Punjab PCS officer accuses IAS officer of sexual harassment
Sat, Jan 25, 2020

Sources said that she told the Chief Secretary that she had been a victim to her senior’s “inappropriate” behaviour more than once.

After drones and drugs, locusts from Pakistan raise concerns in Punjab
Sat, Jan 25, 2020

Punjab, which blames Afghanistan and Pakistan for narcotics making way into India, is now blaming both the countries for locusts reaching Rajasthan.

Why Punjab wants a fresh tribunal to assess river water availability
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Punjab is facing a severe water crisis with the wheat/paddy cycle and over-exploitation of groundwater for agriculture wreaking havoc on its resources.

Punjab-Haryana river water war: After all-party meet in Punjab today, decision to be conveyed to Centre
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

The Punjab government has invited all political parties including SAD, BJP, AAP and Lok Insaf Party to take a decision on the issue. The decision will then be conveyed to the Centre.

Delhi polls: Navjot Singh Sidhu, Capt Amarinder Singh among star campaigners from Punjab
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

The relationship between Amarinder and Sidhu reached a low point when Sidhu, at an election rally at Bathinda, indicated that Amarinder and Akalis had a nexus.

Captain Amarinder Singh meets Sonia Gandhi, both discuss CAA, power tariff hike and Bajwa’s tirade
Tue, Jan 21, 2020

While power tariff and CAA issues were raised in the common meeting, the matter of Rajya Sabha MP Partap Bajwa’s tirade came up in Amarinder’s one-on-one with Sonia Gandhi.

Amid Bajwa’s tirade against him, Amarinder to meet Sonia in Delhi today
Mon, Jan 20, 2020

Amarinder flew to Delhi in his chopper on Sunday morning itself. PPCC president Sunil Kumar Jakhar and AICC general secretary in-charge Asha Kumari is also likely to accompany him for the meeting.

Amarinder Singh differs: ‘Dinkar Gupta still the Punjab DGP’
Sat, Jan 18, 2020

Directs Home, AG to challenge order

My honour restored, Gupta is no more Punjab police chief: Mustafa
Sat, Jan 18, 2020

Gupta was selected by the UPSC out of a panel of three officers sent by the state government. Gupta had superseded five officers - Mustafa, Hardeep Dhillon, Jasminder Singh, Chattopadhyaya, and Samant Goel (on central deputation).

Explained: What is Punjab’s new Right to Business Bill?
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Under the law, an MSME unit can be set up after ‘In-Principle’ approval from the District Bureau of Enterprise, headed by the Deputy Commissioner, working under the guidance of the State Nodal Agency, headed by the Director, Industries.

Punjab: Amid power tariff row, Sunil Jakhar says ‘state law dept on case losing spree’
Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Jakhar’s broadside comes at a time when the Akali Dal has been accusing Punjab government for losing cases against private thermal plants and then burdening consumers with a power tariff hike.

Punjab may bring resolution opposing CAA and NPR
Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Only last week, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had opposed the CAA and supported Kerala Vidhan Sabha strongly.

Breach in Punjab CM’s security: No action so far, DGP says police examining probe report
Tue, Jan 14, 2020

The security breach took place during Punjab Investment Summit when a resident of Dera Bassi had entered the Chief Minister’s session, wearing a ribbon of the ID cards with QR and colour coding issued to the invitees.

Rana Gurjit: when I raised issue, no minister supported me, was it not a cause for Punjab
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

“What is the point in raising the issue in the Cabinet now and write letters to the Chief Minister after SAD chief Sukhbir Badal accused the government of wrongdoing over something that his (Sukhbir’s) government had done?," asked Gurjit.

Punjab: Ministers push Captain to review power purchase agreements with private plants
Fri, Jan 10, 2020

The issue of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) was made a pre-poll issue by Congress. The party had promised that after coming to power it would terminate the agreements. But the promises was not kept on the plea that there was no legal way to do this.

Punjab CM’s security breach: Probe indicts PR dept, SPU for ‘cursory’, ‘cavalier’ checking
Thu, Jan 09, 2020

An inquiry into the incident has indicted Punjab’s Public Relations Department and the Close Protection Team (CPT) of Special Protection Unit (SPU) for “cursory” and “cavalier” checking. being lax responsible.

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