Kanchan Vasdev

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Delay in GST compensation: How do we run state without money, asks Punjab FM

Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal told The Indian Express that Punjab would go into an overdraft on Wednesday because of the fiscal situation arising out of non-payment of GST compensation to the tune of Rs 4,100 crore by Centre to the state.

Explained: Why Punjab suspended disbursing bonus to farmers who didn’t set paddy stubble to fire

It has ordered reverification of the beneficiaries who have been paid Rs 2,500 per acre for not burning paddy straw and has also made more stringent the process to seek compensation and the claim’s verification. The Indian Express explains:

‘Benefit of PMAY not reaching poor in Punjab, bankers sitting on 1.5 lakh applications’

The bankers said that the scheme was meant for the urban poor, while most of the applications received by them were from rural areas. Hence, their application was not being processed.

MGNREGA scam: More heads to roll, says Punjab minister

The Rural Development and Panchayats minister has already ordered a through inquiry into the alleged scam that was unearthed in Muktsar, Faridkot and Ferozepur districts.

Punjab Dalit man killed: 3 ministers, CM’s political secy negotiate deal — Rs 20 lakh, govt job to victim’s wife

The family of a Dalit labourer who died days after he was mercilessly thrashed and forced to drink own urine, ended their protest after Punjab government Monday announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh, government job to the victim’s wife and free education for their three children. The state government also announced a probe into […]

Explained: How Punjab govt is zeroing in on farmers who need to be compensated

Following a Supreme Court order directing three states to compensate farmers who have refrained from burning paddy stubble on their fields, Punjab government is paying Rs 2,500 per acre. The Indian Express explains how the government is zeroing in on those managed the stubble in an environment friendly way

Punjab doles out bonus to paddy farmers, will claim it from Centre

The government has so far disbursed Rs 19.09 crore to 29,343 non-basmati paddy cultivating small and marginal farmers who did not burn the paddy residue, as per the information it submitted in the Supreme Court Friday.

Kartarpur, a small bandaid on the wound of Partition

The corridor is rather a small band-aid on that wound, still hurting somewhere, even after 72 years. Not that the people have forgotten the trouble-torn days of militancy in Punjab. They are cautious, yet they want free access to the other side, at least the Gurdwara associated with Guru Nanak Dev.

Kartarpur: As confusion prevails, Sikh pilgrims seek passage with Aadhaar, denied

In the first three days after the Corridor was thrown open by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Indian side and his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan on November 9, only 971 devotees visited the shrine at Kartarpur, the final resting place of Guru Nanak in Narowal district of neighboring country’s Punjab province.

Explained: The procedure to travel to Kartarpur Sahib

How can one apply for pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib? The Indian Express explains the process.

Centre invited 90 NRIs to join first jatha at Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara, they recall ‘life-changing’ visit

The members of delegation landed in India after November 5 and have since then been staying at a hotel in Amritsar. They would leave for Sultanpur Lodhi on Monday to participate in the function of 550th-year celebrations on Tuesday.

Kahan Singh Pannu: ‘Raising awareness, compliance were key to reducing pesticide use’

Punjab Agriculture Secretary, Kahan Singh Pannu, states that Punjab has been able to cut down its pesticide use quite significantly.

Emotions blur borders as history marks Kartarpur opening

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the first jatha led by Akal Takht jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, and prominent leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, from near the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur.

Kartarpur corridor: Hailed as ‘real hero’ across border, Sidhu says he went to ‘thank my yaar’

Sidhu thanked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for opening the Kartarpur corridor and asked him to work towards opening borders as a next step.

Sidhu reaches Kartarpur Corridor, ends five months of self-imposed political exile

Sidhu was seen interacting with his colleagues and telling them about how he spent his five months of exile. “I was meditating for 15-20 hours every day. I was in the other world.”

Kartarpur Corridor opens today: First batch of 550 set to cross the border

The Corridor connects Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Punjab with Darbar Sahib — also called Kartarpur Sahib — the last resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, in Narowal district in Pakistan.

Punjab: House resolves to allow Sikh women to perform kirtan at Golden Temple

The resolution, which was was endorsed by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) members, was passed by the Assembly passed by voice vote.

Punjab: Bill to save Capt’s six advisers from disqualification clears House hurdle

With this amendment, six Congress legislators - Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, Kuljit Singh Nagra, Sangat Singh Gilzian, Inderbir Singh Bolaria, Kushaldeep Dhillon and Tarsem Singh DC - will not be disqualified for holding the office of profit.

Explained: Delhi smoke, Punjab water — the tradeoff

A decade-old law has led to the sowing and transplantation of the summer paddy crop in Punjab to be delayed by about a fortnight, and moved the harvesting season to end-October and early November.

Guru Nanak birth anniversary: Amid show of bonhomie, some brewing tension in Punjab assembly’s special session  

The chief guest at the occasion, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, specially included Badal in his address, but did not mention Hooda.