Kanchan Vasdev

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Punjab bypolls to four seats a litmus test for Amarinder govt

The Election Commission Saturday announced that bypolls to Dakha, Jalalabad, Phagwara and Mukerian Assembly seats will be held on October 21 and the counting of votes will be on October 24.

Two months on, Navjot Singh Sidhu maintains radio silence

Speculation is however rife in the state that Sidhu was in touch with a few vociferous MLAs of other parties and they were looking at chalking their future together.

Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar says he wants to restore power to party workers

After a self-imposed political exile for three months, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sunil Jakhar yet again brought up the power struggle between Congress workers and bureaucrats.

Guru Nanak Dev birth anniversary: Captain Amarinder names two ministers for joint meet, SAD not satisfied

“Instead of asking the SGPC, which was a tool in the hands of her SAD to extend support to the state-level function, Harimsrat Kaur was going all out to drive a deeper wedge between the government and the religious body,” alleged Amarinder.

Congress rejects Sunil Jakhar’s resignation as Punjab party chief

Following the Lok Sabha results on May 23, Jakhar had tendered his resignation as PPCC president after he lost to Bollywood actor and BJP candidate Sunny Deol from Gurdaspur constituency. 

Punjab: Ahead of Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary, paint job in holy town gets political colour

While SAD is spending around Rs 5 crore on painting the town white over the next month, the Congress-led municipal council has decided to open its coffers to help residents who cannot afford to paint their houses, but isn’t insisting on a particular colour.

550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak: SAD, Congress start drives to paint holy town

While SAD is spending around Rs 5 crore on painting the town white over the next month, the Congress-led municipal council has decided to open its coffers to help residents who cannot afford to paint their residences, but isn’t insisting on a particular colour.

Punjab: Two MLAs say they won’t accept perks with adviser posts

Gidderbaha MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring and Faridkot MLA Kushaldeep Singh Kiki, were both appointed as political advisers to CM, and have made that announcement of turning down perks coming with the posts.

Politics heats up over 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak

Harsimrat, the Bathinda MP, said that it was shocking that despite a request by the SGPC - the elected body of the Sikhs - for jointly organising the momentous event, there had not been any positive response from the state government.

Punjab Cabinet to hold its meeting in Sultanpur Lodhi tomorrow

The meeting would be organised in newly constructed committee room of Agriculture Market Committee complex in Sultanpur Lodhi. A Cabinet meeting is rarely organised out of state capital.

Punjab: Additional registrar illegally gives job to retired man’s wife, Punjab govt dismisses him

The inquiry had been ordered by Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. Former Additional Registrar (admn) Cooperative Societies and an IAS officer Devinder Singh conducted the inquiry into the appointment of Karamjit Kaur.

Give us Yamuna water if Haryana wants SYL: Punjab’s stand

Sources said state’s Haryana counterpart is also learnt to have raised its demand that Punjab should at least construct the remaining part of Sutlej Yamuna Link canal and the division of water could be dealt with later.

Explained: Why the release of Punjabi movie Kaum De Heere could test Amarinder Singh’s government

The movie is based on the life of assassins of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who was killed by her body guards Satwant Singh, Kehar Singh and Beant Singh in 1983.

Bargari Sacrilege: Not returning cases is contempt of court, state tells CBI

The state government is on the defensive after Special DGP-cum-Director Bureau of Investigation Prabodh Kumar writing to CBI seeking further investigation in Bargari sacrilege case after CBI filing a closure report.

Centre forms teams for flood-hit states, ignores Punjab; CM fumes

“Surprised on the exclusion of Punjab from the list of States to be visited by the Inter-Ministerial Central Team to assess losses in flood-affected areas in different States,” Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh said on Twitter.

Kartarpur Corridor: Clearances still pending, Punjab ministers’ visit to Pak deferred

Medical Education Minister O P Soni, Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Tourism Minister Charanjit Singh Channi were to visit Pakistan on Thursday

Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary: Punjab govt to invite Pope, other religious heads

The religious heads would be invited to the four-day function at Dera Baba Nanak. While the Dera Baba Nanak function would be organised from November 8 to 11, the Sultanpur Lodhi one will be organised on November 12.

Punjab floods: Ropar locals blame illegal mining, say it was a tragedy waiting to happen

“This was waiting to happen. We have been raising an alarm. But nobody cared. Now, many villages have been flooded as Sutlej is changing is course as stone crushing units have come up in the river bed," said Paramjit Singh, an Advocate from Ropar.

Punjab flood: Initial loss estimate Rs 1,700 crore

Damage to highways and bridges; municipal and civic infrastructure; and power infrastructure has been assessed at Rs 100 crore each.

Explained: Why rain in Himachal Pradesh is to blame for floods in Punjab

Punjab experienced just 5 per cent more rain than last year as of August 20. Last year the state had witnessed 343.2 cm rainfall while this year it has been 357.3 cm.