Kanchan Vasdev

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Eye on LS polls, Punjab govt to let Congress MLAs hand out loan waiver cheques

The next debt waiver function is being organised on January 22 in which 11,328 farmers from Bathinda district will be benefitted.

Suresh Arora to continue as Punjab DGP till UPSC clears panel

Top sources in the government said Arora cannot be relieved of his duties till the next DGP is appointed. The SC has already directed that states cannot appoint an acting DGP.

Punjab: Suspended Congress MLA meets CM, seeks reinstatement

The state Congress unit had on Wednesday suspended Kulbir Singh Zira from the party membership due to indiscipline. He had alleged that the Congress government had failed to take any action against some contractors who were selling illicit liquor in Ferozepur.

Punjab Congress suspends Zira, he says will meet Rahul, Sonia Gandhi to seek justice

The state unit had earlier issued a show cause notice to Zira after he had alleged inaction against contractors selling illicit liquor. Jakhar said Zira was not able to explain his conduct in his reply.

Lok Sabha polls: For ‘Mission 13’, Congress begins search for ‘strong candidates’

On Tuesday, Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar held a meeting with party leaders to frame a strategy for the forthcoming general elections and asked his partymen to dedicate themselves to achieve the target which was fixed by the Congress during a rally at Killian Wali on October 7 last year.

Kartarpur corridor access: On Pakistan idea, Punjab says allow Aadhaar, waive passport need

Punjab has contended that pilgrims should be allowed access on the basis of Aadhaar card, which is a valid legal document and nearly 99 per cent of the state’s population possesses it.

Punjab: Zira MLA gets showcause notice from Congress, he sticks to his stand

Zira was present at the district-level function Saturday, but he walked out after declaring from stage that the police was allegedly protecting liquor contractors and drug peddlers.

Govt enhances Navjot Singh Sidhu’s security, CM Amarinder Singh gives him bulletproof car from his fleet

Sources privy to the development said that after Congress high command intervened, the CM, who also holds the home portfolio, immediately provided a bulletproof vehicle from his fleet to Sidhu as it takes more than a month’s time to bulletproof a new vehicle.

Congress intervenes, gets PIL against ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ film withdrawn

The bench of Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Pali allowed the petitioner to withdraw his petition. “Before the arguments could start, the counsel for the petitioner sought permission from the court to withdraw the petition and it was granted,” Satya Pal Jain, Additional Solicitor General of India said. 

Kartarpur Corridor: Project yet to take off as state awaits Centre’s nod to design proposal

On Monday, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had accused the Centre of not providing money for acquisition of land. He had stated that the project was being delayed because of non-payment of money

Punjab: Congress MLAs not to be included in first list of chairpersons of boards and corporations

The state Congress unit Tuesday sent the first list of names, finalised at Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s Delhi residence, to Rahul Gandhi’s office for approval.

Capt Amarinder Singh to meet Rahul Gandhi today, AAP alliance on agenda

Sources said the state unit and the Punjab CM were in no mood to have an alliance with AAP and the CM would convey the sentiments of the state unit to the party chief during the meeting.

Smartphone scheme: Over 19 lakh applications, but Capt govt plans to distribute only 4-5 lakh

The idea of the pre-poll promise of providing a smartphone to youngsters in the age group of 18-35 years was conceived by political strategist Prashant Kishor.

PM Modi’s Punjab visit starts today, farm relief on state’s mind

In a statement, the PPCC president said despite the poor track record of the BJP and the Prime Minister in keeping promises, people still expected Modi to announce something substantial for the state.

In run-up to Lok Sabha elections, panchayat battle exposes ruling Cong to fire from all sides

The ruling dispensation came for a severe criticism as the use of liquor during election could not be checked. Videos and pictures of drunk people having a field day went viral on social media ahead of the election.

Panchayat elections: Polling on Sunday, Punjab govt decides against moving SC

Widespread rejection of nomination papers had become a political issue in Punjab. Several rejected candidates had moved the HC and the court had given them the relief. Bajwa had earlier stated that they would move SC against HC decision.

Punjab: In rejection of nomination papers, similar ground across villages

All three election aspirants were among the 117 petitioners who had moved the High Court calling the rejection illegal. The panchayat elections are scheduled on Sunday.

Punjab: In Moga, a repaired Rajiv statue awaits re-installation

The statue, installed in Block Market of Moga, was vandalised twice, once on December 1, 2013 and later on December 8, 2015. In 2013, ink was strewn on it and a portion was broken. In 2015, the statue was pelted with stones.

Sand mine auctions: Failure to reply to HC notice led to stay, govt to fix responsibility

The Congress government had come to power on the promise of regulating the sand trade and the prices of the commodity, besides raising the state revenue.

Govt stands by Moga DC after SEC orders transfer

Moga Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Hans had put off the election in two villages — Sekhan Kalan and Sekhan Mehar Singh — without keeping the Commission in the loop.