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Gurpreet Singh Nibber is an Assistant Editor with the Punjab bureau. He covers politics, agriculture, power sector, environment, Sikh religious affairs and the Punjabi diaspora.

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With 529 fresh cases, farm fire incidents touch 8.3K mark

On Tuesday, 1,024 cases of wheat straw burning were witnessed across the state. If the trend continues, such cases this season are likely to cross the last year’s total of 9,247.

Punjab Agricultural University’s Vice-Chancellor SS Gosal says most of the wheat growers are not keeping milch animals which consume dry fodder, so farmers prefer to burn stubble. (HT file photo)
Published on May 15, 2024 09:21 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Charanjit Channi’s comments on Poonch attack violated poll code, says Punjab CEO

CEO Sibin C said that the Punjab poll body has sought advice from the election commission of India for further action in the matter.

Former chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi
Updated on May 14, 2024 06:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab agri experts raise concern over water-guzzling spring maize

PAU experts said the focus should be on replacing paddy with maize, which has higher economics, during karif season

A farmer with his maize crop at Mullanpur grain market in Ludhiana.
Updated on May 13, 2024 08:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

At 127.6 lakh tonnes, wheat arrivals in Punjab mandis surpass last yr’s procurement figures

Last year, on the corresponding day, the total arrival had stood at 123.20 lakh tonnes. This time, the state is expecting a bumper crop with the total production expected to touch 175 lakh tonnes.

The procurement season in Punjab started late this year due to late harvesting. (HT File)
Updated on May 10, 2024 06:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Expecting price rise, Punjab farmers hold on to wheat stocks

Anticipating increase in wheat prices, farmers are holding on to wheat stocks more than their requirement for sowing in the upcoming season and for their personal use

Anticipating increase in wheat prices, farmers are holding on to wheat stocks more than their requirement for sowing in the upcoming season and for their personal use.
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 07:22 AM IST

Tardy wheat lifting: Punjab officials fail to keep pace with arrivals

Lifting essentially means moving the produce to storage points or rail heads for transportation to consuming states. Slow lifting not just leaves the grains at risk for damage due to weather vagaries, it also hinders the procurement process for farmers next in the queue.

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Updated on Apr 27, 2024 07:58 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Efforts on for zero farm fire goal: Punjab to Centre

Last year, Punjab claimed to have brought down farm fires by 26% (from 49,922 in 2022 to 36,623 in 2023). However, the area on which farm fires were reported (as recorded by satellites) went up —from 15 lakh acres in 2022 to 19 lakh acres in 2023.

Every year, during the paddy harvest season (October to November), which coincides with the onset of winters, smoke rising from the fields of Punjab and Haryana leads to formation of a smog jacket over the region, especially the National Capital Region, causing severe health and environmental hazards. (AFP)
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 07:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Amritpal to contest LS polls from Khadoor Sahib: Counsel

The latest development has triggered speculations that the Shiromani Akali Dal may field him from Khadoor Sahib, the only Lok Sabha constituency out of 13 in Punjab from where the Akalis are yet to declare a candidate, or support him as an Independent.

The Punjab Police had launched the crackdown after the February 23 incident last year in which Amritpal Singh and his supporters, some of them brandishing swords and guns, broke through barricades and barged into the police station in Ajnala, and clashed with police for the release of Lovepreet Singh Toofan, one of his aides. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 06:22 AM IST
By, , Chandigarh/amritsar

Rail roko at Shambhu: Week on, movement of food grains hit, ethanol industry in a quandary

Agriculture department says if protest continues, supply of fertilisers, especially urea and di-ammonia phosphate will be impacted

Punjab food and civil supplies department has expressed concerns that they were running out of storage space for freshly harvested wheat as process of transportation of grains to consumer states, has slowed down. (HT )
Updated on Apr 24, 2024 08:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Denial of ticket to son: Sulking Dhindsa to decide next move after meeting supporters

Upset over denial of ticket to his son from the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said on Thursday that he will hold a meeting with his supporters in Sangrur on Saturday on his next move

Upset over denial of ticket to his son from the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said on Thursday that he will hold a meeting with his supporters in Sangrur on Saturday on his next move.
Updated on Apr 20, 2024 05:48 AM IST

SAD fields Hindu faces from Amritsar, Patiala, looks to go beyond Panthic image, emerge as ‘voice of Punjab’

Out of seven candidates declared by SAD on Saturday, two are Hindu faces. The party has fielded a former leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Anil Joshi from Amritsar, and its loyalist and a money-bag realtor NK Sharma from Patiala.

TheShiromani Akali Dal has fielded a former leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Anil Joshi from Amritsar (right), and its loyalist and a money-bag realtor NK Sharma from Patiala.
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 08:08 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab readies for glut of wheat crop after slow start to procurement

According to director agriculture Jaswant Singh, the wheat crop will be ready to be harvested across the state and mandis will witness arrivals at the same time leading to a glut-like situation

Farmers harvesting wheat crop near Bathinda, Punjab. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 06:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

LS Polls: Chandumajra is Anandpur Sahib pick, Daljit Cheema fielded from Gurdaspur as SAD announces first list

The Akali Dal has fielded NK Sharma from Patiala, Anil Joshi from Amritsar, Bikramjit Singh Khalsa from Fatehgarh Sahib, Rajwinder Singh from Faridkot and Iqbal Singh Jhoonda from Sangrur.

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday announced Prem Singh Chandumajra from Anandpur Sahib seat for Lok Sabha polls.
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 08:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Day after son, daughter-in-law join BJP, SAD removes Sikander Singh Maluka as Maur halqa in-charge

Sikander Singh Maluka said that he had tried to stop his son, Gurpreet Singh Maluka, and daughter-in-law, Parampal Kaur Sidhu, from joining the saffron party but in vain.

Sikander Singh Maluka, a former cabinet minister during SAD-BJP regime (from 2012 to 17), has been an Akali leader for 40 years. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 07:56 AM IST
By, Vishal Joshi, Chandigarh/bathinda

Start paddy sowing from June 18 onwards: PAU

As per PAU’s findings, between 1998 to 2018 period, the average annual rate of fall in the water table of the state was 0.53 metres. The situation in some central districts is worse, where the rate of dip in the water table is more than 1 metre per annum

The idea behind the staggered cultivation is to save the subsoil water and ensure uninterrupted power supply to all 14 lakh plus agriculture tubewells that feed 35 lakh hectares (88 lakh acres) of agriculture land. (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 10, 2024 06:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Senior leader Jhundan stakes claim for SAD’s Sangrur ticket

Senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and two-time MLA Iqbal Singh Jhundan (62) has staked claim for the party ticket from the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency amid reports of party considering the name of former finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa (50) from the prestigious seat

Senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and two-time MLA Iqbal Singh Jhundan (62) has staked claim for the party ticket from the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency amid reports of party considering the name of former finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa (50) from the prestigious seat.
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 07:18 AM IST

Punjab wheat yield set to hit all-time high this rabi season

According to Punjab Agricultural University vice-chancellor SS Gosal there was no pest attack and untimely hailstorms and winds affected the crop only in limited pockets, which will boost the yield.

According to Punjab Agricultural University experts conducive weather conditions hints towards a bumper crop and the production can even breach the all-time high record of 182.57 lakh tonnes. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 08:36 AM IST

Punjab: Cheema, Chandumajra vie for SAD ticket from Anandpur Sahib

Two senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders – former MP Prem Singh Chandumajra and former minister Daljit Singh Cheema – are staking claim for the party ticket from the Anandpur Sahib Parliamentary segment

Two senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders – former MP Prem Singh Chandumajra and former minister Daljit Singh Cheema – are staking claim for the party ticket from the Anandpur Sahib Parliamentary segment.
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 08:48 AM IST

What happened between SAD and BJP?

A last-ditch effort by the two allies to reconstitute their 25-year alliance (followed by a three-year break) has fallen through. What now?

(From left) Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, Union home minister Amit Shah, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, Radha Soami sect head Gurinder Singh Dhillon and former state BJP chief Avinash Rai Khanna during the prayer meet for former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, at Badal village on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 10:31 PM IST

Poll talk @HT: Focus on winning hearts than seats in Punjab, Sukhbir tells BJP

In an interview to Hindustan Times, Akali leader cautions one-time ally against “aggression to capture the numbers” in the border state

Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal during an interaction at the Hindustan Times office in Mohali on Tuesday. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Published on Apr 03, 2024 12:29 PM IST

FCI allows Punjab to use open plinths for wheat storage for the last time

The FCI gave a leeway due to lack of storage space even as the Centre has mandated storage of food grains in covered godowns to save grains from the vagaries of the weather.

Labourers rest on sacks of wheat at Bhagtanwala Grain market in Amritsar (HT)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 08:28 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

SAD looks to resurrect its core strength – ‘panth’ & peasantry

With possibilities of a tie-up between the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) laid to rest, the latter sees it a chance to resurrect its core strength --- the ‘panth’ and farmers

With possibilities of a tie-up between the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) laid to rest, the latter sees it a chance to resurrect its core strength --- the ‘panth’ and farmers.
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 08:48 AM IST

SAD’s hints it may go solo in Lok Sabha polls

The resolution said ‘the party’s principles are over politics’ and it sought to resolve the issues concerning Punjab and the Sikhs as a pre-requisite for an alliance with the saffron party, hinting that “no alliance was possible at this stage.”

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal (PTI)
Updated on Mar 23, 2024 09:02 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Tie-up delay: SAD in wait-and-watch mode in Punjab

SAD hopeful of alliance with BJP but has also asked its carders to be in poll mode on all 13 LS seats

With the announcement of Lok Sabha elections on Saturday, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has adopted a wait-and-watch approach to draw a poll strategy as it is waiting for an alliance with its former ally Bhartiya Janata party (BJP).
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 08:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh :

Two years of AAP govt in Punjab: Dip in farm fires, diversification still remains a challenge

In the past two years, several meetings have been held between chief minister Bhagwant Mann and farm bodies’ representatives for discussions on peasantry demands but have failed to bring out a positive outcome.

This year the state government has started preparations in advance for the 2024 kharif and has set a target of spending <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>500 crore on subsidy to the farmers for purchasing machines for crop residue management.
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 09:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

2 years of AAP govt: Providing jobs, a ‘work in progress’ in Punjab

While 11,467 jobs were provided in the education department, 8,853 vacancies have been filled in the home department, 4,737 in the local bodies department, 4,564 in power, 2,124 in revenue and 1,086 in health.

In two years since it came to power, the Bhagwant Mann-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has provided jobs to 42,924 persons in 40 state departments, a major chunk (27%) of which are in the education department. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 08:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Assembly budget session adjourned sine die, three days ahead of schedule

Speaking during zero hour, CM Mann accused Centre of not involving state govt while inaugurating projects in Punjab

Speaking during zero hour, CM Mann accused Centre of not involving state govt while inaugurating projects in Punjab. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 06:06 AM IST

Rural roads repair work hit due to non-release of RDF, says Agriculture minister Gurmeet Singh Khudian in question hour

Sultanpur Lodhi legislator raised the issue and said that many roads were damaged in his constituency during last year’s floods and are in urgent need of repairs.

Agriculture minister Gurmeet Singh Khudian
Updated on Mar 12, 2024 08:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab farmers set to take the wheel of improved, easy-to-use surface seeders

PAU's improved surface seeder aids in crop residue management, weed control, and efficient wheat sowing post-paddy harvest, benefiting farmers in Punjab.

PAU experts say the old machines required at least 20 to 25 days between paddy harvest and wheat sowing, but farmers can sow wheat a day after harvest using the new machines (HT File)
Updated on Mar 11, 2024 09:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab budget session question hour: No teacher in 26 Chabbewal, Garhshankar schools, says Congress MLA

Education minister Harjot Singh Bains told the House that the govt is making efforts to ensure full strength of teachers in ‘kandi’ belt schools

MLA Raj Kumar Chabbewal showing chains during a media interaction. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Mar 08, 2024 08:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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