Gurpreet Singh Nibber is a special correspondent with the Punjab bureau. He covers agriculture, power sector, Sikh religious affairs and the Punjabi diaspora.
Articles by Gurpreet Singh Nibber
BJP national president JP Nadda is said to have spoken to SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, who, according to sources, replied that the party will take a call on the matter after consulting the senior leadership.
Punjab cabinet minister Harjot Singh Bains on Thursday informed the Vidhan Sabha that he will refer cases of illegal sand mining to the state vigilance bureau for investigation
Chief minister Bhagwant Mann, who moved the resolution in the House, said he will soon raise the issue over the contentious programme with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah.
Chief minister Bhagwant Mann to raise defence recruitment scheme with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah
Punjab CM Mann said that the thumping mandate given by the people of Punjab to the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) has given a clear signal that people were fed up with the previous dispensations
Punjab power minister was replying to a query raised by AAP MLA Manjinder Singh Lalpura during the question-and-answer hour in the ongoing budget session of the legislative assembly
Congress leader LoP Bajwa was speaking during the zero hour in the second sitting of the Punjab assembly; his demand for ‘protocols committee’ was rejected
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann made the announcement during the Question Hour while responding to a query listed by SAD leader Manpreet Singh Ayali
The other big slice — ₹450 crore — has been reserved for the previously announced incentive of ₹1,500 crore to paddy growers of the state for adopting direct seeding of rice
The “panthic card” tossed around by the Badals-led Akali party during campaigning, with focus on the demand for release of bandhi (detenues) Sikhs, has failed to catch the voters’ attention in a constituency in Malwa belt of Punjab – once the Akali bastion.
Winding up the discussion on governor’s address, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann also termed the Emergency a “big blot” on India’s democracy, lambasting it as a period when people’s voice was suppressed. Saturday marked the 47th year since Emergency was first imposed in the country.
If the central government gives its nod, it will be the fifth consecutive season when it will be providing funds to Punjab to curb paddy stubble burning post harvest in October-November
Unhappy with the new rent scheme, the Punjab godown owners have stopped accepting the rent and have asked the FCI and state department to vacate the godowns by removing the grain stocks
The pending payments include the 3% rural development fund over the total food procurement expenditure of previous two seasons in Punjab; rabi-2022 (wheat) and kharif-2021 (paddy)
An officer of the state agriculture department said that rice growers in Punjab should make best use of the rainfall spell for sowing paddy with the conventional or non-conventional method
Expert of the Punjab Agricultural university says that in such hot weather conditions, the evaporation and transpiration is maximum and it is worrying not for the paddy but for subsoil water
The prolonged delay in payments by 16 sugar mills in Punjab has forced the cane growers to take to streets and protest for the release of their dues
In the excise policy announced by the Punjab government, revenue generation has been pegged at ₹9,647.85 crore, an increase of 40% from the last financial year
Last week, staff of the revenue department , including direct revenue staff, tehsildars and naib-tehsildars, went on an indefinite mass casual leave demanding the Punjab government to redress their issues
The agriculture department owes the slow pace of paddy sowing to erratic power and water supply and lack of outreach to the farmers; the deadline to sow paddy through the DSR method was May 31
Agriculture department, Punjab, has proposed to ban 10 compounds of agro-chemicals farmers normally spray over premium aromatic basmati paddy so as to avoid rejection in international market
The Punjab government will rope in rural agricultural cooperative societies instead of arhtiyas for moong procurement
The panel was set up on the insistence of the SAD core committee to tour the state and meet party workers to hear their grouse and suggest course correction after the election rout in Punjab
The fall in wheat stocks in Punjab this rabi season is 40 to 50% less as compared to the previous five years
The minimum temperature dropped by up to five degrees Celsius below normal; pleasant weather forecast on Tuesday, too
The affluent farmers or those who have alternate income sources in Punjab have not sold their produce to state agencies are believed to be stocking up wheat
Farmer leaders of 16-member Sanyukt Kisan Morcha insist on meeting chief minister Bhagwant Mann over new paddy sowing schedule and relief for wheat growers who suffered losses due to early onset of summer
Moving away from the traditional method of transplanting paddy saplings in puddleed fields, the new DSR method entails sowing paddy seeds directly in the soil cutting water usage. The Punjab government has announced ₹1,500 incentive per acre for farmers opting for the DSR
Increases permissible limit for shrivelled and broken wheat grains up to 18% against the existing 6%; owing to sudden rise in temperature in March when wheat crop was at maturing stage, the grain quality had suffered
The Punjab mining department rejected the plea of contractor of Mohali cluster stating that there was not sufficient material available in the mining areas allotted