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Parteek Singh Mahal is a multimedia correspondent based at Faridkot in Punjab. He covers medical education, politics and Punjab police.

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Only 8.8% of targeted area under DSR so far

The Punjab agriculture department has increased its direct seeded rice target to 7 lakh acres this season.

Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field at Rampura village near Amritsar on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 09:14 AM IST
By, Faridkot

Punjab Congress expels ex-MLA Darshan Brar for anti-party activities

Action taken after Darshan Brar’s son Kamaljit Singh Brar contested against Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring in Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency

Former Baghapurana MLA Darshan Singh Brar and his son Kamaljit Singh Brar, who contested against Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring in Ludhiana in the recent parliamentary elections. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 05:16 PM IST

Punjab Lok Sabha results: Indira assassin’s son Sarabjeet leading in Faridkot

After nine rounds of counting in border constituency, Independent candidate Sarabjeet polled 49,439 votes, while AAP candidate Karamjit Singh Anmol got 29,927 votes, Shiromani Akali Dal’s Rajwinder Singh Dharamkot 20,824votes, Amarjit Kaur Sahoke of the Congress got 20,441 votes and the BJP’s Hans Raj Hans trailed with 11,182 votes.

Independent candidate Sarabjeet Singh (second from left), who is the son of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassin Beant Singh, took an early lead in the Faridkot Lok Sabha constituency on Tuesday. (HT file photo)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 10:43 AM IST

Parties flag delay in movement of polled EVMs at Punjab’s Faridkot

The Faridkot district administration, however, has maintained that there was “no negligence” and “proper procedure was followed”

EVMs from the polling stations in the Gidderbaha of the Faridkot were not sealed in a strongroom until Sunday morning. (HT File (Representative Image))
Updated on Jun 03, 2024 02:15 PM IST
By, Faridkot

At 62.49% Malwa leads in polling in among 3 regions

The turnout is the lowest since 2014 and a slide is attributed to the intense heatwave. Three Lok Sabha seats of the south Malwa- Bathinda, Farikot and Ferozepur, performed better than the state’s average voter turnout of 61.32%.

Voters wait in queues to cast their vote for the Lok Sabha elections in Ludhiana on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 02, 2024 08:06 AM IST
ByVishal Joshi/Parteek Singh Mahal/Karam Prakash

Transfer of Behbal Kalan police firing case to may pose legal hurdles in Kotkapura trial

The transfer of the 2015 Behbal Kalan police firing case from Faridkot to Chandigarh may pose a legal hurdle ahead of trial in the Kotkapura firing case

The transfer of the 2015 Behbal Kalan police firing case from Faridkot to Chandigarh may pose a legal hurdle ahead of trial in the Kotkapura firing case.
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 07:54 AM IST

Punjab: Firing victims’ kin term Behbal Kalan case transfer AAP govt’s failure

Sukhraj Singh, son of firing victim Krishan Bhagwan, said the AAP government had promised prompt justice but the opposite had happened. The state government’s legal team had failed to put up facts correctly, he claimed.

The family members of Krishan Bhagwan Singh, who along with another anti-Bargari sacrilege protester was killed in the police firing at Faridkot district’s Behbal Kalan on October 14, 2015. (HT file photo)
Published on May 31, 2024 03:18 PM IST

Cong will scrap Dalit reservation to appease Muslims, says Nadda

Targeting INDIA bloc leaders, BJP’s national president Jagat Prakash Nadda says it is a “corrupt alliance” as most of its leaders are either on “bail or in jail”.

BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda with party’s Amritsar candidate Taranjit Singh Sandhu during a poll campaign in Amritsar on Thursday. (AFP)
Updated on May 31, 2024 05:46 AM IST
By, , Faridkot/amritsar

Anmol wraps up campaign with star-studded roadshow

Reiterating his priorities, AAP candidate Karamjit Anmol promises to set up an international-level skill development university, skill development centres, free UPSC coaching centre, etc. in Faridkot.

Actor-turned-politician Karamjit Anmol during a roadshow in his Lok Sabha constituency of Faridkot on Thursday.
Updated on May 31, 2024 05:04 AM IST
By, Faridkot

Two years on, Moose Wala’s father says justice remains a fading hope

Balkaur Singh, father of slain singer, questions why latter’s security was curtailed despite input from Delhi’s intelligence cell regarding threat to his life.

Singer-turned-politician Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, popularly known as Sidhu Moose Wala, was shot dead by six assailants at Jawahar Ke village in Mansa district on May 29, 2022.
Updated on May 30, 2024 12:59 AM IST
By, Faridkot

Arvind Kejriwal to go to jail, Rahul Gandhi abroad post poll, says Smriti Irani

Counting the BJP’s contribution in Punjab, Irani said PM Modi gave a special package of ₹99 crore to Anandpur Sahib and ₹4,700 crore for railways in Punjab.

BJP’s Faridkot candidate Hans Raj Hans with Union minister Smriti Irani during a poll campaign in Moga on Wednesday.
Updated on May 30, 2024 12:36 AM IST
By, Faridkot

BJP’s ‘400 par’ claim bogus, not even winning 200: Kharge

The Congress national president slammed the incumbent AAP government in the state for the drug menace and also the law and order situation.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge with candidate Gurjeet Singh Aujla during a press conference in Amritsar on Tuesday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Published on May 28, 2024 10:51 PM IST
BySurjit Singh/ Parteek Singh Mahal, Amritsar/kotkapura

Sukhbir rakes up Bluestar, says no Punjabi can forget ‘sins’ of Cong

Sukhbir Singh Badal, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, says, “Muslims don’t vote for BJP for demolishing Babri Masjid. Similarly, Punjabis should teach Congress a lesson on June 1 for attacking the Golden Temple.”

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal says his party, upon forming a government, will terminate all river water sharing agreements with neighbouring Haryana and Rajasthan.
Updated on May 22, 2024 05:16 AM IST
By, Faridkot

Moose Wala case witnesses give hearing a miss

An adjournment was sought as two prime eyewitnesses, listed by the prosecution in Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder case, failed to appear in a Mansa court to record their statements. So the court adjourned the matter until July 5.

Punjabi singer-turned-politician Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, popularly known as Sidhu Moose Wala, was shot dead by six shooters in Mansa on May 29, 2022.
Updated on May 21, 2024 05:14 AM IST
By, Faridkot

Spotlight on Faridkot as 2 two artistes, greenhorn, turncoat take centrestage

The Faridkot Lok Sabha parliamentary constituency is set for a multi-cornered contest between two prominent artistes, a greenhorn third-generation politician and a turncoat

The Faridkot Lok Sabha parliamentary constituency is set for a multi-cornered contest between two prominent artistes, a greenhorn third-generation politician and a turncoat
Updated on May 20, 2024 08:02 AM IST

Will not spare those who looted Punjab’s money, says CM Mann

Chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Sunday said no one can accuse him of corruption of even a single rupee. “I have not come into politics to earn money as SAD chief Sukhbir Badal who is only interested in power and wealth accumulation,” the CM said during an election rally on Sunday

Chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Sunday said no one can accuse him of corruption of even a single rupee. “I have not come into politics to earn money as SAD chief Sukhbir Badal who is only interested in power and wealth accumulation,” the CM said during an election rally on Sunday.
Updated on May 20, 2024 07:44 AM IST

BJP giving communal angle to polls: Sukhbir

In a direct attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, SAD chief Sukhbir Badal said the BJP was giving a communal angle to the Lok Sabha elections and recent speeches of the PM reflected the fear of losing polls

In a direct attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, SAD chief Sukhbir Badal said the BJP was giving a communal angle to the Lok Sabha elections and recent speeches of the PM reflected the fear of losing polls.
Updated on May 20, 2024 08:12 AM IST

In Faridkot, Anmol banks on star blitz, Hans on personal connect

In Faridkot, AAP's Karamjit Anmol has strong celebrity support, while BJP's Hans Raj Hans lacks star campaigners. Anmol's rally attracted big names.

For AAP’s Faridkot candidate Karamjit Anmol, several artistes, such as Gippy Grewal, Binnu Dhillon, Kartar Cheema, Nisha Bano, Harjit Harman, Sippy Gill, BN Sharma and Rupinder Rupi, have turned up for electioneering.
Updated on May 18, 2024 09:56 PM IST
By, Faridkot

Punjab: Over 50% candidates of mainstream parties in poll fray are graduates

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are the mainstream parties of Punjab which are contesting on all the Lok Sabha seats in the state

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are the mainstream parties of Punjab which are contesting on all the Lok Sabha seats in the state
Updated on May 15, 2024 08:18 AM IST
By, Faridkot

A poll plank in 2019, sacrilege a non-issue this time

The issue was raked up by both, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2019, however, in 2024 it doesn’t appear to be a key issue

The issue was raked up by both, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2019, however, in 2024 it doesn’t appear to be a key issue
Updated on May 09, 2024 09:44 AM IST
By, Faridkot

Facing farmers’ ire, Hans Raj Hans turns to Sufi music to hit the right note

Farmers, who have been on the warpath with the BJP government at the Centre over their pending demands, have been staging protests and heckling the party candidates every time they go to villages for canvassing.

BJP’s Faridkot candidate Hans Raj Hans has been pulling out all stops to win over the farmers , even offering to turn a mediator between them and the government. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2024 09:32 AM IST
By, Faridkot

Nijjar killing accused Karanpreet Brar’s family in shock in Punjab’s Kotkapura

Punjab Police say no criminal case against 22-year-old, who moved to Edmonton in Canada on study visa in 2020; accused had lost his father last month, while mother is hospitalised after hearing news of his arrest

The house of Karan Brar, one of the three accused arrested in Canada in the Hardeep Singh Nijjar killing case, in Kotkapura town of Faridkot district. His family members denied his involvement in criminal activities. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2024 05:45 PM IST

Book those who downgraded my son’s security: Sidhu Moose Wala’s father

Balkaur’s remarks came hours after Punjab AG told SC that the singer was murdered two days after his security was scaled down

Balkaur Singh
Updated on May 04, 2024 08:58 AM IST

Moose Wala murder: Mansa court orders framing of charges against Bishnoi, others

The SIT probing Moose Wala’s murder has filed four chargesheets, including three supplementary chargesheets, against 34 accused.

On May 29, 2022, six shooters gunned down Sidhu Moose Wala when he along with his cousin and friend, was driving in a jeep to Jawaharke village in Mansa, 10 kms away from the singer’s native village Moosa.
Updated on May 02, 2024 07:00 AM IST
By, Faridkot

State agencies burdened due to farmers, arhtiyas’ FCI boycott in Moga

The arhtiyas had announced a boycott of FCI to protest against the deduction in the per quintal commission, following which farmers also boycotted the Adani Group-owned storage unit at Moga

FCI, the central agency witnessed no direct procurement, putting the entire onus of procuring the grain on state agencies. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 09:30 AM IST
By, Faridkot

Congress reaches out to Moose Wala’s father amid speculation of poll debut from Bathinda

Punjab leader of Opposition Pratap Singh Bajwa and Congress’ Bathinda candidate Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu will visit Balkaur Singh at his residence in Moosa village, Mansa

Moose Wala’s father Balkaur Singh (HT File)
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 09:25 AM IST
By, Faridkot

Badals have used religion for vested interests, alleges Punjab CM Mann

Lambasting his political rivals, Mann said the “dynast politicians” are miserable because the sons and daughters of common families reached the assembly

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann addresses the crowd during the road show in support of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Jagdeep Singh Kaka Brar for the Lok Sabha Polls, in Ferozepur on Saturday. (Photo: X)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 08:00 AM IST
ByParteek Singh Mahal/Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar, Baghapurana (moga)/ Ferozepur

Behbal Kalan police firing: Three years on, SIT yet to file a fresh chargesheet

The case dates back to October 14, 2015, when police opened fire at people protesting at Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan against a sacrilege incident that had taken place at Bargari in Faridkot district. While two protesters, Gurjeet Singh of Sarawan village and Krishan Bhagwan Singh of Niamiwala village in Faridkot district, were killed in Behbal Kalan, several were injured in Kotkapura

On October 14, 2015, two protesters, Gurjeet Singh of Sarawan village and Krishan Bhagwan Singh of Niamiwala village in Faridkot district, were killed in Behbal Kalan while several were injured in Kotkapura
Updated on Apr 24, 2024 08:44 AM IST
By, Faridkot

Faridkot LS seat: To boost voting percentage, Moga admn eyes NRI electors

With 5.2% registered voters in four assembly segments of Moga district living abroad, the administration is prioritising the engagement of non-resident Indians (NRIs) and new voters to boost voter turnout in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to be held in the last phase on June 1 in Punjab

With 5.2% registered voters in four assembly segments of Moga district living abroad, the administration is prioritising the engagement of non-resident Indians (NRIs) and new voters to boost voter turnout in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to be held in the last phase on June 1 in Punjab.
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 08:16 AM IST

Sidhu Moose Wala murder: SIT opposes gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria’s discharge plea

The reply was submitted by the public prosecutor for the state on the application filed by Bhagwanpuria. Last month, SIT had filed replies to oppose discharge applications filled by Lawrence Bishnoi, Jagtar Singh and Charanjit Singh alias Chetan

gangster Jagdeep Singh alias Jaggu Bhagwanpuria
Updated on Apr 10, 2024 08:44 AM IST
By, Faridkot
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