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Vishal Rambani is an assistant editor covering Punjab. A journalist with over a decade of experience, he writes on politics, crime, power sector, environment and socio-economic issues. He has several investigative stories to his credit.

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BJP says Mann govt indifferent to Punjab’s issues

Speaking during the zero hour, Ashwani first raised the issue of mining mafia in his constituency and termed the government’s attitude “insensitive”.

BJP MLA from Pathankot and the party’s former state unit chief, Ashwani Sharma led the attack on the government and accused it of being indifferent towards public issues. (HT File)
Updated on Nov 30, 2023 08:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Over 540-km roads only on paper, revised estimates saved state Rs160 crore: CM Mann

Mann said by using the technology, the state government has saved ₹163.26 crore merely in estimates of roads and it has been found that 540 km of roads do not even exist

Chief minister Bhagwant Mann during the Punjab Vidhan Sabha session in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Nov 29, 2023 07:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Meet Hayer loses 4 portfolios in latest Punjab cabinet rejig

In the Tuesday reshuffle, minister Chetan Singh Jouramajra was the major gainer as he was allocated mines and geology, water resources and conservation of land and water – which were earlier with Hayer. Mann will keep the fourth department — science, technology and environment.

Punjab cabinet minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer (File)
Updated on Nov 22, 2023 09:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Hiring on hold as Punjab Public Service Commission without head for 7 months

Amid strained ties, Bhagwant Mann-led AAP govt yet to recommend panel of three names for Punjab Public Service Commission chairperson to governor Banwarilal Purohit to pick

The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), which recruits Class-1 officers in the state, has been without a chairperson for the past seven months, leading to a delay in appointments. (Representational photo)
Updated on Nov 21, 2023 04:54 PM IST

932 FIRs fail to deter field fires as Punjab sees 14% spike

The number of cases reported on Sunday was also higher than the cases reported in the corresponding years during the same period. Punjab had recorded 448 cases of stubble burning on November 19, 2021, and 426 cases on the same date in 2022.

A farmer burns paddy stubble in a field in Bathinda. (ANI File)
Updated on Nov 20, 2023 07:42 AM IST
By, , Jalandhar/chandigarh

Hoshairpur land scam: 8 arrested, 42 new accused booked for usurping 64 crore

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the vigilance bureau, during its investigation, found that the record was found to be missing from the office of the sub-divisional magistrate and tehsildar of Hoshiarpur

A barren agriculture land that was shown as a residential colony to get higher compensation, in Piplanwala village on the outskirts of Hoshiarpur.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 19, 2023 07:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab VB team raids grain markets to check bogus billing

Nearly 40 teams of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) raided various grain markets to access stock of paddy procured in the wee hours on Tuesday. Suspecting foul play in a paddy purchase on Diwali, Gurkirat Kirpal Singh on Monday has asked the VB to investigate the matter.

Following a complaint by the food, civil supplies and consumer affairs secretary, Gurkirat Kirpal Singh about bogus purchase in grain markets on Diwali, nearly 40 teams of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) raided various grain markets to access stock of paddy procured in the wee hours on Tuesday. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 15, 2023 06:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab civil supplies secy asks Vigilance Bureau to probe 4.7 lakh MT paddy purchase on Diwali

The official suspects a bogus purchase in the 4.7 lakh metric tonne (MT) paddy procurement.In the letter addressed to the Vigilance chief director, of which HT has a copy, secretary Gurkirat Kirpal Singh has requested him to treat this issue as “most urgent”.Punjab civil supplies secy asks Vigilance Bureau to probe 4.7 lakh MT paddy purchase on Diwali

Suspecting foul play in a paddy purchase on Diwali, Punjab government’s food, civil supplies and consumer affairs secretary Gurkirat Kirpal Singh has asked the Vigilance Bureau to investigate the matter in a letter. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 14, 2023 05:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

ED arrests Punjab AAP MLA Jaswant Singh Gajjanmajra in money laundering case

Aam Aadmi Party MLA Jaswant Singh Gajjanmajra, who is accused of ₹41-crore bank fraud, had evaded four ED summons; to be produced in Mohali court

The Enforcement Directorate took Aam Aadmi Party’s Amargarh MLA Jaswant Singh Gajjanmajra, 60, into custody in connection with a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case registered against him last year. (HT file photo)
Updated on Nov 06, 2023 06:22 PM IST

Punjab farm fires over 1,000 for 2nd straight day

According to the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC), the state reported 1,030 farm fires, taking the total number of cases to 6,284. The single-day count was 1,068 on Sunday

With the paddy harvesting nearing end, Punjab witnessed more than 1,000 stubble burning cases for the second consecutive day on Monday.
Updated on Oct 31, 2023 07:48 AM IST

Farm fires spike as harvest season nears end in Punjab

The past four days have contributed to more than 50% of the cases recorded this year from September 15, ever since the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre started monitoring the farm fires

A farmer burns paddy stubble at a field, on the outskirts of Jalandhar on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 28, 2023 06:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Spike in Punjab farm fires; officials say peak in Nov

Punjab sees a spike in farm fires with 766 incidents recorded, compared to 589 the previous day. Concerns arise as the last four days contributed to over 50% of farm fires this year. Tarn Taran, Patiala, and Sangrur record the highest number of cases.

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Updated on Oct 28, 2023 05:56 AM IST

No link between Punjab farm fires and Delhi pollution: PPCB chief

Punjab Pollution Control Board chairman Adarsh Pal Vig said besides seeing a dip in farm fire incidents, the state is reporting an average AQI level of 130 is moderate while Delhi is reporting a spike in pollution

A farmer burns paddy stubble in a field on the outskirts of Amritsar on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 27, 2023 08:08 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Farm fires: Ex-situ mgmt has led to 50% drop in incidents: Punjab officials

In total, the state has recorded 2,714 cases till October 25, which is nearly half of the 5,798 cases reported till October 25 last year

Of the total cases almost 30% (834) have been reported from Amritsar alone followed by Patiala (325) and Tarn Taran (319). (AFP file)
Updated on Oct 26, 2023 07:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

AAP govt vs governor: Punjab to rely on Telangana case in Supreme Court

Punjab advocate general Gurminder Singh says Bhagwant Mann-led govt to file plea in Supreme Court on October 30 against governor Banwarilal Purohit sitting on money Bills passed by assembly

The Bhagwant Mann-led AAP government in Punjab will file a petition on October 30 against governor Banwarilal Purohit in the Supreme Court when it reopens after the Dussehra vacation. (HT file photo)
Updated on Oct 23, 2023 04:48 PM IST

Punjab special assembly session: CM Mann spars with LoP Bajwa over drug issue

Soon after the House resumed after obituary references, Mann started his speech while taking up the issues raised by the opposition during the Zero Hour

Chief minister Bhagwant Mann speaking during the special assembly session in Chandigarh on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Oct 21, 2023 08:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab assembly session cut short, Mann govt to move SC against governor

It’s unfortunate that a selected governor is resorting to bullying tactics to prevent a democratically elected government from taking pro-people decisions: Mann

Chief minister Bhagwant Mann speaking at House during the special session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Oct 21, 2023 08:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab govt to move Supreme Court against governor

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann has announced that his government will move the Supreme Court against governor Banwarilal Purohit.

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann in the assembly on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Oct 21, 2023 05:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh:

Punjab assembly session cut short, CM says AAP govt will move SC against governor

Chief minister Bhagwant Mann said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government would file a petition in the apex court on October 30 against the governor’s letter in which he had termed the session illegal. He said since the money Bills had not got the governor’s nod, they would not be presented before the House.

Chief minister Bhagwant Mann-led Aam Aadmi Party government to file petition in Supreme Court on October 30 against the governor’s letter in which he termed the session illegal. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 20, 2023 04:36 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Congress questions legality of Punjab assembly session, cites ‘constitutional crisis’

Leader of opposition Partap Singh Bajwa says in fix on whether to participate in session proceedings or not when governor Banwarilal Purohit has already termed it illegal

Punjab leader of opposition and Congress leader Partap Singh Bajwa said that the state is facing a “constitutional crisis” and asked Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan to clarify whether the two-day assembly session that began on Friday is legal. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 20, 2023 02:18 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Day before assembly session, Punjab governor withholds approval for three Bills

Purohit says if Mann govt continues with ‘illegal’ session, be compelled to consider an appropriate course of action, including reporting the matter to the President of India

Punjab governor Banwarilal Purohit
Updated on Oct 20, 2023 09:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

GST evasion in Punjab: 10-crore transactions in domestic help’s name

Tax officials probing M/s Kuma Traders in Ludhiana that obtained GST registration for trading salt, pepper and tea but was issuing counterfeit invoices for copper scrap

The state intelligence and preventive unit is conducting data mining and has found cases in which bogus billing was done. (Representational photo)
Published on Oct 17, 2023 04:14 PM IST

Fight is against drugs, not any party or individual: Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said they are fighting against drugs and not any party or a leader

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said they are fighting against drugs and not any party or a leader.
Updated on Oct 03, 2023 08:02 AM IST

Farm fires back in Punjab, 214 cases reported in fortnight

With paddy harvesting underway in Punjab, farm fires have started with 81 cases reported on Saturday, mostly in the Majha region. In an effort to reduce stubble burning, the Punjab government has promised to decrease it by 50% compared to last year. The state recorded 49,000 farm fires in 2022, down from 71,000 in 2021. Punjab plans to make six districts farm fire-free and has measures in place to manage paddy straw. Stubble burning contributes to severe air pollution in North Indian states and Delhi. Farmers argue they have no choice but to burn stubble due to lack of affordable alternatives.

Farmers burn stubble after harvest a paddy crop in field. Amritsar, on Saturday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Oct 01, 2023 11:01 PM IST
By, Patiala

Kharif harvesting begins, 214 farm fires reported in 2 weeks in Punjab

As many as 81 farm fires have been detected on Saturday by the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre, primarily in the Majha region where harvest begins early.

Farmers burn stubble after harvest in Amritsar on Saturday. (HT)
Published on Sep 30, 2023 11:49 PM IST
By, Patiala

Punjab vigilance books Manpreet Badal, 5 others in land allotment case

2 arrested, raids being conducted to nab others, says VB; a case under IPC sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B and 13(1) of Prevention of Corruption Act and Information Technology Act has been registered against Manpreet Badal and others

Former finance minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manpreet Singh Badal (File)
Updated on Sep 25, 2023 01:11 AM IST
By, Patiala

Punjab sees growing trend of digital bribes

Vigilance officials say that while at times the bribe seekers end up incriminating themselves, at others, it proves to be a dead-end.

Punjab Vigilance Bureau’s chief director Varinder Kumar said that at least a dozen such cases have come to the fore off late (Shutterstock)
Published on Sep 16, 2023 01:23 AM IST
By, Patiala

Accused sepoy supplied sensitive info to ISI through terrorist Rinda: officials

The accused sepoy was arrested from Bhopal and was allegedly supplying sensitive information to ISI, through a drug peddler Amrik Singh, for the past three years, officials added

The army has deputed a Colonel rank official, besides Army Intelligence officials, to join the police in grilling accused sepoy Sharma, who worked as a computer operator at Western Command, Chandimandir, and Army Cantonment at Pathankot.
Published on Sep 14, 2023 12:45 AM IST
By, Patiala

Punjab Police nab armyman for leaking info to Pakistan’s ISI

The accused's activities had come to the fore after the arrest of a drug peddler, identified as Amrik Singh, from Patiala in May 2022.

The accused has been identified as Manpreet Sharma, who hails from Bhopal. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT Representative)
Published on Sep 11, 2023 12:43 AM IST
By, Patiala

Delhi excise policy scam: CBI summons 10 Punjab officials

This even as Punjab has withdrawn the general consent given to CBI for probing any case in the state

Though Punjab has withdrawn the general consent given to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for probing any case in the state, the Central agency has summoned 10 officials of Punjab excise and taxation department on Monday to record their statements in the case in which Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia is the main accused. (ANI)
Published on Sep 09, 2023 01:06 AM IST
By, Patiala
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