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29,000 Punjab farmers who did not burn crop residue compensated
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29,000 Punjab farmers who did not burn crop residue compensated

15 Nov 2019 | 10:14 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government has disbursed Rs 19 crore among 29,343 non-basmati cultivating small and marginal farmers who did not burn paddy residue, a senior official said on Friday.

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Chandigarh, November 15

The Punjab Government has disbursed Rs 19 crore among 29,343 non-basmati cultivating small and marginal farmers who did not burn paddy residue, a senior official said on Friday.

The government has decided to give Rs 2,500 per acre as compensation to small and marginal farmers who have refrained from burning paddy straw, a major contributor to air pollution in the region.

Agriculture Secretary Kahan Singh Pannu said the compensation has been released directly to the bank accounts of the farmers as per the list supplied by the field officers.

As many as 85,000 applications have been received till now, Pannu said, adding the last date for submission of these applications is November 30.

“Every application has to be verified by village panchayat and then by revenue authorities to ensure that only the non-basmati cultivating farming families owning land up to five acres and having not burnt any part of the field, are recommended for compensation,” he said in an official release.

Pannu warned that any sarpanch or revenue officer wrongly recommending any applicant would face stern action.        

He also cautioned that farmers giving wrong undertaking to seek compensation would also face action for fraudulently claiming the public money. — PTI

 

Post pardon, farm activist Dhaner released

Post pardon, farm activist Dhaner released

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

SANGRUR: The Punjab Government on Monday released farmer activist and murder convict Manjit Singh Dhaner, following an approval to his pardon plea by Governor VP Singh Badnore.

Dalit thrashed, forced to ‘drink’ urine

Dalit thrashed, forced to ‘drink’ urine

15 Nov 2019 | 12:56 PM

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Sukhbir Badal urges PM to request Pak to remove passport requirement for visiting Kartarpur

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15 Nov 2019 | 8:13 PM

CHANDIGARH: Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to request Pakistan to revise the memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries and remove the clause which requires devotees to carry passport to access the Kartarpur Corridor.

No communique on TADA convict Bhullar’s release yet

No communique on TADA convict Bhullar’s release yet

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

AMRITSAR: The Amritsar jail authorities have yet not received the official communication pertaining to release of TADA convict Prof Davinderpal Singh Bhullar.

Explain promotions to ‘tainted’ staff: HC

Explain promotions to ‘tainted’ staff: HC

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Chief Secretary to explain the grant of retrospective promotions to dental demonstrators found to be “tainted” in the Punjab Public Service Commission recruitment scam.

Cong statewide protest against Modi govt today

Cong statewide protest against Modi govt today

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

CHANDIGARH: To flay the Narinder Modi-led NDA government for its alleged anti-people policies, the Congress will hold dharnas at all district headquarters in the state on Friday.

Rs 2,500 compensation too late, claim farmers

Rs 2,500 compensation too late, claim farmers

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

BATHINDA: It seems the farming community is not too impressed with the state government’s announcement of Rs 2,500 per acre incentive for small and marginal farmers who have not burnt paddy straw.

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15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

PATIALA: Air quality continues to remain poor in various districts of Punjab with Amritsar witnessing air quality index (AQI) at 332 on Thursday.

Five held, 100 booked in 24 hrs in Moga

Five held, 100 booked in 24 hrs in Moga

15 Nov 2019 | 7:03 AM

MOGA: The Moga police have arrested five farmers and booked at least 100 others during the past 24 hours under Section 188 of the IPC at various police stations for burning paddy stubble, defying the prohibitory orders issued by the District Magistrate on the directions of the Supreme Court.

Deadline over, still no tech upgrade in 800 brick-kilns

Deadline over, still no tech upgrade in 800 brick-kilns

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

PATIALA: The state government has warned of strict action against brick-kilns which have not yet shifted to new technology to manufacture bricks.

SAD slams Cong’s  Rajoana remark

SAD slams Cong’s Rajoana remark

15 Nov 2019 | 7:05 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Thursday asked the Congress not to oppose the commutation of death sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana, saying nothing should be done to vitiate the atmosphere during the yearlong celebrations of 550th Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak.

HC paves way for filling 1,439 posts of lecturer

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15 Nov 2019 | 7:05 AM

CHANDIGARH: More than a decade after the state government issued an advertisement for recruiting college lecturers in different subjects, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has paved way for filling 1,439 posts.

Hospitality giants put on hold plans for Dera Baba Nanak

Hospitality giants put on hold plans for Dera Baba Nanak

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

Hospitality honchos, keeping in view the disinterest shown by devotees in using the Kartarpur corridor, have put on hold plans of investing in Dera Baba Nanak town even as the combined footfall after the sixth day was pegged at just 2,000 devotees against the expected 30,000.

Procurement at peak, govt claims 100% lifting in 6 dists

Procurement at peak, govt claims 100% lifting in 6 dists

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

CHANDIGARH:With paddy procurement by the government agencies to the tune of 152,31,052 metric tonnes (MT) as of November 13

Jatha with 8,000 cattle to arrive today, face-off with admn likely

Jatha with 8,000 cattle to arrive today, face-off with admn likely

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

SULTANPUR LODHI: After the celebrations of the 550th Gurpurb of Guru Nanak, a Nihang jatha from Baba Bakala has set off for the holy town along with over 8,000 cattle reared by it, leaving the administration and locals worried.

ASI surveys tomb claimed to be of Baba Ram Singh

ASI surveys tomb claimed to be of Baba Ram Singh

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

PATIALA: Officials from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) today visited a ‘samadh’ (tomb), which is claimed to be of Baba Ram Singh (first Sikh chieftain) built by Raja Amar Singh in the early 1780s.

Singer visits Takht, but no apology yetRow over song lyrics

Singer visits Takht, but no apology yet

15 Nov 2019 | 10:00 AM

AMRITSAR: Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, who faced public ire over using “objectionable lyrics” in one of his latest songs, today paid obeisance at the Golden Temple, but he did not submit any clarification at Akal Takht on the matter.

Chemists oppose drug policy

Chemists oppose drug policy

15 Nov 2019 | 7:05 AM

FAZILKA: The Punjab Chemists Association (PCA) has opposed the proposed new drug policy of the state government.

Shoot-out in Barnala, 4 held

Shoot-out in Barnala, 4 held

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

BARNALA: The Crime Investigations Agency (CIA) has arrested four members of a gang and seized four pistols with live cartridges.

Amritsar jeweller thrashed, robbed of gold worth Rs 70L

Amritsar jeweller thrashed, robbed of gold worth Rs 70L

15 Nov 2019 | 10:41 AM

AMRITSAR: Two unidentified armed robbers attacked a local jeweller and decamped with a bag containing over 2,500 gm of gold ornaments worth lakhs.

Relief for anchor over ‘anti-Valmiki’ show

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

CHANDIGARH: Issuing notice of motion to the state and other respondents, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear that coercive steps would not be taken against TV anchor Sudhir Chaudhary accused of hurting religious sentiments of followers of Maharshi Valmiki by telecasting a programme.

File in affiliation row was with minister’s staff for 8 months

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

CHANDIGARH: The controversy over changing the affiliating authority of Chandigarh Polytechnic College, Gharuan, from Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training to Chandigarh University has taken a new turn.

DPI asked to issue job letters

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

CHANDIGARH: After segregating non-tainted lecturers from the tainted ones in the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) recruitment scam, the Higher Education Department has initiated the process of appointing 48 lecturers.

School head arrested in sacrilege case

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

PHAGWARA: Tension prevailed in Chhokrra village near Goraya late on Wednesday evening after some pages of Gutka Sahib were found burnt in a drain.

SFJ offers to refund $20 fee to devotees

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), the organisation banned by the Centre, has offered to reimburse $20 fee for pilgrims to Kartarpur corridor.

Rural health centres ‘ill-equipped’ to treat snakebite victims

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

PATIALA: Snakebite remains one of the most common causes of death among man-animal conflict cases in state’s villages.

Mother, nephews booked for murder

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

FAZILKA: A 40-year-old man’s mother and other relatives have been booked for allegedly killing him in Chack Rohiwala village of Fazilka district on July 30.

47 veggie markets inspected in state

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

CHANDIGARH: Under Tandarust Punjab Mission, a host of teams, including those constituted at divisional, district and at market committee levels, conducted surprise checks in 47 fruit and vegetable markets across the state today, said KS Pannu, Director, Tandrust Punjab Mission.

Couple suffers bullet injuries

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

BARNALA: A paramour of a woman allegedly fired on a man and his wife after the couple went to calm the former.

Films on Sikh heritage screened

15 Nov 2019 | 7:02 AM

CHANDIGARH:The screening of two documentaries based on the lost Sikh heritage was organised in a series of ongoing programmes to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev at Panjab University here.

Girl student of GNDU commits suicide in hostel room

Girl student of GNDU commits suicide in hostel room

14 Nov 2019 | 10:07 PM

AMRITSAR: A girl student of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) committed suicide by hanging herself with a ceiling fan in her hostel room here on Thursday.

Amarinder Singh shares memorable picture of his kids, Twitter says 'cute'

Amarinder Singh shares memorable picture of his kids, Twitter says 'cute'

14 Nov 2019 | 4:47 PM

CHANDIGARH: On the occasion of Children’s Day, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh shared a black and white picture of his children—Jai Inder Kaur & Raninder Singh.

College affiliation changed without Secy nod

14 Nov 2019 | 10:18 AM

CHANDIGARH:A move by Punjab’s Technical Education Department to favour Chandigarh Polytechnic College, Gharuan, by changing its affiliating authority from the Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training to private Chandigarh University, Gharuan, has kicked up a storm.

Rs 2,500/acre incentive for Pb farmers

Rs 2,500/acre incentive for Pb farmers

14 Nov 2019 | 12:19 PM

CHANDIGARH:Punjab has decided to pay Rs 2,500 per acre as compensation to small and marginal farmers who have not burnt paddy straw.

Capt asks SGPC to foot $20 fee of poor

Capt asks SGPC to foot $20 fee of poor

14 Nov 2019 | 2:27 PM

CHANDIGARH:With the newly opened Kartarpur corridor reportedly witnessing low footfall, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today asked the ‘cash-rich’ SGPC to at least pay the $20 fee of yellow card-holders, who cannot afford to travel to the Pakistan shrine.

Kartarpur pilgrims to declare they won’t harm India interests

Kartarpur pilgrims to declare they won’t harm India interests

14 Nov 2019 | 2:31 PM

NEW DELHI:With intelligence inputs suggesting that terror elements are active in Narowal district of Pakistan, where Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is situated, the Centre is contemplating inserting a column in application form for pilgrims to declare that their visit through the newly built corridor “will not be detrimental to India’s sovereignty”.

Mobiles, data cable seized from prisoners

Mobiles, data cable seized from prisoners

14 Nov 2019 | 7:39 AM

PATIALA: The jail officials at the Central Jail have seized mobile phones, Sim card and data cable from a jail inmate during a routine checking on Tuesday.

Anti-encroachment drive ‘falls flat’

Anti-encroachment drive ‘falls flat’

14 Nov 2019 | 7:33 AM

PATIALA: Street vendors on the road opposite to Kali Mata temple, Mall road, continue to run their businesses under illegally set-up structures even after the Deputy Commissioner’s office had removed other similar encroachments on the road over a fortnight ago.

Marathon on drug awareness on Nov 17

Marathon on drug awareness on Nov 17

14 Nov 2019 | 6:49 AM

ABOHAR: The Surinder Jakhar IFFCO Trust will organise the second chapter of ‘Nashon se door, khelon ki aur’ marathon on November 17.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh remembered

Maharaja Ranjit Singh remembered

14 Nov 2019 | 6:49 AM

AMRITSAR: A religious programme was organised to mark the birth anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Gurdwara Saragarhi, near the Golden Temple, here today.

Forest Dept reclaims 55-acre prime land from encroachers

Forest Dept reclaims 55-acre prime land from encroachers

14 Nov 2019 | 6:49 AM

PATHANKOT: The Pathankot Forest Department today reclaimed 55 acres of prime land near Mirthal, near here, after a protracted 25-year-old legal battle which saw the encroachers petitioning the Supreme Court claiming that “the land was theirs.

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Book released

14 Nov 2019 | 6:49 AM

CHANDIGARH: A coffee table book on energy conservation published by the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) was released by Sanjiv N Sahai, Secretary, Ministry of Power, in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Paddy bought from Bihar seized, probe on

Paddy bought from Bihar seized, probe on

14 Nov 2019 | 7:31 AM

CHANDIGARH: Thwarting the second paddy recycling bid in two days, the Food and Civil Supplies Department impounded five trucks in Bathinda on Tuesday, said Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Food and Civil Supplies Minister.

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14 Nov 2019 | 6:49 AM

LUDHIANA: The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Prabhjot Singh Kaleka adjourned the hearing in cases of income tax evasion against Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and his son Raninder Singh till November 25.

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