punjab

In less than 3 months, new Punjab government faces farmers’ protest

Chandigarh: In early signs of trouble for the Bhagwant Mann government in Punjab, farmers have launched a protest against matters, including the government’s paddy sowing schedule and power supply. On Tuesday, hundreds of farmers began a march towards Chandigarh to stage a dharna for their demands. However, they were stopped at the Chandigarh border by...

Punjab Congress leader Sunil Jakhar announces resignation as party brainstorms in Udaipur

Chandigarh: Former Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar announced his resignation from the party on Facebook on Saturday. He did a Facebook live to announce his decision, ending it with “Good luck and Goodbye, Congress”. His resignation comes on the second day of the party’s Nav Sankalp Chintan Shibir. Hours earlier, he had taken off all...
Patiala violence fallout: Senior cops transferred; internet, SMS services suspended

Patiala violence fallout: Senior cops transferred; internet, SMS services suspended

Two groups had clashed in Patiala on Friday over Khalistan;   Patiala: The fallout of the violent clashes between two groups in Patiala on Friday was felt a day later. Senior police officers, including the inspector general of police (Patiala range) Rakesh Agarwal was removed from his post. He was immediately replaced by Mukhwinder Singh...

Curfew in Patiala after violent clashes between pro, anti-Khalistan groups

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann calls it ‘unfortunate’   Patiala: Two groups clashed with each other near Kali Devi temple in Patiala in Punjab on Friday. One chanted pro-Khalistan slogans and the other anti-Khalistan. In wake of the violence, curfew was declared in Patiala from 7 pm on Friday to 6 am on Saturday, new agency...

184 VIPs in Punjab lose security cover

Chandigarh: In its latest move, the Bhagwant Mann government in Punjab has withdrawn the security cover to 184 VIPs on the basis of their current threat assessment. These include former ministers, MLAs and private protectees. Former chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s family as well as Amarinder Singh’s son are on the list. Other include Mahi...

Punjab police file case against Kumar Vishwas for remarks on Kejriwal

New Delhi: A case has been registered against former Aam Aadmi Party Kumar Vishwas by the Punjab police for allegedly making false statements against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Kumar Vishwas had raked up a controversy ahead of the Assembly elections this year with his comment that Kejriwal wanted to be the prime minister of...

Amarinder Singh calls Bhagwant Mann a rubber stamp

Cites Kejriwal’s chairing meeting of Punjab electricity department officers as proof Chandigarh: A day after AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chaired a meeting with officers of the Punjab electricity department, former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh took a jibe at him and incumbent state CM Bhagwant Mann. In a tweet on...

Punjab: Bhagwant Mann orders formation of Anti-Gangster Task Force in state

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday ordered the constitution of an Anti-Gangster Task Force in the state. As per the tweet by the Punjab CMO, the task force has been formed to “wipe out gangsters’ network to create a sense of security amongst the citizens of the state”. Mann has directed state DGP...

Bhagwant Mann moves resolution, demands immediate transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab

Chandigarh: Stepping up the opposition against the Centre’s decision to cover employees of Chandigarh Union Territory administration under central service rules, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday moved a resolution in the state Assembly seeking immediate transfer of the UT to Punjab. It is the capital of both Punjab and Haryana. Union Home Minister...

Rajya Sabha elections in 5 states today; voting underway

AAP nominees in Punjab, the sixth state, have won uncontested New Delhi: With several MPs in Rajya Sabha retiring, elections for five states will be held on Thursday. The counting of votes will be held after 5 pm. Elections for 13 seats were to be held during the day. However, five nominees of the Aam...

Outrage over Centre’s ‘anti-Punjab’ decision to realign Chandigarh UT employment service terms

Opposition leaders urge CM Bhagwant Mann to take action   Chandigarh: Union Home Minister Amit Shah may have said that the decision to align the service conditions of Chandigarh Union Territory administration employees with those of the Centre’s would benefit them in a big way. But, the Punjab government as well as Opposition parties are...

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann promises doorstep delivery of free ration scheme

Chandigarh: Days after slashing MLAs’ pension, newly elected Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann made yet another major announcement, that of doorstep delivery of free ration to poor families. In his address, Mann said that people of Punjab had to wait in long queues for their share of free ration. “The AAP government has decided that...