Step 1 in saving groundwater: Punjab to pay Rs 1,500 per acre if farmers adopt DSR

The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday approved Rs 1500 per acre incentive to farmers for sowing paddy using direct sowing of rice (DSR) method. A sum of Rs 450 crore has been earmarked to provide incentive to the farmers for promotion of less water consuming and cost effective DSR technology. A government statement after the meeting … Read more

Explained: Mann’s MSP promise for paddy alternatives: way forward, the economics

After announcing incentive for adopting Direct Seeding of Rice (DSR), now the Punjab government, to encourage diversification, has said that it will provide Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops such as maize, bajra and moong if farmers cultivate them in place of paddy. Punjab has been trying to diversify area under paddy to other alternative … Read more

Mohali RPG attack: Cops detain two suspects, Army ammunition experts find crucial clues

The Punjab Police are learned to have detained two men for questioning for their suspected role in the RPG attack at the state intelligence wing headquarters in Mohali. Those detained hail from the border districts of Tarn Taran and Amritsar. Meanwhile, ammunition experts from the Army have given key inputs to the police regarding the … Read more

A stage for change | The Indian Express

A stage for new beginnings, vocabulary, experiments, explorations and expressions… this was the vision with which Tagore Theater was given a form and shape. India’s first modern city needed a space for creative, social and political dialogues, and a platform for young men and women to express their practices. And Tagore Theater in Sector 18 … Read more

Punjab tells HC its officers held; Haryana, Delhi deny

The drama involving Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga played out not just on the highway but also inside two courtrooms – one in Chandigarh and the other in Dwarka in Delhi. As a Punjab Police team took Bagga away, and his father filed a complaint at the Janakpuri police station alleging he had … Read more

Is Punjab economy inching towards debt trap, and why it is cause for worry

Is Punjab economy inching towards debt trap? Is there really a cause to worry? These are natural questions that should arise inquisitively while having a cursory look at the ever soaring debt burden on the Punjab. Typically, debt trap is a situation when debt-to-GDP ratio is persistently rising over time to the government’s ability to … Read more

Explained: Why in land of Guru Nanak, Patiala clash is an aberration

It was October 14, 2015 and for several days after, the angry residents of Punjab were on the roads. The roads in entire state — from villages to highways– were blocked protests raged against the sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and killing of two men in police firing at Bargari and Behbal Kalan in … Read more

Why in land of Guru Nanak, Patiala clash is an aberration

It was October 14, 2015 and for several days after, the angry residents of Punjab were on the roads. The roads in entire state — from villages to highways– were blocked protests raged against the sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and killing of two men in police firing at Bargari and Behbal Kalan in … Read more

Curfew in Patiala, violence breaks out over ‘anti-Khalistan’ march

An 11-HOUR curfew was imposed in Punjab’s Patiala from 7 pm on Friday after the police fired several rounds in the air to avert a clash between members of Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), who had called for an “anti-Khalistan” march, and Sikh and Nihangs brandishing swords outside the Kali Mata temple, officials said. The incident … Read more

Amrinder Warring’s ‘3-D mantra’ to revive Punjab Cong: discipline, dedication, dialogue

Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, 44, Friday formally took charge as the Punjab Congress president — 29th to hold the post and the youngest ever — saying “discipline, dedication and dialogue” are needed to revive and strengthen the party. Stating that the Congress is not merely a political outfit, but “it is a thought and an … Read more