Gurpreet Singh Nibber

Gurpreet Singh Nibber is a special correspondent with the Punjab bureau. He covers agriculture, power sector, Sikh religious affairs and the Punjabi diaspora.

Articles by Gurpreet Singh Nibber

Farmers, Punjab CMO in deadlock over demands

Farmer leaders of 16-member Sanyukt Kisan Morcha insist on meeting chief minister Bhagwant Mann over new paddy sowing schedule and relief for wheat growers who suffered losses due to early onset of summer
Farmers of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha protesting at the roundabout near Yadavindra Public School in Mohali when they were prevented from marching into Chandigarh on Tuesday afternoon. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Farmers of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha protesting at the roundabout near Yadavindra Public School in Mohali when they were prevented from marching into Chandigarh on Tuesday afternoon. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on May 17, 2022 04:33 PM IST
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DSR sowing in Punjab won’t be smooth sailing: Experts

Moving away from the traditional method of transplanting paddy saplings in puddleed fields, the new DSR method entails sowing paddy seeds directly in the soil cutting water usage. The Punjab government has announced 1,500 incentive per acre for farmers opting for the DSR
The Punjab government may have decided to double the area under the direct seeding of rice (DSR) method from 6 lakh hectares to 12 lakh hectares in the upcoming kharif sowing season to conserve water, challenges are many while sowing paddy by adopting the mechanised technique.
The Punjab government may have decided to double the area under the direct seeding of rice (DSR) method from 6 lakh hectares to 12 lakh hectares in the upcoming kharif sowing season to conserve water, challenges are many while sowing paddy by adopting the mechanised technique.
Published on May 16, 2022 01:10 AM IST
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Relief for farmers: Centre relaxes norms for shrivelled wheat grains for Punjab, Haryana

Increases permissible limit for shrivelled and broken wheat grains up to 18% against the existing 6%; owing to sudden rise in temperature in March when wheat crop was at maturing stage, the grain quality had suffered
A labourer seals sacks filled with wheat in Gurdaspur in Punjab. Owing to sudden rise in temperature in March when wheat crop was at maturing stage, the grain quality had suffered. (AP)
A labourer seals sacks filled with wheat in Gurdaspur in Punjab. Owing to sudden rise in temperature in March when wheat crop was at maturing stage, the grain quality had suffered. (AP)
Published on May 15, 2022 01:17 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Punjab mining department terminates contract of Mohali cluster

The Punjab mining department rejected the plea of contractor of Mohali cluster stating that there was not sufficient material available in the mining areas allotted
Punjab mining department terminates contract of Mohali cluster
Punjab mining department terminates contract of Mohali cluster
Updated on May 14, 2022 01:07 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Heatwave impact: Wheat yield falls by 13.5% in Punjab

The loss in the wheat yield was recorded during the 2,200 crop cutting experiments across Punjab at the time of crop harvest due to sudden heatwave in March
Heatwave impact: Wheat yield falls by 13.5% in Punjab (HT)
Heatwave impact: Wheat yield falls by 13.5% in Punjab (HT)
Updated on May 11, 2022 03:00 AM IST
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No clarity yet on quality loss relaxation, accruals by Centre even as wheat procurement draws to a close in Punjab

The wheat procurement began to close in Punjab from May 5. Due to sudden rise in temperature in March, the quality of the wheat grain suffered and the state government took up the matter with the Centre
No clarity yet on quality loss relaxation, accruals by Centre even as wheat procurement draws to a close in Punjab (HT)
No clarity yet on quality loss relaxation, accruals by Centre even as wheat procurement draws to a close in Punjab (HT)
Updated on May 09, 2022 12:31 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Traditional paddy sowing divided in four phases in Punjab

The four-phase traditional paddy sowing method in Punjab will begin from June 18 and will end on June 24
Traditional paddy sowing divided in four phases in Punjab
Traditional paddy sowing divided in four phases in Punjab
Updated on May 06, 2022 01:19 AM IST
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Punjab food department offers to call open tenders to ascertain logistics cost of doorstep ration delivery scheme

The Punjab food department reportedly proposed an additional expenditure of 400 crores for grinding of wheat into flour and its doorstep delivery to beneficiaries
Punjab food department offers to call open tenders to ascertain logistics cost of doorstep ration delivery scheme
Punjab food department offers to call open tenders to ascertain logistics cost of doorstep ration delivery scheme
Published on May 02, 2022 12:30 AM IST
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Agriculture department proposes Punjab government to delay paddy transplantation till June 20

The agriculture department suggested the Punjab government that the paddy transplantation be aligned with the monsoons to save depleting subsoil water
Agriculture department proposes Punjab government to delay paddy transplantation till June 20
Agriculture department proposes Punjab government to delay paddy transplantation till June 20
Published on Apr 29, 2022 12:18 AM IST
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Punjab govt scraps sand mining contract in Ropar cluster

The development comes days after Punjab mining department terminated the contracts of Ferozepur and Amritsar clusters while suspending the contracts in Ropar, Mohali and Hoshiarpur clusters
The Punjab government has also forfeited the security of contractors who were operating Ferozepur and Amritsar mining clusters. (HT File Photo)
The Punjab government has also forfeited the security of contractors who were operating Ferozepur and Amritsar mining clusters. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 28, 2022 12:02 AM IST
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Glut-like situation in mandis as Punjab awaits relaxation in procurement norms

The situation, according to the Punjab food and civil supplies department, has arisen due to delay in the Centre’s approval to grant relaxation in the procurement norms as the crop in the current rabi season has percentage of shriveled grain more than the permissible limit of six
The wheat suffered quality loss due sudden rise in temperature in mid-March, which affected the yield as well. (HT file photo)
The wheat suffered quality loss due sudden rise in temperature in mid-March, which affected the yield as well. (HT file photo)
Published on Apr 27, 2022 01:50 AM IST
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Low output, less wheat purchase: Punjab likely to suffer 600 crore revenue loss

The Punjab government may fall short of its targeted wheat purchase of 135 lakh tonnes and likely to suffer revenue loss as sudden heatwave leads to ‘big’ yield loss, say officials
Low output, less wheat purchase: Punjab likely to suffer <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>600 crore revenue loss (HT)
Low output, less wheat purchase: Punjab likely to suffer 600 crore revenue loss (HT)
Published on Apr 22, 2022 12:22 AM IST
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At 3.34 lakh tonnes, wheat purchase by private traders highest in 9 years in Punjab

The single day wheat purchase in Punjab by private traders on Tuesday stood at 28,400 tonnes. The wheat procurement in Punjab is expected to continue for two to three more weeks.
At 3.34 lakh tonnes, wheat purchase by private traders highest in nine years in Punjab (PTI)
At 3.34 lakh tonnes, wheat purchase by private traders highest in nine years in Punjab (PTI)
Published on Apr 20, 2022 01:14 AM IST
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Amid Ukraine war, wheat purchase suggests govt-to-private market shift

According to latest official updates from the Centre’s food department, the government has procured 6.9 million tonne of wheat so far from 586,000 farmers, who have been paid minimum prices of nearly 1,400 crore.
Farmers use a combine harvester in a wheat field in Amritsar on Tuesday. (PTI)
Farmers use a combine harvester in a wheat field in Amritsar on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 20, 2022 03:09 PM IST
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In Punjab, wheat arrivals see big surge; Sangrur shows the way

The grain markets have witnessed a total of 52.5 lakh tonnes of wheat arrival so far in Punjab, out of which Sangrur has received 6.4 lakh tonnes
In Punjab, wheat arrivals see big surge; Sangrur shows the way (Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)
In Punjab, wheat arrivals see big surge; Sangrur shows the way (Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 01:12 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

CM Mann announces 300 units of free electricity in Punjab from July 1

CM Mann said there would be no increase in the electricity tariff for industrial and commercial consumers, while free power to the farming community would continue
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann addresses a press conference regarding the implementation of 300 units free Electricity Scheme from July 1st, in Chandigarh on Saturday. (ANI)
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann addresses a press conference regarding the implementation of 300 units free Electricity Scheme from July 1st, in Chandigarh on Saturday. (ANI)
Published on Apr 16, 2022 11:57 PM IST
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Wheat yield drops by 8% due to sudden heatwave in Punjab

The wheat yield as per the experiments in Punjab is less than ten-year production average of 48.70 quintals per hectare due to the sudden heatwave in March
Wheat yield drops by 8% due to sudden heatwave in Punjab (HT)
Wheat yield drops by 8% due to sudden heatwave in Punjab (HT)
Updated on Apr 16, 2022 12:03 AM IST
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Private wheat purchase surges to one lakh tonnes in Punjab

With Ukraine and Russia — two major wheat exports worldwide — locked in war, Punjab and other wheat-producing states in India are seeing an upswing in crop purchases by private players
The Punjab food and civil supplies department is expecting the total purchase by private traders to touch 10 lakh tonnes by the end of this rabi season. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
The Punjab food and civil supplies department is expecting the total purchase by private traders to touch 10 lakh tonnes by the end of this rabi season. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Published on Apr 14, 2022 12:00 AM IST
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Punjab govt stares at hefty relief bill as wheat yield drops by 10%

The wheat yield has taken a substantial hit in Punjab this rabi season, posing the first major challenge to AAP government less than a month after it assumed power in the state
According to experts, the sudden rise in temperature in mid-March fastened the maturing of wheat crop, causing loss of yield and grain quality in Punjab. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
According to experts, the sudden rise in temperature in mid-March fastened the maturing of wheat crop, causing loss of yield and grain quality in Punjab. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Published on Apr 12, 2022 10:42 PM IST
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Water-guzzler crops emptying aquifer; desertification has farm experts worried

As per the data of commission for agricultural costs and prices (CACP) that annually fixes the minimum support prices on crops grown in the country including paddy, a kg of rice consumes 3,367 litres of water
Central Punjab is the worst-affected, and out of total 138 blocks in the state, 109 have turned black zones. (HT Photo)
Central Punjab is the worst-affected, and out of total 138 blocks in the state, 109 have turned black zones. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 11, 2022 01:02 AM IST
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Punjab: At 2.6%, wheat purchase by private players belies hopes

With Ukraine and Russia — two major wheat exports worldwide — locked in a war, it was being expected that India will witness an upswing in crop purchases by private players.
According to procurement data released till April 7, of the total wheat arrival of 42,589 tonnes to the purchase centres in Punjab, only 1,108 tonnes have been bought by private players. (HT File Photo)
According to procurement data released till April 7, of the total wheat arrival of 42,589 tonnes to the purchase centres in Punjab, only 1,108 tonnes have been bought by private players. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 08, 2022 12:22 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab: AAP government’s flashpoint with Centre

The AAP government convened a special session of the assembly on Friday and upped the ante by moving a resolution demanding the immediate transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab
Transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab: AAP government’s flashpoint with Centre (HT)
Transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab: AAP government’s flashpoint with Centre (HT)
Published on Apr 02, 2022 12:14 AM IST
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ByMunieshwer A. Sagar & Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Chandigarh

Difference in staff salaries, ‘status’ becomes flashpoint in Chandigarh

On March 27, Union home minister Amit Shah announced that the service conditions of Chandigarh administration will be aligned with that of Central Civil Services.
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann speaking in the state Legislative Assembly, in Chandigarh. (ANI)
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann speaking in the state Legislative Assembly, in Chandigarh. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 02, 2022 06:20 AM IST
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Punjab: Wheat procurement starts on April 1, food dept expects fall in arrivals

The state food and civil supplies department, four state procurement agencies and the Centre’s Food Corporation of India (FCI) are all geared up for hassle-free procurement
The wheat procurement in Punjab for the rabi marketing season will start across 1,892 centres of the state agricultural produce marketing board from April 1.
The wheat procurement in Punjab for the rabi marketing season will start across 1,892 centres of the state agricultural produce marketing board from April 1.
Updated on Apr 01, 2022 01:43 AM IST
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‘Workable but cost attached’: Food department looks for ways to make doorstep ration delivery operational

The AAP government’s doorstep ration delivery scheme is expected to put a huge burden on the state exchequer
’Workable but cost attached’: Food department looks for ways to make doorstep ration delivery operational (ANI File)
’Workable but cost attached’: Food department looks for ways to make doorstep ration delivery operational (ANI File)
Updated on Mar 30, 2022 12:14 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Punjab government starts process to construct covered godowns to store wheat

The Centre had directed the Punjab government to phase out covered area plinths (CAP), which often led to wastage of wheat, within three years and construct covered godowns
Punjab government starts process to construct covered godowns to store wheat. File photo
Punjab government starts process to construct covered godowns to store wheat. File photo
Updated on Mar 28, 2022 01:38 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Thermal plants fail to comply with NGT directive amid shortage of biofuel

Chandigarh: Amid an acute shortage of alternative fuel stocks, thermal plant operators are unable to comply with the NGT orders calling for 5-10% usage of biomass pellets alongside coal for power generation
Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Power Plant at Bathinda
Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Power Plant at Bathinda
Published on Mar 26, 2022 01:18 AM IST
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Russia-Ukraine war may adversely impact wheat procurement in Punjab

The food and civil supplies department, Punjab, is apprehending an adverse impact of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war on the upcoming wheat procurement in the state scheduled to start from April 1
Most of the Middle-East countries dependent on Ukraine and Russia for food requirements, particularly wheat, are now looking towards India for their foodgrain requirements, said a food department officer in Punjab. (HT File Photo/ Representational image)
Most of the Middle-East countries dependent on Ukraine and Russia for food requirements, particularly wheat, are now looking towards India for their foodgrain requirements, said a food department officer in Punjab. (HT File Photo/ Representational image)
Published on Mar 25, 2022 02:28 AM IST
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By, Chandigarh

Govt will root out corruption, eliminate mafias, says Guv

Congratulating the new government, governor Banwarilal Purohit said, “The people’s mandate has proved that a new governance approach is evolving as they want a government whose policy outcomes are responsive to their concerns,” he added
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann escorting governor Banwarilal Purohit for governor’s speech at the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Monday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann escorting governor Banwarilal Purohit for governor’s speech at the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Monday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Mar 22, 2022 01:00 AM IST
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Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann-led cabinet gives nod for 25,000 govt jobs

  • AAP leader Bhagwant Mann repeatedly raised the issue of unemployment during electioneering. Talking about the plight of unemployed youth, Mann had blamed previous regimes for not generating employment, which led to an exodus of talent to foreign countries.
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann with his cabinet ministers during the first cabinet meeting, in Chandigarh. (PTI Photo)
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann with his cabinet ministers during the first cabinet meeting, in Chandigarh. (PTI Photo)
Published on Mar 20, 2022 01:22 AM IST
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