Gurpreet Singh Nibber

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.

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Rice is fortified by adding a micronutrient powder that sticks to grains in layers with a vitamin and mineral mix in form of a coating. (Getty Images)
Rice is fortified by adding a micronutrient powder that sticks to grains in layers with a vitamin and mineral mix in form of a coating. (Getty Images)

Breather for millers on supply of fortified rice as state, FCI to draw up timeline

PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 01:29 AM IST
Millers had been worried after a communiqué from the FCI on February 16, asking the millers to deliver fortified rice and start delivery from March 1
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Leader of opposition Harpal Cheema along with other MLAs of AAP march towards Punjab Vidhan Sabha on the third day of the Budget session in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Leader of opposition Harpal Cheema along with other MLAs of AAP march towards Punjab Vidhan Sabha on the third day of the Budget session in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Oppn lambasts Capt govt on poll promises, treasury benches count ‘achievements’

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 01:32 AM IST
During the debate on the governor’s address on the third day of the budget session, Akali MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu said the Congress government is charging 11 per unit of electricity against its promise of cheaper power at 5 per unit.
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Aam Aadmi Party MLAs riding cycles as they head to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Monday to protest the fuel price hike. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Aam Aadmi Party MLAs riding cycles as they head to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Monday to protest the fuel price hike. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Punjab budget session begins on note of protest

UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 12:15 PM IST
SAD MLAs tear copies of governor’s address against the ruling Congress’s failure to keep its 2017 poll promises, while AAP members headed to the Vidhan Sabha on cycles to protest fuel price hike
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Wheat procurement is expected to begin from April 1 in Punjab. (HT File)
Wheat procurement is expected to begin from April 1 in Punjab. (HT File)

Wheat procurement: Centre has allowed us to pay farmers directly or through arhtiyas, says Punjab minister

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 01:31 AM IST
State’s food and civil supplies department has already implemented public finance management system two years ago and have made payments of two each rabi and kharif crops through the system
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Congress leader and Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal (white turban) celebrates in Bathinda (twitter.com/MSBADAL)
Congress leader and Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal (white turban) celebrates in Bathinda (twitter.com/MSBADAL)

Amid farm stir, Congress wins key local body polls in Punjab

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 02:35 AM IST
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh termed the results as a validation of his government’s policies and the rejection of anti-people and anti-farmer parties.
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71% turnout in Punjab municipal polls amid stray violence

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2021 01:15 AM IST
Barring few incidents of scuffle between workers of political parties and isolated cases of police resorting to cane-charging to disperse unruly crowds, polling for 117 civic bodies in Punjab remained peaceful on Sunday
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Agriculture sector gets little in Union budget: Experts

PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2021 08:06 PM IST
Chandigarh The farmers’ community seems to have been ignored in the Union budget for financial year 2020-21 which was tabled in Parliament on Monday, feel experts
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"All three farm laws could be repealed in the current Budget Session and for next 18 months, the Centre can hold talks with the stakeholders," Badal said.(HT Photo)
"All three farm laws could be repealed in the current Budget Session and for next 18 months, the Centre can hold talks with the stakeholders," Badal said.(HT Photo)

‘Repeal of laws must to resolve impasse’: SAD president Sukbir Singh Badal

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2021 07:02 AM IST
SAD chief Badal asked the Centre to revoke three farm laws that have prompted widespread protests.
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Farmer Gurdhian Singh in his wheat field in Patiala. (Bharat Bhushan/Ht photo)
Farmer Gurdhian Singh in his wheat field in Patiala. (Bharat Bhushan/Ht photo)

‘Debt waiver can restore farmer faith in the govt’

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 01:39 AM IST
The Centre allocated 1,38,564 crore for the agriculture ministry in the 2020-21 budget, five percent of the outlay. The increase was primarily because of allocation of 75,000 crore for the PM Kisan Nidhi Yojana, the federal income support scheme for farmers.
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Two Punjab ministers to meet Piyush Goyal today to push for release of rural devp fund

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 12:28 AM IST
The RDF from the sale of kharif crop (paddy) for the central pool runs into Rs. 1,250 crore, a major revenue source for the state on which development of rural Punjab depends.
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Eyeing new political front, SAD starts touching base with regional parties

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 12:48 AM IST
A three-member committee of the party comprising Rajya Sabha MP Balwinder Singh Bhundar, former Lok Sabha MP Prem Singh Chandumajra and former minister Sikandar Singh Maluka would be meeting leaders of all the parties to discuss the ongoing deadlock between farmers and the Centre over the three farm laws passed in the Parliament in September..
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The Parliament in September passed three bills that the government said were aimed at unleashing reforms in agriculture and allow farmers more flexibility in selling their produce.(HT Photo)
The Parliament in September passed three bills that the government said were aimed at unleashing reforms in agriculture and allow farmers more flexibility in selling their produce.(HT Photo)

Famers plan protest in Delhi from Nov 26

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber | Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2020 06:57 AM IST
At a meeting of the United Farmers Morcha, an umbrella body of at least 500 farmers’ unions formed to lead the protest, in Chandigarh, it was decided that the members would stage protests outside the Parliament till their demands are met.
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On September 24, farmer organisations had blocked trains, including freight carriers, against the new laws. On October 1, the unions again started a ‘rail roko’ (stop trains) movement for five days.(Samer Sehgal/HT Photo)
On September 24, farmer organisations had blocked trains, including freight carriers, against the new laws. On October 1, the unions again started a ‘rail roko’ (stop trains) movement for five days.(Samer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Punjab farmers refuse to end rail blockade

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 07:05 AM IST
After a meeting, the farm bodies said they would consider allowing passenger trains to run in the state if the Centre started running goods trains first.
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Paddy yield hits all-time high in Punjab, but raises concerns

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 16, 2020 11:26 PM IST
Even as higher production means higher income for farmers, experts say it will hit diversification efforts, lead to more stubble burning and pose logistical issues
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A grain mandi in Amritsar.(PTI/For representation only)
A grain mandi in Amritsar.(PTI/For representation only)

Probe into sharp rise in paddy arrivals in Punjab mandis

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 06, 2020 04:58 PM IST
State authorities alerted after procurement almost equals volumes recorded in the entire season
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Paddy glut in Bathinda grain market due to slow lifting, which has been caused by shortage of gunny bags.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)
Paddy glut in Bathinda grain market due to slow lifting, which has been caused by shortage of gunny bags.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

Freight train service off track, Punjab exhausts gunny bale stock

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 11:01 PM IST
Over 150 lakh tonne paddy has been procured and the state says another 25-30 lakh tonne is still to be procured.
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Farmers protesting on tractors along railway line during the ongoing 'Rail Roko' or 'Stop the Trains' protest against the new agriculture laws, at Devi Dass Pura in Amritsar.(HT photo)
Farmers protesting on tractors along railway line during the ongoing 'Rail Roko' or 'Stop the Trains' protest against the new agriculture laws, at Devi Dass Pura in Amritsar.(HT photo)

Farmers ease ‘rail roko’ protest in Punjab

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 07:34 AM IST
“We have decided to allow only goods trains from today (Wednesday) till November 5,” said Jagmohan Singh Patiala of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda) after meeting of 30 farmers’ organisations in Chandigarh.
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According to Haryana Space Applications Centre (HARSAC), until October 15, 1,835 active fire locations (AFL) were reported from the state against 1,072 during the same period last year.(ANI Photo)
According to Haryana Space Applications Centre (HARSAC), until October 15, 1,835 active fire locations (AFL) were reported from the state against 1,072 during the same period last year.(ANI Photo)

Farm fires increase in Punjab, Haryana despite assurances

By Chetan Chauhan, Gurpreet Singh Nibber and Neeraj Mohan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Karnal/Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 04:46 AM IST
On Thursday, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh claimed that Delhi’s air pollution problem was because of local factors, but data from the Punjab University’s Remote Sensing Centre, Ludhiana, shows a three-fold spike in stubble burning incidents in Punjab as compared to 2019 (3,996 incidents from September 21 to October 15 as compared 1,266 in same period last year), with just 6 farmers booked for farm fires.
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Farmers blocking the rail track near Devi Dass Pura near Amritsar. The farmers have denied that their agitation is causing any shortage of coal for thermal power plants and fertilisers for the rabi sowing season.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Farmers blocking the rail track near Devi Dass Pura near Amritsar. The farmers have denied that their agitation is causing any shortage of coal for thermal power plants and fertilisers for the rabi sowing season.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Punjab farmers to continue with rail blockades till October 19 when special assembly session called

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 12:29 PM IST
A day after boycotting Union agriculture ministry’s talks in the absence of minister Narendra Singh Tomar, farmer representatives meet in Chandigarh to decide on course of action.
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Punjab farmers protesting on a rail track near Amritsar. The farm union activists have laid siege to key rail routes in Punjab since September 24, impacting the supply of the essential services such as coal for the state’s thermal power generation units, the movement of foodgrains to consumer states from Punjab’s godowns, and the supply of fertilisers such as di-ammonium phosphate and urea needed for sowing Rabi crops.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Punjab farmers protesting on a rail track near Amritsar. The farm union activists have laid siege to key rail routes in Punjab since September 24, impacting the supply of the essential services such as coal for the state’s thermal power generation units, the movement of foodgrains to consumer states from Punjab’s godowns, and the supply of fertilisers such as di-ammonium phosphate and urea needed for sowing Rabi crops.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Punjab farmer leaders walk out of meeting with Union agriculture secretary

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 04:01 PM IST
Say they were expecting to meet ‘competent authority’ such as agriculture minister, announce rail blockade shall continue; to meet in Chandigarh on Thursday to decide on further course
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Farmers raising slogans on rail tracks with hands tied in chains as part of their rail blockade agitation against the new farm laws, at Devi Dass Pura in Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Farmers raising slogans on rail tracks with hands tied in chains as part of their rail blockade agitation against the new farm laws, at Devi Dass Pura in Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Thaw in sight as Punjab farmers meet to decide on strategy for talks with Centre on farm laws

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 12:03 PM IST
Agriculture ministry sent a second invite to farmers of Punjab for talks on October 14; two major farmer bodies, namely Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) and BKU (Dakounda), have accepted the invite, while Majha-based Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh has decided to skip the meeting
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Farmers burn an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other leaders on the railway track at Devi Dasspura village in Amritsar on Tuesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Farmers burn an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other leaders on the railway track at Devi Dasspura village in Amritsar on Tuesday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
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A farmer burns straw stubble in a field after the paddy crop harvest, near Jandiala Guru in Amritsar, Punjab, India on Monday, September 28, 2020.(Photo by Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)
A farmer burns straw stubble in a field after the paddy crop harvest, near Jandiala Guru in Amritsar, Punjab, India on Monday, September 28, 2020.(Photo by Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)

Fields on fire: 1,200 cases of stubble burning in 2 weeks in Punjab

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 03:19 AM IST
For the first two weeks of paddy harvesting that started from September 21 this year, the number of stubble burning fire cases has been recorded at 1,206.
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Punjab braces for bandh against Centre’s three agriculture bills today

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 01:46 AM IST
Activists of 31 farmer bodies to stage day-long dharnas; political parties, except BJP, besides social and religious organisations, too extend support for the stir
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