A special correspondent, Vishal Rambani is the bureau chief at Patiala. He covers politics, crime, power sector, environment and socio-economic issues, with several investigative stories to his credit.
Articles by Vishal Rambani
Faulty district survey reports delayed environmental clearance for mining, says Punjab mining department report
The mining department says faulty district survey reports (DSRs) were prepared by a private firm which has been blacklisted
The Punjab government has granted prosecution sanction against six officials of the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) into the alleged irregularities in the allotment, regularisation, and bifurcation of industrial plots
As per reports, as the farmers started their mobilisation to Delhi, the Punjab government gave clear instructions to the district administration not to stop them and ease their movement to the border
Preneet Kaur, a prominent face of the Congress in the royal city, is set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) next week. Presently, suspended by the Congress for alleged anti-party activities, Preneet openly supports the saffron party in her stronghold, Patiala.
As the government is already gearing up for parliamentary polls, the elections for panchayats will be held after the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab. The Panchayati Raj Act also provides a provision for holding elections within six months from the completion of the term of a panchayat.
Indian women’s cricket team skipper was appointed as DSP again after she was stripped of the rank in 2018 owing to a fake degree
In a short letter to President Droupadi Murmu, Banwarilal Purohit cited personal reasons behind tendering his resignation.
In a short letter written to the President of India, Banwarilal Purohit, 83, cited personal reasons behind tendering his resignation
PPCC president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring had warned of strict action against leaders’ indiscipline several times. However, action has been taken against only the event organisers and not Sidhu, against whom a report had been sent to the party high command too.
2020 graft case: After 4 yrs VB gets nod to prosecute assistant excise and taxation commissioner Rajesh Bhandari
Assistant excise and taxation commissioner (AETC) Rajesh Bhandari, who was posted at the Shambhu barrier in the excise and taxation department’s (mobile wing), was arrested on January 15, 2020, by the VB sleuths after his driver was caught accepting a bribe on his behalf in Chandigarh.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday arrested Congress leader and former Punjab forest minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot from Jalandhar under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in an investigation linked to an alleged forest scam
The breach took place when the Charanjit Singh Channi-led Congress government was governing the state
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited signs ninth PPA in two years for 2,800MW of solar power at an average cost of ₹2.51/unit
Punjab: Troubles mount for DIG Inderbir as co-accused suspended DSP moves plea to turn approver in drugs and graft case
The suspended DSP has recorded his statement under section 164 of the CrPC (confession before a magistrate) in the Tarn Taran court recently, stating that he had handed over the bribe money to then DIG Ferozepur range Inderbir. The matter is pending before the Tarn Taran court
Ever since the SAD government, which was in power in Punjab in 2015 , was accused of mishandling the sacrilege incidents, its political image has taken a hit in the state
Probing PPAs is one of the main poll promises of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and CM Bhagwant Mann-led government after getting assent to the bill scrapping the Punjab State Vigilance Commission Repeal Bill, on October 25 ordered VB to start the probe afresh
Though the power rate offered by SGEL to the PSPCL is much less, still PSERC observed that it is not as par with the power tariff finalised by both entities in 2022, when the upper ceiling limit was ₹2.44 per unit.
Sources said most of the leaders supported the merger move and the SAD (S) decided to form a panel, which will take feedback from the district units of the party to submit a report to Dhindsa on the possibility of merger and other modalities.
Bajwa, taking aim at Sidhu, has criticised the recent rally, while Sidhu has hit back, attacking the LoP and sharing the post of his aides on X (formerly Twitter)
Probe agencies spokesperson said PPSC member Dr Satwant Singh Mohi, an ex-MLA from Shatrana, has been arrested while raids are on to arrest the remaining accused
Punjab State Vigilance Commission Repeal Bill was pending with Raj Bhawan for assent for past one year
As per the PSPCL, though the quantum of power theft has dipped, the number of feeders from which the theft is taking place has increased.
The commission, which recruits the class-1 officers, has been without a regular chairman since March 2023, when the last incumbent Jagbans Singh Powar retired
Sarvjit was the then chief administrator of GMADA. Besides him, the then estate officer of GMADA, Mahesh Bansal, is among officials, against whom approval has been sought for registration of an FIR
Bhagwant Mann says new rate is highest in country, but farmers, who are demanding a hike from ₹380 to ₹450 a quintal, termed the revised state agreed price (SAP) insufficient
14 locations being searched by Enforcement Directorate team in connection with the forest scam-linked money laundering case
Speaking during the zero hour, Ashwani first raised the issue of mining mafia in his constituency and termed the government’s attitude “insensitive”.
Mann said by using the technology, the state government has saved ₹163.26 crore merely in estimates of roads and it has been found that 540 km of roads do not even exist
In the Tuesday reshuffle, minister Chetan Singh Jouramajra was the major gainer as he was allocated mines and geology, water resources and conservation of land and water – which were earlier with Hayer. Mann will keep the fourth department — science, technology and environment.
Amid strained ties, Bhagwant Mann-led AAP govt yet to recommend panel of three names for Punjab Public Service Commission chairperson to governor Banwarilal Purohit to pick