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Farmers at a paddy field | Representational image| Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

Punjab CM Channi requests Centre to withdraw its order postponing paddy procurement

Meanwhile, the Haryana BKU chief has said farmers will protest outside houses of MPs, MLAs of ruling BJP-JJP in the state if the govt fails to begin paddy procurement on 1 October.
Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota took charge as DGP of Punjab Police Saturday | ANI

After first Dalit CM, Punjab gets a Dalit DGP — its third since Independence

Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota took charge as the DGP of Punjab police Saturday. Before him, the state had last had a Dalit DGP in 2009.

What Jat and Dalit Sikhs say about Congress’ Punjab move and next CM: Survey

Prashnam survey asked Punjab voters who among Charanjit Channi, Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu should be the Congress' CM face in the upcoming assembly election.
Congress leader Charanjit Singh Channi takes oath as Chief Minister of Punjab during the swearing-in ceremony, at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh, on 20 September 2021 | PTI Photo

Punjab’s many Dalit Sikhs – Ramdasia, Ravidasia, Mazhabis, Ranghretas, Rai, Sansi

Charanjit Singh Channi is a Ramdasia, whose elevation as Punjab CM has propelled the issues and political identity of Dalit Sikhs to the centre stage of the state's politics.
File photo of Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu | PTI

Congress got the messaging right in Punjab but the Gandhis and Sidhu can’t celebrate yet

If Channi succeeds in doing what Amarinder couldn’t do in over four years, it would be difficult for the Gandhis to boot him out. That will trouble Sidhu.
Congress leader Charanjit Singh Channi takes oath as Chief Minister of Punjab, at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh on 20 September 2021| PTI

Charanjit Singh Channi takes oath as Punjab’s first Dalit chief minister

Congress Sunday picked Channi as next chief minister of Punjab after the resignation of Amarinder Singh. State Governor Purohit administered the oath at the Raj Bhawan, Chandigarh.
Chamkaur Sahib MLA Charanjit Singh Channi | File photo: Twitter | @CHARANJITCHANNI

Behind-the-scene drama: How Sidhu scotched Jakhar’s & Randhawa’s chance before agreeing on Channi

Congress Sunday appointed Charanjit Singh Channi as the new Punjab CM but it wasn't a unanimous decision and left several unhappy faces within the party.
Punjab's new CM-designate Charanjit Singh Channi (centre) flanked by state Congress chief Navjot Sidhu (left) and other leaders after meeting Governor Banwarilal Purohit Sunday | Photo: ANI

Why Channi is new Punjab CM — Congress eyeing large Dalit vote bank, peace between factions

Punjab has the largest share of Dalit population of any state in the country. And Charanjit Singh Channi is the first CM of the state from the community.
Chamkaur Sahib MLA Charanjit Singh Channi | File photo: Twitter | @CHARANJITCHANNI

Who is Charanjit Singh Channi, the man who is set to be Punjab’s first Dalit Sikh CM

Channi, minister for technical education & employment generation, is a 3-time MLA from Chamkaur Sahib who has been a critic of outgoing CM Amarinder Singh.
File image of Captain Amarinder Singh speaking to senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi | Photo: ANI

Amarinder Singh wrote to Sonia Gandhi, expressing anguish at political events before resigning

Singh said political events of last five months were not based on full understanding of the 'national imperatives of Punjab' and indicated his apprehension of instability in the state.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

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Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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