Thursday, May 06, 2021

Around 630 persons arrested and over 6500 challaned for flouting COVID-19 norms in Punjab

CHANDIGARH: With the Punjab Government issuing fresh guidelines imposing stricter curbs amid surge in COVID-19 cases, the Punjab Police is leaving no stone unturned to enforce the various newly announced restrictions to protect and save the people of Punjab from this deadly virus.

Rana Sodhi releases coffee table book depicting spiritual journey of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Sports, Youth Services and NRIs Affairs Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, on Wednesday, released the Coffee Table Book depicting spiritual journey of Ninth Sikh Master, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib.

Punjab grants 'thrust sector' status to oxygen units

CHANDIGARH: Amid the oxygen crisis triggered by the spiralling Covid-19 cases, the Punjab government on Wednesday announced thrust sector status for all oxygen production units, while appointing a nodal officer to coordinate with the Customs Department for quick clearance of foreign aid.

Modi takes Twitter route to congratulate Mamata after she takes oath as Bengal CM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on taking oath as West Bengal Chief Minister for the third consecutive time.

'Lack of expertise, staff major cause of Covid deaths in rural K'taka'

KALABURAGI: Doctors from remote rural areas like Aland taluk in Karnataka's Kalaburagi where four Covid patients reportedly died due to shortage of oxygen have had their own harrowing experiences of dealing with the spreading pandemic.

Deaths due to O2 shortage is genocide: Allahabad HC

PRAYAGRAJ: Taking note of stories viral on social media of hapless citizens begging for an oxygen cylinder to save the life of their near and dear ones, the Allahabad High Court has termed it as a 'criminal act, no less than genocide'.

Pay panel recommends two-fold salary hike for Punjab employees

CHANDIGARH: In a major bonanza for government employees, the Sixth Pay Commission of the Punjab government has recommended an over two-fold increase in the salaries of all employees, with an increase in minimum pay from Rs 6,950 to Rs 18,000 per month, with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016.

Ensure uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen, Punjab CM urges Modi

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday sought immediate intervention of both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to ensure uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen to the state.

Punjab's 6th pay commission moots major bonanza for all govt employees w.e.f. Jan. 2016

CHANDIGARH: In a major bonanza for government employees, the 6th Pay Commission of the Punjab Government has recommended an over 2-fold increase in salaries of all employees, with increase in minimum pay from Rs 6950 to Rs 18000 per month, with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016.

Sikh charity to set up 100-bed Covid hospital in Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH: Sikh charity Sri Guru Granth Sahib Society will urgently set up a 100-bed Covid Care Centre with an oxygen facility at the PGI Hospital's Infosys Sarai, Chandigarh Adviser Manoj Parida said on Tuesday.

Punjab CM writes to Modi and Shah for 50 MT additional O2 alloction and 20 more tankers

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday sought the immediate intervention of both, the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister, to ensure uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen to the state, along with additional allocation of 50 MT LMO from a nearby source and 20 additional tankers (preferably conducive to rail travel) for timely evacuation of LMO from Bokaro.

Punjab Education Minister give consent to conduct online classes on DD Punjabi from 5th May

CHANDIGARH: To curtail the loss of education of students due to closure of schools, Punjab Education Minister, Mr. Vijay Inder Singla has given the consent to conduct online classes through D D Punjabi.

 Registration for admission in Meritorious Schools till June 30

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab School Education Department has extended the deadline for admission in meritorious schools of the state.

Punjab CM mourns passing away of founder of CRRID, Rashpal Malhotra

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday condoled the sad demise of the founder of Center for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) and noted scholar Rashpal Malhotra (84), who passed away here in a private hospital this morning after battling with Covid for over a week. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

S Korea's 5G users top 14 mn since commercialisationT

SEOUL: The number of 5G users in South Korea stood at over 14 million last month, two years after the networks first went live in the country, data showed, as the country pushes to accelerate adoption of the latest generation networks.

Punjab CM seeks more oxygen tankers from center to meet growing demand

 CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday appealed to the Centre for more Oxygen tankers to be made available to the state, which did not have enough tankers to transport the critical commodity for saving lives of seriously ill Covid patients.

Punjab revises rates for Oxygen transportation, to be as per market rate: CS

CHANDIGARH: In order to further streamline and ensure hassle-free supply of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) in the state, the Punjab Government on Monday decided to increase the rates as per the present market rates for transportation of the life-saving gas from the manufacturers and suppliers outside the state as well as from the air separation and refilling units within the state.

Punjab CM sets up VCs committee to work out exam reforms and review curriculum

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday constituted a committee of vice chancellors to work out examination reforms and review curriculums, to scale up the quality of higher education in the state in line with the advances taking place across the world. The Committee, under the chairmanship of VC GNDU, will also look into Introduction of new courses and digital education and will submit its report within 60 days.

Punjab CM declares accredited and yellow card journalists as frontline warriors

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday announced all accredited and yellow card journalists in the state to be included in the list of frontline warriors in the fight against Covid.

Chandigarh shops selling non-essential items to shut for week

CHANDIGARH: With a surge in Covid-19 cases, the Chandigarh administration on Monday decided to shut all shops selling non-essential items for a week from 5 p.m. on Tuesday till May 11 early morning.

Punjab asks Centre to provide more oxygen tankers

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday appealed to the Centre for more oxygen tankers to be made available to the state, which did not have enough such vehicles to transport the life-saving gas for seriously ill Covid-19 patients.

Not in favour of total lockdown, but will impose if needed: Punjab CM

CHANDIGARH: Even as he made it clear that he was not in favour of a complete and harsh lockdown, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday warned people against laxity in adherence to the curbs imposed in the state, and said if the situation did not improve, he would be forced to consider a total lockdown.

 Under Vijay Inder Singla's smart school policy 13,000 schools are converted into Smart Schools

CHANDIGARH: As a result of the relentless efforts made by the Education Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla to improve the quality of education and provide better infrastructure in the government schools, about 13000 schools have been converted into smart schools so far.

Petrol dealers urge LG to open one side of road at Singhu border

NEW DELHI: Petrol pump owners have urged Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Delhi police to at least open one side of the road at the Singhu border so that fuel retail business could resume after months of closure.

Son of former SAD minister Sucha Singh Langah arrested with heroin

GURDASPUR: Punjab Police has arrested Parkash Singh son of former SAD minister Sucha Singh Langah during a raid in a house in Dhariwal and recovered heroin from the house. Two more persons were also arrested.

Covid negative report or vaccine certificate must for entering Punjab

CHANDIGARH: Making the restrictions tough owing to the coronavirus surge, the Punjab government on Sunday said nobody would be allowed to enter the state without a negative Covid report not more than 72 hours old or a vaccination certificate over two weeks old.

809 ventilators given to districts, Punjab Chief Secretary

CHANDIGARH: Taking another step towards facilitating the critical Covid patients gasping for life and in order to further ramp up the health facilities to conquer the devastating second virus surge, the Punjab Government has provided 809 more ventilators to the districts in the state.

Covid patients make beeline for Peepal tree in UP district

SHAHJAHANPUR: This is a clear case of superstition and faith riding over science as people in the Bahadurganj area in Shahjahanpur are making a beeline for a Peepal tree after being declared Covid positive.

BJP-led NDA leading in Assam

GUWAHATI: The ruling BJP-led NDA is leading on 39 seats, while the Grand Alliance led by the Congress is ahead on eight assembly constituencies, elections officials said on Sunday.

Jalandhar based Veteran Journalist SK Vyas dies of COVID-19

JALANDHAR: Veteran Journalist SK Vyas died after battling with pandemic in a private hospital in Jalandhar. He was a senior correspondent working with

Punjab PR official Lalit Jindal passed away due to Corona virus infection

CHANDIGARH: Lalit Jindal an official of Punjab Public Relations Department posted at Civil Secretariate Chandigarh passed away on Friday. He was infected with Corona virus and admitted in Rajindera Hospital Patiala.

Punjab earns GST revenue of Rs.1481.83 Cr in April 2021

CHANDIGARH: Punjab has earned the revenue of Rs. 1481.83 crores from GST during the month of April 2021 which is the highest ever revenue from GST for any particular month since the introduction of GST in the country during July, 2017.

Civil Surgeons to ensure screening of symptomatic patients in rural areas: Balbir Sidhu

CHANDIGARH: To ramp up the screening of symptomatic persons on war footing especially in rural areas of Punjab as well as to take stock of preparation being made at Govt. & Private COVID Care Centres, a virtual meeting was held on Saturday by Health Minister Punjab, Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu, with the Civil Surgeons of 11 Districts namely Ludhiana, SAS Nagar, Patiala, Bathinda, Sangrur, Mansa, Ferozpur, Ropar, Barnala, Muktsar and Fatehgarh Sahib.

Amritsar Rural Police busts major illegal mining racket along the banks of Ravi river

CHANDIGARH: As per the drive initiated by the newly formed Enforcement Directorate, Mining, against illegal mining, Amritsar (Rural) Police has launched a major crackdown on illegal sand mining in the district.

Punjab CM condoles demise of PR official Lalit Jindal

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday condoled the sad demise of Senior Assistant Lalit Jindal (45) who passed away at Rajindra Government Medical College & Hospital, Patiala this morning after battling Covid for over two weeks. He is survived by his parents, wife, a daughter and a son.

Punjab CM announces slew of development projects to mark Parkash Purb of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur ji

CHANDIGARH: As part of the 400th Prakash Purb celebrations of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Saturday dedicated several development projects to the people, including conservation and development of Old Jail at Bassi Pathana where the 9th Guru, along with his supporters, was imprisoned by Noor Mohammad Khan Mirza for 40 days while he was reportedly on his way to meet Emperor Aurangzeb.

Punjab CM joins people in Ardas for Sarbat Da Bhala on 400th Parkash Utsav of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur

CHANDIGARH: Amid the Covid curbs, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday virtually joined the people in offering ‘Ardas’ of ‘Charhdi Kala’ and ‘Sarbat Da Bhala’, to mark the auspicious 400th Prakash Purb celebrations of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib ji.

China assures India of smooth medical supplies without delay

NEW DELHI: China on Friday assured India that it would do everything to support the latter's fight against the second wave of Covid pandemic which has taken a heavy toll on the country.

Devotees pay obeisance in Punjab to mark 400th Prakash Purb

CHANDIGARH: Amid the coronavirus surge, thousands of devotees on Saturday paid obeisance at gurdwaras across Punjab to commemorate the 400th Prakash Purb celebrations of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib.

Punjab Government gives one more month for general transfers/postings

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government has decided to extend the period of general transfers and postings of officers and employees by one more month in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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