Friday, September 25, 2020

Vigilance bureau arrests steno, two conductors for committing fraud with PRTC

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Vigilance Bureau today arrested a steno and two conductors posted at P.R.T.C depot, Bathinda for committing fraud with the corporation and private contractors.

Disclosing this here today, an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau (VB) said that accused steno Yashpal Goyal and conductors Pradeep Kumar and Baljit Singh were arrested after an enquiry conducted on the complaint of Ajmer Singh of Guru Nanak Nagari Mallot, Muktsar Sahib district.

Sunil Jakhar appeals to every resident of Punjab to make tomorrow's Punjab Bandh call given by farmers a success

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar today appealed to all Punjabis to make tomorrow's call given by farmers for Punjab Bandh a success by all means and give a strong message to the Modi government at the centre that Punjabis will not accept these black laws in any case. He said that the Punjabis will fight till these are taken back by the centre government.

Punjab’s NSS officer and two volunteers get National NSS Awards

CHANDIGARH: Acknowledging the serving spirit of Punjab, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind has today bestowed upon three National Awards to the state under National Service Scheme (NSS) for the year 2018-19. While out of ten national level NSS awards under the program officer category, one is given to Punjab officer; other two NSS volunteers have clinched national awards under NSS volunteer category out of total 30 awardees.

Punjab CM appeals to farmers to maintain law & order, adhere to Covid norms during tomorrow’s Bharat Bandh

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has appealed to the farmers to strictly maintain law and order, and adhere to all Covid safety protocols, during tomorrow’s Bandh against the Agriculture Bills.

While the state government was fully with the farmers in their fight against the Bills, and no FIRs will be registered for violation of Section 144, there should be no disturbance of the law and order during the Bandh, the Chief Minister said.

Capt Amarinder appeals to all parties in Punjab to fight unitedly against farm Bills, says ready to lead the battle

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday appealed to all political parties to rise above petty considerations and come on one platform to fight unitedly against the treacherous Agriculture Bills that would destroy the farmers of Punjab.

Committee constituted by Punjab government to review new pension scheme holds fourth meeting

CHANDIGARH: A three-member committee constituted by the Punjab Government under the chairmanship of DP Reddy, IAS (Retd.) to review the new pension scheme held its meeting via video conference.

Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Punjab government said that in the meeting the provisions of the new pension scheme and the old pension scheme, their comparison, the possibility of fixing the minimum annuity pension, the late submission of NPS funds etc and various agenda items were discussed.

Punjab Police bust Pak-backed drug smuggling racket with arrest of two notorious smugglers

CHANDIGARH: In an intelligence led operation, the Punjab Police on Friday arrested two Pakistan-backed drug smugglers in Khem Karan sector of Tarn Taran along the International Border, and seized 13 kg heroin consignment from them. A manhunt has been launched for their third accomplice.

Prime Minister hell bent upon destroying Agriculture, is not even remotely connected with farming: Sukhjinder Singh Sandhawa

CHANDIGARH: The Cabinet Minister and senior Congress leader S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa today took on the Union Government over the issue of farm bills and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar are hell bent upon bringing the farmers from Punjab to devastation through black laws and don’t have even the remotest of connection with farming.

Aruna chaudhary launches statewide ‘Digital Parent Margdarshak Program’

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister Aruna Chaudhary formally launched ‘Digital Parent Margdarshak Program’ to build up the learning ability of the anganwadi going toddlers, stuck at home and guiding their parents during these unprecedented times of COVID-19 pandemic.

Weeklong 6th State Level Rozgar Job Fair kick starts, Employment Generation Minister Channi inaugurates through Video Conference

CHANDIGARH: The 6th State Level Job Fair kick started today under the Ghar Ghar Rozgar and Karobar Mission, the flagship program of the Punjab Government. The Punjab Technical Education and Employment Generation Minister Charanjit Singh Channi inaugurated this week long State level Mega Job Fair through video conference. On the opening day, the job fair started in six districts of the state which included Patiala, Faridkot, Sangrur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur. 

Punjab govt to continue fight against anti-farmer Agri Bills till last breath: Manpreet Singh Badal

CHANDIGARH: Assuring the farmers of the state that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab government remains committed and duty-bound to safeguard their interests; the Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal today said that the fight against anti-farmers Agriculture Bills will continue till our last breath.

Capt Amarinder expresses shock at Union Agriculture Minister’s atrocious lies against Punjab Govt & Congress

CHANDIGARH: Expressing shock at Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar’s atrocious lies over Punjab’s and the Congress party’s stand on the controversial Farm Bills, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said the BJP leader had clearly shed even the pretense of fairness and honesty in pursuit of his party’s demonic agenda.

Punjab Government instructs not to deny admission to students in government schools under any situation

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government has issued instructions to the authorities not to deny admission to students in government schools under any situation. So far this year, the enrollment in government schools has increased by 15.61 per cent (3,44,986 students) and this is the highest increase in a single year till date.

Instagram Reels rolling out update to create 30-second videos

SAN FRANCISCO:Facebook-owned short video making app Instagram Reels is rolling out a new update allowing users to make 30-second videos instead of 15 seconds.

US imposes new sanctions against Cuba

WASHINGTON:The US has imposed new sanctions against Cuba, in an effort to further denying sources of revenue to the government in Havana.

Punjab gives 3 months extension from October 1st to doctors below age of 60 years

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government today gave 3 months extension from October 1st to doctors who are below the age of 60 years.

Disclosing this Health Minister Punjab Balbir Singh Sidhu said that in wake of COVID-19, all doctors who are 58 years and plus below the age of 60 years are given a 3 months extension from October 1st, 2020 to December 31, 2020. He said that earlier, extension have been given from April 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020.

Punjab Police Constable arrested for posing as CM’s PA to dupe govt officers & others

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Police has arrested Constable Manjinder Singh for duping several persons by impersonating as PA to the Chief Minister, and using the Truecaller app to falsely project him as senior officer of various designations.

DGP Dinkar Gupta has directed Special DGP Punjab Armed Police to dismiss the constable, who has been found to be indulging in criminal acts and was acquitted in three different cases on earlier occasion. Recruited as a constable in Punjab Police in 2006, the cop was at present deployed as a Sentry Guard at 1st IRB near 21 No. Overbridge, Patiala.

871 scheduled formulations of Essential medicines are covered under price control mechanism

NEW DELHI: Government has said that The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has fixed the ceiling prices of 871 scheduled formulations of medicines under National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM), 2015.

The fixation of Ceiling price includes ceiling price of Cardiac Stents under Para 19 of the Drug Price Control Orders (DPCO), 2013 resulting in price reduction for Coronary Stents worked out up to 85% for Bare Metal Stents and 74% for Drug Eluting Stents.

Excise dept. To get import permits of Distilleries and Bottling plants verified from issuing authorities of different countries

CHANDIGARH: Tightening the noose on Distilleries and Bottling plants indulging into nefarious activities such as smuggling of liquor, the state Excise department has initiated a vigorous exercise to get import permits of all such plants verified from the issuing authorities of different countries.

Decks cleared for strategic disinvestment of PACL with Cabinet go-ahead

CHANDIGARH: Decks were cleared on Wednesday for disinvestment of Punjab Alkalies & Chemicals Limited (PACL), with Captain Amarinder Singh led Cabinet stamping its approval for the same.

Accepting the report of the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of PACL, as well as the recommendations of the Empowered Group of Ministers set up on September 17, the Cabinet has given the go-ahead for disinvestment of 33.49% equity shareholding of PACL, held by Punjab Government through Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC), according to an official spokesperson.

Punjab invites applications for three vacancies of PPSC Members

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Government has invited applications from eminent persons having impeccable integrity, high calibre and administrative experience to fill up two vacancies of Member (Official) and one vacancy of Member (Non-Official) of Punjab Public Service Commission.

Punjab Cabinet gives nod to renaming Kapurthala & Hoshiarpur GMCS after Guru Nanak Dev & Shaheed Udham Singh

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday gave approval to rename the Government Medical College, Kapurthala, as Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji State Institute of Medical Sciences and the Government Medical College, Hoshiarpur, as Shaheed Udham Singh State Institute of Medical Sciences Hoshiarpur.

Punjab Cabinet gives nod to fill 8393 posts of Pre-Primary Teachers; volunteers to get relaxation in recruitment

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Cabinet has approved filling up of 8393 posts of Pre-Primary Teachers in a move which Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said would make the pre-primary government schools more competitive with private institutions and increase enrolment.

Punjab Cabinet okays revision in fee structure in nursing colleges to boost medical education & infrastructural facilities

CHANDIGARH: To strengthen the medical education and infrastructural facilities at Government and Private medical colleges, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday gave the nod for revision of fee structure in various nursing courses with effect from academic session 2020-21.

Punjab Cabinet approves rules for conduct of business of Punjab State Police Complaints Authority

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Sing, on Wednesday approved the rules for governing the conduct of business of the Punjab State Police Complaints Authority, 2020, set up earlier this year to probe allegations of serious misconduct against police officers of the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police/Deputy Commissioner of Police & above.

Realising Capt Amarinder’s vision, Punjab Cabinet okays establishment of Punjab state Vigilance Commission

CHANDIGARH: To bring in more transparency and check corruption among public servants, the Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday approved the establishment of a multi-member Vigilance Commission, in line with the vision of Captain Amarinder Singh, who had steered the constitution of a similar Commission back in 2006, which was however scrapped by the Akalis when they came to power in 2007.

International Travelers to be tested by Rapid Antigen Test on arrival for Home isolation: Balbir Sidhu

CHANDIGARH: International traveler who do not submit a negative RT-PCR test report on arrival at Airport in India shall be tested by Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) Kits. If Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) comes negative for COVID-19 she/he may opt for Home qurantine.

Karachi horror: Alleged rapists offer job to survivor after assault

ISLAMABAD:One of the three men allegedly involved in kidnapping and gang-raping a 22-year-old woman gave her "an influential" person's phone number to contact if she needed a job, police said on Wednesday, while quoting the survivor's statement.

Sad’s chakka jam decision clear bid to exploit farmers’ sentiment & perhaps even sabotage their fight, says Punjab CM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday termed the Akalis’ decision to hold a state-wide chakka jam on September 25, the day when Punjab’s farmers had already announced a Bandh against the Farm Bills, as yet another brazen attempt by the BJP ally to exploit the sentiments of the farmers, and perhaps even to sabotage the farmers’ fight at the behest of their allies in the Central Government.

Punjab CM orders augmentation of medical oxygen supplies from within & outside state

CHANDIGARH: As Covid cases in the state continue to surge, with peak projections suggesting further increase in the coming weeks, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered ramping up of facilities in the 13 districts with the maximum CFR and augmentation of medical oxygen supplies from within and outside the state to ensure that there is no shortfall of the same.

Vigilance nabs revenue Patwari for taking bribe of Rs. 10,000

CHANDIGARH: State Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a revenue Patwari red handed while accepting bribe of Rs. 10,000.

Disclosing this here an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said Sukhdev Singh, Revenue Patwari posted at Ram Nagar Sibian in Sangrur district was nabbed red handed by Vigilance team for accepting bribe of Rs. 10,000 from complainant Kulwinder Singh of Kamomajra Khurd, Sangrur district.

Punjab’s 3 GMCS to participate in Phase 3 trials of Covaxin from Oct 15

CHANDIGARH: Punjab’s three Government Medical Colleges will participate in the Phase 3 trials of the COVAXIN being tested by Bharat Biotech Ltd in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) against the Covid pandemic. The trials are scheduled to commence from October 15.

Kangna has crossed all limits by disrespecting farmers, will teach her a lesson: NSUI Prez Akshay Sharma

AMRITSAR: Taking strong exception to her ludicrous tweet, Punjab NSUI President Akshay Shamra on Tuesday declared Kangna Ranaut has crossed all limits by targeting the beleagured farmers labelling them as terrorists.

She should be shameful for what she has said but what else do you expect from her who is dancing to the tunes of anti-farmer BJP, the fiery youth leader Akshay Sharma said.

Simplified Startup registration procedure to give further fillip to Industry: Sunder Sham Arora

CHANDIGARH: To give impetus to industry, the procedure for Startup registrations has been further simplified in the state.

We have affected amendments in clause 16.3, 16.4, 16.5 and 16.6 of Chapter-16 of the Detailed Schemes & Operational Guidelines 2018, state Industries Minister Sunder Sham Arora said today expressing confidence that new procedure will fast-track startup applications and will enable large numbers of startups to get registered and thereafter avail incentives from the State Government.

Females of Punjab leads to take benefits of AB-SSBY than males: Balbir Sidhu

CHANDIGARH: Showcasing their awareness graph, females of Punjab have taken more benefits of Ayushman Bharat-Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojna (AB-SSBY) in comparative of males under which 51 percent females and 49 percent males have taken the benefit. This pro-people health insurance scheme is aimed to provide secondary as well as tertiary healthcare services at the doorsteps of beneficiaries through empanelled hospitals.

School education department decides to monitor funds online to bringtransparency

CHANDIGARH: The Department of School Education has now decided to conduct online monitoring of funds.

Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of school education department said that the department taken this decision to give further push to the campaign of Education Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla to bring transparency in the education department. He said that the school education department has developed a new software for monitoring the funds released by the department

Punjab CM announces reduction in Market & Rural Development fee for Basmati

CHANDIGARH: Paving the way to provide a level playing field for Basmati traders and millers from within and outside Punjab, especially in the light of the provisions of the new Agriculture Bills, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced reduction in the Market Development Fee (MDF) and the Rural Development Fee (RDF) rates, from 2% to 1% each.

To ensure staggered procurement amid Covid, Punjab CM allows use of miller premises as Mandi Yards

CHANDIGARH: To ensure smooth and seamless procurement of Paddy during the ensuing Kharif season amid Covid-19, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced a slew of amendments to the Custom Milling Policy (CMP) 2020-21, including allowing use of miller premises as Mandi yards.

Punjab Governemnt receives enthusiastic response from pharma industry during its consultation on upcoming Bathinda Bulk Drug Park

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government team led by Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, held strategic discussions with industry captains and academic leaders during a virtual stakeholder consultation session for upcoming Bulk Drug Park in Bathinda in Punjab.

Akali Dal to hold 'chakka jam' in Punjab on Sept 25

CHANDIGARH: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), an NDA ally, on Tuesday announced to undertake 'chakka jam' for three hours across Punjab on September 25 to protest against the farm bills passed by both the Houses of Parliament.

Senior leaders will lead the protests in their constituencies and district headquarters from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., SAD spokesperson and former minister Daljeet Cheema said.

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