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Coronavirus outbreak: Punjab to quarantine all entering state
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu told The Indian Express, “Any person who is symptomatic would be kept at a government isolation ward and those asymptomatic would be kept in quarantine at home."

Cong MLA’s distillery now manufacturing sanitisers, he distributes it for free
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

Rana Gurjit, a former minister who represents Kapurthala in Punjab Assembly, took the step after the state government urged the distilleries in the state to manufacture sanitiser, being sold at skyrocketing prices amid lockdown after COVID-19 outbreak.

Capt Amarinder Singh instructs ministers not to tour districts, tells them to stay home
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

“The Chief Minister has desired all ministers not to tour districts for three days as deputy commissioners and staff are busy," read a text message, to all ministers sent, by M P Singh, secretary-cum-OSD to the CM.

In Punjab, farm bodies offer help in creating awareness, govt silent
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

While the government has initiated its own door-to-door drive to sensitize people about the spread of the disease that could be deadly, the farm bodies have been writing to the government to allow them to join in.

In Punjab, Capt’s ministers, MLAs step out for service and ‘corona photo-op’
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

While CM Amarinder Singh has given a clear message of social distancing by asking everyone to observe a distance of at least two metres, pictures show several politicians from his party throwing caution to the wind.

Punjab warns truant NRIs: Show up or we’ll get passport, visas cancelled
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

The government has been unable to trace 1,330 NRIs at their addresses, while about 10,000 are yet to be contacted based on contact details shared with the state by the Centre.

To combat coronavirus, Punjab ordered 1 lakh PPE kits, has got only 6600 so far
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

“There is a shortage of masks and kits in the entire country. These are imported and the orders are not materialising. We had placed an order of 1 lakh each. But what we have received is very small quantity,” an official said.

Punjab: Captain Amarinder Singh asks village heads to help in tracking NRIs
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday asked the Rural Development and Panchayats Department to involve village Sarpanches in reporting to the authorities about any failing on this front.

Coronavirus scare: Capt govt quadruples its testing to 320 samples per day
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

From testing 80-100 samples per day at Government Medical College, Amritsar, and Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, the state government has now allowed the two institutions to test 320 samples (overall) in a day.

Punjab postpones wheat procurement, ops to begin April 15
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

This time Punjab is also facing a problem of plenty as all its godowns are filled to the brim. With the efforts to contain the novel coronavirus being put in place, the government is also hurrying to clear its godowns by sending the wheat to recipient states.

500 doctors volunteer to help Punjab fight COVID-19
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

From testing only those with symptoms, the Punjab government has now started testing all those having come in contact with positive cases.

Punjab: No relaxation in curfew, supplies at doorstep, says Capt govt
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

As per the latest orders, people will be forced to stay confined at home and daily essentials will be made to reach them by the respective district administrations by engaging identifying local hawkers, grocers shopping complexes and malls.

Punjab: More curbs, tracking teams formed as quarantine-dodging NRIs spark alarm
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

The teams in Kapurthala need to locate around 4,000 NRIs. In Nawanshahr, which has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the region, that number is nearly 2,000.

Punjab looks at crowdfunding to combat coronavirus outbreak
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday also announced that it would donate a month’s salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to assist the state government in its efforts to combat the virus.

Punjab: From lockdown to curfew as coronavirus cases surge
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Sources said the government had got reports from all districts that many people were out on roads and not following the lock down instructions.

Punjab orders lockdown till March 31
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Deputy Commissioners of all the 22 districts were asked to issue orders in the respective districts for the lockdown that would come into effect at 6 am Monday and would remain into effect till 9 pm on March 31.

Coronavirus scare: Punjab Health Minister says NRIs coming to India are being ‘irresponsible’
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

Meanwhile, seven persons,including six relatives of the Nawanshahr man who passed away after cardiac arrest and tested positive post death, have been tested positive for coronavirus.

Coronavirus scare: Punjab govt plans complete lockdown for two weeks
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

The announcement is likely to be made Sunday night, after the 'Janata Curfew' called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ends.

‘We are making the left meet the right’
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

Administrative Secretary, the Department of Employment Generation, Rahul Tewari tells The Indian Express that the government data is authentic and every employment entry in their records can be cross-checked.

The job at hand
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

While Punjab’s Cong govt claims to have facilitated employment for over 12 lakh youths in last 3 years as part of its pre-poll promise, opposition claims most of them have only landed menial jobs.

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