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Mohali liquor sales on a high as Chandigarh goes dry
Fri, May 07, 2021

Even as the state grapples with multiple problems of availability of Covid-19 vaccination, shortage of oxygen supply and ICU beds at government hospitals, the liquor vends here have been doing brisk business.

Punjab: Covid control room team replaced after an officer tests positive
Wed, May 05, 2021

The control room has been set up in Udyog Bhawan to manage and augment oxygen supplies amid rising cases of Covid and patients often struggling to get supply of the life-saving gas.

Its tankers unfit for ‘Oxygen Express’, Punjab takes road route to transport O2
Wed, May 05, 2021

The Punjab-bound tankers are being forced to take the road route which is taking them 3 days to reach the state instead of 30 hours by train.

3 escape from Patiala central jail
Thu, Apr 29, 2021

The prisoners escaped when there was night curfew in place, and on a day when Punjab government increased the curfew timings from 6 pm to 5 am which earlier was 8 pm to 5 am.

Kotkapura firing case: HC slams SIT’s ‘theatrics’, absolves Badal
Sat, Apr 24, 2021

On April 9, the HC had quashed the investigations and chargesheet filed by Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, who headed the SIT constituted in September 2018 to probe the firing on anti-sacrilege protesters at Kotkapura on October 14, 2015.

Markfed exports see unprecedented rise in lockdown; ‘sarson da saag’ a favourite
Fri, Apr 16, 2021

Official data compiled by Markfed shows that in Covid year (2020-21), it exported 108 containers to various countries, almost double of the 58 containers it exported four years ago, in 2017-18.

Amid Covid surge and curbs, Punjab set for 9-day mega job fair
Tue, Apr 13, 2021

Registrations, open since March 25, will continue till April 18 and each applicant will be allowed maximum five job interviews, which will be held through both physical and online mode.

Sidhana cousin alleges ‘torture’ by Delhi cops
Mon, Apr 12, 2021

SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said: “The manner in which Delhi Police personnel had abducted and mercilessly thrashed Mundi Sidhana... was condemnable.”

Farmers protest ‘outside procurement’: Truckloads of wheat from UP meant for Ropar plant to return
Sat, Apr 10, 2021

At least 44 trucks of wheat from UP will be beginning their journey back following a protest by the farmers who were miffed at wheat from outside the state making its way to Punjab for a processing unit in Ropar district. Farmers alleged that the wheat was brought from outside to get MSP benefits in the state.

Justice Gill, who probed cases linked to SAD rule, takes over as Chief Vigilance Commissioner
Thu, Apr 08, 2021

The name of Gill, former acting chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, was recommended by a three-member committee headed by Amarinder and comprising Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana K P Singh and seniormost minister in the Cabinet Brahm Mohindra.

Punjab arms its police force with tech tools for data analysis in field
Mon, Apr 05, 2021

A vendor has already been awarded the contract to develop the app, Punjab Additional Director General of Police (Technical Services) Kuldeep Singh told The Indian Express Monday.

‘UK panel’s race report fails to recognise institutional discrimination against Sikhs’
Fri, Apr 02, 2021

The Sikh Federation (UK) principal adviser Dabinderjit Singh, talking to The Indian Express over phone, said that in the report more than 2,000 responses were factored into, including 325 by various organisations which included their outfit.

Assault on BJP’s Abohar MLA: 20 lawyers offer free legal aid to accused
Wed, Mar 31, 2021

The lawyers who have offered legal support to the accused blame the incumbent government’s functioning in the incident and police inability to take pre-emptive measures.

In poll year, Captain Amarinder Singh govt in Punjab notifies Brahmin Welfare Board
Sun, Mar 28, 2021

Calling it a totally political decision and taking a jibe at the ruling Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema said, "People first serve the Brahmins during a 'bhoj'. This government, in its fifth year, however, is feeding the leftover to Brahmins."

Explained: Why Punjab and UP fought a legal battle over a gangster-turned-MLA’s custody
Sat, Mar 27, 2021

Supreme Court has ordered the transfer of custody of gangster-turned-MLA Mukhtar Ansari from Punjab’s Ropar jail to Banda jail in Uttar Pradesh within two weeks. How is the issue playing out politically?

For failing to push industrial growth, creating jobs in Punjab, PSIEC blames ‘era of terrorism’
Fri, Mar 26, 2021

The CAG, in its latest audit report, however, did not buy this. “The reply is not convincing as the risks associated with the project are always factored into while proposing a project,” it said.

For ongoing stir, farm leader lists 3 options: status quo, direct clash, non-cooperation
Fri, Mar 26, 2021

Rail and road transport services are likely to remain affected and markets closed in Punjab and Haryana as part of the nationwide shutdown called by the Samkyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of protesting unions.

SKM says will give stage to Lakha Sidhana wanted by Delhi Police for Jan 26 violence
Fri, Mar 26, 2021

Sidhana, who heads Malwa Youth Federation which claims to do social welfare works in villages, has more than 25 criminal cases, including that of murder and attempt to murder, registered against him in Punjab.

Shifted to solitary confinement, three gangsters move HC
Thu, Mar 25, 2021

The three, who have approached court are Ramandeep Singh aka Rammi Machana, Gurpreet Singh Sekhon and Kulpreet Singh Neeta Deol.

Experts question Punjab’s one-hour silence for Covid victims
Tue, Mar 23, 2021

‘Mark of respect is fine, but government should focus its efforts on health infrastructure, recruit more staff’

As Covid cases rise in Punjab, stats show police went soft on violators
Sun, Mar 21, 2021

The official statistics compiled by Punjab Police underline that more than 10 lakh persons were fined and a penalty of Rs 39.50 crore collected from them between May 17, 2020 and March 18 this year for various Covid norm violations.

9 irrigation projects caused loss of Rs 390-cr for Punjab govt
Thu, Mar 18, 2021

"The state government may compile working results of major irrigation projects to assess benefits of persistently heavy outlays in irrigation sector. These working results should guide future investments in the sector," read the CAG report.

PWD rest house in Patiala, a British era property, soon to be a heritage hotel
Wed, Mar 17, 2021

The Punjab Infrastructure Regulatory Authority (PIRA) would hold a public hearing on March 24 in connection with the proposed project, Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) managing director Vijay Zade told The Indian Express.

Eye on adjoining Assembly seat, SAD Batala MLA goes for show of strength violating Covid norms
Tue, Mar 16, 2021

Hundreds of people attended the thanksgiving prayer at Othian gurdwara and barring a few none had masks on even as they flouted the social distancing norms.

Punjab sets ball rolling for 2 world class eco tourism projects around Thein dam inspired by Italian lakes
Fri, Mar 12, 2021

The "renewed" project, as part of which the state government has planned to set up two eco tourism sites around the Ranjit Sagar lake, is worth around Rs Rs 550 crore and is proposed to be set up in public private partnership (PPP) mode. 

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