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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Navjeevan Gopal


For swift production nod, Centre to set up PPE testing facility in Ludhiana
Mon, Aug 10, 2020

Punjab’s Director, Industries, Sibin C said the move to set up testing centre in Ludhiana would encourage more industrialists to go for coveralls/PPEs. "Since the testing facility is being provided at the doorstep, more manufacturers would show interest in the coveralls," he said.

Panel wants jails further decongested, suggests releasing another ‘4000-5000’
Mon, Aug 10, 2020

The three-member HPC, comprising Punjab State Legal Services (PSLA) Authority chairman Justice R K Jain, Additional Chief Secretary (Jails) R Venkat Ratnam and Additional Director General of Police (Jails) Praveen Kumar Sinha, has “felt” that “it is desirable to further reduce the prison population by around 4000-5000 prisoners”.

Punjab to subject all residents in 4 containment and 73 micro-containment zones to antigen testing
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

Any locality with 5-14 positive cases is declared a micro-containment zone.

Covid-19: 47% of Punjab’s patients aged between 21 and 40 years
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

Health economist with the Chandigarh-based Centre for Rural and Industrial Development Aswini Kumar Nanda attributed the high positivity rate between persons aged 21 to 40 years to their “more mobility”.

Punjab collects Rs 15 crore in Covid fines, mostly from non-mask wearers
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

The lion’s share of the amount (Rs 14.90 crore) came from those not wearing masks in public places (till July 31).

Punjab set to ramp up testing with 4 more labs
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) Vice-Chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur said the trial samples included samples of two positive cases, two negative cases and one control case.

71% Covid deaths, 62% positive cases in Punjab from five districts
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Having reported 2,819 cases and 79 fatalities, Ludhiana tops both lists.

Behind Punjab fuel station stir today, a death by suicide, a 10-yr-old demand
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

G S Chawla, 76, died by suicide in a Panchkula hotel July 22. His suicide note said he had gone bankrupt due to the disparity in VAT on fuel in Chandigarh and Punjab.

Another 43 BSF personnel posted in Punjab test positive
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

Hoshiarpur district epidemiologist Dr Sailesh Kumar told The Indian Express that BSF personnel at Kharkan camp had arrived from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Dr Kumar said that the BSF personnel arriving at the training centre were "not isolated" and "mingled" at places like the mess.

Per million testing: Punjab slips in ranking, lags behind Haryana, Kerala and Karnataka
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

Punjab enhanced its per million testing from 71 on April 10 to 16,162 by July 22. The three government medical colleges in the state have a testing capacity of 3,000 each daily.

Punjab opens first plasma bank today, has only 4-5 donors
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

The plasma bank is being set up when there has been consistent increase in Covid 19 fatalities and new positive cases in the recent period.

Pandemic hits beer sales in Punjab, 60% drop in procurement by retail vends
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

The sale of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) too has been impacted with liquor contractors lifting around 31 per cent less quota as compared to last year in May and June. 

COVID-19: Spate of new cases in Punjab, recovery rate dips
Tue, Jul 14, 2020

In the last fortnight, as per the official data, there was a sharp spike in fresh cases with 2,519 new infections reported between June 22 and July 5, nearly double the cases in the previous fortnight.

In Punjab, nearly 29% MSMEs shun Centre’s emergency credit scheme
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

Of the 1.64 lakh eligible MSMEs in Punjab, 46,909 have opted out of the multi-crore credit scheme, which offers funding at a concessional rate of 9.25 per cent.

20k-Covid test target: 10 days on, Punjab testing less than 7,000 per day
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

Officials associated with testing and sampling in Punjab say that “currently, Punjab has a testing capacity of 9,000 samples per day in three government medical colleges”. They were tight-lipped on the CM’s claims, saying it will depend on the timeline to create more testing facilities.

Adverse Impact on Economic Activities On curfew, Punjab tells DCs not to take unilateral decision
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

A government functionary said the decision was taken since “localised decisions at district level caused complications” as far as economic activity is concerned.

Sacrilege, police firing, deaths — and a probe that remains a work in progress
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

A Punjab Police SIT has now named Dera Sacha Sauda chief in the bir theft case.

With 6,539 tests per million, positivity rate in Chandigarh highest in region
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

Meanwhile, Punjab, with a positivity rate slightly higher than that of Himachal, may soon overtake the hill state in testing once it ramps up the number of tests per day to 20,000 in July.

Punjab: As govt announced dole for construction workers, 70,000 ‘applied’ in a week for registration
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

The applications were forwarded by the Common Service Centres (CSC), under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, for registration as construction workers.

N-95 masks: Pharma price regulator pushes for BIS certification
Mon, Jun 29, 2020

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authroty has also advised manufacturers and importers to bring down the Medical N 95 mask retail price in public interest due to pandemic conditions prevailing in the country.

Explained: How Covid-19 is helping Punjab’s war on drugs
Sat, Jun 27, 2020

There is a massive number of addicts making beelines to Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) centres due to drug supply lines getting choked when Punjab imposed a strict curfew and lockdown to fight Covid-19 pandemic.

Punjab forms panel to sanction 100% loans to MSMEs by July 15, disbursal by July 31
Thu, Jun 25, 2020

As per official data till June 19, out of total 1.65 lakh eligible MSMEs in Punjab, loans were sanctioned to more than 51000, accounting for 32 percent of the total eligible units.

Punjab tests 26 per cent of its police force, 0.84 per cent found positive for coronavirus
Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Of 119 who tested positive since June 1, only two are symptomatic. Maximum positive cases have been reported from Jalandhar (25) while 59 out of total 180 personnel who tested positive since the outbreak have recovered.

Punjab goes for micro containment zones in areas with less than 15 Covid cases
Tue, Jun 16, 2020

A state government statement said that PM Modi has suggested that all states should follow the same strategic approach that Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has taken to combat Covid-19.

Punjab goes after liquor mafia, over 8L litres lahan seized in less than a month
Sat, Jun 13, 2020

The clean-up operation against illicit liquor production and inter-state smuggling comes at a time when the state is staring at an annual loss of over Rs 600 crore in terms of non-collection of Excise Duty due to curbs to battle Covid-19.