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Kanchan Vasdev

Capt is the tallest and charismatic leader Punjab has, Bajwa has future: Asha Kumari
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

“If we have to go to 2022 elections, who do we have other than Captain? Do we have any other face?” Asha Kumari asked adding that Bajwa is “intelligent, a nice and likeable person, is politically savvy and has age and seniority on his side.

Capt-Bajwa feud: Revolt bridges gulf between CM, says Jakhar
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

Jakhar was the first leader from Congress in Punjab who came out in support of Amarinder soon after Bajwa met Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore to submit a memorandum seeking a CBI probe against the government in hooch tragedy.

Punjab: 7 years after they fell apart, Capt-Bajwa’s soured relationship continues to be a headache for Cong
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

Only two days ago, Bajwa met Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore to demand a CBI probe against the state government over the hooch tragedy. The incumbent PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar hit back by demanding Bajwa’s ouster from the party.

How hooch tragedy has brought stringent PCOCA back under spotlight
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

KANCHAN VASDEV explains the law and why it is controversial.

Ban cultivation of paddy in dark zones: Agri dept to Punjab govt
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

While the finance department of the state had already suggested to the government to do away with the subsidy to at least big farmers, and save resources, the government is yet to take a decision as it may have political ramifications.

Punjab: Death rate more than doubled in last 23 days, govt advisor blames delayed reporting by patients
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Punjab had reported 164 deaths in the state till July 5. The toll rose to 336 by Tuesday, 23 days later. In the last 24 hours, as many as 19 deaths have been reported, as per the media bulletin.

Punjab govt’s health advisor justifies high cost of plasma unit for private hospitals
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Talking to The Indian Express, PGIMER director Dr K K Talwar said that every unit of plasma was costing the state Rs 16,000-17,000 to conduct the test on a recovered patient to see whether he had enough antibodies.

Punjab slashes by half cellphone allowance of staff; ministers untouched
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The state has been spending Rs 101.2 crore annually on employees’ mobile allowance. While the plan to rationalise it was conceptualised in December last year, the Finance Department issued an order Monday reducing the cellphone allowance of Group A employees from Rs 500 to 250 per month.

Punjab slashes by half cellphone allowance of staff; ministers untouched
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

While the plan to rationalise it was conceptualised in December last year, the Finance Department issued an order Monday reducing the cellphone allowance of Group A employees from Rs 500 to 250 per month.

Amarinder Singh rejects Chief Parliamentary Secretary’s resignation
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

Amarinder had incidentally denied that he had received any resignation by Kumar although the latter had refused to perform official duties.

2 lakh job seekers apply on Punjab govt portal in 2 months; 164 are PhDs
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

The government too is trying its best to facilitate a number of youths in getting employment.

Panel seeks details of people given pills, de-addiction centres cite confidentiality
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Last year, Health Secretary Anurag Aggarwal had claimed that as many as 5 crore pills had gone missing. He had also served notices to 23 private de-addiction centres.

As Punjabi varsity struggles to pay salary, govt extends help of Rs 20 crore
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Sources said that after an audit report by Punjab Audit Department, it has come to light that the university was overstaffed and despite that it had recruited 600 more employees including sweepers and lift men during the last fiscal.

Punjab chief principal secy returns vehicles, relieves staff; fuels talk on his resignation
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Mystery surrounded the development as Kumar was learnt to have attended a meeting with the CM at the latter’s residence on Monday, with Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan present. Kumar however, remained incommunicado, not answering calls or SMSs.

Punjab: 2 lakh job applicants on govt portal in last 60 days, govt turns to NREGA to lend help
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

As per data available with the government, as many as two lakh unemployed youths had applied for a job with the Ghar Ghar Rozgar portal in last 60 days till July 20, compared to 3.50 lakh unemployed applying on the portal in last three years.

Punjab: In Hoshiarpur, industries minister’s e-rickshaw project gives women wings
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

Asked how these 38 women were identified, Arora said former deputy commissioner of Hoshiarpur Isha Kalia had invited applications from such women, between 25 to 40 years of age, who wanted to be e-rickshaw drivers.

MC polls now or later: Punjab faces another problem during pandemic
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

As per the Punjab Municipal Act, 1911, elections are to be held within six months of any local body completing its term. Otherwise, the government has to cite a reason and bring an ordinance to announce postponing of elections.

After Captain’s appeal to get tested, 3 ministers, 6 IAS officers give samples
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

As many as 49 IAS and PCS officers, however, gave samples at the special camp on Thursday. Total 80 samples were collected by the Department of Health from Punjab Bhawan including that of the family members of the officers.

Punjab: First Cabinet minister tests positive, ex-Bishop Mulakkal too contracts Covid-19
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Mulakkal, who was granted bail in 2018, is accused of raping a nun belonging to the order of Missionaries of Jesus several times between 2014 and 2016 at a convent in Kottayam district in Kerala.

To track patients and super spreaders, Punjab ties up with IIT-Madras
Tue, Jul 14, 2020

The technology is also being used to check movement of attendees in a super spreader party in a hotel or a restaurant.

5,017 patients recover but only 15 donated plasma in Punjab
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has directed the authorities concerned to set up a plasma bank to ensure that critical patients get immediate treatment and could be saved. But with donors shying away, the state faces a Herculean task.

Punjab issues fresh Covid guidelines for govt depts
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

All administrative secretaries and Deputy Commissioners in the state have been told to identify key personnel in offices and also their link-up personnel.

Punjab Covid fatalities to nearly double in two weeks, says expert
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

According to Dr KK Talwar, advisor to the Punjab government on health, medical education and research, Punjab may lose another 100-150 people in the next two weeks.

Five days after meeting of 40 PCS officers in Chandigarh, 11 test positive
Thu, Jul 09, 2020

It all began with Ludhiana ADC Amarjit Bains testing positive three days after the meeting.

Punjab govt wants SGPC to reconsider desi ghee tender to Pune firm
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

The SGPC had recently allotted tender for desi ghee to be used at over 85 gurdwaras in Punjab and Haryana to this company as it had quoted the lowest price.