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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Kanchan Vasdev

Now Punjab ministers spar over ‘threat to open old case’
Fri, May 15, 2020

In October 2018, Channi was caught in a row after a woman IAS officer had accused him of sending her an “inappropriate text” and complained to the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Punjab: Cong clamour for sacking CS grows even as Capt sides with FM advice on liquor policy
Thu, May 14, 2020

The CM had on Tuesday even divested the CS of his additional charge of Excise and Taxation Department after several partymen had levelled allegations of conflict of interest against the top bureaucrat by pointing out his son’s alleged links to the liquor business.

Punjab Chief Secretary divested of additional charge after ‘conflict of interest’ storm
Wed, May 13, 2020

On Monday, CM’s Advisor Amrinder Singh Raja Warring had alleged that the CS must come clean on his son’s alleged involvement in liquor trade.

In liquor logjam, Punjab ministers get Chief Secretary to stay out of meeting
Tue, May 12, 2020

Punjab Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh proceeded on half-day leave, authorising the next seniormost IAS officer in the state, Home Secretary Satish Chandra, to chair the meeting

Punjab chief secy asked to skip Cabinet meet after row over liquor licence fee
Mon, May 11, 2020

The CS, who is also the Cabinet secretary, conducts the meeting. But the government has appointed Home Secretary Satish Chandra to be the Cabinet secretary for today, sources told The Indian Express.

I stand by my actions: Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal
Mon, May 11, 2020

It is learnt that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh called up a few ministers and told them the vends should be opened soon so the state does not lose revenue. Some ministers said they demanded that Chief Secretary should not be present in the meeting.

Punjab: Ministers walk out of pre-Cabinet meet, oppose relief to liquor contractors
Sun, May 10, 2020

The Cabinet meeting scheduled at 2 pm was later postponed. The decision to provide relief to liquor contractors and end the deadlock between them and the government was also deferred.

Punjab set to give relief to liquor contractors, Cabinet to decide today
Sat, May 09, 2020

The Excise Department has suggested three options for providing relief to the contractors including reducing the licence fee, extending the financial year by 42 days and reducing the quota of the liquor to be sold by the contractors. The Cabinet will take a call on the issue.

Top hotspot out of Centre’s red zone list, Punjab pushes for states deciding containment areas
Sat, May 09, 2020

Centre released the list of red, green and orange zones on May 1. Ironically, a day earlier, on April 30, Punjab had recorded a biggest single-day spike, in three digits, for the first time.

Grains under Centre’s scheme yet to reach beneficiaries; Union, state ministers quarrel
Fri, May 08, 2020

Under the scheme, as many as 1.4 crore people in Punjab, almost half of its population, are to be given free ration for three months, in addition to their monthly PDS entitlement.

On Day 1, only 10% vends open, contractors want licence fee cut
Fri, May 08, 2020

While vends in Mohali and Ropar were opened, a number of vends in other parts of the state did not operate seeking the state government to review the Excise policy in view of the COVID-19 lockdown and the economy suffering a setback.

Home delivery option fails to lift liquor vends shutters and hopes of better sales, contractors want licence fee cut
Fri, May 08, 2020

While vends in Mohali and Ropar were opened, a number of vends in other parts of the state did not operate seeking the state government to review the Excise policy in view of the COVID-19 lockdown and the economy suffering a setback.

Punjab tries out homeopathy as immunity booster for frontline workers, to monitor results
Thu, May 07, 2020

While providing Arsenicum Album 30 to frontline workers as an immunity booster, the government has also directed the District Homeopathy Officers and Homeopathy Medical Officers to prepare a database of all those being administered the medicine.

27 of 176 patients in Punjab have no travel history, source of infection yet to be traced
Wed, May 06, 2020

The first case in the state where there was no travel history and contact with a coronavirus patient could not be pinpointed, was reported from Ludhiana, where a boutique owner from Gurdev Nagar tested positive

Punjab allows liquor vends to open with home delivery
Wed, May 06, 2020

Contractors say they would not open the vends.

Punjab liquor vends to open tomorrow, home delivery service available
Wed, May 06, 2020

In an order issued by the government Tuesday evening, not more than two litres of liquor would be allowed to be delivered to a single buyer.

Punjab mulls corona tax on liquor, Capt gives curfew relaxation for its doorstep delivery
Wed, May 06, 2020

The Delhi government has levied 70 per cent corona tax on the sale of liquor in the national capital to reduce the crowding at the liquor vends. The decision on levying of tax is being debated in Punjab to reduce overcrowding at the liquor vends.

Punjab: 8.6 lakh migrants apply to head back home, Punjab needs 600 trains to ferry them
Tue, May 05, 2020

Till Monday, 5.30 pm, over 8.6 lakh people registered on a government portal to leave, out of which 6.8 lakh have sought government transport, while another 1.84 lakh have indicated that they will go on their own.

Jalalabad hospital discharged nine pilgrims minutes before Sukhbir Badal’s visit to the hospital
Sun, May 03, 2020

All nine pilgrims, who had returned to Jalalabad on April 26 and were quarantined at the hospital (copy of their entry in the register of the hospital is with The India Express), were sent back to their families.

About three lakh migrants in Punjab apply to go back home, industry worried
Sun, May 03, 2020

The state has 10 lakh migrant labourers, according to a number given by the CM two days ago. Punjab had asked those willing to be repatriated to their states to apply online at