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Punjab amends guidelines for passengers arriving on domestic flights 4 times in 24 hours
Tue, May 26, 2020

Almost 24 hours after the CM spoke on Saturday, it was not clear till Sunday evening how the quarantine would be made operational for several travellers who would not want to be in the state for more than a day or a few hours.

Ministers vs chief secy row: Amarinder hosts Manpreet, Channi
Tue, May 26, 2020

Manpreet stands ground, wants issue to be taken up in Cabinet again.

Punjab: For sale in Chhattisgarh? State contradicts distillery claim
Sun, May 24, 2020

Sources in the department said about 20,000 crates of liquor bearing stickers - For Sale in Chhattisgarh - were found during the inspection.

Punjab: 14-day quarantine for all returning to Punjab in domestic flights, says Capt
Sun, May 24, 2020

"I cannot put Punjabis in the harms-way by letting the infection spread due to casual approach. Those asymptomatic will go for home quarantine and those showing symptoms would go for institutional quarantine,” the CM said.

Amid liquor smuggling row, Punjab inspects 15 distilleries across state
Sat, May 23, 2020

Sources said the action followed reports that many distilleries had been brewing liquor during curfew and lockdown under the garb of manufacturing hand sanitisers.

Amid Covid-19 scare, Punjab braces up for locust attack
Sat, May 23, 2020

Punjab are already engaged in a battle against Covid-19 and if locust attack takes place, it would be another challenge considering that the state is in the process of sowing paddy and has already completed 50 per cent sowing of cotton.

Chief secretary issue not resolved, we left the decision to CM: Jakhar
Thu, May 21, 2020

Jakhar was among five Congress leaders, who were hosted by the CM on Wednesday. The ministers and several MLAs have been demanding Karan Avtar Singh’s removal from the top office of state government for his “impudence”.

Punjab: At luncheon meeting to end impasse, CM backs CS, sends party colleagues back without any promise
Thu, May 21, 2020

On shortfall in excise collection target, the CM is learnt to have told them that he was “aware of the smuggling and the participation of several party leaders in the whole process” and said he would take action, one of the leaders told The Indian Express.

After shift in discharge policy, Punjab’s recovery rate up by 6.7 times in 4 days
Tue, May 19, 2020

A comparative analysis of recovery rate by the state government said that Punjab’s recovery rate was maximum in the country.

Three ministers attend CM’s Covid review conference with CS in attendance
Tue, May 19, 2020

Channi, who had walked out of the meeting along with Manpreet Badal and protested against the alleged “impudence” of the Chief Secretary did not issue any statement on Monday.

Lockdown 4.0 relaxations: Buses to run, shops to open, but schools, colleges to stay closed
Mon, May 18, 2020

All schools, colleges, training institutions, coaching centres will remain closed till May 31.

‘A bureaucrat is like a third finger. If this finger is cut off, the hand becomes useless’
Mon, May 18, 2020

In a video uploaded on his You Tube channel Jittega Punjab, Sidhu, said, “A bureaucrat is like a third finger in the hand. If this finger is cut off, the hand becomes useless.”

Two ministers to attend Captain’s meeting where Chief Secretary will be present
Mon, May 18, 2020

The meeting is about ramping up testing facility, healthcare, curfew relaxations and distribution of ration to poor.

Punjab extends lockdown till May 31, but curfew restrictions to go
Sun, May 17, 2020

“From May 18, there will be no curfew in the state. But the lockdown will be there till May 31. Most of the shops and businesses will be allowed to open," CM Amarinder Singh said.

Community spread: ICMR begins sampling in 4 Punjab districts
Sun, May 17, 2020

A team of 13 healthcare and ASHA workers from ICMR, and Rajindra Hospital in Patiala started collecting samples from Rajpura, a red zone in the district.

Liquor vends in Punjab open to ‘lukewarm’ response
Sat, May 16, 2020

'Hoped people would make a beeline to vends, but nothing of this sort happened'

Liquor vends open today after Capt govt toughens stand
Fri, May 15, 2020

As the Epidemic Act is in place in the state, the government can force any shopkeeper to open in state’s interest.

Punjab returns tonnes of dal received from Centre, says it is unfit for consumption
Fri, May 15, 2020

The government has not only returned the dal to the Centre but also ordered an inquiry against the officials of Food Department, who received the delivery without checking the quality and also sent it further to be distributed.

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.

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