The Union government’s COVID-19 review teams has red-flagged Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh government for mismanagement in vaccination drive. Visiting 30 worst affected districts in Maharashtra,11 in Chhattisgarh and nine districts of Punjab, the team reported malfunctioning ventilators, sub-optimal surveillance and contract tracing. Besides shortage in healthcare workforce and attacks on health workers, they shockingly revealed couple… read-more
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Bollywood actor Sonu Sood was announced as 'brand ambassador' for Punjab's COVID-19 vaccination scheme by the state CM Captain Amarinder Singh. Stating, Sonu's popularity will encourage people to undergo vaccination, CM added, "there is no one more ideally suited to inspire people to take the vaccine". Later, expressing his gratitude on recognition, the philanthropist actor gifted his book "I am no Messiah" to CM, said he felt honoured.
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said his state has only five days of vaccines left; three if it reached its target of two lakh shots per day, and he called on the centre to rush the next batch of vaccines. Singh has written to PM Narendra Modi and the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan for vaccine supply schedules. The central government, however, stated that there is no shortage of vaccines.
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, in the national committee meeting on April 8, urged the NDA government to clear state projects worth Rs 937 crore on Guru Teg Bahadur's 400th birth anniversary. Punjab plans to renovate towns and cities associated with the Guru primarily in Amritsar, Sri Anandpur Sahib and Baba Bakala. Besides, textile and handicraft institutes in name of Guru Teg Bahadur is also planned. The main program is slated for May 1.
The Punjab government has declared a public holiday on April 8 in-order to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nabha Das Ji. According to the announcement, all the government offices and schools will remain shut. Goswami Guru Nabha Dass Mahasha Sewa Samiti Pathankot's chief organiser Purushottam Bhajura said, considering 30 lakh followers of the saint in the state, April 8 should be declared as a gazetted holiday.
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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has announced to enforce night curfew in the state till April 30, from 9 PM to 5 AM. Initially, the curfew was imposed in 12 districts but now it has been extended to the state. However, the government has strictly imposed a ban on public gatherings such as funerals, cremations and weddings. The violators will be apprehended under the Disaster Management Act and Epidemic Act.
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A team of six policemen, in Tur village of Punjab's Tarn Taran district, was attacked on April 1 by a mob attempting to free their rape accused kin. A viral video of the incident showed the policemen were being attacked and a woman was lying on road to obstruct the police vehicles. Reportedly, the officers had conducted a raid after getting a tip-off about a 2017-crime accused Bhupinder Singh hiding at his relative's place.
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on March 31 announced free travel for women in Punjab Roadways Transport Corporation, Punjab Roadways Buses and locally owned city bus services. While the free travel excluded AC, Volvo and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) buses, the CM claimed of fulfilling 85% of manifesto promises. Moreover, the CM said that while the promise was to reduce the bus tickets for women to 50%, he made it all free.
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The Punjab government has approved two ecotourism projects around Pathankot's Thein dam built along the Ranjit Sagar lake. Reportedly, the Rs 550-crore project has drawn inspiration from well-known lakes of Italy and would be modelled upon the "Himalayan style architecture". Initially proposed by the former SAD-BJP government, the project, in a revamped form, is currently spearheaded by the ruling Congress government and may be instituted as… read-more
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The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee on March 11 halted its rail track blockade in Amritsar against the Centre's farm laws after 169 days. Blocking the tracks near Amritsar's Jandiala, KMSC had reportedly affected around 60% of the state’s railway traffic. The committee cited the approaching harvest season as a reason to suspend the blockade and expressed commitment to join the farmers at Delhi border and even resume the blockade if not… read-more
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