The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 crore on the state of Punjab as environmental compensation. The penalty has been imposed for allegedly failing to ensure proper treatment of solid and liquid wastes causing harm to the environment. Notably, the compensation has been imposed under section 15 of the NGT Act.
First-Year Student From Lovely Professional University Dies By Suicide In Punjab’s Jalandhar; Protests Erupt
In Punjab’s Jalandhar, a first-year student studying at Lovely Professional University died by way of suicide on September 20. The police reportedly received a call at around 5:30, regarding the demise of a first-year B. Design student. A suicide note has been recovered from the spot, which cites “personal reasons”. A large amount of students stormed the university campus to stage a protest.
Former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of senior leaders of the saffron party. On September 19, the veteran former Congress leader also merged his newly formed Punjab Lok Congress (PLC), which was floated last year after quitting Congress, and joined it with the BJP. The recent merger is said to be a major setback for opposition, Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab.
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Punjab Lok Congress (PLC) chief and former CM Amarinder Singh is likely to join BJP, in presence of senior leaders, on September 19. In the previous assembly polls, PLC in alliance with BJP, lost the election to AAP, and Bhagwant Mann became the CM. Notably, Singh after returning from London following a surgery for his spinal cord, met with PM Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
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BSF troops stationed near the International Border (IB) in Punjab, opened fire at a drone which possibly belonged to Pakistan. The drone not able to withstand shots, flew back into the territory of Pakistan. The incident occurred at around 5 pm, in the area of BSF’s Rosa Post BOP 89 Bn in Punjab’s Gurdaspur. A search is underway. Reportedly, such occurrences have increased in the past one year.
In the ongoing investigation of the Sidhu Moose Wala killing case, NIA has conducted raids at multiple locations of various “terror gangs”. The Agency carried out the search operation in coordination with local police personnel. The search has come after a probe has been launched against some terror gangs. The gangs are suspected to have links to the shoot out of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala on May 29.
Deepak Mundi, suspected to be the main shooter of punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala, along with two of his associates were taken to Mansa, said officials on September 11. The arrests were made at the West Bengal- Nepal border by the Nepal police, on September 11. Reportedly, all three will now be taken to the CIA police station in Mansa. Further details are awaited.
In Punjab’s Mansa district, African Swine Fever (ASF) virus has been detected in some samples from Talwandi Aklia village. With this, the area has been declared as an “infected zone”, and steps are being taken to contain the spread. Besides, 1-10 km area has been declared as “surveillance zone”. The virus reportedly affects domestic and wild pigs, and has a 100% mortality rate.
The officials of the Border Security Force (BSF) foiled a cross-border smuggling operation, and seized 6.370 Kgs of heroin. The incident in the village Muhar Jamsher, situated in Punjab’s Fazilka district. The Pakistan-based smugglers despite being shot, managed to flee in dark. In a similar incident, BSF officials seized Rs 22.65 crore worth heroin from Pakistan-based smugglers in Punjab’s Fazilka district.
In Punjab’s Chandigarh, a floating solar plant of 500 kilowatts has been installed on Dhanas lake. Following the installing, the plant will soon be made operational. The plant will reportedly be used to generate electricity for the forest department, and for the three fountains which will be set up on the same lake. The fountains are expected to be installed within this month.