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Punjab Govt Cancels Pending Exams of Class XII, Open School: Singla

(Chd,Pb)Punjab Govt Cancels Pending Exams of Class XII, Open School: Singla
Punjab Government has decided to cancel the pending examinations of various classes which were earlier announced to be conducted after July 15 by Punjab School Education Board (PSEB).School education minister Vijay Inder Singla said that the state government has taken decision in view of the hard times erupted due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Punjab to Set up Plasma Bank under Neelam Marwah

(Chd,Pb)Punjab to Set up Plasma Bank
The Punjab government will set up a plasma bank to facilitate plasma therapy treatment in the state.
The approval for the same was given by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, while chairing a review meeting here via video conferencing, of the COVID-19 situation in the state on Thursday.
He approved the establishment of the plasma bank under the supervision and guidance of Neelam Marwaha, former Head of Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine.
The plasma bank would serve as a ready inventory source for seriously ill patients or those at risk of severe diseases, and thus will enable a wider range of adults to be treated with convalescent plasma.
Plasma therapy is already being carried out as an ICMR trial project in the state’s government hospitals.

Punjab Govt to Knock High Court Against School Fee During Lockdown

(Chd,Pb) Punjab Govt to Knock High Court Against School Fee During Lockdown
The Punjab Government will file a Letters Patent Appeal (LPA) in the High Court this week against the decision of a single judge in the matter of payment of school fee during the lockdown period.
A single judge of the High Court had, on June 30, ruled that all the schools were entitled to collect tuition fee irrespective of offering online classes during the lockdown.
In her ruling, Justice Nirmaljit Kaur had said all schools, whether they offer online classes during the lockdown period or not, are entitled to collect the tuition fee. However, the court ruled, the schools will continue to endeavour and impart online/ distance learning so education is not adversely impacted due to the present or future lockdowns imposed due to the pandemic.

Capt Govt Doubles Mutation Fee to ₹ 600

(Chd,Pb)Capt Govt Doubles Mutation Fee to ₹ 600
Council of Ministers led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to increase the Mutation Fee from Rs.300 to Rs.600. The decision would help add nearly Rs. 10 crore to the state exchequer.
The Chief Minister also asked the Revenue Department to launch a special campaign for clearing all pending mutations in the interest of landowners.

Akalis Protest Against Liquor Scam,Fuel Price Hike,Mining

(Chd,Pb)Akalis Protest Against Liquor Scam,Fuel Price Hike,Mining
The opposition Shiromani Akali Dal on Tuesday held statewide protests against the hike in fuel prices, alleged liquor scam and illegal mining in Punjab.
Leading a protest in Mohali’s Zirakpur, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal demanded that the Punjab government slash fuel prices by Rs 10 a litre.
Once the Punjab government reduces fuel prices by Rs 10 per litre, we will ask the Centre to do the same, the SAD president said, adding that they have already written to PM Narendra Modi to cut central excise duty on fuel.
Badal said that the state should compensate private schools by submitting their six months’ fee in advance.
Meanwhile, former minister Bikram Singh Majithia in Amritsar said diesel is the costliest in Punjab when compared with neighbouring states.
Majithia demanded a central probe into the embezzlement and wrongful distribution of ration by the Congress government.
He alleged that the ration sent by the Centre for 1.40 crore people was diverted to Congressmen who embezzled it and sold it on the open market.
At Rupnagar, senior leader Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said the SAD was forced to come out and hold dharnas because the Congress-led government were following anti-people policies.
He alleged the sand mafia has been given a free hand by the Congress government due to which Congressmen were enriching themselves at the cost of the state treasury.

E Registration Mandatory for Road Travellers Entering Punjab

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Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Govt has strongly advised road travellers entering or transiting through Punjab to self-register, either through COVA app or through a weblink, https://cova.punjab.gov.in/registration, before embarking on the journey. The objective of e-registration is to avoid any inconvenience to the travellers due to crowding and long queues at the border check points.
After registration the primary traveller will receive a confirmation link through SMS.
This will be followed by basic medical screening. After successful medical screening, the process is over. In case a passenger exhibits Covid symptoms, the health staff at the Border Check Point will assist and guide the passenger(s).

Capt Picks Chander Gaind for the post of Commissioner of Patial

(Chd,Pb)Capt Picks Chander Gaind for the post of Commissioner of Patiala
Punjab Government Led By Capt Amarinder Singh has issued transfer and posting orders of 2 IAS Officers and 1 PCS officer with immediate effect.
IAS officer Chander Gaind has been transferred and posted as Commissioner, Patiala Division, Patiala and
IAS officer Ghanshayam Thori, Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar has been given the additional charge of Chief Executive Officer, Jung-e-Azadi Memorial Foundation, Jalandhar, while
PCS officer Amandeep Bansal has been transferred and posted as Secretary, Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board and in addition Additional Secretary, Medical Education and Research.

Nobody Wants Khalistan: Punjab CM

(Chd,Pb)Nobody Wants Khalistan: Punjab CM
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday dismissed a recent statement of Akal Takht Jathedar that the Sikh community will accept Khalistan if the government offers it.
Sikhs living in the country are leading prosperous lives. Why would they want a Khalistan? Nobody wants it and I do not want it, said Singh while replying to a question on Khalistan during a press conference here.
Singh said every Sikh always stood for the unity and integrity of the country.
Do you know how many Sikh soldiers we have? They sacrifice their lives for the country. We fight for our country and this is our country, said Singh.
On June 6, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh had said, The Sikh community will accept Khalistan, a separate state for Sikhs, if the government offers it.
The Jathedar (head priest) of Akal Takht (the highest temporal seat of Sikhs) had raked up the Khalistan issue on the 36th anniversary of Operation Bluestar, which was carried out in 1984 to flush out heavily-armed terrorists holed up in the Golden Temple.
Even the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Gobind Singh Longowal had also endorsed the Akal Takht jathedar’s views on Khalistan.

VINI MAHAJAN TAKES OVER AS PB’S 1ST WOMAN CHIEF SECY

(Chd,Pb)VINI MAHAJAN TAKES OVER AS PB’S 1ST WOMAN CHIEF SECRETARY
Vini Mahajan on Friday took over as the first woman Chief Secretary of Punjab, marking another milestone in an illustrious career which is notable for many landmark achievements.
A 1987 batch IAS officer, Vini has replaced Karan Avtar Singh at the prestigious post, where she brings to the table 33 years of experience in a host of key positions in the Central and Punjab governments. Karan Avtar takes over as Special Chief Secretary, Governance Reforms.
The only Punjab cadre officer currently in the state who is empaneled to hold position as Secretary, Government of India, Vini was till now serving as Additional Chief Secretary, Investment Promotion, Industries & Commerce, IT and Governance Reforms and Public Grievances. She has been playing a crucial role in steering the state government’s response to the Covid crisis as Chairman Health Sector Response & Procurement Committee.
An Economics graduate from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, and a post-graduate from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta, where she was placed on the Roll of Honour and later also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Vini was pivotal in the state’s success in attracting over Rs 20,000 crore new investment every year during her tenure in Investment Promotion and Industries & Commerce.
it was with her at the helm of the department that Punjab participated for the first time in the World Economic Forum at Davos in 2019, and held a highly successful Investor Summit, with focus on MSMEs, in December 2019
It was during her tenure as ACS Housing & Urban Development, that the development of a 5,000 acres new township near Mohali Airport was initiated. Further, during her term as Additional Chief Secretary Revenue, Punjab became the first state in the country to roll out the National Generic Document Registration System.
Vini Mahajan served in the office of the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh from 2005-2012
Earlier in 2004-05 as Director in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance (GoI), she was involved with India’s external assistance programme, as well as infrastructure issues.
In 1995, she became the first woman officer to be posted as DC in Punjab, when she took over as DC Ropar, in which capacity she carried out a highly effective Total Literacy Campaign, for which Ropar received the National Literacy Award for best performance in the country.
Vini Mahajan has received numerous academic awards, including the National Talent Search Scholarship. She was a Hubert Humphrey fellow based at American University in Washington DC in 2000 –2001. She could be the only student in the country who got admission to both IIT and AIIMS Delhi in 1982 after she finished her 12th grade from Modern School, New Delhi.
Her father, BB Mahajan, was also an IAS officer of the Punjab cadre. Topper of the 1957 batch and known to be a man of integrity, he held important positions, including FCR in Punjab, before retiring as Secretary Food, Govt. of India.

Punjab Govt Suspends Poonam Kangra of Seheduled Castes Commission

(Chd,Pb)Punjab Govt Suspends Poonam Kangra of Seheduled Castes Commission
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has approved immediate suspension of Poonam Kangra as non-official Member of Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes, following the registration of an abetment to suicide case against her.
Chief Minister had also ordered an inquiry against Poonam who was arrested, along with her husband and son, by the Sangrur Police a few days back.