Sunday, September 27, 2020


Punjab Mandi Board gets national award 2020 for QVIC APP

CHANDIGARH: For first of its kind endeavour to launch and successful operation of in-house video conferencing mobile app ‘QVIC’, the Punjab Mandi Board has been awarded with National PSU Award 2020 by the Elets Technomedia, the premier technology and media research organisation of Asia, during a National PSU Summit held at New Delhi.

Irrigation can irrigate the life style of rural Himachal

CHANDIGARH: One of the irrigation scheme’s most effective and enduring interventions is in the area of agriculture. Initiatives in this direction of the state government, enable it to tell a different story. Thanks to the government’s initiatives in expanding irrigation network. While in 2013-14, the state has 114,000 hectares irrigated area, that was increased to 1.17,000 hectares in 2014-15. It further increased to 1,20,000 hectares in 2015-16 reveals the government records. With increased in the irrigated areas, produce of food grains also registered an increase in the state.

Honoured to be part of PM Modi's Fit India Dialogue: Kohli

NEW DELHI: Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has stated that he is honoured to be part of the Fit India Dialogue -- being organised to celebrate the first anniversary of the Fit India Movement -- where he will be interacting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other renowned fitness influencers on Thursday.

Punjab Cabinet gives nod to fill 8393 posts of pre-primary Teachers: volunteers to get relaxation in recruitment

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab Cabinet has approved filling up of 8393 posts of Pre-Primary Teachers in a move which Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said would make the pre-primary government schools more competitive with private institutions and increase enrolment.

Punjab Cabinet okays revision in fee structure in nursing colleges to boost medical education & infrastructural facilities

CHANDIGARH:To strengthen the medical education and infrastructural facilities at Government and Private medical colleges, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday gave the nod for revision of fee structure in various nursing courses with effect from academic session 2020-21.

Panjab Univ organizes seminar on 'Transition from School to Higher Education'

CHANDIGARH/MOHALI:A two days National Seminar on the theme ‘Transition from School to Higher Education in the context of National Education Policy 2020’ was organized from September 21-22, 2020 by the Centre for Academic Leadership & Education Management (CALEM) Panjab University, Chandigarh under the aegis of PMMMNMTT, MHRD (GOI). About 280 participants from various Universities and Colleges around the country attended the seminar.

Punjab CM orders augmentation of medical oxygen supplies from within & outside state

CHANDIGARH:As Covid cases in the state continue to surge, with peak projections suggesting further increase in the coming weeks, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered ramping up of facilities in the 13 districts with the maximum CFR and augmentation of medical oxygen supplies from within and outside the state to ensure that there is no shortfall of the same.

Punjab CM launches covid Fateh Kit for covid patients in hospital & home isolation

CHANDIGARH:Scaling up the state’s fight against Covid, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder on Tuesday launched the Corona Fateh Kits, which the state government will start distributing immediately to all Covid patients in isolation, whether at home or in hospitals.

Punjab's 3 GMCs to participate in phase 3 trials of covaxin from oct 15

CHANDIGARH:Punjab’s three Government Medical Colleges will participate in the Phase 3 trials of the COVAXIN being tested by Bharat Biotech Ltd in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) against the Covid pandemic.

Simplified startup registration procedure to give further fillip to industry : Sunder Sham Arora

CHANDIGARH:To give impetus to industry, the procedure for Startup registrations has been further simplified in the state.

School education department decides to monitor funds online to bringtransparency

CHANDIGARH: The Department of School Education has now decided to conduct online monitoring of funds.

Assembly vandalism case: Court asks 6 accused to appear on Oct 15

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:A city court on Tuesday dismissed a Kerala government plea to withdraw a 2015 case registered against six sitting legislators at that time on the charge of vandalism in the Assembly and directed them to personally appear in court on October 15.

DC inaugurates free coaching course to 150 girls students under progressive ANDDYNAMIV India

JALANDHAR: In order to ensure free online coaching to the promising and deserving girls to prepare them for competitive exams under the ‘Beti Padhao-Beti Bachao’ campaign, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Monday inaugurated the course’s classes in the district administrative complex.

Time to be future-ready, future-fit: PM to IIT grads

NEW DELHI:Pointing out that a nation's future depends on what its youths think today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said it was time for them to be future-ready and future-fit.

Reopening of government schools starts with a promising note

CHANDIGARH:First day of reopening of schools for students of Class 9 to 12 in
Chandigarh has been encouraging.

ASUS enters commercial PC market in India with 11 products

MUMBAI:  ASUS India, the Indian arm of Taiwanese IT major, on Monday forayed into the commercial PC market in India with launching "Expert Series" brand with 11 devices across laptops, desktops and All-in-Ones, targeting the key enterprise segments in the country.

Kerala hikes allowance to transgenders for sex-change surgeries

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The Kerala government on Monday said it had enhanced the allowance given to transgenders for sex-change surgeries and set aside Rs 50 lakh for the purpose.

Punjab Government extends deadline for applying for scholarships

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab Government has extended the deadline for applying for various scholarship schemes for the current academic session. The scholarships (2020-21) can be applied on the e-Punjab portal.

Punjab Government decides to make physical education related activities compulsory for students

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab Government has decided to make physical education related activities compulsory for school children. This decision will be implemented after reopening of school following Covid-19.

Customs probes deeper into Kerala gold smuggling case

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The Customs, as part of its probe into the sensational Kerala gold smuggling case, on Monday questioned the driver and owner of the vehicle which transported a baggage consignment from the Air Cargo complex to the UAE Consulate here on March 4.

JGU expands full time faculty to 725

NEW DELHI: O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) has hired 165 new faculty members in the academic session 2020-2021.
With the addition of these new faculty members, JGU has 725 full time faculty members across nine schools and three research and capacity building institutes.

Schools to reopen in J&K at 'parents' risk'

SRINAGAR:Schools in Jammu and Kashmir will reopen on Monday for Classes 9 to 12, but the entire responsibility for the safety of the students will be on the parents.

Adventure Tourism to be made safer in State: Govind Singh Thakur

SHIMLA:In a bid to provide tourism a leg-up and administering revenue generation a
booster dose, the state government has decided to take a number of initiatives to capitalize on
the inflow of tourists. 

20 mn girls may never return to school, warns Malala

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has warned that as many as 20 million girls may never return to schools even after the global Covid-19 crisis is over, the media reported on Sunday.

Punjab CS directs DCs, CPs and SSPs to double effots to ensure containment and management of Covid-19

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Chief Secretary Ms. Vini Mahajan today directed all the Deputy Commissioners, Commissioners of Police, Senior Superintendent of Police, Municipal Corporation Commissioners, Civil Surgeons and senior IAS officers of the state to redouble all efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Punjab CS asks manufcturers to ramp up medical oxygen production to save lives fro Covid

CHANDIGARH: Amid growing nationwide concerns of shortage of Medical Oxygen for COVID patients, Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan on Saturday asked Oxygen manufacturers in the state to ramp up production, while directing the concerned government departments to ensure 24X7 power availability and adequate supply of empty cylinders to ensure uninterrupted and seamless manufacturing.

Dr. Rajan Singla appointed as Principal of Government Medical College and Hospital, Patiala

CHANDIGARH: To bring more transparency and further strengthen the work of Goverment Medical College and Hospital, Patiala, Professor of Anatomy Department Dr. Rajan Singla has been appointed as Principal of the college, While Professor of Medicine Department Raminder Pal Singh Sibia has been selected as vice principal and Dr. Harnaam Singh Rekhi has been designated as Medical Superintendent of GMC Patiala.

Modi government deceiving people by passing anti-farmer bills: Cabinet Minister Vijay Inder Singla

CHANDIGARH: School education and public works minister Punjab Mr. Vijay Inder Singla, on Saturday, lashed out at the Modi government for deceiving people by passing three bills stating agriculture reforms as these bills will break the backbone of Punjab which is the food basket of India. The cabinet minister termed the bills anti-farmer and said that these bills would pose a major threat to the people connected agriculture, directly or indirectly. Mr. Singla said that to justify their move, BJP leaders were continuously distorting facts as per their political convenience.

Higher educational institutes to open in Punjab from Sept 21, school, colleges, coaching centers to remain shut

CHANDIGARH: In compliance with the directives of Unlock 4.0, issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Punjab Government on Saturday allowed the opening of higher education institutions for Ph.D scholars and post graduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratories and experimental works from September 21. However, schools, colleges and coaching centres will remain closed.

Backfinco sets the target to provide RS.1127.75 Lakh loan to youth : Sadhu Singh Dharmsot

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab Government has set a target to provide a loan of Rs. 1127.75 lakh during the year 2020-2021 to uplift the economic standard of the backward class youth of the state.

China blames faith of Uyghur Muslims for concentration camps in Xinjiang

NEW DELHI/ BEIJING:Justifying its internment camps for Uyghur Muslims, the Chinese Communist Party regime has admitted that it has subjected, on an average around 1.3 million people to re-education since 2014.

16 more educational institutions closed in Pak

ISLAMABAD:At least 16 more educational institutions in Pakistan were closed in the last 24 hours due to non-compliance of health guidelines or standard operating procedures amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said on Friday.

Chinese imperialism poses incurable threat to the world

NEW DELHI:Two viruses have taken over the world. One, a minuscule creature called Covid-19, has killed more than 8,00,000 people around the globe, but is slowing down and will most likely be eliminated in the coming months.

Rajya Sabha passes Homoeopathy Bills

NEW DELHI:The Rajya Sabha on Friday passed two Bills -- the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

Ranveer Singh's efforts to make Indian Sign Language an official language is on

MUMBAI:India's deaf community has lauded the efforts of actor Ranveer Singh to make Indian Sign Language an official language.

CUPB becomes student’s choice for quality higher education: More than 83000 students applied for P.G./Ph.D. Programmes

BATHINDA: Central University of Punjab Bathinda (CUPB) becomes students top choice for quality higher education in India as more than 83000 applicants have applied for admissions through CUCET-2020 against 1267 seats offered by CUPB in its various 42 Post-Graduate & 35 Doctoral Programmes.

Punjab Cabinet approves waiver of CLU & other charges for Satsung Bhawans of Radha Soami Satsung, Beas

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday approved waiver of fee for Change of Land Use (CLU) and several other charges for Satsang Bhawans established, or to be established in future, by Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB) across the state.

Punjab Govt to use 15th finance commission tied grants to give priority to Rural piped water connections & sanitation

CHANDIGARH:To ensure universal coverage of rural households with piped water connections, the Punjab government has decided to accord first priority to providing Functional House Tap Connections (FHTCs) in the remaining 17.59 lac households from the tied grants for water under 15th Finance Commission to meet its 2022 target of 100% piped water connectivity.

Punjab decides to relax constructed area condition for universities to promote higher education

CHANDIGARH:To aggressively promote higher education in the state, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday decided to reduce the requirement of constructed area from 50,000 sq. mt. to 30,000 sq. mt. for multi-domain University, and from 20,000 sq. mt. to 15,000 sq. mt. for single-domain University.

With expiry of lease, Jat king's kin seek return of AMU land

ALIGARH:With the land lease given to the Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh having expired last year, the descendants of the Jat king, late Mahendra Pratap Singh (1886-1979), a freedom fighter and social reformer who donated land to various educational institutes, including the AMU, have demanded that the land be returned to them.