Sunday, May 16, 2021


Awareness is the only key to prevent Dengue epidemic during Covid -19 pandemic

KAPURTHALA: Pushpa Gujral Science City celebrated National Dengue Day by organizing webinar on “Strategies to prevent Dengue epidemic during Covid -19 pandemic ”. Around 200 students and teachers from all over Punjab participated through virtual mode. Dr. Kulbir Kaur, Director Principal, Punjab Institute of Medical Science, Jalandhar was key speaker at the occasion. She said that Dengue fever is caused by the dengue virus transmitted by the bite of female Aedes aegypti mosquito. It occurs during the month of July to October, as condition were most suitable for breeding of mosquitoes.

Facebook post case: NIA raids 4 places in Tamil Nadu

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday conducted searched at four locations in Tamil Nadu in connection with an incriminating Facebook post by accused Mohammed Iqbal, an extremist advocating ideology of ISIS and Hizb-Ut-Tahrir, a fundamentalist organisation.

Chitrakoot jail shootout: 5 officials suspended

LUCKNOW: The UP Government has taken serious note of the shootout in Chitrakoot jail in which at least three undertrials were killed on Friday. On the instructions of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, five personnel including Chitrakoot Jail Superintendent S.P. Tripathi and jailer Mahendra Pal have been suspended.

Punjab CM condoles passing away of Shaheed Bhagat Singh's nephew Abhay Singh Sandhu

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday condoled the sad demise of Abhay Singh Sandhu, the Nephew of legendary martyr Shaheed-e- Azam Bhagat Singh, who passed away this evening due to Covid complications.

Capt Amarinder led Punjab cabinet okays new rules to replace archaic jails manual

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday gave its nod to Punjab Prison Rules, 2021, under the Prison Act 1894, thus superseding the archaic and outdated jails manual.

Navneet Kalra denied anticipatory bail in O2 concentrator case

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Thursday declined to grant anticipatory bail to businessman Navneet Kalra in connection with the oxygen concentrator black marketing case registered by Delhi Police.

Punjab Vigilance nabs a private person in reverse trap for offering bribe Rs. 50,000 to Addl Commissioner state tax

CHANDIGARH: Aiming to curb the menace of corruption among the society, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a private person for offering Rs. 50000 to Addl Commissioner state tax (ACST) in lieu of exempting GST on tobacco products.

Tourism industry seeks direct benefit transfer of basic pay for employees

NEW DELHI: FAITH, the policy federation of all the national associations representing the complete tourism, travel and hospitality industry of India, has made suggestions to the Finance Ministry, the RBI and the Tourism Ministry for urgently taking up measures targeted at tourism jobs and businesses protection.

Patiala to have four oxygen generation units for uninterrupted supply of O2 in the District

PATIALA: In order to maintain uninterrupted supply of oxygen in Patiala district to care COVID patients, a plan has been implemented to install four units of oxygen generation and work has already been started on one of the two units to be set up at Mata Kushalya Government Hospital. Divulging the details, the Deputy Commissioner Mr. Kumar Amit today while visiting the Oxygen Units sites at Mata Kushalya Hospital, said that other two units would be commissined at CHC Nabha and Model Town Patiala.

GST exemption may lead to price hike of vaccines: FM

NEW DELHI: Amid calls for full exemption of goods and services tax (GST) on vaccines, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said that a complete waiver may lead to a rise in their prices, impacting the common man.

Punjab Police arrests five associates of Gangster Gavi; 1.25kg Heroin, 3 Pistols, 3 Vehicles recovered

CHANDIGARH: Quickly acting on the disclosures of Gangster-cum-Drug Smuggler Gavi during his interrogation, the Punjab Police on Saturday, have managed to bust the entire part of his module active in Punjab with the arrest of his five accomplices. A close aide of wanted gangster Jaipal, Gavi Singh @ Vijay @ Giani was arrested from Sarai Kila Kharsawa district in Jharkhand on April 26, 2021 during a joint operation by the Organised Crime Control Unit (OCCU) of Punjab Police and SAS Nagar Police.

Decongest jails: SC orders re-release of all eligible prisoners

NEW DELHI: In the backdrop of an unprecedented Covid-19 crisis prevailing in the country, the Supreme Court on Saturday passed a slew of directions to decongest prisons and ordered forthwith release of all those prisoners who were granted bail or parole last year due to the pandemic.

Imran, Saudi Crown Prince Salman commit to ties

ISLAMABAD/JEDDAH: Visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Saturday have affirmed their commitment to fortify the 'upward trajectory' in bilateral relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Islamabad said.

Government should incentivise use of clean fuels'

NEW DELHI: With the government imposing a green tax on old polluting vehicles, Indian Auto LPG Coalition (IAC) is advocating the need for this deterrent to be accompanied by incentives to people shifting to cleaner alternative fuels such as auto LPG.

Rahul Gandhi questions GST on Covid vaccines

NEW DELHI: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday slammed the government over the goods and services tax (GST) on vaccines, saying the lives of can be lost but the Prime Minister's tax collection should not be lost.

By May 20, Delhi shall have calmed down in significant ways: Dinesh Singh

NEW DELHI: Leading mathematics scholar and former Vice Chancellor of the Delhi University, Dinesh Singh has predicted that Covid infections being reported in Delhi will show a perceptible easing up between May 10-15.

AICP in Association with GNA University organized a Webinar on NEP2020 & its implementation in higher Education

PHAGWARA: AICP in Association with GNA University organized a Webinar on NEP2020 & its Implementation in Higher Education over a virtual platform. Under AICP decision, there will be total 12 Webinars happening every month, and GNA University is the first in Punjab that has taken the initiative of the series. The sole objective of the Webinar was to discuss in detail the NEP2020 and its supposed role in Higher Education.

Punjab Government appoints two nodal Officers for facilitating tax exemption on any covid relief to be imported into the State from abroad

CHANDIGARH: In the ongoing fight against Corona Virus, the Punjab government has appointed two nodal officers to facilitate the individuals/ organizations in getting tax exemption on any Covid relief to be imported into the state from abroad.

CAS rejects Gomathi's appeal against doping ban

NEW DELHI: The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed Indian middle distance runner Gomathi Manimathu's appeal against her four-year ban for doping imposed by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) in 2019.

India ready for full-fledged local display FAB manufacturing

NEW DELHI: As the Indian government renews its thrust on domestic electronics manufacturing with various incentive-linked schemes, the country has a great opportunity as well as required capabilities to establish a full-fledged semiconductor fabrication (FAB) electronics manufacturing ecosystem in the country, the India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) said on Wednesday.

To boost O2 production amid covid crisis, Punjab Cabinet approves thrust sector status for oxygen production units

CHANDIGARH: Amid the Oxygen crisis triggered by the spiralling Covid cases, the Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab government on Wednesday announced thrust sector status for all Oxygen product units, while appointing a nodal officer to coordinate with Customs Department for quick clearance of foreign aid.

Punjab's 6th pay commission moots major bonanza for all govt employees w.e.f. Jan. 2016

CHANDIGARH: In a major bonanza for government employees, the 6th Pay Commission of the Punjab Government has recommended an over 2-fold increase in salaries of all employees, with increase in minimum pay from Rs 6950 to Rs 18000 per month, with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016.

Action plan of Rs. 2.7 Crore approved for the Year 2021-22 to Promote Fisheries in Patiala District

PATIALA: To promote fish farming in Patiala district, an action plan of Rs.2.7 crore has been approved for the year 2021-22, during the district level meeting.

Punjab CM virtually launches GNDU's online courses for Punjabi Diaspora

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday digitally launched online programmes/courses started by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, for the Punjabi diaspora settled across the globe.

Govt gives ad hoc IGST exemption on imports of Covid relief material

NEW DELHI: In view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Central Government has exempted IGST or integrated GST on import of such goods received free of cost for free distribution of Covid relief.

Not in favour of total lockdown but will consider Harsh measures if situation doesn't improve,says Punjab CM

CHANDIGARH:Even as he made it clear that he was not in favour of a complete and harsh lockdown, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday warned people against laxity in adherence to the curbs imposed in the state, and said if the situation did not improve he would be forced to consider a total lockdown.

Delhi Airport sets up dedicated facility for imported relief material

NEW DELHI: The Delhi airport on Monday said it has set up a dedicated logistic facility - Jeevoday - to ensure swift distribution of imported relief materials.The airport has set up a 3,500 square metre dedicated logistic facility for interim storage and distribution of Covid-19 relief materials.

Put on hold draft National Electricity Policy 2021- AIPEF

CHANDIGARH: Ministry of Power has issued the draft of major amendments proposed to be carried out in the National Electricity Policy 2021. The proposed changes would require extensive discussion and debate amongst power engineers and other stakeholders. All India Power Engineers Federation demands that the ill-timed draft amendment be put on hold and the time period for submission of comments be extended for a period of six months, said V K Gupta spokesperson AIPEF.

Young Dalit woman now heads Bikru village

KANPUR(Uttar Pradesh):Madhu, a young Dalit woman, has been elected as the village head of Bikru, the village that made news last year following the massacre of eight policemen in an ambush by the gangster Vikas Dubey.

Eminent Geologist SB Bhatia FNA passed away

CHANDIGARH: Panjab University Geology Emeritus Prof Dr SB Bhatia PhD
Imperial College London, FNA, died at the age of 91. A great teacher
and an eminent Geologist has gone. A huge loss to global geoscience
community. He founded Geology Department, Panjab University,
Chandigarh, in 1959 together with MR Sahni. He breathed his last on
Sunday morning at Panchkula in Haryana.

Govt relaxes several compliance timelines under GST

NEW DELHI: As the Covid crisis and the resultant lockdowns impact business, the Centre has come up with several relaxations regarding timelines for GST compliance norms.

Punjab earns GST revenue of Rs.1481.83 Cr in April 2021

CHANDIGARH: Punjab has earned the revenue of Rs. 1481.83 crores from GST during the month of April 2021 which is the highest ever revenue from GST for any particular month since the introduction of GST in the country during July, 2017.

April GST collection sets new record, surges over Rs 1.41L cr

NEW DELHI: India's gross GST revenue collection reached a new record high of over Rs 1.41 lakh crore in April 2021, beating all expectations of lower collections in wake disruptions clauses by fresh wave of Covid-19.

Covid disruption unlikely to impact April GST collections: SBI Ecowrap

MUMBAI: Even with the new wave of Covid-19 resulting in 'lockdowns' in 15 parts of the country and impacting business all across, the country's GST collections, the barometer of economic activity in India, is likely to cross the Rs 1 lakh crore mark for the sixth time in as many months in April, a SBI Ecowrap report said on Friday.

3 new assistant superintendents appointed in Punjab jail department

CHANDIGARH: In a bid to provide employment avenues to the youth of the State in line with the objectives of flagship ‘Punjab Ghar Ghar Rozgaar and Karobar Mission’, the Jail Department appointed 43 new Assistant Superintendents.

Punjab crosses 100 LMT mark of wheat procurement,Sangrur leads across State: Ashu

CHANDIGARH: Punjab has successfully crossed 100 LMT mark in wheat procurement despite several challenges especially the ongoing second wave of amid COVID pandemic.

GST return verification through OTP allowed

NEW DELHI: The government has provided relief to GST taxpayers from a physical visit to tax office for verification of digital signature required on return forms.

Remdesivir sold at TN hospital to prevent black marketing

CHENNAI: The counter at Government Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, which is selling the Remdesivir drug to prevent its black marketing is helping patients who are dependent on oxygen. A huge queue was witnessed at the Kilpauk hospital with the relatives of patients lining up to buy the drug.

Punjab police arrests wanted gangster of Jaipal gang from Jharkhand; Fortuner SUV, five mobiles recovered

CHANDIGARH: The Organised Crime Control Unit (OCCU) of Punjab Police, in a joint operation with SAS Nagar Police, have arrested Gavi Singh @ Vijay @ Giani, a close aide of Gangster Jaipal, who had fled the State following police pressure and was absconding. He was involved funding of the gang by running a drug cartel, Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Dinkar Gupta said here on Tuesday.

Govt exempts customs on food, medicines for charitable organisations

NEW DELHI: Amid lot of international organisations coming forward to help India in fight against Covid-19, the government has exempted customs duty of foodstuff and medicines and has detailed what all can be gifted to whom and who all can do so.