Sunday, January 24, 2021


Punjab CM announces shagun hike for daughters of construction workers from Rs 31000 to Rs. 51000

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced a hike from Rs 31,000 to Rs 51,000 in the Shagun amount for the marriage of daughters of construction workers in Punjab from April 1, 2021, while also approving Rs 1500 in financial aid to such workers or their family members who test positive for Covid.

Twitter acts on inactive accounts, new verification soon

NEW DELHI: Micro-blogging platform Twitter has started removing blue verification badges from inactive and incomplete accounts and will begin the new verification process for its users in few weeks.

Fauci is back, America gets a Covid-19 reality check

NEW YORK: Dr. Anthony Fauci is back. After months of being sidelined and attacked by Donald Trump, America's top infectious diseases expert returned to the White House briefing room and declared that the US could return to "a degree of normality" by the Fall if the Covid-19 vaccination campaign goes well this summer.

K'taka Cabinet reshuffled, portfolios given to 7 inductees

BENGALURU: Over a week after expanding his 17-month-old Cabinet, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday effected a minor reshuffle and also allocated portfolios to seven new Ministers.

Punjab Sports minister condemns arrest of Punjabi farmers by Himachal police in Shimla

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, on Tuesday, termed the action taken by Shimla Police to arrest the youngsters of Punjab who were peacefully raising their voices in favour of agitating farmers as an attack on their constitutional rights and democratic fabric of the country. He said that the arrest was made at the behest of BJP Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who wants to appease their political bosses.

We will not quarrel, but celebrate R-Day: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait

GHAZIPUR: The farmers protesting against the new Central farm laws have announced a 'Tractor March' on Republic Day. On Monday, the Supreme Court heard the petition of the Delhi Police on the issue. The apex court said it is for the Delhi Police to decide whether it would allow the farmers to enter Delhi or not.

Statue of Unity attracting more tourist than even Statue of Liberty: PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asserted that Kevadiya in Gujarat is no longer just a small block in some remote area, it has come up as a one of the biggest tourist destinations of the world and Statue of Unity situated in the region is attracting more tourist than even Statue of Liberty, a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor within New York City in the US.

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Salman Khan is brand ambassador of reality music league

MUMBAI: Superstar Salman Khan has been roped in as brand ambassador of the music reality show, Indian Pro Music League.
We have all been hooked to sport leagues for the sheer excitement and competitive spirit of the format, but kudos to the whole team for coming up with a music league that infuses the energy of sports into the world of music reality television," Salman said.

RBI Chandigarh organizes a virtual meeting for MSME Entrepreneurs

JALANDHAR: The Financial Inclusion and Development Department, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Chandigarh organized a virtual meeting for MSME Entrepreneurs on Friday here.

Vijay Inder Singla lays foundation stone of 'Forest and Nature Awareness Park'

SANGRUR: School education and PWD minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla, on Friday, laid the foundation stone for the construction of 'Forest and Nature Awareness Park' here at Partap Nagar. While elaborating details, cabinet minister Mr. Singla said that the park will be developed on the 1 acre land of Zila Parishad by the forest department. He added that the park will be developed as a symbolism of Biodiversity Conservation which in addition also includes walking trail, open gym, childrens' corner.

Punjab government facelifts 7842 government schools across the state

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government has so far given facelift to 7842 government schools by converting them Into smart schools through complete renovation of the school infrastructure thereby enhancing the enrollment in government schools by more than 14 per cent this year on one hand and imparting quality education to students on the other.

Kohli best batsman in white-ball cricket: Udana

ABU DHABI: Sri Lankan medium-fast bowler Isuru Udana believes India skipper Virat Kohli is the best batsman in white-ball cricket at the moment.
I think the best batsman in whit-ball cricket is Virat Kohli, best bower I'll go for Mitchell Starc and I like Ravindra Jadeja an all-rounder," said Udana.

Punjab raring to go for Tokya olympics , Bagging maximum quota our sole aim : Rana Sodhi

CHANDIGARH: Punjab is all set to excel in the Tokyo Olympics-2021 and bagging maximum quota for the State for this mega event is the main and sole aim with Punjab Institute of Sports (P.I.S.) and other allied institutions engaged headlong and burning midnight oil under the aegis of the Sports Department.” These views were expressed here today by the Sports, Youth Services and NRIs Affairs Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi at the Punjab Municipal Bhawan, while honouring the 90 players, who brought laurels for the state and country in the year 2017-18, with prizes worth around Rs.1.66 crore.

Sports Department to honour 1135 sportspersons, 90 international & national players with Rs.1.65 Crores under first phase on Jan 15

CHANDIGARH: Fulfilling the promise of awarding sportspersons of international and national acclaim, who have excelled during the year 2017-18, the Sports Department has decided to honour 90 players in the first phase. Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi has recently announced to confer upon cash prizes worth crores to such 1135 sportspersons.

Construction of indoor stadium at Nakodar drags on and on

NAKODAR: An indoor stadium conceived for Nakodar town about 29 years back is still incomplete.
The decision to construct an indoor stadium was taken in 1988 and work began on the land opposite the civil hospital. Thousands of rupees were spent on construction, but it could not be completed.

DC asks rural development officials to meet MNREGA targets in current fiscal year

KAPURTHALA: To ensure the completion of Punjab Governments flagship programs in rural areas of the district, Deputy commissioner kapurthala Deepti Uppal has strictly asked the officials of Rural Development and Panchayat department to meet the 100 % utilization target of MNREGA funds worth Rs. 46 crore in the district.

Science City celebrated National Youth Day

KAPURTHALA: A webinar was organized by Science City to celebrate National Youth day. More than 200 students and teachers from different schools of Punjab participated in the event. Sh. DPS Kharbanda, IAS Special secretary/ Director Sports and Youth Services, Punjab was the Chief Guest at this occasion. Giving his inaugural address he said that energy, creativity, enthusiasm, determination, and spirit of youth needs to be channelized to achieve progress in the field of science & technology, finances, health, sports and nation building. He informed that during COVID pandemic, 13000 Youth Clubs of Punjab participated in the sanitization drive initiated by the respective District Administration.

Statue of Unity received more visitors than Taj Mahal: Gujarat CM

GANDHINAGAR: While unveiling the new Tourism Policy 2021-25, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday said the Statue of Unity (SoU) at Kevadiya received more visitors than the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Rajiv Sharma on NZ Talent identification panel for Khelo India

CHANDIGARH: Former Chandigarh Sports Department rowing coach and National Umpire  and presently Secretary of Chandigarh Rowing Association and Associate Joint Secretary of Rowing Federation of India has been nominated as a member of Talent Identification Zonal committee for North Zone (ROWING) of the Khelo India identification programme, an initiative of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Comprehensive plan chalks out for 100 % basic civic amenities in kapurthala villages in 2021: Rana Gurjit singh

KAPURTHALA: MLA Rana Gurjit singh said that the Punjab Government has chalked out a comprehensive plan to uplift the living standards in villages of kapurthala assembly segment by providing 100 % basic civic amenities during 2021 and to meet this prestigious task the Rural Development and Panchayat department has released grant of Rs. 5.89 crore for the same .

50% reservation in panchayats, ULBs and jobs a historic initiative of Captain government towards women empowerment

GORAYA: Lok Sabha MP from Jalandhar Chaudhary Santokh Singh, MLAs Mr Sushil Kumar Rinku, Mr Rajinder Beri and Mr Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal today called upon people to play a pivotal role by coming forward to save girl child thereby making them equal partners in the socio-economic growth of the country.

This is how winter impacts heart patients

NEW DELHI:  Winter is often pleasing but it can also be bothersome when it comes to your heart. Winter is the time when high-risk people or those with heart issues, may get a heart attack. To top it all, people with heart problems are in the high-risk category and may get sick due to Coronavirus.

Punjab government will ensure sustainable development in urban areas: Vijay Inder Singla

SANGRUR: The Punjab Government under the leadership of Capt. Amarinder Singh will leave no stone unturned to ensure the sustainable development of the urban areas. While expressing these views Punjab School Education and PWD Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla, while participating in the virtual program for the launch of various schemes under the leadership of the Chief Minister from the District Administrative Complex, said that the previous government had made even bigger promises to the people in the name of development but Capt. Amarinder Singh had enabled Punjab to provide proprietary rights to needy people. He said that apart from the efforts of the government, he has been personally ensuring that the benefits of the welfare schemes were extended to the people and would make Sangrur a model constituency in terms of development.

Punjab CM launches slew of welfare schemes to catapult state into new era of progress

CHANDIGARH: Punjab on Thursday leapfrogged into a new era of development and progress, with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh launching a slew of milestone welfare projects, including free sanitary pads for high school and college girl students in the state.

Exclusive: 19th edition of the Kingfisher Calendar 2021

NEW DELHI: The year 2021 is here and so is Kingfisher's glamorous property -- the illustrious Kingfisher Calendar. Shot in the picturesque emerald and deep backwaters of Kerala, this year's calendar is a tapestry of serenity and beauty, with high glamour.

Connecting with Roots; Punjab to impart technical education in mother tongue: Channi

CHANDIGARH: Fulfilling the promise of the Punjab Government to provide technical education in the mother tongue to the children of the state, the books of 16 different trades of technical education have been translated into Punjabi and work is underway to translate books of other 25 different trades into Punjabi. At the same time, the Punjab Government has sent question bank of more than 25000 questions in Punjabi language to DGT, Government of India to send question papers in Punjabi to the students of the state. Earlier the question papers were sent to the technical education students by the union government only in English and Hindi, which made it very difficult for the youth of the state to understand and solve them.

Brisbane Test on, haven't heard anything 'formal' from BCCI: Cricket Australia

SYDNEY: Cricket Australia on Monday clarified that they haven't heard anything "formal" from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about Team India's unwillingness about playing the fourth Test of the ongoing series in Brisbane.

Theatres to open from January 5 in Kerala: CM Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram:  As a New Year gift to the people of the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has announced the opening of movie theatres in the state from January 5. Theatres will be allowed to function with only half of their strengths and tickets for only half of the strength will be sold. Chief minister also said that stringent action will be taken against Cinema theatres if they violate Covid protocol.

BSF seized 517 kg heroin, shot 8 intruders in Punjab in 2020

CHANDIGARH: BSF personnel guarding India's international borders along Pakistan in Punjab shot dead eight drug smugglers and intruders in separate encounters in 2020 and seized 517 kg heroin and 43 weapons, as per official data released on Friday.

Punjab witness increase in forest cover by 11.63 sq km

CHANDIGARH: The concerted efforts of Department of Forest and Wildlife Preservation, Punjab has borne fruits as the forest cover has registered progressive rise by 11.63 sq. km in this year along with plantation of 60 lakh saplings under various schemes.

Blind crickter Tejinderpal Singh receives Two lakh award money thanks to Rana Sodhi

CHANDIGARH: Punjab's Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi has ensured Jalandhar's blind cricketer Tejinderpal gets his Rs.2 Lakh award money released. The amount was stuck for six long years.

Capt Amarinder fulfils his promise to give smart phones to all class 12 govt school students

CHANDIGARH: With the distribution of 44,015 smart phones marking the culmination of the first phase of the ‘Punjab Smart Connect Scheme’, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday fulfilled his Government’s promise to give 1,74,015 smart phones to all class 12 students of the state’s Government Schools by the end of the year

Punjab kickstarts process of 50,000 govt recruitment. 10 departments to be restructured

CHANDIGARH: Kickstarting the process of recruitment to 50,000 government posts during the current fiscal, as promised by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, the Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday approved restructuring of 10 departments, thus also paving the way boosting their functional efficacy through fresh recruitments and technical upgradation.

Punjab to set up SPV under CM to augment technological capacity against cross border terror

Punjab Youth Development Board to launch 'Youth of Punjab' campaign from Jan 7

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Youth Development Board Chairman Mr. Sukhwinder Singh Bindra, on Tuesday, informed that the board, under the leadership of Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, would be launching “Youth of Punjab” campaign in the state.

Priyanka Chopra is 'hopeful for what 2021 will bring'

MUMBAI: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas is excited to turn the page on this year and is hopeful for what 2021 will bring.Priyanka posted a selfie on Instagram, where she is seen sporting a white crop top paired with lavender bottoms. She sports a bob and no make-up.

Sajid Khan opens up on his last composition with brother Wajid

MUMBAI: Bollywood composer-singer Sajid Khan says the anthem for reality show, Indian Pro Music League, is close to his heart because it is one of the last compositions he created with his late brother Wajid Khan.

Chandigarh resident 65 year old S.K.Sondhi sets new records in sports

CHANDIGARH: Old is gold has been proving by veterans of the country by bringing haul of gold (medals) in various sports at national and international levels. S.K Sondhi of Chandigarh is also among them who has not only performed well in his service but also in sports arena. Sports is not a word that came to his mind when he thinks his journey in sports and fitness. He is not only outstanding performer during his service but also in sports.

Empowering women; Aruna Chaudhary hands over appointment letters to 34 Anganwadi Supervisors

CHANDIGARH: As a part of the initiative to empower women by providing more employment opportunities, Punjab Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs. Aruna Chaudhary, on Wednesday, handed over appointment letters to 34 Anganwadi Supervisors here at Punjab Bhawan, around one month after providing government jobs to 362 Anganwadi Supervisors in a series. These 34 Anganwari Supervisors have been promoted in Ex-Servicemen and Sports Quota category.