India: Punjab distilleries supply free sanitizer to hospitals

Chandigarh, Mar 28 (PTI) Six distilleries in Punjab have supplied 33,000 litres of sanitizer free of cost to government hospitals in the state, an official said on Saturday.

The sanitizer was manufactured according to prescribed formula of mixing 96 per cent ethanol, 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide, glyceryl, permitted colour and sterile water, said Food and Drug administration Commissioner K S Pannu.

India: Price of vegetables capped in Mohali

Chandigarh, Mar 27 (PTI) Prices of vegetables were capped at Punjab's Mohali district after the administration received reports that essential items were being sold at exorbitant prices during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The district administration has fixed the price of potatoes at Rs 50 per kg, onions at Rs 45 per kg, tomatoes at Rs 60 per kg, cauliflower at Rs 40 per kg, peas at Rs 120 per kg, carrot at Rs 50 per kg, among other essential commodities, a government statement said here.

India: People defy lockdown orders, Punjab imposes curfew

Chandigarh, Mar 23 (PTI) The Punjab government on Monday imposed a curfew to combat coronavirus, making it the first state to take the drastic action after finding that many people were ignoring the lockdown ordered by it.

The authorities are enforcing a state-wide lockdown which came into effect on Monday and will last till March 31.

29 Indians return from Dubai via Pakistan

Attari (Amritsar), Mar 18 (PTI) At least 29 Indians, who had gone to Dubai to watch a cricket match which was called off later, on Wednesday night returned to India through the land transit route of Attari-Wagah border here.

Earlier, when they entered India after being cleared by the Pakistan Immigration Authority, they were detained at Attari border, as they were not having requisite permission on their passport to return to India through Pakistan.

India: Punjab to reduce govt employees' retirement age to 58 years, give free education up to class 12

Chandigarh, Feb 28 (PTI) Reducing government employees' retirement age from 60 to 58, free education for all students up to Class 12 and a debt waiver for landless farmers were some of the major announcements made by Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal in the 2020-21 budget on Friday.

Badal on Friday presented a Rs 1,54,805 crore budget in the state Assembly here.

India: Questioning of Katarpur pilgrims

Chandigarh, Feb 28 (PTI) A day after the opposition targeted the Congress-led government over the issue of questioning of some Kartarpur Sahib pilgrims, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh backed the Punjab Police's action and said it acted on the request of the Intelligence Bureau in the interest of national security.

"Had the Gurdaspur police failed to act, I would have taken strict action against them," Singh informed the House in the ongoing budget session here.

They took action in the interest of national security, he said.

India: Trainer aircraft crashes, pilot dies

Patiala, Feb 24 (PTI) A microlight aircraft crashed here on Monday in the Army cantonment area, killing an Indian Air Force pilot and injuring an NCC cadet.

A Pipistrel Virus SW 80 trainer aircraft crashed soon after taking off from the Patiala Aviation Club airport, killing Wing Commander G S Cheema, an official spokesperson said.

India: Indefinite sit-in against CAA, NRC launched in Ludhiana

Ludhiana, Feb 12 (PTI) Some members of the Muslim community on Wednesday launched an indefinite sit-in against the amended citizenship law and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC ) here.

The indefinite dharna began at Dana Mandi here near Jalandhar bypass on the lines of the ongoing Shaheen Bagh protest in Delhi.

India: All-women SIT to probe gangrape case

Chandigarh, Feb 8 (PTI) Punjab's Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta on Saturday constituted an all-women Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the January 7 gangrape case in Mohali.

The SIT is headed by Assistant Superintendent of Police Mohali City-1 Ashwani Gotyal, with Sub-Inspector Meenu Hooda and constable Amanjeet Kaur as its other members, an official statement said.

India: Locusts spotted in 3 districts of Punjab; farmers worried

Chandigarh, Jan 25 (PTI) Locusts were spotted in some villages of Punjab's Fazilka, Muktsar and Bathinda districts triggering fear among farmers as the destructive swarms are known to devour the vegetation wherever they settle.

The Punjab Agriculture Department (PAD), however, said necessary arrangements were in place to tackle a possible locust attack while ruling out any damage to crops at this stage.

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