CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government said Monday it will start distributing smartphones to students for free on August 12. To avoid large gatherings, the launch of the distribution scheme will be organised at 26 different locations in Chandigarh and Punjab. All district headquarters and some major towns will be covered on this day. "Not more than 15 students studying in that town/district will be invited at each location for handing over the smartphones," said a government statement. The state government had already announced to give smartphones to all boys and girls studying in Class 12 of the government schools across the state. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the government has chosen the auspicious occasion of 'Janmashtami' to launch the scheme. Coincidentally, August 12 is also the International
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government on Friday allowed provisional admission of as many as 31,022 open category candidates in Class XI in schools as regular students. However, such students will have to take the examinations of Class X when the Covid-19 situation becomes normal. Punjab school education minister Vijay Inder Singla said the matriculation result of regular students was declared by Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) on the basis of continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE), but the result of open school students was withheld, as these students are not covered under CCE criteria. "The open category candidates were in dilemma as they were not getting admission in the schools as regular students. After reviewing the situation, we have decided to provide them a short-term relief.
NEW DELHI: Veteran Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh said on Saturday that it was he himself who asked the Punjab government to withdraw his nomination for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. In a series of tweets, Harbhajan said that he is not eligible for the award, which is the highest sporting honour in the country. "1.Dear friends I have been flooded with calls as to why Punjab Govt withdrew my name from Khel Ratna nominations. The truth is I am not eligible for Khel Ratna which primarily considers the international performances in last three years.'" 1.Dear friends I have been flooded with calls as to why Punjab Govt withdrew my name from Khel Ratna nominations.… https://t.co/ym8dWJVvis— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh)
BATHINDA: A couple from Moga, presently stranded in Malaysia, has sent a video clip seeking the help of Union government and the Punjab government to ensure their safe return to the state. The five-year-old daughter of the couple is with their relatives at Moga. In the video clip, the couple, Gurvinder Singh and Rajwinder Kaur, say that they have exhausted all the money they had and are not in a position to even pay the rent of the room where they are living or buy essential medicines. Due to the lockdown, they can't do anything to earn money and are now left with no ration. In the clip, the couple say that they went to Malaysia a year ago
Chandigarh: For better planning and implementation to prevent and control spread of Covid-19, the Punjab government is set to conduct a sero-survey across the state to ascertain the spread of virus and accordingly prepare a strategy. In a sero-survey, blood samples of people are collected to ascertain spread of virus in selected population. A similar survey was recently conducted by ICMR in four districts of the state along with other districts across India. To frame a comprehensive action plan to check the spread of the pandemic, the sero-survey will be conducted in high populations comprising frontline workers, health workers, doctors, policemen, industrial workers, farmers, staff of municipal corporation, people with compromised immunity and containment zones. Punjab has been
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government has decided to grant 180-day maternity leave to the guest faculty lecturers working in the government colleges on the lines of regular employees of the government. Punjab Higher Education Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa said that this decision would benefit more than 1,000 lecturers working in the government colleges of the state. Giving more details about this decision, Bajwa said that now the guest faculty lecturers would be entitled to avail maximum of 180 days maternity leave as per the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961. "This was the long-lasting demand of the guest faculty lecturers from the time of the previous government. Earlier, only the permanent and part-time lecturers had the facility to avail the benefit of maternity leave, but
CHANDIGARH: Public bus services will resume from May 20 on select routes within Punjab, transport minister Razia Sultana said on Monday as the nationwide Covid-19-induced lockdown entered its fourth phase. She said that buses will be run at 50 per cent occupancy. The Punjab government's move to resume public transport services came after the Centre allowed states to run buses in non-containment zones. Curfew restrictions in Punjab were lifted on Monday while lockdown has been imposed till May 31. To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, some states had imposed further curfew restrictions, besides prohibitory orders issued under the nationwide lockdown enforced by the Centre since March 25. “We will resume bus services from Wednesday” and at 50 per