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Gadkari announces new trade route between Jalandhar-Ajmer

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Jalandhar, September 14 (Sonia) : To give a big push to the trade activities in North India, the Union Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari along with Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today announced to construct new 4 lane road between Jalandhar -Ajmer, which would be mainly used as trade route.

After laying the foundation stone of 6 major road projects to the tune of Rs. 4600 crore here at Partapura near Jalandhar, Mr. Gadkari said that on the request of Punjab Government , Union Ministry has sanctioned the project as it would be in the larger interest of traders because earlier they had to use the Delhi route for trade . He also disclosed that the Union government has sanctioned 7 new national highways in Punjab, out of 24 sanctioned across the nation. To connect the semi hilly areas of Punjab with NH-1 from Phagwara, Union Minister also announced to upgrade the road between Phagwara and Hoshiarpur to the 4 lane status. Besides that, ROBs at Dakoha and Dhanowali would also be constructed in Jalandhar city to ease the traffic problem.

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The Deputy Chief Minister said that after making Punjab the power surplus state of the country , now Punjab would be the front runner in road infrastructure as 17 projects worth Rs. 17000 crore would be completed in next 18 months.

Taking a dig at PPCC president Captain Amarinder Singh, Mr. Badal said that “people of Punjab have already rejected him twice due to the anti Punjab policies of his party and in the coming assembly elections too, the congress would also score a hattrick of losses and would be politically decimated in the state.

Earlier both leaders laid the foundation stone of 6 projects worth Rs. 4600 crore which includes 4 lane project of Jalandhar-Barnala road, including 145 KM stretch mainly in three districts Jalandhar, Moga and Barnala . The Project is divided into four parts from Lambra to Shahkot section with a total length of 33.28 KM including Nakodar and Shahkot Bypass with the cost of Rs. 847.02 crore.

The project further includes 4 laning of Shahkot-Moga section of NH 703 with the cost of Rs. 766.36 crore upto 32.45 KM, having bypass at Dharamkot in Moga district. From Moga to Tallewal section, the 4 laning road would be done upto 38.65 KM at the cost of Rs. 904.82 crore. The project would also witness 4 laning of 29.64 KM Tallewal to Barnala section, having bypass at Barnala at a cost of Rs. 578.38 crore.

Apart from this, the 4 laning of 39.125 KM long Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road would be done at a cost of Rs. 1069.59 crore.
The prominent amongst present on the occasion included Union minister of state Vijay Sampla , MLA Manoranjan Kalia , Gurpartap Singh Wadala , Sarwan singh phillaur and Mayor Sunil Jyoti .

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96 percent paddy procured in state mandis of total a arrival so far

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Chandigarh, 12 Oct.: The Punjab Government has procured nearly 96 percent of paddy of the total arrival so far across the state during the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) amid COVID-19.

Secretary Mandi Board Ravi Bhagat said that 33.04 LMT paddy has been procured out of the 34.48 LMT arrival so far. Also, with a view to ensure staggered movement of paddy in mandis, 10.60 lakh passes have been issued to the farmers through arthiyas across the state.

After two days visits of grain markets in various districts in the state, Secretary Mandi Board expressed satisfaction over ongoing paddy procurement operations in mandis amid Covid-19 pandemic.

The mandis across the State have been witness to more than double increase in the arrival of paddy crop with 34.48 LMT till date in comparison to 15.45 LMT last year. He also informed that so far 33.04 LMT paddy has been procured as against 14.79 LMT till date last year, pointed out the Secretary.Earlier, while reviewing the paddy procurement operations during his visit in Khanna, Doraha, Sahnewal (Ludhiana), Jalandhar, Kartarpur, Kapurthala and Phagwara, the Secretray reiterated the firm commitment of Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to procure every single grain of the farmers.

Bhagat also interacted with farmers, labourers and commission agents in the markets and enquired about issues being faced by them.

The Secretary further revealed that despite prevailing situation arising out of Covid-19 pandemic, the Punjab Mandi Board and various District Administrations have ensured the smooth, hassle-free and safe procurement in the grain markets. Meanwhile, he also directed the officials to ensure the lifting of paddy within 48 hours of its purchase during the ongoing procurement season.

He also asked the procurement agencies to regularly monitor the procurement operations in the districts for the convenience of the farmers. The availability of masks, water, soaps have been made in all the grain markets besides the sanitization drive has already been carried out in the grain markets, emphasized the Secretary also exhorting the farmers’ to desist from burning stubble.

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Captain government orders to open schools in Punjab, schools will open from this date

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Chandigarh, 12 Oct. : Punjab Government has decided to open more activates in the areas outside the containment zones after 15.10.2020.

The decision has been taken to reopen schools and coaching institutions in a graded manner after 15.10.2020 subject to some conditions such as on-line/distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and be encouraged. Apart from this, students of only classes 9th to 12th are permitted to attend schools/institutions with the parental consent of each student and without making attendance compulsory vis-a-vis attendance must not be enforced and must depend entirely on parental consent.

Schools which are being allowed to open after 15th October would have to mandatorily follow the SOPs to be issued by the state school education department in consultation with the Punjab health & family welfare department.

In addition, higher educational institutions only for research scholars (Ph.D) and post-graduate students in science and technology streams requiring laboratories/experimental works are permitted to open after 15thOctober 2020. For centrally funded higher education institutions, the head of institution would satisfy herself/ himself that there is a genuine requirement of research scholars (Ph. D) and post-graduate students in science and technology streams requiring laboratories/experimental works.

All other higher education institutions for instance, state universities and private universities are also permitted to open from 15th October 2020 only for research scholars (Ph.D) and post – graduate students in science and technology streams requiring laboratories/experimental works.

Swimming pools to be used for sportspersons are allowed to open after 15.10.2020 as per SOPs to be issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MoYA&S), Government of India. Besides this, Business to Business (B2B) exhibitions are allowed to open from 15.10.2020 as per SOPs issued by the Ministry of Commerce (MoC), Government of India.

Social/academic/sports/ entertainment/ cultural/religious/political functions including weddings and funerals and other congregations have already been permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons, outside containment zones only. Such gatherings beyond the limit of 100 persons are permitted outside containment zones from 15.10.2020 subject to certain conditions such as in closed spaces, a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity is allowed with the ceiling of 200 persons. Wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing, provision of thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer shall be mandatory.

In case of open spaces, keeping the size of the ground/space in view, with the permission of the district magistrate and with strict observance of social distancing, mandatory wearing of face masks, provision of thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer. Therefore, gatherings purely for entertainment shall not be permitted in excess of 100 persons.

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Punjab Youth Cong workers set tractor ablaze near India Gate

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New Delhi, 28 Sep : A day after President Ram Nath Kovind signed the Agriculture Bills and made them laws, the Punjab Youth Congress workers on Monday set ablaze a tractor in the high security India Gate area to protest against the contentious legislation. The Delhi Police detained five people involved in the incident.

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