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Punjab orders evacuation of villages in 10-km border belt

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Chandigarh, Sep 29 : The Punjab government has ordered the evacuation of villages in a 10-km belt along the border with Pakistan following the surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the LoC.

The union home ministry on Thursday directed the Punjab government to get the border villages evacuated.

Local authorities were using loudspeakers to announce to residents in the border villages to leave their homes and villages and move to safer zones.

The authorities have ordered the closure of schools and other institutions in the border belt.

Punjab’s border districts include Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Abohar and Fazilka.

Informed sources said the Border Security Force (BSF) was mobilising its troops and strengthening the security along the border belt.

Punjab shares a 553-km border with Pakistan.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has called an emergency meeting of the cabinet on Thursday evening.

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Punjab CM hopes of resolution of protesting farmers

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Chandigarh, 1 Jan : Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday hoped of early resolution of the problems of the peacefully protesting farmers, and emphasised on the importance of industry and communications for the state’s progress and employment generation for children.

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Incidents of mobile towers vandalisation declined drastically: Punjab CM

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Chandigarh, 30 Dec : Lashing out at state BJP President Ashwani Sharma for “spreading false propaganda on law and order”, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday said the number of incidents of vandalising mobile towers have come down drastically.

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Parkash Singh Badal, Returns Padma Vibhushan Award over Farmers’ Protest

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Chandigarh, 3 Dec : Expressing solidarity with the agitating farmers over the Centre’s farm laws, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday returned his Padma Vibhushan award in protest against “the betrayal of the farmers by the government”.

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