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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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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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