SPEAKER KULTAR SINGH SANDHWAN CALLS ON PRESIDENT OF INDIA

Chandigarh, May 13:Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker S. Kultar Singh Sandhwan called on President Sh. Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi last evening. This was the maiden meeting of S. Sandhwan with the President since he took over as the Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

In a statement issued here, Kultar Singh Sandhwan said, this meeting along with his family members, with the President and Vice President was a courtesy call. "I grasped a lot from the President and Vice President in holding the highest office and their long political experience", said the Speaker.

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POWER MINISTER REVIEWS COAL & POWER ARRANGEMENTS REQUIRED FOR UPCOMING PADDY SEASON

ASKS TO ENSURE MAXIMUM POWER GENERATION FROM ALL SOURCES AND REGULAR SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY FOR DIRECT SOWING OF PADDY

PSPCL INSTRUCTED TO STRENGTHEN GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL SYSTEM

CHANDIGARH, MAY 13:Punjab Power Minister S. Harbhajan Singh ETO, on Friday, reviewed coal and power arrangements required for the upcoming paddy season and directed PSPCL to generate maximum power from all sources and ensure regular supply of power for direct sowing of paddy. Stressing upon the need for providing uninterrupted power supply during the paddy season, the Minister asked the senior officials to make necessary arrangements to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the season so that farmers could get power supply as per stipulated time limit.

The Power Minister presiding over the meeting, which was attended by Principal Secretary Power Mr. Tejvir Singh, CMD PSPCL Mr. Baldev Singh Sran, Director Distribution Mr. DPS Grewal and other senior officers of PSPCL, reviewed the arrangements of coal and power required for the upcoming Paddy Season. Directing PSPCL for increasing manpower to strengthen complaint redressal system and de-loading overloaded grids, lines and transformers, the Minister asked PSPCL to ensure maximum generation of power.

Further, the Power Minister directed PSPCL to ensure regular power supply to the agriculture sector for direct sowing of rice as per schedule notified by the government. He also appealed to the farmers for adopting direct sowing of paddy, asking them to co-operate in saving ground water by adopting this technique and avail the benefit of subsidy of Rs. 1500 per acre being provided by the state government.

The Minister, while giving instructions to control the menace of theft of electricity in the state, also exhorted the officers to synergize their efforts to ensure regular and uninterrupted power supply to all categories of consumers in the state.

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FOOD AND CIVIL SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT RELEASES RS. 42 CRORE ON MINISTER’S DIRECTIONS TO DEPOT HOLDERS AS COMMISSION FOR WHEAT DISTRIBUTION UNDER ‘PMAKY’

• OPTION OF ALLOWING DEPOT HOLDERS TO SELL MARKFED PRODUCTS FOR AUGUMENTING INCOME BEING EXPLORED: LAL CHAND KATARUCHAK

• MINISTER EMPHASIZES TRANSPARENCY, SAYS- ZERO TOLERANCE FOR CORRUPTION

Chandigarh, May 13: In a huge relief to the depot holders of the State, the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department today released Rs. 42 crore as commission to them on the directions of the Minister Mr. Lal Chand Kataruchak for distribution of wheat under Pradhan Mantri Ann Kalyan Yojana (PMAKY).

Presiding over a meeting with the depot holders of the State at Anaj Bhawan in Sector-39, Mr. Lal Chand Kataruchak said that the State Government is fully apprised of the problems being encountered by the depot holders and is fully engaged to address the same. He also said that as part of the solution, the Government is sincerely exploring the option to allow the depot holders for selling some MARKFED manufactured products. As MARKFED is a name to reckon with in the market and has a great brand value, the income of depot holders is likely to increase manifold by selling these products.

The Minister further divulged that the issues such as increasing the commission of depot holders besides the eligible beneficiaries being left out of the ration card scheme, are also under his active consideration and no stone would be left unturned to resolve these.

Drawing the line, the Minister categorically said that complete transparency is being ensured in the functioning of the department with zero tolerance towards corruption. He appealed to everybody to come forward and join hands with the Government for creating a new, progressive as well as a prosperous Punjab.

Among others present on the occasion included the Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Mr. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Director Mr. Abhinav Trikha and the State President of the Punjab Raj Depot Holder Union (Sidhu) and the Vice President of the All India Fair Price Shop Federation Captain Gurjinder Singh Sidhu.

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Punjab Water Resources Minister visits Sirhind Feeder Canal to inspect ongoing repair

Repair work will be finished within one week, Bram Shanker Jhimpa

Chandigarh/Muktsar, May 13,Punjab Revenue, Rehabilitation and Disaster Management and Water Resources Minister Mr. Bram Shanker Jhimpa today visited Muktsar to have first hand information in the ongoing repair of Sirhind Feeder where a breach of around 250 feet was reported last week.

The river breached its banks on both sides and the area adjoining Rajasthan Feeder which is running parallel to Sirhind Feeder too got damaged.

“Our officials are burning night oil to plug the entire area of canal at a war footing. Water will again flow in the canal within next week or so”, the Minister said.

Areas falling in Muktsar district and Fazilka got affected due to this breach.

The Minister also pointed out that the places which are weak at other places too will be repaired. Also the canal safety gates which were worn out too will be repaired or replaced.

Principal Secretary Water Resources Mr. Krishan Kumar, who also visited the canal said that complaints pertaining to the use of inferior quality of repair work has been noted down and a close watch will be kept for the ongoing work.

The department officials said that the breach occurred as Rajasthan Feeder’s water supply was stopped due to its repair and it’s flow was diverted into Sirhind Feeder. The level of water increased in Sirhind Canal which resulted in breach.

Among others who were also present during the visit were Cabinet Minister Dr. Baljeet Kaur, Muktsar MLA Kaka Brar, Lambi MLA Gurmeet Khuddian, Jalalabad MLA Goldy Kamboj and Deputy Commissioner Vineet Kumar.

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PUNJAB POLICE CRACKS RPG ATTACK, CANADA-BASED GANGSTER LAKHBIR LANDA IS MASTERMIND

— SIX PERSONS ARRESTED FOR PROVIDING LOGISTIC SUPPORT TO ATTACKERS; TWO CARS, RPG’S SLEEVE RECOVERED

— POLICE TEAMS ON MANHUNT TO ARREST KEY ATTACKER CHARAT SINGH, HIS TWO AIDES: DGP VK BHAWRA

CHANDIGARH, May 13: Punjab Police on Friday managed to crack the Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) attack case with Canada-based gangster Lakhbir Singh alias Landa has been emerged out as the key handler, who provided RPG, AK-47 and local network of criminals for logistic support to carry out the terror attack at Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Mohali on Monday evening. Landa (33), who is native of Tarn Taran and fled to Canada in 2017 is a close aide of Pakistan-based wanted gangster Harvinder Singh alias Rinda and had joined hands with Babbar Khalsa International (BKI).

Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab VK Bhawra, while addressing a Press Conference at Punjab Police Headquarters here, said that the Police have also arrested six persons for their involvement in planning and providing the local logistic support to the attackers for carrying out the attack.

Those arrested have been identified as Nishan Singh of village Kulla in Bhikhiwind, Tarn Taran; Jagdeep Singh Kang of Wave Estate in Sector 85, SAS Nagar; Kanwarjit Singh alias Kanwar Bath (40) of Gumtala in Amritsar; Baljinder Singh alias Rambo (41) of Patti, Tarn Taran; Baljit Kaur alias Sukhi (50) of Kot Khalsa, Amritsar and Anant Deep Singh alias Sonu (32) if Guru Nanak Colony, Amritsar, he said, while adding that two cars including SUV Toyota Fortuner and Hatchback Maruti Swift has also been recovered from their possession. Earlier, the sleeve of the RPG was also recovered.

Pertinently, Nishan was arrested by the Faridkot police on May 11, 2022 in Arms Act case and he is on police remand till May 16, 2022.

The DGP, who was accompanied by ADGP Internal Security RN Dhoke and SSP Mohali Vivek Sheel Soni said that Landa took the help of Nishan and his other accomplice identified as Charat Singh of Khemkaran for carrying out RPG attack at the Intelligence HQs and being a local resident, Jagdeep helped Charat in conducting reccee of the Intelligence Office on Monday morning. On Monday evening, Charat and his two aides, who are yet to be identified, had carried out an RPG attack at the Intelligence HQs at about 7.42pm, he said.

DGP Bhawra said that initially Charat had provided hideouts to two attackers and later, he handed over them to Nishan, who had arranged their stay for their stay at residence of Kanwarjit Bath and Baljit Kaur in Amritsar from April 27, 2022 to May 7, 2022. Nishan had also retrieved RPG from the earmarked location on Kulla-Patti road on the directions of Landa, he added.

He said that Baljinder Rambo, who was arrested in NDPS cases and is a drug addict, had delivered the consignment of AK-47 to Charat and his two aides on the directions of Nishan. Anant Deep is a brother-in-law of Nishan and used to assist in providing logistic support, he said.

The DGP said that the Punjab Police have been on manhunt to arrest Charat, who is serving life sentence in a murder case and is out on parole, and his two accomplices. “Soon trio attackers will be arrested,” he said.

He informed that the Police have also brought Mohd. Nasim Alam and Mohd. Sharaf Raj, both residents of district Auraiya in Bihar for questioning from Noida as they were found to be in touch with two unknown attackers.

Meanwhile, the FIR No. 236 dated 09.05.2022 had already been registered under section 307 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Explosive Substance Act at Police Station Sohana in SAS Nagar.

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SUMMER HOLIDAYS FROM 1ST TILL 30TH JUNE DUE TO HEAVY DEMAND FROM STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS: MEET HAYER

CLASSES IN ALL SCHOOLS TO BE HELD IN OFFLINE MODE FROM 15 MAY T0 31IST MAY

TIMING OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO BE FROM 7 AM - 11 AM, MIDDLE/HIGH/SENIOR SECONDARY TO OPERATE FROM 7 AM TILL 12:30 PM

Chandigarh, May 13:In keeping with the huge demand from the students, parents and the teachers to schedule the summer holidays on the pattern of previous year, the Education Department has reconsidered its decision as per the directions of the Chief Minister Mr. Bhagwant Mann and decided that the classes in the offline mode would be held from May 15th to May 31st, 2022 in all the Government, Aided, Private schools while the summer holidays have been scheduled from June 1 to June 30.

In a press communique here today, the Education Minister Mr. Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer said that due to the offline classes not being held owing to the Covid-19 pandemic during the last 2 years, the students' studies had been adversely affected. Hence, it was the demand of the parents as well as the students to schedule summer holidays as before and desist from the online classes. He also said that from 15th till 31st May, 2022 the primary school timings would be from 7 AM to 11 AM while the Middle/High/Senior Secondary schools would be open from 7 AM till 12:30 PM.

Divulging more, Mr. Meet Hayer said that during the course of his daily visits to the schools, he has received the feedback that the studies should continue like this in the schools till May 31st. He further added that due to the demand from all the quarters, the Education Department has decided to schedule the summer holidays from June 1 to June 30. He also mentioned that it is the sincere endeavour of the State Government to take decisions in accordance with the will of the people.

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab

Media Bulletin COVID-19

13th May 2022 (05:00 PM)

Sr.No.

Description

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

1

Total Samples taken

414160

19403021

2

Total No. of patients tested Positive

951

760028

3

No. of patients discharged

857

742107

4

Total Deaths reported

4

17751

5

Sample collected on the day

12072

6

Test conducted on the day

11877

7

Positive cases on the day

33

8

Number of active Cases

170

9

No. of Patients on oxygen support

1

10

Patients at critical care Level-3 facilities

0

11

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

0

12

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

2

13

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

218582

14

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

11

15

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

1117147

16

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

23

17

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

209766

18

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

78

19

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

1011004

20

Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

1594

21

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose

8299833

22

Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

11765

23

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose

7106324

24

18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

4176

25

Total 18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose

12511343

26

18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

24098

27

Total 18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose

9553480

28

15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

3733

29

Total 15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose

1054493

30

15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

8682

31

Total 15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 2nddose

653804

32

12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

12216

33

Total 12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose

521948

34

12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 2nddose on the day

12071

35

Total 12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose

197990

36

Precautionary dose given on the day

3782

37

Total Precautionary dose given

584647

38

Total Vaccination 1st dose on the day

5783

39

Total Vaccination 2nd dose on the day

35964

40

Total Vaccination 1st and 2nd dose on the day

41747

On 13th May 2022

1.

Number of New patients admitted in ICU

Nil

2.

Number of New patients put on ventilator support

Nil

3.

Number of New patients discharged

26

(Amritsar-4, Bathinda-3, Jalandhar-2, Kapurthala-1, Ludhiana-4, Patiala-4, SAS Nagar-6, SBS Nagar-2)

4.

Number of New deaths reported

Nil

Patients reported Positive on 13th May 2022 - 33

District

Number of Cases

Positivity

Case

Details

Remarks

SAS Nagar

13

1.64%

13 New Cases

795 Samples Tested

Ropar

7

1.66%

7 New Cases

422 Samples Tested

Ludhiana

4

0.18%

4 New Cases

2209 Samples Tested

Jalandhar

3

0.19%

3 New Cases

1555 Samples Tested

Faridkot

2

0.90%

2 New Cases

222 Samples Tested

Ferozepur

2

0.85%

2 New Cases

235 Samples Tested

Fazilka

1

2.56%

1 New Case

39 Samples Tested

Kapurthala

1

0.47%

1 New Case

214 Samples Tested

Amritsar

0

0.00%

Nil

1146 Samples Tested

Barnala

0

0.00%

Nil

159 Samples Tested

Bathinda

0

0.00%

Nil

288 Samples Tested

FG Sahib

0

0.00%

Nil

257 Samples Tested

Gurdaspur

0

0.00%

Nil

345 Samples Tested

Hoshiarpur

0

0.00%

Nil

626 Samples Tested

Malerkotla

0

0.00%

Nil

29 Samples Tested

Mansa

0

0.00%

Nil

326 Samples Tested

Moga

0

0.00%

Nil

413 Samples Tested

Muktsar

0

0.00%

Nil

199 Samples Tested

Pathankot

0

0.00%

Nil

91 Samples Tested

Patiala

0

0.00%

Nil

421 Samples Tested

Sangrur

0

0.00%

Nil

875 Samples Tested

SBS Nagar

0

0.00%

Nil

298 Samples Tested

Tarn Taran

0

0.00%

Nil

713 Samples Tested

On the Day Punjab

33

0.28 %

Cumulative Cases: -

S. No.

District

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Cured

Total Deaths

Total Active Cases

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

1

Ludhiana

125

109902

112

107601

1

2280

21

2

SAS Nagar

222

95913

159

94692

0

1148

73

3

Jalandhar

94

78366

75

76775

0

1578

13

4

Patiala

197

62229

186

60758

0

1458

13

5

Amritsar

49

59444

41

57749

0

1682

13

6

Bathinda

29

50899

33

49811

0

1088

0

7

Hoshiarpur

47

40885

57

39789

0

1096

0

8

Gurdaspur

14

26953

11

26084

1

865

4

9

Pathankot

32

24566

35

24068

0

495

3

10

Fazilka

16

23414

27

22866

0

545

3

11

Muktsar

6

22560

11

22021

0

539

0

12

Kapurthala

27

22060

20

21472

1

583

5

13

Ropar

17

17955

9

17492

0

455

8

14

Ferozepur

11

17910

9

17369

0

537

4

15

Mansa

4

17232

3

16839

0

392

1

16

Faridkot

22

16805

23

16464

0

338

3

17

Sangrur

0

14308

0

13573

0

735

0

18

SBS Nagar

19

13421

22

13010

0

409

2

19

FG Sahib

8

11842

7

11487

0

354

1

20

Moga

3

10991

3

10734

1

255

2

21

Tarn Taran

2

10901

2

10507

0

394

0

22

Barnala

7

7505

12

7155

0

349

1

23

Malerkotla

0

3967

0

3791

0

176

0

Total

951

760028

857

742107

4

17751

170

Containment Zones:

S. No

District

S. No

Containments

Population of the area contained

1

Patiala

1

Rajiv Gandhi Law University, Patiala

950

Grand total

1

950