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COVID-19 CURFEW
Punjab govt issues new orders to facilitate supply of essentials, management of curfew
25.03.20 - Team PT
Punjab govt issues new orders to facilitate supply of essentials, management of curfew




To further streamline the curfew management and facilitate supply of essentials in the curfew-bound state in the light of the 21-day national lockdown which started today, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder has issued a fresh set of directives to the police and civil administration, including detailed instructions for issuance of passes to maintain the critical systems and services in order to ensure that the people are not inconvenienced in these difficult times.

The Chief Minister has constituted a Committee under the chairmanship of ACS (Industry & Commerce) to oversee the procurement processes for all CoViD-19 related items. Taking cognizance of the need to ensure timely supply of critical materials and equipment to government hospitals, PHCs and CHCs, the DCs have been asked by the Chief Minister to contact PSHFW and MD, PHSC, with the facility of sending advance indents to facilitate early procurements. These materials include PPE kits, masks, medicines etc. 

At the same time, Captain Amarinder has ordered that the requisite protocol issued by the Health Department for testing of suspected cases should be followed meticulously. Further, compliance of protocol issued by the Health Department vide Letter No. ISDP/PB/2020/660-1725 dated 22/3/2020 should be strictly ensured.

Giving the highest importance to tracing all international passengers who arrived after 10th March 2020, the Chief Minister has directed that the work should continue unbated. He has also directed the health department and police to ensure further monitoring of those already traced and placed under home quarantine.

While continuing with its earlier curfew orders, the state government will take all possible steps to avoid any undue inconvenience to the providers of essential services and the general public, the Chief Minister assured the people. He has directed the police and administrative officials to ensure that door-to-door delivery of essential services is maintained for the desired/prescribed period and it may, as far as possible, be further streamlined with the assistance of e-commerce companies/service providers. 

Volunteers may also be engaged, if necessary, for ensuring prompt door-to-door delivery of essential services and commodities, said the Chief Minister. The providers of essential services whether individuals (hawkers/delivery boys) or institutions should be allowed to operate for fixed duration but on specific permissions and after observing required health safeguards, he added.

For special goods trains, which have been arranged to move food grains out of the State to ensure adequate storage space for the coming wheat crop, the Department of Food has issued complete protocol. DCs should ensure the movement of these trains in keeping with these guidelines and the protocol issued by the Food Department.

The Chief Minister has also ordered sanitization of affected or vulnerable areas, etc for which guidelines have been issued by the Department of Health & Family Welfare may be undertaken in both concerned towns and villages. 

On directives of the Chief Minister, Secretary Arun Sekhri on Wednesday issued revised curfew management guidelines to all the Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Commissioners of Police/SSPs, as well as other senior officials concerned with managing the situation. The DCs have been asked to ensure strict compliance of the guidelines.

With the civil administration and police working in close coordinate, DGP Dinkar Gupta also issued clear instructions to his officers to ensure efficient delivery mechanisms and processes in the light of the curfew with no relaxations already in place in the state, and the subsequent national lockdown announcement by the Prime Minister. He emphasized arrangements for door-to-door delivery of essential goods and services as the only option in the given situation and asked the CPs and SSPs to ensure that functioning of delivery boys, rehris, small motorized vehicles etc is facilitated to ensure smooth supplies.

As per the revised curfew management guidelines, government offices that have been designated in Government of India’s order will be allowed to remain open with skeletal staff. 

In order to ensure supply of other essential services, specific State Government offices may also be required to remain open with minimal functional staff. Such employees of the State Government and those employees of Government of India that have been allowed to report on duty as per Government of India’s order will be allowed to travel from home to office on their institutional Identity Card, and specific curfew passes will not be necessary, the revised guidelines states.

It is specifically provided in the guidelines that for employees of Governments including PSUs and SPUs, of Haryana, Punjab and UT of Chandigarh who are residing in Mohali district (especially Mohali and Zirakpur) and are facing acute problems in reaching their offices, located in Chandigarh and Panchkula, it has been decided that they may be allowed to commute to their offices for official duty (not with their families or in groups) by showing their Official or Institutional Photo ID Cards and they would not be required to obtain special curfew passes.

All other Government employees will be directed to work from home and remain available on call should any such need arise. 

While there would continue to be no general relaxation in curfew, if it is decided by the district administration in due course to relax it in a selected area, due care must be taken to avoid overcrowding and to observe prescribed social distancing, according to the guidelines.
The permissions may be given in the following manner:

* a) Permits may be issued for fixed period that may be the period of curfew, to all those exempted by GOI/GOP. Such permits can even be in the form of authorization letters;

* b) Institutional Permits to the exempted institutions such as media houses, IOC/HPCL, Post Offices, Banks, Railways, Petrol Pumps, LPG Suppliers etc. should be given through specific letters attaching therewith list of employees of each of such institutions. These employees should then be allowed to go to office in duty hours on their institutional identity cards but they may not be allowed elsewhere such as markets, etc for their personal work; 

* c) Those institutional permissions, which are issued for maintaining essential supplies (in the form of authorization letters - see specimen as per attachment) should clearly mention so and would be valid across the State; 

* d) Individual passes may be given only in an emergency and if so required, such an individual may be permitted to use vehicle but for a given purpose only; and 

* e) Healthcare establishments (Hospitals, Nursing Homes, PHCs, CHCs), both private and government and their employees, should be given a general permission to operate and their employees may be allowed to commute for duty/work on their institutional Identity Card.

To simplify the process, the issuance of passes has been tasked to various officers as follows:

* • DFSC: Food, ration and grocery shops, transportation of food grains, mandi labour and procurement related works;
* • Dy. Director Horticulture: Fruits and Vegetables;
* • Dy. Director Animal Husbandry: Milk Vendors and Suppliers and related movements;
* • GM DIC: Industries/industrialists/industrial labour;
* • DMO: Hawkers of any kind; Mandis and Purchase Centers, Arhtiyas;
* • CAO: Farmers and harvesting related movements; and 
* • General passes for individuals and others: Asst. Commissioner (Gen.), SDM, Tehsildar or any other person specifically authorised by DC.

For each of the above, DCs should declare them authorised signatories and inform the district police accordingly. Due record of the passes to be issued by the authorized signatories must be maintained, as per the revised guidelines.

For point-to-point movement of individuals or providers of essential goods and services, the passes can be issued by the authorised signatories at origin, clearly giving address of destination and purpose of traveling. Such passes should be honoured both during transit and at destination but such pass holders should not be allowed to stop or go anywhere other than the specified destination. Government of India in its order has also emphasized maintaining supply chains of essential goods and commodities. Vehicle number and mode of transportation should also be specified. However, movement of people in groups should be avoided even from point to point.

For individual emergencies, DCs should continue to follow up and facilitate the common man through helplines already established in the districts. The number of helplines and persons attending on such lines may be increased and properly publicized, the guidelines state.

For procurement of wheat, ACS (Dev.) and PSFS would issue a comprehensive mandi-wise plan in due course. Likewise, for harvesting of potatoes, ACS (Dev.) would issue necessary guidelines by Friday, the 27th March 2020.


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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN
New curfew guidelines to ease people’s problems in Punjab
24.03.20 - Team PT
New curfew guidelines to ease people’s problems in Punjab




A day after imposing full curfew in the state to tackle the COVID-19 crisis, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced a series of measures to ease the problems faced by the people, and to enable the police and civil administration to manage the situation more effectively.

Given the need to continue with the curfew, which had received good response, it was essential to minimize the hassles faced by the citizens, said the Chief Minister, adding that the new curfew guidelines would be implemented strictly under the overall supervision of the DCs, who would ensure that the people have access to essential supplies and services.
 
It was imperative to maintain distance, and also to trace and test all those who had returned from Corona-affected countries, said the Chief Minister, adding that of the over 94000 NRIs and foreign returned persons who had entered the state in recent days, most had been tracked and around 30,000 had been placed under isolation. All-out efforts were being made to trace the remaining, he said, adding that constant monitoring was in progress to keep check on any new entrants.
 
Strict action was being taken, with prosecution under Section 188 IPC, against those found violating the curfew, said the Chief Minister, warning that a close watch was being kept on the 48,000 persons under home quarantine to prevent them from moving out under any circumstances. In case of violation of home quarantine, the Sarpanch/Lambardar has been report the matter to Ilaka magistrate, DSP or SHO, or call the Police on 112.

Stressing that he understood the problems of the people in the prevailing conditions, the Chief Minister said DCs had been asked to ensure door-to-door delivery of essential commodities, such as groceries, milk, fruits and vegetables, through pre-identified hawkers/ distributors, wherever possible. Cart vendors will be designated to deliver milk, bread, biscuits, eggs to homes every morning by SDM or Sector (Ilaka) Magistrate, as part of the curfew management system.

As per the new curfew management guidelines, general exemption is completely barred, with no vehicular movement allowed without curfew passes. Only in case of emergency, people may be permitted to go on foot for essentials like groceries, milk, fruits and vegetables and medicines/chemists and, to visit doctors and nursing homes, as per the guidelines, said the Chief Minister.

The DCs will disseminate the phone numbers etc for home delivery and also give permission, where needed, for temporarily going out for medical aid, essentials etc. In emergency, a citizen/resident should be able to call police or civil control rooms to avail necessary essential services, said the Chief Minister, adding that the police and civil administration has instructions to ensure that the citizens do not face hardship and are not harassed at this critical time.

The Chief Minister said he had directed District Mandi Officers/ Market Committee Secretaries to ensure implementation of the system of home delivery of vegetables and groceries, respectively, to ensure that people do not flock at shops in large numbers during curfew relaxation, which could trigger a law & order situation. Some bigger malls and businesses can also be engaged for door to door delivery, he suggested.

Instead of blanket permission for opening of grocery shops, milk vendors, fruits and vegetables shops and chemists, it has been decided to allow them to open on rotation, in a manner that at any point of time at least one shop each is open in a given area. Such shops will also be allowed to provide door-to-door delivery on call, said the Chief Minister.
 
To check over-crowding and ensure that spatial distance is maintained at the shops permitted to open, the Chief Minister said it had been decided that these should be kept under the supervision of 1-2 policemen.

All efforts are being made to address the genuine needs of the people in the state, with special focus on the underprivileged, said Captain Amarinder. He reiterated that the imposition of curfew was a necessity in the circumstances and appealed to the people to cooperate in their own interest, and in the larger interest of the state and the nation.

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TO COMBAT COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Punjab under state-wide Curfew with no relaxations
23.03.20 - Team PT
Punjab under state-wide Curfew with no relaxations




Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday ordered state-wide curfew clampdown, making Punjab the first state in the country to resort to this extreme and exceptional measure in the battle against COVID-19.

The Chief Minister, after reviewing the situation with Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh and DGP Dinkar Gupta, announced ‘full curfew with no relaxations.’ "The DCs have been asked to issue orders accordingly. Any person required to be given relaxation will be so allowed specifically for given period & purpose,” the Chief Minister tweeted.

The orders came even as Captain Amarinder announced a slew of relief measures to support the affected masses as a result of the unprecedented restrictions imposed in the light of the growing Coronavirus menace. These included free food, shelter & medicines for those in need, with Rs 20 Cr sanctioned out of the CM’s relief fund for the same and DCs & SDMs asked to extend all assistance to those in need. The Chief Minister has also announced deferment of payment of electricity, sewerage and water bills in the state.

As part of the unprecedented measures taken to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the state government had earlier initiated legal action against violators of home quarantine. "All measures being taken are for the larger good of everyone. While I am happy that everyone is cooperating, I will not let a few threaten the safety measures being taken against #Covid,” the Chief Minister earlier tweeted.

Giving details of the relief measures announced by the state government, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh said Captain Amarinder has directed the local government department to defer the due date of making payment of water and sewerage bills by one month in all Municipal Corporations and Councils, besides extending the amnesty scheme on property tax till May 31, 2020.

Likewise, the due date for payment of all those domestic, commercial and small power industrial consumers having monthly/bimonthly electricity bills upto Rs. 10,000, which falls on or after March 20, 2020, has been extended upto April 15, 2020. The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has been asked not to recover the late payment surcharge from these nearly 35 lakh consumers who would benefit from the move.

The Chief Minister has also directed the Transport Department to extend the due date of all taxes under the Punjab Motor vehicle Taxation Act by one month up to April 30, 2020. Stage and contract carriage vehicles would be given 100% exemption from the Motor Vehicle Tax for the period in which these are not allowed to ply. Apart from these, no penalty would be charged for any delay w.r.t vehicles, which become due for renewal/passing from March 15 to April 15, 2020.

Extending a helping hand to the farmers in this hour of crisis, the Cooperation Department has decided to waive off, for two months (March-April 2020), penal interest on their crop, which is obtained by them from Central Coop Banks & Primary Agriculture Co-op Societies. Consequent upon this decision, these farmers can now repay their crop loans till April 30, 2020.

To further mitigate the hardships of disadvantaged sections of the society, the Chief Minister has also ordered the social security department to release pensions amounting to Rs.150 crore for the month of March 2020 immediately. Notably, the Punjab government has already released social security pensions to the individual accounts of all beneficiaries upto month of February 2020, for which a sum of Rs. 296 crore was released on March 21.

It may be recalled that on the directions of Chief Minister, the Labour Department has already decided to provide financial assistance of Rs.3000/- to 3,18,000 registered construction workers through DBT in their bank accounts, involving approximately an expenditure of Rs. 96 Crore.

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Amarinder govt’s nefarious plan to steal Shamlat Lands will spell death knell of Punjab

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If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

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AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

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TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

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Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

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TO COMBAT COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Punjab orders statewide lockdown till March 31
22.03.20 - Team PT
Punjab orders statewide lockdown till March 31




All essential services will be available during the shutdown, which will take effect from 6 a.m. on Monday and will remain in force till 9 P.M. on March 31.

Even as the Chief Minister appealed to all residents of Punjab to observe all health safeguards, especially frequently washing hands, and to avoid leaving their homes unless there is an acute emergency, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh clarified that there will be no curfew during the lockdown period but restrictions under Section 144 shall remain imposed, thus preventing more than 10 persons from getting together in a public space at any given time.
 
In addition to Electricity, Water and Municipal Services, Banks and ATMs, Print and Electronic Media including social media, Telecom/ Internet and Cable operators and concerned agencies, Postal services, courier services, essential IT services, along with E-Commerce and its home delivery, Shops of Food, Groceries, Milk, Bread, Eggs, Fruit, Vegetable, Meat, Poultry, Fish etc.(including departmental stores and supermarkets) and all other daily needs shall remain open. Restaurants/ bakeries, halwais, tea shops, eateries shall remain open for take-away or home delivery only (no seating or dine-in shall be permitted). Also, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Doctors, Vaids, Hakeems, Homeopaths, Chemist shops, Optical stores and Pharmaceuticals manufacturing, Petrol pumps, LPG gas, Oil agencies & godowns, petroleum refineries & depots, petrochemical products shall be exempt from the lockdown. Veterinary hospitals and gaushala will also be exempted from the lockdown.
 
The DCs of all the districts have been directed to ensure strict implementation of the restrictions. The Health Department made it clear that all persons are required to stay at home, and they may leave home only if necessary for obtaining essential services / items or for
employment / duty.
 
To ensure strict implementation of the restrictions under Section 144, DGP Dinkar Gupta said extra forces were being deployed in all the districts. The police personnel shall take all precautions for their own safety and those of the people in whose contact they shall come during this period, he added.

"You can play the most vital role in preventing further transmission of the disease by not stepping out,” Captain Amarinder Singh said in his appeal to the people, adding that "During this period, all commercial establishments and shops shall remain closed except those dealing in essential commodities like food, grocery, medicines, etc. All essential services such as water supply, sanitation and electricity shall be maintained. Restrictions on public transport imposed earlier will continue till March 31st.”
 
Pointing out that the COVID-19 pandemic had emerged as the foremost global threat, the Chief Minister assured that his Government was fully prepared to face the challenge and had taken all possible precautionary measures so far. "However, we may be required to take more measures including imposing tougher restrictions to save our State and people from any major harm,” he added.
 
The Chief Minister further said that those residents who have recently returned from abroad are required to undergo home quarantine and report to the nearest Government health facility in case there is onset of any symptoms of the disease. The local community must also assist the administration in enforcing this in larger public interest, he further appealed.
 
Captain Amarinder also appealed to trade and businesses not only to ensure adequate supplies of essential commodities but to avoid hoarding and profiteering of any kind. It is important that we provide these commodities to our people at reasonable prices, he said, warning that the government "will not allow anyone to take undue advantage of the situation for their personal gains.”
 
Seeking the cooperation of the people in these testing times, the Chief Minister pointed out that a State Control Room had already been established for ensuring a coordinated effort amongst different departments of the State. Similar Control Rooms have also been established at all District HQs. People can reach out to the Government on 181 and 104, he said, assuring of "an adequate and prompt response.”
 
Meanwhile, in his official notification issued in accordance with the Chief Minister’s orders, the Chief Secretary ordered shutdown of all establishments to break the transmission chain of contagion of COVID-19 "for which it is necessary to prevent/minimise close contact amongst all persons.”
 
"Henceforth, all the Deputy Commissioners/District Magistrates would issue orders under section 144 of CrPc or under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 for shut down of all establishments except those providing essential services/items in the districts from Monday March 23 March (6 am) till Tuesday i.e. March 31 (inclusive),” the Chief Secretary notified. The notification was followed by individual notifications by the respective DCs of all the districts.

The Chief Secretary’s notification said: "The Department of Food a Civil Supplies has already issued a list of essential commodities / items to all the Deputy Commissioners vide Letter no. IFD 1455-2020/866, dated 21-03-2020. In addition, eggs, poultry feed, media, e-commerce and essential IT services will also come under the category of essential items/services. Each DC may add any other essential item / service to this list as per local requirements to minimise disruption and ensure essential supplies.”
 
"All items / services mentioned in the notification includes production, manufacturing transport, storage, wholesale, retail etc, and they shall be included as essential items / services,” as per the notification. Further, all goods vehicles including those carrying the essential items are exempted under the notification, which, however, requires drivers and other work force involved in loading and unloading of the material to take all precautionary measures.
 
It has been clarified that the DCs will allow all ancillary activity for each item of essential services, such as delivery of newspapers by hawkers.

The Health Department has clarified that during the lockdown period, all private establishments such as shops, offices, factories, workshops etc. but excluding godowns & warehouses, shall remain closed. Further, no public transport services (passenger) including operation of taxis/ auto- rickshaws etc. shall be permitted except transport of all kinds to and from hospitals, airports, railway stations, bus terminals/ bus stands. In this context, it said specific routes to be allowed in the districts shall be decided by respective DCs. The Department of Transport may operate essential skeleton services of State Transport Undertaking to ensure essential services, it added. All inter-state commercial passenger transport (buses) shall be closed.
 
The Health Department has made it clear that strict home quarantine, for 14 days (excluding the day of arrival in India), shall be observed by all foreign returnees (who landed in India on or after 07.03.2020) and their contacts/ other persons at risk, as decided by the District Administration. All such foreign returnees shall also mandatorily contact the District Administration (104/112) and register themselves tor home quarantine and download the COVA Punjab Mobile App), failing which they shall be liable for legal action.
 
An official spokesperson said that as per the orders issued by the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, the following services shall be considered as ‘Essential Services’, unless specifically ordered to be restricted by the appropriate authority in the Government.

* Any postal, telegraph or telecom operators services, including any service connected therewith;

* Any railway service or any transport service for the carriage of essential commodities.

* Any service connected with the operation or maintenance of aerodromes, or with the operation, repair or maintenance of aircraft, or any service in the International Airports Authority of India constituted under section 3 of the International Airports Authority Act, 1971;43 of 1971).

* Any service in any establishment of, or connected with, the armed forces of the Union or in any other establishments of installations connected with defence;

* Any service in any establishment or undertaking dealing with the production of goods required for any purpose connected with defence;

* Any service in any section of any industrial undertaking pertaining to a scheduled industry on the working of which the safety of such undertaking or the employees employed therein depends.

(For the purposes of this sub-clause, the expressions "industrial undertaking" and "scheduled industry" shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in clauses (d) and (i)of section 3 of the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951;(65 0f 1951).)

* Any service in, or in connection with, the working of any undertaking owned or controlled by the State Government or Central Government being an undertaking engaged in the purchase, procurement, storage, supply or distribution of foodgrains;

* Any service in, or in connection with the working of any system of public conservancy, sanitation or water supply, Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), Bulk drugs and its intermediaries for hospitals or dispensaries in the state, cantonment area or undertaking owned or controlled by the Central or State Government;

* Any service in connection with or in relation to Banking and Insurance ;

* Any service in any establishment or undertaking dealing with the production, supply or distribution of coal, power, steel or fertilizers;

* Any service in any oilfield or refinery or in any establishment or undertaking dealing with the production, supply or distribution of petroleum and petroleum products;

* Any service in any mint or security press;

* Any service in any establishment supplying food products including fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry.

* Agrochemicals

* Any other item as deemed essential and so declared by the concerned District Magistrate/District Commissioner, as per the clause xvi or xvii of section 2 (1) (a) of the aforesaid act.

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Will definitely contest next polls, still young to do so: Amarinder
16.03.20 - Team PT
Will definitely contest next polls, still young to do so: Amarinder




Setting at rest all speculations to the contrary, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday made it clear he would definitely contest the next Assembly elections in the state.

"I’m still quite young. Do you think I’m too old to fight the polls?,” he quipped in a lighter tone, in response to a question during the press conference to mark the third anniversary of his government.

Asked about the current role and status of party MLA Navjot Sidhu, Captain Amarinder said the former minister was still a part of the Congress and of the team and "we will consider his wishes” in taking any decision. The Chief Minister said he had known Sidhu since the latter was two years old and had no personal issues with him.

To a question about Sidhu meeting the central party leadership on Punjab issues instead of taking it up with the state leadership, Captain Amarinder said he was welcome to discuss any issue with anyone in the party.

Describing the Madhya Pradesh developments as their internal issue, Captain Amarinder said it was for the Congress national leadership to comment on the matter and his purview was confined to Punjab.

Dismissing the power subsidy being given by the AAP government in Delhi as a drama by Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister said there was no comparison between Punjab and the national capital as the latter had no farmers or police to take care of. Kejriwal had reduced domestic tariff through cross subsidy, he said, pointing out that the Punjab government was already giving much higher subsidy than Delhi.

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Amarinder govt’s nefarious plan to steal Shamlat Lands will spell death knell of Punjab

KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN!

 


 

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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