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Stubble burning in Punjab may worsen air quality

Farmers are prohibited to burn the farm residue as it worsens Delhi's air quality.The stubble burning practice is not only responsible for polluting the environment but is also rendering the soil less fertile.

  • Previously, the state government imposed a fine of Rs 200 for not wearing masks, Rs 100 for spitting at public places, and Rs 500 for violating home quarantine guidelines.

    Other suggestions of the state government, listed by the chief minister, include allowing shops to open in all market and market complexes in a staggered manner, resumption of industry and construction activities in urban areas without any restriction, as well as permitting e-commerce for all commodities.

    "From May 18, there will be no curfew in the state. But the lockdown will be there till May 31," chief minister Amarinder Singh said. He further indicated the resumption of limited public transport services from May 18. He said the state government will announce more relaxations from May 18 but sought support of people in containing the COVID-19 spread in the state.

    Twenty-six migrant workers were declared dead, after a trailer truck carrying sacks of lime along with people rammed into a stationary truck with many migrant workers sitting in it, near a roadside eatery on the national highway in Auraiya on Saturday.

    Punjab government gave green flag to cottage industries in non-containment mixed use areas. After the announcement, hosiery and several othe...

    On Wednesday, the Centre had allowed migrant workers, tourists, students and other people stranded in different parts of the country to move to their respective destinations with certain conditions. Punjab has around 10 lakh migrant workers including 7 lakh in Ludhiana alone. Majority of migrant labourers are from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.

    While ruling out an extension in contracts for liquor vends beyond March 31, 2020, Singh on Wednesday announced that the state government would, in line with the Finance Department’s recommendation, provide adjustments to the licensees for losses incurred for the lockdown period, from March 23 to May 6, 2020.

    The hotspots have been put under containment. Tracing of contacts of all cases has been done and all high-risk contacts have been tested. Mobile vans have been used so far for sample collection to restrict movement of suspected cases, says Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

    The exit strategy should consider and focus on fiscal and economic empowerment of the states, which are responsible for real action directly impinging upon the livelihood and social health of the common man, said Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

    On April 25, the state government had constituted the group of experts, headed by noted economist and former deputy chairman of Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia to revive the state's economy.

    “Have decided to promote students of Class V & VIII to next classes as well as to promote class X students to next class on the basis of pre-board results. For Class XII examinations, we will follow Government of India's decision,” he tweeted.

    Punjab Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta said the arrests were made in a joint operation by a team of Organised Crime Control Unit, Counter Intelligence Jalandhar Unit and the Kapurthala police on Thursday.

    Punjab is leading the tally with 10.42 MT, followed by Haryana at 5.05 MT and Madhya Pradesh at 4.86 MT. Due to unseasonal rains, some of the wheat stocks in these states were affected.

    Punjab's youngest sarpanch Pallavi Thakur who belongs to a family of agriculturists, was elected as the head of Hara village in Pathankot district's Dhar block when she was 19 years old. Hara has a population of around 2000.

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