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Members of a health team at Sahnewal village of Ludhiana in Punjab to collect samples for Covid-19 | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Organ smuggling, ‘false’ results — rumours are stopping rural Punjab from taking Covid tests

Rumours spread through social media have taken a firm hold in rural Punjab. Although govt has taken action, they seem to have stymied its efforts to control the virus.
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh discusses the SYL canal issue with his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar and Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (both seen on the screen) at a meeting Tuesday | By special arrangement

Punjab will burn, warns Amarinder after Modi govt suggests starting SYL canal construction

Talks held between the Punjab and Haryana chief ministers with Modi govt to resolve the SYL canal issue remained inconclusive Tuesday, and another round is expected soon.
Captain Amarinder Singh

How Covid changed Punjab CM from an ‘inaccessible Maharaja’ to people’s problem-solver

From fixing CT scan machines to helping a TB patient get treatment, Captain Amarinder Singh has been reaching out to people since May via the weekly ‘AskCaptain’ session. 
The Punjab govt's decision to redevelop the plot of the GuruNanakDev thermal power plant has stoked fresh controversy | Courtesy: @HarsimratBadal_

Why state-owned electricity firms are under a cloud in power-surplus Punjab

The Punjab govt's decision to redevelop the land on which its oldest power plant, shut down in 2018, stands has brought out old concerns.
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh arrives for the cabinet meeting in Chandigarh Wednesday | ANI

After unconditional apology from chief secretary, Punjab ministers end row over ‘rudeness’

Punjab ministers had ‘boycotted’ chief secretary Karan Avtar Singh after an argument over excise revenues at a 9 May meeting. 
File image of Punjab CM Amarinder Singh | Photo: @capt_amarinder | Twitter

Punjab govt orders detailed audit of Covid-19 deaths to understand high mortality rate

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh told Congress President Sonia Gandhi that his govt is strengthening its pandemic containment measures under the guidance of an expert panel.
Ludhiana Police has made a team of 20 personnel as an emergency response team, called Covid Commandos, to fight the pandemic, in Ludhiana on 16 April 2020

Punjab govt approves plasma therapy on critically-ill top cop battling Covid-19

Ludhiana's Assistant Commissioner of Police Anil Kohli is admitted at Apollo Hospital, where the therapy will be performed.
Representational image of closed shops in Amritsar, Punjab, under the lockdown | Photo: PTI

Doctors & health staff, regular patients no longer need curfew passes in Punjab

Banks and ATMs have also been allowed to operate the whole week, according to the state home department's revised guidelines amid the nationwide lockdown to curb Covid-19.
File image of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh | Photo: ANI

Punjab CM seeks help from Centre to clear pending wage liabilities of MGNREGA workers

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said that with Rs. 84 crores pending wages for upto 1.30 lakh workers, families would find it hard to sustain during the 21-day lockdown.
File image of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh | Photo: ANI

Punjab govt to suspend public transport from Friday midnight due to coronavirus outbreak

The state has also decided to shut marriage palaces, hotels, restaurants, banquets and dining places, except home delivery services and takeaways.

On Camera

Time to expand America’s footprint in India. A new consulate will be a good start

On the heels of the US and China closing consulates in each other’s country, the symbolism alone would be particularly significant.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo is displayed inside the central bank building in Mumbai

In June quarter, India’s current account surplus rises to $19.8 billion

The current account surplus stood at $0.6 billion in the March quarter while there was a current account deficit of $15 billion in the year-ago period.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.