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Prakash Badal

Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal to appear before SIT in 2015 Kotkapura firing case

Badal was the chief minister of Punjab during the police firing at people protesting against desecration of religious texts that took place in Faridkot's Kotkapura in 2015.
ASHA worker Karamjeet Kaur's husband died of Covid on 11 May | Reeti Agarwal | ThePrint

Patiala ASHA worker’s kids blame her for ‘bringing’ virus that killed dad. But duty calls

Karamjeet Kaur, ASHA worker whose duties include visiting Covid patients, has no option but to work. She has to look after her children, and she is sole earning member.

Meet Prabhjot Singh, the 19-year-old rising singing star from Punjab

Prabhjot Singh's love and dedication for music gives life to his singing and attracts the audience unconsciously towards him.
(Representative image) Attendants outside the Rajindra Hospital in Patiala | Photo: Reeti Agarwal/ThePrint

How diet, lifestyle & attitude have led Punjab to record India’s highest Covid death rate

In Patiala, Ludhiana, Faridkot and Amritsar, districts reporting the most deaths in Punjab, over 60% of those who died of Covid were either obese, diabetic or suffering from hypertension.
Hardayal Singh, 67, has planted over 10,000 trees in his village of Dhablan in Patiala district | By special arrangement

For years this Punjab man planted trees so village could breathe. Then, his lungs gave way to Covid

Hardayal Singh planted over 10,000 trees in his Patiala village. Last month when he got Covid, he first struggled to find an oxygen bed and then passed away within days of getting one.   
Dr Ekta, the gynaecologist who heads Patiala’s Antenatal Care Cell (ANC) | Photo: Reeti Agarwal/ThePrint

In Patiala district, 63 medical teams have a big job — keeping pregnant women with Covid safe

Dr Ekta, 29, heads Patiala’s Antenatal Care Cell, set up by Punjab govt on 10 May, to track all pregnant women in the district who turn Covid positive.
Representational image of a farmer applying powdered fertiliser over his farm | ANI

Niti Aayog index shows agriculture booming in Punjab & Haryana, but environment paying price

Punjab & Haryana are among the states that fare poorly on the use of harmful nitrogenous fertilisers and groundwater, according to the Niti Aayog India Index 2021.
Punjab Food Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu (file image) | ANI photo

May incur huge losses if FCI doesn’t accept delivery of rice: Punjab food minister to Centre

In a letter to Union minister Piyush Goyal, Bharat Bhushan Ashu said that the FCI had completely stopped taking any delivery of custom-milled rice for the past one week.
Jagdesh, a registered medical practitioner at Patiala's Bolar Kalan village. notes down details of patients who visit him with Covid-like symptoms | Reeti Agarwal | ThePrint

How Patiala brought chemists & doctors on board to identify Covid patients and contain spread

The district administration has asked chemists, quacks & local doctors to report those who seek medicines or treatment for Covid. It is helping check disease spread.

BKU (Ugrahan) begins 3-day protest over Punjab govt’s failure to tackle Covid

A BKU (U) leader alleged that the Modi govt had also failed to deal with the Covid situation and some BJP leaders were now shifting blame on farmers to defame their agitation.

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Bajwa and Pakistan Army

Pakistan’s audacious defence budget needs to stay on paper. It’s good for everyone

IMF is balking at Pakistan’s unrealistic budget, but Islamabad feels it can push the lending agency to give it what it wants. US can call the bluff.

PNB Housing files appeal in SAT against SEBI order to halt Rs 4000 crore Carlyle deal

The company approached Securities Appellate Tribunal ahead of its EGM scheduled for 22 June to seek shareholders' approval for the proposal to raise capital through the Carlyle deal.

Defence

Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

Induction of Rafale aircraft into Indian Air Force to take place by 2022, says IAF Chief

IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria also said that some deliveries from France have been ahead of time, while minor delays happened with 'one or two' aircraft due to Covid-related issues.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.