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Shunned by hometown, Sikh spiritual singer who died of Covid-19 cremated in secluded area

The conduct of Verka residents came in for intense criticism on social media, with SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal seeking Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s intervention.
File image of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh | Photo: ANI

Punjab announces community testing of anyone with breathing trouble in Covid-19 hotspots

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh directs health department to put mobile testing vans in operation to conduct community testing and stem the spread of Covid-19.
File image of food grains | Photo: Bloomberg

Punjab and Haryana stare at massive farm crisis as lockdown leads to labour shortage

Punjab, Haryana need nearly 16 lakh farm hands, but there are no labourers — while most have returned to their home states, the seasonal labour isn’t able to come.
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The fall of NRI: How Covid-19 has altered the image of Punjab’s darling community

Punjabi culture puts the needs of visiting NRIs above those of local residents. But coronavirus pandemic has turned the community into a threat best avoided.
An image from the early hours of the curfew imposed in Punjab Monday

Curfew, an app & assured home delivery — Punjab leaves little to chance in Covid-19 battle

Punjab has had 33 cases of coronavirus so far. By Thursday, more than 580 cases had been registered against those allegedly found to have violated the curfew.
The OPD entrance at PGIMER, Chandigarh (representational image) | Photo: By special arrangement

Mohali woman with coronavirus ‘dragged’ to govt hospital, Chandigarh reports 4 new cases

Total number of cases in Chandigarh now stands at 5, while the number for Punjab has gone up to 3. Man who died in Nawanshahr may have infected many more.
COVID-19 screening at the India-Pakistan border in Attari, Punjab (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Punjab’s first coronavirus death is 70-year-old man with diabetes who travelled via Italy

Following the death, Punjab govt launches door-to-door campaigning, becoming the first state in India to involve its entire population in COVID-19 screening.
A medic looks on at a patient who has shown positive symptoms for coronavirus at an isolation ward in Hyderabad on 10 March

India reports fourth coronavirus death from Punjab, total COVID-19 cases climb to 173

Punjab govt has announced the suspension of public transport services from Friday midnight and restricting public gatherings to less than 20 people.
Thermal screening of visitors at the entrance of Parliament House, in New Delhi | PTI

Sample of 72-year-old man from Punjab who passed away tests positive for COVID-19

Health authorities did not confirm the exact cause of his death and there was no immediate confirmation from the Union Health Ministry either.
A medic checks the temperature of a tourist as part of precautionary screening in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, at a hotel in Bikaner Thursday

Over 300 with travel history to coronavirus-hit countries untraceable: Punjab govt

According to the Health and Family Welfare Department of Punjab, 6,011 passengers with travel history to COVID-19 affected countries have been traced till 13 March.

On Camera

A person using laptop | Representational Image | Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg

During Covid-19 lockdown, everything is digital — even adultery

An extramarital dating app called Gleeden has recently seen a 70 per cent increase in their subscriptions during coronavirus lockdown.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.