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Members of the Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee hold an indefinite sit-in at Amritsar | By special arrangement

‘Disappearance’ of Guru Granth Sahib saroops triggers row in Punjab as SGPC opposes FIR

Hundreds of saroops or copies of Guru Granth Sahib have allegedly been dispatched in violation of set procedure. SGPC against FIR as it doesn’t want any outside interference in the matter.
Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu in Chandigarh. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Unhealthy lifestyle, return of NRIs behind high Covid fatality, Punjab health minister says

In an interview to ThePrint, Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu lists factors leading to the surge in Covid cases and the state's high fatality rate.
Punjab and Haryana High Court

‘Intimidation’ or conflict? HC remark on judges’ recusal in Punjab ex-DGP case sparks debate

Former judges and advocates have objected to the reference as ‘avoidable’, saying the two judges recused from Punjab ex-DGP Sumedh Singh Saini case for personal reasons.
A Covid-19 patient in an hospital in Ahmedabad (representative image) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Punjab seeks medical grade oxygen from Haryana, other states as demand up amid Covid surge

Punjab has written to Haryana, Himachal & Uttarakhand for oxygen amid fears of shortage. It has also asked key manufacturers in state to prioritise supply to hospitals.
A nurse uses a thermal screening device on a patient in Patna (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Punjab sees highest Covid fatality rate, govt blames people for seeking treatment too late

Covid case fatality rate in Punjab is 2.96%, ahead of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Opposition blames bad healthcare in hospitals for people's choices, experts say everyone is at fault.
Photos of the two Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorists Kulwant Singh and Bhupender Singh arrested from North West Delhi area | ANI | Twitter

Arrested Babbar Khalsa men were planning targeted murders, sponsored by ISI, say police

Bhupinder and Kulwant Singh, who hail from Ludhiana, were arrested by Delhi Police Saturday after a gunfight. Police recovered a cache of arms, including 7 pistols and 45 cartridges.
A health worker collects sample of a person for Covid-19 test via Rapid Antigen Testing, at Manipuri Basti in Guwahati | PTI

High Covid fatality in states linked to elderly population, peak a month away — SBI report

Report correlates high Covid fatality rate in Tamil Nadu, Punjab, J&K, Maharashtra & West Bengal to their high elderly population. But experts refute this assertion.
File image of Punjab CM Amarinder Singh | Photo: @capt_amarinder | Twitter

CM Amarinder orders probe into Dalit scholarship scam after secretary indicts Punjab minister

Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan will probe the alleged involvement of Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot in Rs 64-cr Dalit scholarship scam.
Punjab Social Welfare Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot | Facebook

Punjab minister says any agency can probe him after secretary indicts him in scholarship scam

Punjab Social Welfare Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot was indicted earlier this week by his secretary in an alleged misappropriation of funds meant for Dalit students.
File image of Punjab CM Amarinder Singh | Photo: @capt_amarinder | Twitter

23 Punjab MLAs Covid positive two days before assembly session, says CM Amarinder Singh

While stating the numbers, the Punjab CM emphasised that the scenario was not conducive for holding physical examination for JEE-NEET.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

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.